The judges said America was to blame for Pia Toscano’s shocking exit last night on American Idol. But I blame someone else: the judges! If they would actually do some critiquing for once instead of heaping praise on every single contestant, maybe they would offer a smidgeon of guidance and direction for the viewers/voters in terms of why they should or should not be voting for someone. And if they are not going to offer that guidance, then why are they even there? I bounce my rage over their happy-go-nicey approach off of Annie Barrett and Kristen Baldwin on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast.

Also on tap, Jessica Shaw stops by to help us break down our feelings on Survivor‘s Redemption Island twist. Has it reinvigorated the game, or taken some of the drama out of the show’s biggest watercooler moment — the vote-off? And finally, we’re loving Parenthood, especially the story lines for some of the kids on the show. Which Braverman grandchild are we digging the most and why? (I’ll just go on the record right now and say I’m on Team Max!)

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