It’s been six seasons since he admitted it to Michonne at the end of “Clear,” but it appears Rick Grimes still “sees things.”
The news that Rick’s old pal and former deputy Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) will return to haunt him in flashbacks during his final season on The Walking Dead poses an intriguing question. Could any other ghosts from the former sheriff’s past materialize in the six episodes before he makes his exit?What Andrew Lincoln's 'Walking Dead' Exit Could Mean for Rick Grimes
His departure leaves Rick's fate up in the air.
Shane is in no way the only important person in Rick’s life to meet a tragic end, though he’s probably the one with whom he had the most complicated relationship. After all, Shane did sleep with his wife and practically adopt Carl, which definitely strained their friendship.
Throughout the seasons Rick has lost mentors, friends and even his wife and son — and showing some of his treasured memories with them would be a good way to send off the beloved badass. Click through the gallery above for some of our ideas on who might rise from the dead to talk with Rick in Season 9.
The Walking Dead, Season 9, Fall 2018, AMC
Summer lovin' happened so fast!
That's exactly what fans can expect from the upcoming season of the ABC Bachelor spinoff series, Bachelor in Paradise.
The new season — as always — includes fan favorites from past Bachelor and Bachelorette seasons, with the cast including some of the most recent castaways from Becca Kufrin's season such as "Fell Off The Bed" David, "Grocery Store" Joe, and "Male Model" Jordan.'The Bachelorette' Episode 5: Becca's Not Impressed on 'Petty' Two-On-One Date (RECAP)
And the guys feel the consequences.
Longtime host Chris Harrison is back for the sunshine along with former contestants Wells Adams and Yuki Kimura, who are serving as bartenders.
Check out the gallery above to see who made the cut!
Bachelor in Paradise, Season 5 Premiere, Tuesday, August 7, 8/7c, ABC
Sashay, sashay, sashay away into your brand-new show.
World of Wonder — the production company company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race — revealed that that it will be debuting nine new shows on its paid subscription service as part of its Sickening Summer Series.
Featured on the new shows are a number of Drag Race alumni, including Miz Cracker, Aja and Vanessa “Miss Vanjie” Mateo.See 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Alum Laganja Estranja's 'SYTYCD' Audition (VIDEO)
The Season 6 star was featured in the Season 15 premiere episode.
"We’re excited to bring this sickening new slate of summer programming to our worldwide subscribers to WOW Presents Plus," said World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey in a statement.
“With animated, scripted, and documentary programming that reflect WOW’s ongoing mission to give a platform to the underrepresented stories, the slate offers something for every squirrel friend this summer, available on-demand and around-the-clock on WOW Presents Plus," they added.
The shows include: Follow Me, Ayo Sis, Drag Tots, Different for Girls, Tails of the City: Pets 4 Pets, Miz Cracker’s JewTorials, His Vintage Touch, Love Bailey’s Slather Studios, and Iconic with Brad Goreski.
Watch the preview below:
After over a year off air, a network change, and fan petitions, Last Man Standing is that much closer to returning, as Fox gets ready for its fall premiere.
While star Tim Allen was a sure deal from the beginning, the network had to come to agreements with the rest of the cast, but it appears things are finally coming together for the revival.
Besides Allen's Mike, guaranteed returning cast members include his onscreen wife, Nancy Travis as Vanessa, Amanda Fuller as their daughter Kristin, Jonathan Adams as Chuck, Christoph Sanders as Kyle, and Jordan Masterson as Ryan.Why Fox Revived Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing,' in Their Words
The network revived the ABC show but canceled many fan favorites in the process.
According to TV Line, it's also been confirmed that Hector Elizondo will return as a series regular for the revival as Mike's longtime business partner Ed.
Meanwhile, there are still some uncertain returns. Allen's other onscreen daughters besides Fuller, including Molly Ephraim as Mandy and Kaitlyn Denver as Eve, have yet to sign deals. That doesn't mean negotiations aren't taking place, though.WATCH: Fox Releases Trailers for 'Last Man Standing' & More 2018-2019 Shows
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The actresses are reportedly working on returning in recurring roles as opposed to the other stars' series regular status. Also, Fuller's onscreen son, Flynn Morrison, who played Boyd, is not in talks for a return at this point.
Hopefully, Ephraim and Denver are able to come to an agreement with the network soon, and then most of the Baxter family and friends will indeed be intact for the show's Fox debut. It will be the first season on Fox, but Last Man Standing's seventh season overall. It was canceled at ABC after Season 6.
Last Man Standing, Returns Fall 2018, Fridays, 8/7c, Fox
Britt Baron often joked with Alison Brie on the set of the second season of GLOW that she was on a different show than a lot of the other women.
The Netflix series may be considered a comedy more times than not. However, playing Justine often required Baron to flex some serious dramatic muscle. After Justine revealed she was Sam’s (Marc Maron) illegitimate daughter in Season 1, they attempt to move forward in this season, which brings some bumps in the road.
“I think our relationship off camera mirrors what Justine and Sam are going through,” Baron said.'GLOW' Cast & Creators Tease More Ruth-Debbie Drama in a 'Very Physical' Season 2
The ladies are back and fighting dirty.
“I think that’s why it perhaps translates well and why our chemistry works well because I look up to Marc Maron. I know who he was before we started filming. I definitely look up to him as a role model. I’m so impressed with what he has accomplished. He definitely didn’t know who I was starting on GLOW, so it’s really a wonderful working relationship. Marc is so kind and so smart and just very confident on set.
“It feels really wonderful to be in a scene with him. I trust him. He will speak up if something doesn’t feel right or if he feels the scene is being taken in a different way it was written or intended. Sometimes I feel it’s harder for me to speak up. I can be shy on set, especially in the beginning. It’s been really lovely to have Marc Maron as a sounding board, unapologetic, incredibly kind. I love their dynamic.
"Some of my favorite moments in season two are when you kind of get to see him be kinder. He is such a curmudgeonly, grumpy old man. To see him open up and be kind to Justine is so rewarding as my character and audience member. It warms your heart when you realize, ‘Okay, he does have a heart.’”'GLOW' Season 2: Kimmy Gatewood on How Sketch Comedy Contributed to the Beatdown Biddies
The actress' comedy background with the Apple Sisters helped flesh out the characters.
Baron spends much of her episodes working with Brie and Maron, which was an adjustment from season one. The transition for her as she was used to working the big group scenes.
“It’s a much different dynamic than when you’re with 15 other girls screaming and making jokes,” she said of the experience.
“It’s much quieter. Days when I wasn’t filming, they were together. And we’re in a group chat and see all these photos when they’re all hanging out. There were moments where I thought, ‘Should I go to set and just hang out?’ It was challenging in a different way, but incredibly rewarding because season two I have a wonderful story arc. And as an actor it’s such a blessing to have these meaty scenes.
"That’s what I strive for as an actor. I think that was an extremely exciting challenge where it’s often me and one other person, so I have to carry a scene. The days I was in group scenes was such a gift because that’s what is one of the best parts of GLOW. Being with all the girls.”
Baron can see some of Justine in her. Relating because she went through a similar phase in life growing up.
“I went through my punk phase, but I was more emo painting my nails black. That kind of rebellion at that age where you are kind of figuring out that you’re not really an adult, but don’t want to be treated like a kid anymore,” she said.
