<p>Christina of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Christina of "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'Thanks for the Souvenir'

The Fickle Finger of Fate gives the 'Survivor' season a good poking
Pre-credit sequence. We're back and Manono camp. Alicia finds a Tribal Council blindside nearly as funny as losing at a challenge. Christina's confused. Colton's an ass. "Good luck. You might could make an alliance with a hermit crab at this moment," Colton cackles, not caring if Christina knows that she's next. In fact, in addition to his normal conniving, Colton is also engaging in some psychological warfare, hoping the break Christina's spirits. "Honestly, Christina, you've been the human cockroach," Colton taunts her, telling her that if she makes it to the Merge, she'll be the first one going after the Merge. "Maybe I am an idiot and that's what it is," Christina says. And then things get worse. They won't even make room for Christina in the shelter (nor in Leif's tiny sleep-box). Alicia threatens to whack Christina if she tries pushing her way in. Christina's new goal: To get everybody to see that Colton's a jerk and that Alicia is playing without integrity. "All gloves are off and I'm ready to fight and I'm ready to fight hard," she says. And good luck with that!
 
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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 10</p>
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The "American Idol" Top 10

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 10 Performance - Billy Joel Night

P. Diddy mentors the Top 10 as they tackle the music of The Piano Man

Welcome to Wednesday (March 21) night's "American Idol."

If scuttlebutt is to be believed -- and I always believe scuttlebutt -- Wednesday's theme is The Music of Billy Joel. And if additional scuttlebutt is to be believed, mentoring the Top 10 will be Sean Combs, because if anybody is trained to help aspiring singers with the work of Billy Joel, it's P. Diddy. 

Click through to find out how a man who can't sing steered our "Idol" hopefuls in the fine art of singing...

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<p>Kerri and Stacy of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Kerri and Stacy of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Kerri & Stacy talk 'The Amazing Race'

Latest bootees talk poor navigation, changing tires and fear of dolphins
Stacy Bowers and Kerri Paul weathered four Legs of "The Amazing Race," including two Legs that hinged on Stacy conquering her fear of heights to jump from planes or rappel down buildings. 
 
What did the Mississippi Cousins in on Sunday's (March 18) "Amazing Race" episode was that old standard: Bad directions. The Cousins had completed a Roadblock ahead of struggling Jamie & Nary, but faulty navigation left them in last place just minutes later.
 
In our exit interview, Kerri discusses her confessed navigational difficulties, Stacy talks about her fear of heights, Kerri tries to explain why she's afraid of dolphins and the cousins explain how pre-Race training paid off in a moment we didn't see on TV. 
 
Click through for the full interview:
 
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<p>Christina Hendricks of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>
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Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 120

Dan and Alan talk 'Walking Dead,' 'Mad Men,' 'Touch,' 'Bent' and... Tim Tebow

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
It's a really busy podcast this week. We have reviews of "Bent" and "Touch" and a spoiler-free take on the new season of "Mad Men." We devour the brains of the "Walking Dead" finale, answer some Listener Mail, talk about the cancelation of "Luck" and then, because we'd only done a solid 80-ish minutes of TV talk, we discussed Peyton Manning's apparently decision to sign with the Denver Broncos and what that means for Tim Tebow.
 
Whee!
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Bent" (00:01:20 - 00:14:20)
"Touch" (00:14:20 - 00:25:35)
"Mad Men" (00:25:35 - 00:33:50)
The cancelation of "Luck" (00:33:50 - 00:47:00)
Listener Mail: Following non-series content (00:47:25 - 00:53:15)
Listener Mail: Podcasts on TV (53:20 - 01:00:00)
"The Walking Dead" finale (01:00:10 - 01:16:35)
Peyton Manning versus Tim Tebow (01:16:45 - 01:36:20)

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>Mark and Bopper yodel in Bavaria</p>
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Mark and Bopper yodel in Bavaria

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Uglier Than a Mud Rail Fence'

Sunday's episode features yodeling, bearding and gnome-tossing
Discussion of The Rule of Chekhov's Gun has become so pervasive that folks are tempted to attach Chekhov's name to any instance of what is basically just foreshadowing.
 
