<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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<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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<p>&quot;The Maya Rudolph Show&quot;</p>

"The Maya Rudolph Show"

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TV Ratings: 'Maya Rudolph Show' tops 'The Bachelorette' premiere on Monday

'Dancing' and 'The Voice' lead the regular Monday split

Fast National ratings for Monday, May 19, 2014.

The latest installment of "The Bachelorette" got off to a so-so start on ABC Monday, losing a huge chunk of its "Dancing with the Stars" lead-in and also losing to NBC's "The Maya Rudolph Show" special.

It's unclear if the OK numbers for "The Maya Rudolph Show" will inspire NBC to do more, though. While "The Bachelorette" squandered much more of the overall audience from its "Dancing" lead-in, it held onto more of its 18-49 lead-in and avoided the steep drop-off that plagued "The Maya Rudolph Show." And, proving the "Bachelorette" audience is the "Bachelorette" audience, the premiere did the same numbers as last year's launch, which came without a "Dancing" lead-in.

As per usual, NBC topped the night in the key demographic, while ABC led overall.

Among other notables, FOX got another week of "24: Live Another Day" declines, though the "Bones" finale was steady with last week. On the CBS comedy from, the "Mike & Molly" finale rose in viewers but dipped in the key demo, while "Friends with Better Lives" was up week-to-week even after being canceled.

On to the numbers...

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'I Wanna Marry 'Harry' star Matt Hicks on his FOX fairy tale and gullible American girls

'I Wanna Marry 'Harry' star Matt Hicks on his FOX fairy tale and gullible American girls

What would Fake Harry say if he ever met Real Prince Harry?

As a connoisseur of fairy tale-fueled FOX shows from "Joe Millionaire" to "Forever Eden" to "Paradise Hotel," the network's punctuationally challenging "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" was right in my sweet spot.

And, after watching the premiere, I knew I definitely wanted to talk to series star Matt Hicks about the series, in which he has to convince a giggling coterie of love-starved American party girls that he's royalty, specifically that he's Prince Harry.

It also struck me that since Hicks' claim-to-fame for this series is his resemblance -- 99 percent, according to the show's facial recognition software -- to the man who is fourth in line to the British throne, merely doing my standard Q&A interview might give depth, but it wouldn't let you look at a guy who looks a bit like another famous guy.

Several things to keep in mind as you watch: Matt does, indeed, look somewhat like Prince Harry, but he mostly looks like Prince Harry if you only somewhat know what Prince Harry looks like. He admits without hesitation that this show wouldn't have worked with British women raised on daily newspaper and TV coverage of the real Harry. You also need to know that the pilot features a makeover that Harry-ifies him an additional amount, but this interview finds Matt in his natural condition.

In our chat, Matt talks about his pre-FOX background, how earnestly he was out there looking for love, why this premise works better with America girls and just how much gullibility was required. He also told me what, exactly, the conversation might be like if he ever met the real Prince Harry.

While Matt hadn't seen "Joe Millionaire," I told him about Evan Marriott's later confession that he behaved a bit like a douche on the show and he tells me what will keep him from behaving the same way.

Check out the full interview above. 

"I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" premieres on Tuesday, May 20 at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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<p>Jennifer Lopez performed at the Billboard Music Awards</p>

Jennifer Lopez performed at the Billboard Music Awards

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TV Ratings: Billboard Music Awards crushes CBS' 'Good Wife,' 'Race' finales on Sunday

FOX takes third as NBC's 'Coldplay: Ghost Stories' fizzles

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 18, 2014.

CBS' season finales for "The Amazing Race: All-Stars," "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist" proved to be no competition for ABC's Billboard Music Awards telecast on Sunday night.

Each of CBS' finales got small audience bumps, but "Good Wife" and "Amazing Race" were both flat in the key demo, with only "The Mentalist" rising. Meanwhile, it was the most watched Billboard Music Awards telecast in 13 years.

The CBS finales weren't the only programming unable to compete with ABC's awards telecast. While FOX's "Family Guy" was Sunday's top scripted show among young viewers, that finale dipped week-to-week as did "Cosmos." And nothing NBC programmed was able to draw even a minimal audience, with "American Dream Builders" and a "Coldplay: Ghost Stories" special coming in impressively low.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Brendon &amp; Rachel of &quot;The Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Brendon & Rachel of "The Amazing Race: All-Stars"

Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Do You Believe in Magic?"

David Copperfield helps Brendon & Rachel, Dave & Connor and Jen & Caroline

So... That was actually a Non-Elimination "Amazing Race" finale, right? 

They pretended they crowned a winner, but the reality is that they're going to do one more Leg next week and that Leg will be the one that actually determines which team wins the million dollars, right? 


Because if that was actually the finale for an alleged "All-Stars" season of "The Amazing Race," I'm about as irked as I've ever been by this show and y'all know that "The Amazing Race" frequently ticks me off.

That was just horrible. 

