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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'

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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

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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

InsideTV Podcast: Should 'Bachelor' Sean choose Lindsay or Catherine? An 83-year-old grandma weighs in!

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Image Credit: Dave Hagerman/ABC

Sean Lowe has a big decision ahead of him on tonight’s season finale of The Bachelor. Should he choose Lindsay Yenter or Catherine Giudici? EW Bachelor expert Kristen Baldwin joins Jessica Shaw and me on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to offer her opinion as well as weigh in on the season as a whole. But Kristen is the mere appetizer, because then we welcome in super-Bachelor fan Nanny, the 83-year-old grandmother of EW’s Breia Brissey.

Although we might have to start calling her Naughty Nanny after hearing the octogenarian weigh in with her hot and heavy feelings about Sean. But as much as Nanny loves Sean, she’s not crazy about the two remaining “ladies” he’s left choosing from. Find out which woman Nanny wanted to go all the way — in every sense of the phrase. [WARNING: There is also plenty of disturbing chatter involving Nanny’s Chippendales calendar and a certain Mr. January.] It is a Bachelor finale preview chat for the ages! To enjoy it, all you have to do is click on the audio player icon below.

Then, we take a trip to the island to check in on the two latest losers from Survivor: Caramoan. The medically evacuated Shamar Thomas calls in to talk about the visit from Jeff Probst we did not see, while also reveling the other injury that sent him to the hospital, and his feelings about what his tribe had to say about him behind his back. And then we hear from Laura Alexander, who tries her best to convince us that she actually used to be on a swim team. HA! (The Survivor chat and interviews start at 24:00.) READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Shamar from 'Survivor' reveals the other injury that sent him to the hospital, while Laura claims she knows how to swim

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

It was double trouble for the Fans tribe on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs Favorites last night as they lost two members. Shamar Thomas — who had threatened to quit earlier in the game — was pulled by doctors after scratching his cornea, while Laura Alexander was voted out after the Fans lost their fourth challenge in a row. Jessica Shaw and I spoke to both of them on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to get the inside scoop on what really went down.

Shamar tells us about Jeff Probst’s visit to the beach that we did not see, reveals the other injury that sent him into emergency surgery, while also sharing his feelings on the players —including Sherri — who blasted him on camera. Then, Laura speaks about not being invited to the cool kids table, while identifying her biggest ally on the island, and sharing her background…on the swim team? You will have to hear it to believe it. And to hear it, all you have to do is click on the audio player icon below. (The Survivor chat and interviews start at 24:00.)

But first, we preview the big Bachelor finale. And to do that we bring in the world’s two foremost Bachelor experts: EW’s own Kristen Baldwin, and 83-year-old Nanny from Oklahoma, who is the grandmother of EW’s Breia Brissey. Nanny likes what she sees and sees what she likes when it comes to Sean, but she remains upset about the woman he did not pick to be his soul mate.  Listen in as she and Kristen debate the merits of the two remaining “ladies” and, as an extra bonus, hear Nanny go on and on about her Chippendales calendar! It is a must-listen discussion for any Bachelor fan. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Is Shamar ruining this season of 'Survivor'? Plus: Ousted Hope says the entire Fans tribe is now on the 'No Talking' list!

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Jeff Probst has been hyping this season of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites as one of the franchise’s best ever. However, three weeks in, there has been one big problem, and his name is Shamar. On the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast, I explain how Shamar’s endless screaming at tribemates has hijacked the season. While producers were no doubt hoping Shamar would become a character that viewers would love to hate, his antics have inspired not anger nor fascination, but rather boredom. It’s like watching the same scene over and over and over again. Frankly, it’s exhausting. In fact, this entire season so far has been heavy on big personalities (Shamar, Brandon, Phillip) but light on big gameplay. To hear my thoughts on Shamar, the sudden disappearance of puzzles, and if anyone can stop Sherri, just click on the audio player below.

And that’s not all! I also spoke with the freshly ousted Hope Driskill about her experience on the Fans tribe. Why didn’t she keep her mouth shut and vote off Eddie to save herself? Are she and Eddie an item outside of the game? How does she feel about basically never being on screen? And why is she and every other member of the tribe now on the “No Talking” list? She tells all in our revealing chat. READ FULL STORY

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