“I just love her. I think she is so smart, way smarter than I was especially at 16. I think she is very confident and knows who she is. I think in season two you see her more as a kid. Season 1 was more of her trying to act older and blend in and trying to be tough. Season 2 she has friends now, opening up to her father. You see her more as a kind kid.
"Even later in the season you see her as a typical teenager lashing out at her parents. I have been guilty of that. Some of that was improv. I had to tell (executive producers) Liz [Flahive] and Carly [Mensch] that I do have experience yelling at my parents. That was not a stretch for me. I do think there are parts of Justine in me, but I do think I’m a little more outgoing I hope.”
Despite the critical and overall success of GLOW, life hasn’t changed much for Baron. “I’m still the same person. I still go to CVS in my sweatpants,” she said. Although she feels she gained a second family and new community thanks to the close bond built with cast and crew. The actress likened going back to set as returning home or school or camp.Chris Lowell on Perfecting His 'Bash' Voice Even More for 'GLOW' Season 2
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One thing that has changed since the series exploded in popularity is Baron having a bigger presence on social media. Followers are no longer just family and friends. They are fans of GLOW, her portrayal of Justine or other projects she is working on including Sony Crackle’s comedy Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy. Baron is cognizant of this fact before posting anything.
“With social media, it’s a responsibility,” Baron said. “I think in today’s world I do feel a certain obligation, a little bit at least, to speak up and use my platform to promote things I believe in. I’m very active with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I’ve been open about that. I try to use my platform for good, but I’m aware that there are things out there I don’t fully understand.
“I’m definitely not someone who wants to start preaching about all these complicated politics. I think with any sort of platform there is a responsibility, especially for anyone younger who is following me. I do want to be a good role model, especially for young people. I think social media is a good, interesting, crazy new way to reach out to anyone and everyone of all ages across the world. It’s crazy. I’m still figuring it out. It’s all very new.”Britney Young Says 'GLOW' Season 2 Features New Friendships, New Rivalries & 'a Lot More Wrestling'
Plus, Young's thoughts on what's going on between Carmen & Bash, ideas for a third season and more!
GLOW, Season 2 available Friday, June 29, Netflix
Pairing good girls with bad boys is a soap opera staple, but it may be premature to say that Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal) and Ben Weston (Robert Scott Wilson) are headed for supercouple status on Days of Our Lives.
Still, there appears to be lots of chemistry between them, as Ben tends to an injured Ciara in the same (gulp!) cabin where he committed some of his most heinous acts before he became (we hope) rehabilitated!
Read on as Konefal weighs in on working with Wilson, if things are really over between Ciara and Tripp (Lucas Adams), and which of her castmates makes her laugh the most.'Days of Our Lives' Star Robert Scott Wilson on Ben's Return: 'I'm Very Grateful They Didn't Make Me a Twin'
'I’m very grateful they didn't make me a twin,' the actor quips.
What were your thoughts when you learned you’d be paired on-screen with Robert?
Victoria Konefal: When I was briefed on who Ben was and what he’d done, I was excited to be sharing scenes with Robert. It means extra drama and more fun. I love the craziness of his character and was curious to see how they’d work him into Ciara’s story. Robert’s incredibly talented. He dives into his work and seeing that made me really excited to be acting with him.
Ben’s killed people. How does Ciara keep that in perspective?
It is a difficult situation. You have to step back from things and be objective. Why does Ciara care about him? What is the real reason she’s looking past this terrible history of his and why is she trying to create this friendship with him? Once I got those answers, I worked from there. I know what Ciara’s intentions are. Realistically, if you know a serial killer is on your block you run in the other direction.
It was interesting that the writers placed Ben and Ciara in the cabin where Ben committed some of his worst crimes.
I thought it was brilliant on the writers’ part to have Ben and Ciara share scenes in the cabin. It puts Ciara in a state of mind where she’s terrified because she knows Ben’s history and the history of the cabin.
There can be moments of levity even in dramatic situations. Ben quipped that Ciara was ‘a little heavy’ when he carried her to the cabin. Was that an ad lib?
No. That was not an ad lib. The writers wrote that for us. The way we played it was playful and not insulting. It wasn’t a big part of their conversation. It was put there to lighten the mood and humanize Ben to Ciara.Bryan Dattilo Out at 'Days of Our Lives'? Or Is Lucas Roberts Just Taking a Break?
The veteran soap star sent out a tweet that has fans thinking that the actor’s time in Salem has come to an end!
Your TV parents, Bo and Hope (Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso), are arguably soaps’ most popular couple. Have you watched their scenes on YouTube?
Yes. I have. When I found out I booked the role, I did a ton of research on YouTube and saw a lot of their scenes to see what my [TV] parents were like and to look for personality traits of Bo’s that are in Ciara.
Days is known for its romantic couples, perhaps more than other shows. Do you see who Ciara’s great love could be? Is Ben her OTP (One True Pairing)? Or is this all way too early?
I think it’s getting way ahead to think of Ben and Ciara as a romantic couple. They’ve just met and have barely started. As of right now, I think Tripp and Ciara are more the “OTP.” Ciara is the type of girl that somehow needs to be in a relationship. I think she’s always going to be looking for a boy. If she ends up finding her OTP then that’s amazing, but I don’t see her finding him for a little while. She’s still growing up and is finding out who she is as a woman.
— Days of our Lives (@nbcdays) June 17, 2018
Ciara’s unaware that Tripp and Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan) weren’t as traitorous as it appears. Can she repair her relationship with him?
Yes. There’s the potential for that. She also misses him as a friend. She really did care about Claire in many ways. She’s family but her betrayal is devastating. I do think there’s room to make up for what happened. I don’t think Ciara’s completely done with Tripp. She has been hurt by him. Once that hurt goes away, she’ll be in a less clouded state of mind and can make her decisions more rationally. That’ll happen once she receives all the information. She didn’t see Claire being manipulative. There’s room for reconciliation.
With Tripp. But Claire? Worst. Niece. Ever.
[Laughs] Oh, Claire sucks right now! Ciara doesn’t want anything to do with her.
As for Ben, we’re seeing other sides to him, but would you say he’s a ways off from getting his own ornament on the Horton family Christmas tree?
Yes. That is correct! [Laughs] It might take a couple of…decades before that happens!'Days of Our Lives' Star Sal Stowers on Lani Losing Her Baby & Meeting TV Mom Marilyn McCoo
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Ciara appears to be starting to trust Ben, but how would she feel if she woke up some morning and he’s standing over her with a necktie and he says in that hushed serial killer tone that he does so well, ‘You shouldn’t have trusted me, Ciara.’
That’s the fear. Ciara really wants to believe that Ben has changed for real this time, but you never know what is going to happen. I want to hope that will never happen, but if it does she’ll lose it completely. After what’s happened with Theo (Kyler Pettis) and Wyatt (Scott Shilstone), she’s been betrayed. Being betrayed again (could) push her over the edge.
Can you talk about Ciara’s relationship with Hope?
Working with Kristian is absolutely amazing. We try to keep the love there regardless of the rebelling. They really do only have each other along with Shawn (Brandon Beemer). When Ciara returned to Salem she had a chip on her shoulder the size of a boulder. She didn’t want to hear anyone’s opinion. Now, Ciara and Hope’s relationship is stronger. Ciara’s finding out who she is as a person.
