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InsideTV Podcast: Aras talks about the 'gut-wrenching' betrayal on 'Survivor'

As a previous winner of Survivor, Aras Baskauskas knew he would be a target when he returned to play Blood vs. Water. But he didn’t see it coming when he was voted out of the tribe a few weeks back. And he certainly didn’t see being betrayed by one of his closest allies in the game — Gervase. Now that he has been eliminated from the game after losing the duel at Redemption Island, Aras called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this morning to break down how, why, and where it all went wrong. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst weighs in on Ciera and Monica's big moves

Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of
Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I can see why Ciera voted out her mom to stay with the majority and not make waves. What I’m more interested in is your take on Ciera basically asking her mom to throw the challenge at the final 6 and not win immunity because she would then feel vulnerable. Would you ever ask a loved one to do that or agree to do that if a loved one asked you?
JEFF PROBST: I think Ciera is showing herself to be much more shrewd than I first thought. Or she’s learning as she goes. Or maybe both. I think Ciera’s gut is right. Laura is a major threat. She just seems unbeatable and the only way she lasts to the end is to win, win, win. So Ciera is looking long term. If we want a shot at the money, you have to fall on the sword. To wait only increases the odds that Ciera gets voted out. If Ciera can show her alliance she’s with them, she might buy herself another Tribal. READ FULL STORY

Brace for the 'After Shock': E! to air special on reality vets Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt

The itsby-bitsy Speidi climbed up the spout of stardom again. (Sorry.) E! has announced a new one-hour special featuring reality show pros Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, collectively known as “Speidi.” Entitled After Shock: Heidi & Spencer, the special will feature an in-depth interview with the couple, chronicling their rise to reality stardom and their lives now. They are known mostly for their roles as reality show villains on The Hills who enjoy an extravagant lifestyle of shopping sprees and extreme plastic surgery. In an E! press release, Pratt states, “The second [The Hills] ended, in 2010, the jig’s up. Now you’re irrelevant. Your fifteen minutes are up.”

The announcement comes a few weeks after Montag shared with Us Weekly the results of her recent breast reduction, downsizing from F-cups to C-cups. The special teases whether the couple will attempt a comeback, making it sound more like a pilot for a potential new reality series than a one-off event. Are you ready for the return of Speidi?

After Shock: Heidi & Spencer airs Monday, Dec. 9, at 10 p.m. on E!

'Dancing With the Stars' showrunner on format change: 'The voting isn't ideal.'

Dancing With the Stars looks and feels a lot different these days. Without the luxury of the Tuesday night results show, Monday’s two-hour installments are crammed with competitive performances, random filler interviews, lively exhibition-dance bumpers, and often-rushed eliminations based in part on the previous week’s viewer votes. By the end of the show, the disconnect between what just happened on-screen and what’s about to happen can be jarring — like last week, when Elizabeth Berkley and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy faced elimination mere minutes after scoring a perfect 30 on an extra-beefy salsa trio.

Well, Dancing With the Stars isn’t thrilled about the format changes, either. Showrunner Conrad Green spoke to EW about this season’s downsizing pains, the judges’ enduring dilemma, and the future of the series:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How has the adjustment been to Monday nights only?
CONRAD GREEN: Obviously, it wasn’t our choice not to have a results show. A results show works, and that is the clearest, simplest way — cause and effect, week to week. But the network, they wanted to launch the Marvel show [Tuesday's Agents of SHIELD], and some comedies after it, and they have their own priorities and that’s perfectly valid. So then we have the problem of what do we do? Because if you’ve got one night a week, all of the options aren’t brilliant. It’s then a question of which one is least bad. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Jeff Probst says there will 'definitely' be another Blood vs. Water season

We have good news if you are a fan of Survivor‘s current Blood vs. Water season that features returning players competing with/against loved ones: There’s more to come. That’s according to Survivor host Jeff Probst, who called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to chat about the longtime reality hit. And now you can hear the entire conversation right here and right now on the InsideTV Podcast.

When I asked Probst if this Blood vs. Water idea was one we might see again at some point, he wasted no time affirming that this concept will not be a one season and done outing. However, according to Probst, when they do bring it back, there could be a few changes. “Definitely somewhere down the line,” Probst said about another loved ones season. “We’re experimenting now with some casting ideas of how we can do it again and what’s the next version of it. Do you need returning players, or could you bring fresh couples? So we’re looking at all kinds of ideas.” READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Jeff Probst calls Typhoon Haiyan devastation 'heartbreaking'

Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Before we get into the show, I know you all spent a lot of times in the Philippines, shooting four seasons there over the past two years. Tell me your thoughts upon hearing about the tragedy with Typhoon Haiyan. 
JEFF PROBST: Over the last two years I’ve spent nearly eight months in the Philippines. Some of the nicest, hardest working and most humble people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Seeing this devastation is truly heartbreaking. You feel simultaneously helpless to contribute in any significant way and grateful to be home safe and sound with your own family. CBS is being very active in helping raise awareness and support. Survivor is also being very active in doing our own internal fund raising and I would imagine we will somehow involve the live reunion show as well.  READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' season 13 promo: Time to 'search for a superstar' -- VIDEO

After all of the drama surrounding who would make up American Idol‘s judging panel, the show is ready to get back to business: Finding music’s next superstar.

