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    • David Tennant told a crowd Tuesday night in New York City at PaleyFest that he fought to have his version of Doctor Who wear battered Converse sneakers on the BBC America series.
    • Tennant said crew members didn't like the idea of the iconic character, who was introduced in the '60s, wearing some old shoes.
    • They wanted his character to wear boots.
    • "That was the only thing I absolutely insisted on," Tennant said. "I'm glad I did."

    It's tough to imagine David Tennant's popular "Doctor Who" character without his trademark suit and Converse sneakers, but the look almost didn't come together.

    Tennant told a crowd Tuesday night at PaleyFest in New York City that he had to fight to wear the doctor's iconic footwear on screen.

    "I had these really old, battered, cream-colored Converse shoes that I brought in and I said, 'I want to wear these.' And people didn't like that idea," Tennant told fans.

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    "I had to really fight for them. They were like, 'No, no, no. I've got these wonderful boots,'" he continued to laughter from the crowd.

    Tennant said there was nothing wrong with the boots the crew wanted him to wear; they just weren't the look he'd imagined for his iteration of the Tenth Doctor on the BBC America show.

    "They're beautiful. They're beautiful boots. But I want to wear these crappy old trainers," Tennant said, noting that his preference for the Converse shoes was a "really unpopular choice" in parts of the "Doctor Who" design department.

    Tennant said some members of the crew were "ganging up" on him, explaining how they wouldn't work for the show when he would be running down corridors. Tennant also said he was told they would be "too cold" or "too warm."

    "That was the only thing I absolutely insisted on, battered old shoes, because that always just felt like that was the right thing to do," Tennant added. "I'm glad I did."

    Tennant, who said he had been a big fan of the original series since he was a young child, had a lot of say about the outfit his popular "Doctor Who" character wore. Earlier in the panel, Tennant said his look for the Tenth Doctor was inspired by another actor.

    "I remember seeing Jamie Oliver on a chat show wearing — not the same kind of suit [as the Doctor]. He wore a suit with his trainers, and I thought, there's something about that kind of says the right thing. It's kind of like, 'I'm sort of an official, but I'm really not," Tennant said to a lot of laughter.

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    Tennant said before he received the job as the Doctor, he sat down with "Doctor Who" writer Russell T. Davies — who he worked with on the miniseries "Casanova"— to watch the reboot, which starred Christopher Eccleston, before it aired. The actor joked that if he was to ever play the Doctor, he would want a really long coat.

    Later, when he accepted the part, Tennant said that was the first thing he asked to have for his character. The rest of the look evolved from there.

    Tennant may not be on "Doctor Who" anymore, but he gave his stamp of approval on Jodie Whittaker taking over the role. The actor said he was thrilled as a friend and fan of Whittaker. The two worked together on BBC hit "Broadchurch."

    New episodes of "Doctor Who" air on BBC America Sundays at 8 p.m. ET. Tennant will appear on HBO's upcoming "Camping" with Jennifer Garner, premiering Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, and TV series "Good Omens" on Amazon Prime in 2019.

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    greys anatomy The medical drama "Grey’s Anatomy" has kept viewers hooked since 2005. Now in its 15th season, the ABC series has had quite a few cast members come and go.

    Some of the original cast have stayed on the show while others have left to pursue other ventures and projects.

    Here’s what the original cast of "Grey’s Anatomy" is up to now.

    Ellen Pompeo has made the iconic role of Meredith Grey her own.

    The namesake of the show, Pompeo has played lead role Meredith Grey since episode one of the series.



    Ellen Pompeo is the highest-paid television actress today.

    Pompeo has grown with the role — she started her own production company, has directed multiple "Grey's" episodes,and is the highest-paid actress on TV

    While Grey went on to marry her "McDreamy" and have three children with him, Pompeo found love in her personal life as wellwith husband Chris Ivery. Like Grey, she started her own family during the show’s run. Pompeo remains the lead of the show, carrying the drama in its 15th year.



    Sandra Oh was a fan-favorite for 10 seasons.

    The Canadian actress played razor-sharp surgeon Cristina Yang for 10 seasons, departing the show in 2014.



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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season three, episode one of "Riverdale," titled "Labor Day." 

    With the Black Hood behind bars, a new threat has come to "Riverdale," and it's known only as the "Gargoyle King."

    On the season three premiere of the hit CW series, this mysterious being is named for the first time, but as of now, not many details are available. Here is what we know so far. 

    The Gargoyle King is introduced.

