<p>Malcolm and Denise of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Malcolm and Denise of "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Got My Swag Back'

Would Jeff Kent be outed? Would a player be removed? Drama!
Pre-credit sequence. So. Tired. Of. Team Formerly Russell. This has been four straight eliminations, including the man who gave the tribe his name. It's only Malcolm and Denise now. "I thought this might happen on Day 39," says a lonely Malcolm. He doesn't know what's coming next, though Denise suggests they may be split up and sent to opposite tribes. "Everyone loves an underdog," Malcolm predicts, suggesting we'd be wise not to count them out. Sorry, man. I'm kinda counting you out and hoping for a Merge or Shuffle or some other Game Event I can pointlessly capitalize.
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<p>Demi Lovato and Jennel Garcia of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Demi Lovato and Jennel Garcia of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Judges' Homes #3 - Judgement Night

A bizarrely truncated episode is pulled after an hour when baseball resumes

Due to a rain delay at the National League Championship Series, tonight's "X Factor" was delayed indefinitely and I used the extra time to watch "Survivor: Philippines" (but not to write my recap) just yet. 

The episode, which inexplicably is being simulcast on the West Coast, started at 8:40 ET and 5:40 Pacific as I was still finishing watching "Survivor."

Now, I'm gonna do a semi-live-blog and see how fast I can catch up to actual (canned) live. This should be fun!

Click through to see who made it to the Top 16 and will get to compete in the live shows...

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<p>Caitlin and Brittany of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Caitlin and Brittany of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Caitlin & Brittany talk 'The Amazing Race'

Latest eliminated team discusses cab problems and lack of TV time
Another week, another "Amazing Race" team done in by a problematic cab ride in a foreign country. 
Last week, it was Amy & Dan doomed by their driver's failure to find the proper Detour location, dropping them from second place to last on a lengthy misadventures.
On Sunday's (October 14) episode, it was Caitlin & Brittany whose pedicab wrong-turns led them into last and then briefly into next-to-last and then finally to elimination after going the wrong way at a fork in the road. 
In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, the two blonde friends discuss their cab problems, as well as their lack of screentime in early episodes. In addition, Brittany offers her opinion on the way her frustration was portrayed in the episode. 
Click through for the full interview...
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 154

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 154

Dan and Alan talk 'Emily Owens MD,' 'Hunted,' 'American Horror Story' and more


Happy Late Tuesday, Boys & Girls! Time for a later-than-we-were-hoping-for installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
We were delayed yesterday by my travel and the sheer quantity of stuff to watch and then time slipped through the cracks today as well.
But hopefully this podcast'll make it up before the premiere of "Emily Owens, MD" tonight. Or, at the least, it'll certainly make it up before tonight's premiere of MTV's "Underemployed."
That's not saying much. Sorry about the lateness.
But we discussed a lot of stuff this week, including HBO's "The Girl," FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum," Cinemax's "Hunted" and this week's episode of "Homeland."
Today's breakdown:
"Emily Owens MD" (00:01:00 - 00:08:15)
"Underemployed" (00:08:20 - 00:16:15)
"Suburgatory" (00:16:15 - 00:23:45)
"American Horror Story" (00:23:50 - 00:32:20)
"Hunted" (00:32:25 - 00:44:15)
"The Girl" (00:44:20 - 00:54:40)
Early cancellations (00:54:40 - 01:05:20)
"X Factor" Hosts (01:05:25 - 01:10:35)
"Homeland" (01:10:40 - 01:23:30)

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>Gary and Will of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Gary and Will of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'There's No Crying in Baseball'

Pedicabs and trains cause more trouble than challenges
I want to get into this week's recap, but first I have a proposal for the producers of "The Amazing Race": From here on out, whether in this season or in any subsequent season, any contestant who yells at a service employee in a Third World country and tells them either that they just lost them the Race or that they just lost them a million dollars, should be automatically eliminated on the spot. 
If you are yelling at a pedicab driver in Indonesia, where the median income is $3800 a year, and verbally abusing him for costing you a million dollars, you're pretty much a horrible person and you pretty much represent the worst America has to offer in the global community.
This rule needn't only apply in Third World countries. Anywhere you yell at a service employee for costing you a million dollars, unless you're in a cab driven by Donald Trump or you were denied a plane ticket by Mark Cuban, it's best to save your whining for somebody else.
Who's with me on this one?
And now, on to the recap, after the break...
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<p>Danai Gurira of &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

Danai Gurira of "The Walking Dead"

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Interview: 'Walking Dead' star Danai Gurira discusses becoming Michonne

