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....
 
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<p>Candice and Angie dueted on Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Candice and Angie dueted on Wednesday's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 4: Results - Plus Lee Dewyze and Stefano Langone perform

Does 'Idol' have a surprise up its sleeve to keep things interesting?

For weeks now, "American Idol" fans have been wondering how the competition plans to handle what appears to be an extra week of programming beyond what could be justified by an elimination-per-episode pace.

Will we get a two-week finale? 

Will we have a Non-Elimination Episode? 

Will we get a Save that isn't followed by a Non-Elimination Episode?

The latter possibility would *seem* to be out of the question unless "Idol" is changing the Save rules without warning. 

So will Angie Miller, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison or Amber Holcomb actually be going home on Thursday? Or are we going to be treated to performances from Lee Dewyze and Stefano Langone, followed by some trickeration. 

Click through and follow the excitement. 

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Come Over to the Dark Side'

The 'Survivor' auction leads to brains and peanut butter and a clue
Pre-credit Sequence. How will things change in the aftermath of the elimination of The Fun Sponge? Will fun magically reign? There's a bat in the trees and the Alphas are gloating. "With the execution of The Specialist Phillip Sheppard, I think Stealth R Us hopefully is going to fracture," Malcolm says. "If those six people stick together, I don't have a chance in this game," Malcolm adds. "The stability has been rocked out of the game," Erik says, relieved that he's finally allowed to talk to people Phillip didn't want him talking to. Erik figures that he has the ability to switch to whatever alliance he wants to. He's got options! And if there's anything more exciting that Erik deliberating on his options, I can't wait to see it.
 
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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Top 4</p>

"American Idol" Top 4

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 4: One Hit Wonders and Personal Choice Night

Amber, Angie, Candice and Kree are getting closer to the end

We're down to four on "American Idol" - Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison.

I don't have a clue what that means in terms of the upcoming elimination schedule. It confuses me. It's the sort of thing that would keep me up nights, were insomnia not already doing the job.

Wednesday (April 24) night's show will apparently feature a pair of themes -- One Hit Wonders and Personal Choice -- as well as a pair of duets. 

Click through and follow along as the magic happens.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 178

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 178

Dan and Alan talk 'Rectify,' Amazon pilots and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
 
It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
With only one new show premiering this week -- Sundance's exceptional "Rectify" -- this was going to be a short podcast. But then we watched four of the Amazon.com comedy pilots and suddenly it became a long podcast, albeit not as long as last week's. 
 
Funny how that happens.
 
Today's breakdown:
"Rectify" (00:00:50 - 00:14:55)
Amazon pilots including "Zombieland," "Onion News Empire," "Browsers" and "Alpha House" (00:15:00 - 00:43:15)
Listener Mail: Changing episodic structure (00:43:35 - 00:51:05)
Listener Mail: Successful summer dumps (00:51:45 - 00:57:00)
"Suburgatory" finale (00:57:00 - 01:12:35)
"Mad Men" (01:12:40 - 01:36:10)
 

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.

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<p>Max and Katie of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Max and Katie of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'The Ultimate Fun House'

The teams head to Germany and prove they know nothing about the Cold War
Sunday's (April 21) installment of "The Amazing Race" was definitely one of those Legs that would be much more fun for the people participating than for those of us sitting at home on our couches.
 
I realized that as Joey from Team YouTube made his way through the Roadblock, which basically asked one player from each pair to navigate the "American Horror Story" opening credits, which were set up in the back of a Berlin bar.
 
Joey, as he does, kept emitting high-pitched squeals of pleasure and he insisted that this was the best Roadblock in "Amazing Race" history. I'm sure it was amusing for the people actually doing it, because they kept comparing it to being high, but for me sitting at home, it was just a confusing, seizure-inducing mixture of blinking neon, arbitrary fright masks and other exposed oddities edited together without any sense of physical space. I don't have a clue how easy or hard the labyrinth was to traverse, nor a clue how long it was taking anybody to do. A couple people were making it look hard, but I don't know what they were doing wrong. And because the maze was obviously at least somewhat small and limited, there was no opportunity for anybody to gain or lose an advantage. 
 
