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InsideTV Podcast: Jeff Probst talks about a possible all-winners edition of 'Survivor'

Just two weeks ago on Entertainment Weekly Radio, Jeff Probst broke news about the next season of Survivor: Blood vs. Water, revealing that it would involve former contestants returning to play alongside their loved ones. Probst called into EW Morning Live again from the undisclosed filming location this week to discuss the big twist and how producers had to wrap their heads around the new concept. But he also talked to former Survivor contestant Jenna Morasca and me about another potential twist: an all-winners edition in which former champs would battle it out for the ultimate title. So, is this something we’ll actually see?

“We’ve talked about an all-winners season quite a few times and it really comes down the cast,” revealed Probst. “A: Do you have enough winners that will come back and play? Of those winners, are there enough of them that are good characters, because not all winners make for great TV? And then, do you have enough men and women, and then, is there enough diversity in age and all that stuff? And so it takes a lot. But yes, if we knew it was our last season and the network told us ‘this is it,’ I’m sure we would try to do something to go out in a way that would please the audience.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Mike Fleiss reveals he wants to bring 'Bachelor Pad' back in 2014

While Desiree is spending this summer avoiding bad white boy rapping and suitors obsessed with hashtags and high fives on The Bachelorette, fans of the franchise have been mourning the loss of the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, Bachelor Pad, which will not be returning to ABC’s schedule this August, where it has resided for the past three years.

But Bachelor/Bachelorette exec producer Mike Fleiss dropped a bombshell on Jessica Shaw and me when he called in to chat on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105. “I love Bachelor Pad,” said Fleiss. “I thought it might be good to give it a break for a little while — let the fans starve for it a little bit so that next summer when it comes back…” WAIT, WHAT?!? Bachelor Pad is coming back? “I have a good feeling it will be back next summer,” revealed Fleiss. “I really wanted to give it a break because I did not feel like we had enough superstars to populate the pad.” By “populate” we’re pretty sure he means spread sexually transmitted diseases, but there’s no need to get into technicalities. The point is, plenty of bimbos and himbos could be back in work in 2014! Mike Fleiss: job creator!

To hear Fleiss talk about the return of Bachelor Pad, the biggest differences between The Bachelor and Bachelorette, the horrific “Right Reasons” rap from last week, and all the drama set to go down on Monday night with the arrival of one of the suitor’s girlfriends, then click on the audio player below for more. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Norman Reedus previews season 4 of 'The Walking Dead': 'They've introduced a way to make the zombies scary again'

We still have over four months until the return of The Walking Dead, but it’s never too early to check in with one of the survivors as to what’s going on and what to expect. Daryl Dixon himself, Norman Reedus, called in from Senoia, Georgia (where the show is filming) to talk to Jenna Morasca and me on EW’s SiriusXM channel and update us on the progress of season 4. “The scripts this season are just amazing,” says Reedus. “It feels like we’ve shot about three movies already. It’s super intense.”

Reedus also backs up exec producer Gale Anne Hurd’s comment about the zombies becoming more of a threat when the show returns. “They’ve introduced a way to make the zombies scary again,” he says. “They’re terrifying. The new threat is just unreal.” Reedus also tells people not to worry about the show now being on its third showrunner in four seasons, with Scott Gimple replacing Glen Mazzara (who replaced Frank Darabont). “The structure of the writing is a bit different,” says Reedus. “It’s so intense. These are our best scripts so far.” To listen to our entire interview with Norman Reedus, just click on the audio player below.

But that’s not all. Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany called in to EW Radio before the BBC America clone drama’s season finale to chat with Jessica Shaw and me about playing seven different distinctive characters — often in the same scene. What was her audition like? Which clone is her favorite to play? What music does she listen to in order to get in the mood for each character? And which clone is most like the actress herself? Fans of the show will definitely want to check out our chat with Tatiana.

Last but not least, the evil genius behind The Bachelor and Bachelorette, Mike Fleiss, called in to talk about the new season, unfortunate white boy rapping, the differences between the two franchises, and dealing with spoilers. He also broke some news: Bachelor Pad may be back in 2014! Find out why it’s taking the summer off in 2013 but should return next year. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Joss Whedon talks about bringing Agent Coulson back from the dead and the possible appearance of Rage in Marvel's 'The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Does Joss Whedon ever sleep? One has to wonder with everything he has going on. Not only is he busy writing The Avengers 2, but he also has a new series (Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., coming this fall on ABC) and a new movie (a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, opening in theaters June 7). We asked him about all three things and more when he stopped by to chat on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105, and in case you missed it there, you can listen in right here on the InsideTV Podcast.

