In a season that has been fairly low on high-profile hosts and musical guests, “Saturday Night Live” decided to kick off April with quite the combination. Tina Fey is a former cast member (great for drawing in jaded fans who insist that “SNL” has gone downhill), the star of a “hip” television show (NBC’s own “30 Rock,” so bonus points for network synergy), and currently starring in a hit movie (“Date Night,” which will open strong at the box office this weekend according to early estimates). Combine with the fact that she intends on bringing her Sarah Palin impression (which brought huge ratings in the leadup to the 2008 election) out of retirement, and the fact that Fey is actually very funny and likeable, and you have a host that manages to be good for NBC’s bottom line while being great for the show as well.
Of course, NBC had to go and ruin it all by bringing in some teenage singer no one’s ever heard of to be the musical guest; has anyone even heard of “Justin Bieber?” I mean, it’s not like he’s been consistently trending on Twitter for what seems like years or anything, right? And I’m sure he doesn’t currently have the #1 album in the country - that just seems crazy. If he was that successful, though, he’d be quite the coup for the show, and they’d truly have a hit episode on their hands.
And by hit episode, I mean one of the most humorously incongruous pairings in the show’s history, which is at least good for a laugh.
[A recap of the Tina Fey-Justin Bieber "Saturday Night Live" showdown after the break...]
The "Vampire Diaries" folks aren't messing around this week, getting things going with the quickness as Stefan is attacked the morning after fending off the new vampire Frederick in last week's episode. As Stefan finds himself in mortal danger, Damon, Elena, Alaric, and Caroline find themselves headed to Pearl's house in the woods. The heat, as they say, is on!
[Full recap of Thursday's (April 8) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Let the Right One In," after the break…]
Eeeek! It’s the last challenge before Bryant Park! Can you stand it? Best of all, Anthony is not only back but riding a win, so part of me is thinking this might be his Cinderfella moment and he’s going to prove to those judges they screwed the pooch giving him the boot because he is back, bitches! I love storybook endings, don’t you? I will say I am a little sad that there’s only one girl left, and it happens to be Mila, which hardly counts. But this is exciting, isn’t it?
[Full recap of Thursday's (April 8) "Project Runway" after the break...]
I’m not sure any “Fringe” fan expected the show to continue on the level exhibited in last week’s return, but the awkwardly titled follow-up “Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.” largely spun its wheels, content to let the “will Olivia tell Peter” tension simmer over a bland freak-of-the-week case. But what transpired wasn’t part of The Pattern, at least in the way that the show defined it last season. It was perhaps the start of the next phase of the War of the Worlds.
[Full recap of Thursday's (April 8) "Fringe" after the break...]
Welcome to the next episode of "ANTM," Cycle 14! Anslee is still in the running, and she’s a mom, so it was only a matter of time before she got a letter from her child and started to cry.
“It’s like walking around feeling empty,” Anslee blubbers, and she isn’t referring to the typical model starvation.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (April 7) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
9:01 p.m. ET Set to "Hey Jude," the recap of Tuesday's Lennon & McCartney performance show does a fine job of making a so-so show look superlative.
9:02 p.m. "Prepare yourself for a surprise or two," Ryan Seacrest says, kicking off Wednesday's (April 7) show.
Prepare yourself, indeed, after the break...
Tonight was a pivotal moment in the final season of "Lost," which should come as little surprise since tonight was the return of Desmond Hume to active duty.
"The Constant" is a dividing point for many fans. The ones who hate the time travel and the alternate timelines and the donkey wheel... well, "The Constant" is pretty much enemy number one for them. And I can see how if you don't like the way the "Lost" writers play with those ideas, the last few seasons must feel like a major letdown after getting invested in a story that was laid out, for all its mysteries, in a fairly simple and linear manner. One story on the Island, one story in flashbacks. People trying to survive, and the things that haunt them from their past. There was a shape to it that was fairly comfortable.
And then the show exploded. Literally. Timelines fractured. Structure caved in on itself. And it became a very different show. The characters are all still there, and we are definitely still dealing with story threads that were introduced five or six seasons ago, but so much more has happened since those early seasons that we're starting to realize now that we're not watching the show we initially thought we were watching. And that can be a disconcerting thing for a viewer, no doubt about it.
This season in particular has been an upset for some people thanks to the flash sideways storyline that's been the subject of much debate since the season premiere. I've read reactions calling the alternate timeline "confusing," "pointless," and "a train wreck." I've also read reactions from people who have been engaged by the puzzle presented to them by the show this year, at least a half-dozen different interpretations of what they're watching. I've certainly speculated about the nature of what we're seeing openly here in these recaps, and my theories have evolved over the course of the season. I've used a shorthand while describing the separate storylines, referring to one as TIMELINE A and one as TIMELINE B, although I'm fairly sure it's not as simple as a rift in time or space.
There were times in tonight's episode of "V" when I thought, "Finally! A show I might enjoy watching from week to week!" There were times in tonight's episode of "V" when I questioned just why I volunteered to cover this show week-to-week. And there were a few times in between. It's kind of a "best of 'V,' worst of 'V'" scenario, really. You have a pretty fun plot about the resistance infiltrating the main "V" ship right next to a plot where Erica brings Tyler to hang out with his dad, a plot that seems like it might make Tyler worth caring about before just making him as boring as he always is. (Honestly, if the show had just seen fit to let him stay with Krycek up in the north woods for all time, I doubt too many people would have cared. Instead, Lisa's going to hang out with him.) And, worst of all, the episode just ladled on the portent.
[Full recap of Tuesday (April 6) night's "V" after the break...]