We’ve got a first look at the new promo for season 13, which takes us all around the nation, showing a variety of contestants and teasing “Who will it be?” Watch the promo below:

Mark and Donnie Wahlberg sign on for A&E reality show 'Wahlburgers'

Just call it the real-life Entourage… with extra cheese.

A&E announced today that brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg have inked a deal to appear in and executive produce a new unscripted series called Wahlburgers, which will go behind the scenes of their family’s Boston-based burger joint. Donnie broke the news about the series during an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show Monday night. (And yes, that was indeed one of the most ’90s sentences ever written.)

In addition to the two most famous Wahlbergs, the show will also feature real-life characters including their brother Paul, who serves as the restaurant’s executive chef, their spitfire mother Alma, and Wahlberg cousin Johnny Alves — a.k.a. the real Johnny Drama.

Wahlburgers, produced for A&E by 44 Blue Productions, will premiere Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. Watch Donnie give a few hints about the show in the clip below.


Watch new 'American Idol' audition footage -- VIDEO

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American Idol season 13 doesn’t premiere ’til January, but you can catch a whiff of Keith Urban, former judge J. Lo, and new judge Harry Connick Jr.’s combined pheromones already. Check out a sneak preview of a few promising auditions (plus a twerking “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and a slurring man Harry thinks is “cool”) below. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Was the last 'Survivor' duel fair? John Cody weighs in

It was double trouble last night on Survivor: Blood vs. Water as two people were eliminated from the game when they lost the final pre-merge duel at Redemption Island. But was that final duel — in which the contestants had to put their feet in tiny footholds while hanging onto a pole to support all their weight for as long as possible — fair? We asked the eliminated man with the size 12-and-a-half feet — John Cody — his thoughts when he called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105), and now you can hear the entire thing on the InsideTV Podcast. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst says Gervase is 'in it to win it'

Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of
Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Every time I see a challenge or duel involving footholds, I think to myself: The guy with the big feet is not winning this. Have you all explored the idea of altering the footholds to match people’s shoe size —  similar to what you do with challenges in which people only have to hold up a certain percentage of their body weight? Or is it just tough noogies.
JEFF PROBST: My initial response is tough noogies, but as with all Dalton Ross suggestions — this one will be put into our creative fishbowl for upcoming seasons. As with all of your ideas, it will go through the agreed upon vetting process, overseen by the U.S. Reality Challenge Committee Organization that you founded last summer to help Twitter haters find their inner peace through competition. I’d say there is a very likely possibility that nothing will change as a result of your demand, but as always, that last comment of mine ( I’d say there is a very likely possibility that nothing will change as a result of your demand) will be scrutinized by our sub-committee (also overseen by you) for bias. If bias is found, it may result in my termination as host and subsequent replacement by former contestant Jenna Morasca — your side kick on EW MORNING LIVE, heard weekday mornings on SIRIUSXM satellite radio. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Brothers Aras and Vytas discuss the game so far -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Before this season of Survivor: Blood vs. Water began, I tweeted out that my pre-game interview with Aras and Vytas Baskuaskas was the most impressive I had ever done. So in that sense, it is not surprising they both made it to the merge, which happens on tonight’s episode. But when you consider all they have been through to this point — Aras being targeted by former alliance partner Tyson; Vytas being the sole male on the Galang tribe — it was by no means a given they would make it this far. But they did. And now, in an exclusive, the brothers talk about their journey so far in the game and how they made it to this point. Plus, to spice things up, we have some exclusive photos of the first post-merge challenge for you — photos that appear to be strategically cropped so we do not see who made it back into the game from Redemption Island. (Click through all 4 pages to read the entire Q&A and see all the exclusive photos.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Vytas, your strategy at Galang seemed to be to let the weak links emerge and do themselves in. Was there ever a consideration towards targeting Tina and Katie as the tribe’s single “loved ones” pair? 

VYTAS: No. Even though she was not a part of the guy alliance at the original Tadhana, I had made sure to form a good relationship with Katie. I knew that she was my link into the new Galang because her mom would support her. Once Tina embraced me as a confidant of her daughter, that’s when I was safe. It was the mother-daughter pair that kept me alive on Galang so it would’ve been foolish to target them, especially since I knew the merge was coming and Aras and I would need as many other pairs to align with as possible.

NEXT: Click here for more exclusive photos from tonight’s episode and more from Aras and Vytas

'DWTS' cast talks Cher Night elimination -- VIDEO

Another pair of Dancing With the Stars hoofers bit the sparkly dust on Monday’s bleepin’ Cher-infused show. Was it season 17’s most intense elimination yet? (Spoilers ahead.)

Which of the six remaining couples assumed they’d go home instead? Who was shocked by their Week 8 scores? Watch Corbin Bleu, Elizabeth Berkley & Val Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough & Amber Riley, and Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke react to Monday’s elimination below: READ FULL STORY


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