<p>&nbsp;Lea Michele of 'Glee'</p>

 Lea Michele of 'Glee'

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Bad Reputation'

Rumors about the glee kids spread through McKinley High. Bad rumors...

At least they didn't take the easy route and cover Joan Jett.

In the aptly named episode "Bad Reputation," everyone's got one -- or if they don't, they're desperately trying to get one. Unless they're Will Shuester, whose about to get what's coming to him for getting cozy with both Elphaba AND Galinda in the span of two weeks. But look who else is triple teaming her dating profile -- Miss Rachel Berry, who gives those Puckleberry fans something to coo about and puts those Broadway-ready emotional facial muscles to good use in one of the better finale numbers in recent memory!

But the real unsung heroes of Episode 17 of "Glee?" They're names are Olivia. Vanilla. Stanley Kirk Burrell. And the indomitable Miss Bonnie Tyler. Let these names not be left behind in the annals of pop culture… even if music in the '80s and early '90s did kind of suck.

[Full recap of Tuesday (May 5) night's "Glee" after the break...]

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<p>Scott Wolf of 'V'</p>

Scott Wolf of 'V'

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Recap: 'V' - 'Hearts and Minds'

On Tuesday, 'V' resembled an actual television program one might watch and enjoy.

So, yeah, "V" kind of headed in a direction that felt vaguely interesting as it opened tonight's episode. I was down with the idea that we were being dropped into the story in medias res. I didn't need to learn just why the Fifth Column members were taking out a V shuttle. I knew that because I'd WATCHED THE SHOW BEFORE. And while the promos for the episode completely spoiled the big twist here - the shuttle was full of HUMANS - I still liked the way the series stuck with the characters as they realized they'd become everything they least wanted to be. If they didn't value human life, what made them any better than the V's? It's a provocative question to build an episode around, and it suggested that the series might be willing to dabble in philosophical weight given enough time.

But then the episode brought up the text "12 Hours Earlier," and I groaned.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (May 4) "V" after the break...]

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<p>Lee Dewyze of 'American Idol'</p>

Lee Dewyze of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Harry Connick Jr. schools the Top 5 in Frank Sinatra

'Idol' squeezes 5 performances into 61 minutes with Lee as the standout

Once upon a time, "American Idol" used to shift from single performances to doubles when the contestants reached the Top 5. That meant 10 performances and "American Idol" used to magically do that in an hour. Unbelievable, right?

On Tuesday (May 4) night, "American Idol" could only find time for five performances in 61 minutes. And how could you possibly do more when you have two clip packages -- one for mentor Harry Connick Jr. and one for Frank Sinatra, whose songs made up the night's theme -- and a five minute filler conversation, plus one commercial break before the first song?

Credit is due to Connick, who arranged the Sinatra songs specially for the Top 5, brought along several representatives from his band and even joined them himself on the piano and organ. At least that guy was a committed mentor.

But did his efforts pay off? Or did the "Idol" singers turn me into the Chairman of the Bored?

Click through...

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<p>Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski of 'Chuck'</p>

Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski of 'Chuck'

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Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Role Models'

Fred Willard, Swoosie Kurtz, Udo Kier and a tiger guest star
So I'm out at the movies over the weekend -- "Please Give," which HitFix's Gregory Ellwood adores, but which didn't really work for me -- and the latest trailer for "Robin Hood" comes on. I already don't have any interest in the movie, but then I see who the Big Bad is and all I can do is go, "Gee whiz, Mark Strong again?!?"
 
I like Mark Strong, even if there was something vaguely unsavory about his appearing in brown face in "Body of Lies." He's a good actor and plays a fine villain, but must he now be the villain in every single movie?
 
I confess that I'm getting very near feeling the same way about Fred Willard. The guy is a terrific actor, really one of the most reliably funny  folks in the business. And in the past three weeks, Fred Willard has appeared on "Castle," "Modern Family" and, on Monday (May 3) on "Chuck." 
 
This leads me to ask, "Can there ever be too much Fred Willard?" 
 
Your answer may be, "No." That's totally acceptable. My answer isn't "Yes," just yet, but I've no reached the point at which I'm giving it consideration. When he shows up on "Gossip Girl" and Playboy TV's "Foursome," I may need to revisit the question.
 
And now on to Monday's "Chuck," titled "Chuck vs. the Role Models," after the break...
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<p>Katee Sackhoff of '24'</p>

Katee Sackhoff of '24'

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Recap: '24' Day 8 - '11 a.m. to 12 p.m.'

