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    • HBO recently announced that it would soon stop broadcasting professional boxing matches after 45 years.
    • In an interview with Business Insider, HBO Sports Executive Vice President Peter Nelson detailed some of his programming plans going forward.
    • Nelson said the goal is to do “high access, high ambition” programming going forward, like the Bill Simmons-produced "Andre the Giant" documentary and LeBron James' "The Shop" show, which will feature Drake in the next episode.


    Thursday marked a major pivot for HBO when the network announced that it will no longer feature professional boxing content.

    That’s 45 years after its first televised match, and in that time, HBO didn’t just air some of the greatest boxing matches ever, it also produced award-winning programming on the sport.

    But without a dominating force like Mike Tyson to keep the casual boxing fan interested throughout the last few decades, HBO Sports Executive Vice President Peter Nelson pulled the plug.

    “We've had consistent audience research saying that boxing is no longer a determinant factor for HBO subscribers,” Nelson told Business Insider on Friday.

    In many ways, HBO's move away from broadcasting boxing is an indication of how far interest in the sport itself has fallen from the zeitgeist. But it also shows where HBO Sports wants to focus going forward: programming that draws in a wide audience, not just in a specific sport but on aspects of the culture that transcends it.

    Or as Nelson put it — “high access, high ambition” programming.

    “Our mission is to use sports as a lens into socio-economic, political, and cultural issues,” Nelson went on to say. “I think humanizing individuals, creating empathy around different communities, allowing that to cross-pollinate for people in a way that allows them to contextualize themselves and the world around them. That's at the heart of what we strive to do.”

    And there are different ways HBO Sports is planning to accomplish that going forward, including continuing some of the programming that's a staple to the network, like the HBO Sports documentary. But some of those plans are a bit more outside the box.

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    Documentaries will still be front and center

    With Bill Simmons signed onto the network, he’s brought more current topics of sports documentaries to HBO, the sort that made ESPN’s “30 for 30” brand — which he helped launch — so popular. His executive produced “Andre the Giant" documentary, released earlier this year, became the most-watched doc in HBO Sports history. Nelson said he’s currently in talks with Simmons about making more documentaries, in addition to unscripted projects.

    Then there’s the first-ever acquired documentary by HBO Sports, “Momentum Generation.” Executive produced by Robert Redford, the surfing documentary was purchased by HBO at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and Nelson said festival acquisitions will be part of their content strategy going forward.

    But perhaps HBO’s most ambitious project in the documentary space coming up is the multi-part Muhammad Ali documentary, “What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali", which is directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “The Equalizer” movies).

    Muhammad AliThough a documentary on the greatest boxer of all time is hardly anything new (HBO itself has done numerous docs already on Ali), Nelson touts this one as having a different feel than most because of Fuqua’s involvement and how it will be told.

    “It will be told in Ali’s own words,” he said. “That will be the driver of the narrative. I think that is what makes this project special, the perspective of the viewer is going to be shaped by what Ali has to say about himself, his own time, and the context of which he lived.”

    “What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali” will air in the spring of 2019.

    Making programs that go beyond sports

    Outside of the traditional documentary space, Nelson said he’s in talks with IMG’s original content division about partnering on more projects similar to "Being Serena," the series HBO aired on Serena Williams this past year. It’s also expanding its "24/7" series beyond boxing to golf, as its next one will be focused on the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson match that will take place on November 23. The all-access style of "24/7" will air during the lead-up to the match.

    And then there’s “The Shop,” the conversational show from LeBron James set in a barbershop that has already gained attention for its honest, unfiltered chats with the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jon Stewart, not to mention James’ own frank talk on it.

    The Shop John Johnson HBONelson revealed to Business Insider exclusively that the show’s next episode will feature a chat between James and Drake and is set to run in October.

    Though HBO has been a staple of all facets of sports for decades, it’s never been in close collaboration with some of the biggest names in sports until now. Nelson is focused on continuing the type of programming that delves deeper into the people we cheer for.

    “What we look to do is programming that tells stories that bring in viewers beyond what they care about that particular sport or sporting event,” Nelson said.

    SEE ALSO: The directors behind the death-defying documenatry "Free Solo" explain why they made the risky desicion to film Alex Honnold's 3,000 foot climb up El Capitan without a rope

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    If a bunch of the new shows coming to TV this year sound familiar, there's a reason why. You’ve seen them before in some way, shape, or form.

    From beloved family comedies and cartoons to the revival of '90s reality series, more than 30 shows are getting new life on cable networks and streaming services. Keep reading to see all of the reboots, revivals, and spin-offs you can expect to see make a comeback in the next few years.

