<p>Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>
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Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of "The Vampire Diaries"

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HitFix Interview: Julie Plec talks 'Vampire Diaries'

Love triangles, finale scope and classroom attendance talk from the series co-creator
I've been a big supporter of The CW's "Vampire Diaries" for a while now.
 
"Vampire Diaries" made my end-of-the-year Top 10 lists for both 2010 and 2011.
 
I've referred to "The Vampire Diaries" as the best drama on network TV and I've meant it. 
 
Somehow, though, I've never done a real 1-on-1 interview with either Julie Plec or Kevin Williamson, the show's co-creators. And it's not like I haven't had questions that needed answering.
 
Consider that situation rectified here.
 
The story of high schooler Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and the two vampire brothers (Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) who love her started off twisty and has just become twistier in a third season that has introduced vampire-werewolf hybrids, expanded deeper into the world of witchcraft and introduced an expanding mythology that spans centuries and spans the globe.
 
Although "The Vampire Diaries" delivers the sort of jaw-dropping shocks that most shows save for finales and sweeps periods on a weekly basis, this season's finale is expected to be particularly epic, or at least that's what the stars have been telling folks. 
 
I got on the phone with Julie Plec on Thursday to talk about this May's finale, resolving love triangles and whether or not anybody has been attending classes this year. 
 
We also discussed Plec's Monday (April 16) appearance at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, where she will be chatting about the show's distinctive cinematography.
 
Click through for the full conversation.
 

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

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HitFix Interview: Jay Byars talks 'Survivor: One World'

The latest bootee discusses his million dollar chicken wings
If you're keeping score at home, "Survivor: One World" may have done away with its Men vs Women twist long ago, but this is the fifth time in six weeks that a man has gone home. 
 
Colton Cumbie orchestrated the elimination of Bill and Matt (and Monica, the only woman sent home in the last six weeks) and then Colton's body orchestrated his elimination. Since then, and since the abrupt Merge, a female alliance headed by Kim and Chelsea has sent Jonas and Mike packing.
 
This week's booted contestant was Jay Byars, who wasn't the secondary target of the Salani alliance, but went packing when Troy played an Immunity Idol. Jay had a chance at his own Idol, but stepped down at the Immunity challenge in exchange for chicken wings. 
 
As you might guess, Jay regrets that decision now.
 
In our exit interview, Jay discusses failed alliances, tasty dipping sauces and his partnership with Colton.
 
Click through...
 
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<p>Hollie Cavanagh of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Hollie Cavanagh of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 7 Results- Ready for a Shocker?

'Idol' producer says he's 'shocked' by the vote. Will viewers agree?

Earlier this afternoon, "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe tweeted the following: "Okay no BS I am truly shocked by tonight's #AmericanIdol result! #idon'tunderstand!"

Truly shocked, he says? 

Color me a lighter shade of intrigue. Yes, Nigel may just be lying and trying to drum up a little hype for a show that really hasn't had anything resembling a shocking elimination this season. 

But I'm taking him at his word and using a picture of Hollie Cavanagh with this recap. My live-blogs pictures go to people I assume won't be going home, because I don't like to spoil things, and if Nigel isn't lying and tonight's results are shocking, Hollie is the only contestant who can't possibly be going home, right? Because Hollie's elimination would be the LEAST shocking result imaginable. Right?

Let's find out...

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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' - 'Go Out With a Bang'

Will Immunity Idols shake up the 'Survivor' gender split?
Pre-credit sequence. Bats! We're starting Wednesday's (April 11) episode with bats! It's gonna be a good week. Anyway, Day 23 at Tikiano. Jay is beginning to have prophetic dreams, which I had thought was Kat's thing. Poopy Pants and Troyzan discuss the reality of their gender situation. "Those kids are plotting to knock us out one-by-one," Poopy Pants says. Troyzan, however, doesn't want to hear it. He's convinced Mike was coming after him and that Mike was nothing more than another vote with the Women. Troyzan reminds us that he has an Immunity Idol of his own and he's prepared to switch things up if he needs to. Foreshadowing?
 
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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 7</p>
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The "American Idol" Top 7

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 7 Performances - Current Songs

How will 'Idol' fill its two-hour block this week with only seven singers?

Back to LA, sports fans! Remind me to tell you all about the medical emergency that caused my 5:50 a.m. flight from Boston to be redirected through Denver. 

But not tonight. Tonight, we celebrate this season's Top 7 and mourn a world without DeAndre Brackensick. In his absence, who will sing with a squeaky falsetto? Who will make the teenage girls squeal? Who will toss his hair with reckless abandon? 

Sniffle.

Based on song spoilers, it appears that Wednesday's (April 11) "American Idol" theme is Current Songs or Songs From The Past Three Years or maybe just Songs Dan Has Never Heard Before.

This could be a disaster... Click through!

