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    The Good Place season 2

    Sometimes you're just not in the mood to watch something new. And that's okay, because there are plenty of good reasons to watch certain TV shows multiple times.

    It's incredibly rewarding to watch complex dramas or meta comedies that rapidly fire off jokes because there's a lot you might've missed the first (or second, or third) time around. And a few shows are worth revisiting simply for nostalgia's sake. 

    We put together a list of the most rewatchable shows that are great to revisit for either (or both) of those reasons, from "Arrested Development" to "Mad Men."

    SEE ALSO: The 29 most rewatchable movies of all time

    "Game of Thrones"

    To really understand what's happening on "Game of Thrones," it's necessary to rewatch. You'll re-learn a lot of things you may have forgotten, like why Arya and Sansa's relationship is strained, and you'll also learn completely new things, like how Daenerys is connected to all this in the first place. There's a lot of family trees and names and places in this show, so for the most effective "Game of Thrones" rewatch, turn on the captions. 

    Available to stream on HBO Go or HBO Now.

    "The Good Place"

    "The Good Place" is the most ambitious show on TV, and every episode is more unexpected than the last. It's gusty, cute, and full of so-bad-that-they're-good puns that you could've missed the first time you watched the show. When you rewatch the show, you'll see all the foreshadowing pointing to the shows many narrative and character twists that you probably overlooked the first time you saw it. 

    Available to stream on Netflix.

    "30 Rock"

    Similar to "Arrested Development" in its visual gags and meta jokes, "30 Rock" is still as fresh as it was when it premiered over ten years ago on NBC. Even its pop culture references kind of work better than they did back then. And yes, we are definitely thinking of the episode where Jerry Seinfeld guest-starred just to plug "Bee Movie" in 2007. 

    Available to stream on Hulu.

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    Westworld season 2 finale William Ed Harris HBO

    Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the "Westworld" season two finale, "The Passenger."

    "Westworld" star Katja Herbers made a surprising reappearance on the second season finale of HBO's hit sci-fi/western series. After her character's tragic death at the hands of her own father on the season's ninth episode, Herbers returned for a special post-credits scene.

    We've done a deep dive into what this important scene between "Emily" and "William" means here, but keep reading for Herber's interpretation of the moment and its impact on the rest of the season.

    Kim Renfro: What was your first reaction when you got the script for this episode and realized that you were cropping up again in the finale scene?

    Katja Herbers: I really questioned the nature of my reality. I questioned everything in retrospect for a second. I was very confused, but from my understanding, everything that happened between the Man in Black and [Emily] prior was real, and he did kill me.

    Here we are sometime in the far, far future where I am a host and I'm not entirely sure what the Man in Black is. He might be some other thing entirely. 

    Emily post credits scene Westworld season 2 finale

    Renfro: Did you have conversations with either Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy or the director about this scene?

    Herbers: I mean, I had a lot of questions and theories, and they confirmed some of them, and Lisa and Jonah were both on set we filmed that last scene. But, no, I'm still not an authority about what's actually true.

    Renfro: OK, but from your understanding, it's sometime in the distant future, and this is a separate exchange?

    Herbers: It might be connected, yeah.

    Renfro: I felt like it was connected to what we learned earlier in the episode about how there was a repetition of events, like with James Delos there was a core moment in his life that happens no matter what the simulation did, no matter what path they sent him. So, it felt to me like, the moment of the Man in Black killing his daughter was the thing that kept happening over and over again.

    James Delos Westworld season two

    Herbers: Yes. I think that would be beautiful. Because it's the same with Logan and Delos, you're absolutely right. I think that could very well be true.

    Renfro: When we spoke last week, we talked about whether or not Emily could resurface as a host in the future, and you had said that you would be heartbroken to not play a human version of her anymore. So, does this count as you having to step into that host version of Emily, and what was that like for you? 

    Herbers: I don't know if I'm going to be back, but I'd be very happy to, obviously. But nobody's told me anything about that. I guess if I were to come back, this version that we've now seen in [the finale] would probably be one of the versions of Emily that we would see. But the possibilities are endless. We could also go back in time.

    I really enjoyed playing the character of Emily when she was in the park, and my remark about being a bit heartbroken was about that and how much I enjoyed who that person was. But this person who we've now seen in [the finale] is obviously very different, has a different energy. I would be slightly saddened if that were the only version that we would get to see of Emily in the future. But, I'm sure if it were, then the writers would make her version interesting.

    Emily sitting post credits scene Westworld season 2 finale

    Renfro: What was your process with trying to figure out what that energy would be for this finale version of your character?

    Herbers: Because it was such a big deal and it's the ending of the whole season, Jonah and Lisa were there and very hands-on. They had a very clear idea of what my energy should be like. So I just let myself be guided and molded by them into this sort of ... I don't even know if I can pinpoint it exactly. I just watched [the episode] myself.

    I'm happy for the viewers to make an interpretation of who she is rather than for me to say what I've been playing. I'm always more interested to know how something comes across than what I put in it.

    Renfro: The term fidelity has come up time and time again in season two, and obviously it's the final line of the season. What's your understanding of that term, specifically of how it relates to the idea of recreating a true person in a host human-hybrid?

    Emily William Westworld season two episode nine HBO

    Herbers: [The answer] is embedded in your question, I think. From what I understand, it's making somebody true to who that person was originally. So, if you're true to who you have been and if you're not a rip-off of your prior version.

    What you touched on earlier was how what we saw between Delos and Logan is that Logan has been trying to change that moment between them, right? So, I guess there's also a version where he's not trying to make him pass the fidelity test completely, but actually modify his father slightly.

