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Logan Williams Dies; The Flash Star Was Just 16

Horrible news out of Hollywood:

Logan Williams died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 3, his mother has tragically confirmed to British Columbia-based publication The Tri-City News.

He was 16 years old.

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The actor was best known for his role as a young Barry Allen on the CW superhero series The Flash. He last appeared on the show in the season 2 premiere, which aired in 2015.

No further details regarding his death are available at this time.

But Grant Gustin, who plays the present-day forensic analyst and title character on the aforementioned program, paid tribute to his late costar via Instagram on Friday, April 3.

“Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly,” wrote the actor, adding of the photo above:

“This picture was early in the filming of The Flash pilot episode back in 2014. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set."

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Williams' other television credits included When Calls the Heart, Supernatural and Whispers.

Concluded Gustin in his post:

My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I'm sure an unimaginably difficult time for them.

Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone.

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Other entertainers and cast members on The Flash have also expressed their sorrow over this stunning news.

John Wesley Shipp:

"Heartsick to learn of Logan Williams' death at 16. He was 100% committed to playing young Barry Allen, and we missed him once we moved past that part of the story. Love and compassion to Logan's family and friends in your grief.

When Calls the Heart star Erin Krakow remembered Logan as a "beautiful, warm, silly, and talented young man. He could always make us laugh.

"He was just shy of 17 and had what I'm sure would have been a very bright future ahead of him."

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Actor Mitchell Kummen tweeted:

"My friend Logan Williams passed away yesterday. I am beyond sad! Proud to play older brother Dude... You were such a talent. Sending love to your mom."

Logan's mom told The Tri-City News that his family is "absolutely devastated" by his death, and is currently unable to grieve together due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"With his talent and gorgeous looks, Logan had the potential to be a huge star," she said.

Logan is survived by Marlyse and his father, Clyde, as well as his grandparents, aunts and uncles. 

His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

‘Rick and Morty’ Is Coming Back, Bitches!

Rick and Morty is such a good TV show that it has a loyal fan base that irritates the shit out of everyone. Seriously, the Mulan Szechuan sauce thing? The whole point of that joke was that it’s something esoteric and pointless and people were freaking out about not getting it.

Seriously, the people who love this show the most understand it the least. I can’t begin to tell you how many 20 minute YouTube videos I’ve seen based around someone not getting a Rick and Morty joke. Not even just not getting it, but not even getting that it was a joke and not a major plot point.

Rick and Morty returned from a hiatus that lasted over a year in November with the first five episodes of the ten-episode season. There were some really good episodes in there, too. I especially liked the Christmas episode Rattlestar Ricklactica, where a race of time-traveling snakes tries to kill Morty.

Of course, there hasn’t been a new episode since then, and people are getting tired of waiting. But fret not because Adult Swim announced Rick and Morty is coming back May 3rd.

Snuffles and Tammy are back!

The trailer comes a few days after a six-minute chanbara anime special was dropped on YouTube to build hype for the rest of Season 4.

So what’s in store for The Other Five? Well, Jerry is making honey, it seems. That should be interesting. Look, I ‘now you want to know what’s going on with Eyepatch Morty but that’s not what this show is about. The reason they’ve barely touched on that since the first Citadel of Ricks episode is that this isn’t Game of Thrones. The episodes are almost entirely self-contained. Just enjoy them.

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Carole Baskin: My Dead Husband Defecated Outside, Was a Sex Addict and Was Totally Bonkers!

Carole Baskin may or may not have killed her late husband and fed him to a tiger.

(Although Baskin swears she did not.)

The Tiger King star, however, has now definitely thrown Don Lewis under the bus.

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Baskin runs the animal rights organization Big Cats Rescue and has sky-rocketed to viral infamy due to her role on the Netflix sensation Tiger King.

It is, quite literally, impossible for us to delve into all the details behind that program and specifically why Baskin continues to make headlines, but in a totally insane nutshell?

She has feuded for years with former zoo owner (and convicted murder-for-hire schemer) Joe Exotic, and many believe Baskin murdered her second husband, Don Lewis.

He vanished over two decades ago and Baskin claims she has no idea what happened to him -- but Exotic disagrees, as do many viewers of this wildly popular Netflix documentary.

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Now, on her company's official website, Baskin has responded to all these homicidal rumors.

"There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the series... has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers," Baskin's statement reads.

It continues:

"As part of that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don in 1997.

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Baskin's denial includes some arguments she made in Tiger King, such as how Lewis showed "signs of mental deterioration" prior to his disappearance.

In this instance, however, she gets VERY specifiic, implying Lewis was suffering from Alzheimer's disease... and even claiming he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Moreover, Baskin alleges her seemingly dead husband started "dumpster diving" late in life and that she once had to rescue him from a dumpster because he "did not know where he was."

Moreover, again, Baskin detailed her ex-husband's behavior as "increasingly strange," adding that he began defecating outside and once brought a homeless man home to live with the couple.

She also says Lewis was a sex addict.

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Don Lewis, of course, is not around to defend himself from these accusations.

While explaining how there's no way she could have fed his corpse into a meat grinder (an actual allegation!), Baskin took aim at Lewis' assistant, Anne McQueen, suggesting that she and Lewis caught McQueen embezzling "roughly $600,000 in properties" with the couple's money.

Oh, and Lewis also wasn't wealthy, Baskin writes.

"He may well have been worth six figures and, coming from a very modest background, would have felt he was rich," she says now.

"No one, including Anne McQueen who had access to his books, has ever provided any bank records or other evidence that he had more than that."

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For her "bottom line" argument, Baskin concluded she "never threatened him" and "certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance."

On Tuesday, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told journalist he's now averaging six new tips a week into Lewis' disappearance since the Netflix series went viral.

The investigation has been re-opened.

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“We hope the Sheriff’s plea for leads will result in new information about what happened to Don Lewis,” said Susan Bass, Big Cat Rescue's spokeswoman, in an email to The Associated Press this week.

At least one famous person, though, thinks he totally knows what happened.

“There’s not a shred of doubt in my mind that that lady’s husband is tiger sashimi right now…I’m just saying,” OJ Simpson said in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday.

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And, we mean, look:

If there's one person who knows about murder -- just, like, in general of course -- it's OJ Simpson.

Cardi B Tried to Raise Money to Get ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic Out of Jail, But The Man Shut Her Down

One day there will be a very serious, Ken Burns style documentary about the COVID-19 outbreak and at some point during it, you’re going to see a video of Cardi B yelling “corona VIRUS!”

I eagerly await that day.

As the shelter in place and social distancing orders continues, Cardi, like so many of you, started watching Tiger King on Netflix and would not shut up about it.

But TMZ reported that the platform wouldn’t actually let her.

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I think Amazon needs to restock Switches so people can move on from this show, Cardi.

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Here’s How the Last a Season of ‘The Office’ Was Almost Even Worse

NBC made some mistakes on The Office. For example, letting it continue for even a second after Steve Carell left. Or pushing Steve Carell out the door when he was more than willing to sign a new contract. Andy Greene’s behind-the-scenes book The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s also details other mistakes that happened or nearly happened as the show overstayed its welcome in later seasons.

In the original plan for season nine we would have seen Jim and Pam split up after Pam had an affair with a member of the documentary crew who had been filming the show. Remember that episode where the boom operator knocks out the guy who attacks Pam? That was meant to lead to a story of Pam’s affair and Jim and Pam’s split.

Vulture reported that much of this was already filmed but the reaction from fans was so negative that finished episodes had to be recut and the ideas for the final season changed overnight.

“People just absolutely did not like that,” Ellickson said. “They were bothered that there might be some triangle that Pam and Jim would be involved in and even more insulted that we thought they might believe that. That’s how it felt to me. Greg absolutely turned on a dime after that and we pivoted away, I think pretty skillfully given how quickly we had to do that.” As a result, the subsequent two Office episodes had to go through “decently sized edits” to remove any suggestion of cheating. In fact, Krasinski grew to dislike the idea he originally campaigned for, as he realized it would be “too painful” for “the ultra fans of the show” who were still watching.

This actually explains a lot about the last season of the show. Jim and Pam’s relationship troubles and the stress Jim’s new job in Philadelphia put on their marriage we’re a big part of the final season and the plot just kind of fizzled out without any real growth. Everything just kind of worked out. Now we know why that plot seemed so odd, but it would have been better had they avoided the storyline altogether. Or just ended the show with Michael taking off his mic pack in the airport.

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Joe Exotic of ‘Tiger King’ Fame is Suing For a Big Prison Payday

Okay, fine, I’ll watch Tiger King, just shut up about it already. I swear to god I thought this was a Chris Lilley show until I realized no one was in blackface. People just will not shut up about this show and its “star” Joe Exotic, who is currently in prison for hiring a hitman to murder a rival who was trying to shut down his Big Cat breeding/zoo business. I know, it’s shocking to find out that exotic animal breeders are probably bad people.

Joe is still fighting the battles that ended up getting him sent to prison for two decades. WBNS Ohio is reporting that Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, has filed lawsuits totaling $94 million against the people he’s depicted fueling with in the Netflix show.

According to court documents, Maldonado-Passage, who is representing himself, wants $78.8 million for 18 years of research, loss of personal property and the care for 200 generic tigers.

The former zookeeper also wants $15 million for false arrest, false imprisonment, discrimination, malicious prosecution, selective enforcement and death of his mother, Shirley Schreibvogel.

This motherfucker couldn’t even afford name brand name tigers and he thought it was a good idea to hire a contract killer?

The lawsuit also alleges discrimination by all parties because he is “an openly gay man with the largest collection of generic tigers and crossbreeds,” Maldonado-Passage wrote.

He specifically calls out Lowe for using homophobic slurs towards himself and his husband and threatening to bulldoze their home, according to court documents.

As for the murder-for-hire conviction? Maldonado-Passage has an explanation as to why he believes a federal grand jury got it wrong. Claiming in the lawsuit that Allen Glover, the man he allegedly hired to kill Baskin, lied on the stand misleading the jury.

It all makes sense now. They tricked him into hiring a hitman because they don’t like gay people! And you just can’t trust those hot men. This is not a man who should be representing himself in court.

On the bright side, maybe this craziness will go on long enough for Netflix to get a second season.

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Is It Worth It To Subscribe to Disney+?

