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- National Geographic Channel documentary "Diana: In Her Own Words" captures Princess Diana's actual interviews in 1991 for journalist Andrew Morton.
- Morton was planning to write a book on Diana.
- On the documentary and entirely in her own voice, Diana discusses her very complicated life in the spotlight, including her tattered married with Prince Charles, strained relationship with the Queen, her battle with bulimia, and unhappy childhood.
- In INSIDER's exclusive clip from the documentary, Diana recalls an important visit to Wales and the pressure she felt to do well. She also realizes that praise from Charles wasn't something she could rely on. Meanwhile, she hadn't told the world she was pregnant.
- "Diana: In Her Own Words" premieres Monday at 9 p.m.
- Watch INSIDER's exclusive preview below.
- Police in India arrested four people in connection to an episode of "Game of Thrones" that was leaked last week.
- They are all current or former employees of a firm that handles data for Star India, HBO's pay TV partner in India.
- The suspects are being charged with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses.
- The "Thrones" epsiode leak was not connected to the hacker who's releasing episodes, scripts, and company emails from HBO.
- 08/15/17--07:09: Mindy Kaling confirms that she's pregnant: 'I'm really excited'
- A month after reports of her pregnancy, Mindy Kaling confirmed the news with NBC's "Sunday Today With Willie Geist."
- Kaling said that she's "excited" about the pregnancy and has accepted that she can't control every aspect of pregnancy and raising a child as she does in other aspects of her life.
- The full interview with air this Sunday morning.
- Watch a clip from the interview below.
- "Bachelor in Paradise" returned for its fourth season Monday night.
- The show made open references to the sexual misconduct scandal between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson that briefly stopped production.
- But the scandal was left as a cliffhanger and the show leaned into the controversy.
- Fans were not happy about the way the controversy was handled on the first episode.
- 08/15/17--07:55: TV networks have yet to see benefits of fewer ads
- It’s indicative of the serious impacts of cord cutting is having on traditional TV. Networks are trying lowering ad spots to appeal to viewers gravitating towards digital platforms like YouTube, which often allow users to skip ads or Netflix, which contain no video ads at all. Turner and Viacom are not alone — NBCUniversal said last year it would reduce SNL ads by 30%, while Fox planned to reduce commercial minutes by 20% during Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards.
- Reducing ad load does not justify a premium price if viewership is declining. Advertisers are mainly concerned with viewership in ad pricing discussions, and there is no explicit correlation between ratings and number of ads offered. Indeed, reducing the number of commercials hasn’t directly translated higher ratings, according to GroupM managing director of media investment Gibbs Haljun, per The Wall Street Journal.
- However, running commercials on scarcer ad spots can appeal to advertisers concerned with brand awareness. Although TV networks may have difficulty explicitly linking fewer ad spots to ratings increases, networks could still tout brand awareness as a benefit. Advertisers on Turner’s TruTV and TNT saw brand awareness increases of 30% and 39%, respectively, as they could more easily stand out among existing ad spots, according to the company’s research that leverages Tapestry Research data.
- Forecasts US programmatic TV ad revenue through 2021.
- Highlights the top beneficial attributes of PTV.
- Explores some of the top barriers and challenges to PTV adoption, including measurement hurdles and fears around commoditizing TV inventory.
- Outlines strategies some networks are taking when incorporating PTV in their upfront offerings.
- "The Walking Dead" actor Jon Bernthal is used to playing tough, macho, no-nonsense men.
- He has played similar roles in "Daredevil,""Mob City,""Baby Driver," and, now, his new movie "Shot Caller."
- Bernthal tells INSIDER he's not afraid of getting typecast into any one role though.
- The 40-year-old actor says he tries to do different projects as much as possible.
- He is aware it's an issue though.
- "I feel like I have so much more to say and I'm definitely looking for those other kinds of bits of material," he tells INSIDER.
- 08/15/17--15:03: 17 '90s shows we wish would come back
- A full episode of "Game of Thrones" season seven has reportedly leaked.
- This would be the second time this year unaired footage was published online.
- An HBO representative told INSIDER they had no knowledge of the leak.
- "Bachelor in Paradise" returned for season four after a sexual misconduct scandal briefly shut production down.
- The first episode leaned into the scandal, but left the discussion until the second episode.
- Host Chris Harrison sat down with the cast members, except for Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson who were involved in the scandal.
- They discussed racism, sexism, and consent.
- The sit-down received mixed reactions from viewers.
- Chris Harrison sat down with the "Bachelor in Paradise" season four cast on the second episode of the season.
- They talked about the alleged scandal between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.
- The cast blamed the media, race, and talked about consent.
- Artyon and Paige, each around 9 years old, are a pair of young dancers from Southern California.
- They previously impressed the "America's Got Talent" audience on NBC with a "Barbie Girl" dance routine.
- Now they're back with a routine to "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins.
- Their flips and twists made the crowd go nuts.
- Watch the video below.
- Former Scientologist Leah Remini held a Reddit AMA on Tuesday night, ahead of the second season premiere of her A&E show, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath."
- A Redditor asked Remini if famous Scientologist Tom Cruise is a good person.
- She answered that he's not a good person, fakes his public persona, and that anyone who has worked with him — Scientologists and non-Scientologists — would say he's "diabolical."
- Remini also explained that Cruise and other celebrity Scientologists wouldn't stay in the same room as her nor work on the same projects as the actress.
- 08/16/17--11:29: The 17 absolute worst TV shows on Netflix
- Netflix has a vast library of shows available — and some of them aren't so great.
