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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale, "How It's Gotta Be."

    Sunday's 90-minute "Walking Dead" mid-season finale delivered several minor deaths and a big reveal you may have seen coming if you watch the show carefully.

    While we're still processing Sunday's big twist on the show, keep reading to see all of the little callbacks to previous seasons and the comics you may have missed.

    SEE ALSO: 'The Walking Dead' gave away its huge mid-season finale reveal episodes ago and no one noticed — here's how to find it

    DON'T MISS: 9 clues that gave away the big twist on Sunday’s 'The Walking Dead' mid-season finale

    Early in the episode, Aaron asks Enid if she knows how to drive.

    The two are heading to Oceanside to get them to fight in the war against Negan. Enid responds in the affirmative and then cracks a small joke.

    "Better than Carl anyways," she tells Aaron.



    It was a throwback to the time Carl saved Enid from a group of walkers.

    When Enid left to go to the Hilltop in season seven, Carl decided to go after her and give her a lift. He wound up crashing a car while saving Enid from a zombie. 



    Carl looks at a piece of paper that says “Just Survive Somehow."

    After watching Sunday's episode we now know Carl was prepping a letter for his father in the event of his impending death.



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

    "The Walking Dead" surprised fans with a huge departure from the comics during its 90-minute mid-season finale.

    In the episode's final moments, Carl revealed to his father and Michonne that he was recently bit. Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl on the show, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter Carl will indeed be killed off the show.

    While some may have applauded the show taking a big risk, a lot of comic-book fans aren't happy with the decision to kill off Carl at all. Many are pointing out how Carl becomes integral to the comics after the end of Rick's war against Negan. There are so many more big storylines in the comics for Carl as he becomes a teenager.

    A lot of people are upset with showrunner Scott Gimple and are airing their grievances. 

    The decision to take Carl out of the picture at this point in the show is a bit eyebrow-raising if you're familiar with Robert Kirkman's comic series of the same name.

    Carl starts to take on more of a leadership role as his father gets older. Over the past few years, the comic has started to shift more from Rick to his son Carl. Since Carl is one of the few characters who has truly grown up and lived his life through the apocalypse, it starts to make more sense that the comic would center around the younger Grimes.

    In some ways, it feels like it always has been his story. 

    Some fans are wondering why the show didn’t take the opportunity to kill off or seriously injure Daryl. As of late, he's become little more than a man bent on revenge. Carl has a rich set of material to continue on the show for years.

    One of the biggest story lines "The Walking Dead" would be tossing out is the unique bond and friendship that eventually comes to pass between Negan and Carl. Eventually, Carl gets enough confidence to start walking around without his eye patch and bandage and embraces his injury as part of his identity. A lot of that is because of Negan. It's a sour spot for Rick that he and his son never really discuss much in the show or the comic. Now, it feels like a huge missed opportunity for character growth. 

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    Perhaps some of Carl's story arcs will be passed along to another character like his sister Judith or his girlfriend Enid. 

    But killing off Carl when he's at his peak makes it seem like it was a waste for the show to even bother removing his eye in the first place.

    It seems like Riggs himself was caught off guard by the decision to kill his character. In his interview with THR, he says that he had just bought a home close to where they film before he was told Carl would be leaving the show.

    Carl's death is expected to be seen when the series returns February 25. You can follow along with our "Walking Dead" coverage here.

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    Nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday morning at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

    Kristen Bell, Sharon Stone, Alfre Woodard, and Garrett Hedlund announced the nominations in a live stream.

    Guillermo del Toro's unique love story "The Shape of Water" led everyone with seven nominations. Steven Spielberg's "The Post" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" each nabbed six. On the TV side, HBO's hit "Big Little Lies" picked up six nominations.

    The Golden Globes ceremony is set to air on January 7 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC, with Seth Meyers hosting.

    Here are the nominees:

    Best motion picture, drama

    "Call Me by Your Name"
    "Dunkirk"
    "The Post"
    "The Shape of Water"
    "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Best motion picture, comedy or musical

    “The Disaster Artist"
    "Get Out"
    "The Greatest Showman"
    "I, Tonya"
    "Lady Bird"

    Best director

    Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"
    Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
    Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk"
    Ridley Scott, "All The Money in the World"
    Steven Spielberg, "The Post"

    Best TV series, drama

    "The Crown"
    "Game of Thrones"
    "The Handmaid's Tale"
    "Stranger Things"
    "This is Us"

    Best TV series, comedy

    "Black-ish"
    "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
    "Master of None"
    "SMILF"
    "Will & Grace"

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    Best actor in a motion picture, drama

    Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
    Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
    Tom Hanks, “The Post”
    Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
    Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

    Best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical

    Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
    Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
    James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
    Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
    Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

    Best actress in a motion picture, drama

    Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”
    Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
    Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    Meryl Streep, “The Post”
    Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”

    Best actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical

    Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
    Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
    Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
    Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”
    Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”

    Best actor in a TV series, drama

    Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
    Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”
    Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
    Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
    Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

    Best actor in a TV series, comedy

    Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
    Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
    Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”
    William H. Macy, “Shameless”
    Eric McCormack, “Will and Grace”

    Best actress in a TV series, drama

    Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”
    Claire Foy, “The Crown”
    Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”
    Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
    Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

    Best actress in a TV series, comedy

    Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
    Alison Brie, “Glow”
    Issa Rae, “Insecure”
    Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
    Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”

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    Best supporting actor in a motion picture

    Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
    Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
    Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
    Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
    Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    Best supporting actress in a motion picture

    Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
    Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
    Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
    Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
    Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

