<p>Rihanna and L.A. Reid of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Rihanna and L.A. Reid of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - 'Judges' House #1' Live-Blog

Rihanna and other surprise mentors join our judges

It's Thursday (October 13) night, but it's time to settle in for Wednesday night's episode of FOX's "The X Factor," an introduction to the Judges' House round of mentorship. Simon Cowell has great sway at FOX, but he isn't powerful enough to stop the rain or to prevent weather-based preemptions in the American League Championship Series.

So let's get down to business and maybe we'll see all the fun ways in which "The X Factor" is different from "The Voice"... Click through for the full live-blog.

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<p>Ozzy of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Ozzy of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Taste the Victory'

Pig-eating, herpes-joking and blindsiding on 'Survivor'
Normally I've been waiting until Pacific Time to recap "Survivor" this season, but with baseball postponing FOX's "The X Factor," I get to dispatch "Survivor" on the early side tonight.
 
Click through for the full recap...
 
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<p>Kaylani and Lisa of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Kaylani and Lisa of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Kaylani & Lisa talk 'The Amazing Race'

The Vegas Girls talk Twitter, clue-reading and their brief 'Race' run
For a team that only competed on "The Amazing Race" for only three episodes, Kaylani Paliotta and Lisa Tilley had a memorable journey.
 
The Las Vegas-based former showgirls finished near the back of the pack in the season's first leg, but they got a disproportionate amount of premiere-night screentime after Kaylani dropped her passport at a gas station and had to rely on the kindness of Twitter-wielding strangers to retrieve the key document.
 
The following week, as team after team failed to notice a key clue at an Indonesia orphanage, Kaylani & Lisa were one of only three pairs with the eye-for-detail necessary to complete the task properly.
 
Of course, that advantage lasted only as far as this past Sunday's (October 9) episode, when a difficult Roadblock sent Kaylani & Lisa to an emotional elimination, with a crying Kaylani earning host Phil Keoghan's reassurance that she hadn't disappointed her young daughter back home.
 
In our exit interview, Kaylani & Lisa discussed their standout "Amazing Race" moments...
 
Click through for a full transcript...
 
 
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<p>The cast of ABC's &quot;Last Man Standing&quot;</p>
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The cast of ABC's "Last Man Standing"

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TV Review: ABC's 'Last Man Standing'

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ABC decides to target men with a dreadful new Tim Allen sitcom

ABC, a network with no actual interest in male viewers, is launching what might generously be called "The Lamentation of the 21st Century Male, A Symphony in Three Quickly Cancelled Movements."

The first movement, premiering on Tuesday (October 11) night is the Tim Allen sitcom "Last Man Standing." It isn't funny. The second movement, premiering next week, is the ensemble "Man Up," which is less unfunny than "Last Man Standing," but still not likely to win any passionate fans. The symphony, which deserves to remain unfinished, may or may not wrap up with the cross-dressing disaster "Work It," which could stay permanently on the shelf without disappointing or surprising a single TV critic.
 
It's a fundamentally weird thematic block. 
 
Outside of Saturday football and the legitimate crossover appeal of something like "Modern Family," men aren't even afterthoughts at ABC. They're total non-factors. If the Contemporary American Male is feeling alienated and disenfranchised, it has nothing to do with the alleged "mancession," an economic blip that has been statistically irrelevant for over a year. It has to do with networks like ABC. 
 
If there's any network on TV that I wouldn't trust to develop a comedy about the plight of the American Male, it would be The CW, but ABC would be a close second. 
 
[Note: The Modern American Male hasn't actually been emasculated or disenfranchised. Trends are fun to jump upon and embellish, but perish the thought anybody should take any of the silliness spewed in "Last Man Standing," "Man Up" and "Work It" seriously.]
 
So a network that doesn't know (or care) what men like or want to watch on TV is attempting to make a TV show (or three) about how men feel neutered by contemporary American society? 
 
And it's somehow surprising that all three upcoming ABC "Manliness Comedies" don't have a clue what they want to be or who they want to be for?
 
"Last Man Standing" is either a show aimed squarely at men who would never watch a show like "Last Man Standing," or else it's a show aimed at people who like to laugh contemptuously at the kind of man featured in "Last Man Standing." That is to say that "Last Man Standing" actually hasn't the faintest idea whether or not it's making an earnest statement about the state of modern masculinity or if it's mocking people who might make such statements earnestly. As a result, I don't know if the joke is on society or on the main character, but the joke is probably on the audience looking for any sort of targeted mirth at all.
 
More on "Last Man Standing"...
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 98

Dan and Alan review 'Walking Dead,' 'Last Man Standing' and talk 'Breaking Bad'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls. 
 
It's time for the season's final "Breaking Bad"-centric installment of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast.
 
Sniffle.
 
Starting next week, the podcast will cease to have any kind of reliable structure.
 
It's a tragedy, really.
 
So expect plenty of "Breaking Bad" finale talk, but first we've got a slew of reviews including looks at the new seasons of "Bored to Dead" and "The Walking Dead," plus random conversations about early cancellations and our favorite recent "Simpsons" episodes.
 
