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.
Welcome to Tuesday (April 13) night's "American Idol," or as I like to call it "FOX's lead-in to the return of 'Glee.'"
With Adam Lambert mentoring the contestants in fabulousness, "American Idol" is tackling Elvis tonight (not literally tackling him, cuz he's dead and that would be disrespectful) which may be... Eclectic.
Thanks to the Judges' Save last week, we've got 9 performances in 88 minutes, which means that, if nothing else, Tuesday's show will be our least-padded "Idol" in weeks.
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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.
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...]
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...]
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…]
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...]
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...]