<p>Brendon and Rachel of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Brendon and Rachel of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Finale - 'It's a Great Place To Become Millionaires'

The remaining teams head to Japan and then Hawaii to wrap up the season
Shortly before Sunday (May 6) night's "The Amazing Race" began, I tweeted, "Is anybody actually *rooting* for a team in tonight's "Amazing Race" finale? Yeah. Didn't think so."
 
Over the next three-plus hours, I got many, many responses. Most people asked if rooting against teams counted on some level. No. No it did not. A couple folks suggested they were rooting for Mark & Bopper to somehow re-enter the game and win. That also does not count. A few tweeps proposed that they were rooting for single players on teams, with Vanessa earning votes for hotness and Rachel (of Rachel & Dave) earning mentions. One person and only one person said that he liked all of this season's teams and would be happy for any winner, but didn't mention a single specific team her was rooting for. 
 
I'm not going to say that my brief Twitter survey was a snapshot of the entirety of the "Amazing Race" viewership, but in an industry that makes million dollar decisions based on the imperfect non-paragon of representative statistical sampling that is the Nielsen system, I'm OK with feeling that I got a sense of a broad problem with "The Amazing Race 20": Sometimes this is the best-cast show on TV. That was not the case this season. 
 
"The Amazing Race" dedicated two hours on Sunday night to crowning a champion who most viewers probably didn't like very much. That, plus the obligatory crummy "Race" architecture, took much of the fun out of Sunday's finale.
 
But at least Sunday's finale wrapped up with the most deserving available team coming out victorious. I'd rather root for a team that's both likable *and* deserving, but by the end of the finale, I was rooting rather loudly to get at least one of the two, but for a brief window, it seemed reasonable that we might somehow end up with a team that was both unappealing and unworthy.
 
So... YAY?
 
More after the break...
 
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<p>Brent Sexton of &quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

Brent Sexton of "The Killing"

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Interview: Brent Sexton talks 'The Killing'

'Life,' 'Deadwood' veteran promises building Season 2 momentum
We're still a couple months from discovering if Stan Larsen was in any way responsible for the death of Rosie Larsen.
 
For now, Stan is just one of a slew of viable suspects on "The Killing" and nowhere near the top of the list at this point, but we keep learning new disturbing facts about the moving company owner and grieving father. 
 
There's his past as a mob enforcer. That's pretty dark, especially when it has led to violence against other suspects in the case. Then there's Stan's increasing estrangement with wife Mitch (Michelle Forbes) and his increased closeness with Mitch's sister. Oh and then there's the pesky recent discovery things may not be so clear with Rosie's paternity. 
 
I got on the phone with Brent Sexton last week to discuss the changes in Stan Larsen in Season 2 of "The Killing." The "Life" and "Deadwood" veteran also discusses the season's upcoming momentum and how close he came to solving the show's central mystery.
 
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<p>Kat of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>

Kat of "Survivor: One World"

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Interview: Kat Edorsson talks 'Survivor: One World'

Why is Kat in such a hurry to get a second chance in the game?
After being voted out on Wednesday (May 2) night's "Survivor: One World," Kat Edorsson said that she hoped she might get to return to the CBS series someday to prove that she's not the most naive player in the game's history.
 
The 22-year-old wasn't referring to not knowing what her appendix was or for occasionally misusing the world "touche."
 
For the most part, she was talking about the string of bad decisions that led from her ignoring Troyzan's advice to take control of her own strategic destiny to a big mistakes in picking players to join her on the visit-from-home Reward to a complete Tribal Council blindside when she expected Sabrina to be heading home.
 
In her "Survivor" exit interview, Kat certainly seems to have given some consideration to her downfall, suggesting failings that went well beyond just choosing her Reward partners based on who she wanted to get drunk with.
 
Check out the interview and you can decide for yourself if she seems introspective enough to deserve another shot... 
 
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<p>Jessica Sanchez of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Jessica Sanchez of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 5 Results - Down to the Final 4

Anything can happen for Jessica, Phillip, Hollie, Skylar and Joshua

Your guess is as good as mine here. 

After a Wednesday night of mixed-bag performances from the Top 5, I really can't make a prediction that I feel comfortable with. 

Phillip Phillips has been the presumptive favorite for months, but will a poor second performance and Ryan Seacrest's reveal of his girlfriend take a bite out of his voting totals?

Will Jessica Sanchez be punished for botching Tina Turner? Will Hollie Cavanagh's growth be ignored after a pair of solid, but unremarkable performances? 

We'll see! I'm using a picture of Jessica not because I'm assuming she's safe, but because it's a pretty picture. 

Click through to find out if I'm going to need to pick a new pic...

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<p>A scene from Wednesday's &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>

A scene from Wednesday's "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'It's Gonna Be Chaos'

A visit from loved ones shakes things up with the Women
Pre-credit sequence. Nobody can believe that Troyzan's finally gone, though he's left Kat struggling to make sense of his parting words, "Do it." Kim is physically relieved by Troyzan's departure. There's also the question of how Christina ended up with that extra vote against her, leading to Alicia's not-so-surprising realization that Christina really isn't all that smart. Alicia has, in fact, decided that Sabrina is a bigger threat than Christina and she's changed her priorities. "Little do they know that I'm at the top, controlling everything. I'm the most powerful player in this game," Alicia has decided. My instinct would be to laugh and point, but weird things keep happening this season. Maybe she's right?

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<p>This season's &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 5</p>

This season's "American Idol" Top 5

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 5 Performances - British Pop and '60s Night

Jessica, Joshua, Hollie, Phillip and Skylar tackle two themes

It's a double theme night on "American Idol."

Apparently Wednesday will find the season's Top 5 singing British pop songs and Songs from the '60s.

And yes, I'm also disappointed that the theme is British Pop and not Brit Pop, because I wanted to hear some Pulp, Blur and Oasis tonight. Instead, we get two themes that might as well be the same theme. 

Let's see how it goes...

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<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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