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    Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones season 7 finale dragonpit

    • Peter Dinklage spoke with Vulture about filming the final season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."
    • The actor said it was hard to say goodbye to his cast members.
    • He specifically said one young actor's goodbye wrecked the cast. 

    Peter Dinklage says it was difficult to say goodbye to his "Game of Thrones" co-stars. 

    In an interview with Vulture, the 49-year-old actor spoke about the last days on set for the eighth and final season of the smash HBO show and said there was one particular actor whose goodbye affected the entire cast. 

    "I won't say their name or their character’s name, but one of the young people on the show wrapped this past season and everybody was a wreck," he said. "This person had grown up on the show, you know? They were a child and now they were an adult. And then they’re done. It’s like we were witnessing this person saying good-bye to their childhood."

    Some of the show's stars, including Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), started filming the show when they were barely teens. 

    Dinklage said that "it was really hard" to bid farewell to his cast members, but he'd try to go to set on their final days, even if he wasn't filming. And it was mutual. 

    For Dinklage's last day as Tyrion Lannister, he said his final day was "anticlimactic" but "beautifully bittersweet."

    "A lot of people whom I love were on set that day," he said. "Even if they weren’t working, they came to set, which was beautiful."

    Though he wouldn't go into detail about Tyrion's end, Dinklage did say that he thinks it is a "very good conclusion."

    "No matter what that is — death can be a great way out," he said. 

    Read his interview with Vulture here

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    the walking dead daryl rick 904

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

    "The Walking Dead" has a huge ensemble cast of characters trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. With more new characters joining the cast this season, you can prepare to say goodbye to a few longtime favorites.

    Season nine already launched with the death of a big character, and that won't be the only one we'll see this season. Norman Reedus, who plays fan-favorite Daryl Dixon, recently told Entertainment Weekly fans should expect to see some "big deaths" as the season unfolds. 

    Who will live and who will die? In the comics, the next set of villains enter the scene in an unforgettable way, and we're expecting to see a lot of the same play out on screen. 

    INSIDER put together a guide of which members of the Hilltop, Kingdom, Sanctuary, Alexandria, and beyond are most likely to be zombie chow or be killed in the episodes to come. 

    10. Ezekiel — 30%

    The first two episodes of season nine have been pushing the Ezekiel/Carol romance really hard. It would be heart-wrenching to see Carol get ready for a proposal or a wedding only to have it all taken away from her. 

    When the next set of villains, the Whisperers, arrive in the comics, they behead a number of major characters from the comics and place their heads on spikes along a border. Ezekiel is among the most prominent and shocking of those deaths.

    Creator Robert Kirkman said at New York Comic Con we'll see "some super creepy, really intense moments" from the comics. Will he meet the same fate or will another character receive his comic death? We're hoping the king sticks around with two other big departures set for this season.

     



    9. Michonne — 35%

    Corey Hawkins isn't the only one who made it big enough to leave "The Walking Dead." Danai Gurira made a huge splash in theaters in both "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War" this year. Both movies crossed $1 billion at the box office and you know Gurira is heading back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for next summer's "Avengers 4,"which just wrapped filming.

    But honestly, if Lincoln is leaving the show and there's a possibility for Lauren Cohan to leave if her ABC show takes off as well, how long do you expect Gurira to stick around? It will be tough when Marvel, and possibly others, have their eyes on her.



    8. Rick — 40%

    Andrew Lincoln confirmed he'll leave "The Walking Dead" this season, but we're not sure how the sheriff will part ways with the AMC series. There are multiple ways Rick could depart, but even fans are split over whether or not he'll get killed off the show or wander off to greener pastures.

    While the season's official trailer teased Rick walking with a bloody boot, we have a feeling that might be a red herring. Creator Robert Kirkman promised us a "cool" way for Rick to leave the series. Would it be cool to just kill off your show's lead character a short season after killing off his son? We don't think so.

    If AMC is planning on making more shows and a potential movie in "The Walking Dead" universe, you definitely want Lincoln available.

     



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    Jeff Jordan Big Brother"Big Brother" just wrapped up its 20th season, which has resulted in three new BB couples.

    In some cases, these showmances have continued outside of the house, even when the cameras have stopped rolling. 

    Here are the couples from "Big Brother" who are still together.

    Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder from seasons 11 and 13 are married with children.

    Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder met in 2009 while filming season 11 of "Big Brother." They were one of the first "Big Brother" couples to get together inside of the house and stay together outside of the house.

    While paying a visit to the "Big Brother" houseguests during season 16, Schroeder proposed to Lloyd.

    The pair got married in 2016, and now have two children.



    Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas from seasons 12 & 13 are married.

    Reilly and Villegas, otherwise known as #Brenchel, formed an alliance during season 12 of "Big Brother." The power couple was eventually evicted from the game, but their whirlwind romance proved strong enough to exist outside of the house.

    Reilly and Villegas were the first "Big Brother" showmance to get married. Villegas proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2012, and their ceremony took place on Sept. 18, 2012 on the roof of the At&T Center in Los Angeles.

    The couple has a daughter named Adora.



    Daniele Donato and Dominic Briones from season 13 are married.