    Renfro: And that connects to Dolores and Bernard, because we see them have conversations in this episode as well where she talks about how if she had made him exactly like Arnold then he wouldn't have survived. That's really interesting.

    Herbers: Yeah, so we're going into genetic modification. It's pretty timely, as well.

    Renfro: When you look at season two as a whole, is there one scene that stands out to you as the biggest surprise?

    Herbers: Well, for me personally, it was my father killing me, obviously. I don't think there's a bigger moment than that. But, I also was pretty mind-blown from the first time we see Emily and the way she behaves in The Raj and how she shoots Nicholas to make sure that he isn't a host and decide if she wants to sleep with him or not.

    I would be really interested to see more of that side of her, as well. I thought that was unlike anything I've ever seen on TV, basically. I haven't seen anyone behave like that.

    Emily Woman The Raj Westworld HBO

    Renfro: It's funny that you bring that up, because I feel like the people who really believe that either Emily or William were both hosts the whole time point at that scene. They've noticed that you didn't get shot, so there was no verification that Emily wasn't a host. But you mentioned at the start of our conversation, you don't think that that this post-credits scene retroactively discounts all of the big human moments we've seen between Emily and William?

    Herbers: Not at all. Not at all. I don't think so. I think dramatically it would make that moment [William kills her] meaningless and I don't think it is. Or, not meaningless but it would take away the biggest heartbreak you can imagine.

    And I think it's such a big story moment for the Man in Black —a defining moment for his whole character. I think it would be really silly if we were hosts. But, look, I don't know, but I clearly don't think that's the case. Hand over heart.

    I'm wondering how it'll play out, how people will respond to [the finale] and if it'll mean that it's confirming that we're hosts, or one of us was a host all along, or the other way around.. But I really do not understand it that way, I don't think that's what happened.

    Emily Stubbs Westworld season 2 HBO

    Renfro: Going back to earlier episodes,I know that you are multi-lingual — what was it like learning Lakota for your scenes on "Westworld"?

    Herbers: Probably the hardest language I've ever had to learn for anything. It was very, very, very difficult. I studied Latin in school, so I can often quickly understand the structure of a language or have some sort of idea of where to place it or where the sounds come from, but this just ... I didn't understand anything.

    I had a very nice Lakota-speaking lady who taped it for me. And so I basically just listened to that on repeat for 24 hours. It's a very powerful language to speak. It's beautiful. Then the Lakota teacher on set said, "Once you speak our language, you are now one of us." Thought that was very special.

    Renfro: So they had consultants on set with you during your scenes as well?

    Herbers: Yeah, there was always somebody on set — thank God. Also, the Lakota is different for men and women, they speak it in a different way. So we had a male teacher on set, but my lines obviously were for a female, so he would constantly be in contact with this older lady who would help out.

    It's so special, I really find it moving, actually, that there's about 6,000 people in the world who still speak Lakota, and that such a big show would use it as the main language for most of the episode. That's very, very beautiful.

    For more on the "Westworld" season two finale, follow all of INSIDER's coverage here.

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    Bernard and Charlotte Forge Westworld

    Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the "Westworld" season two finale, "The Passenger."

    The second season finale of HBO's "Westworld" opened a door to the staging of Dolores and Bernard as inhuman enemies in a whole new world. As we learned that Dolores' mind had been embedded in of copy of Charlotte's body, the finale took several turns before landing us in the real world and closing out the season with an apt Radiohead song.

    In case you missed it, there was also a post-credits scene which showed a future version of William and a host version of his daughter, Emily. You can read our full explanation of that here, but for now let's dive into the main meat of our "Westworld" season two finale.

    "Charlotte" was really Dolores for several important scenes earlier on the season

    If you look back at the timeline of events in chronological order (which will be updated by the end of Monday to reflect all relevant changes), you can see that all the mentions of Charlotte in the "11 days after Ford's death" time frame were really Dolores operating inside a Charlotte body-copy.

    The first time we saw "Dolorotte" host was on the third episode of this season. During the flash forward, Bernard and Strand's Delos team entered the Mesa to find Dolorotte inside.

    "Bernard," she said. "You made it out alive. Didn't think you had it in you."

    Charlotte Season 2 Episode 3 Westworld

    This must have been very shortly after the real Charlotte was killed. Elsie's dead body is also not immediately visible, so in theory Dolores got rid of both Charlotte and Elsie's bodies before Bernard and Strand's team entered the Mesa.

    What about you, Bernard? Do you have any idea where Peter Abernathy might have gone?

    If you rewatch those scenes, Tessa Thompson's performance is slightly different from her usual Charlotte Hale affect. The character is also hellbent on finding Peter Abernathy, but now we know it was Dolores searching for her father while disguised as Hale. 

    "Dolorette" was also the one who was with Strand when they discovered the secret room full of Bernard copies at the start of episode seven. Her reaction ("I figured you'd have some skeletons in your closet, Bernard. I didn't think they'd be your own.") was borne of necessity in playing the part of Charlotte. 

    Charlotte and Bernard copies Westworld

    "A host, hiding among the humans," she said in a now very telling manner. 

    "Dolorette" tortured Bernard into revealing the location of Peter Abernathy's control unit (back at the Forge, hidden inside the body of the original Dolores). 

    The escape to the real world and recreation of Bernard

    Once "Dolorette," Bernard, and Strand's team returned to the Forge, several key events happened. After retrieving Abernathy's pearl, and therefore the decryption key, Strand's team began sending the surviving data from the Forge out to satellites and into the real world. 

    They realized that the data package was much larger than intended just before "Dolorette" was outed by Bernard. She killed Strand and his team, and switch the coordinates. 

