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'Survivor' recap, 'It Will Be My Revenge'

It’s the dawn of Day 4, and Dan starts the day by losing his underwear. He was trying to "do his business" in the ocean, and a wave tore them away from him. For Lindsay, this only adds to the general annoyance that is Dan. It was a really, really stupid thing to do, and I don’t think you’re supposed to be "doing your business" in the ocean.

Over at the White Collar Tribe, they finally have flint for fire. Max claims that they suck at fending for themselves because of their high-falutin’ jobs, but I’m sure that there are plenty of people with office jobs who have gone camping before. Maybe you guys just suck. Max then tries to be like Richard Hatch and hangs around the beach naked. It is, as he points out, a great way to get some time alone.

Shirin decides to follow suit and get naked as well, but she doesn’t go topless, only bottomless, which is an odd choice. Joachim and Taylor have a hard time carrying on a conversation with her about dishwashing.

Hali is trying to get to know Nina...

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'Empire' recap: Andre flushes medication, snaps

Mental illness is real, and Andre’s continual downward spiral is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever watched on television. But the necessity of this image – much like Jamal’s sexuality – within the context of a black family can’t be overlooked.

Reviewing his backstory, Andre occupies a unique and complex space. The oldest of the Lyon cubs, he’s the only one who was truly at an age to understand the malarkey that was the start of Cookie’s 17-year stint in jail. After graduating from an Ivy League institution, it was his skill set that helped Empire become what it is, and the reason he is the company’s CFO. And though Lucious is not feeling his son’s respectability attempt in marrying Rhonda, Andre still believes he’s the most qualified to run the company when his father eventually kicks the bucket.

On top of all of this, he has bipolar disorder. Though his condition is manageable with prescription drugs, he’s not taking them. In this episode, he flushes pills from almost five...

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'The Americans' recap: Fight over Paige's future intensifies

Following the baptism of Paige Jennings (Holly Taylor) at an activist church, her KGB parents intensify efforts to influence their daughter’s next steps on “Born Again,” Episode 306 of “The Americans” on FX.

“Paige gives her whole heart to every political action that we engage in at this church,” Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin) proudly proclaimed, as atheist mom Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and dad Philip (Matthew Rhys) observed their daughter’s religious ritual with frozen smiles.

Whether it is opposing South African apartheid or protesting the nuclear arms race, Pastor Tim said, Paige is always “challenging, questioning, yelling!”

Impressed with her daughter’s inner strength and social conscience, Elizabeth is determined to groom Paige as a second-generation Soviet spy. But Philip is just as determined to steer his 15-year-old child far away from the brutal world of Cold War espionage.

“You should never feel pressured to do anything that you don’t feel is right for you,” Philip cautions Paige,...

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AMC plotting a 'Mad Men' send-off to remember

It should come as no surprise that "Mad Men," a drama about a 1960s advertising firm, has designed what it hopes to be an unforgettable send-off campaign.

The pioneering AMC drama will launch its seventh and final season on April 5 — culminating in a swan song that will likely generate the kind of frenzied chatter last seen by its sister drama "Breaking Bad" in 2013.

To rally viewers as the end draws near, the network is promoting the final stretch of the drama with a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign. There's even a black-tie ball at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for its premiere.

"This show changed our network, period," AMC President and General Manager Charlie Collier told The Times. "This show means something as our first, and we wanted the send-off to reflect that."

The drama, created by Matt Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, made its debut in 2007. Despite undersized ratings, it was praised by critics and would go on to ingratiate itself into the zeitgeist — spawning...

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'The Voice' recap: Fits, face-offs and forgotten promises

At the outset of the fourth night of “The Voice” Season 8 blind auditions, the coaches had filled only seven (Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton) or eight (Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams) seats on his or her team of 12. By the end of the show, all the coaches had just one open spot remaining, save for Williams, who had two.

On Monday, all the teams will reach capacity and -- in the same show -- the battle rounds will begin. (Wednesday night's episode is a “Best of the Blinds” highlight show.)

Yes, things are flying along. But along the way we’ve gotten coach alliances and betrayals, face-offs, thrown fits and hug-fests.

Here’s how the talent shook out on Tuesday night:

Ashley Morgan: This “all-American”-looking, as Blake pointed out, 26-year-old California-based backup vocalist hit all the right notes with her “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” yet spun only Shelton and Williams. Shelton told her she’d never return to the background and that he could help her “move...

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Justified 'The Hunt' recap: A lot more conversation, a little less action

One week after the gunfight that led to Choo-Choo’s last stand, “Justified” chose to slow things dramatically with “The Hunt,” an episode loaded with talking, talking … and more talking … that cements the stakes for the series' final chapter. And it worked, sort of.

We know what Raylan and Boyd are fighting for in the series’ final chapter. The marshal wants to settle in with his daughter, wherever and however that may happen, and Boyd wants Ava and the means to provide for her somewhere outside of Harlan. We haven’t seen Winona all season, and Ava’s loyalties have been far from certain, so we needed an episode like “The Hunt” to let the viewer know Raylan and Boyd were fighting for prizes they can win.

But where the Boyd-Ava scenes crackled with tension, Raylan and Winona’s chatter was warming but ultimately forgettable, out of step with the desperate tenor of the rest of the episode. I’m a big fan of Natalie Zea, and of the larger Raylan-Winona relationship, but the payoff of their...

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