Jack and Cole make a desperate play to spring Dana, which leads Logan to employ some personal help in reigning them in.

 I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that the final run of episodes on “24” feel no more or less urgent than…well, any other episode of “24.” At its best, the show has built upon its long history to give both context and weight to the overall proceedings. Even in its shaky seventh season, the Big Bads has a history with the show going back several years. But this year, even with the insertion of figures like Charles Logan, feels self-contained. Even if the show wasn’t aware this would be the last season at the outset, there’s just no sense that the show’s total run has led up to this current state of affairs. It’s just another (admittedly awful) day in the life of Jack Bauer. No more, no less. It’s not bad, but it could have been so much more.  

But less about what might have been and more about what actually is. Let’s see what went down tonight. 

[Full recap of Monday's (May 3) "24" after the break...]

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<p>Dean Norris of 'Breaking Bad'</p>

Dean Norris of 'Breaking Bad'

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Recap: 'Breaking Bad' - 'One Minute'

Hank has a few very bad days on 'Breaking Bad'

There was a time when you just didn't kill a regular cast member on a television series. Major TV deaths were so few and far between that the ones that did exist - Henry Blake's plane being shot down over the Sea of Japan or Rosalind plunging down the elevator shaft - became weirdly legendary. Then, about ten years ago or so (I'd place it to roughly the death of Big Pussy on "The Sopranos"), killing off characters because just a Thing You Did if you wanted to be taken seriously as an Important Drama Series.

[Full recap of Sunday's (May 2) "Breaking Bad" after the break...]

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<p>Brent and Caite of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Brent and Caite of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race - 'They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language'

The teams remain in Shanghai for the last pre-finale elimination
Following Sunday (May 2) night's installment of "The Amazing Race," we're down to only three teams with a hope of winning the million dollar prize on next week's finale.
 
And, all things considered, this isn't that far from the Final Three you probably would have predicted from looking at the original cast list, much less after watching the first episode or two.
 
A few more words on the Top Three, plus a brief recap of Sunday's slightly frustrating and occasionally confusing episode of "The Amazing Race," after the break...
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<p>Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Blood Brothers'

Romance, revelations, flashbacks and shocking deaths this week in Mystic Falls!

Flashbacks, revelations, and the truth about how Stefan and Damon became vampires abound this week in Mystic Falls, where we also see the beginnings of puppy (or is it vampy?) love between Anna and Jeremy. We also get answers to some juicy questions: Why has Damon hated Stefan for over a century? Why does Stefan want to die an angsty death? And are you ready to see beloved characters kick the bucket in this shocking episode of "The Vampire Diaries??"

[Full recap of Thursday (April 29) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]

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<p>Anna Torv in the 'Brown Betty' episode of 'Fringe'</p>

Anna Torv in the 'Brown Betty' episode of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Brown Betty'

A grief-stricken Walter turns to the literature and music of his youth to process Peter's absence.

"Knights had no meaning in this game. It wasn't a game for knights." A line from Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep,” and potentially apt for “Fringe” as a whole. We’ve got soldiers, but these soldiers don’t come from any round table. They come through cracks in dimensions, shape shifters and scientists and other than violate the known laws of the universe in order to ensure their side wins in a war neither really understands. All the know is they have to win, even if the first shot fired was friendly in nature. 

[Full recap of Thursday (April 29) night's "Fringe" after the break...]

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<p>Candice of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'</p>

Candice of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Jumping Ship'

One Hero and One Villain contemplate shift alliances, while yet another Idol comes into play
Pre-credit sequence. I'm still scratching my head at the absurd, ridiculous awesomeness of Parvati's move last week. I'm not the one one. The Yin Yang tribe returns to camp on Night 27 and Rupert is all "TOLDJA!" to Colby. The women are cackling, but Russell is feeling confused about all of the secrets going around, specifically the secrets that didn't include him. Over fire, Russell vents to Parvati that he feels lied to, while Parvati insists that it was a surprise. "Russell likes to be in control, because he thinks he's the Godfather of this game," Parvati explains, admitting that she enjoyed seeing Russell scared. The remaining Heroes are scrambling, with Amanda telling Rupert that she's going to try working on Sandra. Rupert, still rocking his Cassandra Complex, knows that he had the shot with Sandra last week and nobody listened to him. He opines, "With all that has happened, I don't know how easy it will be to pull Sandra back in. She opened the door once. My only hope is to maybe get Sandra to open the door again."
 
Full recap of Thursday's (April 29) "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...
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