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    • Maroon 5 has reportedly agreed to perform at Super Bowl LIII.
    • The band's frontman, Adam Levine, has said in the past that the band has been on the shortlist for years to play it.

     

    Maroon 5 has finally gotten the call to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. 

    According to reports in Us Weekly and Variety, the band was offered the gig and has accepted. Frontman Adam Levine has said in the past that the band has been on the shortlist to play the Super Bowl for years.

    Maroon 5 is currently on tour promoting its 2017 album, "Red Pill Blues."

    Playing halftime at the Super Bowl is a prized honor in music. Everyone from Lady Gaga to Prince has performed at it. Last year, Justin Timberlake had the honor at Super Bowl LII.

    Maroon 5 is certainly a safe choice for the NFL, and it will likely lead to some groans on social media. Even before the reports of the band playing Super Bowl LIII (on February 3, 2019), 2014 performer Bruno Mars took to Twitter pleading with the league to choose a hip-hop artist for the halftime show.

    At least we'll probably get to see Cardi B, as she's featured on the Maroon 5 song, "Girls Like You."

    "It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show," an NFL spokesman said to Business Insider when asked to confirm the reports. "We are continuing to work with Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show." 

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    • AMC is planning more shows and multiple movies based on "The Walking Dead," according to a new report in Bloomberg. 
    • One of the shows may take place overseas.
    • On September 12, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan teased they have at least 10 years of plans for the "Walking Dead."
    • Former "Walking Dead" showrunner Scott Gimple is overseeing the "Walking Dead" universe. 
    • AMC declined to comment on this story.

    Don't plan on zombies leaving AMC anytime soon. According to Bloomberg, the network reportedly plans to make multiple movies and more TV shows based in "The Walking Dead" universe. 

    According to Bloomberg, AMC has had talks with "several large media companies" about the various projects, which would be set in the zombie apocalypse. 

    AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan spoke about plans for the larger "Walking Dead" universe during Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference September 12. 

    "We have a plan to manage over the next decade, plus,"said Sapan. "That plan is a careful plan to respect the world of the fans of that world."

    According to multiple people who spoke with Bloomberg, AMC is planning several movies for a TV network or streaming service, which could spin-off into TV shows. At least one of the shows would be set in another country. 

    It sounds like the network may test the waters with a few different movies and if one of them really takes off with viewers, it may lead to a potential series. 

    AMC declined to comment on this story.

    READ MORE: For the first time in 9 seasons 'The Walking Dead' logo won’t be decaying — here’s why

    Currently, AMC has one spin-off of "The Walking Dead.""Fear the Walking Dead" premiered on the network in 2015.

    Former "Walking Dead" showrunner Scott Gimple will be overseeing the "Walking Dead" TV universe. He was named to the role of chief content officer of "The Walking Dead" in January.

    Angela Kang, who has worked on the show since season two, takes over this season as showrunner as the zombie drama heads into its ninth season. While there's still plenty of comic source material to keep the show running for a few more seasons, some have been tuning out year after year.

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    With an average of about 9 million weekly viewers last season, "The Walking Dead" is still bringing in big numbers any other show would be happy with, but it's no secret the show's ratings have stumbled after introducing villain Negan in a season seven opener that many considered too brutal. During season eight, the ratings were in line with those of season one at a point after the death of a major character. 

    The news of more "Walking Dead" projects comes on the heels of the show's main star Andrew Lincoln departing the flagship show this season. AMC is advertising the first half of season nine as a television event called "Rick Grimes' final episodes." 

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    It's expected that Lauren Cohan may leave as well from her role as Maggie on the zombie drama. The actress stars on a new ABC series, "Whiskey Cavalier," that will air in 2019.

    "The Walking Dead's" ninth season will premiere Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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    • Julie Chen confirmed she's leaving "The Talk" Tuesday.
    • On an episode of "Watch What Happens Live," Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie were asked their reactions to Chen's exit from the daytime show.
    • Kotb said Chen's decision made sense considering the co-hosts share so much of their personal lives daily with viewers. Chen wouldn't be able to — or comfortably able to — do the same.
    • Guthrie didn't have much to say, adding we "have to respect her [Chen]."

    Julie Chen announced Tuesday she is leaving daytime show "The Talk" in an emotional video.

    "Today" show co-host Hoda Kotb says that while it was a tough decision, it was one that made sense given the parameters of the CBS show.