    Coordinates Westworld season 2

    The data transfer was really the Valley Beyond, where the select lucky hosts like Akecheta had escaped into after the Door was opened. Dolores changed the coordinates for the destination of the data.

    "I'm sending them and their world to a place no one will ever find them," she said. "There's no coming back now. No passage between their world and ours."

    Later we learn that "Dolorette" placed Teddy's control unit pearl inside the Forge, so he too can live out his days in the Valley Beyond. Maeve's daughter, Anna, and Akecheta and Kohana were also inside the Valley. 

    Then "Dolorette" shot and killed Bernard, and took his control unit pearl with her. We saw her board a boat (thanks to Stubbs, who is evidently a host, but more on that here) with five total control units.

    Pearls Dolores takes Westworld season 2 finale

    We know Bernard was one of them, and her father was the likely second. The other three are mysteries so far, but we know she's placed a new host into the Charlotte body-copy. The ending of the episode shows us that Ford had Arnold's house refurbished with a host-printing station and lab. "Dolorette" went to the house, printed herself a new Dolores body, and also created a new body for Bernard.

    So why did Ford do all of this? It seems to be all boiled down to creating the best odds for the hosts.

    Ford's three plans for the survival of the hosts 

    Ford's ultimate goal appears to have been to create as many possible avenues for host survival. He programmed Maeve to awaken and escape, blending in among the humans leaving the park and entering the real world.

    As he did helped his favorite host Maeve along, Ford also became aware of Akecheta's self-awakening. He had Bernard manipulate a new virtual world inside the Forge, called the Valley Beyond. They built a door where the hosts' minds could enter the Valley Beyond (sometimes called Glory by the hosts) and live in a new, boundless existence free from humans. 

    Akecheta Door Valley Beyond

    Ford then also manipulated Dolores' consciousness to awaken, and guided her through Arnold's maze one last time until she was fully self-aware and killed him. Ford was counting on Dolores trying to find her way out into the world, like Maeve. He had Bernard bring her to the Forge so she could read the data logs on all the humans and learn everything she could about them.

    Dolores' time in the Forge "library" enabled her to imitate Charlotte and manipulate humans around her

    When Dolores called the Forge a "weapon" (on the second episode of this season, before we knew it was called the Forge), she meant that metaphorically. The knowledge contained there, all the data about the humans who had visited the park, could be weaponized against them. Ford likely sent Logan to the Forge on his behalf.

    "You've been here many times, Bernard," the Forge-version of Logan said. "You told me to offer the hosts the accumulated wisdom of dissecting the human psyche a million times over. Ensure —"

    "— a competitive advantage," Bernard finished for him. "A way to understand her enemy,"

    Westworld season 2 finale Dolores Library

    "Their world is not for the faint of heart," Logan said. "It's winner take all. The hosts are unlikely to survive out there. But armed with this knowledge, she might."

    Dolores wants "mankind's undoing," and needed the Forge in order to learn how exactly humans operate and behave — that way she could not only easily pass as one, but she would know how to dominate them, too.

    You have to know your enemy in order to beat them, after all. Now Dolores has absorbed details of the lives of the world's most elite humans. The Delos executives and wealthy "1%" of the global population all likely spent time in Westworld.

    Strand said there were four million people copied into the Forge. We don't know the state of the real world or its population, but it's safe to say that four million humans' worth of data is more than enough for Dolores to get a solid understanding from.

    What this means for the third season of "Westworld"

    Presumably the next season of "Westworld" will take place at least partly in the contemporary real world. Dolores and her fake-Charlotte henchperson are going to try to dominate the human species and destroy them.

    Dolores Westworld season 2 finale

    Bernard, the more compassionate of the surviving hosts, will likely try to prevent more bloodshed. How he might do this is anyone's guess, but Dolores seemed content with him trying.

    "The odds aren't very good Bernard," Dolores said. "I saw that in the library. So many paths lead to the end of us, to our extinction."

    "I don’t need to read a book to know your drives," Bernard said. "You'll try to kill all of them, and I can't let that happen."

    "I know. And if I were a human, I would have let you die," Dolores said. "But it'll take both of us if we're going to survive. But not as allies. Not as friends. You'll try to stop me. Both of us will probably die. But our kind will have endured. We each gave the other a beautiful gift. A choice. We are the authors of our stories now."

    Dolores, taking a page out of Ford's book, decided to allow Bernard to try and survive in his own way. With both of them in the real world, the odds of the hosts' species surving is at least doubled. But will the plans work? That's for future seasons of "Westworld" to reveal.

    For more on the "Westworld" season two finale, follow all of INSIDER's coverage here.

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    • John Oliver on Sunday criticized President Trump's approach to ending his administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
    • After pointing out several issues that remain with Trump's recent executive order that put a stop to the policy, Oliver criticized Fox News commentators for continuing to "defend the indefensible" in speaking about the issue on air.

    On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver criticized President Trump's 180-degree turn in his decision to end his administration's controversial practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. 

    Days after the president tried to deflect the blame from his "zero tolerance" immigration policy on to "weak and ineffective" Democratic congressional members, saying that there was nothing he could do about the policy through executive order, Trump then signed an executive order that put a halt to his administration's placing immigrant children in separate facilities from their parents. 

    "Yes, Trump claimed he couldn’t do a thing and then he did it, which is a little strange because he usually claims he can do things and then doesn't do them, like draining the swamp or locking up Hillary or attending Tiffany's sweet 16," Oliver joked.

    Oliver then listed several issues that remain with Trump's executive order. 

    "Unfortunately, that executive order has some significant hitches, because while families will now not be separated, that's because they'll be detained together, and under current rules, the children can't be held in detention facilities for more than 20 days, which means less than three weeks from now, they could start splitting families up all over again," Oliver said. 

