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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

InsideTV Podcast: Corinne from 'Survivor' compares Phillip to a handicapped child and calls him 'the living miscarriage'

We all knew Survivor: Caramoan’s Corinne Kaplan was not exactly what you would call a big Phillip Sheppard fan. And it is foolish at this point to be shocked or surprised by anything that comes out of Corinne’s mouth. Well, call us fools because Jessica Shaw and I were not prepared for the verbal onslaught Corinne unleashed on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. “I don’t have anything nice to say about him,” Corinne began when asked about her island tormentor. But the woman who was voted out on last night’s episode had plenty of not nice things to say, including comparing The Specialist to a handicapped child and referring to him as “The Living Miscarriage.”

But Corinne does not stop there. Nor does she pull punches when discussing where and why it all went wrong for her in the game, revealing that she only told Dawn about the plan to move against Phillip because Dawn was having repeated “mental breakdowns” and needed comforting. 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.)

But first, our resident Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd calls in to talk all things Westeros. He offers up exclusive intel on what to expect going forward while also breaking down the season 3 premiere and offering his opinion on which storylines are working best and worst. Curious when Jaime Lannister and some of the Stark children are going to be showing up? James will let you know! READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Who is most likely to die on Sunday's 'Walking Dead' finale? Plus: We talk 'Spartacus' and 'Survivor'

Lori. T-Dog. Oscar. Axel. Merle. Lots of other people like Ben that we didn’t really care about. All of them bit the dust during season 3 of The Walking Dead. But there is one episode left, and with a big battle looming between Rick and The Governor, it seems a pretty safe bet that not everyone will be safe when all is said and done. On the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast, Darren Franich and I place odds on who  might die on Sunday’s season finale. Will it be a member of the Greene family (specifically Hershel or Beth)? How about Andrea? Or —horror of all horrors — could it be little Judith Grimes? We talk about who is most likely to go…besides Martinez, of course, who we already have pegged as a goner. Sorry, dude.

The other big question surrounding the finale is whether the Governor will make it out alive. We offer our theories on what will happen to the eye-patch wearing baddie, and also offer up odds on who might be the one to kill him if he does, in fact, die. (Keep your eyes on Milton and Tyrese, people!) Listen in and see if you agree with our theories by clicking on the audio player icon below. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Who will win 'Dancing with the Stars', and who will be eliminated first?

Image Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC

Image Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC

No All-Stars here! It’s a brand new cast of pseudo celebrities hoofing it on the new season of Dancing with the Stars. Now that we’ve had a chance to see them strut their stuff, it’s time for predictions! DWTS expert — please don’t put that on her tombstone — Annie Barrett joins Jessica Shaw and me on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly from week 1. We also look to the future to predict which couple will win the whole thing (will it be Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough, above?) as well as which pair will be on the receiving end of the unceremonious first boot off the show. And it’s all liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive (to tape). (The Dancing with the Stars chat starts at 14:00.)

But first, we “check in” on A&E’s new Bates Motel. Why is it a Psycho prequel yet set in modern day? How great are Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates? And which aspects of the show are working and which aren’t? The one and only Clark Collis stumbles into the studio to break it all down.

Finally, Survivor: Caramoan castoff Matt Bischoff calls in to talk about what went wrong out there on the island. What was his long term plan had he not been voted out? Would he have stuck with Michael? Is he now on Shamar’s no-talking list? And did he ever get his Stealth “R” Us t-shirt. (The Survivor discussion starts at 31:30 and interview commences at 41:25.) READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Matt talks about Stealth 'R' Us and where it all went wrong on 'Survivor'

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Fear the beard! Or don’t.

