<p>&nbsp;Gregory Itzin of '24'</p>

 Gregory Itzin of '24'

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Recap: '24' Day 8 - '8 a.m. to 9 a.m.'

Chloe receives an unusual offer, and President Taylor enlists an unlikely ally

Two weeks, two silent countdowns to end an episode of “24.” You could take that to mean the show’s going out with a bang, literally. Or, you could take that to mean that we could quickly get desensitized to all the death about to come our way in the final few hours of the series’ run. I’m all for ramping things up to go out in a blaze of glory, but there’s a chance that we might be too numb to care by that point. As numb as Jack at episode’s end.

But we’ll get there eventually. Onto the rest of the recap! Let’s take a look at what happened in three major locations this week.

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<p>Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad'</p>

Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad'

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Recap: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Green Light'

Walt's still not cooking, but 'Breaking Bad' is as riveting as ever.

It's tough to say much about "Green Light" without saying anything about next week's episode of "Breaking Bad." I normally try to avoid watching additional episodes unless I've been able to write up the ones I've already seen, but these two hours of "Breaking Bad" work so well together, almost as one, big, two-hour "Breaking Bad" movie, that it's hard to avoid the cause and effect the two episodes set up and pay off. This week is all cause (for the most part), while next week is all effect. "Breaking Bad" has never been a series that has had a lot of non-serialized elements, but these two hours tie tightly together in the mind, even after I've rewatched this hour, and they work well as a suggestion of how the series sets up storylines to come.

[Full recap of Sunday's (April 11) "Breaking Bad" after the break...]

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<p>Brent &amp; Caite of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Brent & Caite of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race - 'Dumb Did Us In'

The teams head to Singapore for ice cream sandwiches, drumming and dumbing
Unlike "Survivor" or "Big Brother," "The Amazing Race" isn't really a social game. Yes, teamwork is essential to strong performance within each team, but alliances and friendships between different teams tend to be largely irrelevant as a determining factor.
 
We all know that reality TV contestants only rarely go on shows to make friends, so the motto on a show like "The Amazing Race" probably should be the same as that Latin phrase often misattributed to the Hippocratic Oath: Primum non nocere, or "first do no harm."
 
That is to say that nobody is requiring you to become Facebook buddies or to exchange e-mail addresses and stay in touch with your rivals for a million bucks, but you probably shouldn't go out of your way to make enemies. Because having allies rarely helps you on "The Amazing Race," but having enemies can sometimes bite you in the rump. 
 
That was the lesson learned by Brandy & Carol on Sunday (April 11) night's episode of "The Amazing Race."
 
[Full recap after the break...]
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<p>Tina Fey</p>

Tina Fey

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Tina Fey's Sarah Palin returns, while Justin Bieber acts and sings

Watch: 'Date Night' star has a welcome return and Steve Martin has a cameo

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...]

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<p>&nbsp;Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

 Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Let the Right One In'

Stefan's in danger as a storm brings drama to Mystic Falls…

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…]

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

Emilio of 'Project Runway'

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'The Big, Top Designers'

It’s the last challenge before Bryant Park – and one designer chokes

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...]

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<p>John Noble and Anna Torv of 'Fringe'</p>

John Noble and Anna Torv of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.'

As Olivia struggles to keep Peter's identity secret, someone from her past catches the team's attention.

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...]

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

Courtney of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

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

The implosion continues for the Villains and a new power player plots a scheme
Pre-credit sequence. Following one of the most comically over-the-top recap packages in memory, the Villains return to the camp, where Russell and Parvati are giddy and giggling at their triumph. "He ain't nothing on me..." Russell gloats. "I'm controlling this game." Coach, meanwhile, is angry at Russell, who he calls a bully. Jerri is also upset at losing Boston Rob. Gee, morons. Maybe you shouldn't have made the choices you made? Now Coach finds himself in "an alliance of lies." He approaches Jerri as asks Jerri if now might be the time to make a move against Russell and his pack, but Jerri says she'd rather just sit back and wait for the merge. Why is Jerri still invited to All-Star seasons? She was ineffectively evil in her first season, just ineffective in "All-Stars" and this season, she hasn't even risen to the level of "ineffective." Jerri is making Danielle look active and involved. Coach looks around and, like Colonel Nicholson at the end of "Bridge on the River Kwai," he realizes that he's screwed everything up. "We're done," Coach complains. "We're toast. Pray for the merge."
 
[Full recap of Thursday's "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Angelea of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

 Angelea of 'America's Next Top Model'

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Smile and Pose'

No vampires on 'ANTM' this week, as the girls learn to be real while being fake

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...]

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<p>&nbsp;Aaron Kelly of 'American Idol'</p>

 Aaron Kelly of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - 'Idol' voters put the Judges on the spot

Surprising voting results force Simon, Ellen, Randy and Kara to make a decision

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...

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