This week's breakdown:
"Bored to Death" -- 01:00 - 8:30
"Enlightened" -- 8:30 - 20:15
"Last Man Standing" -- 20:20 - 27:00
"The Walking Dead" -- 27:00 - 36:40
Cancellations -- 37:00 - 45:30
"The Simpsons" renewal -- 45:00 - 01:00:30
"Breaking Bad" finale - 01:00:30 - 01:24:44

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 here's the podcast...
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<p>Amani and Marcus of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Amani and Marcus of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Don't Lay Down on Me Now'

From rice fields to an ancient temple, the teams find lots to do in Indonesia
Sunday (October 9) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" was an odd one, wasn't it?
 
Part of me is annoyed by the amount of sharing that went on at the Roadblock and the fact that I couldn't begin to explain to you exactly why the eliminated team was eliminated.
 
But most of me wants to celebrate an episode that was competitive throughout, where the results were in doubt until the last second, and a leg that ended with an emotional moment that I really wouldn't have predicted ahead of time.
 
So "Don't Lay Down on Me Now" was certainly my favorite "Amazing Race" episode so far this season, but who has time to over-analyze Sunday's installment when there's a "Breaking Bad" finale starting in 20 minutes?
 
Apologies, kids, but there's gonna be a rushed-through recap after the break. Priorities!
 
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<p>Ron and Bill of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Ron and Bill of "The Amazing Race"

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

The second Double Elimination victims discuss their Race run
A lot happened over the first two legs of "The Amazing Race." 
 
There were four or five challenges, several travel equalizers, several more opportunities for taxi cab disasters, plus several penalties for slower teams.
 
In the end, last Sunday's double-elimination largely came down to that most popular of "Amazing Race" pitfalls: Read the clues or suffer the consequences.
 
Eight of 11 teams failed to notice a posted clue telling them to give all of their currency -- not just currency earned at a preceding challenge -- to an Indonesian orphanage. Failure to read that clue wasn't entirely what knocked "Survivor" winners Ethan & Jenna and flight attendants Ron & Bill out of the Race, but had they successfully noticed the clue, both teams would have been able to avoid elimination.
 
You've already read my exit interview with Ethan & Jenna, but click through to see what Ron & Bill had to say about their Race demise...
 
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<p>Mark &quot;Papa Bear&quot; Caruso of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Mark "Papa Bear" Caruso of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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HitFix Interview: Mark 'Papa Bear' Caruso talks 'Survivor: South Pacific'

The latest 'Survivor' castoff explains why he was on the wrong tribe
I'll admit it. I had a moment's pause on Thursday morning when the CBS publicist said to me, "OK. I've got Mark on the line for you."
 
Mark Caruso, a retired NYPD detective, was the latest castaway eliminated on "Survivor: South Pacific," but I don't think I referred to him as "Mark" in any of my recaps, at least not after his first appearance.
 
From the first minutes at Savaii camp, Mark encouraged his younger tribemates to call him "Papa Bear" and they followed suit and I did as well.
 
The nickname helped endear Papa Bear to the tribe, but it wasn't enough to prevent him from being targeted in an early elimination vote that was either based on perceived weakness or just on age, with the 48-year-old falling outside of the Barbie clique at his tribe's center. 
 
After losing a Redemption Island Duel to Christine, who found herself in a similar position with the Upolu tribe, Papa Bear was out of the game and on the phone with me as "Mark."
 
Full interview after the break...
 
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"X Factor" judge L.A. Reid

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - 'Boot Camp #2' Live-Blog

After two hours, will we really have our 'X Factor' Top 32?

It's Night Two of "X Factor" Boot Camp, which absolutely, positively isn't anything at all like Hollywood Week on "American Idol." Nope. Not at all.

We started Group Night last night and tonight we're going to continue for roughly two hours, possibly concluding with the grand reveal of the Top 32...

Let's get down to live-blogging...

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Kelsey Grammer of "Boss"

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HitFix First Look: Behind-the-scenes of Kelsey Grammer's 'Boss'

New video offers a look at Starz' new political drama
Fall TV really doesn't let up, does it? 
 
Astute TV viewers have already spent the past month sifting through dozens of new network shows, plus high-profile cable offerings like "Homeland" and "American Horror Story."
 
And now, just when you think that it's time to take a breather and let the dust settle, along comes a new Starz political drama from a two-time Oscar nominated director and starring one of the most decorated leading men in TV history.
 
Starz' "Boss" continues the small screen's recent fascination with the Windy City, featuring Kelsey Grammer as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, a man of great power forced to face his own physical limitations.
 
Premiering on October 21, the "Boss" pilot was created by 
Farhad Safinia, directed by Gus Van Sant and the cast includes Connie Nielsen, Jeff Hephner, Martin Donovan and Fien Print Favorite Kathleen Robertson.
 
Starz has put together an exhaustive behind-the-scenes introduction to "Boss" and for the next few days, it's only at HitFix.
 
Check it out:

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