While you’re stuck at home and looking for something to do, you might be eyeing some of the many, many streaming services and wondering which ones are worth it. I mean, Quibi obviously isn’t, but so many services want you to come to them instead of Netflix that it can be a bit overwhelming.

Disney+ is a few months old and you probably have an affinity for something Disney has done or bought, so you might be asking yourself if it’s worth it to subscribe now that we have a clear idea about what’s on the service and what it’s about.

My first impression is that it depends on if you want to pay $7 a month to watch The Simpsons. It’s really the only show on the service anyone is going to watch the way they watch a show like The Office or 30 Rock or Seinfeld on another service. I cannot stress the extent to which Disney+ couldn’t exist without The Simpsons. Did you think Disney paid $52 million to have Wolverine in The Avengers? Hugh Jackman isn’t even playing him anymore.

There is, of course, Disney’s other big acquisitions, Star Wars and Marvel. The Mandalorian lives up to the hype generated by all the Baby Yoda memes, but you’ll watch that entire series in an afternoon. The entire first season is barely as long as Avengers: Endgame. You can also watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including a new season that’s currently running and you can of course watch the Star Wars movies, though I would suggest only watching the original trilogy and pretending the other eight films don’t exist.

Marvel is a whole different story. It is such a big, profitable brand that Disney shot parts of it all over the Internet. You can’t even see all the movies on Disney+, much less the somewhat related TV shows. Runaways is on Hulu, Cloak and Dagger is on Freeform, The Defenders and its related shows are on Netflix.

There are a lot of Marvel cartoons to watch (except The Spectacular Spider-Man, the best of the bunch) but if you want to get nostalgic with the 90s X-Men or Spider-Man you will quickly see the lack of detail and attention Disney has given their streaming effort. The shows have episodes out of order and are listed as a single season, making the, hard to navigate.

You’ll notice some of this in other shows, as well; Ducktales has been out of order since the service launched despite the repeated complaints producer Francisco Angones.

There are a few gems buried in the Disney originals section of the Disney+ app. Boy Meets World was a favorite show of mine when I was younger and there’s a sequel series called Girl Meets World. Even Stevens, notable for being the show that introduced the world to Shia LaBeouf, is also something that holds up as a decent family sitcom.

The biggest problem, though, is other than The Mandalorian, Disney+ Has basically failed entirely to make compelling original programming. Can you name a Disney+ original that isn’t Star Wars related? High School Musical The Musical The Series? I don’t even want to type that, much less watch it.

Unless you have a kid who loves Disney and wants to watch Frozen 20 times a day, I can’t recommend Disney+. There’s barely enough content to fill a free seven day trial, much less enough to make you want to maintain a monthly subscription. Disney’s baffling decision to maintain multiple streaming services with different content aimed at different audiences means that Disney+ got virtually no content from the movie aside from nearly 700 episodes of The Simpsons, about 200 of which are worth watching.

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Pornhub Premium, CBS All Access and WWE Network Are All Free for Your Coronavirus Quarantine

As the coronavirus quarantine continues, a lot of people are starting to go stir-crazy. There’s only so many times you can watch The Office on Netflix and sure Seinfeld is on Hulu but then you’d have to subscribe to Hulu and no one wants that. You just need something new to occupy your time with lest you be forced to spend quality time with your family.

Luckily, CBS All Access, WWE Network and Pornhub Premium are offering most or all of their content free for a limited time in order to encourage people to stay home and not be complicit in an apocalypse.

So I did my patriotic duty and checked out all that these services have to offer.

First up is the WWE Network. I’m not a huge pro wrestling fan anymore, but I was into it when I was a kid when the Monday Night Wars were going on. There’s a whole documentary series about that titled The Monday Night Wars, plus plenty of 80s and 90s WCW pay-per-views. Hell, you can watch every WrestleMania ever. I watched Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant’s big match at WrestleMania III and then checked out a match I’d never seen before that featured my two favorite wrestlers, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV.

There’s still something beautiful about watching Ric Flair wrestle. He has a routine and he perfected that routine for 30+ years before this match at 59 years old and he executes it flawlessly. Flair performs almost all of his classic moves and bits (aside from the begging for mercy then punching the other guy in the dick routine) and the old timer even hits a crossbody from the top rope, the signature move of his most famous rival, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.

If you like pro wrestling or you ever liked pro wrestling and want to feel nostalgic, check out the WWE Network. If it was never your thing, you probably won’t find anything to change your mind. Still, it might be worth it to watch one of the new weekly shows the WWE is currently putting on just to see how weird pro wrestling is on a closed soundstage with no audience.

CBS All Access, on the other hand, is probably the worst paid streaming service. It’s basically a few exclusive shows added to the programming every other major network gives away for free in their apps but for $6 a month, or $10 without commercials. But you can get a month free if you use the code GIFT when you sign up for a free trial.

I can’t really stress enough how little content there is here. Aside from the most recent season of CBS’s current network shows (none of which are very good), there’s a tiny amount of content. There’s a few dozen movies and older TV shows, some of which are even pretty good like Frasier, Taxi, Everybody Hates Chris and Sabrina The Teenage Witch, but that’s it. I listed all the good shows there, aside from Legend of Korra, but they only have half of that.

You basically only want to get CBS All Access if you really, really like Star Trek. They own Star Trek, they have all the Star Trek shows and they’re making two new Star Trek shows as a last-ditch to get you to subscribe to this service. One of them is even good! You may as well use your free month to watch Star Trek: Picard, which launched its final first season episode today, because it is literally the only thing worth watching on this entire service.

Finally, there’s Pornhub Premium, which is letting people sign up for free to help “flatten the curve.” Stay home and jack off. I’m not entirely sold on the benefits of HD porn, though. The human body is disgusting and doesn’t need to be seen in that kind of clarity. For the love of god, pretend you’re filming Cybil Shepherd and smear some Vaseline on the camera lens. Still, premium gives you more variety so if you can’t quite find something to get you off, it could come in handy.

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New Book Alleges NBC Pushed Steve Carell Out the Door on ‘The Office’

The Office has become the de facto background noise sitcom on Netflix after the streamer let the rights to superior shows like 30 Rock, Frasier and How I Met Your Mother lapse. There has been an uproar about it being pulled and moving to NBC’s streaming service Peacock at the end of the year, but people will probably just move on to Community, New Girl or Parks and Recreation once it’s gone.

Still, there’s been a lot of discussion of The Office in the current zeitgeist and everyone agrees the show got weird and much worse after Steve Carell left in the seventh season. You’re never going to run into a single, solitary person who says “Man, The Office got so much better after Steve Carell left.”

A new behind-the-scenes book by Andy Greene called The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s (a title that’s really overselling it. I mean, it’s good, but 30 Rock started in 2006) alleges that NBC pushed Carell out when he was willing to stay.

Via Collider:

“He didn’t want to leave the show. He had told the network that he was going to sign for another couple of years. He was willing to and his agent was willing to. But for some reason, they didn’t contact him. I don’t know if it was a game of chicken or what… He planned on staying on the show. He told his manager and his manager contacted them and said he’s willing to sign another contract for a couple years. So all of that was willing and ready and, on their side, honest. And the deadline came for when they were supposed to give him an offer and it passed and they didn’t make him an offer. So his agent was like, ‘Well, I guess they don’t want to renew you for some reason.’ Which was insane to me. And to him, I think.”

That just makes no sense to me. That excerpt was related by hairstylist Kim Ferry, and the boom operator for the show, Brian Wittle, said that Carell floated leaving after the seventh season and none of the producers tried to stop him. Casting director Allison Jones recalled the events around Carell’s departure in much the same way.

“As I recall, he was going to do another season and then NBC, for whatever reason, wouldn’t make a deal with him… Somebody didn’t pay him enough. It was absolutely asinine. I don’t know what else to say about that. Just asinine.”

So yeah, the reason Steve Carell left The Office, causing the show to flail around and flounder rudderless for two seasons before being mercy-killed, is that NBC just never offered him an extension on his contract. I would say it was their biggest mistake of the era, but they also passed on Modern Family the year before that. Good job boys, I’m sure Peacock will be a rousing success with those instincts behind it.

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10 Most Ridiculous Shark Tank Pitches

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Shark Tank is arguably the most popular business reality show ever created. The first episode aired over ten years ago and there have been some incredibly successful products that have come out of the show throughout the past decade. One of the most notable of those products is the Scrub Daddy. This smiling scrubber that changes texture based on the temperature of the water is in millions of kitchens across the country. As of 2020, it has amassed over $50 million in total sales.

Every year, more entrepreneurs pass through the tank and find success. Even some of the products that never secure a deal end up being successful, such as Copa Di Vino. Founder and owner James Martin appeared on the show on two separate occasions and didn’t land anything but the opportunity to hear Kevin O’Leary’s famous line, “You’re dead to me!” — Twice.

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On top of the successful products, the show has also had some scandals. Gayla Bentley was the show’s first scandal, featured in the ninth episode of the first season. She came on the show as a fashion designer with a great message. She made plus size clothing and her impassioned pitch explained how hard it was for roughly 60% of the women in America to feel at home in a clothing store and to find fashionable pieces for their own wardrobe. She was asking for $250,000 for a 20% stake in her company.

After a tumultuous interview, she landed a deal with Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran in which she signed over 50% of her company for the initial ask of $250,000. Daymond John has been on record saying that this was the worst deal he’s ever done in the tank because after they funded her, he claims that he never saw her again. Her website remained ‘Under Construction’ for several years and she never opened the flagship retail store she secured the investment for.

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Another Shark Tank fail actually began as one of the biggest deals ever made in the tank. Season five saw Charles Michael Yim come through with his groundbreaking product, Breathometer. This was a breathalyzer device you could plug into your smartphone to check your blood alcohol level to make sure you were safe to drive home. All five sharks came together to put up a staggering $1 million for just a 30% stake in the company.

The product did well at first but, it wasn’t long before the FTC took issue with the accuracy claims that the device was making. There was a lawsuit that ended up costing the company $5.1 million because the FTC asserted that the device was deceptive and causing threats to safety. The company opted to settle out of court and issue all of the refunds that they were ordered to. It was able to bounce back a little bit and change directions in the end, though, which means that it wasn’t a total failure.

