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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'

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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

InsideTV Podcast: It's the first ever 'Survivor' Momcast, starring John Cochran and Cochran's mom!

survivor-momcast-john-cochran_510x510He’s one of the most colorful and controversial Survivor contestants ever. John Cochran burst upon the Survivor scene demanding Jeff Probst address him by his last name and then flipping on his tribe rather than pulling colored rocks in a tiebreaker. Fans either loved or loathed him. Now, as Cochran returns to play Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS), we hear not only from the man himself, but from the woman behind the man. That’s right — Cochran’s mom! John and Arlene Cochran (as seen above) join us for our first ever Survivor Momcast! READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: 'Spartacus' stars and creator discuss the bloody final season and violence on TV

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Image Credit: Matt Klitscher/Starz

Julius Caesar will be introduced tonight on Spartacus: War of the Damned, but before that happens, we decided to get the men behind both characters, Todd Lasance as Caesar and Liam McIntyre as Spartacus, in a room together and see if we could sort this all out peacefully. No such luck! That means the Rome vs. Rebellion battle will continue at 9pm on Starz as planned. But we did have a delightful chat with both men as well as Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast as the three men talked about the decision to end the swords and sandals drama as well as what we can expect in the final season. (Did someone say…pirates?) They also promise a finale that will blow every other bonkers Spartacus finale away, and talk about what’s it like to film all those crazy sex scenes. (Turns out they’re not so sexy when 20 crew dudes are watching your every move.)

Of course, there’s also been a lot of discussion about violence in entertainment lately in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, and with Spartacus being the most violent show on television, I asked DeKnight for his take on the issue. He says the culprit is not entertainment, but rather the NRA. “The NRA has strong–armed Congress to make sure no research is ever done that could result in gun control,” says DeKnight. “Look at other countries. Look at Australia. They have the same TV, movies, video games. Look at the U.K., look at Japan. What’s the difference in all those countries is gun control. It’s that simple. I don’t think you have to be a genius to figure that out. And that’s not just me defending my profession. I think the moment you start saying you’ve got to curb art so someone doesn’t pick up a gun and shoot somebody, we’ve got a serious problem. I mean, call me crazy — I think the real answer is make sure somebody can’t pick up a gun.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Busy Philipps talks pregnancy, 'Freaks and Geeks', and the future of 'Cougar Town'

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Image Credit: Randy Holmes/ABC

From Freaks and Geeks’ Kim Kelly to Cougar Town’s Laurie Keller, Busy Philipps has made a career out of playing lovable loudmouths. Off screen, the actress possesses the gift of gab as well, which is why we invited one of our small screen faves to call in to this week’s edition of the InsideTV Podcast! And call in she did. In a freewheeling discussion, Busy tells us all about her “disheartening” frustration with the lack of support from Cougar Town’s previous network, ABC, as well as some big changes for Laurie this season on the comedy’s new home of TBS. She also reminisces about her formative days on Freaks and Geeks, while also discussing being pregnant for the second time —and the bigger boobs that come with it!

Busy then provides some behind-the-scenes intel on how the Cougar Town set is unique when it comes to balancing work and parenting. Not only that, but the actress plays a few rounds of Jessica Shaw’s latest game — 7 Degrees of Busy Philipps! To hear our candid and colorful chat with the star, click on the audio player icon below.

But that’s not all. Jessica and I also size up the new American Idol judges panel. Is Nicki Minaj too over the top? Does Mariah Carey have anything of interest to say? And is Randy Jackson the only one willing to actually critique anyone? We give our first impressions of the first episodes and name some early favorite contestants as well. (The American Idol discussion begins at 24:00.) READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Is Mariah Carey the most boring 'American Idol' judge...ever?

