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    • There are some TV programs that seem almost too ridiculous to be real.

    • From competitive beard growing to adult musical chairs, here are some of the quirkiest shows out there.



    If your idea of a crazy binge watch session is the latest season of "Survivor," then it's time to up the ante immediately. There's plenty of truly insane television shows out there, many of which are — almost — too ridiculous to be real.

    From a nude survivalist competition to a series involving Vanilla Ice and an Amish community, we rounded up the quirkiest TV series that you should probably (definitely) be watching.

    OH SIT!

    Remember when you were a kid and musical chairs was an incredibly intense, heart pounding after school activity? Well, take all that and up the stakes by about 1,000.

    From 2012-2013 the reality show "OH SIT!" aired on the CW, featuring an adult version of musical chairs, complete with insane physical challenges and crazy obstacle courses. The person who nabbed the last chair went home with a cash prize — putting all of our earnest elementary school antics to shame.



    Naked and Afraid

    "Naked and Afraid" immediately earns itself a spot in the Quirky Television Hall of Fame for the title alone, but let's dig in a little further. The reality show drops a man and a woman off in totally desolate location without any resources or (you guessed it) clothing. It's basically an intense, nude survivalist show and it lasts 21 days. This is both quirky and deeply, deeply terrifying.



    Best Funeral Ever

    Funerals aren't somber affairs at Golden Gate Funeral Home. In fact, they're kind of a party. “Best Funeral Ever” is a reality show that centers around the over-the-top, wild ceremonies that the Dallas-based undertakers throw for their clients. Past achievements include aHawaiian-themed funeral, a country music funeral, and a casket dipped in chocolate (the deceased loved candy).



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    stranger things season 2

    Netflix has begun to cancel shows, but that doesn't mean it's getting rid of your favorites.

    Thirty-nine Netflix original series will be returning with new seasons in the near future.

    Only a handful of the series have official release dates, including the premieres of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Marvel's Luke Cage."

    On Tuesday, the streaming service announced the renewal of its sitcom "One Day at a Time" and a second season of its reality-show reboot "Queer Eye."

    Other hit Netflix shows that have been renewed by the streaming service, like "Stranger Things" and "Mindhunter," are either in production or awaiting release.

    For this list, we have included only renewed Netflix series that are yet to air, and we've included official release dates if applicable. We've excluded children's shows and reality series.

    Here are the 39 Netflix original series that are coming back for another season:

    SEE ALSO: All 54 of Netflix's notable original shows, ranked from worst to best

    "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (Season 2) — Premieres March 30



    "Trailer Park Boys" (Season 12) — Premieres March 30



    "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Season 4) — Premieres May 30



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    james pitaro

    • ESPN's new president Jimmy Pitaro discussed the contentious issue of ESPN anchors taking political stances on social media in an interview with Variety.
    • ESPN set new social-media guidelines for its employees in November, after controversy surrounded political Twitter posts from some of its anchors, including former "SportsCenter" host Jemele Hill.
    • Pitaro referenced the guidelines in the interview and said of ESPN: "We are not a political organization. We are a sports-media company."

    ESPN's new president Jimmy Pitaro gave his first interview since he was hired to the role earlier this month, in a Variety Q&A published Tuesday.

    In the interview, Pitaro discussed a handful of topics, including the company's upcoming streaming service, ESPN+, as well as the contentious issue of ESPN anchors taking political stances on social media.

    ESPN set new social-media guidelines for its employees in November, after former "SportsCenter" host Jemele Hill was suspended for advocating that advertisers boycott Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who said in November that players who kneeled during the national anthem would not play for his team. Hill had earlier sparked controversy for calling President Trump a "white supremacist" on Twitter.

    "We are not a political organization. We are a sports-media company," Pitaro said in response to a question on the company's social-media policy. "And our focus is on serving the sports fans. There will always be intersections between sports and politics. When that news happens, we are going to cover it."

    "I will tell you, regarding our employees specifically, we provided them with guidelines. There is general understanding and alignment in terms of what our best path forward is within the company," Pitaro continued. "I’m a big believer in the value of social media, and we need to engage with our fans through social media in a thoughtful way, and we are doing that."

    The social-media guidelines the company set in November included phrases like, "Think before you tweet, post or otherwise engage on social platforms," and, "Do nothing that would undercut your colleagues' work or embroil the  company in unwanted controversy."

