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<p>&quot;Survivor&quot; host Jeff Probst</p>

"Survivor" host Jeff Probst

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Interview: Jeff Probst discusses the 'Survivor: Cagayan' season

Veteran host discusses Tony, the Tyler Perry Idol and his own evolving job

It's been a few years since I've talked with Jeff Probst either before a "Survivor" season or before a finale and I'd forgotten that I probably needed to request three or four hours as an interview time. Jeff Probst is in his 28th season of hosting "Survivor" and he still loves talking about the game, talking about his favorite players and the constant surprise that each season brings.

You may not agree with his take on things -- I tend to root more for the underdogs, while Probst's love and admiration for certain Alpha Dog contestants is famous/notorious -- but you can't doubt his passion, even if it's for something like this season's all-power Tyler Perry Idol, which has been the source of ample grumbling on my weekly recaps.

Tony, the finder of the Tyler Perry Idol, is a Jeff Probst kinda "Survivor" player, while death-cheating Spencer is the guy I tend to root for, but in this interview, we amply discuss what makes good "Survivor" drama. 

There were lots and lots of things I didn't get to in this interview and I'll try to request a longer block next time we get to talk, but it's still a good 20 minutes of Probst discussing the first All-Star-free "Survivor" season in recent years, his own shifting role as host, Tony's allure as a potential returning player, Amanda Kimmel's near-misses and what his quid pro quo will be from Tyler Perry.

Click through for the full Q&A. And check back for all of my "Survivor: Cagayan" interviews in the week after the finale...

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Report: 'True Detective' wants Jessica Chastain

Report: "True Detective" wants Jessica Chastain
According to The Nerdist, Chastain has been offered leading role in Season 2.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars': Who takes home the mirror ball?

The real shocker might be who possibly won't be back next season

It's three -- yes, three -- female celebrities in the season 18 finale of "Dancing with the Stars," and it's going to be a squeaker, I think. It's also going to be long. Really, really long. Though the final three couples will be dancing, the part of the show that actually has anything to do with naming a winner is under 40 minutes. The rest of the two hours (not including the 8:00 p.m. clip job to take us "down the road" toward the finale)? Some singing, some dancing, some swearing and some technical difficulties. But at the end of it all? One happy couple (possibly more; I mean, it's supposed to be fun) and a mirror ball trophy that probably retails for about five bucks. But still!

There were some high points on the show. James and Peta were chosen by fans to perform their freestyle, which was just as spectacular the second time around. If James had been able to do more hip hop dancing and even contemporary dancing during the season, I think he might have had a shot at the finale. 

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<p>Oliver Platt in &quot;Fargo.&quot;</p>

Oliver Platt in "Fargo."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Fargo' - 'Buridan's Ass'

A blizzard causes lots of problems in a particularly bloody episode

A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as God tells me not to park here...

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'I Wanna Marry Harry' is eerily similar to 'Joe Millionaire' — without the sense of shame

“I Wanna Marry Harry” is eerily similar to “Joe Millionaire” — without the sense of shame
The original “Joe Millionaire,” says James Poniewozik, "was edited as a reality comedy, but there was a thread of darkness to it, with its night-vision spy cameras and ominous music. It was meant to be titillating, obviously, but the framing at least carried the suggestion that a viewer might see something, well, wrong here. ‘Harry,' judging by its first episode, has no such pangs. It’s a product made for an audience inured by a decade of reality shows to duplicitous gimmicks and contrived catfights. Its tone, visuals, and scoring are light, because, hey, it’s just entertainment and these ladies all signed up for a reality show, and whatevs, right?” PLUS: “Prince Harry” had to attend “Royal School,” and this really is no different from “The Bachelor."

Check out “True Blood’s” final season poster
“Goodbyes Suck."

“Veep” attacked by "Citizens Against Selina Meyer”
The HBO series has spawned its out super PAC.PLUS: Selina Meyer has perfected the art of rage.

Is Louis CK actually making a “Louie” TV movie?
The six-part “Elevator” arc may be Louis CK’s attempt to do a Woody Allen-style dramedy film.

Valerie Cherish releases a “Comeback” video to Twitter
Here’s your 1st close-up look as Lisa Kudrow resumes her HBO character.

“Parenthood” played a key role in NBC’s ascension to No. 1
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, “Parenthood” lessened the hemorrhaging on Thursday night as the Peacock’s “Must-See” comedy block sputtered.

“Game of Thrones” battle is "one of the best — if not the best — combat scenes we’ve done so far”
"The fight delivers beyond our expectations,” creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff say of this week’s episode. PLUS: Why “Game of Thrones” loves porn stars, why “GoT” is one of TV’s most manipulative shows, and Prince Oberyn is a rare “genuine bisexual” on TV.

Jason Biggs tweets jokes about the dead “Bachelorette” contestant
Biggs elicited groans with tweets like: "Crazy rule change- instead of voting off the contestants, this season #TheBachelorette gets to kill them off."