What’s it like working with TV grandparents Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie)?
I learn just by watching them rehearse and perform. Susan is marvelous to work with. She paints an entire rainbow with her eyes. There are so many colors to work with, so many different thoughts to pick up on underneath all the lines in the script. That’s the most important thing about acting – to make sure the thoughts the characters are feeling show through. It’s not just about what you’re saying, it’s about what your character is feeling. Susan does a great job at mastering that. I know that every day I go to set and Susan’s working with me that I’ll be laughing hilariously. That woman is a firecracker!
Days of Our Lives, Weekdays, Check Local Listings, NBC
Cars and their owners come in all shapes, sizes and net worths. On Discovery’s Sticker Shock, drivers bring in vintage rides — from classic to quirky, sporty to station wagon — and appraisers reveal what the cars are worth.
Below, we look under the hood of this surprisingly emotional show with host and longtime auto journalist Dennis Pittsenbarger.
What do car appraisers look for?
Dennis Pittsenbarger: Originality and authenticity. Does the car have the original motor, transmission, sheet metal? Has it been repaired or modified? A 1967 Camaro "survivor car" — that’s what we call a completely original vehicle — can be worth $100,000. The same car with $150,000 worth of modifications for racing? Maybe it’s worth $25,000.Matt LeBlanc Is Leaving 'Top Gear' After Four Seasons
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What are some of your favorite stories?
So many! A young lady with a ’63 Nova who was around cars her whole life with her father and got that as an homage to him. A gentleman who’d restored an ambulance he’d seen as a child — I couldn’t stop playing with the sirens and the light.
Tell us your car history.
I got my first car at age 12. My future brother-in-law gave me a 1964 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door to make me forget he was marrying my favorite sister! I learned to work on it with my dad, who was a mechanic by trade. I’ve probably had 50 cars.Shaquille O'Neal Suits up for Shark Week 2018 in Discovery's First Promo (VIDEO)
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What’s coming up on the show?
On June 27, we look at a 1929 Dodge hot rod the owners think is worth more than $200,000. July 4, it’s a 1948 Bentley with a potential connection to a Hollywood legend, a Gone in 60 Seconds tribute Mustang and a 1957 Chevy Bel Air.
Sticker Shock, Wednesdays, 10/9c, Discovery
Disney Junior's upcoming animated series Fancy Nancy is one parents will actually want to watch with their kids!
The comedy, which premieres Friday, July 13, is star-studded with favorites from the TV world. And TV Insider has your exclusive first look at the premiere episode, “Bonjour Butterfly"!5 Animated Series That Aren't Just for Kids
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Among those lending their voices are: Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) as Claire Clancy; Rob Riggle (Modern Family) as Doug Clancy; Christine Baranski (The Good Fight) as Mrs. Devine; George Wendt (Cheers) as Grandpa Clancy; Dana Heath as Nancy’s best friend Bree; Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) as Bree’s mom; Kal Penn (Designated Survivor) as Mr. Singh; Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat) as Nancy’s cousin Jonathan; Chi McBride (Hawaii Five-0) as mailman Gus; Spencer Moss as Nancy’s younger sister JoJo; Malachi Barton (Stuck in the Middle) as Nancy’s friend Lionel; and Madison Pettis (Freeform’s The Fosters) as Brigitte.
In the photo below, see Nancy Clancy (voiced by 12-year-old Broadway sensation Mia Sinclair Jenness, who played the lead in Matilda) singing the original song "When You Can Fly Again" to a butterfly.
So what is the show about? Fancy Nancy focuses on a pretty cool 6-year-old, whose imagination and enthusiasm for all that is exquisite transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary — from her vast vocabulary to her creative and elaborate attire. Nancy is unapologetically herself and holds a steadfast vision of what she expects in the world, and her unwavering belief that she can accomplish her grand ideas encourages those around her to pursue all types of adventures
Fancy Nancy, Premiere, Friday, July 13, Disney Junior
Brainy, bubbly, sometimes blundering Liza (Sutton Foster), the fortysomething posing as a millennial to keep her publishing job in Younger, hits a party and chats up Don Ridley — played June 26 and July 3 on the TV Land comedy by Foster’s ex-husband, Christian Borle.'Younger' Premiere: Peter Hermann on What's Next After That Shocking Reveal
What's next for Charles and Liza? The actor promises there is still hope for the duo.
"Don is a struggling freelance writer. They have a spark," she says, adding, "It was really fun to work with Christian again."
Younger, 10/9c, TV Land
"I feel like you have a Wynonna who's back to badass," said Wynonna Earp showrunner and executive producer Emily Andras during a recent interview with TV Insider at 2018 ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas.
"She had to give up her daughter, she has the opportunity to face the demon of all demons — the one who cursed her family," Andras added. "So you have this determination and this sense that Wynonna is not alone."
Fans are looking for answers when the SYFY series returns for its third season on July 20. In the emotional Season 2 finale, "Earpers" watched Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) give up her and Doc Holliday's (Tim Rozon) newborn daughter in order to save her life.'Wynonna Earp': Dominique Provost-Chalkley on That Mother of a Season 2 Finale
Plus, creator Emily Andras share secrets of the sci-fi Western's second season finale and offers scoop about season 3!
We wanted to know what's next for the demon-fighter and her "dysfunctional crew" after her life was turned upside down.
"The stakes are higher [this season]," teased Andras. "There are massive surprises and mistakes with shocking consequences. The villains are of a new caliber and Wynonna really can see an end to this curse and she's determined to break it."
Series star Melanie Scrofano shared the same sentiments. "Wynonna has a laser focus now," she said.
"Before she always wanted to break the curse but now there's a real life, tangible reason to do it. [The baby] being out there in the world makes everything Wynonna does have more weight to it. Now with Doc, we have this common bond, this child."
Someone Andras and Scrofano can't wait for fans to meet? Wynonna's mother.
"Wynonna has known where Mama Earp is but the narrative that we've always heard as the audience is that Mama left and that Wynonna has no idea where she is," said Andras. "So now there's the realization that Wynonna has known where mom is but Waverly maybe doesn't know where mom is, so what kind of rift or angst is that going to cause between the Earp sisters."'Wynonna Earp': Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Katherine Barrell Talk 'WayHaught,' Their Shippers and More (VIDEO)
Plus, check out an exclusive #WayHaught preview clip!
"These kickass women but come from a line of kickass women and Megan Follows [who plays Mama Earp] is absolutely phenomenal. I think her scenes with the girls this year are going to blow people away," she added.
Scrofano really likes how the audience will be able to see where Wynonna and Waverly get their traits from and both say the story line will provide another layer to the character.
Depicting these family relationships is what makes Wynonna Earp stand out in its genre. "People understand [the show is] about so much more," insisted Andras. "That [the show] is about these incredible flawed characters who are doing the best they can. I'm proud about the representation on screen. I'm proud about the way we portray women and this cast and how good and dedicated they are."
Wyonna Earp, Season 3 Premiere, Friday, July 20, 9/8c, SYFY
Production on MTV's popular show, Catflish, was halted in May after news broke that its series' co-creator and star — Nev Shulman — was accused of sexual harassment.