    SEE ALSO: ESPN has named Disney exec James Pitaro as its new president

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    • Sean Penn smoked a cigarette during most of an interview on CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."
    • Colbert didn't tell him off until six minutes after he started smoking.
    • Fans of the show are upset Colbert let him get away with it.

     

    Sean Penn smoked a cigarette during his appearance on CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" Monday night, horrifying some of the members of the audience.

    Late show antics from celebrities are nothing new, but people weren't too amused by Penn's cigarette. When Penn started smoking, Colbert pulled out an ashtray from his desk. He smoked the cigarette for six minutes of the 10-minute interview, before Colbert told him off.

    "Please don’t smoke anymore," Colbert said. "I don’t mind. My parents smoked when I was a child so it gives me happy memories to smell cigarette smoke but you know we want you to be around for a long time and those things are bad for you."

    Fans of the show on Twitter were more outraged, saying that smoking cigarettes on TV was supposed to be a thing of the past and that it promotes unsafe behavior.

    At the beginning of the interview, the "Mystic River" and "Milk" actor also said he had taken Ambien, a sleep-inducing drug, and said he isn't acting any more.

    "The greatest thing an actor can bring is to play well with others. It's the collaboration," Penn said. "And I increasingly don't play well with others."

    Representatives for "The Late Show" and Penn didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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    Netflix's dark comedy "A Series of Unfortunate Events"— about a trio of orphans trying to escape the clutches of an evil failed actor who wants to steal their family fortune — is full of clever sleights of hand and outrageous outfits. The costume and set design create a world that's foreboding, a word which here means full of fear that something bad will happen at any moment. It takes a talented cast to pull it all together.

    Led by three relative newcomers playing the Baudelaire orphans, Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, and Patrick Warburton as authorial stand-in Lemony Snicket, much of the cast looks very different in the show compared to real life.

    Here's what the cast of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" looks like in real life.

    Lemony Snicket is the pen name for Daniel Handler, who wrote the books the show is based on.

    In the show, he narrates the series.



    He's played by Patrick Warburton.

    Warburton's deep voice, capable of switching tones between funny and serious in an instant, is unmistakable. Though Handler himself does have at least one cameo in the series.



    Violet Baudelaire is the eldest of the Baudelaire siblings.

    She has a knack for inventing mechanical devices that get the orphans out of whatever predicament they're in.



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    Warning: There are mild spoilers ahead for "Roseanne."

    "Roseanne" returned to ABC Tuesday night with most of its original cast — and Roseanne and the rest of the Conner clan have some explaining to do.

    Since the show's finale in 1997, one of the show's stars died and the last two seasons of the show got pretty wacky after Roseanne won the lottery. Roseanne and Dan welcomed a fourth child and then there's that whole thing about Dan dying on the show. 

    Keep reading to see how the rebooted "Roseanne" deals with these plot holes and more. 

    On the series finale, Roseanne revealed Dan died of a heart attack.

    How it happened on the original show: Dan died as the result of Darlene and David's wedding on season eight. She starts writing about a fictional version of her family in a novel at the series' end.

    How the revival handles it: The show is pretending it never happened. Instead, the show makes light of it during its opening moments. Roseanne calls out to Dan in bed and he wakes up with a start.

    When he asks what happened, Roseanne tells him she thought he was dead. He tells her he was simply sleeping.

    "Why does everybody always think I'm dead?" Dan asks.

    Later in the episode, Dan finds a manuscript of a book Roseanne was working on, presumably the same one from the original series. Dan jokes her book would have "sold like hot cakes" if she didn't kill off the most interesting character. 



    Roseanne and Dan had a fourth child, Jerry Garcia, but don't expect to see him on the revival.

    What to know about Jerry: Roseanne gives birth to her second son on season eight who is named in honor of the singer. 

    How his absence is explained on the revival: Roseanne mentions Jerry in one line on the show's season premiere as the family says grace.

    "Please watch over our son Jerry who's on that stupid fishing boat, where apparently they don't get phone calls," says Roseanne.



    Glenn Quinn, who played Becky's husband, Mark, died in real life.

    What happened after the show ended: After "Roseanne," Glenn Quinn starred on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spin-off "Angel." Quinn died in 2002 as the result of an accidental heroin overdose.

