Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 215 - Worst of 2013

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 215 - Worst of 2013

Dan and Alan discuss their least favorite shows of 2013


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
I don't know if this is exactly a bonus Firewall & Iceberg podcast, per se,  but we weren't sure if we were going to have time for a Worst of 2013 Podcast. And we did!
So you probably know the drill on these: It's basically me and Sepinwall going back and forth trading our worst shows/episodes/things of the year for an hour. It's not "ranking," really. It's just a celebration of televised awfulness. Yes, we talked about Lumberjack Dexter. Yes, we talked about "Dads."
I'll have my own Worst of 2013 gallery toward the end of this week and it will include several shows that didn't get discussed on this podcast and a bunch of things that got discussed plenty. So stay tuned for that.
In any case, this should give you something to listen as you drive over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house. The horse knows the way, so you can just relax and listen to us rant.
Today's breakdown is simple:
TV's Worst of 2013 - 00:00:00 - 01:04:30

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<p>Eagles QB Nick Foles</p>

Eagles QB Nick Foles

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Eagles-Bears game leads Sunday, while ABC's 'Sound of Music' can't match Carrie Underwood

NBC dominates, NFL overrun helps CBS to second
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 22, 2013.
The Eagles routed the Bears on Sunday Night Football and even though the game wasn't one of the season's higher rated showdowns, it topped last week's Steelers-Bengals dud and helped NBC dominate Sunday in most measures. 
Boosted by NFL overrun, CBS had a big night for "60 Minutes" and finished in a comfortable second place.
Meanwhile, ABC's telecast of "The Sound of Music" drew only a third of the audience that watched NBC's live Carrie Underwood musical earlier this month, but still finished third overall and rose from last year's ABC broadcast.
On to the numbers...
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<p>&quot;I Love Lucy&quot; in Color!</p>

"I Love Lucy" in Color!

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: Colorized 'I Love Lucy' special leads CBS on Friday

'Shark Tank' repeats give ABC a key demo tie
Fast National ratings for Friday, December 20, 2013.
One of the most popular TV shows of all-time proved that it still has some juice in 2013, as CBS' colorized "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" was Friday's top show in the key demographic and combined with "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" to lead the network to its normal overall Friday rout.
CBS only tied for first among young viewers, as a pair of "Shark Tank" repeats kept ABC in the mix. 
Meanwhile, NBC wasn't far behind with its annual airing of "It's a Wonderful Life."
On to the numbers...
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<p>Tyson of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Tyson of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Tyson Apostol discusses his 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' win

Tyson explains why he corrected Hayden on 'ruffle'
Two weeks of exit interview insanity -- Nine interviews between "Amazing Race" and "Survivor" -- comes to a conclusion with my chat with "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" winner Tyson Apostol.
You can certainly put Tyson in a category with John Cochran, Jonathan Penner and Malcolm Freberg among the "Survivor" contestants who I always like talking to. He's smart, caustic and, after three times playing the game, he gets "Survivor."
That wasn't always the case. In "Tocatins," he was an amusing quote machine, but he was also upstaged by the scenery chewing Coach. He came out less aggressively in "Heroes vs. Villains" and seemed to be playing a wiser game, right up until he broke with a Tribal Council vote-splitting scheme and effectively eliminated himself.
In "Blood vs. Water," Tyson had to deal with the emotion of watching his girlfriend Rachel get eliminated early, but he soon joined forces with Gervase and then Monica to form a tight alliance that cleared out the competition on the way to the Final 3. In addition to that alliance, Tyson also found and used -- not necessarily with any value -- two Hidden Immunity Idols and, as the season was ending, won the last two Immunity Challenges. He won the final Jury vote by a commanding 7-1 margin.
In this funny and wide-ranging exit interview, Tyson talks about his relief at the lack of Jury anger, the shoulder injury that plagued his early game, his attempts to avoid trash-talking and why he couldn't resist lecturing Hayden on proper terminology. 
It's a good Q&A. Click through for the whole thing.
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<p>Alex &amp; Sierra perform on &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Alex & Sierra perform on "The X Factor"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'X Factor' finale, 'Big Bang Theory' repeat lead Thursday split