    Best TV movie or mini-series

    “Big Little Lies”
    “Fargo”
    “Feud: Bette and Joan”
    “The Sinner”
    “Top of the Lake: China Girl”

    Best actor in a TV miniseries or movie

    Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
    Jude Law, “The Young Pope”
    Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”
    Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
    Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

    Best actress in a TV miniseries or movie

    Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
    Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
    Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
    Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
    Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

    Best supporting actor in TV miniseries or TV movie

    Alfred Molina, “Feud”
    Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
    David Thewlis, “Fargo”
    David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
    Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

    Best supporting actress in TV miniseries or movie

    Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
    Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
    Chrissy Metz, “This is Us”
    Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”
    Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

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    Best animated film

    “The Boss Baby”
    “The Breadwinner”
    “Ferdinand”
    “Coco”
    “Loving Vincent”

    Best original score

    “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    “The Shape of Water”
    “Phantom Thread”
    “The Post”
    “Dunkirk”

    Best screenplay, motion picture

    “The Shape of Water”
    “Lady Bird”
    “The Post”
    “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    “Molly’s Game”

    Best foreign language film

    “A Fantastic Woman”
    “First They Killed My Father”
    “In the Fade”
    “Loveless”
    “The Square”

    Best original song

    “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    “The Shape of Water”
    “Phantom Thread”
    “The Post”
    “Dunkirk”

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale, "How It's Gotta Be."

    "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale promised a big moment that everyone would be talking about and it delivered.

    Although we saw some character deaths at the Hilltop and Oceanside, a major one wasn't immediately killed off Sunday's episode. Instead, the show ended on a somber note when it was revealed that Rick's son Carl (Chandler Riggs) suffered a walker bite at some point.

    "That is a bite on his side," showrunner Scott M. Gimple confirmed on the series aftershow "Talking Dead.""It will play out as bites play out on the show."

    As we know, unless bites are on arms or legs and can be amputated, there's not much to do to save anyone.

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    "The bite is going to play out as we have seen bites play out, and it's very important to Carl's story and the entire story what happens in the next episode," Gimple added. "I'm just focused on the fact that Carl, right now, is alive and he has some business to attend to. That is a one way ticket. I'd like to think that the things that we see in the next episode are so important to his life and the other characters' lives."

    Don't hold out hope for any last minute cure.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Riggs is leaving the show and his death will occur when the show returns in February.

    "Yes, Carl is going to die," Riggs told THR. "There's no way he can get back from that. His story is definitely coming to an end."

    As "Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick noted Sunday night, this is a radical departure from the comics. Carl is still alive and well in the comics and has become a leader in his own right.

    Fans were not ready for the big reveal.

    A lot of fans had one big question — how and when did this Carl get this bite?

    For the answer, you may want to revisit an older episode from this season. Throughout the mid-season finale, Carl is seen prepping notes for his father and for Enid, insinuating he had this bite ahead of time. 

    It's most likely that he received the bite in season eight's sixth episode, in which he and Siddiq encounter — and fight — a few walkers.

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    Gimple confirmed Carl acquired his bite in a different episode on "Talking Dead," but neglected to tell fans exactly where they can see it on screen.

    "It's been on screen," Gimple said on the end of Sunday's "Talking Dead.""The aftermath is very much on screen. If you watch a certain episode and see Carl's face, Chandler did it. I will say, a few of us were pretty sure that everybody knew, that everybody knew right afterwards. We were really surprised that folks didn't."

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    Riggs expressed his thoughts on the mid-season finale.

    Riggs took to Twitter after the episode's end to thank fans for all their kind words and for tuning in to the show.

    "Throughout the series, Carl has been in Rick's shadow and learning from him and observing him," Riggs said in a pre-taped interview that appeared on "Talking Dead.""He sees when Rick does something wrong and he takes action on it. I think every moment throughout the series has led up to that moment commanding everyone in Alexandria to make this escape plan."

    "When Carl pulls up his shirt and pulls down his bandage to reveal the bite, it's a huge moment for him, for Rick and Michonne, for everyone in the group," he added. "He's definitely happy with the way things ended up with him saving everyone in Alexandria and making sure everyone's alive. It's going to be really interesting to see what happens next."

    Though Carl hasn't been bit yet in the comics, some fans compared the mid-season's big reveal to a similarly heartbreaking storyline from the comic.

    In a recent issue, it was revealed that Andrea — who made it much further in the comics than her TV counterpart — was bit on the neck while out on a mission. She had to reveal her bite to Rick, and all anyone could do was keep her comfortable until she turned into a zombie.

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    So why do we hear Carl in the future?

    There's still one big question though. Why did we hear Carl's voice in the flash-forward with an older Rick? 

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    "It's possible it's a vision or another version of the future," Riggs told THR. "That whole scene was taken almost directly out of inspiration from the time jump in the comics, so it could be the future, it could be a vision or it could be something else." 

    We'll have to wait to learn more when the show returns February 25.

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    • David Harbour plays beloved police chief Jim Hopper on Netflix's "Stranger Things."
    • He received a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor on a TV series.
    • "Stranger Things" fans were thrilled to see Harbour nominated for the first time.
    • A lot of "Hopper dancing" GIFs were shared in celebration.

     

    "Stranger Things" star David Harbour (Jim Hopper) just earned his first Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor on a TV series. After the second season of Netflix's hit drama series premiered this October, Harbour and his dancing skills dominated the internet. 

    Fans of "Stranger Things" were thrilled for Harbour, who has been acting since 1999 but truly broke out after portraying the gruff police chief of Hawkins, Indiana. 