Matt Bischoff of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites thought he was sitting in a pretty sweet spot on his Fans tribe at Gota. But think again! Because after Jeff Probst reshuffled the tribes, he found himself down in numbers on a clearly weaker Bikal. That’s a bad combination and it meant bad news for Matt, who was voted out by the Favorites alliance. So what does he do now? He calls in to the InsideTV Podcast of course! Matt plays a nifty game of “What If?” and tells us his strategic plan had the tribes not been reshuffled. Plus, he shares his thoughts on The Specialist, Shamar, and whether he had plans to turn on alliance partner Michael had he lasted longer in the game. It’s a fun and enlightening conversation that reinforces what a cool and down to earth guy Matt really is, and all you need to do is click on the audio player below to hear it for yourself. (The Survivor discussion starts at 31:30 and interview commences at 41:25.)

But first we “check in” with Clark Collis about Bates Motel, the newest drama from former Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse. How does the Psycho prequel stack up? Was it a mistake to set the show in modern times as opposed to the timeline-appropriate late ‘40/early ‘50s? And should we just hand the Emmys to Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga right now? We deep dive into the eerie drama.

Then, Annie Barrett puts her dancing shoes on to break down the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars. Who is the couple to beat? Which couple will go home first? Will the show rebound after its poorly-viewed All-Stars season? And can Annie possibly carry on without Maks! All will be revealed! (The DWTS chat starts at 14:00.) READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Dee Snider spills behind-the scenes secrets from 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice'

Image Credit: Adam Olszewski/NBC

Image Credit: Adam Olszewski/NBC

Dee Snider may not have done a great job as Project Manager on last week’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice task, but he does a great job as a guest on this week’s InsideTV Podcast! He stopped by our studios this week to give all the scoop from his time on the show — and we don’t just mean this season, but the past two years as well. Jessica Shaw and I pepper the Twisted Sister frontman with questions that we NEED answered. Did Donald Trump have it in for Bret Michaels? What’s this about a whole other aspect to the Universal Studios task that we never saw? And what else did not make it onto the final episodes? Dee also has some shocking words to share about both Trump and America’s favorite phony receptionist, Amanda Miller. It’s a rocking, rollicking good time, and you can listen in by clicking on the audio player icon below. [The Dee Snider All-Star Celebrity Apprentice interview starts at 30:00.]

But first, we check in with the man who laid waste to the beans and rice on Survivor, Brandon Hantz. There’s been a lot of debate on whether Brandon should have been brought back to play after all the troubles he went through last time on the show, but he called up to tell us that not only is he okay with what went down, but he’s actually proud and happy about it. If you are a fan of awkward interviews, this one should be right up your alley. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Brandon Hantz says 'You're welcome' for his 'Survivor' outburst and that he is happy with what went down

Image credit: CBS

Image credit: CBS

Watching the last episode of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs Favorites was one of the most awkward and uncomfortable television-viewing experiences I can remember. A guy who was clearly emotionally unstable his first time out on Survivor: South Pacific was brought back to compete again, and suffered yet another emotional breakdown, tossing his tribe’s food all over the ground while trying to start a fight with another contestant. That guy is Brandon Hantz, and Brandon called into this week’s episode of the InsideTV Podcast to discuss what the heck happened out there, his take after watching the episode, and how he is doing now back home with his family.

You never know what you are going to get with Brandon, but cohost Jessica Shaw and I are thrown for a loop as Brandon talks about how happy and proud he is of what happened out on the island. In fact, his only regret has nothing to do with throwing out the food or verbally attacking Phillip Sheppard, but is the point where he momentarily thought about quitting because he missed his family. He stands by everything else. He also insists there is no need for concern about his emotional or psychological state. It is a conversation you are not likely to soon forget, and to listen in, all you have to do is click on the audio player below.

Then, we move from one reality franchise to another as Jessica and I chat with the latest person to be fired on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, Dee Snider. When it comes to being fired, Dee is not gonna take it! (Although, technically, he did kind of take it seeing as how he pretty much asked to get the boot.) The Twisted Sister frontman has no problems whatsoever giving us the inside scoop on what goes on in the Boardroom. He spills secrets on Trump, Amanda the receptionist, Adrian the elevator operator, and the other element of the last task that we never saw! [The Dee Snider All-Star Celebrity Apprentice interview starts at 30:00.] READ FULL STORY


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