- Some of the worst include "The Cleveland Show" and "Ringer."
- The list doesn't include any of Netflix's original programming.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones," including speculation of future events.
Jon may already be King in the North, but "Game of Thrones" just added a new royal title to our hero's name. In a reveal that shocked many fans, Gilly discovered that Rhaegar Targaryen annulled his marriage to Elia Martell and wed another woman in the same secret ceremony.
That "other woman" was almost certainly Lyanna Stark — Jon Snow's mother. This would make him Prince Jon Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne under the Targaryen lineage.
Jon's claim to the throne would put him at direct odds with Daenerys if it ever came to that, but there are a lot of layers to this potential future we need to parse through.
Why Jon has the stronger claim
The Targaryen line of succession would have gone from the Mad King Aerys to Rhaegar, then to Rhaegar's oldest male child, and then to Viserys (Daenerys' other brother), and finally to Daenerys herself. Since everyone but Jon (Rhaegar's legitimized heir) and Daenerys bit the dust, that leaves Jon as the rightful heir.
Of course, this is all how it would have worked if Robert's Rebellion hadn't happened. But since Robert Baratheon usurped the throne, that throws a wrench into things. Robert Baratheon himself was distantly related to the Targaryens, which was a small part of his claim to the iron at the time of the rebellion.
Jon might not care about his right to the Iron Throne
Time and time again, Jon has found himself being handed the mantle of power when he doesn't seek it out. From being voted Lord Commander to hailed King in the North, titles of prestige and power have never attracted him. Why would the Iron Throne be any different?
But even if Jon doesn't try to assert his claim, that doesn't mean others in the realm won't rally behind him just as they did at Castle Black and in Winterfell. And if Jon is convinced that taking the Iron Throne is his true responsibility and the best action for the realm, he may be swayed.
Before any of these factors can come into play, however, Jon and the realm at large would need to find out about his true parentage.
Who knows about Jon's real parents
We know Bran saw Jon's birth at the Tower of Joy with Lyanna Stark and young Ned. And given his insane information-tapping skills, the odds are high that he's figured out who Jon's father is by now.
So Bran is the most likely contender for telling Jon, but so far those two haven't been near each other for years.
The old scrolls Gilly was reading contain the important validation of Jon's legitimacy, but it wasn't made clear if she brought those papers with her when Sam packed everyone up and left Oldtown.
The show has also indicated that Littlefinger knows the truth about Rhaegar and Lyanna, but we can't see him divulging that information without there being a clear benefit to him.
Last but not least, Howland Reed — Meera's father and Ned Stark's only surviving friend who was at the Tower of Joy — is still alive. Book readers have long theorized that Howland would be involved with Jon's parentage reveal, but so far he's been a mysterious figure on the show.
What Daenerys would do if or when she finds out
Assuming the truth about Jon's real parents and legitimacy comes to light, what then?
There are many layers to Daenerys current feelings about Jon, the most complicated of which seems to be her growing attraction to him.
Daenerys and Jon have no idea they're really aunt and nephew, and they seem to be growing more fond of one another as they spend time together. However, Daenerys feels very strongly about her right to the Iron Throne — not just because she's a descendant of King Aerys but because she believes she is the best possible ruler for the Seven Kingdoms.
We can't see her stepping aside without protest to hand the throne to Jon. One easy solution would be a marriage between Daenerys and Jon — then neither Targaryen would need to bend to the other. This would require a lot of leaning into the history of Targaryen incest, and it might be too neat a solution for the typically tragic "Game of Thrones" style.
It's also incredibly likely the Iron Throne won't exist at all by the end of the series. Or, if the Azor Ahai prophecy elements come true, Daenerys or Jon might sacrifice the other for the sake of saving the realm.
All this boils down to a simple truth: We need more information. Both Rhaegar and Lyanna are incredibly mysterious characters we've only heard about secondhand, and there are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to Jon and Daenerys' destiny.
In the meantime, if you're looking for even more proof of Jon's parentage, read our roundup of every hint the show has given since the first season.
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There are a lot of single "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants who are left looking for love and still want to be on TV.
So ABC decided to take some of those rejected contestants and fly them to a remote tropical resort in Mexico, and let the drama unfold on "Bachelor in Paradise."
Season four of "Bachelor in Paradise" premieres Monday night, despite fears that the show would be cancelled.
Season four's production had been halted temporarily following allegations of "misconduct" on the set involving two controversial contestants, that many speculated could result in the end of this ratings juggernaut.
A producer on the show allegedly filed a "third-party complaint" tied to "misconduct" involving contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. The incident was reportedly related to a drunken hook-up caught on camera.
After an investigation into the incident, ABC said no "misconduct" had occurred on the show and filming resumed. Corinne and DeMario are both expected to attend the "Bachelor in Paradise" reunion.
So what's the recipe for ABC's hit drama? A lot of booze, attractive people, bikinis, crying, and constant plot twists.
Here's everything you need to know about the scandalous reality show before the premiere:
Chris Harrison, who hosts "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," is also the host of "Bachelor in Paradise."
At the beginning of the season, a dozen single people arrive at a resort in Mexico. There are twice as many single women as there are men.
Immediately, couples begin to form. The guys mostly get snatched up, but a bunch of the women are left loveless.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven.
Jaime Lannister has been in hot water with his twin sister/lover Cersei for several seasons of HBO's "Game of Thrones" now. While Jaime expended a lot of energy trying to get back in her good graces, it looks like he's finally realizing that Team Cersei might not be side he wants to fight for.