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    Dilton and Ben (Ms. Grundy's music student and drive-in vendor) are playing a game at Pop's that appears similar to Dungeons and Dragons. When Jughead asks them what they are playing, Dilton tries to answer, but all he gets out is "Griffons and..." before Ben tells him to shut up. 

    Later, when Jughead is preparing to go to Archie's trial, Dilton knocks on Jug's door in a panic. 

    "Ben and I thought it was just a game, a stupid role-playing game, but it's not," he says. "It's so much more. He's real."

    "Who? Who is?" Jughead asks.

    Jughead starts to leave but then Dilton yells out, "The Gargoyle King." 

    Jughead brushes him aside and tells him to wait at the Jones' house and they'll talk about it later, but when he returns home, Dilton is gone. A paper covered in weird symbols and what looks to be a stick creature is left. Jughead deduces that the symbols are drawn over Fox Forest Park, so he heads there. 

    He finds Ben and Dilton unresponsive and kneeling in front of what looks like an altar with symbols carved into their backs. 

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    Ben starts to choke and Jughead tries to help him as a green liquid starts to drip from his mouth. Jughead screams for help as the scene ends. 

    Their outcome is unknown at this time, but we do know there is going to be at least one death this season, and it could be anyone. 

    So who or what is it? 

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    Showrunner and creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa described the Gargoyle King as "gruesome, gory, grim, and gnarly" on Twitter, but viewers have no idea what it physically looks like.

    Is it a man (or woman) dressed in a creepy costume? Is a mystical creature? (Riverdale is only a town over from Greendale, Sabrina Spellman, and witches.) Or is it a made-up threat concocted by a group of people — possibly the Farm? — to scare the residents of Riverdale?

    Fans will just have to wait to see what else is uncovered as the season progresses, and we'll be updating it all here.

    Read all of our "Riverdale" coverage here.

    "Riverdale" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. 

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season three, episode one of "Riverdale," titled "Labor Day." 

    The mysterious Farm is going to be a major part of "Riverdale's" third season.

    During Wednesday's premiere of the hit CW show, fans got a glimpse of some of the weird rituals related to the Farm, which has been described as a cult, when some of the Farm's members gathered in the Coopers' backyard. Now that Alice Cooper is as suckered in as her daughter Polly, it's only a matter of time before fans get to see more of the Farm.

    Here's what we know so far. 

    What is the Farm? 

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    The exact details surrounding the Farm are unknown. Polly moves to the Farm during the second season when the Black Hood becomes a threat. She gives birth to her twins — Juniper and Dagwood — there but doesn't tell her family. Betty then accuses the Farm of being a cult, but Polly denies it. 

    After Hal's arrest, Polly returns home with the babies and says that the Farm taught her forgiveness. As Alice struggles with the revelation that her husband is a serial killer, Polly tells her that she knows someone at the Farm who can help her. 

    Season three shows Alice and Polly leaning hard into Farm life — drinking oolong tea and wearing crystals. At one point, Polly tells Betty that the Farm "healed" her and their mother and can help Betty if she'd just let them. 

    Towards the end of the episode, Betty comes home to find a crowd of people standing around a fire. Alice and Polly raise the twins up and then drop them as Betty watches in horror. But all of a sudden, the babies seem to float in the air. Whether it was real or a hallucination, Betty faints and starts convulsing as her mother rushes to her side.  

    Who runs the Farm? 

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    Though he has yet to be shown, Edgar Evernever is introduced as the cult leader. 

    Early on the episode, Alice tells Betty that Edgar thinks it's important that they spend family time together. Betty sounds annoyed that her mother is pushing Edgar and the Farm on her. 

    Later when Betty returns home, she finds her mother with all of her diaries and Alice tells her that Edgar thinks she should burn them. They argue about the past and Betty makes a reference to a "Heaven's Gate commune," a UFO religious cult started in San Diego in the 70s. 

    "Edgar has done nothing but help me," Alice says. "He's encouraged me to embrace everything that I was ashamed of and become the best version of myself." 

    In a round table interview at New York Comic Con, Mädchen Amick called Edgar a "charismatic cult leader" and said that because Alice "was so vulnerable and such an easy target that she just went all in to the cult."

    His daughter Evelyn is also going to play a role this season when she joins Riverdale High. 

    We'll be updating this post as we learn more about the Farm as the season progresses. 

    Read all of our "Riverdale" coverage here.

    "Riverdale" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. 

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season three, episode one of "Riverdale," titled "Labor Day." 

    "Riverdale's" third season has started with a bang. 

