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    • "Silicon Valley" actor T.J. Miller has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman while in college, The Daily Beast reports.
    • The woman, who remained anonymous in the report, said the alleged assault occurred during a brief relationship with Miller in 2001.
    • Miller and his wife, Kate, denied the allegations in a joint statement.

    Comedian T.J. Miller, a former actor on HBO's "Silicon Valley," has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman who knew him in college, The Daily Beast reports.

    The alleged victim, who remained anonymous in the report, said the assault occurred during a brief relationship with Miller in 2001.

    "He just tried a lot of things without asking me, and at no point asked me if I was all right," the woman told The Daily Beast. She alleged that in two separate incidents, without her consent, Miller choked her, punched her, and penetrated her with a beer bottle during sex.

    The allegations were reportedly addressed by a "student court" while Miller and the woman were taking classes at George Washington University. The Daily Beast corroborated parts of the woman's story with statements from college associates and classmates.

    Miller and his wife, Kate, denied the allegations in a joint statement. They published a full statement on Instagram on Tuesday.

    "[The accuser] began again to circulate rumors online once [my and Kate's] relationship became public," the Millers wrote. "Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again. It is unfortunate that she is choosing this route as it undermines the important movement to make women feel safe coming forward about legitimate claims against real known predators."

    In the report, the woman said the first incident with Miller took place after she met Miller in a comedy group in the fall of 2001, when he was a student at George Washington and she was taking classes. She alleged that while having sex with Miller, he punched her in the face, fracturing a tooth and bloodying her lip.

    She alleged that in a second incident, Miller choked her during sex to the point where she was "audibly choking" and then penetrated her with a bottle without her consent.

    Nearly a year later, the woman said she took the incident to the George Washington campus police. She told The Daily Beast that she was directed to a "student court" proceeding, which lasted three weeks before the university told her that the issue had been resolved.

    George Washington University declined to comment on the issue to The Daily Beast, citing federal privacy laws. The university did confirm to the publication that Miller graduated from the school in 2003, while other sources claimed to the outlet that Miller was "expelled after he graduated."

    Miller left HBO's "Silicon Valley" in June after four seasons on the series. He also starred in the critically panned "Emoji Movie," released in July. 

    Following the news of the allegation against Miller, Comedy Central announced that it would not be moving forward with a second season of Miller's late-night parody series "The Gorburger Show," though a source told The Hollywood Reporter that the network had already decided to cancel the series in July. 

    Miller's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for further comment on the allegations. You can read the full joint statement denying the claims below:

    We met this woman over a decade ago while studying together in college, she attempted to break us up back then by plotting for over a year before making contradictory claims and accusations. She attempted to discredit both of our voices and use us against one another by trying to portray Kate to be a continuous abuse victim of T.J. (further efforts to hurt the two of us). She was asked to leave our university comedy group because of worrisome and disturbing behavior, which angered her immensely, she then became fixated on our relationship, and began telling people around campus “I’m going to destroy them” & “I’m going to ruin him.” We are confident that a full consideration of accounts from and since that time will shed light and clarity on the true nature of not only this person’s character, but also on the real facts of the matter. (See the e-mails referenced). We stand together in stating this is nothing more than an unfortunate resurgence of her lies designed to wreak havoc on two happily married people in the public eye. She began again to circulate rumors online once our relationship became public.

    Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again. It is unfortunate that she is choosing this route as it undermines the important movement to make women feel safe coming forward about legitimate claims against real known predators.

    We stand together and will not allow this person to take advantage of a serious movement toward gender equality by allowing her to use this moment to muddy the water with an unrelated personal agenda. We feel we all have an obligation now more than ever to prevent people from using reporters to spin lies into headlines, and focus instead on what is real.

    We both champion and continue to stand up for people everywhere who have truly suffered injustice seeking to have justice brought into their lives. - Kate & T.J. Miller

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    • Season 13 of NBC's "The Voice" has crowned a new winner: Chloe Kohanski.
    • The 23-year-old raspy rocker from Nashville, Tennessee earned Blake Shelton, People's Sexiest Man Alive this year, his sixth win as coach.
    • She was originally on Miley Cyrus' team. 
    • During Monday's finale, Kohanski sang three different songs: a cover, a duet with her coach, and an original.
    • Her original song was titled "Wish I Didn't Love You."
    • She sang Roy Orbison's "You Got It" with Shelton and ended Monday's episode with a cover of Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes."
    • During Tuesday's episode, she sang a duet with Billy Idol.
    • Watch her finale performances below.



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    In today's overcrowded television world, networks are pulling out all the stops to get viewers' attentions.

