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As Lacy strikes a deal with Barnabus, Zoe's escape plan yields tragic results.
In what’s becoming a pandemic of programming, tonight marks the start of a long hiatus for “Caprica.” Following in the less-than-ideal footsteps of shows such as “FlashFoward,” “V,” and to a lesser extent its own parent show “Battlestar: Galactica,” fans of the show will now have to wait a few months until getting the second-half of what’s nominally the first season of the show.
At some point, talk of a show’s “season” will be meaningful only in terms of semantics and DVD packaging. As such, I’m treating tonight’s episode “End of Line” less as a season finale and more as a planned cliffhanger in anticipation of an extended absence. So, how do things stack up as we reached the end of the line for “Caprica” for now? Let’s find out!
[Full recap of Friday's (March 26) "Caprica" after the break...]
After far-too-long away, 'Vampire Diaries' returns with a bachelor auction and Big Surprises
Ian Somerhald, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'
Credit: The CW
We're back, VDers! After going far too long without our beloved "Vampire Diaries," the story picks up right where we left off in the wake of Grams' death (and the subsequent Katerina Graham master class that seemingly won her this week off). Damon, still struggling with the knowledge that Katherine totally dissed him, turns to alcoholism and shirtlessness to ease his pain. Interruptions, bad mothers, new faces, and more mentions of Isobel than you can handle are in store as we dive into Episode 15: "A Few Good Men."
[Full recap of Thursday's (March 25) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "A Few Good Men," after the break…]
Can one unlucky designer recover from a 'disco straightjacket'?
Jonathan of 'Project Runway'
Now that we’re down to the final seven, I feel I need to make my final bets on who’s going to Bryant Park. Hmmm. While I really expected Mila to win the whole shebang, even though she appears to be pure evil under a nicely razored bob, I’m now going with Emilio, Seth Aaron and either Maya or Jay. I think finally, finally, after drinking gallons of the Mila Kool-Aid, the judges finally shook off their drug-induced stupor, crawled out of Mila’s spidery grip and realized, oh yeah, she can’t do anything except black and white or color blocking. Girlfriend is played out. And because I’ve declared this, that probably means she’ll win the next several challenges and dance off with the Bryant Park win. Arrgh!
Anyway, enough with the betting, since I can’t put any money on it anyway, not having a bookie or anything. Let the games begin!
[Full recap of Thursday's (March 25) "Project Runway" after the break...]
The girls fight over who wants to be there less and then do a dance-themed shoot
Brenda of 'America's Next Top Model'
Credit: The CW
Welcome to episode three of Cycle 14 of "America’s Next Top Model"! It’s also Round Two of Ren vs. Alasia, the Sad Vortex of Doom vs. The Mouth! And there are probably more numbers too! Give us a while and we’ll get right back to ya!
[Full recap after the break...]
Boston Rob and Russell butt heads, while James injury and appetites are an issue
Boston Rob of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'
Pre-credit sequence. Poor Tom. We've had two weeks to mull over your elimination. But on Night 14 in Heroes camp, the wounds are still fresh. Colby professes to being just a little crushed, though James offers him a hug. On the outside is Candice. She's lonely and Amanda wants to make her lonelier still. Amanda doesn't trust Candice and wants to get her out.
A second pre-credit sequence? What have we done to earn such a blessing? Meanwhile, over at Villains camp, only Russell and Boston Rob are still awake. They're up all night thinking. Big thinkers, those two. Russell approaches Boston Rob and tries to make nice. It's all a show, as we know. Russell wants Boston Rob out of the game, but he's trying to put his mind at false ease. For his part, Boston Rob levels with Russell that people are mad that he went after the Immunity Idol. Boston Rob's goal? To make Russell paranoid. As Boston Rob puts it, "He's not playing with the amateurs anymore. He's playing with the big boys now."
[Full recap of Wednesday (March 24) night's "Survivor
: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...]
