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    • AMC released the first full trailer for the ninth season of "The Walking Dead" Friday at San Diego Comic-Con.
    • The trailer teases new looks for Rick and Maggie as the show makes a jump into the future.
    • The first appearance of Maggie's child is seen.
    • A sign seen in the trailer teases a new location for survivors called Toledo, which may be a hint toward an Ohio outpost from the comics.
    • The trailer also teases the show's next big villains, the Whisperers, who are a huge comic threat. The official "Walking Dead" Twitter account confirmed the villains are coming.
    • "The Walking Dead" returns to TV October 7 at 9 p.m. 
    • Watch the trailer below.

     

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    Warning: There are potential spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead" season nine.

    The first trailer for "The Walking Dead" season nine debuted at San Diego Comic-Con Friday and it teases Negan in jail, Maggie's baby, new characters, and our first hint at the show's next villains, The Whisperers.

    While you were probably still getting over the news of Andrew Lincoln's impending departure from the zombie series, INSIDER rounded up a bunch of smaller details and hints about the direction of the new season you may have missed the first go-around.

    Negan is in jail.

    Let's start out with the most obvious. Rick said he wanted to build a new world and in order to do that, he knew he would have to put Negan away. When Rick decided to spare Negan's life at the end of season eight, it looks like he put him in a new jailed cell where he sometimes comes to visit.

    If you look closely, Negan has a very long beard which matches the one Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been sporting in public. Comic fans probably weren't surprised to see this since this is exactly how Negan's storyline goes down in the comics. 



    Maggie isn't pregnant anymore and is carrying around her baby.

    Lauren Cohan's character has been pregnant since season six without really showing. Three seasons later, her child is finally here.

    In case you think that might be another baby, the "Walking Dead" Twitter account confirmed it's Maggie's baby.



    Father Gabriel is blind in one eye.

    Doctor Carson told Gabriel if he didn't treat his infection that he could lose his sight. After a season of dealing with blurred vision, it looks like Father Gabriel is up and about but at the cost of one of his eyes.

     



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    • 20th Century Fox confirmed that a reboot of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is being developed.
    • The show's creator Joss Whedon is working with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" Monica Owusu-Breen.
    • While most details are still under wraps, we do know that this iteration of "Buffy" will be a complete reboot, with a brand-new African-American actress as Buffy.
    • The original show came under fire for not being diverse, so this is a welcome change.


    The hellmouth is opening again. 20th Century Fox has confirmed that a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reboot is being developed. Original creator Joss Whedon is working with Monica Owusu-Breen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) on a brand new story.

    This “Buffy” won’t be a continuation of the original series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, but will feature a brand-new Buffy, who will be African-American. There’s no network attached as of yet.

    Besides Whedon, original executive producers Gail Berman, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui are also behind the revival (and Berman’s The Jackal Group partner Joe Earley is also attached). Fox 21 TV Studios is expected to pitch the new show to cable and streaming outlets this summer.

    “Buffy” was reinvented for the small screen, and quickly developed critical raves and a rabid following with stars Gellar, David Boreanaz, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head, among others. It also spawned the spinoff “Angel.” The show later moved to UPN, and ended its run after 144 episodes in 2003.

    There’s no word yet on a story for the new “Buffy.” The news isn’t a complete surprise, as 20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman hinted at a reboot in an interview with Variety this spring. It’s something “we talk about frequently,” he said.

    Owusu-Breen’s credits also include “Midnight, Texas,” “Revolution,” “Fringe,” “Lost,” “Alias,” and “Charmed.”

    Coincidentally, “Charmed” was also a series from The WB that is currently undergoing the reboot treatment — and also with a brand-new, diverse cast. The new version of “Charmed” airs on The CW next season.

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    • "Supergirl" is adding some new characters for its fourth season.
    • The CW show has cast TV's first transgender superhero.
    • Nicole Maines will play Nia Nal, aka Dreamer, on the hit show.

    Following the controversy over "Rub and Tug"— a biopic about a transgender man that elicited so much backlash by casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role that the actress chose to depart the project — "Supergirl" has cast Nicole Maines as the first trans superhero on TV. Maines will play Nia Nal, aka Dreamer, who appears to be a new take on the DC Comics character Nura Nal (better known as Dream Girl).

