<p>&nbsp;Paige Miles of 'American Idol'</p>

 Paige Miles of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Results - 'Idol' reaches its Top 12

America unleashes several shockers as four more singers head home

Sheryl Crow may think that the first cut is the deepest, but the gang over at A List Of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago has always liked to point out that on "American Idol," the last round of the semifinals actually produces the deepest cuts. It's here that we trim four contestants out of 16, the highest percentage of contestants eliminated in a single show until the end of April.

So who's going home? And who makes our Top 12? 

Follow our minute-by-minute recap of Thursday's (March 11) "American Idol" after the Break...

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<p>&nbsp;Strange 'America's Next Top Model' interloper Ren. We don't know where she came from.</p>

 Strange 'America's Next Top Model' interloper Ren. We don't know where she came from.

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' Premiere - 'Be My Friend, Tyra!'

Tyra Banks kicks off Cycle 14 with 13 full-sized models and Week One makeovers

Oh mah gawd. GURL. I feel so fierce. And we haven’t even met new judge Andre Leon Talley yet! Could this possibly be the most ferocious cycle of "America’s Next Top Model" yet? I do think so. And welcome to it.

Technically, this is supposed to be Cycle 14. But that’s just the official name. We here at Hitfix hereby declare this season to be Cycle Spell-Your-Name. Alasia, Naduah, Raina, Anslee ... sigh. So much for girls with gentle names like Britney and Hope. Thanks in advance, Tyra. Thanks A LOT.

[Full recap of Wednesday's (March 10) premiere of "America's Next Top Model: Spell-Your-Name" after the break...]

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

 Michael Lynche of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 8 Men perform

Big Mike Lynche is the only male singer to impress on a lackluster 'Idol' evening

If the "American Idol" women played it safe on Tuesday night, what can we expect from the "American Idol" men on Wednesday (March 10) night's telecast?

Click through after the break, while Kara tries explaining to Simon what a "binky" is...

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<p>Richard and Jack had a rather tense talk in just one of the many memorable scenes from 'Dr. Linus,' this week's episode of the final season of 'Lost'</p>

Richard and Jack had a rather tense talk in just one of the many memorable scenes from 'Dr. Linus,' this week's episode of the final season of 'Lost'

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Recap: 'Lost' 6.07 - 'Dr. Linus' offers Ben a choice and a chance at redemption

Michael Emerson does some of his best work of the series in an excellent episode

Holy cow.  As a friend of mine just commented on Twitter, "I haven't cried during a 'Lost' episode in forever.  Who knew it would be Ben that broke that streak?"

The arc that Michael Emerson has followed over the course of this series is one of the great happy accidents in TV history, and I find him endlessly watchable.  As most 'Lost' fans know, when he was hired to play his role, it was not designed to be as central to the show as it's become, but the producers and the writers watched what he was doing and how audiences were reacting to him, and they shifted things, making Ben Linus a key part of the larger mythology of the Island.  And the show is definitely better for it.  Ben is one of those characters that they must love writing for, both funny and menacing, sad and scary, all of it depending on the context of the particular episode.

So should it be a surprise that probably the best episode of this final season so far is the one where Ben is the focus?  Probably not.

The "previously on" clips this week were short.  We saw the death of Jacob, then Jack and Hurley in the lighthouse as Jack's brain melted, then Jacob's warning to Hurley and the rampage where Smokey kicked everyone's ass at the Temple.  And then finally, the one beat from last week that I really didn't mention in my recap, when Ben found Sayid sitting over the bodies of Dogen and Lennon and said, "There's still time."

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

 Siobhan Magnus of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - The Top 8 Women perform

With a big elimination coming, the ladies play it safe and only Siobhan and Crystal truly shine

For the past two weeks on "American Idol," we've done 12 performances and then 10 performances spread over two hours. That has allowed for quality informational tidbits on the contestants. Yes, "quality" and "informational" can both be put in ironic quotes, if you like.

On Tuesday (March 9), though... It's eight performances in an hour. So let's go!

Fully recap after the break...

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<p>Mary Lynn Rajskub of '24'</p>

Mary Lynn Rajskub of '24'

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Recap: '24' Day 8 - '2 a.m. to 3 a.m.'

As Jack deals with a tricky situation, Cole and Dana try and cover their tracks at CTU.

After a season of mediocre episodes punctured by the occasional exciting action scene or a particular vigorous line reading of “DAMNIT!” by Kiefer Sutherland, “24” delivered it’s most polished hour of the season. While no means perfect, it slipped in some solid drama, good tension, the introduction of a potentially great new character, and a twist that I didn’t see coming a mile away. Did it salvage the season? No. But as an hour of entertainment, it acquitted itself quite admirably. Onto the recap! 

[Full recap of Monday's (March 8) "24" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Zachary Levi and Josh Gomez of 'Chuck'</p>

 Zachary Levi and Josh Gomez of 'Chuck'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Beard'

So much big stuff! Fans are gonna love Monday's 'Chuck.' Why didn't we?

