<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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<p>&nbsp;Boston Rob of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'</p>

 Boston Rob of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Banana Etiquette'

Boston Rob and Russell butt heads, while James injury and appetites are an issue
Pre-credit sequence. Poor Tom. We've had two weeks to mull over your elimination. But on Night 14 in Heroes camp, the wounds are still fresh. Colby professes to being just a little crushed, though James offers him a hug. On the outside is Candice. She's lonely and Amanda wants to make her lonelier still. Amanda doesn't trust Candice and wants to get her out. 
A second pre-credit sequence? What have we done to earn such a blessing? Meanwhile, over at Villains camp, only Russell and Boston Rob are still awake. They're up all night thinking. Big thinkers, those two. Russell approaches Boston Rob and tries to make nice. It's all a show, as we know. Russell wants Boston Rob out of the game, but he's trying to put his mind at false ease. For his part, Boston Rob levels with Russell that people are mad that he went after the Immunity Idol. Boston Rob's goal? To make Russell paranoid. As Boston Rob puts it, "He's not playing with the amateurs anymore. He's playing with the big boys now."
[Full recap of Wednesday (March 24) night's "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" after the break...]
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<p>&nbsp;Katie Stevens of 'American Idol'</p>

 Katie Stevens of 'American Idol'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Results - Down to 10 for 'Idol'

Miley Cyrus performs and 'Idol' pares down to its touring company

9:00 p.m. ET. Sorry, "American Idol. There's really no way you can make last week's elimination of Lacey Brown seem shocking or dramatic. Then again, I guess it's easier to find "dramatic, climactic" music than to find "sleepy, anticlimactic" music.

9:01 p.m. But there *are* stakes tonight. Whoever gets sent home will miss out on the tour, will become this season's Alexis Grace. I still feel a little sad about Alexis Grace, in case you can't tell.

Who's going home? Find out after the break...

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<p>Titus Welliver returned to 'Lost' this week as the Man In Black, and he brought a whole bucketful of the heebie jeebies with him.</p>

Titus Welliver returned to 'Lost' this week as the Man In Black, and he brought a whole bucketful of the heebie jeebies with him.

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Lost' 6.09 - 'Ab Aeterno' looks back to set the course forward

Richard Alpert takes center stage in the season's biggest episode so far

Who is that handsome devil in that picture?

"Lost" writers Melinda Hsu Taylor and Greggory Nations had one of the most difficult jobs in the entire history of the series tonight, and they more than rose to the occasion.  Before I pressed "play" on my DVR this evening, I actually hesitated.  This is one of those episodes we've been waiting to see for quite a while, and as much as I was looking forward to it, it also made me sad.  This really is the home stretch now.  In two months, it will all be over.  No matter what we think of the answers we're getting, we are getting answers, and for a "Lost" fan, that's almost disconcerting at this point.

Richard Alpert was first introduced to the series in "Not In Portland," way back in season three of the show, and little by little, he's taken focus as one of the most significant characters of the entire series.  Until this episode, though, just how significant was unclear.  If you're one of those people who still complains that the show is more question than answer, tonight must have knocked you for a loop, because it was pretty much answer from start to finish.  It also broke the formula that this season has followed.  Instead of a flash sideways to the alternative timeline we've followed all year, we returned to the simple flashbacks that were such a staple of the series in the first few seasons.

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