    How his death is addressed on the revival: Jackie mentions that Mark also died on the show; however, no details are given on the premiere as to how or when he died. 

    The series honors his death by naming Darlene's son Mark.



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    tired spongebob squarepants meme

    • The Tired Spongebob meme is for people who are exhausted with life's small tasks.
    • It's going viral on Twitter for its extreme relatability.
    • The image comes from "Nature Pants," the same episode the Evil Patrick meme is from.

     

    There's a new Spongebob meme on the internet, and it's perfect for everyone who's exhausted after doing a simple task.

    It's called Tired Spongebob, and it shows Mr. Squarepants in the nude, leaning against a coral wall, and out of breath.

    The image comes from "Nature Pants," an episode on the first season, where Spongebob gives up the luxuries and headaches of modernity and goes off into nature to live with the jellyfish, naming himself "Jellybob."

    It's the same episode that the Evil Patrick meme comes from. In the scene from the meme, Patrick is upset that Spongebob abandoned him and tries to capture him, as if Spongebob were an actual jellyfish. Spongebob just avoided capture for a moment and was catching his breath.

    In its meme context, Tired Spongebob is used to demonstrate being worn out after accomplishing one simple task. It always starts with the phrase "me after." According to The Daily Dot, a Philadelphia DJ was the first person to use it on Twitter.

    From there, it was everywhere.

    It's the third meme from Nickelodeon's "Spongebob Squarepants" to go viral this year, following Evil Patrick and the Chum Bucket vs. Krusty Krab meme. Spongebob memes aren't going away any time soon.

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    Wild wild country NetflixWild Wild Country, the compelling Netflix docuseries produced by Jay and Mark Duplass and directed by Chapman and Maclain Way, unpacks the Byzantine saga of an Indian commune that moved into a rural Oregon town and got caught in all manner of criminal activity.

    After you spend six-plus hours watching the surreal true-life narrative, which unfolds largely via decades-old vintage footage that flashes forward to present-day interviews, there’s only one thing left to do: desperately scour the internet to find out what the hell everyone involved is up to now.

    We’ve tracked the whereabouts and doings of Wild Wild Country’s eclectic characters best we could, from Sheela the sharp-tongued town leader to the prosecutor who brought her (temporarily) down.

    This is Wild Wild Country: Where Are They Now?

    SEE ALSO: The story behind Netflix's new docuseries about a 'sex cult' that committed the largest bioterror attack in US history

    Sheela Birnstiel (a.k.a. Ma Anand Sheela)

    Now living as Sheela Birnstiel (she remarried in 1984, but was widowed nine years later) in a small Swiss village not far from Zurich, the fiery former secretary for Rajneesh commune founder Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later Osho) made quite the pivot. As revealed at Wild Wild Country’s end, she now runs a caretaking and nursing facility for older individuals dealing with a range of aging-related disorders, a kind of small-scale analog to the sprawling rural ashram she helped erect by Bhagwan’s side. Sheela has also engaged in Dadaisttheater andwritten a memoir of her time with Bhagwan, which is perhaps why she was so worn out from rehashing details by the time the Ways were done filming her.



    Jane Stork (a.k.a. Ma Shanti B)

    When Stork recalled having initiated the process of breaking the spell upon leaving Rajneeshpuram, she wasn’t simply turning a phrase. She was also subliminally promoting her own tome about those times with Bhagwan, titled — you guessed it — Breaking the Spell. (This also gives context to the recent Australian TV appearance excerpted in Wild Wild Country.) Per herwebsite bio, she now resides in Germany, and strongly encourages people to “meet” her in the Netflix docuseries in which she is so prominently featured.



    David Berry Knapp (a.k.a. Krishna Deva)

    The once-hubristic mayor of Rajneeshpuram fell hard from grace after flipping on Bhagwan and the commune to cut a deal with law enforcement. And though Wild Wild Country implies that he was swept off into witness protection, Knapp actuallyserved two years in federal prison for his role in the group’s sophisticated immigration fraud. It’s no easy task to track his current residence, but curiously, there was a David Knapp who founded an El Segundo, California-basedmortgage-brokerage firm in 1985 (right around the time he was working with the U.S. Attorneys office toward immunity) called Trust Capital.

    And public records show that there is a 69-year-old David Berry Knapp who lives in El Segundo today and was born in 1948. And perFBI records (which also divulge all those beans Knapp spilled on his fellow commune members), Knapp graduated from high school in 1967, which about adds up. Then again, Knapp would have been lucky to survive at all, given that there was allegedly at least one plot to kill him while he was incarcerated.



