Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
Latest bootees talk poor navigation, changing tires and fear of dolphins
Kerri and Stacy of "The Amazing Race"
Stacy Bowers and Kerri Paul weathered four Legs of "The Amazing Race
," including two Legs that hinged on Stacy conquering her fear of heights to jump from planes or rappel down buildings.
What did the Mississippi Cousins in on Sunday's (March 18) "Amazing Race" episode was that old standard: Bad directions. The Cousins had completed a Roadblock ahead of struggling Jamie & Nary, but faulty navigation left them in last place just minutes later.
In our exit interview, Kerri discusses her confessed navigational difficulties, Stacy talks about her fear of heights, Kerri tries to explain why she's afraid of dolphins and the cousins explain how pre-Race training paid off in a moment we didn't see on TV.
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Dan and Alan talk 'Walking Dead,' 'Mad Men,' 'Touch,' 'Bent' and... Tim Tebow
Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men"
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
It's a really busy podcast this week. We have reviews of "Bent
" and "Touch
" and a spoiler-free take on the new season of "Mad Men
." We devour the brains of the "Walking Dead
" finale, answer some Listener Mail, talk about the cancelation of "Luck" and then, because we'd only done a solid 80-ish minutes of TV talk, we discussed Peyton Manning's apparently decision to sign with the Denver Broncos and what that means for Tim Tebow
Here's the breakdown:
"Bent" (00:01:20 - 00:14:20)
"Touch" (00:14:20 - 00:25:35)
"Mad Men" (00:25:35 - 00:33:50)
The cancelation of "Luck" (00:33:50 - 00:47:00)
Listener Mail: Following non-series content (00:47:25 - 00:53:15)
Listener Mail: Podcasts on TV (53:20 - 01:00:00)
"The Walking Dead" finale (01:00:10 - 01:16:35)
Peyton Manning versus Tim Tebow (01:16:45 - 01:36:20)
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Sunday's episode features yodeling, bearding and gnome-tossing
Mark and Bopper yodel in Bavaria
Discussion of The Rule of Chekhov's Gun has become so pervasive that folks are tempted to attach Chekhov's name to any instance of what is basically just foreshadowing.
That's not exactly what Chekhov's Gun really is about. I mean, it's close. But that's not exactly it. The Rule isn't exactly that if you put a gun early in your story, it needs to be fired by the end. It's more that you shouldn't put a gun early in your story if it *isn't* going to be fired in the end. The real point is that you shouldn't have anything in your play/movie/novel/recap that's superfluous. Everything needs to have a point and a purpose. If there's going to be a gun, fire it. Otherwise? No gun. It's more about literary economy than about foreshadowing, because there's already a name for foreshadowing and that's... um... foreshadowing.
That's my way of explaining that while it might be tempting to jokingly refer to how Sunday's (March 18) "Amazing Race" utilized Chekhov's Random Reference To Navigational Difficulties, that would be just me making an easy joke.
So no, this week's episode didn't use Chekhov's Random Reference To Navigational Difficulties. It was just wicked obvious foreshadowing. Fortunately, it was a good enough episode that it wasn't undermined by the simplistic decision to substitute said foreshadowing for convincing editing in the last act.
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Emma Stone, Milla Jovovich and Joseph Gordon-Levitt hit Anaheim
Peter Berg board game action and Kristen Stewart fairy tale hit Anaheim
Ridley Scott's 'Alien' tie-in and a butt-kicking president hit Anaheim
Charlize Theron and Idris Elba of "Prometheus"
Credit: 20th Century Fox
It's going to be a busy afternoon in the main Ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center, with WonderCon panels for films ranging from "Prometheus" to "The Amazing Spider-Man."
I'll be live-blogging the panels, technology-willing. It'll be just like you were here, only you probably won't be damp from Southern California rain.
Why was the latest 'Survivor' castoff so surprised by Colton's betrayal?
Monica of "Survivor: One World"
"Survivor: One World" may have changed things up last week by recomposing its formerly gender-aligned tribes, but one thing remained consistent: Another week, another victim of The Reign of Colton.
This week's Colton-approved evictee was Monica
Culpepper, wife of former NFL defensive tackle Brad Culpepper.
Monica was blindsided after being repeatedly reassured by Colton that first Christina and then Tarzan were his actual targets. Instead, the puppet-master decided that Monica was so strong and well-liked that she had to be booted first.
In our exit conversation, Monica discusses why she felt so betrayed by Colton, why she had a bad feeling before taking her tribe-selecting egg and what she wishes she would have done to stave off her elimination.
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After Jermaine's surprised DQ, who else will head home?
Joshua Ledet of "American Idol"
On Wednesday night, "American Idol" said a vaguely-shocking farewell to Jermaine Jones. Who would be homeward bound on Thursday (March 15) night's show?
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What drew her to episodic TV? And where would Season 2 take place?
Thursday (March 15) night will be a big one for Ashley Judd
At 6:50 p.m. ET, Judd's beloved Kentucky Wildcats begin what is expected to be a long NCAA Tournament run, tipping off as a No.1 seed against a Western Kentucky Hilltoppers squad that isn't expected to put up much of a fight.
By 8 p.m. the game is expected to be a blowout, just in time for Judd to make her return to primetime TV as the star of ABC
In the globe-trotting thriller, Judd plays Rebecca Winstone, a mother who taps into an unexpected reservoir of skills when her teenage son goes missing in Europe. Butt-kicking and international intrigue ensue.
With its mixture of action and empowerment, "Missing" is designed almost as an extension of hit Ashley Judd features like "Kiss the Girls," "Double Jeopardy" and "High Crimes," giving ABC high hopes in a time period that has been a problem spot in recent seasons.
Late last week (before the NCAA brackets were announced), I got on the phone with Judd to discuss taking on episodic TV, shooting overseas, the plan for "Missing" Season 2 and, of course, Kentucky basketball.
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May the eggs be ever in your favor as 'Survivor' shakes things up
Muscular Mark Twain of "Survivor: One World"
Pre-credit sequence. The Men did the crazy thing last episode, but we're starting with the Women, who are cuddled up in a ball against the elements. For some reason, Troyzan comes to visit and also gives up Colton as the power player behind the brilliant Let's Vote Ourselves Out plot. "I'm not gonna question their nonsense over there," laughs Sabrina, vowing that the seven Women are going to stick together. "We don't know what the guys are thinking. That's crazy-stuff that's happening over there," Christina diagnoses. "The guys messed up big-time," Alicia says before the tribes head to their next challenge. She adds, "They are so dumb. They handed us a million dollars."