In late June, MTV has resumed filming of reality TV show after the network said it performed a thorough investigation and found the accusations "not credible and without merit."
"Although we never received a formal complaint, MTV and Critical Content immediately engaged an independent third party investigator," MTV said in a statement to Deadline. "The independent investigator found the allegations made in the YouTube videos to be not credible and without merit."
"Given the results of the investigation, Catfish will resume filming. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to providing a safe working environment," the statement concluded.
Shulman took to social media to thank his fans who supported him throughout this incident:
Catfish: The TV Show premiered in 2012 and is currently in its seventh season.
MTV announced production on its reality TV series Catfish has been suspended following sexual harassment accusations made against the show's co-host and executive producer Nev Schulman.
"We take these allegations very seriously," an MTV rep said in a statement. "We're working with Critical Content, our third-party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation and we've put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed."
The decision comes after a video was posted on YouTube on May 12 by Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on Catfish in 2015, alleging she was sexually harassed by Schulman while on set. She claims she was asked about her sexual orientation, was spoken to in a sexually charged manner, and propositioned by Schulman in his hotel room.Two Former NBC News Employees Accuse Tom Brokaw of Sexual Harassment
The women claim the incidents happened in the '90s.
Schulman has released a statement denying these allegations: "The behavior described in this video did not happen and I'm fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth.
"I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions — but these claims are false."
Schulman has been co-hosting Catfish since 2012 with his filmmaking partner, Max Joseph, after the success of their 2010 documentary. The show follows the duo as they help individuals find the truth after they've been fooled by people on the Internet who are not who they claim to be.
As Schulman's behavior on the show is being called into question, additional unsavory details about other actions from his past are coming to light. According to Vulture, a woman is claiming she was assaulted by Schulman in 2006 while at Sarah Lawrence College.
He reportedly punched her in the face after she asked him to stop taking photos of gay couples who were "dancing and kissing" and not aware of the camera.
"I confronted him, and asked him to stop taking pictures," the woman said. "I tapped his shoulder and he turned and hit me out of nowhere, I went down and he held me in a headlock and repeatedly punched me while I tried to get free.
"The impact broke my glasses and the rest of the night was a blur. I got off the floor, talked to police, then went home to sleep. When I woke up the next day, my face was bruised, I was hurt, and a friend urged me to go to the hospital, which I did."Bill Cosby Convicted of Sexual Assault in Retrial
The jury took 14 hours to deliberate.
Schulman was expelled from the college, and he wrote about the incident in his 2014 memoir In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age.
He wrote: "While I was photographing, an individual who didn’t like that I was taking pictures attempted to tackle me and smash my camera on the ground. Since the camera was attached to a strap around my neck, I found myself in a very unpleasant situation, much like a dog with a choke collar.
"In an effort to free myself, I punched the person and ran off; when I returned minutes later, I discovered that the short, stocky, crew-cut-styled individual that I’d fought with was a woman — a fact I hadn’t been aware of in the heat of the moment.
"The next thing I knew, I’d been arrested. The case was dismissed almost immediately, but Sarah Lawrence took the opportunity to toss me out once and for all."Ryan Murphy's #MeToo-Inspired 'Black Mirror'-Style Series Garners Severe Backlash
The producer is known for his controversial show topics.
Jon Snow and Ygritte are married!
Joining the gorgeous couple on their special was most of the cast from the HBO series — Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), just to name a few.'Game of Thrones': Kit Harington Fears Final Season Will 'Let People Down'
'I think there's a certain pressure I've not felt before,' Harington confessed to 'Deadline.'
Harington and Leslie announced their engagement in September 2017, after confirming their relationship in April 2016.
We guess he does know something after all!
Click through the gallery above for pics from the ceremony.
Game of Thrones, Season 8, 2019, HBO
Warner Brothers Television Group just announced their 2018 slate headed to San Diego Comic-Con 2018, it's proving to be one fans won't want to miss!
For the second year in a row, The Big Bang Theory will have a presence at the convention — though this year, it's the writers and producers, and not Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and the cast. However, plenty of fan favorite stars will also be in attendance, including Stephen Amell and the Arrow crew, Riverdale's full cast, and even those from The Flash and Supergirl following recent cast shakeups.Snoopy Swag! 'Peanuts' Unveils Comic-Con Exclusive Gear
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And of course, it wouldn't be Comic-Con without the Supernatural guys! Plus, plenty of other buzzed-about series like DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Krypton, as well as new additions Castle Rock, Manifest, and The Originals spinoff Legacies.
Read on for WBTV's full 2018 schedule:Wednesday, July 18
SNEAK PEEK SCREENINGS, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Ballroom 20:
Freedom Fighters: The Ray (CW Seed)
Manifest (NBC) Pilot World Premiere
The 100 (The CW) "The Dark Year" Early Screening (airing July 25)Friday, July 20
10:00–11:00 a.m. Young Justice: Outsiders (DC Universe digital streaming service), Room 6DE — Producers Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti, art director Phil Bourassa, voice director Jamie Thomasson and members of the voice cast, Troy Baker and Stephaine Lemelin
10:15–11:15 a.m. Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room (CBS), Ballroom 20 — Executive producers and writers
12:30-1:30 p.m. DC Super Hero Girls (Cartoon Network), Room 6DE — Producer Lauren Faust
12:45-2:00 p.m. Castle Rock (Hulu), Ballroom 20 — World premiere screening of first episode and panel with creators and executive producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason and stars Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgard, Melanie Lynskey, and Jane LevyNBC's Newest Stars Spill on Their Shows 'Manifest,' 'New Amsterdam' & More
Why you should tune into 'I Feel Bad,' 'New Amsterdam' and more this fall.Saturday, July 21
10:00-11:00 a.m. Unikitty! (Cartoon Network), Room 6DE — Producers Lynn Wang and Ed Skudder, animation director Anna Hollingsworth and the voice cast, Tara Strong, Grey Griffin, Eric Bauza, H. Michael Croner, Roger Craig Smith
11:00–11:45 a.m. Black Lightning (The CW), Ballroom 20 — Stars Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton and James Remar and producer Salim Akil
12:00–12:50 p.m. Krypton (SYFY), Indigo Ballroom — Stars and executive producers
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2:00–2:50 p.m. Legacies (The CW), Indigo Ballroom — Executive producer Julie Plec and stars Danielle Rose Russell and Matthew Davis
3:30–4:15 p.m. Supergirl (The CW), Ballroom 20 — Stars Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Katie McGrath and Jesse Rath and executive producers Robert Rovner, Jessica Queller and Sarah Schechter
4:15–5:00 p.m. Arrow (The CW), Ballroom 20 — Stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, Rick Gonzalez and Colton Haynes and executive producer Beth Schwartz
5:00–5:45 p.m. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW), Ballroom 20 — Stars Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Matt Ryan, Jes Macallan, Courtney Ford, showrunner Phil Klemmer and producer Keto Shimizu
5:45–6:30 p.m. The Flash (The CW), Ballroom 20 — Stars Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Hartley Sawyer, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Danielle Nicolet and executive producer Todd Helbing'Outlander' Will Make Its New York Comic-Con Debut in Fall 2018
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10:30–11:30 a.m. Supernatural (The CW), Hall H — Stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert and executive producers Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner
11:45a.m.–12:45p.m. Riverdale (The CW), Hall H — Stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry and Vanessa Morgan and producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater
You can hardly fault Joe Turner, the idealistic CIA analyst played by Max Irons on the new spy thriller Condor, for showing signs of wear and tear. After all, the poor guy inadvertently uncovered a vast government conspiracy, setting off a lethal chain reaction that’s forced him to go on the lam ever since.