    "That show, and I really love that show actually, you have to give so much of your own personal life in it, I think it would be hard. I sort of get it," Kotb said on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.""It would be hard to be on that show if you couldn't share." 

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    If you've ever watched the daytime talk show, the show is stylized around a series of co-hosts discussing major stories and topics of the day. Often, they'll inject personal anecdotes and stories from their own lives to share with the audience. 

    Chen co-hosted "The Talk" since it premiered on CBS in 2010 alongside creator Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne. Her decision came after multiple accusations against her husband, Leslie Moonves, of sexual misconduct. 

    As a result, Moonves left his role as CEO of CBS Corporation in September. 

    "Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son, so I've decided to leave 'The Talk,'" Chen said Tuesday in a recorded message that aired on "The Talk.""I want to thank everyone at the show for the wonderful years together. I will always, always cherish the memories we shared."

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    Chen also hosts CBS' popular reality series "Big Brother." She will appear on Wednesday night's show. 

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    • Original cast member, Chevy Chase spoke with the Washington Post about "Saturday Night Live" and he was pretty frank about his feelings. 
    • He criticized the current cast and most seasons of the NBC variety show.
    • "I’d have to say, that after the first two years, it went downhill," said Chase.
    • Chase also said the current show has the "worst f---ing humor" in the world.

    Colin Jost and Michael Che’s rapport on “Saturday Night Live’s” “Weekend Update” may have scored them the hosting gig at the 70th Emmy Awards, but the pair can’t count their “SNL” predecessor Chevy Chase as a fan.

    Chase was part of the original “SNL” cast that debuted in 1975 and established the “Update” segment, but he didn’t have kind words for the current show, now approaching its 44th season.

    “I’m amazed that Lorne [Michaels] has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f—ing believe it,” Chase told the Washington Post. “That means a whole generation of s—heads laughs at the worst f—ing humor in the world. You know what I mean? How could you dare give that generation worse s— than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts.”

    It’s not just the current cast that Chase criticized — he hasn’t liked most of the most seasons of "SNL."

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    "I’d have to say, that after the first two years, it went downhill," Chase said. "Why am I saying that? Because I was in it? I guess. That’s a horrible thing to say. But certainly I never had more fun. I really loved it and enjoyed it. I didn’t see the same fun thing happening to the cast the next year."

    This is the second time that Chase has criticized the show recently. On an episode of Netflix’s “Norm Macdonald Has a Show,” the 74-year-old specifically called out the lackluster reading of the show’s catchphrase, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night.”

    “I mean it just gets so bad,” Chase said about the delivery. “It seems like some guys are out there just to be the guy who says, ‘Live from New York,’ and then does it poorly. Anyway, that’s not nice of me to say, but…f— ’em.”

    Some previous coworkers of the star of classic comedy films like “Caddyshack” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation” haven’t exactly had glowing things to say about Chase, either. Former “SNL” cast member Terry Sweeney called him a “monster,” while his one-time “Community” co-star Donald Glover said Chase told him, “People think you’re funnier because you’re black."

    Despite all the animosity toward the show that launched his career, Chase still has hopes to return to Studio 8H.

    He appeared on the show’s 40th anniversary special in 2015, and even asked “SNL” creator and producer Michaels if he could host. And last November, Chase only had good things to say about late castmates John Belushi and Gilda Radner, and his memories at “SNL.”

    "I can’t tell you, to be up there, on that stage, doing that stuff," Chase said. "Oh, God, it was fun. I’ll tell you, I’d do it again in a minute."

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    • Kaley Cuoco said "The Big Bang Theory" cast was emotional when they first met together following the news that the show would end.
    • "It was definitely tough," she said during an interview on CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" Wednesday night. "There was not a dry eye in the room — a lot of hysterical sobs." 
    • The series is ending after 12 seasons. 
    • "It's time, I guess, to move on to other things, which is so heartbreaking, but it would have been heartbreaking no matter when," she said. 
    • The show returns to CBS Monday at 8 p.m.
    • Watch the video below.

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    • "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage said he pulls some pranks on the set of the HBO show.
    • During an interview on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday, the 49-year-old actor said he likes to "pretend I'm dead."
    • "It's fun," he said.
    • He said he'll surprise wardrobe people and producers by sprawling in his trailer and getting "smooshed in the floor in very awkward positions." 
    • Watch the clip below. 

