Every episode of "Naked and Afraid" is tough, but this week's may be the most hellacious I remember seeing that didn't involve a medical intervention. The worst part, though, is that so many of the obstacles Jeff and Eva face are of their own making. Actually, most of them are of Jeff's making, but we'll get into that in a moment.
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Sunday (March 23) night's installment of "The Amazing Race" came down to one decision made in the first 15 minutes of the episode. I'm not saying there was a "right" answer or a "wrong" answer in the moment, but the choice was made early and once it was made -- incorrectly, as it turned out -- there was nothing left to the episode and what followed was a 45-minute anti-climax.
That's too bad, because this was perhaps the first episode of the season that was well-structured in terms of Detours and Roadblocks, featuring difficult tasks that had the chance to shake things up in terms of team placement.
I write "had the chance to," because they didn't. This week's Top 4 was last week's Top 4. And last week's Top 4 was 3/4ths of the previous week's Top 4. We've had five Legs so far, which means 20 Top 4 finishes. The teams now in the Top 4 have *15* of those finishes. I refuse to go back to previous seasons to see if that's a comparable rate to the norm, but that's a pretty deep entrenchment at the top for this season. Similarly, while everybody likes to talk about major positive or negative swings of fortune on the Race, the back of the pack has also remained close to intact. Mark & Mallory fell from 6th to 10th in the week they were eliminated, but otherwise the teams that have gone home were starting in last or next-to-last.
So Sunday's episode had an exciting start in terms of travel, but once things went south, the only thing giving the episode even an iota of tension was a stereotype-based hypothetical: Would the middle-aged mom turn out to be a master seamstress, leading to one of the most shocking reversals in "Amazing Race" history? Well, we never even found out.
On to the recap after the break...
Oh, Apollo. Sure, it's really swell that you managed to come to some kind of a semi-coherent, possibly drunken accord with Kenya. That's peachy keen. The problem is that Phaedra has been telling you for a mighty long time not to talk to Kenya, and you just don't care. She might as well be telling you to eat your vegetables or wash the dishes, because you keep reacting as if she's being a mean old mommy, which is not really a great thing in a marriage.
HOLLYWOOD - It may have been a PaleyFest for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but there was a ton of Captain America swag being worn in the Dolby Theater Sunday afternoon. That was actually quite appropriate considering how much the events in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," opening April 4, affect "MAoS." The television show has done its best to tie into the larger Marvel cinematic universe with one episode focusing on the repercussion of "Thor: The Dark World" in November, a very impressive guest appearance by Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) earlier this month and a cameo by none other than Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in October. Things will become even more interesting after what transpires in Marvel's latest big screen effort.
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I want to talk fuel efficiency...
Character actor James Rebhorn, who played Carrie’s dad on “Homeland,” dies at 65
Rebhorn also had recurring roles on “Enlightened” and “White Collar” as well as many other TV and movie credits. He also played the lawyer who put Jerry and his pals in jail in the “Seinfeld” finale.
Creationists want to be represented on “Cosmos”
Creationists groups are demanding equal time on the Fox series.
Ricky Gervais is shopping a new TV series starring “The Office’s” David Brent
He wants Brent to be filmed going on tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion.
Jimmy Kimmel grills Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton
Kimmel was the interviewer at the Clinton Global Initiative at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Afterwards, he tried to top Ellen with his own epic Clinton selfie.
Jon Hamm: “Mad Men” cast is in denial as they prepare to shoot the final episodes
The final seven episodes will begin filming later this week, says Hamm at Paleyfest. "We're in some phase of grief,” he says, "and it's probably denial. I think we are collectively starting to realize the end is coming faster than we thought it would. There's nothing we could do to prepare for it, (but) we're going to have as much fun as we've always had making the show until we can't make it anymore."
“Entourage” movie will have at least 20 athlete cameos
Tom Brady and Mariano Rivera aren’t the only guest stars.
“NBC Nightly News” gets NBC history wrong
In a report on the closing of NBC Burbank, NBC mistakenly showed a photo of NBC’s old Hollywood home, at the corner of Sunset and Vine, which was demolished 50 years ago.
“The Walking Dead” beer to contain actual brains
Dock Street Walker will be brewed with smoked goat brains, not human brains.
NBC teases “Rosemary’s Baby”
With a baby crying.
“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada welcomes a boy
“I have EXCITING NEWS! Thank you God for my blessing!” she tweeted soon after giving birth.
I'm fairly sure I would have more to relate from my trip to "The Vampires Diaries" PaleyFest panel if not for the screaming. Oh, yes, screaming. Before the panel began, there was screaming. During a short video tribute to Katherine Pierce (more on that later), there was screaming. When Paul Wesley spoke, there was screaming. When Ian Somerhalder spoke, there was screaming. When anyone spoke, there was screaming. Did I mention the screaming? Needless to say, a lot of dishy details were drowned out by, yes, screaming.
On the basketball court, Cliff Robinson's statistics were quite robust.
He ranks ninth in NBA history in games played and, with playoff appearances in 17 of his 18 seasons, those were often meaningful games. He was the league's Sixth Man of the Year for the 1992-1993 season, was an All-Defensive Team second teamer twice and an All-Star once. Thanks to his longevity, he ranks in the Top 50 in NBA/ABA history in scoring, ahead of Hall-of-Famers like Chris Mullin, Isiah Thomas and Scottie Pippen.
Sadly, Cliff Robinson won't be remembered for his "Survivor" longevity. This week, Robinson became the fifth player voted out on "Survivor: Cagayan" and the first player booted after the season dissolved its Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawn twist.
Cliff could have been voted out even earlier, but a basketball-themed Immunity Challenge thwarted Brawn teammate Sarah's attempts to throw the game. After leading his post-Shuffle tribe to a big Reward win, Cliff was targeted by former tribe mate Trish, who was willing to squander a prohibitive numbers advantage just to get rid of a player she called lazy, shady and claimed hadn't spoken to her in 13 days.
In his exit interview, Cliff strongly disagrees with two of those charges, though he admits he could have talked to Trish more. The former UConn great discusses the surprising toughness of "Survivor" and how he hoped to combat the familiar "He doesn't need the money..." argument.
Click through for the full Q&A...
OK. That's an overstatement, probably, but it's not an overstatement to say that I definitely experienced a wave of affection for Brendon & Rachel after the way the "Big Brother" veterans supported Margie & Luke during last week's tumultuous drink-mixing Detour in Kuala Lumpur. That was good of them. I've got no sarcasm or cynicism when it comes to the way Brendon & Rachel calmed and encouraged Luke in a tough moment.
It's possible, in fact, that Brendon & Rachel have actually changed since we saw them last. There's been minimal crying and almost no shouting to start the season and if you want to see something truly weird, check out this HitFix exclusive clip from Sunday (March 23) night's "Amazing Race" episode.
It involves dancing in Sri Lanka and you may be surprised at how they handle some adversity!
Watch the clip above and come back to HitFix tomorrow night for my recap.
Fast National ratings for Friday, March 21, 2014.
CBS struggled through another night of unimpressive NCAA Tournament second round ratings, allowing ABC to dominate Friday in all measures, led by "Shark Tank."
In its second Friday airing, FOX's "Rake" reproduced last week's dismal numbers and while the legal dramedy was able to edge out The CW overall, new episodes of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" topped FOX among young viewers. Things were also very close between FOX's 9 p.m. comedies -- with an "Enlisted" repeat -- and The CW's encouraging time period premiere for "Hart of Dixie."
On to the numbers...
With the arrival of the DVD release of “Frozen,” the soundtrack to the Disney animated feature is set to soar on next week’s Billboard 200.