<p>Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad'</p>

Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad'

Credit: AMC

Recap: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Mas'

Walt's back in the game. So why are we all so depressed?

"He does it because he's a man." - Gus Frings

"Breaking Bad," down at its most basic level, is a show about men who are trapped between who they think they should be (largely driven by biological imperatives and traditional societal standards of masculinity) and who they actually are in a world that long ago abandoned the idea of the cheerful father who goes to the plant every day to make the money he needs to support his family. Not all of these men have made the choice to take hold of their own fate like Walter White has, and not all of them have taken the dive into the deep end of doing very bad things. But all of them are men who are adrift, uncertain of how the world looks at them or how to capture an ineffable something they always thought would be their birthright by virtue of their gender.

 

[Full recap of Sunday (April 18) "Breaking Bad" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Ryan Phillippe</p>

 Ryan Phillippe

Credit: AP

Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Ryan Phillippe plays Robert Pattinson and Ke$ha performs

'MacGruber' jokes and impressions aplenty fill another uneven 'SNL'

Considering that Ryan Phillippe’s cultural cache has never quite been the same since his split from Reese Witherspoon, and the fact that Ke$ha is a commercial construction rather than an actual artist, this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” feels particularly misguided. However, if you break it down a bit further, you realize that it is actually driven by two of the most common “SNL” justifications: Phillippe is starring in the big-screen adaptation of the show’s “MacGruber” sketches, and Ke$ha is the sort of internet/club sensation that could potentially draw in some new viewers. There isn’t really any comic or artistic reasoning behind their involvement (although Phillippe was perhaps my favourite non-Matt Dillon part of “Crash”), which leaves us to sort of accept that nepotism and blatant attempts to try to leverage flash-in-the-pan success stories are part of the show’s cultural legacy just as much as legitimate comic talent and particularly engaging sketches. 

A full recap of just how strong (hint: not very) an episode of “Saturday Night Live” with such handicaps can be after the jump… 

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<p>Mila of 'Project Runway'</p>

Mila of 'Project Runway'

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' Season 7 Finale - Part I

Mila and Jay go head to head, but only one will make it to Bryant Park

I’m not even sure I can watch this episode. It’s just too nerve wracking, and even though part of me would like at least one stinkin’ woman in the finals (c’mon, it’s a contest to design women’s clothes, you’d think the female perspective would be a good thing), the only woman left in the hunt is the Queen of All Evil (and Color Blocking), so not really feeling it. But then again, Jay has this tendency to dress like a J Crew float in the Electric Light Parade at Disneyland and make tacky Michael Jackson jackets and big butt dresses, so I’m torn.  

But, even if it pains me to do it, I’m watching, so let’s get started, shall we? 

[Full recap of Thursday's "Project Runway" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Corpse and Joshua Jackson of 'Fringe'</p>

 Corpse and Joshua Jackson of 'Fringe'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'Fringe' - 'White Tulip'

With Walter struggling to come clean to Peter, he learns of someone else willing to bend the laws of nature to rescue a loved one.

“It’s not our place to adjust the universe,” Walter Bishop tells fellow grieving man of science, Alistair Peck. “I have traveled through madness to figure this out, and you will too.” While not the most subtle of episodes, this week’s “Fringe” did an excellent job of constructing its weekly foray into pseudoscience around Walter’s increasing sense of guilt over his abduction of Peter. Plus? Peter Weller, aka “RoboCop,” played Alistair! Not only did he get to play another half-man, half-machine, but this cyborg could move through time. Heck, let’s just call him what he is: RoboTimeCop! And let’s get to the recap, starting off with a little story about a certain astrophysicist. 

[Full recap of Thursday's (April 15) "Fringe" after the break...]

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<p>David Anders of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

David Anders of 'The Vampire Diaries'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Under Control'

Secrets and blood lusts explode at a Mystic Falls town party.

This week in Mystic Falls, everyone's got a secret. Especially Elena and Jeremy's Uncle John Gilbert, who has come back to town for mysterious reasons. And Stefan, who's jittery from blood detox withdrawals. And -- well, you'll have to keep reading to find out who else is on the hush-hush, whose dirty hookups earn a resounding "Eeeew!" and whose secret we DON'T get to learn as fates collide at the Founder's Day Party.

[Full recap of Thursday (April 15) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;JT of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'</p>

 JT of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Survivor History'

If the name of the other tribe is 'Villains' perhaps they aren't trustworthy?
Pre-credit sequence. It's not that I'm going to miss Coach, but I'm certainly going to miss Coach and Boston Rob and James and Big Tom. Whether we give Russell full credit or not, he's now become the dominant personality in a game that initially had many dominant personalities. What began as an All-Star season has become "Survivor: Russell, Part II." There's a rat back at the Villains camp. Is that rat Sandra? Sandra's certainly feeling cocky about orchestrating Coach's departure. Jerri feels personally blindsided, but Danielle reassures her that she's safe. Russell is Russell-y, which means "smug and cocky," both because Coach was gunning for him (he wasn't) and because he now finds himself surrounded by women, five to be exact. Of those women, Coach maintains he trusts three, excluding Courtney and Sandra, who he promises will be next out. If it came to that, the smart play would be for the five female Villains to form an actual women's alliance and vote Russell out before a merge, right? Or is something about to monkey with the overall dynamic?
 