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    kelly clarkson molly stevens

    • Eliminated "The Voice" contestant Molly Stevens called her coach Kelly Clarkson"small minded" in a now-deleted Instagram post.
    • Clarkson had compared Stevens's voice to lesbian artists like Melissa Etheridge and Patty Griffin. 
    • After seeing a screenshot on Twitter, Clarkson said Stevens's words bummed her out.
    • Stevens has since apologized. 

    Kelly Clarkson has responded to some words an eliminated "Voice" contestant used to describe her. 

    Contestant Molly Stevens was eliminated during the battle rounds of NBC's singing competition Monday night after performing Cam's "Burning House" with Justin Kilgore. 

    Coach Clarkson compared her team member's voice to those of artists including Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin, and the Indigo Girls after listening to her performance. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Stevens called some of those comparisons "small minded." 

    "While I'm extremely honored to be in that category of talent I do believe that comment did us all a disservice and only threw us into a labeling trap," she wrote. "It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world. I am a singer songwriter who happens to be gay. And so is @melissa_etheridge and the @indigogirlsmusic." 

    Twitter user Philip R. Leodoro captured a screenshot of Stevens's post and said Stevens should apologize to Clarkson.

    Clarkson saw Stevens's message through that tweet and described how sad it made her feel.

    "Wow. This really bums me out," she wrote. "I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY. I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), & the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice & that she’s an amazing storyteller."

    The singer has been a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community for years and published a "love letter" to the community in Billboard in 2017. 

    "It always makes me feel sad when someone from the LGBTQ community comes up and says thank you so much for being supportive, and how hard their life has been, and how helpful it is when people in the spotlight use their influence to help others," she wrote. "It shouldn't be this rare, unique thing. It should be a no-brainer to lift, and support everyone, in every community, and encourage people rather than fear or judge what is different from themselves."

    Stevens later apologized for her words on Twitter.

    "I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words," she wrote. "This was not my intention at all. For the people who know me well, you know my heart well too. I strive to live in truth and light. @kelly_clarkson I truly apologize for thinking differently. I look up to you." 

    Watch her final battle:

    "The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. 

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    bring it on netflix secret categories graphic

    • Netflix pays a group of 30 people to binge-watch TV and film on its platform and label the content with category tags and metadata.
    • Fast Company recently profiled a professional "Netflix tagger," who described how her team develops descriptive "tags" for the service's recommendation algorithm and content sorting.
    • Netflix currently has several job openings for the position. 

    If you've ever found yourself wishing you could get paid to binge-watch TV and films, Netflix might actually be able to hook you up with a job.

    Fast Company published a profile of a professional "Netflix tagger" on Wednesday, describing how the streaming service currently employs a group of 30 people whose sole job is to watch Netflix content and "tag" TV shows and films with category information and metadata. 

    Sherrie Gulmahamad, the "tagger" profiled, discussed how her team develops Netflix's subjective and often bizarrely specific "category tags," which the service uses in its recommendation algorithm to label and sort content for viewers' discovery

    "We work with a sprawling palette of tones and storylines to capture the spirit of our content, and when it comes to those sorts of tags, we can be more editorial," Gulmahamad said.

    For example, Gulmahamad listed a long series of the available tags for "supernatural content" on the platform, which she said included "zombies, witches, dragons, cannibals, Bigfoot, mad scientists, mutants, magical creatures, angels, demons and even 'evil kids.'" 

    Gulmahamad described the job as "like being a librarian" with a "broad knowledge base of how TV shows or movies are related," where you spend up to 20 hours a week watching Netflix content. 

    There are currently several available listings for the "tagging" job, officially labeled "editorial analyst" on the company's website.

    Qualifications for the job include: "Ability to distinguish nuances within different movie and TV genres,""Ability to distill the essence of a movie/show and share findings in a concise manner," and "5+ years experience ... in the film and/or television industry."

    Read Fast Company's profile here.

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    This post includes minor spoilers for the second season of Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

    "A Series of Unfortunate Events" has a lot of Easter eggs, and one of them can be found in the opening credits to each episode.