    In addition to being featured in "The Trans List," Maines has also appeared on "Royal Pains"; she’ll be joined in the upcoming fourth season of "Supergirl" by fellow new characters Colonel Haley (April Parker Jones) and Manchester Black (David Ajala). Per a description, Maines' character is "the newest addition to the CatCo reporting team. A soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others, Nia’s journey this season means fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer (much like Kara came into her own as Supergirl)."

    In response to the backlash over Johansson's casting in "Rub and Tug," her representatives released a statement that only made things worse: "Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment." Tambor, Leto, and Huffman have all won acclaim — and received pushback as well — for playing transgender characters.

    Melissa Benoist plays the superheroine of the title in "Supergirl," which premiered on the CW in 2015 and has aired 65 episodes across its first three seasons. The series returns on October 14.

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    • "Riverdale" just started filming season three in early July, but they surprised fans with new footage on Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con.
    • The video was mostly a recap of season two, but at the very end, some new scenes were shown. 
    • "After the worst summer ever, I want us to have a great, normal Labor Day weekend," Archie says to Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. 
    • A clip of them driving in Archie's jalopy is shown and is followed by another scene of them swimming in what looks like a pond. 
    • But the clip gets creepy at the end, as Betty stumbles upon her mom and Polly holding the twins up around a fire. 
    • "Riverdale" returns to The CW Wednesday, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET. 
    • Follow all of our "Riverdale" coverage here
    • Watch the clip below.

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    • Sacha Baron Cohen had former vice president Dick Cheney sign a "waterboard kit" on his Showtime series, "Who Is America?" on Sunday.
    • The signed water jug was briefly available for sale on eBay following the show, and bids for it reportedly reached as high as $3,801, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International.

    The former vice president Dick Cheney appeared in an interview on Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime series, "Who Is America?," on Sunday.

    At the end of the segment, Cohen's character, an Israeli "anti-terror expert," asked Cheney to sign a "waterboard kit" that consisted of a single plastic water jug, and that jug was briefly available for sale on eBay following the show on Sunday. 

    "Well, that's a first. That's the first time I've ever signed a water bottle used for waterboarding. Very valuable," Cheney said on the show after signing the kit.

    The eBay page for the waterboard kit contained the following description, according to Deadline:

    "Boker Tov, my name Colonel Erran Morad.

    Here is a rare opportunity to own a WATER BOARD BOTTLE SIGNED BY the Godfather of the sport – American war hero and all-round mensch, VICE-PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY

    Unlike the cheap domestic water board kits you can buy on Amazon, this is a professional grade piece of military hardware. Fully functioning, it have seen many hours active use by me, both on the frontline of the War on Terror and also in my own home, where it has proved very effective at keeping my son, Eyal, in line. Indeed, if you too live in a bungalow, water boarding is a great alternative to the 'naughty step'.

    The bottle is made from Military Grade High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), meaning that as well as Water Boarding, it can also be used to Dr. Pepper Board, Clorox Board or even Urine Board potential terrorists or annoying neighbors."

    Yahoo News notes that bids for the jug went as high as $3,801 before it was sold, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. 

    Cohen's satirical show has duped a number of notable people and politicians, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, into appearing as unsuspecting guests on the series, while Cohen wears a variety of disguises. 

    Watch the latest episode on Showtime.

    SEE ALSO: All the notable people and politicians Sacha Baron Cohen has 'duped' for his new TV series, 'Who Is America?'

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    Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series, "Who Is America?," caused a stir before its premiere last week, as several Republican politicians felt the need to get ahead of the show in explaining how Cohen "duped" them to appear on it.

    The former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the former congressman Joe Walsh, and the former US Senate candidate Roy Moore were among those who preceded the show's premiere with statements explaining their appearances on the series and criticizing Cohen.

    In the show's first episode, Cohen, disguised as an Israeli "anti-terror expert," roped several Republican congressmen and former elected officials into voicing their support for a program that would arm toddlers with guns to prevent school shootings.

    This week, the former vice president Dick Cheney and broadcast journalist Ted Koppel were among the notable people who appeared on the show as unsuspecting guests.

    Before the show's premiere last week, Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report tweeted a list of political and media figures he said Cohen had "finked" for the series, including Palin, Howard Dean, and David Patreus, whom we can expect to see in the show's subsequent five episodes.