“The Blacklist” promotes Amir Arison
His FBI tech character will become a series regular in Season 2.

NBC’s “Bad Judge” and CW’s “iZombie” are recasting characters
Two will be replaced on “Bad Judge,” while just one is being dumped from “iZombie.”

Charlie Day tells college grads at his alma mater: "I'm much smarter than the character I play on TV”
The “It’s Always Sunny” star spoke to Merrimack College about not giving a sh*t.

Pat Sajak courts controversy with tweet referring to “global warming alarmists” as “unpatriotic racists”
"Sometimes it's fun to poke a stick in a hornets' nest just to hear the buzzing,” tweeted the “Wheel of Fortune” host.

Chloe Sevigny is headed to Netflix, along with “Rescue Me” alum Steven Pasquale
They’re joining the psychological thriller from the creators of “Damages.”

Allison Tolman was looking for a day job while auditioning for “Fargo”
Tolman recalls auditioning via tape from Chicago. PLUS: What if Gus and Molly were in a rom-com?

Why the “Warehouse 13” series finale was just about perfect
Here are eight ways of looking at the show now that it’s over.

Whit Stillman and Chloe Sevigny: What it's like filming an Amazon pilot in Paris
“It was very civilized,” Sevigny says of their nine-day shoot for “The Cosmopolitans last month. “Lunches were fantastic — really good catering. It was delicious. The crew works less hours, too. They’re more excited to be at work and about the art.”

Lea Michele admits dating Matthew Morrison before they were on “Glee”
"I had worked on Broadway with Jenna Ushkowitz and Matthew Morrison before,” she writes in her memoir. "Matt had been a friend of mine for years, and in fact we'd actually dated back in the day for a Broadway beat.”

Here’s a glimpse of the final season of “Boardwalk Empire”
The HBO series filmed scenes on the streets of Staten lsland today.

Watch the trailer for “Kid President”
Rainn Wilson is producing the Hub Network series starring 9-year-old Robby Novak.

Jeff Probst misses the raw, less-polished early “Survivor” seasons
Says Probst in a Reddit Ask Me Anything: "There was an ‘amateurish' feeling to our early seasons, especially season one -- where it really was cinema verite - we had cameras in the shots, we didn't always have great audio - but it was really compelling because it was so raw. Our show is now much more polished, which is ultimately a much better way to tell the story. But there is something very innocent about season one that will never be there again. Great question."

"RuPaul‘s Drag Race” winner: "It was a crazy, crazy, crazy, insane night”
"I’m afraid my phone will blow up,” says “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”

Lawyers pick “L.A. Law” as their favorite legal show
“Law & Order” came in 2nd in a survey of attorneys, followed by “Boston Legal,” “The Good Wife,” “Perry Mason” and “Ally McBeal."

Watch the trailer for “Matador”
Gabriel Luna plays a soccer player who works for the CIA on the El Rey series.

Sarah Silverman is featured in a school textbook
She is literally a textbook example of the word “offensive.”

Behind the scenes of “Jeopardy!’s” Battle of the Decades tournament
It was like an immersive genius retreat.

Is “24’s” Kate Morgan the female Jack Bauer?
Yvonne Strahovski’s character may be the breakout star of this season. PLUS: Is a bad guy in a scarf more intimidating than a bad guy not in a scarf?

“Girl Meets World” theme: Too overproduced?
The “Boy Meets World” spinoff’s opening title theme doesn’t stand out from other Disney shows.

Showtime orders "Control Alt Delete,” a law firm comedy
The comedy revolves around four workaholics in a law firm.

“The Maya Rudolph Show” needs to appeal to young viewers, who don’t care for variety shows
The problem with Rudolph’s entry into a string of attempts to revive the variety show is that it was too old school. In order for Rudolph to succeed, the variety format needs to be modernized. PLUS: Why Justin Timberlake and/or Neil Patrick Harris are variety’s best hope.

Which of the “SNL” newbies will be cut?
John Milhiser, Brooks Wheelan and Noel Wells seem like the prime candidates not to return next year. PLUS: The 24 best sketches of this season.

Check out 22-year-old Rachel Zoe
The Bravo star is offering “If I Were 22” advice, complete with a photo of herself at 22.

Netflix unveils “Hemlock Grove’s” 2nd season poster
Season 2 kicks off July 11.

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<p>Schoolboy Q</p>

Schoolboy Q

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Watch Schoolboy Q learn the 'Hoover Street' life in new music video

Haven't you ever dreamed of casting the childhood version of yourself?

Schoolboy Q has released a very on-the-nose video to his track "Hoover Street," off of the rapper's breakout album "Oxymoron."

And you know what's OK? That it's that kind of illustrative. Instead of rags-to-riches, Q keeps his focus on growing up in gangland, in South Central L.A. While he rhymes about roaches in his cereal and his loved ones' commitment to crime, he also goes more personal, with a nod to his grandma and the shock of seeing his first gun.

The whole album is tough, give the 2014 set a spin, and check out other vids like "What They Want" and "Break the Bank."

