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- On Tuesday, August 7, "Bachelor in Paradise" Season 5 premieres with a two-hour episode on ABC.
- This series features fan-favorite contestants from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" hanging out on the beach in Mexico, looking for true love — with each other.
- Here's everything you need to know about the show before it premieres.
- TBS' "Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee on Wednesday blasted CBS for not firing its CEO and chairman Les Moonves over the recent sexual misconduct allegations against.
- In a report published by the New Yorker last week, six women accused Moonves of misconduct that allegedly included forcible touching and kissing.
- CBS announced on Monday that it would not suspend Moonves while it conducted an outside investigation into the allegations against him.
- This season of "The Bachelorette" has come down to Garrett and Blake.
Based on previous seasons, we might be able to better hypothesize who will get the final rose.
- In a new preview from the Season 15 premiere episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian get into an explosive argument.
- On the episode, the sisters have been butting heads over the family's annual Christmas card and the planning of Kim's baby shower. Kim felt that Kourtney wasn't pulling her weight.
- In this preview, comments Kim made about Kourtney's work ethic get back to the eldest Kardashian. In a confrontation, neither sister pulls any punches while Khloe Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner try to keep the peace.
- At one point, an angry Kourtney tells Kim, "You are a very distraught, evil human being. I don't want to see you, OK? I don't agree with who you are as a human being."
- "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" returns Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on E!.
- Watch the preview below.
- Netflix takes a few factors into account when the streaming service considers whether to renew or cancel a series.
- Most importantly, the company determines whether a show is getting enough viewership to justify its cost.
- Numbers aren't only based on how many people initially watch the show, but on how many actually finish it.
- Netflix controls distribution rights and reaps all profit from its in-house shows, making them much more valuable than third-party shows.
- Variety also matters — Netflix hopes to be all things to all people, producing a wide range of content to its more than 300 million potential viewers at any given time.
- Two videos that tease the upcoming season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" have been centered on Kim and Kourtney feuding over the elder sister's role in the planning of two family events.
- The previews showed the sisters arguing with each other, with Kourtney calling Kim "a very distraught, evil human being."
- After a fan came to Kourtney's defense, Kim fired back and tweeted that Kourtney "sure wanna live that Kardashian life though."
- She added that viewers should "tune in before you start acting like you know things" and making assumptions.
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- Digital Spy spoke to James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther in "Friends."
- Tyler said he got the role on "Friends" because he was the only extra to know how to use an espresso machine.
- His iconic shock-white hair was also a product of chance rather than intent.
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- "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke is officially done filming the HBO series.
- To celebrate the end of a nearly 10-year stretch of nonstop work, Clarke took a two-week long vacation and did a lot of "nothing."
- In a set of Instagram posts, Clarke said she felt "giddy and light" after a "two week state of bliss sponsored sunshine."
- "Game of Thrones" will air its eighth and final season sometime in the first half of 2019.
- See Clarke's vacation snapshots from Instagram below.
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- Jeffrey Katzenberg's "New TV" startup, which will focus on ad-supported shows with short-form, chapter-like episodes of about six to 10 minutes, has received $1 billion in funding, with all major Hollywood studios investing.
- Investors include Disney, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, AT&T’s WarnerMedia, Lionsgate, and MGM.
- Bob Iger, chairman/CEO, Walt Disney Co.: “Technology continues to open up new avenues for great storytelling, and we’re pleased to be part of this promising venture that will serve audiences with high-quality, short-form content designed especially for mobile viewing.”
- Peter Rice, president, 21st Century Fox: “NewTV is opening a significant growth opportunity for creators across Fox with an entirely new way of story-telling, designed to address the exploding market for mobile video consumption. Jeffrey and Meg bring an unprecedented level of expertise and insight to this venture, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them to define the next generation of mobile storytelling.”
- Kevin Tsujihara, chairman/CEO, Warner Bros.: “We’re big fans of Jeffrey’s and are excited about NewTV. As viewing habits continue to evolve, we’re constantly looking for new platforms and outlets to help deliver our high-quality content to consumers, where, when and how they want it.”
- Greg Penner, founder, Madrone Capital Partners: “The trends are clear that mobile video consumption is where the growth is happening, and NewTV’s unique subscription platform, focused on premium, bite-sized content, is an exciting investment for Madrone Capital.”
- Joe Tsai, co-founder/executive vice chairman, Alibaba Group: “We are thrilled to partner with Jeffrey and Meg to explore the future of entertainment on mobile platforms.”
- Bachelorette contestant David Ravitz has said that he runs a private equity/venture capital firm.
- According to the results of an investigation by Pitchbook reporter Dana Olsen, Ravitz doesn't appear to have any connections to venture capital or private equity firms.
- "David still says he's a VC, but all available evidence says he's not," writes Olsen.
- Stephen Colbert on Tuesday mocked Infowars host Alex Jones for getting removed from the online platforms of companies like Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify this week.
- The "Late Show" host brought back a Jones-like character called Tuck Buckford to parody Jones and Infowars in reaction to the news.
If you're bummed that "The Bachelorette" finally comes to an end soon, don't be — your new favorite reality series is just beginning.
On Tuesday, August 7, "Bachelor In Paradise" kicks off its fifth season, featuring some of your favorite stars from past seasons of the "Bachelor" franchise, including some of the most dramatic contestants who just competed for Becca Kufrin's heart. To the uninitiated, "Bachelor In Paradise" might seem a little confusing, but once you figure out how it works, it may end up being your summer guilty pleasure.
Here's everything you need to know about "Bachelor In Paradise" before the season premiere.
