<p>Dave and Connor of &quot;The Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot;</p>

Dave and Connor of "The Amazing Race: All-Stars"

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Accidental Alliance'

Teams clean hotel rooms and talk about the glory of the Ford Mustang

That was brutal. 

I really have almost nothing to say about Sunday (April 27) night's episode of "The Amazing Race."

It was an hour-long commercial for Ford in which the "result" was never in question.

For the duration of the episode, my notes are nothing more than "Ugh" "Blech" "Boo" and "God, I hate these people."

I'm going to be going into the season's last two episodes rooting much more aggressively *against* several teams than I'll be rooting *for* anybody, which I guess is what the producers want at this point. It's all about passion and "hostility" is a kind of passion. 

And if you would have told me in February that with two weeks to go, Brendon & Rachel would be one of the two teams I'd kinda like to see win this "Amazing Race: All-Stars" season, I'd have told you that you were crazy. 

But that's what "The Amazing Race" has done to me.

And I'm not pleased.

A little bit more after the break...

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<p>The Globetrotters earlier in this &quot;Amazing Race: All-Stars&quot; season</p>

The Globetrotters earlier in this "Amazing Race: All-Stars" season

Credit: CBS

Interview: Flight Time & Big Easy talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

Have the Globetrotters learned to empathize with the Washington Generals?

As I interview The Globetrotters, they're doing what they do best: Trotting the globe.

Nate "Big Easy" Lofton and Herb "Flight Time" Lang were eliminated from "The Amazing Race" All-Stars" on last Sunday's episode. It was the third time they've been on "The Amazing Race" and the third time they've gone home without winning, which you'd think would sting for a pair of basketball players who, by nature of their professional affiliation, never lose. 

Actually, you probably wouldn't think that if you've paid attention to Flight Time & Big Easy, who have earned the right to compete thrice on "Amazing Race" by virtue of their unflagging enthusiasm and their eagerness to entertain both viewers at home and every passer-by at every international location. Flight Time & Big Easy like to make people smile when they're on "The Amazing Race" and when they're not being followed by CBS cameras, they're usually still on the road making people smile.

In this case, that means that this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview was conducted at an airport, complete with deafening background noise at certain points. That's just the way the Globetrotters roll.

In their exit interview, the Globetrotters talk about their 31 Legs of "Amazing Race" experience, the recent challenges that caused them so much trouble and whether or not all of their "Race" losing has helped them empathize with the Washington Generals.

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<p>The &quot;Last Man Standing&quot; finale</p>

The "Last Man Standing" finale

TV Ratings: 'Last Man Standing' finale helps usual Friday split, with 'Hannibal' up again

'Shark Tank' and 'Blue Bloods' are Friday's best

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 25, 2014.

Yawn. Friday TV ratings are not exciting.

As usual, "Blue Bloods" was Friday's top show overall and carried CBS to an overall win and, as is often the case, "Shark Tank" was Friday's top show in the key demo and carried ABC to victory among young viewers.

There was some minor variation on Friday.

After hitting a low with a 0.8 key demo rating two weeks ago, "Hannibal" added 0.1 for the second straight week, which counts as minor progress. [Note that "Hannibal" dropped 0.1 in Final Live+SD ratings each of the past two weeks, to a 0.7 and a 0.8 respectively.]

After falling last week, The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" ticked up, though "Hart of Dixie" didn't benefit.

Both the finale of ABC's "Last Man Standing" and FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" were also up.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jeremiah Wood of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Jeremiah Wood of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Jeremiah Wood talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Model says he and Spencer could have been the new J.T. and Stephen

It's hard out there for a "Survivor: Cagayan" Beauty.

For the third straight week, my "Survivor" exit interview is with a castaway who began the season as part of the Beauty tribe.

Following in the footsteps of Morgan and LJ is Jeremiah Wood, who only revealed to his core alliance in this week's episode that he makes his living as a model. 

It wasn't like there was a Beauty alliance that is being picked off. Jeremiah wasn't especially close with either LJ or Morgan. Instead, he grew tight with former Brain Spencer and if you saw the combination of down-home Southern charmer and sometimes awkward mastermind and remembered the partnership with J.T. and Stephen? You're not the only one.

Of course, this budding dynamic duo was thwarted after Kass flipped and then when Tony began his reign of terror, though they had brief hope this week when Jefra, the lone remaining Beauty, decided to join them... only to reconsider.

In this week's exit chat, Jeremiah discusses why he didn't admit to being a model, his JT/Stephen bond with Spencer and why Jefra reversed course when she could have changed the game.

Click through for the full Q&A.