    From huge movie theater premieres to big star castings and franchise spin-offs, these TV shows debuted with much fanfare but failed to hold up under the spotlight.

    Here are the 10 most overhyped TV shows of 2017.

    SEE ALSO: The 14 shows Netflix has canceled, including recently announced 'Love'

    "Girlboss" (Netflix)

    Netflix made a really big deal of its new comedy, "Girlboss." The show was based on the real rags-to-riches story of Sophia Amoruso, who made a fortune selling vintage clothing online with her company Nasty Gal. Netflix invited fashion bloggers to LA for a multiple event celebrating women entrepreneurs.

    With the wave of protests about the unfair wage differences between men and women being a huge topic and the support behind Hillary Clinton's bid for president, it all should've worked out just as planned. But two things happened to derail the hype.

    First, Amoruso filed for bankruptcy in November, which took some of the wind out of the Netflix show's sails. And second, the show was terrible. It ended up being canceled after its first season.


    "24: Legacy" (Fox)

    Fox tried to keep the details of its new "24" series under wraps, which only created a lot of hype. With a similar "real-time" countdown to Kiefer Sutherland's original hit drama "24,""Legacy" had a lot going for it: all the original producers and many of the stars returned, an already established name and fan base, and a diverse lead in "Straight Outta Compton" star Corey Hawkins. So how did they fudge that up?

    The show suffered from a stalled storyline and ratings too low to account for such an expensive production. Fox canceled it in June, though the network still thinks the "24" franchise has some juice in it. We'll have to see if Sutherland will be part of any of that.

    "Doubt" (CBS)

    Movie actors starring in TV series is one of the most popular ways to get some attention for a show (as you'll see many times in this article), but a controversial star returning to TV is even better.

    Katherine Heigl infamously left "Grey's Anatomy" in a storm of controversy after withdrawing herself from Emmys consideration and smack-talking the writing for her role. She would later find herself in more hot water after bad-mouthing the movie she starred in opposite Seth Rogen, "Knocked Up."

    This year, there was a lot of attention given to CBS's "Doubt," Heigl's return to TV as a defense attorney at a boutique law firm who begins to fall in love with her wealthy client. Its cast also included the talented actors Laverne Cox and Dule Hill and was created by producers from "Grey's" and "Madam Secretary."

    It should have been good, but, whoa, it was not. Viewers never showed up and it was canceled after just two episodes.

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    Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the season one finale of "Dark."

    Netflix's supernatural family saga "Dark" ended on an impressively complex note, with wormholes and time-travel and child-murder and possibly even the Devil himself revealed. But everyone likely had the same major question: What year was Jonas in? 

    On the finale, Jonas and the young-Helge touched hands through the wormhole that opened inside the bunker. Jonas was in 1986, and Helge was in 1952. But when they touched, both boys were transported to new years. 

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    Turns out, Jonas is definitely in 2052 (as we had guessed). The teaser released by Netflix that confirmed a second season of "Dark" lists 2052 as the final year in the cycle.

    Helge went straight to 1986 inside the wallpapered bunker (where Jonas was just standing).

    Then Jonas found himself inside the bunker in 2052. In this year, it appears as if Claudia was using the bunker as her shelter and had the wall covered in photographs of all the major characters. Jonas looked around and the fled the bunker only to find himself in a post-apocalyptic version of the Winden forest.

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    Jonas walks toward the street, where burned cars and battle debris litters the ground. You can see the Winden nuclear power plant, destroyed, in the distance, and there are warning signs of nuclear contamination. 

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    It seems as if in the year 2052, Winden is dealing with the fallout from the explosion older-Jonas caused when he set off the reactor time machine below the caves in 2019. He thought he was destroying the wormhole in the caves, but really he created it. 

    A truck full of "Mad Max"-looking people drives up to teen-Jonas with guns. When he asks them what year it is, a young girl says,"Welcome to the future."

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    This young woman isn't a previously known character, though it's possible she's the child of someone we knew in the 2019 storyline. Now that Netflix has confirmed that 2052 is the year and we know Claudia is living in the bunker in this year, we'll have to look to season two for more answers.

    Claudia will likely find teen-Jonas and begin teaching him about the wormhole and Noah. Will they stay in the same loop? Will Jonas eventually go back to 2019 to destroy/create the wormhole all over again? Or can the cycle be broken? 

    For more questions we hope are answered on season two of "Dark," read our full list here. You can also read our full explainer of the first season finale to learn more about Claudia's intentions and how she connects to Noah. 