    Oliver went on to criticize political commentators and supporters of Trump on Fox News for continuing to "defend the indefensible" in their commentary on the issue. 

    The "Last Week Tonight" host threw to a clip of Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney, who tried to downplay the issue on air:

    "If you read the headlines or you watch the evening news today or yesterday or this week at all, it’s 'trade war,' it’s 'children in cages,'" Varney said in the clip. "The real big story that affects everybody in America is the success of the president’s tax-cut package and what it’s done for the economy."

    "That deflection technique doesn’t really work when the thing you’re deflecting from is children in cages," Oliver said. "If a realtor selling a house were to say, 'Why are we talking about the children in cages? The kitchen has marble countertops,’ the only acceptable response would be, 'Because they’re children and they’re in cages! Someone needs to let them out, you f---ing monster!'"

    Watch the episode on HBO Go

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    • The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal case of Netflix's "Making a Murderer" subject Brendan Dassey. 
    • Dassey was convicted in a 2005 murder in which he contends police coerced him into a confession.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a Wisconsin man's challenge to his conviction in a 2005 murder in which he contends police coerced him into a confession in a case featured in a Netflix documentary series called "Making a Murderer."

    The justices turned away Brendan Dassey's appeal of a lower court ruling upholding his conviction for murder, sexual assault and mutilation of a corpse in connection with the 2005 death of a freelance photographer named Teresa Halbach.

    Dassey, 16 years old at the time of the murder and now 28, told police officers who interrogated him four times in 48 hours that he had helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach.

    Dassey's lawyers have said he has "significant intellectual and social limitations" and was coerced into confessing in violation of his constitutional rights.

    (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

    SEE ALSO: Judges uphold ruling that 'Making a Murderer' subject Brendan Dassey should be freed

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    vanderpump rules bravo

    Back in 2013, a little reality show about the waitstaff at a West Hollywood restaurant hit the airwaves. Five years later and it is one of the most iconic series on Bravo. The show follows the lives of the servers, bartenders, and bussers who work at SUR, which is owned by "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump.

    While the cast members have become full-fledged reality stars in their own right and the show has some of the most authentic drama of any reality series, the stuff that happens off-camera might be the juiciest. 

    We rounded up some secrets you may not know about the series. 

    The full cast doesn't actually work there very much.

    Jax Taylor once revealed in a Reddit AMA that they only work at SUR if they have time. "The show is taking up a lot of my time right now, my businesses are taking a ton of time," he said. "When I have a chance to go in, I do."

    Scheana Shay has been living in Las Vegas full time to perform in the show "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man," so there's no pretending she's still a frequent server. Though in 2015, she said the cast has to work occasionally.

    "Production can't force us to work if we don't want to,"she told "Juicy Scoop" Podcast. "But if there is a couple weeks that go by and people aren't working, we get a phone call from Ken [Todd] and Lisa."

    If you go to SUR on a busy weekend night, you'll likely run into at least one member of the cast. Plus, newer cast member Brittany Cartwright is always Instagramming from the restaurant.

    Tom Tom is still not open.

    Despite all the fanfare about Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz's new bar with Lisa Vanderpump, Tom Tom is still not open for business. A fan drove by the space on May 5 and found it was still under construction. This is quite the head scratcher seeing as the bar was first announced during the season five finale back in March 2017.

    Tom Sandoval went on "Watch What Happens Live" in April 2018 and said the bar will open late-May or early June 2018, and well, it's already June and it's still not open. Maybe season seven will provide some clues?

    Lala Kent’s mysterious boyfriend is actually movie producer Randall Emmett.

    Lala Kent went to great lengths to hide the identity of her boyfriend during her first season on the show. There were a lot of rumors about his identity but it turns out his name is Randall Emmett and he's a movie producer and financier. He's perhaps best known for producing the Starz series "Power" and the recent John Gotti biopic "Gotti" starring John Travolta.

    He and Lala have been more public about their relationship since his divorce in 2017 and he is sometimes referenced on the show by his first name. 

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Sean Spicer

    • Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump's first White House press secretary, is planning a new TV show: "Sean Spicer's Common Ground."
    • Judging from early reports, however, he is having trouble securing guests.
    • The lawyer Michael Avenatti and the comedian Kathy Griffin already seem to have declined offers to appear on the show, and no confirmed guests have been announced.
    • Spicer also has no confirmed network for his show, so it isn't clear where it will air.

    The former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has a TV talk show in the works — but early signs suggest nobody wants to appear on it.

    The show, which will be called "Sean Spicer's Common Ground," became public knowledge Monday after The New York Times published details from a pitch document for a pilot episode.

    It soon emerged that two potential guests approached by Spicer had decided not to participate.

    Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for suing President Donald Trump on behalf of the adult-film star Stormy Daniels, wrote on Twitter that he turned down the chance to appear on the show.

    The comedian Kathy Griffin retweeted the New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, who reported that Griffin had declined to appear on the show.

    Kathy Griffin Haberman retweet

    So far there are no public reports that any guests have agreed to do the show, which is being produced by the TV syndication company Debmar-Mercury and Pilgrim Media Group.

    According to The Times, the pitch document described the show as Spicer hosting "some of the most interesting and thoughtful public figures for a drink and some lite conversation at a local pub or cafe."

    The document reportedly continued: "The relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting for Sean to get to know his guests as they discuss everything from the media to marriage. They might even tangle over the merits of making your bed or the value of a great point guard."

    A pilot episode is reportedly in the works and could be recorded in July.

    Avenatti's announcement that he didn't want to participate in Spicer's show appeared to mock Trump's style of speaking.

