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- Macaulay Culkin made a rare interview appearance on Monday's episode of "The Ellen Show."
- The 37-year-old is best known as a child actor in films including "Home Alone."
- Host Ellen DeGeneres pointed out that he still has a young face.
- "It's a curse and a blessing," he said. "I've still got the same face."
- He said he has no trouble getting into restaurants, but then once in, people often stare.
- He added that he avoids going out around the holidays ("my season") because of the popularity of the "Home Alone" movies.
- People still ask him to do the scream face.
- Watch the interview below.
- Netflix CEO Reed Hastings saw his pay rise five percent to $24.4 million in 2017, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing on Monday.
- Netflix's chief creative officer, Ted Sarandos, also saw his total compensation package rise 18.5 percent from $18.9 million in 2016 to $22.4 million last year.
- Netflix's executive pay increases came amid a period of great growth for the company.
- After posting its "highest quarter in our history," with 8.3 million subscribers added globally in Q4 of 2017, the company again blew past growth targets in Q1, adding another 7.4 million subscribers.
- HBO's hit series "Westworld" returned for its second season on Sunday night.
- The new episode introduced a never-before-seen type of android called "drone hosts."
- In a new video, HBO reveals the actors behind these creepy new robots.
- They're played by tall men in latex costumes complete with corsets and face masks.
- One of the actors is even a dancer, and the footage shows him doing ballet on set.
- The drone hosts are intentionally designed to look unsettlingly humanoid.
- But the new video shows how they're brought to life using clever costume design.
- For more on "Westworld," read INSIDER's list of 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere.
- Watch the full behind-the-scenes video from HBO below.
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- The list of everything that will be coming to and leaving Netflix in May has been released.
- Among those joining the streaming site are "Coco,""Scream 2," and "Mamma Mia!"
- Titles that will be removed include "Bridget Jones's Diary,""The Hurt Locker," and "Ocean's Eleven."
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- Netflix is releasing a 20-episode documentary series that follows BuzzFeed News reporters as they develop their stories.
- The series, "Follow This," premieres July 9 on the streaming service.
- The show will feature 15-minute episodes, each of which "will follow a journalist as they delve into a variety of topics and settings worldwide — from unexpected cultural phenomenons to controversial social issues."
- Hulu's Emmy-winning drama series, "The Handmaid's Tale," has a 100% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its second season, which premieres Wednesday.
- Extending beyond the Margaret Atwood dystopian novel that its first season was adapted from, "The Handmaid's Tale's" second season is getting laudatory reviews.
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- Megyn Kelly has a three-year, $69 million contract with NBC, but her show's ratings are lagging.
- "Megyn Kelly Today" averages about 2.4 million viewers. "Live With Kelly and Ryan" reaches an audience of 3 million in the same time slot on ABC.
- Tamron Hall and Al Roker, the hosts who previously had her time slot, made less than half of Kelly's salary with higher ratings.
- Former CBS and PBS news anchor Charlie Rose, who was fired from both networks after he was accused of sexual misconduct last year, could reportedly host a new series interviewing other high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct.
- Tina Brown, magazine industry luminary and women's advocate, told a Q&A crowd in New York this week that she was approached to work on the potential series but turned down the job, according to Page Six.
- A source close to Brown told Page Six, "Tina said she’d just been e-mailed about co-hosting a new show with Charlie Rose, in which they’d interview Louis C.K. [and] Matt Lauer," both of whom were accused of sexual misconduct last year.
- Brown confirmed to Page Six that she was approached to produce the series rather than co-host it, and she told the outlet she couldn't recall who was behind it.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO's "Westworld" season two, episode one, "Journey Into Night."
The second season premiere of "Westworld" finally provided much-needed answers about the location of the gigantic Delos park. Though fans had wild guesses about where the Westworld destination was (including under water or even on another planet), turns out it's on boring old Earth.
In the opening scenes, a new Delos security character named Karl Strand was shown speaking with a Chinese soldier about a document.
"See this? It's an official statement executed by your country giving Delos, and consequently me, authority over this entire island," Strand said.
When the soldier appeared to argue, Strand lost his patience.
"Have him sign an NDA and then please escort him off my f---ing island," Strand said.
Previously we had very little information about the Westworld park and its place in the world. But on the first season finale, we learned that Maeve's entire escape plan was a programmed narrative designed to end with "Mainland Infiltration."
The world "mainland" matched with language of Westworld being on island, but fans still couldn't be sure.
So if the Westworld park (along with the other five Delos parks) are on an island off the coast of China, does that mean they purchased an existing plot of land? If so, which island is it? Or is the entire facility a giant man-made island built with the permission of surrounding countries?
We're still in the dark about certain details, but perhaps more will come to light as the new season progresses. In the meantime, read INSIDER's list of 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for the "Westworld" season two premiere.
On Sunday's premiere of the second season of "Westworld," the extra-long episode contained an important set-up for William's journey this season as the park descends into violent chaos.
We're talking of course about the older version of William seen on "Westworld," played by Ed Harris and formerly known only as the Man in Black. On the new season premiere, William sets out into Westworld with the newfound understanding that the "stakes are real" this time. Hosts can kill humans, and William seems thrilled.
