<p>Shamar and &quot;Survivor&quot; host Jeff Probst</p>

Shamar and "Survivor" host Jeff Probst

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Interview: Shamar Thomas talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

What does the polarizing castaway regret from his brief experience?
In "Survivor" lore, you don't really want your name to end up next to Colton Cumbie, but that may be where Shamar Thomas' name is going to go.
Granted that fan opinions on Shamar have been far more varied than the near-universal malice directed at Colton, but both Shamar and Colton go in that very tiny "Survivor" chapter dedicated to contestants who dominated screentime in the early stages of a season only to be medically evacuated and leave the game without making a lasting impact.
For three weeks, the 27-year-old Iraq War veteran rubbed most of the other "Survivor: Caramoan" Fans tribe the wrong way with his aggressive personality but sometimes passive camp behavior. Each week it seemed like logic dictated that Shamar would be heading home, but he was part of an alliance that was determined to remain strong, even with him as an integral part. 
Shamar, unhappy in the game from the opening moments, contemplated quitting  earlier and then chose to depart during Wednesday's (March 6) episode at the doctor's recommendation after irritating his eye and being diagnosed with a divot in his cornea. 
I tried to get Shamar to discuss his behavior in the game, as well as his image problem in one of this week's two "Survivor" exit interviews. You can read his answers however you choose. Click through for the full Q&A.
[Note that this week's two exit interviews -- the second will post tomorrow -- are a little shorter than normal. That's what comes from attempting to fit two bootees into a standard interview time. As a completist, I'm just grateful I got to chat with both of them.]
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<p>Kree Harrison of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Kree Harrison of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Las Vegas Round: Finalists Revealed

It'll take 90 minutes to unveil the Top 10-or-so

What have you done, America?

No. Seriously. I'm actually kinda curious. I want to know which girl is going to advance along with Amber, Kree, Candice and Angela. 

I want to know who's going to advance among the Men, who were mostly a mediocre lot.

And, finally, I want to know if the judges are going to toss in any twists, two wild cards, perhaps? "Idol" is ending a week earlier this year, so I suppose that if you eliminate the Judges' Save and just do a Top 10, that fits, right? 

We'll see. It'll take 90 minutes, but we'll find out.

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<p>Matt smash!</p>

Matt smash!

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Kill or Be Killed'

Medical comes calling, as does Tata the Bushman
Pre-credit sequence. The Fans have lost hope. Wait. Sorry. The Fans have lost Hope. "Where do you think we're going to go from here?" Eddie whines to Sherri. "It's mind-boggling that we got rid of Hope tonight because she was the prettiest one here and she was a threat to everybody because of that," says Eddie. Really, Eddie? Really? Ugh. Reynold tells Laura that she made him look like an idiot. Matt protests that this is part of the game, but Reynold says that he doesn't want to be associated with any of them and he has no respect for them. Eddie's all "Good luck winning after you vote me and Reynold off," to which somebody correctly notes that they haven't been winning with them either. I dislike Eddie a lot. And Reynold tells me Eddie could be next to go. I'm fine with that.
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<p>Five of the &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 10 Men</p>

Five of the "American Idol" Top 10 Men

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Las Vegas Round: Top 10 Men Perform

Will the Men bounce back from a rocky start in Vegas?

No matter what Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey try saying, the "American Idol" Top 10 Women weren't spectacular on Tuesday night. Four of them were very good, a couple of them were pretty bad and the rest of them were OK. That's a decent show and there's no reason to engage in hyperbole.

The Top 10 Men will have to step up their games on Wednesday (March 6) night if they're going to be worthy of their five slots in the overall Top 10, which will be unveiled on Thursday. Based on the Sudden Death performances, I don't think most of these guys are especially worthy, but let's find out.

Full recap after the break...

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<p>Team &quot;Community&quot; at PaleyFest 2013</p>

Team "Community" at PaleyFest 2013

Credit: Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media

20 things we learned from the 'Community' PaleyFest Panel

Puppets! Paintball! Annie's Boobs! And other PaleyFest revelations
I've seen at least a dozen "Community" panels over the years at various Fests and Cons and TCAs and you can guarantee two things: 
1) The cast will be funny. It doesn't matter which permutation of talent takes that stage, they'll find a way to play off of each other. So even if Chevy Chase is there making everybody awkward or if you're missing Donald Glover, hilarity will still find a way to ensue.
2) In part because of No. 1, you're safely guaranteed that actionable information will be minimal. There's just too much improv and too many extended bits and too many games of one-upmanship. If you're a fan, that's not a problem. You go. You laugh. You have a great time. If you're a reporter looking to cull a blog post of 20 things one might have learned from a particular panel, it can be a real challenge. Either there's no straight-faced information, or straight-faced information is given, but the next punchline comes so quick at hand that you can't get follow-up details. 
So this list of 20 Things We Learned From The "Community" PaleyFest Panel  from Tuesday (March 5) night includes several things that probably aren't real and several very quick hints at things that went elsewhere. Previous 20 Things... write-ups from Comic-Con have been vast seas of quotations, but I'm not sure if this one will be.
Click through for the 20... But if you're spoiler averse, you probably don't want to bother.
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<p>Five &quot;American Idol&quot; women</p>

Five "American Idol" women

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Las Vegas Round Part 1: Top 10 Girls Perform

A three-night onslaught of 'Idol' begins with 10 performances from Vegas

I'm not sure if FOX is trying to confuse me or trying to confuse my cable listings. On-air, FOX has been saying that tonight features performance by the Top 10 "Idol" Ladies. In my listings and on FOX's press site, though, it just says "10 Semifinalists Perform." 

