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'The X Factor' Recap: Top 7 Revealed - Who Was Double-Eliminated? (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 23rd 2011 9:15PM
X FactorWhat better way to cap off a week of giving thanks than with a double elimination?

'The X Factor'
found an excellent way to make the hour of filler pass more speedily this week, fitting in performances from Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars as well as two "save me" songs and two remarkably drama-free exits.

Without further adieu, the two acts eliminated this week were ...

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'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 9 Perform Songs That Give Thanks (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 23rd 2011 12:45AM
Josh KrajcikIt seemed as though the 'X Factor' mentors had a far better grasp of this week's nebulous theme of "songs that give thanks" than they did of "rock" or "songs from movies," but were you thankful for the performances?

Paula spent two hours in a perpetual state of teary-eyed incoherence (no change there), Astro was ... vaguely repentant over last week's "incident," and were it not for Paula and Nicole, I think Simon and L.A. would've started a slap-fight over Drew's performance. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Hit the jump for our verdict on this week's especially tearful thankful installment, and weigh in on your favorite performances.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Finale: The Winner is ...

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 22nd 2011 11:01PM
dancing with the stars season 13 finals winnerIt was a night of tears, a night of surprises and a night that two people will probably never forget.

In what might have been the most evenly matched finale ever, it was anyone's trophy to take home on the Season 13 finale of 'Dancing With the Stars.' And indeed there was a shocker -- at least when it came to the top two.

Going into the Season 13 finale, it really was anyone's Mirror Ball to win -- or lose. Rob Kardashian was on top after a stellar freestyle, while season-long frontrunners J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake were tied for second, trailing Kardashian by three points after Monday night's performances.

It was an intense 10 weeks for all three contestants, but in the end it all came down to a fight between the most improved of the season and the indestructible fighter.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 4, Episode 12 Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 22nd 2011 11:00PM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'Burnt and Purged Away']

Well, that had to happen.

The pace of the generally compelling hour was excellent and though there were developments in quite a few story threads, they all had room to breathe. It was executive producer Paris Barclay's last time in the director's chair this season, and you could tell that his steady hand was on the tiller.

Still, I'm betting all you want to talk about is what happened in the gripping closing seconds of the hour. I know I have a lot to say on the matter, in the post below and in this week's 'Sons of Anarchy' podcast (which you can find here and here).

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'Gossip Girl' Season 5, Episode 8 Recap: Top 5 OMG Moments (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 21st 2011 11:20PM
Serena and Blair['Gossip Girl' - 'All the Pretty Sources']

No-one throws a soiree like Serena van der Woodsen, but it wouldn't be an Upper East Side shindig without a healthy heaping of scandal. This week's 'Gossip Girl' once again brought all of our favorites together, but despite the verbal fireworks, it still felt like a spark was missing (perhaps because so much time was spent on Chivy and her snoozeworthy boy drama).

Still, some progress was made between Blair and Louis, and Queen B's dashing prince is turning out to be a right royal pain; when he was being sweet, he was simply dull, but now that he's trying to scheme, he's just plain irritating. Alas, we've been promised a royal wedding, so we sadly haven't seen the last of Louis yet, but it looks like we might get a break from Elizabeth Hurley's scenery chewing, after Diana's reluctant exit ...

Join us after the jump for our five favorite moments from this week's episode.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Finals: J.R. Martinez Stuns and Rob Kardashian Leads

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 21st 2011 10:30PM
dancing with the stars season 13 finals It's time to play the music ... It's time to light the lights ... It's time for freestyle dances on the 'Dancing' finals tonight.

Yes, that's the theme from 'The Muppets,' slightly altered for this joyous occasion. That's how happy tonight's freestyle dances made me. Seriously. We all know by now that the "Judges' Choice" routines are super boring -- and not all that important in the end -- but the crazy-fantastic free-for-all freestyles? Now that's what we've been waiting for all season, and it was night of surprises on 'Dancing With the Stars.' I don't think anyone could have guessed that Rob Kardashian would be on top of the leaderboard tonight or that Ricki Lake and Derek Hough would underwhelm in the finals.

But the most surprising/fantastic/heart-pounding moment of the night belonged to J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff. The hip-shaking pair stunned the crowd, the judges and themselves with their daring routine -- and it was clearly the best routine of the night, if not one of the best routines the show has ever seen.

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Who Scored Big in Week 7 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 21st 2011 1:45PM
It was a very crowded week for our favorite 'SNL' players. Not only did they have to share the spotlight with Jason Segel --who appeared to be glowing from having so much fun – but they also had to share the spotlight with the Muppets. Also, a key element of success on the Relevancy Poll was missing this week: The "Weekend Update" segments. I mean, yes, there were two segments, but they were monopolized by the real John Huntsman and then, later, by Kermit the Frog. Who's number one? Let's find out!

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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 9 Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 21st 2011 2:45AM
['The Good Wife' - 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot']

It was old home week on 'The Good Wife' last night. I don't know about you, but I did a little jig of glee when I saw that Patrick Breen and Linda Emond were back as Capt. Terrence Hicks and Judge Loera Kuhn. When they appeared in a crackling season 2 episode, I wrote at the time that I'd happily watch a military-law spin-off starring those two characters.

(By the way, I just want to say hello to all our 'Good Wife' regulars. I'm filling in as Lockhart Gardner recapper for my co-worker Chris Harnick, who will be back on the case next week. I hope I do as good a job as Chris does at chronicling the weekly 'Good Wife' maneuvers, legal and otherwise).

I woudn't say that 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's' case was quite as gripping as the firm's last military trial -- there was so much going on in this week's episode that the main case felt a little undercooked, as it were, and we barely got to know the young woman at the center of it.

