<p>Ken Jeong of &quot;Community&quot;</p>

Ken Jeong of "Community"

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Dan Harmon is out as 'Community' showrunner, David Guarascio and Moses Port are in

The long-expected bad news for 'Community' fans came on Friday night
The other shoe has dropped for NBC's "Community," its creative team and its fans.
 
One week after the co-mingled good news/bad news proposition of NBC ordering 13 additional episodes for the low-rated comedy while rumors swirled that showrunner Dan Harmon wouldn't be returning, it has been officially revealed that Harmon is out at "Community," confirmation that broke only a day after the three-episode finale that left many (most?) fans rhapsodic. 
 
In a traditional Friday news dump, word of Harmon's exit -- you can call it "firing" or just "Sony Pictures TV opting not to renew his deal" -- hit the Internet late evening Eastern Time along with the added information that "Happy Endings" and "Aliens in America" veterans David Guarascio and Moses Port will take over as showrunners for next season. 
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 129
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 129

Dan and Alan talk CBS and CW upfronts, plus spring finales

The

Happy Friday, Boys & Girls.
 
As promised, it's a bonus installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
We start with CBS & The CW's upfronts and the news associated with that, then we answered a pilot of upfronts-related mail and then delved into a slew of finales, including "How I Met Your Mother" and "Smash."
 
In order to fit the "House" finale into our next podcast, we'll be waiting til Tuesday. But with two podcasts this week, we're sure you can wait that extra day. 
 
Oh and we didn't mention it on this week's podcast, but next week we're going to announce our Summer Rewatch. So GET EXCITED!!!!
 
Friday's breakdown:
Upfronts - CBS and The CW (00:00:50 - 00:25:30)
Upfronts-themed Letters (00:25:50 - 00:39:40)
"Parks and Recreation" finale (00:39:45 - 00:46:15)
"How I Met Your Mother" finale (00:46:20 - 00:54:00)
"Smash" finale (00:54:00 - 01:03:00)
"Suburgatory" (01:03:00 - 01:14:30)

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.

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<p>Phillip, Jessica and Joshua of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Phillip, Jessica and Joshua of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 3 Results - Who makes The Finals?

Will Jessica, Phillip or Joshua be heading home? Well, yes. One of them.

I couldn't make a prediction.

At least not in the picture accompanying this recap.

Since the season began, each week I've been putting a picture with my Thursday recaps of one singer I was certain wasn't going home and every week I'e been right. That's not saying all that much, but still... 

This week, though, I can't do it. Either Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips or Joshua Ledet is going home and I don't have a clue who it will be. So I made a handy triptych. I'm confident one of those three singers will be voted out.

Yup. See that limb? I'm way out on it.

Click through for the full recap of the unpredictable (or unpredicted) results...

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<p>The first image from Warner Brothers' &quot;Beautiful Creatures&quot;</p>

The first image from Warner Brothers' "Beautiful Creatures"

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Warner Brothers wants to send two fans to the 'Beautiful Creatures' set

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's novel is being filmed in New Orleans
If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that two weeks ago, I spent a day on the set of Warner Brothers' adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's "Beautiful Creatures" in and around New Orleans.
 
Most of that set visit is, of course, under embargo and I can't say much more than I tweeted: Emmy Rossum brought us melon water. The young folks in the cast -- including Rossum, Alden Ehrehreich, Zoey Deutch and Thomas Mann -- are friendly, pretty and well-spoken and the more mature folks in the cast -- Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis -- are on a level you might not expect for a film based on books that can be found in the Teen Occult Romance section at your local Barnes & Noble. 
 
But enough about *my* set visit for now. I've read the first book in the "Beautiful Creatures" series and I could start on the second book at any time, but that just means that I'm a reporter who likes to do his homework. I know that the books have passionate devotees. 
 
And the most dedicated of "Beautiful Creatures" readers would probably be mighty excited about the chance to do for pleasure what I already did on a professional level: Visit the set. 
 
So this seemed like a good place to mention that Warner Brothers has launched a video submission contest for TWO fans (and guests) to fly to New Orleans, visit the set and interview Garcia & Stohl. And you won't have long to wait, because the visit is on Tuesday, May 29. Yup. Time is short. 
 
All you have to do is create a 1-2 minute video explaining why you're the biggest fan of the books and why you'd want to see Lena and Ethan and the rest of the Gatlin County world brought to life. Easy, right?
 