So what is Irons’s secret to looking suitably stressed? "Worried and anxious is my default mode," jokes the U.K. native. "They just have to roll the camera." Behold, a handful of other essential tidbits.Mira Sorvino Dishes on 'Condor' and Going Toe-to-Toe With William Hurt
The Audience Network series premieres June 6.1. He’ll drink to that.
Before his career took off (his big break was the 2011 flick Red Riding Hood), Irons tended bar in London while attending grad school for drama. If Condor were a cocktail, what would it be? "A neat shot of whiskey, because it’s quick and it hits you good and hard," he says.2. He understands chivalry.
While evading a manhunt, Joe has been holing up at the home of his recent Tinder date, Kathy Hale (Katherine Cunningham), against the unlucky lady’s will. "Generally speaking, kidnapping is not a good way to convince someone of your wholesomeness," acknowledges Irons. June 27, though, Kathy might finally start to believe his story.WATCH: Go Behind the Scenes With AT&T Audience Network's New Thriller Series 'Condor'
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In order to maintain his own safety, Joe was willing to let a neighbor’s kitty starve, but Irons swears he doesn’t share that attitude toward felines — and not just because he’s scared of the blowback. "If there’s one group I fear," he allows, "it’s cat people!"
4. He is fully flappable.
As the son of acting royalty — Dad is Oscar winner Jeremy Irons — surely Max felt totally chill around costars William Hurt (as Joe’s CIA mentor), Mira Sorvino (an unsympathetic CIA investigator) and Brendan Fraser (an unpredictable mercenary)…right? "No, in fact, not at all," he confesses. "I get just as starstruck as the next person!"5. This is his destiny!
The opportunity to channel Jason Bourne has been a long time coming. "When I was a kid, I’d run around in the garden making pretend guns out of pieces of wood," Irons says. "This is a bit of a dream come true for me!"
Condor, Wednesdays, 10/9c, Audience Network
[Spoiler Alert: This recap contains spoilers from "The Passenger," the Season 2 finale of Westworld.]
You're not alone if Westworld's Season 2 finale, "The Passenger," left you scratching your head ... especially after that post-credits scene.'Westworld' Opens a Door to a New World in a Frustrating Finale (RECAP)
The second season has been a journey of peaks and valleys, and the finale was no different.
First, let's break down the conversation the park's head of security, Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), and Delos executive Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) have on the beach, after it's revealed it's actually Dolores' mind/code occupying a robo-Hale body.
Stubbs stops Hale just as she's about to board a boat (to a plane) out of Westworld and lets her know he's aware she's a host. And that's because Stubbs is also a host.
He admits he's worked at the park and for Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) for a very long time, he's loyal to Ford's vision, he's responsible for the hosts' safety inside the park, and he references his "core drive."
In an interview with TheWrap, EP/co-creator/director/writer Lisa Joy confirmed Stubbs is not a human.
"Yes! It is safe to assume," she said.
"And there is a step further that you can assume too. And we don’t say it explicitly, but if you are left wondering with all [Stubbs’] talk, his knowing talk about, 'I’ve been at the park a very long time,' and Ford designed him with certain core drives, and he’s gonna stick to the role he’s been programmed with; it’s a little acknowledgement of just why he might have his suspicions about what’s going on with Hale, and then lets her pass."The 10 Good, Bad & Ugly Theories of 'Westworld' Season 2
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Here are some other moments that you might have missed:The Pearls
When Halores escapes, she looks into her bag and has multiple pearls. We know from earlier in the episode they contain enormous amounts of host data, alternate realities, and the all the stored information on the millions of guests that have come through the park.
One pearl probably contained Bernard, since she remakes him in the outside world. Halores also mentions some hosts were "left behind" and then we cut to Teddy in the Valley Beyond, so we assume it means he didn't make it to the real world.Who's Dead?
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Dolores, Bernard, and Charlotte made it out of the park. We see them at Arnold's house about to enter into the real world.
Maeve, Hector, and Clementine were killed before entering into the Valley Beyond, but later on, Tom and Sylvester are tasked with "salvaging" any viable hosts, so we can hope they choose them to revive.
It's also safe to assume Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward), Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), and Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgard) are probably legitimately dead since they were actually humans.
And what about Anthony Hopkins? Bernard says goodbye to his memory of him, but Ford's been the puppeteer this whole time ... is he ever really gone for good?The Man in Black/William
Talk about having a rough time.
In the post-credits scene we see an injured William stumble down into the Forge. It's dark, empty, damaged and looks like a significant amount of time as passed. Then, he sees his daughter Emily, whom he previously killed.
Meanwhile, in a previous scene, we saw William in a tent on the beach barely alive but still breathing and about to be evacuated, so it's not clear what time line is taking place. But as we know, there are reality simulations happening concurrently all the time in Westworld.
Back in the Forge, William is talking to a possible host-Emily. She tells him, "This is your world. Or what’s left of it" and then walks with him into an experiment room eerily similar to the one James Delos existed in.'Westworld' Teams up with Amazon's Alexa For New Voice-Activated Game
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She reveals she's been testing William for "a long time" in the hopes of finding "fidelity."
So does this confirm that the MIB/William is a host or copy of the alive person we saw on the beach?
We'll have to wait until Season 3 to find out.
Tamara Tunie is known for her steadfast roles as compassionate and intelligent medical examiner Melinda Warner on Law & Order: SVU and savvy attorneys Monica Graham on Blue Bloods and Jessica Griffin on As the World Turns. And now, she’s departed from these types of parts to portray Dietland’s mysterious Julia Smith, a beauty product maven carrying some secrets.
In tonight’s episode, "Plum Tuckered," Julia lends support to Kitty Montgomery (Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife), the narcissistic publishing magnate of women’s magazines. However, viewers will learn as the series unfolds what Julia’s true motivations are.
Tunie chatted with TV Insider about Dietland, her recent trip to the Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Blue Blood’s decision to kill Monica, and her fondness for her years on ATWT.Tom Selleck Reflects on His Biggest TV Roles & Shares 'Blue Bloods' Scoop
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How was your trip to the recent Monte Carlo-TV Festival?
Tamara Tunie: It was fantastic, really great. I’ve been to the south of France and the Riviera, but this was the first time I’d ever been to Monte Carlo. It was all exciting and the highlight was the actual awards ceremony where they showed some of the TV programs from around the world. Many of the documentaries that were nominated are just amazing. There are people out there putting their lives at stake in order to bring awareness to what’s going on in the world. That was humbling. I want to watch them all because they’re all important.
It’s appropriate that Law & Order: SVU was at the festival this year because that show helped set the stage for people to talk about issues related to #MeToo movement.
That’s absolutely true. So many things led up to the #MeToo movement. I certainly feel like SVU had moved things up a rung on the ladder as has Mariska [Hargitay, who plays Olivia Benson]’s nonprofit organization Joyful Heart. The NO MORE [PSA campaign] that her company did was another rung on the ladder. Now, things are all out on the table.
