Last night, "American Idol" revealed the first seven members of the Top 24. That leaves 17 open slots to be filled over the course of only one hour on Wednesday (Feb. 17) night. How will "American Idol" possibly be able to fit in all of the excitement?
And who will join Didi Benami, Michael Lynche, Aaron Kelly, Katelyn Epperly, Lee Dewyze, Todrick Hall and Casey James in the Top 24?
This is the final judgment. And this is "American Idol." After the break...
Now that's more like it.
I enjoyed last week's episode, but I thought it was a pretty typical second episode of a season, setting things up and doing the legwork it'll take for us to really have fun with the rest of the season. The more I thought about it, though, the more I liked an element of the episode that I initially dismissed as too coincidental, and that's the relationship between Kate and Claire in the off-island "Timeline A" storyline. My first thought was that I didn't really buy the way they interacted, or the way Kate kept making choices that helped Claire but that put herself harm's way. But what if what we're seeing off-island right now is all about the way these people find themselves drawn together by forces they don't understand, and what if Kate stayed with Claire because she was compelled to, without even understanding why?
One of the things that started me thinking on that was the scene in the two-hour premiere where Jack gave John Locke his card in the airport and told him to call for a free consult. And it gave me real pause to see Ethan show up as Claire's OB/GYN. I think the "Timeline A" stuff is throwing viewers because they don't have a handle on it yet, but I think when the game becomes clear and we realize what we're watching, all those little things like the cut on Jack's neck or the date on Claire's sonogram being a month off from when flight 815 crashed in the first go-round will add up in a way that will take off the back of our heads.
We aren't quite sure what's going to happen on Tuesday's (Feb. 16) "American Idol," nor why it will take a full two hours, nor what FOX means when the network boasts that "some" members of the Top 24 will be revealed during tonight's episode, but whatever happens, I'll be live-blogging the heck out of it.
Jack Bauer doesn’t stop for the Winter Olympics, people. Nope, “24” just keeps on chugging along, pairs figure skating and biathlons be damned. Despite my Valentine’s Day wish, the Dana/Kevin plot inexplicably continued this week, more torturous than anything experienced by Jack in Sergi’s basement. Let’s find out what happened this week, shall we?
[Full recap of Monday's (Feb. 15) "24" after the break...]
"Sometimes I get so angry at things I can't change. ... The way we grew up." - Nicki Grant
About midway through tonight's episode of "Big Love," Nicki Grant lets out an impassioned exclamation about how the way she and others from her religion were brought up, how it colors everything that they do and makes them unable to see straight sometimes, to free themselves from clearly bad situations. For a series that's mostly about the ways that individuals try to find ways to work themselves into larger communities that are deeply repressive, despite being welcoming to people who just long for a place to be, "Big Love" is always uniquely aware of the ways that you can never escape the secrets of your past, the ways they catch up to you when you're least expecting it and completely blindside you.
[Full recap of Sunday's (Feb. 14) "Big Love" after the break... ]
You don't have to be brainy to win on "The Amazing Race." In fact, if you look back over the show's 15 winners, only a few of those champions could be categorized as "smart." The best you can say about most of the winners, really, is that they were able to minimize intellectual blunders along the way. And sometimes you can't even say that.
Over the years, misread clues, misapplied maps, in-challenge counting blunders, word-puzzle cluelessness and other mental gaffes have done in far more teams than physical inadequacies or crippling phobias.
It's actually a key part of the show's dramatic tension for viewers. Most of us, sitting at home, have no clue how we'd perform if asked to eat 15 pounds of whale blubber or if we were forced to do a free-fall off of the pointy top of the CN Tower, but we can all feel confident that even with reduced sleep, a questionable diet and at the end of a 15-day adrenaline rush, we'd still be literate, we'd still be able to add digits, we'd still eventually be able to unscramble the most foreign of five-letter words in a few hours. We can feel equal or superior on that front, smacking our palms against our foreheads in frustration and glee.
Get ready for a lot of that in this current 16th season of "The Amazing Race," which seems to have ample potential to be the dumbest season of The Race ever, "The Amazing Race: All-Stupids" if you will. I'm guessing this crop of contestants will lead to a split in the viewership, because as tremendously fun as Sunday's (Feb. 14) premiere was, I can easily imagine this level of dunderheadedness getting exhausting in a hurry.
[More on the "Amazing Race" premiere after the break...]
Big stuff goes down in Mystic Falls this week as our beloved “Vampire Diaries” leaves us with a doozy before going on hiatus (again!) until March. And while the “Will Elena turn into a vampire?” plot gets dropped with the quickness, it’s replaced with witchy happenings and emotional gestures and surprising turns galore, including the very best scene Katerina Graham’s been given all season. Read on!
[Full recap of Thursday's (Feb. 11) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Fool Me Once," after the break...]
Okay, the promos for this episode look downright delicious. I mean, come on, they’re promising a friggin’ bloodbath on the runway! Is it too much to hope someone claws Mila’s catty old eyes out? I am breathless with excitement! This could be the best “PR” ever! Or, Lifetime could be yanking my chain. But they wouldn’t do that, would they?
[Full recap of Thursday (Feb. 11) night's "Project Runway" after the break...]