Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
Results, plus Bon Jovi and Phillip Phillips take the 'Idol' stage
In recent years, "American Idol" voters have followed a similar pattern: Get to the Finalists and then start picking off the women. In a season that the judges and most reasonable viewers would agree has been dominated, thus far, by the female singers, will things be any different?
After all, without a White Boy With Guitar, who will voters flock to?
Let's see what we can learn!
Everything goes to hell
Pre-credit sequence. The Fans return to camp. Laura is gone and Shamar is gone and Matt thinks this will be a turning point. "The game got simplified," Reynold says. Sherri is emotional at losing Laura, who reminded her of her daughter. "It was a point of division," says Reynold, claiming that he's glad he doesn't have his Idol anymore. "I hope you don't think I was taking jabs at you guys and your alliance," Reynold tells the rest of the tribe, but Matt and Mike know that there's another Idol out there and Reynold could find it again and be a threat again. Or something. As we know from CBS' relentlessly spoiler-y promotion, all of this stuff with the Fans is going to be totally irrelevant.
It's our first Wednesday Performance Night for the Finalists
I don't fully understand Wednesday (March 13) night's "American Idol" theme... But I'm concerned anyway.
Music of the American Idols? Really?
Let's see how this goes...
Why the heck didn't they use the Express Pass?
If you watched C-SPAN last week, you learned a lot about the important role of filibustering in American democracy.
And if you read my "Amazing Race" exit interview with John Erck and Jessica Hoel, you can learn a lot about the important role of filibustering in conversations with reporters.
John & Jessica had one of the most notorious Legs in "Amazing Race" history on Sunday, going home with the all-powerful Express Pass still in the pocket, having misread the competitive circumstances at both sides of a Detour and then at a Roadblock.
I had many questions about John & Jessica's Race, which started with them winning the first Leg and ended in ignominy, but if you look at the transcript, you'll see that two of their answers took up the majority of our interview time. Both of those epic answers are very illuminating into what their mindset was in that last Leg and why they made the decisions they made, but those two answers kept me from discussing things like the random stranger they started working with when they went to the wrong house at the start of the Detour, John's repeated insistence that he has a strong eye for detail, what, if anything, the Leg told them about the way they relate as a couple or what they'd thought about Phil's "Oy vey" response.
So it goes!
Check out the full Q&A below...
Angie, Devin, Lazaro, Curtis and more share their hopes and dreams
The annual "American Idol
" Finalists party is one of my favorite red carpet events to cover. It's simultaneously wildly chaotic and yet efficient, as publicists take great pains to make sure reporters get a few minutes with each of the singers. And, let's be honest, you don't need a 30-minute sit-down with each of these kids. It's just a good chance to get in a few key questions like...
And... Since Paul Jolley
is the only contestant capable of continuing the "Idol" White Boy With Guitar winning streak... Can Paul actually play the guitar?
And... What's Devin Velez
's mother gonna do the first time one of the judges criticize him?
Click through the interview gallery -- they're all very brief -- for these answers and more! It'll make you just a bit more in-touch with the Top 10 when they perform on Wednesday (March 13) night.
Dan and Alan talk 'Survive and Advance,' 'Justified,' 'SNL' and more
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Last week, we had nothing to talk about, but it ended up being our longest podcast ever.
This week, we had very little to talk about, so we kept things short, or at least relatively short. We answered some mail, caught up on "Justified," chatted about the state of "Saturday Night Live" and whatnot.
Next week? Much busier!
