<p>John of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

John of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: John Cody talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

John talks Idol regrets, Brad conversations and time on Redemption with Candice
John Cody had a strange run on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water."
 
For several days, he was in a position of strength, at the center of a seemingly powerful all-male alliance and holding the only available clues to a Hidden Immunity Idol, courtesy of wife Candice's success at Redemption Island. But John didn't find the Idol and his alliance turned on him, spurred on by Brad Culpepper's insecurity about the game-status of his own wife.
 
That meant that John and Candice had a quality two days together on Redemption before she went home, followed fittingly by Brad. John, in fact, made it all the way up to the last Duel before a castaway would return to the game from Redemption, only to face a task that seemed to give an advantage to female competitors. Attempting to cling to a pole with only small space for footing, John ditched his shoes to get a more literal toehold, but still went out first.
 
In his exit interview, John talks about his time on Redemption, including his conversations with nemesis Brad, his mistakes with the Immunity Idol clue, the frustration with that final Duel and his new understanding of what drew Candice to "Survivor" thrice..
 
Click through for the conversation.
 
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<p>Laura Boneham of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Laura Boneham of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Interview: Laura Boneham talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Why did Rupert's wife tell Vytas he was going home?
As one of the most popular (and perhaps unpopular) players in "Survivor" history, Rupert Boneham left some pretty big shoes for wife Laura to fill when, on the first first morning of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," he elected to take her place on Redemption Island.
 
In a somewhat arbitrary vote, the Newbies sent Laura to Redemption, while Rupert's self-sacrifice sent Laura to play with a group of Returnees, many of whom had established relationships either from prior seasons or from the much-discussed "Survivor" Reunion Circuit.
 
In that light, Laura had a solid "Survivor" season, making it to the eve of the Merge and appearing to be an asset in challenges (sometimes) and camp-life for her tribe. Still, it was a rookie mistake that did her in, as Laura alienated her all-girl alliance by telling master-manipulator Vytas that he was being voted out next. What Laura viewed as a sign of respect and honest was interpreted as strategic weakness by her alliance and she was blindsided.
 
In her exit interview, Laura Boneham discusses the decision to be up-front with Vytas, her emotional growth on "Survivor" and understanding her husband's compulsion to keep returning to the game.
 
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<p>Thursday's &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' leads Thursday while 'The Voice' clobbers 'X Factor'

'Sean' and 'Parenthood' get nice bumps for NBC
Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 7, 2013.
 
As usual, "The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday's top show in all measures and, as usual, it lifted CBS to primetime wins in most measures, even though the network lost young viewers with each half-hour.
 
Thursday offered a slew of mixed results.
 
If you want positives, an out-of-schedule hour of "The Voice" did low ratings by the NBC hit's standards, but it also gave a huge boost to "Sean Saves The World," as well as a smaller boost to "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "Parenthood," as NBC's entire Thursday lineup made it over the four million viewer plateau. [NBC had the Thursday Night Football game in Washington, so there could be some slippage.]
 
"The Voice" also sent FOX's frantic 13-performance "The X Factor" to series lows for a regular episode, as "Glee" was forced to improve upon its lead-in the 9 p.m. hour.
 
And as bad as that "Voice" number was, it still beat ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," which dipped below a 1.0 in the key demo and cost ABC the night among young viewers.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Analysis: How will Marvel's Daredevil and Luke Cage fit in on Netflix?

Analysis: How will Marvel's Daredevil and Luke Cage fit in on Netflix?

What does the new Marvel/Netflix deal mean for superheroes on TV?
News broke early this morning that Netflix and Disney are partnering to bring a quartet of high profile Marvel characters to the screen in 13-episode series starting in 2015. 
 
In reporting the story, HitFix's Alan Sepinwall talked about how the four shows -- built around Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage -- will come together in a "Defenders" miniseries just as the early Marvel films came together in "The Avengers."
 
This afternoon, I chatted with HitFix's Gregory Ellwood, more of a comic fan than I am, about the Netflix/Marvel projects, what they mean for the characters and what they mean for Netflix. 
 
Check out the video above!
<p>Lillie McCloud of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Lillie McCloud of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Top 13 Performances Deja View - Thursday edition

After Wednesday's SNAFU, the Top 13 perform again for your votes

So here we are again.

I mean, we knew we were going to be here again, but I was eagerly awaiting the season's early rankings and, mostly, a performance by Selena Gomez before a double elimination.

Instead, "X Factor" put the wrong numbers on the screen for the East Coast and all of the voting was discarded. Since the contestants were all ready with their "Save Me" songs, "X Factor" is making all 13 of them sing again. In one hour. 