    During Wednesday's premiere of the hit CW show, viewers were thrilled to see Fred punch Hiram, watch Jughead and Betty share a romantic moment, and enjoy Cheryl's pool party. But not every moment was a joyous one. Archie pleaded guilty to a murder he didn't commit, Betty witnessed a weird cult ritual in her backyard, and Jughead found Dilton and Ben unresponsive in the woods. 

    And like always, there were some pop culture and comic references made, so INSIDER worked with Archie Comics to reveal 8 details you might have missed.

    Judge C. Britton is actually the actor's name.

    This is the second episode actor Chris Britton has played the judge on "Riverdale." If you look closely, you can see his nameplate says Judge C. Britton. He's merely credited as "Judge" on IMDB.



    Cheryl says that Archie is going to be "most likely walking the Green Mile."

    The "Green Mile" is in reference to the novel by Stephen King, which was later adapted into a movie starring Tom Hanks. The "Green Mile" is the nickname given to the prison's death row because of the green color of the floor. 



    Veronica confronts her dad Hiram about his "Yago-like attempt" to keep her and Archie separated.

    "Yago" was a Mexican telenovela from 2016 that was inspired by "The Count of Monte Cristo.""The Count" is a French novel about a man who was wrongly imprisoned, like Archie. But in the novel, the man escapes from jail, earns a ton of money, and then seeks revenge on those who put him in prison. 



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    • A new sneak peek at Netflix's "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" shows Sabrina Spellman meeting Salem, her iconic cat. 
    • He first appears to her as a dark spirit who speaks to her before transforming into a black cat.
    • The cat doesn't talk on the Netflix series like he does on the original "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch."
    • "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" hits Netflix Friday, October 26. 
    • Watch the video below. 

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    • Kit Harington plays Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones." 
    • He is known for his beard and hair, but new images show him sans beard.
    • The actor seems to have shaved most of it, which likely indicates that shooting (including reshoots) on the final season of "Game of Thrones" has ended.

    "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington has ditched his Jon Snow beard. 

    The 31-year-old actor showed off his mostly smooth face in a video published by the Jamie Lloyd Company for playwright Harold Pinter's birthday Wednesday. 

    A clearer photo from the event shows that though most of his beard is gone, he did keep a tiny bit around his chin and lower jaw. 

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    While at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting his newest film "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan," Harington told People and Entertainment Weekly that he couldn't change his look yet, implying the possibility of reshoots.

    "We just finished filming. You can't tell because I look exactly the same," he joked. "They own me; they've just kept me like this."

    He said he wanted to shave when he could, but he added, "When I shave, I look like a tired child."

    "Game of Thrones" returns for its eighth and final season in 2019.

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    • Apple has put more than $1 billion into producing original content, and has signed deals with big names like Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Kristen Wiig.
    • As part of its larger digital TV strategy, the company has reportedly been developing its own video streaming service where customers can also access their other subscription services, too.
    • With the streaming service's launch, Apple's original content will be available for free to all iPhone and iPad owners, CNBC reports.

    Apple is planning to make its original TV and movie content free to anyone with an iPhone or iPad, CNBC reports, as part of the company's foray into building its own digital video streaming service.

    The company has put more than $1 billion into production of original programming, which includes 19 TV shows without an official release date, as well as two series that ran last year. The content will be available to watch on the Apple TV, as well as the pre-installed TV app on the iPhone and iPad, which is being redesigned as a one-stop-shop for all your various digital TV subscriptions, as Bloomberg reports.

    The ultimate idea for Apple's TV app would be similar to that behind Amazon Prime Video, according to those reports. Through Prime Video— which can be watched via smartphone app, computer, and Amazon's Fire TV and TV stick — users can access content from third-party providers like Showtime, CBS All Access, and HBO, provided they pay for the the applicable subscription. 

    Currently, Apple's TV app only exists as a directory to browse through all the different digital entertainment options out there, and requires you to download the compatible app for what you chose to watch. As Bloomberg reports, the revamped app would take out a step in this process by looping your existing digital subscriptions through the app.

    Reports also indicate that Apple may offer subscription services beyond digital TV streaming. CNN reported in June that Apple was also exploring subscription plans that include music and news content.

    Apple's plans signify a full-court press into the digital entertainment industry, where its biggest competitors have already established themselves as players. Netflix and Amazon both offer online streaming services, and have produced original content that has gone on to become wildly popular. 

    Apple has shelled out big money for its programming to feature big names such as Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg, Kristen Wiig, JJ Abrams, Chris Evans, and M. Night Shyamalan. Once launched, it'll come to the many millions of Apple devices out there in the world. 

    Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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    • Camila Mendes struggled with bulimia through high school, college, and into the entertainment industry.
    • The "Riverdale" actress told Shape that her life was changed after she started seeing a therapist and a nutritionist.
    • She has been open about her eating disorder in the past. 

    Camila Mendes has been candid about her struggles with her body image in the past, and now the "Riverdale" star is sharing more about how she overcame an eating disorder and who she looks up to as a body-positive icon.

    "I've struggled with bulimia," the 24-year-old said in the new issue of Shape, revealing that the eating disorder was most prevalent in high school, college, and when she started working in the entertainment industry.

    "I had such an emotional relationship with food and anxiety about everything I put into my body," she continued. "I was so scared of carbs that I wouldn't let myself eat bread or rice ever. ... If I ate a sweet, I would be like, 'Oh my God, I'm not going to eat for five hours now.' I was always punishing myself."

    About a year ago, she decided she needed help and sought out a therapist, who also recommended a nutritionist. "Seeing both of them changed my life," Mendes said. "So much of the anxiety I had about food went away when I started learning more about nutrition. ... I was always on some kind of weird diet, but I haven't been on one since. I'm very proud of myself."

    Both Mendes and her "Riverdale" costar Lili Reinhart are vocal advocates of body positivity, using their social media platforms to shut down unfair beauty standards and expectations on women. Mendes also told Shape that the current body-positivity movement helped her accept herself for who she is.

    "It's helping me so much," she said. "I'm seeing all these people who I look up to, like Rihanna, open up about their weight fluctuations and loving themselves the way they are. That makes me love myself more too."

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    2018 is wrapping up, and some your favorite TV shows like Netflix's "House of Cards" are ending their runs. And a lot of shows have ended throughout the year. 

    Shows that ended in 2018 include FX's critical darling "The Americans," which aired a stunning series finale after a six-season run in May. Other shows that have already ended include ABC's "The Middle,""Scandal," and "Once Upon a Time."

    A majority of these shows were popular with critics or audiences throughout their runs, and some, like "The Americans" and Fox's "New Girl," considered among the best shows on TV.

    But every show has to end at some point. These have run their course, and their networks decided it's time for them to go.

    Is your favorite show coming to an end this year? Has it already ended?

    Here are all the shows coming to an end in 2018:

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    "Portlandia"— ended March 22, after eight seasons on IFC



    "Love"— ended March 29, after three seasons on Netflix



    "Scandal"— ended April 19, after seven seasons on ABC



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    On October 12, 2007, "Wizards of Waverly Place" premiered on Disney Channel. The show centered on the Russo family living in New York's Greenwich Village. On the sitcom, siblings Alex (Selena Gomez), Justin (David Henrie), and Max (Jake T. Austin) inherited magical powers from their father (David DeLuise).

    The kids trained to become the superior wizard throughout the sitcom's four seasons, while learning lessons from their parents (who owned the Waverly Sub Station). 

    Here's what the cast has been up to since the series debuted on Disney Channel 11 years ago. 

    Selena Gomez starred as middle child Alex Russo.

    She was sassy and often responded to people with sarcastic remarks. Alex's careless use of magic landed her in messy situations, but yet, she ended up earning the title of the Family Wizard.  



    Gomez's role propelled her to fame, and she's now a singer, actress, and collaborator with fashion brands.

    Since "WOWP," Gomez has become one of the most popular people on social media and had  highly publicized relationships with Nick Jonas, Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd

    Gomez has also been honored for her musical achievements and humanitarian work. She voiced the animated character Mavis in the "Hotel Transylvania" films and previously released two albums that peaked at No. 1. 

    The "Bad Liar" singer has released her own perfume, collaborated with companies like Puma and Coach, and is a UNICEF ambassador. 

    Her fashion and hair styles have evolved over the years, and she has been open about her struggles with depression and anxiety. In September 2017, Gomez revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant, which she needed as a result of her lupus.  

    Most recently, the 26-year-old said that she would be taking a break from social media. In October 2018, People reported that Gomez was seeking treatment after an "emotional breakdown."



    The oldest Russo child, Justin, was played by David Henrie.

    He was quite book smart and eventually became the headmaster of Wiz Tech.



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    • Andrew Lincoln is leaving "The Walking Dead" during season nine.
    • It's unknown how his character, Rick Grimes, will depart the zombie drama.
    • INSIDER teamed up with app TV Time to ask fans how they believe Rick will leave the show.
    • Fans are split over whether or not Rick will be killed off the show or have his story left open-ended.
    • If Rick is killed, most believe Rick will give his life to save his community. Others believe he may be betrayed.