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    • Cardi B made an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday night and left the host speechless.
    • The 25-year-old rapper was full of energy and her reactions to Fallon's questions were a mixture of hilarious sounds and facial expressions. 
    • After asking where her name comes from, Fallon had to pause for a few moments to gather himself. 
    • Later, he tried to start doing her trills and sounds. 
    • Cardi B is an amazing storyteller. 
    • Watch Fallon have no idea how to respond to Cardi B below.


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    • Tonya Harding talked to ABC's "Good Morning America" about the attack on her Olympic figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.
    • The attack was orchestrated by Harding's ex-husband, but some people still think she was behind it.
    • She says the media had already convicted her: "I'm always the bad person."
    • Harding says she still cares about people who wrongly think she was behind the attack.
    • "Is it a challenge from the Lord to see how far I can be pushed until I break and become nothing?" Harding said. "You can't push me that far anymore. Because I've been nothing."
    • "It's my faith in myself and in my father that comes back to me — and makes me get back off my butt and be something worth being proud of," Harding continued.
    • Harding's life is dramatized in the movie "I, Tonya" and covered in the new ABC documentary "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story."
    • Watch part of Harding's interview below.




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    • A new report from The Huffington Post reveals a pattern of disrespectful behavior by members of the Miss America Organization (MAO) board and CEO Sam Haskell.
    • Emails reveal employees referring to winners as "c----" and fat-shaming others.
    • Dick Clark Productions has cut ties with the MAO following the leak.
    • In a statement provided to INSIDER, a MOA representative said "The Miss America Organization takes very seriously its reputation and the character and actions of its representatives and apologizes for any concerns or ill feelings this situation has caused."


    The Miss America Organization has reportedly been dealing with internal turmoil as board members and senior employees have engaged in bullying behavior towards former winners.

    A new report from Huffington Post contributor Yashar Ali reveals a pattern of crude references made by members of the Miss America Organization board and CEO Sam Haskell. Ali obtained nearly three years of internal emails from the organization.

    "Haskell's behavior behind closed doors shows he regularly maligned, fat-shamed and slut-shamed the former Miss Americas, calling them shocking names and in one case laughing at the suggestion that one of the women should die," Ali reported.

    One email exchange, a screenshot of which was published on the Huffington Post, revealed Haskell reacting with laughter (via text) with another Miss America staff member who called the former winner "c----."

     Sam Haskell, Host Sage Steele and Host Chris Harrison attend the 2018 Miss America Competition

    The email chain began with Haskell asking the lead writer of the Miss America telecast, Lewis Friedman, to make a change in the script for the coming pageant, according to HuffPost.

    "I have decided that when referring to a woman who was once Miss America, we are no longer going to call them Forever Miss Americas ... please change all script copy to reflect that they are Former Miss Americas!"

    Friedman replied, "I'd already changed 'Forevers' to 'C----." Does that work for you?"

    Haskell replied: "Perfect ... bahahaha."

    A Miss America spokesman told HuffPost that Friedman had "been let go from the organization after an investigation."

    MAO says the Board of Directors was notified several months ago about "inappropriate" language used in private emails (which it says were "illegally procured" for the Huffington Post report). The board formed an investigative committee which resulted in the termination of "the most egregious author of inappropriate comments."

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    MAO said the investigation "also determined that, at the time in question, three to four years ago, Mr. Haskell was under unreasonable distress resulting from intense attacks on his family from disgruntled stakeholders."

    A representative for MAO sent the following statement to INSIDER:

    "The Miss America Organization takes very seriously its reputation and the character and actions of its representatives and apologizes for any concerns or ill feelings this situation has caused. Moreover, the Board of Directors has and is taking affirmative action and has implemented specific policies and protocols to directly address this matter and to prevent any issues moving forward."

    The other emails reportedly revealed the one instance of Haskell corresponding with Miss America board member Tammy Haddad. Their behind-closed-doors conversations refer to the former winners as "malcontents" and showed a pattern of disrespect, according to Ali.

    Haskell also reportedly called former winner Mallory Hagan "huge" while she was dating top Miss America Organization employee Brent Adams.

    "OMG she is huge ... and gross ... why does he want that?????" Haskell reportedly wrote, referring to a photo of Hagan and questioning why Adams was in a relationship with her. 

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    Hagan spoke with NBC's "Today Show" about the newly reported emails.

    "When I first read the emails in the article, I wasn't shocked but I was validated," Hagan said. "For the longest time, I'd try to explain to people around me this is happening, or these things are being said. And [now I] have the ability to look on paper and say, 'See, I told you.'"

