<p>Carolyn of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Carolyn of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Interview: Carolyn Rivera talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

'Survivor' finalist discusses the social game failure that may have cost her the million

Carolyn Rivera had a rough "Survivor" finale night.

Not only did the Florida-based corporate executive lose the "Survivor: Worlds Apart" crown to Mike Holloway, but she received fewer votes than she anticipated, in tying with Will Sims for third with one vote apiece.

And then to make things worse, Carolyn's candidacy for next season's "Survivor: Second Chances" fell short. [It's no solace, probably, but Mike thinks Carolyn got hosed in the Second Chance voting process]

So you'll forgive me for treating Carolyn as the season's second place finisher, at least in terms of exit interview publication. 

Carolyn earned it. 

In addition to a key Individual Immunity win, a crucial play on a hidden Idol that she found sans clue and successful maintenance of majority alliance that would have won the day were it not for Mike's Immunity hot streak, Carolyn also earned her place in the Final 3 with a thrilling, tie-breaking fire build victory over Rodney. For the last few weeks of the season I repeatedly said that Carolyn was one of only two players with a deserving claim on the Sole Survivor crown. She just fell short.

In another slightly truncated exit interview -- Carolyn and Will were supposed to be paired, but I ended up with slightly less time for them as individuals -- Carolyn discusses the adversity she faced as an older woman, the social failings that left her weak with the No Collars on the Jury and the frustration and then elation of that fire tie.

Click through for the full Carolyn Q&A and look for the season's last "Survivor" exit interview tomorrow night...

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<p>Anne Meara</p>

Anne Meara

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Anne Meara, half of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara, dies at 85

Anne Meara, a four-time Emmy nominee who made up half of the '60s comedy duo Stiller and Meara, died on Saturday (May 23) at the age of 85.

Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Meara married Jerry Stiller in 1954 and they performed together as part of The Compass Players, the Chicago-based improvisational comedy company that would evolve into The Second City. 

As Stiller and Meara, the couple turned details from their own relationship into a wildly successful comedy pairing that made them variety show, late night and game show favorites through the '60s and '70s. More than a few of their bits related to his Jewishness and her Irish Catholic upbringing, though she converted to Judaism in 1960.

While Meara's 1975 CBS drama "Kate McShane" was short-lived, it earned her the first of her Emmy nominations, followed by nods for "Archie Bunker's Place" and a guest spot on "Homicide: Life on the Street." In recent years, Meara has made frequent TV guest appearances, including multi-episode turns on "Sex and the City" and "The King of Queens," which co-starred Jerry Stiller. On the big screen, she appeared in "The Boys From Brazil," "The Daytrippers" and "The Fish in the Bathtub."

Stiller and Meara also starred together in a Yahoo web series executive produced by son Ben Stiller.

Check out a couple of Stiller and Meara skits and appearances below:

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<p>Will of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Will of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Will Sims II talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Will the No Collar veteran be rooting for Shirin next season?

For 13 of 14 episodes in this "Survivor: Worlds Apart" season, Will Sims II was enjoying one of the quietest, least significant 39 day runs in the show's history.

For 13 of those 14 episodes, Will stayed just out of the firing line on his No Collar tribe, made a smart alliance transition post-Merge to join with an assortment of White Collar and Blue Collar players in a majority pact and cruised to a Final 3 finish.

For 13 of those 14 episodes, you'd have been hard-pressed to remember anything specific that Will did.

That 14th episode? Well, it was a doozy. At the "Survivor" Auction, Will seemed to make a bad bid and was sent directly back to camp, where he discovered that he'd actually been given directions to a hidden trove of supplies. Will shared his food with his fellow tribemates when they returned, but speculation inevitably arose that if he'd been forthcoming about some of the food, he must have kept some for himself. 

Several people levied accusations, but back at camp, Will responded only to Shirin, shouting and ranting at the often ostracized superfan, telling her that nobody loved her and other charges that Shirin felt (and feels) constituted assault. At Tribal Council, when Shirin cried and talked about her history of abuse, Will refused to apologize. 

Will outlasted Shirin in the game, but at Final Tribal, Shirin got the last laugh with a lengthy zoological analogy in which she compared Will to a dead fish. But then again, maybe Will got the last laugh, because thanks to a vote from buddy Rodney, he finished tied for second. Or perhaps Shirin got the last laugh, because she'll be back on "Survivor" again next season after America voted her a second chance.

One person who won't be supporting Shirin next season? Will.

"Oh there’s no way in hell I’m rooting for her," Will laughed when I asked him about it at the end of his exit interview.

In the slightly time-truncated conversation, we talked about The Shouting Episode, why he chose the post-Merge alliance he did and what aspects of his under-the-radar game he wishes we had seen.

Click through for Will's full exit interview...

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<p>Rodney and Sierra of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Rodney and Sierra of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Rodney Lavoie Jr. and Sierra Dawn Thomas talk 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Rodney explains how 'Survivor' sexism is like Deflategate

"Survivor: Worlds Apart" fourth and fifth place finishers Rodney Lavoie Jr. and Sierra Dawn Thomas called me as a package deal on Thursday (May 21) morning following the "Survivor" finale.

