24 NETFLIX SHOWS: WHICH ONES SHOULD STAY AND WHICH ONES DESERVE THE OLD HEAVE-HO?

24 NETFLIX SHOWS: WHICH ONES SHOULD STAY AND WHICH ONES DESERVE THE OLD HEAVE-HO?

When this millennium ends, they’ll look back and say Netflix was one of the best things to happen in the 2000s. Netflix showed us that it’s possible to watch Breaking Bad in under a week and gave us unlimited access to content from any screen we could find. As much as we love it, the cable companies and television networks hate it because Netflix is siphoning their subscribers and their audience at an alarming rate. The only reason Netflix is capable of this is because they continue to invest in enough original content to compete with several channels.

Netflix knows they need more than just a couple of hit comedies and a few hit dramas; they must greenlight various sub-genres like comedy specials, sign bankable talent like Adam Sandler to multi-project contracts, and consent to huge budgets for shows like The Defenders. In other words, Netflix won’t win the war for viewers by outbidding only CBS or Showtime. They need to accumulate a library of content more valuable than every network and premium station, combined.

While Netflix continues to eclipse the cable networks like the alien ships from Independence Day, we the viewers reap the benefits in the form of must-watch television like Stranger Things. More than that, Netflix offered a second-wind to old favorites like Arrested Development and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. Shows and movies like these are proof that Netflix offers quality; however, the streaming service earned a reputation for also making shows like Hemlock Grove, which should never happen. If someone working for a network like NBC okayed Iron Fist, they’d be properly fired and blacklisted; but Netflix doesn’t feel the same repercussions because it operates without time slots – there’s no limit on time available for an “a la carte” streaming service.

24. The OA Is Insufferably Boring

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If The OA had a heartbeat, it would be dangerously low. Without exaggerating, there is an entire ten-minute long sequence with almost no dialogue or score as Brit Marling makes and eats a sandwich. You get lost in the plainness. It’s like the waiting room at the doctor’s office, a place where people and things just be and the only actions are thoughts. The characters lack charm and Jason Isaacs is a bleak villain without clear motives. They’re each too self-aware to grant the viewers a chance to have expectations – we don’t hope things happen to Prairie Johnson, we just watch stuff happen to her and do our best to make sense of it.

In a way, The OA is a failed attempt at intellectual, hard sci-fi with odd transitions in and out of magical realms that we’re supposed to interpret as metaphoric in some unknown way. Instead, it’s more like we’re picking-up what’s left of our campsite after a bear attacked it, trying to make sense of what to do next. The best thing for season two is to make it a short music video for a Bjork song.

23. GLOW Made Us All Wrestling Fans

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Everyone’s been in love with Alison Brie since Mad Men and Community. With roles in two upcoming Academy Award candidates (The Post and The Disaster Artist), the Cali girl is on a hot streak, and rightfully so. Brie’s most exceptional accomplishment might be her role as Ruth Wilder in GLOW (the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling). GLOW is a realistic look at what’s sometimes considered the most fake sporting event known as amateur wrestling. Brie plays a noteworthy antihero as the pretty, starving actress who would conventionally fulfill her dreams of stardom, but instead she turns out to be self-absorbed and a bit of a jerk. The performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In addition, Marc Maron deserves a nod as the weathered wrestling manager and failed B-movie director, Sam Sylvia. Each of the characters are so unique and well-developed that GLOW makes viewers become real fans of the different lady wrestlers in the league. In the end, you’ll learn that wrestling is as real as it gets and you’ll wish the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling still existed, especially if you long for the Golden Age of wrestling during the eighties.

22. Nobody Will Miss The Ranch

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As a show runner, it’s difficult to succeed amidst the flooded world of situation comedies even with the best premise and the most talent. That said, The Ranchwouldn’t cut it if it were the only sitcom on television. Sometimes Netflix outbids for the better content; other times, the streaming service ends-up with the networks’ leftovers. This Jim Patterson series includes a bankable, proven cast in Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson; however, both performances are derivative, monotonous versions of their characters from That ’70s Show. At its best, The Ranch offers witty banter between stereotypical salt-of-the-earth types. At its worst, it makes you forget that Debra Winger is a three-time Oscar nominee – it’s just better that way. For Netflix’s sake, it made sense to go after a more conservative, country-folk demographic, but the jokes are so dependent on corn-fed punchlines that The Ranch does more to pick-on the working class than it does to appeal to them. Fans of That ’70s Show will at times find a silver-lining in Masterson and Kutcher, though it’s an inadequate reunion, overall.

21. 13 Reasons Why We’re Hooked On 13 Reasons Why

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With so many YA film adaptations like The Hunger Games and Gossip Girl, it’s hard to stand out to such a picky, high-demand demographic. Look at missteps like the overpriced Divergent Series or Golden Compass and you’ll understand how desperate studios are for a hit series like Harry Potter. When they’re good, they’re great, and the Selena Gomez produced, Jay Asher adaptation, 13 Reasons Why is groundbreaking. More than just another look into some suburban town’s high school, there are many reasons why Reasons was the most tweeted about show in 2017, but it was mostly because of the cast. Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford as the guiding characters are genuine, thoughtful, and they nicely integrate with the supporting cast. Instead of depending on the High School cliches, Reasons provides a deeper, more insightful approach to adolescent struggles and unapologetically tackles hard issues. Creator, Brian Yorkey explores the darker sides of teenage memories with plenty of betrayal and destruction – this isn’t CW channel junk food.

20. It’s Difficult To Accept Real Bob As A Real Show

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There was a short stint in time in which we enjoyed Rob Schneider in classic roles like Deuce Bigalow and The Hot Chick. In hindsight, these films were only successful because they were released during a vulnerable moment in comedy history. More specifically, the bar for comedy was set pretty low in the 90s before superior stuff like ZoolanderWedding Crashers, and Anchorman were released. Rob Schneider basically banked on the tail-end of the Adam Sandler era, so it makes sense that Schneider followed Sandler to Netflix. At least with his older movies, there was a cast and crew that seemed to try. In his newest venture, Real Bob, Schneider plays himself in meta fashion such as shows like Maron, or Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Schneider writes, directs, and stars in the series so everything wrong with this is either his fault or whoever let this toddler take the wheel. It’s difficult to determine whether Real Bob fails due to Schneider’s lack of technical skill behind the camera, a lack of effort spent producing, or if Deuce just isn’t funny enough by today’s standards. There’s too much wrong with Real Bob to turn Schneider’s career around; his best move would to patiently wait for a small role like Chris Tucker did in Silver Lining’s Playbook (hopefully, Rob can dance).

19. Royalty Is So Hot Right Now With The Crown

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Netflix made a big move by landing Peter Morgan, the creative mind behind great historical pieces like The Queen and The Last King of Scotland. Morgan’s latest project, The Crown, is equally worthwhile and officially joins an elite list of shows that push the boundary for Netflix, standing toe-to-toe with shows like Ray Donovan and Breaking Bad. Season two wasn’t quite as strong as the first; it drew too much attention to Prince Phillip (Matt Smith) when it’s the Queen we really want to see. Nevertheless, there was plenty of Claire Foy to go around, just not enough to beat Elisabeth Moss for the Golden Globe, this year. The Crown is remarkably fulfilling, but the real reason we can’t get enough of the period-piece is largely due to anticipation for the new cast in seasons 3 and 4. The role of Queen Elizabeth II will be picked up by Olivia Colman, who’s proven capable in the crime-drama, Broadchurch. Even more exciting is that Vanessa Kirby is passing the torch to Helena Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret. It’ll be a new show with fresh talent from the creative team. What’s more exciting than that?

18. No One Likes Marvel’s Iron Fist

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DaredevilLuke CageJessica Jones, and Iron Fist make-up Marvel’s Defenders, and while the former three series are well-integrated lead-ins for the vigilante team, the latter only serves as an afterthought. Iron Fist isn’t just bad because Finn Jones delivers a performance so flat that it looks like he forgot they were filming; this show was destined to flop. Creators, Scott Buck and M. Raven Metzner (the geniuses behind stuff like Elektra), ignore the origin of Danny Rand and expect viewers to care about him or his powers without understanding what they are or where they come from.

Bottom line, if you’re going to have some kind of monk-ninja make throwing stars out of tin-foil that are strong enough to cut through steel, then you’re responsible for telling us how and why. Like so, viewers are haphazardly tossed into estranged set locations and the scenes of tension are so dependent on the soundtrack that you’d think they scored Iron Fist before they shot it. Though we still must endure Danny Rand on The Defenders, hopefully Netflix cancels the character’s solo show, and nobody hires Finn Jones ever again.

17. Grittier Is Better On The Punisher

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One of the most underrated movies of the 2000s was Jonathan Hensleigh’s, The Punisher. In it, Tom Jane played Frank Castle and John Travolta played a proper villain as the tyrannical Howard Saint in the first good R-Rated superhero movie of the millennium. You can’t avoid the fact that some comic books happen to be violent, and PG-13 versions of such are never well-received. Ryan Reynolds debut as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was universally trashed by the comic book community for that very reason; this is what exposed the demand for the proper, ultra-violent Deadpool reboot made later. Steve Lightfoot’s version of The Punisher for Netflix doesn’t skimp on the brutality, either. Don’t be deterred by the fact that the Defenders were restrained, because this show is exceptionally violent, like Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth violent. Also, Jon Bernthal checks all the boxes for an authentic Frank Castle whose only superpower is being tougher than everyone else. We can also enjoy a stellar performance from Girls’ Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Castle’s sidekick, Micro.

16. Who Asked For Trailer Park Boys: Out Of The Park?

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Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian television series created by a comedy troupe of the same name, made up primarily of Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, and Mike Smith. The series premiered in 2001 and ran until 2008, until the trio purchased the rights to the show and brought new episodes to Netflix in 2014. There have also been three movies, touring shows, and several specials, so it’s safe to say there’s a good amount of material. As a result, the Boysmay be spread too thin because this time they miss by a mile with Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park.

Instead of their usual script-based content, Out of the Park is done in some sort of mockumentary style like Jacka*s without stunts or Amazing Race without a race. At times, the three guys are worth a chuckle, but applying their personalities to the real world comes off as artificial as they break character often. Any dull moments are filled with recycled jokes from the original series. I mean, you can only laugh at Julian not dropping his drink and Ricky being out of it so many times before the show becomes white noise. For diehard Trailer Park Boys fans, it’s even worse. The spin-off only discredits the characters as you watch them desperately reach for awkward jokes that barely land. On a better note, the regular series is still going strong and they just released their twelfth season, so whatever remaining fans they have can snack on that.

15. Big Mouth Is The Cartoon We Never Knew We Needed

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney recently garnered a lot of attention on Broadway for Oh, Hello, and they’re keeping up with high expectations with the Netflix original, Big Mouth. Along with Mulaney and Kroll, the animated series is voiced by a supporting cast of comedy A-Listers including Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Jordan Peele. Big Mouth takes you back to your most embarrassing memories as a thirteen-year-old. The mature cartoon approaches every awkward junior high moment in a hilarious and filthy way that you can’t get enough of. Besides wildly creative, the cartoon about puberty is a great example of how to apply the same archetypes of other cartoons like Family Guy and The Simpsons while embracing the ability to be R-Rated on Netflix. In other words, Big Mouth is everything that F Is For Family is not, yet it’s also more imaginative than most animated series – it’s thoughtful, imaginative, and strikes real, familiar chords. Now that the comedy duo has succeeded with Broadway, sketch comedy, scripted series, standup, and animation, all that’s left is puppets and another Team America: World Police style film by Mulaney and Kroll would probably be gold.

14. Disjointed Was An Epic Fail

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Because Netflix casts such a large net to cover every genre, it’s no surprise that they’re gunning for the network sitcom market. So far, Netflix’s comedy department only scores with reboots or sequels of yesterday’s network hits like Arrested DevelopmentWet Hot American Summer, and Fuller House. Having said that, the Kathy Bates-led, multi-camera bag of garbage known as Disjointed serves as proof that Chuck Lorre is capable of failure and his kryptonite is either Netflix or illegal substances. As good as Bates is, she couldn’t make this even barely engaging. In a small effort to be groovy, Disjointed explores third-person omniscience in the same fashion of Beavis and Butthead’s meta approach of watching them watch music videos, except Beavis and Butthead were cool and Disjointed is superbly lame.

Silly shows like this are setting a new standard of inadequacy. Chuck Lorre failed to disguise Disjointed as a way to reach a new demographic, because this is just a way to make fun of a different group of people to Lorre’s already existing audience. It’s a feeble attempt to capitalize on a trending topic with a loose understanding of it, at best. You learn nothing, won’t laugh, and couldn’t care less. Predictable punchlines are lobbed at you like softballs; you WILL fall asleep during this show.

13. Love Is Dysfunctional And Addictive

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Judd Apatow has a way of making shows and films genuine, and that same empathetic quality we saw in Freaks and Geeks is what we get from the dark comedy, LoveLove stars Community’s Gillian Jacobs as Mickey and Paul Rust as Gus – Rust recently co-wrote Pee-wee’s Big Holiday with Paul Reubens. Gus and Mickey are perfect for each other, but their fears and idiosyncrasies pull them apart as you root for the former outcome. Gillian plays a sarcastic, cynical, free spirit and Rust plays a type-A, nerdy, aspiring screenwriter. They play it so well that you befriend them immediately and you suffer with them when they mess up. You’ll be tempted to fast forward just to see if they’re together at the end. Regardless of the result of their potential relationship status, we’ll take as much of the LA couple we can get. After all that praise, the real show-stealer might be Claudia O’Doherty, who plays Mickey’s gleeful roommate, Bertie – her joyous attitude becomes essential for balancing Gus and Mickey’s uncouth demeanor.

12. There Are Dozens Of Shows We’d Rather Bring Back Than Fuller House

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Without Netflix, the Full House sequel so cleverly titled Fuller House, wouldn’t happen. The reason Fuller House couldn’t exist on a network is because the place for it no longer exists on television – T.G.I.F. is over and there’s no longer a cast of complementary shows to support each other. Since the days for shows like Step By Step and Family Matters are over, it’s safe to assume that nobody wants them back. The idea for Fuller House was already officially ridiculous, and then you learn thatJohn Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are barely on the show. Eventually it becomes clear what creator, Jeff Franklin, is trying to do – derive a new show for a previous audience, but the old audience is too old for this show.

The nostalgia wears off quickly – basically the second the opening credits end.  There’s no avoiding the fact that your favorite characters aren’t really on it and Stephanie, D.J., and Kimmy don’t stand a chance at carrying a show without them. In a flawed attempt to replace the Olsen Twins‘ character, Fuller House offers a handful of child actors that are strikingly forgettable. The rest of the cast references their character Michelle several times to the point that it becomes transparent they’re begging for an Olsen to cave in and join the show. It’s humiliating. As for the end goal, we get it. They want to update the Full House family to fit into today’s culture. Too bad everyone’s already moved on to Modern Family.

11. It’s Worthless To Wait For Something To Happen In Flaked

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In the Netflix comedy, Flaked, Will Arnett is a trendy womanizer named Chip, and Chip accidentally took someone’s life while driving under the influence, so now he’s a recovering addict that rides a bike around Venice Beach. If you’re wondering how Flaked manages to make the audience empathize with such a character, don’t, because it doesn’t. The oxymoronic series is an on-the-surface look behind-the-scenes of AA meetings, but uses victims of addiction as a sympathetic crutch to support weak writing. Watching Robert Wisdom as the boilerplate mentor/trying to persuade Chip to be better is like watching a mall cop yell at a thirteen-year-old boy.

Without spoiling anything, I’ll say there are a few twists and turns to this show, but they do nothing but damage whatever integrity the show has left by the time you get to them. In other words, you can sense just how lost the writers were as they were probably picking plot points by throwing darts in the dark. Worst of all, Flaked takes itself very seriously, offering long takes, jeering dialogue, and a soundtrack of totally “with it” indie tracks that make Venice Beach seem like a giant hipster coffee house – if you haven’t been there, then know that Venice is nothing like whatever this is.

10. We Get The Best Bateman In Ozark

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After Bloodline concluded, Netflix was suddenly down a show about a dangerously dysfunctional family that’s also involved in a mystery. Like magical wizards, Mark Williams, Bill Dubuque, and Jason Bateman filled the void left by Bloodline with Ozark, and after season one, it looks like this modern crime drama could be even better. Laura Linney is great as Wendy Byrde, but Bateman was never better than he is in the role of her husband, Marty. It’s as if every other one of his roles was leading up to this one. Marty is a careful balance of stoic yet sarcastic, all-knowing yet risky, well-intentioned yet unlucky – this performance justifiably earned him a Golden Globe nomination. The reason Marty works so well is because the writers of Ozark crafted well rounded characters and a story with an abundance of conflicts and plot twists – you’re kept on your toes with this. One of the biggest upsets at the Globes this year was passing-over Julia Garner for her performance as Ruth Langmore. Every moment with Ruth is mesmerizing; expect at least a nomination for Garner for this role, next year. We should also note that Ozark ties off loose ends, and doesn’t depend on conventional cliffhangers to end its first season: we’re invested because this is genuinely satisfying television.

9. Lady Dynamite Is No Leading Lady

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Maria Bamford is a veteran in the comedy scene, but she’s restrained in her consistent roles as a side character. If you aren’t an established fan of Bamford from her standup, then you’ll likely find the Netflix series, Lady Dynamite, a bit off-putting. To its credit, Dynamite is oftentimes whimsical and joyous – it’s like Tim and Eric in the sense that it finds humor in the uncomfortable, except this doesn’t push the boundaries as much as it confuses them. Lady Dynamite was recently canceled, but Netflix needs to be careful making similar shows like it in the future.

From a business perspective, Netflix’s comedy department (if there is one) is smart to put their eggs in more than one basket by investing in obscure visionaries and unconventional indies along with the blockbuster multi-camera sitcoms. It makes sense to assume that Netflix stock becomes more worthwhile if they’re across the board when it comes to genres, because a wide range of shows certainly makes the subscriptions more valuable. Nevertheless, the streaming service needs to be more careful not to spread themselves too thin by forgetting that weird shows like Lady Dynamite aren’t as popular as familiar ones like Grace and Frankie.

8. We Hope There’s More Of Master Of None

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Aziz Ansari first gained attention in the documentary-style sitcom, Parks and Recreation, and his popular standup specials hinted at the comedian being more than just another comedy actor. That being said, nothing prepared us for Ansari’s recent series, Master of None. The millennial generation of comedy talent is gradually making their presence known on television with shows like Broad CitySearch Party, and LoveMaster of None is an honest look at the life of a dreamer named Dev who does his best to look at life, love, relationships, race, religion, and gender through a lens of fairness and awareness. Joining Ansari is the always eventful Eric Wareheim as his buddy, Arnold.

Dev and Arnold offer the same humor you’d expect as fans of their previous roles, but the tone of the series gives you the sense that you’re actually spending a day in the life of these two actors real selves. More than that, Master of None combines its realism with homage to historical filmmaking as Dev rides his bicycle through Italy amidst long takes in black and white – Ansari doesn’t quite meet the requirements to be taken seriously like a De Sica film, but he deserves credit for trying to push the envelope in an effort to combine comedy and art.

7. Santa Clarita Diet Thinks Zombies Are A Joke

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If you’ve always thought that The Walking Dead wasn’t funny enough or The Goldbergs wasn’t gory enough, then Netflix has got the show for you. Santa Clarita Diet stars Drew Barrymore as a zombie housewife named Sheila, and Timothy Olyphant plays her still-living husband named Joel. The tongue-in-cheek tone of SCD is most comparable to that of HBO’s True BloodTrue Blood sparingly used campy moments to approach the idea of vampires existing with people out in the open, but True Blooddidn’t depend on this campiness.

TB was wildly popular because it was intense, exciting, and included captivating characters with fascinating conflicts. SCD on the other hand, takes True Blood’s subtle joke about “those who have passed getting along with the living” and turns it into one long-running gag that makes up the backbone for a commonplace suburban landscape. As the zombie wife, Barrymore is still charming at times, but watching her in some gory scenes is just plain gross. In the end, Santa Clarita Diet expects the audience to chalk off whatever isn’t explained (which is a lot) as simply, “this is what happens if your wife is a zombie.”

6. Stranger Things Can Do No Wrong

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Netflix doesn’t release their ratings, but a few third party companies used software to determine which original shows were pulling the most weight. Well, we don’t need software to know that the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things is a massive hit for the streaming service, especially after the sickening Kevin Spacey scandal that ended House of Cards. The second season of the throwback thriller was a little bit muddled compared to the first, but this eighties nostalgia bomb was still so endearing and rewarding. Most of the second season’s flaws stem from introducing too many new elements without explaining a lot of our previous curiosities. There were several new characters with several new conflicts including another girl like Eleven with different powers, though we barely get a glimpse of this girl’s telekinetic ability before the season ends. In addition to that, we’re left where we started when it comes to the fate of the Upside Down. Is it one giant monster? Is there a queen Demogorgon like there was in Aliens? Why isn’t the rest of the world helping this small town fight these apocalyptic monsters? When all’s said and done, the lack of exposition in season two only gets us more hyped for season three.

5. It’s Time For Tina Fey To Move On From Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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The television comedy community lost a juggernaut when 30 Rock concluded after seven seasons and although Tina Feystayed in the limelight by hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler, two years passed before she returned to a scripted series. Amidst the hype of her return, Fey initially scored with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but a 30 Rock replacement, it is not. Ellie Kemper plays the oh so chipper Kimmy who was taken, trapped in a bunker with a maniac (Jon Hamm) for fifteen years, and then impulsively moves to New York after she’s rescued.

The dynamic between the naive Kimmy and the gritty realness of New York lays the groundwork for a lot of comedy potential, but after three seasons, the shtick’s wearing off. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly other shows on Netflix that are worse than this. The real reason to wish for Kimmy Schmidt to end is so Tina Fey could move on to do something else. Fey is a rare talent – it’s time for her to stop hosting the Golden Globes and to start winning them again.

4. Mindhunter Is Slaying The Other Netflix Shows

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If there was a dark horse for Netflix originals, then it’s Mindhunter, and if you weren’t convinced to binge it yet, then know that it has criminals FBI agents, and one of the best under-the-radar performances of the year from Jonathan Groff. Groff is a two-time Tony Award nominee and original cast member of Hamilton, was the voice of Kristoff in Frozen, and you’re going to see a lot more of him in the future. In Mindhunter, Groff plays Holden Ford, a newly appointed ambitious FBI agent that partners with veteran agent, Bill Tench played by Holt McCallany, and together they interview criminals in the early stages of criminal profiling during the late 1970’s.

It’s basically an insightful prequel to Criminal Minds. The best part is that the show is based on real-life experiences of FBI profiler, John E. Douglas, and the interviews they conduct are based on the real interviews with the real criminals like Ed Kemper and Jerry Brudos. True crime fans live for shows like this and Mindhunter is truly exceptional with a flawlessly paced, fully developed character arch in Holden that a show of any genre would be lucky to have.

3. We Hope Frontier Was As Cheap As It Looks

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Frontier comes off as one of the weaker Netflix originals from the get-go, and if you’re bored before the first episode is over, then give up while you’ve got the chance. I should note that history buffs and fans of Xena: Warrior Princess will love it. Don’t expect this to be an adventure show full of excitement; it’s more like a compilation of the dialogue scenes in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies where everyone’s talking to each other below deck of a ship when nobody is sword fighting. The early world setting in this show is comically inadequate.

Consistent avoidance of long shots make Frontier seem less like a trip back in time to the eighteenth century fur trade, and more like a bunch of people playing dress up in someone’s backyard. The Jason Momoa-led period piece is what it would look like if Brett Ratner made The Revenant. Sure, there’s a lot of violence, cursing, and old-fashioned costumes, but Frontier falls so short of the great epics it wants to emulate, such as GladiatorThe PatriotBraveheart. Unlike every successful epic tale, there no great hero to follow from ruin to triumph; this is just a bunch of characters that eventually grow to trust each other, and Jason Momoa is no leader of men.

2. Narcos Is The Best Cartel Drama Since Blow

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Narcos is on the shortlist for best overall Netflix original, but season two ended with what we were all dreading, the inevitable end of Pablo Escobar (not a spoiler because it’s history). It was upsetting to see Escobar go because Wagner Moura delivered the best performance of the Colombian to date. The first two seasons are must watch TV that proved Netflix could compete with originals on premium networks like HBO. It was hard to imagine the show without Escobar, and even harder to believe the show runners could cast a new cartel that would meet the same standards of the Medellin.

By the end of the first episode of the third season, you start to realize that the Cali Cartel is going to exceed your expectations and set a new standard for every show of any budget in the same subject matter wheelhouse. If you’re going to watch one movie or show all year about the history of the trade, then this is it; and, if you’re going to watch only one show regardless of its topic all year, then this is still the one. If you haven’t moved on from season two yet, then know that you’ll forget all about Escobar once you meet Pacho, played by Alberto Ammann. From the cinematography to the direction, Narcos is filmmaking firing on all cylinders.

1. Netflix Champs The New Year With A Risky New Show

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We’re not even two weeks into the new year and Netflix already nailed it with the new original series, The End Of The F****** World. Creator, Jonathan Entwistle delivers a cockney English millennial Bonnie and Clyde. Jessica Barden plays Alyssa, an apathetic law hater who runs away with Alex Lawther who plays James, an outcast and aspiring criminal. Simply put, the show is enthralling and the relationship between Alyssa and Alex is perfectly crazy without pushing the limits of reality as we bite our nails through eight roughly twenty minute episodes – I commend anyone with enough willpower to not finish this in one sitting. There lies the black comedy’s only flaw; it’s way too good to be this short, though British television often is. Be that as it may, any amount of this show is better than none. It’s just hard to accept that it’s out of your life so soon after entering it. For now, let’s just hope that Entwistle has more comparatively great ideas because Netflix will absolutely fund more seasons and future projects. At the very least, get Lawther and Barden the best agents money can buy.


Ohio Man Says Pat Sajak Told Him To Kill His Mother

Ohio Man Says Pat Sajak Told Him To Kill His Mother

Weird. I just heard him ask one of the players if she wanted to buy a vowel.

According to WTAE, a 48-year-old Akron man who killed his mother in December 2016 was found “not guilty by reason of insanity” last week. The reason that ruling is extremely fair and just? You guessed it – the guy said he was receiving his murderous orders from Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak.

 

The attorney for Derrick Williams told the judge his client “believed he was getting messages from the TV game show when he heard his hometown mentioned” and “thought Sajak was telling him to kill his mother when Sajak said, ‘Do it.'” Throw that in with the fact that Williams was off his meds, and the “clearly psychotic” description used by his attorney seems rather accurate.

 

 

It’s unknown if the judge would have handed down the same verdict if Williams would have said he was receiving his instructions from Anne Robinson of The Weakest Link, as I think that show left more than just a couple of people fucked in the head after watching it.

 


HBO Is Ruining Your Movies And You Might Not Have Even Noticed

HBO Is Ruining Your Movies And You Might Not Have Even Noticed

 HBO and other streaming services are cutting off parts of shots to change a film's aspect ratio.

 


16 TLC REALITY SHOWS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE 'REALITY'

16 TLC REALITY SHOWS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE 'REALITY'

 

 

The Learning Channel, TLC, started in 1970. It was sponsored by NASA and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1972. The 1990’s led to a lot of home improvement shows as learning documentaries. In the 2000’s TLC decided to get rid of the educational programming, besides its home improvement shows, and decided to air dramas and reality shows.

TLC has become very well known for some of its show’s causing controversy, from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s GoGo Juice (part Red Bull, part Mountain Dew) to Jon and Kate Plus 8’s Kate spanking one of their daughters on camera. But how do you tell which reality show is real and which ones are fake?

A reality tv show is a television program in which ordinary people are continuously filmed. It’s designed to be entertaining rather than informative. The magic word in that sentence is entertaining. In order for TV to make things “entertaining” to some audiences, they will use ‘TV magic’ such as editing and scripting.

This list is going to look at the 8 Most Fake TLC Shows. When I say fake, I do not mean scripted or edited. I mean fully fake. They have lied about the main element of the show.

16. Some Truth: Cake Boss

In Hoboken, New Jersey there is a shop called “Carlo’s Bakery,” that first opened in 1910 by Carlo Guastaffero. Cake Boss first aired in 2009, showing the bakery making its now-famous cakes. According to Market Watch, the most expensive cake they have made to date was a $30 million cake for Devorah Rose for a 2011 Gala. It had diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies studded all over the cake! Buddy says in one interview that his favorite cake was a 12-foot tall 7,000-pound Transformers cake.

The family works 8-10 hours a day. Although their cakes are internationally known, most visitors leave with Lobster Tail pastries and Pignoli Nut Cookies!

Buddy Valastro brought some controversy when he was arrested for a DUI in November 2014. He told the cop “You can’t arrest me, I’m the Cake Boss!” Buddy apologized and pleaded guilty getting his license suspended for 90 days and had to pay a $300 fine.

15. Most Fake: Ghost Brothers

Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass, and Marcus Harvey make up the best friend trio that are the first ever all-black paranormal investigators of Ghost Brothers. Like any ghost haunting show, this one uses TV magic and the gear the Ghost Brothers use is a bit lower tech than we are used to. They use a laser grid pen, IR cameras, and their own smartphones.

The quality that separates the Ghost Brothers from other paranormal shows is how they talk to the “undead.” Other shows have a tendency to try to upset or anger spirits to get them to say something on their EVP- electronic voice phenomena. However, the Ghost Brothers talk to the “ghost” with more empathy and warmth.

“I feel like we’re the most polite ghost hunters out there. We go in with a sense of reverence and deference. We have respect for those who came and went before us.” Dalen said in an interview.

Although this show uses TV magic, like any paranormal show, I fully enjoy the freshness of how the three friends interact and bring comedy to the show.

14. Some Truth: 90 Day Fiancé

90 Day Fiancé started January 12, 2014. It is still airing on TLC along with its spin-off: 90 Day Fiancé What Now.

In an interview with Anfisa Arkhipchenko, from season 4, she reports that couples have been together for a long time and already have met at least once prior to them putting in an application for the K-1 Visa. The K-1 Visa requires that couples to have met at least once prior to moving to the United States. 90 Day Fiancé also has no say in or help with getting the participants Visas. The show starts filming once the international participant lands in the U.S. They continue to film until the wedding. Participants also have 90 days to get married, but they do not have to wait the full 90 days to get married, they just need to be married by the 90th day.

Some of the participants that are not still together are Cassia and Jason from Season 2, Chelsea and Yamir from Season 2, and Danielle and Mohomed from Season 2. Couples that are still married range from Season 1 participants Aziza and Mike, Louis and Aya, Paola and Russ, and Kirlyam and Alan. From Season 2: Amy and Danny, Daya and Brett, and Evelin and Justin. From Season 3: Carolina and Fernando, Loren and Alexei, Melanie and Devar, Noon and Kylie, Mark and Nikki, and Aleksandra and Josh. From Season 4: Alla and Matt, Nicole and Azan, and Jorge and Anfisa.

13. Most Fake: Jon and Kate Plus 8

Julie Gosselin, sister of Jon Gosselin, stated in one of her blogs that everything is fake. According to Julie, Kate made a wish list of things she wanted (a carpet, hair plugs, teeth whitening) and they would trade for free advertisement or it would come out of the budget from the show. To make themselves more relatable they wanted to look like a struggling family.

Jon and Kate Plus Eight aired April 2007. The show was about how Jon and Kate raised twins and sextuplets.

The show started off great until Kate would belittle Jon on TV and then in Dec 2009, we find out that Jon was having a three-month affair with Deana Hummell. The show made it look like Jon and Kate were living together for months until Kate’s brother opened up about how Jon was sleeping in the apartment above the garage. The show then had an episode about them splitting and the title of the show changed to Kate Plus Eight, showing her as a single mom. However, the rantings decreased and the show ended not too long after the change.

12. Some Truth: Unexpected

Unexpected follows three teenagers, McKayla Adkins (17) and her boyfriend Caelan, Lexus Scheller (16) and her ex-boyfriend Shayden (17), and Lilly Bennett (17) with her boyfriend James, as they get help from their families as they get ready for the baby to be born.

The mothers of the girls also were teenage mothers themselves. Lilly’s Mom, Kim, was 16 when she had Lilly. McKayla’s mom, Shannon, was 19 when she had McKayla. Lexus’ mom, Kelsey, had Lexus at 16. Lexus’ grandmother was also a teenage mother. The show is really good at showing how naive the girls are at the beginning. In one episode of Unexpected, Lilly states that her baby is the size of a zucchini, and later admits she has no idea what a zucchini even is. MaKayla gets a Prom Dress for $150 even though she knows her boyfriend Caelan has never had a job.

Lilly ends up dropping out of high school during the show due to being bullied. Her Boyfriend, James, also ends up drops out of high school so he could work more hours at Target to support the baby.

11. Most Fake: Honey Boo Boo

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo started in 2012 introducing us to child beauty queen Alana Thompson, Mama June Shannon, and other redneck family members. Honey Boo Boo, Alan Thompson, uses the catch phrase “A dollar make me holla.”

The family enjoys redneck events like mud sliding and bobbing for pigs’ feet at the Redneck Games.

The reason this goes on the fake list is that The National Enquirer reported that Anna “Chickadee” was left at her grandmother’s (Sandra Hale) house while June moved in with her then-boyfriend. Child Welfare jumped in to grant sole custody to Sandra Hale. Anna lived with Sandra until June bribed her with $500 a month. June thought that Anna’s illegitimate teenage pregnancy would bring good story lines for the show.

Of course, the editing of the show reminds us there isn’t just an economic but moral difference and that they’re loosely reality shows.

10. Some Truth: My 600lb Life

My 600lb Life follows morbidly obese participants for a year while they are seeing Dr. Younan Nowzaeadan (or Dr. Now, for short) in Houston Texas. Dr. Now performs general and vascular surgeries including gastric bypasses on patients that most doctors are not able to. Most X-Ray machines do not go over 450lbs. Most house scales and scales at doctor offices do not go over 300lbs. Dr. Now has specialized equipment that can accommodate the minimum weight for the show, 600lbs.