If there isn't another Leg next week, "The Amazing Race" just gave a million bucks to a team based on a Final Leg in which there were two Roadblocks that required absolutely no skill and an additional task that only required screwing in lightbulbs. There was no Detour, no cumulative memory-based challenge, nothing that made anybody exert themselves in any way.

I'm not going to waste much time recapping that finale, because the "Amazing Race" producers didn't put much effort into making that finale. 

More after the break...

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<p>Leo &amp; Jamal of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Leo & Jamal of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Leo & Jamal talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

The Afghanimals discuss getting lost, the Accidental Alliance and more

Once again, it was so close and yet so far for Leo & Jamal.

For the second straight season, the Afghanimals made the "Amazing Race" Top 4 and, for the second straight season, they fell just short of the finale.

Other than the consecutive fourth place finishes, though, this was a very different season for Leo & Jamal.

Last season, they were consistently marked men, targeted by other teams for their seemingly pointless little lies and manipulations, accusations that were probably overblown, but still detracted from the Afghanimal's consistent joy and enthusiasm at every turn.

This season, Leo & Jamal announced immediately that they didn't want to be viewed the same way and, indeed, they were more earnest and helpful throughout and, perhaps as a result, not only did their rivals not target them, but they were welcomed into alliances.

After going out last season following a frustrating Roadblock for Leo, this season's elimination was much simpler: They just got lost. They struggled going between the Leg's Roadblock and its Detour and they were unable to get back with the pack.

In their "Amazing Race" exit interview, Leo & Jamal discuss the very different ways that they finished fourth, including the misfortunes that sent them home, their tenuous ties to the Accidental Alliance and the advantages of racing two seasons in a row.

[Note: After the second question, Leo had to catch a plane and I completed the rest of the phone conversation just with Jamal. Leo answered a few questions via email and I've woven them into the transcript.]

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Barbara Walters</p>

Barbara Walters

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TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank,' 'Barbara Walters: Her Story' lead ABC Friday

'Hannibal' gets a small bump for NBC

Fast National ratings for Friday, May 16, 2014.

With CBS done with Friday originals for the season, ABC dominated the night in all measures with the "Shark Tank" finale and a two-hour special dedicated to the retiring Barbara Walters.

Among other Friday notables, NBC's "Grimm" added a few viewers for its finale, while "Hannibal" was up a hair in both viewers and the key demo. The CW had good nights for both the "Hart of Dixie" finale and "Whose Line Is It Anyway," but those numbers may be high enough to suggest preemptions.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Amazing Race&quot; host Phil Keoghan</p>

"The Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan

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Interview: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' host Phil Keoghan previews the finale

Phil talks Brenchel, Dave & Connor, Caroline & Jennifer and more

"Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan really wants to do an "Amazing Race" reunion.

I mention this, because in the two times I've talked to Keoghan in the past couple years, that is the only repeated point. "Survivor" has reunions after each season and Keoghan would like "The Amazing Race" to follow suit. 

Keoghan and I got on the phone last week to discuss the upcoming conclusion to "The Amazing Race: All-Stars," a season that is heading towards its conclusion on Sunday (May 18) night with Jen & Caroline, Brendon & Rachel and Dave & Connor still in the running for the big prize.

We talked about the biggest story lines surrounding each of the remaining teams. Is Dave's quest to become the oldest "Amazing Race" winner a notable one? Are Brendon & Rachel capable of actually being underdogs? And should we be dismissive of the Country Blondes because of the amount of assistance they've gotten from other teams?

We also discussed several of the season's other running important moments and themes, including the feud between Dave & Connor and Brendon & Rachel and the short-lived mixed partnership between Mark & Mallory.

Click through for the full Q&A... [I've also got a Q&A with Jeff Probst that'll go up before Wednesday's "Cagayan" finale...]

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<p>Trisha of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Trisha of "Survivor: Cagayan"

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Interview: Trish Hegarty talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Latest bootee discusses her fights and her big moves

There are many reasons to like Trish Hegarty's "Survivor: Cagayan" game. 

In short order, she was a key to blindsiding widely admired NBA veteran Cliff Robinson. Then she was part of a post-Tribal Council fight that led Lindsey to drop out, further shifting the balance of power.

Soon after, with the numbers looking bad post-Merge, Trish was a conduit to convincing Kass to betray her fellow brains and turn on Queen-for-a-Moment Sarah.

One could argue rather easily that those were the season's pivotal moves.

Despite that, the Boston-area pilates instructor hasn't always been embraced by viewers this season, lingering behind alliance-mate Tony in discussions of likely winners. It hasn't helped that vocal fights with Lindsey and, this week, with Kass were edited as "No winners here" brawls in which both sides looked less-than-ideal.

In the season's latest blindside, Trish went from powerful to snuffed after Kass and Woo reunited with Spencer to strike a blow against Tony's power. Then, in an unexpected twist, Tony also wrote Trish's name down.

In her exit interview, Trish discusses her big moves, her big fights and her big surprise at Tony's vote.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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