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    • Sophia Bush rides the New York subway when she's in the city. 
    • During an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday, the "Incredibles 2" star said she kept seeing hot guys reading on the subway and was overwhelmed. 
    • "My best friend and I are book nerds and both deeply single for so long that every day this week, we've been like, 'Why are there so many hot guys on the subway reading?'" she said. "Yesterday, I'm looking at this guy who is so beautiful and he's reading Zadie Smith, and I'm like, 'Are you my husband?" 
    • Someone then told her that there's an Instagram account dedicated to handsome men reading — called Hot Dudes Reading — and she was shook. 
    • "Where have I been my whole life?" she asked. 
    • Watch the interview below.

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    Now that there's more TV than ever before, even more shows get canceled.  

    Some shows get canceled because both critics and audiences hate them. Some get canceled because audiences don't care, even if critics do. And some get canceled for reasons we'll likely never know. 

    There have been quite a few painful cancellations throughout TV history, and here we picked some of the ones that hurt the most.

    From "Freaks and Geeks" to "Pushing Daisies," here are the 14 most painful TV cancellations of all time.

    *Note: We did not include shows that have since been rebooted or picked up for another season, like "Arrested Development,""Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and "The Expanse."

    SEE ALSO: Netflix explains why it canceled 'Everything Sucks' after less than two months

    "My So-Called Life"— ABC, canceled after one season (1994-1995)

    This one-season teen drama perfectly captured teen angst in the 90s. And although it introduced us to the can of worms that is Jared Leto, it also introduced the world to Claire Danes, one of the most exceptional actors of the past few decades. Even though her performance earned her an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win, ABC didn't give the show a second season. 

    "Freaks and Geeks"— NBC, canceled after one season (1999-2000)

    "Freaks and Geeks" wasn't a painful cancellation at the time because most people who love it now weren't even aware of its existence. But it gained popularity after it ended, particularly since every member of its cast has become successful: Jason Segel, Martin Starr, James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, Busy Phillips, and more. 

    "Firefly"— Fox, canceled after one season (2002-2003)

    "Star Wars" is a space opera with some Western elements, while the short-lived "Firefly" is a Western that takes place in space. It's just as funny as it is dramatic, mostly thanks to its talented cast including Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, and its world is so detailed that you're immersed in it immediately. It only lasted one season, but it's had a lasting impact on creator Joss Whedon's career, sci-fi, and the people who watched it. 

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    • A quarter of internet users worldwide plan to watch the World Cup digitally, according to data from a June 2018 Ipsos report.
    • Almost half of internet users in China (47%) are planning to watch online, as are 45% in India and 44% in Saudi Arabia. 
    • Fans will be able to watch games in real time through social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. 
    • In Latin America, fans can stream all of the matches live from a mobile app on their smartphones, and watch them in virtual reality (VR). 
    • FIFA will enhance the digital experience by allowing viewers to follow a match live in VR as a 360-degree video-on-demand (VOD) experience.

    The World Cup comes around every four years, and when it does, daily routines are shifted to accommodate game viewing. Fans devotedly watch each game—attention glued to their screen of choice—anxiously waiting to see if their country will be the one to take home the title of world champion. And this year’s tournament, which kicks off June 14, offers fans a slew of new streaming options through mobile and social platforms, creating what eMarketer is dubbing the first “Digital Cup.”

    Viewers will be able to watch in real time through social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, and join millions of fans from around the world on Twitter to get live updates and participate in play-by-play conversations.

    FIFA plans to enhance the digital experience by allowing viewers to follow a match live in VR as a 360-degree VOD experience.

    TV providers, such as DirecTV, will let customers in seven countries in Latin America stream all of the matches live from a mobile app on their smartphones, and watch them in VR. Through the use of VR headsets, such as Google Cardboard, digital spectators will be able to experience games with 180-degree views as an on-demand option once the game has ended.

    Although TV still prevails as the device of choice among sports viewers worldwide, digital sports viewership is on the rise.

    “Historically, high-demand sports content was available primarily, or exclusively, through linear TV channels. But over the past couple of years, we’ve seen more and more of this content licensed to streaming outlets, aggregators or broadcasters with digital services,” said eMarketer principal analyst Paul Verna.

    “As this trend plays out across developing markets, it has accelerated cord-cutting by negating one of the biggest reasons people were staying with their traditional pay TV packages,” he added.

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    Data from a June 2018 Ipsos report revealed  that a quarter of internet users worldwide plan to watch the World Cup digitally. Compared with the last time this study was conducted, four years ago, the results show a 6-percentage-point increase in the number of potential digital viewers.

    Developing countries are leading the way, with almost half of internet users in China (47%) planning to watch the World Cup online, followed by 45% in India and 44% in Saudi Arabia.

    It is also worth highlighting that the proportion of internet users who plan to watch the competition via a mobile device has more than doubled over the past four years, rising from 6% to 13%.

    Echoing similar trends on both a global and regional level, a Q4 2017 survey conducted by GlobalWebIndex found that 39% of internet users around the world watch sports digitally. Asia-Pacific led, with 46% of internet users viewing digitally, followed by the Middle East and Africa (44%) and Latin America (37%).


    With improved internet connectivity and an uptick in mobile adoption, digital viewership is a key area of growth for sports leagues and broadcasters alike.

    “Tailoring the user experience for multiple screens is now a must for sports broadcasters to keep pace with consumer demand for global sports entertainment in these fast-growth markets,” noted Chase Buckle, senior trends analyst at GWI, in a blog post.

    The strong sense of national pride that soccer fans feel toward the World Cup—coupled with the sheer number of hours they will spend watching their teams play—will undoubtedly provide a unique opportunity for advertisers to engage with their audience and boost digital ad sales this year.

