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    victoria arlen

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Victoria Arlen will compete in "Dancing with the Stars."
    • She learned to walk again a year and a half ago after spending 10 years paralyzed.
    • For almost half of that time, she was in a vegetative state.
    • It's been a long and challenging journey for Arlen to regain her mobility.
    • She won a gold medal and set a world record in the 2012 London Paralympics, for swimming.


    Just a year and a half ago,Victoria Arlen learned how to walk again. And now, she is competing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

    The ESPN personality and former paralympian swimmer spent a decade paralyzed from the waist down. She got ill when she was 11 years old, and it led to a series of symptoms that culminated in a diagnosis of two rare diseases: Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, which caused swelling in her brain and spinal cord.

    They caused Arlen to go into a vegetative state.

    "My three brothers — I'm a triplet and we have an older brother — talked to me and kept me in the know about what was going on outside of my room,"Arlen wrote in an essay for ESPN. "They empowered me to fight and get stronger. They didn't know I could hear them, but I could."

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    In 2009, after four years of being in a vegetative state, Arlen began to move again.

    "I began coming back to life," Arlen wrote. "Raw sounds became words, became sentences. A twitch of my index finger became the wave of my hand. The ability to swallow pudding eventually led to me mowing on a steak. I learned the name Justin Bieber, held my first cell phone, and learned what it meant to "poke" someone on Facebook."

    But medical professionals insisted that Arlen would have to get used to a wheelchair. They said she would be paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of her life.

    Arlen insisted on getting her mobility back anyway. She learned to swim again, free from a wheelchair. In 2012, she competed in the London Paralympics for the United States's swim team. She brought home three silver medals, a gold medal, and set a world record for the 100-meter freestyle.

    "When I returned home, I was met with quite a bit of fanfare," Arlen wrote. "All of a sudden, my chair and I were thrust into the spotlight. I was invited to speaking engagements and appearances. People recognized me at the grocery store."

    victoria arlen gold medal

    Following the London games, Arlen joined Project Walk, a paralysis recovery center based in San Diego, which offered a useful therapy. But Arlen wanted to move back home to Boston, so she can be near her family. And despite her progress, specialists weren't optimistic about her prospects.

    "In 2013, my mother had asked one of my specialists what the possibility was of me ever walking again. He told her, 'I wouldn't mortgage the house,'" Arlen wrote. "Well, my parents mortgaged our house and in 2015, they opened Project Walk Boston."

    In November 2015, Arlen took her first step in nearly a decade. In March 2016, she stopped using crutches.

    "It had been six years since I 'woke up' and my legs had shown no life," Arlen wrote. "Most doctors say if there is no improvement after two years, there will be no improvement. Still, I showed up every day, for up to six hours a day, and worked."

    The regimen is intense, but Arlen kept it up to improve her mobility. In that time, she also got a job as a television personality for ESPN and spends time advocating for people who suffer from paralysis like her.

    And now, she's dancing up a storm.

    victoria arlen dancing with the stars abc

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    Dan typing

    "Gossip Girl" is arguably one of the best teen dramas of the 21st century, yet one thing will never make sense  Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) being the titular, trouble-making narrator, Gossip Girl. 

    From constantly spreading rumors about his 15-year-old sister's sex life to acting shocked at Gossip Girl blasts when he's all alone, a lot of things never quite added up to the show's final (and reviled) reveal. 

    Executive producer Stephanie Savage claims to E! News that the writers always knew Dan was Gossip Girl and that the big secret was almost revealed in the first episode. She also admits that there are a lot of times when fans could have been dubious that Dan was truly Gossip Girl.

    "We could have made the show two hours long with just Rufus drilling Dan about all of those things," she said to E! News. "What about this time and what about that other time? Wait, you wrote this about yourself?! My hope is that people who are really curious about that can go back and rewatch the season and get their brains going."

    To help fans "get their brains going," here are 12 times we couldn't believe Dan was actually Gossip Girl.

    Every time he pretends to be shocked by something that Gossip Girl wrote.