Everyone is there looking for love.
The idea of "Bachelor In Paradise" is pretty simple: castoffs from previous seasons of "Bachelor" shows are all flown into a Mexican resort to mingle and, ideally, find love. The first week starts with a bunch of contestants, and either the men or the women are given date cards to hand out to whoever they want to get to know better — who's in control of the date cards switches off each week. All week long, dates are happening, and so are plenty of steamy moments.
Just like on "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette," there are weekly rose ceremonies, but with a twist. Much like with the date cards, the men and women take turns handing out roses to each other each week. It's much more of a mutual decision than the traditional show, but one thing stays the same — if you don't get one, you get sent home.
However, here's where "BIP" varies in a big way from other shows in the franchise: For the first several weeks, more new contestants show up as other ones are eliminating, presenting the opportunity for new connections to be made … and tons of drama.
There's plenty of pressure for engagements.
The only way to "win" the show is by getting engaged at the end — and that's not always an easy task to accomplish. Being that "Bachelor In Paradise" only films for seven weeks, you're falling in love at warped speed, much like you do on any other "Bachelor" show, and if you're trying to find your soulmate, you have to play the game with that shiny Neil Lane ring in your sights.
At the very end of the season, couples will either choose to break up, get engaged, or stay together without making a commitment to get married, but each season, an engagement or two is bound to happen.
Last season, there was a major controversy.
Last summer, "Bachelor in Paradise" season four shut down production after allegations emerged that there had been sexual misconduct between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. ABC's investigation ultimately turned up empty and production did resume, resulting in a shorter season than usual, but this incident has left a bad taste in some people's mouth about the spin-off and the franchise in general.
It's actually got a pretty solid success rate.
When "Bachelor In Paradise" is at its best, it's actually been able to produce some pretty solid relationships. Carly Waddell and Evan Bass and Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert all met and got engaged on the show, and later married and had children. Although they didn't get engaged on the show, Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk met on "Bachelor In Paradise" last year and are still going strong today.
So who will be competing this season?
You can check out a full cast list for "Bachelor In Paradise" season five here, but don't worry — there are plenty of familiar faces that are likely going to make this season into some excellent TV.
From Becca's "Bachelorette" season, Jordan, Grocery Store Joe, and David (plus plenty of others) will all be appearing, and Krystal Nielsen, the villain of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season, is on deck, as well. Plus, Wells Adams and Yuki Kimura will be on hand as bartenders.
"Bachelor In Paradise" will air Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC, starting August 7.
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TBS' "Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee on Wednesday criticized CBS for not firing its CEO and chairman Les Moonves over the recent sexual misconduct allegations made against him.
"Les Moonves is in deep trouble for sexually harassing female colleagues – or maybe he's not in trouble at all," Bee started the segment.
The host then threw to news clips detailing the allegations six women made against Moonves in a New Yorker report written by Ronan Farrow last week. The allegations included forcible touching and kissing, with four of the women referred to Moonves' alleged behavior as a "practiced routine."
"Yes, who could ever bear to get rid of the creative mastermind who developed 'Hawaii Five-O' and 'Hawaii Five-O: Miami?'" Bee joked. "Les Moonves may be a brilliant TV creator, but no cop procedural, no matter how well-crafted and original, is worth ending a woman’s career to shut her up."
The CBS board announced on Monday that it would not suspend Moonves while it conducted an investigation with outside counsel into the allegations against him. On Wednesday, CBS announced that it had hired two prominent law firms to investigate the allegations.
"In the words of one of the immortal characters he helped create: 'It's time for this Moonves to be eclipsed,'" Bee concluded the segment, putting on a pair of Aviator sunglasses.
Watch the clip below, starting at the 5:34 mark:
Another season of "The Bachelorette" is about to come to a close as Becca Kufrin is down to her final two men.
Garrett, 29, is an outdoorsman from Reno, Nevada, while Blake, 28, is a self-described "modern romantic" from Bailey, Colorado, and a new study from Homes.com lays out how successful Bachelor contestants have been in the past based on their name, age, hometown, and occupation, in an effort to try and predict which lucky guy Becca will end up with.
According to the study, the most frequent name to appear from "Bachelorette" contestants is "Chris," as 14 men named Chris have appeared on the show over the course of the series’ 14 seasons — that’s essentially at least one Chris per season. This season’s resident Chris, Chris Randone, made it all the way to the top nine in Week six, and will also return for the upcoming season of "Bachelor in Paradise."
Contestant’s named "Ben" also appear in top 10 most frequently seen names at six contestants overall, however; people named Ben are awarded significantly more roses on average than other contestants, as well as those aged between 26-31.
Blake and Garrett, Becca’s final two men, fall within that age range, proving that it’s better to have a bit more experience before coming on the show, as well as an occupation in sales.
Whether you sell insurance, medicine, or software, salesman make up the largest part of contestants who get the most roses on average, and it may just have to do with their ability to make a good first impression. Both Garrett and Blake have careers in sales, but Garrett is in medical sales, a profession that is usually tied to characters that receive an average of 4.14 roses. Those in insurance sit at an average of six roses.
The study also shows that a large number of contestants have come from California (71), however; contestants from the more populous city of Los Angeles are still outranked by those from Denver, Colorado, which this study finds receives the most roses on average. Ironically enough, Garrett was originally born in California, while Blake is from Colorado. Nevertheless, the most visited city for Hometowns (the week of the final four contestants), is Dallas, Texas, with 12 previous contestants and a 25% success rate.