'Charlie Brown Christmas' and 'SNL Christmas' draw
Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 19, 2013.
The third season finale of "The X Factor" led FOX to a rare Thursday night lead among young viewers, even topping "The Sing-Off" this time around. Meanwhile, though, CBS' repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's most watched show and carried that network to an overall win.
While "X Factor" certainly got a finale bump, it was down 45 percent from last year's finale in the key demo and by 36 percent in total viewers. FOX would prefer to point out that it was up by 42 percent over last Thursday in the key demo and delivered the best Thursday ratings since the start of October.
There were few other notables on Thursday, though holiday season encore airings of NBC's "SNL Christmas" and ABC's "Charlie Brown Christmas" both drew solid audiences.
Lets go straight to the numbers...
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<p>Monica of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Monica of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Monica Culpepper talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Runner-up discusses her lone vote, husband Brad's bad edit
It may not quite equal Sue Hawk's "rats and snakes" speech from the original "Survivor" Final Tribal Council, but Monica Culpepper had a moment in Sunday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale that stands as its own definitive statement-of-values.
Well into a Final Tribal that became a referendum on Monica's sincerity and her possible ulterior motives, the "One World" veteran just broke.
"Have you all never met a nice person? Have you all never met someone who wasn't selfish?" Monica asked.
It perhaps says something that Monica received only one vote from the "Blood vs. Water" Jury, a nod from Vytas who was stubbornly sticking to his word to not give eventual winner Tyson his vote. 
In her exit interview, Monica discusses whether nice people can win "Survivor," why "Survivor" conspired to keep us from realizing how much everybody loved Brad Culpepper and why she's done actually playing "Survivor."
Click through for the full Q&A...
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25 Top TV Moments of 2013 - 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' and more

25 Top TV Moments of 2013 - 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' and more

If your favorite moment didn't make the cut, just yell at us
In various and sundry forms, from podcast to video, I've talked about what a great year this was for TV.
We've talked plenty about all of the great shows, but as a HitFix staff, we put our heads together and listed our 25 Top TV Moments of 2013. The only rule that we established was that we had to be limited to one moment per show. I could come up with 25 Top TV Moments from "Breaking Bad," but that wouldn't be fair. 
As a staff, we didn't vote or anything and people just shouted out moments they wanted to write up. As a result, we probably left out a bunch of your favorites, so feel free to chime in in the comment section with some of your favorites. 
And yes, there are probably some spoilers here.
We hope that you agree with *some* of our favorites.
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<p>The &quot;X Factor&quot; Top 3</p>

The "X Factor" Top 3

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 Finale - The Winner is...

It's judgement time for Alex & Sierra, Carlito Olivero and Jeff Gutt

We're only two hours away from the conclusion of Season 3 of "The X Factor."

And, sadly, we're down to the last two hours of Demi Lovato's run as "X Factor" mentor/judge. I hope they replay her performance rapping along to "Baby Got Back" as a tribute.

In previous recaps, people have accused me of being biased in favor of Alex & Sierra, as if they're not in some way biased toward whoever they happen to be rooting for. Since there are only two hours remaining in this season, I'll just own it: If Alex & Sierra don't win tonight, I'm burning this whole thing to the ground. [Disclaimer: I'm not sure that Alex & Sierra are going to win and I'm unlikely to burn anything to the ground.]

Click through for my full finale live-blog, as we spend quality time with Pitbull and Lea Michele and wonder if this is the last time we'll see "X Factor" or Simon Cowell on our TVs.

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<p>Miley Cyrus fascinates Barbara Walters</p>

Miley Cyrus fascinates Barbara Walters

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' leads ABC on a sluggish Wednesday

'Sing-Off' tops 'The X Factor' once again
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
Viewers weren't hugely fascinated by ABC's broadcast of "Barbara Walters: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013," but they were at least vaguely interested, as the special was a sluggish Wednesday's top show in most key measures, leading the network to ratings wins.
Without any assist from "The Voice," NBC's "The Sing-Off" slipped somewhat, but still beat "The X Factor" and outdid NBC's latest Michael Buble Christmas special, which was in line with last year's weak performance. And speaking of specials that never draw big ratings, at some point CBS' has to cut ties with the "Home For The Holidays" series, which has positive aspirations, but draws astoundingly low ratings every year, falling even lower this year.
Meanwhile, The CW finally got OK numbers for an IHeart Radio special, as the "Jingle Ball 2013" telecast outdrew the network's various album release specials.
On to the numbers...
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<p>Gervase of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Gervase of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Gervase Peterson talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

'Survivor' original and 3rd Place finisher talks about his Final Jury shutout
On the very first "Survivor," Gervase Peterson was an early favorite, but he fell victim to the Pagonging of his original tribe after the Merge, becoming the third member of the original Jury.
After spending 30 days in "Survivor: Borneo," Gervase had to wait 13 years to get another shot at "Survivor" and he mostly made it count, forming a strong core alliance and working it all the way to end and the Final 3.
Of course, getting to the Final 3 only does limited good if you face a Jury and get shut out, which is what happened to Gervase on Sunday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale. The respect of the "Blood vs. Water" Jury largely went to the season's winner, Tyson, who was credited as the architect and driving force of a powerhouse three-person alliance.
That perhaps doesn't give Gervase credit for what was the season's biggest tangible power shift, as he turned his back on outside-of-the-game friend Aras and helped lead two straight votes that swayed the season.
In his exit interview, Gervase explains why he picked Tyson over Aras, how he knew that the Jury wasn't going his way and why he perfects Old School "Survivor" to New School. 
Click through for the fill Q&A...
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