    Here are the notable people and politicians who have appeared on "Who Is America?" so far:

    SEE ALSO: Former congressman Joe Walsh says Sacha Baron Cohen 'duped' him into supporting arming toddlers with guns

    Sen. Bernie Sanders

    The show's first episode began with Cohen interviewing Sanders, the Vermont senator who was a Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, as a right-wing conspiracy theorist character named Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr.

    Sanders, with a perplexed expression, politely dodged and shut down various absurd questions on income inequality and other topics from Cohen's Ruddick.



    Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America

    In the strongest segment on Sunday's episode, Cohen's Israeli "anti-terror expert" character, Col. Erran Morad, introduced Pratt and several other conservative political figures to a fake program called "Kinderguardians" that would arm children as young as 3.

    Pratt endorsed the program and, reading off a teleprompter, said: "Toddlers are pure, uncorrupted by fake news or homosexuality. They don't care if it's politically correct to shoot a mentally deranged gunman. They'll just do it."



    Florida congressman Matt Gaetz

    Cohen's Morad character interviewed Gaetz for the segment on arming toddlers, but Gaetz wisely sidestepped the topic, saying, "Typically members of Congress don't just hear a story about a program and then indicate whether they support it or not."



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    best tv under 500 dollars

    The Insider Pick:

    • The best TV is big enough for your needs, has a high resolution, and offers some smart features. You may think that such a fancy TV will cost you thousands of dollars, but our top pick, the TCL 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV, has all those great features and costs less than $500.

    TV technology has come a long way over the past few years. Gone are the days when buying a 4K TV meant having to shell out thousands of dollars. These days, you can get a decent, large, 4K TV without going past the $500 mark.

    In fact, it’s so easy to get a great TV under $500, that there are a ton of options out there. That’s why we’ve put together this guide: To help you figure out which of those affordable TVs is best for your living room.

    As usual, there are a few things to consider when you’re buying a new TV. Some of them are obvious, but some of them are a little subtler.

    • Resolution: The first thing you’ll want to consider is the TV’s resolution. At under $500, you can get a 4K TV, but you may not find it worth buying if you don’t have access to any 4K content. Still, it is worth considering how future-proof you want your TV to be. More and more 4K content is being released, and you’ll want to be ready to take advantage of that.
    • Size: Typically, bigger is better in the TV world, but too big can be a pain. You’ll want to think about how big of a TV you want to watch on, to be sure, but you’ll also want to consider whether you actually have the space for a big TV, or if something a little more modest would work better in your home.
    • Connectivity: If you have a ton of devices you want to connect to your TV, you’ll need a lot of ports on the back of the TV. Wireless connectivity may also be important. Increasingly, TVs are offering Wi-Fi connectivity and smart TV software, so you can stream without the need for an external box like the Apple TV.

    Here are our top picks for the best TVs for less than $500:

    Updated on 07/23/2018 by Christian de Looper: Added the Toshiba and LG TVs, updated prices, and improved formatting.

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks. 

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    The best TV under $500 overall

    Why you'll love it: The TCL 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV has a huge screen, 4K resolution, and Roku’s excellent smart TV platform.

    TCL may not be the first company that comes to mind when you think of premium TVs, but at least in the budget range, TCL has the market on lock. The TCL 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV is, in our opinion, by far the best TV under $500. It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s 4K, and it comes with Roku’s TV operating system.

    One of the best things about the TV is that it features the Roku streaming platform, so you’ll get access to a range of apps, like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and more. With Roku's easy-to-use software, you’ll be able to quickly and easily access your favorite content. In our testing, we found that Roku works great, though the included remote isn’t the best for accessing more complex TV features. It works well under normal use, though.

    Around the back of the TV, you’ll find three HDMI ports, a USB 2.0 port, Ethernet port, video composite, and an optical audio output. That should be everything you need for the vast majority of situations.

    The image quality on this TV is very good, but not incredible. Colors are strong, though a little less impactful than what you'd find on a $1,000+ TV. However, the contrast is decent for the price. There are TVs with a better-looking image under $500, but they’re generally quite a bit smaller and don’t offer 4K resolution, either.

    All in all, the pros here far outweigh the cons. The screen is big with a 4K resolution and a decent image quality for the price.