New co-star chats about secrecy and swordwork
To "Walking Dead" fans versed solely in the hit AMC drama, she's merely the katana-wielding stranger introduced saving Laurie Holden's Andrea in the second season finale.
To fans of the comic series, though, she's Michonne, one of the franchise's most beloved characters. 
Played by Danai Gurira, Michonne will be a key part of the third "Walking Dead" season, which premieres on Sunday (October 14) night. But don't worry. This interview spoils very little about Michonne. Instead, Gurira and I discussed her extensive physical training for the role, as well as the challenges of coming to regular television after cutting her teeth in theater and independent films like "The Visitor."
We also talked about our shared background in Grinnell, Iowa where both of our fathers were on the faculty at the same time more than 30 years ago. I left that part out of the transcript. Apologies. There's still plenty here.
Click through for the full interview... And for more pre-premiere "Walking Dead" coverage, check out my interview with producers Robert Kirkman & Glen Mazzara.
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<p>Ack! Zombie!</p>

Ack! Zombie!

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Interview: 'Walking Dead' producers Glen Mazzara and Robert Kirkman tease Season 3

Scribes talk Michone, The Governor, The Prison, Annoying Carl and more
The second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" began with the high drama of missing children and a zombie herd descending on a gridlocked highway graveyard. The season ended with two regular characters dead, dissension in the human ranks, waves of zombies pouring down and a tantalizing glimpse of an institutional facility. 
The introduction of The Prison, coupled with a katana-weilding first appearance by Danai Gurira's Michonne and the announced casting of David Morrissey as The Governor has sufficiently whet appetites for Season 3, especially among fans of Robert Kirkman's "Walking Dead" comic book.
Last week, I went to a pre-season "Walking Dead" junket in Beverly Hills attended by basically every cast member, major and minor. Trying to keep the interview tally under control, I targeted new faces Morrissey and Gurira, as well as four of the show's producers.
Up first, is my 20-plus minute chat with Kirkman and showrunner Glen Mazzara. Keeping spoilers to a minimum, we discussed the tone and structure of Season 3, while the producers also addresses some fan criticisms from the second season, including what some felt was a slow middle and the trouble-prone adventures of Young Carl.
This interview covers a lot of ground, so let's just jump into it. Like I said, spoilers are minimal, but probably not entirely absent. You've been warned...
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<p>Russell Swan of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Russell Swan of "Survivor: Philippines"

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Interview: Russell Swan talks 'Survivor: Philippines'

Disheartened after his second time, Russell explains the compulsion to return
I got on the phone with "Survivor: Philippines" bootee Russell Swan expecting to talking about all of the usual exit interview things. 
While I knew the frustration that he'd obviously felt having his torch snuffed in Wednesday's episode, I still figured I'd talk with Russell about the mistake of taking a leadership role after vowing he wouldn't, about the decisions to vote out Zane and Angie and Roxy and whether any move could have reversed his tribe's ill fortune and about the last day at camp being lied to be both Denise and Malcolm.
As you can tell from Russell's first response to my first question, that wasn't the kind of interview he was really prepared to do, so we went off in a very different direction. 
I've done a lot of these interviews, but this one is, to me, one of the best insights into the mind of a "Survivor" player, particularly the mind of a repeat "Survivor" player. The last answer, especially in light of Russell's post-"Survivor" condition, is definitely the most enlightening.
Check out the full interview...
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<p>L.A. Reid, Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

L.A. Reid, Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Judges' Homes #2

Justin Bieber and Will.i.Am join L.A. Reid and Britney Spears

On Wednesday, "X Factor" fans got to watch the Young Adults perform for Demi Lovato and the Groups perform for Simon Cowell.

Now, it's time for Britney Spears mentoring the Teens and the awkward spectacle of L.A. Reid grumbling that he was forced to mentor the Geriatric contestants and punishing them by making them learn from Justin Bieber. 

Click through for the pre-debate fun...

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<p>Jay Ryan of &quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot;</p>

Jay Ryan of "Beauty and the Beast"

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TV Review: The CW's 'Beauty and the Beast' fails on every level

A pretty beast, a silly cop and some bad writing lead to disaster
There's an easy punchline that a hundred [or more] lazy screenwriters have probably used in movies or TV shows. 
A character happens upon somebody who was previously assumed to be deceased. The character nods and quips, "You look pretty good for a dead guy."
It's a universally applicable joke, because... not to put too fine a point on it... dead guys generally look pretty horrible. They're all rotted and stuff. So it doesn't matter who you are or how you look, if you're about to breath and receive nourishment, chances are solid that you also look pretty good for a dead guy.
The cliche pops up in the pilot for The CW's new adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," one of many cliches in a script that seems to be cobbled together from nothing but dribs and drabs of earlier shows. In its "Beauty and the Beast" context, however, the line is elevated (denigrated?) from sloppy mimicry into a flawless illustration of the pilot's insurmountable core flaw.
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