Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
Will the Women shake out of their downward spiral?
Bill of "Survivor: One World"
Pre-credit sequence. The Women are back at camp and Alicia is trying to restore Kat's self-worth. Chelsea, kinda acknowledging that maybe keeping Kat wasn't the best of all possible moves, figures that all they need is something positive to happen so that they can gain confidence. A storm is brewing and the men are feeling charitable, inviting the women to come to their shelter. Or at least Colton makes that invitation, but I guess we assume Colton isn't acting as a complete free agent.. The women are determined to remain autonomous, but the rain starts falling and it starts getting colder and the women have no tarp and a pretty much no roof.
After a lackluster night for the 'Idol' Men, could the Women shine?
This is Jessica Sanchez, the one "American Idol" female contestant you won't confuse with all of the rest.
Credit: Michael Becker/FOX
Tuesday night's "American Idol" wasn't a very good showcase for the season's Top 13 Men.
However, it was a perfectly decent showcase for my ability to do a live-blog for a performance show. I was a bit pitchy at first, but I worked it out and the experience proved that, really, I could recap the phone book.
Thus? I'm ready to go with another live-blog for Wednesday's episode celebrating the Top 12 (unless they sneak in a 13th) Women.
Who bombed? Who soared? Who got the extra slot?
Phillip Phillips of "American Idol"
Credit: Michael Becker/FOX
Let's get down to performing!
I've been doing live-blogs all through the seemingly endless audition and Hollywood phases of the season. I've never tried live-blogging a performance episode. So I'll give it a try tonight and it'll either work or it won't. Probably that means that I'll be updating the blog after each performance. So semi-live-blogging?
Anyway... Let's see how this goes! Follow along and chime in with your own opinions on each performance...
Dan and Alan talk Oscars, 'Awake,' 'GCB' and 'We'll Take Manhattan'
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls. Time for a thrilling post-Oscars installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
In this week's installment, Sepinwall and I discuss the Oscars and then review NBC's "Awake," Ovation's "I'll Take Manhattan" and ABC's "GCB." We also answer a pile of mail.
It's a full show!
Here's the breakdown:
The Oscars (00:00:40 - 00:19:15)
"Awake" (00:19:15 - 00:35:15)
"I'll Take Manhattan" (00:36:50 - 00:45:00)
"GCB" (00:45:10 - 00:53:45)
Listener Mail - What caused NBC's plight (00:54:00 - 01:03:10)
Listener Mail - "Top Chef" this season (01:03:10 - 01:08:55)
Listener Mail - Why do networks put shows at midseason anyway? (01:09:00 - 0:1:18:00)
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And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Who knew long division would be so important?
Bopper and Mark of "The Amazing Race"
I can't say if I would have felt this disconnected from the episode if I'd watched it on my normal schedule, but this is going to be a short recap [After-the-fact note: It was not a short recap], since I spent the last 20 minutes of the show thinking something that regular readers know I almost never think during "The Amazing Race"...
Gee. I kinda hope this is a Non-Elimination Leg.
I had the thought even before a team I like started to struggle, but I swear on a small stack of Bibles that I'd have stuck by the thought even if Phil Keoghan had been on the verge of eliminating one of the teams I hate.
That was just a bad hour of TV
to send any team home on. This would have been the rare NEL that wouldn't have gotten any complains from me.
Instead, naturally, this was not a Non-Elimination Leg and a team I like (kinda) went home.
Add in the Oscars, which largely went to movies I didn't really love and this was a lackluster evening of non-stop TV viewing.
Click through for as much recapping as I can stand...
From Billy Crystal to an endless string of 'Artist' wins, join the conversation...
Credit: Joel Ryan/AP
I've spent the last two-plus hours live-tweeting all of the red carpet Oscars fun, but now it's time to get "serious" and by "serious" I mean "bring page views to HitFix." Thus, welcome to my Oscars live-blog. Join the conversation. I'll try to chat along in the comments during commercial breaks!
Before we get started, you wanna know what I'm rooting for tonight? ANYTHING surprising. So if Spencer, Plummer, Davis, Dujardin, Hazanavicious and "The Artist," "The Artist," "The Artist" and "The Artist," it's gonna be a grumpy evening. I don't need for all of the favorites to lose. Heck, some of them are the deserving winners. But gimme a Gary Oldman win or something... Just to keep things interesting. Is that too much to ask?