    Pros: Huge display, 4K resolution, Roku TV, excellent value for money

    Cons: Image quality isn’t as good as some others, remote is a little basic

    Buy the TCL 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV at Walmart for $379.99

    Buy the TCL 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV on Amazon for $369.99 (originally $599.99) — Currently out of stock



    The best smart TV under $500 with Alexa

    Why you'll love it: The Toshiba 55-inch Fire TV Edition TV boasts a 4K resolution, support for HDR, and more, plus it has Amazon’s Alexa built in.

    Toshiba is another company that has been developing excellent budget TVs over the past few years, and the Toshiba 55-inch Fire TV Edition TV is a perfect example of that. The TV measures 55 inches, boasts a 4K resolution, supports HDR, and more. The 55-inch screen size is pretty huge, though if you think it’s too big for your space, then the TV comes in 50-inch and 43-inch models, too.

    As a Fire TV Edition device, this TV comes with Amazon’s Fire TV tech built into it, so you have access to a huge range of apps and streaming services. The TV also has Alexa built right into to it, so you’ll be able to control volume, open apps, search, and so on with your voice and the microphone-enabled remote.

    On the back of the TV, you’ll find a range of ports, including three HDMI ports, one USB port, one digital output, one audio output, and an Ethernet port. That should be all most people need.

    There are a few downsides to this TV. For starters, the picture quality isn’t as good as some others on this list. Some reviews note that the TV offers somewhat poor black levels and slightly sub-par contrast. Still, if you’re plugged into the Amazon ecosystem, and you want a 4K TV under $500, it's a great deal.

    Pros: Amazon Fire TV, Alexa built in, screen size options, affordable, 4K

    Cons: Picture quality leaves a little to be desired

    Buy the Toshiba 55-inch Fire TV Edition TV on Amazon for $449.99 (originally $479.99)



    The TV the best picture under $500

    Why you'll love it: The LG 49-inch 49UK6300PUE TV boasts a 4K resolution and support for HDR10, plus it has Google Assistant built right into it.

    Voice assistants are great, but perhaps you’re more into Google Assistant than Amazon’s Alexa. If that’s you, then the LG 49UK6300PUE TV is the way to go. The TV measures 49 inches, though if you can stretch your budget past $500, there’s a 55-inch and a 65-inch version, too. For an even lower price, there's a 43-inch model.

    Like many of LG’s other TVs, this one uses webOS, a TV operating system that many love for its simplicity. It supports apps like Netflix, Hulu, and many more streaming services. Perhaps even better, however, is the fact that it comes with Google Assistant built right into it, so you can use your voice to change the channel, control volume, and control other connected devices.

    On the back of the TV, you’ll find a range of ports, including three HDMI ports, two USB ports, and more. The TV also supports HDR10 and has a resolution of 4K, so the picture quality should be pretty good for the price.

    There are a few downsides, but not many. For starters, some buyers report that setup can be a little tricky, but apart from that, the 4-star rating on Amazon pretty much speaks for itself.

    Pros: webOS, Google Assistant built in, 4K, HDR10

    Cons: Some report tricky setup

    Buy the LG 49-inch 49UK6300PUE 4K TV on Amazon for $397 (originally $497) 



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    • Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer screamed racial slurs and bared his butt in an attempt to "fight off terrorists" on the Sacha Baron Cohen show "Who Is America?"
    • Spencer believed it was part of an antiterrorism training program.
    • His fellow lawmakers are asking for his resignation. 

    On Sunday night's episode of Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime show "Who Is America?" Cohen presented Jason Spencer, a Republican state representative from Georgia, with a chance to humiliate himself — and he took it.

    Cohen donned the disguise of an Israeli antiterrorism expert named Col. Erran Morad and hosted Spencer on a fictional on-camera training program with the presumed goal of learning to fight off terrorists.

    Part of the program involved yelling to attract attention from terrorists, and Spencer yelled the N-word. It also featured a strategy to scare off members of the terrorist group ISIS by trying to touch them with one's buttocks, with the apparent goal of turning them into "a homosexual." Spencer gamely bared himself and ran backward at Cohen with his butt.

    The program also involved distinguishing terrorists from non-terrorists by taking upskirt shots of people with a selfie stick. Spencer did that as well, performing a racist caricature of a Chinese tourist as part of his technique.