Dietland is addictive! It’s the story of Plum Kettle’s (Joy Nash) journey to self-acceptance yet it’s also part murder-mystery. What attracted to you to the role of Julia, who is a bit of a departure from your other roles.
It’s a huge departure, which is one of the reasons I was chomping at the bit to do this part. I’ve never played a character like Julia before. She’s kind of wearing this mask. We’re not quite sure what’s going on with her. One minute, she’s a bit wacky and the next, she’s as serious as a heart attack. It’s exciting and scary to play her because this is really different! As actors, that’s what we hope to do. If you’re not terrified when you’re stepping into something new then you’re playing it safe. So why do it? This role forces me to step out of my comfort zone and I love that.
Did you read the book the series is based on by Sarai Walker?
I did when the show was first presented to me. I read the first script, talked to Marti [Noxon, executive producer/writer], and downloaded the book to my Kindle. It was a real page-swiper! She sent me more scripts to read and I thought this is really fantastic. On so many different levels, there’s so much going on. As the season progresses, more and more layers are peeled away. I think of the show like an onion. The show and the book are very compelling. Marti and the writing team see the end of the book as a beginning and have spun out so much beyond while still staying true to the story.
What is your favorite part of playing Julia?
My favorite part is what she’s not saying. When you see her, you end up asking, ‘What’s going on there? There’s something else. There is more there and I need to stay with this till I found out.' It’s very fun playing that.Alanna Ubach on 'Legally Blonde 3,' Her 'Dietland' Role & End of 'Girlfriends' Guide'
The actress has a lot on her plate these days.
Blue Bloods fans were shocked when your character, district attorney Monica Graham, was fatally shot last season. Was that a nod to all those years of cutting open bodies on SVU? Were you just too busy to continue on in the part?
[Laughs] I’m never too busy, darling. I was actually on the set of Dietland when the Blue Bloods producer/writer called me and told me. He said, ‘Every few years we have to shake it up where somebody dies and this time it has to be you.’ When I got on set I said to him, ‘I have two words to say: witness protection!’
Yes! Just like Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March) on SVU!
Right! Exactly! You feel me! We think Monica’s dead but we never saw a funeral or saw her in the casket. You never know! We may see Monica again.
Next, you have the TV movie Black Earth Rising, co-starring John Goodman.
Yes. It’s a political thriller. I play a woman who is the assistant secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs. Without giving too much away, she is drawn into the story because of an incident that happened with a colleague in London, who is dealing with some war crimes. Hugo Blick (The Honorable Woman) is the writer and director. He’s one of the most brilliant people on the planet.
Daytime’s always been ahead of the curve. ATWT headwriter Hogan Sheffer wrote a story in which your character Jessica and her boyfriend Marshall (Lamman Rucker) had a sexual encounter one night, only each saw it from a very different perspectives.
I remember that storyline very, very well. Lamman Rucker and I are friends and it was very difficult for us to play those scenes and the aftermath. It was brilliant the way the writers really dug into the different points of view of the same incident. As the World Turns was so far ahead of the curve on so many things. If that storyline were to happen now, it’d be very, very relevant and be a part of the conversation. I think that storyline was also a rung on the ladder, too. It helped lead to where we are today.
I’m very, very proud of my tenure on As the World Turns. Not only that particular subject, but also the [interracial] marriage between Jessica and Duncan (Michael Swan) that Douglas Marland wrote. Also, how they dealt with that topic where it wasn’t [organized hate groups] showing up on their doorstep, rather it was more insidious — the people Jessica and Duncan knew and loved were having objections.Will Stabler & Barba Return to 'Law & Order: SVU'? Mariska Hargitay Weighs In
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It was Lisa (Eileen Fulton)! In time, she confronted her issues and accepted Jessica and Duncan.
Yes, I loved the way that it was handled. Those stories were brilliant, smart and they had people talking. Audience members saw it differently, too. That’s what’s wonderful about really great art. It stirs the pot, blows things up, disrupts things, and makes you look at them in a different way. I would say that, certainly, Hogan [Sheffer] was definitely a product of Douglas’ legacy. Hogan sat at the feet of the master, if not literally, looking at how Douglas Marland wrote his stories and how he would weave different characters in and out of his tales. Douglas was a master, and Hogan certainly took a page from Douglas’ book.
Dietland, Mondays, 9 PM, AMC
After winning over different kinds of fans last year on the 13th season of The Bachelorette (Rachel Lindsay's season) as Kenny King the man, the pro wrestler Kenny King continues to make strides in Ring of Honor Wrestling. But the longtime performer still feels the impact he made on “Bachelor Nation.”
“They are every bit as rabid and engaged as the pro wrestling fan base,” King said, gearing up for a big match at ROH’s Best in the World on June 29.
“People still come up to me in airports and talk to me like they know me. I’ll be out sometimes, and the rare times I’ll be at a night club someone will ask, ‘How is your daughter? Where is your daughter?’
"It’s an interesting experience versus wrestling, where you meet the fans and they know your body of work or character. With something like The Bachelorette, fans know me and know about me. That’s the difference, but the fan base is every bit as engaged, interactive, as wrestling fans.”Who Is Kenny King? 5 Things to Know About 'The Bachelorette' Frontrunner
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King is proud to have had a role in creating new enthusiasts for ROH through the ABC series, and vice-versa. He still sees it every week through social media or during meet-and-greets at events.
“Guys will come up to me and say, ‘Man, the only way I was even able to get my girlfriend to come to this show was because I told her the guy from The Bachelorette was coming,” he said.
“Then wresting fans say, ‘I would have never watched The Bachelorette if you weren’t on it.’ We’re definitely getting some new eyes on the product. Just based on the sheer size of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchise.”
King hinted to another project he is involved in that could add more crossover fans for ROH. The 36-year-old believes it’s a great time to follow pro wrestling. As for someone who has been in the business for the better part of 16 years, it’s a great time to be in pro wrestling, too.
“Guys can go and make a living in so many different places,” he said. “I think it’s a beautiful thing … It’s not, ‘I have to go to WWE. I have to go to WCW.’ There are a lot of different places, and this resurgence is even on the indie level. That is what is kind of boosting popularity in wrestling all around. When you are looking at the independents of pro wrestling, looking at the roots and heart of pro wrestling.
“Guys who are doing it and getting better because they love to do it. With social media, internet, where you can see an up-and-coming guy from Tennessee or from Vegas or Florida. You could tape trade back in the day. That’s how you found out about an AJ Styles or an Amazing Red. Now you can find it so easy. That is what is making wrestling popular again. It’s a wonderful thing.”
ROH is helping with accessibility by launching an HonorClub. Members have ability to watch live streaming PPVs and live events, as well as get discounts on merchandise and revisit the company’s history through a library of content. King can see this building upon what made ROH popular in the first place, the DVD releases.
“It was a sequence of chronological shows that led up to bigger shows throughout the middle of the year and end of the year,” he recalled. “That’s how they knew and followed the stories.
"When you have something like this, it goes back to then where you can watch whatever show if you missed something …They are putting as much content as they can on there. So that people can catch up, keep up. The TV shows are on there too. If you want to be fully invested in Ring of Honor as your main wrestling company, now you have a way to do that.”
