<p>Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski of 'Chuck'</p>

Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski of 'Chuck'

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Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Role Models'

Fred Willard, Swoosie Kurtz, Udo Kier and a tiger guest star
So I'm out at the movies over the weekend -- "Please Give," which HitFix's Gregory Ellwood adores, but which didn't really work for me -- and the latest trailer for "Robin Hood" comes on. I already don't have any interest in the movie, but then I see who the Big Bad is and all I can do is go, "Gee whiz, Mark Strong again?!?"
 
I like Mark Strong, even if there was something vaguely unsavory about his appearing in brown face in "Body of Lies." He's a good actor and plays a fine villain, but must he now be the villain in every single movie?
 
I confess that I'm getting very near feeling the same way about Fred Willard. The guy is a terrific actor, really one of the most reliably funny  folks in the business. And in the past three weeks, Fred Willard has appeared on "Castle," "Modern Family" and, on Monday (May 3) on "Chuck." 
 
This leads me to ask, "Can there ever be too much Fred Willard?" 
 
Your answer may be, "No." That's totally acceptable. My answer isn't "Yes," just yet, but I've no reached the point at which I'm giving it consideration. When he shows up on "Gossip Girl" and Playboy TV's "Foursome," I may need to revisit the question.
 
And now on to Monday's "Chuck," titled "Chuck vs. the Role Models," after the break...
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<p>Katee Sackhoff of '24'</p>

Katee Sackhoff of '24'

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Recap: '24' Day 8 - '11 a.m. to 12 p.m.'

Jack and Cole make a desperate play to spring Dana, which leads Logan to employ some personal help in reigning them in.

 I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that the final run of episodes on “24” feel no more or less urgent than…well, any other episode of “24.” At its best, the show has built upon its long history to give both context and weight to the overall proceedings. Even in its shaky seventh season, the Big Bads has a history with the show going back several years. But this year, even with the insertion of figures like Charles Logan, feels self-contained. Even if the show wasn’t aware this would be the last season at the outset, there’s just no sense that the show’s total run has led up to this current state of affairs. It’s just another (admittedly awful) day in the life of Jack Bauer. No more, no less. It’s not bad, but it could have been so much more.  

But less about what might have been and more about what actually is. Let’s see what went down tonight. 

[Full recap of Monday's (May 3) "24" after the break...]

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<p>Dean Norris of 'Breaking Bad'</p>

Dean Norris of 'Breaking Bad'

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Recap: 'Breaking Bad' - 'One Minute'

Hank has a few very bad days on 'Breaking Bad'

There was a time when you just didn't kill a regular cast member on a television series. Major TV deaths were so few and far between that the ones that did exist - Henry Blake's plane being shot down over the Sea of Japan or Rosalind plunging down the elevator shaft - became weirdly legendary. Then, about ten years ago or so (I'd place it to roughly the death of Big Pussy on "The Sopranos"), killing off characters because just a Thing You Did if you wanted to be taken seriously as an Important Drama Series.

[Full recap of Sunday's (May 2) "Breaking Bad" after the break...]

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<p>Brent and Caite of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Brent and Caite of 'The Amazing Race'

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race - 'They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language'

The teams remain in Shanghai for the last pre-finale elimination
Following Sunday (May 2) night's installment of "The Amazing Race," we're down to only three teams with a hope of winning the million dollar prize on next week's finale.
 
And, all things considered, this isn't that far from the Final Three you probably would have predicted from looking at the original cast list, much less after watching the first episode or two.
 
A few more words on the Top Three, plus a brief recap of Sunday's slightly frustrating and occasionally confusing episode of "The Amazing Race," after the break...
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<p>Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Blood Brothers'

Romance, revelations, flashbacks and shocking deaths this week in Mystic Falls!

Flashbacks, revelations, and the truth about how Stefan and Damon became vampires abound this week in Mystic Falls, where we also see the beginnings of puppy (or is it vampy?) love between Anna and Jeremy. We also get answers to some juicy questions: Why has Damon hated Stefan for over a century? Why does Stefan want to die an angsty death? And are you ready to see beloved characters kick the bucket in this shocking episode of "The Vampire Diaries??"