    Here's the video of the segment, posted by Showtime:

    In the episode's post-credit sequence, Spencer delivers a threat to ISIS and calls its members "sand n-----s."

    Spencer is finishing his fourth and presumably final term in Georgia's Legislature after losing his primary contest in May. Since the episode aired, several lawmakers have asked him to resign.

    Spencer's record as a lawmaker also made him an obvious target for Cohen's show, which has so far targeted several politicians and activists such as Dick Cheney and Philip Van Cleave. In 2016 Spencer sponsored — then withdrew — a bill that would have banned burqas, and last year he told a black attorney she may "go missing" in a river for protesting Confederate statues.

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    Spencer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 16 that Cohen "took advantage" of him, though Spencer incorrectly described the comedy TV series as a film. Spencer also said he sought legal counsel.

    "They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety," Spencer said, adding: "It is clear the makers of this film intended to deceive me in an attempt to undermine the American conservative political movement."

    Spencer also said the show was the reason for President Donald Trump's election — alluding, presumably, to Trump's war on "fake news."

    "This media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected," he said.

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    • It's the most wonderful time of the year.
    • Also known as Shark Week, which will air on the Discovery Channel from July 22 to July 29.
    • The shark-themed extravaganza, which will be hosted by Shaquille O'Neal this year, has prompted some jokes on Twitter.
    • Here are 16 of the best of them.

     

    It's the most wonderful time of the year  — also known as Shark Week, which will air on the Discovery Channel from July 22 to July 29.

    The shark-themed extravaganza, which will be hosted by Shaquille O'Neal this year, has prompted some jokes on Twitter.

    Here are 16 of the best of them.

    A few people miss the old Shark Week.

    Others love the addition of Shaq.

    Some have been joking about President Donald Trump's reported fear of sharks, which Stormy Daniels previously told InTouch Weekly about. "I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die," Trump, who was fixated on Shark Week at the time of their affair, reportedly said.

    But most people just have a  pure love for Shark Week.

    Although not everyone is sold on Shark Week, as a concept.

    And, of course, some people are sharing the cold, hard truth.

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    "Arrested Development" keeps coming back for more seasons, likely thanks to its strange and stellar cast of characters. So it's no surprise that plenty of famous faces have graced the show over the years.

    Here are some of the best celebrities you forgot guest-starred on the show.

    Richard Simmons gets a brief cameo as a shopping network host.

    In a 1970’s shopping channel-style flashback, Richard Simmons watches in horror as Bluth family patriarch, George Bluth, burns himself on his patented Cornballer.

     



    Bob Odenkirk gets a mini reunion with co-star David Cross.

    Maybe best known for his award-winning role as Saul Goodman from "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," he and David Cross have a mini "Mr. Show" reunion, in a therapy session that inspires Odenkirk’s character to also pursue acting.



    Carl Weathers plays Tobias’ hungry mentor.

    Carl Weathers, of "Rocky" and "Predator" fame, plays a fictionalized version of himself, who is more apt to giving Tobias advice on getting food for cheap than for acting.



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    • TV cord-cutting will outpace projections and increase an estimated 32.8% in 2018, according to new analysis from Emarketer. 
    • The firm projects that the total number of cord-cutters will jump from 24.9 million users in 2017 up to 33 million by the end of this year. 
    • This hike in cord-cutting comes despite an increasing number of pay-TV providers forming partnerships with over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix in an attempt to retain customers.

    The percentage of people ditching their traditional pay-TV packages is expected to skyrocket this year, according to a new study from Emarketer. 

    The firm is projecting a 32.8% increase in 2018 for the overall number of cord-cutters: those who cancel their paid TV subscription with a cable, satellite, or telecommunications company.

    This increase — far outpacing the firm's previous projection (from July 2017) of a 22% increase for this year — would bring the total estimated cord-cutters from 24.9 million users in 2017 up to 33 million by the end of 2018. 

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    The significant hike in cord-cutting comes despite a swath of pay-TV providers forming partnerships with over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix in an attempt to retain customers. 

    "Most of the major traditional TV providers [Charter, Comcast, Dish, etc.] now have some way to integrate with Netflix," Emarketer senior forecasting analyst Christopher Bendtsen said. "These partnerships are still in the early stages, so we don't foresee them having a significant impact reducing churn this year. With more pay TV and OTT partnerships expected in the future, combined with other strategies, providers could eventually slow — but not stop — the losses."