    Unlike most sports in the US, where the action is cut up by commercial breaks, soccer is a high-intensity, high-attention-span, lean-forward endeavor. People don’t tend to tune in casually; they’re all in.

    With this in mind, Verna said, “World Cup sponsors get a lot of mileage by attaching themselves to the most popular sporting event on the planet. The extension of this event into the digital space only heightens the value of those participating brands.”

    Curious to learn more? Tune into the latest episode of eMarketer’s “Behind the Numbers” podcast to hear more on the implications of the FIFA World Cup on consumer behavior and regional ad spending in Latin America. 

    SEE ALSO: Here's when today's 2018 FIFA World Cup starts where you live — and how you can watch it live online

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    • Netflix's true-crime inspired drama "Mindhunter" features several actors playing real serial killers.
    • The breakout star of the series is Cameron Britton, an actor tasked with bringing the real "Co-ed Killer" Ed Kemper to the life on screen.
    • In a new video released by Netflix, Britton explains his process for getting into the role.
    • As Britton speaks, we see him shave his beard into Kemper's signature mustache.
    • "When I'm getting into character with Ed, it's funny — I can get the hair straightened and clip the mustache, put on the clothes, throw on the boots, and even change my voice, it's all great," Britton says.
    • "But he doesn't show up until the glasses go half an inch down the nose," Britton says as he puts on the glasses. "It's like a switch. You feel it."
    • By the time Britton turns and looks into the camera, the transformation is complete. And it's terrifying.
    • You can see how Britton's other "Mindhunter" co-stars compare to the real serial killers they play in our slideshow here.
    • Watch the video below to see how Kemper .

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    • Christina Aguilera teamed up with Jimmy Fallon to perform inside a New York City subway station for Thursday's episode of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
    • The two stars began by singing Aretha Franklin's "Think" inside the Rockefeller Center stop while wearing disguises.
    • They wore hats and sunglasses, but Aguilera's signature voice was probably recognizable. 
    • A crowd of people quickly formed as they belted out the song. 
    • The pop singer and Fallon removed their disguises and revealed their true identities, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
    • Aguilera concluded by singing "Fighter" from her 2003 album "Stripped."
    • Watch the video below.


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    I love tuning in to "Shark Tank" every week for my fill of inspirational founder stories and entertaining investor personalities, but one of my favorite parts is seeing the updates on past deals.

    For many of the entrepreneurs, appearing on the show is a pivotal turning point. Unlike a lot of reality television in which the content is staged, it's not just for the cameras when they shake hands with a Shark. Afterwards, they work together to put their money where their mouth is and create thriving businesses, and there's no better example of the show's power than the following companies. 

    These products have become household names, and they have the sales to prove it. As you'll see, even though they share the common ground of "Shark Tank" beginnings, there is no formula or recipe for the type of business that does well on the show. 

    Get inspired by some of the most successful companies that landed deals on "Shark Tank" below. 

    Scrub Daddy

    The Scrub Daddy is soft in warm water, firm in cold water, and can be used for the toughest household cleaning situations. This versatile sponge premiered in Season 4 and remains the most successful "Shark Tank" products to date. What originally started as a sponge designed for auto body shops and mechanics led to QVC appearances, a deal with Lori Greiner, and more than $100 million in sales. 

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    For something you probably wear every day, regular socks have a lot of annoying problems, and investor Daymond John agreed. Bombas makes comfortable socks with extra-long staple cotton to keep them breathable, extra cushioning where your feet need them the most, and a blister tab.

    The company made $50 million in 2017, which is great news for its community partners as well: for every pair purchased, it donates a pair to a homeless shelter or community organization. Bombas has donated more than 7 million pairs to date. 

    Shop men's, women's and kid's socks at Bombas here

    Tipsy Elves

    Robert Herjavec's $100,000 investment in ugly sweater company Tipsy Elves in 2013 has turned into more than $50 million total sales since. In addition to festive sweaters, it also makes ski gear and costumes that are sure to turn heads and attract some compliments. If you watched the 2018 Winter Olympics, you might've caught a glimpse of Jamaica's bobsled team wearing custom Tipsy Elves warmup suits. 

    Shop Tipsy Elves apparel on Amazon here

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    "The Americans" ended in May with an incredible finale that was the perfect end to one of the best TV series of all time. But not every series finale is as brilliant.

    A few of the best shows in TV history ended terribly, including "Seinfeld" and "Girls." The worst series finales ignore the show's themes, or abandon some of its main characters to tell a detached story. 

    It's a daunting task to wrap up a series in just one episode, comedy or drama. It takes an overwhelming amount of thought and planning since it requires wrapping up both the show and the season. Series finales also require closure for characters, but not so much that there's nothing left to think about after it airs. 

    Here, we collected some of the best and worst series finales that left us either fully satisfied or screaming at the TV. 

    Here are 29 of the best and worst series finales of all time, from "The Americans" to "Gossip Girl":

    SEE ALSO: 'The Americans' ended with one of the greatest series finales ever, and it marks the end of TV's Golden Age


    "M*A*S*H*"— season 11 episode 16, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen"

    When it aired: February 28, 1983

    After 11 years on the air, "M*A*S*H" lived up to expectations in its series finale. And it is still the most-watched TV series finale of all time. In the end, the characters finally get to go home, but that also means they won't be together anymore. It's a bittersweet ending that forever changed what a series finale for a TV show can be, because it doesn't always have to be the happiest ending possible.