    In the first season, Dan appears visibly upset over multiple Gossip Girl posts when he is completely alone.

    In episode six of season one, for example, he looks shocked by a Gossip Girl update that says Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) is looking for a date to the masked ball.

    Dan, you are alone in your kitchen. Why are you pretending to be so shocked when you — as Gossip Girl — wrote the post?



    When he told the world his girlfriend bought a pregnancy test.

    Dan looks completely shocked when the iconic Gossip Girl blast goes out that revealed Serena (who was Dan's girlfriend at the time) bought a pregnancy test.

    Despite having an excuse for the fake gasp — since his sister Jenny (Taylor Momsen) and his father Rufus (Matthew Settle) were in the room with him — it still makes no sense why Dan would reveal this news.

    Most teenage boys probably wouldn't want to publicly announce that they may have gotten their teenage girlfriend pregnant — especially knowing it would upset their father.



    He constantly spreads rumors about his 15-year-old sister's sex life

    Some sibling arguments here and there are to be expected, but Dan making his sister's sex life the biggest gossip in Manhattan is a definite low — not to mention gross.

    In season one, Gossip Girl sent out this message about Jenny: "Breaking News — Asher Hornsby overheard bragging that Little J swiped her V card at his register. Didn't anyone teach you, Little J? You shouldn't give away the ending if you want him to pick up the book again.”

    Not only is that epic slut shaming, but it's a despicable thing to say about your little sister. Dan shows no remorse and sends another blast later in the episode: "Looks like Little J didn't spread her legs after all. She spread lies instead."

    Read that in Dan's voice and shudder.



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    The ease and relative cheapness of online streaming from services like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video have created an entire generation of cord-cutters. As we can see in this chart from Statista — which draws on a poll by the Pew Research Center — a whopping 61% of adults 29 and younger use an online streaming service as their primary means of watching TV.  

    The younger generation's TV habits represent a huge shift from those of their parents and grandparents. That's bad news for Time Warner Cable, Comcast and other pay TV giants, who face the prospect of seeing their customer bases drop as the population ages.

    Some pay TV companies have been trying to change with the times. Dish launched Sling TV in 2015 and AT&T's DirecTV created a streaming service called DirecTV NOW last year.

    Chart of the Day 9/19

    SEE ALSO: Biometrics like Face ID are coming to your smartphone whether you like it or not

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    cavemen

    Many of the worst television shows originate from some highly questionable concepts that make you wonder how they ever got approved.

    ABC's "Cavemen" series in 2007, for instance, was based on characters from a short-lived Geico commercial, and Fox's 2014 reality show "I Wanna Marry Harry" saw 12 women compete for the chance to marry a Prince Harry look-alike who they thought was the real Prince of Wales.

    Both shows were critical disasters, and each lasted only one season — as many of the worst reality shows, dramas, and sitcoms have.

    To find out which programs critics hated the most, we turned to the review aggregator Metacritic for its list of the worst TV shows, which goes back to 1995. The list ranks show seasons by their composite critical reception.

    Check out the 50 worst TV shows from least to most objectionable, according to critics:

    SEE ALSO: RANKED: Netflix's 25 original comedy shows, from worst to best

    50. "South Beach" (UPN, Season 1)

    Critic score: 29/100

    User score: 8.6/10

    What critics said: "A preposterous and pretentious drama series."— The Washington Post



    49. "Hidden Hills" (NBC, Season 1)

    Critic score: 29/100

    User score: Unavailable

    What critics said: "This series reflects the way wealthy, neurotic, overly busy and sex-obsessed TV executives and producers think America lives, in other words, the way they live. They're wrong."— The Detroit News



    48. "American Inventor" (ABC, Season 1)

    Critic score: 29/100

    User score: 5.1/10

    What critics said: "A bloated disappointment that spends more time on the judges than the inventors and their inventions."— Houston Chronicle



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    punisher jon bernthal

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Netflix released the full official trailer for its next Marvel series "The Punisher" Wednesday.
    • The "Daredevil" spinoff will follow Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) as he seeks revenge on the people responsible for killing his family.
    • But it won't end there. He'll uncover a bigger government conspiracy that will send him down an even darker path of death and destruction.
    • Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, and Jaime Ray Newman will also star.
    • Despite the many teasers for the show, Netflix is holding off on revealing the series' release date.
    • It's possible that Netflix will announced the show's premiere date at New York Comic Con.
    • Watch the trailer below.