But just as Jaime was showing signs of breaking faith with his twin in this week's episode, Cersei revealed she was pregnant with his child. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, revealed his character's mindset in that moment.
"So he's happy for maybe a millisecond before she goes ahead and ruins it by saying, 'And don't ever betray me again,'" Coster-Waldau told The Hollywood Reporter. "Suddenly, he's like, 'Oh, that's right. It's Darth Vader. I forgot that I've been f---ing Darth Vader.'"
Cersei has certainly managed to make herself one of the most ruthless, vengeance-seeking rulers in Westeros. After seeing her sadistic torture plans for her enemies to the mass murder she plotted with the Sept of Baelor explosion, there's no telling what Cersei might do next.
Clearly Jaime needs to stay on his toes, because Cersei is tracking his every move. She knew he met with Tyrion thanks to Qyburn's little birds, and warned him against ever going behind his back again.
If a running fan theory is correct however, Jaime won't be cowed by his personal "Darth Vader" forever. Some people believe that a prophecy told to Cersei as a child — one that foretold the deaths of her children and her own eventual murder — points to Jaime as the likeliest killer.
Plus, people doubt Cersei's pregnancy can be viable given that same prophecy which foretold she would only have three children. But we'll have to wait and see what machination's Cersei is hiding up those Vader-esque sleeves.
"Game of Thrones" season seven continues Sunday, August 20. In the meantime read through our roundup of nine details you may have missed in "Eastwatch."
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Police in India have arrested four people in connection with the theft of a “Game of Thrones” season 7 episode earlier this month that was leaked to piracy sites ahead of its premiere on HBO.
Law-enforcement officials in Mumbai arrested the four individuals, who are current or former employees of Prime Focus Technologies, an outside data-management vendor for Star India, HBO’s pay-TV distribution partner in the country whose logo appeared as a watermark in the pirated copy.
According to a report by India’s Economic Times, police established the involvement of current and former Prime Focus staffers who had access to “Game of Thrones” episodes, leading to the Aug. 14 arrests.
Cops in Mumbai have charged the four individuals, whose identities were not disclosed, with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses. The suspects are being held until Aug. 21 as the investigation continues.
The leak of “Game of Thrones” episode four from the current season via 21st Century Fox-owned Sky India is unrelated to the massive hack of HBO’s systems in late July, in which unidentified hackers stole upwards of 1.5 terabytes of data. The standoff between HBO and the hacker or hackers — who have demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom to cease releasing the stolen material — continued Sunday with the leak of three episodes of the return of Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and other series.
In the India case, links to the fourth episode of “Game of Thrones” season 7 appeared on a discussion board on Reddit on Aug. 4, two days before the episode’s premiere. While the Reddit post was removed shortly after it went up, the episode — ripped in a low-quality format — had already begun circulating on piracy networks.
In a statement, Star India said the “Game of Thrones” leak was first of its kind in the company’s history. “We are deeply grateful to the police for their swift and prompt action,” Star India said. “We believe that valuable intellectual property is a critical part of the development of the creative industry and strict enforcement of the law is essential to protecting it.”
The arrests in India were carried out after a joint investigation by teams from the cybercrimes units of the state of Maharashtra and the Mumbai police department.
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Mindy Kaling has confirmed reports that she's going to be a mom.
"[I'm] really excited. It's so unknown to me," Kaling told NBC's "Sunday Today With Willie Geist." "I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life, and this is one where I'm like, 'OK, it's out of my hands,' which is kind of a fun feeling."
The confirmation arrives about a month after reports that "The Mindy Project" creator and star is pregnant with her first child. Sources told E! News that the pregnancy comes as an "unexpected surprise" for Kaling. She hasn't disclosed the identity of the father.
In the interview with "Sunday Today," which will air this Sunday morning, the 38-year-old comedian showed her trademark sense of humor.
"It's so easy to criticize parenting until you're a parent," she said. "So one of the nice things about becoming a parent is that I'll be able to openly criticize other parenting, because I will have a child.”
Although Kaling acknowledges that the experience of raising a child will be totally new to her, she said that she'll draw on her inspiration of her own mother.
"My mom was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us, just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did," Kaling said. "My career choice was not something that she was familiar with and she was just so supportive of that. And if I could give that to my child, just that open-mindedness, I'd be so happy."
Watch a clip from Kaling's interview with "Sunday Today" below:
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After temporarily stopping production due to a sexual misconduct scandal, the fourth season of "Bachelor in Paradise" premiered on ABC Monday night.
The promos for the show's return referenced the scandal between contestants Corinne Olympios, 25, and DeMario Jackson, 31, but the exploitative editing made fans angry and resulted in one promo being pulled from the air. But the producers used the same tactics on Monday night to build up the drama.
During the premiere, host Chris Harrison started the episode by explaining that fans would see how the scandal played out.
“As many of you already know, this was the season of ‘Paradise’ that looked like it might not happen," he said. "After two days of shooting, we decided to suspend production. Yes, there was trouble in paradise as accusations and allegations ran wild. It was an extraordinarily stressful and emotional time for our cast and all of our crew, including myself."
As the episode continued, the interactions between Olympios and Jackson were narrated by contestant Alex and they were given quite a bit of screen time at the start. Brief teases of production being suspended and confusion among the contestants were sprinkled throughout the episode for dramatic effect, but then as it came to an end, the episode ended with a "to be continued." Fans have to tune in Tuesday night to see what happened when the cameras stopped rolling.
But this build-up and resulting cliffhanger was unnecessarily exploitative and fans were not happy with the show leaning into the controversy.