    "Cheers"— season 11 episode 26-28, "One for the Road"

    When it aired: May 20, 1993

    Besides the return of Diane, the series finale of "Cheers" is still so great because it isn't much different than a typical episode. All of the characters have similar problems: Jack and Diane get back together but then they break up (they were the original Ross and Rachel), and Cliff is annoying, as always. The series ends as most episodes of the show do: with the Cheers gang contemplating life at the bar. 

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    • Chris Hardwick has responded to allegations of abuse by former girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.
    • On late Thursday, a Medium post from Dykstra titled "Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession" outlined years of sexual and emotional abuse she suffered while dating an ex.
    • Dykstra didn't name her ex, but described the man as someone who went from running a podcast to starting his own company.
    • Many believe it could be Hardwick, who turned his Nerdist podcast into Nerdist Industries.
    • Hardwick says he was "blindsided" and "devastated" to read Dykstra's essay. He denies the allegations and claims he wants the best for Dykstra.
    • Since Friday, Hardwick has been scrubbed from Nerdist's website.
    • He also hosts multiple talk shows on AMC and is set to host several panels at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

    Chris Hardwick has responded to allegations of sexual assault and emotional abuse by his ex-girlfriend, TV personality and host Chloe Dykstra.

    "These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I've taken the day to consider how to respond," said the AMC personality and comedian in a statement to Deadline late Friday. "I was heartbroken to read Chloe's post. Our three-year relationship was not perfect — we were ultimately not a good match and argued — even shouted at each other — but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her."

    In a Medium post which went viral Friday, Dykstra claims she was both physically and emotionally abused by a former boyfriend. 

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    The essay outlines years of sexual and emotional abuse, which Dykstra says included being pressured into having sex. The "Heroes of Cosplay" star details a controlling relationship where she was told her nights "were expected to be reserved for him," and that she "was not to have close male friends" unless they worked together. 

    After their breakup, Dykstra says her ex-boyfriend had her blacklisted from companies she worked for by threatening to never work with them.

    You can read the full post here. Warning: It may be triggering to those who have experienced abuse or who have struggled with eating disorders.

    In his statement to Deadline, Hardwick says his relationship with Dykstra ended after he learned she had been unfaithful and that she asked to get back together with him. He denies any sexual assault.

    "I'm devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur," said Hardwick. "l was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women."

    Hardwick married model and newspaper heiress Lydia Hearst in 2016.

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    Dykstra didn't name her ex in the Medium post. She described him as someone who "grew from a mildly successful podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company."

    Many came to the conclusion that it could be Hardwick, who she dated from 2012 to July 2014.

    Hardwick started a Nerdist podcast in 2010, which was named Id10t in February 2018. Two years later in 2012, Hardwick founded Nerdist Industries, which includes a series of podcasts and news site, Nerdist.

    Friday, after the publishing of Dykstra's Medium post, Nerdist scrubbed any mention of Hardwick from its site. Nerdist's parent company Legendary released the following statement:

    "Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation."

    In recent years, Hardwick has become a major face of AMC network. He hosts after shows for "The Walking Dead" and its spinoff "Fear The Walking Dead." In February 2016, AMC announced a multi-year deal with Hardwick, announcing aftershows "Talking Saul" (for "Better Call Saul") and "Talking Preacher" (for AMC's "Preacher").

    His latest AMC series, "Talking With Chris Hardwick," a talk show with various celebrities, is supposed to start its second season June 17. Donald Glover ("Solo") and Chris Pratt ("Jurassic World") were among the first guests.

    According to Deadline, AMC is considering requests to postpone the show until claims against Hardwick are investigated. AMC didn't to INSIDER's request for comment on whether Hardwick's show will air Sunday.

    Hardwick also hosts a game show "The Wall" on NBC. It was renewed in March for a third season.

    In July, Hardwick is set to host several panels at July's annual San Diego Comic-Con, including the favorite "Walking Dead" panel and another for BBC America's "Doctor Who."

    Dykstra didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

    If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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    • The upcoming fall TV season is loaded with reboots and remakes such as "Murphy Brown,""Magnum P.I." and "Charmed."
    • Nostalgia has always sold when it comes to TV, but changes to the TV landscape make it an especially good time for reboots to thrive.
    • Older shows have much bigger followings than the shows that are created in today's splintered TV market.

    Designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”

    The same could be said for television: When a popular show concludes, it lives on in syndication and Blu-ray. But recently, TV immortality has assumed a new form. Networks and streaming services are increasingly pulling from the past to flood the airwaves with reboots and remakes.

    Before Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets led to the cancellation of her show, the reboot of “Roseanne” was one of ABC’s most popular programs. Last year, “Will & Grace” returned in 2017 to impressive ratings, while “Full House” reappeared on Netflix as “Fuller House” in 2016.

    We’ve also seen reboots and remakes of “The X-Files,” “Twin Peaks” and “Arrested Development,” along with remakes of “Dynasty” and “Lost in Space.”

    This upcoming fall season, a reboot of “Murphy Brown” and remakes of “Cagney & Lacey,” “Magnum P.I.” and “Charmed” are set to premiere.

    Nostalgia has always sold. But changes to today’s television landscape have created the perfect conditions for the reboot to thrive.

    The allure of comfort

    At a practical level, reboots make sense.

    When a fan of the original “The X-Files” tunes in for the reboot, they’re mostly familiar with the characters’ nuanced histories. For this reason, the show’s writers don’t need to lay as much groundwork. The skeleton’s already in place, and they can pick up where the characters left off and write new storylines.

    But for audiences, there’s something deeper at play: nostalgia and the comfort of what’s familiar.

