<p>Mark and Bopper of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Mark and Bopper of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Mark & Bopper talk 'The Amazing Race'

Team Kentucky talks about their reception back home and more
In an "Amazing Race" season that has sometimes struggled to find teams worth rooting for, self-described Kentucky boys Mark Jackson and William "Bopper" Minton never had any trouble endearing themselves to viewers.
 
Mark & Bopper were so immediately relatable and sympathetic and their enthusiasm for the experience of "The Amazing Race" was so contagious that at one point during the season, Art & JJ offered a chunk of a first place reward to Bopper, to assist his daughter. "The Amazing Race" isn't a show in which teams routinely give away their prizes, so that's not a gesture to take lightly.
 
That was the first time Mark & Bopper finished last, but it turned out to be a Non-Elimination Leg and they recovered in the next Leg to continue their journey.
 
A few episodes later, difficulties mastering choreography for a Bollywood dance number, coupled by health issues for both Mark & Bopper, led to their second time in last. Fortunately for them, it was a second Non-Elimination Leg. 
 
It was like "The Amazing Race" couldn't stand to see them go.
 
Of course, when Mark & Bopper finished last for the third time on this past Sunday's episode, there was nothing to be done and Team Kentucky was sent back to Clay County, hoping they'd done right by their community.
 
In our exit interview, Mark & Bopper talked about how they've been received back home, how they maintained their spirits on the Race and about that offer from Art & JJ. [As viewers of the show know, they're pretty passionate guys, especially Mark, and there were a bunch of questions I didn't get to ask... ]
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
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<p>The cast of &quot;The L.A. Complex&quot;</p>

The cast of "The L.A. Complex"

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Interview: Creator Martin Gero talks 'L.A. Complex'

Now might be a good time to tune in to The CW's Canadian transplant
It's not too late to catch up with The CW's new drama "The L.A. Complex," but after last week's less-than-robust premiere numbers, you don't want to wait too much longer to tune in.
 
The story of a group of young transplants, mostly Canadian, trying to make it as actors, dancers, comedians and musicians in Hollywood is simultaneously familiar, but freshly executed and Sepinwall and I said nice things about "The L.A. Complex" in last week's podcast
 
I also chatted [before the show's launch] with "L.A. Complex" creator Martin Gero, whose credits start with the indie feature "Young People ****ing" and also include writing and producing runs on TV shows as different as "Stargate Universe" and "Bored to Death."
 
A lot of our conversation hinged on me trying to get Gero to admit that "L.A. Complex" is a very Canadian-feeling show, but it also includes discussion of his approach to Hollywood, the show's approach to controversial subject matter and The CW's approach to side-boob. 
 
Click through for the full interview... And don't forget that "L.A. Complex" airs its second episode on Tuesday (May 1) at 9 p.m. on The CW...
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 126

Dan and Alan talk 'Sherlock,' 'Smash,' 'Good Wife' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
Initially, this installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast seemed potentially light, with only "Sherlock" premiering this week. But then we spent 15 minutes mocking "Smash" and 10 minutes wrapping up the season of "The Good Wife" and it became a regular-lengthed podcast. And then we tacked on 15-plus minutes of SportsTalk at the end. Just for fun.
 
So what could have been a wicked short podcast became rather long. [That, by the way, is what she said.]
 
Monday's breakdown:
Corrections (00:00:45 - 00:03:50)
"Sherlock" (00:03:50 - 00:19:50)
Listener Mail: "Smash" (00:20:10 - 00:37:40)
Listener Mail: Walton Goggins Performances (00:37:45 - 00:43:00)
Listener Mail: Jon Hamm in comedy (00:43:20 - 00:51:00)
"The Good Wife" finale (00:51:10 - 01:01:05)
"Mad Men" (01:01:30 - 01:16:30)
SportsTalk (01:16:30 - 01:32:30)

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.

<p>&nbsp;Vanessa faces her mortality, while Ralph faces Vanessa's cleavage on &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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 Vanessa faces her mortality, while Ralph faces Vanessa's cleavage on "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'I Need Hair To Be Pretty'

Mark & Bopper faces a deficit, but would vanity help them catch up?
All hair vanity and strategic stupidity!
 
[Yes, that intro started off as a typo and became a pun and I'm sticking to it.]
 
Without vanity and strategic stupidity, Sunday (April 29) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" would have been possibly the least competitive in "Amazing Race" history. 
 
And even with vanity and strategic stupidity, the illusion that Sunday's Leg was competitive was generated largely by editing, so it wasn't an especially good episode.
 
But at least the episode featured lots of blood. I wouldn't necessarily think that'd be enough to redeem yet another dismal Leg for most viewers, but on the off chance that "Amazing Race" is huge in the hematolagnia fetish community... Winner!
 
Full recap after the break...
 
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<p>Amrita Acharia of &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>
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Amrita Acharia of "Game of Thrones"

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HitFix Interview: Amrita Acharia talks 'Game of Thrones'

Daenerys' handmaiden Irri talks Dothraki, off-screen romance and more
Amrita Acharia's Twitter profile describes her as a "Ukrainian-Nepalese actress with a dash of Norwegian-ness sprinkled on top," while her IMDB profile boasts of her aptitude with a slew of languages.
 
Of course, TV audiences know Acharia primarily for a fictional nationality and for her proficiency in a language that never existed.
 