Of course, Shark Tank has seen plenty of actual failures. Some businesses have gotten funded and then struggled to get off the ground. Some of them haven’t even gotten that far. Some entrepreneurs get in the tank and they don’t have all of the information that the investors need. There are businesses that are in the early stages and the sharks don’t want to get involved yet and there are some who don’t really need an investor. However, there are some… that just don’t make sense. Some products are just so outlandish that it’s incredible that they made it to the show. While it was certainly entertaining to watch Kevin, Mark, Lori, and Daymond put these entrepreneurs through the wringer, it’s hard to believe that they were even serious. So, here is a look at the ten most ridiculous Shark Tank pitches ever.

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DrumPants

In the sixth season of Shark Tank, we were introduced to two interesting entrepreneurs named Lei Yu and Tyler Freeman. They founded a wearable technology company that had raised $74,000 on Kickstarter, which absolutely blew their $35,000 goal out of the water. The product? DrumPants. The tagline for their product was “a band in your pocket.”

Part of the problem with this product is just the utter silliness of it. It was marketed as being an entertainment product for adults; however, it seemed like it would just be another thing to stick in the closet a few weeks after the holidays. The product is a set of Bluetooth speakers that use your smartphone to create different drum sounds from your pockets or sleeves.

Another problem with the pitch was that these entrepreneurs were seeking a $150,000 investment in return for just a 5% stake in their company that had no sales. The company had nearly a quarter of a million in pre-orders but they were not yet manufacturing or selling their product. Even with those issues, a few sharks were interested. Where they really dropped the ball, though, was in their inability to take the offers that were given. In the end, the sharks found them disrespectful and not really willing to make a decision. They were forced to walk out of the tank without an investment.

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Elephant Chat

Shark Tank’s fifth season is where this ridiculous pitch comes from. Jason and Amanda Adams aren’t marriage counselors but they came up with a couples communication tool that was designed to help married couples address the elephant in the room, literally. The premise of their product was pretty simple. You would take the elephant out of the box it was displayed in and place it somewhere prominent in your home. The logic was that your partner could bring it up when they were ready.

They were seeking a $50,000 investment in exchange for 20% of their company, which is a comparably reasonable valuation in the tank. Unfortunately, that was where the logic and reason seemed to stop. They wanted to sell this product for a whopping $59 apiece and it cost them $22 to make. This is an exceptionally high cost to them considering the simplicity of the product and an almost laughable price for consumers to pay for what is, essentially, just a stuffed animal.

The magic of editing didn’t really help the entrepreneurs behind Elephant Chat, making the entire debacle just that much more ridiculous. The idea was great in spirit but the way that they executed it and the unseen inner-workings of their business that led them to pay $22 for just a toy didn’t sit well with any of the sharks. They left the tank without a bite from the sharks and it wasn’t long before they abandoned the business idea altogether. Unfortunately, they didn’t make it as a couple either, with their update explaining that they divorced.

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Ionic Ear

The year 2009 was a different time for technology and it was a time when everyone wanted to be the next pioneer in the tech space. That seemed to be the dream for Darren Johnson, whose ridiculous pitch was featured on the pilot episode of Shark Tank and has gone down in history as the worst. Ever. His product was called Ionic Ear and he was seeking an investment of a million dollars in exchange for 15% of his business. The tank has seen some massive deals over the years but, at the time, this was unheard of.

Ionic Ear was a Bluetooth device that would need to be surgically implanted into your ear. The idea was that this device would completely obliterate the use of headphones or other Bluetooth headsets. This device would require the user to insert a needle into their ear every night to charge the device as well. Unsurprisingly, the sharks were horrified at his valuation of over six million dollars and even more horrified at the device itself. They did their best to remain respectful, but no one took the bait.

On top of the fact that this device was questionable, to say the least, Johnson didn’t do a good job of pitching his idea, either. His delivery wasn’t enthusiastic, he didn’t make it clear how much progress he had already made on the device, and his defense of the device left a lot to be desired. In the special 100th episode of the show, several of the sharks recalled this as the worst pitch they’ve ever seen.

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Man Candle

Another ridiculous pitch from the early days of Shark Tank is the Man Candle from season two. Johnson Bailey came into the tank to give an impassioned pitch about how most candles were designed for women and there weren’t a lot of options for manly smells on the market. Of course, Yankee Candle already had a line of more masculine scents on their shelves when this episode aired, but that wasn’t mentioned at all. Bailey was willing to give up 25% of his company for $50,000.

The scents that the Man Candle brand offered were what struck the sharks as ridiculous first. His best-seller was reminiscent of flatulence but he also had popcorn, golf course, football, new car, and bacon scents. The business was still small, leaving him to pour every candle by hand while balancing his college classes but sales were still nothing to turn your nose up at. He had made $53,000 over the past year. The sharks weren’t impressed.

Kevin claimed that these candles were more of a gimmick for tourists, Barbara felt that Man Candle was too small of a company, and Daymond didn’t think there was enough cash flow or a customer base to make it work. Overall, Man Candle was a product that wasn’t fit for the tank in any way. In a tumultuous turn of events, Man Candle did secure a $65,000 investment from a viewer but eventually failed and Bailey filed for bankruptcy.

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NoPhone

Van Gould and Chris Sheldon are another pair of entrepreneurs that ended up on the wrong side of Shark Tank history with their pitch. The product was called NoPhone and it was just a simple piece of plastic that was the same size and shape of the average smartphone. They were seeking a $25,000 investment for a 25% stake in their company.

The big problem with their pitch wasn’t the numbers. In fact, they had sold a fairly impressive amount of the hunks of plastic for what they were. The margins were also great. Each NoPhone cost them less than three dollars to make but were sold for $12 for the standard device or $18 if you chose to buy the selfie upgrade, which included a mirror on the front. Instead, the issue came when they switched gears from a gag gift to a legitimate device to help curb phone addiction.

The pitch was disorganized and despite their relatively healthy numbers and the fact that they had secured a patent on the device, none of the sharks were interested. Each of the sharks had their words about the product, calling it stupid (Mark Cuban, Daymond John), and really bad (Kevin O’Leary). NoPhone walked out of the tank without a deal and the entrepreneurs have been called disrespectful for taking the airtime away from a more sincere product, and otherwise criticized across multiple media outlets.

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Pavlok

Pavlok is one of those Shark Tank pitches that most people will never forget. Entrepreneur Maneesh Sethi came into the tank seeking $500,000 for just 3.14% of his company. At a valuation of nearly $16 million, it was hard for the sharks to believe that he even came in seeking a deal rather than just the publicity. Featured on season seven of the show, this was a bracelet designed to shock the wearer whenever they participated in a bad habit that they were trying to break.

Part of the issue with Pavlok came when Maneesh thought it would be prudent to describe the science behind the device. Pavlov’s dog isn’t something particularly new or novel and all of the studies that he referenced were existing studies that had nothing to do with his product. Mark Cuban went as far as calling him a con artist. Slowly but surely, the sharks kept dropping off.

Perhaps the most surprising part of this pitch was who stayed in. Kevin O’Leary was interested in the product based on its sales (near a million) and his experience with aversion therapy. Kevin offered exactly what Maneesh was looking for with a few repayment conditions that should have been a non-issue if his projections were correct. Instead of jumping at the offer, Maneesh declined based on his opinions about Kevin. At that point, he was cussed out the tank and forced to leave empty-handed.

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Sullivan Generator

In season three of Shark Tank, we met Mark Sullivan. He is an inventor that claimed he had created a generator that could be placed in the ocean and harness the rotation of the earth to generate electricity. While that sounds incredible, that’s not all! The way that the machine worked would also produce the most valuable waste product possible, gold. He offered the sharks the opportunity to get in on the action by asking for a healthy $1 million in return for a 10% stake in his company.

When he appeared in the tank, Sullivan had only come up with conceptual drawings of the machine and had no evidence to contribute to the validity of how it would work. According to him, the machine would produce roughly $100 billion worth in gold over the course of a few years. A few curious souls across the internet have tried to make sense of his claims but the general consensus is that the energy required to power the machine would exceed its output and render it useless.

No one could really tell how viable the generator was back then, either. Whether we’re all just incapable of thinking at his level or Mark Sullivan was absolutely insane, we will probably never know. The sharks won’t either, as they were all very quick to drop out.

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Some ridiculous Shark Tank pitches have less to do with the product and more to do with the person and that is absolutely the case with Scott Jordan. In fact, his pitch is one of the most famous in the show’s history. He came into the tank seeking an investment of $500,000 in exchange for 15% in his company, TEC. This was the licensing arm of his primary business, ScottEvest.

It turns out, he had strategic reasons for not mentioning his primary brand on the show. He was concerned about a clause in the show contract that would allow the sharks to collect revenue from any company pitched on the show. However, the sharks weren’t interested unless ScottEvest was part of the deal. That company had already amassed $5.1 million in sales and had a solid projection of $12 million for the year.

When Jordan refused all of the offers and even consulted with a close friend (Steve Wozniak of Apple) just to come back and decline the last offer on the table, things took a turn for the worst. Scott Jordan is regarded as one of the most arrogant entrepreneurs to ever enter the tank and, despite the success he had after the show, he and the sharks never did start getting along. This pitch is so ridiculous based solely on Jordan’s attitude and the controversies that bubbled to the surface long after he left the tank.

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Track Days

It wouldn’t be a complete round-up of Shark Tank’s most ridiculous pitches without mentioning Track Days, a motorcycle riff on The Fast Saga, which was pitched by James Lavitola and Brian Pitt. These two came into the tank seeking an investment of $5 million in return for a 34% stake in the film. They were the first only people to appear on the show to pitch a movie.

After showing a hard-hitting trailer, things started to unravel fast. Track Days didn’t have a script, actors, or any other investments so far, nor had they secured a production company to help bring their dream to fruition. All of the sharks dropped out at an incredible pace. Mark Cuban refused to even listen to the pitch before they got started.

As the pitch continued, Lavitola himself said that films are a “crapshoot” for investors. The next one to sour on the idea was Daymond John, who had previously failed on a film investment in the past. Kevin, Barbara, and Robert were soon to follow. Despite all of the grand plans laid out by the pair, they had to walk away without a deal. As for Track Days the movie, it doesn’t seem like it will be hitting even the small screen any time soon. They were forced to abandon the project because it couldn’t be made without any financial backing.