    Media scholar Ryan Lizardi has studied the role of nostalgia in advertisements and television programming. He explains how TV commercials will often incorporate familiar characters, famous soundbites and classic hit songs to trigger viewers’ memories, which can transport them to moments of romance, comfort and wonderment from their pasts. The effect is powerful, and it can instantly forge an emotional connection with an audience.

    For example, in the weeks leading up to the premiere of “Fuller House,” actors John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on the original show, and Candace Cameron Bure, who played DJ Tanner, appeared on talk shows to promote the series.

    Culture and media scholar Kathleen Loock wrote that these promotions, by “repeatedly triggering memories of (the original) ‘Full House,’” were able to convey “the comfort of the familiar.”

    It’s also why a revived series will often use the original theme song or a version of it: The music prompts viewers to recall a bygone time when they watched the original show.

    Bridging today’s fragmented audiences

    But why is this happening now? Why weren’t shows from the 1970s being rebooted in the 1990s?

    Changes in how we watch television have reshaped the TV business. No longer tethered to a standard broadcast schedule, viewers have a much larger selection of shows to choose from – and can watch them however they want, whenever they want.

    As a result, audiences have fragmented, gravitating to niche shows that cater to specific interests. There are fewer prime-time blockbuster hits.

    But revived television series can actually bridge these fragmented audiences. They represent an established brand from the old days of television, and are recognizable to huge swaths of viewers. Fans of the original series are a preexisting base of viewers that don’t need to be enticed into watching the first episode. And younger, first-time viewers can be lured to the series through media coverage, trailers and advertisements.

    As TV critic James Poniewozik writes, “The old hits had far bigger audiences than today’s and so are part of our communal memory.” For this reason, “they have a better chance of reuniting that mass audience.”

    The ratings of these reboots and remakes do tend to decline not long after their premieres.

    This may suggest that reboots and remakes aren’t paying off. But as television studies scholar Julia Leyda notes, ratings matter less than they used to. She points out how “Arrested Development” was initially canceled by Fox for low ratings. However, its ratings from 2006 would actually be considered quite good in today’s environment of fractured viewership.

    Perhaps that’s one reason why the show returned this past spring after a five-year hiatus.

    Refreshed for a 21st-century audience

    When older shows do return, the characters might stay the same. But the world around them has changed.

    Popular sitcoms – “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times” and “M.A.S.H.” – tend to address some of the most pressing social issues of their times: class, race relations, war and gender issues.

    But what mattered politically and culturally in the past matters less to viewers today. So when a revived series makes a return, it often highlights new social issues to appeal to a contemporary audience.

    Roseanne” returned to TV in March with two back-to-back episodes seen by over 18 million viewers. The family’s politics was a storyline that received a lot of national attention, with the title character having voted for President Donald Trump.

    “Roseanne” did what a lot of effective sitcoms do: explore a major cultural issue and show how everyday people are grappling with it. Viewers had mixed feelings about the show’s political narrative. But no matter one’s political views, the series captured and fueled a major conversation in contemporary society.

    Likewise, the 2016 election sparked the return of “Will & Grace,” with the original cast getting together for an episode that focused on campaign issues like the border wall, gun rights, education and social class.

    By incorporating contemporary social, cultural and political issues, reboots and remakes are able to anchor an older show in the present zeitgeist.

    FX Networks CEO John Landgraf has dubbed our current television moment “peak TV.” In an effort to appeal to as many different audiences as possible, shows and their writers are able to experiment and innovate in ways they never could have imagined a couple of decades ago.

    But there’s also clearly a demand for comfort and nostalgia, and there are enough viewers who want to return to Will’s familiar kitchen and watch kids of the Tanner family navigate life as adults to make the reboot a niche of its own.

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    Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "Westworld."

    HBO's "Westworld" turn a dark turn on Sunday's episode, "Vanishing Point," when William fell deeper into his paranoia thanks partly to Ford's manipulations. The devastating misunderstanding led him to shoot and kill his own daughter, Emily, because he believed she was a host controlled by Ford. 

    But throughout the episode, we also see William feeling around in his own arm — just as Dolores did on the first season when confronting her own reality — as if he thinks he could be a host himself.

    Though "William is a host" is one of the more popular fan theories this season, "Westworld" star Katja Herbers (Emily) isn't buying into it. 

    "He even feels around for a portal in his arm all the time, so I think he's really losing his mind," Herbers told INSIDER. "I don't think he is a host. The moment of him as a human, shooting his human daughter is more powerful for both people."

    Keep reading to learn about why Herbers disagrees with this theory, and why filming her death scene required little acting thanks to the painful fake blood mechanism used on set. 

    Kim Renfro: Walk me through your first reaction to getting that script and realizing what was going to happen to Emily?

    Katja Herbers: I was simultaneously pretty heartbroken but also very excited that this happened for the Man in Black's storyline. There's nothing worse he could've done than to kill his own child, so I think it's an amazing turn for the show. I'm more excited than I'm heartbroken because I think it's just the worst thing he could've done.

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    Renfro: Why do you think this is fitting for William's storyline?

    Herbers [speaking from her character Emily's perspective]: Well, my whole journey coming into Westworld was to get my dad out of Westworld [and] to get him certified insane and lock him up. I've read his profile so I know the kind of man he is in the park, and I take that even further and understand that this might not just be his personality in the park — he's been hiding behind being this kind, generous person in the real world.

    I don't think I ever thought that he would be that insane. I think he's basically responsible for my mother's death. In an indirect way, I think he did kill my mother. And I think I'm part of that as well — I feel very guilty about it. And I never would have imagined that he would be able to actually kill his own daughter, and that he would be that insane, that he would think that I'm actually Ford.

