Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
What dreams would Simon and company shatter?
On Wednesday, "The X Factor" said farewell to a bunch of people who weren't really very good and whose presence in Miami wasted FOX and Simon Cowell's money.
I don't pity Simon Cowell or FOX for losing a couple thousand dollars on hotel rooms for people like Dehydrated Trevor or That Awful Girl Who Sang Annie, but I do pity myself for having to dedicate an hour to pretending that said people were ever going to advance particularly far on "The X Factor."
Let's see what excitement will ensue in Thursday's episode!
Is her character a hero, a villain or a work-in-progress?
Viewers who tuned in to last Thursday's premiere of ABC's "Last Resort" may not have a read yet on Autumn Reeser's Kylie Sinclair.
I've seen three episodes and I'm not sure I know what to make of her either. As a weapons lobbyist, Kylie's not inherently sympathetic, but she's Manipulative with a capital "M" and it seems like if we want to unravel the "Last Resort" mystery, she's going to be a crucial source of information. So she's a bad guy, but maybe she's going to eventually be a good guy? Or vice versa?
Of course, I like Kylie. But that's because she's played by Reeser, whose Taylor Townsend was largely responsible for the late-run renaissance of "The O.C." and who also provided quirky humor and energy to ABC's "No Ordinary Family."
I got on the phone last week to talk with Reeser about her character's dual nature, about the rewards of playing smart women and about the fun of delivering exposition in the middle of a sex scene.
Click through for the full conversation...
Would Team Russell come together to reverse its slide?
Pre-credit sequence. Team Russell returns to camp after another Tribal Council. Castaways describe the experience as "fun" and "interesting." Angie's not happy with Roxy throwing her under the bus, but she thinks that everybody remaining in their tribe trusts her and knows that nothing is happening with her and Malcolm. Well, that would be everybody other than Russell, who worries about Angie and Malcolm as a couple and is determined to sway Denise to his way of thinking.
We're done with auditions... On to the madness of boot camp
Farewell, "X Factor" auditions. We had some fun with you, but it's finally time to move on to something else. Anything else.
It's time for Boot Camp, which would be a lot like Hollywood Week on "American Idol," except that it's in Miami and, therefore, is completely different.
Wednesday's (October 3) episode is only an hour because of the debate, so let's get down to the business of singing!
It was so close, yet so far for the lumberjack and his bride-to-be
Fans of "The Amazing Race" never got much of a chance to know competitive lumberjack champion Rob Scheer and bride-to-be Sheila Castle.
That was all that separated Rob & Sheila from a potentially longer tenure on the Race.
Rob & Sheila successfully weathered a pair of Roadblocks, but the task of finding a lady with an abacus on Shanghai's Bund proved frustrating. Still, they had the clue and nearly made it to Phil Keoghan in next-to-last position, only to get run down from behind by Chippendales Dancers Jaymes & James.
In the season's first "Amazing Race" exit interview, Rob and Sheila discuss the disappointment of their brief time on the show, why finding a lady with an abacus was so hard and what frog fallopian tubes taste like.
FOX comedy returns on Tuesday with more Sabrina quirkiness
It isn't often that we discover a love interest on a TV show sleeps with a stocking over her head out of fear of nesting spiders, but in the world of FOX's "Raising Hope
," Shannon Woodward
's Sabrina is only beginning to rise to the level of eccentricity around her.
Sabrina's growing quirkiness was one of the pleasures of "Raising Hope" both for fans and for Woodward, who tells me that she requested the opportunity to engage in some wackiness of her own. And things are only getting crazier in the third season, which introduces Oscar nominee Melanie Griffith as Sabrina's mother and threatens to take the Jimmy-Sabrina romance to the next level.
In our recent sit-down, Woodward and I discussed the very logical reasons why even a normal person would start donning hose before bed, her off-camera relationship with the twins who play Hope and her very enthusiastic "When Harry Met Sally" homage in the premiere.
Check out the full interview above...
FOX comedy airs its second episode on Wednesday
While Faxon and Johnson can tap creator Dana Fox for information about the real-life inspirations for their characters, Punch and Kellum have been able to stray from Fox's own family history and in this interview, they discuss the development of BJ and Tommy.
The two actors also tease upcoming details about their characters and explain the secret to not being upstaged by Jones.
Check out the interview...
"Ben and Kate" airs on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on FOX.
FOX comedy star discusses Jimmy and Goth Jimmy
When I sat down with the "Raising Hope
" star, he was wearing a "Raising Hope" hat, a "Raising Hope" jacket and he was drinking from a "Raising Hope" mug. He's also wearing a "Raising Hope" t-shirt underneath the jacket, not that you can see it.
"Raising Hope" is returning for its third season on Tuesday (October 2) night and much of my conversation with Neff focuses on the way that the show has grown and changed, including the progression of his character and the evolution of the twins who play Baby Hope.
He also, in moments of variable jest, discusses a fatalistic potential ending for "Raising Hope" and picks his favorite twin.
It's a funny interview and I think you'll always keep in mind what show Neff is promoting, which is truly what counts.
"Raising Hope" returns on Tuesday, October 2 at 8 p.m. Stay tuned for my interviews with Garret Dillahunt & Martha Plimpton and with Shannon Woodward.
Why do Cece and Schmidt make sense?
My first mistake: Insinuating to Hannah Simone
that her "New Girl
" character, Cece, may have started out last season as just The Hot Friend, before very quickly becoming a valuable part of the show's comedic ensemble.
In my mind, this was a double compliment. Lesson learned, though. Hannah Simone is sure that Cece was funny from the beginning and since she was a tremendously good sport and, I'd like to believe, only feigned offense, I'll take her word for it.
That was probably my only real mistake in the conversation I had with Simone a couple weeks back, discussing Cece's evolution and her increasingly pivotal relationship with Max Greenfield's Schmidt.
Simone was battling laryngitis, but she did a terrific job of perking up for the conversation, especially when discussing her awe at getting to play opposite legendary Indian actress (and cookbook maven!) Madhur Jaffrey, who played Cece's grandmother last season.
Check out the full interview above.
After its two-episode premiere last week, "New Girl" settles exclusively into its regular Tuesday 9 p.m. slot on October 2.
Dan and Alan talk '30 for 30,' ratings, 'Homeland' and much, much, much more
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
It's a Kitchen Sink installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
In this week's installment, we talk about Tuesday's return of "Raising Hope" and review the first two new "30 For 30" films. We also talk about a ton of TV from last week, including weighing in on "Sons of Anarchy," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Office" and "Homeland." We also discuss the idea of Seth MacFarlane as Oscars host and Week 1 ratings.
Seriously. Lots of stuff.
And pay close attention to the outline if you don't want things spoiled. I take a long pause before we get into The Big Thing That Happened on "Sons of Anarchy," but beyond that... It's on you!
"Raising Hope" (00:01:15 - 00:10:55)
"30 for 30" (00:10:55 - 00:23:45)
Oscar host Seth MacFarlane (00:23:45 - 00:31:40)
Early Ratings (00:31:40 - 00:40:30)
"Sons of Anarchy" (00:40:40 - 00:50:15)
"The Office" (00:50:15 - 00:54:05)
"How I Met Your Mother" (00:54:10 - 01:00:45)
Listener mail - Guest Appearances (01:01:10 - 01:04:15)
Listener mail - "Life" (01:04:15 - 01:07:15)
"Homeland" (01:07:15 - 01:14:00)
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