Why spend his 12-day vacation after filming The Avengers shooting a Shakespeare movie in his own house? And what Shakespeare work would he like to tackle next? Whedon tells us all about his new film and the familiar faces that pop up in it. And then I grill him on Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. How is Agent Phil Coulson — who we clearly saw bite it at the hands of Loki in The Avengers — alive and kicking for the new series? Whedon promises all will be explained when the show premieres. “We’re gonna earn it,” he says of coming up with an explanation that will meet fans’ approval. “That’s not something you take lightly.”

I also try my darndest to get Whedon to reveal the identity of the J. August Richards character seen in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer. Is it that of vigilante Rage, as has been speculated online? “I’m not going to say who he’s playing,” teases Whedon. “But he’s certainly cranky, as you can tell from the trailer.” We also get updates on the future of a Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog sequel and some of the other projects Whedon would like to pursue, including…a ballet? Just click on the audio player below to hear the whole conversation for yourself. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Jeff Probst reveals the big 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' twist. Plus: Joss Whedon and Gillian Anderson!

Jeff Probst was cagey when he announced the title of the next season of Survivor as Blood vs. Water and showed a clip of blood mixing with water that looked vaguely like a promo for Showtime’s Dexter. But he is cagey no longer! When I traveled on location last week for filming of the upcoming season and spoke to Probst for an interview that ran today on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105, I was shocked to hear him go ahead and reveal the big twist for all to hear. “I think it’s okay to say that it is going to be family members,” said Probst of the next season’s cast. “And they’ll end up playing against each other.” Whose family members? you may ask. Well, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler tells EW that Survivor: Blood vs. Water will indeed feature “the return of great characters and their relatives.” So there you have it: The cast will be a mix of returning players and their loved ones. Which returning players? Well, Probst isn’t quite ready to spill on that, but you can hear him talk about the new season and twist right here on the InsideTV Podcast replay of that EW Radio chat. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Marilu Henner spills secrets from the 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' Boardroom

You better not cross Marilu Henner. Because that woman remembers EVERYTHING! No, seriously, she does. The former Taxi star possesses some sort of super memory power worthy of X-Men mutant status. So we put her special powers to the test when she dropped by the InsideTV Podcast studio to tell us about her All-Star Celebrity Apprentice experience.

Why was Marilu assaulting people at Universal Studios by yelling out what day of the week they were born on? What’s this about Celebrity Apprentice pimp daddy Farouk Shami trying to fly her down to Houston? What are some things we didn’t see because they never made it onto the show? And most importantly, if Marilu has some sort of superhuman memory, why does she not remember meeting me?!? It’s a fun, freewheeling conversation that also somehow manages to include Tony Danza and a orangutan. To listen in, just click on the audio player below.

But that’s not all. First up, blindsided Brenda Lowe calls in to talk about the “painful eye-opener” of being voted out by her friend Dawn on the last episode of Survivor: Caramoan. Turns out she has refused to communicate with the woman who blindsided her since they returned from the game last June. What will happen when they share the stage at tonight’s reunion? Brenda tells us how she plans to approach the awkward situation. Looking for the perfect way to pre-game for tonight’s finale? Then have a listen! READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Brenda Lowe from 'Survivor' on that 'painful eye-opener' and why she hasn't spoken to Dawn since

Considering we barely saw or heard from Brenda Lowe in the first half of the Survivor: Caramoan season, we never expected her to be a part of one of the most gut-wrenching blindsides in recent memory. But there she was getting voted out by the person whose teeth she found. The same person whom she initially invited to join her for the loved ones reward. And the same person she had been offering round-the-clock friendship and support for during many an emotional breakdown. And that person was Dawn.

On the latest InsideTV Podcast, Brenda calls in to talk about the “painful eye-opener” of being voted out by the person she counted on the most. (Unbeknownest to her, Dawn actually had a stronger alliance with Cochran.) “It really hurt,” says Brenda, who goes on to reveal that while Dawn has attempted to reach out to her since the show wrapped last June, she has not responded to the woman that voted her out. What will happen when they share a stage at Sunday’s reunion then? Listen in and find out! Brenda also goes on to talk about what it was like to make Jeff Probst cry, why she never considered throwing the loved ones challenge, and the thing that surprised her the most watching the episodes back on TV. It’s a must-listen for any Survivor fan.

