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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.
Expect 13 more episodes in 2014
FX has ordered a fourth installment of "American Horror Story," the drama series the network likes to refer to as a "miniseries franchise."
The 13-episode fourth installment will, presumably, premiere next October, assuming it follows in the footsteps of "American Horror Story: Murder House," "American Horror Story: Asylum" and the current "American Horror Story: Coven."
'The Originals' and 'Supernatural' tie for The CW
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Staying true to recent form, "The Voice" simultaneously dropped week-to-week and also carried NBC to a Tuesday win among young viewers, while steady "NCIS" (and dropping "NCIS: Los Angeles") paced an overall win for CBS.
After one week away, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returned and continued a slow-but-steady ratings decline, as "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" celebrated last week's back-nine orders with drops as well. [ABC wants to note that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was flat among adults 18-34 and up slightly among men 18-34, if you prefer that spin.]
On the positive side of things, FOX's comedies returned after a week away and "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" were both up a hair, while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" outdrew "New Girl" for the second straight airing.
And on The CW, "The Originals" tied "Supernatural" in the key demo, beat "Supernatural" among young women and narrowed the gap overall, but still hasn't received a full-season order.
On to the numbers...
Will the adorable duo or one of the the newly minted trios win?
FOX toasted the season's "X Factor" Top 12 with a red carpet fiesta on Monday (November 4) night at The Bazaar in Beverly Hills.
Up next? The most ballyhooed of the categories, Cowell's Groups. This is a category that features my personal favorite in simultaneously musical and adorable Alex & Sierra, the season's early favorite in newly minted country trio Restless Road and equally fresh-faced teen trio Sweet Suspense, which could be a dark horse if they can harness that fanbase that made Fifth Harmony into last fall's "X Factor" sleeper.
Why do Rion, Ellona and Khaya think you should vote for them?
The Top 12 acts from the current season of "The X Factor" hit the red carpet at Beverly Hills' The Bazaar on Monday (November 4) night.
HitFix also caught up with all 12 acts, to discuss their journey so far and to ask them what the American people don't know about them that will make viewers want to vote for them. [In case you're curious, the answer to that standard question was, "Because I'm just an ordinary guy/girl" in the vast majority of cases.]
I'll be posting my interviews with the Finalists by category, starting with the Girls, who are mentored by Demi Lovato.
'Mike & Molly' has a solid premiere for CBS
Fast National ratings for Monday, November 4, 2013.
"Dancing with the Stars" got a big bump -- Perhaps from Cher fans? Or just NFL preemptions? -- on Monday, as ABC scored a commanding overall win, while NBC still won the night among young viewers despite a steep drop for "The Voice."
With "The Voice" falling, "The Blacklist" also slipped a little and has now fallen way behind "Castle" overall, as the ABC procedural had its best night of the season.
CBS' heavily promoted return for "Mike & Molly" did decent numbers, retaining its fill "2 Broke Girls" lead-in on a night on which "How I Met Your Mother" got a big bump.
Also returning well was FOX's "Sleepy Hollow," which was off only 0.1 in the key demo from its last pre-baseball airing, though the freshman drama fell behind "Bones" overall.
With lots of overall competition, both "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" fell hard for The CW, though both dramas retained their audiences in the key demo.
[I've read indications about East Coast preemptions for live news coverage in the 10 p.m. hour. It's unclear what impact, if any, that had on numbers, but it might as well get a mention. Of more significance, ABC had the Monday Night Football game in Milwaukee/Green Bay.]
This may require some additional analysis later, but for now, on to the numbers...
How will Simon coach Restless Road, Alex & Sierra and Sweet Suspense?
Last year, Cowell was entrusted with the "X Factor" Groups and, with Fifth Harmony and Emblem 3, he cultivated two of the more successful acts to come out of the FOX series, which exists in the shadow of both "The Voice" and "American Idol," but also the towering success of the UK "X Factor," in which Cowell's creations included One Direction.
Does Cowell have an American One Direction this season? Well, he's heard the way the girls squeal for Restless Road
, the male country trio he cobbled from three rejected solo artists. And he's seen the energy generated by another Frankengroup, the female trio Sweet Suspense
. And if my own conversations are any indication of a greater "X Factor" wellspring, Alex & Sierra also have a deep pool of adoration. So Simon Cowell is confident.
On Monday (November 4) night, I covered the "X Factor" Top 12 Red Carpet at The Bazaar in Beverly Hills. I chatted with all of the Finalists, an enthusiastic and perky assortment who, to a man or to a woman, insist that America will want to vote for them because they're just ordinary guys and gals pursuing a dream.
I also talked with Cowell about his Groups and about the acts from other categories he wishes he could mentor.
I'll be posting the other 12 interviews by category over the next two days before Wednesday's live show, but check out my chat with Simon above.