    Dick Clark Productions (DCP), which had entered a three-year agreement with the Miss America Organization in 2014 to produce the telecast, has cut ties with the pageant after two people approached the company to detail Haskell's behavior. 

    Here's the statement DCP provided to INSIDER:

    "Several months ago, Dick Clark Productions was made aware of a portion of the emails that were referenced in the December 21 Huffington Post article. We were appalled by their unacceptable content and insisted, in the strongest possible terms, that the Miss America Organization (MAO) board of directors conduct a comprehensive investigation and take appropriate action to address the situation.  Shortly thereafter, we resigned our board positions and notified MAO that we were terminating our relationship with them."

    You can read the full report at the Huffington Post for more details on the email and alleged actions of Miss America Organization board members.

    Below is the full statement from the Miss American Organization provided to INSIDER:

    "The Miss America Organization ("MAO") is committed to upholding the highest standards of character and integrity in all facets of its national framework. Several months ago, MAO’s Board of Directors was notified about the concern of inappropriate language in private email communications regarding various stakeholders.

    Upon learning of these emails, the Board of Directors acted immediately, forming an investigative committee and retaining independent legal counsel to conduct a full investigation of the matter. The investigator conducted a series of in-depth interviews as well as extensive research that led to several recommendations.

    Although strictly intended for private communication, these illegally procured emails contain inappropriate language that is unbecoming at best and is not, in any way, indicative of the character and integrity of MAO or its representatives. Please note that MAO does not condone the use of inappropriate language.

    The independent investigation also determined that, at the time in question, three to four years ago, Mr. Haskell was under unreasonable distress resulting from intense attacks on his family from disgruntled stakeholders.

    As a result of the investigation, the Board directed the organization terminate the relationship with the most egregious author of inappropriate comments, a member of the television production staff. In addition, the Board has started the process of instituting additional policies and procedures.

    The Miss America Organization takes very seriously its reputation and the character and actions of its representatives and apologizes for any concerns or ill feelings this situation has caused. Moreover, the Board of Directors has and is taking affirmative action and has implemented specific policies and protocols to directly address this matter and to prevent any issues moving forward."

    This article has been updated to reflect MAO and Dick Clark Production's statement.

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    It's officially that time of year when you never leave your house because it's too cold to go outside and you just don't feel like dealing with it, which means you'll have plenty of time to watch TV.

    Thankfully, there is plenty of TV to watch these days. Too much, actually. So we listed all of the notable new and returning shows coming to your TV in the next couple months, and let you know whether or not you should watch them. 

    The lineup for winter 2018 looks pretty promising, with some shows starting new seasons like HBO's "Crashing" and Netflix's "One Day at a Time" (one of our picks for best TV shows of 2017). Winter 2018 will also bring us quite a few exciting new shows, including "Waco" on the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV), Freeform's "Grown-ish," and FX's excellent "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," the follow up to "The People v O.J. Simpson."

    There are also some new and returning shows that we are dreading as much as walking in a blizzard: season 11 of "The X Files," a new season of "The Bachelor" and mid-season shows like "The Resident."

    Here are all of the notable shows premiering in early 2018, and whether or not you should watch them:

    SEE ALSO: The 21 best TV shows of 2017

    JANUARY 2018

    "The Bachelor"– ABC

    Season 22 premieres January 1.

    Fans of "The Bachelor" franchise were disappointed to learn that Arie Luyendyk Jr, a race car driver who was a guest on "The Bachelorette" in 2012, will be the next bachelor.

    Should you watch it: Stay for the first few episodes, leave when it gets too serious. 

    "L.A. to Vegas"– FOX

    Series premiere January 2.

    "L.A to Vegas" is a workplace comedy starring Dylan McDermott that follows the crew of a Friday night flight from LAX to Vegas.

    Should you watch it: No. It looks gross and edgy, but in a bad way. 

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    • Dr. Sandra Lee — also known as Dr. Pimple Popper — is famous for her YouTube channel. 
    • Now she's going to be featured in a TV special on TLC.
    • It airs at 10 p.m. eastern/9 p.m. central on January 3, 2018.

    YouTube's Dr. Pimple Popper (real name: Dr. Sandra Lee) is the undisputed queen of pimple-related content. Now she's bringing her gross but oh-so-satisfying pops to TV. 

    On Friday, the TV network TLC announced on Facebook that there's an upcoming special about Lee. It's called "Dr. Pimple Popper," and it's airing on January 3 at 10 p.m. eastern/9 p.m. central. INSIDER reached out to TLC for additional details about the show, but did not hear back immediately. 