    "Big Brother" season eight alum Daniele Donato met Dominic Briones on the set of season 13.

    The finale of season 13 aired in September of 2011, and the couple was married in January of 2013. This past August, they recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Tennessee Autumn Briones.

     



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    noah centineo keeping up with the kardashians

    Some eagle-eyed fans who watched Sunday's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" caught a familiar face in the background. 

    During a quick scene a little more than halfway through the episode,"To All The Boys I've Loved Before" star Noah Centineo pops up and is introduced to Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble when they arrive at the Watts Empowerment Center in Los Angeles.

    The man who greets them says to Gamble, "Corey, this is my friend Noah." 

    Fans freaked out on Twitter.

    Centineo's name flashes on the screen as he walks with the group for a second, but as quickly as he's introduced, he is gone. 

    He later pops up again in a scene where he's got a kid on his shoulder. 

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    roseanne dan conner john goodman

    • ABC's "Roseanne" spin-off, "The Conners," premieres Tuesday night.
    • According to a survey from Morning Consult and The Hollywood Reporter, 60% of people said they're unlikely to tune into the show without Roseanne Barr.
    • ABC’s executive vice president for programming strategy and scheduling, Andy Kubitz, told Vulture "The Conners" will still be the No. 1 show if they retain at least half of their audience from the "Roseanne" revival.

    ABC says it doesn't need the full "Roseanne" fandom to tune into its spin-off, "The Conners." 

    "If we can capture even half of 'Roseanne's' audience from last year, we'll be the No. 1 new show for the season," ABC’s executive vice president for programming strategy and scheduling, Andy Kubitz, told Vulture

    The "Roseanne" revival was a breakaway hit for the network in the spring. More than 27.3 million viewers tuned in for its March premiere. Over the course of its eight-episode season, the show consistently brought in over 10 million viewers weekly.

    "Roseanne" was abruptly canceled in May after its star, Roseanne Barr, compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape on TwitterIn June, ABC announced the 10-episode "Roseanne" spin-off without Barr.

    Kubitz said carrying on the show without Barr was essentially a no-brainer if the network could make it happen. Without Barr, there was the potential to still have the talents of Oscar-nominated Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman, and "The Talk" creator, Sara Gilbert, on screen together. 

    "I mean, who wouldn’t want to put a show like that on the air?" said Kubitz. 

    Goodman, Metcalf, and Gilbert will return for "The Conners" along with the rest of the original cast when it airs. They'll be joined by several new actors, including Juliette Lewis, who will play David's (Johnny Galecki) girlfriend.

    ABC can almost guarantee a lot of of eyeballs will be tuning in for "The Conners" premiere Tuesday. Longtime fans will want to see how the show writes off Roseanne. Barr said the show will kill her off by opioid overdose.

    But once fans learn how Barr was killed off the show, it's unclear whether they'll want to stick around to watch the show. According to a recent survey of over 2,000 people by The Hollywood Reporter60% said they are unlikely to tune into "The Conners." 

    Regardless of how the show performs, it's a low-risk move for ABC. If people don't tune in, then they cancel the spinoff after one season. But if people watch and the cast can pull off a show without the matriarch who made the show a hit, then it's an easy win. 

    "The Conners" premieres Tuesday night on ABC at 8 p.m. 

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    The Conners

    In March, ABC’s revival of the sitcom “Roseanne” premiered to excellent ratings, but mixed reception. Star Roseanne Barr’s conservative views dominated the revival and resulted in some backlash, particularly over an episode that featured a storyline in which Roseanne thought her Muslim neighbors were terrorists.

    In late May, ABC cancelled the “Roseanne” revival after firing Barr for a racist tweet that compared former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrette to an ape. 

    But the “Roseanne” revival was such a ratings success for ABC, and remains one of the most watched shows of 2018. So ABC ordered a 10-episode season of “The Conners,” a continuation of the story and characters in “Roseanne,” only without its title character played by Barr.

    Why you should watch: Its supporting cast, which proves that Roseanne Barr was what was holding the revival back

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    Shows have continued without their leads before, but “The Conners” is a bit different. “Roseanne” revolved around its lead and Barr’s worldviews, so the show is essentially reinventing itself without her presence.

    “The Conners” pulls off this reinvention, without feeling like a completely different series. “Roseanne” became such an iconic sitcom because of its relatability for audiences all across the country, especially the middle class. It was an honest representation of an American working class family that wasn’t afraid to take on difficult issues often ignored on sitcoms. But these issues, such as race and the current political divide, made the “Roseanne” revival feel like a different show that wasn’t in line with the spirit of the original. Thankfully, “The Conners” brings back what made the show so great in the first place.

    “The Conners” does this successfully because the show has more time to explore what’s going on with the strong set of supporting characters including Dan (John Goodman), Becky (Alicia Goranson), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf, who were previously written around the character of Roseanne without much room to shine.

    What’s hot: Laurie Metcalf, possibly the most gifted actor working today

    The Conners

    Earlier this year, Laurie Metcalf was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.” Her role in the movie as Lady Bird’s mother has comedic elements, but is primarily dramatic.