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<p>Justin Theroux of &quot;The Leftovers&quot;</p>

Justin Theroux of "The Leftovers"

Credit: HBO

HBO bumps 'The Leftovers' by two weeks

Tom Perrotta adaptation is still coming in June

HBO has delayed the premiere of the summer drama "The Leftovers" by two weeks.

That's about all there is to this story. Sorry.

After announcing three weeks ago that "The Leftovers" would launch on Sunday, June 15 at 10 p.m., HBO said today that the premiere has now been shifted to June 29. 

Per HBO, a slight shift in the production schedule led to the slight premiere shift, but this still keeps "The Leftovers" in line with the June window revealed back in January, so it's all good. The only real impact here is that "The Leftovers" will no longer premiere after the "Game of Thrones" season finale, which would have given it a nice bump.

"True Blood" will still launch its seventh and final season on June 22.

"The Leftovers" is based on Tom Perrotta's novel, which focuses on the aftermath of a Rapture-type event that may or may not have been the actual Rapture. 

Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren and Chris Zylka lead the ensemble cast playing people who were "left behind" and have to deal with their changed lives.

Perrotta wrote the pilot for "The Leftovers" with Damon Lindelof, who serves as series showrunner.

HBO is premiering the first full trailer for "The Leftovers" this Sunday (April 27) before a new "Game of Thrones."

<p>&quot;Bad Teacher&quot;</p>

"Bad Teacher"

TV Ratings: 'Bad Teacher,' 'Black Box' have so-so premieres as CBS leads Thursday

'Parks and Recreation' is up a little for its finale

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 24, 2014.

On a weak Thursday across-the-board, "The Big Bang Theory" had its lowest-rated episode of the season, but still led CBS to comfortable primetime domination in all measures.

CBS' new comedy "Bad Teacher" got off to a decent, but unspectacular, start as it outperformed most recent airings of the now-departed "Crazy Ones" and also topped the Monday numbers for fellow freshman comedy "Friends With Better Lives." "Bad Teacher" retained most of its key demo lead-in from "Two and a Half Men."

That's qualified praise for "Bad Teacher" and, similarly, ABC can probably muster a little enthusiasm for "Black Box," which ranks as the network's second best drama premiere of the spring, not that that's saying a whole lot. ABC went so far as to call this the network's most-watched 10 p.m. drama debut since "Nashville" in 2012.

Relative to last week's Fast Nationals, "American Idol" and "Grey's Anatomy" were both down, "Parks and Recreation" and "Reign" were up a little and "Hell's Kitchen" and "Surviving Jack" were flat.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Seth Meyes</p>

Seth Meyes

Credit: NBC

Seth Meyers will host the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC

Telecast is set for August because of NBC's football schedule

NBC is sticking with network tradition and looking to the 12:30 late-night hour to find a host for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards.

The network announced on Thursday (April 24) evening that "Late Night with Seth Meyers" star Seth Meyers will host the 66th Emmy Awards on Monday, August 25, 2014. The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre and will air live coast-to-coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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<p>Last night&#39;s &quot;Idol&quot; featured Grumpy Cat. Tonight&#39;s &quot;Idol&quot; probably will not. For that, we are all Grumpy.</p>

Last night's "Idol" featured Grumpy Cat. Tonight's "Idol" probably will not. For that, we are all Grumpy.

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 6 Results

No matter what happens, Grumpy Cat won't be going home

It's Judgement Night on "American Idol" and, once again, my feelings are simple:

If Jessica, CJ or Sam goes home? Business as usual. 

If Caleb, Jena or Alex goes home? We burn this thing to the ground.

And if Grumpy Cat returns for the second straight show? Well, that's just gravy!

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<p>&quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

"The Killing"

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' will be back in August on Netflix

Joan Allen joins the cast for a military school-set mystery

Hallelujah, it's raining blood?

Yeah, probably not. 

On Thursday (April 24), Netflix officially at a late-summer premiere date for the fourth and final season of "The Killing."

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<p>Ty Burrell takes Sydney</p>

Ty Burrell takes Sydney

TV Ratings: 'Survivor' and 'Modern Family' lead, but FOX still tops Wednesday

'American Idol' is up week-to-week in all measures for FOX

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

"Survivor" was Wednesday night's top show overall, while "Modern Family" was the best among young viewers, but with "American Idol" posting week-to-week gains, FOX won the night in all measures.

With CBS and NBC mostly in repeats, the night was short on notables. "Suburgatory" retained most of its "Middle" lead-in, as "Mixology" squandered more than half of its "Modern Family" lead-in, but that's pretty much business as usual. And over on The CW, both "Arrow" and "The 100" were steady in the key demo, but down a hair overall.

On to the numbers...

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