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    In addition to the upcoming special, TLC and Lee have also created a series for Facebook Watch, the social network's hub for original programming. The series is called "This Is Zit," and the first episode (featuring an epidermoid cyst) is already live. 

    On Instagram, Lee posted a short video describing the new series. 

    "It [has] behind-the-scenes footage of what I do in my office, how I go about doing it, more explanation about the types of things that I pop out, a lot of my favorite videos, a lot of my top pops — they are there just for you," she said in the video. It seems like the content for the new series will be different from the content posted on Lee's YouTube channel.

    Check out the first episode of  "This Is Zit" right here, and stay tuned to Lee's official Instagram for more updates. 

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    With a new year comes new shows, and there's a lot to pay attention to.

    "American Idol" is coming back to TV on a new channel, Amazon is diving into a science-fiction anthology series with "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams," and The CW is bringing another superhero to the small screen with "Black Lightning." 

    Some TV upcoming TV series — like "Life Sentence" on The CW and the untitled "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off on ABC — don't have release dates yet so they aren't on this list. We'll update as we more networks finally reveal the dates.

    Here are the new shows you can catch in 2018. 

    Glacé (Netflix)

    Starring: Charles Berling, Julia Platon, Pascal Greggory, Nina Meurisse, and Lubna Azabal 

    Premiere: January 1 

    What it's about: This French thriller leads an investigator into a chase for a serial killer in the French Pyrenees. 

    "Ellen's Game of Games" (NBC)

    Starring: Ellen DeGeneres 

    Premiere: Tuesday, January 2 at 8 p.m. EST 

    What it's about: Ellen hosts this game show that makes people answer questions for prizes in a certain amount of time or else face the consequences. 

    "LA to Vegas" (Fox)

    Starring: Kim Matula, Ed Weeks, Nathan Lee, Graham, Olivia Macklin, Peter Stormare, and Dylan McDermott 

    Premiere: Tuesday, January 2 at 9 p.m. EST 

    What it's about: This comedy follows an airline crew and its rotating batch of wild passengers on a roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. 

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    All's fair in love when you're looking for it on reality TV, which means there are always surprises in store. 

    Fans of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," know by now that anything can happen when contestants are vying for one person's heart and they're being taped. From broken hearts to surprising secrets, there is always some drama on the ABC reality dating show.

    Bizarre moments are sure to happen when "The Bachelor" returns to ABC January 1 at 8 p.m. EST. 

    Here's a look back at 20 of the wildest "Bachelor" moments: 

    Jesse Palmer picks the wrong woman.

    The football player messed up during a rose ceremony when he called out the wrong name. He gave a rose to Katie Gehart when he meant to give it to Karen Lindsay. He pulled host Chris Harrison aside to tell him. Gehart was given the option to stay, which she did. 

    Wes Hayden has a girlfriend.

    Hayden went on Jillian Harris' season of "The Bachelorette" with bad intentions, but nothing was quite as surprising as his limo revelation. After making it to the top four and then being rejected, he bragged about having a girlfriend the entire time as the limo was taking him away.

    "I'm going down in flames," he said. "The first guy on 'The Bachelorette' to ever make it to the top four with a girlfriend."

    Jason Mesnick changes his mind.

    Mesnick became the bachelor for its 13th season, having been a runner-up on "The Bachelorette" season four. He picked Melissa Rycroft, but on the "After the Final Rose" special episode, Mesnick revealed that he changed his mindHe broke up with Rycroft on TV and asked runner-up Molly Malaney if she wanted to give him another try. She said yes, and the couple has now been married since 2010. 

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    Seth Meyers will be hosting the 2018 Golden Globes, to be held on January 7 on NBC.

    He'll probably do a great job. But there are other options.

    For the most part, the hosts for major awards shows are the same people who host late night comedy talk shows. Meyers is handling the Globes, Jimmy Kimmel will emcee next year's Oscars, as he did this year, and James Corden will host the Grammys again in January. Next year's Emmys host hasn't been announced yet, but this year Stephen Colbert took the duty.

    It makes sense. Hosting a major awards show is a tough job. They seem perpetually at risk of becoming stale, solemn affairs. It's up to the host to keep it energetic, manage egos of big stars, and honor the TV shows, movies, or songs at the same time. This is pretty much what late-night talk show hosts do on a smaller scale every night.

    But in a balkanized media landscape, where there are so many different kinds of shows, movies, and types of music on so many different kinds of platforms, there's also something to be said for ejecting the standard trope of having a white male late-night funnyman host the show.