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Wake ’N Bacon

Bacon was all the rage back in 2011 when the second season of Shark Tank brought us the final entrepreneur on our list. His name is Matty Sallin and he’s a man of simple pleasures. His favorite way to wake up is to the scent of frying bacon. Living alone as a bachelor, the best way he could think to satisfy this desire was by creating an alarm clock that would slowly fry bacon and fill your bedroom with the smell.

Matty was seeking a $40,000 investment in return for a 20% equity stake in his company. Wake ‘N’ Bacon was just an idea at this stage. He didn’t have anything but his original prototype and a less-than-stellar grasp on his numbers. He didn’t know how much it would cost to further develop the product, to produce it at scale, or how he was going to price or market the device.

The sharks entertained him for a short while, asking him a few questions about the business and the product, how he thought of it, and what his plans might be for the money if he was funded. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, he wasn’t funded. All of the sharks backed out on the simple fact that Matty had overlooked the key flaw in his dream to help America “rise and swine.” The product was a serious fire hazard. Nothing was heard about Wake ‘N’ Bacon after the episode aired but the product lives on in infamy as one of the worst pitches in the show’s history.

Christine Brown Breaks Down on Sister Wives: "It’s Been So Hard!"

Christine Brown stepped into the spotlight on Sister Wives this week.

With recent attention on the struggles between Kody and Christine, and with frequent attention over the past year or so on the unhappiness of Merii Brown...

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... Christine made it especially clear on Sunday night:

She's also rather miserable these days.

“It’s just so hard. This conversation sucks. It just completely sucks," the irritated spouse said in a confessional while talking to daughter Aspyn about the family's living arrangements on the latest episode of this TLC hit.

Does Christine wish she and Kody and company had remained in Las Vegas?

She wouldn't go that far.

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“It wasn’t a mistake to move to Flagstaff," Christine continued.

"Even though it’s been a hit, even though it’s not what we wanted, even though it’s been a year and we’re not where we wanted. It wasn’t a mistake. Flagstaff is still where we’re supposed to be.

"It still feels right.”

Despite living in Arizona for so long, the Sister Wives are still unsettled.

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As has been well-documented on the new season, Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn have been clashing over the family patriarch wanting everyone to live in one giant home.

None of the women like this idea.

On the episodes airing each Sunday night, they're residing in thir rental homes and arguing constantly with Kody over where they're gonna end up.

In this latest case, it all became too much for Christine, who broke down in tears while opening up to Aspyn during a visit to Utah.

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"It’s been so hard. I can’t tell you how hard it’s been,” the 47-year old told her child, adding;

“I wanna build, I wanna get out there. I’m tired of wasting money everywhere. I just want to build and get out there, all together, and not move again.

"I’m done. I want to stay there forever and ever and ever."

Where did Janelle and Meri come down on the topic? How did they feel this week about the prospect of living on the Coyote Pass property?

“Right now, I feel like it’s never gonna happen,” Janelle said. “It’s this thing we talk about and it’s like I don’t know.”

Meri wasn't any more optimistic.

"I don’t see it happening in the very near future," she said.

Kody, however, remained undeterred, much to the annoyance of basically everyone around him.

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"I think we’re on a two-year plan for moving on,” the 51-year-old father of over a dozen kids said about his polygamous palace fantasy, along with his dreams of simply building on the land he purchased so long ago.

Christine concluded by looking on the bright side ... as much as she could.

“It’s hard to see it as a reality sometimes. It is,” she acknowledged. “So I have to stay as positive as I can that we’re going to get out there."

Sister Wives airs at 10/9c on Sunday nights on TLC.

Daniel Dae Kim Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Makes Unusual Offer

Daniel Dae Kim, a veteran actor best known for prominent roles on TV shows Lost and Hawaii Five-0, has tested positive for Coronavirus.

He's the latest in a long line of celebrities to reveal such a diagnosis.

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The 51-year oold said in a lengthy statement that he started developing symptoms on his flight back to his home in Hawaii after spending several weeks filming in New York City.

He was on his way home after production closed down on New Amsterdam due to the virus and was “asymptomatic” during that time, Kim explained.

“But as the flight was close to landing, I started noticing some scratchiness in my throat, which is unlike how I usually get sick,” he said on Instagram.

“So when I landed, I called my family doctor in Hawaii and he told me to monitor my symptoms."

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Continued the popular star:

'To be safe, when I got home, I quarantined myself in a room in the house and tried to rest on my own.

"But later that night, I started feeling tightness in my chest, body aches and my temperature started to rise. So he then told me to get tested.”

From there, Kim said he went to one of the newly-built, publicly available drive-thru testing centers in Honolulu.

(Wouldn't it be amazing if all states had multiple locations such as this?)

“The test itself was really awkward and a little painful, because they shove a huge swab into your nose and into your throat, but it was worth it, because of what I found out,” he said.

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A father of two, Kim says he was able to manage his symptoms on his own in self-isolation with medication from his doctor, although he did not specify the type.

“I never went to a hospital, but with the help of medication, bed rest, liquids and, of course, my loving family, I didn’t need to.

"I actually started feeling better the day after, and I started feeling a little better the day after that, and today, even though I’m not 100 percent, I’m pretty close,” he said.

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The Hawaii Five-O then offered to help with efforts to create a vaccine for COVID-19.

“With any luck, I will have actually built up an immunity to this virus when all of this is said and done," he said, adding:

"So I may not actually need the vaccine when it comes out.

"I hope it does soon though, and I will gladly contribute in any way I can, including donating antibodies in the pursuit of finding a vaccine for everyone."

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Kim appeared on multiple episodes of The Good Doctor  as Dr. Jackson Han and starred for seven seasons on Hawaii Five-0 as Chin Ho Kelly and for the entire run of Lost as Jin-Soo Kwon.

Other notable entertainers who have been diagnosed with an illness that has been dubbed a pandemic and which has led to an essential shut down of the United States are:

Tom Hanks, Kevin Durant, Idris Elba and Sean Payton.

"I guess it’s nice to be mentioned in the same breath as Tom Hanks and Idris Elba, two of my favorite actors,” Kim joked. “I guess I’m in some pretty good company.”

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He ended by asking folks -- hello, President Trump! -- to stop being racist by referring to this ilness as the Chinese Virus and to stop blaming the Chinese for this outbreak.

And then he urged everyone out there to be careful:

Thankfully for me it was not a matter of life or death.

But even though I’m smiling and upbeat now, for several days I was in bed, so for all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is.

And if you treat this without care, you are potentially endangering the lives of millions of people, including your loved ones.

So for the sake of everyone else, please follow the guidelines. Socially distance, self-isolate, stop touching your face and of course, wash your hands.

Chris Matthews Straight Up Left MSNBC and Left Them Hanging

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Hilary Duff Wants Off of Disney+, Would Like ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Reboot to Head to Hulu

How bad does your streaming service have to be that people would rather be on Hulu? No one wants to be on Hulu. The Handmaid’s Tale doesn’t want to be on Hulu and it’s such a big hit for the platform that you probably have a decent idea what it’s about from references made to it on shows people actually watch.

But following Disney’s exile of the family-unfriendly Love, Simon TV spin-off and it’s LGBT themes to Hulu, Hilary Duff is actually hoping her Lizzie McGuire reboot similarly gets sent to Disney’s streaming sitcom graveyard.

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Was incredibly excited to launch ‘Lizzie’ on D+ and my passion remains! However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with Lizzie who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her. I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30-year-old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating. It’s important to me that just as her experiences as a preteen/teenager navigating life were authentic, her next chapters are equally as real and relatable. It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu, if they were interested, and I could bring this beloved character to life again.

I have two things to say about this. The first is obvious: Disney has been making assembly-line entertainment for decades now. Disney Channel sitcoms often get three seasons and then cancelled regardless of how well they’re doing in the ratings because Disney thinks their audience for the channel only sticks around for about three years. Probably doesn’t hurt that three years is right around when actors would get pay raises, either. Disney is more interested in consistency than creativity, and Duff clearly wants to break out of the mold, which is how you get cancelled before ever going to air at Disney.

The other thing worth mentioning is that Disney deciding Disney+ had to be “family friendly” was a big mistake. They should have gone with the Netflix model of for kids accounts and all-access accounts. The streamer isn’t even four months old and they’re already running into issues with what “family-friendly” means with borderline young adult shows like Love, Victor and Lizzie. It defeats the purpose of an all-in-one-place Disney streaming service if half your catalogue is going to be on Hulu.

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Hawaii Five-0 to End After 10 Seasons, Fans React in Sadness

CBS is bidding aloha to one of its longest-running shows.

The network has announced that Hawaii Five-0 will come to an end after 10 seasons, confirming its final episode will air on Friday, April 3.

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“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a hit franchise that carried on the legacy of the original with such distinction, while establishing its own signature style,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment.

Continued this statement:

“From episode one, HAWAII FIVE-0 has been a huge success for us. Thanks to the amazing talents of the producers, writers, cast and crew, it has played a key role for a decade on our schedule and helped establish our powerhouse Friday night.

'We cannot be prouder of its quality and longevity and are thankful for the passionate fan devotion it inspired.”

The drama's series finale will be two hours long, CBS added.

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The show was one of the first reboots of the past decade, paving the way for an endless array of sitcoms and dramas that are continuations or reimaginings of past franchises.

The original Hawaii Five-0 aired from 1968 through 1980 and starred Jack Lord as Honolulu detective Steve McGarrett.

The current series, which featured Alex O'Loughlin as McGarrett, will end up running for nearly as long as its predecessor: 10 seasons vs. 12 for the first version.

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“For 10 seasons, Alex, Scott and the rest of the talented FIVE-0 cast have brought fans exciting adventures in a spectacular tropical paradise,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios.

He continued:

“We specifically want to thank Peter and the incredibly talented production team for 10 years of consistently outstanding television. The drama has been a great success for the Studio and Network, and as a global franchise for our company.

"We’re pleased to give it a big sendoff and that viewers will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite characters as the final season wraps."

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The CBS TV Studios series scored a huge domestic syndication deal early in its run and has aired in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Scott Caan, Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath, Beulah Koale, Katrina Law, Taylor Wily, Dennis Chun, Kimee Balmilero and Chi McBride round out its main cast.