    Thankfully, Metcalf has way more room to show off her incredible comedic talent on “The Conners” that she did not have as much time to show off on “Roseanne” as a supporting character. Even in the premiere, which focuses on her character’s grief over the sudden loss of her sister, Metcalf uses her gift for physical comedy to show how Jackie is handling it in an obsession with organizing the kitchen. 

    What’s not: The first episode focuses so much on Roseanne’s exit that it feels like she’s still there

    The Conners

    The first episode of “The Conners” doesn’t get a chance to separate itself from Roseanne. This was inevitable, because the show couldn’t exactly start in the middle of things without an explanation. While the episode dissects how people respond to grief in their own unique ways, it focuses on Roseanne so much that is almost feels like she's more present then she would have been if she was actually in the episode.

    The bottom line: "The Conners" showcases on the original series’ strengths instead of its controversial lead

    The Conners

    You may not be initially interested in watching “The Conners,” especially if you didn’t like the “Roseanne” revival season. But “The Conners” is much different. Instead on focusing on what divides us, “The Conners” uses its talented cast and memorable characters to focus on what people have in common.

    Grade: B-

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    derek meredith grey's anatomyOver the last 15 seasons of "Grey’s Anatomy," fans have seen a lot of couples begin and end — many of them had fans swooning while others were frustrating to watch.

    It’s impossible to keep track of all of the relationships that have happened in the nearly two decades since the show premiered, but there have definitely been many that have impacted the show and its characters more than others — and not always in a good way.

    Here are some of the major "Grey’s Anatomy" couples, ranked. 

    Warning: Major spoilers ahead.

    Callie and George’s relationship never should have happened.

    At first, when Callie and George started dating, their relationship was kind of cute. But, when George's dad suddenly passed away, he and Callie began moving way too fast. 

    It didn’t take long after they tied the knot in Vegas for George to start cheating with Izzie. And not long after that, the relationship ended. 



    Derek and Addison were always meant to split up.

    When Addison cheated on Derek with Mark Sloan, Derek and Addison's marriage crumbled. But judging by the aftermath, it seemed like they were never going to stay happy together, even in the best of circumstances.

    Both of them seemed much better off once they finally decided to call it quits and stop trying to put their marriage back together.



    George and Izzie had no romantic chemistry.

    In theory, the idea of George and Izzie getting together was kind of adorable. But, in practice, it backfired. They had no romantic chemistry together, and the fact that their relationship was a result of George's cheating on Callie wasn't great. Fortunately, they stayed friends when it was all over.



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    t pain

    • T-Pain's new Fuse show, "T-Pain's School of Business," finds the recording artist interviewing the founders of successful product startups. 
    • T-Pain spoke to Business Insider about the startups featured on his series premiere, the influence of his music, and his upcoming work.

     

    Nearly a decade and a half out from the start of his music career, T-Pain decided to follow his side interest in startup culture into the world of reality business shows.

    "T-Pain's School of Business," which premieres Tuesday on Fuse at 11 pm ET, finds the recording artist interviewing the founders of a wide range of successful product startups.

    Speaking to Business Insider during a phone call from his studio last week, T-Pain discussed the startups featured on his series premiere, including a marijuana-infused wine and an all-in-one instrument for musicians, the popular influence of his music, and what we can expect from his upcoming work.

    This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

    John Lynch: I was relieved to hear you swearing and joking on the show. I was worried with this type of show that we might see a PG T-Pain. 

    T-Pain: Oh, no [laughs]. I am who I am on any platform.

    Lynch: And Fuse was a good home for it? 

    T-Pain: Yeah, they were the only people who would actually let me do my thing, so yeah, definitely a good home.

    Lynch: What inspired you to do this type of business show?

    T-Pain: Mostly because I was already doing it at home, going through Kickstarter and IndieGoGo and all the funding sites. I was just trying to bring something that I already liked doing to TV. Not much other motivation than that, man. It was just a great idea. I told Fuse what I was doing on a daily basis, and they were like, "Man, that'd be a great show." And here we are.

    Lynch: How did you approach hosting it?

    T-Pain: It wasn't really a hard decision on how I was going to approach it, because like I said, I was already doing it, and I talk to a lot of entrepreneurs everyday. You've gotta imagine the number of people that come up to me everyday saying they have great ideas, or looking for funding. But a lot of these companies that I talked to on the show were already successful. I felt like it was more of an opportunity to teach than anything else, because I didn't want to have a show where I'm like, "I know all about making money. Here's how you do it — do this," or you know, I'm not shutting anybody down. That seemed like a terrible idea.

    I just wanted it to be organic, natural, pretty much uplifting, and very, very informative. That was the most important thing. I wanted it to be informative and not just showing off how much money these people have made and how dope their products are. I wanted information behind the development, information behind the process, what made you come up with this idea. I wanted to motivate younger and up-and-coming entrepreneurs as well, so it helps out a lot to have an informative show, and not just something that's super duper fun and you learn nothing.

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    Lynch: One of the products that you seemed to like a lot was the Artiphon 1, this all-in-one instrument that raised $1 million on Kickstarter. What did you think of playing that, and have you used it at all since then?