That's not exactly what Chekhov's Gun really is about. I mean, it's close. But that's not exactly it. The Rule isn't exactly that if you put a gun early in your story, it needs to be fired by the end. It's more that you shouldn't put a gun early in your story if it *isn't* going to be fired in the end. The real point is that you shouldn't have anything in your play/movie/novel/recap that's superfluous. Everything needs to have a point and a purpose. If there's going to be a gun, fire it. Otherwise? No gun. It's more about literary economy than about foreshadowing, because there's already a name for foreshadowing and that's... um... foreshadowing.
 
That's my way of explaining that while it might be tempting to jokingly refer to how Sunday's (March 18) "Amazing Race" utilized Chekhov's Random Reference To Navigational Difficulties, that would be just me making an easy joke.
 
So no, this week's episode didn't use Chekhov's Random Reference To Navigational Difficulties. It was just wicked obvious foreshadowing. Fortunately, it was a good enough episode that it wasn't undermined by the simplistic decision to substitute said foreshadowing for convincing editing in the last act.
 
Click through for the full recap...
 
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<p>&quot;Amazing Spider-Man&quot;</p>
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"Amazing Spider-Man"

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WonderCon Live-Blog: 'Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Looper' and 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

Emma Stone, Milla Jovovich and Joseph Gordon-Levitt hit Anaheim

It's been a busy WonderCon afternoon. 

First I live-blogged "Prometheus" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

Then I live-blogged "Snow White and The Huntsman" and "Battleship."

And now? The cherry on the top of the day, "Amazing Spider-Man," plus Rian Johnson's "Looper" and, because folks love Milla Jovovich, "Resident Evil: Retribution."

Click through...

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<p>&quot;Snow White and the Huntsman&quot;</p>
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"Snow White and the Huntsman"

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WonderCon Live-Blog: 'Battleship' and 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Peter Berg board game action and Kristen Stewart fairy tale hit Anaheim

Technology was fairly accommodating for the earlier pane for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Prometheus." Hopefully it'll be just as accommodating for "Battleship" and "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Knock wood and click through...

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<p>Charlize Theron and Idris Elba of &quot;Prometheus&quot;</p>
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Charlize Theron and Idris Elba of "Prometheus"

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WonderCon Live-Blog: 'Prometheus' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

Ridley Scott's 'Alien' tie-in and a butt-kicking president hit Anaheim

It's going to be a busy afternoon in the main Ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center, with WonderCon panels for films ranging from "Prometheus" to "The Amazing Spider-Man." 

I'll be live-blogging the panels, technology-willing. It'll be just like you were here, only you probably won't be damp from Southern California rain.

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<p>Monica of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Monica of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Monica Culpepper talks 'Survivor: One World'

Why was the latest 'Survivor' castoff so surprised by Colton's betrayal?

"Survivor: One World" may have changed things up last week by recomposing its formerly gender-aligned tribes, but one thing remained consistent: Another week, another victim of The Reign of Colton.

This week's Colton-approved evictee was Monica Culpepper, wife of former NFL defensive tackle Brad Culpepper.
 
Monica was blindsided after being repeatedly reassured by Colton that first Christina and then Tarzan were his actual targets. Instead, the puppet-master decided that Monica was so strong and well-liked that she had to be booted first.
 
In our exit conversation, Monica discusses why she felt so betrayed by Colton, why she had a bad feeling before taking her tribe-selecting egg and what she wishes she would have done to stave off her elimination.
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
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<p>Joshua Ledet of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Joshua Ledet of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 11 Results - Live-Blog

After Jermaine's surprised DQ, who else will head home?

On Wednesday night, "American Idol" said a vaguely-shocking farewell to Jermaine Jones. Who would be homeward bound on Thursday (March 15) night's show? 

Click through for the full live-blog...

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