<p>The &quot;X Factor&quot; Top 3</p>

The "X Factor" Top 3

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 Finale - The Winner is...

It's judgement time for Alex & Sierra, Carlito Olivero and Jeff Gutt

We're only two hours away from the conclusion of Season 3 of "The X Factor."

And, sadly, we're down to the last two hours of Demi Lovato's run as "X Factor" mentor/judge. I hope they replay her performance rapping along to "Baby Got Back" as a tribute.

In previous recaps, people have accused me of being biased in favor of Alex & Sierra, as if they're not in some way biased toward whoever they happen to be rooting for. Since there are only two hours remaining in this season, I'll just own it: If Alex & Sierra don't win tonight, I'm burning this whole thing to the ground. [Disclaimer: I'm not sure that Alex & Sierra are going to win and I'm unlikely to burn anything to the ground.]

Click through for my full finale live-blog, as we spend quality time with Pitbull and Lea Michele and wonder if this is the last time we'll see "X Factor" or Simon Cowell on our TVs.

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<p>Miley Cyrus fascinates Barbara Walters</p>

Miley Cyrus fascinates Barbara Walters

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TV Ratings: Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' leads ABC on a sluggish Wednesday

'Sing-Off' tops 'The X Factor' once again
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
 
Viewers weren't hugely fascinated by ABC's broadcast of "Barbara Walters: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013," but they were at least vaguely interested, as the special was a sluggish Wednesday's top show in most key measures, leading the network to ratings wins.
 
Without any assist from "The Voice," NBC's "The Sing-Off" slipped somewhat, but still beat "The X Factor" and outdid NBC's latest Michael Buble Christmas special, which was in line with last year's weak performance. And speaking of specials that never draw big ratings, at some point CBS' has to cut ties with the "Home For The Holidays" series, which has positive aspirations, but draws astoundingly low ratings every year, falling even lower this year.
 
Meanwhile, The CW finally got OK numbers for an IHeart Radio special, as the "Jingle Ball 2013" telecast outdrew the network's various album release specials.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Gervase of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Gervase of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Gervase Peterson talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

'Survivor' original and 3rd Place finisher talks about his Final Jury shutout
On the very first "Survivor," Gervase Peterson was an early favorite, but he fell victim to the Pagonging of his original tribe after the Merge, becoming the third member of the original Jury.
 
After spending 30 days in "Survivor: Borneo," Gervase had to wait 13 years to get another shot at "Survivor" and he mostly made it count, forming a strong core alliance and working it all the way to end and the Final 3.
 
Of course, getting to the Final 3 only does limited good if you face a Jury and get shut out, which is what happened to Gervase on Sunday's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale. The respect of the "Blood vs. Water" Jury largely went to the season's winner, Tyson, who was credited as the architect and driving force of a powerhouse three-person alliance.
 
That perhaps doesn't give Gervase credit for what was the season's biggest tangible power shift, as he turned his back on outside-of-the-game friend Aras and helped lead two straight votes that swayed the season.
 
In his exit interview, Gervase explains why he picked Tyson over Aras, how he knew that the Jury wasn't going his way and why he perfects Old School "Survivor" to New School. 
 
Click through for the fill Q&A...
 
 
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<p>This season's &quot;X Factor&quot; Top 3.</p>

This season's "X Factor" Top 3.

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 Finale - Performances

Alex & Sierra, Jeffrey Gutt and Carlito Olivero perform for the last time

If you're curious, I missed last Thursday's "X Factor" results show due to a weird combination of traffic between Baton Rouge and Natchez, wifi at an antebellum hotel and Slingplayer suddenly deciding to require a new plugin that my Mac OS wasn't prepared to handle.

I wasn't able to do a recap and I chose not to watch the episode, but I did see that Restless Road was sent home, leaving a Final 3 of Alex & Sierra, Jeffrey Gutt and Carlito Olivero. I'm confused by the latter, but it's possible that Simon Cowell is pushing Carlito deeper and deeper into the show in hopes of liberating himself forever from "X Factor USA."

In any case, I'm back for this week's two episodes and then that'll hopefully be it for me and "X Factor." I've said this before, of course, and FOX sucked me back in with Alex & Sierra in the premiere. 

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 214 - Best of 2013

Dan and Alan discuss their favorite shows of 2013

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
 
Apologies for the technical issues that prevented us from posting a Firewall & Iceberg Video Show yesterday and the timing issues that prevented us from having a podcast last week. However, this should make up for some of that neglect.
 
 
 
You may have seen our ballots in HitFix's 2nd Annual TV Critics' Poll
 
But that doesn't mean you can't also enjoy hearing us talk about our Top 10 lists and about the year's best TV for a regular-length podcast.
 
So that's what this is! It's our Best of 2013 Podcast.
 
Today's breakdown:
Best of 2013 - 00:00:00 - 01:14:45

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

<p>Your &quot;Voice&quot; winners</p>

Your "Voice" winners

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TV Ratings: Low 'Voice' finale, 'NCIS' lead Tuesday split

CBS wins overall, but NBC tops the key demo
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 17, 2013.
 