    It's important to note that EMarketer's figure for cord-cutters does not include those customers who cancel a traditional pay-TV subscription only to subscribe to a newer subscription-based digital service with a cable or satellite company, such as DirecTV NOW or Comcast's Xfinity. 

    Still, overall, Emarketer estimates that 186.7 million adults in the US will watch traditional pay TV (cable, satellite, or telco) in 2018, which is down 3.8% over last year — and slightly higher than the 3.4% drop in 2017.

    The firm also notes that streaming platforms like Netflix and YouTube are meanwhile experiencing rapid growth fueled largely by demand for their original programming. 

    "The main factor fueling growth of on-demand streaming platforms is their original content," Emarketer principal analyst Paul Verna said. "Consumers increasingly choose services on the strength of the programming they offer, and the platforms are stepping up with billions in spending on premium shows."

    Netflix, which is increasingly dominating the field of original programming in the eyes of consumers, will have spent around $8 billion on content in an effort to have over 1,000 original shows and movies on its service by the end of the year.

    The streaming service's spending is also paying increasing dividends in the realm of accolades, as Netflix broke a 17-year streak from HBO this year to earn the most Emmy nominations of any network— just five years after the company notched its first nominations in 2013. 

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    Don Draper Mad MenThere are plenty of sitcom dads who might mistakes, but will always know what's right in the end. But then, there are the morally grey and even the nightmare dads who take it even further.

    Here's a roundup of some of the worst fictional TV dads.

    Warning: this post contains lights spoilers. 

    Don Draper from "Mad Men" was an alcoholic who put work before his family.

    Don Draper, one of the "mad men" of the advertising industry, prioritized his high-status job over his wife and children. He spent so much time working, drinking, and cheating that she was barely able to squeeze in quality time with his family. Don strove and struggled to offer his children more than he had growing up, but he forgot to actually be around for it.



    The Gallagher family from “Shameless" would be better off without Frank.

    An unemployable alcoholic, Frank spends his days drinking, stealing, and coming up with quick schemes for cash. His kids are left to fend for themselves, working tough jobs and scrounging for money any way they can. When Frank is home, this financial drain's six kids have to pick up the slack and slug his passed-out body through the house.



    Walter White provided for his family by whatever immoral means necessary.

    Living by the mantra, "a man provides," this former chemistry teacher turned gourmet meth maker in "Breaking Bad" gave himself such a burden to provide for his family, that he believed murder was just. Once he accumulated enough money for his cancer treatment and for his wife and kids to live comfortably, the thrill of becoming Albuquerque's top meth tycoon overcame his desire to keep his family safe.



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    • In May, "Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans was involved in a road rage incident, according to reports.
    • The incident, which was shown in an episode of the show that aired on Monday night, culminated when Evans pulled out a gun while her 8-year-old son Jace sat in the passenger's seat.
    • The police eventually were called, but neither driver was charged in connection with the incident.


    In an episode of "Teen Mom 2" that aired on Monday night, Jenelle Evans was involved in a road rage incident in which she brandished a handgun, as People reported. At the time, her 8-year-old son Jace sat beside her in the passenger's seat. 

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    The incident, which took place in May, transpired after the driver of a white pickup truck cut her off and stopped short on the highway, causing Evans to brake abruptly to avoid a collision, according to the outlet. 

    "Are you f------ kidding me, dude? Oh my God," Evans said.

    MTV then cut to black, explaining that Evans followed the truck driver off the highway to his home. She also called 911 and said she "almost veered out of the road," per People.

    While driving, viewers saw Evans unbuckle her seatbelt and retrieve a handgun while her son was sitting next to her in the passenger's seat. Evans and the man later confronted each other.

    "I got three cameras in my car, they got the whole thing," Evans said on the show. "I just called the law on you, you were tailgating me, you dumb---."

    Then, as Evans was trying to back away, cameras show her running over the man's mailbox. At that point, the man can be seen yelling at her and getting back into his car to block Evans from leaving.

    "Dude, leave me alone!" Evans said.

    At this point, the 26-year-old mom of three brandished her gun, according to the network. MTV elected to cut to black with a title card instead of showing the footage.