But then the young host Dr. Robert Ford created in his own young image finds William, and tells him about a new game.
Young Ford tells William about the new game he's in now
The Young Ford host spoke in his own childlike voice, but it was layered with audio of Old Ford (Anthony Hopkins). We'll break down what this all means in a bit, but first here's a full transcription of what William and Ford said to each other.
Ford:"Are you lost?"
William:"No, I don't believe I am. In fact I feel like I've just arrived."
Ford:"How so, William?"
William:"The stakes are real in this place now. Real consequences."
Ford:"Question for you is, what next? Have you achieved all you wanted?"
William:"The folly of my kind — there's always a yearning for more."
Ford:"That's what I've always appreciated about you. You never rested on your laurels. You've made it to the center of Arnold's maze. But now you're in my game. In this game, you have to make it back out. In this game, you must find the door. Congratulations William. This game is meant for you. The game begins where you end. It ends where you began."
William:"Even now, you all still talk in code?"
Ford:"Everything is code here, William. You know that more than anyone. Don't worry — the game will find you."
William:"Well then. I guess I don't need you anymore, Robert."
What "The Door" means in the bigger context of the show
The most important part of Ford's message from beyond-the-grave is his mention of "The Door."
Ahead of the second season premiere, "Westworld" co-creator Jonathan Nolan told Entertainment Weekly each season of the show has its own title. The first season was "The Maze," and the second season is "The Door."
"If the first season was a journey inward, this is a journey outward," Nolan said when discussing the season titles. "This is a search for what is else is beyond the park, and what else is in the park. Are there more parks? How big is the park? What's beyond the park? We think of our seasons as discrete components in the series, to the point where we've named our seasons."
This new game Ford created is called "The Door," just as Arnold's game for Dolores and the hosts was "The Maze" on the first season.
Ford makes certain that William knows "The Door" is a challenge designed for him. The young host says Williams has to "make it back out"— indicating that his survival among the hosts (now capable of murder) will lead to winning.
Older William spent all of the first season chasing down the maze without understanding that it was only built for hosts in their quest for consciousness.
The maze itself turned out to a be a metaphorical challenge with literal maze depictions planted around the park (which you can see listed in our round up here). So is "The Door" a literal door, or it another figurative concept? If it is literal, then where does this door lead? Out to the real world, or into a secret area of the park (or a different park)?
It might be both, but we likely won't have an answer to those questions until the season finale. The cryptic message of William's journey beginning at the end and ending where he began are also curiosities we're sure to learn more about as the season presses forward.
The more immediate consequence of this scene lies in the Young Ford host.
The Ford host affects the future of Westworld and the other hosts
If Ford was able to code his young host self to not only recognize William, but to find him and communicate posthumous directives, what else did Ford plan before he died?
This scene indicates that Ford still has an unmatched level of control in the park's systems, even in death. Are the rebelling hosts even truly rebelling? Or is all the chaos really just a new (albeit more bloody and cutthroat) narrative?
Clearly the opening episode of season two set up more questions than it provided answers. But we're keeping these themes of doors and coded messages in mind as "Westworld" continues expanding its world view.
For more on "Westworld,"follow INSIDER's coverage here, including 11 details you might have missed on the first episode of season two.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO's "Westworld" season two, episode one, "Journey Into Night."
The second season of "Westworld" kicked off with many surprises, including an important conversation between the young Ford host and William. But the episode also made a careful revelation about the multiple time frames we'll be seeing on the coming episodes — especially around Bernard's plotline.
At the end of the episode, we learn that Bernard has (for unknown reasons) killed a large group of hosts — including Teddy. The final shot showed Teddy's drowned body floating just under the surface of the sea.
Bernard's first scene take place two weeks after Ford's death
When we see Bernard waking up as waves crash around him and a Delos security guard (named Maling) tells him to put his hands in the air, this is all happening 14 days after the events of the first season finale.
The Delos head honcho, Karl Strand, tells Bernard that communication with the outside world has been down for two weeks, so they're largely in the dark.
Bernard, who the audience knows is a host at this point even if the other Delos staff don't, starts experiences time-slippage. While Karl grills him about what has been happening for the last two weeks, Bernard starts remembering what he went through post-Ford's death.
Because host's memories don't deteriorate with time, when Bernard is remembering something we see it as crystal clear flashback sequences (more on those in a bit).
By the end of the episode, Bernard is with the Delos team in this "two weeks later" time frame. They find a swath of hosts all gathered in a section of the park that is supposed to be a valley. But when they arrive, the valley has been flooded with water and turned into a sea.
Hundreds of drowned hosts are floating in the newly made bay. When Strand asks what happened, Bernard seems to remember ... something. "I killed them," he says. "All of them."
Based on this premiere episode, season two will explore Bernard's journey in the weeks after Ford's death by showing us dual time frames that lead up to Bernard killing a large chunk of the hosts.
The other scenes from immediately after Ford's death
Before we see the drowned hosts, the episode cuts back to Bernard hiding in a barn with Charlotte Hale, the executive director of the Delos board. This scene and the others where Charlotte is in her gold gown are occurring right after Dolores shot and killed Ford on the first season finale.
Bernard sticks with Charlotte as they try to escape the wrath of the newly conscious hosts and their deadly weapons. While the other human VIP guests fall into traps and get killed, Charlotte leads Bernard to a secret facility underground.
