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'The Voice' recap: Was it really the 'best live show' ever?

Blake Shelton may have been right when he stutteringly declared that “The Voice” top 10 live show on Monday night was the "best live show" he’d seen in seven seasons, which is to say the best ever.

“These performances are unbelievable,” he said. They were. And the unbelievably good performances kept on coming even after he said it.

Who knows what motivated so many of the singers to reach new levels of impressiveness? Was it the guidance of guest mentors Diana Ross (working alongside Pharrell Williams), Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump (Adam Levine), Colbie Caillat (Blake Shelton) or old coach Christina Aguilera? Or was it, perhaps, the presence in the audience of legendary music producer Clive Davis, who had given the top 10 a “master class” in … well, apparently, in Whitney Houston, whom he had ushered to fame?

After Davis heard DaNica Shirey of Team Pharrell sing a Whitney song, he told the other contestants they had their work cut out for them. It was, in fact, Shirey’s exquisite...

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'Sleepy Hollow' recap: Weapon of Moloch destruction

Remember when the Headless Horseman was a terrifying badass? You know, back when he slaughtered Sheriff Corbin right in front of Lt. Abbie Mills? And when even the sight of his silhouette against the night and the pounding of his dead-eyed horse’s hooves made you shiver and shake?


Well he’s been deflated lately, reduced to a minion, errand boy, lovelorn suitor and inept host to his captive houseguest. Poor First Horseman of the Apocalypse. He’s been kind of a dolt, or should we say fop, in Colonialspeak?

Until this week’s episode of “Sleepy Hollow,” that is, when Abraham Van Brunt got his swagger back. Some of it, at least, though he still can’t seem to get the drop on Ichabod Crane in hand-to-hand combat-swordplay or foil the Witnesses’ mission to stop Armageddon. Or does he?

It’s a two-parter, with next week’s episode, “The Akeda,” closing out the fall run of Fox’s supernatural sci-fi-tinged buddy cop drama. Monday’s cliffhanger, dubbed “Magnum Opus,” leaves us not knowing...

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In 'Odd Squad,' math gets nice and weird

When it comes to that added element that can refresh even the most time-worn TV trope, there's nothing quite like a pint-sized cast. If a bunch of chimpanzees could make a cult hit out of "Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp," then imagine the possibilities of real human kids.

"Odd Squad," which premieres Wednesday as the latest addition to the PBS Kids lineup, swipes a premise instantly familiar with anyone who's ever heard of "The X-Files," "Men in Black," "Warehouse 13" or any number of shows about clandestine organizations tasked with investigating the unexplained. Then it replaces the adults with kids. Did I mention the Odd Squad headquarters is all kid-sized too? Suddenly, the whole thing becomes a lot more palatable.

Not a lot of time is spent setting up this premise, a lesson bigger budget franchises would do well to pay attention to. There's a group called the Odd Squad, they check out weird phenomena, all the agents have names that begin with the letter "O." What more explanation do...

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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Finale freestyling

Finale week of Season 19 has come upon us, ballroom fans! Stars we had never heard of have now become like close friends, and the coveted Mirrorball trophy has sparkled its way into the glitterverse orbit. The four remaining couples danced two dances in the first part of this two-night event: A judges’ choice “do-over” and the highly anticipated, make-it-or-break it freestyle dance, in which all rules go out the window, anything goes, and the stars and pros can really let loose.

We also narrowed the finals field down by one, and Bethany Mota, her dimple, and Derek Hough were sent home. “I've discovered things about myself that I never thought I could do,” the YouTube star said with a smile. Truly, Bethany had a very complete glitterverse journey these past 11 weeks, going from sheltered teen vlogger to strong woman with a voice, encapsulated in a very powerful “Hunger Games” meets “Rhythm Nation” freestyle that ended in a very Mockingjay pose at the end. Bruno likened it to “watching a...

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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'NCIS: New Orleans' on CBS

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NCIS While traveling for the holidays, DiNozzo and Bishop (Michael Weatherly, Emily Wickersham) — along with Bishop's NSA-lawyer husband (guest star Jamie Bamber) — face delays caused by a terrorist threat in this new Thanksgiving-themed episode. Edie McClurg also guest stars. 8 p.m. CBS

The Voice Taylor Swift performs in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC

The Flash More villains from the pages of DC Comics — Blackout and the Clock King (Michael Reventar and Robert Knepper) — make things difficult for Barry (Grant Gustin) in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA

Dancing With the Stars The new episode "Road to the Finals" precedes the season finale. 8 and 9 p.m. ABC

MasterChef The chefs have 10 minutes to prepare as many sunny-side-up eggs as they can. 8 p.m. Fox

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr. The...

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Bill Cosby's Washington show is postponed after sex assault allegations

Bill Cosby's upcoming show at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Wash., has been postponed, the latest fallout in the continuing firestorm revolving around sexual assault allegations against the comedian.

A statement said that Cosby's Saturday performance at the 1,500-seat theater had been postponed indefinitely.

The Capitol Theatre performance was scheduled the day after Cosby's date at Las Vegas' Treasure Island, which was canceled last week in the wake of the allegations.

Cosby performed last Friday at a sold-out show in Melbourne, Fla.

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