    "The Purge" (USA)

    Premiere date: Tuesday, September 4 at 10 p.m.

    Spin-off of: The popular "Purge" movies.

    What it's about: The 10-episode series follows 12 hours where all crime, including murder is legal in the United States.

    "Mayans M.C." (FX)

    Premiere date: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 10 p.m. 

    Spin-off of:"Sons of Anarchy."

    What it's about: The series focuses on the Sons' former rivals, The Mayans, set two-and-a-half years after the end of "SOA."

    "Magnum P.I." (CBS)

    Premiere date: Monday, September 24 at 9 p.m. 

    Reboot of: 198o's "Magnum, P.I." 

    What it's about: The series will be an updated take on the former Navy SEAL, Thomas Magnum, who becomes a private investigator. The premiere was directed by Justin Lin ("Fast Five").

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    • Kanye West was the guest performer on the 44th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live."
    • For his first performance of the night, Kanye stepped out on stage dressed as a giant bottle of Perrier, performing "I Love It" with Lil Pump.
    • Viewers were baffled. Some called it the worst musical performance they ever saw on the show.

    Kanye West performed on the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," and his first performance of the night left many viewers confused. 

    The rapper came out on stage dressed as a Perrier bottle. He was joined by Lil Pump, who wore a nameless Fiji bottle suit.

    Here's a taste of what it looked like:

    The two performed their song "I Love It," which was released September 7. Adele Givens, who is also featured on the song, appeared in the background. 

    The entire performance was overshadowed by the two rappers dancing around the "SNL" stage in their costumes. Viewers didn't know what to make of the scene.

    Some are calling it the worst "SNL" performance they've ever seen.

    Watch the full performance below:

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    "Saturday Night Live" kicked off its 44th season with a cold open mocking the Brett Kavanaugh Senate Judiciary Committee hearing from earlier in the week. 

    The fact that "SNL" addressed the day-long Thursday hearing in which both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified on Capitol Hill was a surprise for many. Ford accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school.

    But the bigger surprise was seeing Matt Damon make an appearance as Judge Kavanaugh.

    The "Jason Bourne" actor didn't hold back as the skit touched on everything from Kavanaugh's repeated statements of liking beer to sharing and discussing his personal calendar from the '80s and yearbook entries. 

    "I'm gonna start at an 11. I'm gonna take it to about a 15 real quick!" Damon said as he sniffled and poured water all over himself during the over 13-minute sketch. "I'm a keg-is-half-full kind of guy, but what I've seen from the monsters on this committee makes me want to puke and not from beer."

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    "I've got these calendars. These beautiful, creepy calendars," he added, citing pages that were published in the USA Today showing his schedule from 1982.

    No one was safe as Aidy Bryant played prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, Cecily Strong appeared as Diane Feinstein, and Kate McKinnon played South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. 

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    The variety show even brought back "SNL" cast member Rachel Dratch to play Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

    An Alyssa Milano cardboard cutout made an appearance after the actress was seen in the crowd behind Kavanaugh. The actress was seen at the hearing sitting behind Kavanaugh. 

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    • The 44th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" didn't shy away from discussing cast member Pete Davidson's engagement to singer Ariana Grande. 
    • Davidson appeared on "Weekend Update" as himself to discuss his engagement with Ariana Grande. He acknowledged that no one could believe it — not even the comedian himself. 
    • Much of his three-and-a-half-minute appearance included Davidson joking about how the two won't last and the precautions he's put in place if it goes south.
    • Davidson asked if he could get royalties for Grande's song about him. "If we break up — and we won't. We will. But we won't. I'm kidding, but like in 10 years, God forbid if that ever happened, there will be a song called Pete Davidson, like playing in speakers at K-Mart and I'll be working there."
    • Colin Jost asked if they talked about a prenup and Davidson said he obviously asked for one. "God forbid we split up and she takes half my sneakers," he joked.
    • Davidson also joked he switched Grande's birth control with Tic Tacs in a moment where several women could be heard saying 'Oh my God.""I believe in us and all, but you know, I just want to make sure that she can't go anywhere."
    • You can watch the full "Weekend Update" below.

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    • Pete Davidson was on "Weekend Update" for the "Saturday Night Live" premiere. 
    • He spoke about his engagement to singer Ariana Grande, but one joke hit a nerve that some felt went too far. 
    • "Last night I switched her birth control with Tic Tacs. I believe in us and all, but I just want to make sure that she can’t go anywhere," said Davidson. 
    • Some were uncomfortable with Davidson joking about messing with Grande's birth control.