This could be nuts. Click through for another Top 13 recap, same as last night only FASTER.

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;The X Factor&quot; never happened.</p>

Wednesday's "The X Factor" never happened.

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'X Factor' exes out Wednesday's show after voting error

All 13 Finalists will sing again on Thursday's hour
Remember those two hours you spent watching and I spent recapping FOX's "The X Factor" on Wednesday (November 6) night?
 
[Waving my hand in front of your face, Jedi-style.] It never happened.
 
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<p>Blake Shelton celebrates a CMA Awards win</p>

Blake Shelton celebrates a CMA Awards win

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TV Ratings: CMA Awards dominates for ABC Wednesday, while 'Arrow,''Tomorrow People' gap widens

'Survivor' rises, while 'Criminal Minds' and 'CSI' fall
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
 
ABC got big numbers for its coverage of the CMA Awards, dominating Wednesday primetime in all measures. 
 
The CMA Awards show was up by 21 percent over last year's telecast in viewers and 24 percent in the key demographic. The growth was particularly big among young males, with ABC touting a nine-year high among men 18-34.
 
The country music telecast had a mixed impact on its Wednesday competition.  While "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" actually up week-to-week, "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" will likely approach series lows. NBC's "Revolution" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" hovered around season averages.
 
The CW was a big bump for "Arrow," both overall and among young viewers, but "Tomorrow People" was flat in the demo and declined overall as a big gap has suddenly grown between the two shows.
 
And after blaming last Tuesday's lackluster performance on an out-of-time-period airing, FOX got another weak performance from "The X Factor," which probably won't be aided by a voting screw-up that rendered all votes moot.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Aras and Vytas of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Aras and Vytas of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - 'Skin of My Teeth'

One player returns from Redemption and the Merge arrives
Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 18 at Galang. Vytas is overjoyed and announces how much trust he has in the group that has been emotionally incapable of voting for him. Vytas says that this is his group of five and he's ready for the Merge. "We're standing for a certain way of playing this game," Vytas says of the "moral" and "honest" way of playing the game that he's telling the women he's in favor of. Vytas is sure that he has his current tribe, plus Aras, plus Gervase, though Tina wants to advocate for Monica being ahead of Gervase in the alliance. Of course, Monica's not nearly as pleased to be No. 5 as Tina might have hoped and she admits that if, post-Merge, she gets a better offer, she'll have to consider it.
 
Laura B easy on the cut, no mistakes allowed. Laura B arrives at Redemption Island, calling it "a hugely horrible, non-strategic move" that led her tribe to keep Vytas over her. Laura M and John both agree with Laura B that Vytas should have been the vote. The next morning, Tree-Mail on Redemption Island indicates that they're on to their last Duel, with the winner coming into the game. John says he's been training for the Duel for 12 days and he'll be disappointed with himself if he doesn't get back in. Laura M is determined to return to the game for Ciera. On to Redemption Island. The two tribes arrive, followed by the three Duelists. Jeff Probst sets the stakes. And we move on to... CREDITS!
 
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<p>Restless Road</p>

Restless Road

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 Top 12 Performances - Motown Night

What is the twist Simon Cowell has been teasing?

[If you're looking for a "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" recap, it will be up after the show's airing on Pacific time, a pattern I'll be following for the rest of the Wednesdays this fall. It's not that I prefer "X Factor" to "Survivor." It's just that if one show is live and the other show is canned, it makes more sense to live-blog the live show. I don't know if that makes sense, but that's my thought process.]

It's Motown Night for the "X Factor" Top 12. 

This is a theme that was inevitable, but a theme that's not especially well-tailored for most of this season's Finalists. Will that mean some disastrous performances? Will Simon Cowell's promised twist have to save the show? 

Click through for the performances and chime in below!

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'X Factor' Season 3 Interviews: The Over-25s - Lillie McCloud, Jeff Gutt and Rachel Potter

'X Factor' Season 3 Interviews: The Over-25s - Lillie McCloud, Jeff Gutt and Rachel Potter

Will one of these Geriatrics follow in Tate Stevens' footsteps?
As you've heard already, I covered the Top 12 red carpet on Monday night and talked to all of this season's finalists. I've posted my interviews with the Girls -- Rion, Ellona and Khaya -- and the Groups -- Sweet Suspense, Alex & Sierra and Restless Road -- and the Boys -- Tim Olstad, Carlito Olivero and Carlos Guevara.
 
Now it's time now for the Over-25s.
 
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