<p>&nbsp;Elizabeth Mitchell of 'V'</p>

 Elizabeth Mitchell of 'V'

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'V' Returns - 'The Arrival'

After more than four months away, 'V' returns with a new showrunner in tow

First things first: "Welcome to the War" is, all told, a pretty good episode of "V." It doesn't fix all of the show's problems, but it gives a clearer indication that the show knows where it's headed than the first four episodes of the season did. New showrunner Scott Rosenbaum wrote it, and it meets his stated goal of including three or four moments that make the viewer go "Holy crap!" as they watch. And while the show is improved on that score and on the score of feeling like it's going somewhere, I don't know that it's improved on the show's fairly consistent problem of making each episode a distinct unit. Increasingly, the show feels like a collection of scenes, not a TV show. But let's back out to some TV theory for a second.

[Full recap of Tuesday's (March 30) "V" after the break...]

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<p>Lee Dewyze of 'American Idol'</p>

Lee Dewyze of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' - Soul and R&B for the Top 10

Usher mentors and Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox shine on 'Idol'

Tuesday (March 30) night is Soul and R&B Night for the "American Idol" Top 10.

After the unavoidable mockery that accompanied last week's guest mentor, a certain Ms. Miley Cyrus, I can't say anything bad about Tuesday's mentor. Usher's status in the recording industry and the world of popular music is hard to contest. Let's hope he can help the Top 10 on Tuesday.

Recap of the performances after the break...

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<p>Zachary Levi of 'Chuck'</p>

Zachary Levi of 'Chuck'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the American Hero'

A pivotal episode delivers Chuck-Sarah goodness and Shaw staring down The Ring
Tonight, we're going to talk about Passover. We're not going to talk about it for very long, because it's 10:30 and I'm only returning from my Seder and I may or may not have had four cups of wine and I may or may not be feeling a bit sleepy already. I'm gonna ramble a bit and let y'all fill in the blanks with "Chuck vs. the American Hero" observations...
But the essence (an essence) of the Passover Seder lies in performativity, in role-playing. Central to the mitzvah of the Seder is recounting the story of the Jews' Exodus from Egypt, but we aren't supposed to tell the story as a detached third-person narrative. No. You're supposed to recount the story of the Exodus as if every one of us were slaves in the Land of Egypt and that, with an outstretched hand, God led us each individually out of Egypt. For Jews, it's about continuity through the generations, about the Seder recitations that tie us to our grandparents and to our ancestors all the way back to Moses. Their story is our story. We behave as they behaved. We play the roles they played.
Yes, that's random. But I bring it up for a reason, a reason that goes beyond the Seder I just attended. 
I'd like to direct you to the 33rd minute of your DVRed "Chuck." Ellie, having just bailed Awesome, Morgan and Casey out of jail after a misfired plan that began as an attempt to give Chuck alone time with Sarah and ended in shattered glass and contact with The Ring, stares Chuck down. They've done a very silly thing, which might be interpreted as a very romantic thing. We expect Ellie to be mad at Chuck, but she's not.
"You didn't go far enough, Chuck. Sarah is special," Ellie tells him. "I know it, you know it. If you love her, if she's the one then you don't stop. You don't quit. You never go too far. You're a Bartowski, Chuck. Start acting like one."
Great scene for Sarah Lancaster. 
Don't stop your DVR. Keep playing. 
Cut to The Castle. Agent Shaw is about to do a very silly thing, which might be interpreted as a very heroic thing. He's about to sacrifice himself to expose the location of the Ring Hive and possibly to help eradicate the Ring director, probably at the expense of his own life.
"Shaw, please. You're moving too fast. You're not thinking this through," Sarah tells him. 
Shaw responds, without hesitation, "We're spies, Walker, started acting like one."
[More on "Chuck vs. the American Hero" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Cherry Jones of '24'</p>

 Cherry Jones of '24'

Credit: FOX

Recap: '24' Day 8 - '5 a.m. to 6 a.m.'

The President learns the price for keeping NYC safe and a major cliffhanger

It’s a bittersweet time to be a “24” fan, given that we now know this will be the final season of the show. We’ve had ups, downs, and unfortunate appearances by cougars over the years. At its best, the show has provided enough adrenaline and fast-paced action to satisfy even the most jaded of fans. At its worst, it turns into a parody of itself, with fans able to spot the plot twists and narrative machinations hours before anyone in CTU can.  

But I come neither to praise nor bury “24”: I come merely to recap the latest hour. So here we go! 