My 600lb Life just follows the participants on their journey. No one forces them or watches them like they are watched on shows like Biggest Loser. So, many people look at gastric bypass as a magical weight fixture, but in reality, they either do not lose that much weight or they gain more weight.

Also, many of the participants have food addiction due to something terrible that happened in their childhood. It could range from sexual abuse to mental or physical abuse. Dr. Now suggests therapy for these participants.

9. Most Fake: Toddlers and Tiaras

Toddlers and Tiaras aired from December 2008 until October 2013. It launched the careers of Honey Boo Boo and Eden Wood. Each kid competes in three different categories.

In an interview with Radaronline.com, Devin’s mother, Darci McHenry states that Devin had to retake a scene of her “Singing a song spontaneously” six times. She goes on to say how some things are completely recreated while some things are real.

“You’re mic’d the whole time. You can be addressing one person and editors can come in and splice it to make it look like you’re addressing someone else with those comments because it makes for better television.” Darci McHenry continued.

Staging half-dozen pageants for Toddlers and Tiaras, Maxine Tinnel says much of the drama is manufactured and manipulated. In August 2016 a sequel to Toddlers and Tiaras, called Another Toddlers and Tiaras, aired August 2016.

8. Some Truth: Little People, Big World

This was a tough one to judge, but I ultimately decided to place it on the ‘some truth’ side. Little People, Big World is a documentary about the Roloff family from 2006 and is still a show today. Matt and Amy stand at 4 feet tall. They were raising their four children when the show first started, Jeremy and Zach (twins), Molly, and Jacob.

They owned and operate a 34-acre plot of land in Oregon. They used to have tours of the property until a woman fell over the picnic pavilion and claimed to have had several injuries. She sued for $1 million dollars. Her lawyers stated that she sustained injuries as a direct result of the negligence of the Roloff couple.

One of the reasons this was hard to decide where to put was because TLC had used a cliffhanger at the end of season 5, where Matt had collapsed on the floor. Fans were so worried that they went to social media trying to figure out what had happened to him. Some had speculated he had died. Matt ended up going to Twitter and showing he was fine. When the next episode aired, he had been months free of having any passing out issues that were caused by his Vertigo.

7. Most Fake: Breaking Amish

Breaking Amish is a reality TV show that follows one Mennonite and four Amish as they experience the outside world (New York City) for the first time. This show has a spin-off called Return to Amish. However, one of the 30-year-old members, Jeremiah Raber, stated he needed to figure out who he was by leaving his family’s farm for the first time at the age of 18; however, there is proof that he left several years before that. He was married Naomi Stutzman for 6 years with three children. She filed for divorce for “Gross Neglect of Duty” and “Extreme Cruelty.” She stayed in a shelter for victims of domestic violence and got a restraining order.

Another issue was when Jessica and Abe met. They said they had never met before, yet there is proof that not only had they met prior to the show, but also they were in a relationship! They also have a child together.

Since 2011, Andrew Schmucker has been in and out of probation and jail. He recently was sent to prison for seven years because he violated his parole.

6. Some Truth: Dr. Pimple Popper

In 2015, Dr. Sandra Lee, a board-certified dermatologist, started an Instagram account because she wanted to explain her world of dermatology in visual ways. She would show pictures from consults, surgeries, and in-office procedures. Procedures range from Mohs surgery, Botox, keloid removals, ear surgeries, blackhead extractions, and dissections of lipomas and cysts.

She now has a following of 2.6 million fans on Instagram and 3.2 million fans on Youtube. On her Youtube channel, it states she does her videos to “educate you about different diseases of the skin, hair, and nails, and give you some skin care advice.” She even uses tools like the comedone extractor and curved blackhead tweezers to get blackheads. This show started January 3, 2018.

5. Most Fake: Sister Wives

Polygamy is when one man marries multiple women at one time. Polygamy is illegal in the United States, but some states don’t pursue these families, like Nevada.

Sister Wives was first started in September 2010. Kody Brown was married to Meri and had three “Spiritual Wives” Janelle, Christine, and Robyn. However, in February 2015, Kody announced he was divorcing Meri, whom he had been married to for over 20 years. He wanted to marry Robyn so he could adopt her three children for health benefits and stability.

Prior to the first season ending, Utah’s police had started an investigation into the Brown family because of their bigamy laws. The Brown family made it appear that due to the police investigation they were forced to move. Or were they? Radar Online interviewed Christine’s Aunt, Kristyn Decker, who stated they had been talking about moving long before the investigation. They used the drama with the state to get ratings.

4. Some Truth: Say Yes To The Dress

In 2006, filming began for Say Yes To The Dress with TLC. This show is real. There are also spin-offs, like Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta, that is filmed in the Atlanta location of the dress shop. However, I do have to warn you, due to the popularity of this show, if you go to the store during non-production days and do not have a 90-minute appointment with them, you will have to fight 20+ other brides to be looking for dresses, platforms, and mirror space. Also, with camera magic, the storefront looks bigger than it actually is.

However, if you do get a 90-minute appointment, you can inform them of a budget, get a personalized consultant, the owners will give you their personal numbers in case of issues, and you are not obligated to get any of the 4 dresses you try on.

3. Most Fake: Long Island Medium

Long Island Medium follows the business of Theresa Caputo. With the help of TV magic, she can make anything happen.

During her live shows, she uses obvious cold readings. When a “reader” (like a psychic or medium) uses a person’s body language, age, clothing, hairstyle, gender, religion, race, level of education, and manner of speech to assume a lot of information about a person.

However, Theresa took it a step further. According to magician and skeptical investigator Mark Edward, who did an expose on her in 2012, says “At one point Theresa asked a woman, ‘Why am I picking up baby clothes?’ To which the woman replied, ‘Oh that’s weird. I just put up a bunch of pictures of baby clothes on my Facebook Page.’ Not weird at all, really.” Why isn’t this weird? Well, Edward goes on to explain that Theresa uses credit cards from Ticketmaster, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and whatever other social media she can find. Our society overshares, which means you can find anything out on a person.

2. Most Fake: Extreme Couponing

Extreme Couponing started in December 2010 and ended in December 2012. It followed extreme couponers as they collected and used coupons to get a large number of groceries for close to nothing, if not free. The reason this is on the fake side is that the scenarios were scripted, stores’ coupon policies were fixed for the show, and some conducted unethical coupon procedures.

In real life, extreme couponing is made into a full-time job. 40+ hours a week. Collecting coupons and matching them to sales and to the stores’ coupon policies. Many will also go to the store first thing in the morning so they do not miss out on any of the items that were advertised.

One episode had a store in Arizona that allowed one of the couponers to double up on all of their coupons. However, that store at that time had a policy that you could only double up on your first three coupons.

1. Some Truth: My First Home

My First Home is a half-hour reality show that follows families, couples, singles, or even best friends as they go from searching for their dream home to owning their dream home.

Not only do you have to learn new lingo, such as contingencies are when a home seller receives an offer from a buyer, but the buyer needs to meet conditions before finalizing. Or, Escrow, which means after the seller accepts the offer, escrow can start depositing monies, documents, and instructions into an account until all sale is verified and complete. You get to see a large variety of homes from a two-bedroom condo in LA to a two-story colonial in Tennessee.

Some of the stages are searching for a home, making a bid on that home, and getting an inspector, who may find things like faulty wiring. After that, and if the Escrow doesn’t fall through, you receive a lot more paperwork prior to receiving those dream keys.

 

 


15 Funniest Live TV Accidents Of 2017 We Can’t Forget

15 Funniest Live TV Accidents Of 2017 We Can’t Forget

Alas! The year 2017 is over and all of us are now in the new chapters of our lives hoping that the year 2018 will be an awesome and lucky year full of opportunities and happiness. Speaking of happiness, let us take a short step back in time and review some of the happiest and funniest moments that were caught in live TV during the year 2017.

After an exhausting and tiring day, all you want to do is go home and wear your favorite onesie or that favorite pair of pajamas, eat your favorite meal, and relax in your favorite spot. Aside from sleeping comfortably on your own bed, you rush to your home to lounge in your couch and watch that TV show episode you had been waiting for since the mid-season finale.

Of course, you need to stay updated about the latest and freshest things happening in your community, across your country, and around the globe. Thanks to the live current news coverage, people from all over the world can witness what is happening, not just in their own countries, but also important news that is happening in other countries. News travel so fast, thus, making people stay updated on what is happening “right now”.

Not all live TV shows are all about news and current events. Live TV shows also includes those morning, afternoon, and evening talk shows that people are tuning in because their favorite actors and actresses are the special guests for the today’s segment or people just really “love” the show.

News or talk show, here is a list of the funniest live TV accidents and bloopers that happened in the year 2017.

15. The Rottie Seemed Sorry, Daddy!

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Celebrity Gogglebox special is one of the most-awaited British TV show where celebrities dwell on their own sofas and just “get real”. It is the spinoff of the Gogglebox where people from the United Kingdom sit down on their own sofas and react to the British TV shows from their homes. The Christmas special of the Celebrity Gogglebox featured Tom Malone Jr. and his family. The charity they chose for this special was Stand Up To Cancer, an organization focusing on giving funds for cancer research.

The whole episode was already entertaining enough, but got funnier when Tom Malone (the father) was head butted by their Rottweiler baby Dave by accident. Dave seemed to be aware that he accidentally hurt daddy Malone and he tried to lick Malone’s head and “ease the pain”.

14. Andre Onana’s Graphic Expulsion

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Is it real that he just let some graphics out? That was a smart and huge coincidence! For the people asking who is that man who expelled some BT presenters’ credits, his name is Andre Onana, a professional football player and member of the Dutch club Ajax – the goalkeeper. This happened in May 2017 during the Europa League where Manchester United faced Ajax for the League Finale.

The finale was not that exciting since this ended with a 2-0 score in favor for Manchester United. Unluckily, the Ajax lost in this Europa League 2017. However, they were able to make one highlight and that was the technical glitch of the BT presenters’ credits being let out from Onana. This was recorded on live TV and the internet did not let this get away.

13. Probably the Most Awkward High Five of All Time!

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“One, two, three, four, Hi-5!”

The year 2017 was also the witness of a different stunt that was played by the British politician Jeremy Corbyn. He is serving as Leader of Labor Party and Opposition Leader since 2015. During a normal day, Collins had this festive vibe because he had an increased majority on election night. This was a clip from the live coverage in Islington.

Upon watching the video, you can see that he is so happy and enjoying some pictures being taken with Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry. She is also a British Labor Party politician who was an MP for Islington. Sharing a “good friendship”, Collins tried to high five Thornberry, but failed. Instead, his hand landed on Thornberry’s chest.

12. Everything is Better on TV

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Aside from the winners of the 2017 Emmys Awards, Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue did not just bring a big shock to that night’s live and TV audience, but also broke the internet (Twitter in specific) because of a big appearance. While Colbert, an American comedian who can throw puns and good jokes to some of the most prominent names in the Hollywood, the TV industry, and even politics, was throwing lines for his monologue, he introduced Sean Spicer! What a coincidence, right?

For people who do not know who Spicer is, he was a White House Press Secretary and acting White House Communications Director under the Trump Administration until July 21, 2017 when he resigned. He was known to be a bearer of false information.

11. Clearly, He Wasn’t Informed

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Welsh journalist, presenter, and news anchor Huw Edwards had his needed moment of silence in 2017. The usual scenario on News at 10 will be Edwards reading some headlines, news, and deliver something news-worthy every time the camera rolls live. However, in June 2017, the usual “Breaking News” became a “Breaking Silence” for four long minutes. Edwards was not informed that he was already recorded live and he was just there sitting in silence, browsing through his papers, and patiently waiting for his cue.

When the program finally started after the four-minute-silence, Edwards apologized and said that this was a simple glitch, which had never happened before. The BBC News Channel also apologized for this technical glitch and some breaking news alerts played multiple times.

10. Bringing in a Positive Vibe Before Delivering News About Irma

via: thesun.co.uk

The news industry always has bloopers and accidents. The year 2017 had witnessed a lot of these bloopers and these are really funny. In this section, however, the star is the BBC news presenter Tom Donkin. The supposed to be news alert turned out to be the movie “Lost” where Donkin struggled to find the right camera and the right location for him to deliver the newest updates about the devastating Hurricane Irma.

In the end, the BBC news reader laid all the blame to the “wayward camera”. Yes, the 18 seconds wasted on air will never go away, but at least a positive vibe was produced by Donkin before he delivered some negative news about the hurricane.

9. Attacked by a Water Sprinkler

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Relax; the staff was just trying to relieve the heat of the game. The year 2017 also witnessed numerous sports festivities including the Women’s Euro 2017 where women embraced their inner warriors and footballers within. It was a great game during that day between England and Portugal. At every game, the reporters are up to give the latest updates and their perspective about the game.

Channel 4 football pundit Jermaine Jenas, a retired English professional footballer who played as central midfielder for numerous English clubs, was ready to give his analysis and own perspective about the match. Suddenly, a staff turned on a water sprinkler and by an “amazing coincidence”, the water went directly to Jenas’ face. Now that was a perfect way to chill!

8. The Fall of Gemma Collins

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Awards nights are such memorable events in 2017 – artists and TV shows being recognized. Yes, these awards nights are memorable enough, but the Radio 1’s Teen Awards had one “spectacular fall”. The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Gemma Collins was the one responsible to present the Best TV Show, which was Love Island. All she needed to do was to announce the winner, but instead, she wanted to be a highlight of the awards night. Doing a dramatic twirl, Collins fell through the hole on the stage.

Poor Gemma Collins; that moment became an instant meme all over the internet and the social media platforms. Another thing that kept her on the spotlight was her mispronunciation of the word meme (pronouncing it as “memay”).

7. A Souvenir From the Moon for Amanda Holden

via: thesun.co,uk

Alright Amanda Holden, Major Tim Peake did not go to the moon. For the record, Major Tim Peake is a British Army Air Corps officer and a European Space Agency astronaut. Again, Major Peake did not visit the moon, but he was the sixth United Kingdom-born person who boarded the International Space Station, an important artificial satellite in low Earth orbit that is habitable – the Alpha station.

Because of Major Peake’s accomplishment as an astronaut, he made a name in the UK and graced numerous live TV shows including This Morning with Holden. The conversation was “okay” until Holden asked if he brought some souvenir from the moon. This forced Major Peake to explain to Holden the difference between the moon and the International Space Station and that he is not Neil Armstrong.

6. Yoda is Back!

via: thesun.co.uk

The “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is one of the most successful movies of the year topping $1 billion sales worldwide for just three weeks. Yes, everyone is so excited to see this movie! The casts were visiting different sets and interviews to invite everyone to see the movie, including the English actor John Boyega who played the role Finn since “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. One of his interviews includes his interview with the British talk show This Morning host Holly Willoughby.

As seen on the video, Boyega just “freaked out” because of the careless statement that Willoughby said – an absolute spoiler that Yoda is back! Shocked, Boyega just can’t stop being worried because Willoughby’s spoiler alert can have some serious consequences that Disney might not be able to just ignore.

5. When Kids Stole the Show

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Children stealing the spotlights are cute and adorable! The year 2017 was also the dawn of “kids interrupting the news” age where children are stealing the show. During an ITV Lunchtime News segment tackling milk allergies and its negative effects, news anchor Alastair Stewart interviewed a mother who has a son with a milk allergy. While engaging in an informative talk, a toddler who was there because of her mommy and her brother climbed up the news desk and just by that, stole the show.

That was not the end of her intrusion; she even popped in and out of the frame until the end of the interview. This was just the cutest interloping event ever! Because of the toddler’s overloading cuteness, Stewart stayed calm and even high-fived the kid.

4. Funny Kid Crashes a Weather Report

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Yes, there is another kid who stole the show! Say hi to Houston, the 8-year-old son of a lawyer with a segment on the WLBT in Mississippi. When Meteorologist Patrick Ellis was reporting the weather, Houston entered the frame while flapping his hands as if he was flying and “playing pretend” that he was farting at Ellis. Since Houston already intruded the weather report, Ellis decided to play it cool and asked this young boy to point out the weather for him. Instead of a good play along, Houston delivered an unusual weather report that Mississippi was covered in “farts and toots”.

After Houston’s “gold” weather report, he was pulled off the set by his father. Ellis explained that every Saturday, the station allows the employees to bring their children, but that Saturday was extraordinary.

3. Serious BBC Interview Gone Hilariously Wrong

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There are, indeed, a lot of kids in the planet and some of them were Robert E. Kelly’s kids. For the record, people just can’t blame these kids when they stole the spotlight because they are so cute! Robert E. Kelly is an American political analyst and his specialty is inter-Korean affairs. When something was up in South Korea and the world needs to know a substantial opinion about this scandal. The BBC was so sure that they need to set up an interview with Kelly to gather some thoughts about the issue.

Kelly appeared to be inside his home office and while he was stating his opinions and thoughts, his cutie little daughter wearing that cute little yellow sweater came dashing inside his home office followed by his second child. They seemed to be comfy inside daddy’s home office until mom rushed inside the home office and took them out.

2. Moonlight and La La Land Mix Up

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First, the announcement by Steve Harvey in the year 2015 where he crowned the wrong winner just made a big controversy. In 2017, it feels like Steve Harvey’s wrong announcement all over again when Warren Beatty announced the wrong winner of the Best Picture Award during the Oscars 2017. Who would have thought this broke the internet and also some people’s hearts.

First, the movie “La La Land” was declared as the winner. Knowing this happiest moment, La La Land’s cast and crew went up the stage with all of their energy and joy. Unfortunately, this was a mistake. In fact, “Moonlight” was Oscar 2017’s Best Picture. The next thing that happened was even more heart wrenching, they announced the real Best Picture just when the La La Land’s cast are ready to give their acceptance speech to give the Moonlight’s cast their winning moment.

1. Winona Ryder’s Facial Expressions

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Netflix original TV show “Stranger Things” won the “Outstanding Performance Award” during The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. There is no doubt that “Stranger Things” really has a good graphics, an outstanding cast, and an exciting storyline. No wonder this show got the award. The whole cast were so happy when they received the award. David Harbour aka Chief Hopper of the Stranger Things gave an inspiring acceptance speech, but that was not where the spotlight was because our dear Winona Ryder stole the scene!

Ryder was busy making different facial expressions and gestures as if she was confused. Well, her bug eyes and very confused looks was one of 2017’s best memes. What happened, Ryder? Is Will still missing that is why you were so bothered?

 


15 Ways Your Childhood TV And Movie Heroes Actually Taught You Horrible Life Lessons

 

15 Ways Your Childhood TV And Movie Heroes Actually Taught You Horrible Life Lessons

Your parents might have been annoying as they constantly espoused their beliefs about the negative impact of movies and TV shows on children, but that doesn't mean they were wrong. Even Disney movies set bad examples - for example, Tangled is full of terrible lessons about how young girls should calculate their self-worth - but Disney is not the only source of negative ideals. There are a lot of horrible lessons from kids' movies and shows that were promoted and encouraged over the years.

On top of that, there are probably quite a few plain old bad habits picked up from TV shows you shouldn't have been watching as a kid. Sometimes, the lessons are so positively portrayed that you don't even notice how problematic they are for years afterward. Here are a number of movies and shows everyone was watching as kids that put certain characters on a heroic pedestal even if they had some seriously problematic traits. Vote up the worst lessons you learned from watching movies and television as a kid, then go unlearn those habits!

 


10 Real Life Things That Work WAY Different In Movies And TV

10 Real Life Things That Work WAY Different In Movies And TV

JOHN SANFORD'S CERTAIN PREY -- Pictured: Lola Glaudini as Carmel Loan (Photo by Ben Mark Holzberg/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

As the most media-saturated generation to ever live, it's kind of embarrassing to admit just how much of our understanding of the world around us is shaped by movies and TV. Even as you enter adulthood there's so many assumptions we take for granted just because they're ubiquitous cliches in almost every form of fiction. But over on the r/askreddit board the users were given a simple question that had surprisingly eye-opening answers...

 


15 Netflix Shows With The Most Eye Candy

15 Netflix Shows With The Most Eye Candy

Netflix is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to watch your favorite TV shows, and other production companies are starting to get nervous. That’s because for some time now, Netflix has been quietly producing its own shows, and these are proving to be amazing hits. They’re known as Netflix Original series, and many of you are probably addicted to more than a few of them. Shows like Orange Is The New Black, and House Of Cards have captured the attention of the entire world. These shows are not only incredibly well-made, but they are also easy for viewers to binge watch. More than that, they have proven the superiority of a streaming service instead of a normal TV channel. This is the way of the future.

But in many ways, the series that Netflix creates are nothing new. They may be hosted in a new format, but they’re very much the same as many of the other shows we’ve been watching for years. For instance, what’s the most essential thing to any good TV show? If you guessed a good plot, acting, or a decent script, you’d be wrong. That’s right, the most important ingredient for any good show is plenty of attractive women. And Netflix knows this. That’s why some of their best shows are filled with all kinds of amazing eye candy. Watch these 15 Netflix shows if you’re on the lookout for a new show to binge watch that will give you more than just a good story and fun action.

15. Narcos

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Narcos is one of the most beloved Netflix original series, and it is still going strong to this day. The series revolves around the Colombian criminal cartel, specifically the exploits of the real life trafficker Pablo Escobar. All of the crazy antics you might expect from a show of this nature are present, and that’s a big reason why so many people love the show. The action is amazing, and the story focuses in on the life of this incredible character and legendary criminal.

But the show is also full of amazingly attractive actresses. Because the show focuses on criminals, it comes as no surprise that these lowlifes have no shortage of beautiful women hanging around. But the woman that really gets the audience going is called Paulina Gaitan, who plays Tata Escobar. It only takes ten minutes of season two until the audience gets to see her in a steamy scene.

14. Hemlock Grove

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If you’re in the mood for horror (and plenty of hot young women), you might want to try out Hemlock Grove. This is one of Netflix’s most thrilling and interesting horror TV series, and it’s an original production by the streaming giants. The story is pretty straightforward for a horror TV show. There’s a bunch of teenagers in a small town, and things start to go wrong when strange occurrences start happening and people start getting taken out. Teenage girls start losing their lives, and we discover more as the show goes on.

Like any normal horror show or movie, Hemlock Grove is filled with tons of attractive babes. These girls have a tendency to being taken out, or they turn out to be crazy themselves. But that’s just the way horror movies go. One of the hottest actresses in this is Penelope Mitchell, but the show also features tons of guest stars depending on the episode, and these are often very attractive as well.

13. The Ranch

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The Ranch is an interesting show in the same genre as Parks And Recreation or Big Bang Theory. It centers around a dysfunctional family that includes Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher, both of whom appeared together on That ’70s Show. But Danny Masterson will not be returning for the third season of the show, which is slated to release in 2018. This is because he was faced with numerous shocking allegations, like so many other people in the entertainment industry these days.

The show features many incredibly hot actresses, mostly blondes. There is very much a country music theme throughout the show, and these blonde bombshells fit in nicely with that. One face you might recognize is Elisha Cuthbert. She appears on the show as a gay woman who is trying to convince her friend to get her pregnant. This actress has been a babe for many years, and she doesn’t show any signs of stopping.

12. House Of Cards

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House Of Cards is one show that has been talked about a lot recently, although perhaps not for the reasons the producers would have wanted. The show dominated the news after allegations were aimed at Kevin Spacey. The show actually just announced that the show would be ending after the season coming out in 2018. Some think that Kevin Spacey’s firing might have had something to do with it. But there’s no denying that the show is full of eye candy. Kate Mara comes to mind immediately.

Describing a steamy scene she did on the show, Mara revealed, “It was hilarious! Beau Willimon [the show runner] called me and asked me to do it. He was like, ‘Just come in for one day and we’ll do this really weird thing, and that’ll be that. I was like, ‘OK, I don’t really know what this is.’ I didn’t read the rest of the episode and I didn’t know what was going on in the episodes before that. I didn’t really want to know because I wanted to enjoy it like everybody else! It was bizarre, it was surreal, which I guess is appropriate for what we were shooting. Kevin and I, we have such a good time together. When we were shooting, it kind of felt like I’d never left. For 24 hours, I was back on the show and it was very funny and surreal.”

11. Sense8

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Sense8 is another Netflix Original series you might want to check out, and this one has some talented people behind it. If you like the Matrix trilogy, chances are you’ll enjoy this one as well. That’s because the Wachowski siblings were behind this one, the same people who made the Matrix movies. The movie is actually quite different than The Matrix, however, so be prepared for something new and interesting.

The show was unfortunately cancelled, but due to demand from fans, there will be a special 2 hour season finale. The show is all about people who suddenly get the power to be linked both mentally and emotionally, called “sensates.” It devolves into a cat and mouse game between the “sensates” and the people who want to harm them or control them. One of the best parts of the show are the many attractive women, although Tuppence Middleton as Riley really stands out.

10. Marco Polo

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Marco Polo is another interesting Netflix Original series, and this one focuses in on the life of the legendary explorer of the same name. When the first season was created, it was the second most expensive show in the world, after Game Of Thrones. And in many ways, these two shows share a lot in common. Historical themes, royal intrigue and plots, and of course, plenty of risqué scenes. And we do mean plenty. There might even be more than Game of Thrones.

The series focuses in on the explorer’s early life, during which he was a guest at the royal court in China. Spending time there introduced him to many things, although perhaps the most interesting features of this new world were its many beautiful women. Marco Polo establishes relationships with princesses and other women in China, and these relationships are explored in full detail. The show is definitely one of Netflix’s shows with the most eye candy.

9. Travelers

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Another very interesting Netflix Original series is Travelers. The show is an amazing time travel show, but it’s not what you might expect. Basically, the future has been turned into an apocalyptic nightmare, and people must be sent back in time to fix things. But only their consciousnesses can be sent back, not their actual bodies. This means that their consciousnesses are sent into the bodies of people who were moments away from passing away. The result is a stunning show that is extremely unique and interesting.

The show is also full of amazingly attractive actresses, such as Alyssa Lynch. She plays one of the main character’s girlfriends, Renee Bellamy. It’s interesting to note how she reacts to this different person taking over he boyfriend’s body, and she is at times confused as to why he doesn’t want to be intimate with her anymore. There’s plenty of other eye candy in this show.

8. Orange Is The New Black

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Perhaps one of the best-known Netflix Original series, Orange Is The New Black continues to be a huge success for the streaming platform. Ever since day one, people have been obsessed with this show, and for good reason. It’s genuinely entertaining, and it appeals to pretty much everyone. Because who hasn’t ever wondered what the inside of a woman’s prison is like, right? The show follows one woman through her prison experience, and it’s entertaining because this woman is so out of place.

With an entire prison full of women, you’re almost guaranteed to get some serious eye candy. Piper, the main character, is very attractive, but she’s hardly the only one. Her girlfriend, Alex, is also attractive, and as the show progresses we get introduced to plenty of other attractive women who are also stuck in prison. It’s a great show because it never makes the female characters look they’re just a pretty face – they’re all strong and trying to get through their prison terms in their own way.

7. Jessica Jones

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Jessica Jones is just one of many Marvel Netflix Original series available to watch right now, but it’s definitely one of the most popular. This follows the superhero with the same name, and she’s quickly becoming one of people’s most loved Marvel heroes. And if superhero shows aren’t your thing, you might want to tune in just for all of the hot action that happens on the show. There are some pretty steamy scenes, not just with the lead actress, but with other female characters on the show as well.

Krysten Ritter, the actress who plays Jessica Jones, admitted: “I don’t like doing [steamy] scenes, but with Jessica, I always felt like the scenes came from such a place of character and strength so it always made sense to me. I never thought of them as being like anything that spectacular. Having everybody’s eyes on you, sometimes, it’s difficult. There are days when that’s like, ‘Aww man, I wish I could just, like, disappear for a day.’”

6. Flaked

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Another great Netflix show is Flaked. This show was made by some of the same people involved with Arrested Development, and it also starts one of the show’s most beloved actors, Will Arnett. This show is about a group of friends who hang around Venice Beach, and honestly, it’s not getting the best of reviews. Will Arnett may have tons of fans around the world, but even that did not save this show from being panned by critics almost universally.

But if you’re interested in seeing a show full of eye candy, then this might just be the show for you. Will Arnett’s character is constantly befriending women, and one of the most interesting and attractive female characters on the show is one played by Ruth Kearney, but there’s also plenty of other attractive girls on the show, such as a character played by Lina Esco, and many others. It’s not a good show, but it has a lot of attractive actresses on it.

5. Gypsy

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Naomi Watts stars in this Netflix Original series, and it’s all about a psychologist who gets way too involved with her patient’s personal lives. The show was sadly cancelled after just one season, and you can still find it on Netflix, and it’s actually pretty convenient if you want to watch a show but not get sucked into a show that will take you years to finish. There’ just ten episodes, and the series got mixed reviews – most notably poor ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Naomi Watts is undeniably hot, but the attention is shared between her and an actress called Sophie Cookson. This actress plays a character who is actually interested in Naomi Watts’ character romantically, which leads to some pretty heated and steamy moments between the two. Watts might be getting older, but she still has a lot of beauty and she’s nicely complimented by the young, attractive Sophie Cookson at her side.

4. Love

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Love is another interesting Netflix Original series that you might want to check out. If you like romantic comedies, you’ll probably enjoy this one, as the show examines what it’s really like to be in a relationship, from both a male and female perspective. Your attention will probably be drawn to the very attractive Gillian Jacobs, who plays Mickey. It’s great seeing her character try to navigate the dating scene.

The creator of the show commented on the realism of the show, saying, “We just try to be as real as we can be. That’s the aesthetic of the show. Every show has to pick their joke pitch and their reality levels. We said, “Let’s see how real this can get.” Then, hopefully life is funny enough that if you just accurately portray it, there’ll be comedy. But it is weird to even put a label on like this because, I guess it’s a comedy, but the truth is we don’t even really write it like a comedy. We try to write it dramatically and then decide what might be funny.”

3. Girlboss

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Girlboss is another interesting Netflix Original series, and this one is actually based on an autobiography called #GIRLBOSS, which was written by Sophia Amoruso. In 2016, she was named one of America’s richest self-made women because of an online business she started, which sold vintage women’s clothing. Her life has been full of ups and downs, most notably her filing for bankruptcy, which took away her considerable fortune to some extent.

The show is a retelling of Amoruso’s story, and it was quite hyped up to begin with. But sadly, this show was cancelled after just one season. Its female-centric storyline might not be for everyone, but the lead actress is actually very attractive. Britt Robertson takes that role, and she does a great job of showing us what happened in this businesswomen’s life, including all the intimate moments…

2. Club Of Crows

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Club Of Crows, or Club de Ceurvos, is an interesting Netflix Original series that is actually in the Spanish language. If you’re okay with reading subtitles, or you understand Spanish, then this might just be the show for you. It’s all about a pair of siblings who fight over the ownership of a soccer club. If you’re into sports, you might find the show interesting, but in all honesty, this show appeals to pretty much everyone. It blends elements of drama and comedy together delightfully.

And of course, there’s also a few attractive women in the show. Stephanie Cayo plays the former girlfriend of the owner of the club, and she is simply stunning. But there’s also Mariana Trevino, who plays one of the siblings trying to control the club. If you’re into Latin babes, and you don’t mind hearing some Spanish, then you might love this show.

1. Marseilles

 

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Marseilles is the first ever French Original Netflix series, and it’s gaining a lot of momentum. In many ways, it’s similar to House Of Cards in that it’s a political drama. The story centers around a former mayor of the French city of Marseilles. All kinds of crazy political intrigue happens, and it’s a very interesting watch if you’re not above reading a few subtitles (there is also an option to watch it dubbed in English). All in all, it’s a solid choice and definitely one of the hidden gems on Netflix.

This show is filled with some smoking hot French babes, and they make up a big part of the show. Stephanie Caillard plays Julia Taro, a stunningly attractive woman in the series. But on top of that, there’s also Geraldine Pailhas, who plays Rachel Taro, and the lovely Nadia Fares, who plays an interesting character by the name of Vanessa D’Abrantes. All in all, it’s a great series with tons of eye candy.


10 Black Mirror Memes That Will Terrify You With Laughter

10 Black Mirror Memes That Will Terrify You With Laughter

Black Mirror holds a mirror up to society similarly to the neighborhood horrors of The Twilight Zone, but with an emphasis on technology. It also tends to be much more depressing, regardless of the overall quality of each episode ("San Juniperno" now withstanding).

Season (series) four of the beloved British anthology series debuted on Netflix at the tail end of 2017, and now that everyone is catching up, the internet's got some hot laughs ready to counteract all that techno doom and gloom.

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It's Not Porn ...

 

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10 Awesome Fan Theories About Extremely Popular TV Series

10 Awesome Fan Theories About Extremely Popular TV Series

 

Series are the way of the future. Netflix has capitalized on this, and more traditional TV networks such as HBO, Fox, and ABC continue to do so. Many of you reading this have likely spent an evening or ten binge-watching your favorite shows, replete with all their in-depth story arcs and character development that few movies can hope to match.

Other than binging their favorite series, fans have another hobby in the form of thinking up all sorts of theories about their favorite characters. Below are some examples of fan theories about new and old favorites. Please note that there are potential spoilers ahead.

Stranger Things 2

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As with the first season, there are multiple fan theories about the fantastic second season of the Netflix hit Stranger Things. These include Eleven/Jane’s mother being connected to the Upside Down, Steve becoming a police officer in Season 3, and the Upside Down being in the past.