On HBO's "Game of Thrones," Acharia plays Irri, Dothraki handmaiden to Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen. Irri has generally been paired with Roxanne McKee's Doreah. While Doreah has been largely entrusted with coaching Dany on carnal arts, Irri has taught Dany about Dothraki culture and the Dothraki language.
 
In scenes that we weren't privy to, Irri also was apparently carrying on a love affair with a Dothraki bloodrider named Rakharo, which left her mighty unhappy a couple weeks back when Rakharo's horse returned from a scouting mission with his head, but without the rest of his body.
 
As Acharia's Twitter followers know, she was in Los Angeles last week and I sat down with the young actress to discuss her language skills, her appreciation of the Dothraki mentality and her early dreams of being a vampire.
 
Click through for the full interview [No real spoilers, unless you're way behind and even then, nothing really.]...

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<p>Troy of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Troy of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Troy Robertson talks 'Survivor: One World'

Will Troyzan give credit to the women who voted him out?
At least Troy Robertson didn't exit "Survivor: One World" without a fight.
 
This week, the man they called "Troyzan" was finally taken out by the female cabal led by Kim & Chelsea, but only after he survived one Tribal Council with a Hidden Immunity Idol (leading to Jay's departure) and captured a must-in Immunity Challenge the following episode (leading to Leif's dismissal).
 
And before being sent on his way on Wednesday's (April 25) episode, Troy made one last desperate plea to upset the Tikiano apple cart, working aggressively to stoke insecurity with Alicia, Kat and Christina, the three weak links in the dominant alliance. 
 
It didn't work.
 
In our exit interview, I worked hard to try to get Troy to give Kim & Chelsea a little credit for running the game (we got there eventually) and to discuss several of the key decisions that left him with insufficient numbers after the Merge. We also discussed why he'd return to play the game for free.
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
 
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<p>Skylar Laine of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Skylar Laine of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 6 Results - Down to 5, plus Katy Perry

Stefano Langone also drops by to remind people he's alive

Much excitement in FOX-dom already this afternoon with the announcement that "Fringe" has been renewed for a fifth and final season.

But now it's time to take a deep breath and move on to "American Idol," which will feature another elimination, as well as performances by Katy Perry and Stefano Langone.

Whee! Click through for all the excitement.

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<p>Kim of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Kim of "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'Never Say Die'

Troyzan battles, Kat pouts and every goes after a pig
Pre-credit sequence. The Tribe returns. "Now we're in a hopeless situation unless the boys win Immunity," says Muscular Mark Twain, who's prepared to go with the women, rather than being seen to be on Troyzan's side. Kim's a bit surprised that her name has been discussed in a leadership role, sooner than she might have hoped. Troyzan, for his part, feels alone and he repeats, once again, that it's one man against all of the women (and Muscular Mark Twain) and he has to keep winning Immunity. Isn't that exactly where we left the pre-credit sequence last week?
 
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The "American Idol" Top 6

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 6 Performances - The Music of Queen

The 'Idol' singers tackle Queen and songs of their choosing

It isn't easy to sing the music of Queen. It's not enough to be a talented singer. Remember when the mentors from "The Voice" did that awful Queen medley last season? Exactly. All four of them could sing, but being able to sing isn't the same as being able to sing a song specifically tailored for the voice of Freddie Mercury.

I'd say that all six of our remaining "American Idol" contestants can sing. But none of them have a Freddie Mercury-style voice. In fact, the guy who seemed most likely to be able to sing a Queen song, albeit with Coldplay-style affectations, was Colton Dixon and America sent him home last Thursday.

Sorry about that, Colton. But what you did to "September" wasn't kind. 

Anyway, Wednesday's (April 25) "Idol" will feature one Queen song apiece, plus one seemingly random selection from the bottomless "Idol" catalogue. 

Let's see how things go...

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<p>Jewel Staite of &quot;L.A. Complex&quot;</p>
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Jewel Staite of "L.A. Complex"

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HitFix Interview: Jewel Staite talks 'L.A. Complex'

'Firefly' vet explains why her new character is ruthless, not evil
In the new Canadian-transplanted CW drama "L.A. Complex," Jewel Staite plays actress Raquel Westbrook.
 
A decade earlier, Raquel was the star of "Teenage Wasteland," a cult drama that she has to keep telling adoring fans "had a bad time slot." Now, she's living in an apartment complex populated by fresh-faced Hollywood wannabes doing anything in her power to prove that her best days aren't behind her.
 
It was only nearly a decade ago that Staite was the star of a cult drama that "had a bad time slot" and that still has fans eagerly approaching her to express their support. 
 
In real life, "Teenage Wasteland" is no "Firefly" and Raquel Westbrook is no Jewel Staite, whose pre-Whedon resume included shows like "Higher Ground" and "Da Vinci's Inquest" and who has been seen guest-starring on FOX's "Wonderfalls," as a regular on "Stargate: Atlantis" and in the recent Sundance Midnight Movie, "The Pact." Yes, Staite is Kaylee Frye, but she's many other characters as well.
 
Perhaps that's why Raquel is scheming, manipulative and occasionally desperate, while Staite is entirely grounded, good-humored and comfortable with her professional life. Staite's also a really good interview. I'd be scared to interview Raquel.
 
I chatted with Staite last week about "L.A. Complex," playing an "aging" actress and about why Raquel absolutely, positively isn't evil.
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
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