    Nearly everyone shared the now-famous "Hopper Dancing" GIF, a product of one scene on the second season where Hopper plays a record for Eleven and gets his groove on.

    Even Millie Bobby Brown (who plays Eleven) shared a picture from the "Hopper Dancing" scene and congratulated her "Stranger Things" co-star.

    INSIDER spoke with Harbour earlier this year about his role on "Stranger Things" and the way fans responded to his character's second season storyline — especially the dancing.

    "I just had no idea or expectations that the 'dad-dancing' or 'white man Hopper dancing' was going to take off," Harbour told INSIDER. "I feel like I need to have some redemption in season three, I want to really show people that I can actually dance."

    For more on Harbour's role in "Stranger Things,"read our full interview with him here. And see the complete list of 2018 Golden Globe nominations here. The Golden Globe Awards ceremony airs on January 7 at 5 p.m. PST on NBC. 

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    • Several women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against celebrity chef Mario Batali.
    • Three of the four women who've come forward have worked for or with Batali in the restaurant industry.
    • The allegations span nearly two decades, and include stories of inappropriate touching and behavior.
    • Batali released a statement apologizing for his behavior and saying that the behavior described "was wrong and there are no excuses."
    • Batali has stepped away from his restaurant empire and his co-hosting duties at ABC's "The Chew."

    Mario Batali is stepping away from his vast food empire and his co-hosting position on ABC's "The Chew" after at least three former female employees and one female chef have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him.

    The chef released a statement to press on Monday morning acknowledging the behavior and apologizing for it.

    "I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt," Batali's statement read. "Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family."

    According to Eater, which first reported the allegations, the four women have detailed incidents of alleged inappropriate touching and behavior by the celebrity chef spanning at least two decades.

    Among the allegations, one chef who did not work with Batali said he offered her a job during a wine event. When she spilled wine on herself, she said Batali began to rub her chest with his bare hands, saying, "Let me help you with that."

    Other allegations from the three women who either worked for Batali or in close association with him in the restaurant industry include groping, close body contact, and in one case, "compell[ing]" a woman to straddle him. You can read the full report and the women's stories at Eater.

    A spokesperson for the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group told Eater that the allegations are being reviewed. They also said that as recently as two months ago, they investigated Batali for inappropriate behavior in the workplace after a restaurant employee complained. The spokesperson said it was the first formal complaint made against Batali and that he was reprimanded and required to undergo training.

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    In his statement, Batali said he's stepping away from his vast food empire, which includes more than 20 restaurants co-owned by him.

    "I have work to do to try to regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed," he said. "For this reason, I am going to step away from day-to-day operations of my businesses. We built these restaurants so that our guests could have fun and indulge, but I took that too far in my own behavior. I won’t make that mistake again. I want any place I am associated with to feel comfortable and safe for the people who work or dine there. I know my actions have disappointed many people. The successes I have enjoyed are owned by everyone on my team. The failures are mine alone."

    ABC also asked Batali to "step away" from the daytime food talk show, "The Chew," though they say they haven't received any complaints against the chef. A show representative sent this statement to INSIDER:

    "We have asked Mario Batali to step away from 'The Chew' while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention. ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment. While we are unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with the show, we will swiftly address any alleged violations of our standards of conduct."

    These allegations against Batali are just the latest in a string of allegations surfacing in the entertainment business and other industries. Many notable Hollywood figures, including the actors Kevin Spacey and Ed Westwick, have been accused of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape since an October 5 New York Times exposé detailed allegations going back decades against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

    If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the first season of "Dark."

    Netflix's new sci-fi mystery series "Dark" is the streaming service's first foray into original German programming, and the stunningly complex storyline has captivated viewers. 

    One of the show's best aspects is its hauntingly beautiful score, composed by Ben Frost. In addition to the original music Frost produced, "Dark" expertly uses existing songs from both the '80s and contemporary indie artists. 

    We've collected the best of the music here for your listening pleasure. Scroll all the way down for a Spotify playlist of all the songs, too.

    The opening credits are set to "Goodbye" by Apparat (featuring Soap & Skin).

    The song from the scene where Mikkel disappears on episode one is "Nightfall" by Mimi Page.

    The German song playing while Erik is strapped into the time machine is "Irgendwie Irgendwo Irgendwann" by Nena.

    On the second episode, "Industry" by Mire Kay plays while Magnus has a breakdown in his room.

    The episode three scene where 1986 and 2019 is shown side by side is set to "Familiar" by Agnes Obel.

    The emotional montage at the end of the fourth episode is set to "Keep the Streets Empty for Me" by Fever Ray. 

    "When I Was Done Dying" by Dan Deacon plays over the final montage of episode nine.

    And the final song used, during the giant wormhole explosion scene on episode 10, is "A Quiet Life" by Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld.

    Listen to the full collection of music played on "Dark" in the Spotify playlist below.

    Read more of our "Dark" coverage here, including a breakdown of everything revealed on the season one finale.

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    Netflix has shared a list of the TV shows that viewers binge-watched the most on its platform in 2017.

    Led by the true-crime satire "American Vandal," Netflix listed the ten series that were most popular for binge-watching (defined as watching more than two hours per day).  

    The streaming service looked at the average daily viewing hours per user between November 2016 and November 2017. The resulting list of shows includes several sci-fi series and a few unexpected titles. 

