<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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<p>Ashley Judd of &quot;Missing&quot;</p>
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Ashley Judd of "Missing"

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HitFix Interview: Ashley Judd talks ABC's 'Missing'

What drew her to episodic TV? And where would Season 2 take place?
Thursday (March 15) night will be a big one for Ashley Judd.
 
At 6:50 p.m. ET, Judd's beloved Kentucky Wildcats begin what is expected to be a long NCAA Tournament run, tipping off as a No.1 seed against a Western Kentucky Hilltoppers squad that isn't expected to put up much of a fight.
 
By 8 p.m. the game is expected to be a blowout, just in time for Judd to make her return to primetime TV as the star of ABC's "Missing."
 
In the globe-trotting thriller, Judd plays Rebecca Winstone, a mother who taps into an unexpected reservoir of skills when her teenage son goes missing in Europe. Butt-kicking and international intrigue ensue.
 
With its mixture of action and empowerment, "Missing" is designed almost as an extension of hit Ashley Judd features like "Kiss the Girls," "Double Jeopardy" and "High Crimes," giving ABC high hopes in a time period that has been a problem spot in recent seasons. 
 
Late last week (before the NCAA brackets were announced), I got on the phone with Judd to discuss taking on episodic TV, shooting overseas, the plan for "Missing" Season 2 and, of course, Kentucky basketball.
 
Click through for the full interview.
 
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<p>Muscular Mark Twain of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Muscular Mark Twain of "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'A Bunch of Idiots'

May the eggs be ever in your favor as 'Survivor' shakes things up
Pre-credit sequence. The Men did the crazy thing last episode, but we're starting with the Women, who are cuddled up in a ball against the elements. For some reason, Troyzan comes to visit and also gives up Colton as the power player behind the brilliant Let's Vote Ourselves Out plot. "I'm not gonna question their nonsense over there," laughs Sabrina, vowing that the seven Women are going to stick together. "We don't know what the guys are thinking. That's crazy-stuff that's happening over there," Christina diagnoses. "The guys messed up big-time," Alicia says before the tribes head to their next challenge. She adds, "They are so dumb. They handed us a million dollars."
 
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<p>Ooops. One of these people isn't on &quot;American Idol&quot; anymore</p>
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Ooops. One of these people isn't on "American Idol" anymore

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 11 Performances - Songs From The Year They Were Born

Wait. Didn't we just have a Top 13 last week? Yup! Somebody's missing...

It's been a strange 24 hours in "American Idol"-dom with the apparent elimination of contestant Jermaine Jones for failing to reveal aspects of his criminal record. 

With FOX refusing any sort of official comment on how Jones' absence will be handled, there's suspense aplenty as Wednesday (March 14) night's show is set to begin. 

Click through for a full recap of Wednesday's news and performances...

Wow. Ryan Seacrest begins by using the contestant's elimination as a TEASE for the start of the episode. "When you're doing a live show, anything can happen," Ryan says, before kicking to the opening credits.

And even after the credits, Seacrest says he'll talk more about the eliminated contestant, still unnamed, later in the show. Because clearly it's more important to show baby pictures of the three judges. 

LAME. And a bit distasteful. Anyway... Songs From The Year They Were Born.

 

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 119

Dan and Alan talk 'Missing,' 'Community,' 'Justified' and 'Walking Dead'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
Time for your weekly cure for The Mondays... Whiskey!
 
And while you're drinking your whiskey, here's another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast!
 
This week, Sepinwall and I catch up on "Justified" and "The Walking Dead," review ABC's "Missing," chatter about the return of "Community" and even, because we forgot to do so last week, talk about the season finale of "Parenthood."
 
So enjoy your whiskey and hopefully the podcast...
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Community" (00:02:03 - 00:11:25)
"Missing" (00:11:25 - 00:21:40)
"Parenthood" (00:21:40 - 00:37:25)
"Justified" (00:37:25 - 00:47:00
Listener Mail: Last week's "Awake" twist and stuff (00:47:20 - 00:51:25)
Listener Mail: Funny dramas (00:51:30 - 00:56:30)
Listener Mail: Coach on "New Girl" (00:56:30 - 00:59:15)
"Walking Dead" (00:59:50 - 01:11:00)

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>Rachel and Brendon of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Rachel and Brendon of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Taste Your Salami'

Tempers rise for two teams, while another suffers from illiteracy
You weren't fooled for a second, were you, Regular Readers?
 
After last Sunday delivered season's best "Amazing Race" episode to date, it was completely inevitable that this week's installment would be, to put it kindly, far inferior.
 
Titled "Taste Your Salami," Sunday's (March 11) episode was marred by uninspired challenges, bickering dysfunctional couples, product placement that threatened to crush the episode under its very weight and a team that fell impossibly behind almost immediately due to a stupid mistake and never had a chance to catch up.
 
Oh yeah, and...
 
[More after the break...]
 
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<p>Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder</p>
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Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder

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'Vampire Diaries' team talks love triangles and fan-fic at PaleyFest

Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and company play to the fans
Saturday (March 10) night's PaleyFest panel for The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was characterized by lengthy, amusing digressions.
 
Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, for example, waxed enthusiastic for a good five minutes about the opulence of Evander Holyfield's house in Atlanta and the excitement of shooting with Evander Holyfield present. They gushed about the amenities and star-power without wondering at the lack of laughter from and audience that pretty clearly had no clue who the former heavyweight champion is.
 