    There's plenty of talent in all corners of the industry. Take Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, two "Saturday Night Live" alumni who made the Golden Globes ceremonies a blast when they hosted. And while Anne Hathaway and James Franco flopped the year they hosted the Oscars, it doesn't mean the show should do away with having a pair of actors try it again.

    Here are 17 different ideas for Golden Globes hosts. Heck, come to think of it, they could work for the Oscars, Grammys, or Emmys as well.

    Issa Rae

    The showrunner, actress, and writer is best known for HBO's "Insecure," but she's ready for a bigger spotlight. Rae is charming and hilarious in every interview she gives, and she has the chops to put on a good show and give every star their due.

    Samantha Bee

    Give a female late-night talk show host a chance! The Jimmys are fine, but Bee's TBS show "Full Frontal" is just as funny and much, much sharper — particularly when it comes to the position of women in society, which is currently plaguing Hollywood. She could do a lot with a stage like the Golden Globes or Oscars.

    Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Stewart

    Ellen did a great job at the Oscars in 2014. Give her another go! In the past few years, her star has only risen as she's figured out how to grab viral moments from the web and translate them to everyone, or cause viral moments herself.

    Jon Stewart is a little musty, but he's due for a return. His dry, cutting humor is a perfect compliment to Ellen's shrewd, bubbly approach. Pairing them together would be perfect.

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    • Contestants on "The Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" are rarely shown eating.
    • There are always spreads of food, but they largely remain untouched. 
    • Even when the couples go on dates to restaurants, they aren't shown eating. 


    One of the most annoying parts about "The Bachelor" franchise — and there are several — is watching as the contestants mindlessly chatter about their fictional futures together over a plate of untouched food.

    I mean, case in point:

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    One-on-one dates will often end in some sort of dinner or dessert component, which is laid out romantically with gorgeous candles, flowers, and ample alcohol. And yet, the contestants never seem to get to try any of it.

    Many fans have noticed the phenomenon themselves:

    But thanks to some in-depth reporting by Alyssa Hertzig at Refinery 29, we have an answer for why they never seem to eat — the producers fill them up before the date even starts so they'll do less chewing and more talking about how much they love each other.

    "The food on dates is usually good, but the catch is that you aren't supposed to eat it! No one wants to watch people stuffing their face on a date. If you're eating, you aren’t talking," Jaclyn Swartz, who has appeared on Ben Flajnik's season of the "Bachelor," along with "Bachelor Pad" and "Bachelor in Paradise," told Refinery 29. "Instead, we eat before the dates, as we are getting ready. The producers will bring room service to your room, or a plate of food to where you're getting ready in the house."

    Some of the food prepared to be seen on-camera is still too good to pass up, so Ashley Spivey, a contestant on Brad Womack's season of "The Bachelor," explains that sometimes the contestants or Bachelor/Bachelorette will chow down while their date is giving a one-on-one interview with a producer.

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    "You have to remember that the dinner portion can last two to three hours," says Spivey. "You usually talk and start eating. Then, a producer will pull you aside to do a one-on-one interview. Then, you go back to eat while the other person is doing their one-on-one interview. This is when you stuff your face and hurry and eat before the other person gets back."

    The one thing they get to do a ton of though on-camera? Drink!

    You can read the full in-depth piece on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" contestants’ eating habits — which is fascinating, I promise — over on Refinery 29.

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    60 days in

    • Nine law-abiding citizens went undercover in an Atlanta jail for the documentary series "60 Days In."
    • The show, now in its fourth season, shines light on different aspects of life in jail.
    • Each participant was given a fake identity and booked under false charges, but one of them blew their cover story.

    At Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, violence, drug use, and gang activity run rampant.

    It seems like the last place any law-abiding citizen would want to visit, let alone live for two months.

    But that's exactly what nine people did on the A&E documentary series "60 Days In," whose fourth season premieres Monday.

    The show took participants from all over the country and sent them undercover to live as inmates at Fulton County Jail. Given false identities and booked under fake charges, the participants lived among the population of the jail without corrections officers or their fellow inmates knowing their secret.

    The participants are tasked with finding out as much information as possible about the inner workings of the jail and reporting back to chief jailer Col. Mark Adger, one of the only jail employees in on the ruse.

    In early episodes, the undercover volunteers are constantly tested by veteran inmates. Some participants had their cover stories immediately questioned for possible inconsistencies. Others had their property stolen or were pressured into buying items for other people from the jail's commissary, a common experience for new inmates.

    "It can be very difficult, especially depending on the strength of your own psyche, to withstand such pressures," Adger told Business Insider. "They felt hopeless. They felt they were at the mercy of whatever happens next."