    T-Pain: Yeah, I'm literally looking at it right now [laughs]. I'm in my studio, and I've got it hooked up in my studio right now. The Artiphon is such a new take on something that sort of existed, but there's been nothing like it so far that I've seen, other than normal Midi controllers and the keyboards that you can bring in and turn into Midi controllers. It's such a different thing, like with the iBow that you can use your phone and treat it like a violin, and the guitar aspect of it, you can play a piano like a guitar. So many different ways you can use it. You can make your own custom pads. And it's just one thing that fits into your backpack. Before I saw this product, using my laptop in my hotel room, I would have to bring a keyboard, a small guitar, a record device, but all of that is in that Artiphon, so it helps out a lot. 

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    Lynch: Another product you tried was a weed-infused wine. That you seemed more skeptical of, which I think was right — it seemed like a bizarre scenario.

    T-Pain: [laughs] Yeah, that was actually pretty cool, man. I wasn't chill about it at first because I'm just not a weed guy. I'm just terrible at weed on any account. I don't know how somebody can be bad at weed, but I'm just real bad at weed. I can't do edibles, I can't smoke weed, but then I drank that, and man, I was actually pretty chill. Usually I'm freaking losing my mind or something like that, but there wasn't a crazy dosage of THC in it, so I bet that helps out a lot, and also I like drinking. But yeah, it worked fairly quickly and very effectively. 

    Lynch: To go back to music technology, as one of the modern originators of autotune, what was it like for you to see that technology and that style really take off in the years after your first album?

    T-Pain: It was pretty cool, man, to be an innovator. Not that I invented autotune or was the first person to use it or anything like that. A lot of people have complained that they did it before me, and I'm grateful for that and, hey, maybe they motivated me, I don't know, but it didn't take off like it did after I did it. To see myself as somebody that brought it to the forefront and made it popular, I'm really glad I did it. That's something under my belt that I can keep going and tell my grandkids about. 

    Lynch: And you're still — you haven't exhausted it, you still like using autotune as a tool?

    T-Pain: Oh, absolutely. I can't stop doing something that I started. It's a pretty cool thing for me, and it's part of my sound. So I don't want to change too much. If it ain't broke don't fix it, you know. It's one of those things.

    Lynch: You had a recent back-and-forth on Twitter with Delta airlines about your distaste for their runway music, and they ended up playing "Buy U a Drank" on one of your flights. Is that, or what's the strangest place you've heard one of your songs?

    T-Pain: Probably in a church [laughs]. That was weird.

    Lynch: You said "in a church"? [laughs]

    T-Pain: Yeah, I didn't think they would be doing that, but hey, they used it, flipped the words around to talk about God and Jesus, and yeah, I'm all about it. I have no problem with that.

    Lynch: Which song was it?

    T-Pain: It was "Bartender," which was weird. They flipped that around and made it about "the word." So that was pretty cool.

    Lynch: Prepping for this call, I had a sharp flashback to being an emotional white kid listening to "I'm Sprung" on like a CD player, back in the day [laughs]. I'm wondering, is there an era of your career that you're particularly nostalgic for or proud of?

    T-Pain: I think the "THR33 RINGZ" era. I feel like I got more creative in that time, and I took more risks with the style of clothing I was wearing, and coming out with all these props at my shows. And that's another thing that really brought me to doing this TV show was taking risks, and just seeing how difficult it is to really believe in yourself when nobody else knows what the hell is going on. Because if I would have listened to people when I came up with the whole circus theme [for "THR33 RINGZ"], that whole album would have never happened. It helped to believe in myself and get to a point where I could channel my inner entrepreneur and just go for it, and do things on the road that nobody had seen before, and it worked out.

    Lynch: You just dropped a second volume of "Everything Must Go." Why release free collections of your songs at this time  why must everything go?

    T-Pain: Well, for one, I don't feel like buying any more hard drives, and I'm running out of room on all the ones my music is on. So if I'm running out of space on a four terabyte drive, then I just need to either delete all the music I got on there or just release it. I'm not using it for anything or making money off it sitting in the ol' hard drive, then why not just give it to the people? It's just something to bring awareness that I'm still here, same type of music. It was music I made in my leisure. I mean, the only way I would capitalize off of it is if one of the songs becomes a hit and I go touring off of that song for some reason, I don't know why, but it's not really a priority of mine at this present time.

    Lynch: How are you thinking about your next official release  I'm assuming you're in the studio for it?

    T-Pain: Yeah, it's actually coming pretty soon, like really really soon. Like less than two months soon. So I'm just in the studio getting it done. We got the final tracks. I just sent in all the sessions for mixing. It's pretty much like, not so much a surprise, but basically like I'm doing everything on the go. The game isn't really big on promoting anymore anyways, so it's just like a thing I'm doing. I'm not seeing it as a big, life-changing thing I'm doing, but it's definitely something I want to put out in the world.

    Lynch: How are you conceptualizing it musically?

    T-Pain: I don't think I'm coming at it with any particular concept or anything like that. Conceptually, it's just me enjoying music again. It's just a vast array of things that I've had on my mind recently. There was a point where music didn't really mean as much to me as it used to, so just getting back in the groove and really enjoying it again is what you would get out from it. If I had to lay a concept to it, I think it's just me having fun [laughs]. That's all it boils down to. 