30 For 30's "Survive and Advance" (00:01:30 - 00:11:35)
"Justified" check-in (00:11:45 - 00:29:15)
"Saturday Night Live" check-in (00:29:15 - 00:39:30)
Listener Mail: Pilot casting (00:39:45 - 00:45:45)
Listener Mail: DVR impact on advertisers (00:45:50 - 00:50:20)
Listener Mail: Rotten Tomatoes for TV (00:50:40 - 00:53:35)
Listener Mail: "Walking Dead" and spoiler-y "Previously on" segments (00:53:35 - 00:59:40)
Sports Blather (00:59:50 - 01:04:50)
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And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Monkeys and mental blunders domination a fun episode
I was already in the tank for Sunday (March 10) night's episode of "The Amazing Race" before it began. Based on the monkey-heavy teaser and the title "I Love Monkeys!" there was precious little chance that I would have negative things to say about at least one portion of this Leg, which counts as a major plus in a season that has been initially lackluster.
Fortunately, not only did the Leg get off to a very strong start thanks to the promised-and-delivered monkeys, but it also closed well, with a concluding 20 minutes positively glutted with mind-boggling decisions and interpretations that left me yelling at the screen with frustration, confusion and amusement.
In the middle? Yes, there was yet another weak Detour that contributed heavily to the end-of-Leg drama, but didn't amount to much as challenges themselves. That wasn't so good. But even if I'd just been ambivalent on the rest of the episode, the end-of-hour Phil-ism would have pushed it into positive territory. In this case, it made a "good" episode "very good."
Recap after the break...
Which version of the multi-faceted character is the biggest challenge?
When you're on a red carpet, sometimes you only have a minute or two with an actor and you need to get to the root of what you're actually curious about.
For lots of reporters, that's spoilers and hints about upcoming episodes, which is totally fine and I know folks love to hear about that.
But if you give me two minutes with Robert Carlyle
(and Begbie is presumably not on-topic), I'm gonna ask about process and in the case of his work on "Once Upon a Time
," I want details on the construction of a character who is simultaneously four or five different characters, who each have different accents, intonations and mannerisms.
So if you're interested in what I'm interested in, this two-minute chat from PaleyFest
in Los Angeles is mighty interesting.
Bootee discusses working around her physical weakness, or trying to
So many people sign on for "Survivor" without any tangible strategy and inexplicably get carried through the majority of a season by either a fortuitous alliance or sheer physicality.
That's why it always makes me a tiny bit sad when I do a "Survivor" exit interview early in the season and I get the sense that the person I'm talking to had a smart and multi-layered approach to the game and just got pushed into an unfortunate corner, perhaps not even making it to a Merge.
Laura Alexander quickly admits that she was the weakest person on her "Survivor: Caramoan" tribe and for that, she was voted out. Might the game have progressed differently, though, if Shamar Thomas hadn't been medically evacuated from the game shortly before an Immunity Challenge? Without Shamar, the Fans lost a potentially strong player, but mostly Laura lost a number in her alliance as well as a potentially deflective shield for scrutiny.
In her exit interview, Laura takes much of the credit for the majority alliance that has steered the Fans' voting and explains her attempts to keep her deficiencies from being too glaring and what eventually did her in.
You can decide if you also come away feeling like under slightly different circumstances, Laura could have had a much longer "Survivor" run.
[As I mentioned in Shamar's exit interview, this week's cats were a little shorter than normal because there were two of them.]
Why does Goodwin want Snow White making tacos?
Fairy tales are all about leading up to happily-ever-afters, but presumably when ABC's "Once Upon a Time
" reaches its happily ever after, the show is over. Right? Things can't get too happy or else the drama is gone?
Not true, protests Ginnifer Goodwin
, who I talked to on the PaleyFest
red carpet in Los Angeles last weekend. The "Big Love" veteran, who plays Snow White on "Once Upon a Time," suggests that the characters deserve some downtime.
"I want to see them making tacos," Goodwin suggests.
Tacos may not be in the cards for the "Once Upon a Time" characters, but Goodwin suggests that we'll soon get to see more of my favorite incarnation of Snow White, the Woodland Warrior version of Snow. She also discusses her own accident-prone nature which led to a hospital vision last season.
The next new "Once Upon a Time" episode airs on Sunday (March 10) night.