<p>Ernie and Cindy of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Ernie and Cindy of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Ernie & Cindy talk 'The Amazing Race'

This season's champs discuss their winning run and plans for the million
Congratulations to Ernie Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang, the winners of the 19th installment of "The Amazing Race."
 
It was a wire-to-wire victory for the engaged couple, who snagged a useful Express Pass by winning the Race's first Leg and snagged a million bucks by winning the Race's last Leg. 
 
Well, it was kinda "wire-to-wire."
 
In-between, Ernie & Cindy only won a single Leg and they needed to utilize a U-Turn to get that victory. But even without individual triumphs, they stayed in the chase by always remaining with the lead pack. Through the entire season, they never finished worse than fifth, a record of impressive consistency that paid dividends when Snowboarders Andy & Tommy, the season's dominant team, were eliminated in the season's penultimate episode.
 
Ernie & Cindy responded by running an error-free concluding Leg in Atlanta, reaching Phil Keoghan at the final Pit Stop with room to spare.
 
Clip through for our full interview, discussing their in-Race pre-marital counseling, the closeness of this season's teams and the altruistic hopes for their winnings...
 
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<p>Jeremy and Sandy of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Jeremy and Sandy of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Jeremy & Sandy talk 'The Amazing Race'

The season's second place team isn't down in The Dump
Who would have guessed that Atlanta would have two landmarks known as "The Dump"?
 
The first version of The Dump is the former residence of Margaret Mitchell, where she wrote "Gone with the Wind."
 
The second version of The Dump is a really big furniture warehouse.
 
Geographically, the two Dumps are separated by only a few miles, but for Jeremy Cline and Sandy Draghi, the distance can be measured monetarily as the difference between the million dollar "Amazing Race" first prize and whatever the show awards for second. 
 
It wasn't Jeremy & Sandy's fault, per se. The dating couple had a solid lead on the last leg of "The Amazing Race" and they simply asked a couple Atlanta natives to help them find The Dump. The helpful strangers sounded certain and their directions were helpful in getting the Racers to the furniture store. Unfortunately, that wasn't the right Dump. 
 
That marked a disappointing end for a team that started the Race prone to bickering, but grew stronger and more consistent as the Race progressed.
 
In their "Amazing Race" exit interview, Jeremy & Sandy discuss Dumps, Snowboarders and inadvertently helping the other two Finalists in Panama City.
 
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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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HitFix Interview: Marcus & Amani talk 'The Amazing Race'

Sports metaphors, flight simulators and life lessons from the third place team
In his 13-year NFL career, Marcus Pollard had 40 touchdown receptions and made the postseason with the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons. 
 
Pollard never made it to the Super Bowl, though, a fact he mentioned this season on "The Amazing Race," as he and wife Amani made it all the way to Sunday (December 11) night's finale.
 
Marcus & Amani came up short on "The Amazing Race," finishing third after a  series of flight simulator miscues left them unable to make up enough time in Atlanta. Even in defeat, Marcus & Amani were one of this season's most popular pairs, earning a reputation as the Comeback Kids, surviving a Non-Elimination Leg and several other close calls to make it all the way to the last Pit Stop.
 
Marcus' irrepressible enthusiasm and love for sports metaphors, and Amani's boundless patience with Marcus' enthusiasm and sports metaphors made then fan favorites in a Race they often said they were running to set a positive and enriching example for their four children.
 
Click through for my "Amazing Race" exit interview with Marcus & Amani (and check back over the next couple days for the season's last two exit interviews)...
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 106

Dan and Alan talk finales for 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Boss'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
It's a finale-filled installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, with chatter about the season-enders for "Sons of Anarchy," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Boss." We also chatted about the sneak premiere of HBO's "Luck," answered some mail and held our sports blather for last.
 
As we mention on the podcast, there *may* be another podcast on Thursday. Knock wood.
 
This week's breakdown:
"Sons of Anarchy" (02:00 - 23:55)
"Boardwalk Empire" (23:55 - 42:40)
"Boss" (42:40 - 49:50)
"Luck" (49:55 - 58:45)
Listener Mail: Enduring comedies (58:55 - 01:04:28)
Listener Mail: Increasingly niche networks (01:04:30 - 01:09:30)
Listener Mail: Single-cam/multi-cam comedies (01:09:35 - 01:14:10)
Random Sports Blather (01:14:40 - 01:26:45)

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>The &quot;Amazing Race&quot; Top 3</p>
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The "Amazing Race" Top 3

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Season 19 Finale - 'Go Out and Get It Done'

The three teams head to Atlanta to race for the million
After a season that left me frustrated more often than it left me exhilarated, "The Amazing Race" completed its 19th run on Sunday (December 11) night.
 