[Full recap of Thursday's (April 15) night's "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...]
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<p>Jessica of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

Jessica of 'America's Next Top Model'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'New York Women'

The models learn to be fierce in a modeling mecca: The NYC subway

Eight girls are left in Cycle 14 of "America's Next Top Model". At the top of episode No. -- what, 6, is it? -- it looks like Raina and Jessica may be the fledgling modelettes to beat. Crazy Alasia is a good stealth contender, with her amazing combination of toddler-esque behavior, cuckoo wardrobe choices and yet, brilliant modeling work. And then there’s Octomom, I mean, Angelea. She can occasionally model, but she’s as horrendous in the personality department as Alasia.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (April 14) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]

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<p>Michael Lynche of 'American Idol'&nbsp;</p>

Michael Lynche of 'American Idol' 

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Double elimination raises the stakes

After Michael Lynche was saved last week, the 'Idol' Top 9 lost two members

9:00 p.m. Welcome to Wednesday (April 14) night's "American Idol," which should have been sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken, because it's a Double-Down "Idol." Mmmm... The chicken *is* the bun... Sorry. Little hungry. Anyway, two singers are going home tonight, putting the pressure on nearly everybody. Well, everybody except for Ryan Seacrest, who hits the stage with this season's trademark smuggness.

Full recap of Wednesday's show (with results) after the break...

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<p>Jorge Garcia has consistently been the one of the most soulful empathetic characters on 'Lost,' and that continues unabated in the show's final season.</p>

Jorge Garcia has consistently been the one of the most soulful empathetic characters on 'Lost,' and that continues unabated in the show's final season.

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Lost' 6.12 - 'Everybody Loves Hugo' continues the big reveals

Whispers explained, eyes opened, and a Scotsman down a well make for a big week

What is the nature of the Flash Sideways?

It has become the sole question that matters at this point in the home stretch of "Lost," and how they stick the landing all depends on the reveal and the execution of the wrap-up.  There have been clues trickling in for weeks now, starting with episode 6.06, "Sundown," where Sayid's Flash Sideways had the distinct feeling of a deal with the devil gone subtly wrong.  There have been complaints from fans this year that the way characters keep crossing paths in the Flash Sideways/Timeline A stuff is "too convenient," but I think it all makes sense if you accept that we are seeing a construct, a Timeline in which people have been given a second chance at things that is supposed to keep them distracted by "solving" their imperfect lives.  The question remains... how could that be happening, and who did it to them?  And with only a few hours left in the season, at what point will we see the mechanism that kicked Timeline A into existence?

There's an amazing, ambitious video game called "Fallout 3" that is set in a post-apocalyptic American landscape dotted with underground bunkers known as Vaults.  Most of the game plays out in a fairly linear fashion, but there's one Vault in particular that you walk into, and when you hook up to the life-support machines you find there, you are suddenly launched into a radically different game, set in an idyllic black-and-white "Leave It To Beaver" version of the 1950s.  Why and how and what you have to do to make it back to the real game is one of the most deliciously weird and creepy left-turns I've ever encountered in a game, and I walked away impressed by the ambition of that choice.  The safe thing to do for the producers of "Lost" would have been to make this final season a single linear storyline that just answered questions set up by the first five seasons, running down them like a checklist.  That would have been safe and satisfying and completely predictable.  Which is why I'm glad and surprised that they chose instead to layer in a whole new element to the show's mythology, using one of the most outrageous storytelling choices in the entire six years of the show.

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<p>Finn in &quot;Hell-O&quot;</p>

Finn in "Hell-O"

Recap: 'Glee' returns in 'Hell-O'

From the Beatles to All-American Rejects, battles to rejection

In typical “Glee” fashion, the show’s creators waste no time back into action, as “Hell-O” kicks off the new season. Within an hour, Rachel loses Finn, finds new “love,” is forced to break up with that guy, then enters back into the relationship secretly and Finn tries wooing her back. And that’s just one storyline.

In an instrumental allusion to Rachel's best number from last season, “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from triumphant “Sectionals,” the Gleeks walk down the hall like rock stars (“I feel like Lady Gaga,” says Kurt), that is until the inevitable slushies meet face. And we’re off!
 
[Full recap of Tuesday's (April 13) "Glee" after the break...]
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