“HAWAII FIVE-0 has been such a blessing to me and all of the people who have worked on this incredible show,” said Peter M. Lenkov, Executive Producer.

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He elaborated as follows:

“I truly learned the meaning of ‘ohana’ as the viewers embraced us and the people of Hawaii welcomed us with the privilege to film on their shores.

"I am forever indebted to the creative genius that was Leonard Freeman who gave us such a beautiful story to begin with.

'And my eternal gratitude to our cast, led by our hero Alex O’Loughlin, the writers, the production team, our CBS ohana, and most importantly YOU, the fans, who allowed us to come to work with pride and made our series such a success. Mahalo.”

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With its finale, Hawaii Five-0 will have produced 240 episodes.

It premiered back on September 20, 2010.

In the two-hour finale, recurring cast members James Marsters (Victor Hesse), William Sadler (John McGarrett) and Mark Dacascos (Wo Fat) will all return.

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“This show has been pretty much every waking moment for the last 10 years of my life,” said series star Alex O’Loughlin, concluding:

“Everywhere I go on this planet, in every language, I am McGarrett to all these people. What we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished, it’s extraordinary. I can’t really put words to express my level of gratitude.

"I’m just glad to have been a part of this, a part of history, and I’m going to miss it. And to the fans, I don’t know how to thank you guys. Thank you for following us the way you have.

"I’m going to miss you. Aloha.”

Disney Moves ‘Love, Simon’ TV Series to Hulu Because Gays Aren’t Family-Friendly

Disney really wants you to think they are LGBT friendly and are doing their best to give representation to LGBT people. They don’t. They do not give a shit about the LGBT community, they just want those sweet, sweet rainbow dollar bills.

We’ve seen this song and dance from Disney before. Remember when they promised there would be unprecedented LGBT preparation in The Last Skywalker and then it was a scene lasting one second of some extras kissing in the background that was cut from homophobic markets? Well Lucy pulled the football out again as Disney announced they were pulling their Love, Simon series, now called Love, Victor, from Disney+ and shunting it off to bastard stepchild streaming service Hulu because it’s not “family friendly.”

Here’s what Variety reported about Disney’s motivation.

Sources also note that Disney felt many issues explored on the show, including alcohol use and sexual exploration, would not fit in with the family-friendly content on Disney Plus.

The Simpsons and The Mandalorian are on Disney+. The Simpsons has about a hundred episodes about alcohol use, including one where Homer and Bart become bootleggers after Bart gets drunk on St. Patrick’s Day. There’s also an episode where Homer and Marge start getting off on being caught during sex and up running home naked. They also have The Simpsons Movie which shows Bart’s penis. As for The Mandalorian, spoilers, but Baby Yoda roasts a Stormtrooper to death with his own flamethrower.

They clearly pushed this show to Hulu because they don’t think gay people existing is family friendly. Which makes them less progressive than South Park, who we’ve been hearing for years poisoned the minds of an entire generation. In the season 18 finale, Butters told Kyle his Christmas idea was gay, Kyle said he was going for wholesome and Butters relied “Gay is wholesome.” Disney doesn’t think gay is wholesome. They just keep telling you they’re adding LGBT characters to films and then only show that through a throw-away line they can cut out for China.

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The Bachelor Recap: The Threat! The Confession! The Shocking Decision!

It was Fantasy Suite week on The Bachelor this week.

For Peter Weber, however, the emotional episode nearly turned into a nightmare.

What Does DC Universe’s ‘Harley Quinn’ Have to Say About Masculinity

If Harley Quinn isn’t the first hit on niche streaming service DC Universe, it’s certainly the first one that’s actually good. While the show focuses on Harley Quinn as she leaves The Joker and struggles to build her own crew and find her own identity as more than just The Joker’s henchwoman. And while the show is primarily about Harley with Poison Ivy as the deuteragonist, it’s also a look at modern masculinity with a lot to say through the over-the-top versions of familiar DC characters that populate the world.

The show doesn’t start off with anything particularly insightful, the first few episode play on the well-worn tropes of Joker being a manipulative, abusive boyfriend to Harley and being in love with Batman. They do manage to play it up in interesting ways, like Joker pretending to be reading Infinite Jest when Harley calls him in the finale.

Much more interesting, however, is Poison Ivy’s relationship with Kite Man, a joke character from Batman comics whose real name is Charlie Brown and whose catchphrase is “Kite Man, hell yeah!” Kite Man initially comes across as a somewhat over-enthusiastic loser. But in the later half of the series it becomes clear that instead of “nice guy” stereotype like that Cat Person short story, Kite Man is just a genuinely sweet guy who cares about Ivy. He moves past his self-aggrandizing facade to be someone genuinely in touch with his emotions.

Emotional growth is a big part of the show in general. Take for example the episode where Clayface’s hand becomes detached, gains sentience and befriends Commissioner Gordon. Gordon is portrayed as being entirely unhinged by a brilliant Christopher Meloni, and all the guy really wants is a friend. The situation is resolved when Batman and Harley have a heart to heart about the nature of friendship where they both resolve to do better by the people hey care about.

Then there’s Doctor Psycho. An interesting look at cancel culture, he joins Harley Quinn’s crew after he’s thrown out of the Legion of Doom for calling Wonder Woman a cunt, paying a nod to his origins as the embodiment of misogyny in the early Wonder Woman comics. Even he gets a portrayal that’s not exactly sympathetic, but at least understanding.

In addition to showcasing all sorts of healthy and unhealthy forms of masculinity, Harley Quinn is just really funny. Most the time when TV shows and movies try to tackle these issues they end up being preachy and putting making a point ahead of being entertaining. That’s not the case here; while Harley Quinn has a lot to say about being a man in today’s world, it never puts making a point before telling a good story.

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Sister Wives Recap: Kody Brown Hates Plural Marriage (And We Hate Kody Brown!)

Kody Brown said the quiet part out loud on Sister Wives this week.

On every episode of this TLC series in 2020, the horny patriarch has come across like a selfish jerk.

Heck, Kody made one of his spouses cry last week by continuing to push the idea of everyone living under one roof in Arizona, despite clear and understandable objections to the proposal.

But the insensitive realiity star plummeted to a new low on Sunday night.

How so?

Kody confessed that he wants all his Sister Wives to be miserable.

“When I was younger, it used to be a lot of pleasure to me when I’d see my wives goofing off and playing and having fun together. I’m jaded, I guess,” the 51-year old explained.

He then continued as follows, admitting that even he — the most famous polygamist on television — doesn’t like being married to multiple women.

“I just don’t see plural marriage in the same light that I used to.

“I’m struggling with plural marriage and I’m struggling with my wives and I’m struggling with their conflict.

“We’re at a stage in our lives now where were far apart and we’re struggling with getting along.”

To be clear, all that’s really happening here is that Kody has an idea (to build a large home in which everyone can reside) and neither Robyn nor Meri nor Christine nor Janelle is on board.

That’s pretty much it.

So all it takes is a little bit of dissension in the ranks and Kody can’t handle.

His true colors just come pouring out.

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While Kody said all this on the episode, he was watching the four women making snow angels together and saying that he’s “cynical.”

He ought to be thrilled to see the Sister Wives getting along so well, right?

Especially since together they share 18 children and the entire point of plural marriage is to create one giant happy famiily…

That’s how someone with a heart would feel at least, you know?

“We did an entire discussion about one home and I think there’s a tendency, especially with my presentation of this one house idea, where there’s sort of a loyalty bond that they get with each there,” Kody tried to explain.

Brown then stuck his foot into his mouth into deeper, coming right out and admiitting he can’t handle when the spouses don’t just acquiesce to his every demand:

“It’s me or them. [For example,] ‘Well, my sister wife doesn’t like this one house idea, so I’m gonna side with her instead of my husband.’”

Throughout Season 9, Meri has also been very open about the struggles of having a plural family, even revealing that she nearly was kicked out of her rental home because of her romantic lifestyle.

Robyn, meanwhile, recently supported Christine when she spoke out against Kody, proving that he’s not paranoid at least.

The Sister Wives really do seem to be bonding over their issues with their husband these days.

How dare they think on their own, right?!?

These TV Shows are Totally Getting Canceled

It's almost that time of year. 

By that, we mean that time during which the networks make renewal or cancellation decisions. 

Some of those decisions are headscratchers for sure, but most of the below shows have already been picked up for new seasons. 

And yet… we're worried about their long-term prospects. 

Scroll down to find out what we mean: 

1. Grey’s Anatomy – ABC

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Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for Season 17. But the show recently lost original star Justin Chambers, and there was no on-screen exit. Additionally, ABC has pushed the show to a later slot and is trying to force fans to watch Station 19, a horrible spinoff.

All of these things have resulted in lower than usual ratings, and that’s down to the fans who are unhappy with all the changes. Could the end of Grey’s really be near?

2. Prodigal Son – FOX

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This psychological thriller has scored a full-season order, but the ratings are not great. FOX cancels middle of the pack series all the time, so we’re not sure Prodigal Son is long for this world.

3. Manifest – NBC

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Manifest was a roaring success for NBC last season, but after a long delay, Season 2 is down over 40%. Serialized dramas rarely regain lost viewers, and the continued erosion could mean the series will be another high-concept drama that ends without a conclusion.

4. The Resident – FOX

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FOX moved The Resident from its post-911 Monday slot to Tuesdays. The ratings are down over 20%, and the show is now the network’s 10th highest-rated scripted series out of 15. That’s worrying.

5. Emergence – ABC

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This show started strong in the ratings but slumped to embarrassing levels by the conclusion. There’s a decent mystery in there, but ABC might cut the series short.

6. Almost Family – Fox

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This show never got good ratings out of The Masked Singer, so FOX responded by shunning it to Saturdays. Shows rarely survive that kind of move, meaning that it will probably not be back.

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The Bachelor Recap: Let’s Talk About Ex, Baby!

They say you can’t go home again.

And yet, on The Bachelor this week, Peter Weber went home again… and again… and again… and again.

How did Weber’s hometown date episode go? Who did he send packing before it was all said and done? And how did an ex-girlfriend play an unexpected role?!?

We begin this recap with a trip to Hannah Ann’s native Knoxville, Tennessee.