    SEE ALSO: All the confirmed original shows coming to Netflix for the rest of 2017 — and their release dates

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    Daenerys Targaryen on beach Game of Thrones eastwatch

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • A fifth "Game of Thrones" spinoff has been is being developed, according to Entertainment Weekly.
    • The project will be written and created by "Game of Thrones" co-executive producer Bryan Cogman.
    • Cogman has written a number of standalone episodes of "Game of Thrones."
    • This fifth project is also being worked on by George R.R. Martin.
    • HBO confirmed the developing series in an email to INSIDER.


    A fifth "Game of Thrones" spinoff project is reportedly in the works, according to a new report from Entertainment Weekly. HBO confirmed the developing series in an email to INSIDER.

    "EW can exclusively report that 'Thrones' co-executive producer Bryan Cogman is penning a drama series follow-up to the blockbuster franchise," EW's James Hibberd reported. "Cogman developed the project by working closely with author George R.R. Martin, who cryptically referenced the existence of an additional unconfirmed prequel on his blog months ago."

    While details of the now five developing show ideas are still under wraps, HBO has dropped some small clues. For starters, none of the new spinoffs will include characters we already know on "Game of Thrones."

    Jon Snow Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones HBO Macall B. Polay

    Martin has also confirmed that one of the most popular prequel ideas, Robert's Rebellion, is off the table as a possible storyline. He additionally said his novella series "The Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" (colloquially called the "Dunk and Egg" series) will not be adapted for TV anytime soon.

    "I do think it's very unlikely that we'll be getting four (or five) series," Martin wrote on his blog earlier this year. "At least not immediately. What we do have here is an order for four — now five — pilot scripts . How many pilots will be filmed, and how many series might come out of that, remains to be seen."

    Read our our full list of possible spinoff ideas for more guesses about what's in store for "Game of Thrones" fans.

    An HBO representative didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment on a fifth potential spin-off.

    SEE ALSO: HBO confirms the 'Game of Thrones' spin-offs won't include any characters you already know

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    america's got talent mandy harvey

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Deaf singer Mandy Harvey performed on "America's Got Talent" finale.
    • She lost her hearing 10 years ago, but she has perfect pitch.
    • She performed an original song, "This Time," with her ukulele.
    • The audience loved it.
    • Judge Mel B signalled applause with sign language.
    • Watch Mandy Harvey's performance below.

     

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    30 rock

    Netflix has just announced what's leaving the streaming service in October, and it includes a lot of favorites.

    Shows like the Tina Fey comedy "30 Rock" and teen dramas "One Tree Hill" and "Friday Night Lights" are getting the boot. Popular movies including "Love Actually" and "Titanic" are also being removed at the start of the month.

    We've highlighted some of the ones you may want to catch before they leave. 

    See the full list below:

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    October 1:

    "30 Rock" (Seasons 1-7)
    "A Love in Times of Selfies"
    "Across the Universe"
    "Barton Fink"
    "Bella"
    "Big Daddy"
    "Carousel"
    "Cradle 2 the Grave"
    "Crafting a Nation"
    "Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest"
    "Daddy's Little Girls"
    "Dark Was the Night"
    "David Attenborough's Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates" (Season 1)
    "Day of the Kamikaze"
    "Death Beach"
    "Dowry Law"
    "Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief"
    "Friday Night Lights" (Seasons 1-5)
    "Happy Feet"
    "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison"
    "Hellboy"
    "Kagemusha"
    "Laura"
    "Love Actually"