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    Viewers came to love MTV's "Jersey Shore" over its six seasons for the wild cast members, ridiculous drama, and interesting lingo.

    Something "Jersey Shore" is also famous for is the fashion worn by the cast members of the show over the years.

    The cast, who all worked at a t-shirt shop on the boardwalk, wore t-shirts and flip-flops by day, and blinged out, cheetah print club attire by night.

    From skin-tight cheetah print to baggy sweatsuits, here are the most iconic outfits from MTV's "Jersey Shore's" original seasons. 

    When Angelina wore a metallic dress and sunglasses inside.

    While Angelina was known mostly for causing unnecessary drama and having a boyfriend, the self-proclaimed "Kim Kardashian of Staten Island" wore this outfit the night she completely ostracized herself from the rest of the cast. After clubbing, skin-tight metallic dress, sunglasses and all, she slapped The Situation, which ended her friendship with both him and Pauly D.



    When Snooki wore animal print and neon.

    Snooki loved a good skin-tight dress with a loud print, particularly animal prints. She also rocked neon heels showing she isn't afraid to take a fashion risk. 

     



    When Snooki wore a "sorry for partying" shirt.

    Snooki wore a "sorry for partying" shirt while seemingly partying. Her boots combined her two closet staples: fur and animal print. 



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    maniacNetflix still has a good deal of original content in store for the rest of this year.

    2018 has already seen the premiere of many new original shows, including the sci-fi reboot "Lost In Space," David Letterman's talk show, and Matt Groening's animated series "Disenchantment."

    Among the shows still to come is the new series "Maniac," a dark comedy starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, which premieres Friday, and new seasons of Netflix originals "Big Mouth" and "House of Cards."

    On Thursday, Netflix announced that the third season of its Marvel series "Daredevil" will premiere on October 19.

    Netflix has said it will spend $8 billion on shows and movies in 2018 — up from the $6 billion it spent in 2017. 

    To help you sort through the service's released and upcoming content, we've compiled a list of original shows that Netflix has confirmed are coming out in 2018. This excludes movies, kids' shows, and series that might not come out until 2019 or later.

    Here are all the shows we know Netflix is for sure putting out this year, along with their release date if available:

    SEE ALSO: All 73 of Netflix's notable original shows, ranked from worst to best

    "Lovesick" (Season 3) — Released January 1

    Netflix description: "In his quest for true love, Dylan found chlamydia. Joined by friends Evie and Luke, he relives past encounters as he notifies all his former partners."



    "The End of the F***ing World" (Season 1) — Released January 5

    Netflix description: "A budding teen psychopath and a rebel hungry for adventure embark on a star-crossed road trip in this darkly comic series based on a graphic novel.



    "Disjointed" (Season 1 - Part 2) — Released January 12

    Netflix description:"Pot activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman runs a medical marijuana dispensary while encouraging her loyal patients to chill out and enjoy the high life."



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    • Hulu is producing an eight-episode fourth season of "Veronica Mars," which will premiere in 2019, 12 years after the show's initial TV run ended and five years since the crowdfunded movie.
    • Alongside Warner Bros. Television, creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell will executive produce on the new season.
    • It has also acquired the rights to the previous three seasons of episodes, which will become available on Hulu in summer 2019.
    • The upcoming fourth season is based off "The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line," the first in a "Veronica Mars" book series. 
    • Here's the synopsis for the upcoming season from Hulu: "Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach."
    • Watch Bell's announcement below.

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    • Bloomberg reported AMC has plans to carry on "The Walking Dead" universe for the next decade with a number of movies and TV show spin-offs. 
    • Executive producer, director, and visual effects makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero told INSIDER he imagines he would be involved in any projects, but hasn't heard anything yet.
    • He says he thinks it would be a great chance to explore the zombie apocalypse in other regions.
    • Nicotero is currently working on the second half of "The Walking Dead's" ninth season, which will air next year.

    AMC has yet to confirm a report about whether or not a bunch of more "Walking Dead" movie and show spin-offs are on the way, longtime executive producer, director and makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero is on board for new projects. 

    "I would imagine that I'll be involved," Nicotero told INSIDER of his involvement with any future "The Walking Dead" spin-offs. "To be honest, they haven't really gotten too much into that stuff just yet because we've been up to our eyeballs filming ['The Walking Dead'] in Georgia right now."

