<p>This season's &quot;X Factor&quot; Top 3.</p>

This season's "X Factor" Top 3.

Credit: FOX

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.] 

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

Your "Voice" winners

Credit: NBC

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"

Credit: CBS

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

Credit: AP

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"

Credit: NBC

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

Credit: CBS

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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The Fien Print's TV Top 10 for 2013 - 'Breaking Bad,' Sundance's big year and more

The Fien Print's TV Top 10 for 2013 - 'Breaking Bad,' Sundance's big year and more

Which animated series, documentary and Netflix original made the cut?
I keep meeting fewer and fewer people who use that dreadfully snooty line, "Oh, I don't really watch TV."
 
Yes, my perception on these matters is skewed. 
 
I also feel like we get fewer and fewer comments on the site lamenting that there's nothing on TV but "reality crap."
 
Again, my perception may be skewed.
 
Our definitions of "great TV" may differ, but I think there was more "very good TV" airing in 2013 than ever before and that there were more types of very good TV airing than ever before and they're airing in more places.
 
My Top 10 list includes an animated series, a documentary, a zombie show, a fantasy series, three or four things that are kinda comedies, period shows and contemporary. They're shows from cable, network, PBS and an online platform.
 
Seven of the shows in my Top 10 were no-brainers for me. Another was a no-brainer on quality, but its brevity and format left me briefly contemplating its place. And two of the shows on my list could have been replaced by six or seven other shows and I'd have felt *almost* exactly the same satisfaction. 
 
So that means that when I do my Second 10 in a couple weeks, I think that's a list of very good shows as well and some of them really hurt to exclude from this list. And if that list only includes 10-ish shows (I usually allow some cheating once I get out of the Top 10), I'll probably feel bad about another six or seven shows that I left out.
 
That's how this goes. 
 
Check out my Top 10 in video form above. It'll be in list form on Tuesday morning as part of HitFix's Now-Annual TV Critics Poll.
<p>Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers</p>

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Steelers-Bengals game, 'Family Guy' lead Sunday split

'Once' drops, while 'Survivor' finale puts CBS in third
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 15, 2013.
 
NBC's Sunday Night Football showdown between the Steelers and Bengals helped the network to an overall win on Sunday night, but NFL overrun and a strong showing by "Family Guy" helped FOX eke out a slim win among young viewers.
 
There was a lot of competition on Sunday night, with CBS' "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" finale doing OK numbers and leading to a drop for "Once Upon a Time." We'll have to stay tuned for cable numbers as well, particularly the drama finales on Showtime.
 
Note, of course, that FOX had NFL overrun and CBS also had chunks of NFL overrun in several markets, so nearly all of these numbers are likely to shift a bit.
 
On to those preliminary numbers...
 
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<p>&nbsp;Jeff Probst and the &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot; Immunity Necklace</p>

 Jeff Probst and the "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" Immunity Necklace

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' Finale - 'It's My Night'

Who won the 27th installment of 'Survivor'?
Pre-credit sequence. "Another tough vote," Tyson says as Kasama returns to camp. Ciera is, once again, apologizing for playing the game and all that. She is, however, hopeful that Redemption Island will bring an alliance-mate back into the game. It could hardly not. "My best shot is going to be with Monica and Gervase," Tyson says, explaining that he may have to use the Immunity Idol to keep Monica in line. Tyson offers her the Idol and tells her that she can either use it or take it home to her kids. She doesn't take it, but Tyson says he'll send it to her. Monica has a plan. "If the guys really do think I'm their lapdog, fine. But I'm not going to be manipulated by Tyson and Gervase," Monica says, noting that whoever comes back from Redemption will give her two choices at the Final 3. This is gonna be a big Monica episode, I sense.
 
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