    He tweeted: "I turned down Sean Spicer for his new show despite the fact that it would have been YUGE with the biggest ratings since the Apprentice and the largest live audience since the 2017 Inauguration (which was the largest ever on record)!!!!!!!!!"

    "It is pretty funny that while some on the right criticize me for being on television too much, others are soliciting me to appear with them to help sell their shows," Avenatti told The New York Times.

    Spicer confirmed the show to The Times. "In this current environment, I think it's important to have a platform where we can have civil, respectful, and informative discussions on the issues of the day," he said.

    No network is attached to the new show yet, so it is not clear where the show might air when it is ready.

    The show appears to be the latest effort by Spicer to stay in the public eye after giving up his White House job last July, six months into the Trump administration.

    He has also recently started a podcast with the Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich and has a book, "The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and The President," due to be published on July 24.

    Business Insider has contacted the production companies and Spicer's representatives for more information.

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    Sharp ObjectsWith the summer TV season underway, a few 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 12 million global users to see which upcoming TV shows viewers had followed the most frequently on its app.

    The list includes series like the Amy Adams-led HBO drama "Sharp Objects," from "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, and "Castle Rock," a new Stephen King series from Hulu. 

    Here are the 5 new TV shows that viewers are anticipating the most in July, according to TV Time:

    SEE ALSO: The 17 most rewatchable TV shows of all time

    5. "Sacred Games"— Premieres July 6 on Netflix

    Summary:"A link in their pasts leads an honest cop to a fugitive gang boss, whose cryptic warning spurs the officer on a quest to save Mumbai from cataclysm."

    4. "Angels of Death" — Premieres July 6 on AT-X

    Summary:"Most girls waking up without any memory and meeting a serial killer would panic, but not Ray. In fact, far from being her biggest problem, killer Zack might just prove a convenient resource when it comes to finding a way out of the building in which they're both trapped."

    3. "The Outpost"— Premieres July 10 on The CW

    Summary:"Follows Talon (Jessica Green, 'Ash vs Evil Dead'), the lone survivor of a race called 'Blackbloods.' Years after her entire village is destroyed by a gang of brutal mercenaries, Talon travels to a lawless fortress on the edge of the civilized world, as she tracks the killers of her family."

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    Dolores library Westworld season 2 finale HBO

    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the season two finale of HBO's "Westworld."

    The second season finale of HBO's "Westworld" introduced new mind-bending turns to an already complex story (and timeline). From the violent revelation of Dolores disguised as Charlotte Hale to a significant end-credits scene you might have missed, the 90-minute episode was packed with major moments.

    Keep reading for a look at nine of the smaller details in the finale you might have missed.

    When Dolores and Bernard entered the Forge, we learned about a new data copying system.

    Each guest's data code was transcribed into a book by a robotic arm. The first book we see belongs to the code for James Delos, and it was stationed on an old-fashioned music stand. 

    This is a callback to a quote from Dr. Robert Ford on the first season finale

    "An old friend once told me something that gave me great comfort," Ford said. "Something he had read. He said that Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin never died. They simply became music."

    When Dolores flipped through one of the books, you can see how the markings of data look just like sheets of music on a player piano.

    Just as Ford became music, the guests who visited the park have become music. This little detail was shared on the "Westworld" subreddit by user Kotn3l.

    For comparison, here's the player piano sheet music shown in the weekly opening credits on "Westworld."

    Forge-Logan says "the truth is that a human is just a brief algorithm — 10,247 lines. They are deceptively simple. Once you know them, their behavior is quite predictable."

    Dolores was able to quickly scan and memorize the humans' algorithms in order to give herself an advantage over the species (aka the weapon she had been seeking).

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    • Ariel Winter shared a paparazzi shot of her pumping gas on her Instagram.
    • She was targeted by gross online trolls commenting on her appearance.
    • Her "Modern Family" co-star Sarah Hyland came to her defense.
    • She told the "pervs" to get offline. 

    Sarah Hyland is not afraid of defending her "Modern Family" co-star Ariel Winter from mean online trolls. 

    After Winter, 20, shared a paparazzi shot of herself pumping gas as she stands make-up free and with her arms crossed, some people commented on her braless style. 

    Hyland, 27, went after the people posting gross comments with a response of her own. 

    "To all the pervs commenting on the post? Get offline and get back to your blowup doll ya creeps!" she wrote.

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    Winter had captioned the photo of herself, "Honestly the only reason I'm posting this is because I've never seen a more accurate picture of myself."

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    Trolls have targeted Winter online by commenting on her body and shaming her appearance before. Both Hyland and Winter have fired back at the rude posts. 

    Hyland later posted a paparazzi shot of her walking down the street and said she was "pulling an @ArielWinter" and captioned her Instagram the same as Winter did.  

    "Honestly the ONLY reason I'm posting this is because I've never seen a more accurate picture of myself," she wrote.

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    • Stephen Colbert on Monday lambasted Trump for the ongoing "humanitarian crisis" in his administration's practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the southern US border.
    • "There's still no announcement of what they're going to do to put these stolen kids back with their parents, and no indication that they could successfully do so," Colbert said.

    Stephen Colbert on Monday criticized the Trump administration's approach to ending the controversial practice of separating immigrant children from their parents in holding facilities. 

    "I get up every day, and I live in hope that will be the day that I will be surprised by the news," Colbert began his monologue. "But mostly I'm just shocked by how unsurprising everything is."

    The "Late Show" host said the latest "wholly predictable" news came from the Trump administration's inaction in the "humanitarian crisis" at the southern US border. 

    "First of all, there's still no announcement of what they're going to do to put these stolen kids back with their parents, and no indication that they could successfully do so," Colbert said.

