<p>Edna of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Edna of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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HitFix Interview: Edna Ma talks 'Survivor: South Pacific'

The latest 'Survivor' castoff discusses Upolu's lack of end-game strategy
The run of bitter Savaii "Survivor: South Pacific" exit interviews is finally over.
After a month of speaking to castaways still grumbling about John Cochran and his game-changing flip-flop, it's finally time to change gears and talk to the members of the now-cannibalizing (not literally, but in a voting sense) Upolu tribe.
Up first is Edna Ma, the 35-year-old anesthesiologist who found herself in sixth place on the Upolu totem pole and was voted out two weeks ago. On this week's episode, the diminutive Edna faced off against Ozzy in a Redemption Island Duel built around the completion of consecutive puzzles. 
Although it was a challenge that seemed to give Edna a fighting chance against the physically stronger Ozzy, it ended up being the latest in a string of Duel victories for the All-Star. 
In her exit interview, Edna discusses the Duel, her frustrations with her fellow castaways and the first night piece of bad luck that doomed her. We barely mentioned Cochran at all.
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<p>Burrito Josh of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Burrito Josh of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Semifinals Results Live-Blog - Who went home?

Would Marcus, Chris, Burrito Josh or Melanie be heading home?

It never fails. Every week we gather together on Thursday and I say that we're on the verge of saying farewell to Marcus Canty and every week something gets in the way and Marcus Canty survives.

But tonight, we're TOTALLY on the verge of saying farewell to Marcus Canty, aren't we?

Let's find out...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 107

Dan and Alan talk Golden Globe noms, 'Enlightened' and 'Life and Times of Tim'


Happy, sleepy Thursday, Boys & Girls.
As promised, it's a bonus mid-week installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. In this slightly-shorter-than-normal installment, we talk Golden Globe nominations, SAG Award nominations, the recently completed first season of "Enlightened" and the upcoming third season of "The Life and Times of Tim."
No sports. Or very little sports, at least.

Today's breakdown:
Golden Globes/SAG Awards breakdown (00:00 - 33:30)
"Enlightened" (33:33 - 41:45)
"The Life and Times of Tim" (41:45 - 49:00)

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>Coach consults his alliance</p>
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Coach consults his alliance

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Then There Were Five'

The Lord works in hilarious ways at the Te Tuna tribe
Pre-credit sequence. Te Tuna returns to camp. They're down to five. For some reason, everybody is feeling good, even though the cannibalization is coming. At Brandon's urging, the Upolu Prayer Circle is convened to thank the person who did this for them. Yup. Good ol' JC. John Cochran! What? this was GOD'S doing? "The alliances within the alliances are going to be revealed. The real game begins tonight," Coach declares. Albert has plans. He seems to be sharing those plans with Sophie, but in reality, he's hoping to pull off "the biggest blindside of the game." Albert's next target? Sophie.
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<p>The &quot;X Factor&quot; Top 4</p>
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The "X Factor" Top 4

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Final 4 Performances Live-Blog

It's Semifinal Night for Marcus, Chris, Melanie and Burrito Josh

It's the season's penultimate "X Factor" performance show. Sniffle.

Sunrise, sunset and all that good stuff.

Click through for a full live-blog of the performances by Marcus Canty, Melanie Amaro, Burrio Josh and Chris Rene...

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<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'


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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