The ideal Bachelorette contestant, according to the success and frequency of past names, ages, occupations, and hometowns, comes out to be someone named Ben, at age 31, and a salesman (specifically in insurance), from Denver, Colorado.
As luck would have it, one of the most well-liked Bachelor’s in the franchise’s history was Ben Higgins, now 29 years old and a software salesman from Indiana.
Luckily for Garrett and Blake, this contestant didn’t take part in the competition, but the data shows that both of them are in the right age range, have the profession with the largest average of roses awarded, come from the most successful cities, and still have a pretty good chance at winning Becca’s heart.
Of course, personality, good looks, and connection can go a long way as well, and it will be the defining factor for the Bachelorette when Becca Kufrin chooses which man will be her fiance as the 14th Season of "The Bachelorette" wraps up on ABC, Monday, August 6th.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black."
A three-day long prison riot ended with heavily-armed guards raiding Litchfield Penitentiary on the fifth season of "Orange Is the New Black," but not all the inmates who were last seen boarding buses to new correctional facilities made it to season six.
The show has always juggled multiple storylines and featured an expansive cast, but many of the characters that fans had become invested in are nowhere to be seen on the series’ latest season.
While Piper (Taylor Schilling) and many of the others end up at the maximum-security prison down the road from Litchfield, other inmates are taken to prisons around the country and may never be heard from again. Executive producer Tara Herrmann told The Hollywood Reporter that missing characters could possibly return on Season seven, but it would have to be "organic" for them.
"We never want to suddenly be in a world that we haven’t set up," she said. "But we love those characters and miss them as storytellers for sure, so we hope to always see them."
Here are the characters that didn’t return on the the latest season:
Brook Soso (Kimiko Glenn)
Brook spent much of season five heartbroken and mourning the death of her girlfriend, Poussey Washington (Samara Riley), who was killed by CO Bayley (Alan Aisenberg) on season four. After building an elaborate memorial out of the prison's library books to honor Poussey, Brook is last seen sitting stoically in the middle of a hallway when guards storm the building and forcibly carry her out to the prison's front lawn.
Maritza Ramon (Danielle Guerrero)
Maritza spent most of last season’s riot working on content for her DIY YouTube channel, "Flaritza," with her BFF Flaca (Jackie Cruz). After the guards end the riot, Maritza and Flaca are separated and made to line up for different buses headed to new correctional facilities. Maritza yells “I love you” to Flaca, who ultimately ends up at MCC’s maximum security prison, while Maritza is taken elsewhere.
Mei Chang (Lori Tan Chinn)
Chang had a memorable send off on Season five when she discovers and escapes through a hole in the prison’s fence. Though she’s not seen on season six, viewers learn she was found sleeping inside a hollowed-out deer carcass.
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Netflix provides its subscribers with a slew of new streaming options to watch every month, and while the renowned streaming platform doesn't release ratings or disclose viewership numbers for its projects, IGN has compiled a list of breaking down the metrics on what Netflix considers when canceling and renewing a series.
"The biggest thing that we look at is, are we getting enough viewership to justify the cost of the series?" she revealed. "We also look at other things: how beloved the fan community is, how social a title is. There are lots of other things that we look at that you all can also see out in the world. But we are deliberate and thoughtful, and there are a lot of things that go into the decision."
Read a few of the notable themes that IGN breaks down on Netflix's decision to cancel or save a series. For the full coverage, head on over to IGN.
On retention rate…
"For shows that only debut on a streaming service rather than premiering somewhere else first, platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are paying a lot of attention to not just how many people initially watch a show, but how many finish the season."
According to Holland, this was what doomed the Netflix series Everything Sucks. "In the case of Everything Sucks, it had a passionate and good audience coming in, but what we were finding is that there were far fewer people than average who were completing the season. And so when we looked at what it would take, how many viewers we would need to be successful with a Season 2, we found that the audience size really just wasn't there."
"A show that Netflix produces in-house is more valuable than a show produced by a third-party partner, because the streaming network can then control worldwide distribution rights (and reap all of the profits)."
"If a network has the kind of global reach (and deep pockets) that Netflix has, a show's popularity in other countries could be enough to save it, regardless of whether Netflix owns it outright or not." Holland implies that the international popularity of Lucifer, compared to Freeform's Shadowhunters, was part of the reason the streaming service saved the show.
"Lucifer is a fantastic show that has really resonated with audiences in parts of the world where we have licensed it." Holland said, "So we felt it was important for the licensing team to try to help that show continue for our fans."
"How CBS is known for its procedural crime dramas, and The CW for superhero shows, Netflix hopes to be all things to all people, so producing a broad swath of content that will appeal to many different viewers is part of the company's mandate, according to Holland."
"We've been focused on broadening our slate and expanding into new areas while maintaining the high bar we set for ourselves from the very beginning," she said, "With more than 300 million potential viewers at any given time coming to the Netflix service, we want to offer a wide variety of high-quality programming. Quality and quantity are not mutually exclusive. We maintain quality as we grow by hiring brilliant talent who are passionate about the stories they want to tell and give them creative space."
Ahead of the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" season 15 premiere Sunday, several previews have been released to get viewers ready for the latest installment of Kardashian-Jenner antics. One video in particular — which shows the two sisters getting into an explosive argument and Kourtney calling Kim an "evil human being"— has gained plenty of attention.
After a fan on Twitter defended Kourtney's attitude and said that the 39-year-old is "done living this Kardashian life,"Kim chimed in with some choice words.
The mother of three said that Kourtney "sure wanna live that Kardashian life though" and fans should "tune in before you start acting like you know things."