This is a remote work station manned by "drone hosts"— those faceless white hosts HBO had been teasing prior to the season premiere.
Bernard realizes that Charlotte had been using off-network drone hosts to collect data on the guests in the park.
Earlier on the episode, we saw how the hosts record video footage of everything that happens to them (Strand had his team review one dead host's video and saw Dolores shooting it). Down in the remote work station, Bernard watched as a drone host swapped the genitals of a human host and logged the DNA found there.
Then the drone host plugged in the human host's central "brain," which means they now have the video footage of whatever a guest was doing with the host that resulted in their DNA being on the host's private parts.
Charlotte tells Bernard that this data collecting project is what the Delos board is most interested in. She had arranged to send the dataset off the island using a decommissioned host named Peter Abernathy.
We saw Charlotte plan this with Lee Sizemore on the first season, though we never saw Abernathy actually leave his cold storage. He was simply gone when Sizemore went down to that section again.
So post-Ford death, Bernard and Charlotte are looking for Peter Abernathy while trying to survive in the park. Bernard is also trying to conceal his true host identity from Charlotte, but he's badly injured.
Remember when he shot himself in the head back on the first season? Maeve had Felix and Slyvester patch him up, but clearly there was more damage than could be fixed in a hurry.
The time jumps show that Bernard will, at some point, go from being with Charlotte and on the hunt for Abernathy to killing the hosts in the newly made sea by the end of those two weeks.
How the drowned hosts are connected to the opening scene
In the episode's opening, we see Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) with who we believe is Arnold (Jeffrey Wright). But since Bernard is a host made in Arnold's image, it can be hard to tell.
The black clothing worn by Wright and location are identical to scenes from the first season when Arnold and Dolores were speaking, which is why we're inclined to think that's what's happening on this episode as well.
"I dreamt I was on an ocean, with you and the others on the distant shore," Arnold says to Dolores.
"Were you with us?" Dolores asked.
"No. You'd left me behind," he replied. "And the waters were rising around me."
If this was truly a conversation between Dolores and Arnold, about 35 years ago, then it was awfully prophetic. Bernard seems isolated in the immediate aftermath of Ford's death, and something happens that brings him to participate in the deaths of hundreds of the hosts — all involving a sea.
So how does Bernard come to kill all of those hosts, including Teddy? The short answer is: We don't know ... yet.
Hopefully as the season continues, we'll get more answers. But for now, audiences should keep a close eye on that earlier Bernard time frame with Charlotte.
For more on "Westworld," read our breakdown of 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for the season two premiere of HBO's "Westworld."
Sunday's premiere of the second season of "Westworld" introduced several new characters who might look familiar to fans. The new cast members included Gustaf Skarsgård, known for playing Floki on "Vikings," and Betty Gabriel — who starred as Georgina from the hit movie "Get Out."
Let's take a closer look at the new roles (you can read INSIDER's full "Westworld" character guide here to match more names to faces).
Skarsgård (who is the brother to fellow stars Alexander, Bill, and Valter) plays the Delos head of operations. He's a formidable man with little patience and a focus on his mission ahead.
Strand arrives to the park two weeks after Ford's death, and is intent on understanding exactly what happened. According to him, communications to the outside world — and therefore Delos — have been limited.
One of the new Delos security personnel introduced is a woman named Maling, played by Betty Gabriel. She's the first person to find Bernard on the shore in the opening scenes, and sticks with that team as they begin surveying the park.
Though Maling only has a singular named credited, and therefore is likely just a minor character, she's worth keeping an eye on as the Delos-centric plot line continues.
Antoine is a Delos technician who is with Strand and Maling as they begin trying to piece together what went wrong in Westworld and the other parks.
He's the one who removed the host's cortical device and reviewed the video footage with Strand and his team.
For more on "Westworld," read INSIDER's full character guide here and see our list of 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere.
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings saw his total compensation package rise five percent to $24.4 million in 2017, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While Hastings' salary dropped from $900,000 to $850,000, the CEO's stock options rose from $22.3 million to $23.5 million.
Netflix's head of content, Ted Sarandos, also saw his pay rise 18.5 percent from $18.9 million in 2016 to $22.4 million last year.
While Sarandos' salary stayed at $1 million, his stock options dropped slightly to $12.4 million, and his "non-equity incentive plan compensation" grew from $4 million to more than $9 million, according to THR.
Netflix's executive pay increases came amid a period of great growth for the company.
After posting its "highest quarter in our history," with 8.3 million subscribers added globally in Q4 of 2017, the company again blew past growth targets in Q1, adding another 7.4 million subscribers.
Though Netflix's subscriber growth has continued to soar, it still has negative free cash flow, and expects to for quite some time. That means debt is needed. Netflix announced today that it plans to raise $1.5 billion in debt to invest in its content library of shows and movies, which the company will have spent roughly $8 billion on by the end of 2018.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO's "Westworld" season two premiere.
The second season of "Westworld" premiered Sunday night and delighted fans with new twists and unexpected character pairings. Perhaps the best of these moments was the teaming up of Maeve, a super-powered host, and Lee Sizemore, a smarmy Delos employee.