A theory that tops all of the above, however, is one that says Stranger Things and IT take place in the same universe. There have been references to other Stephen King books, such as The Mist and Firestarter, and then a reference to IT in Season 2. Bob tells Will about a clown that terrorized him as a child and how he eventually got the clown to stop coming to him in his dreams. Therefore, fans are now wondering if an It cameo is possible in future seasons.[1]

Riverdale

Riverdale is one of the best new series to have started in 2017. Based on the Archie characters, it follows the lives of teenagers Betty, Veronica, Archie, and Jughead as they navigate school and relationship issues and battle dark secrets within themselves and the town of Riverdale.[2]

At the end of the first season, Archie’s father, Fred Andrews, is shot at Pop’s diner by a figure in a black hood. He then went on to kill Geraldine Grundy in Season 2 as well as attack other people. It was eventually revealed during the show’s mid-season finale that the killer is the school janitor, Joseph Svenson. A fan theory now has it that this big reveal was simply a fake out. It is believed that the janitor is taking the rap for the real culprit for reasons still unknown or that he is the Black Hood, but he didn’t work alone.

Mindhunter

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Mindhunter, another mind-blowingly good Netflix series based on a true crime book, had audiences glued to their screens in 2017. The series is centered around FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, who interview incarcerated serial killers, hoping to learn more about how they operate.

Holden Ford has captured the imagination of fans in a variety of ways, even to the extent of many believing that the show will lead to the FBI agent becoming a serial killer himself.[3] A fan theory on Reddit says that Ford exhibits all the signs of the serial killers he has interviewed. These include being overly sensitive about sexual issues, having had only one real relationship with a woman (that wasn’t working out), mommy issues, and exhibiting sociopathic behavior. At the end of the series, Ford will also be interviewed, if this theory pans out, that is.

The Librarians

The Librarians is currently in its fourth season, and while it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it has a cult following of fans who love adventure and fantasy shows. The show is centered around four people who fight off supernatural enemies, solve mysteries, and recover ancient artifacts.[4] In the series, the Library is a magical building filled with not only mystical books but also artifacts from lore.

Surprisingly enough, there aren’t many fan theories about this show, but in 2015, there was one on Reddit which surmised that King Arthur may have been the very first Librarian and that Avalon was, in fact, the Library. Traveling to a place “in the mists” could have referred to a realm connected to ours, just on a different plane. Also, in many legends, it is stated that when Arthur goes to Avalon, he doesn’t die there. He prepares to return at a future time.

Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy is the longest-running series on this list. It has delved into some ridiculous plotlines over the years, but that hasn’t stopped the fans from returning to the new seasons.[5]

It is, therefore, not surprising that the fan theories about the show are sometimes beyond crazy and over the top. Some of fans’ ideas about this much-loved medical series include that the characters are actually superheroes, that the whole show is an elaborate dream, that Lexie Grey wasn’t real, and that a tornado will kill everyone in the series finale.

One of the most popular ones is that Clay Jensen from 13 Reasons Why appeared in Grey’s to get new ears from plastic surgeon Mark Sloan so that he could listen to Hannah’s tapes when he got older. Then this would also mean that Addison is actually Hannah’s mom. Sounds right up Grey’s alley, right?

Once Upon A Time

This series has had its ups and downs over the course of its seven seasons. Some fans gave up, while others remain loyal to see if it will get that X-factor back that made it so popular at the beginning. Fairy tales colliding with the real world is a great premise for a series, though, and Once Upon a Time is also no stranger when it comes to fan theories.[6]

Some of these are weirder than others, such as a romance between Ariel and Rumple, rumors that Dr. Who might feature in the series somehow, the belief that Green and Blue will have a epic fight, and the assertion that Emma is actually insane.

A very recent fan theory has it that the latest arrival in Storybrooke will be Moana. This is derived from the fact that Lucy’s mother hasn’t yet been revealed, and a Polynesian mask was hanging on a door during one of the episodes.

Black Mirror

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Black Mirror as an anthology sci-fi series centering on dark and satirical themes. This show went down very well with audiences worldwide and is currently in its fourth season. One of the theories that surrounds this series ties in with a very popular show that debuted in the 1990s: Friends.[7]

The theory is that Ross from Friends predicted the theme of a Black Mirrorepisode. In the episode, two women start a romance at a sea resort by the name of San Junipero. Later on, the resort is revealed to be a simulated reality where old or deceased people can live on in the form of their younger selves.

In a Friends episode, Ross tells Chandler about a book he’s reading in which it stated that by 2030, computers will be as functional as the human brain, and people will be able to download their memories and thoughts into a computerand live forever that way. This is said to be very similar to the aforementioned episode of Black Mirror.

American Horror Story

Much like The LibrariansAmerican Horror Story isn’t for everyone, but the show also has a massive following. Featuring all sorts of ghouls and creepy stories each season, this series is perfect for horror fanatics. And, obviously, fan theories are plentiful.

Fans believe that later seasons of the show contain many references and story lines that mirror earlier seasons. Then they theorized that this trend will continue as a major crossover event in Season 8. The crossover would be between the Murder House characters and the Coven characters. The creator of the show, Ryan Murphy, has since revealed that he is planning this, so in this case, a fan theory became a reality.[8]

Game Of Thrones

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Game of Thrones is likely the most watched show on this list. It also very likely has the most fan theories on the Internet. These include theories about mysterious notes and incest, among others.[9]

One of the most epic theories is that Game of Thrones is an analogy for climate change. Much like how in the show, humans are out to get each other while the world crumbles around them, humans in real life do the same while climate change runs rampant.

Also, the story of GoT goes under the “banner” of A Song of Ice and Fire. In the show, the ice is represented by the White Walkers and the fire by the dragons. The wildfire started by Cersei Lannister is also used as evidence for this theory—one that goes into a lot more detail, hoping to convince fans of its validity.

13 Reasons Why

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This Netflix hit stirred up a lot of controversy over its depiction of rape and suicide. That didn’t stop hordes of fans from binging the show and also coming up with far-out theories about its characters.[10]

Theories include that Alex attempted suicide but will survive, that Alex is hiding the fact that he’s gay from his father, that Alex wasn’t the one in the ambulance, an alternate ending in Season 2, and so on.

The craziest theory, however, has nothing to do with Alex or alternate endings. Instead, there is a rumor that the ever-helpful Tony Padilla is a ghost. Despite being debunked by the actor who plays Tony, the theory is still gaining traction. Fans are convinced that Tony is either a figment of Clay’s imagination or dead and talking to Clay from the other side.

 


Black Mirror Season Four Episodes Brilliantly Reimagined As Classic Comic Book Covers

Black Mirror Season Four Episodes Brilliantly Reimagined As Classic Comic Book Covers -

 

 

Tales of the Unexpected Black Mirrors is a another brilliantly illustrated series from prolific Brazilian designer Butcher Billy that reimagines all six episodes from the fourth season of Black Mirror as colorful covers of classic-style comic books that used to cost 60 cents apiece. Billy had illustrated previous seasons of Black Mirror much in the same way. These and other illustrations, shirts and bags are available for purchase through the Butcher Billy RedBubble store.

There is a fourth season beyond that which is known to man. It is a season as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. You’ve just crossed over into the Tales of the Unexpected Black Mirrors.


Two Guys Do A Drug Deal On live TV Newscast

Two Guys Do A Drug Deal On live TV Newscast

The video shows the two men inadvertently recorded executing an apparent drug deal during a live news broadcast. The footage was taken from a Fox 25 reporter speaking on camera outside two studio anchors about the recent New York snowstorms. However, he is completely oblivious to the apparent drug deal occurring behind him.


15 TV Sweethearts Who Are Jerks IRL

15 TV Sweethearts Who Are Jerks IRL

Whether it be television stars of today, or of days gone by, all of tend to get attached to certain celebrities. We see them every week in our homes and we start to think of them as friends of sorts, as people that we would really enjoy meeting if we had the opportunity to. They get into our hearts and we start thinking of them as people that we truly care about, and that care about us, after all, they just seem like such nice people, like total sweethearts even.

The thing is though, some of these people aren’t quite as nice as they appear. In fact, in real life, a lot of these people are total jerks. It doesn’t make anyone happy to have to deal with this fact, but hey, the truth hurts. This is hard to face, none of us want to think our favorite stars are mean, but a lot of them are.

What follows is a list of television celebrities that act like complete jerks IRL. Some of them probably got spoiled by their success as big TV stars, while others were probably jerks all along. No matter how you slice it, the stars on this list are not nice, despite how they portray themselves on TV.

15. Malcolm Jamal-Warner

Malcolm Jamal-Warner is best known for playing the role of Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. And when I say he is best known, I mean he has pretty much never done anything else of note in his career. Despite seeming sweet on television, apparently, he is a total jerk. This restaurant employee was not impressed by Jamal-Warner. “He made it seem like speaking to a waitress was just beneath him. He expressed distaste for the menu, the food, the atmosphere, basically everything. He complained that people were ogling him even though I never saw anyone look his way. He also did not tip. He tipped none of the times he came into our restaurant and he treated all of us poorly.” You’re a jerk Malcolm.

14. Ariana Grande

While Ariana Grande is well known as a singer, she started out on TV when she appeared on Nickelodeon’s Victorious as well as Sam &Cat. While she may appear nice on television, the fact is that she is a total jerk. There have been entire articles about what a total diva she is. In fact, her Sam & Cat co-star Jeannette McCurdy once wrote,”Where did I go? As far away from you as I can get. You won’t be hearing from me anymore because sweetheart, being a friend to you was doing so much more for you than it was doing for me. You sucked the life right out of me, and I want my life back.”

13. Christina Aguilera

Pretty much everyone knows that Christina Aguilera can be a total jerk, but some people still think she is a sweetheart. She is well known for her work on television, whether it be for the Mickey Mouse Club or Star Search when she was young, to shows like The Voice. All sorts of people from Eminem to Valerie Bertinelli have come out and said they simply can’t stand her. Every once in a great while, one might get a bad reputation that isn’t deserved, but when you think about it, pretty much everyone thinks that Christina is a total jerk. Let’s face it, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and even though Christina might act nice on television, it seems IRL, she is a total jerk.

12. Ashton Kutcher

A lot of people seem to think that Ashton Kutcher is a total sweetheart, and I get that, at least a little bit. He is one of the biggest television stars around, having starred in That 70s Show, Punked, and Two and a Half Men. But the thing is, in reality, he is kind of a jerk. There are stories out there of him throwing his weight around and acting like a jerk when he is around people that don’t treat him like he is a huge star. He is that kind of guy that a lot of us know in real life, the type that seems nice, but when you get to know them a little better, they show their true colors and act like they are better than anyone else. Yeah Ashton, we get it, you are handsome, but you’re still a jerk.

11. Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria has never had the best reputation, there have always been stories out there about how she is a bit of a jerk. If you just saw her on The Young and the Restless or Desperate Housewives, then you might be under the impression that she is quite the sweetheart, but nothing could be further from the truth. There have been numerous reports both from people she was working with and people in her life, that Eva has a bit of a mean side to her. One person that she worked with on a film actually had a sandwich thrown at her by Eva. I have to say, when you start throwing your lunch at people on set, then you might have a bit of a problem.

10. Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel is a jerk in real life? Oh come on, how could she possibly not be a sweetheart? It just isn’t possible. She seemed nice on 7th Heaven, that’s for sure. But the thing is, sometimes, it isn’t possible to tell what someone is really like when they are on television. It turns out, she was mean way back in middle school, as one former classmate says, “she was constantly made fun of by Jessica Biel and her middle-school posse. She was totally stuck up and full of herself since before she became famous, probably more so afterward.” Really Jessica? So you act super nice in front of the cameras and then make fun of people in private? So not cool!

9. Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde has been on a whole bunch of television shows, including That’s So Raven, Malcolm in the Middle, and Lost, and in all of them she appears to be someone nice, or at least someone who isn’t actively mean. But not so fast, apparently she is pretty full of herself. One person that met her at a party said that Tania threw all sorts of shade at her just because she didn’t know who Tania was and had never seen Lost.  Seriously Tania? Just because you were on a couple of shows as a kid and were on a hit television show doesn’t mean that everyone in the world is going to know you and love you. Just another example of someone who seems nice on TV but is a jerk IRL.

8. Tim Allen

Tim Allen is well known for playing a nice guy on television. Both in Home Improvement and Last Man Standing, he is thought of as a nice guy, even though he spent little time in prison back in the day for possession. But is he really a nice guy or is that just all an act? Well, it seems like he is a total jerk. There are stories  out there that say he is awful to people waiting on him and tips really badly. One time, he was so mean to a waitress, he made her cry. So next time you watch Tim Allen on TV and think about what a nice guy he seems to be, just remember that you are talking about a guy that went to prison and is totally mean to waitresses.

7. Vanessa Hudgens

Oh look, Vanessa Hudgens, talk about a total sweetheart! While she has had a long career already, it all started when she was in Disney’s High School Musical series where she seemed about as sweet as she could possibly be. But is she in real life? While living as a celebrity is hard, there still have been some reports  that she can be rude to fans when they approach her and sometimes even laughs at them. Again, it is understandable that you might not want to be approached all the time by people out in public, and it must be hard to be sweet all of the time, but still, you have to hold it together. It can’t be that hard to be somewhat pleasant to people.

6. William Shatner

William Shatner is one of the biggest TV stars of all time. He is most famous for being the star of Star Trek but he’s been on television a lotHe is kind of a hard guy to figure out — sometimes he seems totally cool and other times, he seems like a complete idiot. So what is the truth?  Well, there are a lot of stories out there about Shatner being a total jerk and rude to people, and they appear to be true. It’s hard to tell whether or not he is actually a real jerk or totally insane, but I guess all that matters in the end is what he actually acts like. It’s too bad, though. Star Trek fans deserve better than this guy to look up to.

5. Emeril Lagasse

No one used to know who Emeril Lagasse was until his cooking show Emeril Live came out, and then everyone seemed to know who he was, even to the point of yelling his catchphrase “Bam!” over and over again. But, is he actually a sweetheart, or is he a total jerk? Well, I have to say there are a lot of people out there that say that he’s a bully, rude, and pushes people around. I get that part of his vibe is to play this guy who is funny and does and says things in a kind of loud way, but there is still no excuse to be a total jerk to people. Whatever is cooking with Emeril, it doesn’t smell all that great. Did you see what I did there?

4. Bill Nye

Bill Nye has been getting by as “The Science Guy” on television for years. He has become a huge star over the years and is thought of as an expert on science, even though he isn’t actually a scientist. Although he appears to be a really nice guy on TV, if you’ve seen him on news shows talking about things like climate change, you know he has a bit of a prickly side. It turns out he is kind of a jerk, as one person said, “I told him he was my hero and that I’d love his autograph and he just yelled ‘How many times do I have to remind people no autographs?’ He then started going off on how he asked for a certain brand of water 5 minutes ago and that they brought him the wrong one.” Bill Nye is no sweetheart.

3. David Hasselhoff

Everyone in the world knows who David Hasselhoff is — he is one of the most famous television stars in history. First, he was famous for Knight Rider and then became really famous for Baywatch. Now, it seems like he’s a pretty nice guy, but as we know, his image took a bit of a hit from that video that his daughter took when he was shirtless, completely drunk and eating a cheeseburger. That seems to be a bit of a common theme. While it isn’t thought that he is a total jerk, there have been a fair amount of stories out there about him acting a bit of a fool when he’s in public, and a lot of them have included booze. Hoff, lay off the sauce!

2. Hulk Hogan

While people might not necessarily think that Hulk Hogan is a sweetheart, there is no doubt that he gives off a certain teddy-bear vibe, both as a wrestler and on Hogan Knows Best.  There have also been plenty of times that he acts like a jerk, so which is it? Is Hogan a sweetheart or is he mean? There are stories told by people that have seen him in public that he is generally rude and acts like a jerk all the time. I guess it isn’t that surprising, as his whole scene is to kind of act like a blustery tough guy. But come on Hulk, show some class to your fans.

1. David Schwimmer

 

Is there anyone that seems sweeter on TV than David Schwimmer? How could Ross from Friends possibly be mean? It just doesn’t seem possible. But there are stories that suggest David is really rude to fans who ask him for autographs. Although it must be irritating to get asked for autographs when you are just trying to chill out, but still, if you are a famous TV star, especially one that is thought of as a sweetheart, you might want to step up your game a little bit. It isn’t that hard to be nice unless you’re a jerk.

 

 


15 Weather Girls That’ll Make You Feel All Warm And Cozy - Ranked

15 Weather Girls That’ll Make You Feel All Warm And Cozy - Ranked

 

Everyone checks the weather forecast on the news to see if it’ll be raining, snowing, or freezing in the upcoming week. We usually put on the news, take a quick glance at the five-day weather report, and go about our usual business. However, watching the weather has gotten a little bit sexier over the years, and we can’t help but stare at our screens for a few minutes longer.

Watching the weather forecast has completely changed. It may even make a person’s lousy evening a little bit less crappy after watching some of the hottest women around the globe telling you your forecast for the next few days. These women not only know what’s happening in the sky, but they definitely have men drooling while sitting on their living room couches. These meteorologists come from all over the world, and their looks have certainly made watching the weather ten times more enjoyable. Women like Yanet, Lluvia, and Carolina all have men’s eyes glued to the screen, and it looks like they are perfectly aware that people are watching them and not just to see if it’ll be a downpour tomorrow morning.

Even if it’s reaching close to negative degrees outside, you can always count on these 15 weather girls to make you feel warm and toasty on the inside.

15. Magda Palimariu – Knows How To Grab TV Viewer’s Attention

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Magda Palimariu is one of Romania’s hottest weather women, and she definitely knows it! From wearing short skirts and high heels to sexy dresses, Magda clearly knows how to grab her audience’s attention. Romania gets hot summers and long, cold winters, but it looks like no matter what the temperature outside is, this weather girl can pull off any outfit and make watching the news a little more interesting. The people living in the mountain regions of the country are probably watching Magda every chance they get, and it’s not only because they experience crazy amounts of snow from December through March!

14. Jill Nicolini – New York’s Hottest Traffic And Weather Woman

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Jill Nicolini is not only one of New York City’s hottest traffic and weather women, she’s also educated, has spent numerous amounts of time involved in charities, and has even spent Christmas holidays in Iraq with our troops. But, we can’t help but smile when we see Jill on the news. Not only does she have an impressive resume (which includes being an arena announcer for the New York Islanders, an entertainment reporter, spending time with the Navy where she reunited sailors with their loved ones, and having bit parts in four films), she’s also a beauty to look at. Today, you can watch Jill talk traffic on WPIX 11 Morning News in New York City. We’re sure you’ll enjoy checking out the traffic report in and around the city with Jill!

13. Maria Molina – One Of The Best-Experienced Weather Women

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Maria Molina was the meteorologist for Fox News from 2010 to 2016, so she definitely knows what she’s talking about when it comes to looking at the future forecast. Maria is clearly not your everyday weather girl, and with her stunning looks and fun personality, it’s no wonder she’s been working for Fox for all those years. She is a reputable meteorologist and was even a bilingual TV weather woman for AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania, for which she provided weather information in both English and Spanish. Besides her sensational appearance, which all men can admire, she is continuing her education by earning her PhD at Central Michigan University. What also seems great about Maria is that she truly enjoys her profession. “I tell people what the weather will be across the country and it’s very impressive and really cool, and then they proceed to ask me what the weather will be like that day,” she said.

12. Gabriela Grechi – Who Wouldn’t Want To Watch This Italian Beauty?

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Who can resist listening to a beautiful woman tell you the weather in Italian? Gabriela Grechi is from Milan, Italy, and besides telling us the weather forecast, she is very attractive and we’re sure all the men in Milan melt when they watch her on television. It appears that Gabriela is also into fashion and makeup, having her own YouTube page where she’s almost reached 100,000 followers already. What man doesn’t love a woman who can do it all? She gives awesome makeup advice, shares her personal style with us, and even posts videos of her daily life. We’re sure plenty of people want to know what a day in the life of Gabriela is besides telling the people of Milan the forecast.

11. Leticia Castro – Multi-Talented And Glamorous

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Leticia Castro is not only a glamorous weather girl, but she’s also been the ring girl for Lucha Libre USA Masked Warriors, has a YouTube channel, and has been seen on Telemundo, Univision, and ABC Sacramento. Leticia is downright gorgeous, and it’s no wonder why people tune in to watch her give the five-day forecast. Whether she’s doing it for Telemundo or here in the States, plenty of men want to watch her tell them the weather for the week ahead. Leticia has also used her amazing looks for modeling gigs and made her acting debut in the web series Melodia de Amor. It’s not for certain if Leticia is still predicting the weather, but whatever she’s doing on television, men will continue to watch.

10. Sandra Ryncarz – Hottest Eastern European Meteorologist

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Of course, we had to add in an Eastern European to this list of 15 of the hottest weather women we’ve ever seen. Sandra Ryncarz hails from Poland, and her looks can make anyone want to watch her all day. She is most definitely a unique beauty, and she has probably gained a ton of viewership since going on the air. She’s anything but a typical weather reporter, and that’s what we’re guessing men love about her. Just take a look at this woman’s Facebook and you’ll start drooling. It looks like she’s been all over the world, wearing bikinis and living life the best way she can.

9. Carolina Ramirez Ayala – Who Wouldn’t Want To Watch Her?

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Carolina Ramirez Ayala is drop-dead gorgeous and doesn’t even have to try! She is super sexy, and apart from her appearance, she seems super confident and knows what she’s talking about when it comes to predicting the weather. Who wouldn’t want to watch Carolina tell them how hot it’ll be in the next couple days? And saying no to that question is definitely a total lie. Not only is Carolina a reporter, but she was also a finalist for Nuestra Belleza Latina (a beauty pageant and reality show run by Univision) in 2010! We’re sort of shocked that this forecast teller didn’t win, to be honest. She seems to have it all!

8. Elita Loresca – Knowledge Of Weather Will Blow Your Mind

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Elita Loresca is a Filipino-American newscaster and currently works in Houston, Texas for KTRK-TV. Elita knows what she’s talking about when it comes to giving her viewers the lowdown on the weather forecast. She’s got experience too. Before moving to Texas, she’s worked in Bakersfield, California, Miami, and Los Angeles, California. Not only is she a beautiful woman, but she’s also very smart. She covered two of the most devastating hurricane seasons in recent history. Her first was in Miami for Hurricane Frances in 2004, and the second, Eltia covered the forecast for the dreadful Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Wilma. Elita is definitely on her game and people love to watch her in action.

7. Jackie Guerrido – Beauty Changed Her Life Around For The Better

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Did your heart just melt after seeing this photo of the stunning Jackie Guerrido? Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she had a rough childhood. According to the beauty, her father often mistreated her mother, so they escaped their home in search for a better life. Luckily, she made it and was offered a job as a meteorologist for the Al Amanacer de Noticias 23. She also was able to go to a university where she continued her studies and landed a great job working as the weather girl for the Morning News for channel 23! Her troubles as a young girl certainly turned around for the better. And now, people can’t stop watching her! You go, girl!

6. Mayte Carranco – Leaves Little To The Imagination

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Mayte Carranco literally puts a smile on every face that watches her when she delivers the weather announcements for Mexico. She has gained a ton of fans, and it’s not just because she knows what the temperature will be for the next few days. Her body is a ten and the outfits she wears that showcase her curvaceous figure could also be a pretty good reason why people tune in to watch. Mayte definitely knows she’s made a fan base, and she continues to make people turn on their televisions just to see her. The weather girl showcases her curves and has even wowed her fans in a barely-there black dress one time. Her outfits really leave little to the imagination.

5. Sugey Abrego – Wears Barely There Clothing When Telling Brazil’s Weather Forecast

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We’re guessing that in Brazil, it is totally okay to wear this outfit Sugey Abrego is wearing in this picture to talk about the upcoming forecast. She can clearly pull off this look, and we are certainly not objecting to it. Apparently, Sugey gained a lot of attention after she went through a disastrous wardrobe malfunction, but we’re guessing the attention wasn’t bad one bit. No one is complaining here, that’s for sure. Sugey appears to be in shape and loves showing off her curves, especially when she wears skintight shorts and a barely-there shirt to tell her viewers the weather. Sugey’s got a lot of confidence!

4. Ximena Cordoba – Has Over One Million Instagram Followers

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This picture alone can tell us that Ximena Cordoba loves her job and her spunky personality has everyone tuning in! She was the weather anchor for Univision from 2013 to 2015 and surely got noticed thereafter. This Colombian beauty is now the host for TNT Movie Club and Despierta America on Univision. She’s even been in a couple of movies and reality television shows. Just take a look at her Instagram, which has one million followers, and you can see why everyone loves the girl. She’s got beauty and brains. She also loves showing her followers how she gets her killer body. Go and follow Ximena on Instagram. You won’t regret it.

3. Lluvia Carrillo – Bombshell Name Translates To Rain In English

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Do you know who this gorgeous weather girl is? If you don’t, we feel sorry for you. She’s Mexican beauty Lluvia Carrillo. And not only does she have the drop-dead gorgeous looks to be on television, but she does a great job telling her viewers the weather and what to look forward to. She is super professional when it comes to doing her job, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s a total babe. Besides her day job, Lluvia has made waves for a while with her modeling career. Just Google her name and you’ll be blown away by how amazing she looks. Can we also take a second to admire her name? It translates to “rain” in English! How fitting!

2. Janice Villagran – Fun And Spunky Personality Has Everyone Watching

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Janice Villagran has everyone watching with her colorful clothing that literally makes it seem like she’s popping right out of our screens. Not only does she predict the weather, but she has also worked on the network Estrella TV in the show En Vivo USA, an entertainment show where they talk about famous people and gossip. She also presents boxing events and has appeared on a few game shows as a guest. People love watching Janice, and she’s just revealed that she is no longer engaged and newly single! She’s gaining a lot of fans on her social media pages, and you should follow the beauty too!

1. Yanet Garcia – Most Recognized Weather Girl In Mexico

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Are your eyes popping out of their sockets right now? Weather reporter Yanet Garcia takes our number one spot on this list of 15 weather girls that’ll make you feel hot. She is one of the most recognized weather women in Mexico, and she’s gained a lot of attention here in the States. Her outfits make any man drool, and she wears them well. She also has no problem showing off her toned figure on her Instagram, where she’s either working out in tight-fitting leggings or posing for pictures in her tiny bikinis. Yanet is definitely the winner for hottest weather girls out there. She’s extremely professional, but her sexy looks have everyone watching, even if they could care less about the forecast.

 


Sir David Attenborough Furious With Bear Grylls Over Scene In New Series

Sir David Attenborough Furious With Bear Grylls Over Scene In New Series

Sir David Attenborough has some strong words for celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls after shooting some controversial scenes for his new show.

Grylls, an ex-SAS serviceman and survival specialist, is no stranger to controversy – after all, this is a man who once drank his own urine just to stay hydrated in a desert.

Animal Rights groups have been calling him out for years for filming and airing, what they see as disturbing content for his documentaries where he kills animals as means to ‘survive’.

While he’s been able to brush off the criticism for the most part, it seems he now has one critic he might not be able to ignore – the legendary Sir David Attenborough.

Attenborough, the veteran broadcaster - whose latest series of Planet Earth aired on the BBC just before Christmas - believes Grylls has a lot to 'answer for' in regards to his method of filming for his documentaries.

In an interview with The Sun, Attenborough said:

Bear Grylls will have to answer for himself.

I wouldn’t willingly kill an animal just to get a shot.

Attenborough, who's been making nature documentaries since 1952, claimed he and his production crew 'never killed an animal' throughout his illustrious career.

His criticisms come after animal right's groups slammed the recent series of Channel 4's, Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls.

During the show, former Olympic medalist Iwan Thomas, along with former Coronation Street star, Ryan Thomas, took flack from the public when they were filmed killing wildlife for food.

The ex-Corrie actor was filmed grappling and then killing a crocodile, while the former 400-metre athlete was forced to kill, cook and eat a caiman in order to ease his hunger.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain the Olympic silver medalist said:

It was a do or die situation.

It sounds cruel, but I felt no remorse when I killed that caiman – I know that's horrible.

There was no pleasure in killing it, but we were starving. I feel bad that we took an animal's life, but we had to eat.

A previous statement from Channel 4 defended the contestant's actions saying:

An important part of the series is to find out if the celebrities are capable of surviving alone and able to find sources of food, including hunting and killing for meat; a vital part of their survival as it's a source of valuable calories and protein.

The celebrities were trained in the humane capture and dispatch of live animals as part of their survival training and the adult caiman was killed humanely.

In 2014 there was a similar outcry against the regular series of The Island when a caiman was killed on camera for food by its contestants.

Despite sparking 93 complaints, broadcasting regulators Ofcom said the show broke no rules.

Animal Rights group PETA claim:

The Island is the result of some worn-out idea about showing crude dominance over the wonders of nature, a deep ignorance of who animals are and a callous disregard for life.

There was no reason other than a desperate quest for ratings to harm and torment the animal.

They also said the contestants on the show, who caught and killed the caiman, 'should be prosecuted'.


'Black Mirror': 22 Funny Tweets About Our Creepy Tech-Future

'Black Mirror': 22 Funny Tweets About Our Creepy Tech-Future

Because of how much we LOVE OUR PHONES, it makes sense that a show like Black Mirror would be a huge success. And that's why the show's disturbing storylines about technology are freaking people the eff out. Season four just dropped on Netflix, and people quickly binge-watched them all and shared their fears on Twitter for all of us to enjoy. We are in our own Black Mirror episode. UGH.

 

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How Star Trek Compares To Star Wars

How Star Trek Compares To Star Wars

On an facinating animated episode of The Infographics Show, they conduct an in-depth comparison of the beloved Star Trek and Star Wars franchises.


15 Theories About Our Fave TV Characters That Make Us Rethink Life

15 Theories About Our Fave TV Characters That Make Us Rethink Life

Fan theories are some of the greatest things we have in this life. They make us look at films and TV shows in totally different ways, even if some of them are totally ridiculous and outlandish. While there are countless theories out there on really every TV you can think of, there aren’t many that actually hold up to the evidence. After all, most TV show creators and writers have considered all the alternatives and have made it so viewers have one single understanding of what’s going on. So no, there aren’t many unbeatable fan theories, but there are some, and we’re going to take a look at some of the very best.

There were several different angles we could have taken this piece, but we decided to look at characters. By taking this approach, we can explore various character backgrounds and character secrets. Character backgrounds are often touched on in their respective shows and come into play in various ways, but character secrets are something else entirely. A character secret, while it may be alluded to in different ways in the show, is usually something that the actor and the show keeps hidden from the audience. This secret information is typically used to help the actor get into character, but it rarely has an impact on the overarching story. Well, some keen-eyed fans have spotted things that they believe reveal more about the character than they wanted us to know and, frankly, we’re convinced. Here are 15 Theories About Our Fave TV Characters That Make Us Rethink Life.

15. Barking At Strangers In Courage the Cowardly Dog

While real die-hard fans will be able to poke holes in this theory in places, we enjoy it for the most part. In Courage the Cowardly Dog, Courage is confronted by a crazy amount of monsters and demons and all manner of evil things. He must overcome his fears and fight them off in order to protect his family and friends. Now, the theory goes that Courage is actually just a normal dog at a house. All these monsters, aliens and demons are simply people passing by his house. This puts Courage in the position of the regular household dog barking wildly at passing people. His crazy imagination makes these passerbys into fantastical beasts and villains.

14. Barney’s Not A Womanizer How I Met Your Mother

One of the fundamental rules of the universe is that Ted from How I Met Your Mother is the worst. Knowing this, we can see how the following Barney theory was created. It’s true that Ted is telling this gigantic story to his kids. It’s true that the end goal of this story, as revealed in the series finale, was to convince his kids to be ok with their dad pursuing their “aunt” Robin. In order to get to this point, it was important for Ted to sully the good name of Barney. This is why the stories Ted told were always showing Barney as a womanizing jerk. Really, Ted was just a jealous homewrecker who wanted his kids to side with him when he ultimately betrays his best friend and marries Robin.

13. Yzma And Emperors New School

Alright, so technically most of this happens in the film, Emperors New Groove, but since this is a character list and the character of note, Yzma, is in the TV show, Emperors New School, we’re including it. The theory here suggests that Yzma turned the emperor before Kuzco, his father, into a fly. The proof is in the pudding. We know that animals can’t speak, but those who have been transformed into animals can. So, when that fly gets stuck in the web at the beginning of the movie and screams, “Help Me!” to Kuzco, we can assume this was once a person. But who? Later, when Yzma is proposing how to get Kuzco, she suggests turning him into a flea. So, this move is in her repertoire. What happened to Kuzco’s dad anyway? Apparently, as the show tells us, he was lost at sea. But this was what just Yzma told Kuzco. What if she was lying? What if that fly was really Kuzco’s dad?

12. Reversed Roles In Pinky and the Brain

Plenty of people have talked about this Pinky and the Brain theory, so it may be nothing new for you. Still, it’s important because it’s almost certainly correct. The theory suggests that Pinky is the genius and Brain is not. In almost every episode, this is shown to be the case. Still, people ignore it because Brain acts smart and Pinky acts stupid. But observe the evidence. Take a look at the episode called “The Smarts.” In this one, Brain makes some calculations that prove Pinky is the reason their plans to take over the world always fail. He then makes a machine that will make Pinky smart. But what do all Brain’s creations have in common? They almost always fail. So, let’s assume this one doesn’t work either. That means that when Pinky gets smarter, it’s basically because of a placebo effect. Pinky thinks he’s being aided by a working device, so he shows off his true smarts. Later, when Brain realizes that his calculations were off and that he is the actual reason the plans fail, Pinky reverts back to his old self, pretending to be dumb once again to satisfy the love of his life, Brain.

11. Toby Is The Scranton Strangler In The Office

The Scranton Strangler in The Office was a fun little mystery that hung over the show and its characters for a long time during the series’ run. In the end, we never did learn the true identity of the strangler, but many people online believe it to be Toby. This is probably the most evidence-based theory on the Strangler out there. We can see why Toby would turn violent. He’s alienated from everyone and has a horrible life. Whenever we hear of the strangler strangling, Toby has no alibi or is nowhere to be found.