I actually think it's gross how they hyped up this sexual assault allegation for the season premier bait. #BachelorInParadise— Sᴘɪᴛғɪʀᴇ♔ (@KAYDEEkylie) August 15, 2017
the way ABC is leaning into the Bachelor In Paradise controversy is really gross— Katie Minard (@KatieMinard) August 8, 2017
Am I the only one who finds the obvious use of this scandal for ratings tasteless? #BachelorInParadise— Brianna (@wtvrbriii) August 15, 2017
Using the Corinne/Demario situation as a cliffhanger seems like a weird thing to do? #bachelorinparadise all about ratings I guess 🤢— teals (@teala) August 15, 2017
An investigation by Warner Bros. concluded that there was no misconduct, but the way the whole situation has been drawn out and shown on air feels cheaply built for ratings.
Unsurprisingly, the episode hit a premiere ratings high.
"Bachelor in Paradise" returns for another two hours on Tuesday night.
Turner and Viacom have experimented with reducing the number of commercials they air during shows with the aim of retaining viewers that would otherwise turn to digital platforms, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The theory is that having fewer ad spots can potentially allow certain TV networks to charge premiums for more engaged viewers and scarcer inventory. However, there are no clear signs these tactics are working — Viacom saw a 2% decline in domestic ad sales in Q2 2017, and attributed it to reducing ad spots on certain networks, while Turner acknowledged that charging a premium doesn’t offset the loss of having more ad slots for certain shows.
Decreasing the number of commercials run is a reaction to the migration of TV viewership to digital platforms. It also sheds light on pricing strategies for TV campaigns — advertisers have always favored TV ratings as the pricing mechanism, but now certain networks are starting to emphasize inventory scarcity:
The TV ad industry is one of the largest ad segments in the US — and it's ripe for digital disruption.
Digital display advertising was disrupted by programmatic technologies because of the operational efficiencies gained from automating manual processes. But TV is a completely different animal. The TV advertising space is entrenched in traditional processes that largely depend on direct negotiations between ad buyers and sellers. By incorporating more data, TV advertisers can fine-tune their targeting beyond broad consumer groups, and potentially see higher returns on their ad spend.
But the way consumers watch TV content is changing, and data collection is getting more expansive. Disrupting an ad industry with a history spanning over eight decades will be a significant hurdle for programmatic TV (PTV) adoption.
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You may recognize Jon Bernthal for his role on "The Walking Dead" as Rick's ex-best friend Shane.
His role as the tough-as-nails cop gone bad helped pave the way for the 40-year-old actor to land other no nonsense, tough guy roles in Hollywood. Since "The Walking Dead," Bernthal has starred in war movie "Fury" alongside Brad Pitt, played a former criminal in "Snitch," is creating his own brand of justice in "Daredevil" spin-off, "The Punisher," and recently played a mouthy bank robber in "Baby Driver."
Bernthal's latest role in "Shot Caller" has the actor playing a prison gangster alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister on "Game of Thrones"), but he isn't afraid of getting pigeonholed into Hollywood's bad boy.
"I guess the short answer is no," Bernthal told INSIDER of getting nervous of being typecast. "Look, I try to make these characters as specific as possible and as unique as possible."
"I do recognize that that's an issue and I do recognize that one of the things Hollywood sometimes, for being this base of unbelievable creativity ... it can often times be the least creative place on Earth," he continued. "Just because you've done something once, now they need to see you do it 100 times because you've proven that you can do it."
Bernthal says in order to avoid getting a label he looks for all kinds of different roles, not just the ones where he's playing the tough guy.
"I've got a movie coming out called 'Sweet Virginia' that I'm enormously proud of that real departure from those kinds of characters," says Bernthal. "I did a thing in David Simon's miniseries last year called 'Show Me a Hero,' which is a totally different kind of character for me."
In HBO's six-part miniseries "Show Me a Hero," he played a civil rights attorney. In contrast, he plays a kindhearted motel owner who was once a former rodeo champion until injured in "Sweet Virginia." The two roles are a far cry from what fans may be used to seeing from Bernthal.
"I want to show other colors and I feel like I have so much more to say and I'm definitely looking for those other kinds of bits of material," says Bernthal. "I just project, again, whether it's smart or not I don't know, but I just project based on how good the material is and work with actors that I admire."
Bernthal's next movie, "Shot Caller," is in theaters August 18.
It's the age of the revivals.
From "Full House" to "Twin Peaks," fans of these 1990s shows have been given the treat of watching them come back to screens as reboots and sequels. Sure, sometimes the new version might not live up to the expectations of fans, but other times, there's enough story left to tell.
Here are 17 shows from the '90s we'd like to see back on TV.
"Saved by the Bell" (1989-1993)
"Saved by the Bell" followed six high school friends and tackled a number of social issues like substance abuse and women's rights during its run. Sure, the series was followed by two TV movies, a college sequel, and a spin-off with different characters, but all of the fun cast reunions — most recently a brief skit on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in 2015 — show how much fun these characters would be to bring back.
"The Ben Stiller Show" (1989-1990, 1992-1993)
The sketch comedy featured actors including Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, and Bob Odenkirk. The show was first aired on MTV, but moved to Fox in 1992. It was canceled after 13 episodes, but the hilarious show did win an Emmy.
"Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (1990-1996, 1999-2000)
A group of friends gathered around the campfire and shared scary stories in this anthology series. Each story is what played out on screen, and it was all just enough to give you nightmares. Sure, the show was revived a few years after it first ended, but it might be time to bring this back.