    According to a report in Bloomberg, AMC is planning a series of movies and TV show spin-offs for the next decade that will take place in the "Walking Dead" universe. At least one of the shows is expected to take place in another country.

    "I was pleasantly surprised to see that announcement," continued Nicotero, referring to the Bloomberg story. "But none of the content or the stories or that direction has really been shared with any of us yet. But if they called today, 'Hey, let's have a call about it.'"

    Nicotero told us he just finished editing the mid-season premiere of "The Walking Dead's" ninth season. He's been involved with the show before the first season premiered on AMC in 2010. At the moment, he says he wouldn't have time to work on any other project. 

    "We're right in the thick of it. The two or three weeks before we premiere — and getting cuts and finishing production — this is probably the busiest time we have on the show," said Nicotero. 

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    In the past, Nicotero has expressed his interest in seeing what "The Walking Dead" would look like overseas with INSIDER. He said he'd still love to see that happen. 

    "For sure! Listen, I'm all for that," said Nicotero. "I think it would be great to get a chance to explore more locales and whatever story we will come up with."

    That wouldn't be out of reach. On the season one finale, Dr. Jenner says communications went down at the CDC, but there may be other people alive in other locations. Jenner also briefly mentions France.

    A one-off comic called "The Walking Dead: Alien," featuring Rick Grimes' brother, takes place in Spain. 

    AMC declined comment on reports of "The Walking Dead" spin-off TV shows and movies.

    "The Walking Dead" will return to AMC Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. 

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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.

    The most recent cancellation comes from AMC, which just confirmed to Vulture that "Dietland" will end after only one season.

    ABC 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.

    In other notable cancellations, USA's critically acclaimed "Mr. Robot" will end with its upcoming fourth season, and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" is ending after 12 seasons. 

    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:

    SEE ALSO: The worst TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics

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    • 43% of US adults will watch something on Netflix on any given day, according to a study by the analytics firm YouGov.
    • This figure matched the percentage of American adults who will watch live TV through a cable provider on any given day, the firm said.
    • Netflix also led all networks in one poll the firm conducted to see which network had the highest "buzz" among consumers.

     

    Netflix's popularity is close to surpassing that of cable television, at least by one measurement.

    According to a new study by the analytics firm YouGov, nearly half of all Americans adults will watch some kind of programming on Netflix on a daily basis.

    The firm surveyed 105,664 US adults and found that 43% of those surveyed will watch some content on Netflix on any given day. This figure equaled the percentage of US adults (43%) who will watch live TV through a cable provider on any given day, YouGov said.

    The findings came from a YouGov report titled "TV's Everywhere Ecosystem: US consumer perception towards the television networks sector." The report includes an in-depth case study on Netflix's recent growth and consumer perception of its brand. 

    Netflix led all networks in one poll the firm conducted to see which network had the highest "buzz" among consumers.

    For the "buzz" poll, YouGov asked its survey participants the following question: "If you’ve heard anything about the following networks in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative?" 

    The firm then asked participants to assign scores to each network on a scale from -100 to +100, and Netflix led all networks with a positive net "buzz" score of 34% 16 points higher than Hulu, which came in second place, and 20 points ahead of its streaming rival Amazon. 

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    In September 2005, "How I Met Your Mother" premiered on CBS. The show went on to last for nine seasons before ending in 2014. Not all fans were pleased with the way the series concluded — but one thing that can be agreed on is that there were plenty of notable guest stars. 

    Pop singers like Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Katy Perry all made appearances on the show, while well-known TV actors such as Bryan Cranston to Laura Prepon also paid Ted and his friends a visit in New York City.

    Here are 50 celebrities you may have forgotten once guest-starred on "HIMYM."

    Joe Manganiello had a recurring role as Brad, one of Marshall's friends from law school.

    Brad and Marshall became closer after their girlfriends broke up with them. In season two, they went to brunch together and Marshall was teased by Ted and Robin for his newfound bromance. 



    In 2007, model Heidi Klum made an appearance as herself.

    Klum met Barney at a Victoria's Secret after party, and gave him some love life advice. 



    Enrique Iglesias serenaded Robin as Gael, a man that she met in Argentina.

    All the women at MacLaren's were drooling over him. 