Then we talk to another ousted reality show beauty: Marilu Henner! Marilu was fired on the last All-Star Celebrity Apprentice after her Foxwoods party suite fell flat thanks to an overemphasis on chess (among other things.) Now, Marilu comes in to spill secrets on everything that goes on both inside and outside of the Boardroom. Plus: Is the game rigged against women? I pose that question to the former Taxi star and you may be surprised by her answer. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: 'Celebrity Apprentice' receptionist and elevator attendant reveal all!

One is the gatekeeper to the Boardroom. The other is the man responsible for herding all of the fired losers off the floor as quickly as possible. Together they make up the most dynamic of Celebrity Apprentice duos! Receptionist Amanda Miller and elevator attendant Adrian Acosta stopped by Entertainment Weekly’s SiriusXM studio for their first ever joint interview, and now you can hear it all on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast.

Why does Amanda have multiple pairs of golden scissors on her desk…and no computer? Does Adrian’s elevator actually go anywhere? What’s the name of the doorman who escorts the fired celebrities to their cars? And which contestants have attempted to hit on the receptionist and elevator operator over the years? We grill the pair and get all the behind the scenes Celebrity Apprentice scoop you know you secretly crave. Our last podcast with Amanda was one of our most successful ever, and you can expect more tomfoolery this time around as well.

But first, we chat with the two most recent players to be voted off of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites: Reynold Toepfer and Andrea Boehlke. Why did Reynold decide to sport that sweet porn stache? Is Andrea bitter at those who blindsided her (like Cochran and Dawn) and has she mended fences with the people she blindsided (like Francesca)? And what surprised them the most when they watched the episodes play back on TV? It’s a joint interview no Survivor fan will want to miss. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Andrea and Reynold from 'Survivor' talk mustaches, blindsides, and backstabbing former friends

They started the season of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites in very different places. On the Fans tribe, Reynold Toepfer found himself on the outs pretty much immediately after trying to form a young hotties alliance that simply didn’t have the numbers. Over on the Favorites beach, however, Andrea Boehlke, made an immediate power play against her former fellow Redemption Island cast member and New York City pal Francesca Hogi, sending her former friend home and putting herself in the middle of the dominant alliance.

But both Reynold and Andrea ended up in the same place and on the same episode — the jury. Both were voted out on Wednesday’s double elimination episode of Survivor, and both called in together to a preview edition of Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM radio show EW Morning Live, hosted by yours truly and Survivor: Amazon champ Jenna Morasca. (The full EW Radio channel launches on SiriusXM after Memorial Day.) Now, you too can hear that conversation as part of this week’s InsideTV Podcast.

We asked Andrea all about backstabbing Francesca and the online war of words that followed. We talked to Reynold about handing his immunity idol over to Malcolm. We spoke about being blindsided (Andrea) and blinding people through the power of mustache (Reynold). And you can hear it all by clicking on the audio player icon below.

But that’s not the only dynamic reality duo we have on tap this week! America’s favorite fake receptionist and elevator operator Amanda Miller and Adrian Acosta from All-Star Celebrity Apprentice stopped by our SiriusXM studio to share all the secrets from outside the Boardroom! Why does Amanda have approximately 3,271 pairs of scissors on her desk? Does Adrian’s elevator actually go anywhere? And what do they have to say about the celebs that have populated their reception area and elevator? Amanda and Adrian reveal all! READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Malcolm from 'Survivor' talks about his big double idol move and why he keeps getting played by older women

Malcolm Freberg loves the game of Survivor. And he loves it when people make big moves. So it was no surprise when he said that if he was gonna go out, he wanted to go out big. And he certainly did — using two hidden immunity idols last week (one for himself and one for Eddie). But was that a smart move? That question comes into clearer focus after the fan favorite was voted off on last night’s episode of Survivor: Caramoan. Now, Malcolm calls into the InsideTV Podcast to tell Jessica Shaw and me if he regrets not saving an idol for a rainy day. Malcolm reveals that they weren’t actually planning on playing both idols at all, instead using them as a bluff, until Erik called them on that very fact, thereby forcing their hand.