    Andrew Lincoln confirmed in July that season nine of "The Walking Dead" will be his last as the show's leader, Rick Grimes, and fans are divided over how they think he'll leave.

    While we have plenty of guesses on how Lincoln may depart the AMC zombie drama, the two most common theories are that Rick will either be killed off of the show or walk off into the sunset in an open-ended departure. 

    INSIDER teamed up with TV Time, an app which tracks shows and allows fans to share reactions in real time, to find out how fans believe Rick will leave the show. Despite that bloody boot seen in the season's official trailer, not everyone believes Rick will die. In fact, fans are pretty split right down the middle.

    TV Time surveyed 2,721 users in the United States who follow "The Walking Dead" in its app and have watched through season eight. Fans responded to two questions from October 4 through October 8, 2018. Let's get to it. 

    How will Rick leave "The Walking Dead"?

    According to TV Time, fans are split on whether or not Rick will be killed off "The Walking Dead." Of those surveyed, 49% believe Rick's story will be left open-ended instead of meeting a bloody demise while 47% think we'll see him killed. 

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    The 4% who said "Other" had more specific versions of how Rick will be killed off or leaving his story open ended. 

    Those responses included Rick leaving on the mystery helicopter, dying of natural causes like cancer, and taking a bullet for another person. One of the funnier responses included Rick being "abducted by aliens."

    If Rick is killed off "The Walking Dead," how will it happen?

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    Fans are more certain of this response. 70% believe that if the time comes Rick will martyr himself to save his loved ones. That doesn't seem like a stretch after seeing how Rick runs the community of Alexandria on the season nine premiere. 

    It's nearly a three-way tie between those who believe Rick will be bitten by a walker like his son Carl, killed by Negan, or stabbed by one of the upcoming new villains, The Whisperers. (You can read more about them here.)

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    Many of those who responded "Other" believe Rick will be betrayed by Maggie or some of his other people. Six responses suggested Rick may receive Ezekiel's shocking comic death and winds up brutally murderered by the show's upcoming Whisperer villains. 

    We have a few more episodes with Rick before we bid farewell to the character who woke up from a coma to a new world. Executive producer and series director Greg Nicotero told INSIDER he directed Lincoln's final episode. The only other episode Nicotero is directing during the season's first half is episode five. 

    You can follow along with our "Walking Dead" coverage all season long here

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    • "Roseanne" spin-off "The Conners" premieres on ABC Tuesday at 8 p.m. without Roseanne Barr.
    • The premiere significantly addresses Roseanne's absence after her show revival was canceled at the end of May. 
    • While the show makes a solid case for itself without Barr, the show is "unavoidably awkward" without its lead matriarch.
    • "Going from revolving around Roseanne to excising her completely just isn’t a realistic option."
    • The show has the chance to become great, but that will depend on whether or not people care to watch the show without Roseanne.

    To call "The Conners" one of the fall’s most anticipated shows is less a commentary on its potential quality than describing the sensation of steeling oneself against an oncoming train.

    The curiosity factor and difficulty levels are high with this one; there’s not much precedent for a show emerging from the ashes of losing its titular star because she couldn’t stop tweeting racist conspiracy theories.

    And despite the cast and crew’s insistence otherwise, the 2018 iteration of "Roseanne" could never be just a sitcom. Roseanne Barr’s real life evolution into a right-wing hero transformed a celebrated family comedy into a cultural flashpoint to the point that President Trump felt the need to publicly congratulate Barr on its monster ratings and sticking it to the Hollywood elite from whence they both came.

    So how can this cast of characters continue without the woman that anchored it for so many years? Can "The Conners" believably escape the offscreen chaos, shake the specter of Barr, and distinguish itself as its own show?

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    Having now seen two episodes of "The Conners," I can report that the answer is…well, yes and no. I can’t tell you (yet) how the show writes Barr off, or much of anything significant at all. But I can say that given everything it went through to become its own series, "The Conners" makes a solid case for itself by trusting its cast to sell the hell out of a particularly tricky situation — but there is just no escaping Roseanne, or Barr, completely.

    The premiere ("Just Keep Trucking") is understandably preoccupied with explaining "Granny Rose’s" absence, making it difficult to describe without being able to get into specifics. Still, it’s safe to say that "The Conners" does its best to acknowledge the enormity of losing Roseanne even just as a character. Every other Conner — most especially Dan (John Goodman), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) — tries to figure out where they fit into the family now that Roseanne, once the glue that held them together, is gone.