But PLEASE, don't send them to me. I'm just mentioning the existence of this contest and teasing that I'll have set visit content someday. I have NOTHING to do with watching contest entries or determining a winner. 
 
Warner Brothers has set up a contest website HERE
 
And there's more information at the "Beautiful Creatures" Facebook page.
 
Enough plugging.
 
Back to my TV upfronts coverage...
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<p>AnnaSophia Robb of &quot;The Carrie Diaries&quot;</p>

AnnaSophia Robb of "The Carrie Diaries"

Credit: The CW

Analysis: The CW's 2012-13 schedule is simultaneously intuitive and counter-intuitive

'Arrow,' 'Beauty and the Beast' and a 'Supernatural' move shake things up
Through upfronts week, Sepinwall has been doing daily analysis on each network's schedule, but I'm handling The CW because, as he puts it, "I don't understand the CW."
 
The funny thing is that the schedule that The CW announced on Thursday (May 17) morning is probably the most instantly digestible lineup of the week and not just because The CW only programs 10 hours of primetime. It's almost as if The CW decided that this was the year to encourage Sepinwall and other people outside of the Females 18-34 demo to understand The CW, if not watch it.
 
The CW's 2012-13 schedule is simultaneously marvelously intuitive and amusingly counter-intutive.
 
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<p>Kim gets one of her many Immunity necklaces from Jeff Probst</p>

Kim gets one of her many Immunity necklaces from Jeff Probst

Credit: CBS

Interview: Kim Spradlin talks 'Survivor: One World'

New 'Survivor' winner talks about her dominant season
It says a lot about Kim Spradlin that although few fans are describing "Survivor: One World" as one of the CBS' franchise's better installments, it's easy to find viewers eager to call Kim's season one of the game's finest performances.
 
For 39 days, Kim crushed the competition, dominating "Survivor: One World" socially, strategically and physically. 
 
She built an all-female alliance on Day One and stuck with it to the end. 
 
When the Merge arrived with equal gender numbers, she manipulated and maneuvered to turn the men on themselves and soon orchestrated the systematic elimination of the opposite gender. 
 
And as Individual Immunity became more and more important, Kim emerged as a challenge juggernaut.
 
Despite pulling the strings on every level -- Troy departed telling everybody they needed to get her out -- Kim was never in serious jeopardy and the game ended with her holding a Hidden Immunity Idol she never needed to use.
 
In previous exit interviews, her Final Three rivals Sabrina and Chelsea have both agreed Kim deserved to win.
 
In her exit interview, Kim discusses her strategy for the season and why she thought the Jury results would be even closer than 7-2. She also explains her shock at capping off the memorable season by winning America's Player as well.
 
Click through for the full Q&A.
 
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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 3</p>

The "American Idol" Top 3

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 3 Performances - Jessica, Joshua and Phillip sing

Will three performances from the Top 3 yield a new favorite?

Now things are about to get interesting.

Last week, we dispatched Hollie Cavanagh, which was sad for Joshua Ledet, but pretty straight-forward for America. Leaving aside the only briefly relevant question of whether or not Colton Dixon would be able to ride in-song prayer to an "Idol" crown, we've worked our way down to what probably should have been the Top 3 from the very beginning of the season. Joshua, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips belong here. 

But who deserves to be singing next Tuesday and Wednesday? That's more of a mystery. For me at least, Joshua is a no-brainer as a deserving finalist. But if you want to have a specific preference between Jessica's preternaturally assured pipes and Phil-Phil's [relative] originality and artistry? I'm understanding of both points of view.

So as we settle in for a three-performance night by each singer -- One they chose themselves, one the judges chose for them and one chosen by Jimmy Iovine -- I'm feeling a bit like Mr. Randy Jackson: Tonight, I would like to see who's in it to win it. Dawg.

Click through for the recap...

Singer: Joshua Ledet
Song: "I'd Rather Go Blind"
My Take: In a long show like this, you don't want to be leading things off. With three performances apiece, the pimp slot probably isn't necessary, but with this much talent, it can't hurt to be the last thing viewers remember. The first round is the Judges' Choice, not that Randy knew the name of the Etta James track he allegedly picked. Looking dapper with a red shirt and a matching rose in his lapel and crooning into a retro mic, Josh is right in his wheelhouse. It's yet another glorious showcase for Joshua's straight-into-the-studio voice, with jazzy grace notes and church-y touches aplenty. You could plunk him a booth right now and record this and it would be a huge hit. If this were 1966. And even today? I'm just happy listening. For me, Joshua is like a perfect blend of Melinda Doolittle and his idol Fantasia Barrino. He's a technician. He's an artist. And he sounds like nobody else. [Please recall how much I disliked Joshua's Josh Groban cover last week before you complain I'm in the tank for the guy. I don't think he can do no wrong, but when he does right, I'm a big fan.]
Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say: The judges start the night on their feet. "This is another Joshua moment," Steven Tyler raves, saying he sang like the American Idol. "You are such a throwback and I love that about you," Jennifer Lopez cheers. "You're such a classic stylist. This fits you so like a glove," Randy says, hoping Joshua can bring his touch to modern times.