    Colbert then cut to a Mercury News report describing how the DNA testing company 23andme is donating DNA kits to help reunite migrant families separated at the border. 

    "Good for them, but while they're at it, can they test Donald Trump's DNA too?" Colbert asked. "I want to find out what species can survive that long without a heart. Because the President is not freeing the children."

    "I want to repeat that: The President is not freeing the children," he added. "For those of you who just emerged from a coma, you're going to want to slip back in."

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    Perspectives change a lot as you age. For example, you might find yourself all of a sudden actually wanting to eat broccoli or finally understanding that your mom wasn't just nagging when she made you hang up your clothes, she was helping them not get wrinkled. Adulthood is wild.

    Another way age changes you is that you have a different take on the movies and TV shows you loved growing up. Some may not hold up at all, and even when they do, you might find yourself taking the side of the character you know is the villain. Seemingly overnight their motivations make sense and you realize the hero was maybe actually wrong.

    So brew some tea, cozy up on the couch on a Friday night, and settle in for the 12 villains you may find yourself understanding a little more now that you're an adult.

    Harley Quinn was in a toxic relationship.

    The "Batman" comics are full of great villains like Bane, Two Face, and of course, The Joker. As the trusty sidekick of the Joker, it's easy to lump Harley Quinn in with the rest, but her story feels a little more tragic. Above all, it feels like Quinn is the victim of a toxic relationship.

    She was a psychiatrist treating The Joker when she fell in love with him and left her job to become his loyal accomplice. Throughout their relationship, he proves to be a manipulative partner, and Quinn winds up doing stupid (and illegal) things for the man she loves which, for anyone who's been in one of those relationships, feels all too common and relatable.

    Magneto hated humans because he'd seen the worst of them.

    Magneto helped found the X-Men before a fallout with Professor X led him to create his own group — the Brotherhood of Mutants. Magneto has some questionable feelings towards humans, but those feelings stem from having seen the absolute worst of mankind as a child in Auschwitz. His parents and sister are killed while there, and once free, his daughter is killed by humans because of Magneto's powers.

    He makes it his mission to find other mutants, and empower them to attack humans before the humans end up attacking them. His methods are extreme, but it's not hard to understand the mentality given the horrors he's experienced.

    Bruce is just a shark looking for a meal.

    Sharks are largely misunderstood and don't really want to eat people, but the shark from "Jaws" didn't get that memo. Even still, he's really just after a meal, and you can't fault him for that.

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    Summer is, unfortunately, not a robust time for new TV. Your favorite shows probably aren't coming back until fall, leaving you to default to the shows you've already watched way too many times (aka "The Office" and "Friends").

    Maybe it's time to give some under-the-radar shows a chance. With its own lineup of original TV shows and movies, Amazon is proving to be a surprising powerhouse, scoring major award nominations and wins in the past couple years at the Academy Awards, Emmy's, and Golden Globes. 

    If you're a Prime member, you're in luck because you'll already be able to access these great Prime-exclusive shows. Since Prime Video is included in all the perks of a Prime membership, you should take advantage of it this summer as you look for new content to watch. 

    If you're not yet a Prime member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here to get your fill of Prime-exclusive TV programming and see how Amazon Studios stacks up to the traditional shows you watch. Who knows, you might even find a new favorite show this summer through Prime Video. 

    To help you figure out where to start, we rounded up the best original Amazon shows — from drama and comedy to documentary — that you should start watching now. 

    Plot synopses are provided by Amazon. 


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    Plot synopsis: Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan write and star in this R-rated comedy about a one-week stand between a Boston ad exec and a London schoolteacher that leads to an accidental pregnancy. When Rob moves to the UK to help figure things out, cultures clash and hormones flare as these two realize they don't know the first thing about each other.

    Cast: Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney

    Amazon rating: 4.5/5 from 34,000+ reviews 

    IMDb rating: 8.2/10 from 10,000+ reviews 

    "The Man In the High Castle"

    Watch it here

    Plot synopsis: Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive-produced by Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner"), and Frank Spotnitz ("The X-Files"), "The Man in the High Castle" explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.

    Cast: Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank

    Amazon rating: 4.5/5 from 110,000+ reviews 

    IMDb rating: 8.1/10 from 55,000+ reviews 

    "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

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    Plot synopsis: In 1958 New York, Midge Maisel's life is on track — husband, kids, and elegant Yom Kippur dinners in their Upper West Side apartment. But when her life takes a surprise turn, she has to quickly decide what else she's good at — and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her.

    Cast: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen

    Amazon rating: 4.9/5 from 16,000+ reviews 

    IMDb rating: 8.7/10 from 19,000+ reviews 

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    Some long-running television shows remain great for a very long time, while others are allowed to end gracefully, or are canceled before they get terrible.

    These 20 shows are not examples of that.

    The much more common ending to a show is that it lasts way too long, quality declines, stars leave, and storylines become wildly unrealistic. Whether it's Fonzie literally jumping the shark on "Happy Days," or half the original characters of "Once Upon A Time" leaving the show, the following 20 shows definitely overstayed their welcome.

    By the time "Friends" reached its 10th season, it became clear that the writers were running out of ideas.

    "Friends" is one of the most beloved TV shows of all time, which is why it's painful to admit that it lasted at least one season too long. Granted, the show revolved around a group of six friends, so storylines were in short supply. But when Rachel and Joey started dating in season 10, after nine seasons of having no interest in each other whatsoever, it became clear that the writers had run out of material.

    Additionally, the characters became loud, obnoxious caricatures of themselves. Try watching an episode from the first season of "Friends," and then one from the 10th season — the differences are startling.

    "Pretty Little Liars" should have ended when they revealed the identity of "A" in season two — the show inexplicably lasted another five seasons.