Oh word, did Kourt tell you this? She sure wanna live that Kardashian life though, and BTW this photo shoot was our Christmas card. Family memories we were creating. Just tune in before you start acting like you know things. https://t.co/9Gaobo5NuQ— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 2, 2018
In response to Kourtney crying over Kim naming her "the least interesting to look at," another Twitter user jumped in and said that their dispute is typical of any siblings, and isn't really a big deal. Kim agreed and said "Exactly!!!"
The two "KUWTK" videos that have been released focus on the problems between Kim and Kourtney. In the most recent, Kim slammed her older sister for not being accommodating as they prepared to shoot their annual Christmas card.
Kourtney — who also has three children — cried over the phone and said "you guys just really different values than me." The 39-year-old added that she didn't want to "live my life around people that make me not feel good on a daily basis."
In another preview, Kim and Khloe Kardashian were visibly annoyed by Kourtney's attitude as they tried to discuss the photo shoot and a baby shower — while the latter was glued to her phone.
Fans will learn more about the sibling feud when season 15 of "KUWTK" premieres on Sunday, August 5 at 9 p.m. on E!.
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"The Bachelor" premiered in March 2002, changing the landscape of reality TV forever. Over the past 16 years, there have been 22 seasons of "The Bachelor," 14 seasons of "The Bachelorette," five seasons of "Bachelor in Paradise," three seasons of "Bachelor Pad," and one season of "The Bachelor Winter Games." That's a lot of potential relationships.
With the finale of Becca Kufrin's season of "The Bachelorette" looming, we've rounded up every single couple that's currently together as a result of "The Bachelor" franchise. That includes "Paradise,""Winter Games," and even couples that never shared any screen time, but met through their "Bachelor" connection.
Keep scrolling to see them all.
Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham got engaged on the "After the Final Rose" special, after Luyendyk shocked the world by dumping his fiancée (now-Bachelorette) Becca Kufrin on live television.
Luyendyk first appeared on the eighth season of "The Bachelorette" in 2012, competing for the love of Emily Maynard. He eventually became the runner-up.
Sometime after the proposal, Luyendyk decided he had made a mistake, and contacted Burnham, the runner-up from his season, before breaking up with Kufrin while the cameras were rolling, making for a controversial moment in Bachelor Nation's history.
Luyendyk and Burnham began their relationship anew, and he proposed to her on the live "After the Final Rose" special, which airs after the finale. As of August 2018, the two are still together and are planning a January wedding in Hawaii.
Courtney Dober and Lily McManus are the only couple left standing from "The Bachelor Winter Games."
"The Bachelor Winter Games," an Olympic-themed spinoff of "Bachelor" franchises around the world, was a surprise hit, with many couples finding love. But of the seven (!) couples to emerge from the show, this is the only one still going strong.
Dober appeared on season two of "The Bachelorette Australia," and McManus was a contestant on the third season of "The Bachelor New Zealand." Though the two didn't receive much screen time during the show, a video of them trekking across America in an RV proved to Bachelor Nation that they're the real deal.
They celebrated their six-month anniversary in June 2018, which McManus commemorated with a selfie, captioning it "Glad you are my partner in crime, even if I don’t wear shoes where I should."
Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk found love on season four of "Bachelor in Paradise."
Gates quickly became a fan-favorite while she was a contestant on Nick Viall's season of "The Bachelor" in 2017. After finishing in second place, she made her way to Mexico for "Bachelor in Paradise," where she met Gottschalk, who had been a contestant on Rachel Lindsay's season of "The Bachelorette." His claim to fame? An unsettling mannequin he carried around named Adam Junior.
But all thoughts of Adam Junior were pushed aside once these two fell in love — and now they're the only couple left from their season of "Paradise," since Taylor Nolan and Derek Peth broke up.
Gates melted our hearts when she captioned a photo of the two, "Adam is my favorite person. I'm thankful he is the man he is. He sets an example for how every man should treat a woman."
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Summertime TV viewing has become easier with each passing year as new streaming platforms and original series become available to audiences craving some couch time. But which show is ruling the season? INSIDER worked with Parrot Analytics, which compiles available global data on social media, blogging, pirating, and other factors to figure out the viewer demand for shows.
Parrot assigned each series an "expressions" total that reflects average daily audience demand from all countries from May 27 to July 25, 2018 (adjusted for each country's population).
Keep scrolling to see the 20 most popular TV shows of the summer.
20. "The Expanse" (Syfy)
Average Demand Expressions: 1.69 million
Towards the beginning of May this year, Syfy announced that "The Expanse" would be cancelled following the conclusion of its third season in June.
Thanks to fan petitions and outspoken celebrities (including "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin), the pressure worked. Amazon announced it will be picking up "The Expanse for future seasons.
19. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (FOX)
Average Demand Expressions: 1.72 million
Similar to "The Expanse,""Brooklyn Nine-Nine" made waves at the start of the summer when it was cancelled and then saved. This time it was NBC who stepped in to save the buddy cop comedy as it headed towards its sixth season.
18. "America's Got Talent" (NBC)
Average Demand Expressions: 1.75 million
Now with super-host Tyra Banks and judge Simon Cowell, this talent-based reality series is still captivating millions each week. The thirteenth season is airing now on Tuesday nights.
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Netflix has begun to cancel shows, but that doesn't mean it's getting rid of your favorites.
38 Netflix original series will be returning with new seasons in the near future.
Only a few of the series have official release dates, including the upcoming season premieres of "Marvel's Iron Fist" and "Ozark."
Last week, Netflix announced the renewal of its original sci-fi series "Altered Carbon."