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

    "The Walking Dead" season 9 gets off to a good start, but the real test will be whether or not AMC can keep the show chugging after its main star Andrew Lincoln leaves the series.

    Set a year and a half after the end of the war against Negan's Saviors, Rick's trying to build the world his son Carl always envisioned. But as we quickly learn, it's not so easy juggling multiple communities and keeping the peace when you have a few loud personalities and a lot of hungry mouths to feed.  

    Of course, it's not all trouble. Fans of Rick and Michonne (aka Richonne), Carol and Ezekiel (Carzekiel), and other members of the core group will be happy, as new showrunner Angela Kang makes sure to keep the group together as much as humanly possible. In fact, for a few fleeting moments, season nine starts to feel like season one. 

    Unfortunately, this throwback to the good old days will quickly remind viewers that their time with "Rick and the gang" will be cut short when Lincoln departs the show.

    INSIDER reviewed the first three episodes of the new season of the zombie drama, which returns to AMC Sunday, October 7. Here's what you need to know. 

    Why you should watch: Come to see how Rick Grimes' final episodes play out. Stay to see what Kang has done with the show to make it feel new again

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    Kang, who has been writing for the show since season 2, told INSIDER at an inaugural summit for AMC in June that she was focusing on the core character relationships in the show, and she made good on her word. Additionally, she is putting women front and center on season nine. 

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    There are several specific scenes in the first three episodes that just don't feel like they were executed by a man. And each of those scenes feature conversations that take place between two or more women. But they're not talking about love interests or melancholy dreams of motherhood. They're raising each other up or challenging one another to think critically about their choices in the new world they're trying to build.

    It's always clear at comic conventions and the various Walker Stalker Cons that these actors are a family unit off set and that same camaraderie shines early on season nine. 

    What's hot: All of the time given to the core's cast being on screen together, Kang's obvious deep understanding of the show, and some fresh opening credits

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     There was so much packed into every episode of the show's first season, that each one felt more like mini-movies. You're spoiled because you get both Rick and the rest of the main characters front and center on nearly every episode. 

    After watching the first three episodes of the new season, Kang has taken the same approach. (You're gonna make this face 😱 at least once in the first two episodes.) 

    Maybe someone got the memo that fans want to see less of Tara, Rosita, and Eugene and more of Carol (Melissa McBride), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Rick, Michonne (Danai Gurira), and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), because that's what you get a lot of in the first three episodes. 

    You want to see characters interacting who normally don't ? Boom, you get it. You're craving more steamy Richonne moments? Kang delivers. You want Daryl to do more than grumble a few sounds and utter a few words every now and then? Done. 

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    In addition to more interactions between Richonne and Carzekiel, the show emphasizes some of the other relationships between characters you haven't had time to see on screen that fans have wanted to — or didn't know they wanted to — see. Enid (Katelyn Nacon) and Daryl will share some screen time, and  Rick and Carol have a long-awaited reunion. Carol and Daryl share some heart-to-hearts, and time is made to bring Michonne and Maggie together for a conversation that may leave you in tears.

    Kang's decision to focus on the show's core characters is much-needed, even if it should have happened sooner. These are the sorts of changes that should have been made during seasons six or seven. It just may be a little too late in the game now that so many main characters have been killed off the show and Lincoln is leaving, too.  

    Fans tuning in for the show's zombies will have some gory and gross moments to fawn over as the show's makeup special effects supervisor Greg Nicotero continues to push the decay of the dead. One particularly gnarly walker in the premiere stands out to show how time has aged them.

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    And let's not forget the credits, which are entirely brand new. Kang told INSIDER earlier this month, the show's new logo teased the rebuilding of civilization and nature taking over. That idea is woven throughout the title sequence. 

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    You'll probably want to go back and watch this one a few times over to see all of the little nods to characters and season's past. There are a few teases for episodes to come throughout the season as well. Oh, and the mystery helicopter makes an appearance in the credits, too. 

    What's not: More new characters

    The biggest pitfall of the season premiere is the addition of a few new characters. Yes, long-running shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "Once Upon a Time" continuously added new faces, but when you have an ensemble show like "The Walking Dead" that already has around two dozen major characters, do we really need a few more? This has been one of the show's flaws for years, continuously adding more unnecessary side characters instead of focusing on the characters people love.

