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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?

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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'

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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

InsideTV Podcast: Is 'Girls' flourishing or floundering in season 2?

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Image Credit: Jessica Miglio/HBO

When Girls debuted last year on HBO it immediately became one of the most divisive shows on television. People seemed to either love it or loathe it. But now even the people that loved it seem divided on the risqué comedy’s second season. Jessica Shaw is one such person that has major issues with what has happened to one of her favorite shows. On the latest installment on the InsideTV Podcast, Jessica shares her concerns with a show she feels has abandoned its core appeal and gotten sidetracked by theme episodes that have separated the foursome from each other. I am far less bothered by the new direction of the show than Jessica is, and try to offer a bit of balance by providing my take on the things I have enjoyed in season 2. Click on the audio player below to listen in and see whom you agree with!

Then, we talk more Sunday scripted fare by deep diving into The Good Wife. The show started the season on shaky footing with a truly unfortunate foray into Kalinda’s relationship with her former husband. Has it recovered? What is working and what still needs to be worked on? Jessica even has some inside scoop from the stars and creators to share! [The Good Wife chat starts at 9:15.]

Finally, we chat with Allie Pohevitz, the most recently booted contestant from Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites. Allie reveals what really happened at night between her and Reynold on the night vision cam, and blasts former tribemate Shamar, explaining “I cannot stand that man.” Okay, then! [The Survivor chat and interview starts at 17:00.] READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Allie from 'Survivor' calls Shamar a 'disgrace'. Plus: We talk 'Girls' and 'The Good Wife'

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Or a woman voted out first from her tribe on Survivor. We found that out first hand when Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs Favorites bootee Allie Pohevitz called into the InsideTV Podcast to discuss her time on the island. She wasn’t too happy about being labeled “not the cutest” by cuddle-partner Reynold, but she saved the bulk of her ire for dehydration-phobic Shamar, labeling him “disgusting” and a “disgrace.”  “I cannot stand that man,” she says in case there is any doubt as to her true feelings. Click on the audio player below to hear more as Allie explains her biggest mistake, shares what really happened between her and Reynold on the night vision cam, and reveals which of the Favorites she would have liked to work with had she lasted longer in the game. Also, Jessica Shaw and I share our early impressions of the season and why some of the Shamar scenes make us feel a little uncomfortable as viewers. [The Survivor chat and interview starts at 17:00.]

But first, Jessica and I discuss and debate some Sunday night scripted fare. Jessica is among the group of Girls fans that have serious issues with season 2 of the HBO comedy. She presents her list of problems with the show and explains what she thinks it needs to do to get back on track. Then, we take a good, hard look at The Good Wife. Has the show rebounded from another shaky season-opening storyline? Is Cary leaving the firm? Is he taking Kalinda with him? And what about that kiss between Alicia and Will? We break it all down as Jessica shares some scoop from the stars and creators as to what to expect next. [The Good Wife chat starts at 9:15.] READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Jeff Probst talks spoilers, critics, returning players, and the state of 'Survivor' nation

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites premieres tonight with a special 90-minute episode on CBS. It’s a season that Probst is already predicting will go down as one of the show’s best ever. With season 26 now set for lift-off (and you can watch the first five minutes of the premiere right here), we invited Probst to stop by EW studio — basically, an empty office next to mine — and take stock of the Survivor franchise. And stop by he did. On the newest InsideTV Podcast, Probst explains why returning players are here to stay, why he does not let critics who say he is too involved in the game get to him, where all those Survivor spoilers are coming from, and one controversial twist he would like to see back on the show. He also answers questions from you, the fans, including one from a former Survivor winner! Speaking of winners, could an all winners season be coming up soon? Probst sheds light on that subject as well. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Is 'The Following' really worth following?

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Image Credit: David Giesbrecth/FOX

My coworkers all seem to love The Following. And although the ratings dropped off a bit last week, there seems to be a solid audience for the show as well. So am I the only person to find the show both riddled with clichés (the erudite British serial killer and flawed anti-hero) and laughably implausible (cult followers acting as covert double agents for years on end)? I don’t even hate the show, I just find it super frustrating at times. On the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast, Following fan Jessica Shaw and I discuss and debate the show. And in a truly Freaky Friday moment, I name the one character on the show I do really love — only to then have Jessica attempt to refute that person’s particular awesomeness. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Click on the audio player icon below, listen in, and then tell us what you think.

While we’re on the subject of new dramas, Jessica and I also share our thoughts on FX’s new cold war espionage drama The Americans. How do we feel about Felicity playing an icy cold KGB spy? We talk all about what’s working on the show, as well as some slight concerns going forward. And then the podcast turns momcast as we welcome Survivor fan-turned-favorite John Cochran and his mother Arlene to the program. Arlene was very upset last time John played about some of the things I wrote about her son. Now that he is returning to play Survivor: Caramoan, is she ready to handle her son being both out on the island and back in the public spotlight? It’s a candid, revealing, funny, and heartwarming chat featuring mother and son. READ FULL STORY


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