    Weekend Update is back! And stopping by to talk with Colin Jost was none other than Pete Davidson, who chatted with the co-host mostly about how life has been different since his engagement to Ariana Grande.

    In addition to talking about receiving death threats and comparing his treatment to that of Batkid, Pete made one joke that some felt went too far.

    "Last night I switched her birth control with Tic Tacs. I believe in us and all, but I just want to make sure that she can’t go anywhere," he remarked. 

    Twitter user @FemmeFictionale remarked, “Pete Davidson has been pretty funny… except for the birth control swapped with tic tacs joke. Don’t listen to #SNL , guys. DO NOT MESS WITH A WOMAN’S BIRTH CONTROL. WE NEED THAT STUFF."

    Watch his Weekend Update appearance below.

    Meanwhile, Michael and Colin suffered some backlash from their hosting duties at the 2018 Emmys.

    "I keep wondering why I am yawning and want to turn this off midway through, and of course, it’s because I’m getting my usual Jost/Che Weekend Update Syndrome," @fuggirls tweeted.

    "That could have been worse. Someone could have died," @damienholobrook tweeted. Some fans even felt that Chrissy Teigen was seen cringing during their opening.

    On the last Weekend Update from the previous season, Kenan Thompson portrayed the viral memorable Bishop Michael Curry from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding. 

    "Did you see it?” he asked the crowd. "It was tough man, real tough. I preached and I testified and I yelled while 500 stuffy English people looked at me… It felt like somebody opened a chicken and waffles kiosk in the middle of a Pottery Barn."

    We’ll keep you posted with all of the latest Weekend Update news.

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    • At the end of Saturday's "SNL" premiere, Kanye West took a moment to deliver a speech while wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.
    • While performing the song "Ghost Town," West talked politics, referenced possibly running in 2020 again, and addressed why he supports Trump.
    • West also claimed he was bullied backstage to not wear his "MAGA" hat.
    • Comedian and actor Chris Rock was in attendance and captured a lot of it on video, which you can watch below.

    Kanye West performed three times on "Saturday Night Live," but there’s one more moment of his that was cut during the final broadcast.

    As the "SNL" credits rolled, West took the stage at the show's end to perform a surprise third song, "Ghost Town," wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. 

    The rapper used the song as a moment to address the crowd in a pro-Trump speech that touched on everything from the possibility of West running in 2020 to why he supports Trump. 

    "I wanna cry right now. Black man in America, you’re supposed to keep what you feel inside right now," West sang, according to People. "And the liberals bully you and tell you what you can and cannot wear, where you and they can’t not stare. And they look at me and say, 'It’s not fair. How the hell did you get here?'"

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    "Actually, blacks weren't always Democrats," he continued in a speech. "It’s like a plan they did to take the fathers out the homes and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s the Democratic plan."

    In video that made it to YouTube from the end of the show, West also claimed on the "SNL" stage he was "bullied" backstage to not wear the "MAGA" hat on television. 

    "They bullied me backstage. They bullied me and then they say I'm in the sunken place," West told the SNL crowd. "You want to see the sunken place? OK. I'm gonna listen to y'all now. I'm gonna put my Superman cape on because this means you can't tell me what to do."

    Chris Rock, who was in the audience, captured most of the moment that didn't make it on TV on his Instagram story

    "So many times I talk to a white person about this and [they] say, 'How could you like Trump he’s racist?' Well, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago," West can be heard saying. 

    During the filming of the Instagram story, Rock can be heard laughing to himself saying, "My God."

    According to Deadline and People, West received a "smattering of boos." A few claps can be heard in the videos posted to YouTube and Rock's Instagram, but it's mostly an overwhelming silence as West speaks.

    "I think the universe has balance," West said as his speech came to a close. "90% of news are liberals — 90% of TV, LA, New York, writers, rappers, musicians. So, it's easy to make it seem like it's so, so, so one-sided. I feel kinda free. I thought this country said I could be me."

    You can watch most of West's speech here:

    You can watch Rock's Instagram story below:

    Before his appearance on "SNL," West announced on Twitter he was changing his name to "Ye." The artist was expected to drop a new album, "Yandhi," Saturday night.

    Earlier in the evening, West dressed up as a bottle of Perrier to perform "I Love It" with Lil Pump. 

    Expect to see West back on "SNL" this season. The rapper said he spoke with "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels who agreed he "would host before the year is out."

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    Breaking Bad

    The most critically acclaimed TV shows in history have earned their praise by repeatedly producing innovative and memorable seasons.