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Yet another "Game of Thrones" season seven episode may have been leaked online. The upcoming sixth episode of the season (the name of which has not been announced) was reportedly aired on HBO Spain days ahead of the Sunday air date.
An HBO representative told INSIDER they have no knowledge of a new leak.
This alleged leak comes less than two weeks after an unaired "Game of Thrones" episode made its way online through HBO's India distributor. Four people have since been arrested for allegedly leaking that episode, "Spoils of War," online.
The new leak was first seen on the Reddit community called /r/FreeFolk, where users began sharing screenshots of the new episode. Several people reported that a "Game of Thrones" fan was livestreaming the episode through Instagram.
It is unclear if this leak is related in any way to the cyber hack recently publicized, done by an anonymous person using the moniker "Little.Finger66." That hack also included the theft of thousands of internal documents and reported leaks of several HBO programs ahead of their set air dates, including "Insecure" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
The next episode of "Game of Thrones" is officially premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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When "Bachelor in Paradise" season four premiered Monday night, the episode briefly touched on the sexual misconduct scandal that briefly stopped production. But Tuesday's episode dove into the scandal with a sit-down with most of the contestants.
Monday night's episode of the ABC reality show seemed like a cheap ratings grab. It played up the drama, then ended with a cliffhanger for no reason. The show did have a premiere ratings high, but fans were angry with how the situation was handled. On the other hand, the sit-down received mixed reactions.
After some probing from Harrison, the contestants answered questions about the importance of consent, how they say race played a role in the allegations, the media's reaction to the scandal, and their trust in the producers. For a full breakdown of the convseration, you can read it here.
Fans were happy that racism, sexism, and consent were all discussed. Raven's openness about being a sexual assault survivor struck a chord with many viewers.
Really happy to see this important conversation about race, sexism, and consent issues happening on #BachelorInParadise tonight.— caroline hewitt (@caro_hew) August 16, 2017
Raven's take was nuanced and sensitive to both race issues and consent, especially as a sexual assault survivor. #bachelorinparadise— One On Ones N' Roses (@on_roses) August 16, 2017
So much respect right now for #BachelorInParadise. Glad they got serious & decided to have conversation about racism & sexual consent.— Summer Telban (@SummerTelban) August 16, 2017
But some fans had a problem with how everything was presented and discussed.
I love education on consent and sexual assault and raising awareness but the way this is being done just isn't working. #BachelorInParadise— Sami Higgins (@Shigg2) August 16, 2017
I'm all for talking about consent on TV but the refusal of the cast to let Corinne call herself a victim was out of line #BachelorInParadise— Annie Selak (@aselak) August 16, 2017
The #BachelorinParadise crew did a great job remembering their lines during that little sit down talk.— Alex Denton (@ADenton10) August 16, 2017
Harrison made sure to reiterate that the investigation found no sexual misconduct and asked the cast members individually if they all felt comfortable staying. Each person said yes.
The INSIDER Summary:
Season four of ABC's "Bachelor in Paradise"almost never made it to the airwaves. Now, we finally know what happened — at least, from the cast's perspective.
After an incident occurred between contestants DeMario Jackson, 30, and Corinne Olympios, 25— both former contestants on season 13 of "The Bachelorette" and season 21 of "The Bachelor," respectively — production was abruptly shut down by Warner Bros. in early June so that an investigation could take place.
But the cast ultimately returned to the show to resume filming. During a sit-down with Chris Harrison, they explained what happened from their points of view and how they felt.
"Before I can officially declare 'Paradise' back open, I think it's very important that we sit down and have a very serious talk, all of us," Harrison said. "About what happened, what didn't happen, and what we all need to do to start this show together."
On the media
Harrison kicked off the discussion explaining that Warner Bros. hired an outside firm to look into "everything that supposedly happened here."
"They looked at all the videos, sent people down here to interview all of you, our staff, and they concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct by cast on the set," he said. "So let's talk about that. Do you trust that conclusion?"
The entire cast said yes immediately and the conversation turned onto the media's intense reaction and interest surrounding the alleged scandal.
"It was hard going home and seeing the media blow it out of proportion," Alexis Waters said.
Specifically the contestants took issue with how they perceived the media handling the taping a reality show, Jackson's role in the incident, how race factored in, and on consent.
On filming a reality show
"I feel like it was tough on all of us emotionally, producers, crew, cast," Taylor Nolan said. "For me, it was nice to see all of us kind of come together. Like the divide and the roles of producers versus cast kind of blended and we all like, supported one another. But I think they were just as impacted as all of we were."
"They were, and that's a good point. I don't know how much they hid from you, I know you guys get close, but a lot of tears were shed that night," Harrison said. "It was brutal, it was really rough, and the 16 years I've been doing this, easily the most emotional time that we've ever been through as far as a show."
The cast wanted to make it clear that the crew and producers are close with the cast and aren't controlling them or telling them what to do.
"I think there's a lot in the media regarding the producers as if they're not our friends and that they're just using us to make us do things like we're going to just do whatever they say," Alex Woytkiw said.
"We're responsible for ourselves, and the things we say, how much we drink, who we kiss, we're responsible for all of it," Nolan said.
"Just like the real world," Harrison added.
"We're all adults here, we're not here to be babysat by production," Nolan agreed, before adding that she's been sober throughout her time on "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor in Paradise" and that no one has ever pressured her to drink.
On DeMario Jackson
Between Jackson and Olympios, the cast seemed to feel most strongly about Jackson and how the entire incident would impact him.