    I would have never gone for that profile card [...] and it's just insane. It's so much, it's heartbreaking.

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    Renfro: What it was like working with Ed Harris that day?

    Herbers: It was really, really wonderful. He's just an incredible human being and an amazing actor, and he was always so entirely present. He was always so there for me in the scenes. I loved him very much while we were filming it, although I hated [William] so much, but I just loved him for being there and for never dropping the ball and always being connected. It was very special.

    And then he shot me [laughing]. I had about 40 squibs inside that jacket and luckily we only had to do it once, but that was insanely painful. I have bruises all over my body from that.

    Renfro: Can you explain what squibs are?

    Herbers: It's these little pockets of fake blood that they control with the remote control and then that explodes on your body basically, so it's painful. I wouldn't recommend it. You don't have to do much acting, because it actually really hurts and you want to fall down.

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    Renfro: "Westworld" is a show where death doesn't mean what it might on another series, because there are all sorts of ways in which your character could come back. Do you have any indication that we might see more flashbacks or a simulation version of Emily in the future?

    Herbers: It would be great, and I would love that, but I don't know. I guess I've been to the park since I was a little girl, so I'm sure there is a copy of me somewhere that they could put into a body. They could also put [Emily] into a different body, if they don't like me as an actor [laughing]. Anything's possible on this show.

    Renfro: If you were to return in any of those capacities, is there a certain character that you would like Emily to interact with that you didn't get to on this season?

    Herbers: Probably almost every actor on the show, really. I have a very strong personal connection with Shannon Woodward [who plays Elsie], but we are more comedic together, so I don't know if there's like a funny bit that could happen. Probably not.

    I would obviously love to work with Anthony Hopkins, but I don't know. It would be interesting.

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    Renfro: That would be interesting, given how William and Ford's relationship is so contentious and combative, and so seeing William's daughter in the middle of that could be fascinating.

    Herbers: It would be interesting because basically I could hold him responsible for my father killing me, if he thought I was him. [Ford] f----d with his brain so terribly.

    Renfro: Do you also think Emily could hold Ford responsible for Juliet's death as well? Because he was the one who put that profile into William's hands?

    Herbers: I don't think it's the profile that caused [her death by suicide]. I think the profile is proof of why she was in that state in the first place. I think she always knew William wasn't who he pretended to be in the real world, and he's been gaslighting her her whole life. She turned to alcohol, I'm sure she has an addictive personality, because not everyone turned to alcohol, but I don't think this would have been her fate had her husband not gone to the park three months of the year and been obsessed with Dolores and done all these terrible things.

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    I think she's always felt that darkness, and he's always denied it, and I [Emily] has always taken his side. So I don't think Ford's responsible for that. I don't think everyone who goes to the Westworld comes out as the Man in Black.

    Renfro: You said William went to the park for three months of the year —

    Herbers: I don't know if that's true, that's just what I had at the back of my mind when I was playing the role. I thought, "This is probably a dad who takes off." Remember on episode six when he doesn't really remember [if it was Emily or Juliet who] liked the elephants? 

    Emily Westworld Season two HBO

    I saw there were some fan theories saying that must have been a fidelity test. I don't think that's the case. I mean, I have no authority to speak on it, so I don't know, I can just tell you what I personally thought. I just think he's just been a very absent father and I've for some reason put him on a pedestal.

    Renfro: It's been really interesting to see the fan theories crop up around William being a host. Because it seems like his paranoia is making William himself think he could be a host, even though the scanner the QA people used cleared him.

    Herbers: Oh yeah. In episode nine he even feels around for a portal in his arm all the time, so I think he's really losing his mind. I don't think he is a host. The moment of him as a human, shooting his human daughter is more powerful for both people.

    So for my understanding [Emily and William] are both real humans. Until somebody else tells me that's not true, you know? I don't know. They don't tell me.

    The second season finale of "Westworld" airs Sunday, June 24, at 9 p.m. ET. For more on "Westworld," our complete timeline of every major event on the show, follow INSIDER's coverage here.

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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "Westworld."

    HBO's "Westworld" amped up its star power once again as Hollywood icon Sela Ward joined the show to play Juliet, William's late wife, in a series of tragic flashbacks. We watched as the night of Juliet's death by suicide unfolded, revealing the darkness that lived in her marriage to William.

    Though "Westworld" fans had seen a younger version of Juliet (played by Claire Unabia) in flashbacks with the younger William (Jimmi Simpson), this was our first time seeing the Juliet who was alive just about a year before the events of the first season took place

    "It's challenging when you're filming the middle of a long history of a relationship," Ward told INSIDER when discussing her task of bringing a new version of Juliet to life. "You're in the middle of all of the years of pent up frustration and neglect and emotion between these two people. And that's challenging to just really be thrown in the middle of a storm so to speak. But that's why it was fun."

    Keep reading to learn about Ward's approach to the character of Juliet, why filming the episode's scenes out of order was particularly difficult, and more.

    Kim Renfro: How did you first find out you were going to be a part of "Westworld" this season?

    Sela Ward: Just your basic old offer to the agent [and they asked] if I was interested in the part. I looked at the role of the character and I thought, "Oh, how fun!" I thought that the part was really juicy and challenging, and I love that at this point in my career.

    It has to be interesting to me creatively and have a little bit of challenge in there. It was thr sort of a role where you're thrown into the fire. You don't really have a lot of history for the part, but it was just chock-full of juicy emotional stuff to play, which I loved.

    Renfro: What were some of those juicy aspects of Juliet's character that drew you in?

    Ward: Well it's really a part about a relationship. And there's wonderful universal themes about loneliness within a marriage, neglect within a marriage, and here is a woman who resorted to alcohol and has a drinking problem, who feels very detached and unloved.