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    Spoiler Warning: This post contains major spoilers for ABC's "Roseanne" spin-off "The Conners"

    "The Conners" premiered on ABC Tuesday, and the episode reveals the fate of Roseanne Conner, who was played by Roseanne Barr. 

    In May, Roseanne Barr was fired from ABC’s revival of “Roseanne” hours after posting a racist tweet comparing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

    "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement.

    The revival was subsequently canceled. But because the show was such a ratings hit, ABC decided to continue the show under a new name with the remaining cast. That show is “The Conners,” which premiered on ABC Tuesday night.

    The premiere episode of “The Conners” reveals exactly how Roseanne Conner dies. In September, Barr said in an interview that her character would die of an opioid overdose.

    The show’s premiere which revolves around Roseanne’s death — begins with the family believing that she died of a heart attack in her sleep following knee surgery. But the family finds out after an autopsy that Roseanne actually died of an opioid overdose, though she didn't have a prescription for the pain killers. After looking into the new discovery, the family figures out that she exchanged the pain medicine with friends and hid it around the house right under the noses.

    "The Conners," which stars John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf, airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Conners."

    "The Conners" finally revealed how the show would move forward without Roseanne Barr on the spin-off Tuesday night. 

    The series killed off the iconic TV mom by opioid overdose in an emotional half-hour premiere. If you watched the "Roseanne" revival at all earlier this year, the decision didn't come completely out of left field. 

    "I think that it was important that we all be respectful of Roseanne Conner and Roseanne Barr," executive producer Tom Werner said during a panel for the show Tuesday evening at PaleyFest in New York City. "What made the show work last year for us — obviously we have an extraordinary ensemble cast — but what made the show work for us is that, I think we were touching on themes that were very relevant to our audience."

    "If you had seen the shows last year, Roseanne Conner was struggling with drug [addiction]," Werner continued, saying that when they discussed what to do moving forward with Roseanne's character, the logical choice seemed like it was already written for them.

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    "We're doing a comedy, but this is a problem that has affected tens of thousands of people, opioid addiction," he said. "This was a challenge that Roseanne Conner was dealing with last year, and we felt that this was something that could shine a light on something."

    Toward the end of the "Roseanne" revival, the Conner matriarch was seen stashing and hoarding painkillers she acquired from others. Roseanne was using the pills as a crutch for a knee operation she knew the family couldn't afford. 

    On one episode, her husband Dan (John Goodman) discovers Roseanne's secret and tells her they're going to get her the surgery she needs so she stops self medicating. 

    "What is wonderful for the show, for me, is that when [an episode is] over, people feel like they have spent a half hour and it was worth their time," said Werner. "I think that there will be people talking about this and how it affects the family. And obviously it touches on healthcare issues."

    On the premiere, Dan learns Roseanne had received some pills from a woman named Marcy (guest star Mary Steenburgen). She proceeds to tell Dan that she has been sharing drugs with others in the Lanford, Illinois community. 

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    "In part, as we know, that's because we know prescription drugs are expensive," said Werner of a storyline we'll most likely see play out this season on "The Conners.""I don't want to get to heavy, but, I think this was an honest and authentic way of dealing with Roseanne Conner." 

    The death of Barr's character on the show wasn't a big surprise to fans who have been following the star. Barr first revealed she would be killed off the series by overdose in September, during a YouTube interview.

    Soon after the episode premiere, Barr tweeted out that she's not dead.

    After a successful season, and an order for a second season, the "Roseanne" revival was canceled in May after Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape on Twitter. ABC announced "The Conners" spin-off one month later with the entire cast, except Barr, returning

    In a four-paragraph statement to INSIDER after "The Conners" premiere, Barr said she was not happy with how her "Roseanne" was canceled and how she was killed off the series.

    "That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show," said Barr and her Rabbi and friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. "This was a choice the network did not have to make. 'Roseanne' was the only show on television that directly addressed the deep divisions threatening the very fabric of our society."

    "The "Roseanne" revival was a big rating's winner for ABC. More than 27.3 million viewers tuned in for its March premiere. 

    The network's executive vice president for programming strategy and scheduling, Andy Kubitz, told Vulture if "The Conners"receives half that audience, they'll still be the No. 1 show on TV. 

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Conners."

    ABC debuted its "Roseanne" spin-off "The Conners" Tuesday night, and Roseanne Barr is not happy with how the network chose to write off her character.

    "While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of 'The Conners,' all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel 'Roseanne' by killing off the Roseanne Conner character," Barr and her Rabbi and friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, said in a statement to INSIDER after the episode aired.

    "The Conners" premiere initially reveals Roseanne's death to be due to a heart attack. Later in the episode, an autopsy report shows the Conner matriarch died by overdose. On the "Roseanne" revival earlier this year, Roseanne Conner was struggling with addiction to painkillers for a knee injury.

    "That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show," said Barr and Boteach. "This was a choice the network did not have to make. 'Roseanne' was the only show on television that directly addressed the deep divisions threatening the very fabric of our society." 

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    In the four-paragraph statement, Barr and Boteach address their disappointment in ABC cancelling the "Roseanne" revival. The high-rated show was abruptly canceled in May after Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape on Twitter. "The Conners" spin-off was announced one month later with the entire cast returning, except Barr.

