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- Tuesday night's episode of "Wheel of Fortune" winded up with an epic fail.
- Kevin, a contestant on the syndicated game show, was one letter away from solving a puzzle, "A Streetcar Na_ed Desire."
- He guessed the letter "k" to read "A Streetcar Naked Desire." The real answer was "A Streetcar Named Desire."
- Video of the mistake has since gone viral.
- 03/22/17--09:46: Here's everything coming to Netflix in April
- 03/22/17--10:52: TV is in for a huge battle over the next few years — here's why
- The White Walkers are the main antagonists in "Game of Thrones" and are coming to attack the world of men in season seven of the TV show.
- The Great War is the battle between men and the White Walkers and their army of wights, unfortunate people the White Walkers have resurrected.
- The White Walkers were created by the Children of the Forest as a defense against men, but this backfired.
- Jon Snow and the red priests and priestesses of R'hllor are trying to warn the realm of this most important battle.
- 03/23/17--08:25: The most important person in Hollywood just got his contract renewed
- 03/23/17--10:56: Everything that happened on 'This is Us,' in chronological order
- "This is Us" is one of the most popular shows at the moment.
- The show depicts both present-day and past timelines. The past timeline jumps around and gives us a glimpse at the Pearson family during various points throughout their lives.
- Here is everything that happened from series premier to the season finale.
- 03/23/17--14:47: It looks like the writing is on the wall for traditional TV
- 03/24/17--06:44: Vice Digital gets into scripted video
- Blackpills, a French studio startup, with which Vice has signed an exclusive distribution deal on. Renowned filmographers such as Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects), and Zoe Cassavetes (Broken English) will contribute to the Blackpills programming.
- Pulse Films, a London production company that Vice bought a majority stake in last year, will premiere its original content exclusively on Vice’s new digital channel. The first two series are Pillow Talk starring Patrick J. Adams (of Suits fame), and Twiz and Tuck Bucket List.
- Increased competition from digital services like Netflix and Hulu as well as new hardware to access content are shifting consumers' attention away from live TV programming.
- Across the board, the numbers for live TV are bad. US adults are watching traditional TV on average 18 minutes fewer per day versus two years ago, a drop of 6%. In keeping with this, cable subscriptions are down, and TV ad revenue is stagnant.
- People are consuming more media content than ever before, but how they're doing so is changing. Half of US TV households now subscribe to SVOD services, like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, and viewing of original digital video content is on the rise.
- Legacy TV companies are recognizing these shifts and beginning to pivot their business models to keep pace with the changes. They are launching branded apps and sites to move their programming beyond the TV glass, distributing on social platforms to reach massive, young audiences, and forming partnerships with digital media brands to create new content.
- The TV ad industry is also taking a cue from digital. Programmatic TV ad buying represented just 4% (or $2.5 billion) of US TV ad budgets in 2015 but is expected to grow to 17% ($10 billion) by 2019. Meanwhile, networks are also developing branded TV content, similar to publishers' push into sponsored content.
- Outlines the shift in consumer viewing habits, specifically the younger generation.
- Explores the rise of subscription streaming services and the importance of original digital video content.
- Breaks down ways in which legacy media companies are shifting their content and advertising strategies.
- And Discusses new technology that will more effectively measure audiences across screens and platforms.
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When Arnold Schwarzenegger was Donald Trump’s replacement as host of "Celebrity Apprentice,"the President of the United States liked to mock Arnold’s ratings whenever possible, including at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Now that Schwarzenegger’s done with the reality competition series and says he won’t be back, he’s returning the compliment, mocking Trump’s lousy approval ratings, which got even worse when his skinny budget was revealed, showing plans to eliminate after-school programs and even Meals on Wheels:
Monday's congressional hearing with FBI Director James Comey was the subject of Seth Meyer's latest edition of "A Closer Look."
Although Comey confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump and others who worked in his election campaign for potential collusion with the Russian government, Meyers wasn't shocked.
"That is a huge, huge deal, and yet only 60 days into this administration, you hear that and you're, like, meh," NBC's "Late Night" host said on Monday. "At this point Melania would have to take Trump on a high-speed chase in a Ford Bronco for us to say, 'This is unexpected! This is a twist I didn't see coming!'"
But there is someone who Meyers thinks will be hit hard by Comey's admission: Hillary Clinton. Many believe that Comey's announcement of an investigation into Clinton's use of a private server while secretary of state helped lose the 2016 presidential election.
“I’m not saying Comey cost Clinton the election,” he said, “but his name is definitely on the list that Hillary mutters like Arya Stark when she’s walking in the woods: James Comey, WikiLeaks, the Hound, Anthony Weiner.”
In the same hearing, Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers added their organizations to the list of many other American and international intelligence agencies over the past week that have said there's no evidence to back the president's wiretapping allegation against former President Barack Obama.
"There you have it, America," Meyers said. "You can either trust the head of the National Security Agency or the guy who thinks 'tap' is spelled with two Ps."
Watch the latest edition of Meyers' "A Closer Look" below:
“Today we were supposed to be joined by Senior Trump Adviser Omarosa [Manigault] who, of course was here to promote her episode of 'Say Yes To The Dress,'” "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah told his viewers last night.
They laughed at his gag about a member of the Trump White House appearing on TLC’s wedding-dress show.
“That is true, by the way,” he added. They stopped laughing.