    When you've lived enough life and been in enough relationships, you understand what that looks like and what that feels like, so it's an interesting portrait to always play. At that point it was intriguing to me.

    Juliet William Westworld season two episode nine Sela Ward

    Renfro: Was there anything that you were told about Juliet that didn't either make it explicitly into the episode or that you think people may not realize? 

    Ward: I didn't have a lot of information about the character. And there was nothing withheld from me about her. I don't know their past other than what you know from watching the show. That's all we know. So I had to fill in all those blanks for myself as an actor which, as you often have to. So it's a pretty straightforward episode in terms of material and in terms of their relationship and what that piece was about. 

    Renfro: What were some of the ways that you filled in Juliet's past? 

    Ward: Well you have to really fill in everything as an actor. You just make specific choices. They're not necessarily right or wrong, but the material and the writing informs everything. This is the first time you see Ed Harris' character not in the park. So you really have a blank canvas to work with because none of the audience have seen him in this part of his life.

    It's gives information that the audience doesn't have yet. It's an altered universe from the park, right? In this case, it's the strange universe outside of the park. And you really get to see who he is in his marriage, in his "real" life. It's a wonderful portrait, I think, that adds to the complexity of his character and informs the show so much.

    William and Juliet Westworld season two episode two

    Renfro: You have several intense scenes on this episode. What was it like filming with Ed Harris and your overall experience on set that day?

    Ward: It was no different than any other job, really. Ed likes to stay in character. He's more of a method actor, and I respect that. In some ways that helps when it creates an atmosphere that makes it almost easier to be in that particular relationship. So I had a great time working with him. I think he's a very gifted actor, and I appreciate actors who are accomplished and take it very seriously. And [those who] are also giving actors — not all are but he is. It was a great experience for me. I found all of the work that day challenging and fun.

    Renfro: What was a specific aspect of it that was particularly challenging? 

    Ward: It was challenging because it wasn't shot in order. So the first thing we shot was the end of the scene when [William] is pulling the covers over me and I discover the data card and all of that. So walking into that room at the end of the scene, [it was] the end of all of the emotional confrontation.

    As an actor, when you go out of sequence like that it's extremely difficult because you have no idea where you are emotionally because you haven't played the scene in a linear fashion. So I found that very challenging, and I learned a lot from that, actually. I learned a lot from watching [the episode] and how it got put together. But that's a very difficult thing to do. 

    William Westworld season two Ed Harris

    Renfro: What was your first reaction to seeing the completed episode?

    Ward: That this show has a spectacular editor. I was very impressed with Ron Rosen's editing. And editing is huge. People don't really think about that. Editors are behind the scenes and in a way they are the unsung heroes in our industry. But, boy, did they make a difference.

    I remember working on "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford years ago. And the way the script was shot, it was all in linear time. We're at the party, we go home, he gets a call, he has to go to the emergency room, the one-arm man comes in — it's all linear. But the editor chose to switch it around so that his wife was already dead and then everything was told in flashbacks. 

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    That was an idea that the editor had, and it completely transformed the film. So I'm always amazed at their contributions. I think "Westworld" has a fantastic editor [Ron Rosen], and I loved how he put my show together and it was so well done. He's a great storyteller.

    Renfro: Do you know if we'll see you again in this role of Juliet on the series?

    I think you have to ask the producer. I have no idea. But it would be fun. I enjoyed it. I think the show's fantastic. I love psychological portraits of the human being and delving into our psyche. And it's a lot of exploration of why humans are predisposed to violence, and I find that fascinating. So I think that's why it's really struck a nerve with the audience and why it's a remarkable show. It's one of those that's so unique and very creative. So they've got a winner for sure. 

    The second season finale of "Westworld" airs Sunday, June 24, at 9 p.m. ET. For more on "Westworld," our complete timeline of every major event on the show, follow INSIDER's coverage here.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Westworld" season two, episode nine, "Vanishing Point."

    The penultimate episode of HBO's second season of "Westworld" came out guns blazing with a horrifying storyline centered on the increasingly paranoid William. After he shot and killed his own daughter Emily, believing her to be a host Ford was using to mess with him, William seemed more uncertain than ever about the reality of his surroundings.

    Is he a host? ("Westworld" actress Katja Herbers tells INSIDER that it's not likely). What's the deal with his obsession with his forearm? What the heck is the Forge?

    Let's see if we can't answer some of these important questions before heading into the second season finale. Keep reading for a look at 10 details you might have missed on Sunday's "Westworld."

    Several times throughout the episode, including the flashbacks to a time before Ford gave William his Westworld profile, William touched his forearm.

    This seemed to imply that William has been growing increasingly more paranoid long before Ford's death and the beginning of "The Door" game. But when Ford was placed inside the Cradle and able to control hosts and speak to William, things certainly got worse for our Man in Black.

    William's obsession with his forearm mirrors a critical scene with Dolores on the first season.

    On season one, episode five, "Contrapasso," Dolores entered a room only to discover "herself" (it was really her subconscious mind projecting itself). 

    "What's wrong with me?" Dolores asked her doppelganger across the table.

    "Perhaps you are unraveling," the dress-clad Dolores replied while looking pointedly at Dolores' arm.

    Dolores then saw a small thread poking out of her forearm, right at the wrist. She pulled on it, revealing a wire coming out of her body. 

    Then there's the fact that William's scan from the Delos QA showed up as "clear"— indicating that he's definitely human.