    If you were on Twitter during an episode of "Pretty Little Liars," you might remember how captivating this show about a group of friends getting terrorized by an anonymous stalker named "A" used to be — it was a phenomenon.

    But the show's runaway success led to it promising to reveal who the real "A" was every single season. Even though the identity of "A" was revealed in season two, more "As" popped up every season.

    How many "As" could there be? The show only got more confusing as it went on, and mercifully ended after season seven.

    "The Vampire Diaries" probably should have called it quits after the show's star Nina Dobrev left in season six — it finally ended two years later.

    "The Vampire Diaries" originally started off as a love triangle between Eleana (played by Dobrev) and two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon, but as seasons went on, the show lost focus. However, it kept going, and doubled down on the uninspired romance between Damon and Elena. Arguably, it was never able to recreate its storytelling highs of season two. 

    The show's sixth season ended with Elena in a coma, and curiously continued without her for another two unnecessary seasons. Without Elena, the main character, the show struggled, and finally came to an end after season eight — though you can still see some of your favorites on spin-off "The Originals."

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    Critics devote their time to watching and reviewing shows, and sometimes the reviews are scathing. 

    Shows that could receive high praise for multiple seasons may fall apart at the end. Critics loved "Dexter" for years, but the series is one of the most despised in recent years. The "How I Met Your Mother" finale also disappointed critics and fans alike.  

    Here are nine of the worst finales according to critics.


    The serial killer's end as a lumberjack with a new identity wasn't favorable to many critics. 

    What critics said: "As the closing scene faded from my television screen, my reaction wasn't shock or sadness. It was anger....It's the kind of anger you feel after investing so much time into a show that you once loved, only to watch it fizzle out in the most unsatisfying of ways."—  Vulture

    "It's a feat for a finale to make you regret having watched a single moment of the series, but 'Remember The Monsters' made it look easy."— AV Club 


    The polarizing "Seinfeld" finale ended with Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer in prison for being bad people. 

    What critics said: "It was such a terrible letdown...Still, future scholars will be poring over this last episode like the Dead Sea Scrolls. But, for now, I'd just like to say: It goes to prove money isn't everything in the writing of comedy."— Newsday

    "The hype before the 'Seinfeld' farewell was one event the country should never go through again. The sitcom had its weakest season this year and should have gone off the air a year ago."— Orlando Sentinel


    The "Lost" finale has been panned by fans and critics who felt that the flash-sideways plot took away from the island and the importance of the entire story. 

    What critics said: "So the sound you heard 'round about 10 Sunday night was thousands of non-romantics wishing for a time slip that would give them those two and a half hours and possibly six seasons back."— Los Angeles Times

    "The ending felt contrived and disappointing, which was probably inevitable. After years of insane complication of plot and character, no ending could have 'explained' the show in a wholly satisfying way, and it might have been better not to try."— New York Times

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the season two finale of HBO's "Westworld."

    The second season of HBO's "Westworld" came to an end with the 90-minute whirlwind episode "The Passenger." Between the revelation that Charlotte had actually been Dolores hiding inside a copied body of the Delos boss for part of the timeline, plus a mind-bending post-credits scene with a version of William and host-Emily, there was a lot to unpack. 

    You can read our explanation of the finale's Charlotte/Dolores twist here, along with a breakdown of what the post-credits scene means here, but now let's turn to the unknown.

    Keep reading to see the 13 biggest unanswered questions we had after the season two finale of "Westworld."

    Who are the five hosts Dolores smuggled out of the park?

    Dolores (disguised as Charlotte Hale) took five hosts' control unit pearls with her when she left Westworld and entered the real world. But which five? 

    We know at least one of the pearls was Bernard, since she reprinted his body in Arnold's house and awoke him there.

    But what about the other four? One could have been her father, Peter Abernathy. We know she spent much of her time inside Charlotte's body trying to find the Abernathy pearl again.

    As for the rest, there are many possibilities that will hopefully be narrowed down on the third season.

    Of those pearls, which is the host now inside of Charlotte Hale's body copy?

    As the finale revealed, Dolores arrived at Arnold's house and discovered that Ford had made sure a new body-printer and Westworld style lab were there. Dolores printed herself a new regular Dolores body, and then likely printed bodies for the other host pearls, too.

    But on the finale we only saw the Charlotte body, presumably with a different host pearl inside. Who is it? Someone we know? 

    At least this means Tessa Thompson will likely be back on the third season, this time playing a new Charlotte Hale hybrid character.

    Is Stubbs really a host? Turns out the answer is a clear yes.

    As the director of the episode, Frederick E.O. Toye, revealed to Joanna Robinson at Vanity Fair, Stubbs is definitely a host. 

    He helped Dolores escape by waving her through security, though it's unclear what he'll do in the park with regards to the remaining hosts. We also don't know exactly when Stubbs became self-aware, or how "awake" he is. 

    The little monologue he gave Charlotte/Dolores made his host status pretty clear, but here it is one more time in case you forgot:

    "You know the old man himself hired me, so many years ago I can barely remember it," Stubbs said, referring to Ford. "But he was very clear about my role here. About who I was supposed to be loyal to. Guess you could call it my core drive. And this project the company started blurs the lines. I'm just not sure who you're supposed to be loyal to in a world like that. But what do I know? Guess I just stick to the role Ford gave me. I'm responsible for every host inside the park."

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    As the year flies by, the list of canceled TV shows piles up.

    Networks have been cutting more and more shows since May, including Fox which canceled comedies "The Mick,""Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and "The Last Man on Earth.""Nine-Nine" will continue on NBC, though.

    ABC also canceled the previously renewed "Roseanne" revival in late May, after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. However, ABC announced a spin-off called "The Conners" without Barr coming this fall.

