<p>Roxy of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Roxy of "Survivor: Philippines"

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Interview: Roxanne 'Roxy' Morris talks 'Survivor: Philippines'

Roxy remains convinced there was more than warmth between Angie and Malcolm
You know who's not a fan of showmances?
 
That's right. Roxanne "Roxy" Morris of "Survivor: Philippines."
 
For the duration of Wednesday night's episode, Roxy told everybody on her Matsing tribe that something was stirring in the night between youthful hardbodies Malcolm and Angie. Like a reality TV Cassandra, Roxy tried to warn the tribe that any sort of Angie/Malcolm alliance would eventually be dangerous and tried to make it clear that booting Angie and her distracting physical attributes would be the easiest path to success and harmony. 
 
Unfortunately for Roxy, her caution went unheeded or, at the very least, the Matsing tribe found itself more concerned about Roxy's energy at the camp and the seminary student's outspoken faith. Angie survived and this week's exit interview is with Roxy.
 
In the conversation, Roxy reiterates her certainty that Angie and Malcolm were generating more than just warmth, explains her complaints about the tribe's excessive productivity at camp and also discusses her decision to throw Angie under the bus in the season's second Immunity Challenge.
 
Click through for the interview...
 
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Watch: 'Fringe' star Lance Reddick teases the final season

Watch: 'Fringe' star Lance Reddick teases the final season

Which Broyles is getting closure in these last episodes?
I was a little nervous when I sat down with Lance Reddick a couple weeks ago. 
 
It wasn't because Reddick is a terrifying man -- despite playing steely authority figures like Daniels on "The Wire" and Broyles on "Fringe" he's soft-spoken and friendly. 
 
It's just that I had already had a really good chat with Reddick at Comic-Con in July and given the secretive nature of all things "Fringe," there's sometimes a finite amount to discuss without new information.
 
Instead, my conversation with Reddick was perhaps the best of the slew of FOX-related interviews I did during the recent junket. We talked about what we can expect from Broyles in the final "Fringe" season, what it's like to approach this as a final season and what will come next for him. And despite the junket's relatively tight time confines, it's a fairly long interview, which our video guys figured would be more easily digested in two chunks. 
 
So check out the interview. The first part is above and the second part is below. I'm pretty pleased with it. 
 
And "Fringe" kicks off its final season tonight (September 28) at 9 p.m. on FOX.
 
 
<p>It's Britney!</p>

It's Britney!

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Thursday - Auditions #6

Would more singers thrive? And would Trevor Moran survive?

Have you been holding your breath for the past 23 hours?

When we left "The X Factor" on Wednesday night, 13-year-old Trevor Moran was being raced to the hospital. Yes, Trevor was annoying, but we hope he survives.

Note that this is the third or fourth time that FOX has used the "Medical Emergency Cliffhanger" to liven up an otherwise dull episode of reality TV auditions. Each time, the hospitalized contestant has survived. 

So I've got a good feeling about Trevor.

Let's see!

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<p>Kerry Washington of &quot;Scandal&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington of "Scandal"

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Interview: Kerry Washington discusses Season 2 of ABC's 'Scandal'

Thursday's premiere is titled 'White Hat's Off'
"Scandal" was one of the pleasant surprises of last spring.
 
Held back until April and then rushing through its first season in only seven episodes, the Shonda Rhimes-created Beltway drama proved to be stylish, soapy, occasionally shocking and, as the title suggests, scandalous. 
 
Anchoring the whole production was a compelling performance by Kerry Washington, playing uber-fixer Olivia Pope, a success-at-any-cost DC mastermind with a sensitive past involving the President of the United States.
 
"Scandal" returns to ABC on Thursday (September 27) night with an episode titled "White Hat's Off." Last week, I got on the phone with Washington to chat about the premiere and the development of "Scandal" into its second season. 
 
Washington wasn't always prepared to humor my suppositions about her character, but it's still a good conversation...
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 151

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 151

Dan and Alan talk 'Elementary,' 'Last Resort,' 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' and more

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Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!
 
As promised, here's our bonus mid-week (late-mid-week?) installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
In this episode, we review a quartet of new shows -- "Last Resort," "Elementary," "Made in Jersey" and "666 Park Avenue" -- as well as Sunday's premieres of "Dexter" and "Homeland" on Showtime.
 
Check back at the beginning of next week when we talk about a bunch of returning shows from this week and answer some mail (write us!) and other various stuff.
 
Here's today's breakdown:
"Last Resort" (00:00:50 - 00:17:35)
"Elementary" (00:17:35 - 00:28:00)
"Made in Jersey" (00:28:00 - 00:39:00)
"666 Park Avenue" (00:39:00 - 00:46:05)
"Dexter" (00:46:10 - 00:58:15)
"Homeland" (00:58:15 - 01:12:40)

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.