Let's find out, after the break...
What went wrong and how did they miss Phil at the Pit Stop?
Misa & Maiya at the "Amazing Race" Pit Stop
Tanaka finished the season's opening "Amazing Race" challenge, a balloon search in a Santa Barbara vineyard, in last. That wasn't why they were eliminated.
They also finished the season's first Roadblock, a combination of skydiving and map-based navigation, in last. That wasn't why they were eliminated.
Instead, Misa & Maiya sped through an empanada-making challenge in Argentina and seemed to be on the verge of surviving an astounding number of opening leg missteps to remain in the Race ahead of Joey "Fitness" & Danny.
But after recovering their bags from a nearby cab and heading in the direction of the Pit Stop, the San Diego-based sisters were unable to spot host Phil Keoghan waiting for them patiently at the mat. As Phil stood and watched in sad confusion, Misa & Maiya ran off in a different direction and, finding nothing there, eventually returned, by which time it was too late.
A couple days after their elimination episode aired, I caught up with car buyer Misa and professional golfer Maiya for the season's first "Amazing Race" exit interview.
Click through for the full transcript...
If 'Downton' is no longer a miniseries, how will its hopes be impacted?
Maggie Smith does not need to worry
In a move that's almost shocking in its logic and truthfulness, PBS' "Downton Abbey
" will reportedly depart the miniseries category for this fall's Emmys and move into the far more appropriate and competitive drama field.
The news first broke on GoldDerby.com
, which got this somewhat confusing quote from TV Academy awards chief John Leverence.
"After starting out as a miniseries, 'Downton Abbey' caught fire and so now it moves over to drama series category as it plans for future TV seasons," Leverence tells Gold Derby. "It follows the trajectory of previous shows like 'The Starter Wife' that started out as a miniseries and then became a regular series."
Leverence's quote makes the confusing assertion that it was success that made "Downton Abbey" into a worthy entrant for the series field, rather than "Downton Abbey" simply being a TV series that was miscategorized last year and then moved into the correct category this year.
It would be too much, presumably, for Leverence to say, "Yeah, British TV shows confuse us." After all, does the shift of "Downton Abbey" to the correct category mean that the TV Academy will also stop calling "Luther" a miniseries? And will this enforce a ripple effect that will cause the Golden Globes and the various guilds to also stop calling "Downton Abbey" (and "Luther" and "The Hour") a movie/miniseries or will it exist only in isolation?
The big question, and the reason I'm writing this as blog post rather than as a news story, is what impact moving "Downton Abbey" into the drama field will have on various category races that are already the most heated on Emmy night.
[More after the break...]
The latest 'Survivor' castoff explains, again, why the Women blew it
Nina of "Survivor: One World"
Because Kourtney Moon's elimination in Week 1 was an injury-based decision, on Wednesday (Feb. 22) night, the women of "Survivor
: One World" were required to vote somebody out for the first time.
The dysfunctional women of Salani, seemingly incapable of winning any kind of challenge, faced a choice: Either vote out giggling, farting, sheltered Kat, who almost single-handedly cost them the episode's Immunity Challenge, or Nina, 51-year-old former police officer whose exact skills within the game had yet to be tested.
In the end, it apparently wasn't a hard decision. Kat had been part of a majority alliance of younger women established on the hike to camp, while Nina was on the outside trying to desperately to get anybody to listen to her plea that the tribe would be weaker with Kat remaining. Alliance trumped logic and Nina was sent packing.
In this week's "Survivor" exit interview, Nina Acosta
talks more about Kat's liabilities, explains why Men vs. Women was her biggest nightmare and breaks down why only luck will prevent her former tribe from getting routed.
Click through for the full interview...
The final 10 singers in the Top 24 are revealed
Your "American Idol" judges pass... judgement
On Wednesday night, "American Idol" revealed the first 14 members of this season's Top 24.
It took two hours.
On Thursday (Feb. 23), "American Idol" will knock out the remaining 10 singers in the Top 24 in what is sure to be a relatively brisk hour.
Then, next week, "Idol" will finally begin the business of seeing if America cares enough to vote for a winner this season.
Click through to learn the identities of No.15-24...