    "The cancellation of 'Roseanne' is an opportunity squandered due in equal parts to fear, hubris, and a refusal to forgive," the statement concludes. 

    Before "The Conners" aired, Barr previously revealed her character would die by overdose in a September interview

    During a panel at PaleyFest in New York City Tuesday, "The Conners" executive producer Tom Werner told a crowd the decision to kill off Roseanne Conner made sense given last season's events surrounding her character. 

    "This was a challenge that Roseanne Conner was dealing with last year, and we felt that this was something that could shine a light on something," said Werner. "I don't want to get to heavy, but, I think this was an honest and authentic way of dealing with Roseanne Conner."

    Ahead of the show's premiere, Barr appeared on Vice News Tonight in a pre-taped interview where said she doesn't keep in touch with anyone on the spin-off anymore.

    "I've been removed from the process of my life's work," said Barr. "It's like the worst thing they could have possibly done to me, was to fire me from my own show and let other people write my life story."

    Barr followed that up with a tweet after the premiere concluded regarding her character's death.

    You can read the full statement from Barr and Boteach below:

    “While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of 'The Conners,' all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character. That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.

    This was a choice the network did not have to make. 'Roseanne' was the only show on television that directly addressed the deep divisions threatening the very fabric of our society. Specifically, the show promoted the message that love and respect for one another’s personhood should transcend differences in background and ideological discord. The show brought together characters of different political persuasions and ethnic backgrounds in one, unified family, a rarity in modern American entertainment. Above all else, the show celebrated a strong, matriarchal woman in a leading role, something we need more of in our country.

    Through humor and a universally relatable main character, the show represented a weekly teaching moment for our nation. Yet it is often following an inexcusable – but not unforgivable – mistake that we can discover the most important lesson of all: Forgiveness.  After repeated and heartfelt apologies, the network was unwilling to look past a regrettable mistake, thereby denying the twin American values of both repentance and forgiveness. In a hyper-partisan climate, people will sometimes make the mistake of speaking with words that do not truly reflect who they are. However, it is the power of forgiveness that defines our humanity.

    Our society needs to heal on many levels. What better way for healing than a shared moment, once a week, where we could have all enjoyed a compelling storyline featuring a witty character – a woman – who America connected with, not in spite of her flaws, but because of them. The cancellation of 'Roseanne' is an opportunity squandered due in equal parts to fear, hubris, and a refusal to forgive."

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Conners."

    ABC debuted its "Roseanne" spin-off, "The Conners," Tuesday night and the series quickly addressed the absence of its former lead star, Roseanne Barr.

    "The Conners" explained that Roseanne Conner died by opioid overdose after surviving a knee surgery.

    The reveal didn't completely come out of left field. When we last saw Roseanne, the character was struggling with an addiction to painkillers. In September, Barr spoiled the reveal by saying her character would be killed off.

    Many took to Twitter to share they weren't happy with how Barr was written off the series.

    The successful "Roseanne" revival was canceled by ABC in May after Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape on Twitter. A month later, a 10-episode spin-off without Barr was announced with the rest of the cast reprising their roles.

    Executive producer, Tom Werner, addressed how it was decided to kill Roseanne Conner off of the series during a panel Tuesday night in New York City at PaleyFest. 

    "This was a challenge that Roseanne Conner was dealing with last year, and we felt that this was something that could shine a light on something," said Werner.

    Barr expressed her disappointment with how her character was killed off the show in a statement to INSIDER after the ABC series' premiere. 

    Some fans noticed that Roseanne Conner's death on the series felt similar to how Glenn Quinn, who played Becky's husband, Mark, died in real life. Quinn died in 2002 as the result of an accidental heroin overdose.

    They found it to be in bad taste to his memory.

    The series still hasn't revealed how Becky's husband died on the revival. On Tuesday's premiere, Becky briefly noted that she was having a tough time dealing with her mother's death after the loss of Mark.

    How Mark died may be something the series explores this season as each character grieves in their own way with the death of Roseanne Conner.

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    • Keira Knightley gets mistaken for a number of different celebrities.
    • During an appearance on CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" Tuesday night, the 33-year-old actress described some of the times she's been approached. 
    • "I've been chased through an airport as Natalie Portman," she said. "I've been chased through a park as Kate Winslet. Quite a few people have come over to me to ask me to say hello to Daniel Craig for them because they think I'm Rachel Weisz. And Britney Spears...The other ones I get 'cause English, but yeah, I know, Britney Spears."
    • Watch the interview below.

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    • John Krasinski and Jimmy Kimmel's ongoing prank war, which began in 2011, continued.
    • The two stars have played pranks on each other every year around the holidays, from gift wrapping a car to being doused in eggnog.  
    • This time, the "Quiet Place" star located Kimmel's Airbnb that he's staying at while "Jimmy Kimmel Live" tapes in Brooklyn, New York for one week.
    • Krasinski put a sign on the sidewalk that read, "Come in and say hi!!," recruited a choir to sing, and placed giant inflatable holiday decorations outside. 
    • To make it clear that the late night host is staying at the home, Krasinski included a banner that said: "Welcome Jimmy Kimmel, who is renting this house!"
    • Watch the video below. 