Miley Cyrus performs and 'Idol' pares down to its touring company
Katie Stevens of 'American Idol'
9:00 p.m. ET. Sorry, "American Idol. There's really no way you can make last week's elimination of Lacey Brown seem shocking or dramatic. Then again, I guess it's easier to find "dramatic, climactic" music than to find "sleepy, anticlimactic" music.
9:01 p.m. But there *are* stakes tonight. Whoever gets sent home will miss out on the tour, will become this season's Alexis Grace. I still feel a little sad about Alexis Grace, in case you can't tell.
Who's going home? Find out after the break...
Richard Alpert takes center stage in the season's biggest episode so far
Titus Welliver returned to 'Lost' this week as the Man In Black, and he brought a whole bucketful of the heebie jeebies with him.
Who is that handsome devil in that picture?
"Lost" writers Melinda Hsu Taylor and Greggory Nations had one of the most difficult jobs in the entire history of the series tonight, and they more than rose to the occasion. Before I pressed "play" on my DVR this evening, I actually hesitated. This is one of those episodes we've been waiting to see for quite a while, and as much as I was looking forward to it, it also made me sad. This really is the home stretch now. In two months, it will all be over. No matter what we think of the answers we're getting, we are getting answers, and for a "Lost" fan, that's almost disconcerting at this point.
Richard Alpert was first introduced to the series in "Not In Portland," way back in season three of the show, and little by little, he's taken focus as one of the most significant characters of the entire series. Until this episode, though, just how significant was unclear. If you're one of those people who still complains that the show is more question than answer, tonight must have knocked you for a loop, because it was pretty much answer from start to finish. It also broke the formula that this season has followed. Instead of a flash sideways to the alternative timeline we've followed all year, we returned to the simple flashbacks that were such a staple of the series in the first few seasons.
Billboard Hit Night actually yields more misses from the 'Idol' singers
Didi Benami of 'American Idol'
Welcome, friends, to another two-hour "American Idol" Tuesday.
This Tuesday (March 23) night was originally a Teen Idols theme, but it was changed at the last minute to the far-more-nebulous Billboard #1s theme. I have no idea what that means, but it's sure to be generic, since it encompasses any top hit in any genre dating back to 1958 [Billboard Hot 100 only].
While the theme is gone, Miley Cyrus, who dates back to 1992 or so, remains on-board at tonight's mentor. She's sporting the most makeup for any "American Idol" mentor since Verdine White.
Miley's also the first guest mentor to give all of her advice in blue jean short-shorts since Quentin Tarantino.
On to the performances, after the break...
With CTU dismantled, Chloe tries to save the day while Dana tries to suppress her past once and for all.
It’s been two solid weeks in a row for “24,” ladies and gentlemen. With a show such as this, it’s hard to have a series of episodes of wildly erratic quality: since it’s so plot-driven, the show’s about as good as its story. To date, the story of Season 8 has been wildly unfocused while feeling painfully familiar: we’ve gone from an assassination attempt to a coup to a nuclear attack while moving through four or five possible Big Bads. All this while employing the usual tricks and trades that the show employs in order to take a 5-6 hour story and turn it into 24 hours of prime-time entertainment.
Roughly halfway into this season, has “24” finally found its narrative stride? The jury’s still out. Tonight did feature some tense scenes with Jack, some classic Chloe O’Brien, finally turned the season’s weakest link (the Dana subplot) into…well, you’ll see in the full recap, after the break...
What's a Red Test and will Chuck be able to pass? And who could go for a Subway sub?
So let's say that due to circumstances beyond your control (or possibly within your control), your life situation has changed. You suddenly find yourself in an environment, in a job, that you never necessarily wanted to be in. But you're there. You're committed to it.
Now what's the worst thing you can imagine having to do to prove that you belong, to prove that you're prepared to to go all the way and embrace the New You?
That was the big question in the background of Monday (March 21) night's "Chuck
," titled "Chuck vs. the Final Exam."
How far would you go?
[Full recap of "Chuck vs. the Final Exam" after the break...]