Other hit shows that have been renewed by the streaming service, like "Stranger Things" and "Black Mirror," are either in production or awaiting release.
For this list, we have included only renewed Netflix series that are yet to air, and we've included official release dates if applicable. We've excluded children's shows and reality series.
Here are the 38 Netflix original series that are coming back for another season:
"Ozark" (Season 2) — Premieres August 31
Date renewed:August 17, 2017
"Marvel's Iron Fist" (Season 2) — Premieres September 7
Date renewed: July 22, 2017
"BoJack Horseman" (Season 5) — Premieres September 14
Date renewed: September 21, 2017
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Steven Anthony Lawrence is an Los Angeles-based actor who you might recognize for his role as Beans on Disney Channel's "Even Stevens." Since the show ended in 2003, Lawrence has continued acting with roles in "Kicking and Screaming,""That's So Raven," and "Weeds." He also offers acting classes for all ages. For more information contact Lawrence directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following is a transcript of the video.
Steven Anthony Lawrence: Hi guys, my name is Steven Anthony Lawrence I was Beans on "Even Stevens." Everybody has a Beans in their life or they are the Beans. If you can't think of one you are.
"Even Stevens" aired on Disney Channel from 2000-2003.
You know you work five days a week with people for four years and it's a set like that, you become very, very, very, very close to people. You know, it was like a family. There was not a dry eye in the studio on the last finale.
Shia has a wacky side. Maybe I like him because I kind of have a wacky side too, I guess. But, you know, he has a huge heart, he'd literally give you the shirt off of his back. I still lived in Fresno, actually, when I was shooting the show. My dad was driving me back and forth, you know, putting a lot of miles on cars. Shia one day just kind of surprised me with an Xbox on Christmas.
The audition process was pretty cool, actually. You know, you have pre-reads and then you have your call backs. My thing, my personal thing that I always did as an actor, as a kid at least, was I kind of feel out the room, see if they were kind of in a rush or not, if they were kind of connecting. Then I'd ask if they wanted to hear a joke. So, I told this pirate joke.
Lawrence liked to do his own stunts.
It was the first kind of stunt thing I had to do, they lowered me down like "Mission: Impossible" while the girls were sleeping. It was the most jerry-rigged stunt ever. It was like one of those pulley systems. All this grip needed to do was for me to just piss him off one day or something.
Lawrence's other roles include appearances in "Kicking and Screaming,""That's So Raven," and "Weeds." He recently appeared in a music video for Marshmello & Lil Peep. Lawrence also offers acting classes for all ages.
I am still doing classes. I do only charge 40 bucks a week. I teach kids, I teach all ages. Anybody that's hungry. I think it's a big, big, big blessing to get kids to start learning technique at an early age instead of just making faces in front of the camera. We underestimate kids. Kids can be pretty darn smart at times.
Any chance of an "Even Stevens" reunion?
Maybe. Maybe, I can't actually say anything right now about that.
Outside of the Big Six, one of Friends' most prolific characters was Gunther. The barista with hair "brighter than the sun", as Rachel put it, won a place in our hearts with his awkward shuffles and unrequited love for Miss Green.
We got the man behind the hair – James Michael Tyler – on the phone for a natter about what it was actually like being in Friends, a shock coffee-related revelation, his best Gunther moments and where he thinks the Central Perk icon is now...
It's 20 years since Friends started and ten since it ended, but do you still get people yelling 'Gunther' at you?
"I live in the area where the Hollywood sign is. Every afternoon I'll take a daily walk and there are loads of tourists always on the street taking photos of the Hollywood sign. Occasionally, I'll still get recognised as Gunther, which is okay with me."
You got the job in the first place because you can work an espresso machine – did you ever think it would lead to that much of a character?
"You know, I honestly always thought my Masters in fine arts would get me further in the acting world than knowing how to work an espresso machine! That was a happy accident and I'm very, very grateful to have had that skill."
Can you still make a good coffee?
"I do. However, I don't really drink coffee that much! I never have been a big coffee drinker."
You didn't have a line until the 33rd episode of the show – had you come up with a backstory and name for Gunther before then?
"Before then, I had kind of an inkling that Gunther slept in the back of Central Perk – in the storage room. But I didn't create a full-formed backstory for him until much later in the series."
I really liked that he used to be a soap star.
"Yes, he'd kind of fallen on more difficult times, of course. That was a bit surprising, that Gunther was on a soap. I just wonder what sort of character he would have played. He was Bryce on All My Children."
He wasn't a man of many words, so I can't imagine him on a soap.
"I honestly can't either. That would make a very interesting character for the soap. Maybe he was a mime!"
Chandler doesn't know Gunther's surname. Do you know what it is?
"I don't! That was never established. Chandler thinks Gunther's last name is 'Central-Perk', but it was never established. Maybe it was Smith. That would be interesting – Gunther Smith. Some unexpected last name."
A huge part of Gunther's character was that he was in love with Rachel - was there anything to do with that which you found really embarrassing to play?
"No, it was fun. It was fantastic – we had a great chemistry. It made it a lot easier just because Jennifer's such a great person and actress. It made it effortless, actually. No embarrassment."
Phoebe seemed to have a little flame for Gunther. Did you ever want them to get together?
"You know, I love Phoebe as a character, but I honestly could never see Gunther and Phoebe together. I think Mike was meant for Phoebe!"
Phoebe and Gunther did have that kiss - are you disappointed you didn't get to kiss the other girls?
"Well, you know, Gunther got used in that situation because actually Phoebe just wanted to catch his cold. They were all just lovely people to work with – I could not pick a favourite."