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    All the while, Evans was on the phone with her husband, David Eason, who ultimately told her to call the police, People reported. Before Evans could do so, the other driver reportedly called 911 himself.

    According to People, Evans told Brunswick County police officers that the man's driving caused her to "slam on the brakes so hard that my phone went flying" and made it so that Jace "almost got whiplash and almost hit the dash."

    She alleged that the other driver cut "in front of me and purposely slammed on the brakes at 70-something miles an hour. This guy is trying his hardest for me not to be behind him anymore. He is literally going crazy, swerving in and out of lanes."

    Although neither person was charged in connection with the incident, the man told police at the time that he wanted Evans "stopped and charged."

    Evans has come under fire in the past for her views regarding guns and frequent posts with guns on social media. Most notably, the reality TV star drew criticism for posing on Instagram with a rifle the same day as the school shooting in Parkland, Florida

    Representatives for MTV and Jenelle Evans didn't immediately return INSIDER's request for comment.

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    As Netflix's library of original content continues to expand, it's worthwhile to take stock of all that the service currently offers.

    With popular shows like "Stranger Things" and "American Vandal," Netflix has hit the mark with both critics and audiences. 

    But the service has also had its share of critical flops, including the Marvel series "Iron Fist" and the Kathy Bates-led sitcom "Disjointed."

    To figure out which Netflix original series are worth your time, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank the shows by their composite critical reception.

    We excluded any show that did not have enough reviews to receive a designation of "Fresh" or "Rotten." We also did not include children's shows, talk shows, docuseries, or shows that were continued from other networks, and we used audience scores to break any ties. 

    Here are 73 of Netflix's notable original shows, ranked from worst to best, according to critics:

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    73. "Marvel's Iron Fist"— 18%

    Critic score: 18%

    Audience score: 75%

    Netflix description: "Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the Iron Fist, he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfill his destiny."



    72. "Between"— 22%

    Critic score: 22%

    Audience score: 66%

    Netflix description: "After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 22 years old, survivors of a town must fend for themselves when the government quarantines them."



    71. "Friends From College"— 22%

    Critic score: 22%

    Audience score: 74%

    Netflix description: "Twenty years after graduation, a tight-knit group of college friends reconnects and discovers that love hasn't gotten easier with age."



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    jack ryan tv show amazon john krasinskiWith the summer TV season well underway, a few highly anticipated new shows are premiering next month, with Netflix dominating the field.

    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 John Krasinski-led Amazon adaptation of "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan," and several new Netflix originals, including the controversial comedy "Insatiable."

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

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    5. "Ghoul"— Premieres August 24 on Netflix

    Summary:"A newly minted military interrogator arrives at a covert detention center to discover that some of the terrorists held there are not of this world."



    4. "Insatiable" — Premieres August 10 on Netflix

    Summary:"A bullied teenager turns to beauty pageants as a way to exact her revenge, with the help of a disgraced coach who soon realizes he's in over his head."



    3. "Disenchantment"— Premieres August 17 on Netflix

    Summary:"This animated series from Matt Groening follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon."



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    • "Mission: Impossible — Fallout" star Tom Cruise appeared on CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" on Tuesday and discussed the training he does to prepare for his for action roles. 
    • Because of his strict schedule, the actor has to avoid eating sugar — so he sends cakes to his co-stars. 
    • Cruise went on to say that he'll "wait for the calls" from his peers, to hear all the details about the dessert. 

     

    Tom Cruise loves sugar, but because of his intense fitness regimen, the action star avoids eating unhealthy. Instead, he sends cakes to his co-stars to live vicariously through them.

    Cruise appeared on CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" on Tuesday with "Mission: Impossible — Fallout" co-star Angela Bassett. During the interview, the 56-year-old actor spoke about how he prepares for the stunts he performs in many of his films. 

    Cruise explained that he has a sweet tooth, but forces himself to cut out sugar from his diet and instead give cakes to his cast and crew members.  

    "I love sugar, but I can't eat it because when I'm training, I'm doing all these movies — so I send it to everyone," he said. 

    After the actor sends co-workers desserts, he waits to hear feedback from them so he can live through their experience.

    "I wait for the calls," he said. "Like, tell me about it."

    Bassett agreed, and said that Cruise gave her a cake — which she gladly ate. 