Toby is then put on the jury when someone is accused (and found guilty) of the crimes. Later, Toby admits that he helped put away the wrong man. When he visits the man charged with the murders to let him know, Toby is strangled by the guy. Some people believe this act to be the man proving his guilt, but what if Toby simply mocked the man and told him that he was the actual Scranton Strangler? What if the man then strangled Toby in retaliation? OR what if Toby faked this encounter to help clear his name in the office? We know he owned a neck brace from when he broke his neck in Costa Rica, so it could have all been faked.

10. Bart Is A Stone-Cutter In The Simpsons

There are a million theories about The Simpsons, but this one is pretty solid. One fan on Reddit has proposed that before Homer became a Stone-Cutter, Bart was one. Now, since only sons of Stone-Cutters and those who save the life of a Stone-Cutter can get in, how does Bart do it? Well, he saved Mr. Burns’ life by giving him blood in “Blood Feud.” The theorist also suggests that, at first, Bart tries to throw Homer off the scent of Lenny and Carl, who are also members. Later, when Homer is trying to join, Bart is the one who encourages Homer to listen to Grandpa, as he was yammering on about being a member. Near the end, after Homer has been named the Chosen One, he orders Bart to remove Lisa from the room, and Bart does so immediately, even bowing a little. It was actually right in front of our eyes the entire time.

9. Mary Poppins And Miss Frizzle Are Time Lords

Even if Mary Poppins isn’t a TV show, we’re including her in this list because both she and Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus are likely Time Lords from Doctor Who. It’s science. Aside from the fact that Mary Poppins dresses like a Time Lord, specifically like Missy, she also has Gallifreyan technology with her bag (bigger on the inside), a sonic screwdriver of sorts in her umbrella, she is wildly intelligent, non-violent, resourceful and, “with a snap of her fingers, she can take you worlds you haven’t dreamed of.” The other hidden Time Lord is Miss Frizzle. Like Mary Poppins, Frizzle is very much like a Time Lord. She can travel anywhere and has Gallifreyan technology in the Bus. She even looks like the Doctor’s wife, River Song. We know that other Time Lords, if they were to exist, would be travelling around having their own adventures, and hiding from us, so both of these women fit the mold.

8. Sam And Dean’s Bad Luck In Supernatural

Supernatural fans started looking at all the goings-on in the show and wondered about the likelihood that all these incredible things could happen to the two brothers. After all, the show has been on the air for 13 seasons. That’s a lot of supernatural activity taking place around a couple of guys. The answer, fans argue, may be found in the first season. In the fifth episode titled, “Bloody Mary,” Sam and Dean were confronted by, well, Bloody Mary. To stop her, they smashed mirrors. In this supernatural world, smashing mirrors brings bad luck. Therefore, it’s because of this episode that their journey has been so turbulent.

7. Dennis In It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

There’s obviously a long-running joke that Golden God, Dennis Reynoldsis a serial killer in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This is alluded to on a number of occasions, but we want to discuss the murder of Brian LeFevre specifically. The gang finds LeFevre’s wallet and they basically steal his identity. Dennis then gets really deep in this undercover act. We know Dennis has a weird thing about skin and he’s even acted like Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs at times, but this is the first time we see him transform into someone else.

Later, Dennis even gets aroused when impersonating LeFevre, describing the euphoria of “climbing into another person’s skin.” When it’s discovered that LeFevre was murdered by a crackhead outside Patty’s Pub, Dennis gets off by the descriptions of how it happened. We laugh because the joke is that Dennis could very well be the killer, but he isn’t. It was a crackhead. Right? But wait. Isn’t Dennis also a crackhead? Was this a not-so-subtle hint?

6. Mr. Krabs’ Dark Secret In SpongeBob SquarePants

If there’s one thing we all learned from Blue Planet, it’s that whale carcasses feed on a lot of different underwater species. Well, one SpongeBob SquarePants fan suggested that maybe all the meat that goes into the food at Mr. Krabs restaurant, Krusty Krab, is from a whale carcass. Interestingly enough, Mr. Krabs has a whale daughter, Pearl. We don’t know anything about where the mother went, so it’s very possible that she died and has been feeding the citizens of Bikini Bottom for years.

5. Krillin Is The Best Fighter In Dragon Ball Z

No one could argue that Krillin is the strongest in the various Dragon Ball shows because some of the aliens have seemingly infinite strength, but what the human lacks in strength and alien power, he makes up for in fighting ability. At least, that’s why some fans suggest Krillin is the best fighter in the series. The evidence is actually pretty illuminating, so we will just list a bunch of it. Krillin kills three Saibamen warriors when one Saibaman smashes an equally strong human, Yamcha. Krillin cuts Nappa’s face with a Destructo Disc, which was more than anyone else could do. He also cut off Frieza’s tail, which, again, was more than any of Gohan, Vegeta and Piccolo could do. Finally, when Cell creates a bunch of Cell Jrs, the gang all go Super Saiyan to fight these incredibly strong things. Since Krillin is just a human, he can’t morph into anything else. So he just kicks arse as himself. In the end, he loses his fight against his Cell Jr., but that’s only because he was blindsided while HELPING OUT one of his Super Saiyan friends.

4. Gale In Breaking Bad

Remember Gale Boetticher in Breaking Bad? He was the guy that Gus hired to recreate Walter’s recipe. Fans started questioning why someone with Gale’s skills and demeanor would start cooking meth in the first place. We are never given much of Gale’s backstory. Well, what if he has no other job prospects? Some have suggested that he may have once been caught for child abuse. The proofs for this all rely on a weird mugshot-like picture that Hank had of him and a strange line he dropped about “consenting adults.” This would also make it fitting that Jesse was the one to kill him. Jesse was dead set against committing violence to children, so it would be kind of, if not accidentally, poetic.

3. Jack Is The Nightman In Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia

There are many different mysteries throughout It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and every good mystery results in countless fan theories. For this entry, we wanted to look at the theory which argues that Charlie’s Uncle Jack in the Nightman from Charlie’s incredible song, “The Nightman Cometh.” In this song, Charlie sings about the Nightman who comes into his room every night. In this misunderstood song about two men loving like brothers and sharing each other, we hear the lyrics, “I can’t fight you, man/ When you come inside me/ And pin me down with your strong hands/ And I become The Night.” Now, who do we know that has strong hands? That’s right. Uncle Jack.

It goes further than that. At one point in the show, we also heard Charlie say to Jack, “I don’t wanna share the room with you dude, cause I will spend the whole night wide awake just like when I was a kid and you tried to share my room… I am well aware of what wrestling is, it’s just not what uncles do to their nephews!” If there is any double meaning in Charlie’s song and it is, in fact, based on true events, Jack is the prime suspect.

2. Dale In King of the Hill

One of the many running jokes in King of the Hill is that Dale, the resident conspiracy theorist who is paranoid about everything, is totally unaware that his wife, Nancy, had been carrying on an affair with John Redcorn for more than a decade. Now, the reasons for why Dale is oblivious can be whittled down to a simple theory about his upbringing. We know that Dale’s father was gay and hid it from Dale his entire childhood. Since Dale watched his father and mother avoid intimacy, sleep in different beds than each other, and have male guests over all the time (for both parties), Dale sees this as normal behaviour. This is why he is never suspicious about his own wife and why John Redcorn’s visits are seen as acceptable.

1. Moe Knows Bart Is The Caller In The Simpsons

Part of the reason why Moe is one of the most beloved characters on The Simpsons is because he’s so self-deprecating and pitiful. We feel bad for old Kid Gorgeous. Well, one of the consistent storylines in Moe’s world is that he loves Marge. He’s long had a thing for the woman also known as Midge. Because of this love, fans have taken to thinking about how he treats the Simpson kids, specifically Bart.

For many years, Bart has called Moe’s Tavern and made a fool of Moe. What if Moe felt bad for Bart? He has had a front year seat for Homer’s shenanigans and questionable fathering techniques through the years. Maybe he knows who it is that calls him each time, but, rather than hang up and spoil Bart’s fun, Moe allows himself to be the butt of the joke to bring a smile to the kid’s face.


10 Best TV Episodes Of 2017

10 Best TV Episodes Of 2017

'Better Call Saul,' "Chicanery"

Better Call Saul has never been a courtroom drama – but it is a show about lawyers, and "Chicanery" smartly exploited the way that TV viewers have become conditioned to expect our legal system to produce just outcomes, whatever the cost. The McGill boys carry their domestic drama into their professional arena – and Michael McKean does what may be his finest work on the show, which is saying something. Noel Murray


'Better Things,' "Eulogy"

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Pamela Adlon's extraordinary FX sadcom does a variation on the Huck-Finn-overhearing-his-own-funeral vignette, when anger over Sam not getting respect from her daughters leads to a mock wake in her honor. A brilliant take on the agonies and ecstasies of parenthood, the show business life and balancing the personal with the professional. It's also proof that this is hands down one of the funniest, deepest shows on TV, period. David Fear

'Bojack Horseman,' "Time's Arrow"

Netflix

This season's penultimate episode takes us inside Beatrice Horseman's mind and gives viewers a first-hand experience with the progressive effects of Alzheimer's dementia. Identities are washed away or violently obscured;  you can almost feel the character fighting through the turbulent waters alongside you, or occasionally trying to pull you away before you've seen too much. The ending offers just a fleeting moment of half-remembered happiness – and even that may be a lie. Sam Adams

'Girls,' "American Bitch"

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Like many of Girls' most acclaimed installments, this one's a bottle episode, isolating writer/fuck-up Hannah Horvath with Chuck Palmer, a beloved novelist (played by Matthew Rhys), who has a habit of propositioning young fans for oral sex under circumstances that are dubious at best and outright non-consensual at worst. It ends with a swerve away from realism: a street filled entirely with faceless, professionally dressed young women, all of them moving toward the maw of the literary superstar's apartment building. Sean T. Collins

'GLOW,' "Maybe It's All the Disco"

Erica Parise/Netflix

After one of their practices, the G.L.O.W. ladies discover that they’re all on the same menstrual cycle. Alison Brie's Ruth, however, realizes that she's not synced; she may, in fact, have a bigger problem on her hands. Thanks to our current political climate, where the fight for a woman's right to choose is likely to become more difficult than it has been in decades, showing that abortion is, fundamentally, a medical procedure that a woman chooses – and that it can be no big deal – feels utterly vital. Amy Plitt

'The Good Place,' "Dance Dance Resolution"

Colleen Hayes/NBC

What was the funniest half-hour of television of 2017? The answer: a clever commentary on the very structure of episodic comedy itself. Forced to reset the Kristen Bell & Co's bespoke "paradise" lost, Michael (Ted Danson) keeps rewriting the scenario and recasting supporting players in slightly different roles. His victims keep figuring it out. It throws the laughs out fast and furious and then adds in a love story to boot. Come for the high-concept comedy; stay for sense of higher-power comfort. Brian Tallerico

'The Handmaid's Tale,' "Late"

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"Late" offers a gut-wrenching view into what happens to those who don't conform in Margaret Atwood's oppressive dystopian future. It's also when we learn just how near this near future is, rewinding back to Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and her friend Moira (Samira Wiley) participating in a protest that looks an awful lot like the Women's March. "In a gradually heating bathtub, you'd be boiled to death before you knew it," Offred says. Viewers awash in the news of the real-world political climate shuddered in recognition. Jenna Scherer

'I Love Dick,' "A Short History of Weird Girls"

Jessica Brooks/Amazon Prime Video

You don't necessarily have to watch the rest of this Amazon series to prep for "A Short History of Weird Girls" – it stands on its own as an inventively exhilarating, abrasively funny 21-minute tour de force. Four women deliver monologues about their sex lives, creative struggles, childhood memories, female desire. Dick doesn't get a word in – he's only there as a muse. As always, Kevin Bacon is only there to give the weird girls a reason to cut footloose. Rob Sheffield

'Master of None,' "Thanksgiving"

Netflix

A coming-out tale told over seven holiday dinners that spans three decades (hurtling through time rather than space), this stand-out, Emmy-winning episode is a vindication of Master of None's inclusive vision and artistic aspirations. Lena Waithe (who wrote it) has her character Denise go from a kid discovering she's gay to a young woman negotiating her her mother's resistance; Angela Bassett plays her mom. It's also a reminder that no medium feels more homey than television – a coziness that makes a sense of belonging from the shows we watch all the more important. Inkoo Kang

'Twin Peaks,' "Part 8"

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Landing at the exact midpoint of a 16-episode season, Twin Peaks: The Return's eighth installment – titled simply "Part 8" – was one of those rare cultural moments when you'll remember where you were when you watched it. A nuclear bomb explodes in New Mexico, 1945; the story of Laura Palmer and her killer "Bob" appears in an eerie vision of predestination; and when the camera passes through the atomic flame, a photo-negative of American hell awaits on the other side. Then a sooty woodsman asks, "Got a light?" This is what it looks like when Pandora's Box gets cracked wide open. Scott Tobias


'Jeopardy!' Contestant Loses $3,200 For Pronunciation Of 'Gangster' Vs. 'Gangsta'

'Jeopardy!' Contestant Loses $3,200 For Pronunciation Of 'Gangster' Vs. 'Gangsta'


 

A contestant on “Jeopardy!” lost thousands of dollars over his pronunciation of the word “gangsta.”

The long-running game show saw one of its more uncomfortable moments during a New Year’s Day broadcast in which a contestant named Nick Spicher answered a question using the “er” sound at the end of the word rather than the “a” sound.

In the category “Music & Literature Before & After,” he was prompted with the answer, “A song by Coolio from ‘Dangerous Minds’ goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic.” The answer was a reference to the book “Paradise Lost” and the song “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Nick responded with, “Gangster’s Paradise Lost.”

 

 

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The contestant initially was awarded $1,600 for the answer. However, host Alex Trebek had the unfortunate task of breaking the news to Spicher a few minutes later that the judges had reviewed his response and could not let him keep the points. Additionally, because he got the answer wrong, an additional $1,600 was taken from his score, meaning the flub ultimately cost him $3,200. This dropped him out of the lead.

“Our judges have reevaluated one of your responses a few minute ago, Nick,” he said. “You said ‘gangster’s’ instead of ‘gangsta’s’ on that song by Coolio, so we take $3,200 away from you. You are now in second place.”

“Jeopardy!” didn’t shy away from the controversy, posting a note on its website explaining the decision to rescind Nick’s initial response.

“It turns out that ‘gangsta’ and ‘gangster’ are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, each with its own unique definition,” the post read. “Nick changed not only the song’s title, but also its meaning - making his response unacceptable.”

Speaking to TMZ, Coolio joked that this should be a lesson to "white people" that the "er" will "always get you in trouble."

Things aren’t all bad for Spicher as the museum educator from Everett, Washington, ended up winning the game anyway, despite the setback.

 

 

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Applications Are Now Open For ‘Love Island’ 2018 – Do You Have What It Takes?

Applications Are Now Open For ‘Love Island’ 2018 – Do You Have What It Takes?

When Love Island came to an end this year, plenty of people had a huge void in their hearts as they didn't know how to fill that one-hour slot every night. The country, weirdly, seemed to be obsessed with watching people banged up in villa in Spain for months.

Group chats were no longer flooded with speculation about Gabby and Marcel's relationship or moans about Chris and Olivia fighting (again). People had to move on and get obsessed with something else while contestants went on to the glamour of nightclub appearances from Dover to Oldham.

But if you watched this year's season and thought, 'Pfft I would absolutely smash that show', well, now is your chance. Applications are officially open for the ITV reality dating show and will stay that way until April.

Imagine getting to spend up to 10 weeks in a Spanish villa, trying your best lines that fail in Tiger Tiger, while the rest of the UK cringes and watches you attempt to have sex with someone.

However, bosses at the show don't take just anyone, you've got to be 'special'.

Casting producer Lewis Evans told Cosmopolitan having a good social media account is key: "It's always quite easy to gauge on there people who are popular, aren't afraid to show themselves off and have a big following. We also attend events and hold street castings for prospective Islanders. The key is that they are over 18, single and looking for love."

Many people will be making a New Year's resolution to 'find love' in 2018 and what better place than with dozens of cameras and orchestrated games designed to potentially split you and your Island mate (z-lister) up?

But filling out an application form and having a few thousand followers isn't the only aspects of the casting process. Once you make it over that hurdle, you go through a bunch of interviews so that you can show off your 'interesting and engaging' personality, according to Lewis.

Contestant Montana shared her tips in September of how to get onto the hit TV show, saying: "Dress up glam, ladies and gentlemen.

"Get your winged eyeliner on point (what if you'r a bloke?) because you will be on camera and they'll be showing the execs so it's best to look your best on that special day.

"Remember some really funny stories when you went out with your girlfriends, tell them that story. Don't just say 'Oh I'm really fun'. Yeah, but why are you fun? Like what makes you fun, what makes you different?"

The Tab reported shortly after this year's season came to a close that 80,000 people applied for Love Island 2017. That's a shitload of people looking for stardom love, and is five times more people than the number who applied for Cambridge University.

So it's no easy feat to get onto the show.

But while finding a soulmate or getting a cheeky £50,000 ($67.5K) cash prize if you win isn't a decent enough enticement then the possibility of endorsement deals certainly would be.

This year's bromance of Kem and Chris teamed up to release a single 'Little Bit Leave It', while Montana was predicted to earn nearly £2 million from various deals with swimwear modelling and fragrances.

So what are you waiting for? Once you've stopped considering the meaning of being a human being, get your application filled out.


25 Mythbusters Myths You Were Saddest To See Busted

25 Mythbusters Myths You Were Saddest To See Busted

 

After 14 seasons of scientific mayhem, Mythbusters is coming to a glorious end in 2016. Since 2003, Adam, Jamie, and the rest of the crew have been dispelling scientific rumors and making things blow up, while inspiring generations of kids to nurture their love for STEM. Despite all the good that the guys put out into the world, some of the Mythbusters' biggest busts were also the experiments that made us the saddest. After all, what kid doesn’t grow up dreaming of shooting a cowboy’s hat off or building a death ray out of mirrors? If you followed Mythbusters on their 14 season run, you were bound to see a few busted myths that totally bummed you out, and this list puts all of the myths that made us the saddest to see debunked together so fans of the show can mourn in one place.

The myths busted on Mythbusters were usually things along the lines of Hollywood myths that had been perpetuated thanks to years of acceptance by viewers who believed whatever they saw on screen. Mythbusters debunked myths of that stature because it was important to the team to show an accurate depiction of the way science works. By doing so, they were able to engender a love of science among viewers that resonates so soundly because no program had ever connected with fans in such a way before - science lovers and casual viewers alike. Still, it’s a huge bummer that some of the myths that were busted were so cool.

Take a look at all the myths that people were saddest to see busted.


15 Trashy TV Moments That Were Way Too Much Even For Reality TV

15 Trashy TV Moments That Were Way Too Much Even For Reality TV

People often call reality television “trash TV” because, well, it kind of is. The sheer amount of trashy things that happen on reality TV is unrivalled by any other genre. Every time we tune in to reality shows, we are literally watching the destruction of somebody’s life and we love every minute of it. The more destructive the show, the more successful it is. Look at the original reality TV show, Cops. It’s not as popular now as it used to be, but it’s almost entirely built around people’s lives getting ruined.

So, what makes something “trashy?” That’s easy. Anytime someone does something humiliating and makes them look like a person who doesn’t have their life together, it’s trashy. For example, stripping down to eat some peanut butter and chocolate, drunkenly making fun of a woman with one arm, and lying about the death of your grandmother are all trashy things to do. And, thanks to the magic of reality TV, all of these things are recorded and shown to a national audience! Without any more delay, here are the trashiest things that have ever happened on reality TV.

15. Real World — The Slap That Shook The World

In 1997, fans of the Real World heard the slap that shook the world. It was the 7th season of MTV’s hit reality show that put seven strangers in a house and essentially filmed their day-to-day lives. It sounds like a boring premise, but the people on the show often end up hating each other. There was one incident in particular that made international headlines.

As one of the contestants, Irene, was announcing she was leaving the show, she asked another contestant, Stephen, to follow her outside. In the show, Stephen was openly homophobic and had been caught stealing some of Irene’s belongings. Sick of it, Irene confronted Stephen and essentially said that she knew he was secretly gay. Stephen responded by throwing her belongings into the river and eventually chasing down her car, opening the door, and slapping her. He was almost removed from the show. Around ten years after the incident, Stephen admitted that he was a closeted homosexual while filming the show.

14. Survivor — Lying About His Dead Grandmother

Jonny Fairplay (not his real name) is one of the most infamous Survivor contests of all time. Survivor host Jeff Probst called Jonny Fairplay “an absolute jacka**.”  But first, a little backstory. Every season, in the later episodes of Survivor, the remaining contestants’ loved ones are brought onto the show as part of a challenge and reward.

Jonny Fairplay first appeared on Survivor: Pearl Islands. Before appearing on the show, Jonny told his friend Dan that if he were brought onto the show as part of a loved-one-related challenge, he were to call and tell Fairplay that his grandmother had “died” while he was on the show. His fellow contestants took enough pity on him that they allowed him to win the reward at that particular challenge. Following the events of Survivor, he embraced his villain status and legally changed his name to Jonny Fairplay.

13. American Idol — Paula Abdul’s Secret Affair

Season 2 of American Idol was filled with controversy after one of the final 12 contestants, Corey Clark, was booted from the show. Producers of the show claim that Clark was booted because he failed to disclose his arrest record, but Clark said that he was booted off because of a conflict he had with producers behind the scenes. However, something even more controversial was allegedly happening behind the scenes with Paula Abdul.

In Clark’s book, he revealed that Paula Abdul was teaching him how to succeed in the competition by selecting his clothes, hairstyle, and choosing his songs for him. This mentorship eventually spurred into a three-month-long s*xual relationship, though it was denied by Abdul. However, many contestants on the show came forward saying that they had heard rumors of the relationship while on the show. Clark had phone records, witnesses who said they saw the two being intimate in public, and he was also in possession of one of Abdul’s prescription medication bottles!

12. Big Brother — Intense Racism In Season 15

To be honest, it’s amazing that there isn’t more controversy from Big Brother. When the contestants are being watched for 24 hours a day, one of them is bound to slip up and say something ridiculous. But, season 15 of the show brought more than enough controversial material to last a lifetime. During the season, multiple contestants were caught making racist remarks while they were in the Big Brother house.

Contestants on Big Brother have no contact with the outside world, which means they have no idea what’s being said about them. In the case of four contestants during season 15, they had no idea that people were reacting to their racist remarks. There are compilation videos of all the racial slurs, homophobic remarks, and other discriminatory comments made by the contestants. After leaving the show, the four contestants were informed that they had been fired from their respective jobs!

11. Toddlers & Tiaras — The Pretty Woman Costume

Toddlers & Tiaras has been heavily criticized because the show seemingly s*xualizes children. The show, which acts as a documentary about different contestants in child beauty pageants, made people realize how weird the world can be. Some have gone as far to label child beauty pageants as a breeding ground for pedophiles, because the children are often dressed up in revealing costumes, bikinis, and absurd amounts of make up.

On the show, one mom, Wendy Dickey, dressed her 3-year-old daughter, Paisley, in an outfit that matched Julia Roberts’ character in the movie Pretty Woman. The only problem is that in the movie, Julia Roberts is a prostitute who wears a fitted, revealing, white blouse, a tight blue miniskirt, and thigh-high shiny black boots. The outfit was so controversial that even other pageant mom’s were upset at what Wendy Dickey had done.

10. Megan Wants A Millionaire — One Contestant Was A Criminal

Megan Wants a Millionaire was a reality TV show that ran for a whopping 3 episodes before it was cancelled. The show starred former Rock of Love contestant Megan Hauserman, who asked seventeen wealthy single men to compete for her love. When looking at audition tapes, VH1 asked the men applying to have a net worth of over $1,000,000. The show was created after Hauserman, while on Rock of Love, said that she wanted to become a trophy wife.

The show was a success and fans couldn’t get enough of it, but there was one problem: one of the contestants was being investigated for murder. Ryan Alexander Jenkins was a suspect in the murder of Jasmine Fiore, a swimsuit model who Jenkins had married shortly after filming Megan Wants a Millionaire. During the investigation the show was put on hiatus but was officially cancelled after Jenkins was charged with the murder. Three days later, Jenkins was found dead, reportedly having hanged himself.

9. Jersey Shore — Snooki Getting Arrested

Jersey Shore was probably the farthest thing you could get from classy television. The show was about a bunch of young adults who loved to get drunk out of their minds and hook up with random people they met at the club. It was great. And though the show was filled with nudity and drunken antics, the trashiest thing to happen was when Snooki was arrested for public drunkenness.

At 22 years of age, Snooki was arrested for acting in a “disorderly manner” while on the beach at around 3:30 in the afternoon. The police weren’t too pleased with the incident, but MTV couldn’t have been happier. The cast of Jersey Shore (as well as MTV) used Snooki’s arrest to promote season 2 of the show. And all that promotion paid off, too. Over 5 million people tuned in to the season 2 premiere, a 300 per cent increase from the previous season.

8. Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami — Prison Selfie

The Kardashians have become the American royal family in a way, but not nearly as many people respect them. The entire idea behind the Kardashian’s fame is unreal because it can be traced to two things: their dad defending O.J. Simpson and Kim making a tape with a rapper everyone has forgotten about. When the family stepped into the world of reality television, nobody was expecting great things, but they’ve given us some hilariously trashy moments.

The Kardashian’s multiple reality shows are filled with moments where they slap each other’s bare butts on camera, throw up in toilets after a night of binge drinking (we’ve all been there), and my personal favourite, taking selfies while on their way to prison. Kim was taking numerous selfies while on the way to drop off Khloe at a prison for a probation violation. It would be funny if the whole thing wasn’t so bizarre.

7. The Surreal Life — Verne Troyer Peed On The Carpet

The Surreal Life is a reality show that connects with celebrities that have fallen out of the spotlight and forces them to live together in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills for two weeks. It’s sort of like Real World but with washed-up celebrities. In season 4, Verne Troyer, also known as Mini-Me, appeared on the show and displayed what can only be described as embarrassing alcoholism.

Troyer isn’t the classiest man to begin with — a “tape” of his leaked to TMZ. But, while Troyer was on the show, he got unbelievably drunk and destroyed his image beyond repair. He got other people on the show to break bottles on his bottom, stripped completely naked, swore like a sailor, and peed all over the floor before passing out. It was a surreal moment, even for a show called The Surreal Life.

6. Man vs. Wild — Drinking Urine

Bear Grylls is a survival expert and television personality who became famous for his hit television series, Man vs. Wild. Outside of television, he’s been on a number of expeditions, which include hiking Mount Everest, circumnavigating the United Kingdom, and even an expedition to Antarctica. He’s a really fascinating guy, but despite all of his life achievements, he’s mostly known for drinking his urine on TV.

When forced to survive in extreme conditions, Bear Grylls would drink his own urine during the filming of Man vs. Wild. He says that drinking your own urine fights of dehydration and can be an absolutely necessary measure to save your own life. However, on the show, it seems like Grylls will do it at the drop of a hat. His laissez-faire approach to drinking urine has inspired a number of his younger viewers to try drinking their own, according to Grylls. He recommends not drinking your urine for fun.

5. The Bachelor — Dumped His First Pick After 6 Weeks And Started Dating The Runner Up

In 2009, Jason Mesnick was The Bachelor and chose eternal love with Melissa Rycroft. During a reunion episode after the finale, Mesnick had nothing but praise for Rycroft. He said that she was “incredible, sweet, beautiful,” but went on to say that since the show had ended, his feelings had changed. During the live reunion, Mesnick said that his heart actually belonged to the runner-up, Molly Malaney, and that he was breaking up with Rycroft.

Naturally, Rycroft was humiliated and practically threw the engagement ring back at Mesnick. She told Mesnick, “I’ve been through a ton of heartbreak. You’ve been through a ton of heartbreak. You should know better than to do something like that.” It all worked out, though, because after admitting his true love for Molly Malaney, she said it was the word’s she’s been waiting to hear. After some initial confusion, the couple settled down and had a few kids together. But you have to wonder how insecure Malaney must have felt during the initial stages of their relationship! She’ll always remember that she wasn’t his first choice.

4. Fear Factor — Drinking Donkey Liquid On TV

Fear Factor was an iconic dare show hosted that was short lived. Despite an interesting premise, the show was initially cancelled after 5 years in 2006, only to be brought back in 2011, and cancelled again in 2012. The reason for the show getting cancelled again isn’t entirely known, though fans have speculated that it can be traced to an episode that was rejected by the network but filmed anyway.

In the episode, contestants were forced to drink donkey semen and urine. Now, the show was known for making contestants eat bugs, animal testicles, and other strange delicacies, but the network felt that drinking donkey semen was too much. The episode wasn’t initially aired, but was eventually aired as a rerun. Can you think of anything trashier that’s happened on television?

3. Bachelor In Paradise — Chad Drunken Rant

There’s nothing less attractive than someone who can’t hold their alcohol. Chad Johnson proved, once and for all, that he can’t handle drinking while on the show Bachelor in Paradise. Johnson was originally the villain on The Bachelorette US before he was cast on the spin-off series. During the first episode of the series, Johnson was doing well for himself, since he was making out with one of the contestants in the hot tub before his drinking led to an argument between the two.

Something set Johnson off, because he called the woman a b*tch and took it upon himself to yell at the other contestants. In a drunken rant, Chad Johnson said, “I’ll murder everyone here. I’ll kill your children and murder your family. Dolla, dolla bills, yo.” He then turned to a woman who was missing part of one of her arma and called her a “one armed b*tch.” Johnson then passed out by the pool and according to other contestants, he pooped himself. Needless to say, the producers of the show asked him to leave shortly after.

2. Survivor — Stripping For Peanut Butter And Chocolate

Survivor is a show that has been testing people’s limits for the past 20 years, over 35 seasons, and nearly 530 episodes. The premise of the show is to essentially throw people in the middle of nowhere and force them survive through a series of challenges. If they make it to they end, they will have survived for more than 30 days. It’s crazy!

The contestants on the show are forced to compete in a number of challenges and if they win, they’ll be immune from being booted off the island. In season 7, two contestants, Jenna Morasca and Heidi Strobel, planned to quit the immunity challenge if the host gave them peanut butter and chocolate. In fact, the pair offered to strip completely naked in exchange for the snack. The crew probably scrambled to gather peanut butter and chocolate, but it was eventually offered to the ladies who followed through on their end of the deal! They sold their dignity for peanut butter and chocolate.

1. Big Brother — Being Filmed In The Bedroom

Big Brother is a pretty interesting premise in itself. The idea behind the show is to take a bunch of beautiful people and force them to live inside a mansion where their every move is watched by an audience. Viewers can either see highlights of the events when the show airs, or literally watch the contestants through a live stream on the Big Brother website. It’s pretty freaky, but at least the contestants know they’re being watched. You would think that would stop them from doing something scandalous, right?

Earlier this year, two contestants on Celebrity Big Brother, Sarah Harding and Chad Johnson, were caught sharing an intimate moment under the covers. The graphic scenes had to be carefully edited before airing on television, but it’s pretty clear what’s going on. Sarah’s hand disappears under the covers and viewers could figure out what happened from there. This isn’t the first time two contestants have been caught in the act, either. It seems like it happens nearly every season.


16 Discovery Channel Shows - 8 Really Fake And 8 That Are Really Real

16 Discovery Channel Shows - 8 Really Fake And 8 That Are Really Real

 

 

The Discovery Channel has had some pretty pathetic shows over the years. I mean…there’s an awful lot of fake garbage, which is pretty sad considering that the channel is all about discovering things about the world and life. I never thought that one of the things we would discover would be just a ton of BS…and how much people love to lie about the world. But at least we learn about it, I guess.

Either way, Discovery has also had its fair share of good shows with at least some glimmer of truth to them. When the channel first started, it really did have some great content. And now that there has been new management over the past few years, good shows with some truth have been making their way back on the air.

It’s unlikely that people will ever forget that Shark Week special about the megalodon though. That prehistoric shark that dwarfs the great white shark who people still believe exists. And that one guy never got eaten by a giant snake. But hey, at least Discovery managed to have Les Stroud and Survivorman. Sure, now Stroud hunts Big Foot like a moron, but Survivorman was one of the best examples of reality on tv.

16. Fake – Gold Rush

I think this show is about 200 years too late. The gold rush was mainly happening in the 1800’s and I think pretty well everyone knows that. At least in North America anyway. There are some exceptions, but not that many. And even though there is still gold at the Klondike, the show is just overwhelmingly dramatic. And I mean dramatic to the point where they will reshoot certain scenes to add or play with lines for the “real” people in the show. Just so they can get their tv gold, even if they don’t manage to get real gold. They purposely set out to make heroes and villains in the show. And perhaps the biggest bit of bullsh*t in the show is that the miners get paid by the producers. That’s not necessarily bad. At least they get paid if they don’t find gold. But the showrunners swear that the miners don’t get paid by the show at all.

15. Real – How It’s Made

This is probably one of the coolest shows on tv in general, never mind just on the Discovery Channel. And what’s great about how honest this show is is that the entire premise of the show is included in the title. How It’s Made is just an awesome show. And they don’t make stuff up. They actually just show how things are made. And the things that they cover is just a massive list of cool! It goes from tin foil to trucks. From hearing aids to kayaks. And they don’t just show how modern-day things are made. They show how some pretty old school stuff is made too. They show how horse-drawn carriages are made! That’s an episode that would be great for the Amish to watch…you know if they watched tv and gave a sh*t about how cool we normal people think that is.

14. Fake – A Haunting

Alright, you actually don’t need to know anything about this show to know that it is complete bullsh*t. It’s basically just a collection of ghost stories. Except, instead of just promoting them as cool ghost stories that people have made up, they actually present them as something real. They have people talking about how they know someone who has experienced the ghosts they’ve been talking about. Or they interview people who have seen the ghosts first hand. I don’t want to say that these people are just lying…so, I’ll say that they’re either lying or they are completely delusional. Why? Because ghosts don’t exist. Ghost stories exist. Ghost Recon exists…ghosting exists…the movie Ghost exists. But come on, ghosts don’t actually exist. Grow up Discovery Channel. It should be about discovery, not about ratings.

