<p>Mike of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Mike of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Mike Holloway on his 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' win and his superstar edit

Who is Mike's dark horse to win 'Survivor 31'?

This concludes my coverage of "Survivor: Worlds Apart."

The 30th "Survivor" installment -- "The Dirty 30" as the castaways were apparently calling it -- wrapped up last Wednesday with a decisive victory for Texas oil driller Mike Holloway, who earned six votes from the Jury, beating Will and Carolyn, who took one symbolic vote apiece.

It was a hard-earned win for Mike, who started off in a position of power with a strong Blue Collar alliance only to have his former chums turn on him. Backed into a corner, Mike  made a new alliance with vestiges of both White and No Collar tribes, ties that paid few dividends during the season, but formed the spine of his Jury triumph.

After perceived challenge powerhouse Joe was taken out, Mike became the target every single week and nearly every single week he won Individual Immunity, tying a quartet of "Survivor" legends -- Colby, Terry, Tom and Ozzy -- with Five Individual wins. And the one week he didn't have Individual Immunity? Well, he just happened to have a hidden Idol he found with only piecemeal instructions. 

I talked with Mike last Thursday, capping off a long morning of exit interviews and we discussed his challenge dominance, his questionable piece of attempted Auction trickery, his dark horse pick for "Survivor 31" and why he was able to predict Wednesday's vote.

Click through for the full Mike Holloway Q&A... 

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<p>Melissa Benoist of &quot;Supergirl&quot;</p>

Melissa Benoist of "Supergirl"

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DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Monday Nights

'Supergirl' flies in to shake things up, but don't overlook 'Blindspot'

[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.]


8:00 p.m.
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars"
CBS: "Big Bang Theory"/"Life in Pieces" (through October) and "Supergirl"
The CW: "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
FOX: "Gotham"
NBC: "The Voice"

9:00 p.m.
ABC:  "Dancing with the Stars"
CBS: "Scorpion"
The CW: "Jane the Virgin"
FOX: "Minority Report"
NBC: "The Voice"

10:00 p.m.
ABC: "Castle"
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles"
NBC: "Blindspot"

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<p>NASCAR&#39;s Coca-Cola 600</p>

NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

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TV Ratings: Coca-Cola 600 coverage races to Sunday for FOX

Low numbers for 'Battle Creek,' 'American Odyssey' and 'A.D. The Bible Continues'

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Carl Edwards' victory in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 helped FOX race to primetime victory in all measures on a slow out-of-season Sunday night.

Of course, due to the live nature of FOX's ratings, these numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

FOX dominated the limited competition, which consisted mostly of repeats other than on NBC, where original episodes of "A.D. The Bible Continues" and "American Odyssey" continued to draw impressively low numbers. 

Also original on Sunday? CBS' series finale of "Battle Creek," which remained low.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Carolyn of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Carolyn of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Interview: Carolyn Rivera talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

'Survivor' finalist discusses the social game failure that may have cost her the million

Carolyn Rivera had a rough "Survivor" finale night.

Not only did the Florida-based corporate executive lose the "Survivor: Worlds Apart" crown to Mike Holloway, but she received fewer votes than she anticipated, in tying with Will Sims for third with one vote apiece.

And then to make things worse, Carolyn's candidacy for next season's "Survivor: Second Chances" fell short. [It's no solace, probably, but Mike thinks Carolyn got hosed in the Second Chance voting process]

So you'll forgive me for treating Carolyn as the season's second place finisher, at least in terms of exit interview publication. 

Carolyn earned it. 

In addition to a key Individual Immunity win, a crucial play on a hidden Idol that she found sans clue and successful maintenance of majority alliance that would have won the day were it not for Mike's Immunity hot streak, Carolyn also earned her place in the Final 3 with a thrilling, tie-breaking fire build victory over Rodney. For the last few weeks of the season I repeatedly said that Carolyn was one of only two players with a deserving claim on the Sole Survivor crown. She just fell short.

In another slightly truncated exit interview -- Carolyn and Will were supposed to be paired, but I ended up with slightly less time for them as individuals -- Carolyn discusses the adversity she faced as an older woman, the social failings that left her weak with the No Collars on the Jury and the frustration and then elation of that fire tie.

Click through for the full Carolyn Q&A and look for the season's last "Survivor" exit interview tomorrow night...

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<p>Anne Meara</p>

Anne Meara

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Anne Meara, half of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara, dies at 85

Anne Meara, a four-time Emmy nominee who made up half of the '60s comedy duo Stiller and Meara, died on Saturday (May 23) at the age of 85.

Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Meara married Jerry Stiller in 1954 and they performed together as part of The Compass Players, the Chicago-based improvisational comedy company that would evolve into The Second City. 

As Stiller and Meara, the couple turned details from their own relationship into a wildly successful comedy pairing that made them variety show, late night and game show favorites through the '60s and '70s. More than a few of their bits related to his Jewishness and her Irish Catholic upbringing, though she converted to Judaism in 1960.

While Meara's 1975 CBS drama "Kate McShane" was short-lived, it earned her the first of her Emmy nominations, followed by nods for "Archie Bunker's Place" and a guest spot on "Homicide: Life on the Street." In recent years, Meara has made frequent TV guest appearances, including multi-episode turns on "Sex and the City" and "The King of Queens," which co-starred Jerry Stiller. On the big screen, she appeared in "The Boys From Brazil," "The Daytrippers" and "The Fish in the Bathtub."

Stiller and Meara also starred together in a Yahoo web series executive produced by son Ben Stiller.

Check out a couple of Stiller and Meara skits and appearances below:

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<p>Will of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Will of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Will Sims II talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Will the No Collar veteran be rooting for Shirin next season?