There's a big difference between those two things. 

Click through and follow along and we'll see what the truth ends up being...

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'Once Upon a Time' creators debunk spinoff rumors, say they're 'heads of the Sebastian Stan Fan Club'

'Once Upon a Time' creators debunk spinoff rumors, say they're 'heads of the Sebastian Stan Fan Club'

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis talk Mad Hatter speculation
[This video contains a spoiler for the "Once Upon a Time" episode that aired on February 17.]
When news broke two weeks ago that the creators of "Once Upon a Time" were mulling a possible spinoff built around the Mad Hatter character, only without original actor Sebastian Stan, there was minor tumult amongst the show's passionate fans.
"Once Upon a Time" creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are "Lost" veterans, so they know the advantages and disadvantages of a passionate audience all too well.
When I talked with the guys on the PaleyFest red carpet on Sunday, they accentuated the positives that come from having viewers always trying to guess your every move. But when it comes to the Mad Hatter spinoff, they emphasized a common point.
"It was very premature. To be honest, it was the two of us in our laboratory, but in today's world, whatever's in your laboratory gets out. We don't have plans to recast anyone and spinoff is premature," Kitsis says.
In the conversation, posted above, Kitsis and Horowitz hint a bit more about what they were cooking up on that laboratory, but they take great pains to share their appreciation for the busy Sebastian Stan.
"We love Sebastian," Kitsis raves. "If we could make him a regular, I would fly anywhere [in] the world to do it. We knew when we got him that he had movie after movie and everyone loved him."
More spinoff talk and Sebastian Stan love above, plus a big hint regarding the arcing of the second "Once Upon a Time" season.
Check it out!
Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 171

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 171

Dan and Alan talk 'Enlightened' and 'Bunheads' finales and much more


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
This was going to be a relatively short podcast, since there are no new shows or notable premieres this week. 
Instead, it became a strangely long podcast, as we talked about the finales of "Enlightened" and "Bunheads," caught up with "The Americans," "Shameless" and "The Mindy Project," did Dan's Reality Roundup and answered some mail.
Today's breakdown:
Slow Week (00:00:30 - 00:08:00)
"The Americans" (00:08:05 - 00:17:05)
"Shameless" (00:17:05 - 00:28:35)
"The Mindy Project" (00:28:40 - 00:37:50)
Midseason Struggles (00:37:55 - 00:47:25)
Listener Mail - Uneven Shows like "Suburgatory" (00:47:30 - 00:56:45)
Listener Mail - "Top Chef," leading into Dan's Reality Roundup - (01:02:10 - 01:22:25)
"Enlightened" finale - (01:22:50 - 01:36:50)
"Bunheads" finale - (01:36:50 - 01:47:40)

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<p>&quot;Newroom&quot; at PaleyFest</p>

"Newroom" at PaleyFest

Credit: Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media

20 things we learned from the 'Newsroom' PaleyFest Panel

Or was it actually A Night With Piers Morgan?
The cast of HBO's " The Newsroom" gathered at Beverly Hills' Saban Theater on Sunday (March 3) night to moderate An Evening With Piers Morgan.
Over the course of 80 minutes, the stars and producers of HBO's Golden Globe nominated drama coaxed Morgan out of his shy shell and got him to tell stories about his recent interactions with new CNN boss Jeff Zucker, an unfortunate power outage in Atlanta during the Oscars red carpet and, most importantly, his opinions on the sequester. 
Morgan was so self-effacing an uncomfortable in the spotlight that periodically he attempted to turn the questions around on his interrogators to get the cast of "Newsroom" to discuss their own opinions on their fictional version of cable news, but those moments were the exceptions, rather than the rule. So embarrassed was Morgan to be in the spotlight and to have all of this attention directed at him, that he periodically recited interview quotes back at the actors on the panel or confused actors with the characters they play on TV or inquired about where Dev Patel gets his cardigans or initiated gambits like, "Olivia [Munn]. Let's talk about sex for a moment."
After an hour, when the cast of "Newroom" opened the floor to questions from the audience, a confused audience attempted to revolt and ask questions of the "Newroom" team, but that's just the danger of a democratized event like this.
I contemplated doing a 20 things we learned about Piers Morgan from the "Newroom" PaleyFest Panel blog post, but that would actually be far easier than doing 20 things we learned about "Newroom." And I prefer to take on the big challenges. Because I'm a journalist. Like Piers Morgan. 
Click through for the 20... And yes. There will be minor spoilers.
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<p>Shemozzle Race!</p>

Shemozzle Race!

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Like James Bond Again'

Shemozzle Race! Shemozzle Race! Shemozzle Race!
This is going to be a Predictable Dan Recap, because if you've read my "Amazing Race" coverage for the past five or six years, you know how I feel about nearly everything in Sunday's (March 3) episode. 
Click through, because I'm gonna dispatch with this recap fairly quickly...
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