    The show has a different version of the opening credits song depending on which book each episode is adapting. Each song is a version of "Look Away" with different lyrics in the bridge section. It's sung by Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the villainous Count Olaf in the show. Like Count Olaf, he has a somewhat limited vocabulary and bends words to incorrect pronunciations that don't quite rhyme correctly.

    The second season adapts five books over 10 episodes: "The Austere Academy,""The Ersatz Elevator,""The Vile Village,""The Hospital," and "The Carnivorous Carnival." So there's a new version of the introductory song every other episode.

    The different lyrics reference the plot of each book, so they include some spoilers. They were partially written by Daniel Handler — who wrote the books and is co-writing and producing the Netflix series as well — and feature his love for wordplay.

    The first season — adapting "The Bad Beginning,""The Reptile Room,""The Wide Window," and "The Miserable Mill"— also had different introductions for each book's section. You can read them here.

    Here are the unique verses for the songs in the second season.

    "The Austere Academy" (episodes one and two)

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    "At school the Baudelaires are forced to live in in an old shack,

    Comfort, joy, and safety are among the things they lack,

    They run a lot of laps which keeps them in fantastic shape,

    But you're the one who ought to take this chance to run, escape."

    "The Ersatz Elevator" (episodes three and four)

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    "The Baudelaires are taken in by people who are rich,

    But Olaf has a plan that's going off without a hitch,

    It's a race against the clock to rescue their two kidnapped friends,

    You'll need rescuing yourself before this grim tale ends."

    "The Vile Village" (episodes five and six)

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    "The town of VFD is full of people, full of rules,

    The Quagmires have once again been kidnapped for their jewels,

    The Baudelaires must rescue them but end up getting jailed,

    You might hope that things improve but I'm afraid that ship has sailed."

    "The Hostile Hospital" (episodes seven and eight)

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    "The Baudelaires are hiding in a place crawling with doctors,

    Count Olaf's close behind them with his troupe of lousy actors,

    Something dreadful happens with a big, sharp, rusty knife,

    So if I were you, I'd find some other way to spend your life."

    "The Carnivorous Carnival" (episodes nine and 10)

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    "The Baudelaires are hiding in a carnival of freaks,

    Count Olaf is the worst; he's been for more than several weeks,

    The lions in the Hinterlands are hungry and quite fierce,

    There is literally no program you could watch that's any weirse."

    Perhaps because "weirse" isn't quite the right way to pronounce "worse," the lyrics are sung in a different tone for the 10th episode. Harris hesitates before saying "weirse," but still goes with it.

    If you want to hear what the song sounds like in general, Netflix posted the song for the "The Bad Beginning" section from the first season on YouTube.

    Listen to that opening credits song below:

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    Dolores shooting Westworld season two trailer

    • HBO just teased the arrival of a new "Westworld" trailer. 
    • The normal broadcast programming glitched unexpectedly at 8 p.m. EST, as if the hosts had taken over HBO and Cinemax channels.
    • Then a 15-second teaser played, announcing another second season trailer.
    • The new trailer will arrive on Thursday, March 29, at 11:00 a.m. EST.
    • Watch the teaser below.

    HBO continues pulling out all the stops as it ramps up to the second season of "Westworld." By way of announcing a new trailer arriving on Thursday morning, all broadcast programming on HBO and Cinemax channels was unexpectedly interrupted at 8:00 p.m. EST. 

    A 15-second teaser played, announcing that a new "Westworld" season two trailer will be posted across all HBO digital and social platforms on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. EST.

    The new teaser features William/the Man in Black speaking about the Westworld park. 

    Man in Black William Westworld season two trailer

    "They wanted a place hidden from God," he says. "A place they could sin in peace. We had something else in mind entirely."

    Among the new peeks at the second season of "Westworld," we also see Dolores firing a gun and Maeve helping Hector get stitched up in the Delos facilities. There's also a look at Angela — the host who first welcomed William to the park — shooting at someone with a hench-host at her side. 

    Watch the new "Westworld" teaser below. The second season premieres Sunday, April 22 at 9 p.m. EST.

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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for the second season of "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

    Neil Patrick Harris literally wears many hats as the villain on Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events," but the veteran actor struggles to pick favorites when it comes to the Count Olaf disguises he wears for the show. 

    "It's so hard to pick — I get to play one character for 27 shooting days, so that's a long time to be someone else," Harris told INSIDER during a Netflix press event.