13. Real – Fast’N’Loud

Here’s the reason why Fast’N’Loud is so plainly a truthful show on the Discovery Channel. There’s not much that they can fake. They could maybe fake how they find the cars that they play with, but the premise of the show is so bloody simple that it’s pointless to think that there’s anything really deceitful with the creation of the show. All it is is two guys and their crew hunting down cars that have been really sh*t-beaten…and then what do they do to them? They restore them. It’s not an overly exciting show, but it’s been very popular among the male viewership of the Discovery Channel. To add some zest to the show, they do some skits throughout each episode that sort of go along with the theme of the episode, but otherwise, there is not much to try and fake.

12. Fake – Eaten Alive

This is probably one of the biggest screw ups that the Discovery Channel has ever done. Do you recall the segment called Eaten Alive? Well, there was a huge ad campaign all about how you were going to be able to see an anaconda eating a human being whole. True, the guy was going to be in safety gear and I guess they were planning on saving the guy which is good. It’s still strange that so many people tuned in to see a human being eaten by a giant snake, but I guess we’re a pretty messed up species. Either way, the guy manages to piss off the anaconda enough that it attacks him, but it certainly doesn’t even try to eat him. What does it do? It just wraps around him, bites at him, and then tries to squeeze him to death…that’s it. Talk about false advertising.

11. Real – Mythbusters

I don’t care who you are, but Mythbusters is probably one of, if not the most realistic show that has ever graced the Discovery Channel. Sure, sometimes fans of the show write in to let Jamie and Adam know that they did something that wasn’t scientifically sound. But, the great thing about these guys is that they will do a revisit episode at the end of a season to go back over certain myths and the experiments they did in order to take on the challenges they’ve received from fans. They don’t shy away from times where they screw up the science of debunking a myth. They can’t shoot everything in real time because of the length of some of the experiments, but they definitely do report the honest results and they definitely show their failures often. And then they blow things up.

10. Fake – Shark Week Megalodon Special

This is perhaps one of the most famous and dumbest specials to have ever aired on the Discovery Channel. I mean, the whole special was all about this gigantic prehistoric shark that still lives somewhere in the deep and can thrash apart a great white without any trouble. Sure, the megalodon may have existed back in the day with the dinosaurs but there’s no way it could survive today. If it could basically swallow a great white whole, we would know about it. Shark Week is probably one of the coolest times of year on Discovery, but the fact that they tried to pass this bullsh*t special by people is just kind of insulting. I know there are some stupid people out there, but come on…they weren’t watching Discovery to begin with.

9. Real – River Monsters

People might think that Jeremy Wade is a bit ridiculous. They might think that he shouldn’t be capturing endangered creatures from the waters of the world. They might think he’s messing with the editing to make things look a little more dramatic (and that last one is likely fair enough). Here’s the thing though…Jeremy Wade is actually a conservationist. He really does take great care of the creatures he catches. And the interesting thing that people probably forget because of how crazy each of the creatures looks when he reels them in, is that he is catching them to show the locals and people around the world that these are actually not real “monsters”. They are just fish that have perhaps caused a decent amount of damage to people in the area. They’re not mythical.

8. Fake – Alaskan Bush People

This show just makes me laugh. It’s pretty pathetic actually. The very first thing that is fairly fake is the fact that these guys aren’t actually from Alaska like they might want you to think. Daddy Bush People is actually from Texas, and so are several, if not all of the kids. That’s pretty damning right there. Then there are things like hiring someone to be a girlfriend to one of the boys in the family…or hiring someone under the guise of a dating show to get her to talk to one of the boys on the phone for an episode. It’s pretty sad that they have to fake relationships to get the ratings to keep going. Not to mention the bullsh*t about the government burning down their cabin. The only real things in that show? One son almost blowing himself up and then going to rehab, and the mother having lung cancer.

7. Real – Deadliest Catch

Deadliest Catch is one crazy show! Sure, there are some things that are fake and worth pointing out here. The crews only follow six of about 80 different boats. And sure, they definitely push it to get more drama than there would typically be during the regular fishing season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of truth in the show. The cameramen who stay with the boats are not given any comfort at all. They are left to be thrown around on the seas just like the crew members on the vessel. And the danger of being thrown into the ocean, or having a stroke in the captain’s chair, or being caught up in the pulley lines are very real and indeed things that are shown throughout the show. There are some deceiving shots and scenes, but that doesn’t mean the job isn’t actually deadly.

6. Fake – Man VS Wild

Ok, I’m sorry if I offend anyone here…well, not really, but I feel obligated to say it. Bear Grylls is a pretty intense guy. He does eat live scorpions and jump from cliffs into white water, and he does put his life on the line when he’s shooting a lot of his segments…but he also does bugger off at the end of a shoot day and go back to a hotel to rest up for the next day’s stunt. He’s a very intense stuntman, but he’s not a survivalist. That’s just the reality of the situation. If you were to follow what Grylls did in order to survive any given situation, you would end up running out of steam pretty damn quickly. Or you’d end up freezing because you’ve jumped into a cold rushing river and didn’t learn how to dry out your clothes before turning into a block of ice at night.

5. Real – Survivor Man

Les Stroud is the man. Or was anyway. He was Survivorman. That show was the best example of really cool survival tips and tricks while showing the exhaustion and mental strain that being lost alone in the woods could beat out of someone. And Stroud would be even more exhausted because he filmed pretty well the entire show by himself. So he would have to travel away from a camera for a great wide shot…and then walk all the way back to get the camera before heading back out in the direction he originally wanted to go. That’s nuts. So, if you’re wondering about exhaustion in a survival situation, you’re already doing better than Stroud. Either way, he really teaches about conserving energy, working smartly, and being aware of your surroundings. He was the real deal before hunting for Big Foot.

4. Fake – Street Outlaws

This show is just stupid, first of all. All the show is about is drag racing. And the funny thing about this show is that they’re not actually drag racing at all. Sure, they definitely do some street racing and it’s definitely illegal, but they seem to think that because they are driving fast in a town or city that they are drag racing. For those who don’t know, drag racing requires a set straight strip for the cars to race along. The whole point is to find out who has the fastest car, not necessarily the best driving skill going around obstacles. So, even before you get into the amount of editing they do in the show to make things more dramatic, the show is already complete bullsh*t because they are not even doing the one thing that the show is based around. What a waste of time.

3. Real – Dirty Jobs

I feel very bad for Mike Rowe. Why? Because the dirty jobs he works from episode to episode are just awful. Remember that bullsh*t Shark Week segment about the Megalodon and how it’s still causing chaos all through the oceans of the world? Well, Rowe did a shark-related episode of Dirty Jobs that included jobs like shark repellent tester, and shark suit tester. That’s pretty intense. And he actually jumped in with the sharks to test these products. Scary sh*t. There were even segments that were actually shot that just couldn’t be released because of how dirty they were. Like skull-cleaning, body farming, and even skinning dead raccoons for artwork. That’s some messed up sh*t. And these are things he did…and they didn’t even make the final cut. That’s so depressing. But at least it’s true!

2. Fake – Naked And Afraid

First of all, the producers of this show like to say that the contestants don’t get paid any sort of prize. It’s all about just being able to say that you’ve completed the 21-day challenge. That being said, if you make it that long, you definitely do get paid a decent amount. Now, contestants can tap out and give up at any time, but what you don’t know is that the crew gets involved more than you think they do. Sometimes contestants steal from the crew in order to eat or enjoy a drink. Other times, when getting sick from eating something in nature, contestants are taken care of by the crew off cam to keep the show going. That includes being fed and given an IV drip. If this show about survival is going to keep contestants going by helping them off camera, then I think it’s clear that they just care about ratings and not the reality of the experience we think we’re watching.

1. Real – Yukon Men

Here’s the thing that’s awesome about Yukon Men. Sure, it’s advertised as an unscripted show (and I’m sure that some moments are at least a little manipulated), but the people followed in this show are actually working their a**es off to survive along the Yukon River. It’s hard enough to live up north. But living up north off of nothing but hunting, fishing, and creating good to sell is just ridiculous. I get being a doctor up there. But I think people forget that there are whole communities up there of people who need that doctor. And what do they do? They live off the land, and whatever they could possibly get brought into their communities. This show is essentially a documentary series more than a “reality tv” show.

 

 


12 FUNNY 'SUCK IT TREBEK' MEMES FROM SNL

12 FUNNY 'SUCK IT TREBEK' MEMES FROM SNL

 


Dr. Phil Gets Addicted Guests Wasted Backstage

Dr. Phil Gets Addicted Guests Wasted Backstage

If you’ve never seen The Dr. Phil Show before, the show basically revolves around host Phil McGraw telling people to get their shit together with a folksy accent, sometimes throwing in some nonsensical Appalachian turn of phrase like “If you let the fox in the henhouse then the rooster and the dog will have to hunt in the pigpen.”

It turns out McGraw’s production team has allegedly been getting addicts drunk and high before sending them out on stage, presumably to make it easier for Dr. Phil to lecture them about their shitty choices.

The medical news website STAT, along with a reporter from The Boston Globe, published an in-depth expose on the backstage behavior where addicts were given liquor and drugs before being sent on stage.

 

“I’ve never talked to a guest who was closer to death,” show host Phillip McGraw declared on camera.

TV viewers, however, didn’t see the setup for this shocking scene. Herzog, who was battling alcoholism, told STAT and the Boston Globe that he was not intoxicated when he arrived at the Los Angeles studio. In his dressing room, he said he found a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. He drank all of it. Then someone handed him a Xanax, he said, telling him it would “calm his nerves.”

Okay, so, before I start here, don’t give alcohol to an alcoholic. It’s just a bad idea. On the other hand, if you drink an entire bottle of vodka in the green room of a TV show, maybe that shit is on you. No one made him drink an entire bottle of vodka. Sure, leaving it there was a shitty thing, but they didn’t pour it down his throat. He could have not drank it; there are plenty of recovering alcoholics who turn down drinks every day.

 

Guests have been left without medical help as they face withdrawal from drugs, a STAT/Boston Globe investigation has found, and one person said she was directed by a show staff member to an open-air drug market to find heroin for her detoxing niece.

Well, okay, Dr. Phil production crew, I tried to defend you and you broke my heart. I mean, not really, I kind of hated you already and I’m sort of relishing your fall. If you get replaced by a soap opera, I’m totally going to submit a writing packet, so that’s what I’m hoping for here. And everyone is going to be on my side because you sent someone out with a camera crew to score heroin for an addict.

 

So what did The Dr. Phil Show have to say about these allegations? Well, here’s a statement from Martin Greenberg, the “director of professional affairs”.

“Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting and trivializing. But, if they are at risk when they arrive, then they were at risk before they arrived,” Greenberg said in the statement. “The only change is they are one step closer to getting help, typically help they could not have even come close to affording.”

Oh, fuck you buddy. That’s some bullshit. “Well, they’re liars, and even if they’re not they’re poors”.

Is anyone really surprised to find out that The Dr. Phil Show is more about ratings than it is about helping people? It’s compelling television when a drunk reality TV guest staggers out on stage and then a charismatic southern doctor dresses him down and makes him take a breathalyzer test. That’s not done to help the guy out, it’s done because they need a compelling act break. Honestly, I expected better from Dr. Phil, like asking if it’s okay to have sex with someone who’s passed out drunk.

 


Why 15 TV Shows Were Forced To Fire Lead Actors

Why 15 TV Shows Were Forced To Fire Lead Actors

Successful TV shows only become successful as a result of great casting decisions, intriguing plot, and collaboration during the filming process. However, sometimes the producers of wildly popular TV shows have no other choice but to fire the actors that make their show a success.

The difficult decision to fire an actor from a TV show is usually made after the actor has been involved in a huge scandal that could taint not only the show but also the studio or the channel that airs the show.

As you can imagine, these decisions pretty much ruin the reputation and career of the actors who are fired. After all, would you want to work with an actor that was involved in a huge scandal or was notorious for erratic behavior and causing tension on set? We didn’t think so. And neither do studios and producers. Here are 15 TV Shows That Were Forced To Fire Lead Actors.

15. Selma Blair Was Fired Because She Criticized Charlie Sheen’s Work Ethic

The actress Selma Blair was fired from the TV show Anger Management and replaced by the actress Laura Bell Bundy. Apparently, Charlie Sheen dismissed Blair via a text message in which he called her a c**t after he learned that she was going behind his back and criticizing his work ethic.

However, Sheen gave a different reason as to why Blair had to leave the show – “One of our primary characters, Selma Blair, who played Kate, was written out because [the show] was not about our relationship, and the problem was too many people were still excited about the Two and a Half [Men] character and thought the Anger Managementcharacter was a little dull. So, um, that is not the case anymore. Her character leaves, and I start circling the drain. So it’s really fun to watch and hella fun to play.”

14. Janet Hubert Was Fired For Wanting Fresh Prince To Center Around Her Character

The actress Janet Hubert played Aunt Viv in Fresh Prince of Bel Air in the first three seasons only to be replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid in the last three seasons of the show. So what happened? Why was Hubert replaced?

Apparently, Hubert was not the easiest person to work with and was often difficult on set. In addition, it seems that the actress had a feud with the actor Will Smith which resulted in the termination of her contract.

Smith later said – “I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be “The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show” because I know she is going to dog me in the press. She has basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She’s mad now but she’s been mad all along. She said once, ‘I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.’”

13. Thomas Gibson Was Fired After He Kicked One Of The Show’s Writers

Sometimes it’s not verbal abuse but physical abuse that lead to actors being fired from major TV shows. Take the actor Thomas Gibson, for example. In 2016 he was dismissed from Criminal Minds – a TV show that he had starred in for 11 seasons – because he kicked one of the show’s writers.

Apparently, violence ensued after Gibson got into an argument with one of the show’s writers when he was directing an episode for season 12 of the show – “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred. We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and we always will.”

12. Kevin Spacey Was Fired After Assault Claims Surfaced

House of Cards fans were shocked to learn earlier this year that the actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual abuse. According to Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, Spacey acted inappropriately towards him when he was only 14 years old (Spacey was 12 years older than Rapp at the time). Spacey apologized and came out as gay, however, that did not save his career.

To the shock of many, Spacey was fired from House of Cards. However, Netflix soon decided that it wanted nothing to do with Spacey whatsoever – “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey.”

11. Nicollette Sheridan Sued Marc Cherry After She Was Fired From Desperate Housewives

After Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan was fired from the hit TV show, she was quick to sue the show’s creator Marc Cherry. According to Cherry, the reasons they decided to fire Sheridan included cost-saving as well as the actress’s unprofessional behavior.

However, in court, Sheridan claimed that the reason Cherry fired her was due to a physical altercation they had. According to Sheridan, after a funny line was taken out from her script she approached Cherry about it. However, he was in no mood to discuss script changes – “Mr. Cherry approached, he took his right hand, and he hit me upside the head. I was stunned I couldn’t believe he just hit me.” The case has since been dismissed due to lack of proof.

10. Isaiah Washington Was Fired For His Anti-LGBT Slurs

Grey’s Anatomy’s fans were outraged after they learned that the actor Isaiah Washington had called his co-star T.R. Knight, who later came out as gay, a “fag**t”. Later, Washington once again used a homophobic slur at the Golden Globes.

As you can imagine, Washington was fired shortly after the two incidents took place. This, in turn, pretty much ruined his career – “After the incident at the Golden Globes, everything just fell apart. I lost everything. I couldn’t afford to have an agent …I couldn’t afford to have a publicist …I couldn’t afford to continue.”

9. Columbus Short Was Fired After He Threatened To Kill His Wife

In 2014, the actor Columbus Short was fired from Scandal as a result of his domestic violence. Of course, Short did not reveal the reason for his dismissal from the show.

He merely said – “At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I’ve called home for 3 years, with what is the most talented ensemble in television today. Everything must come to an end and unfortunately, the time has come for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas. I wish nothing but the best for Shonda, Kerry and the rest of the cast…”

However, the reason for Short’s dismissal was publicized shortly after. Apparently, the actor had put a knife to his wife’s throat and threatened to kill her. She then took out a restraining order against him and pretty much ruined his Scandal career.

8. Charlie Sheen Was Fired For Substance Abuse And Derogatory Remarks

The actor Charlie Sheen was the star of the TV show Two and a Half Men. However, he was fired from the show due to his erratic behavior which included making derogatory remarks about the show, drugs and alcohol abuse, and his inability to continue on with his duties on the show. As a result, Sheen was ultimately replaced by Ashton Kutcher.

Warner Bros studios sent Sheen’s attorney, Marty Singer, a letter in which they explained Sheen’s dismissal – “Your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill. For months before the suspension of production, Mr. Sheen’s erratic behavior escalated while his condition deteriorated. His declining condition undermined the production in numerous and significant ways. Warner Bros. would not, could not, and should not attempt to continue ‘business as usual’ while Mr. Sheen destroys himself as the world watches.”

7. Jessica Biel Was Fired Because Of A Raunchy Photo Shoot

The stunning actress Jessica Biel rose to fame after playing Mary in the TV show 7th Heaven. However, Biel never got to finish the show because she was written off. So what happened?

Well, in 2000, Biel posed for the cover of Gear. In the shoot the actress was scantily clad which caused her TV show dad, the actor Stephen Collins, to call the photo shoot “child pornography.”

As you can imagine, the show wanted nothing to do with the shoot and thus wrote Biel’s character off in the fifth season. Biel has since confessed that she regretted the photo shoot – “First of all, I wasn’t happy with those pictures either. I saw pictures that were different from the ones that ran in the magazine. We thought the layout was going to be much more subdued. I’m talking about how much was shown of my chest area. So I was shocked and my family was heartbroken about the pictures that ran. It was really difficult, but you know, it’s over now and I’m OK with it and my family knows that that’s never ever going to happen again.”

6. Lisa Bonet Was Fired After She Appeared In A Film Containing Graphic Scenes

The actress Lisa Bonet played Denise Huxtable in the 80s TV show The Cosby Show. Fans of The Cosby Show loved Bonet and considered her character one of the best. But apparently, the actress wasn’t that easy to work with. She often turned up late on set and sometimes failed to show up at all.

So it is no surprise that Bonet was eventually fired from the wildly popular show. However, it wasn’t just her unprofessional behavior that led to her dismissal. During the show’s run, Bonet also appeared in graphic sex scenes in a film called Angel Heart. By doing so, she broke the moral clause of The Cosby Show contract and thus had to be fired.

5. Robert Downey Jr. Was Fired From Ally McBeal Because Of His Substance Abuse

In 2001, the actor Robert Downey Jr. was fired from the TV show Ally McBeal due to his drug problems. The actor was fired only a few hours after he was arrested by the police on suspicion that he was under the influence of drugs.

Before the incident that caused the actor to be written off, Downey Jr. was already pardoned once by the show’s producers for his drug problems.

Naturally, the producers did not want more scandals and thus decided to let the actor go – “We are wrapping up the stories on the final few episodes of Ally McBeal for the season without him. Robert is a unique talent and a very special person. And we wish him the best and hope for his full recovery.”

4. Taylor Momsen Was Fired From Gossip Girl Due To Her Erratic Behavior On Set

Who can forget the shocking transformation of the actress Taylor Momsen? It wasn’t just her appearance that changed – her behavior changed also. So it is no surprise that the producers of the popular TV show Gossip Girldecided to fire her.

Apparently, Momsen’s behavior on set was erratic and unpredictable which made it increasingly difficult to work with her – “Taylor wasn’t on set filming much this season, but when she did show up she wasn’t very level-headed. The show’s executives didn’t trust that she was really giving it her all, so they dismissed her as a regular.”

3. Kim Delaney Was Fired From CSI: Miami Due To A Lack Of Chemistry With David Caruso

The actress Kim Delaney was fired from the TV show CSI: Miami only after 10 episodes. According to the show’s producers, they decided to fire Delaney due to lack of chemistry between her and the actor David Caruso.

While that may be true, other sources suggest that Delaney’s drunk driving and arrest may have contributed to the producer’s decision to write the actress off the show.

However, Delaney apparently believes that it was Caruso who is to blame for her being fired. Apparently, the two constantly argued – “Kim thinks David went to the producers and had them choose between them. David obviously is the one the producers are sticking with.”

2. Shannen Doherty Was Fired Twice During Her Career After Fights With Co-Stars

The actress Shannen Doherty was actually fired twice from TV shows she appeared in. In 2011, Doherty and the producers of the TV show Charmed decided that it was best if they ceased working together due to tensions on set.

She also apparently caused tension on set on the show Beverly Hills, 90210. Doherty played Brenda, a character that was supposed to remain on the show for its entire duration.

But her erratic behavior and her feud with Jennie Garth, which led to physical violence, made the atmosphere during filming unbearable. Tori Spelling later admitted that she rang her father, the show’s producer, and asked him to fire Doherty.

1. Jamie Lynn Was Fired From Zoey 101 After Getting Pregnant

Britney Spears’s little sister Jamie Lynn Spears would have probably become a famous actress had she not gotten pregnant at the age of sixteen. You see, back then Spears was starring in a TV show called Zoey 101 where she played the main character.

However, as we all know, in the midst of filming she got pregnant with her then-boyfriend Casey Aldridge. Naturally, the show could not continue – Zoey 101 was for kids after all and a plot line that involved pregnancy would not have been suitable. Naturally, Spears had to be fired.

But because Spears was the main character, the show couldn’t go on without her either and the whole show had to be canceled.


The Top Most Annoying TV Hosts

The Top Most Annoying TV Hosts

The most annoying TV hosts include reality TV presenters, game show hosts and both morning and late-night talk show hosts. Each person on this list is considered, at least by some, to be abrasive and/or generally irritating. Not everyone's going to agree, of course, and that's why this is a VoteRanked list: You vote for the TV hosts that you find the most annoying, and vote down those you actually like. Also, if a particular host that annoys you isn't listed, feel free to add them.

No list of annoying television hosts would be complete without the reality television presenters such as Ryan Seacrest, Survivor host Jeff Probst and Chris Harrison, host of ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

And then there's the talk show hosts! Larry King could certainly be annoying, but what about his CNN prime-time replacement, Piers Morgan. And what about the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Grace, Bill O'Reilly, Matt Lauer and yes, even Katie Couric. Does she deserve a gold star for being annoying on the most different networks!

And from the late night talk show arena? Do hosts likeChelsea Handler, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, and -- gasp -- Conan O'Brien deserve to rank high on the list? Everyone's entitled to an opinion. Now have yours!

 


Top 10 Shocking HBO Scenes

Top 10 Shocking HBO Scenes

HBO shows are known for pushing the boundaries, so the fact that these shocking scenes left viewers speechless says a lot. For this list, we’re focusing on controversial and unexpected moments from HBO’s most popular series, such as Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Leftovers, The Wire, Oz, Westworld and more. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Shocking HBO Scenes.

 


Police Fool 21 People Into Being Arrested Using Plan ‘Stolen From The Simpsons’

Police Fool 21 People Into Being Arrested Using Plan ‘Stolen From The Simpsons’

Police in South Yorkshire have successfully arrested 21 people by fooling them in a plan inspired by The Simpsons.

‘Operation Holly’ involved police officers sending cards from a fake company – Herald Hampers – to addresses of some of their ‘most wanted’ on the promise of receiving a free Christmas hamper.

In order to receive this special hamper they were asked to book a delivery slot. But instead of a delivery driver, they were greeted at the door by police.

Temporary DCI Lee Berry said:

Some of those arrested were wanted in relation to serious charges, including supplying an illegal article into prison, dangerous driving, drink driving, assault and fraud.

Across two days, criminals who were wanted for the charges – including burglary, assault, fraud, drink-driving, dangerous driving, drug-related offences and harassment were all targeted by police.

According to Indy100, driving bans, prison recalls, curfews and fines were handed out, with one person remanded in custody.

Mr Berry released a statement saying:

It’s encouraging that our innovative approach has yielded positive results and we will continue to explore new avenues for apprehending those wanted, which impacts upon the victims of crime.

Sending officers to addresses where wanted people no longer reside is also a drain on valuable police resources.

This way of catching criminals is somewhat similar to an episode in The Simpsons called ‘Lisa the Sceptic’.

At the beginning of the episode, policeman Chief Wiggum and his colleagues trick criminals from Springfield into entering a ‘police raffle’ believing they could receive a free motorboat.

Homer, obviously, is wanted for unpaid parking tickets, falls for it but is left furious when he still doesn’t get his boat.

Here’s a look at the clip:

While it remains unclear as to whether the police were influenced by The Simpsons, I’d like to go ahead and believe they were.

Police in Essex have also been in the news for their methods this month after they launched a Christmas countdown involving their most wanted.

Throughout December, the force have released a mugshot of alleged criminals they wish to speak to.

But the festive appeal sparked a backlash among some people who said it is ‘distasteful’.

One user said:

Isn’t it a bit creepy to associate the hunt for criminals with an advent calendar?

Answer: Probably yes.

Sarah Mahoney added:

Whilst I understand and support the posts in social media to catch criminals, I find it so very distasteful that you are using an advent calendar to promote your posts to catch wanted criminals!

According to the Evening Standard, police chief inspector Richard Baxter said officers are ‘hoping to catch the advent suspects by Christmas Day’.

He said:

We have a number of people wanted in the west and want to highlight what offences they have committed and why they are wanted.

Well, it’s certainly something different isn’t it?

 


Alaskan Bush People: 8 Scenes That Were So Fake (And 8 That Were Real)

Alaskan Bush People: 8 Scenes That Were So Fake (And 8 That Were Real)

A lot of people take a real guilty pleasure in watching some of the “reality” tv shows on these days. I’ll be honest when I say that I am not one of those people. However, I’ve learned a thing or two about the Alaskan Bush People, and–wow–are they an interesting family. I’m not sure if it’s because of the things that are actually true about them, or the things that are so clearly fake.

I’m pretty sure everyone knows by now that the Brown family of Alaskan Bush People is a little more well-off and a bit more technologically savvy than they try to make themselves out to be. But there are some really interesting things to know about them in spite of that. Things like how they didn’t even build their own cabin. They also stage relationship stuff for the boys on the show, just to give some sort of love angle for the show.

But then there are some interesting truths as well. Bear really can catch fish with his bare hands (and so can Snow). There really are some serious medical issues in the family from arthritis and seizures to Ami’s battle with cancer. Scroll on down to discover some weird and interesting truths and falsehoods about the Alaskan Bush People.

16. Fake – They’re Not From Alaska

This is something they really forgot to mention when talking about how they’re Alaskan natives who have spent all their lives in the northern wilderness. Aside from the fact that they are hardly in the wilderness (they’re a short stroll from a pizza place), they’re actually not from Alaska. They’re originally from Texas and Billy comes from an incredible amount of wealth. There was even some legal trouble with regards to poaching and tax manipulation due to where they actually lived and where they pretended to live. Either way, they live in a swanky place in California now, due to Ami’s failing health. This fact about where they’re from makes every scene where they talk about being from Alaska complete bullsh*t.

15. Real – They’ve Moved To Cali Because Of Ami’s Cancer

The Alaskan bush people have moved to Southern California. Why? Because Ami has some very serious medical issues. It turns out that she has lung cancer. Stage four lung cancer at that. Her doctors had given her a 3% chance to make it out alive. Amazingly, considering that most of the year she has been in treatment, she is still kicking and recently there was a Christmas episode of the show that aired to let everyone know that she is still alive and in good spirits. I find it a little gross though that they would capitalize this way on someone’s painful journey toward death. I mean, I guess we’re all on our way there, but she’s got less time and more pain than most people who sit and watch the show. In spite of how gross it seems to be, this medical issue is very serious and true.

14. Fake – The Bush People Didn’t Build Their Own Cabin

This is just hilarious. These bush people are supposed to be very savvy when it comes to living out in the wilderness and building what they need to adapt to their surroundings. However, it turns out that they didn’t actually build the cabin we see them working on in the show. Realistically, whenever the camera is capturing the Brown family doing one seemingly simple task (and using four people to do it), there is a whole crew of workers out of frame who were actually building the damned thing. So, if you ever find yourself going through reruns of this show for some silly reason, take a look at how much the family actually does during the “build” and then remind yourself that they didn’t actually put the thing together in the first place.

13. Real – Bam Bam Is Actually Really Into Art

It’s kind of nice to see that one of the guys who tried to act all “manly” on the show is allowed to show his artistic side without criticism. I mean, there’s plenty to criticize with each and every one of these characters, no doubt. But, the fact that you can actually watch as Bam Bam can draw some interesting charcoal art. The finished product is actually much better than what you see in this shot, but you can tell that he actually drew the thing himself. Often times there would be some interesting cuts, body doubles, and a whole lot of movie magic to produce the art. But here, Bam Bam is the actual artist. I don’t know if he’s honest about leaving images like this all over the woods, but he at least did produce this lone wolf.

12. Fake – Sabrina The Cow Doesn’t Belong To The Browns

This is so incredibly silly I don’t even know what to make of it. So, the Brown’s have a cow…except they don’t actually own the cow. Sabrina the cow actually belonged to dairy farmer Han Wolfisberg. “After moving to Alaska, Sabrina would stay with the Brown family for a month, while video footage was shot, before being adopted by an Alaskan local to live out the remainder of her life,” the farmer said. He sent his daughter Jan along with Sabrina the cow all the way from Washington in order for the bush people to have a “family cow”. Sabrina only stayed during filming for a month, and then was adopted by a local farmer nearby. I guess that’s a good thing, in case they decide to bring Sabrina back for another episode.

11. Real – Bear Can Actually Catch Fish With His Hands

Alright, this is actually pretty awesome. I don’t sit and watch this show, but while researching this article I did watch a few short clips of the show to get a better idea of the characters and what they actually do. Well, this segment is pretty hard to fake. It could be done, but given the camera angles they use, I’m pretty confident when I say that Bear Brown can actually catch salmon with his bare hands. And he’s pretty damn good at it. Snowbird Brown is also pretty fantastic with pulling Salmon out of the drink. Their older brother Bam Bam tried to help them, but he is apparently a bit of a clutz. I think it would have been better if he did up a charcoal drawing of his siblings catching fish with their hands. He would have been more useful that way.

10. Fake – Neighbours Never Shot At Them…Just Fireworks

There was a segment in an episode of Alaskan Bush People where the Browns swore that their neighbors were firing shots towards them in order to intimidate and get the Browns away from their property. The first question that comes to my mind is: wait they have neighbors who live that close? Yup, they don’t really live in the deep wilderness at all. And regarding the “shots fired” at the Brown’s, the real issue was that their crazy neighbor was firing fireworks at a helicopter overhead of his property because it was shaking his house. That’s pretty nutty, and I would think would be good for ratings. It would be a hilarious story for the show, but they kept the idea that the neighbor was firing warning shots at them; giving some sense of danger rather than hilarity.

9. Real – Bear Almost Dropped A Massive Piece Of Metal Onto His Brother

If you’ve ever watched the episode where Bear and one of his brothers are working on building a wind turbine in order to add to their power supply, then you’ll know already that Bear almost kills his brother in one seemingly passing moment on the show. They don’t make anything big of it, but as Bear is shimmying up the frame of the turbine with a massive pulley on his back, he accidentally drops the big piece of steel and it comes crashing down towards his brother. I believe it’s his brother Noah he almost kills. If it wasn’t for a crossbeam in the frame, it’s likely that Noah would have been at least knocked unconscious and left with a fractured skull. Given the size of the thing though, I think death would have been likely. It’s crazy that they didn’t make a bigger deal of it.

8. Fake – Noah’s Date Is An Actress

Do you remember that time where Noah had a date named Karynna? Well, if you don’t recall, or don’t watch the show because you rightly think it’s stupid, then let me inform you about it. Trying to add a love connection for Noah in the show, Karynna wasn’t asked out by the cast member. She was hired by the producers. Karynna Kaufmann is an actor who was brought on specifically to be the love interest for Noah. Obviously, it didn’t quite work out, but that was meant to be the way of it. After all, she was only in the relationship because she was getting paid to fake it. It’s a good thing that they never actually really lived in that cabin and that they typically live at the nearby hotel. Otherwise, things might get a little more awkward for poor Karynna.

7. Real – Ami Has Arthritis And Billy Has Seizures

Before Ami was diagnosed with cancer, she was already discussing with Billy the idea of leaving the Alaskan wilderness to be closer to a hospital. Ami has some pretty painful arthritis, and she is right to assume that as they get older, they should be closer to medical attention. Billy has a more serious condition, which viewers discovered in one episode where Billy collapses and almost loses consciousness and feeling in his toes. Apparently, he is prone to seizures. And this is actually a legit medical issue he has. It wasn’t just “reality” tv bullsh*t. Given that he was losing feeling as well, I wonder if he hasn’t been having mini-strokes. Either way, now the Brown family will be much closer to medical attention, sadly because of Ami’s cancer.

6. Fake – Producers Tricked A Girl Into A Date Phone Call

This is just pathetic. The lengths producers will go to in order to add that romantic angle to boost ratings is just sad. The producers on the show hired a woman who ran an Alaskan dating site to wrangle in a girl on the pretence that she would be a part of an Alaskan dating show. Roped in by this, the poor girl was subjected to some phone conversations with Gabe ‘Bear’ Brown. After some time, the girl was no longer contacted and she eventually found out that her conversation had nothing to do with a dating show. How did she find out? Because the phone conversation was edited to suit the show and appeared on Alaskan Bush People without this girl’s permission. There was obviously a damn decent amount of outrage over this.