ROH and its owner Sinclair Broadcasting Group continue to look for new ways to grow the brand. Seeing the increase in popularity and demand, management is clearly looking to run bigger buildings. That at one point included Madison Square Garden. Plans were to run the iconic venue, but reports were WWE wasn’t happy and caused the potential event to be called off. King, a New York City native, was disappointed.
“Madison Square Garden was a venue I would love to perform in. I was curious and proud of the company all at one time when I saw that they may run it,” King said.Ring of Honor Star Tenille Dashwood on the New Chapter in Her Career & Her Life
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“I was curious about what Vince [McMahon] and the other guys were going to do. And you saw exactly what they did. I think that just means if they are coming down from on high to prevent us from running a one-time event in a venue that they ‘own’ essentially, it means they are paying attention a lot more than they are letting on.
"That’s a good thing. It goes back this resurgence where there was a time when they weren’t paying attention to anyone forever, or so they lead us to think. But with wrestling, everybody is looking at everybody.”
ROH may not end up in MSG anytime soon, they did confirm Death Before Dishonor in the 9,500-seat Orleans Arena in Las Vegas in September. Over the course of King’s two stints with the promotion, he has developed an appreciation for Sinclair’s business model. He believes there slow and steady approach is effective.
“They just throw money around unnecessarily or make large strides, but they do make incremental gains,” he said. “That’s what has gotten Ring of Honor, even the last three years, I can see from the time I got back until now. I can see the gains. Now you talk about making those type of leaps to larger arenas. They don’t do things that aren’t calculated as far as I’ve seen.
“They don’t do things based on emotion. If this is the leap they want to make into bigger venues, as a performer I know I’m up to the task of entertaining that many people and putting that many people in seats, I’m excited for it. I feel it’s a great time to be where I’m at and the company has shown no signs of slowing down.”
King’s attention turns to Friday's Best in the World, where he squares off with a familiar opponent in Austin Aries. This match is unique as Aries remains very active in Impact Wrestling as its heavyweight champion. For King, it’s a bout based on respect. They share the same pride and goal of outdoing one another. The former ROH tag team and television champion is all for this type of collaboration, producing more variety and unique opportunities.
“People realize that WWE is the modelist. Nobody feasibly is going to run neck-and-neck there,” King said. “But we can all compete and get a piece of the pie. I think when you have synergy within the wrestling business, it’s good. You just saw Lucha Underground versus Impact Wrestling show. For it to be built like that, I thought it was great. Inter-promotional can create dream matches.
“I think it’s a good thing that kind of cooperation allows us to tell our story. Austin and I have lots of history. So, for him to be able to come into one of our bigger shows and Pay-Per-Views and have a match and tell our story, I think it’s what is best for business. I’m glad everyone is able to see what is best for business.”
Ring of Honor Best in the World, Friday, June 29, 9/8c Live, Pay-Per-View and through ROH's HonorClub
Ring of Honor Wrestling airs in syndication each weekend in the U.S. (check local listings). You can also watch online Sundays at 10/9c on CHARGE! (http://www.watchcharge.com), Wednesdays at 11c on Stadium (watchstadium.com) and Mondays at http://ROHWrestling.com.
One good underdog story deserves another. During its 1986–90 TV run, GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — the low-budget and even lower-brow women’s pro wrestling show — managed to pull off the unexpected by becoming a cult hit.
Nearly three decades later, the scripted series loosely based on how that show came together, Netflix’s hilarious GLOW, has nabbed a different kind of title. Season 1 emerged as the most binge-worthy series of last summer, leaping straight from the top rope into the hearts of viewers and critics alike.'GLOW' Season 2: Kimmy Gatewood on How Sketch Comedy Contributed to the Beatdown Biddies
The actress' comedy background with the Apple Sisters helped flesh out the characters.
"We have women who watch, men who watch, fans of comedy, fans of wrestling," notes co-creator Carly Mensch. "The thing that’s most surprising is that the people who tuned in for the wrestling ended up liking the non-wrestling parts best, and vice versa."
In that case, folks from both camps have plenty to look forward to come June 29. When we last left the motley crew of 14 fledgling wrestlers — including actresses and former besties Debbie (Betty Gilpin) and Ruth (Alison Brie), who’ve been feuding ever since Ruth had an affair with Debbie’s husband — they were no longer novices in the ring.Chris Lowell on Perfecting His 'Bash' Voice Even More for 'GLOW' Season 2
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Thanks to considerable blood, sweat and tears, the women had eked out a pilot episode showcasing their trash-talking alter egos and started nailing the moves to back up that bluster. "We were deliberately slow about showing them learning how to wrestle," co-creator Liz Flahive explains. "Because once they know how, there’s no going back."
That day has arrived. As the action resumes, the gang has gotten the green light to make a full season of their wrestling series — much to the shock of cantankerous director Sam (Marc Maron) and relief of naive producer Bash (Chris Lowell) — slated to air on an L.A. cable access station. Translation: There’s lot more spandex ahead, and the training wheels are officially off.
Confirms Flahive, "This season gets very physical — there’s a different adrenaline that’s exciting." Naturally, demanding such a high level of athleticism has consequences for the characters and their real-life counterparts. "Spiritually, it feels amazing doing these Amazonian things with your body," Gilpin says. "Physically, it hurts, like being in 100 fender-benders."
The stakes will also go up in another way for the gals of GLOW. Thus far, their wrestling careers have existed in a vacuum. As soon as the program debuts, they’ll have to cope with their first taste of fame, however humble, and the harsh realities of showbiz. "Some of them love it; some of them are less comfortable with it," Brie says. "In a world run by men, they’ll have to fight to be heard."Britney Young Says 'GLOW' Season 2 Features New Friendships, New Rivalries & 'a Lot More Wrestling'
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Of course, not everyone in the mix is a stranger to the limelight. Soap opera veteran Debbie — aka Liberty Belle, the group’s resident headliner and patriotic foil to Ruth’s sinister Soviet counterpart, Zoya the Destroya — seeks opportunities to leverage her clout behind the scenes, demonstrating ambition and independence in the wake of her marriage breaking up. "Her life imploded, and now that the smoke has cleared, it’s her job to build a new identity," Gilpin says. "She’s decided, 'Why not build a stronger, more vocal one?'"
So does this sudden surge of girl power mean that Debbie is ready to thaw the Andre the Giant–size iceberg between herself and Ruth? Don’t count on it.
To find out more about the state of Ruth and Debbie's relationship in Season 2, pick up the latest issue of TV Guide Magazine, on newsstands now.
GLOW, Season 2 Premiere, Friday, June 29, Netflix
[Spoiler Alert: This recap contains spoilers from the finale of Westworld Season 2.]
Westworld's second season has been a journey of peaks and valleys. After a confident, momentum-building start, the show fell into the same traps which hindered the first season - patience-testing stalling techniques, pointless meandering, groan-worthy dialogue, and way too many cross-cutting narratives. The season was best when it settled on one particular character or group of characters and told a self-contained story ("The Riddle of the Sphinx," "Akane No Mai," "Kiksuya"). When the show put emotional depth above coded trickery it was unbeatable. Unfortunately, the season finale features many of Westworld's worst habits.