    Sam Love Actually"Malcolm in the Middle" (Seasons 1-7)
    "Max Dugan Returns"
    "Millennium"
    "Million Dollar Baby"
    "Mortal Kombat"
    "Mr. 3000"
    "Mulholland Dr."
    "My Father the Hero"
    "My Name Is Earl" (Seasons 1-4)
    "One Tree Hill" (Seasons 1-9)
    "Patton"
    "Picture This"
    "Prison Break" (Seasons 1-4)
    "The Bernie Mac Show" (Seasons 1-5)
    "The Shining"
    "The Wonder Years" (Seasons 1-6)
    "Titanic"

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    Ocotber 19:

    "The Cleveland Show" (Seasons 1-4)

    October 21:

    "Bones" (Seasons 5-11)

    October 27:

    "Lie to Me" (Seasons 2-3)
    "Louie" (Seasons 1-5)
    "Hotel Transylvania 2"

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    October 29:

    "Family Guy" (Seasons 9-14)

    SEE ALSO: Here's everything coming to Netflix in October

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    stranger things season 2

    It's that time again. Netflix has released its monthly list of what's coming and going from the streaming site.

    If you're looking for some classics, there are plenty of them. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and "Boogie Nights," along with Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Tommy Boy" will be available.

    Otherwise, you may be a bit disappointed by the pickings. A lot of good TV shows and movies will be leaving next month. While there are a lot of Netflix originals dropping next month, the highlight of them all is the second season of "Stranger Things."

    You can see the full list of what's coming to Netflix in October below. As always, we've highlighted our favorites in bold.

    Available 10/1/2017

    "88 Minutes"
    "A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song" 
    "Before Midnight"
    "Blood Diamond"
    "Boogie Nights"
    "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

    Charlie Bucket

    "Cleverman" Season 2
    "Death Sentence"
    "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood"
    "Eagle vs. Shark"
    "Eyes Wide Shut"
    "Generation Iron 2"
    "Ghost Patrol"
    "I Love You, Man"
    "Ice Guardians"
    "Lockup: Disturbing the Peace: Collection 1"
    "Made of Honor"
    "Miss Congeniality"
    "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"
    "Must Love Dogs"
    "Never Let Me Go"
    "No Reservations"

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    "Penelope"
    "PJ Masks" Season 1
    "Set Up"
    "The Reaping"
    "Tokyo Idols"
    "Tommy Boy"
    "Vanished"
    "Veronica"

    Available 10/2/17

    "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown"
    "Sleeping with Other People"

    Available 10/3/17

    "13 Demons"
    "Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Cult of Chucky"
    "The Survivalist"

    Available 10/4/17

    "Raw"

    Available 10/5/17

    "Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen)" Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Schitt's Creek" Season 3
    "The Fosters" Season 5

    Available 10/6/17

    "ID-0" Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Skylanders Academy" Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Suburra" Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Word Party" Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 10/7/17

    "Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life"
    "Middle Man"

    Available 10/10/17

    "Christina P: Mother Inferior" -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "The Skyjacker's Tale"

    Available 10/11/17

    "Donnie Darko"

    Donnie Darko

    Available 10/12/17

    "Fe de etarras" - NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

    Available 10/13/17

    "El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial" - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Kingdom of Us" - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "MINDHUNTER" Season 1  - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Super Monsters" Season 1  - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
    "The Babysitter" - NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
    "The Meyerowitz Stories" (New and Selected) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
    "Voltron: Legendary Defender" Season 4 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 10/15/17

    "Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses"
    "LEGO: City" Season 1
    "Money"
    "OtherLife"
    "She Makes Comics"
    "West Coast Customs" Season 6

    Available 10/17/17

    "Patton Oswalt" Annihilation - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Slasher" Guilty Party - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 10/19/17

    "Wedding Unplanned"

    Avail. 10/20/17

    "1922" - NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
    Haters Back Off: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    One of Us-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    Smurfs: The Lost Village
    The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    Wheelman -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

    Available 10/23/17

    "Meet the Robinsons"
    While We're Young"

    Available 10/24/17

    "Wanted" Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Wanted" Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "The Mist" Season 1

    Available 10/25/17

    Hateful Eight

    "The Hateful Eight"
    "The Final Master"
    "La Querida del Centauro" Season 2

    Available 10/26/17

    "Strange Weather"

    Available 10/27/17

    "Stranger Things" Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold" - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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    Available 10/28/17

    "Pup Star: Better 2Gether"

    Available 10/30/17

    "Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States" - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 10/31/17

    "Zumbo's Just Desserts" Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    SEE ALSO: Here's everything leaving Netflix in October

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    sean penn

    Days after netting the top Emmy award for best drama series with "The Handmaid's Tale," Hulu has announced that it will be bringing actor Sean Penn into a new Hulu original series for his "first foray into television."