    We knew from the first season and Maeve's escape plan that each host has an explosive device embedded in their spine that detonates if they leave the park perimeters. Maeve's workaround for this was having her body completed destroyed in a fire inside the park, and then Felix and Sylvester rebuilt her without the explosive.

    This leaves open the possibility that William (if he is a host) is a type of build designed to deceive any test the QA folks have set up — like that scanner — and continue passing as human.


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    Disney Presents Nintendo Switch Family Showdown

    • Disney and Nintendo are collaborating on a new TV show dedicated to the wildly popular Nintendo Switch console.
    • The show is named "Nintendo Switch Family Showdown," and it's set to debut this summer.
    • "Nintendo Switch Family Showdown" has four families competing against each other in a variety of Nintendo Switch games.
    • It's the latest example of Nintendo's regained foothold as the leader in video games.

    Nintendo and Disney are massive unto themselves, which is why it's such a big deal that the two entertainment giants are teaming up on a new show: "Nintendo Switch Family Showdown."

    As the name implies, the show is a competition between four families using the Nintendo Switch game console.

    The show will employ a number of major Switch games for the competition, such as "searching for collectibles in 'Super Mario Odyssey,' competing in head-to-head matchups in 'Mario Tennis Aces' and participating in dance-offs in 'Just Dance 2018.'"

    It's set to debut this summer on the Disney Channel and Disney XD; it will also be streamed on the DisneyNOW app.

    Mario Tennis Aces

    The partnership between Disney and Nintendo on "Nintendo Switch Family Showdown" is the latest example of Nintendo's return to dominance in video games. 

    Just a few years ago, Nintendo's Wii U console was languishing — few major games were exciting people, and consumers weren't buying the Wii U. That all changed with the launch of Nintendo's Switch console in March 2017.

    The Switch combines a home console with a portable console. You can play it at home on your TV, you can play it as a handheld in the backseat of a car — you can even prop it up with a built-in stand and use it like a standalone game console, with each Joy-Con controller sliding off and becoming two individual gamepads.

    Between the novelty of the Switch concept, a relatively low price ($300), and a barrage of killer games from Nintendo's top creative talent, the Switch quickly became a massive hit. A little over a year after launch, and Switch sales are showing no signs of slowing down. 

    And now, with "Nintendo Switch Family Showdown," Nintendo has yet another mainstream hook with the Switch.

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    Outwit, outlast, outplay. Or, in this case, out-knowledge you on "Survivor" facts you definitely didn't know. With its 37th season premiering in fall 2018, this 18-year-old show has no plans for slowing down anytime soon.

    Dozens of remote locations around the world, an eclectic cast of characters, and intense physical and mental challenges have proved to be the perfect combination for this ever-popular CBS production. And, while most of what you see on camera is representative of the show itself, there are plenty of "Survivor" secrets you never knew.

    There's a lot you don't see when the cameras stop rolling.

    Although technically reality TV, there's a lot you don't see when the cameras stop rolling. For instance, after host and producer Jeff Probst tells the tribes about the daily challenge, he and challenge creator John Kirhoffer walk through the challenge with each tribe, giving them the opportunity to strategize before the challenge actually begins.

    "Survivor" is popular worldwide.

    Outside of the US, there have been "Survivor" franchises in 51 different countries, including Vietnam, Turkey, and Brazil to name a few.

    "Survivor" premiered in the US in 2000, but it took a long time for that debut.

    The idea for "Survivor" was first created by producer Charlie Parsons in 1992 for a UK production company, but the first ever "Survivor" series to debut on TV was in Sweden. The show, which first aired in 1997, was called "Expedition Robinson."

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    The Expanse

    Social media is good for TV fans.

    In the past month, social media has helped saved three TV shows as a result of desperate fans tweeting and campaigning to save them. 

    It started when Fox canceled the beloved "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" due to poor ratings, and then NBC saved it less than two days later. More recently, another Fox show, "Lucifer," got canceled but saved by Netflix. 

    But not every show with rallying fans is so lucky. 

    Here are all the canceled TV shows in 2018 that got saved by another network, along with a few shows with passionate fans that haven't gotten saved:

    SEE ALSO: The best and worst TV series finales of all time, from 'The Americans' to 'Seinfeld'

    "Lucifer"— saved by Netflix after getting canceled by Fox

    "Lucifer" was canceled by Fox after three seasons in May. The series follows Lucifer Morningstar (the Devil). He is bored in hell, so he abandons it to go to Los Angeles where he runs a nightclub and becomes a consultant for the LAPD.

    Fox said "Lucifer" was canceled due to poor ratings, but its devoted audience made enough noise that both Netflix and Amazon were in talks to bring it back for a fourth season. In the end, Netflix took it.

    "The Expanse"— saved by Amazon after getting canceled by SyFy

    Critics gushed over the third season of "The Expanse," a sci-fi show set on colonized planets hundreds of years into the future. In May, SyFy canceled the show.

    But critics and fans rallied behind it and campaigned to save it, with over 130,000 fans signing a petition. The campaign even involved fans flying bannered planes over the Amazon headquarters, and "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin sending an email in support of the show to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, according to Deadline.

    In late May, Bezos announced that Amazon picked it up for a fourth season. 

    "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"— saved by NBC after getting canceled by Fox

    Devastated "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" fans instantly took to social media to express their sadness about Fox's cancellation in May. Less than two days later, NBC announced that it was bringing the Brooklyn set cop comedy back for a sixth season during the 2018-2019 season.

    "It was the middle of the night, I woke up to my phone glowing and I'm wondering what is going on," star Terry Crews told Business Insider about finding out the show had been saved. "I got all these texts with everyone saying, 'We're picked up!' I jumped out of bed. I felt like I was one of Madonna's kids. 'I get to live in the mansion now, she picked me!'"