"It broke my heart," Raven Gates said. "I thought no matter if everything's cleared up, people are still going to associate something bad happening with Corinne and Demario."
"If they would have seen the entire day unfold, their opinion about DeMario would be very different," Woytkiw said.
"I'm friends with DeMario a lot more just because we obviously have a black male, like, you know," Kenneth "Diggy" Moreland said. "But he has 20, 30 years of Google searches that are going to be done in his name. [...] I'm thinking of the long-term effects."
The talk about Jackson immediately turned to race and how it may have factored into the incident and the media's reaction.
"Do you think race played a part in this?" Harrison asked.
Everyone said yes and nodded.
"I'm sensitive to it because I'm from the South and we have a stigma that we're, you know, seeing a white woman with a black man is wrong," Gates said. "And that night what happened wasn't wrong. And I was super empathetic with DeMario. It's, you know, another issue — not only is consent important but it's also getting rid of the stigma that interracial couples can't be or blaming African-American men for crimes they didn't commit."
Jasmine Goode agreed: "Going back home, it was really hard to read these comments because a lot of people were brining in the race thing and it was just hard to read that. I have a brother and I was thinking the whole time like would this happen to my brother, you know?"
"So it was hard to sit back and watch all the things being said about him — and about Corinne as well — because I know that he's a great guy," she continued. "He was never aggressive with any of us or with me and I just hate that he's going to have this image stuck with him for awhile."
But just because they didn't blame Jackson for the incident, some members of the cast became defensive of how they perceived Corinne.
"I think for me and [Goode] when we were kind of vocal about sticking up for DeMario, people automatically assumed we were slut-shaming Corinne and that wasn't the case at all," Gates said. "We felt for her. It was never calling her any names or judging her for what she did because we didn't think she did anything wrong and neither did DeMario."
"In Corinne's statement she referred to herself as a victim, why do you think she did that?" Harrison asked.
"Maybe she wanted to try and save face, was kind've what I took from it," Danielle Maltby said.
"It was a very vague statement and was left to interpretation by design and it's unfortunate," Woytkiw added.
"I don't think Corinne's statement came from her, it was a very vague statement, and so it was really interesting to see how that vague statement was turned into an opinion, which wasn't said," Derek Peth jumped in. "There was no statements about who was in the right and who was in the wrong."
"There was a lot of slut shaming that went on in the press," Harrison said matter of factly. The cast agreed and they spoke about the double standard between men and women.
"A lot of people don't know this but I was in a very abusive relationship and there is a point where I was sexually assaulted so I guess that's why I took this really personally," Gates said. "I hope this situation doesn't deter actual victims from coming forward and really speaking their truth and getting help and asking for help. I hope this doesn't deter anybody."
How "Bachelor in Paradise" will change
Though the show didn't discuss the changes that will be made, we know from previous reports that the contestants will be required to stick to a two drink per hour maximum.
The show also made a point to talk about consent with the cast: verbal consent, consent with alcohol, and how people can take away their consent during an encounter.
Time will tell how these changes will impact the show and its audience. But judging from the reactions, it sure will be an interesting ride.
Leah Remini continues her quest to expose the truth about her former religion, Scientology, on the second season of her A&E series, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath."
On the hit docuseries, Remini set out to document the stories of alleged abuse from former Scientologists, including her own 30-year experience belonging to the organization.
"I can't let the church continue to abuse people and take their money and their lives," Remini said at the beginning of Tuesday's second season premiere episode. "For some reason, I believe that I am the person to help to make it right."
The premiere episode focused on what it's like to grow up in the church and the child sexual abuse allegations of two former members: childhood best friends Saina Kamula and Mirriam Francis. The two women detailed their experiences being born into and being raised in the church, including their accusations of sexual abuse that were allegedly ignored by Scientology.
Scientology declined to take part in the series. It said the statements Remini and the other contributors to the show have made about Scientology are false and driven by a desire to profit or gain publicity from their time in the religion.
Here are the most shocking allegations about growing up in Scientology from the season two premiere:
The church has little regard for children's relationships with their parents and other family members, Remini said.
Remini said that the belief in reincarnation means Scientology places very little significance on family relationships and marriages — a person's mother is just their mother currently, and the child has many, many mothers over the span of their life.
"Scientologists believe that children are old spirits in little bodies, that they've lived before and they're going to live again," she said. "Why is that dangerous? That's a dangerous concept, because then there's no ownership. You learn that yes, your daughter is your daughter this lifetime, but maybe she was your mother last lifetime and she might be your husband another lifetime."
Under this belief, children are allegedly separated from their parents and have very little contact with them as the children are educated in Scientology at various locations. This is especially true of the children of Sea Org members, an elite group of Scientologists, according to the show.
"I had two children born into the Sea Organization," said Mike Rinder, Scientology's former international spokesman and a frequent contributor to the A&E show. "They were not cared for by me. I didn't house them, I didn't school them, I didn't provide them with anything. When they do videos today saying what a rotten father I was, they're right, I was. I was a Sea Org father."
Scientology enforces a culture of victim blaming in situations of child abuse.
Francis alleged that her father sexually abused her off and on for a period between the ages of 3 to 7 years old in Sydney – her mother was away working for the Sea Org in Los Angeles for nearly two years.
During sessions with an E-meter, the machine Scientologists believe can read when a person is experiencing distress, Francis confessed that she was being sexually abused. She said that when she told them it was her father, she was labeled as a "trouble source" and that there was a "suppressive person"— someone considered an enemy of the church — making her say those things. They disregarded her accusations against her father, she said, because he was a member the Sea Org.