     

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Conners."

    ABC debuted its "Roseanne" spinoff, "The Conners," Tuesday and the emotional premiere, which killed off the series' matriarch, Roseanne Barr, struck a balance between somber and laugh-out-loud funny in regular Conner fashion.

    A standout scene came late in the episode when Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) tearfully embraced in the Conner kitchen. It was a rare moment of raw emotion for the two usually sturdy women. Gilbert said the scene only needed to be filmed once.

    "We only did that scene once. We just did one take," Gilbert said on Tuesday evening during a PaleyFest panel in New York City that INSIDER attended. "So we rehearsed it, but we didn't rehearse it up to speed really. We never fully put all the emotions into it."

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    "When I walked in, I knew that those were Laurie's real emotions, and so then it was such an easy scene for us to do in a way," she added. "When we did the one take and they said we don't need to do it again, Laurie and I were like, 'Oh, thank God.'"

    In the scene, Metcalf gives an emotional monologue as Gilbert gets closer and closer until she embraces the actress.

    "I just wanted to step in. I just wanted to step in and pick up where Roseanne left off and give you guys everything that you need, but I'm just looking for things to do. I'm packing and unpacking drawers. Nothing belongs anywhere. I don't even know where I belong," Metcalf says while her voice breaks, speaking about Roseanne on "The Conners.""I don't want to go home. I don't want to leave this house because I don't want to leave her."

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    Metcalf and Gilbert probably didn't need to fake their emotions on set. The weight of Barr's absence hung heavy over the series premiere of "The Conners."

    The "Roseanne" revival was canceled in late May after Barr compared Valerie Jarrett, former adviser to President Barack Obama, to an ape. ABC announced "The Conners" the following month with the entire cast except Barr returning.

    Gilbert, who also serves as executive producer on the spinoff, said before filming the kitchen scene, she and Metcalf talked about how the premiere would be a heavy episode for the comedic show. Granted, "Roseanne" was never a show to shy away from difficult topics, including racism and politics.

    "We were talking about how you kind of want to choose one moment where there's, like, the heaviest piece. For some reason, I always knew it was going to be this piece where I come in to see Jackie and the kitchen's a mess," Gilbert said. "And that somehow seeing her doing that was going to just break my heart because Jackie doesn't really have anybody else."

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    Later during the panel, Gilbert said a main reason she wanted to come back and do the spinoff was because she didn't want to leave the "Roseanne" revival hanging with such an open-ended finale.

    "We loved making the show and love each other," Gilbert said of her "Conners" cast and crew. "I just think we weren't done. I feel like we had more stories to tell and felt like we also wanted to give that to our audience, and not end everything so abruptly, and let this family explore more things."

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    • Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind "Sesame Street" icons Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, is retiring.
    • He worked on the show for nearly 50 years. 
    • Spinney has worked on the show ever since it began in 1969. 

    On Wednesday, Caroll Spinney, the 84 year-old puppeteer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, announced his retirement.

    Big Bird is one of the most iconic characters on "Sesame Street," and Spinney portrayed the character along with Oscar the Grouch ever since the show premiered in 1969. 

    Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization that produces "Sesame Street," shared the news Wednesday morning, which included a statement from Spinney celebrating his time on the show and saying that he "hand-picked" his replacements for the jobs.

    "Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul. And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come. After all, we’re a family! But now it’s time for two performers that I have worked with and respected – and actually hand-picked for the guardianship of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – to take my alter-egos into their hands and continue to give them life."

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    “Caroll has been one of the leading lights of "Sesame Street" from the very beginning,” Sesame Workshop co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said. “His genius and his talent made Big Bird the most beloved yellow feathered friend across the globe. But the sheer artistry of Caroll is that he also brought Oscar to life and made him the most lovable Grouch in the world.”

    Spinney is handing the role of Big Bird Matt Vogel, and the role of Oscar the Grouch to Eric Jacobson.

    “Before I came to 'Sesame Street,' I didn’t feel like what I was doing was very important," Spinney said. "Big Bird helped me find my purpose. Even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird. And even Oscar, once in a while!"

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    • The rise of digital TV packages from companies such as Hulu, YouTube, and DirecTV, which pay TV networks carriage fees to show their channels, has helped soften the blow of subscriber losses from traditional pay-TV bundles.
    • But according to Morgan Stanley, these bundles have terrible margins, with Hulu's estimated as actually being negative.
    • Hulu's CEO told The Information the company was looking into creating a skinnier bundle and packages with "positive margins."
    • That could mean a nasty surprise for TV networks whose channels get cut out of such bundles.

    As subscribers have continued to flee traditional pay-TV bundles, digital packages have emerged to soothe the pain for TV networks by stepping in and keeping the carriage fees coming.

    Since Sling TV launched in 2015, a slew of other packages from companies such as YouTube, Hulu, and DirecTV have sprung up. These bundles look a lot like traditional satellite or cable ones, except they are delivered via internet data to your smart TV or other device.

    But there's a problem for the companies offering them: The margins on these packages are truly terrible.