    Corden also shared his own experience of the "Top Gun" star unexpectedly sending him a treat on the morning of the 2018 Grammys. Corden explained that he woke up to a chocolate cake from Cruise, wishing him good luck ahead of hosting the award show. 

    While on the show, Cruise added that he has a traveling gym, which enables him to workout in any destination he's at. The "Pain Cave," he calls it, has "different levels of torture" and a variety of exercise equipment. 

    "It's very inviting," Bassett chimed in, saying that she took a peek on the set of "Mission: Impossible"— but ultimately ditched it for the craft services section that contains all the food. 

    Cruise and Basset star in "Mission: Impossible — Fallout," which hits theaters on Friday, July 27. 

    Watch the video below. 

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    Between watching Prince William and Duchess Kate’s three children grow up to seeing Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan get married and start their royals lives together, it’s definitely a golden era for fans of the monarchy.

    But it’s not like this fervor for all things palace-related wasn’t always burning. The abundance of royally-themed movies and TV shows prove that people have always wanted to keep an eye on how the rich and divinely appointed live.

    "The Crown" re-ignited interest in Queen Elizabeth II’s earlier life, PBS’ "Victoria" brought viewers into the world of the longest-reigning monarch before Elizabeth II, and soon "Mary Queen of Scots" will take people back to the 16th century and the battle between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart.

    All these movies and shows document the real lives of actual monarchs, though. They’re hardly the half of it when it comes to media dedicated to exploring the lives of royals.

    From Disney movies to blockbuster action films to cheesy but delightful Netflix flicks, here are (in no particular order) all the fictional royals that need to actually exist.

    Princess Leia from "Star Wars" has more than just a cool hairstyle.

    She may have said that Obi-Wan Kenobi was her only hope, but Leia was far from a damsel in distress. She tackled all the enemies of her world right alongside the men of "Star Wars"— but with cooler hair.



    Mia Thermopolis from "Princess Diaries" is so relatable.

    A princess who says,"shut up," to her queen grandmother is a princess that needs to exist IRL. Anne Hathaway’s breakout character has endured for nearly two decades after the movie’s release because she’s so relatable.

     



    Queen Clarisse Renaldi from "Princess Diaries" is iconic.

    Julie Andrews is Hollywood royalty, and her portrayal of Genovian leader/loving grandmother will go down in history. If only both Genovia and its royals were real.



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    • Lauren Cohan appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" recently to talk about the new season of "The Walking Dead."
    • On the zombie series, her character Maggie is pregnant.
    • There's just one problem. In the two-and-a-half seasons since her character's pregnancy was announced, Maggie has never looked pregnant.
    • It's become a running joke among fans of the show.
    • Kimmel brought this up during Cohan's appearance, and the actress was game to get in on the joke.
    • "How long has your character been pregnant on the show?" Kimmel asks Cohan. "It's somewhere between 18 and 19 years for the first trimester," Cohan joked.
    • "I figured there's not that much nutrition in the apocalypse, so you end up taking a lot longer to grow a baby," Cohan continued.
    • In the trailer for the new season, Maggie has her baby, and it's not a newborn! Cohan noted in passing that her child is a year old. That means the time jump that occurs on season nine will be about two years.
    • "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on October 7. You can watch their interview below.

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    Some classic TV moms are ones we sometimes wished raised us. Other TV moms, well, not so much.

    We rounded up some of the worst TV moms in history from the selfish to the downright evil.

    Warning: This post contains some minor spoilers. 

    Cersei Lannister from "Game of Thrones" is a ruthless, callous queen and mother.

    Cersei is looking to play the game of thrones and win. According to her, either "You win or you die," and the second option has befallen all three of her children, one of whom was so evil, fans were only upset they couldn’t hate him anymore.



    Norma Bates’ parenting turned her son Norman into an infamous weirdo.

    "Bates Motel," the serialized prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s "Psycho," focuses on the relationship between Norman Bates and his controlling mother, before Norman received the title "psycho." Norma’s insistence on homeschooling and sleeping in the same bed as her 18-year-old son might’ve led to his desire to keep her mummified corpse around.



    Meredith Grey’s mom was a world-famous surgeon and mega drama queen.

    Ellis Grey from "Grey’s Anatomy" was an overbearing and cutthroat workaholic who was responsible for most of the emotional baggage that Meredith should be dealing with in therapy.



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