Malcolm also talks about how he keeps trusting older women (Lisa Whelchel, Dawn, Sherri) that seem to get the better of him, why he spent $20 on a beer, trying to find that last idol with Andrea hanging all over him (we give him one strategy he should have tried), his biggest regret, being reunited with Phillip at Ponderosa, and what he’ll be looking for when he casts his vote at the final Tribal Council. It’s a must-listen chat with the lead Amigo. And believe or not, he is neither drunk nor hungover when he calls!

But that’s not all. Our resident Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd then calls in to break down one of the biggest moments in the history of the HBO drama. James has talked to the show’s producers as well as actress Emilia Clarke and shares all the behind-the-scenes intel on last week’s big scene of Daenerys unleashing her dragon. He also sheds some light on what is going on with Theon Greyjoy’s mysterious captor as well as the machinations of creepy Varys, and what exactly is brewing between one-handed Jaime Lannister and former foe Brienne. If you’re a fan of the show, you won’t want to miss what James has to say.

And finally, Spartacus himself, Liam McIntyre, stopped by the studio to give his thoughts on the heartbreaking series finale of the Starz drama and the fact that Spartacus did not somehow make it out of the show alive. McIntyre also discusses “openly weeping” while watching the finale with the man who plays on-screen enemy Caesar, Todd Lasance, and how showrunner Steven S. DeKnight handled the brutal on-the-cross death of fan favorite Gannicus. It’s an entertaining and revealing chat sure to be enjoyed by all. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Michael from 'Survivor' compares Phillip to Kim Jong-il. Plus: 'Mad Men,' 'New Girl,' 'The Voice'

He was best known as “My Gay” or “The Gay” during his run on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites, but the man actually does have a name, and the name is Michael Snow. Michael was voted out of the game last night after the Favorites got cold feet about their plan to take out Malcolm so targeted the New Yorker instead.

Now, Michael calls into the InsideTV Podcast to talk all about his time on the island. How does he feel about Corinne’s comments about him? What other moves did he try to make to stick around longer? Why was he the only person out there who did not trust Dawn? And what’s the one thing he would change about his game if he could go back and do it over again. Michael reveals all, while also naming Phillip as his least favorite Favorite and comparing the Specialist to another unpopular leader, Kim Jong-iL. To hear it all for yourself just click on the audio player below! (The Survivor discussion and interview begins at 16:25.)

But first, we check in on a trio of other shows. Jessica Shaw loved the Mad Men season premiere while I was a bit lukewarm on it. We discuss and debate what works best on the AMC drama and where this season may be headed. Then, we’ve always worried about anything involving Winston on New Girl, but now we’re concerned with the charade of a Cece wedding storyline currently taking place — especially when we both agree there is absolutely no chance whatsoever that she will end up actually getting married. Has New Girl hit a bit of a rocky patch, and what can the show do to get out of it? (The New Girl chat begins at 6:30.)

Finally, we weigh in on the new coaches on The Voice. Has the show traded up or down with the switch from Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green to Shakira and Usher? I have some definite opinions about this Aguilera-less season of the NBC hit. (The Voice talk starts at 11:00.) READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Where's Jaime Lannister? We break down when all the missing 'Game of Thrones' faves will be returning

Game Of Thrones returned last Sunday with a premiere that put several storylines in motion for season 3. But with approximately 3,275 main characters, the show couldn’t manage to squeak everybody in. Where was Jaime Lannister (whom we haven’t seen a whole lot of in general since season 1)? What about poor Arya and Bran Stark? And what of that dirty traitor Theon Greyjoy?

When we have questions, we go to the man with all the answers — our resident Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd. James calls in to the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to chat all things Westeros. What did James think about the premiere? Which storyline is he loving and loathing the most? And what sort of teases can he give us going forward, including expected arrival times for the aforementioned characters? It’s an epic orgy of geekdom as James tells us everything we need to prep us for the rest of season 3. To listen in, just click on the video player below.

But that’s not all. Jessica Shaw joins me to break down the latest — and greatest — episode of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites. We then take a call from the person just booted off the show, Corinne Kaplan. Will Corinne hold back when it comes to her thoughts on island rival Phillip Sheppard? Of course not! It’s Corinne! “I don’t have anything nice to say about him,” Corinne says before launching into plenty of not nice things, like comparing The Specialist to a handicapped child and referring to him as “The Living Miscarriage.” She also shares her bitter disappointment at making it to the merge but not the jury. “That’s when my whole world fell apart,” says Corinne. It’s a must-listen chat for any Survivor fan. (The Survivor discussion and interview begins at 21:30.) READ FULL STORY


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