Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
This season's champs talk alliances, second place finishes and more
The "Amazing Race" exit interview season concludes, naturally, with our winners, Team Rhode Island, dating couple Jason & Amy.
Through much of the season, as the Leg victories were going to quickly eliminated teams like Chester & Ephraim and Brandon & Adam, as well as eventual finalists Tim & Marie and Travis & Nicole, it seemed like Jason & Amy were destined to go down as the greatest second place team in "Amazing Race" history. By the last Leg, Jason & Amy had six second place finishes, meaning they spent half of the Race in second.
But Jason & Amy got tough when it counted, winning two of the last three Legs, as the only thing that seemed to be able to stop them was their alliance with Travis & Nicole. One Leg after another it seemed like Amy was sacrificing valuable time assisting Nicole, as Jason stood on the sidelines getting increasingly flummoxed.
In the last Roadblock, though, all three participants were in separate planes dropping bags of flour onto a small target and there was nothing Amy could do to help Nicole. Instead, Amy finished the Roadblock far ahead of Marie and Nicole and built a lead that the pair never relinquished. In fact, as you'll see from their first answer, the final result wasn't even close.
In their interview, Jason & Amy talk about their strength as a team, explain the dual value of their alliance with Travis & Nicole and discuss the frustration of all of those second place finishes.
Click through for the full Q&A...
HitFix's Dan Fienberg and Greg Ellwood discuss the TV nominations
We've had a whirlwind two mornings of awards news on Wednesday and Thursday.
Fortunately, the Golden Globes
made things interesting on Thursday, with a field that was loaded with pleasant surprises -- Monica Potter! Tatiana Maslany! Taylor Schilling! -- and variably shocking snubs -- Jon Hamm! Claire Danes!
That gave me and Greg plenty to talk about on Thursday morning when we chatted in the HitFix video studio. Check out my TV Golden Globes analysis above.
'Hart of Dixie' and 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' are heading to Friday
The CW has announced its midseason schedule and after a solid fall, the network to look to shore up a few of its weaker spots, adding premieres for "Star-Crossed" and "The 100" and moving around the pieces for Monday and Friday nights.
'Arrow' hits a series high with young men
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
"Criminal Minds" paced CBS' easy Wednesday win overall, while "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" delivered the network's best demo numbers as CBS also won among young viewers.
"Modern Family" bounced back from lows in its most recent airing and helped ABC finish Wednesday in second in most measures, while "The Sing-Off" had NBC in third, despite the relative failure of "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale."
Meanwhile, "The X Factor" continued to limp to the end of another season on FOX, while "The Tomorrow People" squandered more than half of its lead-in audience from a strong "Arrow."
On to the numbers…
'Breaking Bad,' 'Behind the Candelabra' have big mornings
After Wednesday morning's staid and predictable SAG Awards nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association fired back on Thursday morning with a far less predictable assortment of nominees, highlighting new shows, particularly on the drama side.
Meanwhile, the Golden Globes continued the recent award-giving trend to shun "Mad Men" and became the first group to begin freezing out Showtime's "Homeland," just one year after "Homeland" swept the main drama awards.
Bickering exes discuss how they succeeded while shouting
As Tim Sweeney hit the mat on Sunday night's "Amazing Race" finale, a spontaneous cheer broke out. "Tim! Tim! Tim!" the other Racers yelled.
Had Tim and partner Marie won "The Amazing Race"? No. Marie completed the Million Dollar Flour Drop Roadblock well behind eventual Race winner Amy of Jason & Amy, as she and Tim settled for second place and the split of two exotic trips won for topping different Legs.
The cheer that went up?
"I think that was in appreciation for what I had gone through in sorta managing Marie's outbursts and anxiety and yelling and screaming, being able to handle that stuff," Tim said in his "Amazing Race" exit interview.
Indeed, Tim won many fans throughout the season for his ability to handle Marie, though Marie was not without some fans, appreciators of her bluntness and competitiveness.
How long have Tim & Marie been like this?
How close did they come to imploding on the Race?
Is Marie still mad at Nicky & Kim for getting on a standby list ahead of her?
And what was the showmance that we somehow never spotted during the season?
Click through for the full and amusing Q&A...
Is Monica about to become a key swing vote?
Pre-credit sequence. We begin on Redemption Island, as Katie arrives after her ill-fated rock-draw. Tina is happy to see her daughter, but sad that she's on Redemption. Katie gives a blow-by-blow on the rocking and both Tina and Laura agree that Katie did the right thing by taking her fate into her own hands, kinda. Even if she sorta stumbled into the rocks. "I would not be opposed to letting you win," Tina tells Katie about the upcoming Duel. "It's my daughter and that takes precedence over all things, even a million dollars," says Tina, who has previously won a million dollars.
Restless Road, Alex & Sierra, Jeff Gutt and Carlito Olivero perform
It's our penultimate "X Factor" Wednesday, kids! We're down to just four acts, but because "X Factor" doesn't have enough juice to boost another show were it to slim down to an hour or 90 minutes, we're getting a full two hours tonight. Will the remaining acts performance twice apiece? Thrice?
Click through and follow along for the full two hours of fun.
8:07 p.m. Apparently our first song was chosen by America. I'm having East Coast feed problems, so we'll see how much of this I actually get to watch. We'll also see how much of this I actually want to get to watch.
Familiarity reigns with the acting branch
Early, early, early Wednesday (December 11) morning, the Screen Actors Guild announced nominations for the 20th Annual SAG Awards, featuring a variety of acting and ensemble nominations across a slew of movie and TV categories.
Sepinwall already did a written analysis piece on the stick-in-the-mud SAG Award TV nominations, which basically shunned the outstanding new shows from the past year.
This gave me a chance to rant a bit about a couple new shows that SAG voters neglected and about the frustrating SAG Awards category system in which Maggie Smith
and Tatiana Maslany
would somehow be competing for the same nomination.
Check out the video above and our Winners & Losers gallery below. The SAG Awards will air on Saturday, January 18 on TNT and TBS.
'NCIS' and 'NCIS: LA' are Tuesday's most-watched
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
CBS' latest airing of the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" was down from last year's telecast among young viewers, but still led Tuesday night in the key demo, helping the network win in all key measures.
And remember that big bump "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got two weeks ago when "NCIS" was away? It didn't last long. With "NCIS" back on the schedule, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." plummeted to a series low on Tuesday. Having "S.H.I.E.L.D." back did, however, help give "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" a slight boost after last week's declines.
NBC's "Biggest Loser" and "The Voice" also dropped with "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" back, but "Chicago Fire" benefited from the lack of "CSI" and gained overall viewers.
Finally, The CW discovered that the only thing that draws a smaller audience than a new "IHeart Radio" special is a repeat of a previously low-rated special.
On to the numbers...