5. Real – Matt Almost Blew Himself Up!

As most of the family traveled to California to deal with the very serious issue of Ami Brown’s lung cancer, eldest son Matt decided to stay at the “homestead”. It seems to be that while he was out there, he let his bad habits get the best of him and he might have got a little drunk. During that time out there all alone in the Alaskan “wilderness”, the bears were apparently getting a little too friendly. So, what did Matt do in order to ward the bears off? He took a refrigerator, put a mason jar, some black powder, and a cannon fuse in it, and…well…BOOM! He split his head open and thankfully crew were close at hand to get him help. Nine staples later and a visit to rehab and Matt is still around.

4. Fake – The Browns Are All Over Social Media!

So, here’s the thing…the Alaskan bush people love to talk about how little they know about technology. They don’t even really know how to use an iPhone. They don’t know anything about “Brangelina”. They don’t even know who Kim Kardashian is. However, they have their own YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. They don’t want to show this off in a show based on the idea that they’re living off the land in the middle of nowhere with no reception and no modern tech. However, the kids have a pretty prominent presence online. It could have something to do with the fact that they are a very short journey from civilization and the fact that they basically live in a hotel during the filming of the show. I’m sure they have WiFi.

3. Real – Ami Brown Scared Away Bear’s Date

This is pretty hilarious. At a nearby cabin (because these guys don’t live very far away from civilization at all) Bear finds himself smitten with a girl. They go on a “date” which I’m pretty sure just means he met her, chatted with her for a bit, then assumed that meant it was a date…then for their second “date” Bear insists that the girl come to meet his mommy. Now, the “dating” thing was sort of set up, but the conversation that followed with Ami Brown was definitely not. She instantly went in on the girl about making sure she wanted a family because Bear needed to get married and start having kids so that Mommy Brown could have grandkids. Boy, oh boy, did that ever scare the sh*t out of the poor girl. Let’s just say that she didn’t find her way on to another episode.

2. Fake – The Browns Don’t Actually Live In That Cabin

This is perhaps one of the most pathetic pieces of fakery on the entire show. It basically makes the entire premise of the show fake. The cabin that everyone “lives in” on the show…yeah, they don’t actually live in it at all. They’re there when the cameras are rolling, sure. But the reality of the situation is that they tend to spend most of their off-camera time at a nearby hotel. They are so well known to be there by the locals that they even know some of the Brown boys try their hand at picking ladies up at the bar there whenever they can. Of course, this is the sort of thing you might expect when the “reality” show is based off a book in the first place. So, every time they talk about staying in that cabin…every one of those scenes is bullsh*t.

1. Real – Snow Keeps The Family Together Now

This is perhaps one of the saddest parts of the Brown family. Snowbird Brown is now basically the mother figure in the family. With Ami going through her painful battle with lung cancer, Snow has picked up a lot of the slack and spends a lot of time keeping the family together and functioning. In the shot above, for those of you who don’t know, she is the one standing in the back with the red toque. Snow is often in the background and has always worked to show that she can handle her own on the show and in the family, but it’s pretty clear no that she is stronger than most of the family, including her muscle-bound big brothers. It’s pretty sad that this is the way that the family finally sees how strong she is.

 


15 TV Scenes That Got People In Serious Trouble


15 TV Scenes That Got People In Serious Trouble

“Whoops!”

“You cannot say that!”

“Did they just say that?”

These are all common phrases when people overhear someone drop a terrible clanger or offensive word which should never emerge during polite conversation. Sometimes, in a movie scene in a crowded place, a character will let one of those slip and there comes a collected gasp, followed by a shattering of crockery and a shocked silence. Not really, but people do seem to speak louder than they realize, and also they seem to hear much better when something controversial gets muttered nearby. People make fools of themselves like this on television of all places!

Today, television is less likely to be broadcast live than it used to be and, for that reason, shows are far more likely to get cut and edited to wipe out all imperfections when they get to screen. Some presenters or actors who have dropped the ball on a live broadcast have now gone down in global history, now infamous for their awful mistakes. Although terrible mess-ups are not always reserved for a live show, people can make terrible blunders even on a recorded episode. An incident which seems so innocent suddenly causes so much uproar and spreads like a wildfire of condemnation across the media. There are many examples of TV scenes that got people in trouble; here are 15 of those disasters!

15. Kick This Sopranos Scene To The Curb!

The Sopranos was a highly acclaimed drama revolving around the Soprano family, headed up by the patriarch, Tony Soprano. As a show that involves the mafia and thus crime by extension, it became inevitable that violence would rear its head and it did so in genuinely gory style in this particular scene. Taking inspiration from the instance in American History X where the same act of violence was shown, but at a distance and only briefly, The Sopranos upped the pressure on the scene. When Tony gives Coco a beating, things got very gruesome indeed when he makes the man bite the curb, even for a criminally based drama about a mob boss. But some shows push the boundaries for a reason and become well-loved, such as The Sopranos did.

14. Troy McLure’s Unique Tastes

The Simpsons led the way for cartoons that shocked people, but unlike those that followed, like South Park and Family GuyThe Simpsons hid much of their quite controversial lines and gags with great subtlety, hiding them in a comedic, animated show tailored for the entire family. In one episode, washed up B-Movie actor, Troy McClure marries Marge’s sister Selma. His career was dogged by rumors of his bizarre sexual preferences, summed up by Fat Tony. One scene shows Fat Tony’s men reading of McClure’s comeback and says to Fat Tony: “you told me he was dead”. Fat Tony replies: “no, I said ‘he sleeps with the fishes'”, this reference to death by drowning from The Godfather has a very shocking reference to Troy McClure enjoying some intimacy with fish (he has a huge aquarium in his bedroom) that must have really shocked when originally broadcast.

13. South Park’s Family Guy Mohammed Moment

In one South Park two-part episode, Cartman is trying to get Family Guy canceled because he is sick of people saying that his humor is similar to a show he hates. He heads to Hollywood to plead with the head of Fox to remove a Family Guy two-part episode that plans to show the prophet Mohammed’s face (something forbidden in Islam) that is causing protests globally. Kyle apprehends Cartman, and a lame slapping fight between the two ensues, Kyle manages to reach the Fox head after escaping Bart Simpson’s clutches and manages to talk him into showing the prophet Mohammed. As a result, Comedy Central blacked out the image of Mohammed when he knocks at Peter Griffin’s door, although they showed him in an episode ten years earlier.

12. The X Files’ Mutant Family

90s sci-fi drama The X Files followed two FBI Agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, and although a new series recently aired, it never captured the original style of the 90s. Mulder and Scully headed a branch of the FBI dedicated to unexplained occurrences, and in one episode, the team investigates a family of mutants. These mutants are not only mutants but inbred too, and there follows a horrible scene where the mother is pulled out from under the bed. Fox received quite the backlash from this horrifying moment that they pulled the episode and never showed it again, putting an X over that particular X File!

11. An Eye-Popping Fight!

Game of Thrones has everything, drama, intrigue, magic, passion, and violence, including scenes that will cause people’s jaws to drop; right from the first episode that saw twin brother and sister, Jaime and Cersei Lannister getting a little too close for comfort. By the end of the first season, the main character Ned Stark parted ways with his head. The deaths did not let up, and one of the most horrific scenes involves a duel between Oberyn “The Viper of Dorne” Martell and Ser Gregor “The Mountain That Rides” Clegane. Oberyn demands the contest to avenge his sister. When their fight begins, Martell inflicts some wounds on the giant knight, but Gregor soon gains the advantage and ends the battle by crushing Oberyn. Literally.

10. What’s That On The Door In Friends?

The massive hit comedy series Friends ran for ten years and is still running on stations like Netflix and Comedy Central. For several episodes in season four, Joey and Chandler won the larger apartment off of Monica and Rachel, at the same time, Ross meets English woman Emily and falls in love with her. In a show where Ross goes to England to declare his love for Emily, Joey and Chandler discover that they have a “special” channel for free and cannot turn the station off, in case they lose it. Although originally broadcast later in the day, the reruns are often shown in the daytime, so for a long time because of the issue of this type of content, some channels never aired the episode and skipped over it to the next one.

9. Nip/Tuck-ing Away Any Decency

The show Nip/Tuck was an unflinching and no-holds-barred glimpse at the somewhat seedy underbelly of the world of cosmetic surgery, and the lives and loves of two doctors that even featured comedian Joan Rivers as a guest star. The more immoral of the doctor pair, Christian, went too far with his treatment of Abby Mays, whom he deems more average in appearance to the women he usually deals with. Taking Abby to bed, Christian places a paper bag over her head before he gets intimate with her and she consents to it and goes back for more. Such a degrading treatment of a woman was bound to receive some awful backlash and claims of misogyny, showing the depth of the themes of objectification that body consciousness issues create.

8. Not A “Small-Fry” Death

Television drama is a competitive genre, and so in order to keep relevant, further boundaries need to be constantly pushed, and the same went for the BBC’s espionage thriller series, Spooks. The show followed the furtive actions and tribulations of the British Secret Service arm, MI5 and really turned up the heat by killing off a main character in the second episode. The movie Psycho broke ground when it not only made the protagonist a woman but killed her off within the first 30 minutes. Spooks followed suit with the main character’s death occurring in episode two of the first season. The woman in question gets dispatched in a terrible manner, getting thrown into boiling cooking oil which understandably received many complaints!

7. Sansa Stark’s Time With Ramsay

Game of Thrones is no stranger to controversy and even tries to outdo itself in the shock department! When the TV show diverges from the source material– the Song of Ice and Fire novels by George RR Martin– the alterations become problematic among audiences and media. In episode six of season five, the sadistic Ramsay Snow marries the Stark dynasty’s eldest daughter Sansa, which never happened in the novel. In the episode, the immoral bastard son of the Lord of the Dreadfort, who severely tortured Theon Greyjoy, assaults Sansa after their wedding. Such a brutal and disturbing addition to the show did not go over well with an audience that realized it never even existed in the original material to begin with, and just seemed like a change for pure shock value.

6. Different (Disturbing) Stroke For A Sitcom

Comedy is notorious for being controversial and often walks a fine line between pleasing and offending. When sitcom Diff’rent Strokes aired in the mid-70s, it tackled a divisive issue head-on when two orphaned black kids from Harlem are adopted by a wealthy white couple. Although by using comedy as a vehicle to address the thorny issue of race in a nation not long over the clashes and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, maybe the pushed the envelope too far. As in the case of an episode where the two kids, played by Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges were taken care of by an older guy who plied them wine and ice cream, took photos of them shirtless made them ride him like a donkey. All accompanied to a laugh track; it crossed a line as most people see this subject matter as off-limits even for humor.

5. First Lesbian Kiss

Another forum for showcasing and allowing hot, divisive topics are soap operas. To keep audiences hooked they have begun to be broadcast several times a week and air more shocking storylines to out-shock each other. However, 25 years ago, there were some things that we now take for granted that were so taboo in the past that even an innocent nod towards them caused an uproar. British soap opera Brookside, starring Anna Friel, was the first soap to feature a lesbian kiss and caused some significant backlash. Today we see these relationships and kisses much more often so such a response might appear a little strange. There wasn’t any condemnation when her character’s mother killed their father and buried him under the patio… but that is normal, right?

4. Scott Tenorman Must Die

South Park has been on TV for 20 years and has always pushed the boundaries of decency with its willingness to shock. In Scott Tenorman Must Die, Cartman is scammed by older kid Scott Tenorman into buying Scott’s pubic hair. Realizing he has been conned, Cartman goes to great lengths to get revenge on Scott. Which leads to a Chili Con Carnival where Cartman plans to have a horse bite off Scott’s johnson in front of Radiohead (Scott’s favorite band), who will laugh at Tenorman’s tears. Tenorman discovers this plan and puts pubic hair in his chilli to feed to Cartman, but Cartman learns of it and reveals that the horse plan was a fake and that the horse’s owner, protective of his farm, would shoot intruders– who happened to be Scott’s parents, whom the farmer killed. Cartman then steals Scott’s folks and feeds them to Scott in his chilli, a very disturbing instance buried in comedy.

3. Gory Guy Fawkes

In a post Game of Thrones TV world, everyone needs to up the ante on the hardcore depictions of gruesome footage, and as this drama borrowed Game of Thrones‘ own Kit Harrington, it is only polite to make him at home with some gratuitous violence. In BBC drama Gunpowder, the show opened tense and never released the pressure as it began with agents of the Protestant king arresting Catholics. What followed was a realistic depiction of an execution that would have taken place at the time in the early 17th century. We won’t go into the gory details, but let’s just say bodies were mutilated. The realistic portrayal, however, proved too much for some who found the whole opening distasteful.

2. Throw Jeremy Clarkson Under A Train

Top Gear was one of the most popular shows that the BBC ever created, the car magazine show was sold to TV companies around the world, making the BBC and the presenters very wealthy indeed. Top Gear ended when Jeremy Clarkson was fired for punching a producer over steak; the show made a comeback to the BBC with Friends‘ Matt Le Blanc as one of the presenters. Clarkson rebranded his show for Amazon Prime as The Grand Tour, but it was several years before this debacle when Jeremy Clarkson appeared on BBC One program The One Show. Appearing as a guest, Clarkson claimed that public sector workers who were striking in the UK at the time, should be shot.

1. Brass Eye’s Cringy Episode

In the late 90s, British TV show Brass Eye aired on Channel 4 back during a time when everyone (well, almost) could tell what fake news was when Poe’s Law did not rule all! Brass Eye aired as a satirical investigative journalism show, heavy in its use of parody and a level of exaggeration seen in the mainstream media. Although the show was well-received by-and-large, one edition caused shock and widespread condemnation when it hyped the hysteria around inappropriate behavior towards minors. The episode claimed child abusers disguised themselves in schools, and even roped in celebrities as big as Phil Collins into filming a joke campaign. The episode backfired on Brass Eye when people felt it made light of child abuse and treated it as a comedic issue.


8 Shows On History Channel That Are Clearly Fake (And 8 That Are Sort Of True)

8 Shows On History Channel That Are Clearly Fake (And 8 That Are Sort Of True)

 

Alright, I don’t know how many of you go out of your way to watch the History Channel anymore, but there have been all manner of interesting shows to make their way to that network. Some of them have been really interesting and actually relevant to history…and some of them have been incredibly stupid. Beyond stupid.

There is some sort of new trend in “reality” tv that requires shows on all networks to have a ton of completely idiotic rednecks or some other sort of crazy kook. It’s amazing that a channel called the History Channel manages to get away with some of the crazy sh*t it airs. That being said, there is certainly an endless amount of entertainment for people like me who get to write about how messed up they are.

This piece covers both sides of the coin. There are shows that are just very clearly fake and ridiculous, and there are shows that have at least some significant bit of truth in them. For example, Ancient Aliens is just dumb…because there are no aliens or at least no evidence of them being on Earth. So, it’s fake. However, Only In America With Larry The Cable Guy, however stupid it may be, actually is based on the truth. It’s really this awful comedian showing real things in America. Scroll down to learn about other Fake and Real shows.

16. FAKE: Alone

The funniest thing about just how fake this show is is in the title of the show. It’s called Alone. Do you want to know what these people never are when they’re surviving out in the woods during the shooting of a season? ALONE! Of course, they’re not alone. They have camera crews all over the place, and those camera people have their craft services so they can get their good meals in. “Did you know that every one of the contestants was less than an hour’s walk from a road, town, or clearing? Did you know that some of them were in actual campsites?…Is that what you had in mind when you were watching the show?” These were some questions asked by a website that took aerial images of where the show is shot and expanded the area to discover where the show was actually being shot.

15. TRUE: Forged In Fire

Thank goodness this show is actually a good chunk of true. Sure, playing around with timelines and tools may make people a little skeptical, but it doesn’t change the fact that the guys who appear on the show do know how to make blades. And the successes and failures of each of them are shown very clearly. It’s not like a cooking show where they make the dish a million times with purposeful tampering from the producers. And after a while, the guys on this show finally stopped always chopping through a pig or whatever fun things that explode. They also now use a ballistics gel model of a person with bones set in it as well. This makes the testing of the blades far for realistic. And come on, it’s kind of cool to see all of the interesting designs.

14. FAKE: Ancient Aliens

To start with this one…it’s pretty simple. There aren’t aliens out there. There just aren’t Or, rather there is no evidence to actually suggest that there are some green stick men with oval eyes hovering around in the UFOs laughing at us while we try to find out how the pyramids were made. Those aliens don’t exist. So, this series is immediately just completely fake. Sure, they don’t always say it’s fact that aliens built Stone Henge or the pyramids in Egypt and Mexico. But the fact that this show on THE HISTORY CHANNEL is on about how it seems likely that aliens gave us technology and built all of our most amazing ancient buildings is just ridiculous. The channel is for the learning of history. Not of bullsh*t. That’s what Penn & Teller are for.

13. TRUE: Swamp People

I can’t believe that I’m saying this…Swamp People is actually sort of true. It’s unfortunately true in a very disgusting way. Ok, so old guys aren’t hauling up 500-pound gators into their boats on their own. That just is not possible. But they really are pulling up gators and blasting them in the face with a bullet from a pistol…which is just friggin disgusting. I’m sure there are plenty of people who enjoy watching toothless rednecks shot gators in the face, but I’m just not into it. Another example of something that is definitely true is the death of one of the cast members on the show. At first, it was thought that the guy had a seizure, but it’s been discovered that he had a heart attack while on his boat. Sure, there is some fakery in this show, but the most gruesome parts are true.

12. FAKE: Hunting Hitler

Give me a break! This is one of the most ridiculous shows to have ever aired on the History Channel. It’s called Hunting Hitler. I imagine you have some sort of idea of just what it’s about. But, for those of you who haven’t seen it, or don’t have enough of an imagination to think what it could be about…the whole show revolves around the idea that Hitler actually survived the war, managed to escape, and now people are searching for where he actually died…if he is even dead yet! So, basically, this show is promoting the idea that Hitler could still be alive, enjoying the good life somewhere in the world. Probably somewhere in South America like so many other Nazi leaders who managed to escape and avoid trial by the Allies. By the way…Hitler is dead.

11. TRUE: Only In America With Larry The Cable Guy

This show just makes me want to sigh and groan (and not in a good way). I hate having to admit that this show is at least somewhat true. It just goes to show how f*cked the History Channel is these days. Not only is it somewhat true…it’s just completely based in fact. Larry The Cable Guy is actually a chubby redneck and sh*t comedian. And in the show, he actually travels the United States just to show off how there are some really fun, interesting, and crazy things kicking around the country. You can’t get more real than Larry wandering around New York in nothing but briefs and a hat, playing guitar with the Naked Cowboy. It’s very difficult to get that image out of your head, and it is unfortunately very real.

10. FAKE: American Pickers

Here are two guys who have known each other for decades who drive around in a Mercedes Sprinter, seeking out places to stop around America so they can negotiate buying antiques that they figure would be worth an incredible amount of money further down the road. But you know what? That’s not entirely true. Neither of these guys actually drive that “picking” van. They drive to each location separately in their own cars. And they don’t go alone either. They have a massive convoy of camera, lighting, and makeup crews to make sure that everything looks perfect. Oh, and those people they haggle with to find their wonderful antiques? Those negotiations are done months before the actual episodes are shot, just so they know they have what they need for the season. Come on, it’s “reality” tv; they have to bullsh*t their way through it.

9. TRUE: Ice Road Truckers

“We had mixed feelings, because of how they sensationalized and portrayed the ice roads,” said the owner of a trucking company who travels the ice roads frequently. Essentially, Ice Road Truckers is true enough to not land in the fake pile in this article. They do make the job seem more dramatic in order to get some high ratings, so that’s kind of silly. Ultimately, the process of running the ice roads is very controlled and there are hardly ever any trucks going through the ice. They do a reenactment of a truck breaking through the ice and sinking to the bottom. Now, that has happened before, just not where they were shooting the actual film. But hey, at least they’re actually filming truckers driving the ice roads throughout the season. That’s more real than most of the shows on the History Channel.

8. FAKE: Pawn Stars

This is part of an interview from a source close to the family stars of Pawn Stars. “Well they never come out to the front unless it’s time to film, they sit in the back..all four of them and sign page after page of autographs for $25 a pop to a line up of people. And everything you see on TV is fake, what the offer will be and whether or not they will buy it is all set up, it’s all a show…Sure they buy stuff, but its all determined well before the show after the studio interviews the people who want to go on the show…the people walking around the shop in the show are just extras.” Basically, the rest of the interview with this source never needed to happen. This statement is more than enough to demonstrate how fake the show is.

7. TRUE: How The States Got Their Shapes

This is probably one of the more realistic shows on the History Channel. And it actually has to do with history! What a crazy thought. Brian Unger hosts the show and takes viewers on an adventure across the United States giving the history of how borders were drawn for certain states because of resources or peoples or geographical issues of one sort or another. Sadly, in a Ranker poll, this show is the 13th best show on the History Channel, beaten by shows like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and The Curse of Oak Island. It’s pretty sad when bullsh*t “reality” tv shows beat out a show that is actually relevant to the title of the channel; an actual educational show about history! This is the kind of world we live in. People don’t want to learn. They’re just happy being stupid.

6. FAKE: Mountain Men

Mountain Men is full of all sorts of bullsh*t. Here’s something a viewer once said about the show “The premise of [this] hoax show is that the “Mountain Men” (or whatever they are purported to be) are some sort of wilderness die-hards; however, none of these nit-wits has a generator, car, truck, snowmobile, aircraft or electric toothbrush that seems to work… everything they own — and is vital to their survival– is always on the edge of collapse. And the constant on-site interviews with the camera crews…? Jeesh! That really promotes the feeling that these “survivalists” are isolated or at risk.” He’s got a point. And this sort of thing has been admitted to by a number of the star of the show. The producers often make more drama out of a situation by tampering with something or getting the “mountain man” to react a certain way. They’re trying to tell a story, not share reality.

5. TRUE: Ancient Discoveries

This is a great series. Why? Because it has nothing to with aliens or gods or some other non-existent thing helping us out with some cool high-tech stuff. It actually just has to do with how intelligent people have been all through history. Hey, there’s that word again…HISTORY. It’s like Ancient Discoveries is a show that actually belongs on a channel like the HISTORY CHANNEL! I’m sorry, I just get so angry when I think about how a show like this does so poorly in comparison to an idiotic show like American Pickers. I just can’t grasp how it is that the History Channel would rather promote “reality” shows about two guys buying old things that they don’t educate anyone about too much when they have a show like Ancient Discoveries which is entirely educational about history.

4. FAKE: The Curse Of Oak Island

“Wood? Buried underground? Could it be part of a treasure chest containing the lost works of William Shakespeare? The treasures of the Knights Templar? The Ark of the Covenant? The Holy Grail?!” Yeah, that’s the sort of intro that this bullsh*t show had. First of all, what lost works of Shakespeare? Grow up. Secondly, there was wood underground because the little island has a number of sinkholes on it. Trees have withered away and have been sucked into the sinkholes. That’s not incredibly exciting. Sure, there have been a couple of things found on the island, but none of the things found would indicate that there would be a huge treasure buried somewhere on the island. And if there ever was, it’s definitely washed away through the sinkholes then the underground caverns.

3. TRUE: Battle 360

This is actually a really cool show that definitely has something to do with history. This show is all about the U.S.S. Enterprise. Now, when I say that, I don’t mean the starship Enterprise. This isn’t Star Trek. Sure, the show does have a lot of computer-generated sequences of the historical aircraft carrier, but only to demonstrate certain aspects of the ship’s history. The show also has a bunch of actual footage of the carrier, archival images, interviews with former crew members and historians as well. The show was so highly rated as its very first episode landed 1.8 million viewers. This makes Battle 360 premiere the second highest viewed show on the History Channel…next to Ice Road Truckers…which is just pretty sad.

2. FAKE: Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence

This is a pretty ridiculous show. Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence. The lost evidence of what exactly? Of the alleged fact that Earhart didn’t actually wind up dropping her plane in the Pacific and drowning after running out of gas in her circumnavigation of the Earth. Nope. Apparently, she actually ended up making an emergency landing on a Japanese island where she and her navigator were captured by the Japanese military and held prisoner until both of them eventually died. The only evidence that this show actually presents for this incredibly silly story is a photo where there seem to be two Caucasian people on a dock with some Japanese military personnel. Based on just looking at the size of the one assumed to be Earhart (whose back is facing the camera), these people conclude that she was captured by the Japanese. This is a bullsh*t show.

1. TRUE: WWII In HD

This is probably one of the most amazing, but also most depressing shows to have aired on the History Channel. The reason? Well, first of all, it’s narrated by Lieutenant Dan…so that’s awesome. Second of all, it is a documentary series which shows a ton of historical footage from World War II. There is some incredibly heavy stuff in this show. That being said, it is probably one of the few shows related to WWII that doesn’t have to deal entirely with Hitler. And it’s not a show that goes on about how Hitler was constantly on meth, actually made it out of Europe at the end of the war, and is still alive today. WWII In HD is actually just a cold-truth sort of documentary show about things that actually happened during the war.

 


8 ‘The Walking Dead’ Facts You Might Not Know

8 ‘The Walking Dead’ Facts You Might Not Know

'The Walking Dead' took the entire world by storm the day it was released. The TV series inspired by the comics of the same name offered something new to a genre that was slowly dying.

Zombie movies have enjoyed cult status in America for the better part of the last few decades. In many ways, these movies are an inherent part of American pop culture and are unique to the nation. However, after waves of movies, the genre started becoming a bit stale and redundant.

Sure, there were a few good movies here and there after but as a whole, movies about zombies were slowly turning irrelevant. However, on the comic’s side, interesting stories were being told through 'The Walking Dead' series but it wasn’t mainstream enough to capture the attention of the masses.

But then the TV adaptation came into being propelling the genre into new heights. Today, it is one of the most highly anticipated TV shows on the planet and with good reason. Here are some amazing facts you might not have known about the iconic TV series.

There is not a single mention of the word “Zombie” in the entire series

Throughout all of the seasons of the Walking Dead, there has not been a single mention of the word “Zombies”. This is because the whole concept of zombies doesn’t exist in the world of the Walking Dead.

According to the producer of the acclaimed TV series, this was a conscious decision to move away from the expansive world George Romero made with his movies. Instead, the undead creatures are called “walkers”, “biters”, “roamers”, and “herds”. Therefore, what the world showcased in the TV show does not consist of real world pop culture and fictional creatures that we know off. This way, what happens there feels real and inherently creates a connection to the audience.

Chandler Rigg’s stunt double is a woman in her thirties

Carl Grime, who plays the role of Chandler Riggs in the Walking Dead, has a woman in her thirties as his stunt double. This is one amazing fact because at no point in the TV show would you ever imagine such a scenario. A few astute viewers may be able to figure it out but for the most of us, it comes as an utter shock. There have of course been many women stunt actors who worked for male actors before but it’s still very interesting to find out such tidbits. The stunt actor’s name is Emily Brobst and she was 31 years old when she started working as Carl’s stunt double. Apparently, Carl’s earlier stunt double was 21 year old Savana Jade Wehunt but as he hit puberty, Emily Brobst was hired.

Both Daryl and Merle Dixon do not exist in the comics

The characters of Daryl and Merle Dixon were created specifically for the TV show as they do not appear anywhere in the original comic series. Surprisingly, one of the most popular characters is Daryl Dixon who is played by actor Norman Reedus. The story behind the creation of Merle is interesting though. Robert Kirkman created Merle to create a character that would test the moral compass of Rick. Daryl, however, was just made up for no apparent reason but he did manage to become a very popular character, thanks to Norman Reedus.

Breaking Bad and Walking Dead might be connected

The Walking Dead has showed a number of Easter eggs related to Breaking Bad leading to many viewers speculating that both series may be connected somehow. In one episode, when Madison and Qaletaqa walk into a crowded market, you can hear the song “Negro y Azul: The Ballad of Heisenberg” playing in the background. The same song was used in Breaking Bad as it told the story of a man and his meth. Cable channel AMC later confirmed that the connection was put forth intentionally. However, it was more of a nod to the ground breaking drama rather than a direct connection to the same universe. The show also featured other Easter eggs such as the Dodge driven by Glen in the Breaking Bad appearing in one of the episodes. Many speculate that Breaking Bad might be a prequel to the Walking Dead but as of this moment, it’s all just theories.

Norman Reedus ironically got bitten by a fan at Zombie Con

The popular Walking Dead actor actually got bitten by an obsessed fan at Zombie Con in 2015. The convention was held in New Jersey and it had Norman as a guest due to his involvement in the popular zombie TV show. Due to this incident, the woman was banned from any and all future Walker Stalker conventions and events where Reedus would be present. But the ban was soon followed by an apology on Instagram with a caption that read, “Finally got to meet the love of my life, and get banned from the rest of CON and lose two more $100 photo ops with him because I lost my mind… Got so excited standing beside him…& just turned my head and bit him! I don’t know what came over me. It wasn’t my intention to hurt him. I’m sorry Norman!” Wonder what would have happened if it was a popular vampire based show?

Lauren Cohen was pulled over by a cop while wearing her character’s bloody attire

The ever so gorgeous and talented Lauren Cohen has had one of the most surreal experiences amongst the Walking Dead cast. There are times on any TV show when actors and actresses may have to leave the set in makeup and costumes. On one such day, Lauren Cohen was driving back home when she saw that a police officer was on her tail. She then realized that she hadn’t changed and was still in the visual appearance of her character. She had dust all over her and even fake blood and twigs. If you have ever seen the Walking Dead, you can imagine what she would have looked like. She even held out her script towards the officer who was walking towards her. Luckily, the officer didn’t give her a ticket and merely asked her if she was single. Was it her beauty or all the dust and twigs? No one knows….

The world of Walking Dead isn’t that big

Though the theme of the Walking Dead series is an almost post-apocalyptic one, the world depicted in the show isn’t that expansive. All of the seasons so far have centered around or near Georgia in the series. The reason for this was explained by Robert Kirkman who said that he was never interested in setting an urban backdrop for the show to avoid involving politicians like the President and government organizations like the CIA. He wanted to show a more intimate story about ordinary people, their struggle and their fight for survival. It gives the show an edge that most other shows just don’t have.

The many cameos of the one and only Greg Nicotero

Greg Nicotero is not only a well-known special make-up effects maker but a prominent television producer and director. His first big job was working on special effects make up in George. A. Romero’s “Day of the Dead”. He later started his own special make-up effects studio and worked on many commercial projects, even winning an Emmy along the way. Today, he is a co-executive producer, special make up effects supervisor and occasional director of the Walking Dead. The interesting thing however is how much he likes playing a zombie in his own show. He has appeared as various zombies numerous times across different seasons. In one season you might find his severed head on a spike whereas in another you’ll see him as a walker chewing on a deer in the woods. It must be pretty fun to be in his shoes.

 


15 Times Celebs Were Fired On Set

15 Times Celebs Were Fired On Set

Hollywood is a very unpredictable place, with scandals happening daily, breaking celebrity news, and other drama, celebrities love to keep us on our toes. Luckily for us non-famous people, we tend to eat all of the drama and news up. When we think about celebrities, we tend to put them on a bit of a pedestal, thinking that they have no imperfections, and that they can do nothing wrong in our eyes. What we don’t realize is that at the end of the day, these roles they have in movies and on TV shows are just jobs to them. Celebrities aren’t immune to doing wrong while working, and as a result they can be fired, just like us… even if it doesn’t really happen as often.

Usually, when a celebrity is fired from a project, it’s within good reason, and there’s always some drama surrounding it. However, there are times where that’s not the case, and production decides what looks right and what doesn’t, ultimately making the decision to can a celebrity from a project. When it first happens, it’s usually all everyone can talk about, since it’s such big news. A celebrity isn’t immune from something that we have to go through in our own normal lives. Luckily for them, there’s always new drama, something new to talk about, and things are often forgotten and swept under the rug. These are the 15 times celebrities were fired on set that everyone forgot about.

15. Ryan Gosling – The Lovely Bones

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When we think of Ryan Gosling, we tend to think of how perfect he is — with his good looks and amazing acting ability, it’s hard to imagine him being fired from something. If anything, we see him as a popular actor, with producers fighting over him to be in their movies. Gosling was set to star in The Lovely Bones as Jack Salmon, father of Susie Salmon, in which the book and movie center around her murder. There was a miscommunication between Gosling and producers, as Gosling believed that Jack should’ve been a little heavy-set. He went on to gain an immense amount of weight, eating junk food and drinking melted ice cream to put on the weight. When production began and producers saw his weight gain, they were angry with Gosling. As a result, they felt he no longer fit the role and fired him. He was then replaced with Mark Wahlberg.

14. Megan Fox – Transformers

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Megan Fox is not only known for her insane good looks and amazing body, but for her role in the Transformers franchise. She starred in the first two installments as Mikaela Barnes, and was set to be in the third movie, Dark of the Moon. However, Fox made some comments about director Michael Bay, saying he was a nightmare to work with and that he was like Hitler, and very controlling, wanting things done his way and his way only. Well, those comments cost Fox the role, as she was fired not long after making them. She was then replaced with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and the rest was history. Bay claimed it was more than just her comments, and that she just wasn’t interested on set, making her hard to work with. Regardless of whether or not what Megan said was true or not, Transformers was not the same without her.

13. Isaiah Washington – Grey’s Anatomy

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Best known for his role as Preston Burke on the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Isaiah Washington made some remarks that got him into a lot of trouble, and as a result, fired. When he was on the show, Washington made some comments toward his co-star T.R. Knight. During an argument, Washington called Knight a homophobic slur, and as if he didn’t learn his lesson the first time, he used the term again at the Golden Globes. As a result, he was booted from the show in 2007. His career took a huge hit and spiraled downward, all because of his derogatory comments. However, Washington did come back to the show, only it was seven years after he was fired. That should teach him to watch what he says!

12. Lisa Bonet – The Cosby Show

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Lisa Bonet is most known for playing Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show. She was one of the most popular characters on the show. As a result, she left The Cosby Show in 1987 to star in a spin-off that focused on Denise’s life while away at college, called A Different World. She also landed a role in the movie Angel Heart where she shared a rated R scene with Mickey Rourke. She also took part in a topless photoshoot for Interview magazine. To top it all off, she announced that she was pregnant, too. She eventually left her spin-off to return to The Cosby Show where she was fired for what had gone on during her absence, citing “creative differences.”

