<p>The Afghanimals hit UAE</p>

The Afghanimals hit UAE

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Speed Dating Is the Worst'

The teams head to Abu Dhabi for high class adventures
While the "Amazing Race" teams were in Abu Dhabi this week, I'm on an Amazing Race of my own. Well, that's not exactly true. I'm not racing anybody or anywhere, but I am in New Orleans for a movie set visit. Monday (November 11) is a travel day for me, but Mondays are also my regular days for "Amazing Race" exit interviews. Time and place to do that interview would have been a complication tomorrow, but I'd have made it work. However, I was basically certain that we were heading in the direction of a Non-Elimination Leg, so I didn't bother making those interview plans.
 
This time, I assumed correctly. [It was only a month ago that I'd reckoned that the Chile-to-Portugal Leg would be an NEL, but instead I ended up chatting with Chester & Ephraim from a quiet corner of a Las Vegas hotel.]
 
Sunday night's "Amazing Race" was not, however, actually about me, so let's move on to a quick recap. There was some drama in the Leg and there were some decent tasks, even if I'd never call a Non-Elimination Leg "good."
 
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<p>The cast of &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;</p>

The cast of "Downton Abbey"

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'Downton Abbey' renewed for Season 5 by PBS, ITV

Season 4 premieres on 'Masterpiece' in January
On Sunday (November 10), Britain's ITV made the unsurprising announcement that it has renewed "Downton Abbey" for a fifth season, which was immediately followed by PBS' equally unsurprising announcement that it will air that fifth season in the United States.
 
Production on the fifth "Downton Abbey" season will begin next year and, barring an unexpected revision of premiere strategy, it will premiere on ITV in 2014 and on PBS in early 2015. Once again, Julian Fellowes will serve as lone "Downton Abbey" scribe, with Gareth Neame executive producing for Carnival.
 
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<p>Danny and Tim of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Danny and Tim of "The Amazing Race"

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Interview: Tim & Danny talk 'The Amazing Race'

Team Oklahoma discusses its difficulties singing and dancing
Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone?
 
That's the way I felt this week upon realizing that somehow, without my noticing previously, four straight pairings of male-friends had been consecutively eliminated from "The Amazing Race."
 
Since father/daughter Hoskote & Naina went out first, Phil Keoghan has bid adieu to Rowan & Shane and then to Chester & Ephraim and then to Brandon & Adam, leading to this week's departure for Oklahoma-based besties Tim & Danny. 
 
With Team Oklahoma going home after a Roadblock that saw Tim struggle to accompany the Vienna Boy's Choir on several verses of Schubert's "Die Forelle," "The Amazing Race" is now entirely devoid of male buddies (The Afghanimals are cousins).
 
Sad, right?
 
In their "Amazing Race" journey, the first trip outside of the country for Danny and the first time overseas for Tim, Team Oklahoma won fans for their enthusiastic attitude, their willingness to help other teams and their earnest discussion of how the Race could help their families. In this week's exit interview, Tim & Danny discuss Tim's singing, Danny's dress-wearing and U-Turning the Afghanimals.
 
Click through for the whole interview.
 
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<p>Alexander and Dara of &quot;MasterChef Junior&quot;</p>

Alexander and Dara of "MasterChef Junior"

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TV Ratings: 'Dracula' drops, 'MasterChef Junior' finale rises and CBS leads Friday

'Shark Tank' helps ABC split Friday with young viewers
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 8, 2013.
 
A big week-to-week bump for "Undercover Boss" helped CBS move up to a tie among young viewers on Friday night, while "Blue Bloods" helped the network to its normal overall domination.
 
The key demo tie was, of course, with ABC, which got yet another big performance from "Shark Tank," which remained Friday's top show among young viewers.
 
While it's possible that sports-based preemptions are lurking under the surface, several shows were up on Friday, including "The Neighbors" and the finale for FOX's "MasterChef." 
 
The news wasn't as good for NBC, which saw "Grimm" go down among young viewers and "Dracula" take another big drop. 
 
Also falling was "The Carrie Diaries" overall, though not in the key demo, though "America's Next Top Model" rose overall.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>John of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

John of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: John Cody talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

John talks Idol regrets, Brad conversations and time on Redemption with Candice
John Cody had a strange run on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water."
 
For several days, he was in a position of strength, at the center of a seemingly powerful all-male alliance and holding the only available clues to a Hidden Immunity Idol, courtesy of wife Candice's success at Redemption Island. But John didn't find the Idol and his alliance turned on him, spurred on by Brad Culpepper's insecurity about the game-status of his own wife.
 