    Shows like "The Wire,""Breaking Bad," and "The Larry Sanders Show" consistently won over critics, and their best seasons have set a standard for what great television should look like.

    To find out which series have been the most influential, we turned to the review aggregator Metacritic for its list of the all-time best TV seasons, which ranks shows by their composite critical reception. We used audience scores to break any ties.

    Check out the 50 best TV-show seasons of all time, according to critics:

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    50. "The Handmaid's Tale" (Season 1)

    Metacritic score: 92/100

    User score: 7.8/10

    Notable episodes: ""Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum,""Jezebels"

    49. "Homeland" (Season 1)

    Metacritic score: 92/100

    User score: 8.3/10

    Notable episodes: "The Weekend,""Crossfire,"Marine One"

    48. "Rectify" (Season 2)

    Metacritic score: 92/100

    User score: 9.1/10

    Notable episodes: "Mazel Tov,""The Great Destroyer,"Unhinged"

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    Stories are not always sunshine and rainbows. Oftentimes you need to recreate heavy snowstorms, rain showers and other extreme weather to make a production feel more realistic. That's where people like Jeremy Chernick of J&M Special Effects come in. We spoke with Jeremy to find out how various weather is recreated on Broadway, live shows, and film to look like the real thing. Following is a transcript of the video.

    Narrator: Whether you need a snow storm, a huge gust of wind, or a fake rain shower, this man's got you covered. Some TV shows and movies film scenes in extreme weather to make the story feel more realistic. But there's one big problem with that approach.

    Jeremy Chernick: You can never count on the weather to work for you.

    Narrator: Jeremy Chernick is a designer at J&M Special Effects in Brooklyn.

    Chernick: You can't schedule the entire crew around waiting for snow.

    Narrator: So you often have to make it yourself. Jeremy's company creates practical special effects for a variety of live shows, music videos, and other productions.

    Chernick: All the Disney Broadway shows, "Aladdin,""Frozen."

    Narrator: He made it rain on Shawn Mendes at the 2018 MTV VMAs. J&M also rents out equipment for TV shows like "Gotham," and "Elementary." Basically, any conditions you can imagine, he can whip up. But the trick to creating fake weather is that it just needs to look real in the camera frame.

    Chernick: You don't need all the weather in the world to know it's raining in a shot this big. You just need rain in the background or rain on top.

    Narrator: So what exactly does it take to create the illusion of weather on camera or on stage?

    Chernick: There are a lot of different ways that rain is done. And it depends on whether you're interior or exterior.

    Narrator: Outside, you can get a permit to hook up a hose to a fire hydrant or a water truck.

    Chernick: You can split that water out to a variety of locations, and usually high big towers go up that can spray water from unbelievably high.

    Narrator: Indoors you need a self-contained system attached to water supply.

    Chernick: Right above me is a rain bar. So we have rain that is pouring down in sort of a five-inch channel, so if you're looking dead at it, it looks pretty three-dimensional because you have rain here and here, and plus we can add a level of sort of mist into that that will just give it an even larger depth of field. And you can rows and rows and rows of them. The systems in place to keep that rain from never ever dripping unless you wanted it to rain is actually more complex than the moments when it's actually raining. It's mostly fairly low tech.

    Narrator: There are a number of different products that are used to replicate snowflakes.

    Chernick: You can get pretty large paper flakes that are squares and they fall in a very beautiful and specific way, you can get shredded paper that falls sort of organically. You can get it shredded plastic, which has a different feel to it, and the way that you deliver that is through blowers that are blowing it far overhead and a long distance.

    Narrator: They also have special soap-based products that won't stain clothes or make the ground slippery.

    Chernick: Essentially, it's like tiny bits of foam and that is a machine that is pushing that soap through a filter that makes it into snowflakes. Environmentally, there's all sorts of stuff that ends up in the air to fill a picture in terms of haze, fog, smoke.

    Narrator: These effects are usually produced with a fog machine.

    Chernick: The most commonly used interior fog is glycol based, which is a type of alcohol.

    Narrator: Sometimes you want the fog to fill the screen, and other times you want low-lying fog, which requires a few special tricks.

    Chernick: That is most often done now using liquid CO2, or liquid nitrogen to chill the glycol fog to a very cold level. And that coldness is what heats it low to the ground. The thing that's funny about wind, to me, is that you don't see wind unless it's either moving clothing or hair, or if it has some fog or some level of fog in it.

    Narrator: J&M has fans of all sizes. We have incredibly quiet fans designed specifically for live television.

