Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
Angie, Candice and Kree performance thrice apiece
Your "American Idol" Top 3
Due to events beyond my control, I missed last week's "American Idol" Top 4 Redux and had to leave the show in the very capable hands of Mr. Alan Sepinwall. For readers, I assume that was like going to a Yankees game to watch Wally Pipp play first base and getting stuck with Lou Gehrig.
So I apologize for returning.
I didn't watch last week's episode, but I'm not exactly surprised that Amber Holcomb went home.
Tonight, Angie, Candice and Kree will each be singing three times. That's a lot of performances and a lot of room for error. Click through and join the journey through Wednesday's performances...
Dan and Alan talk 'Family Tree,' 'Americans' finale and preview upfronts
Happy Wednesday, Boys and Girls! It's time for a slightly delayed installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
My schedule kept us from recording on Monday. Sepinwall's schedule mostly kept us from recording on Tuesday.
So here we are a bit late! Sorry. Perhaps because of the lateness or maybe because we have no restraint, this is yet another record-lengthed podcast. Either "Sorry" or "You're welcome." Whichever applies.
And next week, we'll be probably doing multiple podcasts, but we can't guarantee which days they'll be on, due to upfronts. Again, either "Sorry" or "You're welcome." Whichever applies.
We do some upfronts previewing this week, chat about a number of finales including "The Americans" and, as always, spend lots of time on "Mad Men."
"Family Tree" (00:01:00 - 00:14:35)
Upfronts Preview (00:14:35 - 00:47:00)
"Parks and Recreation" (00:47:00 - 01:02:20)
"Happy Endings" (01:02:25 - 01:10:45)
"The Americans" (01:10:50 - 01:26:00)
"Mad Men" (01:26:25 - 01:48:30)
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.
Derby Moms discuss their third place finish
Mona and Beth of "The Amazing Race"
All "Amazing Race" season long, other teams targeted Hockey Brothers Bates & Anthony as being the strongest pair.
That ended up being appropriate caution, since Bates & Anthony won the million dollar prize on Sunday's (May 5) finale.
However, when the episode began and Bates and Anthony were assessing their Top 4 competition, the team that they said worried them most was the under-the-radar union of Roller Derby Moms Beth Bandimere and Mona Egender.
It wasn't that Beth and Mona were especially dominating. They didn't win a single Leg, but they battled back from a fair amount of adversity, overcoming a Speed Bump and a U-Turn in the season's penultimate episode. Of course, that adversity was often self-inflicted, like a misdirection in Washington that contributed to their third place finish.
In their exit interview, Mona and Beth talk about bringing trouble upon themselves, their relationship with the teams outside of their alliance and roller derby alter egos.
Click through for the full conversation.
Fourth place finishers share the story of Caroline's flying squirrel
Caroline and Jennifer of "The Amazing Race"
Roughly two-thirds of my "Amazing Race" exit interview with Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Kuhle was a ruse.
Yes, I wanted to discuss the challenges in Belfast that led to their elimination, specifically Jen's Bog Snorkeling struggles and the subsequent directional misadventures.
And yes, I wanted to talk about their close alliance with Hockey Brothers Bates & Anthony, who won this season's million dollar prize with frequent assists from the two country singers.
But no matter where the conversation with this season's fourth place finishers went, I made sure I was leaving enough time to ask about the very strange story that Jen recounted when the teams were in Bali.
"She kept her pet flying squirrel in her bra, and it died of loneliness," Jen said of Caroline.
Now, the truth about Joey the Flying Squirrel can finally be revealed.
Click through for Jen & Caroline's full exit interview. And stay tuned over the next three nights for the remainder of this season's "Race" interviews...
Which pair took home the million dollar prize
Mona and Beth of "The Amazing Race"
Well, that was an exhausting two hours of "Amazing Race" stupidity.
In an ideal world, an "Amazing Race" finale
will be a lengthy validation of the team that ultimately takes the million dollars or, at the very least, it will be a lengthy descent into madness for teams who have the million within their grasp and squander the opportunity.
That wasn't really the case on Sunday (May 5) night. The team that won "The Amazing Race
" probably deserved to win, but the finale gave me more to ponder regarding the strangeness of their victory than regarding the achievement that led to them reaching Phil Keoghan in first.
And, more than anything, Sunday's finale left me scratching my head at the sheer amount of stupidity displayed by the various teams at the end of the exhausting Race.
[More after the break...]
This week's evictees discuss playing with targets on their backs
This was the only CBS-provided "Survivor: Caramoan" picture featuring Andrea and Reynold together.