Singer: Jessica Sanchez
Song: "My All"
My Take: The judges want Jessica to sing Mariah Carey. Because heaven knows we haven't heard her do The Great Divas this season. There's a weird conflict in stage presentation. The guitarist sitting on the edge of the stage suggests an intimacy and warmth. Jessica's rigid presence atop a platform surrounded by fog in her prom dress suggests the exact opposite. Her stage presence is aloof. The song is, interestingly, too range-y for her, particularly on her less impressive lower register. When she's high, it's beautiful. When she's low, it's mumbly and breathless. She barely stays on any note for a second. It's all trills and vibrato and runs. If you love that sort of thing, you'll like the performance. But if you honestly compare it to Jessica's best performances? That wasn't anywhere near.
Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say: "That was absolutely beautiful," Randy says, name-dropping Randy. He goes so far as to call it one of the best times a Mariah song has been performed on TV. J-Lo says the song is hard. Steven calls it over-the-top as a compliment and I think he called her the winner or something.

Singer: Phillip Phillips
Song: "Beggin'"
My Take: Steven Tyler wanted Phil-Phil to show off a bit more of his melodic side, so naturally he's detoured this sound around its familiar melody. Naturally. This is a better piece of singing than we've seen Phil-Phil do for a while. On songs like this, he tends to get stuck in his nasally head-voice, but this has song dynamic range and he's definitely having some fun, controlling the stage musically and maintaining audience energy in a way he sometimes forgets to do. Round One goes to Joshua, with Phil-Phil right behind.
Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say: "You catch a groove in a song that's all yours and you just ride it all the way home," J-Lo says. "It's so beautiful to watch you unfold here," Tyler says. "When you're facing the sun, the shadows fall behind you," Tyler says before comparing Phil-Phil to THE BOSS?!?!? "You are so in the zone and you've been in the zone since Day One," Randy says. "You are who you are and we love it," Randy cheers. The judges only gave one standing ovation in the first round, Randy hesitates before kinda giving Joshua the edge. J-Lo clearly leans towards Phil-Phil. And Tyler waffles.

Singer: Joshua Ledet
Song: "Imagine"
My Take: Sorry. I'm not recapping the visits home. Joshua got a church-heavy edit. He also kissed babies and got the obligatory high school assembly and fireworks. For his own song choice, Joshua decided to go with the John Lennon favorite that very nearly lifted Little David Archuleta to the "Idol" crown. I like Josh when he doesn't need to over-emphasize how earnest and heartfelt everything is. That's why I didn't like his Groban and that's why this is way too predictable and easy for me. It's mostly stripped down and, relatively speaking, not weighted down with Joshua affectations. I'm not questioning that he's doing this well, but I don't get the same joy from it as I do when Joshua dips into the Motown songbook. He's talented, though. We know this. The boy can sing and this is note-perfect, without surprising.
Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say: Steven thinks he's sat there and watched Joshua learn to sing. I suspect this is not true. "It was a pulled back and controlled performance for you," J-Lo says. It sounds like she's moving into an insult, but really she's just saying that Joshua has courage to dig deep into the material. Randy wants everything Josh sings to touch him and calls this particular performance "stellar."

Singer: Jessica Sanchez
Song: "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing"
My Take: Jessica flew to San Diego in a helicopter? That's kinda crazy. She landed in the middle of the outfield at Petco Park. That's bananas. She performed for sailors on the USS Midway. Yeah, Jessica got perks Joshua didn't come close to getting, sentiment-wise. Song-wise, Jessica has chosen to Mariah-ize an Aerosmith song for Steven Tyler, who leers approvingly throughout. Going more contemporary was a good choice for Jessica, whose best chance to beat Joshua is by proving that she's more "2012" and more marketable, which is probably true. This song has been performed to death on "Idol" and this definitely one of the better versions we've heard, even with a last note that wavers and trembles in really un-Jessica fashion. I almost like that imperfection. When Jessica messes up, she seems more human than when she's doing a perfectly mimicked Xerox.
Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say:Tyler gives Jessica a standing ovation and tells her she made a great song better. J-Lo claims Tyler's hesitant to rave about people singing his songs and she loved Jessica's last note. Randy thought it started a little slow, but he felt she delivered on the big moment at the end.