"That is what's so crazy," Remini said. "A little girl is saying, 'My dad is hurting me,' and they're saying, 'Go f--- yourself.'"
Having moved to LA from Sweden, Kamula knew very little English and said she was often bullied by the other children. She found solace in a teacher who offered her a space to play computer games in a room away from others. But his kindness allegedly turned ugly when it progressed to "grinding and rubbing,""tight hugs," and "kisses on the neck," according to Kamula.
She said that at one point, the teacher locked the doors.
"I knew what he wanted and I didn't want that and I froze," she said. "No penetration, but I just remember his red, panting face just making God-awful sounds."
Kamula said she later told another teacher about the abuse and was accused of criticizing an elite Sea Org member and was told that she had to make amends to her alleged abuser.
"I realized there's nothing I can do," Kamula said.
Part of Scientology's culture of victim-blaming allegedly includes labeling the accuser of being "counter-intention."
When Kamula told her mother about the alleged abuse, she said she was told that she was being "counter-intention" to her mother's goals as a Scientologist.
"You're taught pretty early on in Scientology that there's an intention and the intention is to clear the planet," Remini explained. "And that is the most important thing that you are doing, Anything that doesn't contribute to that intention is considered counter-intention. If you're 'being a child,' you're being counter-intention. If you want your mommy or daddy, you're being counter-intention."
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Leah Remini is clearly not fond of Scientology poster boy Tom Cruise.
Remini, who famously left Scientology in 2013 after 30 years, held a Reddit AMA on Tuesday ahead of the second season premiere of her A&E show, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath." During which, she was asked if Cruise is a good person.
"No! Just going to get straight to it," she answered emphatically, "no!"
Cruise is Scientology's most famous public face as its most visible and most vocal supporter in Hollywood. He has been a member of the church since the late 1980s. It's reported that the church vetted and chose the movie star's second and third wives, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. The internet is full of videos of Cruise exhibiting his trademark over-the-top enthusiasm for Scientology at its conferences and in its promotional materials.
Remini believes that Cruise's real personality is vastly different from the one he projects in public. She said that those who really know the actor would say he's "diabolical."
"There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person," Remini wrote. "Someone could say we all have that — what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes, but the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diabolical. People who've worked with me will say I can be an a------ — all actors can be. That is different. He's very similar to David Miscavige, they could be twins."
Miscavige is the current leader of Scientology. He's credited with swelling its member ranks and Scientology's bank account. But he also reportedly resorts to violence, intimidation, created a "Lord of the Flies" atmosphere among staffers, and even punished staff by sending them to Scientology detention centers.
When another Reddit member asked Remini if she has recently bumped into Cruise and how he would behave if they were in the same room, she said, "I have not bumped into Tom and if we were to be in the same room Tom would be forced to walk out of the room and avoid me and any Ex-Scientologist."
In fact, Remini said that's how all celebrity Scientologists behave in the same situation: "They ignore me and walk out of rooms."
Additionally, she said that Scientologists would even turn down a role if it meant working with her.
"Well, I would do it,"she said during the AMA, "because unlike Scientologists I'm not a bigot, but Scientologists can't work with me."
So it doesn't look like Remini will be costarring with confirmed Scientologists— such as John Travolta, Elisabeth Moss, Kirstie Alley, and Laura Prepon — in the foreseeable future.
A representative for Cruise didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.
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Netflix might be pivoting more and more into original programming. (In fact, while you were reading that sentence, the streaming platform probably just dropped some big new series that will be the talk of the internet for the next two to three weeks.) It’s home to a vast array of TV shows from other networks as well, both of the great and not-so-great variety.
Netflix isn’t just a place to watch the new season of "Orange is the New Black" or "Stranger Things." It’s also a method to watch old shows that you might have missed or catch up on some current series ahead of a new season. Like anything with a deep library, however, there are more than a few stinkers in Netflix’s digital troves. The service has shows that you can binge in their entirety, but that doesn’t mean you should.
These are the worst of the worst on Netflix. They may not be original programming from the streaming service itself, but they can be watched there. (In other words, "Fuller House," while absolutely wretched, won’t be on this list.) If you’re looking for a new show to binge, these are some of the worst choices you could make.
Here are the 17 Absolute Worst Shows On Netflix.
If "Dexter" had ended around its third or fourth season, it would undoubtedly be one of the best shows on Netflix, and maybe one of the best series ever. But Showtime didn’t know when to quit with their favorite serial killer, so the interesting tale of this anti-hero went on way too long and became a parody of itself.
The later seasons of "Dexter" are so ridiculous that they completely undermine the greatness that are the first few years. In some ways, the terrible later efforts even take away the show’s strengths. Debra doesn’t put up with Dexter’s anti-social behavior because of their sibling bond. According to the later seasons, she is romantically in love with him. Incest is never the answer, no matter how ideas have been explored.
To watch the first four seasons of "Dexter" is a recommended endeavor. Going anywhere behind the season 4 finale, as tragic as that episode may be, is an exercise in torture.
The original "90120" is perfect example of ’90s camp and nostalgia. It’s an unapologetic soap opera, but it’s also self-aware, fun, and it was certainly a risky show for its era. The remake/sequel which ran from 2008 to 2013 was exactly none of those things.
There are startlingly few original characters in the new "90120." Mostly, the series opted to simply recreate the old characters with slightly different names and backgrounds. The result is an uninspired mismatch of new and old. "90120" became a cultural touchstone of the ’90s because of the archetypes that were on display and how fresh everything felt. The second "90120" is just a pale imitation.