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<p>Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad'</p>

Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad'

Credit: AMC

Recap: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Caballo Sin Nombre'

As The Cousins approach, Walt tries to reconcile with his family and Jesse makes an investment

One of the best things "Breaking Bad" has in its corner is its complete willingness to play with our expectations. It's a show about a man who loses whatever moral center he had when he turns to cooking meth, so while it's obvious the show is going to be getting back to Walt's side occupation (and, increasingly, his real one) sooner rather than later, the series' willingness to let this play out with some sense of how it might really play out when a man had to choose between making a lot of money and getting his family back is commendable. I like a show that takes its time. But I also like a show that just jumps to what you know the end will be. Since the twins crossed the border last week, we've known they'd figure out who Walter was and have a run-in with him. But I don't think anyone would have predicted it would happen this quickly.

[Full recap after the break...]

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<p>Steve and Allie of 'The Amazing Race'</p>

Steve and Allie of 'The Amazing Race'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race -- 'Anonymous?'

In the Seychelles, putting coconuts in a cart proves difficult for several teams
Here's a conundrum for you:
Let's say you hate Non-Elimination Legs of "The Amazing Race," but you somehow find ways of accepting them when they save teams you like. But then say that the team that you like so clearly deserved elimination that you find yourself resenting the team you like because you can't even find any way to enjoy having seen them skirt death. But you can still find pleasure that it was the team you like that dodged elimination, rather than the team that you hated that would have otherwise survived, because at least the Non-Elimination leg didn't have to be wasted on that team you hate.
Does that make sense? Because that's the way I felt at the end of Sunday (March 28) night's "Amazing Race." I was relieved, but frustrated and also a bit disappointed. That's too many darned emotions for one man.
Full "Amazing Race" recap after the break...
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<p>&nbsp;Eric Stoltz of 'Caprica'</p>

 Eric Stoltz of 'Caprica'

Credit: Syfy

Recap: 'Caprica' Spring Finale - 'End of Line'

As Lacy strikes a deal with Barnabus, Zoe's escape plan yields tragic results.

In what’s becoming a pandemic of programming, tonight marks the start of a long hiatus for “Caprica.” Following in the less-than-ideal footsteps of shows such as “FlashFoward,” “V,” and to a lesser extent its own parent show “Battlestar: Galactica,” fans of the show will now have to wait a few months until getting the second-half of what’s nominally the first season of the show.  

At some point, talk of a show’s “season” will be meaningful only in terms of semantics and DVD packaging. As such, I’m treating tonight’s episode “End of Line” less as a season finale and more as a planned cliffhanger in anticipation of an extended absence. So, how do things stack up as we reached the end of the line for “Caprica” for now? Let’s find out! 

[Full recap of Friday's (March 26) "Caprica" after the break...]

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<p>&nbsp;Ian Somerhald, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

 Ian Somerhald, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'A Few Good Men'

After far-too-long away, 'Vampire Diaries' returns with a bachelor auction and Big Surprises

We're back, VDers! After going far too long without our beloved "Vampire Diaries," the story picks up right where we left off in the wake of Grams' death (and the subsequent Katerina Graham master class that seemingly won her this week off). Damon, still struggling with the knowledge that Katherine totally dissed him, turns to alcoholism and shirtlessness to ease his pain. Interruptions, bad mothers, new faces, and more mentions of Isobel than you can handle are in store as we dive into Episode 15: "A Few Good Men."

[Full recap of Thursday's (March 25) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "A Few Good Men," after the break…]

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

Jonathan of 'Project Runway'

Credit: Lifetime

Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'Hey, That's My Fabric'

Can one unlucky designer recover from a 'disco straightjacket'?

Now that we’re down to the final seven, I feel I need to make my final bets on who’s going to Bryant Park. Hmmm. While I really expected Mila to win the whole shebang, even though she appears to be pure evil under a nicely razored bob, I’m now going with Emilio, Seth Aaron and either Maya or Jay. I think finally, finally, after drinking gallons of the Mila Kool-Aid, the judges finally shook off their drug-induced stupor, crawled out of Mila’s spidery grip and realized, oh yeah, she can’t do anything except black and white or color blocking. Girlfriend is played out. And because I’ve declared this, that probably means she’ll win the next several challenges and dance off with the Bryant Park win. Arrgh! 

Anyway, enough with the betting, since I can’t put any money on it anyway, not having a bookie or anything. Let the games begin! 

[Full recap of Thursday's (March 25) "Project Runway" after the break...]

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

 Brenda of 'America's Next Top Model'

Credit: The CW

Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Let's Dance'

The girls fight over who wants to be there less and then do a dance-themed shoot

Welcome to episode three of Cycle 14 of "America’s Next Top Model"! It’s also Round Two of Ren vs. Alasia, the Sad Vortex of Doom vs. The Mouth! And there are probably more numbers too! Give us a while and we’ll get right back to ya!

[Full recap after the break...]

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