    Narrator: With any of these weather effects, you want to be extra careful to protect camera equipment and the actors.

    Chernick: There's a shield, there's plastic bagging, there's sometimes tents.

    Narrator: There's also a risk of flooding indoors.

    Chernick: Often scenery is going to be built and designed with water catch underneath, so it will be raining on what looks like the floor, but it's designed to collect water.

    Narrator: While these weather systems may not be exactly like the real thing, they get the job done.

    Chernick: You don't have to do a huge amount of post work if your special effects are right and they look right. And they're telling your story. And the realistic stuff, is you can tell it's real.

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    Many of the worst television shows originate from some highly questionable concepts that make you wonder how they ever got approved.

    ABC's "Cavemen" series in 2007, for instance, was based on characters from a short-lived Geico commercial. And Fox's 2014 reality show "I Wanna Marry Harry" saw 12 women compete for the chance to marry a Prince Harry look-alike who they thought was the real Prince of Wales.

    Both shows were critical disasters, and each lasted only one season — as many of the worst reality shows, dramas, and sitcoms have.

    To find out which programs critics have hated the most, we turned to the review aggregator Metacritic for its list of the worst TV shows, which goes back to 1995. The list ranks show seasons by their composite critical reception.

    Check out the 50 worst TV shows from least to most objectionable, according to critics:

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    50. "Twenty Good Years" (NBC, Season 1)

    Critic score: 29/100

    User score: 5.9/10

    What critics said: "It is a male version of 'The Golden Girls,' but with weaker writing." — The New York Times

    49. "South Beach" (UPN, Season 1)

    Critic score: 29/100

    User score: 8.6/10

    What critics said: "A preposterous and pretentious drama series."— The Washington Post

    48. "Hidden Hills" (NBC, Season 1)

    Critic score: 29/100

    User score: Unavailable

    What critics said: "This series reflects the way wealthy, neurotic, overly busy and sex-obsessed TV executives and producers think America lives, in other words, the way they live. They're wrong."— The Detroit News

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    Made in Mexico

    Peak TV is too much TV. But we're here to make it easier to pick what shows to watch.

    Every week, we put together a list of three great shows for you to try.

    We pick shows you can finish in a day, and others you can try out and binge for weeks to come. And it's not just new releases either: We mix in some old favorites you might have missed in addition to shows that have recently landed on Netflix.

    From Netflix's new reality series "Made in Mexico" to "Designated Survivor," a canceled show that Netflix recently saved, here are three great TV shows you can binge-watch on Netflix this week:

    SEE ALSO: The 75 worst movies of all time, according to critics

    "Made in Mexico"— A Netflix Original

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 8

    Netflix's answer to Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise is a good start for the streaming service's reality TV exploration. Its people and stories are vibrant, exciting, catty, but the show and the people on it still have some heart that will keep you watching more. 


    Seasons: 8

    Episodes: 178

    It's October, which means that it's officially witch season. So while you definitely won't have time to watch 178 within a week, now is a good time to revisit The WB with drama, especially because The CW's reboot comes out soon. It's a fun, easy binge that you won't have to pay too much attention to.

    "Designated Survivor"

    Seasons: 2

    Episodes: 43

    "Designated Survivor" isn't brilliant, but it's good fun and a step above other network political dramas. It has a lot of unexpected twists, and it moves its story along instead of dragging out a mystery for an entire season.

    The show was canceled by ABC in May, but Netflix recently announced it will be making another season, which will come out sometime in 2019. 

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    Kit Harington has a problem with the way masculinity as it's been taught is affecting men's behavior. 

    During an interview with The Sunday Times, the 31-year-old "Game of Thrones" star spoke candidly about his views on masculinity, a prevelant theme in the West End production of "True West," which he's starring in. The play is about two estranged brothers and their rivalry. 

    "I feel personally, quite strongly, at the moment — where have we gone wrong with masculinity?" he said. "What have we been teaching men when they’re growing up, in terms of the problem we see now?"

    The actor continued with more questions about what is "innate" versus what is "taught" to men. 

    "What is taught on TV and in the streets that makes young boys feel they have to be this certain side of being a man?" he said. "I think that's really one of the big questions in our time — how do we change that? Because clearly something has gone wrong for young men.”

    This isn't the first time the actor has spoken up about masculinity. In an interview for the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Toronto Film Festival, the actor criticized the lack of gay superheros in Marvel movies and how the concept of masculinity affects that. 

    "There's a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can't somehow go hand in hand," Harington said. "That we can't have someone in a Marvel movie who's gay in real life and plays some superhero. I mean, when is that going to happen?"