For 13 of 14 episodes in this "Survivor: Worlds Apart" season, Will Sims II was enjoying one of the quietest, least significant 39 day runs in the show's history.

For 13 of those 14 episodes, Will stayed just out of the firing line on his No Collar tribe, made a smart alliance transition post-Merge to join with an assortment of White Collar and Blue Collar players in a majority pact and cruised to a Final 3 finish.

For 13 of those 14 episodes, you'd have been hard-pressed to remember anything specific that Will did.

That 14th episode? Well, it was a doozy. At the "Survivor" Auction, Will seemed to make a bad bid and was sent directly back to camp, where he discovered that he'd actually been given directions to a hidden trove of supplies. Will shared his food with his fellow tribemates when they returned, but speculation inevitably arose that if he'd been forthcoming about some of the food, he must have kept some for himself. 

Several people levied accusations, but back at camp, Will responded only to Shirin, shouting and ranting at the often ostracized superfan, telling her that nobody loved her and other charges that Shirin felt (and feels) constituted assault. At Tribal Council, when Shirin cried and talked about her history of abuse, Will refused to apologize. 

Will outlasted Shirin in the game, but at Final Tribal, Shirin got the last laugh with a lengthy zoological analogy in which she compared Will to a dead fish. But then again, maybe Will got the last laugh, because thanks to a vote from buddy Rodney, he finished tied for second. Or perhaps Shirin got the last laugh, because she'll be back on "Survivor" again next season after America voted her a second chance.

One person who won't be supporting Shirin next season? Will.

"Oh there’s no way in hell I’m rooting for her," Will laughed when I asked him about it at the end of his exit interview.

In the slightly time-truncated conversation, we talked about The Shouting Episode, why he chose the post-Merge alliance he did and what aspects of his under-the-radar game he wishes we had seen.

Click through for Will's full exit interview...

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<p>Rodney and Sierra of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Rodney and Sierra of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Rodney Lavoie Jr. and Sierra Dawn Thomas talk 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Rodney explains how 'Survivor' sexism is like Deflategate

"Survivor: Worlds Apart" fourth and fifth place finishers Rodney Lavoie Jr. and Sierra Dawn Thomas called me as a package deal on Thursday (May 21) morning following the "Survivor" finale.

The pairing probably spared Rodney lots of repetition about the various sexism and misogyny charges leveled through the season and discussed through the finale. Those issues came up in our conversation, but it wasn't the meat of the exit interview.

In a season with a 6-1-1 vote, I let Sierra and Rodney defend casting their respective votes for Carolyn and Will instead of eventual winner Mike. 

We discussed a few strategic points in the game, we circled around the sexist comments, the edit and who apologized to whom. 

And we talked about Rodney's birthday and his feelings about Tom Brady's suspension in Deflategate. Which Rodney compares to excessive attention to "Survivor" sexism.

Paired interviews are a good way to deflect problematic questions!

Check back over the next few nights for my exit interviews with Carolyn, Will and Mike.

And check out my full Q&A with Rodney and Sierra below...

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<p>Sansa and Ramsey of &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

Sansa and Ramsey of "Game of Thrones"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 285 - 'Game of Thrones' controversy and finales

Dan and Alan talk about the 'Good Wife,' 'Arrow,' 'Flash' finales and more


Happy Friday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for a spoiler-y installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. This should see you through the long weekend.

Actually, since we did nearly two hours of podcasting on "Mad Men" alone on Monday... That's a lot of Firewall & Iceberg this week.

We kinda picked a random assortment of finales to talk about in this podcast, some that we were asked about in Listener Mail and some that we just felt like touching on. So obviously these segments are all spoiler-y for the shows in question.

And since we got asked about The Bad Thing in last Sunday's "Game of Thrones," we talked about it.

Here's today's breakdown:
"The Good Wife" (00:03:35 - 00:21:40)
"Jane the Virgin" (00:21:40 - 00:38:50)
"New Girl" (00:38:55 - 00:46:00)
"Arrow" (00:46:00 - 01:00:10)
"The Flash" (01:00:15 - 01:07:20)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (01:07:20 - 01:21:30)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 


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

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<p>&quot;Wayward Pines&quot; Episode 2</p>

"Wayward Pines" Episode 2

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TV Ratings: 'Wayward Pines' rises in Week 2, 'Red Nose Day' is quiet on Thursday

CBS wins the night led by a 'Big Bang Theory' repeat

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 21, 2015.

The first out-of-season primetime of the summer was predictably sluggish with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat ruling as the night's top show in all measures, followed by an "Odd Couple" repeat as CBS won in most measures.

NBC's star-studded "Red Nose Day" represented a great cause, but drew little audience attention. The show's biggest number was $21 million raised for children's charities thus far, so none of the rest of this stuff matters for it.

The night's biggest notable was a Week 2 bump for FOX's "Wayward Pines," which was up from last week's premiere in most measures. Meanwhile, the second night of ABC's "500 Questions" didn't deliver great numbers, but it retained much of its audience from Wednesday.

Let's get to the ratings...

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<p>&quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

"Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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TV Ratings: 'Survivor' finale cruises on Wednesday, 'Modern Family' hits low

NBC dramas have strong finales overall

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 21, 2015.

CBS cruised to victory on the last night of the 2014-15 season with three hours of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" finale coverage, which swept primetime in most measures. 

NBC finished second overall thanks to strong performances from finales for "The Mysteries of Laura," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD," while a series low finale for "Modern Family" still put ABC in second in the key demo.

There were a couple summer premieres on Wednesday, with ABC's "500 Questions" having an OK series launch and FOX's "MasterChef" premiere coming in a bit soft, though both shows did the same 18-49 rating.

Let's get to the numbers...

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