From the perspective of a dude sitting at home on his couch watching on TV and hoping to enjoy the drama of The Race, it was a dreadful Roadblock. From the perspective of a shrieking YouTube sensation? Awesomesauce.
 
Sigh. 
 
[More after the break...]
 
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<p>Jeff Probst snuffs The Specialist's torch</p>

Jeff Probst snuffs The Specialist's torch

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Interview: Phillip Sheppard talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

The Specialist talks Malcolm, Brandon, Boston Rob and Stealth R Us
Phillip Sheppard makes a lot of sense.
 
The former federal agent, who dominated much of the screentime in this "Survivor: Caramoan" season with his Stealth R Us alliance-building, his increasingly heightened conflicts with Brandon Hantz and his ongoing devotion to Boston Rob, was voted out on Wednesday (April 17) night's episode in a Tribal Council shocker.
 
Phillip's certitude has never wavered in his two "Survivor" seasons and it isn't a surprise that he sees Malcolm and the Alphas' big Tribal Council move as a validation of his strategic strength, rather than a condemnation of his "militaristic" dictatorship.
 
It also isn't surprising that my question about whether or not he regretted any of his interactions with Brandon led Phillip to basically answer a different question.
 
But a lot of what Phillip had to say in his exit interview makes a fair amount of sense.
 
Click through for the full conversation...
 
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<p>The &quot;Idol&quot; Top 5 and the mascot for the LA Kings.</p>

The "Idol" Top 5 and the mascot for the LA Kings.

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 5: Results - Plus Fantasia and Clay Aiken perform

Which of the women received the fewest votes?

Having dispatched with five underwhelming men, it's time for America to get down to the more difficult business of picking a winner from this extremely solid all-female Top 5. I could look at all of the remaining singers and make an argument for how they might score the "Idol" crown, but I could also easily list weaknesses for all five.

It's anybody's game. Let's get down to recapping!

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<p>Andrea participates in the Immunity challenge on Wednesday's &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Andrea participates in the Immunity challenge on Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Zipping Over the Cuckoo’s Nest'

More Tribal Council excitement? Yes, indeed!
Pre-credit sequence. Enil Edam returns from last week's bananas Tribal Council. Phillip calls a Stealth R Us team meeting, leaving Reynold, Eddie and Malcolm alone. Poor Malcolm. He has a nickname and everything, but he's no longer invited to the SRU parties. "It was the right call. I don't feel too bad about it," Malcolm says of his play for Reynold's Idol. "We have nothing to be afraid of," says Eddie, knowing that the Alphas are at the bottom. As the Big Seven agree that everything will be OK as long as they keep the Alphas from finding an Immunity Idol, the Alphas are agreed that they have to go out the next morning to find an Immunity Idol. "I'd rather be my own man than be a puppet for Phillip," says Eddie, who has been drafting off of Reynold all season. Everybody else does a S-R-Us cheer. It's lame. 
 
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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 5</p>

The "American Idol" Top 5

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 5: Divas & Songs From The Year You Were Born Night

The first all-female Top 5 does double-duty on Wednesday

The voting order may have been a little strange, but "American Idol" ultimately ended up with what I would argue was the correct Top 5. In the auditions and sudden death rounds, the judges pretty clearly decided this was going to be a year for a female winner and the deck was stacked, but just because the deck was stacked didn't mean that America wouldn't find some way to screw things up.

And guess what? We're all good, America. Did Lazaro Arbos last a month longer than he should have? Absolutely. Should Curtis Finch Jr. have stuck around for a few more weeks? Probably. Would I tolerate an argument that Burnell Taylor *maybe* might have deserved Janelle Arthur's Top 5 place? Yeah, I guess so. 

But here we are. We have five talented women remaining on "American Idol." And that's not bad.

I've heard a bunch of rumors regarding tonight's themes and my current headline just reflects the rumor I heard most recently. If Ryan Seacrest starts the show by saying something different, I'll change it.

Click through for the full recap!

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