    Harris plays the dastardly Count Olaf, a villain who's intent on capturing the three Baudelaire children and stealing their fortune. Throughout the series, Olaf disguises himself with a new identity over and over again as he tries to gain custody of the kids.

    With the second season of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" premiering on Friday, March 30, Harris teased some of Count Olaf's false identities we'll see on the coming episodes. Keep reading for a look at the four new versions of Olaf that Harris loves best, and to learn how he approached each version with a different accent.

    Gunther the Auctioneer

    "Gunther is the auctioneer in town and he’s looks very Karl Lagerfeld-ish with the big glasses to hide his brow, a ponytail, big fake white teeth," Harris said. "Everything he says is very German but sort of French at the same time, because his accent is bad."

    Count Olaf Gunther A Series of Unfortunate Events

    The Gunther disguise has already been shown in Netflix promos for the coming second season (as seen above). Gunther is from the Lemony Snicket book "The Ersatz Elevator."

    Doctor Matthias Medicalschool

    Another Count Olaf disguise seen in the second season trailer is the evil doctor Count Olaf will pose as during his hunt for the Baudelaire children.

    "Doctor Matthias Medicalschool — which is spelled like Medical School but with no space — was in the book 'The Hostile Hospital,'" Harris said.

    Mattathias Medicalschool Count Olaf A Series of Unfortunate Events

    "You mostly only heard Count Olaf over a loudspeaker, so I wanted to come up with a voice that was a 'loudspeaker voice,'" Harris said. "I thought back to 1930s and '40s with the Hindenburg disaster. A sort of 'Attention! It is very important that you listen to the following thing that I say' [voice].

    Harris says the hospital-based "A Series of Unfortunate Events" episode will have a "horror-movie" vibe. 

    Detective DuPin

    "My favorite though? Detective DuPin in 'The Vile Village,'" Harris said. "He just thinks everything is the coolest."

    Detective DuPin and Jason Mraz A Series of Unfortunate Events Count Olaf

    "He has big flashy shoes and a leather jacket, a straw hat, and a gold tooth," Harris said. "He scatted a lot, so I played him like Jason Mraz— everything is 'scoobadobapbop' and he has a toothpick and he was bad, man, just like walking around all funky-like."

    Coach Genghis 

    In Snicket's book "The Austere Academy," Olaf disguises himself as a P.E. teacher in the Baudelaires' new school.

    "Season two has a guy named Coach Genghis, who wears a turban and is a gym teacher/motivational speaker," Harris said. "So that was challenging because it was a lot of dialogue and I wanted his voice to be […] a Midwestern PE coach meets Doctor Phil or Al Gore."

    Regular Count Olaf A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix

    We haven't had a peek at Coach Genghis yet, but Harris revealed the way he designed the character's accent based on a popular non-fiction podcast called "S-Town," produced and hosted by Brian Reed.

    "'S-Town' is about a guy named John B. McLemore," Harris said. "And as I was trying to come up with a voice for Genghis — which is its own tricky dynamic because when you think someone named Genghis wearing a turban being played badly by a Count Olaf, you're potentially in a world of offense and the last thing any of us would want is to offend anyone — we went against type and I thought John B. McLemore [was] an interesting sound."

    To see how Genghis and the rest of Count Olaf's disguises turned out, we'll have to wait until the second season of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" premieres on Netflix this Friday. 

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode 17 of "Riverdale," titled "The Noose Tightens."

    "Riverdale" fans finally know who ended up dead in the Cooper house.

    On Wednesday's episode of The CW drama, the unnamed drug deal finally gets a little more of a background story after the car Betty and Jughead tried to get rid of is recovered.

    His name is Dwayne, and he was actually a drug dealer.

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    The car was stolen.

    Chic explains that Dwayne didn't have his car and would often borrow his girlfriend Darla's car. Betty deduces that it might be the same girl who called his phone when she had it. Chic later calls Darla hoping to help the situation, but the events escalate.

    Darla threatens the Coopers.

    Darla insinuates that Dwayne somehow ended up dead to get the Coopers to give her money.

    "I don't particularly care what happened to Dwayne," she says. "I don't see any reason to ask any questions about him, especially if I get the 10 grand he owes me….If not, I might just have to have a long talk with that handsome sheriff of yours."

    Alice says Betty will go to the bank to get the money the next morning.