The audience was far more engaged, though, in the lengthy side-trip into the world of fan fiction, particularly the fan fiction envisioned by Matthew Davis and his alter ego Ernest Riley. Series co-creator Julie Plec even encouraged Davis by praise two pieces of his fan-fic, though she put an immediate end to Davis' favorite pairing, Alaric and Elena.
 
"Totally unacceptable," Plec said.
 
"And inappropriate," added Nina Dobrev.
 
As if sensing a vacuum in the inappropriate fan fic market, Somerhalder and Wesley veered into banter of a homoerotic and incestuous nature involving Damon and Stefan.
 
Don't worry. That's not going to happen either, though Plec repeated a frequently heard point about the show's core relationship.
 
[More after the break. Very minor spoilers, but nothing major. The live-stream only got to join in after the panelists had a 10-minute discussion about this Thursday's episode...]
 
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<p>Danny Strong (between HBO's Len Amato and &quot;Game Change&quot; director Jay Roach)</p>
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Danny Strong (between HBO's Len Amato and "Game Change" director Jay Roach)

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HitFix Interview: Writer Danny Strong discusses HBO's 'Game Change'

'Buffy' and 'Gilmore Girls' acting veteran talks Sarah Palin and more
When "Recount" premiered on HBO in 2008, a large subset of TV fans found themselves excited about Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary and the rest of the top-notch cast, but what was truly intriguing was that the acclaimed movie was written by Jonathan from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Doyle from "Gilmore Girls."
 
A few years later, we may still think of Danny Strong from those roles and from an arc on "Mad Men," but that "Recount" Emmy nomination (and WGA Award win) has helped solidify his position as one of Hollywood's busiest screenwriters. He's writing "The Butler" for "Precious" director Lee Daniels and he just signed on to adapt Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" for the big screen.
 
At the moment, Strong is attracting attention for his script for "Game Change," an HBO adaptation of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's bestseller that has prompted outrage from Team Sarah Palin weeks before anybody in the former Vice Presidential nominees camp even saw the movie.
 
For "Game Change," Strong took an already exhaustively researched book and went off on a research mission of his own, interviewing all of the people associated with the McCain/Palin 2008 campaign, or at least the people willing to accept his interview requests.
 
I spoke with Strong after interviewing "Game Change" director Jay Roach, so I think I was able to tailor them as complimentary, rather than overlapping, interviews. Yes, the controversy came up again, but Strong mostly talks about why the Palin story attracted him, how well he feels like he understands the former Alaska Governor and why he's excited about working on a Tom Hanks blockbuster.
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
 
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<p>Bill of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Bill of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Bill Posley talks 'Survivor: One World'

Latest castoff talks Colton, Tarzan and giving up Immunity
A big part of how "Survivor" has remained a relatively vigorous franchise after some 23-plus seasons and over 350 episodes is that somehow, despite a formula which is only tweaked in tiny ways each installment, human beings are unpredictable and can always be counted upon to do ridiculous and unprecedented things.
 
Take, for example, this week's episode of "Survivor: One World."
 
After starting the season in dominant form, the Men proceeded to lose three straight challenges and even host Jeff Probst was suspecting that momentum had swung to the Women. Then, the Men routed the Women in the episode's Immunity Challenge. It was a humiliating defeat and ended with Probst haranguing the women for their flippant attitude about defeat.
 
The Men had the upper hand again, right?
 
Wrong. 
 
Evil Mastermind Colton was so fed up -- fairly inexplicably so -- with stand-up comic Bill Posley that he convinced the Tribe that there was sufficient cancer within their group that rather than waiting until their next Immunity defeat, they'd be better off handing Immunity to the Women and going to Tribal Council. 
 
What followed was one of the most explosive and absurd Tribal Councils in the game's history, an onslaught of name-calling, speechifying and derision that touched on race, class and sexuality in the oddest of ways.
 
You'd be better off just reading my recap to try getting a feeling for it. 
 
Bill ended up as the victim in Colton's maneuver, but he also came away looking like possibly the only sensible person on a Tribe of worms and lunatics. 
 
That perception is likely to be reenforced by Bill's exit interview, though even after asking the question multiple times, I'm still left with the burning question: Why did he go along with the Tribal Council plan in the first place?
 
Click through for Bill's answer to that question and more...
 
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<p>Jay Roach directs Julianne Moore on the set of HBO's &quot;Game Change&quot;</p>
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Jay Roach directs Julianne Moore on the set of HBO's "Game Change"

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HitFix Interview: Director Jay Roach talks 'Game Change'

HBO telefilm isn't a documentary, but the storytellers aspired to accuracy
From the outside, Jay Roach seems to have two very different directing careers.
 
By day, he works on big, broad studio comedies like the "Austin Powers" movies and "Meet the Parents" and its sequel.
 
By night, he works on fact-based HBO political films like "Recount" and this Saturday's "Game Change."
 
"They definitely inform each other," Roach tells me. "I've always been involved in politics. Before I got to do, very luckily, some comedies, starting with Mike Myers, I worked on more dramatic material. I've always been interested in politics personally and followed it very closely."
 
Attention to detail is evident in "Game Change," which focuses on the small segment of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's bestseller that dealt with John McCain (played by Ed Harris) and his selection of Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) as his running mate in the 2008 election.
 
Not surprisingly, given the subject matter, "Game Change" has been the subject of at least minor controversy from certain camps on the political right.
 
In our conversation, Roach discusses his approach to tackling this real-life drama, working with the film's Oscar-nominated stars and facing criticism from people who haven't seen his movie.
 
Click through for the full Q&A...
 
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