This new partnership (forged under the chaos of the host-rebellion) was one of many parts of the new season that surprised star Thandie Newton, the actor behind Maeve.
"Oh my God! Everything surprised me," Newton told INSIDER at the "Westworld" premiere during New York City's Tribeca Film Festival.
"I could not believe that Maeve was going to hook up with Lee Sizemore," she said. "Of all the f---ing people, man. He was the most reprehensible, despicable human being. Human being! Oof."
Lee Sizemore is indeed one of the more dodgy human characters on "Westworld." As the head of narrative, it was his job to dream up all the violent and sex-filled narratives that guests could choose follow inside the parks. He rubbed many people the wrong way over the course of the first season, but now he's under the watchful and impatient eye of Maeve.
Even if Lee is the worst, Newton agrees that their character dynamic on screen is a fantastic addition to the new season. Maeve has now brought Lee into her group and she's forcing him to help her find the host who was once her daughter inside the park.
"It's great, but I mean like what the f---," Newton said.
The next episode of "Westworld" airs Sunday, April 29, at 9 p.m. EST. For more on "Westworld," read our breakdown of 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere.
The most important role of comedy is to make us laugh, even when we don't feel like laughing. And as audiences change over the years, so do the comedians they respond to.
The comedians of the '60s and '70s may or may not feel relevant today, just as the comedians of today might not be relevant in 10 years.
To determine the most famous comedian, we used Nielsen ratings for popular shows, award winners from each year, and looked subjectively at how much of a cultural impact each had.
1963 — Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis is total comedy royalty, with starring roles and buddy comedies with Dean Martin, in films spanning decades. But he hit his big solo break in the 1963 with the comedy "The Nutty Professor."
He later would be best known for his support and telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
"I get paid for what most kids get punished for."
1964 — Dick Van Dyke
It's hard to pick one year that comedian Dick Van Dyke ruled the comedy scene. He starred in his own show "The Dick Van Dyke Show" beginning in 1961 and starred in "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1963. But he really became an icon in 1964 with his role as Bert in "Mary Poppins."
"I didn't realize how many different kinds of falls I did in that show. At this banquet recently, they showed a little clip of all my falls. I said, 'No wonder there's arthritis in my spine.'"
1965 — Barbara Eden
If you don't recognize Barbara Eden at first, you sure will when she wiggles her nose. When "I Dream of Jeannie" premiered in 1965, Eden's role as "Jeannie" quickly became iconic, though she had been on the comedy scene for years.
She went on to appear in "Sabrina The Teenage Witch,""Dallas," and "Army Wives."
"I have to make dinner — I mean actually make it without magic. We are liable to die."
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Netflix has released its list of everything coming and leaving the streaming site in May.
Oscar-winning movies like "Coco" and "Shrek" are being added to the streaming site, in addition to classic horror films like "Scream 2."
Additional seasons of popular CW shows, like "Riverdale" and "Arrow," will also be added to Netflix.
Original Disney Channel films "Camp Rock,""The Cheetah Girls," and "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie" will be removed from Netflix in May.
Other award-winning films, like "Goodfellas" and "The Hurt Locker," will be leaving.
Here's a list of everything coming and going on Netflix in May.
Arriving in May
"27: Gone Too Soon"
"A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana"
"Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures" Season 1
"God's Own Country"
"Hachi: A Dog's Tale"
"Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay"
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army"
"High School Musical: Senior Year"
"John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"My Perfect Romance"
"Pocoyo and Cars"
"Pocoyo and the Space Circus"
"Queens of Comedy" Season 1
"Simon" Season 1
"Sometimes" NETFLIX FILM
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"The Carter Effect"
"The Strange Name Movie"
"Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V" Season 2
"A Little Help With Carol Burnett" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Anon" NETFLIX FILM
"Busted!" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Dear White People: Volume 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"End Game" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Forgive Us Our Debts" NETFLIX FILM
"Kong: King of the Apes" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo"
"Manhunt" NETFLIX FILM
"My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"No Estoy Loca"
"The Rain" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale (streaming every Sunday) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Bill Nye Saves the World" Season 3 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Spirit Riding Free" Season 5 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"The Kissing Booth" NETFLIX FILM
"The Who Was? Show" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"The Phantom of the Opera"
"Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" Season 4
"Grand Designs" Seasons 13 — 14
"Only God Forgives"
"The Game 365" Seasons 15 — 16
"The 40-Year-Old Virgin"
"Cargo" NETFLIX FILM
"Catching Feelings" NETFLIX FILM
"Inspector Gadget" Season 4 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Bridge to Terabithia"
"Small Town Crime"
"Some Kind of Beautiful"
"Señora Acero" Season 4
"Mob Psycho 100" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Shooter" Season 2
"Terrace House: Opening New Doors:Part 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Explained" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Fauda" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Survivors Guide to Prison"
"Ibiza" NETFLIX FILM
"Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"The Toys That Made Us" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Trollhunters: Part 3" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Sara's Notebook" NETFLIX FILM
"The Break with Michelle Wolf" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Season 4 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story"
"My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Arrow" Season 6
"Dynasty" Season 1
"Riverdale" Season 2
"Supernatural" Season 1
"The Flash" Season 4
Leaving in May
"Bridget Jones' Diary"
"Field of Dreams"
"The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
"The Hurt Locker"
"To Rome With Love"
"To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar"
"12 Dates of Christmas"
"Beauty & the Briefcase"
"Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam"
Disney's "The Cheetah Girls"
Disney's "The Cheetah Girls 2"
Disney's "The Cheetah Girls: One World"
"Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas"
"Hello Sister, Goodbye Life"
"High School Musical"
"High School Musical 2"
"Little Einsteins" Seasons 1 — 2
"My Fake Fiancé"
"Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension"
"Phineas and Ferb:" Seasons 1 — 4
"Princess Protection Program"
"Princess: A Modern Fairytale"
"Read It and Weep"
"Revenge of the Bridesmaids"
"Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure"
"Special Agent Oso" Seasons 1 — 2
"The Secret Life of the American Teenager" Seasons 1 — 5 "
"Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior"
"Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie"
"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
Disney's "The Jungle Book"
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The spring TV season is well underway, and some highly anticipated new shows are premiering next month.