11. Erinn Hayes – Kevin Can Wait

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Erinn Hayes starred alongside Kevin James as his wife Donna, in the hilarious TV show, Kevin Can Wait. Things went south for Hayes when James’ former TV wife, Leah Remini, on The King of Queens, made a guest appearance on the season finale of the first season. Fans loved her so much that producers decided to do something about it. When the second season started up again, Hayes was fired and her character was killed off to make room for Remini’s new permanent role on the show. Fans were upset to see Hayes go, as she had a huge role. Not only was she married to James, but a mother of three. In this case, it just goes to show that no matter what, people will always go back to what they know, and that’s James and Remini together on the small screen.

10. Gary Dourdan – CSI

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Known for playing the ever so handsome and dreamy Warrick Brown on one of our favorite crime shows, CSI, Gary Dourdansoon found himself without a job. Knowing how popular he was, Dourdan got a bit cocky when it came to negotiating his contract. Apparently he was asking for way too much, and producers wouldn’t bend to his wishes. As a result, they decided to fire him from the show. At the end of season eight, Dourdan’s character was shot and left for dead, ultimately killing him off of the show completely. After being let go from the show, Dourdan struggled financially, and actually had to file for bankruptcy. There’s a lesson to be learned here, and it’s as simple as this: don’t be greedy.

9. Robert Downey Jr. – Ally McBeal

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Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t always the Iron Man that we’ve come to know and love today. For a period of time he was on Ally McBeal, playing her love interest. Downey was struggling immensely with drugs and alcohol. In 2001 he was fired from the show just hours after being arrested for being under the influence of drugs while in public. Apparently this had been the last straw for producers, as he had also been arrested a few months prior on drug charges. Downey was a great addition to the show — winning awards and bringing up views. Naturally, it was sad to see him leave under such poor circumstances.

8. Paula Deen – Paula’s Home Cooking

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Food Network star Paula Deen was one of America’s favorites with her authentic southern cooking and her family oriented show. Deen was one of Food Network’s finest, her show being viewed by millions. However, that all came to a screeching halt when it was discovered that she had used many racial slurs in the past. The information had come to light when she had admitted in a deposition to using the slurs. The Food Network acted quickly, announcing that when Deen’s contract ended at the end of that month, they would not be renewing it. As a result, the ever so popular Paula’s Home Cooking came to an end. She issued many public apologies, but her show was never brought back.

7. Eric Stoltz – Back To The Future

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Marty McFly wasn’t always played by Michael J. Fox. In fact, the character from Back To The Future was originally played by Eric Stoltz. When they first began filming the iconic movie, the producers originally wanted Fox for the role, however due to other obligations, he wasn’t able to take on the role, hence Stoltz taking the part on. They filmed for a few weeks with Stoltz, but they weren’t happy with the product. Producers talked it over and decided that they were going to let Stoltz go, regardless of the fact that the had filmed a number of scenes over a few weeks. They were willing to throw it all away for Fox, and they did just that. They eventually let Stoltz go and brought on Fox, and the movie was re-filmed with Fox as the Marty McFly we know and love today.

 

6. Taylor Momsen – Gossip Girl

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Taylor Momsen is known for playing the role of little Jenny Humphrey on the hit TV show, based on the book series, Gossip Girl. We watched Momsen grow up on the show, and go through her awkward stages and turn into her own person. That person, however, was much different than the innocent teenager we were first introduced to. Momsen started a band, The Pretty Reckless, and got heavily involved in music, smoking, and the world of rock ‘n’ roll. According to producers and others on set, she developed an attitude problem, and diva behavior. She wasn’t interested in learning her lines, and was always on her phone. She had become really hard to work with. As a result, producers decided that she needed to go, and fired her as a main cast member, only needing her when absolutely necessary. We guess she really isn’t like her innocent character after all.

5. Shannen Doherty – 90210/Charmed

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Shannen Doherty starred in some of our favorite 90s shows. Known for her role as Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, she apparently had many issues behind the scenes on the set. Many people claimed that she was an absolute nightmare to work with, and had a constant attitude. As a result, she was fired during the fourth season of the show due to her bad behavior behind the scenes. Following her departure from Beverly Hills, 90210, she joined the cast of another popular show, Charmed. Her bad attitude and nightmare behavior didn’t disappear after her firing the first time. It actually carried over, and as a result she bumped heads with her co-star Alyssa Milano. She was also fired from Charmed, and her character was killed off during season three.

4. Lindsay Lohan – The Other Side

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Lindsay Lohan has been through a lot; struggling with her arrests and DUIs and her many other problems, she had many ups and downs in her career. Naturally, when she was cast to be in the film, The Other Side in 2010, she had to be excited to book her first gig for the first time in a few years. Unfortunately for her, that didn’t last very long, and she was eventually fired from the movie. Unlike our other stars fired from the set, Lohan didn’t have some temper tantrum, or diva attitude. Instead, she was fired because producers didn’t think that she was very “bankable.” Lohan was dropped from the movie, and replaced, only to continue to struggle to revive her career yet again.

3. Conan O’Brien – The Tonight Show

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Conan O’Brien found himself in a lot of drama in 2010, when there was a disagreement as to who would host The Tonight Show. Jay Leno had been the host since 1992, and NBC promised O’Brien, the host of Late Night since 1993, that he would take over as host of The Tonight Show in 2009, if he renewed his contract that was coming to an end. Once 2009 rolled around, Leno left as host of The Tonight Show and O’Brien took over. NBC didn’t want to lose Leno, and gave him another show that would air before The Tonight Show during prime time. Ratings weren’t great for both shows, and NBC proposed to move Leno back up to The Tonight Show’s original time slot of 11:35 pm, and move O’Brien back a half hour. O’Brien wasn’t happy about the change, and refused to move time slots. As a result, NBC decided to let O’Brien go with a $45 million settlement, and made Leno the host of The Tonight Show yet again. O’Brien then moved to TBS to host Conan. Talk about drama!

2. Leah Remini – The Talk

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Leah Remini has a huge personality, so it was only natural that she would be perfect as a talk show host. Apparently the producers of the hit afternoon talk show, The Talk thought so too. Remini was one of the first original co-hosts during the first season of the show. Unfortunately, things didn’t last very long for her, and producers fired her from the show after the first season. After leaving the show, Remini’s former co-host, Sharon Osbourne shared her opinion on the departure, telling The Howard Stern Show “Some people don’t really know who they are, and you have to know who you are when you’re in something like this. You can’t pretend to be something you’re not. You have to know your brand. You can’t be all things to everyone.” A feud broke out between the two, with Remini claiming that Osbourne had a hand in her firing.

1. Charlie Sheen – Two and a Half Men

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We all know of Charlie Sheen’s infamous meltdowns, with him going on about “tiger blood” and “winning.” Apparently his behavior and excessive drug use was the last straw for the producers of the hit show, Two and a Half Men. Because of his drug use, amongst other things, Sheen was uncooperative on set, and unable to do his job. Not to mention, he had made a number of nasty comments toward the show’s producer, Chuck Lorre. At first, they were willing to work with Sheen, suspending production so he could get some help and attend rehab. They were frustrated with his behavior, and as a result fired him from the show. It was shocking to fans that the star of the show was fired, but it was to be expected. Ashton Kutcher went on to replace Sheen, changing the dynamic of the show completely. We guess he wasn’t “winning” after all.

 


Why The Prime Directive Is Unethical: Star Trek And Philosophy

 

Why The Prime Directive Is Unethical: Star Trek And Philosophy

Star Trek is currently on it's 7th TV series... and there's just TONS of it. The original Star Trek debuted in 1966 and was created by self-described Humanist Gene Roddenberry, who once said that Star Trek was, quote, "my social philosophy, my racial philosophy, my overview on life and the human condition".

 


EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT 'STRANGER THINGS' SEASON 3

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT 'STRANGER THINGS' SEASON 3

Is there going to be a Stranger Things Season 3?

"FOR THE LOVE OF STEVE, DUH!" That's what the streaming service said a month after 2 's release, when it made things official. The quick re-up makes sense: Netflix nixing Season 3 would have been like the Bulls dropping Michael Jordan in 1997 -- extremely dumb, basically impossible. Nielsen said that a "significant viewing event occurred" when 2 premiered at the end of October, with a reported 15.8 million Stateside viewers tuning into the first episode in the first three days (plus the full nine-episode run averaged 4 million, and 361,000 lunatics became permanently fused to their couches as they watched the whole thing within the first 24 hours of release). The Walking Dead's most recent premiere bagged around 15 million viewers. In other words, Stranger Things is the streaming service's MVP. You can probably bank on at least a four-peat.

 

 

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15 TV SHOWS THAT ENDED IN 2017, RANKED BY HOW MUCH WE'LL MISS THEM

15 TV SHOWS THAT ENDED IN 2017, RANKED BY HOW MUCH WE'LL MISS THEM

1. The Leftovers (2014-2017)

 

 


'Rick And Morty' Question Starts The Pun Thread To End All Pun Threads

'Rick And Morty' Question Starts The Pun Thread To End All Pun Threads

Rick and Morty is a show that takes its viewers on journeys that no show has dared to take viewers on before. Every episode feels like an exercise in pure genius and imagination, which is why it's become bigger than just a cult hit. One Twitter user recently asked a question about Rick and Morty that no fan has dared to ask before, maybe because it's completely stupid and is probably just a low-key bad joke? Luckily, this open question on Twitter ignited a pun thread to end all pun threads..

https://twitter.com/sadgirlkms/status/940006885914300416

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https://twitter.com/MaddieGriffen/status/940317060940353536

https://twitter.com/beebayuu/status/940320052238315520

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https://twitter.com/Kylejohnsowned/status/940322639612059648

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https://twitter.com/ElectricFire64/status/940329252150480896

https://twitter.com/saverocknrcll/status/940329572716949504

Even Mozart never composed something so perfect, and this thread was created by stranger after stranger. Guys, I'm just gonna say it: Humanity WON today. Don't @ me.

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10 Things About Old TV Shows We Do Not Miss One Bit

10 Things About Old TV Shows We Do Not Miss One Bit

 

There are plenty of things about old TV shows we do not miss one bit, but then again we miss when TV wasn’t so addictive that it owned our entire being. Now we’ve forgotten how to read, do word puzzles and our muscles are so decayed we can barely go for a walk without straining something. But otherwise, TV is great, especially today.

10 Things About Old TV Shows We Do Not Miss One Bit

1. Missing Them Because…Well, Life

We’re not claiming to have had a life at any time, but it was pretty annoying having to block out part of your week to sit down and watch your show. If you missed a line, there was no rewind. If there was a school assignment, you had to miss it altogether. There was no going back, at least until reruns and box sets came into being.

2. Continuity Errors

If there’s one thing we don’t miss when watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reruns from the ’90s, it’s the motherfucking continuity errors. Why are there three Leonardos in some scenes, sometimes speaking to one another? The voices, the letters on the belt, the colors of the bandanas. It’s a wonder how we’re not more screwed up after that kind of childhood.

3. Studio Laughter

I don’t like being told when to do anything, let alone when to laugh. Mockumentaries like The Office and shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia were the start of ridding laugh tracks in American sitcoms. If you don’t know when to laugh nowadays, it means you have no sense of humor and should go back to watching The Big Bang Theory or The Cosby Show or whatever. Oh, wait.

4. Grain and Glitch

We think it goes without saying, if it’s not 4K, get the hell out of our face, unless of course, it’s The Wire or Seinfeld or something with Humphrey Bogart. Standard definition is worse than missing it altogether these days. Third world countries laugh at standard-def, don’t they?

5. Awkward Pauses During Laugh Tracks and After Scenes

How weird is it that we used to think it was normal to watch people make jokes, then pause before speaking while the laugh track ends? That, and it completely erodes comedy if you have to watch the characters make weird faces while they get the end-of-scene shot from a different camera angle.  That was a huge problem on Friends, along with the next thing we’re going to discuss.

6. Homophobia, Sexism and Racism 

It’s always fun to go back and watch your favorite shows to see if you interpret them in a different light, considering how much you have (clearly) evolved as a person, at least until that homophobic jab is thrown between two dudes or the sexist comment or ass slap happens in the workplace. Don’t you feel awkward having either not noticed it before or taking it as an acceptable norm now? I mean, nobody was Matt Lauer-ing anybody on TV, but still awkward. Is it too soon for that? Merry Christmas!

7. Commercials and Infomercials

What the hell is a commercial, you ask? Well, youngster, it was a break in the suspense of something we were enjoying to briefly return to the real world where we are constantly being sold ideas, usually not so subliminally, about products we don’t need. Sure we love Pringles and Brad Pitt, but how does that help me find out who the thief is in this episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

8. Scratched Box Set DVDs

You thought you’d come a long ways from not having access to reruns to having them anytime you wanted. Then you toss in your favorite DVD to find it skipping on your favorite scene where Kramer tells Jerry he finally got a job, although he isn’t asking to be paid, and that his briefcase is full of crackers. But you wouldn’t know that because you were too busy washing your disc with toothpaste in the toilet thinking that’s going to fix your life. Man, how the times have changed!

9. Getting Up to Change the Channel

Can you imagine if we had to go back to getting up to turn the knob? It’s a pain that kids today will never know. That, and…

10. Rabbit Ear Antennas

You had one friend hold them while you sat back and waited for the reception to be perfect, at least until they let go of them to join you. Good thing you had that friend who was just loser enough that he’d watch the entire episode, commercials and all, standing up by the TV while you enjoy yourself comfortably on the couch while you mother made you dinner. What a great time for you to be alive.

 


TELEVISION QUIZ / FAMILY, LIFE, NIGHT OR WORLD TV SHOWS

TELEVISION QUIZ / FAMILY, LIFE, NIGHT OR WORLD TV SHOWS

Can you choose the correct words to complete these TV show titles?

 



YOUNG AUSSIE GIRL LABELED A LEDGEND FOR INTERVIEW IS HIJACKED BY ROWDY REVELLERS!

YOUNG AUSSIE GIRL LABELED A LEDGEND FOR INTERVIEW IS HIJACKED BY ROWDY REVELLERS!

Schoolies week is a right of passage for many Australian teens and each year it guarantees some memorable moments. In a hilarious interview hijacked by rowdy students the tables were turned when a teenager took pity on a TV crew covering the annual event. After being interrupted by a group of shouting revellers, the young woman told a reporter: ‘I’m so sorry you got this job’.

 


2017 - The Year In TV: 12 New Shows You Should Be Watching

2017 - The Year In TV: 12 New Shows You Should Be Watching

As the television landscape gets more and more cluttered every year, it becomes virtually impossible for smaller shows – the kind that don't necessarily have dragons or zombies or zombie dragons – to cut through the noise of "Peak TV" chatter and find the audiences they deserve. Yes, we all know about Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and Stranger Things. We've heard of that little show called Twin Peaks: The Return (or was that a movie?) and we've spent countless hours on Reddit debating Westworld timeline theories. We have a good idea about what most writers consider the best TVs series of 2017. But what about the ones that don't necessarily throw Twitter in to a frenzy – the ones that you'd be going batshit over if you only knew how great they were, or in some cases, that they existed at all?

The abundance of quality means that some incredible programs that might have been celebrated critical darlings in the past are slipping through the cracks. These are the 12 shows that just didn’t get quite as much love as they deserved, whether we're talking year-end best-of lists or simply a bright enough spotlight to make people take notice. (We're listing them alphabetically and not ranked, because all of these deserve attention.) Whether we're talking about network sitcoms, basic-cable prestige dramas, streaming service superstars that simply got lost in the shuffle or a few offbeat left-of-the-dial entries, every single one of these shows is worth your time. Some may even become your new obsession. Trust us.

'At Home With Amy Sedaris'

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It's hard to contain Amy Sedaris's bubbly hyperactivity and serrated edges within the square confines of a TV set. But At Home does the job, functioning as the quirky comedian's own Pee-wee's Playhouse: colorful, good-hearted and deeply, profoundly deranged. Inspired by those Martha Stewart DIY shows that make cooking and crafting seem effortlessly creative (and annoyingly impossible), each episode of this perverse parody of hostess culture starts out providing real tips for specific occasions, before spinning wildly out of control. Picture a how-to video with an actual plot … and then imagine that story being told by a well-meaning lunatic. NM

'Big Mouth'

Netflix
Oh, Hello's Nick Kroll and John Mulaney reunite for this animated riff on the censor-free hilarity and unfathomable horror of [dun-dun-DUN] puberty. A gaggle of their famous comedian friends lend their pipes to a middle school's worth of awkward teens; Kroll also voices the unforgettable Hormone Monster, a creature that appears to the boys when they think about sex (so basically 24/7). Even better: He lets Maya Rudolph one-up him as the female version of the same. A standout in a TV landscape now teeming with foul-mouthed toons, Big Mouth isn't just hysterically funny – it also subverts the American Pie­-ness of its concept with insightful commentary on sexuality and gender equality. All that, and Jason Mantzoukas making tender love to his pillowBT

'Brockmire'

IFC
Hank Azaria – man behind the voice of The Simpsons' Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum and a gajillion other Springfield residents – has a knack for impressions and accents; he and writer Joel Church-Cooper could've easily made their tale of a down-on-his-luck baseball play-by-play man into a broadly comic goof. Instead, they found the soul within the spoof, spinning a surprisingly involving yarn about a small-town sports fan (played by the winning Amanda Peet) who helps disgraced alcoholic broadcaster Jim Brockmire make a comeback. This show is far more poignant than it had to be. And for those who just want to hear Azaria swearing like an intoxicated Vin Scully? You won't be disappointed either. NM

'Dear White People'

Netflix
Justin Simien adapted his Sundance hit into this dramedy about racial identity on a contentious American college campus, and instantly created an ensemble view of a satirical social microcosm that feels all-too-timely. It's a show about being heard in an increasingly loud world, the subtle art of protest, safe spaces, cultural and social identity, economic anxiety and more – much more. And it featured an episode directed by Moonlight's Barry Jenkins that's a flat-out masterpiece. It made sense that its inaugural season ends with A Tribe Called Quest's "We the People" – few shows better captured the current state of the "people" this year. BT 

'Detroiters'

Comedy Central
Most cable TV comedies drop improv-trained actors into flimsy scenarios and let them riff. Detroiters is different: It couches its silliness in a meaningful story, one with a pertinent POV. Sam Richardson (best-known as Veep's over-eager political savant Richard Splett) and Tim Robinson (formerly of SNL) play best friends who who run a low-rent ad agency in the Motor City, making amateurish commercials for wig shops and mirror stores. Their TV spots are hilariously dumb. Between the jokes, however, Richardson and Robinson have something inspiring to say about fighting to uphold the legacy of a great American metropolis and its people, after so many others have written them off. NM

'Great News'

NBC
It may currently lack the ratings, raves and awards of 30 Rock. But the latest NBC sitcom from the producing team of Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Tracey Wigfield is on-pace to become another enduring canon-worthy favorite, if people would just start tuning in. Anchored by two brilliant lead performances – from Briga Heelan as a sweetly frazzled cable news producer and SCTV's Andrea Martin as her eccentric helicopter mom – Great News already has its predecessor's rocket pace, absurdist humor and cutting insight into how women carve a place for themselves in the television business. The show found its voice and rhythm almost immediately, and while other contemporary comedies may be warmer, hipper or deeper, most of them aren't as consistently, quotably, laugh-out-loud funny. NM

'Manhunt: Unabomber'

Discovery
Here's how topsy-turvy TV is now: One of the year's best miniseries was made for the Discovery Channel of all places. Legit movie stars Paul Bettany and Sam Worthington play, respectively, infamous American domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski and the FBI profiler who helped bring "the Unabomber" down. Manhunt's structure, tone and sophistication compares well to director David Fincher's procedural masterpiece Zodiac, focusing on the details of a long investigation without sparing the moments of dark humor or the deep personal toll. But it also spends a lot of time with Kaczynski, explaining the social and family conditions that lead a man to become a serial murderer. NM

'Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus'

Cinemax
God bless Beavis and Butt-head/Office Space creator Mike Judge for using his showbiz clout to sell a project that no one else would ever make: a series of animated oral histories of country music legends, told mostly by their touring bands. Only a few degrees removed from the twangy deadpan of Judge's beloved cartoon King of the Hill, this historical survey of legends behaving badly of gets comic mileage from the matter-of-fact way its interviewees describe the brawling, carousing and substance-abusing of men like Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis and Waylon Jennings. It's as informative as it is hilariously raw – like a Behind the Music doused in Budweiser and blessed with extra hand-drawn vulgarity. NM

'One Day at a Time'

Netflix
The art of the smart multi-camera, laugh track-enhanced sitcom isn't dead – it's alive and well and living on Netflix, courtesy of remake of Norma Lear's Seventies hit. The TV icon is also producing this modern-day look at a working class, single mother named Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado), who lives with her two children and her mother (the singular Rita Moreno). It's both as a throwback to the socially conscious comedies of yesteryear and an update to the themes they used to explore – race, class, family and how what happens outside your door affects what's going on in your living room. You get all of this plus a representation of single motherhood that's rarely seen on television in any format. Critics have begun quietly stumping for it all year – now it's your turn to get your Schneider on. BT

'The Sinner'

USA
The No. 1 new cable drama this year still feels underrepresented in the conversation around TV's new wave of  antiheroines – and next-gen female protagonists overall. Filmmaker Antonio Campos (Christine) adapts Petra Hammesfahr's novel about a seemingly ordinary mother (a great Jessica Biel) who simply loses it one day and stabs a man on a crowded beach. There are dozens of witnesses, including her shocked husband (Girls' Christopher Abbott) – so this isn't a whodunit as much as whydunit, with Bill Pullman's world-weary detective doggedly going after the truth. It's an engaging mystery-melodrama mixture, as well as a chronologically skewed character study involving repressed memory and sexual trauma. BT

'Sweet/Vicious'

MTV
Taylor Dearden (daughter of Bryan Cranston!) plays a tech-savvy stoner who teams up with an angry, agile sorority girl (Eliza Bennett) to get revenge for the rapes that their university prefers to ignore. If only this energetic, witty vigilante thriller had debuted on MTV last week! Given the current increased attention to sexual assault and campus politics, Sweet/Vicious might have become a cause célèbre, instead of getting lost in 2017's thicket of midseason newcomers. If there's any real justice, future generations of teens and young adults will make this offbeat quasi-superhero show a Veronica Mars-level cult classic. NM

'What Would Diplo Do?'

Viceland
James Van Der Beek and Brandon Dermer must have been epically baked when they came up with the idea for the Dawson's Creekheartthrob to play real-life superstar DJ Diplo, going about what they imagine must be his pretty wild daily business. TV comedy in 2017 didn't get much more bizarrely inspired than the episode "Ur Game Ain’t Shit," where the EDM hero has an existential crisis while making a guest appearance at a Dominican Republic baseball game. Whatever provoked such inspired madness, the five half-hour episodes that the duo produced for Viceland are funny and surprisingly sharp about the surreal world of entitlement, paranoia and social-media mishaps where celebrities dwell. NM


THE REAL-LIFE STRIP CLUB FROM ‘THE SOPRANOS’ IS BEING CLOSED BECAUSE OF ACTUAL MOB TIES

THE REAL-LIFE STRIP CLUB FROM ‘THE SOPRANOS’ IS BEING CLOSED BECAUSE OF ACTUAL MOB TIES

 

The strip club from The Sopranos sleeps with the fishes.

Satin Dolls, the New Jersey go-go club known as the Bada Bing from HBO’s mafia-family drama, has been ordered to cease operations because of its alleged real-life Mafia ties, state Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced Thursday.

“Illegal activity was glorified at the Bada Bing in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey,” Porrino said. “It’s time to shut it down.”

Porrino said Anthony Cardinalle, a gangster connected to the Genovese crime family—the oldest of New York and New Jersey’s “Five Families”—defied an order from the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control that barred his family from running the Satin Dolls and another lounge, A.J.’s Gentleman’s Club.

The agency “alleged that Anthony Cardinalle, who was criminally disqualified from maintaining involvement with the clubs’ operations, nonetheless continued to run the businesses,” after he received the order last month, Porrino said.

Porrino added that the owners of the clubs, who were members of Cardinalle’s alleged mob family, also “failed to account for large amounts of cash flowing in and out of the businesses.”

In the television show, mob boss Tony Soprano often held court in “The Bing,” discussing “family business” in his backroom office. It appears life, in this instance, does imitate art.

“The Cardinalles may have wanted to keep the business in the family, but that’s not how it works,” Porrino said, adding that the clubs have been under investigation for six years.

Satin Dolls also faces pending charges from alcohol investigators of soliciting prostitution and lewd activity, according to the Associated Press.

The clubs must now sell or transfer their liquor licenses to a third party by January 3, 2018.

The federal government indicted Cardinalle—who, like the Soprano family boss, goes by “Tony”—in January 2013 for his part in a Genovese crime family conspiracy related to the waste-disposal industry in New Jersey and New York, Porrino said.

Cardinalle pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit extortion that December. He was ordered to pay a fine and restitution and sentenced to 30 days in jail, according to NJ.com.

Newsweek made several calls to Satin Dolls for comment Friday afternoon, but all went unanswered.


This Bad Lip Reading Of Stranger Things Clip Is Worth Wasting Your Time On

This Bad Lip Reading Of Stranger Things Clip Is Worth Wasting Your Time On

Just in time for the holidays when you need time to escape from your family, Bad Lip Readings just released this Stranger Things compilation and it’s hilarious.


The Top 10 TV Gifts Of 2017 For The TV Lover In Your Life

The Top 10 TV Gifts Of 2017 For The TV Lover In Your Life

 

 

Just in time for Cyber Monday, the TV buffs at Paste have a short-and-sweet guide to the best gifts for the TV lover in your life—Trekkies, Clone Clubbers, Breaking Baddies and more. From toys and puzzles to apparel and must-have boxed sets, this list offers a range of items and price points, so if you’re still stumped about what to get this season, take a gander. We’re sure you’ll find something worth snapping up, even if it’s to (in Parks and Rec parlance) Treat. Yo. Self.

1. Star Trek Mirror Universe Tribble (Quantum Mechanix, $9.95)


When it comes to my filmed entertainment, I’m a pretty omnivorous fella. I’m just as happy watching a nature documentary series as I am watching The West WingBuffy the Vampire Slayer or John Jakes’ The Bastard . Well, maybe I am a little happier watching Buffy... but I digress. The Star Trek: TOS episode “The Trouble With Tribbles” was always one of my favorites, and longtime Paste TV Hall of Fame geektacular vendor Quantum Mechanix has recently released the second-best plush we’ve ever covered in this guide: a Mirror Universe Tribble. Not satisfied with quadrotriticale, these little bastards pretty much snap at everything in sight (despite having no discernable eyes)—except Klingons, of course. Ok, it’s not canon, but at least it’s not the Kelvin timeline! —Mark Rabinowitz

2. Breaking Bad 101: The Complete Critical Companion by Alan Sepinwall (Harry N. Abrams, $18)


Any fan of Alan Sepinwall’s writing knows the Uproxx TV critic is a witty, funny, insightful, and verbose TV watcher. He loves TV just as much as we do, and his writing is compulsively readable. Honestly, I like reading what he has to say even about shows I don’t watch. His latest book, Breaking Bad 101: The Complete Critical Companion, is a must-read for any Walter White fan in your life. The book, which comes with a terrific introduction from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, breaks down the series episode by episode. Even if you read his reviews of the AMC drama when they were originally posted, here, like any great artist, Sepinwall has polished and perfected his writing. With more time to reflect on an episode and, in a one case, having the benefit of not being hospitalized with a burst appendix, his writing is even more discerning, more robust. And if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad yet and want to, give this book as a gift to yourself. The book travels through the series spoiler free. After you’re done reading, it will be clear that Sepinwall is the TV critic who knocks. —Amy Amatangelo

3. Grimm: The Complete Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $104.96)


To be honest, if you added up every show that I called “one of my five favorites of the past 10 years” or some variation thereof, you’d likely end up with 10 to 15 series, but yeah, Grimm would be on that list. It was that rare successful mix of fantasy and horror that pretty much hit on all cylinders from start to finish, avoiding both the “limp across the finish line” final season and the dreaded “Oh my God, we’re canceled, we need to wrap everything up, now!” syndrome. Creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf whipped up a compelling and original world, by using (mostly) existing fairy tales and myths as source material and then bringing these Old World stories into the 21st century. Then again, It’s not like Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire SlayerEurekaAngel) and Kouf (AngelGhost Whisperer) were beginners! It was at times terrifying, often exhilarating and surprisingly romantic (Rosalee and Monroe were adorable, but I was team Nadalind, all the way). What will us Grimmsters do without it? I guess buy this set. —Mark Rabinowitz

4. Orphan Black: The Complete Series (BBC America, $89.56)


  Orphan Black is one of the most original and compelling series, sci-fi or otherwise, of the past decade, and Tatiana Maslany’s performance(s) rightfully garnered her multiple (Ha! Get it?) awards, including a 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Like Buffybefore it, Orphan Black was a female-driven show that developed a strong fan base that relished the opportunity to bring newbies into the fold, thus growing the audience. While the set doesn’t contain any video extras that the individual sets didn’t already have, it does have a nifty (and exclusive to this release) 64-page booklet, “Orphan Black Classified Clone Reports by Dr. Delphine Cormier,” and presents the Clone Club with the opportunity to spread the word! —Mark Rabinowitz

5. Westworld and Silicon Valley Funko Pop! Figures (HBO Store, prices vary)


Is it just me, or are the folks over at Funko getting even better at designing these adorable, mouthless hunks of vinyl? Don’t get me wrong, we here at Paste have long been fans of the Pop! phenomenon, but they really nailed Dinesh’s irritated bemusement, Gilfoyle’s utter contempt, and poor, psychotic Jared’s utter helplessness, all without the benefit of mouths. And Westworld’s Bernard’s bi-focals are actually halfway down his nose! The real genius touch, however, is that while Erlich’s half-lidded stoner look isn’t all that hard to do, they actually managed to give a bloodshot eye effect to a figure that has only giant, black pupils. Now that’ssome skill. —Mark Rabinowitz

6. BritBox (BritBox.com, $6.99/month)


It seems like every other week a new streaming service pops up. By my count there are currently 4,347 of them, and to be honest, not all are worth the shekels they’re asking for. If you’re a fan of British TV, however, BritBox most decidedly is, and not just for classic shows like Blackadder(squee!), Fawlty Towers or AbFab, either. For the low low price of $7 a month, you could be tucking into the very latest episodes of ever-lasting British soaps like Coronation Street or Eastenders, new episodes of cult classic Red Dwarf (not to mention all previous 11 seasons), and Ned Stark himself (Sean Bean) starring in the highly regarded new series, Broken. If that all wasn’t enough, the service recently inked a deal with Australia’s Freemantle Media to bring their programming to the service, including the comedy game show Qi and the recent fantasy hit, Merlin. Oh, did I forget to mention that all existing classic Doctor Who episodes currently reside on BritBox? A joint partnership between British broadcasters BBC and ITV, BritBox combines very nicely with last year’s Top 10 entry Acorn TV for the Anglophile in your life. Now if they could only, between the two of them, bring us Paul Abbot’s exceptional 1997 miniseries Recklessand 1998’s Reckless: The Sequel, I could die happy. —Mark Rabinowitz

7. Game of Thrones “Long May She Reign” Puzzle (HBO Store, $19.99)


When it comes to Game of Thrones, HBO keeps putting out merch. And why wouldn’t they? If Cersei had a Westerosi cash cow like this, she wouldn’t have to borrow from the Iron Bank of Braavos. OK, maybe I’m stretching the metaphor a bit, but the bottom line is we keep buying stuff, so they keep making it—and, to be honest, a lot of what they put out is pretty cool. Sure, there are the obvious hoodies and replica swords but then you have legitimate works of art, like this puzzle made from the Season Six, episode 10 entry of artist Robert Ball’s amazing Beautiful Death series. Assuming you’re able to finish this 1,000 piece puzzle, you might consider framing it. —Mark Rabinowitz

8. The Art of Rick and Morty and Steven Universe: Art & Origins(Dark Horse Comics, $35.99 / Abrams Books, $29.95)


When it comes to the Stages of Gift Giving for TV Fandom, the “art of…” book represents a more mature phase. In general, it’s a gift for the established fan, the fan who is likely already well on his or her way to accumulating the Blu-ray season compilations, the clothing merch, the Pop! figures, etc. Still, for those fans, such books can represent a perfect gift—the item that they might not get for themselves, but which they love receiving. Fortunately, if you know someone who is a fan of contemporary animation, it’s practically guaranteed you know a fan or either Steven Universe or Rick and Morty. The former is infused with love for one’s family and inclusiveness and is bolstered by a bevy of musical gems thanks to creator Rebecca Sugar. The latter is infused with—Szechuan sauce, maybe?—and is dark and hilarious in ways for which creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are justly blamed. Frankly, while it’s a near certainty your friend or family member will love at least one of the shows, the Venn diagram revealing how many love both hasn’t been drawn yet. Regardless, whether it’s The Art of Rick and Morty or Steven Universe: Art & Origins, you at least can be sure you’ve done a fan a solid and provided some great behind-the-scenes looks into how some of the best shows Adult Swim and Cartoon Network has to offer came and continue to be. —Michael Burgin

9. Doctor Who Four-Poster Set (Etsy, $25.08 and up)


For the Whovian everywhere whose significant other denies them a TARDIS shower curtain (guilty) or a vintage full-size radio-controlled K9 (only the mini version), I present these fantastic poster prints of the TARDIS, a Cyberman, a Dalek and The 10th Doctor. Not only are these pretty nifty looking (and appropriately blue), their particularly creative Etsy seller gives you the option of choosing how large (or small) you want them. So while a set of four 5×7-inch prints will run you $22.39 plus shipping, you also have the option of going all the way up to a whopping 24×36 inches for $229.30. The same seller also has a five-poster set that includes a Weeping Angel, but at the moment doesn’t seem to be offering them in Face of Boe size. —Mark Rabinowitz

10. Will & Grace Classic Names T-Shirt (NBC Store, $22.95)


Sure, it’s derivative—I already considered buying A Little Life-themed rendition after sobbing through Hanya Yanagihara’s novel this summer—but then again, so is the revival of NBC’s beloved sitcom, brought back to life by co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan earlier this fall. Still, these characters (especially Will Truman) are such a signal feature of my own coming-of-age that it’s been reassuring to reconnect with them, a familiarity that this T-shirt, with its immediately recognizable script, captures rather perfectly. Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s my increasing appreciation for earnest comedies in troubled times. Maybe it’s realizing, with the sparkling gay conversion camp send-up “Grandpa Jack,” that the new Will & Grace retains some of the original’s warm magic. Whatever the reason, I wouldn’t mind finding this T-shirt (pink print, please) in my stocking come Christmas morning. —Matt Brennan


The 20 Holiday TV Specials You Can't Miss This Month

The 20 Holiday TV Specials You Can't Miss This Month

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Oh, let’s be honest. It’s probably you roasting in line waiting for your kids to meet Santa, and Jack Frost is nipping at your wallet. You need a TV break.