"The Voice" wrapped its latest installment far below the numbers for last fall's finale, but still high enough to dominated Tuesday night among young viewers. Overall, though, NBC couldn't come close to competing with CBS' three new procedurals, which ruled overall.
 
That was the full extent of Tuesday's original programming, as ABC, FOX and The CW all went with repeats.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Ciera and Tina [And Tyson] of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Ciera and Tina [And Tyson] of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Ciera Eastin & Tina Wesson talk 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Fourth and Fifth placers talk mother-voting, New School 'Survivor' and beating Tyson
Ciera Eastin came ever-so-close to getting her "Survivor" exit interview with her mother Laura Morett. 
 
For several Redemption Island Duels, Laura was dominating and seemed poised to return to the game, but in the climactic Arena showdown, former winner Tina Wesson was more successful balancing a vase on a teeter-totter.
 
That denied me a paired exit interview with Laura and the doting daughter who voted her out of the game, the only vote cast by a player against their loved one in this "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" season. Of course, we already know what they would have said, since they repeated their love for each other over and over through the season and in the reunion show, but I could have tried to stir up some trouble.
 
Instead, Tina and Ciera, the season's fourth and fifth place finishers were like a friendly mutual admiration society. 
 
In this exit interview, Ciera makes a pretty convincing case for her pair of not-entirely-successful big moves, as well as the possibility that she could have beaten Tyson if she'd made the Final 3, while Tina discusses the lessons she learned about New School "Survivor."
 
Click through for the full Q&A...
 
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<p>Mark Burnett</p>

Mark Burnett

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NBC greenlights Mark Burnett's 'Bible' sequel, makes us rewrite the same story

Mark Burnett's 'A.D.' will premiere in 2015
Fun new TV publicity trend courtesy of NBC: Announcing "greenlights" for TV projects that it previously announced as either being "acquired" or "in development" so as to get a second wave of stories about a nascent project before milking a third wave of stories around casting.
 
Kudos, NBC!
 
Last week, NBC announced that it was giving a greenlight to "Rosemary's Baby," a four-hour event series that the network previously announced it was developing back in July. The only new pieces of information in last week's NBC release were the involvement of director Agnieszka Holland and new co-writer James Wong, but we all dutifully wrote the story and, in some cases, attempted to cast the miniseries.
 
This week's gratuitous NBC press release? The official greenlighting of "A.D.," Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's follow-up to their History Channel smash adaptation of "The Bible."
 
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<p>This happened on Monday's &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

This happened on Monday's "The Voice"

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TV Ratings: No 'Voice' finale bump, but NBC dominates Monday

'How I Met Your Mother' is down, 'Mike & Molly' and 'Hostages' rise
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 16, 2013.
 
The two-hour Monday finale of "The Voice," plus an hour of "The Sing-Off" helped NBC sweep Monday night in all measures, beating CBS' original comedies and a whole bunch of holiday programming. 
 
"The Voice" failed to get a finale bump and was off from its lone hour last Monday, CBS' comedies delivered a mixed bag and "Hostages" got a rare week-to-week bump.
 
Also down on Monday was FOX's "Almost Human," though not by a huge amount.
 
Finally, while hardly delivering massive figures, The CW's encore of CBS' "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" delivered better numbers than either "Beauty and the Beast" or any of the recent string of "IHeart Radio" specials.
 
Note that ABC had the Monday Night Football preemption in Detroit, while NBC had the game in Baltimore, so expect some fluctuation.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Laura and Hayden at Redemption Island Arena</p>

Laura and Hayden at Redemption Island Arena

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Interview: Hayden Moss and Laura Morett talk 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

'Big Brother' and family-voting talk with the last castaways eliminated on Redemption
"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" concluded on Sunday (December 15) night with three hours of episode and live reunion show. Thanks to the presence of Redemption Island, Sunday may have been the "Survivor" finale, but it began with a whopping seven castaways still in play.
 
That means that on Monday morning, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., I did seven exit interviews, or rather five exit interviews with seven contestants. 
 
As I did last week with "Amazing Race," I'll be posting one exit interview per day through to my very funny chat with Tyson on Friday.
 
The Week of "Survivor" Exit Interviews begins with Laura Morett and Hayden Moss, who finished sixth and seventh for the season and were eliminated after a Redemption Island Duel in which Tina Wesson outlasted them balancing a vase on a teeter-totter. 
 
Both Hayden and Laura had their moments.
 
Hayden, a former "Big Brother" champion and boyfriend to returning Kat, may not have been successful, but he definitely stirred up some passions at his last few Tribal Councils, working with Ciera and trying to break Monica away from her alliance with Gervase & Tyson. He was also part of the now-notorious rock-drawing Tribal Council.
 
Laura was the only contestant voted out in part by her loved one, as daughter Ciera helped send her to Redemption Island for the second time in the game. 
 
In their paired exit interview, Hayden and Laura discuss their Final Jury votes for Tyson, Hayden compares "Survivor" and "Big Brother," while Laura talks about the frustration of spending so much of her game on Redemption Island.
 
Click through for the full Q&A...
 
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