"The Passenger" is a 90-minute trek to the Valley Beyond, and while the arrival at the destination brings about a series of revelations, the overall experience feels tiring and ultimately unsatisfying. It turns out the Valley (or The Forge) contains all the data collected about the park's guests. And just in case that wasn't clear in the scenes between Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), Delos head of operations Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgård) hammers it home with an absolute clunker of a line. "So this is The Forge. Every single guest who ever stepped foot in the park copied." Thanks, Karl, this is brand new information.Is Stubbs Actually a Host on 'Westworld'? Season 2 Finale Moments You Might've Missed
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Despite being referred to as a "weapon," nothing really happens with this data. Dolores and Bernard plug themselves into the system and discover an artificial testing ground home to 18 million malfunctioning Jim Delos (Peter Mullan) clones. The core of the system - appearing in the likeness of Logan Delos (Ben Barnes) - reveals that the reason their "fidelity" experiment kept failing is that it was too complex for the simple human mind. “The truth is that a human is but a brief algorithm," he says, condemning the human species to a basic string of code. Unlike the hosts, whose sophisticated programming allows them to change and adapt, Logan explains that humans are ultimately incapable of change. It's an incredibly cynical take on humanity but one very much in tune with Westworld's worldview.
The more important aspect of the Valley Beyond is that it contains an entry point to a "digital Eden," a place of sanctuary for the hosts, untouched by humans. It's the place Akecheta (Zahn McClarnon) referred to as "the door," and it's here where he leads his people in the finale. The hosts are able to pass through a digital crack in the fabric of the park's reality, leaving their bodies behind and uploading their consciousness to this new utopian world. It says a lot that the most emotionally affecting moment of the finale is Akecheta's reunion with Kohana (Julia Jones) - a small slice of the 90-minute episode involving two relatively new characters.
Meanwhile, Maeve (Thandie Newtown) makes sure her daughter has safe passage to the new world, sacrificing herself in the process. The battle also claims the lives of Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) and Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) as they try to stave off the Delos attack. We also lose Clementine (Angela Sarafyan), the one horsewoman of the apocalypse, used by Delos to manipulate the non-woken hosts into killing each other. And it's not just the hosts that are snuffed. Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) finally has his moment of redemption, sacrificing himself to save Maeve by rattling off a monologue he wrote for Hector. And Elsie (Shannon Woodward) is also murdered (again) by Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) when she threatens to go public with Delos' immortality experiment.
The problem is, I don't trust Westworld when it comes to death. And it's not just the hosts. The humans (at least the non-Delos ones) also seem to be off limits when it comes to kicking the bucket. We've already seen Elsie escape death once before. And the brutal murder of Emily (Katja Herbers) didn't even last a week before she turned back up. Westworld often lacks tension because the consequences do not seem real. It's clever in a way because that was precisely the point of frustration for the Man In Black (Ed Harris) in season one. He wanted real consequences, and in season two, he thought he got what he desired. But did he? Did we? The show's reset switch makes me wary.
Back in the present timeline (though it's unclear when exactly the present is in this show), Charlotte and Karl take Bernard to The Forge in hopes of extracting information on what exactly happened with Dolores, the hosts, and the flood. It's here where Bernard starts to remember - and we get the other big revelation of the episode. At this point, Bernard had shot and killed Dolores after she threatened to destroy the Valley Beyond, but after witnessing Charlotte kill Elsie, he knows that he made a mistake. And in realizing his error, Bernard set about correcting it, and that started by willing Ford (Anthony Hopkins) back into his imagination to help him.
Using figment Ford for guidance, Bernard resurrected Dolores into a new body, but not just any new body - the body of Charlotte Hale. In a flashback, we see the new Dolores (Charlores? Halores?) kill the real Charlotte before taking her place in the narrative we've been watching play out all season. It's a fun little twist on first glance, but the more you start to think about it the more frustrating the season becomes as a whole. The entire purpose of that muddled, out-of-sequence timeline, which was at times torturously meandering, seemed to exist simply to disguise this reveal. And that is where Westworld loses me, when it emphasizes narrative trickery at the expense of character depth and emotional storytelling.The 10 Good, Bad & Ugly Theories of 'Westworld' Season 2
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In her Charlotte disguise, Dolores now has the authority to leave the park, and so she does. The episode ends with Dolores, in what appears to be the real world, back in Evan Rachel Wood form. It's here where she brought Bernard back to life and has been running her tests, which we've frequently seen throughout the season. "Charlores" is also present, but it's unclear if she is still in Dolores-form or has had her programming updated. Dolores recognizes that she and Bernard will never see eye to eye on humanity (she wants to see them destroyed, he vows to stop her), but accepts his choice and sees him as a necessary yin to her yang. And so Bernard is free to go, and he finally opens the door into the real world for the first time, ready to become the author of his own story.
Bernard's escape is not the official final scene of the episode, however. In a post-credits sequence, set at some point in the future, the Man In Black, his hand half-blasted off from his failed assassination attempt on Dolores (who brought him along on her mission for seemingly no reason), stumbles into what we assume is The Forge. The place is covered in debris and looks to have been abandoned for a number of years. Waiting to greet the MIB is his daughter Emily - or perhaps a host replica of her. Emily tells her father that he is still inside the park and, much like Jim Delos, it dawns on him that he has been in the park for a very long time, playing out the same narrative loop. Which means the Man In Black is actually a Host In Black - or at least a Host-Human Hybrid, being tested for "fidelity."
As with many aspects of Westworld, it's a twist that brings up more questions than answers. Was the MIB a host all along? I'm not sure that would be satisfying given that character's particular story-arc. Or is this so far in the future that it has little bearing on the events we've watched play out this season? If so, why did he still have the bloodied hand which only just happened in this episode? And is Emily a host? Or was it the host version that the MIB killed in episode nine? Has humanity been destroyed by Dolores at this point and this is all that remains? There's a lot of questions and I'm not sure all of them are particularly interesting.
Westworld season two has provided some amazing highs - even this episode included some breathtaking set pieces (the buffalos charging through the Mesa Hub) and scenery (the rip in reality on the outskirts of the park). But it's also suffered from needless obfuscation and narrative shenanigans which have muddled character justifications. There is a door to a brilliant show hidden somewhere within Westworld, but we haven't quite reached the valley beyond just yet.'Westworld' Teams up with Amazon's Alexa For New Voice-Activated Game
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- Did Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) also reveal himself to be host? Or just an ally of the hosts? In his chat with "Charlores" on the beach, Stubbs says that when Ford hired him, it was made clear that his loyalty should always be with the hosts. And with that, he lets "Charlores" leave the island, clearly recognizing her true nature.
- Dolores eventually changes her mind in regards to the Valley Beyond and alters its coordinates so that it will remain hidden from humans. She also transfers Teddy's consciousness to the digital Eden - one of the sweeter moments of the finale.
- As "Charlores" leaves the park, we see in her bag five spherical control units. I'm assuming one of those contained Bernard's data, but what about the other four? Could one contain the data of her father, Peter Abernathy? I'd say that is likely. But I'm going to need to hear your theories on the other three!
- Where does the show go in season three? Are we about to go all War For the Planet of the Apes and see a huge battle between hosts and humans in the real world? Will Delos regroup and reopen the park? Will Felix and Sylvester save Maeve? No doubt the show will unveil these answers in typical non-linear fashion.
What did you think of the season finale? Let me know your thoughts and theories in the comments below.
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