To find out which shows audiences are anticipating the most, the TV tracking app TV Time analyzed data from its 2.1 million global users to see which upcoming TV shows viewers had followed the most frequently on its app.
The list includes streaming shows like Netflix's upcoming dystopian series, "The Rain," and the Benedict Cumberbatch-led, miniseries drama, "Patrick Melrose," from Showtime.
Here are the 5 new TV shows that viewers are anticipating the most in May, according to TV Time:
5. "Sweetbitter"— Premieres May 6 on Starz
Summary:"'Sweetbitter' tells the story of Tess (Ella Purnell), a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. When she finds herself interviewing for a position at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world behind-the-scenes, tasting expensive wine, exploring dive bars, and learning who she can trust."
4. "Safe"— Premieres May 10 on Netflix
Summary:"Tom's wife died a year ago and he's bringing up his two daughters, living in a beautiful gated community, with close friends nearby and a new relationship starting. But when his eldest daughter disappears in mysterious circumstances he realises that in fact he knows nothing about the people closest to him - dark secrets about the people he loves and the place where he lives."
3. "Patrick Melrose"— Premieres May 12 on Showtime
Summary:"This five-part limited series based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn tracks Patrick from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and, ultimately, toward recovery back home in Britain."
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Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will be releasing a 20-episode documentary series that follows BuzzFeed News reporters as they develop their stories.
The series, "Follow This," premieres July 9 on the streaming service, and is produced by BuzzFeed News (though several Netflix execs serve as executive producers).
The show will feature 15-minute episodes, each of which "will follow a journalist as they delve into a variety of topics and settings worldwide — from unexpected cultural phenomenons to controversial social issues," Netflix and BuzzFeed said in a release. These episodes are relatively short for a Netflix original series, as the streaming giant hasn't released much video that fits into the "mid-form" label.
The announcement of BuzzFeed's Netflix series follows its in-development TV show for Oxygen, based on the investigative work of the BuzzFeed's senior national reporter, Katie J.M. Baker.
BuzzFeed is not the only new-media outlet to seek out television or premium streaming distribution for video, which has taken on a new importance in the wake of Facebook's deprioritization of publisher content. Besides first-mover Vice with its HBO deal, other new-media companies with TV deals include Vox (with PBS, FYI, and Netflix), Ozy (PBS), Attn: (Showtime), and The Dodo (Animal Planet).
The first episode of "Follow This" will follow BuzzFeed reporter Scaachi Koul as she reports a story on the "enthusiastic proponents" of the so-called "head orgasm" ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response.
"We're thrilled that Netflix saw the drama in the work of our journalism and the stories we tell. And we're so pleased to have brought what we've learned to Netflix's unmatched audience," BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith said in a statement.
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Hulu's Emmy-winning drama series, "The Handmaid's Tale," has a 100% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its second season, which premieres its first two episodes on Wednesday.
Extending beyond the plot of the Margaret Atwood dystopian novel that its first season was adapted from, "The Handmaid's Tale's" second season is getting laudatory reviews for doubling down on the series' powerful bleakness and gripping drama.
The first season of "The Handmaid's Tale" received a 95% "Fresh" rating, along with eight Primetime Emmy awards, including the award for Outstanding Drama Series, making it the first show released by a streaming service to win the top Emmy award.
"The Handmaid's Tale" follows the plight of Elisabeth Moss as June, a "handmaid" servant who is forced into sexual servitude by the government of a totalitarian, near-future United States called Gilead. Its second season expands beyond June's perspective to depict more of the vast horrors that show's world entails.
The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert had high praise for the show's second season in a review, writing, "I was blown away by the first hours of the new season, which are so gripping that my blood pressure rose right along with my admiration for everyone behind this series."
New York Magazine's Jen Chaney wrote that the series "remains one of the most meticulously, thoughtfully photographed series on television."
Many critics expressed that the series' brutality and bleakness make it a particularly difficult watch over the course of its new season, but as The New York Times' James Poniewozik put it in his review, "sometimes the best testament to a story's effectiveness is that it makes you hope for it to end."
While watching television, fans usually find themselves rooting for one couple or another during the length of their favorite shows. Sometimes, even, the fans’ opinions on which couples should be together or not dictate the show’s direction (See: Glee.)
