<p>Marcus Canty performed on Thursday night's &quot;X Factor&quot;</p>
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Marcus Canty performed on Thursday night's "X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Results Live-Blog - Another Double Elimination

America and the judges cut the 'X Factor' field to the Top 5

Are we ready for another "X Factor" double-elimination?

I'm not sure if I am. Yes, I know exactly which two performers I'd eliminate this week -- Chris and Marcus, I'm looking mournfully at you -- but I don't expect that they're the two singers America is likely to eliminate, resulting in almost inevitable disappointment.

Using this picture of Marcus is a spoiler risk. I understand that. His chances of departing are fairly high. But it's such a colorful and lively picture that I had to use it. 

Click through for my live-blog of tonight's elimination proceedings, including a performance by British rapper Tinie Tempah, who I couldn't pick out of a lineup. 

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Watch: Tina Majorino teases her 'Bones' return

FOX's animated 'Napoleon Dynamite' will premiere in January
When I sat down for my video conversation with Tina Majorino back in September, it was actually to discuss her return as Deb in the FOX animated adaptation of her Sundance smash "Napoleon Dynamite."
 
However, the "Veronica Mars" and "Big Love" veteran had just completed a visit to "Bones," reprising her role as Special Agent Genevieve Shaw.
 
Majorino first played Shaw last season in the episode "The Hole in the Heart" and her second episode, "The Male in the Mail" will air on Thursday (Dec. 1) night on FOX. 
 
Entirely coincidentally, FOX also finally announced today that "Napoleon Dynamite" has a premiere date, specifically Sunday, January 15. 
 
I'll run the rest of my interview with Majorino a little closer to the "Napoleon Dynamite," but while she wasn't all that specific about "Bones," she was endearing enough that I really wanted to run the clip.
 
So check it out...
 
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<p>Rick of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Rick of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Cult Like'

Once again, Cochran finds himself scurrying to upset the apple-cart
Pre-credit sequence. The Te Tuna tribe arrives back at camp after eliminating the last of the Savaii stragglers (unless you count Cochran). Coach warns that it's time for his happy little cult (not his words) to begin devouring itself. Edna's a little worried. Cochran's a little more worried. "After surviving another night, I am aware that the family could turn on me at any moment," Cochran says, even dropping a "Helter Skelter" reference.
 
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<p>Drew of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Drew of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Top 7 Michael Jackson Night Live-Blog

Facing another double-elimination night, none of the acts are ready to beat it

We're down to the Top 7 on "The X Factor" and this season has taken a very predictable shape.

Paula Abdul's three Groups are all gone.

Nicole Scherzinger's Over-30s have been trimmed down to only Burrito Josh.

Both Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid have their full complement of Girls and Boys remaining, so expect the frenemies to continue their not-so-passive-aggressive bickering from across the Pepsi-laden judges' table.

On the bright side, "The X Factor" won't attempt to stretch the seven contestants out across two hours.

On the dark side, that newly freely 30 minutes will be used for the premiere of the dismal sitcom "I Hate My Teenage Daughter." My recommendation? Enjoy "X Factor" and then head over to ABC for a "Happy Endings" repeat that features a really hilarious Penny storyline.

Click through for the full recap of Michael Jackson Night...

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<p>Bill &amp; Cathi of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Bill & Cathi of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Bill & Cathi talk 'The Amazing Race'

From near-elimination to 5th place, the 'older' Racers share secrets
While Bill and Cathi Alden were the last team to reach Phil Keoghan in September's season premiere of "The Amazing Race," it looked like they were going to be the latest in a long line of "older" teams to make early exits from the CBS favorite.
 
Instead, the 60-something married grandparents were spared by the first Non-Elimination Leg of the "Amazing Race" season and rather than falling to the back of the pack again, Bill & Cathi went off on a run of solid legs that took them all the way to the Top 5.
 
Yes, Bill & Cathi were eliminated on Sunday's (Nov. 27) episode, but not before winning a slew of admirers, including Keoghan, their fellow Racers and one Belgian weightlifting judge, who was especially impressed with Bill's wiry physique. 
 
Whether climbing rock walls, churning butter or carrying beds on their backs, Bill & Cathi never seemed like anything less than the equals of their younger rivals.
 
Bill & Cathi discuss their "Amazing Race" experience after the break...
 
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<p>&quot;I Hate My Teenage Daughter&quot;</p>
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"I Hate My Teenage Daughter"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 104

Dan and Alan review 'Neverland,' 'Teenage Daughter,' 'The Exes' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
After two weeks without reviewing anything new, we're back in reviewing mode with a new TV movie, a new miniseries and two new comedies this week. 
 
Woo!
 
We also discuss the fall finale of AMC's "Walking Dead" and debate what constitutes a "valuable" player in the National League.
 