    The upcoming drama series, "The First," will be led by Netflix's "House of Cards" creator Bill Willimon.

    Hulu said in a release that the show will follow "the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization."

    The company gave no specific details about Penn's role in the series, but Willimon gave a statement expressing his "deep admiration" for the Oscar-winning actor.

    "I have such deep admiration for Sean’s immense talent and extraordinary body of work," Willimon said in a statement. "I feel very lucky to be collaborating with an artist of his caliber."

    Willimon's Westward Productions will own and produce the show, which is slated to premiere on Hulu and the UK's Channel 4 in 2018. IMG will handle all international rights.

    Penn's last film appearance was a voiceover role in "The Angry Birds Movie." Despite Hulu's statement that this is his "first foray" into TV, Penn technically contributed voiceover work to Fox's "Family Guy" in 2016. 

    SEE ALSO: RANKED: Hulu's 12 original shows, from worst to best

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    The NFL's TV ratings were down again in week two, and a Jefferies analyst has projected that its TV partners could lose out on $200 million or more, in earnings, if its ratings troubles persist in a double-digit way. 

    In week two, the NFL saw a 4% drop from 2016's week two in live and same-day average viewers of Sunday games, and a 14% drop in viewers for Monday Night Football, according to UBS. 

    This comes after a dismal week one, which saw ratings drop an average of 13% from the same week in 2016.

    UBS speculated that cable coverage of Hurricane Irma may have affected the NFL's ratings in week one, but the drop in week two suggests a continued downward trend for the league's viewership. (NFL ratings were also down an average of 8% over the course of last season.) 

    Jefferies analyst John Janedis told The Hollywood Reporter that CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC will generate around $2.5 billion in NFL ad revenue this year, but, as Jefferies confirmed to Business Insider, a 10% drop in ratings over the course of the season could cost those networks a $200 million cut in earnings. 

    While UBS speculates that it will "take several weeks of data to gauge the health of the NFL" this season, the league's performance across most fronts in week two does not seem to bode well for its future, or for its network partners.

    SEE ALSO: As NFL ratings drop, a new internet study says young men like watching eSports more than traditional sports

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    orange is the new black

    Sometimes, as the saying goes, you’ve got to look at the big picture.

    Netflix has become a content machine, churning out shows, specials, and special shows faster than anyone can truly keep up with – that is, of course, unless your binge-watching. What a world we live in when you can legitimately say, “Nah, I’m not going out tonight, I’m sitting on my couch and watching eight straight hours of television,” and people will nod and accept it as a viable answer for a thing to do.

    The issue, of course, is what to watch. Not everything the streaming service produces is actually that good, especially if you want to get sucked into a storyline so gripping you can’t seem to get out. Luckily, Netflix has a whole slewof programming literally designed to do just that. These are shows that are exponentially better when viewed as a whole rather than individual chapters. In fact, a lot of them can downright suck without watching them from start to finish.

    We want to grab this list, grab your remote and Netflix and Chill in the most literal, non-euphemism way possible.

    Here are 15 Netflix shows that are only good if you binge-watch them:

    SEE ALSO: RANKED: 9 fan-favorite shows Netflix has revived, from worst to best

    SEE ALSO: RANKED: Netflix's 25 original comedy shows, from worst to best

    15. "The Get Down"

    The Get Down is style and slickness in bingeable form, filled with color and light and thumping bass and loud music and it’s all is so over-the-top, my god, why is it so over-the-top.