Do you have a favourite Gunther moment?
"Wow. That's difficult to answer! There were definitely quite a few memorable ones. I forget the title, I know it was 'The One With...' something! But there was an episode with a gentleman Phoebe was interested in who wore short shorts. And it's probably one of my favourite Gunther moments – when Gunther told him to "put the mouse back in the house". I love that line, I thought it was brilliant."
He had such a look of disgust, too.
"Yeah. Or shock. Or just matter of fact! Gunther doesn't mince words."
Another part of Gunther that was so iconic was his hair – is it true you dyed it just the day before you joined the show?
"Yes. I have a friend who wanted to practise on my head because they wanted to be a stylist. So I offered what hair I had left to turn white. That was a happy coincidence!"
Do you ever want the white hair back? Do you miss it?
"I actually... don't! I had to bleach my hair every week for ten years – that's a bit much. So I wouldn't recommend it. However, it was quite necessary and it definitely completed the character."
Did you enjoy reuniting with Matt LeBlanc on Episodes?
"That was fantastic and it was also a bit odd, because of course, they film that in London. It was odd flying from Los Angeles to the UK to reunite with Matt, who I've worked with for real on a series, as a fictional character with him playing a fictionalised character of himself in real life and myself. It was a bit surreal to go to London to shoot something that was set in Los Angeles."
Would you like to work with the others again?
"Oh, any opportunity. It would be fantastic. I learned so much just by being around them and our crew and cast – everyone was absolutely a master of the game. I was just observing how great TV is made. So I would love to work with any of them again."
How do you feel about calls for a Friends movie or a reunion?
"You know, I think that the show ended actually at the right time for the storyline and the characters. I just don't know if it would be a comedy still to see people of their characters' age, if they were still struggling and going through the same things that they were going through at the time. I don't know if that would be funny or not. So I think it actually ended at the right time."
Gunther and Rachel's goodbye was lovely as well.
"Oh, yeah! I'm really glad that the writers gave Gunther the opportunity to at least express his love, his unrequited love, which was still unrequited. I'm glad that they gave the character a bit of closure there!"
Do you wish there could have been a Gunther spinoff? We had Joey – why didn't we have Gunther?
"You know, people just didn't know as much about Gunther. I never really gave much thought or consideration or expectation that there would be a Gunther spinoff. You know, I think it's best that he does remain kind of a mystery."
Where do you think he is now?
"Maybe he owns a chain of Central Perks by now! I would wish Gunther a good future after the fictional world of Friends had ended."
Maybe in Holland, because we know he speaks Dutch. Do you?
"I do not, actually. I speak a bit of German so it made it a little easier to do the lines in Dutch - the pronunciation is similar and the cadence is similar, although they're completely different languages. I do remember every line that I spoke on the episode in Dutch! And that's often requested – that I repeat those lines, if I meet someone who's familiar with it. I've taken a couple of trips to the Netherlands and that episode's quite popular there!"
Is there anything else that comes up a lot when you see fans?
"I get asked if I actually love Rachel, even though she's a fictional character! Gunther loved Rachel. I think Jennifer's an absolutely wonderful human being and a terrific actor so I have a ton of respect for her, but I do get asked that a good bit."
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"I feel giddy and light after being suspended in a two week state of bliss sponsored sunshine," Clarke wrote on her latest Instagram post. "Who knew the end of something could bring about the start of something very good for my brain ... Niente."
#Giddy I feel giddy and light after being suspended in a two week state of bliss sponsored sunshine. Who knew the end of something could bring about the start of something very good for my brain.... Niente. #herestotheartofdoingnothing #herestoallthebestfriendsagalcoulddreamof #andnowedidntcatchadamnthingbutaglassofwineorthree #🤟
Niente, or "nothing" in Italian, was a further nod to Clarke's clear appreciation of her post-"Game of Thrones" life.
Clarke is known for her lengthy and humorous hashtags. Included on this photo was the phrases "Here's to the art of doing nothing,""Here's to all the best friends a gal could dream of," and "No we didn't catch a damn thing but a glass of wine or three."
Clarke also shared a shot of her standing on a rooftop in the undisclosed vacation spot.
"Goes on holiday once? Comes back fully spiced," she wrote in the caption along with more iconic hashtags. "#letthegoodtimesroll #butnotoffacliffwithmeontheroofplease"
Earlier in the summer, Clarke posted her own goodbye to "Game of Thrones" on Instagram. In that caption, she thanked the series for nearly a decade of life-changing work.
"Thank you for the life I never dreamed I'd be able to live and the family I'll never stop missing," Clarke wrote.
As reported by "Game of Thrones" news site Watchers on the Wall, filming for the final season came to an end last month. Now the episodes are in post-production stage, which means the main cast is completely done with their end of the work (assuming no reshoots are needed).
"Game of Thrones" will return to HBO for its eighth and final season sometime in the first half of 2019. Our guess is it will premiere around springtime, but no official date has been announced. As we wait for the final season, read our list of 21 key predictions we have for the final episodes of "Game of Thrones."
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As the year flies by, the list of canceled TV shows piles up.
While there's been somewhat of a quiet period since May, some networks are still cutting shows throughout the summer, including USA, which recently canceled sci-fi series "Colony" after three seasons. In June, Freeform canceled the supernatural teen drama, "Shadowhunters."
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.
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:
"Jean-Claude Van Johnson"— Amazon, one season
"I Love Dick"— Amazon, one season
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Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman have successfully sold Hollywood on their ambitious plans to create a kind of next-generation HBO or Netflix — with bite-size original programming designed for smartphones. Now the question is whether their “NewTV” venture will deliver something consumers will actually pay for.