[Full recap of Thursday (April 29) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]

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<p>Anna Torv in the 'Brown Betty' episode of 'Fringe'</p>

Anna Torv in the 'Brown Betty' episode of 'Fringe'

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Recap: 'Fringe' - 'Brown Betty'

A grief-stricken Walter turns to the literature and music of his youth to process Peter's absence.

"Knights had no meaning in this game. It wasn't a game for knights." A line from Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep,” and potentially apt for “Fringe” as a whole. We’ve got soldiers, but these soldiers don’t come from any round table. They come through cracks in dimensions, shape shifters and scientists and other than violate the known laws of the universe in order to ensure their side wins in a war neither really understands. All the know is they have to win, even if the first shot fired was friendly in nature. 

[Full recap of Thursday (April 29) night's "Fringe" after the break...]

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

Candice of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

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Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Jumping Ship'

One Hero and One Villain contemplate shift alliances, while yet another Idol comes into play
Pre-credit sequence. I'm still scratching my head at the absurd, ridiculous awesomeness of Parvati's move last week. I'm not the one one. The Yin Yang tribe returns to camp on Night 27 and Rupert is all "TOLDJA!" to Colby. The women are cackling, but Russell is feeling confused about all of the secrets going around, specifically the secrets that didn't include him. Over fire, Russell vents to Parvati that he feels lied to, while Parvati insists that it was a surprise. "Russell likes to be in control, because he thinks he's the Godfather of this game," Parvati explains, admitting that she enjoyed seeing Russell scared. The remaining Heroes are scrambling, with Amanda telling Rupert that she's going to try working on Sandra. Rupert, still rocking his Cassandra Complex, knows that he had the shot with Sandra last week and nobody listened to him. He opines, "With all that has happened, I don't know how easy it will be to pull Sandra back in. She opened the door once. My only hope is to maybe get Sandra to open the door again."
 
Full recap of Thursday's (April 29) "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...
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<p>Alexandra and a sheep of 'America's Next Top Model'</p>

Alexandra and a sheep of 'America's Next Top Model'

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Welcome to New Zealand'

The models take a 22-hour flight, do go-sees and pose with sheep

Anslee is gone, and six girls remain for Cycle 14 of "America's Next Top Model" -- you know, the rustic sheep cycle! This episode sees the girls traveling to New Zealand to do their go-sees and check out the, um, fashion scene. Well, to its credit, New Zealand probably has a seriously ferocious wool sweater industry. Anyway, it’s down to Jessica, Alasia, Krista, Alexandra, Raina and Octomom -- I mean, sorry, Angelea. At this point, Raina, Krista and Angelea have the strongest portfolios, but Alasia just may have the most raw talent in the bunch, and Alexandra, last time I checked, still has those killer looks. Jessica, well, it takes all kinds.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (April 28) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]

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<p>Michael Lynche of 'American Idol'</p>

Michael Lynche of 'American Idol'

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Recap: 'American Idol' results - Down to 5 for 'Idol'

Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts perform before another 'Idol' contestant is sent home

9:00 p.m. ET Wednesday (April 28) night's "American Idol" begins with another of those hilariously bombastic high-drama openings that suggests that tonight, dreams will be shattered, rebellions fomented and the very laws of gravity will be defied. 

Full recap, including Wednesday's results after the break..

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<p>Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison of 'Glee'</p>

Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison of 'Glee'

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Home'

Kristin Chenoweth returns and Mercedes and Kurt get emo in this heartfelt ode to home

Greetings, Gleeks! We kick off the third post-hiatus episode of "Glee" with a return to some of the best, underappreciated things about this show: namely, Kurt, Mercedes, and storylines about family, home, and self-confidence. Kurtcedes fans (that's Kurt + Mercedes, natch) are treated to an episode headlined by the fab twosome while Schuester is reunited with an old friend: Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes! Just how meaty is this episode? Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, AND the lady who plays Finn's mom get to cry! Dig in and tell us what you think below.

[Full recap of Tuesday (April 27) night's "Glee" after the break...]

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