    Here are the top 10 most binge-watched shows on Netflix in 2017:

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    10. "The Confession Tapes"

    Netflix description: "This true crime documentary series investigates cases where people convicted of murder claim their confessions were coerced, involuntary or false."



    9. "The OA"

    Netflix description: "Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for a secret mission."



    8. "The Keepers"

    Netflix description: "This docuseries examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse."



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Co-stars from "Big Little Lies" and "Feud" are going toe-to-toe at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.

    HBO's hit drama "Big Little Lies" has two sets of actresses competing against each other in two categories, while FX's drama "Feud" has its lead actresses battling it out with each other. 

    Fans can tune in to see who takes the awards home on January 7 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. 

    In the meantime, here's who should win. 

    Best actress in a TV miniseries or movie: Nicole Kidman vs. Reese Witherspoon from “Big Little Lies”

    Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were both stunning on HBO's "Big Little Lies." Their roles as mothers, wives, and friends were full of riveting moments and both deserve their nominations.

    But Kidman's powerful portrayal as a victim of domestic abuse was emotionally vulnerable. Her gut-wrenching performance already earned her the Emmy for outstanding lead. She should get the Golden Globe as well.

    Winner: Nicole Kidman 



    Best supporting actress in a TV miniseries or movie: Laura Dern vs. Shailene Woodley from “Big Little Lies”

    Both Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley also stunned in their roles on the female-centric "Big Little Lies." The two play protective moms — Renata and Jane, respectively — who battle it out when Jane's son is accused of bullying Renata's daughter.

    Woodley's performance was great, but it's hard to forget Dern's thrilling meltdown in front of her pool as she's trying to figure out who is hurting her daughter. 

    Winner: Laura Dern 



    Best actress in a TV miniseries or movie: Jessica Lange vs. Susan Sarandon from “Feud: Bette and Joan”

    Jessica Lange and Joan Crawford channeled Hollywood icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to portray their infamous feud both on and off set on this FX limited series. But while both women nailed their parts, Sarandon's performance was a tad more dynamic and memorable. 

    Winner: Susan Sarandon 



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    Warning: There are major spoilers ahead if you have not seen Sunday's "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale.

    AMC's "The Walking Dead" caught fans off guard Sunday night when it revealed that Carl — one of the show's original characters — was bitten by a zombie.

    Chandler Riggs, who played Chandler, confirmed there's no coming back from this and that he will be departing the show after its return in February. 

    It's not just comic fans who are unhappy one of the characters with the most potential to continue carrying the show is getting killed off. The actor's father, William Riggs, had some choice words about the series' showrunner, Scott Gimple, and network to share with fans.

    "Watching Gimple fire my son 2 weeks before his 18th birthday after telling him they wanted him for the next 3 years was disappointing," wrote Riggs in a deleted Facebook message. "I never trusted Gimple or AMC, but Chandler did. I know how much it hurt him. But we do absolutely know how lucky we have been to be a part of it all and appreciate all the love from fans all these years!"

    We first spotted the comment getting circulated on "The Walking Dead" subreddit channel. INSIDER was able to review and capture the message in its entirety before it was taken down.

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    It's worth noting that William Riggs posted the comment on a Facebook page for "Walking Dead"-related tours he hosts called "Riggs Tours."

    According to the tour's Facebook page, for $19.99 Chandler's father will take fans to some of the show's filming locations and share "exclusive details of what goes on behind the scenes." It's not clear whether or not this is with the approval of AMC.

    Chandler told THR he had purchased a home near the show's filming location thinking he would be there for a while.

    "For a few days, we didn't know what to do; I just bought a house in Senoia [near where the show films in Georgia]," Chandler Riggs told THR. "That was a big deal that I wouldn't be on anymore. I decided that I wanted to not go to college for at least a year and move to L.A. and focus on acting and music." 

    AMC and William Riggs didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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    The Golden Globes acknowledges the greatest in television shows and movies (with some exceptions), but they don't always reflect what Americans are watching.

    And with hundreds of scripted options, who can blame you. It's tough to add on new programming to an already overly-ambitious schedule of viewing.

    The winners will be announced when The Golden Globes airs at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 7, on NBC, so there's still some time to catch up on the nominees.

    Here are the 13 Globes-nominated shows you probably aren't watching, but you should be.

    Anjelica Oswald contributed to this article.

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    "Better Things" (FX)

    "Better Things" recently found itself in the spotlight when co-creator Louis C.K. admitted to sexual misconduct against several women over his career. That aside, co-creator Pamela Adlon perfectly plays a woman trying to balance motherhood and an acting career.

    Nomination: Best actress in a TV series comedy (Pamela Adlon)

    Where to stream: Hulu, FX Now

    Where to rent/buy: VUDU, iTunes, Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft



    "The Crown" (Netflix)

    Is it possible to keep your marriage and family together as the weight of an entire kingdom on your shoulders? Not really, but Queen Elizabeth sure tries on "The Crown."

    Nominations: Best TV series (drama), best actress in a TV series drama (Claire Foy)

    Where to stream: Netflix

    Where to rent/buy: N/A



    "The Deuce" (HBO)

    It's the early-1970s and the porn industry is beginning to find a new resurgence in New York City. Twins Vincent and Frankie Martino, who are both played by James Franco, see an opportunity and hook up with a well-connected mobster to turn porn into profit.

    Nomination: Best actress in a TV series drama (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

    Where to stream: HBO

    Where to rent/buy: VUDU, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Video, Google Play



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    brightNetflix is spending billions of dollars a year on original programming, and will churn out dozens of TV series and a whopping 80 movies in 2018.