WndrCo, the holding company Katzenberg co-founded, announced that it has secured a $1 billion seed-funding round for NewTV.
Backers include a who’s who of Hollywood studios: Disney, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, AT&T’s WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner Inc.), Lionsgate, MGM, ITV and Entertainment One. Tech investors include Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group; strategic investors include VC firm Madrone Capital Partners, which led the round, along with Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and John Malone’s Liberty Global. The funding officially closed July 31.
“Really, this allows us to launch our vision of bringing together the best of Hollywood and Silicon Valley,” said NewTV CEO Meg Whitman. Katzenberg tapped the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and eBay to run the startup earlier this year.
NewTV is aiming to launch by the end of 2019, with a premium lineup of original, short-form series comprising episodes of 10 minutes each. The service will have two subscription tiers: an advertising-free plan and an “advertising-light” option (a la Hulu), according to Whitman.
The opportunity for a service focused on mobile entertainment is huge, as the world’s billions of smartphones users watch an increasing amount of video on their devices, according to Katzenberg, the former CEO of DreamWorks Animation. “We don’t consider this competitive with Hulu, or HBO, or Netflix, or the networks,” he said. “It’s a completely different use case.”
NewTV will feature a range of scripted and unscripted shows, including sitcoms, dramas, reality and documentaries; it won’t include any live TV, according to Katzenberg. “For all the different formats of television, there are ways to innovate and adapt them into content you can conveniently watch in chapters on the go,” he said.
Key to NewTV’s business model is partnering with traditional entertainment producers. The company will license programming and won’t own or produce any shows itself.
“If you look at the job here of wanting to create a unique quality of content, we also need quantity — and the only way to achieve that quantity is by being able to get the resources, support and access of the big studios,” said Katzenberg. “From Day One, it was essential to have their support for this. We have built a licensed model that is highly, highly appealing to them.” NewTV also is looking to partner with telcos and others on distribution deals.
Mark Burnett, chairman of MGM’s Worldwide Television Group, said he’s very bullish on NewTV. “This is the right thing at the right time. People now watch most of their content on mobile — and this idea is amazing,” Burnett told Variety, adding, “If anybody can make it work, it’s Jeffrey Katzenberg.”
Burnett, the longtime TV producer whose hits include “The Voice,” “Survivor” and “Shark Tank,” said NewTV is offering to pay top dollar for content. “The economics are great. You want to get A-list people, you have to pay appropriately. NewTV are paying appropriately,” he said.
The $1 billion in funding for NewTV — a massive amount for an initial round — is separate from the capital that Katzenberg’s WndrCo has raised. To date, WndrCo has secured $750 million in funding; a good portion of that is being invested in NewTV.
WndrCo does not own a majority stake in NewTV but “we are a significant shareholder,” said Katzenberg, who is managing partner of WndrCo and chairman and founder of NewTV. The company isn’t disclosing the valuation of NewTV.
Whitman noted that NewTV’s lead investor, Madrone Capital, is led by Greg Penner, chairman of Walmart. The retailing giant is currently scoping out plans to launch its own subscription-video service in a bid to challenge Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
NewTV is a placeholder name. Whitman said the company expects to announce its official moniker along with senior-executive hires within the next two months.
But will people really pay to watch snack-size TV shows on their phones? Katzenberg cited the rapid growth of subscription music-streaming services Spotify and Apple Music to illustrate the opportunity for NewTV. He also pointed to the continued rise of smartphone users: In 2018, the number of global smartphone unique subscribers will top 3 billion, with a penetration rate of 55% of the population, according to Forrester Research estimates.
“From an enterprise value-creation opportunity, it’s the biggest thing we’ve ever seen,” Katzenberg said.
While short-form content has flourished on platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat, Katzenberg posited, no one has invested TV-level bucks into production budgets and talent the way NewTV intends to at scale.
With the funding announcement, WndrCo’s NewTV released statements of support from select investors:
NewTV is currently housed in offices at Serendipity Labs’ co-working space in Hollywood. Whitman said the company’s future offices will be located on the third and fourth floor of the building.
The company currently has fewer than 10 employees. Whitman and Katzenberg are now actively recruiting execs and staff for NewTV. “Jeffrey and I are spending half to three-fourths of our time interviewing,” Whitman said. They’re looking to hire a CTO, chief product officer, creative, partnership and marketing teams, as well as personnel for back-end corporate functions like HR and IT.
In the next 2-3 years, Whitman projects that NewTV’s staff will number between 200 and 300 people. “This is not a terribly headcount-intensive business,” she said.
WndrCo, in addition to its interest in NewTV, has made smaller investments in various digital media companies. Those include Whistle Sports, TYT Network, Mixcloud and Axios. Katzenberg co-founded WndrCo with partners Ann Daly (ex-president of DreamWorks Animation) and Sujay Jaswa (former CFO of Dropbox).
But NewTV is the main project Katzenberg is focused on. “It’s the one I’m most invested in, in terms of my time and efforts,” he said.
Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series, "Who Is America?," caused a stir before its premiere last month, 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 pilot 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.
On Sunday, in episode four, the disgraced Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, whom President Trump pardoned last year, told Cohen, who was in character as a Finnish YouTuber, that he would accept oral sex from Trump.
Before the show's premiere, 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, each of whom we can expect to see in the show's final three episodes.
Here are the notable people and politicians who have appeared on "Who Is America?" so far:
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 the pilot 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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"Bachelor in Paradise," a reality show featuring cast-off contestants from ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" trying their luck at love once again at a resort in Mexico, has returned for its fifth season.