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    Although it's been six years since "Gossip Girl" went off the air, the show is still remembered for its epic style and over the top drama. The cast largely went on to be successful in other projects and are still household names today. The show lasted for six seasons, with plenty of plot twists and character reveals to keep viewers interested.

    For years, the show gave its audience a peek into what the lives of some of the richest New York teens' lives were really like. The high schoolers onscreen were outfitted in luxurious wardrobes, hung out in sophisticated bars, and jet-setted around the world.

    Here are some fun facts about "Gossip Girl."

    The real "Gossip Girl" makes a cameo.

    Kristen Bell voiced the character of "Gossip Girl" throughout the show's entire run, but she actually broke the fourth wall in the season finale episode when the mysterious blogger was revealed. In her cameo, Bell plays herself auditioning for Serena van der Woodsen while Rachel Bilson auditions for Blair Waldorf in a movie based off "Gossip Girl" within the show.

    Bell winks at the camera, letting the audience in on the show being self-aware that she really was the show's anonymous narrator.

    The television show was based off a book series.

    The cult-favorite CW teen drama was actually a book series before it came to the small screen. The first book, written by Cecily von Ziegesar, came out in 2002, and the series went on to have 11 books in total.

    The high schoolers in the show were mostly in their early 20s when filming began.

    On "Gossip Girl," the high schoolers — at least for the first few seasons — were played by actors in their 20s, reported BuzzFeed.

    Taylor Momsen, who played Jenny Humphrey and lead character Dan's younger sister, was actually in her teens when she portrayed a teen on screen.

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    watching netflix laptopAround the world, people have fallen in love with Netflix. But Netflix can be different for people around the world who use the service.

    Compartech rounded up data on everything you've ever wondered about Netflix around the world. The report includes everything from how many titles each country offers to what percent of that country's yearly income is spent on Netflix.

    Then there's the most important factor: cost. Whether you're thinking about moving overseas or want to see where your country stacks up, it's interesting to see how much others pay for the same service. This is how much Netflix costs in countries across the world.

    1. Denmark is currently one of the two most expensive countries to buy a Netflix subscription.

    A subscription is about $12.37 USD per month.

    Some of the titles currently available are "The Bridge,""The Danish Girl," and "Copenhagen."

    2. Tied with Denmark is Greenland, charging residents quite a lot for their Netflix.

    A subscription is about $12.37 USD per month.

    3. Japan has a bigger library than America, with around 5,986 titles.

    A subscription is about $5.86 USD per month. The site ranked Japan as the most cost-effective country to watch Netflix in.

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    one tree hillSometimes fans and critics have different taste, especially when it comes to TV shows. To determine which shows (with five or more seasons) were a hit with viewers but left critics lukewarm, INSIDER consulted data from Metacritic.

    From sitcoms to sci-fi to soaps, keep reading to learn about 11 long-running series with a loyal fanbase but below-average critical reception.

    "Rules of Engagement" (CBS) kept fans engaged, but not critics.

    Critic score: 28/100

    User score: 8.1/10

    What critics said: "At no point will you feel like scratching your own eyes out rather than sitting through an episode. So there’s that."Chicago Tribune

    This sitcom starring Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price offered a look at various stages of relationships ― married life, dating, and, of course, engagement.

    Viewers found "Rules of Engagement" relatable and enjoyable, but critics were less kind, with one labeling it a "misguided piece of fluff."  

    It ran for seven seasons from 2007 to 2013.

    Some critics just didn't feel "Stargate SG-1" (Showtime/Syfy) was exceptional.

    Critic score: 48/100

    User score: 8.1/10

    What critics said:"Pedestrian writing, pulp-mag plotting, shopworn characters, hackneyed dialogue ('with all due respect' pops up at least three times in the first hour) and Mario Azzopardi’s broad direction will all undoubtedly delight billions and billions."― Variety

    Earning a place in the sci-fi canon as a cult classic, "Stargate SG-1" (based on the 1994 "Stargate" movie) premiered in 1997, airing for a total of 10 seasons. The series centered on a military team from Earth that used a bridge portal to journey through the galaxy.

    Although critics didn't eviscerate the series, some found it too mainstream and action-heavy to be exceptional.

    "Criminal Minds" (CBS) had some dedicated fans.

    Critic score: 42/100

    User score: 8.1/10

    What critics said:"The problem with 'Criminal Minds’ is its many confusing maladies, applied to too many characters. As a result, the cast seems like a spilled trunk of broken toys, with which the audience ― and perhaps the creators ― may quickly become bored."― The New York Times

    This crime procedural about members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) has been on since 2005. Starring Matthew Gray Gubler, the show’s ensemble cast has featured the likes of Mandy Patinkin and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

    While some critics were put off by the rotating cast of characters, viewers have praised "Criminal Minds" as "the best show of the week."