That said, the remake of "90120" isn’t an outright dumpster fire. It was successful enough to even spawn a remake of "Melrose Place." The remake is just merely passable. With hundreds of shows to watch on Netflix, a passable second attempt of a much more influential show simply isn’t worth it.
"Glee" is an easy punching bag to take aim at, with countless jokes having been made at its expense. There is a reason for the mocking. Outside of a fun but uneven first season, Ryan Murphy’s high school musical series is a mess. From season 2 onward, "Glee" wanted to be a live-action cartoon and a show that tackled incredibly hot-button issues like transgender rights, homosexuality, and domestic abuse.
This would’ve been fine, if "Glee" had approached any of these topics with a sense of tact. Unfortunately, this series doesn’t know the meaning of the word “tact.” Glee is an indulgence of showrunner Ryan Murphy’s most garish instincts. The show frequently switches directly from long abusive tirades courtesy of Jane Lynch’s character to lectures about the dangers of bullying.
The worst thing about "Glee" is what supposedly made it unique. While there are some genuinely great singers on the show’s cast, every performance is heavily altered in post-production, having been autotuned beyond recognition. Every song from "Glee" sounds like a Kidz Bop album from the ninth circle of Hell.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones," including speculation of future events.
The sixth episode of "Game of Thrones" season seven already accidentally aired on two of HBO's European channels, but non-spoiled fans are in for a treat. The coming episode is 70 minutes long, making it the longest "Game of Thrones" chapter so far in the series. That record will be broken with the 81-minute season seven finale airing August 27, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Keep reading for a look at the new images of this week's "Game of Thrones."
Jon is leading his dream team beyond the Wall to try and capture a wight.
Tormund Giantsbane looks glorious back in his home turf.
Ser Jorah Mormont will be there too, fighting on behalf of his queen (or should we say khaleesi?).
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven, including speculation of future events.
The seventh season of "Game of Thrones" has been all about reunions – from the emotional Stark children finally walking through Winterfell together to Daenerys' warm embrace of Ser Jorah Mormont.
Jerome Flynn plays Bronn on the HBO series and he told INSIDER that we might get a more lighthearted reunion down the road between Tyrion and Ser Bronn of the Blackwater.
"I believe that's gonna happen, yeah," Flynn told INSIDER in an interview. "And I think there was a [reunion] scene [on last week's episode] originally but for whatever reason they decided that preempted things."
Fans might have been caught off guard when Bronn brought Jaime to his brother Tyrion in order to help broker a potential armistice in "Eastwatch." Just when Tyrion and Bronn were finally in the same room again, Bronn left without looking back.
"The surprise element of bringing the brothers together was the payoff," Flynn said. "Down the road, I believe we'll get a nice bit of Tyrion and Bronn doing their thing and shootin' the breeze as they do and some of that old dynamic comes back."
But what about Podrick? We asked Flynn about his character getting the chance to mess with Podrick again on the sixth season, when they both met in the Lannister camp at Riverrun and Bronn had fun play fighting with the once-young squire.
"That was one of my favorite scenes from last season," Flynn said. "And there's a good chance that ... as a threesome I'm hoping they will come together again."
Some fans have been wistfully thinking of the shenanigans Tyrion got up to with Podrick and Bronn in King's Landing. Even though Bronn and Jaime have proven to be a great duo as well, we hope Flynn is right that there's a good chance of Podrick and Tyrion getting their reunion, too.
"I think one of the elements that really brings this season a real richness is how so many of the characters whose stories we've been following are coming together and we're weaving their stories into one," Flynn said. "It's just so good to watch, just as a fan I'm enjoying every minute of it."
Read our full interview with Jerome Flynn to learn more about Bronn's secret heroic side and the humorous last name Flynn has given him since the show hasn't done so already.
Mimi Pond never received the full respect she deserved.
Though primarily a cartoonist and writer, she's responsible for writing the first ever full-length broadcast episode of "The Simpsons" in 1989, titled "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," which was nominated for two Emmy awards.
It was the only episode she ever wrote for the show, despite being acclaimed in her field, regularly published in the likes The National Lampoon, The Village Voice, and The New York Times.
How did that happen? The story, as relayed to Jezebel, isn't pleasant: Pond stated that she was never invited to join the writer's room as the showrunner didn't want any women on the team.
Pond had known creator Matt Groening from his days writing the syndicated comic strip, "Life in Hell." When it came to creating the first season of "The Simpsons," Groening simply reached out to his cartoonist friends to ask if they wanted to write episodes, and Pond was apparently the only person who said yes.
"I was never invited to be on staff, and I never knew why for the longest time," she recalled. "No one ever called me or explained to me or apologized or anything. And it wasn’t until years later that I found out that Sam Simon, who was the showrunner, didn’t want any women around because he was going through a divorce."
"It had remained a boys’ club for a good long time. I feel like I was just as qualified as anyone else who came along and got hired on the show, and it was just because I was a woman that I was, you know, not allowed entry into that club."
"I always wind up being the turd in the punchbowl because the show is so beloved and everything, and I’m sorry to burst bubbles but [laughs]. It wasn’t a pleasant experience for me."
This may have been in the early '90s, but it's not exactly like things have balanced out today. The AV Club examined the entire list of episode writers and co-writers, discovering that only eight percent of the 616 episodes of "The Simpsons" which have aired include a woman screenwriter.
Mimi Pond has just released a new graphic novel "The Customer is Always Wrong," a sequel to 2014's "Over Easy."