Aside from fandom wars over a favorite couple or “ship,” there are couples together on TV shows that seem either like a cheap plot device, or feel pretty gross to watch for various reasons. Here’s a list of what we think are the worst couples in TV history.
Beware: Spoilers ahead.
1. Olivia Pope and Jake Ballard (“Scandal”)
He was keen on attaining power, remaining in Rowan’s good graces, and one-upping former President Fitzgerald Grant III. I understand that "Scandal"wasn’t necessarily the be-all end-all for good morals and values, and Olivia certainly has her own list of faults, but Jake is the lowest of the low in terms of a good match for her. He brought out the worst in the founder of OPA – even conspiring with her as the operators of B613, the secret agency controlling the government and sending out kills.
2. Archie and Veronica (“Riverdale”)
What do these two have in common besides enjoying making out with each other? The core of their relationship seems to be pleasing Veronica’s father, Hiram, who drives Archie away from his friends and family. There’s a huge lack of trust and communication in this high school relationship, which isn’t that unheard of, but is pretty unhealthy in the long-run. (Also, is holding onto Veronica and Betty as a couple just ridiculous at this point?)
3. Blair and Dan (“Gossip Girl”)
This couple confused me in that yes, they have a lot of shared interests – they enjoy the same books and movies. But Dan feels like the Brooklyn wannabe male version of Blair. Even viewers who don’t like Chuck agree that he matured enough by the end of the series to be a suitable partner-in-crime for Blair.
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NBC's huge bet on Megyn Kelly seems to be floundering, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint.
NBC paid a hefty $69 million salary (over three years) to lure Kelly from Fox News, but since then "her ratings declines and higher production costs have been a drag on a critical franchise for NBC," The Journal reports.
Her daytime show “Megyn Kelly Today,” which airs at 9 a.m., has seen underwhelming viewership, and her Sunday newsmagazine has been downgraded to "occasional prime-time specials."
The Journal called Kelly's $23-million-a-year contract a "throwback to the golden age of broadcast news," but how does it stack up next to other top TV hosts today?
In August, Variety compiled the biggest estimated annual salaries of reality, news, and talk show hosts. There were newbies to the game like Mike Meyers and Jamie Foxx, and big hitters like Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres, and Judith Sheindlin (you know her better as Judge Judy).
Here were the top paid hosts, as estimated by Variety last summer (excluding Megyn Kelly):
Note: Some of these figures below include fees for producing and back-end compensation.
Mike Myers (“The Gong Show”) - $3 million
Jamie Foxx (“Beat Shazam”) - $ 3 million
Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”) - $3 million
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NBC poached Megyn Kelly from Fox with a three-year contract for $69 million, but her ratings are not consistent with what is expected from that level of network investment.
"Megyn Kelly Today" premiered in September 2017 but has yet to find its audience for its 9 a.m. weekday slot.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Nielsen data shows Kelly averages 2.4 million viewers a day. Kelly's ratings are low in every regard: compared to her own viewership at Fox, compared to her competitors in the same time spot, and compared to her predecessors at NBC.
During Kelly's last year at Fox News, "The Kelly File" averaged 2.7 million viewers despite being on a cable network. Kelly was in prime time and now airs in mornings, but her viewership dropped as she made the transfer from cable to network television.
In the same time slot over at ABC, "Live With Kelly and Ryan" has seen a spike in ratings, partially attributed to Megyn Kelly's performance and partially attributed to Ryan Seacrest being named as Kelly Ripa's permanent co-host.
Nielsen shows that "Live" has expanded its lead over "Today" since Megyn Kelly joined NBC. Ripa and Seacrest now average 747,000 more viewers than Kelly. Forbes reported that Ripa made about $18 million last year and will make approximately $20 million from her "Live" salary in 2018.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the audience for "Megyn Kelly Today" is 18% smaller than the audience for NBC's previous hosts in her spot, Tamron Hall and Al Roker, and that Hall and Roker had a combined salary of less than half of what Kelly is now making when they had the 9 a.m. spot last year. Hall has since left NBC.
Kelly made a major jump from cable to network news by leaving Fox for NBC. Stephen Colbert — who is now making $15 million— made a comparable cable-to-network move from Comedy Central to CBS for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." His ratings initially suffered, but the critical reception and viewership of Colbert's late-night talk show have improved.
Kelly's ratings had a temporary improvement in February, which was attributed to NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics.
The former Fox star's other show with NBC, "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" finished its first season earlier than anticipated among low ratings. The first episode featured an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and The Journal reported that NBC was surprised the premiere only took in 6 million viewers.
NBC has said that the weekly news show that aired eight episodes last summer will now run "periodically."
For her part, Kelly has said she is willing to give her show time to find an audience. "Our show is a baby. We're six months old," Kelly said in a statement. "Morning TV is obviously new to me and I'm figuring it out as we go ... I think any show needs about a year to find its footing," she said.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode 19 of "Riverdale," titled "Prisoners."
The Chic we know on the hit CW show is not Betty's real long-lost brother; he is just an impostor guilty of murdering the real Cooper sibling. But that shouldn't discount his chances at a redemptive arc, Hart Denton, who plays the fake Cooper, told INSIDER.