We are in full holiday mode this month, as most of the networks turn their programming over to Santa and his elves. We’ve combed through the programming and come up with the 20 specials—old, new, beloved, for kids and adults—that you can’t miss in December:

1. Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition
Premiere: December 10 at 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim

When you think Christmas, clearly you think Robot Chicken, right? Well, maybe not, but the series kicks off its ninth season with a holiday special and the voices of Jason Alexander, Jemaine Clement and Breckin Meyer. In the special, Santa Claus gets to meet his idol—Jared Leto, of course.

2. Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Premiere: December 12 at 9 p.m. on NBC


Gwen Stefani  hosts this variety special, which will include the No Doubt singer and The Voicejudge in sketches, as well as singing holiday classics including “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Baby.” Of course, the controversial sexiest man alive Blake Shelton will join his girlfriend and the two will sing their new single “You Make it Feel Like Christmas.” (Side Bar: I think if you openly cheated on your wife you’re not even the sexiest man on your street, but that’s not a topic for a holiday column). Chelsea Handler, Ken Jeong, Seth MacFarlane and NE-YO are also set to appear.

3. Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2017
Premiere: December 12 at 9 p.m. on The CW

Besides the Super Bowl, the holidays may be the only other time of year we don’t fast forward through the commercials. Sure, they’re often emotionally manipulative and guaranteed to make you cry, but hey, we probably all need a good cathartic moment during the stress of the holidays. If you could use a good emotional release right now, check out the above iPhone commercial from 2013.

4. Taraji’s White Hot Holidays
Premiere: December 14 at 8 p.m. on Fox

Cookie is back! The star of Empire returns for a third year to spread the holiday joy. This year she’s joined by Chaka Khan, Ciara, Faith Evans, Fergie, Jussie Smollett, Leslie Odom, Jr., Salt-N-Pepa and the Ying Yang Twins.

5. Snowed-Inn Christmas
Premiere: December 16 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime

What was it that Louisa May Alcott said? “Christmas isn’t Christmas without a sappy holiday movie.” OK, maybe that’s not the exact quotation. But it certainly seems like it wouldn’t be the holiday season without a crop of delightfully cheesy movies. Bethany Joy Lenz and Andrew Walker star as two totally opposite reporters for an online magazine who, and I know this will come as a total shock, fall in love.

6. Christmas Next Door
Premiere: December 16 at 8 p.m. on Hallmark

Jesse Metcalfe is a confirmed bachelor who has to take in his niece and nephew at Christmas and enlists the help of his next-door neighbor to make the holiday magical. Um, Jesse, did you not see you were starring in a Hallmark movie? You won’t be a confirmed bachelor for long.

7. A Christmas Story Live!
Premiere: December 17 at 7 p.m. on Fox

Surprisingly, NBC isn’t doing a live musical this holiday season. But fret not: Fox has got you covered. The same people who brought you the terrific Grease Live! return with this beloved holiday classic. Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos star, and I’m thinking there’s got to be a cameo by Peter Billingsley.

8. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Premiere: December 21 at 8 p.m. ABC


Given how incredibly commercial the entire Christmas season has become, it’s interesting that Charlie Brown was already worrying about it in this 1965 special. Linus and a sad little fir tree help teach Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a lesson we should all remember.

9. Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
Premiere: December 18 at 8 p.m. on Freeform


In a bit of corporate synergy, Whoopi Goldberg hosts this special, which gives viewers an inside look at how Disneyland and Disney World get ready for the holiday season. But what my seven-year-old daughter really wants you to know is that Sofia Carson co-hosts: She plays Evie on The Descendants (shout out to more corporate synergy) and we loooove Evie and The Descendants is soooooo good.

10. I Love Lucy Christmas Special
Premiere: December 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS


In a now-colorized episode from December 24, 1956, Ricky and Lucy reminisce about what their lives were like before little Ricky was born. The special also features the episode “The Fashion Show” from February 28, 1955. Lucy spends more money than she should on a dress and is worried that Ricky will be mad at her. It’s an archaic plot, for sure, but we could all use a little Lucy in our lives right about now.

11. The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies Of All Time
Premiere: December 20 at 9 p.m. on The CW


Dean Cain counts down this list and if number 12 on my list isn’t number one on his list both Clarence and I are not going to be very happy.

12. It’s a Wonderful Life
Premiere: December 24 at 8 p.m. on NBC

If you don’t adore this 1946 movie starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, then perhaps, like the Grinch, your heart is two sizes too small. George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) has a crisis on Christmas Eve and believes the world would be better without him. He’s wrong, of course, and this life-affirming movie always makes me happy. Remember: “No man is a failure who has friends.”

13. A Christmas Story Marathon
Premiere: December 24 at 8:00p.m. – Monday, Dec. 25 at 8:00p.m. on TNT

It’s the annual airing of this beloved 1983 film. All Ralphie (so wonderfully played by Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder B.B. gun. Will he get one? You’ll have 12 chances to find out. And also to learn never, ever to put your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

14. Christmas Eve with Fairfield University
Premiere: December 24 at 11:35 p.m. on CBS


The Fairfield University Glee Club, the jazz musicians and the alumni band Lionfish all come together to celebrate the night before Christmas. Viewers will get to see how the college students in Connecticut celebrate the season with tree lighting, volunteer work and student parties—and no, probably not like the ones you went to in college! (Photo courtesy of Fairfield University)

15. Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration
Premiere: December 25 at 10 am. on ABC


Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey host this Christmas Day special, which takes a look at how Mickey and the gang celebrate the day. Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, Jason Derulo, and Lea Michele all perform. Michele, who doesn’t do much singing on The Mayor, will be singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The New Directions would be so proud.

16.Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time
Premiere: December 25 at 5:30 p.m. on BBC America

Peter Capaldi departs the franchise after this annual holiday episode and Jodie Whittaker takes over as the 13th Doctor. The episode finds the 12th Doctor meeting with the first doctor (David Bradley). Viewers will get a sneak peek at Whittaker’s Doctor in the episode’s closing moments.

17. Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Premiere: December 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS

It’s the coldest winter in 300 years and the nurses in Poplar must deal with frozen pipes, blocked roads and power outages. Valerie (Jennifer Kirby) helps an unmarried couple deliver their baby, but she isn’t prepared for the complications. The special sets the stage for the seventh season, which begins this spring.

18. The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Premiere: December 26 at 9 p .m. on CBS

Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear and Lionel Rich were all feted on December 3 for their lifetime contributions to the arts. Typically, the President and the First Lady attend the event and sit with the honorees. But we are not living in ordinary times. President Trump declined to attend, saying he would create a “political distraction.”

19. Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year
Premiere: December 26 on Amazon Prime Video


Amazon is doing a great job at bringing beloved children’s books to life. Joining The Snowy DayIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Click Clack Moo comes the mischievous Pete the Cat (Jacob Tremblay), who is confused about New Year’s because he doesn’t even know what a resolution is. Keep an ear out for Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) as Grumpy Toad and KT Tunstall as Catalina.

20.The Snowy Day
Premiere: Currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video

I’ll admit I’m biased on this one. A Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, was my absolute favorite book as a child, and it’s one I now read to my children all the time. I was a bit nervous that this animated special, produced and narrated by Laurence Fishburne, might not capture the magical simplicity of the book. Thankfully, I was wrong. The animation brings the book’s signature drawings to life while fleshing out a very simple story about a boy who loves the snow. Angela Bassett, Regina King and Jamie-Lynn Sigler lend their voices to this soon-to-be classic.


8 Celebs Who Single-Handedly Destroyed A Movie (And 7 Who Saved One)

8 Celebs Who Single-Handedly Destroyed A Movie (And 7 Who Saved One)

Movies are like music. Everything needs to be in harmony, and actors are a huge part of this. The problem is that the harmonies are made up of people, and people can do some pretty silly things. If people are disinterested, selfish, bored or egotistical, they can do something that makes the whole thing fall apart. Maybe they wanted more screen time, more money, maybe they didn’t like the director, maybe they think they’re in love, maybe they’re hitting their ceiling of talent or maybe they were just crazy. Who knows why, but celebs have the ability to save or completely ruin a movie. But there’s no excuse for when a whole movie falls apart because of one person’s actions or abilities.

There are people at the other end, though – people who saved a whole movie, or made it. Yes, it’s like music. Everything needs to be in the right place to make it great, but sometimes, you look at it, and there’s one little bit that’s better than anything else. It might be through talent, or luck. Sometimes it’s just laziness, or illness, but an individual can make a movie. These celebs definitely made a huge impact on their films, some for the better, and some for the worse. This list will explore 8 celebs who broke movies, and 7 people who made them. These are people from all over the food chain that is Hollywood, from many different eras.

15. Justin Timberlake Ruined Shrek

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Remember when the Shrek movies were really well-regarded? For a brief period, the series looked set to swipe the top animation spot from Pixar, or at least compete with them. That time is long gone. It’s become the archetypal series that just keeps dragging on. Where did it start to go wrong? Yes, Shrek 2 was a little bloated, but still solid, but the third film, in 2007, was where the quality really dropped.

Turns out we can blame Cameron Diaz. Whatever you think of movie stars doing voice acting (instead of actual voice actors) the stars in Shrek were at least good, accomplished actors. The same cannot be said for Justin Timberlake, who voiced Artie in the third film. He sort of stands out among the otherwise talented cast, and he was only there because Cameron Diaz insisted on him being there. The two were dating at the time, and she put him forward for the role and would not back down. And so he was cast, he gave a flat performance, and the whole film suffered. But it’s okay, they stayed together and…oh wait, they broke up the year the movie came out.

14. Robert Downey Jr. Saved Iron Man

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The Marvel movie process is so impossibly well organized now that it’s hard to believe how rough the start was. Their first film, which started it all, 2007’s Iron Man, was a bit rough and ready. The script hadn’t really been finalized, and there were big chunks of it that were either incomplete or simply didn’t work. It could have been disastrous.

Luckily, they had a very talented cast. Robert Downey Jr. and Jeff Bridges would improvise and rewrite vast sections of the film as it was being made. They would have to pause scenes and go off to rewrite them. Both actors compared it to making a small indie film (which, due to their small scale, allowed for a lot of improvisation). However, they had to somehow coordinate it with all the trappings of big budget movie making, like big sets and crews, special effects and lots of extras. Yet, improbably, the film worked brilliantly. It’s not hard to see why and it’s hard not to credit the actors here. As many other films have shown, you can’t just have explosions. You have to have something underneath. Thanks to Robert Downey Jr, they did.

13. Lindsay Lohan Ruined The Canyons

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It’s so strange to remember how sought-after Lindsay Lohan was for much of her early career. If there was some textbook about self-destructing former child stars, Lohan would probably be on the cover. By 2013, she’d burned almost her bridges and played almost all her cards, except for one: she had not appeared in the buff. She was in The Canyons. On paper, it sounded like exactly the sort of thing that could get her back on track. It was directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver) and written by Brett Easton Ellis (who wrote American Psycho) and had plenty of indie cred and a lot of potential.

Then came the strange stories about how difficult it had been to shoot the scenes, how Lindsay Lohan had suddenly gotten camera shy and asked everyone else to strip off before she would, seemingly hoping that they would freak out like she had. It didn’t work out. She was, as mentioned, sharing a scene with James Deen, who does this kind of thing professionally. The rumours added fuel to speculation about the film. The director, Schraeder, and writer, Ellis, had sharply disagreed on what the film should be. More rumours came out about how hard Lohan was to work with, the film was delayed, and by the time it came out, whatever buzz had been generated by the long-awaited scenes was spent. Well, the film exists.

12. Alicia Vikander Saved Ex Machina

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So, Ex Machina was pretty damn good anyway, and didn’t so much need saving, but the central role of Ava, the android at the centre of the film, was the key in a film with questions about humanity by having a sentient machine. Luckily, the astonishingly talented Alicia Vikander was there. Vikander is going from strength to strength at the moment, and if you’re not sure why, look at Ex Machina. The role could so easily have ended up exploitative, the love scenes gratuitous, and the film cliché with a lesser actress in the role. And while some credit must go to veteran writer Alex Garland, Vikander more than does her part. Her performance is sweet and frightening, and Vikander does it with nothing but her face and body, all while looking like a living Photoshop. A huge part of the film’s ambiguity, mystery and impact stems just from her. It was clear she is one to watch.

11. January Jones Ruined X-Men: First Class

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The X-Men films have had the best and worst luck with their leading ladies. X-Men: First Class was no exception. It had solid performances from Jennifer Lawrence (back when she cared) and the ever-talented Rose Byrne, but January Jones… ugh. Many were amazed at Jones’ work on Mad Men. She was so incredibly good as the Stepford wife bubbling with barely restrained anger and resentment. Everything else she has been in, however, has left us sure that that’s not so much a product of the show as just Jones’ default setting. Every line in the movie, talking about armies of mutants and nuclear war, is delivered in the same bored monotone she used playing Betty Draper. And it really stands out. Everyone else is firing on full cylinders, but January Jones sounds like she’s worried about us getting too excited, and is going out of her way to make sure we don’t. It nearly works.

10. Keanu Reeves Saved The Replacements

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There are a few stories about Keanu Reeves that could apply. He famously took a huge pay cut on the Matrix movies to make sure the visual effects teams got paid properly. He also regularly works for much less than he could easily demand (being Keanu Reeves and everything) and gets small films made that otherwise wouldn’t (John Wick was made for less than other movie stars get paid) but the sweetest one was what happened on the set of 2000’s The Replacements.

Reeves was at the peak of his career at the time, fresh off The MatrixThe Devil’s Advocate, and a whole decade full of hits. The Replacements was a small, feel-good football movie about a bunch of average Joes playing in the NFL. They’d wanted Gene Hackman to play the curmudgeonly old coach but the film’s budget wouldn’t allow for what Hackman was worth. Keanu happily took a pay cut (rumours say it was as much 90% of his cheque) to make sure Hackman was in the movie.

9. Chris Tucker Ruined Rush Hour 3

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He’s almost completely disappeared these days, but Chris Tucker used to be in quite a few things. Aside from screwball comedies, he even managed roles in really good movies like Dead Presidents and Jackie Brown. He struck box office gold with Rush Hour, a film that helped Jackie Chan finally break into Hollywood properly. They made a sequel that was an even bigger hit. Then, it took forever for the third to come out. It turned out that it was Chris Tucker holding it up. He was demanding $25 million dollars.

For you younger readers, there used to be these things called “movie stars,” people who could carry a movie by themselves. You didn’t need much else, just this star, and you built the film around them. Tom Cruise is pretty much the only one left. The biggest stars would demand 20 million a movie, that was the top tier, and Chris Tucker was demanding more than that. We have no idea how you can figure that Chris Tucker is worth that much, especially when he’s opposite Jackie Chan.

8. Rihanna Saved Valerian

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Okay, she didn’t save Valerian, the ill-fated science fiction bomb from earlier this year (seriously, it lost a lot of money), but Rihanna came the closest of anyone in the film’s bloated, talented, but underperforming cast, which is truly surprising. When a film has Dane Dehaan, Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Rutger Hauer and Clive Owen, you wouldn’t expect Rihanna to be the strongest link in the film. She pops up as a shapeshifting performer named Bubble, and in just a few minutes, she creates the film’s most memorable character: a sympathetic, tragic figure who nonetheless fights hard to do the right thing. More impressively, the character is CGI for much of its time, leaving Rihanna with only her voice to do her acting, and she still does really good work. When she leaves the movie, a victim of its heavily episodic structure, her absence is sorely felt.

7. Edward Norton The Incredible Hulk

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For you younger readers, Edward Norton was a really big deal at one point. With a good eye for scripts and a buttload of acting talent, he knocked out a few classics in a really short amount of time. Nonetheless, there’s an argument for striking while the iron is hot, and Norton didn’t seem to be doing so. It was all fixed in 2008, when he was announced to be playing Bruce Banner in Marvel’s Hulk reboot. It seemed a massive coup, getting someone as good as Norton for a comic book movie. However, as the release date approached, fans were worried to hear… nothing.

There were no trailers, no promo images, no gushing interviews about how excited everyone was to be working on the movie. Then the rumours started to surface. Edward Norton was holding it up, demanding the ability to rewrite scenes, or demanding credit for rewrites he’d already done. It wasn’t clear exactly what he wanted, but it was clear the film had been badly stalled. The film finally limped out into release, to a disinterested shrug from audiences. Norton was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in subsequent films.

 

6. Benicio Del Toro Saved The Way Of The Gun

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This is probably the least famous movie on the list, but it’s worth remembering, because it’s fantastic. The Way of the Gun was a small budget crime caper with a surprisingly excellent cast. It’s part of that well worn sub genre where some small time crooks, Ryan Phillipe and Benicio del Toro in this case, attempt to move up the ladder and accidentally attract the attention of much bigger fish. It’s well-written, well-acted, and well-shot, but the best feature of the movie is what isn’t said. And it turns out it was down to Benicio Del Toro.

Shortly before filming started, the director, Christopher McQuarrie, found Del Toro’s copy of the script. Del Toro had made some changes, not the usual diva-esque changes, demanding more lines or screen time, but the exact opposite. He’d been chopping his own lines out. McQuarrie confronted him about it, and Del Toro pointed out how silly it would be for two hardened criminals to constantly chat. The director agreed. And the changes made the whole film.

5. Jennifer Lawrence Ruined X-Men: Apocalypse

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It’s hard to completely blame her. X-Men: Apocalypse is easily the worst film in the series, which is quite a feat, given the lows that the series has hit. It had too many plot lines, too many characters, had no structure, the villain looked stupid, etc. You can’t help but think that Jennifer Lawrence might have anchored the film if she’d cared, that she might have turned in a strong performance. She’s the film’s default lead, since everyone else has such a confused plot, while hers is relatively straightforward. She didn’t, though. She seemed determined to provide a textbook entry for the idea of “phoning it in.” She could not look more bored, even as entire cities blow up in front of her. She wasn’t being paid enough. Jennifer Lawrence is hot property, and has been for a few years, but the X-Men films snagged her way back before then, when she was just another talented young actress. She had massively appreciated in value, but her locked-in contract had not.

4. Harrison Ford Saved Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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You know the film, and you know the story. What was supposed to be an elaborate fight scene instead became the best gag in a great movie. While shooting Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford got really sick, and it was right when they were shooting a big fight scene. The end result is classic. The big henchman steps forward, sword in hand, twirls it menacingly, and Harrison Ford just shoots him, and he only did it to get out of shooting the fight scene.

What you may not realize is how much it makes the film. Jones is never a superhero, more like a tough, determined guy who makes the best. He’s not actually interested in the fight, and the fight is never the point of the movie, it’s a means to an end. Ford doesn’t want to fight; he wants to rescue Marion, and, as a result, skips past an elaborate fight scene, keeping his eyes on the prize

3. Wesley Snipes Ruined Blade: Trinity

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This one was widely publicized at the time, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Blade: Trinity was a disaster of a movie. As the behind the scenes stories began to come out, it was amazing that it ended up as good as it did.  They were clearly setting up Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel to have a spinoff, and so the two got much more screen time, at the cost of screen time for Snipes. Wesley Snipes didn’t take this well. He apparently physically threatened the writer/director repeatedly.

The situation with the spinoff had left Snipes deeply paranoid and he increasingly refused to come out of his trailer, smoking a huge amount of weed. He would send strange letters to the director and would sign them “Blade.” When Snipes confronted the director about yet another problem, and threatened to walk off the set, he answered that he probably could, since they had most of what they needed and could do the rest with a stand in. Snipes is rarely in any wide shots, and there’s several scenes that are the other actors talking, then a cut to Snipes reacting. You can also, with the benefit of 2017 high-definition, spot a lot of time when Snipes head has been digitally pasted in.

2. Joss Whedon Ruined Justice League

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The dust is still settling on this one, but it’s hard not to pin a fair bit of Justice League’s…ahem, lukewarm reception on Joss Whedon. We could start with the visuals. Whedon’s got sharp dialogue when he writes, but he has no sense for how to shoot things. It was fun to look at The Avengers’ bland cinematography and just blame some combination of rushed production and studio interference, but looking at Justice League, it turns out he just does that.

Then there’s the film’s Wonder Woman. It was clear that Wonder Woman’s solo movie was going to be big, though I don’t think even optimists would have realized how big the film would be. Justice League was not a good follow up. With a combination of the strange sexy Amazon costumes in Justice League (a far cry from the battle gear of Wonder Woman), a bunch of weird quips that nobody thought through, the release of Whedon’s own terrible Wonder Woman script and the disturbing account of their marriage from his ex-wife, it’s hard to look at Whedon’s version of Diana without feeling creeped out.

1. Alec Guinness Saved Star Wars

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You kind of have to feel sorry for Alec Guinness. Without Star Wars, he would be one of the many outstanding classically trained actors the British isles keep producing. As it is, his outstanding career (including true classics like The Bridge on the River KwaiLawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago) is completely overshadowed by Star Wars, which he thought was a really stupid movie.

There’s a lot of great stories about the great actor’s disdain for the film (like how, after a young fan told him that he’d seen the film 100 times, Guinness made him promise not to watch it again) and that he insisted on being killed off so he could leave. The thing is, he probably saved the film by doing so. Star Wars: A New Hope is a perfect example of how much has to fall into place to make a great movie. It’s hard to nail it down to one thing, but the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi gives the film a core. It shows us what the stakes are and that people can and will die. Yes, we’d lost the anonymous rebels in the opening scene, along with Luke’s adoptive parents, but they’re all peripheral characters. A major character dying gives the swashbuckling adventure weight. And it’s all because a grumpy British actor just couldn’t wait to be out of there.

 

 


THE 15 AMERICAN ACTION MOVIES EVERYBODY SHOULD SEE

THE 15 AMERICAN ACTION MOVIES EVERYBODY SHOULD SEE

 

They make amazing action movies all around the world, but I'd like to think we've got a special thing going here in the States. At various moments in history, our burly heroes have rode atop the zeitgeist with their bare chests puffed out and a flag over each shoulder, looking to all the world like we invented this stuff. In turn, other countries shipped us their greatest resources -- their Austrian oak, their muscles from Brussels -- for blockbuster assimilation. All we had to do was make their dreams come true. Hollywood delivered on that.

So let's jump a motorcycle off the purple mountain majesties and crash it into a helicopter over the amber waves of grain. By that I mean, we're about to take a look at 15 beyond-qualified greats to emerge from the US. I chose some that are outstanding in their own right but that also represent different aspects of our people, our experiences, and our ideals

 

15. Mr. Majestyk (1974)

14. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

13. Desperado (1995)

12. On Deadly Ground (1994)


EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT 'GAME OF THRONES' SEASON 8

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT 'GAME OF THRONES' SEASON 8

Winter is almost over for Game of Thrones. With Season 8 on the horizon, we all knew this time would come. Jon Snow's positioned himself as a hero. Theon's on the path to redemption. Bran is increasingly weird. The great war is here. Who will win the game of thrones? Jon? Some weird incest baby? The Night King? What the hell is going to happen?

With the TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire coming to a close, we've compiled everything we know for sure about the final season below. (Stay tuned, as we'll update this compendium as more info becomes available.)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZdhv4ugBNZ/

https://twitter.com/StormofSpoilers/status/841029727376793600


TELEVISION QUIZ / RUINED BY A LETTER: TV SHOWS

TELEVISION QUIZ / RUINED BY A LETTER: TV SHOWS

In each TV show, a letter has been substituted to ruin the title. Can you click the correct letter which has been replaced?



What Is It, The Alabama Of Europe?

What Is It, The Alabama Of Europe? -

Get your sh*t together, Alabama!

 


10 Of The Weirdest Christmas Specials On TV

10 Of The Weirdest Christmas Specials On TV -

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when Christmas-themed episodes and specials dominate television. Everyone has his favorite and most memorable specials, from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to A Charlie Brown Christmas.

But what about the weirder holiday specials that have graced our screens? This list collects some of the most bizarre, badly done, and downright confusing specials ever made in the name of Christmas.

Spoiler Alert: For the one or two people who don’t know what happens to Charlie Brown at Christmas, you’re safe. We’re not going to tell you. But if you haven’t seen any other Christmas specials, be careful. There are spoilers ahead!

Featured image credit: tvshowsondvd.com

 

10 The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold
1981

 A lot of weird holiday roundups will include Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, but Rankin and Bass got a heck of a lot weirder than that in the two choices included on this list. For proof, look no further than The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold. It seems to have nothing to do with Christmas and everything to do with a banshee named Old Mag the Hag and adorable Irish accents.

This is definitely one of the more obscure specials. It doesn’t have any blogs dedicated to how mind-boggling it is that this perfect Saint Patrick’s Day story got branded as a Christmas tale. In fact, it serves as a cool example of how trippy Rankin and Bass got in their later specials.

While the 1960s were all about fun-loving holiday cheer, the ’80s felt inspired by The Lord of the RingsThe Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold can be watched in its entirety online.[1]

The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus
1985

This is probably an atheist’s best choice for a Christmas special as it attempts to explain every Christmas tradition without an ounce of religion. Based on the book by L. Frank Baum (who is more famous for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), this was Rankin and Bass’s final Claymation Christmas special.[2]

If that hasn’t already piqued your curiosity, then perhaps you’ll be interested to know that this “Christmas” special includes a dirge that introduces the Council of Immortals, Santa being raised by fairies and a lioness, and a battle of the Immortals that has a dragon.

 

A Claymation Christmas Celebration
1987

Remember the California Raisins? They were a huge sensation in the mid-to-late 1980s in a way that seems inexplicable today. You may remember their soulful renditions of Christmas classics in this Claymation special from 1987 that was hosted by . . . dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus Rex and his Styracosaurus cohost, Herb, showcase several Christmas talents, all leading up to the creme de la creme—the Raisins’ take on The Temptations’ renditions of Christmas carols. Meanwhile, Rex and Herb spend the interludes arguing over the proper ways to celebrate Christmas, including a long bit about what “wassailing” is.[3]

While the entire special seems cobbled together, it is still worth a nostalgic look to see the California Raisins singing gorgeous Christmas classics—because nothing says Christmas like singing humanoid raisins.

Star Wars Holiday Special
1978

Any conversation about Christmas specials is not complete without someone giving a thorough rundown of all this special’s “wtf” moments. Look no further than its haphazard plot description for proof: Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Chewbacca’s home world to celebrate Life Day. So . . . not even Christmas.

It is also unclear if Life Day is related or in any way similar to Christmas other than gift giving.

We get to meet Chewbacca’s family in this special that seems to think everyone loved Chewbacca the most in Star Wars. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewie are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet.[4]

This Chewie-centric movie appears to have so little to do with Christmas that it really could have been released as a “Life Day” special and no one would have blinked an eye.

Bewitched: ‘Sisters At Heart’
1970

 Woof, this Christmas episode was a really bad move from Bewitched. Of course, it should come as no surprise that a show about witches would miss the mark a bit when it came to Christmas. Bewitched actually did several Christmas specials without harming anyone, but that all changed in 1970 with an episode so offensive that star Elizabeth Montgomery had to make an introduction to please the sponsor, Oscar Mayer.

What was so bad?

Well, Tabitha briefly appears in blackface. This is an offensive and dated choice no matter what, but at Christmastime? Yikes.

The plot has very little to do with Christmas itself. Instead, young Tabitha wants to be sisters with her African-American friend Lisa. To make them look more alike, Tabby zaps black polka dots onto her body and white ones on Lisa’s.

Allegedly, this story idea came from a 10th-grade English class at LA’s Thomas Jefferson High School. All 26 students are listed by name in the credits. That helps to explain some of this episode’s naive insensitivity. However, it doesn’t explain why the showrunners and network executives ever let this thing see the light of day.[5]

 

The X-Files: ‘How the Ghosts Stole Christmas’
1998

 The X-Files provides a great episode, “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas,” that just happens to take place on Christmas. But as far as a festive holiday episode, it completely misses the mark.

This extremely dark show feels like a Black Mirror episode that begins on Christmas Eve with Mulder asking Scully to go with him to check out a haunted house. Although Scully has holiday plans with her family, she accompanies Mulder after he steals her car keys.[6]

This starts to feel like a Halloween episode when Mulder tells Scully that a couple made a murder-suicide pact in this house in 1917. Feeling the holiday cheer yet?

When the ghosts eventually show themselves, Mulder and Scully have to reveal the weirder parts of their relationship that they typically try to hide. It would seem like a dark episode, but the ghosts are played by Ed Asner and Lily Tomlin, who are full of amazing comedic moments.

This episode plays on the time-honored Christmas Carol form of storytelling, with all the paranormal twists that one expects from The X-Files. It’s bizarre in all the best ways.

The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas
1996

Like Bewitched before it, this spooky sitcom from the 1960s can’t quite recreate Christmas magic. The weirder part of this special, however, is that it was made decades later in the mid-1990s after the release of the 1995 movie Here Come the Munsters. The ’90s were clearly having a monster moment with The Munsters and The Addams Family releasing films, but this bizarre Christmas special totally misses the mark.

The Munsters gather to give Eddie a traditional Transylvanian Christmas because he feels homesick for Transylvania. It’s a strange plot that was never brought up in the original series and makes you wonder more about The Munsters‘ backstory than this shoehorned Christmas plot.

The story lines are all over the place—from Herman losing his job and working as a nude model in a painting class to Eddie being bullied at school and even to Grandpa accidentally transporting Santa and his elves to their house after an experiment goes wrong. It makes very little sense, so watch it only if you want to have yourself a scary little Christmas.[7]

Christmas Comes To PacLand
1982

It could be argued that PacLand has no place in Christmas, and that argumentwould have a lot of merit because this special is bonkers. Splitsider asked in a 2013 article if Christmas Comes to PacLand is the worst special ever.

Although it certainly isn’t the worst, it definitely has earned its spot in the hall of fame for weird Christmas shows. This Hanna-Barbera special feels like a long commercial for Pac-Man.[8]

Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Baby, and Pac-Dog are walking through a wintry forest to collect power pellets when they find ghosts that they must attack. Santa makes an appearance that feels completely pointless in this memorably bad TV special from a lousy 1980s television series based on an arcade game.

A Christmas Dream
1984

Emmanuel Lewis and Mr. T were so popular in the early 1980s that they were able to share the screen in this gloriously so-bad-it’s-good Christmas special that warms the heart. Lewis plays a latchkey kid who is wandering the city streets in search of Christmas cheer . . . and possibly some adult supervision.

A sidewalk Santa Claus played by Mr. T helps Lewis out. But cheesy celebrity appearances, including a notable one by magician David Copperfield, make no visible sense. Crazy adventures, such as the pair trying to find out if the Baby Jesus ever smiled, highlight this charming tale. Mr. T also gives several speeches with amazing lines like: “The blessed of us must try to save the less of us.”

This wacky special is worth watching for lines like that and its adorably nostalgic tenderness.[9]

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever
2014

The biggest question surrounding the Grumpy Cat Christmas movie is why it was ever made. The film totally plays on the theme of Grumpy Cat’s general displeasure, but using the word “worst” in the title feels like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In this strange film, Grumpy Cat (voiced by Aubrey Plaza) is living in a pet shop and finally gets chosen by a 12-year-old girl. The cat’s unmoving grumpy expression starts to feel worrisome as she goes through a series of adventures and costume changes that makes one wonder if indeed any cats were harmed in the making of this special.

Is the cat tired from having to do all this publicity? Is she really patient and happy with it? Does she care? This special truly serves to illustrate just how weird it was to cash in on the Internet sensation Grumpy Cat.[10]

+The Junky’s Christmas
1993

Leave it to William S. Burroughs to pen the darkest Christmas special. The grayscale Claymation makes for a landscape that is both gorgeous and disturbing in this story about a poor man named Danny who is withdrawing from opiates. He is released from a holding cell and hoping to score heroin. If you think this junkie is going to have a miraculous change of heart, you’re being naive.

There are a number of grim twists and turns, including when he breaks into a car to find a suitcase that holds two severed legs. He does eventually obtain a high from doing a good deed (giving the morphine he scored from a doctor by faking facial neuralgia to a young man suffering from kidney stones).[11] Merry Christmas indeed.

++A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!
2008

Stephen Colbert was a satirical madman during his reign as the host of The Colbert Report, so this Christmas show is full of political jokes and absolute lunacy. It is not the heartwarming Christmas comedy that the public may have wanted. Instead, it is a comedy nerd’s delight that feels like a live-action cartoon  starring Colbert as the arrogant, partisan, fake reporter who is hell-bent on pointing out what is wrong with modern Christmas.

This show expertly parodied typical specials while staying true to Colbert’s beloved character. In classic style, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!boasted a slew of guests—from Elvis Costello to Toby Keith—in a special that remains as hilarious as it is unorthodox.[12]