That meant that John and Candice had a quality two days together on Redemption before she went home, followed fittingly by Brad. John, in fact, made it all the way up to the last Duel before a castaway would return to the game from Redemption, only to face a task that seemed to give an advantage to female competitors. Attempting to cling to a pole with only small space for footing, John ditched his shoes to get a more literal toehold, but still went out first.
 
In his exit interview, John talks about his time on Redemption, including his conversations with nemesis Brad, his mistakes with the Immunity Idol clue, the frustration with that final Duel and his new understanding of what drew Candice to "Survivor" thrice..
 
Click through for the conversation.
 
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<p>Laura Boneham of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Laura Boneham of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Laura Boneham talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Why did Rupert's wife tell Vytas he was going home?
As one of the most popular (and perhaps unpopular) players in "Survivor" history, Rupert Boneham left some pretty big shoes for wife Laura to fill when, on the first first morning of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," he elected to take her place on Redemption Island.
 
In a somewhat arbitrary vote, the Newbies sent Laura to Redemption, while Rupert's self-sacrifice sent Laura to play with a group of Returnees, many of whom had established relationships either from prior seasons or from the much-discussed "Survivor" Reunion Circuit.
 
In that light, Laura had a solid "Survivor" season, making it to the eve of the Merge and appearing to be an asset in challenges (sometimes) and camp-life for her tribe. Still, it was a rookie mistake that did her in, as Laura alienated her all-girl alliance by telling master-manipulator Vytas that he was being voted out next. What Laura viewed as a sign of respect and honest was interpreted as strategic weakness by her alliance and she was blindsided.
 
In her exit interview, Laura Boneham discusses the decision to be up-front with Vytas, her emotional growth on "Survivor" and understanding her husband's compulsion to keep returning to the game.
 
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<p>Thursday's &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' leads Thursday while 'The Voice' clobbers 'X Factor'

'Sean' and 'Parenthood' get nice bumps for NBC
Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 7, 2013.
 
As usual, "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's top show in all measures and, as usual, it lifted CBS to primetime wins in most measures, even though the network lost young viewers with each half-hour.
 
Thursday offered a slew of mixed results.
 
If you want positives, an out-of-schedule hour of "The Voice" did low ratings by the NBC hit's standards, but it also gave a huge boost to "Sean Saves The World," as well as a smaller boost to "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "Parenthood," as NBC's entire Thursday lineup made it over the four million viewer plateau. [NBC had the Thursday Night Football game in Washington, so there could be some slippage.]
 
"The Voice" also sent FOX's frantic 13-performance "The X Factor" to series lows for a regular episode, as "Glee" was forced to improve upon its lead-in the 9 p.m. hour.
 
And as bad as that "Voice" number was, it still beat ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," which dipped below a 1.0 in the key demo and cost ABC the night among young viewers.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Analysis: How will Marvel's Daredevil and Luke Cage fit in on Netflix?

Analysis: How will Marvel's Daredevil and Luke Cage fit in on Netflix?

What does the new Marvel/Netflix deal mean for superheroes on TV?
News broke early this morning that Netflix and Disney are partnering to bring a quartet of high profile Marvel characters to the screen in 13-episode series starting in 2015. 
 
In reporting the story, HitFix's Alan Sepinwall talked about how the four shows -- built around Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage -- will come together in a "Defenders" miniseries just as the early Marvel films came together in "The Avengers."
 
This afternoon, I chatted with HitFix's Gregory Ellwood, more of a comic fan than I am, about the Netflix/Marvel projects, what they mean for the characters and what they mean for Netflix. 
 
Check out the video above!
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<p>Lillie McCloud of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Lillie McCloud of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Top 13 Performances Deja View - Thursday edition

After Wednesday's SNAFU, the Top 13 perform again for your votes

So here we are again.

I mean, we knew we were going to be here again, but I was eagerly awaiting the season's early rankings and, mostly, a performance by Selena Gomez before a double elimination.

Instead, "X Factor" put the wrong numbers on the screen for the East Coast and all of the voting was discarded. Since the contestants were all ready with their "Save Me" songs, "X Factor" is making all 13 of them sing again. In one hour. 

This could be nuts. Click through for another Top 13 recap, same as last night only FASTER.

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;The X Factor&quot; never happened.</p>

Wednesday's "The X Factor" never happened.

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'X Factor' exes out Wednesday's show after voting error

All 13 Finalists will sing again on Thursday's hour
Remember those two hours you spent watching and I spent recapping FOX's "The X Factor" on Wednesday (November 6) night?
 
[Waving my hand in front of your face, Jedi-style.] It never happened.
 
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