    You may groan internally a bit, but the introduction of three new minor characters early on does lead to a very satisfying moment everyone will be talking about. I would say that we hopefully don't see more of that, but "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman confirmed the casting of a very popular "Walking Dead" villain at San Diego Comic-Con in July. So expect to see an influx of more characters in the future. 

    Overall: Watching these episodes, I'm not sure how this "new beginning" can carry on without Rick Grimes.

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    Kang is doing a great job as showrunner. The first three episodes of the season offer nostalgia, female camaraderie, and a few mysteries that aren't dragged out for too long.

    These episodes also emphasize how strong the show is with Rick and how integral he is to the rebuilding of society. Morgan (Lennie James) said the new world was going to need Rick Grimes, and it's clear from these three episodes that his sentiments are true.

    After all, Rick is the only person who's currently able to keep the peace between the Saviors and everyone else. Maggie and Daryl are holding major grudges nearly two years after the war. Ezekiel has his own people to tend to, and many of the Saviors just seem like they either want to fight or do their own thing. It's enough to make you want to find that mystery helicopter and bounce. 

    It all raises a serious question. Can the show carry on without Rick? He's been the beating heart and soul of this show, and, other than Michonne, appears to be the only level-headed one on the show at the moment other than Gabriel. AMC may have another decade planned for its "Walking Dead" universe, but if Grimes isn't around then fans may part ways come the mid-season finale.

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    "The Big Bang Theory" is coming to an end after its 12th season. 

    Since 2007, Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Raj, and Howard have had their fair share of run-ins with celebrities. Howard rubbed shoulders with Buzz Aldrin when he went to space, James Earl Jones pranked Carrie Fisher, and Adam West was invited to Sheldon's birthday party. Stars ranging from Bob Newhart to the late Stephen Hawking have even become recurring characters on the CBS comedy.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye will once again join the show to kick off its 12th season on September 24. Before the star-studded final season premieres, take a look back at the many stars who have appeared on the show. 

    "Roseanne" actress and "The Talk" co-host Sara Gilbert appeared on the show for several seasons as an experimental physicist.

    Before Johnny Galecki reprised his role on the "Roseanne" reboot, his old co-star Sara Gilbert appeared on "The Big Bang Theory" until season three as Leonard's ex and colleague, Dr. Leslie Winkle. 

    Winkle returned for the show's 200th episode on season nine to attend Sheldon's birthday party.



    She's not the only "Roseanne" star who has made an appearance. Laurie Metcalf has played Sheldon's mom.

    Metcalf has appeared on a handful of episodes as Mary Cooper since season one. We expect to see her again to close out the show. 



    Charlie Sheen played himself on an episode of season two.

    Sheen appeared on "The Big Bang Theory" while his CBS show, "Two and a Half Men," was on TV. Raj tells Sheen at a bar that he's going to be in People magazine. 

    You can watch a snippet of the scene here.



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    Seasoned fans of the show "Jeopardy!" know that certain categories pop up much more often than others.

    And it turns out, there are common correct responses that surface over and over again too.

    The data visualization website Tableau Public crowdsourced a compelling visualization of the top "Jeopardy!" answers and categories for the show, as well as for Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! rounds.

    You can play around with the embedded infographic above to see the most common response and categories for each "Jeopardy!" round.

    Since the show premiered in 1964, the most common response overall was "What is China?" and the most common category was Before & After.

    For Double Jeopardy, the most common response was "What is Australia?" while in Final Jeopardy, the most common correct response was “What is Canada?”

    To prepare for Final Jeopardy rounds, future contestants will want to brush up on their word origins. Since the show's premiere 35 years ago, this category has been used in the Final Jeopardy round over 34 times, far surpassing the next most common Final Jeopardy category American History.

    So if you ever find yourself on "Jeopardy!" and aren’t quite sure of the answer, remember the most common responses — statistics could be on your side.

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    • "Jeopardy" has been a popular game show for 35 years.
    • "Jeopardy" champions are smart in a way that no one expects when it comes to money.
    • The poster boy of "Jeopardy,"Ken Jennings, said much of his nearly $4 million in winnings have been "invested in stocks, bonds, and real estate."

     

    What is a way to become famous and earn loads of money by answering questions?

    "This is 'Jeopardy!'"

    Every night, three contestants compete on "Jeopardy" by buzzing in at trivia questions in the hopes of starting a winning streak and taking home cash.