    This story of the rise of hip-hop in the South Bronx through the eyes of teenagers is done in Baz Luhrmann’s signature style, which means that everything’s exhausting, candy-colored, the dancing is beautiful, and the fight scenes are ridiculous.

    Sadly, this can drag the show out, making it hard to care about the characters. Stay with it, though – the show nicely builds into something worth watching. There are only 11 episodes in total, and as the plot progresses, the story deepens and things become less ridiculous, ending in a truly satisfying conclusion for The Get Down Brothers.



    14. "Hemlock Grove"

    Welcome to Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, a lovely town filled with lovely hardworking people, nice scenery, werewolves, angel babies, fake-psychics, and a slew of murders.

    Wait, what?

    This supernatural soap opera can be a little much for anyone to take in, especially if you just sit down for an episode or two. But give it some time, especially because the pace of the plot moves at the speed of a snail riding a sloth. The acting, especially by Bill Skarsgard, is top-notch, and the dreamy, strange atmosphere does become addicting after a while.

    Above all, the character arcs grow nicely, and issues that take place in season one come full circle by the end of season three. Unlike a werewolf attack, it’s not fast, but it does get the job done.



    13. "The Santa Clarita Diet"

    Do you like shows about zombie attacks? Great. How about suburban comedies? Now, what if we combined them together?

    We have zero idea who Santa Clarita Diet was made for, since it’s not quite intense enough for horror fans and way too gory for lovers of typical sitcoms. A lot of people were turned off for both those reasons, but take a moment and turn it back on.

    The show nicely builds upon itself, deepening both the characters and the world. The mystery of why a mild-mannered real estate broker would suddenly start eating people is nicely explained and you do start to care for the entire family. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy watching Drew Barrymore go a little crazy from time to time?

    The laughs get funnier as the show goes on and the gore doesn’t drop. There’s a joke here about clutching your stomach for a couple reasons, but we’re not in a sitcom – just writing about one!



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    American horror story cult

    An advertising campaign for the new season of "American Horror Story" has been giving people panic attacks with its disturbing, hole-covered imagery, and the underlying cause is a rare but intense feeling of disgust that scientists are still trying to figure out.

    Trypophobia, this fear of clustered holes, bumps, and similar patterns, affects around 15% of the general population. 

    Some researchers think that the fear is an evolutionary instinct ingrained in humans to avoid dangerous, hole-covered formations in nature, like bee-hives or other poisonous structures. 

    In this season of "American Horror Story: Cult," actress Sarah Paulson's character suffers from trypophobia, and as CNN notes, her overwhelming fear in the first episode of holes in her souffle and a piece of coral in her therapist's office has also affected viewers with the same condition.

    One woman, Jennifer Adresen, told CNN that she had a "full-blown panic attack" with nausea upon seeing the show's promotional posters for the first time. 

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    Many people have since taken to Twitter to complain about the show's preoccupation with holes as a triggering mechanism. Some have even diagnosed themselves as having trypophobia. 

    "American Horror Story: Cult" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

    SEE ALSO: This photo deeply disgusts some people, and scientists are trying to understand why

    SEE ALSO: The 50 worst TV shows in modern history, according to critics

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Finalist Mandy Harvey hit the stage Wednesday night to sing a moving duet with Shania Twain of the country singer's hit song "You're Still the One" for the season 12 finale of "America's Got Talent."
    • Harvey, a 29-year-old deaf singer, earned a Golden Buzzer from judge Simon Cowell after her first performance.
    • She revealed then that she had been deaf since she was 10, but used vibrations to keep the beat.  
    • She finished in fourth place on the NBC talent competition. 
    • Watch the performance below.

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    gwyneth paltrow goopThe INSIDER Summary:

    • Gwyneth Paltrow has found great success with her wellness company Goop.
    • In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she said she's developing a TV show.
    • On the show, Paltrow plans to interview experts and investigate wellness topics in the field.
    • She doesn't want to create her own TV network, though.
    • She also recently launched a Goop magazine and is opening more stores.


    Goop may be coming to your TV. Gwyneth Paltrow is planning to expand her popular wellness and lifestyle brand with a television show, among other ventures.