Singer: Phillip Phillips
Song: "Disease"
My Take: People back in Georgia like Phil-Phil. The clip package is full of nice humanizing moment like Phillip talking to a stuffed turkey and Phil-Phil's father's heartfelt tribute. And one key thing: Teenage girls love them some Phil-Phil in ways they didn't appear to love Jessica or Joshua. That's not insignificant. Do I know this Matchbox 20 song Phil-Phil has chosen for himself? Kinda, because it sounds like nearly every Matchbox 20 song. Phil-Phil loves finding ways to get the jazz sax player on stage with him. Do we think something's going on there? You can't undersell how much Phil-Phil's musicality improves his every performance. With his guitar, he unifies all of the disparate elements on-stage with him, compared to Jessica's awkward alienation and Josh's hit-and-miss connection. Put Phil-Phil on stage with a bongo player and the jazz sax and it comes together as a full musical number. Like Jessica, Phil-Phil is emphasizing his currency. You could write for this guy and market him. In 2012. Another solid performance, though probably less interesting than Phil-Phil's first solo. I'm not sure I want to give Round 2 to anybody. They were all OK-ish.
Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say: J-Lo thought it wasn't a "Wow" performance, but it was "good." Damning. Tyler didn't think it was over-the-top. Randy didn't like it and make a big deal of patting himself on the back for not loving everything.

Singer: Joshua Ledet
Song: "No More Drama"
My Take: Jimmy Iovine picked a Mary J. Blige song for Joshua because he wanted Joshua to go over the top. And who is Joshua to say "No"? It's not a good piece of stagecraft. Joshua's jacket with the rhinestone shoulders is silly, as are the zombie backup singers. This song is simultaneously perfect and probably proves exactly the thing Jimmy didn't want it to: If this is what songwriters are going to think matches Joshua, he can't possibly sell into today's marketplace and who would think to match this song, at least on the page, with a male artist in the first place? He's going to require too much nurturing and care to get right. In that respect, Joshua is basically the Adam Lambert of this season. After starting subdued, Joshua works himself up into a marvelously frantic state, selling the performance as best he can. It still feels just a bit off, even if he couldn't have done it better. The jacket-toss and the earpiece-cast-aside are vintage Joshua.
Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say: Randy though the performance was the performance of a great artist. In the audience, Hollie Cavanagh agrees. "You have this perfect marriage of knowing exactly what you're doing and letting completely go at the same time," J-Lo says. Tyler says he watched Joshua and felt the last 40 years of the music business.

Singer: Jessica Sanchez
Song: "It'll Be There"
My Take: Yawn. So Jimmy gave Jessica a Jackson Five song that's basically her second Mariah Carey song of the night. We get the point. The girl can sing Mariah Carey. Surely there was a different Jackson Five song that Jimmy could have picked for her if what he wanted to showcase was her youth, rather than her Mariah-esque tendencies. The slightly odd thing is that she's singing the Jackson arrangement like Mariah, so it isn't as -- to use the Steven Tyler parlance -- over-the-top as it could be. Maybe Jessica could have used a little genuine over-the-top as a final performance for the night? All three of Jessica's performances tonight have been interchangeable, though I like that this one at least included a smile. Mostly, she did what we knew she could do.
Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say: "Perfect song, perfect voice, you nailed it," Steve says. J-Lo thought it was a good choice and that she killed it in the end. "I liked it OK. I didn't love it," Randy says. "There was never a Moment moment," Randy says. He's correct in this case.

Singer: Phillip Phillips
Song: "We've Got Tonight"
My Take: The AT&T branding on these song selections is hilarious. Jimmy's choice? A little Bob Seger. It's a song that strips Phil-Phil of his guitar. It's just Phil-Phil on a stool singing. Even he looks perplexed. He keeps rubbing his thigh with his left hand, not knowing what to do with it at all. Maybe this was the wrong week to drop him into this deep end. The audience apparently hates Phil-Phil, because they begin clapping along to the song both inappropriately and off-rhythm. [Note: The audience doesn't really hate Phil-Phil. They love him. They're just idiots who hate music and like to destroy it.] But accompanied by a string ensemble, Phil-Phil delivers exactly what Jimmy wanted. If you ever said to yourself, "But can Phil-Phil actually sell a song on his voice alone?" The answer, it turns out, is a resounding yes. It's sentimental, passionate and... it's singing, without embellishment.
Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say: "The perfect song at the perfect time and your best performance on the show ever," Randy says, calling this a Moment. "This boy here is in it to win it," Randy says. FIRST!!!! First "In it to win it" of the season. J-Lo says that women around the country will love the performance. "You just showed you've got all that passion wrapped up inside you," Tyler says, calling a performance "beautiful" and "over the top" for fifth or sixth time tonight.

