<p>&nbsp;Eric Stoltz and the Zoey-Bot of 'Caprica'</p>

 Eric Stoltz and the Zoey-Bot of 'Caprica'

Credit: Syfy

Recap: 'Caprica' - 'Ghosts in the Machine'

Daniel and Joseph take two very different approaches to locate their daughter's avatars

Fans of “Caprica” are almost universally also fans of “Battlestar: Galactica.” Not all, but most. So when I tell you that everything has happened before, and will happen again, you have more context for the speech than simply Amanda’s utterance of it last week. What tonight’s episode, “Ghosts in the Machine,” sought to demonstrate was just how one iteration of one stage of the neverending cycle started to pick up speed. Both Daniel and Joseph spent this episode looking for their daughters, fully unaware of how much they are fueling the fire of the younger generation’s imminent revenge. 

As yes, I use the phrase “fueling the fire” intentionally. Between Zoe’s pathological fear of it to the invocation of Prometheus in New Cap City, the episode foreshadowed the fire the will engulf the Twelve Colonies in the near future. But that’s a tale for another time. Let’s focus our recap on the here and now, shall we? 

[Full recap of Friday's (March 19) "Caprica" after the break...]

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Jonathan from season 7 of Project Runway

Jonathan is on one of the lower scoring teams this week, but is he going home?

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' - Team Challenge brings out day and night

Which contestant will throw the other one under the bus?

Okay, I’ve finally figured out that Lifetime, home of the woman in peril/menopause/a tawdry extramarital affair with the underage but ripped pool boy movie, is not entirely trustworthy when it comes to promos. But, even after seeing and scoffing at the ridiculously over-the-top plug for this week’s “Project Runway” (“But NO ONE is prepared for what happens NEXT, bah dah DUM!”), I’m still excited to see this episode. After all, it’s a team challenge, and if there’s one thing we know about “PR” is that this is a certain recipe for the kind of passive aggressive sniping, angrily thrown pin cushions and weeping/high-pitched screeching that makes reality television so much fun but sucks eggs in real life. But good news, this isn’t real life (or at least it isn’t ours), so let the hysterics begin!

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<p>&nbsp;Alexandra of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

 Alexandra of 'America's Next Top Model'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Dreckitude!'

In another 90-minute episode, the models get naked and two are sent home
Cycle 14 of "ANTM" seems to be moving quite fast. Looks like the show producers want the girls to get naked on the second date. Here comes the obligatory nude photo shoot, girls!
 
[Nudity and more from Wednesday's (March 17) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Tim Urban of 'American Idol'</p>

 Tim Urban of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Results - The first finalist heads home

After an hour of filler, 'Idol' cuts to 11 without a major surprise and without using the Judges' Save

9:00 p.m. We begin the episode with a Top 12 montage set to The Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream." Presumably the joke is that the dream is about to become a nightmare for one contestant?

9:01 p.m. Close, but not quite. "One dream is on the line," bombastic text informs us. Uh-oh! 

[Find out whose dream became a nightmare on Wednesday's (March 17) "American Idol" after the break..]

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<p>AlternaLocke and Crazy Claire both had some major drama this week, even though 'Recon' was a Sawyer-centric episode as we continue the build to the series conclusion.</p>

AlternaLocke and Crazy Claire both had some major drama this week, even though 'Recon' was a Sawyer-centric episode as we continue the build to the series conclusion.

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Lost' 6.08 - 'Recon' moves pieces into place

Sawyer takes center-stage in an episode that feels like a stepping stone

As an important part of the overall mythology in this final season of "Lost," episode 6.08 was well-constructed by writers Jim Galasso & Elizabeth Sarnoff, and it certainly laid out certain information in a way that sets a number of things into motion for the next few episodes.  But there's still something about it as a stand-alone epsiode that seems disappointing.  Slight, even, and when there are only eight episodes after this before the finale, then it's no time for "slight."

The featured player in this week's flash-sideways TIMELINE A segments is Sawyer, although he's not Sawyer in this version of reality.  Instead, he's James Ford, Los Angeles cop with a dark secret and a partner named Miles.  The notion of Ken Leung and Josh Holloway teamed up in a buddy cop show is just plain great, and I highly advise ABC to get busy on the spin-off right away, regardless of how the series ends.  The introduction to undercover officer Sawyer is pretty canny, a spin on what we've learned about him over the years.  He starts the episode in bed with a woman, and he starts to run a con on her.  It's the familiar pigeon drop we've seen him do before, and the problem is that she recognizes the move as well.  She draws a gun on him and tells him she knows he's a con artist since her husband is as well, and she knows the moves.  He tells her that he's actually a cop, and that she's walked into a trap designed to catch her husband.  It's a fun game for viewers for a few minutes, because as AlternaLocke observes later in the episode, "You're the best liar I've ever seen."  James could be a cop.  It could be a way to get out of trouble.  It could be another layer of scam.  For a few minutes, there are some rich possibilities in play.