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    The Amazon original series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" tells the story of how Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a 1950s Jewish housewife from New York City's Upper West Side, embarks on a comedy career after being spurned by her husband.

    Taking home two Golden Globes and five Emmy Awards, the comedy ― which stars Rachel Brosnahan and was co-created by Amy Sherman-Palladino of "Gilmore Girls" fame  ― is also one of Amazon's highest-rated series, with an average rating of 4.9/5.

    The streaming service hasn't announced a release date for season two (you can check out the teaser trailer here), but here's some surprising trivia about the beloved series to hold you over.

    In the past, Rachel Brosnahan was told she wasn't funny. Now, she has an Emmy and a Golden Globe for portraying a comedian.

    If you've watched just one episode of "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," you'll know that Brosnahan's comedic timing is on point. Whether she's performing one of Midge's stand-up routines or verbally sparring with Tony Shalhoub, who plays Midge's father Abe, she imbues her performance with light-footed verve.

    It might come as a surprise, then, to learn that Brosnahan ― who previously appeared on shows such as the political drama "House of Cards" and "Manhattan," a WGN series about the development of the atomic bomb ― was told that comedy wasn't her forte.

    "I'm laughing [at the fact that] I'm now an award-winning comedic actress," she told Glamour. "Like, that feels absurd! I spent most of my life being told I wasn't funny. I've lost many jobs because people would say, ‘We really liked her, but she's just not funny.'"

    It's hard to imagine anyone else playing Midge Maisel, but Brosnahan thought she bombed her preliminary audition and was sick during her camera test with the show's creators.

    Although Brosnahan thought she bombed her preliminary audition, she was called back to do an informal camera test in LA in front of "Maisel" co-creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino.

    But even the second audition didn't go as planned since she was ill the whole time.

    "I rallied, but I honestly was so sick during the camera test — I was so sweaty Amy [Sherman-Palladino] kept stopping me because I had to powder my face, I was blowing my nose, I took my shoes off at some point … at best, that test was a beautiful disaster," she said in an interview with Harper's Bazaar.

    Sherman-Palladino is known for writing rapid-fire dialogue ― and Brosnahan drank a ton of coffee to get into character.

    Rapid-fire dialogue and clever repartee are signatures of any Sherman-Palladino project. (Can you even imagine "Gilmore Girls" without Rory and Lorelai's pop-culture-heavy, mile-a-minute exchanges?)

    Midge is no exception, and to nail her effervescence ― a blend of ideal-housewife charm and proto-feminist free-spiritedness ― Brosnahan made like the Gilmore women and drank lots of coffee to get into character and keep up with the pace.  


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    • "Saturday Night Live" star Kenan Thompson wasn't onstage for Kanye West's post-show speech about Donald Trump, but the comedian has some thoughts. 
    • During an interview on NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers" Monday, Thompson said, "We're all entitled to our opinion, but I don't know if that's the moment necessarily to hold people hostage like that." 
    • Thompson said he was happy to have already left when West gathered the cast back on the stage with him. "I felt so bad for those guys," he added. 
    • Watch the video below.

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    October is packed with must-watch television on Netflix, from the funny to the spooky to season two of the addictive true crime docuseries "Making a Murderer."

    Knowing there's an overwhelming amount of content coming to Netflix in October, we studied the list and picked the best shows to watch. 

    So, finish up what you haven't gotten to in September so you're prepared to watch all of the great shows coming this month, from "Big Mouth" season two to "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina."

    • "Big Mouth" season two (October 5), a Netflix Original: Nick Kroll and friends go at it again for another disgusting but sweet season of the animated comedy about navigating puberty. 
    • "Schitt's Creek" season four (October 11): This wildly funny Canadian comedy starring comedy legends Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy got people addicted thanks to its availability on Netflix, and people have been impatiently awaiting the fourth season's arrival on the service. 
    • "The Haunting of Hill House" (October 12), a Netflix Original: This new horror series starring Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino, and Victoria Pedretti is getting some good buzz, with one critic calling it "the first great horror TV show."
    • "Making a Murderer Part II" (October 19), a Netflix Original: The second part of the true crime docuseries that was a major hit for Netflix and dominated our culture three years ago may not be as exciting as the first season, but if you're a fan of true crime you'll probably love it. 
    • "Marvel's Daredevil" season three (October 19), a Netflix Original: Real stakes for the hero and the return of Wilson Fisk make season three the best season yet, and possibly the strongest season of any of Netflix's Marvel shows.
    • "Great News" season two (October 25): NBC canceled this bright and sharp local news station comedy, and it was a huge mistake. Everyone should watch it, and beg Netflix to bring it back, please. 
    • "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" (October 26), a Netflix Original: Kiernan Shipka of "Mad Men" takes on the leading role in this twisted, Satanic spin on the teenage witch. It's dark, literally and figuratively, slightly disturbing, but the story is all told with a big wink which makes it fun to watch: the show knows how ridiculous it is, and has fun with itself. 