 

OVERALL: Jessica showed only one color tonight. She did it well, but she did it thrice. Both Phil-Phil and Joshua showed they have a variety of tools in their kit. My instinct is that that musical diversity, plus the "Idol" audience's preference for male contestants will lead to Jessica's elimination, but I could be totally off-base.

 

What do you think?

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<p>Parker Young and Jane Levy of &quot;Suburgatory&quot;</p>

Parker Young and Jane Levy of "Suburgatory"

Credit: ABC

Interview: Parker Young talks 'Suburgatory,' 'Mad Men' and 'The Choice'

TV's Ryan 'The Body' Shay has had a busy spring being handsome on TV
On "Suburgatory," Parker Young plays a character whose nickname is The Body.
 
On "Mad Men," Young recently guest starred playing a character called Handsome. 
 
And on an upcoming episode of FOX's summer reality dating show "The Choice," Young gets to be himself, as celebrity kibble for attractive singles.
 
It's been something of a breakout year for the 23-year-old actor and it'd be hard to miss the common denominator. 
 
But although Ryan "The Body" Shay superficially appears to be a locker-humping, shirt-removing, IQ-starved jock, his possibly budding romance with Jane Levy's Tessa has been one of the most amusing and surprising developments in the acclaimed first season of "Suburgatory." Young has been able to inhabit a character who's fun to laugh at, but who you find yourself unexpectedly rooting for.
 
"Suburgatory" has its finale on Wednesday (May 16) and I talked to Parker Young last week shortly after the comedy was renewed by ABC. In our conversation, we talked about Ryan's innocence, his love for his mother (a plot point in the finale) and his love for Tessa. We also touched on "Mad Men" and "The Choice," because he's a busy guy.
 
Click through for the full conversation.
 
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<p>Sabrina of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>

Sabrina of "Survivor: One World"

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Interview: Sabrina Thompson talks 'Survivor: One World'

Second place finisher laments an unbitter Jury
It isn't all that often that you hear a "Survivor" contestant explain to the Jury that their biggest strategic move was not trying their hardest.
 
That was a key part of the argument laid out by Sabrina Thompson in Sunday's "Survivor: One World" finale, as she attempted to sway the Jury with talk of the advantages of throwing certain challenges.
 
It wasn't that that was Sabrina's only contribution to the newly competed "Survivor" season. In fact, she spent the opening episodes as one of the season's most prominent players. She found the Immunity Idol that she had to give to Colton that played at least a small role in his medically truncated reign of terror. She also, and most crucially, formed a tight alliance with Kim and Chelsea that lasted all the way to the end. 
 
In the end, only two Jury members came to Sabrina's side, but you'll hear no bitterness from the 33-year-old teacher, who calls winner Kim one of the game's greatest players.
 
In her "Survivor" exit interview, Sabrina makes a very smart case not only for occasionally attempting to appear weak, but also for her steady process of weakening. She also notes, probably correctly, that the lack of bitterness from the Jury, which she doesn't portray as a bad thing, was what ultimately swung the vote in Kim's favor.
 
Click through for Sabrina's full Q&A...
 
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<p>A screengrab of the aliens from the teaser for ABC's &quot;The Neighbors&quot;</p>

A screengrab of the aliens from the teaser for ABC's "The Neighbors"

Weigh in on ABC's 'The Neighbors' teaser

Does it look funny? Or more like a disaster?
ABC has a number of protected time periods, but with "Castle" permanently suckled at the "Dancing with the Stars" teat and Shonda Rhimes smoothly swapping "Scandal" for "Private Practice" post-"Grey's Anatomy," there's really only one true Rolls Royce slot: Wednesdays at 9:30 after "Modern Family."
 
So when ABC released its schedule on Tuesday (May 15) morning, all eyes immediately shot to Wednesdays to see which comedy had won the sitcom equivalent of the lottery.
 
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