<p>Mona and Beth of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Mona and Beth of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Finale - 'Beacon of Hope'

Which pair took home the million dollar prize
Well, that was an exhausting two hours of "Amazing Race" stupidity. 
 
In an ideal world, an "Amazing Race" finale will be a lengthy validation of the team that ultimately takes the million dollars or, at the very least, it will be a lengthy descent into madness for teams who have the million within their grasp and squander the opportunity.
 
That wasn't really the case on Sunday (May 5) night. The team that won "The Amazing Race" probably deserved to win, but the finale gave me more to ponder regarding the strangeness of their victory than regarding the achievement that led to them reaching Phil Keoghan in first.
 
And, more than anything, Sunday's finale left me scratching my head at the sheer amount of stupidity displayed by the various teams at the end of the exhausting Race.
 
[More after the break...]
 
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<p>This was the only CBS-provided &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot; picture featuring Andrea and Reynold together.</p>

This was the only CBS-provided "Survivor: Caramoan" picture featuring Andrea and Reynold together.

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Interview: Andrea Boehlke and Reynold Toepfer talk 'Survivor: Caramoan'

This week's evictees discuss playing with targets on their backs
Two people were sent home in separate Tribal Councils on Wednesday (May 1) night's "Survivor."
 
Really, it's a "Survivor" Miracle that Andrea Boehlke and Reynold Toepfer lasted as long as they did. 
 
Reynold was targeted as a threat from the first second he met with his Fans tribe and he made the early mistake of aligning with his group's three prettiest members and boasting about it. But boosted by a fortuitous tribal swap and then some challenge domination, he ended up having a good run.
 
For her part, Andrea was immediately eyed as a dangerous player within the Favorites group, but the first person to target her was Francesca and she went home immediately. Andrea's name was floated on several occasions, including the memorable episode in which she grew wary after a conversation with Eddie and changed voting strategies seconds before Tribal, saving herself. That was a good move. Going home with an Immunity Idol in her pocket? Less good.
 
In this week's "Survivor" double-interview, Andrea and Reynold talk about their respective eliminations, about the challenge of playing as threats and about the proliferation of Idols this season. 
 
Reynold also explains his Tribal Council mustache.
 
Check out the full Q&A after the break.
 
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<p>On &quot;American Idol,&quot;&nbsp;who went home:&nbsp;Amber or Kree?</p>

On "American Idol," who went home: Amber or Kree?

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 4, take two: Results

With the Save out of the way, who got eliminated, and who qualified for a hometown visit?

It's time for another "American Idol" pinch-hit "recap" by me (Dan will be back next week), and I use the quote marks because while there are many things I would do for my friend Dan Fienberg, I will not sit through an "American Idol" results show. But if you want to know who went home — and discuss who has the best chance to win of the remaining three — click right on through, and I'll step out of the way as quickly as possible...

So as I blindly predicted last night, Amber Holcomb remained in the bottom two again (this time with Kree replacing Candice beside her), and went home when last week's votes and this week's were combined. Based solely on Wednesday night's performances, that seemed the correct result. Based on the season as a whole, though, do you feel Amber should have gone before Kree, Angie and Candice? And if you had to put money on one of the remaining three to become the show's first female winner since Jordin Sparks, who would it be?

Apologies for the intrusion. Dan is returning very soon — promise.

<p>&nbsp;Andrea of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

 Andrea of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'The Beginning of the End'

Two Tribal Councils shake things up
Pre-credit sequence. I miss Malcolm already. Will the tribe? It's night 30 and... TARSIER! "You and me, Eddie! Nothing's changed since Day 1," Reynold says. Without hesitation, Reynold tells everybody that he's capable of winning five Immunities in a row. Nobody disagrees. Eddie makes no such claims about his potential prowess. "Just keep going. Keeping rolling with the punches. You never know. Anything can happen in this game," Eddie says. Andrea is getting worried about Reynold and his power, but Cochran reassures her that the Fans have no power. He's ready to take out the remaining Fans. "I'll do it without remorse. I'll do it without any reservations," vows Cochran, who says he isn't the "Harvard Nerd" anymore. Tree-Mail says something about balance and it also teases that another Immunity Challenge is coming, immediately. No time for Reward, Dr. Jones! "This game never stops," Erik says. That's not fair, Erik. Has this game really started for you yet?
 
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<p>Harry Connick Jr. served as mentor to the &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;top 4 women.</p>

Harry Connick Jr. served as mentor to the "American Idol" top 4 women.

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 4, take two: Now and Then

What will Amber, Kree, Angie and Candice sing with the help of Harry Connick Jr.?

Hey all, as you can tell by the byline above, Dan's not around tonight. Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's "American Idol" recapping duties have been handed to me — who hasn't watched an episode of the show since early in the Scotty McCreery season, but who used to write about it regularly on my old blog — and what better time for me to jump into a new season, with a new judging panel, than with the top 4? My apologies; this is Dan's world and I'm just lamely filling in.

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<p>Joey &amp; Meghan of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Joey & Meghan of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Joey & Meghan talk 'The Amazing Race'

Team YouTube discusses being disliked by the competition
YouTube stars Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena seemed to be having a lot of fun on "The Amazing Race," so it's a little bit sad to hear the newly eliminated duo discussing their disappointment that the other teams seemed to dislike them on the Race.
 