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    While Betty is at the bank, Alice calls and tells her not to come home because the hotel manager who hurt Chic was at the house. Betty concocts a plan and heads home with the money.

    When Darla and the manager try to settle in, Jughead and the Southside Serpents break into the house with knives at the ready.

    "You think you two can take all of us?" Betty asks. "Try us." Darla tries to threaten going to the sheriff, but Betty and Jughead use their close relationship with the sheriff to scare them away.  

    Prior to these events, there was a big mystery over who the man’s identity.

    The Coopers took care of the body.

    Alice wouldn't let Betty call the cops because she didn't want them taking Chic away. She reiterated that it was self-defense, and then she and Betty proceeded to clean the mess before Hal showed up. They wrapped the body in the dining room rug and took it to abandoned sewer pipes on the outside of town.

    Betty found a phone. 

    Betty struggled with the murder and eventually went back to the pipe on her own. While there, his phone rang, so she took it.  

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    The man's phone rang later, but when Betty answered, a woman screamed at her and said, "Who the hell is this? Cut the crap. You're the slut he's been whoring with, aren't you? You're why he's been missing. You know what? Tell that scumbag not to come home. He's dead to me."

    What's next?

    Mädchen Amick told INSIDER that the effects will be felt throughout the rest of the season, and it looks like she is learning to trust the Southside Serpents again.

    "It definitely raises the stakes between them and their lives," she said. "The repercussions echo throughout the rest of the season. There's a lot more to reveal as we go along."

    Hopefully this also means FP and Alice will grow closer.

    Read more from INSIDER's interview with Amick here

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    TV shows are filled with memorable moments and iconic characters. Regardless of being praised or criticized, some shows are so impactful that they should be seen by all TV fans.

    Whether it's a main character or a supporting one, there are TV characters that are scene-stealers and keep audiences coming back for more. They range from dramatic standouts like Daenerys on "Game of Thrones" Daenerys and crossbow-wielding Daryl Dixon on "The Walking Dead" to comedy queens like Phoebe Buffay and Rose Nylund.

    Here are TV's most memorable characters of all time.

    Phoebe Buffay — "Friends"

    Anyone who watched "Friends" knows that Phoebe Buffay is a unique character. She is quirky, sometimes superstitious, had an interesting life before she met her core group of besties, and is the genius behind the iconic "Smelly Cat" song.

    Aside from penning "Smelly Cat," Phoebe is also the character who said the now-famous line (and theory) about Ross and Rachel and being each other's lobsters. She supports her friends, and was a surrogate for her brother and his wife — proving that she has a big heart. Olivia Singh



    Carlton Banks — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

    On "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Carlton often provoked his family members and was unlucky in love, but the best thing to come from the character is the "Carlton Dance." The dance, which goes along to Tom Jones's "It's Not Unusual," is what people have come to associate with the hit show — but Alfonso Ribeiro explained that he didn't expect the dance to become part of pop culture. And it was inspired by a few celebrities.

    "It was never even intended to be funny," Ribeiro said during an interview. "It was just that he was dancing. The dance is ultimately Courteney Cox in the Bruce Springsteen video 'Dancing in the Dark,' that's the basis. Or in Eddie Murphy's 'Delirious' video, 'The White Man Dance' as he called it. And I said, 'That is the corniest dance on the planet that I know of, so why don't I do that?'" Olivia Singh



    Lucy Ricardo — "I Love Lucy"

    Lucy's goofy demeanor and penchant for hilariously finding trouble made her an instant hit with audiences. The show was also historic as her marriage to Ricky Ricardo (played by her real-life husband at the time Desi Arnaz) was the first time an interracial couple were shown married on an American show. Years later, "I Love Lucy" is still one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, and it couldn't exist without Lucy. — Anjelica Oswald

     

     



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    • Drew Barrymore appeared on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," and was asked about the possibility of an "E.T." sequel.
    • Barrymore starred as Gertie in the 1982 Spielberg film.
    • She explained that during the early '80s, Spielberg wasn't keen on doing sequels.
    • "Because Steven Spielberg made 'Jaws' and 'E.T.,' there was a lot of talk within his camp about sequels," Barrymore said. "But he never wanted to make them because he felt like what he did was just as it should be."
    • She added that when she was seven years old, Spielberg told her that they're "never going to make another sequel." 
    • "That was his philosophy, and who was I to ever question it?" Barrymore said.
    • Watch the video below.