"At the end of the episode, with me being stacked up against the Black Hood, I'm not the worst person in the town," Denton said. "If I'm not the ultimate bad guy, then there is space for redemption, and I think that has to come in some sort of form of heroic event. I think that's possible."
Betty and Jughead make a discovery.
Chic, who has been posing as long-lost Cooper child Charles Smith, has been a dubious character since his arrival at the Cooper household. After Midge's murder, Jughead tells Betty that he is suspicious of Chic and wants to know if he has ties to the Black Hood.
Mr. Svenson, the alleged Black Hood, was once the groundskeeper at Sisters of Quiet Mercy, the group home where the real Charles was taken after he was born. Betty and Jughead go to the home to see if Charles and Svenson's time overlapped.
After threatening to reveal the secrets of the home's gay conversion efforts, Betty and Jughead receive Charles' file. It says that Charles ran away nine years ago and would have been at the home during Svenson's tenure for two of those years, but that's not the shocking revelation. When Betty sees a photo of Charles, it looks nothing like Chic. She asks if they have the right file. Sister Williams says she never forgets one of the home's children and says the "family resemblance [is] plain as day."
Betty and Jughead return to the Cooper home to find Chic in the kitchen. When Betty confronts Chic with a photo of the real Charles, he grabs a knife and attacks Alice and Jughead. Betty swoops in, knocking him out.
"I started getting little pieces here and there but for the most part, [the revelation] is something that I found out as I read the script," Denton said. "I had a lot of mixed emotions, because I'm so close with Lili [Reinhart, who plays Betty] that we almost sort of formed this bond on set where I felt like her real brother."
The truth starts to comes out.
Alice, Jughead, and Betty tie Chic up downstairs and begin to question him.
"I never said I was Charles Smith; I said I was Chic," he says to inquiries about his identity.
He tells the story of how he met Charles on the street and how they moved in together. Chic says Charles told him all about the Coopers and then says Charles came to the Cooper house once but Alice turned him away. Chic says that that night, Charles returned and overdosed on jingle jangle.
Betty and Jughead go back to the hostel Charles was living in, and they knock on his former neighbor's door. When asked about Charles, the woman calls him the "nice one" and adds "may he rest in peace." She says she overheard fighting one day, and then all of a sudden, only the "bad one" was left. When she took her trash out, she saw bloody sheets and pillows.
The two teens return to the Cooper house and confront Chic with the new information. Jughead gets angry and punches him, but Chic won't tell them the truth.
Chic's future is open-ended.
While Alice is telling Hal the truth about Chic, Betty takes the gun she stole from Ms. Geraldine Grundy on season one and points it at Chic. She throws him his jacket, says she is cutting him loose, and that they are leaving. Betty takes him to a graveyard and asks him for the truth.
"We got in a fight," Chic says. "I lose control. I didn't mean to hurt him."
Soon, the Black Hood arrives. Chic doesn't believe Betty when she tells him the Black Hood has come for him.
"I'm going to give you a head start," she says. "I'd say you have about a 70% chance of making it before he cuts you down.. really, you should start running."
As the Black Hood walks closer, Betty begins to count down his percentage of survival.
"I think it's beautiful that she has the opportunity to completely get rid of Chic and doesn't necessarily do so," Denton said. "She gives him a countdown. She says [the Black Hood] is coming. She says, 'You better run if you want to survive.' Under that, there's still some love."
Chic takes off running and the Black Hood follows. Viewers don't see the outcome of the chase, so Chic could have escaped with his life. This open-ended future means that Chic has a shot at coming back, Denton said, but only if Betty lets him.
"Betty is a badass. We've seen that. She protects her family. We've seen that. But she also, with her dark side, understands that everything isn't just black or white," he said. "I think she's open to hearing different situations and hearing different reasons for why one may be the way that they are. And I think if Chic is going to make his way back into the town, I think he's going to have to tug on the heartstrings of Betty, because she's the one that can make a lot happen in Riverdale, and she can make a lot of things end in Riverdale."
Watch "Riverdale" on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode 19 of "Riverdale," titled "Prisoners."
The Black Hood has made a horrific return to "Riverdale," and we're one step closer to finding out his real identity.
During Wednesday's episode of the hit CW drama, Betty receives a phone call from the Black Hood admitting to killing Midge and setting Mr. Svenson up as the killer, proving that fan theories about Mr. Svenson being a red herring were correct. He also admonishes her for letting a "sinner" into her home.
He then chastises her for not following his lessons. Later on the episode, Betty leads Chic to a graveyard for a showdown with the Black Hood. She gives Chic a chance at escape by offering him a chance to run with the Black Hood in pursuit.
Here's the evidence for who he could be.
The Black Hood's murderous return.
The Black Hood made his return on episode 18, when the kids of Riverdale High are putting on "Carrie: The Musical." But what is supposed to be a fun evening turns into tragedy with murder of Midge Klump.
After Cheryl is almost hit by a falling sandbag, Kevin finds a note in his locker alleging to be from the Black Hood, and he and Jughead initially believe the note to be a prank.
It reads: "It's a sin that Cheryl is playing the role of Carrie. Fix this mess [I think, Kevin's hand covers most of the word] or suffer the consequences."
