<p>Vytas of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Vytas of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Vytas Baskauskas talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

How satisfying was it for him to finish slightly ahead of brother Aras?
Could "Survivor" be heading for an "Aras vs. Vytas" season?
 
I have no inside information, but the dynamic between Aras, the easy-going former "Survivor" winner, and Vytas, his estranged ex-con, recovering addict brother, was one of the dramatic standouts in "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" and it almost seems like a no-brainer for the show to want one or both of the Baskauskas Brothers back in the future. 
 
For years, Aras had family "Survivor" bragging rights, but he seemed to indicate that that was only payback for a childhood of bickering a bullying, setting up emotional wounds that were exposed in the oddest of moments, like a Sumo challenge at sea. But when the Merge arrived, the brothers were the tightest of alliances and seemed ready to run the game, except that everybody recognized how close they were and they were voted out consecutively. Aras lost the first post-Merge Redemption Island Duel and became the first member of this season's Jury and even though Vytas followed him to the Jury the following week, a new pecking order had been established.
 
In this week's "Survivor" exit interview -- pushed a few days due to Thanksgiving -- Vytas discusses beating Aras, his own post-Merge strategic errors, Laura's role in his Duel demise and his itch to play again.
 
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<p>James Spader of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

James Spader of "The Blacklist"

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NBC renews 'The Blacklist' for a second season

Already? Yes. Already. James Spader drama will be back in 2014-2015.
In advance of the holiday season, NBC is making its list and checking it twice and the network has decided that the freshman drama "The Blacklist" has been very, very nice.
 
Yes. That was really convoluted, but this is really uncommon.
 
NBC announced on Tuesday (December 3) afternoon that "The Blacklist" has already been renewed for a second season, making it the second new show of the 2013-2014 season to get that vote of confidence.
 
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<p>Megan Boone on Monday's &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Megan Boone on Monday's "The Blacklist"

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TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' fall finale ends strong as NBC wins Monday

Lack of 'Dancing' frees up some Monday viewers
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 2, 2013.
 
With "Dancing with the Stars" done for this installment, NBC's "The Voice" got a big week-to-week bump, as did "The Blacklist," which ended its 2013 run with its best numbers in months. The result was easy Monday wins in all measures. 
 
[Note that NBC had the NFL preemption in New Orleans, so there will be some drops in Finals.]
 
Without ABC's viewer-hogging reality hit, CBS' "Mike & Molly," "2 Broke Girls" and "Mom" all rose slightly overall, though the absence of "Dancing" couldn't keep "Almost Human" from another small drop in its third week. 
 
Meanwhile, holiday programming kept ABC in second overall and lifted "The CW" very slightly above its normal Monday averages.
 
On to the numbers...
 
 
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<p>Justin Tuck gets ready to crush RGIII</p>

Justin Tuck gets ready to crush RGIII

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TV Ratings: NBC's Giants-Redskins and CBS' Broncos-Chiefs games lead Sunday

'Christmas in Conway' is another Hallmark dud for ABC
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 1, 2013. 
 
After a string of excellent Sunday Night Football games, NBC had a minor dud between the the Giants and Redskins, but still held on to win the night among young viewers, while CBS capitalized on nearly an hour of overrun from the far superior game between the Broncos and Chiefs to win overall.
 
Meanwhile, ABC got tepid numbers for "Once Upon a Time" and weak returns for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Christmas in Conway."
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Just eat the darned cobra!</p>

Just eat the darned cobra!

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Cobra in my Teeth'

Eating cobra, boiling eggs and applying makeup come into play
I just wish there was a way to avoid the inevitability that plagued Sunday (December 1) night's "Amazing Race."
 
I knew it was a Non-Elimination Leg before we started watching.
 
You knew it was a Non-Elimination Leg before you started watching. 
 
I can't say with absolute certainty that the contestants were able to do the math and know that it was a Non-Elimination Leg, but despite nearly constant references to timing during Sunday's episode, there was no sign that any of the four remaining teams felt an iota of urgency, so I'm guessing that they were reasonably confident on the math. When "Amazing Race" teams feel no urgency or drama, it's hard for people watching the show to feel much urgency or drama. 
 
And that sucks when you have an "Amazing Race" Leg which, under different circumstances, would have been filled with amusing things. Instead, it was just teams shuffling positions ahead of what will be a much more exciting first hour to next weekend's finale. 
 
More after the break...
 