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    Netflix has been doing nostalgia better than just about anyone in recent years.

    As the company has leaned into making its own shows, a significant piece of its strategy has been reviving fan favorite series like "Full House,""Arrested Development," and "Gilmore Girls." 

    In its latest revival, Netflix released the fifth (and second Netflix-original) season of "Arrested Development" last month.

    Given Netflix's love of data, a commitment to nostalgia makes sense.

    If you can see that people are continuously binge-watching "Gilmore Girls," why not make a new season of it? You already know there's an audience for it. (That seems to have translated into viewership, at least for the first seasons of the "Gilmore Girls" and "Full House" revivals).

    But are these revivals any good?

    To try and answer that question, we turned to reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and looked at what the critics had to say. Here's a list of shows Netflix has brought back from the dead, ranked from worst to best in critical reception, along with a short description. We excluded children's shows, and we split the two versions of "Wet Hot American Summer" for clarity.

    Nathan McAlone contributed to an earlier version of this post.

    SEE ALSO: All 65 of Netflix's notable original shows, ranked from worst to best

    12. "Fuller House"— 33%

    Critic rating: 33%

    Audience rating: 73%

    Previous network: ABC

    Netflix description: "The Tanner family's adventures continue as DJ Tanner-Fuller shares a home with her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy who help raise her three boys."

    11. "The Killing" (Season 4) — 47%

    Critic rating:47%

    Audience rating: 80%

    Previous network: AMC

    Netflix description: "Seattle homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder are deeply affected by the murders they investigate in this dark, acclaimed crime series."

    10. "Arrested Development" (Seasons 4 and 5) — 71%

    Critic rating:75%

    Audience rating average: 89%

    Previous network: Fox

    Netflix description: "It's the Emmy-winning story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together."

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  • 06/18/18--09:06: Announcing Insider TV
  • Business Insider Group Shot[Today, Insider Inc. announced the upcoming launch of Insider TV. Below is our announcement press release.]

    Announcing Insider TV

    With the launch of its first OTT apps, Insider Inc. will offer TV advertisers cross-platform video digital distribution with desirable demographic and powerful reach  

    June 18, 2018 – New York, NY – Insider Inc., the parent company of Business Insider and its lifestyle sibling INSIDER, today announce the upcoming launch of Insider TV, a groundbreaking new way for advertisers to engage with today’s increasingly elusive millennial audience — reaching them how and when they consume content, on whatever device or platform.  

    In the fall, the company will launch its first OTT apps for popular video platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Insider TV will make it easy for advertisers to place video ads across an expanding array of platforms and sites including YouTube, Twitter, MSN, and Business Insider. Insider TV will continue to roll out on additional platforms in response to rapidly changing video consumption habits.   

    “Digital is the new primetime TV, and our goal is to be ready for the radical shift in how video ads will be purchased as well as consumed,” said Pete Spande, CRO of Insider Inc. “Linear TV continues to lose ground as new audiences are accustomed to viewing the content they want in a new way. As a result, we believe the industry is in the process of rethinking how it buys video ads, and we’re excited to help pave the way forward.”

    Insider Inc. has more than 3 billion video views each month, making it one of the world’s leading producers of video content. Per Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings (DCR), Insider Inc. reaches an average of 19 million US-based viewers each day, which includes nearly half of all US-based millennial men and two-thirds of all millennial American women.

    Spande continued: “Because Insider TV is freed from the constraints of linear TV — with its rigid 30-minute and full-hour programming structure — its video content itself can determine video length. This programming flexibility makes a lot more sense in terms of how content is consumed today, especially on handheld devices.”

    Insider Inc. regularly produces hugely popular videos that are shared and viewed by many tens of millions of viewers. 

    Insider TV will offer advertisers a unique way to buy today’s highly desirable digital-native audience — the “missing demo” — at scale, while ensuring their ads appear in a brand-friendly environment. In terms of reach, the Insider TV platform will rival that of the biggest traditional TV networks.

    About Insider Inc:

    Insider Inc. is the publisher of Business Insider and INSIDER, a pioneering lifestyle brand. Launched in 2007, Business Insider, with 17 global editions, is the most popular business news brand in the world in terms of reach. Insider Inc. properties reach more than 350 million unique monthly visitors across all platforms and generate more than 3 billion video views each month. The company also offers a subscription research service, Business Insider Intelligence (BII), which provides in-depth insight, data, and analysis of digital topics, including mobile, social, Internet of Things, and FinTech. Every year the company hosts IGNITION, one of the industry’s most influential media and technology conferences. Insider Inc. is a subsidiary of Axel Springer SE.

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    Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead

    Get ready for a fan favorite to make his way back to "The Walking Dead" next season. 

    TVLine is reporting Jon Bernthal will appear on the ninth season of the AMC show.

    Bernthal, who played Rick Grimes' best friend Shane on the zombie series in its first two seasons before being killed off, was recently spotted on set of the zombie series, leading many to wonder whether or not the actor may return. 

    The news has many fans surprised and confused. 

    After all, the character was killed off on season two.

    Not everyone is happy about it. It sounds like a ratings play to some. 

    So, how could Shane return?

    It's been heavily reported — and seemingly confirmed by a "Walking Dead" episode director— that Andrew Lincoln will be leaving the show after next season. 

    Bernthal may return as a hallucination or flashback in a farewell to Rick's character while leaving the show.

    According to, Bernthal will appear on one of the season's first nine episodes.

    AMC declined to confirm to INSIDER whether or not Bernthal will return. 

    You can follow along with our coverage of "The Walking Dead" here

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