One contestant, David Ravitz, made a memorable debut in "The Bachelorette" season 14 when he appeared in a fluffy chicken suit in an unsuccessful attempt to woo the heart of a woman whom he hoped to make his future bride. He was also the guy who fell out of his bunk bed. After returning to the show following that injury, Ravitz was eventually eliminated from the show.
Ravitz's forthcoming return in "Bachelor in Paradise" has reinvigorated the compelling investigation of Pitchbook reporter Dana Olsen, who has been researching his claim to be a venture capitalist.
According to Ravitz's bio on ABC, he's a 25-year-old venture capitalist in Denver Springs, Colorado. His bio also identifies him as a "successful businessman" who "enjoys fitness" and "spending time with his family at their beach house."
Here's where Olsen takes issue: Is Ravitz really a venture capitalist? Would a venture capitalist and "successful businessman" really take multiple months off of work to devote himself exclusively to the pursuit of wooing a potential fiancée on a reality show?
Olsen has amassed a growing pile of evidence that suggests that Ravitz's might not be a VC at all: Ravitz seems to take lots of vacations, he doesn't appear to have a LinkedIn page, and most importantly, he doesn't seem to be connected to any Colorado-based venture or private equity firms.
Not only does Ravitz say that he's a venture capitalist, but he purports to run his own firm. In a June interview with Bustle, Ravitz said,"I run a private equity firm...venture capital, private equity...hence why I can take the time off myself."
From this information, Bustle concludes: "[T]o put it bluntly, Bachelorette contestant David is rich." Entertainment news site Flare also came to a similar conclusion:"He works as a venture capitalist and runs a private equity firm which basically means he’s $$$$$$$$$$$$."
At the very least, Ravitz does appear to be well off. Olsen, however, suggests that Ravitz might be benefitting from his family's money.
In an earlier report in which she describes Ravitz as "the world's most secretive venture capitalist," Olsen writes, "David's family owns Ravitz Family Markets, which operates several grocery stores on the East Coast...One of my personal theories is that David's family runs an investment holding company that owns the supermarkets."
"David still says he's a VC, but all available evidence says he's not," writes Olsen.
Ravitz, who did not return Business Insider's request for comment, still appears to be very much man of mystery.
For the most part, Netflix has won over critics with its innovative approaches to adult animation.
Since the premiere of "BoJack Horseman" in 2014 — which CEO Reed Hastings has previously called his favorite Netflix show— the streaming service has released five other original animated shows that deal in mature themes.
Its latest, "Disenchanted," an animated fantasy series from "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" creator Matt Groening, has received positive reviews ahead of its premiere on August 17.
To find out which of these six shows critics liked the most, we turned to reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Here are Netflix's six original adult animated shows, ranked from worst to best, according to critics:
6. "Neo Yokio"— 33%
Critic score: 33%
Audience score: 57%
Netflix description: "Joined by his faithful mecha-butler, Kaz Kaan pursues love, fashion and supernatural forces amid Neo Yokio's sinister high society."
Seasons released: 1
5. "F is for Family"— 81%
Critic score: 81%
Audience score: 89%
Netflix description: "Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely and nothing came between a man and his TV."
Seasons released: 2
4. "Disenchantment"— 83%
Critic score: 83%
Audience score: N/A
Netflix description: "Princess duties call, but she'd rather be drinking. Free-spirited Bean exasperates the king as she wreaks havoc with her demon and elf pals."
Seasons released: 1 (upcoming on August 17)
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As some TV shows get the axe, others get picked up for more seasons.
Series including "Veep" and "Game of Thrones" are coming back for their final seasons, while "Grey's Anatomy" was picked up for its 15th.
Here are your favorite shows that are returning to TV from summer 2018 to 2019.
"The 100th" season six (The CW) return TBD.
It's loosely based on the novel of the same name.
"13 Reasons Why" season three (Netflix)
The controversial show is returning.
"9-1-1" season two (Fox) return is TBD.
The first season was 10 episodes.
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Stephen Colbert on Tuesday mocked Infowars' host Alex Jones over the news that companies like Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify had kicked his show off of their online platforms this week.
"Why now? Why did this happen now?” the "Late Show" host asked in his monologue. "Alex Jones has been spreading vile conspiracy theories that hurt real people for years. Well, Jones earned this latest scrutiny when he addressed Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his show, imitated firing a gun, and said, 'You’re going to get it, or I'm going to die trying.'"
"OK, that is awful, but it's actually pretty close to my message to Mueller: 'You’re going to get him, or I’m going to die crying,'" Colbert joked, in reference to President Trump.
Colbert then brought back a Jones-like character called Tuck Buckford that he debuted earlier this year to parody Jones and InfoWars.
Buckford, host of a show called "Brain Fight," said he has been facing "similar struggles" to Jones.
"Listen up, Brain Fight nation, the Brain Fighters, the Brain Nation, the skull meat, let's talk about the elephant in the room," Colbert's Buckford said. "The martyrdom of old Tuck Buckford at the hands of Silicon Valley snow boys and soy flakes."
“It's a slippery slope," he continued. "If they can de-platform Tuck Buckford, next thing you know they’ll be coming after me for so-called child support which I 'owe' to my 'ex-wife' who I 'miss desperately.'"
Mocking Jones' pleading with Trump on Monday to fight the "censorship" against him, Buckford added, "President Trump, I need you to do the right thing, all right? Help Tuck. Venmo me fifty bucks, or China will win the midterms."
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