Michael Slezak has exhaustively covered the past seven seasons of American Idol, recapping hundreds of episodes, conducting in-depthinterviews with the show’s finalists, and hosting the popular Web series Idoloonies, Idolatry, and Realité. In the process, he has become one of the nation’s leading Idol experts, appearing on Good Morning America, Today, CBS’ Early Show, NPR and Fox News, and even writing an essay for the New York Times (titled “Worshipping at the ‘Idol’ Church”). Since joiningTVLine in January 2011, Slezak has dug deeper into the reality genre, also providing morning-after commentary on The X Factor, The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, Survivor, The Next Food Network Star, So You Think You Can Dance, The Glee Project, and Glee, to name a few. He has also helped launch a series of popular bracket tournaments at TVLine, including the Ultimate Law-Enforcement Crush, ‘Glee’ All-Time Best Musical Number, and ‘Renew Our Show’ 2011.
Miley Cyrus Hosts SNL (and Hillary Clinton Assists): Best/Worst Sketches?
I refuse to begin this recap of Saturday Night Live‘s Season 41 premiere by saying that host Miley Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball. That would simply be too obvious, and also not entirely accurate, considering her opening monologue proved to be READ MORE & GRADE THE EPISODE
Did Bones Show Bad Grief? Is Murder Oversharing? Should Grey's Wife Be Heard? Piggy a Babe? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Once Upon a Time, CSI, Masters of Sex and Bones! READ MORE
How to Get Away With Murder Recap: Girl, Look It's a Body!
With a twist or a gasp (or at least a vicious put-down) every 12-15 minutes, How to Get Away With Murder is the kind of show that inspires some pretty outlandish theories. So I hope you’ll indulge my newest and craziest hypothesis: READ MORE
Empire Recap: Get Rich or Try Dynasty
Like the wide white lapels of Cookie’s Chanel-plaid jumpsuit, it’s the “Are you kidding me?” details that make Empire so ridiculously delicious.
A hard-charging prosecutor shows up to court with a La Perla bra pushing her cleavage higher than READ MORE
The Voice Recap: Major Miner
If you’re even a semi-regular watcher of The Voice Blind Auditions, you probably know the five simple rules for ensuring a better, brighter viewing experience:
1. Don’t get attached to READ MORE
The Grinder Premiere: What's Your Verdict on Rob Lowe's Legal Comedy?
Rob Lowe’s newest character, Dean Sanderson, is the living embodiment of the “I’m not a lawyer, but I play one on TV” joke. And while that’s terrible news for his licensed attorney brother Stewart (Fred Savage), it’s one of myriad amusements to be found in Fox’s new comedy READ MORE & GRADE IT
Nicki Minaj's Biographical Comedy Gets Series Order at ABC Family
Bang bang into… a sitcom?
An early 90s-set comedy about rap superstar Nicki Minaj’s colorful family and READ MORE
The Voice Recap: We Don't Really Want to See You Put a Ring on It
There’s a reason I wiped the most recent season of The Bachelorette from my DVR after only two episodes: I don’t actually enjoy watching real people get engaged on television. (Fictional characters? Get down on bended knee and keep doing your thing!) READ MORE & VOTE FOR YOUR FAVES
CSI Series Finale Recap: How Did CBS' Long-Running Procedural End?
The flower did it.
OK, not exactly, but with William Petersen’s Gil Grissom back on the case, you knew there was going to be READ MORE & GRADE IT
HTGAWM: Rebecca's Killer 'Relieved' By Revelation of Guilt
There are plenty of ways you could’ve appropriately responded to the unmasking of Rebecca Sutter’s killer on the How to Get Away With Murder Season 2 premiere — surprise, horror and disbelief all topping the list.
But happiness and relief? Well, that’s how READ MORE