Before their date had even begun, this member of the final four made a point to warn Peter about her father, Rick, describing him as an old-school, protective dad who works in the lumber industry.

It was important that she prove to her parent “that this California guy is tough,” yet getting Rick’s approval was far easier said than done.

What a shock, right? It’s typically a breeze for any Bachelor to win over the father of his potential wife.

After spending the day together, Hannah Ann and her handsome pilot headed to her home to meet her family — and it was apparent from the outset that Rick was skeptical about the whole process.

“The biggest question on my mind is how Peter feels about Hannah,” he said.

“I mean, can you honestly sit here and tell me tonight that it’s not just a flash in the pan? Because right now, that’s the way I look at it.”

“What I can tell you is there is something real here,” Peter said in defense of his feelings for Hannah Ann, adding:

“I’m actually hoping to tell her this tonight, that I am falling in love with her and I don’t want her to have any doubt about that.”

Rick was all like, dude, do NOT say that big-time word to my child unless you mean it… which, naturally, prompted Peter to go ahead and say it.

“I know how I’m feeling about you, and I can honestly say that I am falling in love with you,” he told Hannah Ann. “Just being here with you tonight with your family, it feels so right. And it makes me so happy.”

Her response?

“I am in love with you,” Hannah Ann replied. “I’m devoted and I’m committed and I’m in it.”

From there, Peter reunited with Kelsey in Des Moines, Iowa.

They also spent the day — stomping grapes to create their own blend of wine — and Kelsey even dropped the L-word herself for the first time.

While Peter seemed genuinely happy, he didn’t reciprocate, merely telling her that his heart was “definitely falling.”

That evening, he met Kelsey’s mom Beth, stepdad Mike and a few other family members.

During a one-on-one conversation with Beth, Peter said he and Kelsey “connected on a such a deep and emotional level” early on.

“As a mom of three having gone through a divorce, I am concerned,” the protective parent responded. “Nobody wants to have their child’s heartbroken. So, don’t break my girl’s heart.”

Seems like a fair requst, right?

That was really all there was to the visit with Kesley, as Peter next went to Auburn, Alabama to play some basketball with Madison… whose dad coaches this fun sport.

That night, he went to her house for dinner to meet the while family, where the topic of intimacy came up during a private discussion between Madison and her mom, Tonya.

How fun!

“I haven’t fully talked to him yet about how I view intimacy, and how I feel that is something that I have saved for marriage,” Madison confessed. “I don’t know how he’s going to respond to that.”

This was a potential issue because (The Bachelor spoilers Alert!), Peter Weber really loves to have sex.

Cut to yet another emotional chat with yet another emotional father, who said his daughter is “pure” and who feared Peter would corrupt or hurt her, and Peter replying as follows:

“I just can’t give you an answer right now [about who I’m going to pick], and I’m sorry about that.”

This trip didn’t conclude with any huge feelings shared between the occasional couple.

“I think I was hoping to be there,” Madison said. “I was hoping to tell Peter that I’m in love with him, but I’m still trying to figure out if our spirits and our souls are compatible and I think a lot is weighing on that.”

Finally, Peter flew to Virginia Beach, Virginia, for his hometown date with Victoria Fuller.

They spent the day exploring the beach and boardwalk before she surprised him with a Hunter Hayes concert, where a group of fans formed to watch the performance unfold.

(No, you guys, Victoria did not also date Hayes.)

And then, in a total shocker that Peter couldn’t possibly have known was coming and was definitely not scripted by producers… an ex-girlfriend showed up!

Her face was hilariously blurred on air, but she’s since been identified as Merissa Pence.

“Just be careful,” she warned Peter about Victoria, explaining:

“I’m from here, and I just know what a good guy you are, and I would hate for who you are to be affected by somebody else. So that’s really all I’ll say.

“I know that you’re a great guy and I don’t think that you deserve what you’re on a date with right now.”

Marissa then claimed that she actually knew Victoria sort of well. What a coincidence that we totally believe is true!

“I actually used to be friends with her and things happened, probably a few months ago,” she continued.

“We’re just not friends anymore. I’ve tried to mend the relationship, just because we have mutual friends … but I just feel like I want to say this to you, because I know who you are and it’s a good person and I don’t think that you deserve that.

“There has been many relationships broken up because of her, and I don’t think it’s a good relationship for you to be in.”

Peter was taken aback by this bombshell and brought it up later with Fuller.

“You know how on our first date at that concert, you had an ex there? Today I had an ex there, too. Her name is Merissa,” he began.

“We just kind of chatted for a little bit, and then she just brought some stuff to my attention that she thought I should know.

She told me that you’ve caused a lot of other relationships to end — I don’t know what she could be referring to, but those are her words.”

Victoria responded in anger, storming off in tears because, in her view, Peter had just immedately taken the side of an ex over her.

“I adore you,” she told him later, choking back sobs.

“I literally wanted to tell you tonight that I was falling in love with you. And how am I supposed to do that? … I had such high hopes for you to meet my family and I’m just so disappointed.”

The two then said an emotional goodbye… only for Victoria to show up the next morning at Peter’s hotel.

“For some reason, I just can’t walk away from you,” she said. “You can make this decision. If you don’t want to continue with me, then I understand. But I can’t let you leave without letting you know that I’m falling in love with you.”

Yup, there it is, folks. Again.

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Everyone then met back up in Los Angeles for a rose ceremony, despite Peter never meeting Victoria’s family.

Peter gave the first flower to Hannah Ann and the second to Madison, saving the final rose for Victoria — and eliminating Kelsey in the process.

“I’m so sorry, and I know you probably didn’t see that coming at all,” he said as he walked her out.

“Believe me, when you told me that you loved me, that meant the world to me. But I just — I wasn’t there.”

Will he go there next week in the Fantasy Suites, however? Check out the promo below!

Sister Wives Recap: Robyn Breaks Protocol! Robyn Breaks Protocol!

Oh, she went there this week, folks.

You better believe it:

To mark a very special occasion on Sister Wives Sunday night, Christine Brown absolutely went there.

On the latest episode of this TLC favorite (which was available on the Internet only last week, in case you were confused over recaps from several days ago), Kody once again pushed for his dream scenario of building one gigantic home in Arizona.

And it was once again met with disdain from the Sister Wives.

The uncomfortable conversation seemed especially troubling for Christine Brown, who said on air that she did not want to see Kody go on a date with another wife.

She hated the idea of sharing one entrance and being exposed to exactly what Kody was doing on a daily basis.

Interesting, right?

The women are obviously aware that Kody has these other relationships… and yet Robyn agreed that being faced with witnessing the ways in which he interacts with his fellow wives would sort of suck.

She said in response to the polygamous palace proposal that she did “not want the awkward moment of running into another wife.”

Robyn was against the idea because she felt living under one roof might lead to divorce, “plural marriage is already hard without all the extra rubbing,” she actually noted.

Then there was Janelle, who apparently slept on ths concept and came out in favor of it.

She said she “really wants this” because she believes it would strengthen the family bond, having previously admitted the Sister Wives are not close.

“There is a psychological thing of – we live in one home. We are a family. And our kids do feel like they’re siblings but our older kids have a different kind of bond than our little children do.” Janelle explained.

The lone Kody supporter continued as follows:

“I feel sometimes like I’m the only person in the family that thinks what we had in Lehi, Utah, was awesome.

“The living under one house. It wasn’t Utopia, there are things that definitely we need to change. But the whole idea of living together, I think, was so brilliant. And beautiful.”

In the end, Kody asked the women to pray on it and try not to be close minded.

Cut to Valentine’s Day, a rather awkward occasion for a family comprised of four romances, you know?

Kody aimed to make the holiday as family-friendly and as all-inclusive as possible so that none of the wives and/or their kids feel left out.

Therefore, everyone gathered at one house and Kody went out of his way to ensure that each woman was given equal attention, presenting them with elaborate bouquets and gift bags for the children.

And then it happened:

Robyn gave Kody a kiss in response to the flowers.

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She did it in front of the other wives, which is a majorr Brown Family No-No; it totally breaks the protocol of keeping one’s romance with Kody private from the other women.

In a couch confessional, though, Robyn felt no remorse, saying she ought to be able to simply thank her husband without concern for blowback or some silly rule.

(Editor’s Note: This decision will only excaerbate the belief that Kody plays favorites.)

Meri, for whatever it’s worth, seemed most offended by Robyn’s actions here.

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Elsewhere, Kody turned 51 years old and his better halves surprised him with shirts that read “Home is Where Your Wives Are.”

How sweet, we guess?

Kody later admitted to the camera, though, that Flagstaff won’t really feel like home until the Las Vegas houses sell and he can relax about money.

Finally, we close with some very happy news… that doesn’t center around Kody for once.

Mariah Brown is engaged!

She showed up in Arizona to tell everyone about girlfriend Audrey’s proposal and her acceptance and their plans to marry!

We send this couple our very best wishes for a bright future that doesn’t include plural marriage because it’s a horribly unfair and very sexist arrangement.

Jameela Jamil Comes Out As ‘Queer’ In Response to Criticism Over New Show

Did you know ballroom dancing is gay? I personally had no idea, though if you asked me to guess I probably would have hit the mark on that one. But apparently it’s not only gay but it is in fact so gay that Jameela Jamil decided she needed to come out as ‘queer’ to defend being on a show about ballroom dancing called Legendary.

Jamil made a tweet about it and it is exactly as dumb as you’re probably thinking.

Jamil says, among other things, “I know that my being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom,” which… what?

Here’s the thing about Jameela Jamil, which you may not know if you’re only familiar with her from The Good Place; she’s dumb as shit. I’m basing this on the time I saw her on The Great Comic Relief Bake-Off and she came off as being incompetent and, well, dumb as shit.

Heres an example of her big dumbass energy, watch as she tells Seth Meyers how she tried to curl her hair with a vibrator.

Her height has a done a huge amount of heavy lifting in getting her a career as a presenter.

Setting aside that ‘queer’ could mean virtually anything, I don’t see how it’s helpful to say “no, see, I can totally watch ballroom dancing, I’m queer!” You obviously don’t have to be gay to be a ballroom dancer, much less a ballroom dancing reality show judge.

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The Bachelor Recap: You’re an Alcoholic Pill-Popper with Mental Health Problems!