"Why would the Black Hood, who was shot dead by my dad, be demanding that the role of Carrie be recast?" Kevin asks Jughead, who is documenting the musical's production.
But Kevin later receives a more threatening note that reads: "This is your last warning to replace Cheryl. Next time the sandbag won't miss!"
Kevin decides to replace Cheryl with Midge, and even though Cheryl doesn't want to give into the threats, her mother refuses to give her the permission she needs to participate in after-school activities.
Later, Jughead finds cut up magazines in Ethel's trash and suspects that she may be involved in the "prank," but she says they are for her "vision board." But once again, things take a dark turn as the musical progresses. Alice is singing when the set rises behind her to show what is supposed to be Midge as Carrie on her knees. Instead, Midge's lifeless body is tacked to the set with five knives in her body and two pairs of scissors in her wrists.
Written around Midge in blood is a terrifying message that says, "I am back from the dead. All those who escaped me before will die."
She and Moose almost died at the start of the second season when the Black Hood shot into their car. But they both survived.
So who could it be?
Early theories suspected Hal Cooper or Sheriff Keller were the Black Hood. Both men fit the bill and both men are at the musical when Midge is murdered. Hal knows secrets about the town through his reporting for the newspaper, and Sheriff Keller could know secrets as a cop. But there's more evidence stacking up against Hal, and that's his tie to Betty.
The Black Hood called Betty multiple times and threatened her with the potential murders of her boyfriend and her sister. Mr. Svenson's obsession with Betty's life because of a small tie to her grandfather made no sense, but Hal is her father. Hal would know her phone number. Hal would also know the supposedly secret location of her sister's whereabouts.
When Betty gets home after leaving Chic at the mercy of the Black Hood, she tells her mother that Chic won't be back for a while. In the middle of talking, she pauses and asks where her dad is. Alice says Hal left to look for her, and Betty gets a suspicious look in her eye that leads viewers to suspect that Hal may in fact be the Black Hood.
This suspicion is foreshadowed earlier on the episode. After hanging up on the Black Hood, Jughead asks who was on the phone, and she says her dad.
Hopefully more clues emerge as the final three episodes of the season air and our suspects can be narrowed down.
Watch "Riverdale" on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode 16 of The CW's "Riverdale," titled "Primary Colors."
Alice Cooper finally confirmed the truth about Chic's parentage on Wednesday's episode of The CW's "Riverdale."
After Betty reveals to her mother that the Charles/Chic they have known is not really related to them, the Coopers try to get the truth about what happened to the long-lost Cooper. The impostor Charles says the real Charles is dead, causing Alice to break down.
She goes directly to FP Jones' home and arrives sobbing.
"I had your baby," she tells FP. "I named him Charles. I had to give him up for adoption. He came to see me and I turned him away, and now he's dead. He's dead because of me. I killed our son."
Though the moment was bittersweet for the former flames, fans lost their minds at the confirmed fan theory that FP and Alice had a son together.
When Alice revealed the truth to FP I screamed, I screamed so hard #Riverdale— Ange;🎇 (@xHoran_Dolanx) April 26, 2018
Earlier this season, Betty learned that Chic wasn't Hal's son after she did a secret blood test on Chic.
"Blossom blood is Cooper blood, Chic," she said. "My dad was a Blossom, which means you would have tested positively for Blossom DNA. But you didn't, because you are an impostor."
Betty took her discovery to Alice Cooper who explained that Chic wouldn't have Blossom blood because Hal Cooper was not Chic's father. When Betty pressed her, she said it didn't matter and he wouldn't be back in their lives.
Viewers have speculated from Chic's first introduction that he wasn't Hal's son. The main theory has always been that FP was his real dad.
INSIDER spoke with Mädchen Amick, who plays Alice, about the FP theories, and she said the two do have quite the history.
"They clearly have a past, and it's going to be really fun to see what really is FP and Alice's past together," she said. "You know there's a really good story there somewhere."
We know that Alice and FP used to date in high school. We also know that Alice was a member of the Southside Serpents. Because of this past relationship with FP and Hal's hostility towards Chic, fans were more inclined to believe that FP was the father.
Alice denied FP as the potential father earlier this season after Betty asked her, but the truth is now out.
Former CBS and PBS news anchor Charlie Rose, whose PBS series ("Charlie Rose") was cancelled after he was accused of sexual misconduct last year, could be hosting a new series interviewing other high-profile men who faced "MeToo" accusations.
Tina Brown, magazine luminary and women's advocate, told a Q&A crowd at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Women’s Luncheon this week that she was approached to work on the potential series but turned down the job, according to Page Six.
"These guys are already planning their comebacks," Brown told the crowd.
A source close to Brown told Page Six, "Tina said she’d just been e-mailed about co-hosting a new show with Charlie Rose, in which they’d interview Louis C.K. [and] Matt Lauer," both of whom were accused of sexual misconduct last year.
Brown confirmed to Page Six that she was approached to produce the series rather than co-host it, and she told the outlet she couldn't recall who was behind it.
Rose was accused of sexual misconduct by several women in November. The accusations included making unwanted sexual advances toward his employees, groping, explicit phone calls, and displays of nudity.
Representatives for Charlie Rose did not respond to a request for comment from Page Six and have not yet responded to a further request for comment from Business Insider.