It wasn't all of the other teams, of course. Joey & Meghan made an early alliance with John & Jessica and Roller Derby Moms Mona & Beth, targeting Hockey Brothers Bates & Anthony, the team they felt [correctly, so far] was the biggest threat. That, of course, left them feeling targeted by Bates & Anthony, but also by the other teams aligned with the friendly pro athletes.
 
"[I]t really just seemed like people on the Race didn't like us, genuinely, just really didn't want us there and it made us kinda feel a little crappy," Meghan says now. 'It kinda reminded me of high school when I used to get picked on, so I was just like, "What is this feeling? I am grown up. This shouldn't be happening.'"
 
Awww.
 
Team YouTube discusses that Race dynamic, as well as their other highlights and lowlights in this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview.
 
Click through...
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 179

Dan and Alan talk 'Family Tools,' 'Good Wife,' 'Game of Thrones' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
 
Time for a business-as-usual installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
We've got a busy show this week, with a couple new show renews, including "Family Tools" and "Maron," a check-in on "Game of Thrones" at midseason, a discussion of the "Good Wife" finale and, of course, "Mad Men" talk. 
 
Next week? More of the same!
 
Today's breakdown:
"Family Tools" (00:01:25 - 00:16:25)
"Maron" (00:16:30 - 00:27:55)
Listener Mail - "Hannibal" & "The Following" (00:28:20 - 00:39:15)
"Good Wife" (00:39:20 - 00:54:45)
"Game of Thrones" (00:54:50 - 01:11:05)
"Mad Men" (01:11:10 - 01:33:25)

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.] 

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

<p>Jen and Caroline flirt with Scottish poet Robert Burns</p>

Jen and Caroline flirt with Scottish poet Robert Burns

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Working Our Barrels Off'

Haggis, whiskey, kilts and bagpipes come into play in Scotland
I feel, and I'm sure that 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns would agree with me, that people who don't like haggis are fundamentally untrustworthy. 
 
Sure, you can hear what haggis is and get a little freaked out. If you're a wimp. I mean, haggis isn't anymore terrifying as a concept than most sausage products and it's a good deal less sketchy than most hot dogs that regular folks nosh on all the time. But if you want to hear "It's offal stuffed in a sheep's stomach and get freaked out? I guess that's fine.
 
But once you have bite of haggis, steaming, meaty and rich, if you make a face and call it "awful"? Sorry. You're just not entitled to the finer things in life. 
 
In that spirit, I'd like to say that leaving aside which team did or didn't actually get eliminated in Sunday's (April 28) "Amazing Race," Derby Moms Mona and Beth have been eliminated from my heart. And they were never actually in my heart, since through 10 Legs, I remain incapable of telling them apart or giving any minor differentiating detail about their personalities, either as individuals are a pair. 
 
No, I'm intolerant of haggis intolerance. 
 
[Full recap after the break.]
 
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<p>Jeff Probst snuffs Malcolm's torch on &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Jeff Probst snuffs Malcolm's torch on "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Interview: Malcolm Freberg talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

Always quotable Favorite talks Three Amigos, The Specialist and more
I seems like I just talked to Malcolm Freberg about his last "Survivor" experience, a near miss on "Survivor: Philippines."
 
Malcolm didn't fare nearly as well on "Survivor: Caramoan." The X Factor among the returning Favorites, Malcolm had only two weeks between his seasons and he wasn't the dominating force he was the first time around. He also never had the strong alliance he had the first time around, when he paired with eventual winner Denise from the first day. Instead, he found himself forming an minority alliance with Alpha Males Reynold and Eddie, who were outsiders in the Fans tribe from the start.
 
Still, despite never having a power position or any real traction, Malcolm made things interesting. Malcolm found two Hidden Immunity Idols and used both of them in a dramatic move to take Phillip "The Specialist" Sheppard out of the game. That came one week after Malcolm got Reynold to hand him another Idol in an ultimately unnecessary attempt to shake up the game.
 
Regrets? Malcolm's got a few and, as always, he shares them with good humor. 
 
Click through for discussion of the Three Amigos, The Specialist and his between-seasons conditioning strategy...
 
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From 'Community' to 'Happy Endings' - TV Shows on the Bubble 2013

From 'Community' to 'Happy Endings' - TV Shows on the Bubble 2013

What's the prognosis for 'Nikita,' 'Hannibal,' 'Parks and Recreation' and more?
Welcome, dear readers, to what is always the largest photo gallery of the year. Apologies, as always. I hope the effort put into the text somewhat compensates for the clicking.
 
And it could have been even bigger. By waiting as long as I did to put this gallery together -- It's actually a few days earlier than last year's gallery, which was a surprise to me -- CBS was able to renew nearly everything, The CW was able to renew most of its no-brainers and FOX was able to guarantee additional seasons of things like "Raising Hope" and "The Mindy Project."
 
It could have been much bigger. If a show was pulled with episodes remaining, you can assume it's cancelled. So "Cult"? Dead. "666 Park Avenue"? Hopefully those unaired episodes will pop up this summer, but for now? Dead. Ditto with "Zero Hour." "Do No Harm"? Dead. No slides for any of those. And I didn't include slides for shows like "Emily Owens, MD" and "The Last Resort," which did air all of their episodes, but won't be back.
 
"Dancing with the Stars" will be back, but it doesn't have a slide, because I don't care. There are a couple of reality shows like that, probably. "Biggest Loser"? Sure it'll be back if NBC wants, but whatever.
 
Anyway, let's get down to business. Check out the full BubbleWatch 2013 gallery, which goes in order by network, starting with ABC....