This week's breakdown:
"Innocent" (04:00 - 14:30)
"I Hate My Teenage Daughter" (14:40 - 25:40)
"The Exes" (25:45 - 33:30)
"Neverland" (33:30 - 41:00)
A few words on "Arrested Development" and Netflix (41:00 - 47:20)
Random Sports Blather (47:20 - 54:30)
"The Walking Dead" (54:30 - 01:05:20)

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.] 

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<p>Andy and Tommy of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Andy and Tommy of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Release The Brake!'

Teams drive Ford Mustangs, make waffles and follow pigeons
Much has been written -- some of it even true -- about the myriad attempts on the life of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin in 1916.
 
He was stabbed and poisoned and shot and beaten and drowned. Even after he was confirmed dead, observers swore that Rasputin sat up in the middle of his own cremation. 
 
Now you may say that Rasputin had a power that was magical or malevolent or possibly divine. Or you may say that the people entrusted with assassinating the crazed mystic were really awful at their jobs. Or you could suggest that superstitious people spun a web of folk tales around the death of a man they hated and feared and that those legends have only grown with passing years.
 
Me? I just figure that each time Rasputin was killed and went to the gates of either Heaven or Hell (presumably the latter, but I don't want to rule anything out), he was greeted by St. Peter or Charon or the gatekeeping figure of your choice and he was told, "Grigori Rasputin... You're in luck. This was a Non-Elimination Assassination Attempt." So Rasputin returned to Earth, dealt with some pathetic Speed Bump in life and continued. 
 
Eventually, though, Rasputin was eliminated from the Human Race and other than periodic returns in "Hellboy" and whatnot, he's stayed gone.
 
In most ways, Bill & Cathi are absolutely nothing like Grigori Rasputin. In fact, they're pretty admirable folks. They completed for 10 legs on "The Amazing Race" and mostly kept pace with contestants half their ages. They didn't fight. They didn't complain. They just kept going. As parents or grandparents or just general role models for how to get the most out of life, they're top-notch.
 
But...
 
[Full recap of Sunday (November 27) night's "The Amazing Race" after the break...]
 
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<p>Bradley Whitford in &quot;Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith&quot;</p>
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Bradley Whitford in "Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith"

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HitFix Interview: Bradley Whitford talks ABC's 'Have a Little Faith'

Mitch Albom adaptation brings out a new side from the Aaron Sorkin veteran
The resilient Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise premieres its first installment of the season on Sunday (November 27) night, but after years as destination viewing on CBS, Hallmark is moving to ABC for "Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith."
 
The movie also marks a change of pace for leading man Bradley Whitford, who has to set aside the ace sarcastic delivery that he's brought to "The West Wing" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "The Good Guys," to play the mostly-earnest small screen proxy for Albom, who also served as writer and executive producer.
 
Based on Albom's book, "Have a Little Faith" finds the less-than-religious sportswriter learning life lessons from a pair of clergymen: His childhood rabbi (Martin Landau) and the ex-con preacher (Laurence Fishburne) at a cash-strapped Detroit church. 
 
I got on the phone with Whitford earlier this week to discuss his schmaltz radar, his impressive "Faith" co-stars and whether he'd be interested in working on Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series.
 
Click through for the full Q&A.
 
 
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<p>Ah, the old Savaii Tribe. Good times...</p>
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Ah, the old Savaii Tribe. Good times...

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Not-a-Recap: Things learned from the 'Survivor: South Pacific' clip show

Guess what? Whitney and Keith were an island couple. Shocking, right?
I'm suggestible. 
 
So when CBS spent seven days relentlessly promoting this week's "new" episode of of "Survivor: Pearl Island," eventually it infiltrated my brain. 
 
Even though I knew that the pre-Thanksgiving episode of "Survivor" (or the Thanksgiving episode before the shift to Wednesday) is always a clip show, I somehow convinced myself that I would glean copious insights from everything "new" in the episode and that I would be able to use those insights in future recaps and "Survivor" exit interviews. It would be just like that season I watched all of the Ponderosa videos on the "Survivor" website, when surely all of those post-eviction weigh-ins and grotesque peanut butter pig-outs left me with ample wisdom. Right?
 
Honestly, I watched the Ponderosa episodes in the "Heroes vs. Villains" season because I couldn't bring myself to say farewell to Amanda Kimmel. 
 
I haven't watched since.  
 
And I won't watch another "Survivor" clip show ever again. It turns out that for the most part, "Survivor" editors put great effort into attempting to craft the season's storylines and if material didn't make the final cut, it was left out for a reason. 
 
"For the most part."
 
There were still some precious kernels to be gleaned from the clip show. 
 
Yes, that's an overstatement of the word "precious." It's possibly even an overstatement of the word "kernel."
 
Click through for the bullet-point highlights... It'll be just like you wasted the hour, too!
 
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<p>Melanie Amaro on Tuesday's &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Melanie Amaro on Tuesday's "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Results Live-Blog - Double Elimination

Which two acts weren't thankful on Thanksgiving Eve?

It's not just Elimination Wednesday on "The X Factor."

It's DOUBLE Elimination Wednesday.

Time to let the craziness ensue after the break...

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