    Amazon kicked off the year with a slew of cancellations, announcing the end of three quirky comedies, including the Golden Globe nominee "I Love Dick" and the comedian Tig Notaro's semi-autobiographical show, "One Mississippi." It canceled Golden Globe nominee "Mozart in the Jungle" in April, after four seasons, and recently canceled "Transparent," which will end after the upcoming fifth season.

    The long-running "The Jerry Springer Show" is ending after 27 seasons and 4,000 episodes. NBC's "Timeless," was also canceled for the second year in a row. NBC reversed its first decision to cancel the show last year after fan outcry. However, fans may have a movie to look forward to that gives the series a proper finale, though no official decision has been made.

    There are many more cancellations to come, as networks announce the fate of newer shows as well as older ones.

    We'll update this list as more are announced.

    Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:

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    "Jean-Claude Van Johnson"— Amazon, one season

    "I Love Dick"— Amazon, one season

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    Looking for a new TV show to watch but overwhelmed with the selection?

    We're here to make things a bit easier, because we know what it's like to spend way too much time making huge decisions like this.

    Every week, we gather a list of three shows you can either binge-watch on Netflix during the week, or at least get started watching. We mix shows that have recently come onto the service with old favorites.

    From Marvel's "Luke Cage" to the gripping true-crime doc "The Staircase," here's three TV shows you can stream on Netflix this week:

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    "Marvel's Luke Cage"

    Seasons: 2

    Episodes: 26

    "Luke Cage" is consistent, well-cast, and confronts issues within the black community while being a fun and immersive superhero show. It's a bit slow at times, but its excellent performances, especially Alfre Woodard's performance in season two, keep the momentum going. Fun fact: the season two premiere was directed by Lucy Liu, who also starred in Netflix's "Set It Up."

    Season two premiered on Netflix on June 22. 

    "New Girl"

    Seasons: 6

    Episodes: 138

    "New Girl" got off to a somewhat rocky start when it first premiered in 2011, relying on Zooey Deschanel's quirky Jess Day using her "manic pixie dream girl" charm to carry the show. But the writers quickly realized that the best comedy and characters were the guys Jess rooms with. It became one of the best comedies on television as it started to embrace its weirdness more and more. You might not finish the series this week, but its worth revisiting or trying for the first time.  

    "The Staircase"

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 13

    "The Staircase" could divide your household, depending on what side of the story you're on. No matter what you think happened, it is another eye-opening look at the many flaws of the justice system in the United States. It follows the trail of Michael Peterson, a bisexual man accused of beating his wife Kathleen to death. She was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home in Durham, North Carolina in 2001. Like many true-crime documentaries made popular by Netflix — including "Making a Murderer" and "The Keepers"— "The Staircase" will leave you with more questions than answers.

    The show premiered on Netflix on June 8.

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    • "Game of Thrones" has featured a different musical cameo on each season.
    • Last year, it was Ed Sheeran's turn in the spotlight — but many disliked his jarring appearance.
    • Former "Game of Thrones" actor Kristian Nairn (Hodor) wasn't on board either.
    • "I'm not a fan of the cameos," he said. "I don't like them. I think it's stupid."
    • "I mean, Ed Sheeran's great," Nairn said. "He's a great guy, great musician, but why is he in 'Game of Thrones?'"

    The TV world is in a bit of a renaissance right now, although there are certain properties that stand out in regards to popularity. This includes HBO's "Game of Thrones," which is gearing up for its eighth and final season on TV. Season seven really stepped things up in regards to pacing and stakes, as new character interactions occurred, alongside long awaited reunions.

    One moment from last season that got a ton of negative press was the cameo of pop singer Ed Sheeran as a Lannister soldier. Fan outcry was immediate, with the singer having to leave Twitter due to all the hate.

    Now it turns out that Hodor himself wasn't a fan, either. Actor Kristian Nairn recently spoke about how cameos spoil the experience of "Game of Thrones," saying:

    "I'm not a fan of the cameos in 'Game of Thrones.' I don't like them. I think it's stupid. I don't mind going on the record on that. I just think it takes you right out of the world. Especially Ed Sheeran. I was like, 'Why is Ed Sheeran here?' I mean, Ed Sheeran's great. He's a great guy, great musician, but why is he in 'Game of Thrones?'"

    While his character may have only spoken his own name, Kristian Nairn isn't afraid to voice his opinion about the adventures in Westeros. Hodor has been dead for a season and a half by this point, so Nairn is left watching "Game of Thrones" like the rest of us. And just like most of the fans, the inclusion of the "Shape of You" singer was a bit distracting for the him.

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    Kristian Nairn's comments to The Huffington Post seem to echo the concerns over Ed Sheeran's brief role in "Game of Thrones." The singer popped up briefly during Arya's journey back to Winterfell, singing a Lannister song with a bunch of red cloaked soldiers.

    The cameo was reportedly a special treat for actress Maisie Williams, who is a major fan of Sheeran. While the sequence provided one of Arya's only lighthearted scenes in years, it was ultimately met with massive backlash. As a reminder, you can check out one of Ed Sheeran's brief "Game of Thrones" scenes below, complete with those million dollar vocals.

    The backlash around Ed Shereen's "Game of Thrones" role will likely dissuade the series from bringing on any big celebs in its final season. Fans are hoping that Jason Momoa might pop back up as Khal Drogo, perhaps in another vision sequence for Dany. It seems like just about anything could happen for season eight, as the showrunners craft an ending that some fans have been waiting for for decades.

    It's unclear when "Game of Thrones" will return to HBO, but CinemaBlend will have every update along the way. In the meantime, check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.

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