The pairing probably spared Rodney lots of repetition about the various sexism and misogyny charges leveled through the season and discussed through the finale. Those issues came up in our conversation, but it wasn't the meat of the exit interview.

In a season with a 6-1-1 vote, I let Sierra and Rodney defend casting their respective votes for Carolyn and Will instead of eventual winner Mike. 

We discussed a few strategic points in the game, we circled around the sexist comments, the edit and who apologized to whom. 

And we talked about Rodney's birthday and his feelings about Tom Brady's suspension in Deflategate. Which Rodney compares to excessive attention to "Survivor" sexism.

Paired interviews are a good way to deflect problematic questions!

Check back over the next few nights for my exit interviews with Carolyn, Will and Mike.

And check out my full Q&A with Rodney and Sierra below...

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<p>Sansa and Ramsey of &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

Sansa and Ramsey of "Game of Thrones"

Credit: HBO

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 285 - 'Game of Thrones' controversy and finales

Dan and Alan talk about the 'Good Wife,' 'Arrow,' 'Flash' finales and more

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Happy Friday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for a spoiler-y installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. This should see you through the long weekend.

Actually, since we did nearly two hours of podcasting on "Mad Men" alone on Monday... That's a lot of Firewall & Iceberg this week.

We kinda picked a random assortment of finales to talk about in this podcast, some that we were asked about in Listener Mail and some that we just felt like touching on. So obviously these segments are all spoiler-y for the shows in question.

And since we got asked about The Bad Thing in last Sunday's "Game of Thrones," we talked about it.

Here's today's breakdown:
"The Good Wife" (00:03:35 - 00:21:40)
"Jane the Virgin" (00:21:40 - 00:38:50)
"New Girl" (00:38:55 - 00:46:00)
"Arrow" (00:46:00 - 01:00:10)
"The Flash" (01:00:15 - 01:07:20)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (01:07:20 - 01:21:30)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>&quot;Wayward Pines&quot; Episode 2</p>

"Wayward Pines" Episode 2

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Wayward Pines' rises in Week 2, 'Red Nose Day' is quiet on Thursday

CBS wins the night led by a 'Big Bang Theory' repeat

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 21, 2015.

The first out-of-season primetime of the summer was predictably sluggish with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat ruling as the night's top show in all measures, followed by an "Odd Couple" repeat as CBS won in most measures.

NBC's star-studded "Red Nose Day" represented a great cause, but drew little audience attention. The show's biggest number was $21 million raised for children's charities thus far, so none of the rest of this stuff matters for it.

The night's biggest notable was a Week 2 bump for FOX's "Wayward Pines," which was up from last week's premiere in most measures. Meanwhile, the second night of ABC's "500 Questions" didn't deliver great numbers, but it retained much of its audience from Wednesday.

Let's get to the ratings...

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<p>&quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

"Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Survivor' finale cruises on Wednesday, 'Modern Family' hits low

NBC dramas have strong finales overall

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 21, 2015.

CBS cruised to victory on the last night of the 2014-15 season with three hours of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" finale coverage, which swept primetime in most measures. 

NBC finished second overall thanks to strong performances from finales for "The Mysteries of Laura," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD," while a series low finale for "Modern Family" still put ABC in second in the key demo.

There were a couple summer premieres on Wednesday, with ABC's "500 Questions" having an OK series launch and FOX's "MasterChef" premiere coming in a bit soft, though both shows did the same 18-49 rating.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Jeff Probst of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Jeff Probst of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' Finale - The Winner Is...

A rough season reaches a competitive finale and an apology-filled live show

Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 35 and the Top 5 castaways return to camp. Carolyn is giddy. Mike is incredulous. Rodney is offended that Carolyn didn't tell him about the Idol, which is funny since Carolyn's offended that Rodney voted for her. They agree that without Idols or advantages remaining, everybody wants Mike out, which is especially funny since Mike was the only person to support Carolyn at the previous Tribal. But loyalty doesn't go very far when you're this deep into "Survivor."

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<p>Andy Daly of &quot;Review&quot;</p>

Andy Daly of "Review"

Credit: Comedy Central

'Review' premiere, 'Key & Peele' return lead Comedy Central summer plans

'Drunk History,' 'Another Period' and more get launch dates

Riding an impressive hot streak of originals, Comedy Central is looking to continue that momentum with a slew of summer premieres and returns including the long-awaited -- by some people, at least -- return of "Review."

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<p>One of these people is a star</p>

One of these people is a star

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Dancing,' 'Voice' finales lead Tuesday, 'Flash' leads scripted

ABC rules overall, NBC claims the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

The 20th season finale for "Dancing with the Stars" led ABC to a Tuesday win overall, while the eighth season finale for "The Voice" helped NBC reign among young viewers.

Although they were both down double digits from the fall finales, the "Dancing" and "Voice" closers were comfortably Tuesday's top shows in most measures, though the first finale for "The Flash" was the night's top scripted show among young viewers and helped The CW tie for first on the night among men 18-49.

Let's get to the numbers...

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