    But with new Netflix originals cropping up every week, which are worth your time to watch? One way to find out is to simply ask Netflix's content boss, Ted Sarandos.

    At the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York last week, Sarandos was asked to list a few big Netflix releases that subscribers should get excited for in the next year.

    Sarandos listed five originals to keep an eye out for. The first one to come out will be "Bright" starring Will Smith (December 22), which Sarandos described as Netflix's "first big original film" and a studio-level theatrical tentpole.

    "Bright" is a cop thriller set in a world that's similar to ours in time period but contains fantasy creatures like orcs and elves.

    Here are the five Netflix originals Sarandos said you should be excited for in 2018:

    SEE ALSO: All 26 notable Netflix original shows that debuted in 2017, ranked from worst to best

    "Bright"— December 22, 2017

    In "Bright," a human LAPD officer (Will Smith) and his orc partner (Joel Edgerton) "stumble on a powerful object and become embroiled in a prophesied turf war," according to Netflix's description of the show.

    The film is directed by David Ayers ("Suicide Squad"), and its script was written by Max Landis ("Chronicle"). 

    The budget for "Bright" has been reported to be $90 million.



    "Altered Carbon"— February 2, 2018

    "Altered Carbon" is a Netflix original TV adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's acclaimed 2oo2 sci-fi novel, "Carbon." The series is set to premiere its first 10-episode season in February.

    As Entertainment Weekly notes, "Carbon" takes place 300 years in the future, where human consciousness is stored on digital implants, and technological advances allow the uber-rich to continually upgrade their bodies in an effort to live forever. 

    The drama series was reportedly a passion project for its creator, Laeta Kalogridis, who optioned the novel "Carbon" shortly after its release 15 years ago. The pilot episode of the series was directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who won an Emmy for directing the "Game of Thrones" episode "Battle of the Bastards" in 2016.

    Netflix released a cryptic teaser trailer for the show last week.

     



    "Lost In Space" (Reboot) — May 2018

    In 2016, Netflix ordered a 10-episode, modernized reboot of the cult-classic CBS series, "Lost In Space"— a comedy-drama which followed the exploits of the Robinson family as they dealt with being stranded on an alien planet.

    Cindy Holland, Netflix's VP of original content, described the Netflix series with the following statement to Deadline when it was first announced:

    "The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience. The current creative team's reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world."

    In January, one of the remake's stars, Toby Stephens, described the Netflix show as "a lot more modern" take on the 1960s series. Stephens added that the remake has attempted to retain the "humor and humanity" of the original.

    "Lost in Space"concluded production in June 2017 and is set for a May 2018 release.



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    Larry King

    • Larry King denied a groping allegation made against him by Terry Richard, the ex-wife of singer Eddie Fisher, to The Daily Mail.
    • Richard told the outlet that King groped her on two occasions, in 2005 and 2006. 
    • King denied the allegations as "unequivocally false and defamatory" in a statement sent from his lawyers to the Mail. 

     

    Larry King has denied a groping allegation made against him by Terry Richard, the ex-wife of singer Eddie Fisher.

    On Monday, Richard, who was married to the late singer Eddie Fisher from 1975 to 1976, told The Daily Mail that the former CNN host groped her once in 2005 and again in 2006, with both alleged incidents occurring at a photo shoot for a baseball awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

    The Daily Mail reported that Richard "said in the first incident, while posing together for a photo, King slid his hand down her backless dress and rested his fingers in between her butt cheeks." Regarding the second incident, the outlet reported, "Richard claims the second time was also while they were taking a photo together, and King, now 84, squeezed her butt so hard that it left a large bruise."

    Richard told the outlet, "Larry King is a groper. He groped me twice. He gets a thrill doing this in front of the camera, knowing I couldn't do anything."

    Days before the outlet published Richard's account, an attorney for King sent a denial statement to The Daily Mail,  in which King's lawyers called Richard's allegations "unequivocally false and defamatory."

    The statement, which has since been obtained in full by People, reads as follows:

    "We represent Larry King. I am informed that you intend to publish a statement by a woman named Terry Richards that, 10 or more years ago, Mr. King supposedly 'groped' her at one or more baseball dinners. That assertion is entirely and unequivocally false and defamatory. Mr. King did no such thing then or ever. Your publishing this false and defamatory statement will be actionable and highly damaging."

    King's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for further comment. 

    SEE ALSO: 36 powerful men accused of sexual misconduct after Harvey Weinstein

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    • This year saw an amazing number of interesting new female characters on TV.
    • We listed the 13 best new TV characters of 2017.


    Women dominated television in 2017.

    From "The Handmaid's Tale" to "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," female-driven shows delivered some of the best new characters and television performances of the year — and they have the Golden Globe nominations to prove it.

    This year also saw some stellar new male characters as well, like Reggie Green (Marque Richardson) on "Dear White People," and Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) on "The Mayor."

    But the richly developed female characters seen on television this year, like Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) on "Glow," and Offred (Elisabeth Moss) on "The Handmaid's Tale," have shown that this year's best new characters on television were predominantly women.

    Here are the 13 best new TV characters of the year, ranked:

    SEE ALSO: Here are all the nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes

    13. Josh Futturman, "Future Man"

    Janitor Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson) finds little solace in life other than his favorite video game, "Biotic Wars."

    When Josh beats the game — known for being unbeatable — two rebel soldiers (Wolf and Tiger) from the future try to recruit him as a soldier to help them fight in the actual Biotic Wars.

    Josh is an unlikely hero, who consistently fumbles and messes up the missions he sets out on with Wolf and Tiger. Despite his ineptitude as a soldier in the Biotic Wars, Josh remains the heart of the show, and one of the biggest reasons why this amusing new Hulu series is worth watching.

     



    12. Pete, "Crashing"

    In comedian Pete Holmes' new HBO series, "Crashing," he plays a thinly veiled version of himself (also named Pete), trying to make his way as a fledgling comic.

    After his marriage ruptures due to his fascination with comedy, Pete ends up couch surfing, and crashing with different comics, as he tries to gain some traction in the comedy world.

    Holmes is as endearingly sweet, goofy, and earnest in his series as he is in his stand-up sets, and his portrayal of, well ... himself, provides interesting insights into comedy, heartache, and ambition.



    11. Courtney Rose, "The Mayor"

    When Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) runs for mayor of his hometown of Fort Grey, California as a publicity stunt to boost his hip-hop career, he accidentally ends up getting himself elected.

    Though Courtney only hoped to draw attention to his musical endeavors, he decides to follow through with his original (albeit phony) mayoral promises and tries to reform Fort Grey in this light-hearted series. 

     



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    Every year, we get really excited about new shows and more seasons of the shows we loved. And while a few live up to our hopes, too many leave us really disappointed.

    We're definitely thankful for the shows that delivered on their promise, such as "Game of Thrones,""Master of None,""Star Trek: Discovery," and "The Crown." But there were lots of shows that weren't as successful.

    Here are the most disappointing shows of 2017.

    "24: Legacy" (Fox)

    With a similar "real-time" countdown to Kiefer Sutherland's hit drama "24,""Legacy" had a lot going for it: all the original producers and many of the stars returned, an already established name and fan base, and a diverse lead in "Straight Outta Compton" star Corey Hawkins. So how did they fudge that up?

    The show suffered from a stalled storyline and ratings too low to account for such an expensive production. Fox canceled it in June, though the network still thinks the "24" franchise has some juice in it. We'll have to see if Sutherland will be part of any of that.



    "Doubt" (CBS)

    Katherine Heigl returned to TV as a defense attorney at a boutique law firm who begins to fall in love with her wealthy client. Its cast also included the talented actors Laverne Cox and Dule Hill and was created by the producers behind "Grey's Anatomy" and "Madam Secretary."

    It should have been good, but whoa it was not. Viewers never showed up and it was canceled after just two episodes.



    "Emerald City" (NBC)

    Fans of the original movie "Wizard of Oz" and the rich universe of Oz books from L. Frank Baum might have shot a little side eye at NBC's dystopian take. That's fair.

    The basic tenets of the story are all there, but it had a diverse cast, a much more epic scope, and takes place in a violent period for the magical land. Plus, director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar ("Mirror Mirror,""The Cell") served as an executive producer and directed the series.

    It soon became clear that while NBC had a beautiful show on its hands, it didn't have much of a storytelling engine. It lost nearly 30% of its audience after the two-hour premiere in January. It was then canceled by NBC.



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    Danny Masterson

    • Netflix has fired an executive who reportedly told one of Danny Masterson's rape accusers that Netflix did not believe the allegations of sexual assault made against "The Ranch" star.
    • Andy Yeatman, the ousted executive, was previously Netflix's director of kids and family content. 
    • Yeatman's firing follows a Huffington Post report earlier this month that detailed how one of Masterson's rape accusers confronted Yeatman over Netflix's inaction regarding the Masterson allegations.
    • Masterson was fired from Netflix's "The Ranch" last week.

     

    Netflix executive has been fired for comments he made in connection with the streaming service’s investigation of rape claims against actor Danny Masterson.

    Andy Yeatman, previously Netflix's director of kids and family content, reportedly told a woman earlier this month that Netflix did not believe the allegations of sexual assault from multiple women against Masterson, a former star of the Netflix comedy “The Ranch.”

    The encounter between Yeatman and an unidentified woman was reported in detail earlier this month by the Huffington Post. Yeatman reportedly was coaching a youth soccer game in Los Angeles on a weekend when he was approached by a woman he didn’t know who asked him about the Masterson situation. Masterson was fired from the show on Dec. 5 amid the outcry over Netflix’s inaction despite the multiple assault allegations.

    After a brief discussion, the woman told Yeatman she was one of four Masterson accusers whose complaints have sparked an investigation by Los Angeles County authorities. Netflix in a statement issued earlier this month called Yeatman’s comments “careless” and “uninformed” but it also noted that Yeatman had no involvement with “The Ranch” or Netflix’s investigation.

    “Mr. Yeatman is no longer employed at Netflix,” a company spokeswoman said Tuesday evening.

    Yeatman had been Netflix’s longtime head of kidvid programming. He spoke about the streaming service’s ambitious expansion plans in October during a keynote address at the Mipcom convention in Cannes. Yeatman joined Netflix in 2011 from Disney.

    Yeatman could not immediately be reached for comment.

    SEE ALSO: Netflix's content boss listed 5 big upcoming Netflix originals you should be excited for

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    Netflix has released its list of everything coming to the streaming site. Get ready for a lot of '90s Batman movies, the new "Cars" sequel, and "Dallas Buyers Club."

    There are also a lot of other favorites including "The Godfather,""Shawshank Redemption," and "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

    A new "Trolls" animated cartoon series, another season of "Puss in Boots," and the "Captain Underpants" movie are all good picks for little ones.

    You can see the full list of what's coming to Netflix in January below. As always, we've highlighted our favorites in bold.

    Available 1/1/2018

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    "10,000 B.C."
    "30 Days of Night"
    "Age Of Shadows" 
    "AlphaGo"
    "America's Sweethearts"
    "Apollo 13" 

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    "Batman"
    "Batman & Robin"
    "Batman Begins"
    "Batman Forever"
    "Batman Returns"
    "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
    "Bring It On"

    "Bring It On Again" 
    "Bring It On: All or Nothing" 
    "Bring It On: Fight to the Finish" 
    "Bring It On: In It to Win It" 
    "Caddyshack"
    "Chef & My Fridge: 2017"
    "Defiance" 
    "Definitely, Maybe"
    "Eastsiders" Season 3
    "Furry Vengeance" 
    "Glacé" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" 
    "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never"
    "King Kong" 
    "Lethal Weapon"
    "Lethal Weapon 2"
    "Lethal Weapon 3"
    "Lethal Weapon 4"
    "License to Wed"
    "Like Water for Chocolate" 
    "Love Actually" 
    "Lovesick" Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Maddman: The Steve Madden Story" 
    "Marie Antoinette" 
    "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World" 
    "Midnight in Paris" 
    "Monsters vs. Aliens" 
    "National Treasure"
    "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming" 
    "Stardust" 

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    "Strictly Ballroom"
    "The Dukes of Hazzard"
    "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
    "The First Time"
    "The Godfather"
    "The Godfather: Part II"
    "The Godfather: Part III"
    "The Italian Job"
    "The Lovely Bones"
    "The Shawshank Redemption"
    "The Truman Show"
    "The Vault" 
    "Training Day"
    "Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable" 
    "Troy"
    "Wedding Crashers"
    "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"

    Available 1/2/2018

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    "Mustang Island" 
    "Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"
    "Rent"

    Available 1/3/2018

    "Before I Wake"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
    "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
    "Devilman Crybaby" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
    "Rotten"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL 

    Available 1/6/2018

    "Episodes" Season 1-5

    Available 1/8/2018

    "The Conjuring"

    Available 1/10/2018

    "47 Meters Down"
    "Alejandro Riaño Especial de stand up-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie"
    "In The Deep"

    Available 1/12/2018

    "Colony" Season 2
    "Disjointed" Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Somebody Feed Phil"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "The Man Who Would Be Polka King"
    "The Polka King"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Tom Segura: Disgraceful"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/14/2018

    "Wild Hogs"

    Available 1/15/2018

    "2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold"
    "Rehenes"
    "Unrest"

    Available 1/16/2018

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    "Dallas Buyers Club"
    "Katt Williams: Great America"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Rita" Season 4

    Available 1/17/2018

    "Arango y Sanint: Ríase El Show"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Friday Night Tykes" Season 4

    Available 1/18/2018

    "Bad Day for the Cut"
    "Tiempos de guerra" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/19/2018

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    "Drug Lords" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Grace and Frankie" Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "The Open House"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Trolls: The Beat Goes On!" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/23/2018

    "Todd Glass: Act Happy"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/24/2018

    "Ricardo Quevedo: Hay gente así"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/25/2018

    "Acts of Vengeance"

    Available 1/26/2018

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    "A Futile and Stupid Gesture"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Dirty Money"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down!"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Llama Llama" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "One Day at a Time" Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Sebastián Marcelo Wainraich"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "The Adventures of Puss in Boots" Season 6 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Mau Nieto: Viviendo sobrio… desde el bar"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/28/2018

    "El Ministerio del Tiempo" Seasons 1-2
    "El Ministerio del Tiempo" Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/29/2018

    "The Force"

    Available 1/30/2018

    "Babylon Berlin" Season 1 & 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Death Race: Beyond Anarchy"
    "Retribution" Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/31/2018

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    "Cars 3"

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    We spent a very busy news day behind the scenes with Shepard Smith, the Fox News Channel anchor who has been with the company since its inception in 1996. Smith, 53, hosts the network's 3 PM hour, during which he reports from the Fox News Deck, a $10 million dollar, state-of-the-art set and news gathering area.

    According to Nielsen, "Shepard Smith Reporting" is, during 2017 so far, the highest-rated cable news program in its time slot, averaging 1.5 million viewers every day.

    Unlike opinion-driven Fox News shows like "Hannity" and "Justice w/ Judge Jeanine," Smith specializes in reporting the facts, and he calls on Fox News' roster of correspondents in the field and in-house reporters to cover breaking news stories, sans opinion. 

    On the day we caught up with Smith, he and his editorial staff feverishly juggled the myriad major stories all contending to be featured during the show's opening segment. We got an inside look at how the show comes together, and we also asked Smith about what makes him unique when compared to other talent at Fox News. We also asked about how he hasn't been afraid to take Trump to task for saying what Smith calls "untrue things." Following is a transcript of the video.

     Shepard Smith: I've been doing this for 30 years. I've never been in a news cycle like this where it just – it just keeps coming. We have four lead stories today. They could all be a lead. Al Franken now has – it was 10 senators. Within the last hour, it's now 24 senators who are calling for him to resign. Roy Moore – the president has endorsed now three times. And Southern California is burning. 

    John Glenn: The news cycle is on speed these days. Every few hours, there's a new lead, and you can see today, you know, we have 34 minutes to air. There's a good chance it will change again. I mean, I haven't looked at my phone in two minutes, so it might have already changed. 