    Hulu announced in September that its live-TV package (dubbed "Hulu with Live TV") had crossed 1 million subscribers a little more than a year after launching. That sounds like great news, but the bad news starts coming fast when you drill into the details of how much money Hulu is actually making.

    In a research note distributed Monday, analysts at Morgan Stanley led by Benjamin Swinburne estimated how much revenue each subscriber was generating.

    "We estimate monthly programming costs per subscriber are in the $55-60 range in 2019 (including recently announced coverage of flagship Discovery networks), reflecting a premium paid for network carriage based on its new entrant scale," Morgan Stanley wrote. "Based on core subscription ARPU of $32/month (excluding the $8 for the On-Demand product) and $10-15/month per subscriber generated through advertising and Live add-on features (expanded DVR, unlimited screens), we estimate Hulu Live currently does not break-even on a gross profit basis."

    That means every additional subscriber Hulu gets for its live-TV package is actually losing it money in the short term.

    So what's the plan?

    Recent comments made by Hulu CEO Randy Freer suggest that Hulu can slice and dice some of those programming costs. He told The Information that Hulu was considering launching a "skinnier TV bundle" for customers who don't want to pay $40 a month. He also spoke about wanting to "create packages that have a positive margin."

    That makes sense if you see the live-TV package as primarily a way to get new customers in your ecosystem.

    "Notably, Hulu Live could further support adoption of the core $8 On-Demand service, which we see driving total consolidated Hulu's EBIT profits by 2023E," Morgan Stanley wrote.

    In that case, it's a rational move to try to strip away anything that isn't truly necessary from the live-TV bundle.

    But that could mean bad news for TV networks focused on entertainment instead of news or sports, which get paid a carriage fee for every subscriber who has their channel in a package.

    In a letter to shareholders Tuesday, the streaming giant Netflix gave a nod to that potential future that most likely put more fear into the hearts of some networks.

    "Within linear TV, New Fox appears to have a great strategy, which is to focus on large simultaneous-viewing sports and news," Netflix wrote. "These content areas are not transformed by on-demand viewing and personalization in the way that TV series and movies are, so they are more resistant to the rise of the internet. Other linear networks are likely to follow this model over time."

    Hulu seems to agree that the live-TV bundle should at least be slimmed down. That could mean that entertainment networks that were counting on live-TV bundles from new digital players to prop up their carriage fees may be in for a nasty surprise.

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Conners."

    Roseanne Barr isn't a fan of how her character was killed off "The Conners" premiere by an opioid overdose, but two cast members are standing by how the show wrote the character off ABC's "Roseanne" spin-off. 

    "We really miss Roseanne and love her very much," said Lecy Goranson, who plays Roseanne's daughter Becky, on "Good Morning America" Wednesday morning. "Her spirit is still very much with us, so we understand that she's hurting right now and she's in pain. She's always with us, so hopefully we can see her and kind of remedy some of this at some point in time."

    Goranson appeared on the ABC daytime morning show along with co-star Michael Fishman, who plays her younger brother on the spin-off, and new cast member Maya Lynne to discuss "The Conners."

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    After "The Conners" premiere, Barr released a lengthy statement expressing her disappointment in the network's decision to kill off her iconic TV mom by overdose, saying her character's death "lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show."

    In May, ABC canceled its successful "Roseanne" revival after Barr compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. The network later announced "The Conners" with the entire cast returning, except BarrIn a pre-taped interview with "Vice News Tonight," which aired Tuesday evening, Barr said she doesn't keep in touch with anyone on the show.

    On "GMA," Fishman said it "was strange at first" to start "The Conners" without Barr. 

    "The tone of the way she passed away was related to last season," Fishman added, referring to Roseanne Conner's painkiller addiction on the "Roseanne" revival. "If you listen to our producers, they really wanted to take a real crisis that's happening to our country and find a way to give voice to that. I know that the reaction to that is going to be different for different people, but we've always tried to tackle big topics and be very honest about them."

    Fishman's words echoed what executive producer Tom Werner told an audience Tuesday evening in New York City at a PaleyFest panel INSIDER attended. 

    "This was a challenge that Roseanne Conner was dealing with last year, and we felt that this was something that could shine a light on something," said Werner. 

    "I think that there will be people talking about this and how it affects the family. And obviously it touches on healthcare issues," he added. 

    You can watch part of the interview below. 

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    How much are networks shelling out to bring Hollywood stars to TV?

    In this age of proliferated programming, marquee names have become essential to bring sizable audiences to shows. And the competition among networks and producers has driven industry salaries to new heights.

    On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the stars of HBO's "Westworld" would be getting big raises ahead of the sci-fi drama's third season.

    At its height, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman reportedly negotiated $1 million salaries for the upcoming second season of HBO's Emmy-winning drama, "Big Little Lies."

    Jim Parsons of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" made headlines in August for walking away from a reported two-year, $50 million paycheck for two more seasons of the sitcom, which CBS subsequently decided to end in 2019.

    Here's how much the highest-paid stars on TV are earning per-episode:

    Note: Some salaries may include producing fees.

    Jethro Nededog contributed to a previous version of this story. 

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    $1,000,000 — Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies" (HBO)

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter



    $1,000,000 — Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies" (HBO)

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter



    $1,000,000 — Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

    Source: Variety



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