Two people were sent home in separate Tribal Councils on Wednesday (May 1) night's "Survivor
Really, it's a "Survivor" Miracle that Andrea
Boehlke and Reynold
Toepfer lasted as long as they did.
Reynold was targeted as a threat from the first second he met with his Fans tribe and he made the early mistake of aligning with his group's three prettiest members and boasting about it. But boosted by a fortuitous tribal swap and then some challenge domination, he ended up having a good run.
For her part, Andrea was immediately eyed as a dangerous player within the Favorites group, but the first person to target her was Francesca and she went home immediately. Andrea's name was floated on several occasions, including the memorable episode in which she grew wary after a conversation with Eddie and changed voting strategies seconds before Tribal, saving herself. That was a good move. Going home with an Immunity Idol in her pocket? Less good.
In this week's "Survivor" double-interview, Andrea and Reynold talk about their respective eliminations, about the challenge of playing as threats and about the proliferation of Idols this season.
Reynold also explains his Tribal Council mustache.
Check out the full Q&A after the break.
With the Save out of the way, who got eliminated, and who qualified for a hometown visit?
On "American Idol," who went home: Amber or Kree?
It's time for another "American Idol" pinch-hit "recap" by me (Dan will be back next week), and I use the quote marks because while there are many things I would do for my friend Dan Fienberg, I will not sit through an "American Idol" results show. But if you want to know who went home — and discuss who has the best chance to win of the remaining three — click right on through, and I'll step out of the way as quickly as possible...
So as I blindly predicted last night, Amber Holcomb remained in the bottom two again (this time with Kree replacing Candice beside her), and went home when last week's votes and this week's were combined. Based solely on Wednesday night's performances, that seemed the correct result. Based on the season as a whole, though, do you feel Amber should have gone before Kree, Angie and Candice? And if you had to put money on one of the remaining three to become the show's first female winner since Jordin Sparks, who would it be?
Apologies for the intrusion. Dan is returning very soon — promise.
Two Tribal Councils shake things up
Andrea of "Survivor: Caramoan"
Pre-credit sequence. I miss Malcolm already. Will the tribe? It's night 30 and... TARSIER! "You and me, Eddie! Nothing's changed since Day 1," Reynold says. Without hesitation, Reynold tells everybody that he's capable of winning five Immunities in a row. Nobody disagrees. Eddie makes no such claims about his potential prowess. "Just keep going. Keeping rolling with the punches. You never know. Anything can happen in this game," Eddie says. Andrea is getting worried about Reynold and his power, but Cochran reassures her that the Fans have no power. He's ready to take out the remaining Fans. "I'll do it without remorse. I'll do it without any reservations," vows Cochran, who says he isn't the "Harvard Nerd" anymore. Tree-Mail says something about balance and it also teases that another Immunity Challenge is coming, immediately. No time for Reward, Dr. Jones! "This game never stops," Erik says. That's not fair, Erik. Has this game really started for you yet?
What will Amber, Kree, Angie and Candice sing with the help of Harry Connick Jr.?
Harry Connick Jr. served as mentor to the "American Idol" top 4 women.
Hey all, as you can tell by the byline above, Dan's not around tonight. Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's "American Idol" recapping duties have been handed to me — who hasn't watched an episode of the show since early in the Scotty McCreery season, but who used to write about it regularly on my old blog — and what better time for me to jump into a new season, with a new judging panel, than with the top 4? My apologies; this is Dan's world and I'm just lamely filling in.
Team YouTube discusses being disliked by the competition
Joey & Meghan of "The Amazing Race"
YouTube stars Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena seemed to be having a lot of fun on "The Amazing Race
," so it's a little bit sad to hear the newly eliminated duo discussing their disappointment that the other teams seemed to dislike them on the Race.
It wasn't all of the other teams, of course. Joey & Meghan made an early alliance with John & Jessica and Roller Derby Moms Mona & Beth, targeting Hockey Brothers Bates & Anthony, the team they felt [correctly, so far] was the biggest threat. That, of course, left them feeling targeted by Bates & Anthony, but also by the other teams aligned with the friendly pro athletes.
"[I]t really just seemed like people on the Race didn't like us, genuinely, just really didn't want us there and it made us kinda feel a little crappy," Meghan says now. 'It kinda reminded me of high school when I used to get picked on, so I was just like, "What is this feeling? I am grown up. This shouldn't be happening.'"
Team YouTube discusses that Race dynamic, as well as their other highlights and lowlights in this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview.