<p>Hayden of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Hayden of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Rustle Feathers'

Tribal Council madness and a vocabulary lesson ensue
Pre-credit sequence. I'd completely forgotten that Caleb was voted out last week. At Kasama, it's Night 30 and Hayden has, once again, been blindsided by what happened in the last Tribal Council. He is, once again, very gracious about his cluelessness. But Hayden has a play in his pocket. To everybody around the fire, he announces, "I hope everybody here likes second place, because if Tyson goes to the end, he's winning," Hayden says. "Pure poetry," Tyson mutters. Hilariously, and with a big smile, Gervase explodes and announces that Tyson wouldn't be anywhere without him, but Hayden tells Gervase that he's just playing for second. "I've gotta do something, dude," Hayden tells the suddenly irked Tyson, who admits that he wishes he hadn't wasted his Idol. Tyson secures a fireside promise from his alliance that Hayden is out next.
 
Sour apples for Caleb. It's time for yet another Redemption Island Duel, pitting Tina, Laura and Caleb, who says he only has kind feelings for Katie and Hayden. Caleb whines that in the South, a man's word means something, but in Utah and Philly, it doesn't mean as much. Oh, cram it, Caleb. On to... CREDITS!
 
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<p>Jeff Gutt of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Jeff Gutt of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Top 6 Performances

The remaining singers do a diva song and a stripped down number

How was last week's Big Band Night?

I have zero clue. I said I was skipping the show and skip it I did. I know that Josh Levi and Lillie McCloud went home. And while I'm surprised that Carlito Olivero is still around, I'm not shocked. And I'm not shocked by any of the other results, really. 

Tonight's show is apparently two performances apiece, with one coming from a favorite diva and the other a stripped down performance. That means one more chance for Alex & Sierra to do "Falling Slowly." This has to happen at some point, right?

Click through for my full live-blog!

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<p>Ed Burns of &quot;Mob City&quot;</p>

Ed Burns of "Mob City"

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Interview: Ed Burns and Robert Knepper discuss TNT's 'Mob City'

Famously Irish star discusses playing Jewish
Last week, I sat down with eight of the stars of "Mob City" at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to talk about their new TNT drama, which premieres on Wednesday, December 4.
 
Unfortunately, technology went a bit haywire and the video portion of the interviews became corrupt and only the audio remains.
 
That means, tragically, that you don't get to see the look on Ed Burns' face when I began our conversion by explaining that I don't necessarily think of him as being the most Jewish of thespians.
 
Burns plays Ben "Bugsy" Siegel in the 1947-set drama, which focuses on the LAPD and it's war against organized crime. He is, of course, playing a famous real-life mobster previously played by the likes of Warren Beatty and Harvey Keitel.
 
For this interview, Burns was paired with Robert Knepper, who plays Siegel's violent sidekick Sid Rothman, a composite character.
 
Click through for the full discussion of the Frank Darabont-created drama. The other three interviews will go up next week.
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 213

Dan and Alan discuss 'Arrow,' 'Walking Dead,' 'Kirstie' and more

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls.
 
It's time for the audio installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. You don't have to look at us this time.
 
We covered some stuff in Tuesday's Firewall & Iceberg Video Show, but there was still plenty to fill an hour here. We talked about "Arrow," which Alan is now caught up on. We reviewed TV Land's "Kirstie." We answered a bunch of mail, including discussion of "Person of Interest," the frustrating arcs for Kalinda on "The Good Wife" and we talked a bit more about the "Walking Dead" finale.
 
No clue what next week's podcast will be, so we welcome more emails at FirewallIceberg@HitFix.com.
 
Here's today's breakdown:
"Arrow" (00:00:45 - 00:17:55)
"Kirstie" (00:18:00 - 00:24:50)
Listener Mail - "Person of Interest" (00:25:10 - 00:31:00)
Listener Mail - ABC's scheduling of "Mixology" (00:31:00 - 00:39:45)
Listener Mail - Kalinda on "Good Wife" (00:39:50 - 00:45:10)
Listener Mail - "The Walking Dead" finale (00:46:00 - 00:59:30)

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.

 

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<p>Nick Cave</p>

Nick Cave

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2014 Sundance Documentary competitions showcase Nick Cave, Internet paranoia and more

'Dinosaur 13' and 'The Green Prince' will open the Festival
2014 Sundance Documentary Competitions showcase Nick Cave, Internet paranoia and more
 
Earlier this week, the 15 film Oscars Documentary shortlist was announced. 
 
If you were at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, you might have caught the majority of the films on that list, including "Blackfish," "The Crash Reel," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Dirty Wars," "God Loves Uganda," "Life According to Sam," "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," "The Square," "Stories We Tell," "20 Feet From Stardom" and "Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington."
 
And the 2013 Sundance documentary slate also included a slew of acclaimed films that [for one reason or another] didn't make the Oscars shortlist, including "Inequality For All," "American Promise," "Wikileaks," "After Tiller" and the Festival's big doc hit "Blood Brother."
 
In short, if you're a fan of mainstream documentaries, it's still hard to beat Sundance when it comes to catching world and American premieres for top notch documentaries. 
 
On Wednesday (December 4), Sundance announced the competition slates for the the World and US Documentary Competition at the 2014 Festival, which will run from January 16-26 in Park City.
 
Since I end up providing the bulk of HitFix's documentary coverage from Sundance, the docs end up being the first category I look at, while our movie gang's got your look at the Narrative Competition films.
 
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<p>Tuesday's &quot;Chicago Fire&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Chicago Fire"

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TV Ratings: Rising 'Chicago Fire,' 'NCIS' repeat lead Tuesday, while 'Originals' draws high

'Dads' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' get bumps
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
 
An "NCIS" repeat was Tuesday's most watched show, as CBS was still able to win the night overall without a single new program, while the drop in competition helped both "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" rise week-to-week in helping NBC lead among young viewers.
 
Airing without "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," ABC saw drops for "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife."
 
Similarly, a "New Girl" repeat led to a drop for "The Mindy Project," but "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" posted small gains for FOX.
 
Finally, over on The CW, the competitive race between "The Originals" and "Supernatural" continued with the two dramas tying among young viewers and "Supernatural" holding the slimmest of leads overall. Either way, The CW is pleased since this was the network's most watched Tuesday in five years.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Vytas of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Vytas of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Vytas Baskauskas talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

How satisfying was it for him to finish slightly ahead of brother Aras?
Could "Survivor" be heading for an "Aras vs. Vytas" season?
 
I have no inside information, but the dynamic between Aras, the easy-going former "Survivor" winner, and Vytas, his estranged ex-con, recovering addict brother, was one of the dramatic standouts in "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" and it almost seems like a no-brainer for the show to want one or both of the Baskauskas Brothers back in the future. 
 
For years, Aras had family "Survivor" bragging rights, but he seemed to indicate that that was only payback for a childhood of bickering a bullying, setting up emotional wounds that were exposed in the oddest of moments, like a Sumo challenge at sea. But when the Merge arrived, the brothers were the tightest of alliances and seemed ready to run the game, except that everybody recognized how close they were and they were voted out consecutively. Aras lost the first post-Merge Redemption Island Duel and became the first member of this season's Jury and even though Vytas followed him to the Jury the following week, a new pecking order had been established.
 
In this week's "Survivor" exit interview -- pushed a few days due to Thanksgiving -- Vytas discusses beating Aras, his own post-Merge strategic errors, Laura's role in his Duel demise and his itch to play again.
 
Click through...
 
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<p>James Spader of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

James Spader of "The Blacklist"

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NBC renews 'The Blacklist' for a second season

Already? Yes. Already. James Spader drama will be back in 2014-2015.
In advance of the holiday season, NBC is making its list and checking it twice and the network has decided that the freshman drama "The Blacklist" has been very, very nice.
 
Yes. That was really convoluted, but this is really uncommon.
 
NBC announced on Tuesday (December 3) afternoon that "The Blacklist" has already been renewed for a second season, making it the second new show of the 2013-2014 season to get that vote of confidence.
 
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<p>Megan Boone on Monday's &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Megan Boone on Monday's "The Blacklist"

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TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' fall finale ends strong as NBC wins Monday

Lack of 'Dancing' frees up some Monday viewers
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 2, 2013.
 
With "Dancing with the Stars" done for this installment, NBC's "The Voice" got a big week-to-week bump, as did "The Blacklist," which ended its 2013 run with its best numbers in months. The result was easy Monday wins in all measures. 
 
[Note that NBC had the NFL preemption in New Orleans, so there will be some drops in Finals.]
 
Without ABC's viewer-hogging reality hit, CBS' "Mike & Molly," "2 Broke Girls" and "Mom" all rose slightly overall, though the absence of "Dancing" couldn't keep "Almost Human" from another small drop in its third week. 
 
Meanwhile, holiday programming kept ABC in second overall and lifted "The CW" very slightly above its normal Monday averages.
 
On to the numbers...
 
 
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<p>Justin Tuck gets ready to crush RGIII</p>

Justin Tuck gets ready to crush RGIII

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TV Ratings: NBC's Giants-Redskins and CBS' Broncos-Chiefs games lead Sunday

'Christmas in Conway' is another Hallmark dud for ABC
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 1, 2013. 
 
After a string of excellent Sunday Night Football games, NBC had a minor dud between the the Giants and Redskins, but still held on to win the night among young viewers, while CBS capitalized on nearly an hour of overrun from the far superior game between the Broncos and Chiefs to win overall.
 
Meanwhile, ABC got tepid numbers for "Once Upon a Time" and weak returns for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Christmas in Conway."
 
On to the numbers...
 
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