    The sudden nature of it all is unavoidably awkward, but the script from creators Dave Caplan, Bruce Helford, Bruce Rasmussen manages to squeeze in a surprising amount of jokes for the occasion, and the accomplished cast is more than up to the challenge of landing them.

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    Goodman, Gilbert, Metcalf, and Lecy Goranson as Becky are particularly sharp, finding ways to let their characters’ personalities come through their fog of grief. Goodman, who very often had to take a natural backseat to Barr’s high-octane performance, gets a few great moments to be his gruff best as Dan reels from his shock and shrugs on the role of reluctant nurturer. 

    Metcalf leans into Jackie’s signature mania and shows exactly how good she is by not letting a single line or look go by without making a meal of it. And in the two episodes screened for critics (the premiere and an episode airing further into the season), guest stars like Mary Steenbergen, Juliette Lewis, and Justin Long each bring something new and interesting to the table.

    Maybe the most revealing moment, however, comes when Becky and Darlene clash on how to deal with their loss. Becky, terrified that she might come undone, insists that Darlene is better suited to take the lead. “You’re the obvious choice to take over for Mom,” she says. “You already live here, and you’re also a scary little tyrant.” Darlene doesn’t totally agree (though she of course takes “scary little tyrant” as a compliment), but Becky might as well be talking about the show itself.

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    When the revival first premiered in March, it quickly became clear that Gilbert’s Darlene would be as much of a lead as Roseanne herself. Her plotline of having to move back into her childhood home with two kids and no job was the most immediately dynamic, or at the very least, the basis of a sitcom setup as classic as they come. Roseanne was still the reigning matriarch, and let everyone know it every chance she got, but Darlene’s story was the one that connected everyone else’s and pushed the show forward. It’s both natural and smart that “The Conners” — both the show and fictional family — would turn the focus more squarely on her once Roseanne left the picture.

    But the show can’t ignore Roseanne forever. As the sentimental premiere acknowledges and even insists, going from revolving around Roseanne to excising her completely just isn’t a realistic option. And yet it’s beyond bizarre to watch the characters remember her with fond “man, she was stubborn” chuckles knowing about the offscreen mess that made this reboot of a revival necessary. Going forward, “The Conners” will likely split the difference, mentioning her in passing while continuing to have the Conners live their lives. As it stands now, the series has a fighting chance of becoming great on its own terms — but for that, the "Roseanne" audience will have to actually care enough beyond their basic curiosity to stay tuned and find out.

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    • "Supergirl" actor Mehcad Brooks opened up about being part of a show that's introducing TV's first transgender superhero (played by Nicole Maines) on season four.  
    • "I think that 'Supergirl' has been ahead of the curve for a long time and I think that this sort of fits into the character of our showrunners, it fits into the character of Greg Berlanti [the series' creator], it fits into their vision," Brooks, who stars as James Olsen, told INSIDER. "I'm happy to have helped or been a part of a show that's broken so many glass ceilings."
    • The 37-year-old added that the show is "just going continue trying to do a lot of firsts and continue waking people up and just push that message of equality."

     

    Season four of "Supergirl" will include TV's first transgender superhero, and star Mehcad Brooks (who plays James Olsen) is thrilled that the show continues to push boundaries. 

    "I think that 'Supergirl' has been ahead of the curve for a long time and I think that this sort of fits into the character of our showrunners, it fits into the character of Greg Berlanti [the series' creator], it fits into their vision," Brooks told INSIDER.

    The latest season of the CW show introduces a new character named Nia Nal, played by transgender actress and activist Nicole Maines. Nia joins the show as a reporter at CatCo Worldwide Media, working alongside Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist). As the season progresses, her identity as Dreamer (an alien who as the name suggests, can dream the future) is revealed.  

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    "I'm happy to have helped or been a part of a show that's broken so many glass ceilings," Brooks told us.

    Since the show premiered in 2015, it has tackled topics that Brooks believes reflect the current climate and resonate with viewers. This includes discussing gun control and Brooks' character "crossing the racial divide" and becoming a vigilante known as The Guardian in National City.

    "We've broken some glass ceilings when it comes to having a female president on our show," Brooks added, referring to Lynda Carter's character named Olivia Marsdin, who's secretly an alien. "Now we have Nicole, who's the first trans superhero and I think we're just going continue trying to do a lot of firsts and continue waking people up and just push that message of equality."

    Brooks added that he thinks the show addresses relevant topics in a way that fits into "Supergirl's" storytelling.

