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Dan and Alan talk Upfronts and 'Mad Men'
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.
Sepinwall and I are up to our necks in upfronts coverage, but we carved out time to fire up another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
It's everything you wanted to know about NBC, FOX and ABC's new schedules and then 15 minutes of "Mad Men" conversation.
Hopefully we'll be back on Friday to talk about CBS and The CW and then also to delve into a few of the recent finales that have been on our minds, including "Parks and Recreation," "Smash," "How I Met Your Mother" and more.
Here's the very simple breakdown for the podcast:
Upfronts - NBC, FOX and ABC (00:01:00 - 00:49:30)
"Mad Men" (00:49:30 - 01:14:30)
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Third place finisher isn't sad about getting shut out
"Survivor: One World" wrapped up on Sunday (May 13) night with the first all-female Top Five in the show's history.
Because of timing relating to NBC and FOX upfront presentations on Monday, I wasn't able to do exit interviews with Alicia and Christina, but I was able to get on the phone with the three castoffs who faced The Jury and were up for the million dollar prize.
That would be 26-year-old Chelsea Meissner, who finished third after failing to receive a single vote from the Jury.
Chelsea, who was partners-in-crime with Kim, as they decimated the entire male contingent after the Merge, had a hand in most of the season's strategic intrigue, but she probably lost Jury support when she basically endorsed her friend in her opening statement.
In her exit interview, Chelsea discusses her support for Kim, her Final Tribal emotions and tries to explain Christina's accusation that she hates people.
Click through for the full Q&A...
Who came out of the first all-female Top 5 and won the million dollars?
Ladies Night. No pre-credit sequence this week. Instead, we get the obligatory clip package that tries to make the case that Christina in some way deserved a place in the Final Five and that she's an "underdog," not a "darned-lucky coaster." Anyway, it's Night 36 at Tikiano. Muscular Mark Twain is gone. Only women remain. Kim wants to reflect on how far they've come since those rough first days. "I got rid of Tarzan," Alicia cackles, still convinced this is all about her, thinking that Kim and Christina will stick with her. They're all "May the best Woman win." The next morning, Kim and Sabrina collect tree-mail. Sabrina wants Alicia out, but Kim makes the argument that the only person who can beat both of them with the Jury is Chelsea. "It depends on what we're honoring," Noble Sabrina says, stunned at Kim's hypothetical betrayal. Sabrina understands that if Chelsea wins Immunity, she's the next most-likable person and therefore the next most-likely to go next. Alicia also is rooting for Chelsea to suck.
Full recap of Sunday's (May 13) "Survivor: One World" after the break...
Muscular Mark Twain discusses his leadership role and Poopy Pants
His drivers license reads Greg Smith.
His patients call him Dr. Smith.
His "Survivor" nickname was Tarzan.
My recaps called him Muscular Mark Twain.
On "Survivor: One World," Tarzan was often a subject of mockery. He had trouble with names. His vocabulary stumped Jeff Probst. And in one unfortunately incident he was accused of attempting to clear his soiled drawers in the camp water supply.
But was he also the man masterminding all of Colton Cumbie's big moves?
Was he the power behind the throne helping Kim and Chelsea advance their "Survivor" causes?
That's certainly the claim Tarzan makes now, after his recent elimination, and if sheer verbosity equals validation and verification, he may be right. My exit interview with Tarzan was easily the longest I've ever done and also involved easily the fewest questions I've ever had the time to ask.
He's also the first interview subject I've ever had use the words "epicene," "hebetudinous" and "kwashiorkor" in conversation.
Click through for Tarzan's explanation of his subliminal leadership role, as well as his POV on The Poopy Pants Incident...
The Season 20 winners discuss their dominant and bickering run
Husband-and-wife Rachel and Dave Brown didn't just win the 20th installment of "The Amazing Race." They dominated from wire-to-wire.
Rachel & Dave won the season's first two Legs and its last four Legs and posted two additional Leg victories in the middle (along with two second places) for a record-breaking total of eight.
They were so good at winning that they actually got to run through the final gauntlet to host Phil Keoghan twice. The first time, they accidentally skipping a climactic Roadblock, earning awkward stares from their fellow competitors and Phil alike. Only briefly deterred, Dave & Rachel went back to the Roadblock, whizzed past a frustrated Art & JJ and returned to the deserving adulation of all and sundry at the mat.