    Smith: As of right now, we lead with the president's decision to move the embassy of the United States to Jerusalem in Israel. 

    [Smith has worked for Fox News since it started in 1996]

    Smith: I was here a year before the channel actually started, so I've been here 22 years. Everything has changed in our business. When I came here, I had a pager. Now, it's just a cacophony of news-noise and an avalanche of information. And learning to deal with it has been the biggest change in my life. 

    Whenever I'm not speaking (to reporters), I'll listen to what they're saying while looking for updates in everything else that we're covering. Over time, you just learn to listen and type and read all at the same time, but the main thing is being up to date on what's happening. If you get behind in today's news cycle, you will never catch up. 

    Smith [From February 16, 2017 broadcast]: Continuing coverage of the president's news conference that happened earlier this afternoon and, you know, it's sort of our job to let you know when things are said that aren't true. This president keeps telling untrue things, and he does it every single time he's in front of a microphone.

    Smith [from interview]: If someone were to stand up and say 2 +2 = 6, it's beholden on me to correct that, because it isn't 6. It's 4. A lot of our audience is a right wing audience. They're a conservative audience. They're a traditional audience, but it's not as if they don't understand that sometimes the facts aren't on your side. There is an enormous audience out there that won't believe that. Those in the far right and far left, because – so often, the facts fly in the face of your own worldview.

    Sometimes, your side is wrong. I'm here to give the facts, and I don't really care what you think.

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    • The mid-season teaser for "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" includes what may be a sneak peek at Khloe Kardashian's rumored pregnancy announcement.
    • In one scene, friends and family are seen excitedly reacting to something Khloe announced.
    • Kim Kardashian West is seen saying "Did you not know?" to a teary eyed Kris Jenner.
    • Kylie Jenner is nowhere to be seen in the teaser, though she does make an appearance via a phone call with Kris who mysteriously asks Kylie, "Should we have her arrested?"
    • Kendall Jenner also opens up about her anxiety issues in another scene.
    • Watch all the upcoming drama in the video below.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode nine of "Riverdale," titled "Silent Night, Deadly Night."

    After multiple deaths and bloody attacks at the hands of the Black Hood, "Riverdale" has finally revealed the mysterious murderer's identity, and we are unimpressed. 

    During the mid-season finale of the CW teen drama, Archie and Betty discover that the masked man is none other than the high school custodian, Mr. Svenson. This comes as a surprise after Archie's firm denial that it was the janitor during last week's episode, despite Veronica's suspicions.

    But after so much tension, Mr. Svenson is an unsatisfying choice for the killer.

    Some fans suspect he may not actually be the Black Hood.

    Here's why Svenson doesn't feel like the right killer. 

    His story builds up in such a short span of time.

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    Mr. Svenson is first introduced on episode seven, meaning fans had no idea to suspect him until then. In the span of just three episodes, we get his entire devastating life story.

    On episode eight, Veronica and Archie learn that Svenson's real name is Joseph Conway and he is the only surviving member of an entire family that was murdered by a random man now known as the "Riverdale Reaper."   

    They confront Svenson about his old identity and he runs away. Upon cornering him again, he reveals that he saw who killed his family and that the murderer was killed by a group of Riverdale citizens. 

    Aside from this story, Svenson's only other appearances include talking to Josie in the music room, taking Chuck to the principal's office, and creepily entering the girl's locker room when Josie and Cheryl are in there. 

    We wanted more from this psycho. 

    All the details don't add up. 

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    Everything about Svenson is a red herring intended to keep people from guessing the truth. And while it may have worked, it makes clues worthless, and that's no fun. 

    One of the major plot points this season is Archie's obsession with the killer's striking green eyes. 

    When he and Veronica are confronting Svenson about possibly being the Black Hood, Archie ignores Veronica's instincts and says it can't be Svenson because the eyes aren't the same. 

    After Svenson is killed and Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead are catching up at Pop's Diner, Archie says, "I didn't see it in his eyes." 

    Clearly, because this would have ended last week if he had.

    But then the whole eye thing is just dropped with no explanation as to why. Maybe in the stress of it all, Archie's mind warped the eye color, but we still wanted something more. Or maybe Svenson isn't actually the Black Hood.

    Also, how does he know what Fred Andrews' sins are? He works at the high school and Fred owns a construction site. 

    We need more details and a firmer conclusion. 

    His ties to Betty are weak. 

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    Over the course of the season, Betty is called by the Black Hood multiple times, threatened with the potential murders of her boyfriend and her sister, and most recently sent a decaying thumb. But why did Mr. Svenson have a unique obsession with Betty's life? Apparently because of her grandfather. 

    As young Joseph Conway, Svenson lived at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Betty and Archie go to investigate and learn that Svenson blamed the wrong man for killing his entire family. The group who ended up doing the revenge killing for Svenson's family included Betty's grandfather. 

    So the only tie between the two is that Svenson's blame led to Betty's grandfather murdering an innocent man. But then why does he blame Betty for it?  

    In the diner, Betty says maybe Svenson's backward thinking of attacking sinners to atone for his mistakes made him do it, but attacking Betty for it makes no sense. 

    Early fan theories thought maybe Sheriff Keller or Hal Cooper could have been involved, and even these would have been more exciting — and made more sense — than having a new character terrorize the town. But with the Black Hood now dead, this leaves an unknown threat for the second half of season two. Or maybe we'll discover that Svenson wasn't exactly the Black Hood. In any case, it's time for some theories on who the next "big bad" will be. 

    "Riverdale" will return January 17. 

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