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<p>Ally, Ashley and an elephant on &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Ally, Ashley and an elephant on "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Ally & Ashley talk 'The Amazing Race'

Ice Queens discuss their alliance with the Afghanimals and more
The "Amazing Race" friends are all gone. 
 
Earlier this "Amazing Race" season, we went through a four-week streak of eliminations for the various all-male teams. After the "Amazing Race" eliminations for Nicky & Kim and, this past week, Ally & Ashley, the season is now left with a married couple, a dating couple, a pair of cousins and whatever the heck Tim and Marie are.
 
From the outside, Ally & Ashley weren't necessarily the most likely candidates to finish as the season's top team of friends, but the LA Kings Ice Crew girls greeted every task with enthusiasm, made a smart alliance with Leo & Jamal and stayed competitive throughout. 
 
And for a brief period in last Sunday's "Amazing Race" episode, Ally & Ashley were in the lead, until everything went haywire on a Detour in Indonesia. They went to feed elephants at a zoo without going to the market to get the food for the elephants. They had to make two trips between the market and the zoo due to difficulties transporting bulky sugar cane. And then just when it seemed like Nicole's problems at the Indonesian Roadblock might doom the powerful ER Docs, Amy guided her friend through the musical task, leaving the Ice Queens unable to catch up.
 
In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, Ally & Ashley discuss outlasting the other teams of friends, describe their alliance with the Afghanimals and talk about their big, brief blow-up.
 
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<p>&quot;Garth Brooks: Live From Las Vegas&quot;</p>

"Garth Brooks: Live From Las Vegas"

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TV Ratings: 'Garth Brooks: Live From Las Vegas' dominates Friday for CBS

'Raising Hope' is down, 'Dracula' is flat
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 29, 2013.
 
Lady Gaga may have failed on Thanksgiving, but Garth Brooks delivered strong ratings for CBS on the night after Thanksgiving, leading the network to Friday victories in all measures.
 
"Garth Brooks: Live From Las Vegas" had to lift CBS after an unimpressive hour for a pair of animated holiday anchors, which got crushed by two holiday cartoons on ABC.
 
Meanwhile, NBC's "Grimm" was down a little from its last airing and "Dracula" was basically flat.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Ravens' QB Joe Flacco</p>

Ravens' QB Joe Flacco

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TV Ratings: NBC's football dominates Thanksgiving, while ABC's 'Lady Gaga & The Muppets' tanks

FOX wastes episodes of 'Glee' and 'X Factor'
Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 28, 2013.
 
A field goal-heavy NFL showdown between the Steelers and Ravens helped NBC dominate Thanksgiving primetime in all measures, while NFL overrun and comedy repeats pushed CBS to second for Thursday night.
 
Meanwhile, FOX wasted new episodes of "The X Factor" and "Glee" on the holiday evening, while ABC's "Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular" will not become an annual tradition.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Ted Danson of &quot;CSI&quot;</p>

Ted Danson of "CSI"

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TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds,' 'CSI' help CBS dominate Pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday

'Survivor' also wins its hour, thumping 'The X Factor'
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
 
With much of the competition taking the night off, CBS dominated Thanksgiving Eve in all measures with new episodes of "Survivor," "Criminal Minds" and "CSI."
 
Among the limited competition, FOX's "X Factor" and NBC's "Making of 'The Sound of Music'" special drew only limited audience as well.
 
And for whatever it's worth, The CW's airing of the holiday classic "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" did the same key demo rating as ABC's repeat of "Nashville."
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Gervase and Tyson scheme on &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Gervase and Tyson scheme on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Gloves Come Off'

Alliances splinter with Tyson at the center
Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 26 at Kasama and Ciera is reassuring the rest of her tribe that it's OK that she voted her mother out and it had to happen. "I'm surprised that Ciera chose water over blood, but Ciera has a plan and I don't think her mother is really a part of it," Katie reflects. Ciera, meanwhile, thinks this means that she'll be viewed as strong and trustworthy. And, indeed, Tyson respects her for the move, but she also now viewers Ciera as dangerous, which he presumably did not before.
 
The Eyes of Laura M. Tina and Vytas are on Redemption Island waiting to see who comes next. Hilariously, Laura approaches them whispering "Mom," faking out Tina, who had dreaded her daughter's arrival. Well-played, Laura. "I'm having a hard time defining how I'm feeling about Ciera writing my name down," says Laura, who is proud of her daughter, but not necessarily happy. Vytas, Tina and Laura all agree that, under the radar, Tyson is running everything. "Why isn't anybody voting him out?" Vytas asks. CREDITS!
 
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