    "We want to take Goop international, we want to get this TV show right," she told The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview.

    THR asked if Paltrow wanted to follow in media mogul Oprah Winfrey's footsteps. Winfrey expanded her talk show brand into primetime TV specials; a magazine, O; and the cable TV network, OWN.

    Paltrow explained her plans for the TV show, which she's currently calling "The Radical Wellness Show."

    "Good morning! (Laughs, doing her best Oprah impression.) No, what we are thinking of doing is a TV show with the working title "The Radical Wellness Show." I would be going into the field and talking to any number of doctors, scientists, civilians, people in crisis in Flint, Michigan, where there is something to uncover and confront about wellness. We would want it to feel more Vice-y in its vibe, but we're just in the brainstorming phase. We signed on with Ben Silverman's production company, Propagate, to help us formalize and pitch it."

    The 44-year-old actress-turned-entrepreneur has ambitious plans for Goop, but she doesn't want to follow Winfrey's path to OWN.

    "Dude, then I'll be hospitalized," she jokingly responded when THR asked her about creating her own TV network.

    Paltrow recently launched a Goop magazine and wants to open more Goop stores.

    Read the full interview with Paltrow at THR.

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    Netflix has been in an ongoing trademark dispute with the family of Pablo Escobar, the deceased Colombian drug lord depicted in the streaming service's show "Narcos," according to The Hollywood Reporter

    THR obtained a letter written by lawyers for Narcos Productions, LLC (NPL), the company behind the Netflix series and its accompanying video game "Narcos: Cartel Wars," which outlines a series of "fraudulent,""Narcos"-related trademarks filed by the Escobar family in August 2016. 

    "For example," NPL lawyer Jill M. Pietrini writes, "Escobar claims that it has used NARCOS in connection with things like 'operating a website' and 'game services provided online from a computer network' since Jan. 31, 1986. However, the internet had not been developed for widespread consumer use in 1986, nor was the capability to provide audiovisual works nor game services available at that time."

    The letter, sent on July 27, also includes trademark claim documents from the Escobars for items related to the show, ranging from "downloadable ring tones" and "sunglasses, decorative magnets," to "temporary tattoos, bookmarks and sheet music."

    In the document, NPL lawyers threaten to sue the Escobar family for damages related to "unauthorized use."

    (Netflix recently sent a more tonally light-hearted, though still legally serious, cease-and-desist letter to an unauthorized "Stranger Things" pop-up bar in Chicago.)

    roberto escobarRoberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, Escobar's 71-year-old surviving brother and the former accountant for the Medellín Cartel, has repeatedly demanded that Netflix pay $1 billion to his company, Escobar Inc., for intellectual property violations. 

    "A billion is what we used to make in a good week in the 1980s and 1990s," Gaviria said in 2016. "Apparently money is now growing on trees in favor of Netflix after my show was released. They should pay me immediately."

    On Monday, Gaviria again threatened Netflix, saying he would "close their little show" with legal action if they didn't pay him $1 billion.

    The streaming service released the third season of "Narcos" on September 1.

    Shooting for its upcoming fourth season has been marred by the death of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a location scout for the show, who was killed last Friday in a rural, cartel-dominated area near Mexico City. Gaviria told THR on Monday that Netflix should hire "hitmen" as security if they continue to film in Mexico and Colombia.

    Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Read the full Hollywood Reporter article here.

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    Dave Grohl and the entire Foo Fighters band piled into a van with "Late Late Show" host James Corden on Wednesday for the latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke."

    With Corden driving, he and the band belted out a series of the rock group's hits, including 2002's "All My Life," 2005's "Best of You," and their most recent single, "The Sky is a Neighborhood."

    Toward the end of the nearly 13-minute segment, Corden and the Foo Fighters get out at a Guitar Center, and the CBS late-night host puts in an honorable, though ill-fated, effort in a drumming contest against Grohl, the former drummer for Nirvana, and Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters' current drummer. 

    The Foo Fighters' ninth studio album, "Concrete and Gold," came out on September 15.