     

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    • HBO just released the official full-length trailer for the second season of "Westworld."
    • Previously, HBO had aired a brief teaser trailer during the Super Bowl.
    • This official trailer came after HBO interrupted its own programming on Wednesday to announce it.
    • Based on the new scenes in the trailer, it looks as if Westworld might be on an island.
    • We also see Dolores and Maeve leading the charge in the fight against the humans.
    • The whole trailer is set to a new cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" by Ramin Djawadi.
    • There's also our first look at Shogun World, one of the other six parks.
    • The second season of "Westworld" premieres Sunday, April 22, at 9 p.m. EST. 
    • Watch the official, full-length trailer below.

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    As we get further into 2018, more of your favorite TV shows are ending their runs.

    Some shows ending this year include ABC's "The Middle," FX's "The Americans," FXX's "You're the Worst," and Netflix's "House of Cards."

    Most of these shows were popular with critics or audiences throughout their runs, and some are (or were) considered among the best shows on TV.

    But every show has to end at some point. These have run their course, and their networks decided it's time for them to go.

    Is your favorite show coming to an end this year?

    Here are all the shows coming to an end in 2018:

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    "Love"— ended March 29, after three seasons on Netflix



    "Portlandia"— ended March 22, after eight seasons on IFC



    "New Girl"— ends May 15, after seven seasons on Fox



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    • Roseanne Barr has a history of supporting President Donald Trump, as well as promoting popular online right-wing conspiracy theories.
    • Barr received a congratulatory call from Trump on Wednesday for the ratings success of the premiere of "Roseanne," the revival of her ABC sitcom, in which she plays a Trump supporter.

    On Wednesday, President Donald Trump called Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on the ratings success for the premiere episodes of "Roseanne," the revival of Barr's ABC sitcom.

    Roseanne Conner, Barr's character on the show, is a Trump supporter. Barr herself has been a vocal Trump supporter since the lead-up to the 2016 election, and she also has a history of promoting popular online right-wing conspiracy theories.

    "I have always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of American working class people, and it was working class people who elected Trump," Barr said in January at the Television Critics Association press tour of depicting her character as a Trump supporter. 

    "He says a lot of crazy s---,” Barr continued. "I’m not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he’s done and said that I don’t agree with in the same way there are probably a lot of things Hillary Clinton has done and said you don’t agree with."

    But as The Washington Post recently reported, Barr's Twitter page had been a trove of Trump support and tweets promoting right-wing conspiracy theories like Pizzagate, up until she deleted most of her page's history in December.

    "4 those who wonder-back in the day when I was called a 'liberal' by journalists, I used to answer-‘I’m not a Liberal, I’m a radical’ & I still am-I voted Trump 2 shake up the status quo & the staid establishment," Barr tweeted in December.

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    Barr has shared YouTube links promoting Pizzagate, a conspiracy that Hillary Clinton and her former campaign chair John Podesta were using a Washington, DC, pizzeria as a base for a child trafficking ring. ("Pizzagate Journalists Being Attacked by MMFA & ThinkProgress!" she tweeted in December).

    She also tweeted about the conspiracy of a "cover-up" surrounding the death of former Democratic National Convention staffer Seth Rich in July 2016.

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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for the second season of "Westworld."

    HBO premiered the official full-length trailer for the coming second season of "Westworld," and there are plenty of juicy new pieces of footage for fans to obsess over. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, watch that first. Then come back and keep reading for a closer look at the biggest revelations we spotted in the trailer.

    Here are 19 important details you might have missed:

    The trailers opens with Bernard/Arnold speaking to Dolores while we see the Delos security on the shores of Westworld.

    If backup security has to take boats to the shore, this seems to cement the idea that Westworld itself might be on an island somewhere. 

     



    We're pretty certain this conversation is a flashback to the real Arnold speaking with Dolores.

    "I dreamt I was on an ocean," Arnold says. "You and the others on the distant shore."

    This might be foreshadowing of how Bernard (the host Ford created in Arnold's image) will spend most of the season away from the other hosts. The other Delos employees don't know Bernard is a host.



    But it looks like they'll find out. In the trailer, we see Charlotte Hale standing in front of a group of Bernard hosts.

    How will Charlotte react to this discovery? What will Bernard do? This is going to be quite the balancing act.



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