The Bachelor aired the fiirst of two episodes planned for this week on Monday night.

But while that may seem excessive, Peter Weber went ahead and upped his own ante during the latest installment of this franchise yesterday evening...

... by sending SIX women home.

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It was an all-out war between the women from the start, as the contestants screamed over Peter's decision to bring Alayah back into the mansion after originally sending her home over concerns that she was being “fake.”

“I don’t care what anyone in there says. I know that you have an amazing heart,” Weber told Alayah after pulling her aside amid the tension and adding:

“I felt such a strong connection with you from night one.”

Sounds sweey, right? Except... Peter then went Alayah home because it thought it was all too much for her to handle.

Peter then apologized to the rest of the women for following ABC's lame script for creating a “toxic” situation, which they seemed to mostly accept.

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“I’m asking the women to trust me right now, but I feel like a lot of them probably don’t,” Peter explained. “I deserve to be called out. I messed up. That was a slap in their face, and I see that now.”

Even after this early drama, Peter then had to anchor an actual rose ceremony, during which he sent Deandra, Kiarra and Savanah packing.

And then the fun finally got underway -- with a trip to Costa Rica!

It didn't take long, however, for Peter to sustain a forehead injury in a golf cart accident in during a day off from shooting.

While the accident wasn't shown on air, Peter showed up with a bandage on his head and filled the women in on what transpired.

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“I ran into a golf cart,” he said with a laugh after concocting a story about a run-in with a puma.

“I had a glass in my hand, as I hit my head I then shattered the glass into my head. It just sounds ridiculous. I frickin’ stabbed myself in the head. I will never forget this experience.”

Thankfully, Peter was able to recover sufficiently enough to take Sydney for a helicopter ride... have a picnic with her... and, of course, swap a lot of spit.

“You know, you’re the best kisser,” he told her. “That’s our secret. Don’t tell anyone.”

Later, while eating, Peter and Sydney grew even closer after she got candid up about her parents’ divorce and her estranged relationship with her father.

Feeling like he’s finally “peeling back the layers” of Sydney, Peter gave her a rose.

Meanwhile, back at the house, Kelsey, who had a one-on-one last Monday, was starting to feel the pressure of competing for the handsome pilot's attention.

She broke down into tears while talking to Tammy.

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It was one thing for her to feel annoyed that Peter was out with another woman... but Kesley then took it up 27 notches.

“She’s a dramatic f-ckin bitch,” she said to Tammy of Kelsey. “I don’t care about all these girls and their drama.”

(Editor's Note: In that case, boy oh boy, are you on the wrong show!)

Following the group date (a bikini photoshoot with Cosmopolitan Magazine), Kelsey told Peter that ,despite feeling insecure about the process, she was falling in love with him.

“Honestly, I never expected to have feelings this strong,” she said. “It felt really good to get the validation I did tonight. It made me really happy.”

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Kelsey would soon feel sad, however, because Tammy ratted her out and told Peter all about her Sydney bashing.

“Kelsey had a mental breakdown because Sydney went off with you in a helicopter. She was sitting by herself crying her eyes out,” she told Weber. “I’ve seen multiple times that she’s drinking excessively.”

Whoa there! We just entered new territory of accusations, didn't we?

Was this breakdown part true, Peter proceeded to ask Kelsey?

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“I was emotional, but it wasn’t a breakdown,” she replied through tears, attempting to explain:

“I want you to know I didn’t have an emotional breakdown. I was sad, I was really sad. It’s not like every day has been like that. It was just the first time after a one-on-one where my feelings were really strong.”

Kelsey then cried once again after talking to the other suitors and hearing them blame her for all the drama.

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On a sexier note, Peter took Kelley to a spiritual guru for a one-on-one date, where they strip down to their bathing suits for a cleansing ritual.

Peter then admitted to Kelley that she seemed hesitant to open up, prompting her to reply:

“I want someone to be my other half. I want to be with someone who we are a power couple. I’m looking for someone to challenge me on a day to day.”

This was enough for her to earn a rose.

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Back to the drama at the house:

Kelsey learned that Tammy was the one who told Peter she was kind of an alcoholic, an allegation she tried to shoot down when chatting next with Peter.

“For some reason, Tammy is going around telling everyone that I have a drinking problem. Then it turned into popping pills,” Kelsey told The Bachelor. “It’s very hurtful.”

The conversation further strengthed her bond with Peter.

“It’s sad to me to think that she was made to feel that uncomfortable,” he told the camera. “I loved that she felt the need to come over and it meant enough to her to clarify things with me.”

So much so that he simply gave Kelsey a rose right then and there.

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This pissed off the other women, as did the fact that Peter canceled that night's cocktail party.

“It just kind of sucks because maybe if you hadn’t gone to talk to him, maybe we could have had a cocktail party,” Lexi told Kelsey.

It all got so ugly, you guys.

Kelsey said at one point the only pills she takes are “Adderall and birth control," while Tammy lashed out at Sydney for criticizing her over involving Peter in the house drama, labeling her a “princess.”

The other women were upset that rumors were distracting from their potential time to make connections. Literally, EVERYone started crying.

Before Peter starts giving out roses, Tammy pulled him aside.

“I would just hope that you would never think that I’m coming from a malicious place,” she said to him. “I’m here to focus on my relationship with you.”

Feeling left out, Mykenna then interrupted these two to tell Peter how much the drama has been weighing on her.

While viewers didn't see much of the conversation, Peter was left standing alone and looking very sad.

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He eventually returned and sent Lexi and Shiann home.

What a total mess.

Before Wednesday's episode airs, take a breath and visit our section of The Bachelor spoilers to see what happens next.

James Corden Went to Therapy to Learn Not to be an Insufferable Prick

James Corden has been in the news recently because people found out he doesn’t actually drive during his popular ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment. I don’t know who thought he was actually driving, of course the car is on a trailer, that’s how they film it. Watch 10 seconds of Top Gear and you’ll see the difference. I don’t recommend watching it longer than 10 seconds, though, unless you’re old enough to think the PT Cruiser is super awesome.

But a Page Six profile revealed something even more interesting about Corden, which is that after the success of Gavin and Stacey in the U.K. he had to see a therapist because the success made him an absolutely insufferable dickhead that even his co-stars hated.

“I started to behave like a brat that I just don’t think I am,” he shared. “It’s so intoxicating, that first flush of fame, and I think it’s even more intoxicating if you’re not bred for it.”

Corden’s mother revealed that she prayed for him while his sisters simply insisted he not be a “d—khead.”

He says he doesn’t think he’s really a brat, but even his family thought he was being a dickhead, so… you be the judge. Even Rob Bryden, one of the sweetest people in Wales, let him know he was being a bit of a cunt.

His “Gavin & Stacey” co-star Rob Brydon also approached him about his attitude, with Brydon recalling, “I said, ‘Look, this is a bit awkward to say, but I’m just hearing these things about you, and you’ve got to know that the way you behave has an effect on people.’”

Corden claims he’s no longer a giant asshole, but last year outspoken former Kimmel writer Jack Allison told a story of how Corden came to a WGA meeting to ask for the creation of a new, lower paying position for writers.

Corden denied this, claiming he wanted to create a path for new writers, but this was disputed by basically every writer around who pointed out he could just pay inexperienced writers WGA minimum, which is why the minimum is there to begin with.

One twitter user pointed out that Corden has 10 million followers and his post only got six likes, so… you tell me if he looks like an asshole. but I guess he gets a pat on the back for not being smug about it.

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Netflix is Hoping ‘One Piece’ Will be Their Next Big Franchise

Netflix is hoping that the next big genre franchise, following in the footsteps of Game of Thrones, The Witcher and The Mandalorian will be One Piece. Written and drawn by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece is the most successful comic book in the history of the world.

One Piece follows Captain Monkey D. Luffy’s quest to become king of the pirates by finding the legendary treasure One Piece. After eating the Gum-Gum Fruit, Luffy became a rubber man who could stretch his body in impossible ways at the expense of not being able to swim. He’s joined on his travels by the Straw Hat Pirates, names after Luffy’s signature straw hat given to him when he was a child by his mentor Shanks: first mate Roronoa Zoro, navigator Nami, the phantom thief, Usopp the sniper, Chef Blackleg Sanji and the ship’s doctor, Tony Tony Chopper, a reindeer who ate the Human-Human Fruit and became a reindeer man.

There was actually a series of ads in Japan for Indeed that showed a live-action version of the Straw Hats that included an actual reindeer as Tony Tony Chopper.

That actually looks pretty badass, but I doubt that they’ll use those actors. Deadline is reporting this is actually an American production written by Steven Maeda and Matt Owens, though Japanese publisher Shueisha and creator Oda will be involved in the production.

One question is what exactly the show will be adapting; One Piece is entering its 23rd year of publication and the comic is closing in on 1000 individual chapters. Kids in Japan are reading One Piece who hadn’t even been born when it started, and the show could spend its entire 10-episode first season adapting early stories without even introducing most of the main cast as One Piece has generally added a new character to the crew with every major story arc.

My best guess is that the first season will primarily adapt the popular ’Arlong Park’ story where Luffy and his crew fight the Fishman warlord Arlong who has tormented Nami since she was a young child. This was really the storyline that took One Piece from being a popular comic to being the biggest thing going for the next 20 years, it’s hard to imagine that it isn’t what they use to draw viewers into the show.

Considering One Piece is insane popular as both a comic and an anime both in Japan and around the world, Netflix could have a bona fide cultural phenomenon if they handle this project right. The appeal of an easygoing but fiercely loyal and determined hero having adventures on the open seas is universal, and it’s not hard to imagine One Piece achieving the same sort of cultural currency Game of Thrones had. Just hopefully with a better ending.

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Tamra Judge Stuns the World, Quits The Real Housewives of Orange County

We've got a legitimate shocker, reality television fans.

We strongly hope you're sitting down for this news.

Yes? Okay? Are you prepared? Here. We. Go...

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Tamra Judge is leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County.

“It’s been a wild ride, and after all these years, I’m looking forward to life away from the cameras,” Judge told People Magazine in a statement, adding:

“I was offered a chance to come back to the show in a limited role, but would prefer to walk away on my own terms.”

Judge had been on the long-running series -- which heads into its 15th year in a few months -- for a full dozen seasons prior to learning she was going to be demoted.