When they weren't toppling the competition, Dave & Rachel were bickering their way around the world, getting into heated shouting matches on several continents.
In their exit interview, Rachel & Dave stake their claim as the best team in "Amazing Race" history, offer their take on the high-volume bickering and clarify whether or not they let Mark & Bopper win the 8th Leg.
Would Phillip, Hollie, Jessica or Joshua be going home next?
It's time for another pulse-racing installment of "American Idol," kids!
Or at least it's time to twiddle our thumbs for 50 minutes and then wonder if a shocker is in store. Click through and follow the twiddling as it progresses.
The second place border agents discuss their Race journey
Art Velez and J.J. Carrell won three Legs on this season of "The Amazing Race," coming in second behind Dave & Rachel's record-breaking eight Leg wins. Fittingly, Art & J.J. also found themselves coming in second for the season.
However, when it came to stirring up trouble, nobody could top the two Border Patrol Agents.
They fought with Rachel & Brendon over Team Big Brother's tendency to follow, rather than figuring things out for themselves.
They fought with Nary & Jamie, after the federal agents attempted to pass themselves off as teachers.
And they fought with Dave & Rachel about a fairly trivial promise involving U-Turns.
In the end, none of those confrontations had any bearing on the Race, which came down to Art's difficulties making it down a hill on a traditional Hawaiian tribal sled, a Roadblock that saw the border agents go through the emotional roller coaster of thinking they were done, realizing they were in first and watching their newly-discovered lead vanish in a matter of seconds.
Art & J.J. discussed that roller coaster, their fighting spirit and more in their exit interview earlier this week.
Click through for the full conversation...
Kim plots and everybody talks about Kim for an hour
Pre-credit sequence. Poor Kat. So sad. So absent. Tikiano returns to camp under a full moon. Everybody's still shaking their heads at how blindsided Kat was. Muscular Mark Twain, however, has other things on his mind. "If I were the girls, I would have voted me out before Kat. That would have been the smartest thing they could do," MMT says, hinting that he has a subplot that would allow him to sneak into the Top Three. He begins the plotting by going and asking Kim if she's OK with taking him to the Top Four, suggesting that she should plan on going with Alicia and Christina to the end and that he'll get the jury to vote for her. "The biggest threat is Chelsea," MMT says. "And she's my friend," Kim says. "If I have to send Chelsea home, that'll be my worst night here," she says. Alicia wanders over and Muscular Mark Twain tells her that if she makes the Top Three, he'll hype the Jury up for HER. "I've been doing this in segments," MMT explains.
Jessica, Joshua, Hollie and Phillip take on another two themes
Final 4 madness, baby!
It's another multi-theme episode, with Jessica, Joshua, Hollie and Phillip singing songs from the meaningless themes of California Dreamin' and Songs You Wish You Wrote. Please note that I got the specific phrasing of the second theme from the song spoilers bandleader Ray Chew tweets each week. You don't need to explain to me that it's a faulty use of the conditional tense and that it should probably be Songs You Wish You'd Written. Or something. [Seacrest did a better job of articulating the second theme than Ray Chew's list did.]
Anyway, let's not spend too much time worrying about grammar. Instead, can't we ponder what strange things are happening in the official "Idol" Top 4 photo? Why is it all about Hollie Cavanagh? And why is she holding Jessica Sanchez's hand? These are things that keep me up at night...
Anyway, let's get down to recapping...
'Big Brother' veterans discuss fighting and crying around the world
If the producers of "The Amazing Race" tuned in during the past two seasons of "Big Brother," they knew exactly what they were getting when they chose to cast Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas.
Drama. Viewer-polarizing drama.
And the "Big Brother" lovebirds delivered in spades. There were tear-filled exchanges across Europe, a shouting match at an airport in Kenya and multiple threats, from each side, to quit.
Rachel & Brendon may reliably bring the high drama, but they've managed to achieve at a reasonably high level in all three of their reality TV seasons. Although they were middle-of-the-pack in "Big Brother 12," they came back one season later and despite a huge target from Day 1, Rachel managed to win "Big Brother 13."
And although they didn't win a Leg on "The Amazing Race" this spring, they were consistently competitive and if not for a major clue-reading gaffe in Hawaii, they might have been in position to win in Sunday's (May 6) finale.
In their exit interview, Rachel & Brendon talk about crying, drama and about how their three reality TV experiences have proven that they're together for the long haul.