    As much as 20% of the jail's 2,500-inmate population is affiliated with a gang, according to data provided by Adger, and learning to navigate gang life was critical to fitting in. 

    "The easiest thing for most civilians is stay in your own lane," Nate, one of the participants, told Business Insider. "Don't try to cross the gang members in a negative light because you know they will take care of it if they feel disrespected."

    Season 4 marks the second installment of the show to take place in Atlanta, with the first two seasons filmed at Clark County Jail in southern Indiana. Previous seasons shined a light on various aspects of life in jail, including the brutal living conditions, the demoralizing food, and the inventive ways inmates create and distribute drugs.

    This season comes with a built-in twist — according to A&E, Adger had to end filming early after one of the participants blew their cover and compromised the safety of the other undercover inmates. 

    "60 Days In" premieres Monday, January 1 at 9 p.m. EST on A&E.

    SEE ALSO: 7 undercover inmates spent 2 months in jail — here are the most outrageous things they witnessed

    DON'T MISS: A woman who spent 2 months as an undercover inmate is now a guard at her old jail

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    The first season of Netflix's new drama "The Crown"— a retelling of Queen Elizabeth II's rise to the throne — cost $100 million to make. That makes it the most expensive TV series of all time.

    But it seems like the investment was worthwhile: "The Crown" was adored by critics and picked up two Golden Globes. And on December 8, Netflix released the show's highly anticipated second season.

    Part of that monster budget goes to dressing the cast in a whopping 7,000 transformative period costumes.

    Check out how different the actors look in real life compared to their regal on-screen personas:

    SEE ALSO: Netflix's 'The Crown' season 2 delves compellingly into Prince Philip's cheating and dark past — but there's not enough of the Queen

    Claire Foy plays Elizabeth, the princess who ascends to the throne at age 25.

    At the show's season two premiere, Foy showed off a dark pixie cut.

    Foy won a Golden Globe for her work in "The Crown," and she actually thanked the real Queen Elizabeth in her acceptance speech.

    "I really, really, really wouldn't be here if it wasn't for some extraordinary women, and I'm going to thank them. One of them is Queen Elizabeth II," he said. "She has been at the center of the world for the past 63 years, and I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it, if you ask me."

    Source: Telegraph

    Matt Smith plays Prince Philip, who marries Elizabeth when she's still a princess.

    Today, the real Elizabeth and Philip have been married for an incredible 70 years.

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    "The X-Files" ended back in 2002, but was revived 14 years later. Now, the series is back for its 11th season.

    Since first starting in 1993, though, a lot has changed, including the cast of characters who have returned.  

    See how the returning characters compare to their earlier seasons. 

    "The X-Files" premieres Wednesday, January 3 at 8 p.m. on Fox. 

    David Duchovny has brought Agent Fox Mulder to life since 1993.

    Duchovny's first TV role was as a transgender DEA agent on "Twin Peaks" and he served as a narrator on Showtime's "Red Shoe Diaries." He also had a few movie roles before joining the "X-Files," including "Working Girl" and "Chaplin." 

    He returned as the iconic character for the revival.

    In between the old and new "X-Files" seasons, Duchovny was the lead on Showtime's "Californication." He also was the lead detective on "Aquarius." 

    Gillian Anderson has played special agent Dana Scully since the very beginning.

    Anderson's career started in theater before she moved to Los Angeles to pursue other roles. She landed her first movie role in "The Turning." She had intentions to never do TV. But after struggling for work, she went for it. After landing her role on "The X-Files," her career took off. 


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    master of none

    Rotten Tomatoes released its annual list of the best-reviewed, aka certified fresh, television shows of 2017.

    With hundreds of TV shows airing this year, it's much more likely viewers will find that shows have been overhyped or just straight up disappointing. So this list of shows that earned 100% scores culled from critics' reviews by Rotten Tomatoes for their high quality is a refreshing break.

    Here are this year's 10 TV shows that earned perfect scores.

    10. "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return" (Netflix)

    Number of reviews: 21

    What it's about: In this remake of the long-running series, Jonah Heston is forced by evil scientists to endure a vault of cheesy movies. He does so with his three snarky robot companions.

    Critics consensus: "'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' picks up right where its predecessor left off, retaining all the cult classic's crucial ingredients and adding a handful of fresh twists."

    9. "Sneaky Pete" (Amazon)

    Number of reviews: 26

    What it's about: "Sneaky Pete" stars Giovanni Ribisi as Marius, a newly released convict who assumes the identity of his former cellmate, Pete, so he can leave his past behind. The problem is that Pete's life and family can be just as dramatic and dangerous as the life Marius was trying to avoid.