    "Jeopardy" has been a TV staple since 1984, racking up 34 Emmy Awards and a Peabody and even turning some contestants into celebrities. While host Alex Trebek is no doubt the star, occasionally a contestant will end up more than a one-time phenom.

    From Ken Jennings to Brad Rutter — who both went up against IBM supercomputer Watson back in 2011 — repeat champions have not only won games and millions of dollars, but the attention and adoration of viewers.

    Sometimes, a winning contestant will mention what they plan on doing with their money — spending for a wedding, a new car, or a house are all common answers. But many of the show's biggest winners have more in common than their intelligence: they invested the bulk of their winnings.

    We found out what five of the most popular and successful candidates in "Jeopardy" history did post-show. Find out what each has spent their winnings on.

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    Ken Jennings — perhaps the most famous of all "Jeopardy" contestants — won 74 consecutive games back in 2004. In his initial run, Jennings earned $2.52 million.



    He won even more money on other "Jeopardy" appearances, and trips to other game shows including "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" and "Grand Slam." In total, Jennings has won $3,923,414 from game shows.

    Source: Celebrity Net Worth



    Jennings says the greatest luxury his earnings allowed him was to spend more time with his wife and two children. He was also able to move from Utah to Seattle and buy a house.

    Source: Jeopardy!



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    • Tiffany Haddish appeared on CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Thursday and opened up about her love life.     
    • The "Night School" star said that her "personal relationships haven't been that good"— but she's found comfort in a weighted blanket.
    • Haddish explained that she sprays the blanket with cologne, cozies up to it, and it "feels like a man is holding you."
    • "And then you open up your night stand drawer, put your batteries in," she added. 

     

    An Emmy and a weighted blanket? Tiffany Haddish, 38, has got it all — who needs a man! Fresh off her September 8 Emmys win of outstanding guest actress for hosting "Saturday Night Live," Tiffany stopped by "The Late Show" to chat with Stephen Colbert, 54, on September 20. The "Girls Trip" actress is on a career high, as the two buzzed about her three movies set to be released in 2018: "Night School,""The Oath," and "Nobody's Fool." But that doesn't leave her much time for romance, she admitted. "I haven't been dating. My personal relationships haven't been that good," she told the talk show host. Tiffany's not slacking on self-love, however! "But I have been keeping up with my weighted blanket, and my toys that I get off from Groupon."

    Leave it to Tiffany to drop a Groupon reference. And Tiffany's not done discussing her erotic pastimes. "And batteries. Batteries are a girl's best friend," she added. Just imagine Stephen's face at this point. While sex toys are nothing new, weighted blankets are pretty groundbreaking. Stephen asked her to elaborate. "A weighted blanket is a blanket that is filled with what I think is sand, I'm not sure what the material is, but it's like 25 pounds right." Tiffany then instructed to throw the blanket over your legs and arms, spritz a little cologne, and — boom! "It feels like a man is holding you," she told Stephen.

    Oh, but there's more to the manual. She proceeded to snuggle up to the side of her arm chair. "And then you open up your night stand drawer, put your batteries in," and the rest is self-explanatory, as Tiffany shut her eyes and smiled. "And go to sleep!" the actress joked. "Exactly, because you got your reading light," Stephen quipped back, making the talk show more PG again. Tiffany continued, "You don't have to make him breakfast, or talk to the weighted blanket, or nothing."

    More seriously, Tiffany later said she's "waiting" for a man — with her weighted blanket, she added, unable to resist the pun. Tiffany was last romantically linked to New York City socialite and philanthropist Unik Ernest, who she had reportedly dated for three months as of August 5, according to Page Six. But the relationship wasn't that serious, as she was photographed grinding on singer Maxwell, 45, at an MTV VMAs after-party in Beauty & Essex nightclub on August 20. Although she was still seeing Unik casually but not exclusively at the time, as a source close to Tiffany EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife on August 21, it looks like they've split since! Well, our source also did say "Tiffany's a free agent" and "totally free to flirt with whoever she wants."

    Watch the video below (Haddish talks about her weighted blanket at 5:00).

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    • 25 years ago, ABC premiered a cop show called "NYPD Blue," and a bunch of advertisers, TV stations, and pro-family groups freaked out.
    • That's because the show featured rough language, nudity, and serious topics not common to commercial, broadcast TV at the time.
    • Today, 'NYPD Blue' looks rather tame, and advertisers find their ads next to all sorts of far racier content without batting an eyelash.
    • But the show's complicated lead character, Andy Sipowicz, continues to influence TV.