The response written in my notes after watching the finale and seeing how the results shook out? "Yeah, I can live with that." 
 
Given how infuriating large chunks of the season were, that's about as much as "The Amazing Race" could hope for this time around. The finale was solid and satisfying and the team that won was certainly worthy enough of the million dollar prize, especially after they turned around and immediately expressed their charitable intentions for the money.
 
How did the "Amazing Race" season conclude? Click through...
 
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<p>John Cochran of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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John Cochran of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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HitFix Interview: John Cochran talks 'Survivor: South Pacific'

The season's most discussed castaway talks bullying, Big Moves and Jeff Probst
Given that he was doing exit interviews with reporters on Thursday, we can probably say this with empirical certainty: John Cochran's Big Move on "Survivor: South Pacific" didn't work.
 
That doesn't mean it wasn't a good (or at least "valid") idea. It just means it didn't work, at least not for the man who asked Jeff Probst to call him "Cochran."
 
Switching his allegiance from the Savaii tribe to Upolu after the "Survivor" Merge, a move that completely changed the game's balance of power, didn't win Cochran the million dollars or get him to the Final Three or even help the self-described superfan outlast a single member of Coach's Cult.
 
No, the 24-year-old law student didn't win the million dollars, but he was certainly the most talked-about new player of the "Survivor: South Pacific" season.
 
In his "Survivor" exit interview, Cochran discusses bullying, mythical Final Three plans, Jeff Probst's respect and, of course, his Big Move.
 
Click through...
 
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<p>Melanie Amaro of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Melanie Amaro of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Results Live-Blog - Down to the Final 4

Which 'X Factor' act did American and the judges send home?

I've crowned Melanie Amaro as my "Probably Not Going To Be Eliminated" recap picture of the night. I feel somewhat confident in that. But after last week's shocking Drew/Astro eliminations? Anything truly can happen...

Click through for the results...

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<p>Thanks for the tears, Sprint!</p>
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Thanks for the tears, Sprint!

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Ticking Time Bomb'

Ozzy and Cochran Duel, while Brandon ponders messianic 'Survivor'
Pre-credit sequence. Cochran arrives on Redemption Island and a groggy Ozzy musters an unenthusiastic, "I'm sorry, buddy." Cochran is introspective. "The big move I made at the Merge in jumping over to Upolu, in retrospect may not have been the best move," Cochran says, feeling used and insulted. Ozzy tells Cochran that the way he can stick it to Upolu is by voting for him if he makes it to the end. "What if I demolish you at the Duel?" Cochran asks. Ozzy promises to vote for Cochran if, indeed, Cochran makes it to the end and reassures him that he has a chance of taking the Duel. "He really doesn't stand a chance," Ozzy dead-pans to us.
 
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<p>The &quot;X Factor&quot; Top 5</p>
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The "X Factor" Top 5

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Top 5 Performances Live-Blog

A double-dip of Rachel, Chris, Marcus, Melanie and Burrito Josh

Oh come on, Drew fans... I'm sad too...

But surely it's time to wipe away the runny mascara and settle in for Wednesday (December 7) night's episode of "The X Factor," featuring two performances apiece from the "X Factor" Top 5. Yes, that means two performances from Chris Rene. Sorry about that. but it also means a double-serving of Burrito Josh.

Buckle in for the entire live-blog journey...

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<p>Sean Bean of &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>
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Sean Bean of "Game of Thrones"

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'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks & Recreation' crash stale 2012 Producers Guild TV nominations

Finally, an award 'Mad Men' is still eligible for
The Producers Guild of America continues to stick by its antiquated practice of honoring television roughly seven months behind the curve, announcing its stale TV nominations on Wednesday (December 7) morning.
 
What to know why this is posted in my blog, rather than as a news story? Because in a news story, I'd be hesitant to express confusion at the PGA for the seemingly absurd decision to exist in a time warp for the TV awards and only the TV awards. At least in a blog post, I can register confusion.
 
[This year's Producers Guild nominees, plus the official PGA explanation for the eligibility window, after the break...]
 
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