    Critics consensus:"Suspenseful, smart, and terrifically cast, 'Sneaky Pete' is part dramedy, part crime caper, and all in all entertaining."

    8. "Silicon Valley" (HBO)

    Number of reviews: 29

    What it's about: A ragtag group of tech nerds come together to create a company around a new compression software, but must dodge the travails of the wild and often unseemly world of tech entrepreneurs.

    Critics consensus: "'Silicon Valley's' fourth season advances the veteran comedy's overall arc while adding enough new wrinkles — and delivering more than enough laughs — to stay fresh."

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    Dr. Phil

    • A representative for the "Dr. Phil" talk show denied it gave drugs to guests who were addicts.
    • The claims were leveled by multiple former guests in an investigative report by STAT and The Boston Globe.
    • One alcoholic guest said he arrived to the show sober, then drank a bottle of vodka he found in his dressing room and was offered a Xanax pill before taping.
    • The representative for the show said addicts often lash out at people trying to help them.


    Dr. Phil's show denied that it gave drugs to guests who were addicts following an explosive investigative article published by STAT and the Boston Globe.

    "The show does not give drugs or alcohol to its guests and any suggestions to the contrary is errant nonsense," Martin Greenberg, the show's Director of Professional Affairs, said in a statement.

    The allegations first emerged in the investigative article on Thursday. In the article, numerous former guests on "Dr. Phil," who were battling alcoholism or some other drug addiction said they were enabled by the show to take drugs.

    "Survivor" winner Todd Herzog, for example, appeared on "Dr. Phil" in the midst of his battle with alcoholism in 2013. He claims he was drunk.

    Herzog told told the Boston Globe that he was sober when he arrived at the studio, but found a bottle of Smirnoff vodka in his dressing room and drank it all. Then he said someone gave him a Xanax pill and told him it would "calm his nerves."

    The show's statement put the blame squarely on the addicts featured on "Dr. Phil."

    "Unfortunately, addicts often lash out at the very people who are trying the hardest to help them break the cycle of addiction," Greenberg's statement reads. "Although terribly unfortunate, this is an understandable part of the behavior of addicts on their journey to recovery. Deception, dishonesty, and denial are hallmarks of addiction."

    Some of the show's guests interviewed for the investigative article said "Dr. Phil" saved their lives. Niki Dietrich was eight months pregnant, addicted to heroin, and living in an abandoned house and prostituting herself for drug money when she appeared on an episode last year. Now, she's sober and working to regain custody of her daughter, according to STAT.

    "That was like a miracle," Dietrich said. "They hooked it up, for sure. The 'Dr. Phil' show, I have nothing bad to say about that experience."

    Phillip McGraw, the host of "Dr. Phil," hasn't publicly commented on the matter. CBS Television, which distributes the show, didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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    Reed Hastings

    • Netflix will give its CEO Reed Hastings $28.7 million in company stock options for 2018.
    • Hastings received $21 million in stock options from Netflix in 2017.
    • His base annual salary will drop from $850,000 to $700,000.
    • Hastings' net worth is estimated at $2.2 billion.


    Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chairman and CEO, is set to receive $28.7 million in company stock options for 2018 in addition to an annual salary of $700,000.

    That’s a bump up from the $21 million in stock options theNetflix chief received in 2017, while his base salary will decline from $850,000 this year, according to company filings with the SEC.

    In 2016, Hastings’ total compensation package rose 39%, to $23.2 million, after an increase in stock option awards valued at $22.3 million. Hastings has a net worth estimated at $2.2 billion, mostly tied to Netflix stock, and was added for the first time to the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans this year.

    Netflix also disclosed salary and stock-option awards for other top execs in an 8-K filing Thursday.

    Chief content officer Ted Sarandos will have a $12 million annual salary — up dramatically from $1 million in 2017 — and will receive $14.25 million in stock options in 2018 (versus $11 million this year).

    CFO David Wells will have a base salary of $2.8 million and $2.45 million in stock options; Greg Peters, chief product officer, will have a $6 million salary and $6.6 million in stock options; and general counsel David Hyman’s 2018 pay package will include $2.5 million in salary and $3.275 million in stock awards.

    The exec-pay details for 2018 that Netflix released aren’t reflective of total pay, because they don’t include potential bonuses and other compensation.

    Netflix shares are up 47% in 2017 to date (and closed up 3.5% on Thursday). Investors have remained bullish on the company’s growth trajectory and expansion strategy, which has involved Netflix raising billions in debt financing to fund original content.

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