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<p>&nbsp;Siobhan Magnus of 'American Idol'</p>

 Siobhan Magnus of 'American Idol'

Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' -- The Top 12 roll with The Stones

Siobhan Magnus earns Adam Lambert comparisons, but several other singers also shine

New stage set-up. New announcer. New Top 12. This is "American Idol."

Tuesday (March 16) night is the music of the Rolling Stones and I can't wait to hear what Lilly Scott and Alex Lambert are going to sing!

What?

Really?

Huh. Well, click through for a full recap of tonight's episode. [And also check out my interviews with the Top 12.]

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<p>&nbsp;Kiefer Sutherland of '24'</p>

 Kiefer Sutherland of '24'

Credit: FOX

Recap: '24' Day 8 - '3 a.m. to 4 a.m.'

As CTU stretches itself thin to contain the growing threat, the terrorists make a move to secure their endgame.

 You never know when your TV-watching habits are going to pay off, friends. Take “24,” for instance. At its heights a blockbuster action show worthy of extra-buttered popcorn; at it’s worst, well, full of redneck ex-boyfiends. But I never knew the show could teach me valuable life lessons as well. Just today, I found a half-foot of water in my basement and knew that I should calibrate my “DAMNIT” just slightly higher than when a suspect breaks a CTU perimeter and slightly lower than when a witness dies in Jack’s arms before (s)he can tell him the vital piece of intel that could end that day’s threat. 

So thank you, “24.” I underestimated you. Onto the recap! 

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<p>&nbsp;Adam Baldwin of 'Chuck'</p>

 Adam Baldwin of 'Chuck'

Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Tic Tac'

Adam Baldwin's Casey gets quality time in an episode that's all about choices
Hey "Chuck" fans...
 
I'm back from the island I exiled myself to after failing to be head-over-heels in love with "Chuck vs. the Beard" last week. I appreciate the number of you who were at least tolerant of my feelings that "Chuck vs. the Beard" was sloppy, narratively redundant and tonally over-the-top, just as I absolutely get why many of y'all felt like there was still plenty of fun to be had in the episode.
 
In that spirit, I plan to be totally understanding if you happen to disagree with my appreciation of "Chuck vs. the Tic Tac," an episode that I thought did a terrific job of blending madcap comic moments with truly emotional character material. I also appreciated how well "Chuck vs. the Tic Tac" handled its thematic through-line, making it an entire episode about loyalty, about difficult choices and the reasons we make them. 
 
I'll grant that there were aspects of this episode that have now been repeated for the fourth or fifth times this season, but Monday's (March 15) episode had enough good storytelling for me to ignore the redundancies. 
 
[Recap/thoughts on "Chuck vs. the Tic Tac" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Carol and Brandy of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

 Carol and Brandy of 'The Amazing Race'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race -- 'I Think We're Fighting the Germans, Right?'

World War I proves confusing for all, while Morse Code proves impossible for one team
From the newly revised American 2010 Declaration of Independence:
 
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and also women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (or by evolution, in the case of a Godless universe) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of a million dollars on the unscripted TV show of their choosing."
 
I took it upon myself to do a little Jeffersonian overhaul after watching Sunday (March 14) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" and pondering how the show's producers ended up with this pack of contestants who seem not to feel any urgency or excitement at being a part of this globe-trotting game show with a massive cash prize.
 
At least half of the remaining eight teams on "The Amazing Race" aggressively appear not to have any desire to win and, in addition, seem to have an almost anhedonic inability to enjoy what they're doing. At the very least, that's some dreadful casting work on a show which has thrived on pitch-perfect casting over the course of its Emmy-winning run.
 
So while Sunday's episode was tense and rather thrilling at points, I spent less time excited and more time eager to throttle the alleged competitors.
 
Click through for a recap of Sunday's Race...
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<p>&nbsp;Jude Law</p>

 Jude Law

Credit: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Jerry Seinfeld nearly upstages Jude Law and Pearl Jam

'Marriage Ref' star drops by, but the Digital Short for 'Boombox' is an 'SNL' highlight

It is rare, these days, that you get what one could call a “thespian” taking over the reins of “Saturday Night Live.” Jude Law, after all, just recently wrapped up a stint playing Hamlet on Broadway, so at first glance you wouldn’t necessarily think that he would make an ideal host (at least based on the show’s recent track record, if not what would actually make a great host objectively speaking). However, then you remember that Jude Law is really quite funny (his last movie role, after all, was his nice supporting turn as Watson in Sherlock Holmes), and you also realize that he’s here promoting a film that no one has heard of and is getting dumped in March (“Repo Men”), which makes things much more comfortable. Sure, Jude Law is a really great actor, but he’s here on the same terms as every other “SNL” host, so it’s unlikely that the show is really going to become that much more classy or, well, good as a result of his presence. 

A review of an “SNL” that managed to live up to, but not exceed in any way, those expectations after the jump… 

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