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Season 13 Top 2</p>

The "American Idol" Season 13 Top 2

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Finale Performances - Jena vs. Caleb

Jena and Caleb go head to head with three performances in

Welcome to the first half of the "American Idol" finale.

It's Caleb Johnson versus Jena Irene for the big prize, whatever that happens to be at this point in "Idol" history.

On Tuesday (May 20), each of the finalists will sing thrice.

On Wednesday, over two hours, we'll be treated to guest stars and group performances until we want to tear our collective hair out. Then somebody will win. And then I'll go recap the "Survivor: Cagayan" finale, hoping that Twitter doesn't ruin it for me first.

Let's get down to our Tuesday business...

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus outmopes Morrissey on Smiths' cover, 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out": Watch

She sings The Smiths via Lana Del Rey

First The Beatles and now The Smiths. After performing “Lucy in they Sky with Diamonds” with Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne on the Billboard Music Awards, Miley Cyrus turned back time again during a show in Belfast. This time she set the Way Back Machine to 1986 to perform The Smith’s “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” from the British group’s “The Queen Is Dead” album.

It would not seem possible, but The Smiths’ original is actually much peppier than Cyrus’s melodically down tempo one.  She  mumbles more than Morrissey and sounds almost like she's channeling The Smiths via Lana Del Rey.

And unlike Morrissey, she decided to take a selfie during the middle of the performance, which definitely blunts the song’s impact.

What do you think of Cyrus' version?


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<p>&quot;The Night Shift.&quot;</p>

"The Night Shift."

Credit: NBC

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 15: 'Gang Related,' 'The Normal Heart' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'The Night Shift,' 'I Wanna Marry Harry' and this season's canceled shows

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for a lively Firewall & Iceberg Show, in which we review some promising summer offerings (FOX's "Gang Related" and HBO's star-studded "The Normal Heart"), some dire ones (NBC's "The Night Shift" and FOX's "I Wanna Marry Harry") and play Canceled TV Show Trivia to commemorate the end of the TV season. Even if you're not a big fan of the video show thus far, I'd ask you to take a look at that last segment (or listen to it while you have other windows on your computer open), as it's one of the more fun things we've done since this started.

Looks like we'll be podcasting on Thursday this week, so we can discuss "The Americans" finale without having to wait a week (or more). And it's unclear when or if there will be a video show next week due to holidays and travel.

The run-down:

00:00- 05:35- Gang Related
05:35- 11:17- The Normal Heart
11:17- 16:35- Night Shift
16:35- 19:53- I Wanna Marry Harry
19:53- 32:47- Cancelled Shows

As always, you can send us questions at There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at

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Review: Coldplay's haunting, atmospheric 'Ghost Stories'

No anthems, just heartache

“Ghost Stories” is Chris Martin’s equivalent of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” Bob Dylan’s “Blood On the Tracks,” or Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel Of Love.”

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TNT developing a 'Major Crimes' spinoff starring 'The Closer' alum Jon Tenney

TNT developing a “Major Crimes” spinoff starring “The Closer” alum Jon Tenney
Tenney is set to reprise his role Special Agent Fritz Howard on “Major Crimes’” 7th episode with new characters that could form a spinoff of the TNT series, which is itself a spinoff of "The Closer," according to TV Line. Also, Malcolm-Jamal Warner might be part of the spinoff.

Former “Dancing” host Samantha Harris has made it through her “grueling" double mastectomy
Harris, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall, tweeted this morning about her surgery.

Fox to burn off “Enlisted’s” remaining episodes
The canceled military comedy returns to the Fox lineup on June 1.

“Mad Men” shot this week’s episode at an actual former Burger Chef location
The restaurant used on Sunday’s episode is currently shut down.

Dr. Phil to sit down with Donald Sterling scandal figure V. Stiviano
She’ll talk about her criminal history during her sitdown airing Wednesday.

Minnesota will host the Super Bowl in 2018
Super Bowl LII, the first in Minnesota since the 1992 Super Bowl, will be played in the Vikings’ brand-new indoor stadium.

“Girls” creates a real traffic jam by filming a fake traffic jam in Brooklyn
Real traffic was shut down Monday so that Ray could get into argument with a driver who was beeping his horn excessively. PLUS: Lena Dunham’s mom casts her in her new film.

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<p>Channing Tatum and Steve Carell represent &quot;Foxcatcher&quot; in Cannes.</p>

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell represent "Foxcatcher" in Cannes.

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Can Sony Classics land two Best Actor nominations for 'Foxcatcher?'

Both Steve Carell and Channing Tatum are drawing Cannes raves for their work

I was glued to the Twitter application of my iPhone Sunday night waiting for the reactions to Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" to roll in as the film bowed in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. It was interesting to watch the first wave of knee-jerks, all of them just a touch muted, I assume because Miller is not a filmmaker whose movies hit you right away. They kind of seep into you the more you spin away from them, and I got the feeling "Foxcatcher" is absolutely one such example.

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