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Some folks may not realize this, but she is currently the longest-tenured Real Housewives cast member in history.

Judge, who was reportedly asked to return for a mere three episodes in 2020, also confirmed her departure on Saturday, January 25, with an Instagram post that showed her and husband Eddie Judge.

“It’s been a wild 12 years. But it’s time to move on,” she captioned the image. “Im sad to go but I’m very excited about my future. Love you guys.”

Bravo viewers quickly reacted to the news, with one commenting on the post that the show is “no longer worth watching without you and Vicki," while another chiled in that “there better be a dang tres amigas show in the works or something….”

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Indeed, Vicki Gunvalson was bumped down to "friend" status last season and recently hinted that she'd be open to a spinoff.

She also announced on Friday that she would not be back in any capacity for Season 15, confirming rumors we had reported that MAJOR cast changes were in the works.

Said Vicki in her own statement this week:

"It's been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want thank all of you for your support, for your love and for 'whooping it up' with me along the way...

"My podcast with Westwood One will be launching soon and I will have much more to say about this on Whoop It Up With Vicki.

"I hope you will join me with my new journey so please stay tuned. I love all my fans, and I want to thank Bravo and Evolution for this incredible experience which my family and I have will never forget."

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Throughout her run on the beloved program, Judge had been responsible for some of its most memorable moments, including the show’s very first wine toss. 

She also led a three-episode spinoff series, Tamra’s OC Wedding, which chronicled her June 2013 wedding to husband Eddie at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California.

Andy Cohen, meanwhile, reacted to Judge’s news on Saturday, Tweeting:

“An unprecedented run from a woman who was always entertaining, surprising and dramatic – and never ever aged. And now she’s the queen of CBD!”

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Speaking to People, Tamra talked about both her family and her future and how the two are aligned in her decision.

“Eddie and the kids are very excited,” she said of her husband and her four kids -- sons Ryan Vieth, 34, and Spencer Barney 19, and daughter Sydney Barney, 21, and Sophia Barney, 14.

“I want to thank all the fans who have offered me their support over the years,” she added. “It’s meant a lot.”

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Last season, The Real Housewives of Orange county featured Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

The official cast for Season 15 has not yet been revealed, but Cohen had the following to say when asked about the possibility of newcomers to the franchise:

The casting for next season is some of the best casting we've had.

No matter how it shakes out, it's going to be great because we have great casting. It's hard to make moves when you don't have a bench, both on the show and casting wise.

Grey’s Anatomy Recap: Did Everyone Survive the Night?

We can always rely on Grey's Anatomy to deliver some crazy twists and turns. 

Thursday's midseason premiere picked up with Helm, Simms, and Parker arriving at Grey Sloan Memorial worse for wear after their brush with death.

But the night was far from over, and their lives were on the line throughout the installment. 

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Helm was rushed into a room to be looked over, only for her and Link to come to the same conclusion: She could lose her left foot unless surgery was performed quickly. 

Wowza, right?

If you watch Grey's Anatomy online, you know the show likes to play with expectations, so the stage was set for Helm to take her final breath. 

That was further solidified when she told Meredith she loved her, but Meredith barely had time to take notice of the admission before Levi collapsed. 

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Levi was in the bar when the car crashed into it, but there were no visible signs that he was harmed. All he cared about throughout the explosive episode was that Helm pulled through. 

Meredith did some checks on Levi and gave him the fright of his life when she revealed that the symptoms he was having were linked to a heart attack. 

When Teddy investigated, she realized that he was suffering from Broken Heart Syndrome. Yes, really. 

Just as that was playing out Helm flat-lined, forcing the doctors to work overtime to try to restart her heart.

There was a lot of foreshadowing, meaning that Helm was very likely going to die, but to the surprise of everyone, she pulled through. 

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As for Parker, he had PTSD after a nasty bump on the head. A CT scan performed by Teddy and Amelia confirmed as much, but the two women were too busy chatting about their complicated relationship with Owen to notice the veteran making a mad dash from the room. 

After scouring the CCTV footage, Amelia and Teddy found him hiding in the airlocked room, with Teddy theorizing that it reminded him of a bomb shelter. Teddy subsequently told Amelia that there isn't a great support system in place for veterans. 

Which brings us to Simms, Tom's protégé. If someone was going to die this episode, it seemed obvious it would be him. He was in surgery for most of the episode, but he survived ... for now. 

Given that Simms is yet to recover fully, there could be complications down the line for him. 

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Four residents were in danger throughout the episode, and all four survived. That's a rare feat for this show, but we'll take these wins while we can!

Bailey barely got a moment to process her miscarriage before she learned that Ben was trapped in the bar, and when they got to the hospital, all she could think about was saving every member of her staff. 

After giving Ben and Richard hospital privileges, she broke down about how there was no way she would be able to see her unborn child living or even get a chance to save her life. 

It was harrowing, to say the least, and there's a very good chance Bailey will need to take some time away from the hospital to grieve the insurmountable loss. 

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Other bombshells dropped in this installment:

- Meredith started to understand there was more to the hot Irish gift Christina sent her when they had a genuine conversation

- DeLuca worried about how to apologize to Meredith, so he turned to Maggie for assistance. 

- Maggie got the good news that her patient survived, but some bad news followed it. She was being sued for the death of her cousin, Sabie. 

- Owen finally plucked up the courage to propose to Teddy, and they made their engagement official by shouting it across the hospital. 

- Amelia pulled Link aside to tell him something about the baby, but her demeanor changed when she heard Owen and Teddy were engaged. She then claimed to that they were having a boy, but her reaction certainly made it look like she was telling him something different. Is Link really the father? 

- Jo initially refused to take the baby back to the hospital, but Link gave her a logical way to do the right thing, and she returned the child. Meredith understood why Jo stole the child, but she said that she was a convicted felon, so there's that. 

What did you think of the midseason premiere? Hit the comments below. 

Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC. 

Jersey Shore Return Date, Trailer: Revealed!

MTV has announced the return date for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

The network has also unveiled the official synopsis for the continuation of Season 3, and you won’t believe this, but…

… major drama is on the way!

So are a handful of locales, as our favorite quasi family takes its often-wasted show on the road.

Let’s start with the upcoming air time and date, however:

The series will kick off a run of new episodes on Thursday, February 27th at 8pm ET/PT.

These all-new episodes, according to MTV, will take the group across the country – New Jersey, New Orleans and Las Vegas – for “surprises, tears and even more outrageous moments.”

What else can fans expect this winter and spring?

The cable network teases that all of the aforementioned developments and reactions will “lead up to a wildly memorable trip down the aisle for one of the cast members.”

What could this be referring to? We have no idea.

Which means we’ll need to tune in, we suppose.

In its press release, MTV also ran down each of the returning fan favorites and what we can look forward to seeing from them over the next several weeks. To wit:

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino? He’s out of prison after spending time behind bars for his admitted role in a bankruptcy fraud scheme.

Look for Sitch to rejoin the group after his long-awaited release from jail, and for the roommates to finally feel whole again, prepared for a fresh start.

Elsewhere, Nicole and Deena will “continue to live their best ‘mommy’ lives,” the network says in weird fashion, basically previewing how each will be busy as a parent of young kids.

Jenni, meanwhile, will embrace her new single life, many months after finalizing her divorce from Roger Mathews and also after splitting from her boyfriend – who, toward the end of last year, nearly tore the household apart with his actions.

Vinny? He’s happily eating carbs again. Really. That’s what the network teases.

Elsewhere, Ronnie’s “quest for inner peace is always foiled because of his on-again/off-again relationship,” which took yet another dangerous turn a few days ago when he accused Jen Harley of a new attack.

Finally, DJ Pauly D will be touring the country conquering the DJ world — and Angelina is gearing up to get married!

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You’ll notice that Snooki isn’t included in this rundown.

And that’s because she, shockingly, will not be coming back to the show.

“I have to do what’s best for me at the moment, and I am retiring from Jersey Shore,” Snooki said in early December, adding:

“I hate being away from the kids, I don’t like partying three days in a row, it’s just not my life anymore.

“And I wanna be home with the kids. I don’t mind a here or there going to a dinner or whatever, but it’s just really hard on me to leave the kids and film the show.”

How will the roommates get by without her? Click below to find out:

Concluded Snooki on her Jersey Shore resignation:

“I’m not saying goodbye … I just need to move on from the show because I don’t like the direction it’s going in when it comes to the drama and the cattiness.”

We can’t imagine Jersey Shore without the Snookster, can you? 

Just consider all the ways in which she evolved and all the things she did over the last decade:

Maitland Ward Says Her ‘Boy Meets World’ Co-Stars Support Her New Porn Career

Maitland Ward has been porning out for a while, doing sex stuff on camera and whatnot and yet no one thought to get a comment from her Boy Meets World costars on it.

Big mistake. Huge.

Maitland talked to In Touch Weekly about her former cast ages, and specifically Will Friedel, whose character Eric lost the battle for the heart of Ward’s Rachel.

The Drive starlet recently ran into Will Friedle — who played Eric Matthews opposite of Maitland’s character Rachel McGuire on the show — at Comic-Con in October, and she couldn’t help but gush over their close bond. “That was so funny. We were crossing paths. A fan came up to me and said, ‘Will wants to see you. He was signing, and I was out in my costume walking around. Then, I walked up to Will, and he is like, ‘Ah!’” she shared. “It was a really sweet moment. He was like, ‘Are you happy?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is all that matters.’ That was the sweetest moment. It was like no time had passed except a million years — no, we had seen each other in the past few years, but it was really funny.”

Ward said she hasn’t told William Daniels about it, though, which is probably for the best. She also has ideas for a Boy Meets World reunion.

Ultimately, the redheaded beauty is hoping they can make some kind of reunion work down the line where the show would “focus on the older people storylines,” and they could travel to Paris or Italy. “It definitely was a really tight-knit family set,” she added. “The Boy Meets World cast will always be super united. You’re always connected, and you keep in touch.”

For what it’s worth, basically everyone but Ward and Matthew Lawrence was in the final episode of Girl Meets World if you’re looking for a reunion. They even had both actresses who played Morgan in what was the strongest joke of the episode, but I have a feeling gags about Maitland Ward’s new line of work would get some big laughs, too.

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