 I'm a TV critic, but I'm also a TV fan. I'm a "Chuck" fan, but I'm also a TV critic. And if you're looking for me tonight, you may find me off on an island, all by myself.

As the Olympics were beginning and "Chuck" went off the air for a couple weeks, critics and "Chuck"-friendly bloggers were sent the next four "Chuck" episodes. I watched the episodes, greatly enjoyed them in the balance and felt pretty solid in my feelings.
 
Then I started reading reactions to Monday's (March 8) episode, titled "Chuck vs. the Beard" via twitter. From the people whose opinions I respect the most (The Sepinwalls and Ryans and a few others) to the people whose opinions I respect the least (You're seriously expecting specific examples?), the reactions were unanimously positive. And they weren't just positive. My Twitter feed has been full of "Best episode ever!" and "I laughed, I cried, I was cured of my chronic halitosis"-style tweets. 
 
And the "Chuck" fan in me understands where they're coming from. There are things that happen in Monday's "Chuck" that have been long overdue and things that happen that promise to change the foundation of the show, presumably permanently. And the "Chuck" fan in me hopes that other "Chuck" fans are happy, because I know from message boards and comment fields that there has been some up-and-down reactions to recent episodes and not just from Chuck/Sarah 'shippers, who unfairly get painted as the only viewers capable of dissatisfaction. So just as I want to be pleased in my own fandom, I want "Chuck" fans to be pleased. I think that after "Chuck vs. the Beard," there will be happiness. 
 
If I'm going to rave about the "Chuck" episodes that I love, I can't be tacit about the episodes I don't like, because that's not true to either the critic hat I wear, nor to the "Chuck" t-shirt I sometimes wear to bed.
 
Like I said, I'm on an island, because I'm the guy who didn't really like "Chuck vs. the Beard."
 
I'll try to explain myself after the break, while also recapping the episode. Then, I welcome any appreciation for the episode that others might have... I'll also include a small, leaky dinghy in case anybody wants to join me off-shore...
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<p>&nbsp;Jordan &amp; Jeff of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

 Jordan & Jeff of 'The Amazing Race'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race -- 'We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt'

The teams head from Argentina to Germany for plates of sauerkraut and boots of beer
More than a few fans -- or at least recappers without the leeway to time shift by several days -- wondered why CBS was bothering to air a new episode of "The Amazing Race" up against ABC's telecast of the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 7) night.
 
This installment of "The Amazing Race" has had a remarkably hard time of it. Two episodes airing versus the Olympics on NBC and now one facing the Oscars? Well that hardly seems fair. If CBS hadn't already ordered a new "Amazing Race" season for next fall, I might worry a bit about it.
 
Presumably Sunday's new "Amazing Race" will get crushed by the "Hurt Locker" Oscar coronation in the ratings, but at least viewers who tuned in for Phil Keoghan and company got a sense of why the network didn't make alternate programming plans.
 
A quick rundown of Sunday's episode, titled "We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt," after the break...
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<p>&nbsp;Sissy Spacek of 'Big Love'</p>

 Sissy Spacek of 'Big Love'

Credit: HBO

Recap: 'Big Love' Season Finale - 'End of Days'

'Big Love' closes out an uneven season with a dark, foreboding final chapter.

"Big Love" ends a frustrating, flawed season with what might be its best season finale yet. There will likely be a hue and cry from people who just don't buy that Bill would ever get so far as to out his family as a polygamist one on the steps of the state capitol, and I suppose I can see the point of view that Bill's wives, who are clearly uneasy about this whole turn of events, should have struck back harder, should have killed this idea dead. But I'm still on board. I think that the path the show was on of the family keeping its secrets secret was always going to be somewhat untenable. This has always been a show about a very different family trying to take control of its destiny and the slow realization by some of its members that that destiny isn't what they want after all.

[Full recap of Sunday's (March 7) finale after the break...]

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<p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande'; color: rgb(27, 27, 27); white-space: pre; ">Zach Galifianakis</span></p>

Zach Galifianakis

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Zach Galifianakis tries hard, Vampire Weekend shines

The 'Hangover' star is a force, but he only occasionally overcomes the 'SNL' writing

Zack Gala…Gale…Galifinikia…Galif…*looks on Google*…Zach Galifianakis is unquestionably a comic force – his role in The Hangover has been highly regarded and is expected to be his breakthrough role, while his role in HBO’s Bored to Death was similarly enjoyable. But when it comes to why Galifianakis makes such an interesting “Saturday Night Live” host, the reason is quite simple: he is a comedian. 

It’s a simple fact that, combined with the rather great Vampire Weekend, makes this an episode of “SNL” that I’m actively execited about, which is both extremely rare and extremely dangerous. On the one hand, it means there is plenty of potential; on the other hand, it means that the show has that much further to fall. 

Full details on just how far “SNL” managed to fall from those expectations after the jump… 

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