    "I think people like those messages, but they don't like being lectured to," the 27-year-old said. "So I think it's kind of nice that they're able to sit down and watch something with the kids and a whole family can get together and at the same time, get these really simple messages of equality that we teach our kindergarteners, but somehow in our 20s and our 30s, we forget what we learned in kindergarten, that everybody's equal."

    "I'm not sure where we went wrong, but I'm happy to continue to sort of deliver that message and to help to continue to deliver that message, but in a way where I don't feel like people are getting tired of us, because we're not lecturing them," Brooks said. 

    Season four of "Supergirl" premieres on The CW on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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    This fall TV season is a mixed bag. There's some good shows, but there's also quite a few that are a complete waste of time.

    Shows like ABC's "Single Parents" and CBS' "God Friended Me" have potential, but shows like CBS' "FBI" and ABC's "A Million Little Things" feel like unoriginal copies of successful shows on other networks. 

    If you've run out of good TV to watch, or just want to be up on new shows people are talking about, we took to ratings aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank the best and worst shows of fall 2018. Along with the critic ranking, we included the Rotten Tomatoes audience ranking, a sample of what critics have said so far, and show descriptions courtesy of IMDB

    Here are the best and worst TV shows of fall 2018 (so far), ranked according to critics:

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    THE BEST:



    "Happy Together" (CBS)

    Description: Claire and Jake's married life is mired in routine, but when megastar Cooper shows up at their door, they get dragged into his life of fame.

    Critic Score: 60%

    Audience Score: 57%

    "Given the opportunity to sing, dance and flail around ridiculously in the pilot, Wayans and West try hard and I smiled frequently at their effort." -The Hollywood Reporter 



    "Charmed" (The CW)

    Description:Follows the lives of three sisters who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are powerful witches.

    Critic Score: 64%

    Audience Score: 33%

    "The pilot has more of a balance of heavy emotion and lightness than I expected, and the most surprising thing about the new Charmed... is how it doesn't forget to be fun within a contemporary, #MeToo/#TimesUp context." -Paste



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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead,""The Bridge."

    Sunday's "The Walking Dead" showed that the biggest threat to Rick's group of survivors may not be the undead, but each other. 

    As Daryl went head-to-head with multiple members of the Sanctuary, it appears as if another mysterious person is taking them out. While you're trying to figure out who may be responsible the missing Saviors and wrap your head around a new potential romance, INSIDER rounded some smaller references to previous seasons and the comics you may have overlooked.

    There's some really cool artwork in Maggie's new Hilltop quarters you may have missed during a quick moment. Keep reading to see what you may have missed.

    Rick passes by a sign for the other neighboring communities. We haven't seen one of them on the list.

    The mention of Toledo should catch the attention of some comic readers.



    Eventually, in the comics, Rick's group comes across a large group of survivors living in Ohio.

    We've already seen another hint at Toledo on the episode premiere. There was a windmill with "The Commonwealth" written on it. That's the name of the community from the comics that's located in Ohio.

    What do we know about The Commonwealth?

    They're a community of 50,000 led by a woman named Pamela Milton. Though we haven't met anyone yet by that name on the show, we have a feeling we may have already seen a version of Milton on the series on season eight who was also mentioned on Sunday's episode.



    Jesus mentions Georgie and the twins to Maggie.

    Georgie (Jayne Atkinson) appeared very briefly last season to give Maggie a book on rebuilding her community. Georgie told Maggie she was going to return at some point to see how they were doing and it looks like she has done just that. 

    Atkinson told INSIDER she and her son originally thought she could have been a version of Pamela. We'll have to wait and see whether or not the Toledo community belongs to Georgie and her twin bodyguards. 

     



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    Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead,""The Bridge."

    Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" saw one mysterious death at the episode's end, but it was another big loss earlier in the episode that got the fandom talking. 

    Aaron (Ross Marquand) got his arm lodged under a giant log during a walker attack and the injury was so bad that it had to be amputated. Nurse-in-training Enid (Katelyn Nacon) was forced to cut off Aaron's arm as the patient was awake to feel the entire thing. 

    Many fans didn't see it coming. 

    After the initial shock of Aaron losing his arm settled in, comic fans thought the show may be positioning the character to take over as one of the show's main leads when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) ultimately leaves. 

    Why? 

    Rick famously loses his right arm early in the comics at the hands of the Governor. It never happened on the show, despite Lincoln asking for it to happen.

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    Now, with his arm gone, many were quick to notice that Aaron's entire look will make him appear a lot like Grimes in the comics, even moreso than Lincoln. 

    With Lincoln leaving the show, Aaron may step up to be the new leader of Alexandria.