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Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox

Other than a possibly manufactured feud with Nicki Minaj that she appears to want no part of, has Mariah Carey added anything to the American Idol judging panel? Considering all the vocal expertise at her disposal, we hoped she’d have some legitimate constructive criticism to share with this year’s auditioning contestants. Instead, she merely smiles, says yes or no in as boring a manner as possible, and then goes back to praying that her fellow female judge does not light into her again. Mariah’s yawn-worthy entrance onto the American Idol stage is just one of the first impressions Jessica Shaw and I will be breaking down on this week’s edition of the InsideTV Podcast.

Also up for discussion on the new season of Idol: Is Randy the only judge actually willing to criticize? How are we feeling about the steady stream of inspirational sob stories being shoved down our throats? And does Keith Urban deserve better than being forced to play peacemaker between the two feuding divas? Also, who are our early favorites among the contestants? Click on the audio player icon to hear our thoughts and see if you agree. (The American Idol discussion beings at 24:00.)

But first, it’s time to get busy with one of our TV favorites — Busy Philipps! That’s right, the Cougar Town star calls in to talk about the comedy’s big move to TBS, her boobs getting a lot bigger (due to her pregnancy, natch), and what’s in store for her character coming up. She also shares some memories from her Freaks and Geeks days and plays a few kick-ass rounds of Jessica’s new game — 7 Degrees of Busy Philipps. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Lisa Whelchel talks about her new TV job and if she'll ever return to 'Survivor'

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Image credit: CBS

Lisa Whelchel is clearly determined to rule every single television genre. She became a star playing snooty Blair Warner on The Facts of Life, and then lasted all 39 days on Survivor: Philippines. Now she is ready to embark on her third act: talk show host. Starting on Monday, Whelchel will be appearing as a sidekick to her former Survivor lord and master for a still-to-be-determined number of episodes as she begins a stint cohosting on The Jeff Probst Show.

How did it happen? And what the heck is she going to be doing on the show? The former sitcom and reality star calls into the InsideTV Podcast to give all the scoop on her new gig and talk about what other opportunities she may be pursuing in the future. (Might Lisa make a return to scripted fare?) Of course, we also ask her to look back at her experience out on the island: Was it what she expected? Which of her castmates does she still consider good friends? And would she ever go back to play again for the million dollars? American’s sweetheart reveals all! (The Lisa Whelchel interview begins at 33:00.)

But we begin this week’s podcast by breaking down the new Survivor cast. The full list of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites players was just announced, and Jessica Shaw and I go through each of the returnees, discussing which ones we are glad to see back and how they may do in the game the second time around.

To join in the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Will you watch Lisa cohosting on The Jeff Probst Show? And do you want to see her again on Survivor? Speaking of Survivor, what are your thoughts on the new cast? The message boards are open for business! Also make sure to read our new Survivor cast announcement with exclusive intel from host Jeff Probst. Okay, listen in to hear Lisa in all her glory and see if you agree with our Survivor assessment!

InsideTV Podcast: Which returning players are we happy to see back on 'Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs Favorites'?

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

The 10 players who will be returning to take on 10 newbies on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs Favorites have now been announced. Although many of these alleged all-stars are more noteworthy for their blunders in the game as opposed to any sort of strategic prowess, they are undeniably a group of big personalities, if not big gamers. Now, Jessica Shaw and I break down each of the 10 returnees — whether we are happy to see them back and how they may do the second time around. Will Brandon have another meltdown? Should the others trust Cochran? And will Phillip and Francesca kill each other? We will discuss and debate on the latest installment of the InsideTV Podcast. Click on the audio player icon below to listen in!

Then, we check in with Survivor alumnus Lisa Whelchel, who will be reuniting with Jeff Probst when she cohosts episodes of The Jeff Probst Show next week. Lisa calls in to talk about reentering the public spotlight, her new gig, and the possibility of getting back into acting. She also looks back at her time out on the island and reveals her current thinking as to whether she would consider playing again. It’s a full-on Survivor explosion this week! (The Lisa Whelchel interview begins at 33:00.) READ FULL STORY

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