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Why did Rupert's wife tell Vytas he was going home?
As one of the most popular (and perhaps unpopular) players in "Survivor" history, Rupert Boneham left some pretty big shoes for wife Laura to fill when, on the first first morning of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," he elected to take her place on Redemption Island.
In a somewhat arbitrary vote, the Newbies sent Laura to Redemption, while Rupert's self-sacrifice sent Laura to play with a group of Returnees, many of whom had established relationships either from prior seasons or from the much-discussed "Survivor" Reunion Circuit.
In that light, Laura had a solid "Survivor" season, making it to the eve of the Merge and appearing to be an asset in challenges (sometimes) and camp-life for her tribe. Still, it was a rookie mistake that did her in, as Laura alienated her all-girl alliance by telling master-manipulator Vytas that he was being voted out next. What Laura viewed as a sign of respect and honest was interpreted as strategic weakness by her alliance and she was blindsided.
In her exit interview, Laura Boneham discusses the decision to be up-front with Vytas, her emotional growth on "Survivor" and understanding her husband's compulsion to keep returning to the game.
'Sean' and 'Parenthood' get nice bumps for NBC
Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 7, 2013.
As usual, "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's top show in all measures and, as usual, it lifted CBS to primetime wins in most measures, even though the network lost young viewers with each half-hour.
Thursday offered a slew of mixed results.
If you want positives, an out-of-schedule hour of "The Voice" did low ratings by the NBC hit's standards, but it also gave a huge boost to "Sean Saves The World," as well as a smaller boost to "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "Parenthood," as NBC's entire Thursday lineup made it over the four million viewer plateau. [NBC had the Thursday Night Football game in Washington, so there could be some slippage.]
"The Voice" also sent FOX's frantic 13-performance "The X Factor" to series lows for a regular episode, as "Glee" was forced to improve upon its lead-in the 9 p.m. hour.
And as bad as that "Voice" number was, it still beat ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," which dipped below a 1.0 in the key demo and cost ABC the night among young viewers.
On to the numbers...
What does the new Marvel/Netflix deal mean for superheroes on TV?
News broke early this morning that Netflix
and Disney are partnering to bring a quartet of high profile Marvel
characters to the screen in 13-episode series starting in 2015.
This afternoon, I chatted with HitFix's Gregory Ellwood, more of a comic fan than I am, about the Netflix/Marvel projects, what they mean for the characters and what they mean for Netflix.
Check out the video above!
After Wednesday's SNAFU, the Top 13 perform again for your votes
So here we are again.
I mean, we knew we were going to be here again, but I was eagerly awaiting the season's early rankings and, mostly, a performance by Selena Gomez before a double elimination.
Instead, "X Factor" put the wrong numbers on the screen for the East Coast and all of the voting was discarded. Since the contestants were all ready with their "Save Me" songs, "X Factor" is making all 13 of them sing again. In one hour.
This could be nuts. Click through for another Top 13 recap, same as last night only FASTER.
All 13 Finalists will sing again on Thursday's hour
[Waving my hand in front of your face, Jedi-style.] It never happened.
'Survivor' rises, while 'Criminal Minds' and 'CSI' fall
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
ABC got big numbers for its coverage of the CMA Awards, dominating Wednesday primetime in all measures.
The CMA Awards show was up by 21 percent over last year's telecast in viewers and 24 percent in the key demographic. The growth was particularly big among young males, with ABC touting a nine-year high among men 18-34.
The country music telecast had a mixed impact on its Wednesday competition. While "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" actually up week-to-week, "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" will likely approach series lows. NBC's "Revolution" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" hovered around season averages.
The CW was a big bump for "Arrow," both overall and among young viewers, but "Tomorrow People" was flat in the demo and declined overall as a big gap has suddenly grown between the two shows.
And after blaming last Tuesday's lackluster performance on an out-of-time-period airing, FOX got another weak performance from "The X Factor," which probably won't be aided by a voting screw-up that rendered all votes moot.
On to the numbers...
One player returns from Redemption and the Merge arrives
Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 18 at Galang. Vytas is overjoyed and announces how much trust he has in the group that has been emotionally incapable of voting for him. Vytas says that this is his group of five and he's ready for the Merge. "We're standing for a certain way of playing this game," Vytas says of the "moral" and "honest" way of playing the game that he's telling the women he's in favor of. Vytas is sure that he has his current tribe, plus Aras, plus Gervase, though Tina wants to advocate for Monica being ahead of Gervase in the alliance. Of course, Monica's not nearly as pleased to be No. 5 as Tina might have hoped and she admits that if, post-Merge, she gets a better offer, she'll have to consider it.
Laura B easy on the cut, no mistakes allowed. Laura B arrives at Redemption Island, calling it "a hugely horrible, non-strategic move" that led her tribe to keep Vytas over her. Laura M and John both agree with Laura B that Vytas should have been the vote. The next morning, Tree-Mail on Redemption Island indicates that they're on to their last Duel, with the winner coming into the game. John says he's been training for the Duel for 12 days and he'll be disappointed with himself if he doesn't get back in. Laura M is determined to return to the game for Ciera. On to Redemption Island. The two tribes arrive, followed by the three Duelists. Jeff Probst sets the stakes. And we move on to... CREDITS!
What is the twist Simon Cowell has been teasing?
[If you're looking for a "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" recap, it will be up after the show's airing on Pacific time, a pattern I'll be following for the rest of the Wednesdays this fall. It's not that I prefer "X Factor" to "Survivor." It's just that if one show is live and the other show is canned, it makes more sense to live-blog the live show. I don't know if that makes sense, but that's my thought process.]
It's Motown Night for the "X Factor" Top 12.
This is a theme that was inevitable, but a theme that's not especially well-tailored for most of this season's Finalists. Will that mean some disastrous performances? Will Simon Cowell's promised twist have to save the show?
Click through for the performances and chime in below!
Will one of these Geriatrics follow in Tate Stevens' footsteps?
Now it's time now for the Over-25s.
The 'X Factor' Young Men recall the tense Four Chair Challenge
Up next? This season's Top 3 Boys -- Carlos Guevara, Carlito Olivero and Tim Olstad -- may not be your favorites, but they certainly were central to the season's most dramatic moment, as they sat in the spotlight sweating as Paulina Rubio deliberated and redeliberated during the Four Chair Challenge.