    SEE ALSO: The creators of Amazon's new show 'Forever' talk about keeping the premise a secret and what it's like to work in TV when there's too much of it

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    brooklyn nine nine 99 andy sandbergSince premiering on Fox in 2013, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has become a highly successful police sitcom starring Andy Samberg. The show was nearly over when Fox announced its cancellation in May. But, fans rallied together and NBC picked up "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" for a sixth season.

    Here are 10 surprising things you might not have known about "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" to help hold you over until season six premieres. 

    Just like their characters, Andy Samberg (Jake) and Chelsea Peretti (Gina) knew each other when they were kids.

    Jake and Gina knew each other long before working at the 99th precinct together, but it's no coincidence. The two comedians go way back in real life, too — all the way to elementary school — and there's photo evidence to prove it.

    Some fans don't believe Stephanie Beatriz when she says she plays Rosa.

    In an interview on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," Stephanie Beatriz explained how her shiny demeanor often throws off fans of her bad-to-the-bone character, Rosa. "People will say, 'girl, you look like that girl who plays Rosa on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine,"' and I'm like, 'I am that girl!' People are like, 'nah, you ain't.'"

    Kwazy Cupcakes is a real game.

    The iPhone game that had most of the precinct hooked is now a reality, thanks to its presence on the show. You can download Kwazy Cupcakes from the iTunes App Store.

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    Lucy Hale

    • Lucy Hale played Aria Montgomery on Freeform's hit drama "Pretty Little Liars" from 2010 to 2017.
    • The actress has gone on to star in horror films like "Truth or Dare" and the show "Life Sentence," and she's not ruling out being part of the "PLL" spin-off "The Perfectionists" (which premieres in 2019).
    • "We really did all we could with it," Hale, who's promoting her partnership with Honey Nut Cheerios' Good Rewards program, told INSIDER of "PLL.""When that ended, a lot of us had really closed that chapter. We said goodbye to our characters and we were comfortable with that."
    • The actress added that "I never say no to anything" and she "would definitely keep that option open."


    Lucy Hale has gone on to star in other movies and TV shows since "Pretty Little Liars" ended in 2017 — but she's not completely ruling out being part of the "PLL" spin-off "The Perfectionists." 

    "It's an interesting position to be in, because we did so many episodes of 'PLL' and we really did all we could with it," Hale, who's promoting her partnership with Honey Nut Cheerios' Good Rewards program, told INSIDER. "When that ended, a lot of us had really closed that chapter. We said goodbye to our characters and we were comfortable with that."

    The actress, who played Aria Montgomery on the seven season-long show, added that "it was bittersweet" when "PLL" ended, "but a lot of us have moved forward in our careers and we're looking to do different things."

    "The Perfectionists"premieres on Freeform in 2019 and introduces several new characters living in a town called Beacon Heights. Like "PLL," the show is based on a book series written by Sara Shepard and involves a murder mystery. Fans will also notice the familiar faces of Janel Parrish (who reprises her role as Mona Vanderwaal) and Sasha Pieterse (who stars as Alison DiLaurentis) on the spin-off.

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    "That being said, I never say no to anything," Hale told us in regard to potentially making an appearance on the show. "I would definitely keep that option open. But it really is Janel and Sasha's moment to shine. I don't think they necessarily got as much of those moments on the last show, so I'm really excited for them."

    The 29-year-old added: "It's their show, they're going to carry it, and I'll be watching from the sidelines and tuning in like everyone else to see what they do with it."

    Recently, Hale's co-star Shay Mitchell told "Entertainment Tonight" that she hopes to gather as many "PLL" cast members as she can to watch the first episode of "The Perfectionists" when it airs — and Hale is all for it.

    "That was so great about the show, is that we all are really just rooting for each other and have fun with each other," she told us. "And obviously it would be great to see everyone for this thing. It's been a minute since I've seen everybody."

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