    Watch the segment below:

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    The animated Netflix comedy "BoJack Horseman" announced its renewal for a fifth season on Thursday with an animated video of the title character's iPhone. 

    The show posted the announcement clip on its Twitter account. The video displays iMessages from a "clingy Netflix exec," telling BoJack (voiced by actor Will Arnett) that he's "back for a season 5."

    Netflix released the series' fourth season on September 8.

    No date has been set yet for the season five premiere, though the show has been producing a season each year since it debuted in 2014. 

    Watch the announcement below:

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    riverdale archie Dean Buscher KJ Apa The CW

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • KJ Apa plays Archie Andrews on "Riverdale."
    • The actor reportedly fell asleep at the wheel while driving home after working a long day. 
    • He hit a light post.
    • There were no serious injuries. 

    "Riverdale" star KJ Apa was involved in a car accident Wednesday night.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 20-year-old actor, who plays Archie on the hit CW show, fell asleep at the wheel after working a 16-hour day.

    Apa was driving the 45-minutes he travels home from the show's set outside of Vancouver, Canada when he reportedly hit a light pole. The passenger side was destroyed.

    He was taken to a local hospital, but was later discharged with no serious injuries.

    A representative for Apa didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a new digital ad campaign Thursday framed around the "Jimmy Kimmel test" that targets Republicans in a dozen pivotal midterm election states, the committee told Business Insider.

    In the 12 states, people will see the ads when searching terms on Google such as "the Jimmy Kimmel test,""health care,""Jimmy Kimmel," and "repeal," all of which have shot up the charts on Google after Kimmel's stand against the Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal on his late-night show this week.

    The ads will redirect those who click to the DSCC's already existing healthcare ad titled "The Price." The new campaign is a part of an ongoing six-figure digital ad buy, according to the DSCC, which shared the plans with Business Insider ahead of an announcement.

    Republican lawmakers and candidates in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin will be targeted. Those 12 states host most of what are set to be closest Senate races in 2018.

    Some of the politicians being singled out include Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Bob Corker of Tennessee, as well as Gov. Rick Scott of Florida.

    "There’s a reason Republicans’ toxic health care agenda would hurt Jimmy Kimmel’s family and hardworking families across the country: it spikes costs, imposes an age tax on older Americans, and guts coverage for pre-existing conditions," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein said in a statement. "If Republicans continue to push forward with their expensive and unpopular agenda, there will be no rock GOP Senate candidates can hide under to escape the voters who will hold then accountable in 2018."

    Here's an example of what the DSCC's ad looks like in Arizona, targeting Republican Sen. Jeff Flake:

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    Flake told CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert on Wednesday that he would vote for the Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said would get a vote on the Senate floor next week. The proposal appears to have the support of nearly the 50 GOP senators it needs to pass, but a few remaining senators have yet to announce how they intend to vote on the proposal.

    Kimmel has taken aim at the legislation on his late-night ABC program, imploring his viewers to oppose the legislation while blasting the bill's authors — particularly Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

    The late-night host accused Cassidy of lying when he said on his program earlier this year that any healthcare plan would have to protect those with preexisting conditions in order to earn his vote.

    In May, Cassidy said he wouldn't support any bill that would allow insurers to charge people with preexisting conditions more for coverage after the Kimmel's emotional monologue about his newborn son's open-heart surgeries. The Louisiana senator dubbed it the "Jimmy Kimmel test."

    But Graham-Cassidy would allow states to apply for waivers that could lead to insurers charging individuals with preexisting conditions more for coverage, as healthcare-policy experts said.

    Cassidy then said on CNN that Kimmel "does not understand" after the host said the senator's bill failed the test.

    "Oh, I get it, I don't understand because I'm a talk-show host, right?" Kimmel said Wednesday night, attacking the bill's proposed cuts to federal healthcare funding.

    "Which part of that am I not understanding?" Kimmel added. "Or could it be, Sen. Cassidy, that the problem is that I do understand and you got caught with your G-O-Penis out? Is that possible?"

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