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And 'The Voice' winner is ...

Never underestimate the power of the country vote on “The Voice.” In what may be considered an upset victory, Craig Wayne Boyd carried off the Season 7 crown on Tuesday night’s finale results show. 

If Boyd’s big win didn’t come as a surprise to you, it certainly seemed to do so to Adam Levine, who had practically anointed his own contestant, Matt McAndrew, on Monday’s performance show, saying at one point that the shaggy-haired, bespectacled contestant was “not even done winning yet.” 

A tattoo artist somewhere may have already been readying his equipment to check the empty box on McAndrew’s forearm, which the singer had vowed to complete when he nabbed a record contract, but the arm tat will have to wait – at least for today. 

As it turns out, it was Boyd, the sole member of Blake Shelton’s team to make the finale, who wasn’t yet done winning. 

On Tuesday night -- after a two-hour finale featuring all manner of performances by current and past contestants, coaches, and visiting...

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'Homeland' recap: Plot twist propels drama toward season finale

In a season full of surprises, Showtime’s “Homeland” saved one of the biggest ones for “Krieg Nicht Lieb” as this penultimate Episode 411 called into question the status of Taliban commander Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar).

Is he still America’s most-wanted terrorist for masterminding a slaughter at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad? Or have American officials at the highest level negotiated a cynical agreement with Haqqani and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency?

Kept far away from the decision-making loop are Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), the CIA station chief in Islamabad; and her politically-damaged-beyond-repair boss, CIA Director Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts).

“Is there something going on I should know about?” Lockhart asks Carrie on a phone call from Washington. “They’re shopping for my replacement. Obviously no one tells me anything anymore.”

But something is definitely up between the U.S. and the Pakistanis, Lockhart insists, as evidenced by hastily called meetings at...

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'The Newsroom' series finale recap, 'What Kind of Day Has It Been?'

The final "Newsroom" opens with Mac making a call outside Charlie's funeral service. She has some news, it seems.

Inside the church, she asks Will if he remembers the night before he went to prison, when the power was out at their place. She leans in to whisper the news to Will. "What?" he asks. "You heard me," she says. "No, your mouth was moving but you didn't make sounds," Will replies. I'll miss this show if only for banter like this.

Mac and Will are having a baby.

That opening scene sets the table for a flashback to three years earlier. Will was much meaner then and still obsessed with being a ratings machine, before he set out on his mission to civilize. It's written into the DNA of this show that you can't be both popular and good, which you have to accept as truth to watch the series. I reject that notion, but we're way past the point of diving into that here and now.

In our flashback, Charlie takes Will out for drinks and asks him if he's ever thought of having children of...

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'Top Chef' recap, 'Clean Up in Aisle 2!'

“A Wake Up Call.” That’s what I would have titled this week’s episode.

After a snoozy “Restaurant Wars” where none of the top contenders stepped up, I think one of the producers finally said to the others, “We need to shake this season up!” And they did.

Right away we start off with a Sudden Death QuickFire. 

In the "Top Chef" kitchen alongside Padma stands Jasper White. He’s kind of a big deal in Boston. He is to Boston what Emeril Legasse is to New Orleans. 

While we’re comparing the two chefs, as Emeril is known for his gumbos, Jasper is known for his chowder or ... chowdah

Chowder is this week’s QuickFire challenge. The chefs have 30 minutes to come up with a unique chowder dish that’ll impress White, the man who literally wrote the book on chowders. The winner gets immunity and the loser will have to battle his/her way to stay alive.

(Sidenote: It’s interesting how this is a 30 minute QuickFire considering in chef White’s book, “50 Chowders” there’s a chapter on “curing” where...

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'The Voice' recap: Three finalists ... and a wild card makes four

“The Voice” does like to dangle contestants over the edge of elimination only to snatch them back to safety -- what with the coach steals, Twitter instant saves and all. Each of those was a “dramatic new twist” from seasons past that has endured. This season’s dramatic twist, which began to play itself out this week: the wild-card round.

Dispensing with the usual results-show filler between revelations, the show informed us quickly on Tuesday which three artists in the top 5 had been voted through to next week’s finals: Team Adam’s Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew and Team Blake’s Craig Wayne Boyd. (Good picking, America.)

But there would be a fourth finalist, determined by audience vote, who would be welcomed back to sing an original song -- not a cover -- next week and compete with Jamison, McAndrew and Boyd for the win. All nine contestants who had been eliminated after making the top 12 would be eligible for the wild-card slot, including freshly fallen top-5 members Damien and...

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'American Horror Story' recap, 'Tupperware Party Massacre'

With a title like "Tupperware Party Massacre" — and after the on-the-nose events of last week’s “Blood Bath” — you get one guess at what happens this episode.

Just when you thought we’d hit peak disgustingness. Dandy stops by the freak show to get his future told by Maggie. Perhaps he’s having issues seeing his true path in life, having just bludgeoned a passing Avon lady to death and sewn her head onto his mother’s body, creating his own gruesome makeshift version of Bette and Dot. RIP, “Avon Lady Whose Name I Don’t Know.” Seriously, every time I think we’ve reached the utmost gross thing “AHS” can possibly pull off, it turns out that I’m way, way wrong.

Anyway, Maggie tells Dandy that the crystal ball assures her that his indiscretions will be soon forgotten and life will get back to normal. She is an absolutely terrible fortune teller, but since she’s telling Dandy what he wants to hear, he’s all sunshine. He leaves a big tip and gets weirdly grabby with her, so it’s not clear if...

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