    That would make sense since Aaron's not only a well-respected member or Alexandria, but he was also one of the original members who went on runs to invite more survivors into the community.

    You can follow along with our "Walking Dead" coverage here throughout the season.

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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 have cut shows throughout the summer and fall.

    The most recent cancellation comes from Netflix, which announced that "Iron Fist" is canceled after two seasons. 

    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 in October.

    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:

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



    "I Love Dick"— Amazon, one season



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    • The Kardashians played baseball with the Jackson family.
    • Scott Disick and Khloe's Art Vandelay prank came to an end. 
    • Alex Rodriguez made an appearance on the episode as a coach. 
    • Kris Jenner helped with renovating the Watts community center. 

    On Sunday’s new episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Kris decided to form a league to raise money for a local community center, but she was in for a surprise of her own when Scott and Khloe decided it was time to finally bring their Art Vandelay prank to an end, for once and for all.

    Here’s what happened on "KUWTK."

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    KUWTK recap 10 15When she was approached about a community center in need, Kris made it her mission to renovate it and of course, she got her family involved. Immediately, Khloe, Kim, and Kourtney got to work trying to figure out what sport they could play for charity (and shockingly enough, Kourtney had never heard of dodgeball).

    Ultimately, they decided to form a baseball league and invited the Jackson family (yes, that Jackson family) to play against them … despite the fact that, in Kim’s words, "there’s not a lot of skill here."

    They didn’t hit it out of the park at first, but when Khloe got her friend, former Olympian Lisa Fernandez, to come and coach the team and everyone started hitting some balls.

    The "Art Vandelay" prank came to a close

    As fans already know, this season, Khloe and Scott are in the middle of an elaborate prank where they’ve convinced Kris an up and coming artist named Art Vandelay made pieces that Khloe bought for her home. At this point, Kris is wanting to get the pieces she has appraised, so the gig is up — it’s time to find a way to break the news.

    Naturally, Scott decided to invite his friend, Richardson Jones, to meet them for lunch pretending to be Art, and of course, Kris immediately fell over herself complimenting his talent.

    That’s when Scott decided to fill her in that all of the art was made by Khloe in her garage. Fortunately, Kris wasn’t mad, she was impressed.

    "I can’t even be mad because this is so good," she said. "I would be proud of myself if I pulled this off."

    A-Rod came to the rescue

    The day of the game, Kris pulled off something huge: she brought in Alex Rodriguez to coach the Calabasas Peaches (what the Kardashians named their team as a nod to "A League of Their Own"). The Jacksons immediately kicked serious butt, but the Calabasas Peaches did not.

    In the second half of the game, they managed to make a comeback (with Kendall Jenner and Corey Gamble truly saving the day), but it still wasn’t enough to win the game. They were proud of themselves anyway — and they managed to raise $15,000 for the center, which is all that really mattered.

    The family visited the Watts Center

    Kris pulled in the big guns to renovate the center, asking her friends to donate their time and skill to practically rebuild the recreation center. Even Adidas agreed to rebuild the entire outdoor play area. During the renovations, Kris had a chance to meet people who lived in the government subsidized housing around the center, and some of them had lost family members due to local violence.

    The community center was there to help give kids in the area a safe place to spend their time, and now, it would finally be in better shape instead of being left behind.

    The family went to attend the center’s ribbon cutting and met a lot of the Watts residents, including the kids who will spend their time at the center. At the end of the episode, they encouraged viewers to work for change in their own areas, too.

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    There's a lot of TV on Netflix. Thankfully we're here to make it easier to pick what shows you should watch.

    Every week, we put together a list of three great shows that you can watch throughout the week.

    We pick shows you can finish in a day, and some you can just get started on binge-watching. And we mix shows that have recently come onto the service with some old favorites you might have missed.

    From "Schitt's Creek" to "The Haunting of Hill House," here are three great TV shows you can binge-watch on Netflix this week:

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    "Schitt's Creek"

    Seasons: 4

    Episodes: 51

    The fourth season of this wildly funny and very Canadian comedy about a rich family that moves to a small town they own after losing nearly everything is a sweet story with fully-realized characters who you'll love.  



    "Salt Fat Acid Heat"

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 4

    This hybrid of a cooking show and travel show is super informative, as host Samin Nosrat explains the significance of salt, fat, acid, and heat in cooking beyond what you'd expect. 



    "The Haunting of Hill House"

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 10

    This terrifying family drama and horror series is not something you should watch alone at night. It is truly scary but well worth the investment, even if horror isn't your thing. 



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