    A few weeks ago, I started watching the new Kevin Costner series "Yellowstone." It's decent show. It wants to be prestige TV, but comes off more like a modern version of "Dallas" or "Dynasty."

    Costner's character is a rich ranch owner, has a big dysfunctional family, and is kind of good (he's a grandpa), but also really bad (his ranch hands kill people).

    One thing that stood out early on is there are loads of bad words, f-bombs and all, and a fair amount of nudity — all brought to you by Ram trucks, a major advertiser.

    I've also just started watching Lifetime's "You" (don't judge because it's awesome). It's about a guy (the same actor who played Dan on "Gossip Girl") who stalks a love interest, so you're not exactly signing up for a Hallmark movie.

    Just a few minutes into the first episode, the characters are saying and doing all sorts of naughty things that in a different time would be absolutely shocking on commercial TV.

    Yet right after a scene of intense stalking and public masturbation, there was an ad for a bunch of great appetizer specials at Applebee's. Talk about feeling good in the neighborhood.

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    The common thread between these two shows: nobody seemed to care about the explicit content. There was no controversy.

    As far as I can tell, there were no protests, blackouts, boycotts, or even press releases from family-focused organizations. Presumably, some viewers may have even watched both shows, jumped in their Ram trucks and happily headed off to happy hour at Applebee's.

    The reaction was a bit different 25 years ago when "NYPD Blue" hit the air.

     

    If you spend most of your time in a Netflix, HBO, anything-goes TV world,  it's hard to express what a big deal it was when ABC announced plans to launch "NYPD Blue." The show promised frequent cursing and tastefully shot nude scenes on network television, beamed out to the whole country, in 1993. (Variety has a great retrospective here.) Unlike HBO, this was definitely TV.

    For one thing, each episode was preceded by a scary disclaimer, like you were about to buy a pack of cigarettes:

    "This police drama contains adult language and scenes with partial nudity. Viewer discretion is advised." 

    When it premiered on September 21, 1993, a bunch of ABC stations refused to air it, the Los Angeles Times reported, and advertisers were "skittish." Remember, this was pre-Sopranos, pre-ER, and way before "Breaking Bad" and "Sons of Anarchy." TGIF was in full swing.

    Here's how you know it was a really long time ago: "NYPD Blue" depicted the East Village as a super gritty place with murders happening every week. Now you can get a one bedroom on Avenue B for like three grand a month.

    Right before "NYPD Blue" premiered, fundamentalist minister Donald E. Wildmon told the LA Times: "ABC must be embarrassed and humiliated at this point."

    Not so much. Right out of the gate, "NYPD Blue" was a major hit. It turns out, people really like mild cursing and modest nudity. And they really like dark, complex characters. Soon advertisers and ABC stations all got on board.

    Initially, "NYPD's" racy scenes featured on its lead characters played by David Caruso and Amy Brenneman (who went onto "Judging Amy"and eventually "The Leftovers").

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    But it was Andy Sipowicz, played by Dennis Franz, who broke out, and changed TV. In the pilot, Andy grabs his crotch and shouts, "ipso this, you pissy little bitch" at a female district attorney. No one knew what that meant, but it was definitely adult.

    Sipowicz also boozed a ton, cavorted with prostitutes, might have been mildly racist, and was definitely not afraid to cross the line into police brutality territory. Yet he also had a heart of gold.

     

    You can trace a direct line from Sipowicz to Walter White, or anyone from"The Shield" or "Peaky Blinders"— even Don Draper. To be fair, most of these envelope-pushing shows ran on cable, which doesn't have to deal with the Federal Communications Commission, which still regulates what is broadcast over the air (and cares about stuff like Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunctions, even more than advertisers seem to).

    But the point is, modern prestige TV, or even cheese TV, is a lot rougher around the edges than it used to be.

    In terms of the peak 1990s — "I can't believe that was just on TV"— it's hard not to think of a 1995 "NYPD Blue" episode featuring Sipowicz in the shower with the DA he previously cursed out. If you like your TV shows edgy, you can thank Sipowicz's butt.

    Back then, advertisers were surely holding their breath and waiting for the angry calls. Today, they'd just be happy to have people watch their ads on TV at all.

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