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

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'Just Annihilate Them'

One power player decides it's time to shake up the game
Pre-credit sequence. It's Day 21 in Tikiano. Troyzan and Jay are commiserating about losing Jonas, while also reaffirming that they made the right decision to cast off their Male bonds to align with Chelsea, Kim, Kat and Sabrina. "I just hope we didn't make a mistake," Troyzan says. "They could easily hook up and they could do damage. I don't want to be overpowered by these girls," Jay adds. Both men agree that a woman has to go next. Nobody's even make an effort to keep the foreshadowing subtle, are they? Welcome to "Survivor: One World: Post-Colton Edition."
 
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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 8</p>
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The "American Idol" Top 8

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 8 Performances - It's '80s Night

'Idol' uncorks eight solo performances and four duets in a packed show

Welcome to another largely inappropriate theme night for "American Idol." 

DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavangh, Skylar Laine and Joshua Ledet don't remember much of the '90s, so expecting '80s Night to generate another four or five standing ovations is probably folly.

Also, we have the failure of "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" to blame for a show featuring four duets as filler to pad out the full two hours.

Anyway, sit back and enjoy... '80s Night.

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<p>Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson of &quot;Happy Endings&quot;</p>
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Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson of "Happy Endings"

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HitFix Interview: Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson talk 'Happy Endings'

ABC comedy's leading ladies talk on the eve of the Season 2 finale
"Happy Endings" finishes its season season on Wednesday (April 4) night with a finale that totally delivers on the promise of its title, "Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)." 
 
It's a madcap episode that includes Madonna impersonators, Brian Austin Green and even a couple surprising relationship zigs and zags. It's also a terrific showcase for Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson, who never hesitate to make themselves look ridiculous in the name of hilarity. 
 
Last week, I ran my recent interview with Damon Wayans Jr. and Zachary Knighton, who talked about the show's Season 2 improvements, its impressive punchline pace and more. 
 
This conversation with Coupe and Wilson continues on those themes, with a lot of amusing and interesting back-and-forths between the two stars. 
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 122

Dan and Alan talk 'Magic City,' 'Scandal,' 'Shameless,' 'Mad Men' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys and Girls. 
 
It's time for a late-afternoon installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, pushed a little bit because I needed to watch "Mad Men" and then a little bit more because Skype problems sabotaged two segments. This would not have happened if we'd won MegaMillions last week and upgraded our technology. Boo.
 
Anyway, it's an extremely packed show, featuring reviews of "Scandal," "Best Friends Forever" and "Magic City," plus the new season of "Nurse Jackie." We also discussed the "Shameless" finale and, of course, last night's "Mad Men."
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Best Friends Forever" (00:02:15 - 00:12:00)
"Scandal" (00:12:00 - 00:25:20)
"Magic City" (00:25:20 - 00:41:10)
"Nurse Jackie" (00:41:10 - 00:50:55)
Listener Mail: "Community" vs. Chevy Chase (00:51:15 - 00:59:45)
"Shameless" finale (00:59:45 - 01:10:45)
"Mad Men" (01:10:50 - 01:31:45)

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And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.