<p>Malcolm and Angie of &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

Malcolm and Angie of "Survivor: Philippines"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Don't Be Blinded by the Headlights'

Nocturnal cuddling leads to tribal tensions
Pre-credit sequence. Team Russell returns to camp after booting Zany Zane. "I know it might sound trite, but thanks guys," Russell's determined not to fall back into the Tribal Chief thing again. He's going to step back and let somebody else go on the chopping block in they fail. On cue, it's chilly in the Philippines and Angie and Malcolm are cuddling up at night, limbs intertwined. She insists there's nothing going on, but Malcolm is already instructing himself not to get "booty blind." "With Angie, literally it's a booby trap and Malcolm is falling for it," says Roxy, who worries that Angie and Malcolm could be dangerous together. Oh heck no. Don't take my Angie away, Team Russell!
 
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<p>Sophie Simmons auditions for &quot;The X Factor.&quot; Oh and her parents are Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed.</p>

Sophie Simmons auditions for "The X Factor." Oh and her parents are Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed.

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Wednesday - Auditions #5

Some day, 'The Voice' and 'X Factor' will move beyond auditions

"X Factor" time!

Sorry I couldn't do my normal Eastern Time live-blog of the auditions, but I was fasting and atoning for me sins.

But now it's time for an evening of recapping, so let's get back to "X Factor" auditions, which seem to be lasting forever, just like the auditions on "The Voice." Between the two shows, we're up to 12 singing audition episodes and the 2012-2013 season is three nights old.

That's crazy.

More after the break...

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Watch: Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina discuss FOX's 'The Mindy Project'

Watch: Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina discuss FOX's 'The Mindy Project'

What kind of boss is Mindy Kaling?
If Zooey Deschanel was FOX's New Girl last year, that mantle has been passed to Mindy Kaling in 2012, with the network even pairing "The Mindy Project" with "New Girl" on Tuesday nights.
 
Just as Deschanel wasn't really an unknown when her series premiered, Kaling already has a legion of fans thanks to her run as part of the ensemble of "The Office" and as a writer and producer for the series (to say nothing of a bestselling book). Still, this is Kaling's first time as boss.
 
A couple weeks back, I sat down and talked with Kaling and "Mindy Project" co-star Chris Messina about the new comedy, about what drew him to a regular TV gig and what kind of a boss she strives to be.
 
Check out the full conversation.
 
"The Mindy Project" premieres on Tuesday, September 25 at 9:30 on FOX.
Watch: 'Ben and Kate' stars Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson and Maggie Jones discuss their TV family

Watch: 'Ben and Kate' stars Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson and Maggie Jones discuss their TV family

Which of her co-stars does Jones find the funniest?
FOX's "Ben and Kate" premieres on Tuesday (September 25) night and the single-cam comedy has already made my list of the season's Best new shows.
 
Much of the "Ben and Kate" appeal comes from the very real chemistry between the eponymous siblings played by Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson, who form an unconventional parenting unit for Maddie (Maggie Jones), her daughter and his niece.
 
A couple weeks back, I sat down with Faxon (an Oscar winner for the "Descendants" screenplay), Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) and Jones (who stole "We Bought a Zoo" scenes as well) about finding the rapport to portray this quirky family unit and about the real-life inspirations for their characters. 
 
One of the things I've mentioned liking about "Ben and Kate" is Jones isn't just coasting on undeniable pint-sized cuteness. She's pretty funny in her her own right. Case-in-point, dig the improvised mixture of timing and comedy in her answer at the 4:48 point in the interview.
 
Check out the full interview. 
 
"Ben and Kate" premieres at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night on FOX.
Watch: 'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel discusses Season 2

Watch: 'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel discusses Season 2

How does it feel one year after the adorkable premiere?
One year ago, "New Girl" premiered on a wave of promotion and publicity centered around star Zooey Deschanel and her adorkability.
 
While "New Girl" didn't cease to be a showcase for the "500 Days of Summer" and "Elf" star as the first season progressed -- she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her performance -- the ensemble around her strengthened and helped elevate the show.
 
"I knew last year that I would have to carry a lot of the press and stuff because the guys were more unknown and it's really lovely this year that people know them and they know those characters and they're able to take some of the burden... [she laughs] or the pressure off," Deschanel told me when we sat down a couple weeks back to talk about the new season of "New Girl."
 
In the second season, Deschanel's Jess undergoes a big change in her professional life, but will that produce big changes in Jess? 
 
And what was it like watching the cast come together last season?
 
Check out the full interview ahead of Tuesday (September 25) night's season premiere.
 
[Oh... And this interview was conducted shortly before it was announced that Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis were cast as Jess' parents. You can decide if it looks like Deschanel actually already knew and she was just being coy with me.]