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<p>James Van Der Beek of &quot;The B----- in Apartment 23&quot;</p>
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James Van Der Beek of "The B----- in Apartment 23"

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HitFix Interview: James Van Der Beek talks 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23'

How good an actor is Fake James Van Der Beek?
It's the part he was born to play.
 
In ABC's new comedy "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," James Van Der Beek plays the best friend to Krysten Ritter's title character (she's the "bee," not the apartment). Van Der Beek's character is a actor and lothario, whose acting credits include "Dawson's Creek" and "Varsity Blues."
 
In many ways, Van Der Beek's character is a lot like the 35-year-old actor, right down to the overlapping resume and the not-entirely-common name of "James Van Der Beek."
 
There are, of course, plenty of differences.
 
Real James Van Der Beek is a family man with two kids, while Fake James Van Der Beek likes to capitalize on his fame, and Dawson flannel, for a slew of one-night stands.
 
Real James Van Der Beek has stretched his acting range with definitively not-Dawson roles in films like "The Rules of Attraction" and on TV on "Criminal Minds," but he has never been in a Guy Ritchie. Fake James Van Der Beek has been in a Guy Ritchie movie, but you'll have to wait a couple episodes to see clips.
 
I got on the phone this week to chat with Real James Van Der Beek about Fake James Van Der Beek and his new ABC comedy, which premieres on Wednesday (April 11) night. 
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
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<p>Leelee Sobieski of &quot;NYC 22&quot;</p>
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Leelee Sobieski of "NYC 22"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 123

Dan and Alan talk 'Girls,' 'NYC 22,' 'The B**** in Apartment 23' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
 
We weren't sure if we were gonna be able to whip up a podcast today -- I'm in New Hampshire and I have a cold -- but... we did!
 
And there's lots of positivity this week. Alan and I both really like HBO's "Girls" and one of us is very positive about ABC's "The Bee in Apartment 23." We also talked about this week's super "Mad Men," reviewed CBS' "NYC 22" and provided navel-gazing answers to a couple pieces of listener mail.
 
Here's Monday's breakdown:
"The Bee in Apartment 23" (00:01:10 - 00:14:45)
"NYC 22" (00:14:45 - 00:23:40)
"Girls" (00:23:40 - 00:39:15)
Listener Mail - David Simon Disapproves (00:39:30 - 00:48:15)
Listener Mail - Impact of outside feelings (00:48:15 - 00:54:10)
"Mad Men" (00:54:10 - 01:15:30)

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>Rachel and Brendon jump around with Masai warriors on &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Rachel and Brendon jump around with Masai warriors on "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'I Didn't Make Her Cry'

Tempers boil over and teams head to Africa to jump around
I'm visiting my family in New Hampshire for the start of Passover, but that doesn't mean I'm abdicating my recapping responsibilities while I'm away. 
 
Normally, since my parents and I watch very different reality TV offerings (they prefer series in which people purchase or renovate homes), I slink off to another room to watch my stories, accompanied only by the family German Shepherd, if she's feeling lonely.
 
On Sunday (April 8) night, though, I forced my parents to watch "The Amazing Race." As sheer serendipity would have it, Sunday's Leg found the teams getting off to Tanzania, while my parents just returned from two weeks in Tanzania.
 
That's what I call kismet.
 
[Full recap, with spoilers, after the break...]
 
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<p>Mike of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Mike of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Michael Jefferson talks 'Survivor: One World'

The latest castoff discusses the strategic choices around his blindside
Michael Jefferson was blindsided because Troy Robertson got played.
 
As "Survivor" exit causality goes, this is a simple one to break down.
 
On Wednesday's (April 4) episode, Kim played Iago to Troy's Othello and whispered in his ear that Mike was out to get him and it would be better to vote Mike out now before his scheming had the chance to yield fruit.
 
It was just that simple. The newly insecure Troy turned on his former alliance-mate and because he never bothered to do any primary source fact-checking on Kim's claim, he joined the plot to vote Mike out. 
 
Mike, it turns out, didn't especially like Troy, but he also wasn't anxious to deplete the number of remaining "Survivor" men. Oh well. 
 
[Note: Because of timing issues this week, I had to conduct this email via email. I'm very glad that even that was able to work out, because I'm a completist. However, there are places here where in an actual interview, I'd have asked follow-up questions, which didn't get to happen here. You probably wouldn't have noticed.]
 
Click through for the full interview...
 
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<p>Phillip Phillips of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Phillip Phillips of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 8 Results

Who did America reject after '80s Night?

Hello, Eastern Time Zone. I am in you.

It's Passover Season, which must mean that I'm temporarily on the Right Coast, with my family watching hockey in the other room as I attempt to concentrate on which "American Idol" singer the voters decided to send home. 

As I mentioned last night, I sense that we're getting very close to Judges' Save time on "American Idol." I think the number of contestants who could be voted out tonight without being saved by the judges is relatively small. 

Let's find out...

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