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Dexter Season 6, Episode 8 Recap: 'Sin of Omission' Puts Deb and Dex at Odds (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 20th 2011 11:00PM
Dexter returned from his brother's bonding trip to Nebraska, and immediately apologized to his sister. She's all mad at him for missing a few days of work, but at least he didn't go on a homicidal killing spree or anything, right? Actually he kind of did, but pulled back before things got really ugly. Fortunately Dexter was able to ply Deb with a cruller, and she gave him an important update on the Doomsday Killer investigation: the killers have been re-nicknamed, and are now being referred to as DDK, joining an impressive list of initialed evil-doers ranging from BTK to KSM to and DSK.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 20th 2011 10:00PM
['The Walking Dead' - 'Secrets']



Somewhat surprisingly, Hershel makes some decent points about keeping a stable of barn zombies. I mean, if it were your loved ones, would you have it in you to kill someone who meant something to you? Even though he or she is still standing up and walking around? Sure, your loved one would now love to eat your thigh, but, still, maybe there is a cure? OK, as we learned at the C.D.C. last season, there's probably not a cure. But I can say that it would totally be my luck that as soon as I made the gut-wrenching decision to end the life of a former-loved-one-walker, the next day a cure would be announced. So, hey, as long as Hershel has enough chickens to feed them... eh, why not keep them around? OK, there's always the chance that they will escape, which would be bad. And I'm sure that will eventually happen, but not this week.

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'SNL' Scorecard: Jason Segel and the Muppets Get Things Started

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 20th 2011 11:50AM


There's a danger in looking too forward to an individual 'SNL' host just because, on paper, they should excel. Too often I've thought, "Well, this person will obviously be great,' only to have that person come off as flat or uninterested. Jason Segel's name immediately jumped out as a potentially great host. I mean, yes, he was obviously going to bring the Muppets with him, that was a given. But this is a guy who has made it clear that hosting 'SNL' has been a lifelong dream. But Segel is a writer. Sometimes writers come to the show with ideas in mind (like Segel obviously did with "Andre the Giant Gets an Ice Cream") that aren't necessarily great. But, happily, Segel brought his A-game and he brought Paul Rudd because, well, why not bring Paul Rudd? On to a very happy Scorecard!

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'Nikita' Season 2, Episode 9 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 19th 2011 12:00AM
Amanda and Birkoff['Nikita' - 'Fair Trade']

I had a feeling that last week's lackluster episode was just a fluke; this week's installment was a welcome return to the 'Nikita' we know and love, advancing the storyline while providing palpable tension throughout the well-paced hour.

'Fair Trade' was a long-overdue showcase for Aaron Stanford, with Birkoff the focal point for much of the hour, and for anyone who underestimates the importance of our resident nerd, this episode was a welcome reminder of just how integral he is not just to operations, but apparently to Nikita's sanity too. We never forget the devotion that Nikita and Michael share, but sometimes it's easy to overlook our irritable little hacker, grumbling in the corner but always coming through for our heroes whenever they're in a tight spot.

Sadly, even though the loss of Birkoff sent Nikita off the deep end, his presence beforehand wasn't quite enough to stop our heroine from going "on a bender" this week, behaving even more recklessly than usual in Michael's absence.

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'The X Factor' Recap: Top 9 Revealed - Who Was Eliminated? (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 17th 2011 9:10PM
X Factor JudgesAmerica and 'The X Factor' completely defied my expectations on Thursday night. When Steve Jones announced that the first two acts safe this week were the aggressively mediocre Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell, it became apparent that there would be no predicting this week's results.

Still, with so many fan-favorite acts apparently in danger of elimination, the episode provided far more tension than I was anticipating this early in the game, when it seemed that all of the groups would be wiped out before the solo artists would have their turn on the chopping block.

The third act to be eliminated by America and the judges was:

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'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 10 Perform 'Rock' Songs (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 17th 2011 12:45AM
Josh Krajcik I love rock'n'roll -- but it was in seriously short supply during this week's 'X Factor.' Host Steve Jones opened the show with the ominous qualifier that the week's theme was "rock songs, or songs sung in a rock style" which was the first clue that trouble was afoot.

We heard reggae, rap, blues and ballads, but very little in the way of actual guitar-smashing, amp-blasting rock; the only one who really fulfilled the assignment was resident rocker Josh Krajcik -- go figure. Still, I'm pretty sure that Stacy Francis hit rock bottom with a screechy, tone-deaf rendition of Meat Loaf's (via Celine Dion) 'It's All Coming Back to Me Now,' and my eardrums may never recover.

Hit the jump for our full recap of the show, thankfully without the musical accompaniment.

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'Glee' Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Finn Pushes Santana Out of the Closet (VIDEO)

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 16th 2011 12:30AM
glee mash off['Glee' -- 'Mash Off']

Hear that, gleeks? That was the slap heard around the world -- and it was also a huge wake-up call for 'Glee' fans everywhere because that was seriously one of my favorite episodes ever. Okay, so it had a little too much Sue Sylvester for my liking, but at least her slandering ways had a purpose this episode. Everything from the song choices to the tight choreography and witty one-liners made this episode a knock-out.

And since Puck's tacky "Hot for Teacher" serenade happens within the first five minutes, it's easy to forget it ever happens. On the other hand, the Troubletone's "Rumor Has It/Someone Like You" Adele mash-up is now second favorite 'Glee' song ever (because nothing can come close to "Teenage Dream" in my book).

Naya Rivera, you have officially become my favorite gleek. Sorry Chris Colfer, but you had your season last year, and although I still love you and your fabulous ensembles, now, it's Naya's chance to shine -- and Santana's coming out storyline is pretty explosive.

For starters, she didn't come out. She was pushed out by an angry, fed up Finn.

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