“But at last minute she bailed on us. And the reason she gave – and this is true again,” Noah said, anticipating another misunderstanding – “is that the administration did not want her interview on 'The Daily Show' to eclipse the news of the day.”
Noah noted how little sense that made, given that the news of the day was that FBI director James Comey had publicly rejected Trump’s claim Obama wiretapped him, and confirmed the bureau is investigating any links between Russia and Trump’s campaign during the election.
Watch the video below:
Warning: Mild spoilers for "Big Little Lies" below.
You might have heard of "Big Little Lies," that big little show so many people are talking about, and so many stars are in. If you're not watching, you should be. It's a compelling murder mystery and every episode is beautifully directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, the visionary director of "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Wild."
The show focuses on four female leads and follows their lives in Monterey, California, as working mothers or stay-at-home moms struggling in their relationships. All the while, a murder mystery is slowly unfolding. The audience gets very small bits of information about the murder throughout every episode, but not enough to put any of the pieces together.
But while the mystery is interesting and will keep you on the edge of your seat, the strength of "Big Little Lies" is how it confronts stories for women, and gives female actresses (the majority in their 40s or 50s) the chance to take the lead while the men get the supporting roles for once.
Here are all the reasons you should be watching HBO's "Big Little Lies":
It’s based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty.
Though the novel takes place in Australia. The novel had very similar reception to the show. On the surface it seems fluffy and cliche, but it's using that disguise to address the important realities of domestic abuse and women's issues.
It’s got an incredible cast.
Including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Adam Scott, and Alexander Skarsgard. The level of talent is absurd.
Witherspoon and Kidman optioned the show themselves, because it had so many female characters.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon said, “We have to start seeing women how they actually are on film — we need to see real women's experience — whether that involves domestic violence, sexual assault, romance, infidelity, or divorce."
Witherspoon and Kidman serve as executive producers.
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We'll let you in on a little secret about late-night TV: Almost all of it is pre-taped. Yes, there's a studio audience and and the host's jokes are timely so it looks like it's all happening as you're watching, but the fact is almost all the shows are taped in the afternoon before airing. And in some cases segments are done days before.
That was the case with Ryan Reynold's appearance Tuesday on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Unable to be in New York City this week to promote his new movie, "Life" (opening Friday), he recorded his appearance last Thursday. But Colbert and Reynolds had some fun with it.
Instead of playing it straight, Colbert did a bit in which Reynolds comes out in the middle of Colbert's monologue and argues with him over what day it is.
"I can't stand here and let you lie to this audience," Reynolds says as Colbert, looking puzzled, is in the middle of saying that Tuesday is actor Matthew Broderick's birthday, and he's "one of America's finest actors."
"You don't think Matthew Broderick is one of America's finest actors?" Colbert asks Reynolds.
"Of course he is, Stephen, he's a national treasure," Reynolds says. "But I've been sitting back there listening to you deceive these people. Today is not Tuesday — it's Thursday. You pre-tape this entire show!"
Colbert is outraged by the accusation and proves that it's Tuesday by delivering a timely joke: "So March Madness is upon us, and did you hear this? There's only 16 teams left in the tournament."
"That's how it's scheduled, there's only 16 teams by now," Reynolds says.
Reynolds then presents a newspaper dated Thursday, March 16. Colbert counters, saying Reynolds could have just held onto that paper. The host then brings out a paper from 1912, with a headline showing that the Titanic has sunk.
The two look to be at a stalemate until Colbert delivers the coup de grâce: a taco.
"Can't have tacos on Thursday," the host says, referring to the American tradition of many restaurants having special offers on tacos on Tuesdays.
Reynolds finally gives in and agrees that it's Tuesday, as he devours the taco.
Watch the entire bit below:
Trevor Noah may have had a confrontational interview with the conservative host Tomi Lahren, but he came out in defense of her on Tuesday after she was temporarily suspended by TheBlaze, the outlet owned by Glenn Beck.
Lahren was suspended after saying on "The View" last week that she favored abortion rights, declaring that she's "pro-choice." To the "Daily Show" host, TheBlaze's reasoning seemed suspect.
"If you're a conservative network that preaches day in and day out 'You politically correct snowflakes get offended too easily when anyone says something you disagree with,' and then Tomi comes out and speaks her truth, says that she's pro-choice, and then suddenly her bosses go, 'Oh, you like choices? Well how about you choose a new job?'" Noah said. "That's not cool. I was offended by the hypocrisy."
Noah said that he wanted to protest the network's decision, but "unfortunately, there's no type of black-people protest that Tomi is comfortable with."
Watch Trevor Noah on Tomi Lahren's suspension:
"The Daily Show" correspondent Jordan Klepper has continued his series of visits to Donald Trump rallies, this time with Trump as president. In a segment on Tuesday night's show, he found that not much had changed for Trump's supporters.
Though Trump has been president for more than two months, he has begun campaigning for the 2020 election in a way. His rallies are funded by his 2020 campaign, which collects donations and sells merchandise at them.
Klepper hit a Trump rally in Nashville, Tennessee, last week and spoke to Trump's supporters. The first order of business was finding out why Trump was holding campaign rallies at all.
"This is still happening. Why is this still happening?" Klepper asked one attendee. "He's running for president while he's president without doing presidential s---."
"Don't say that," the man replied. "He's done a lot of presidential s---."
"It feels like old times," said another supporter. "It feels like we're on the campaign trail."
Bitter sentiments from the presidential campaign reemerged. Klepper found attendees in T-shirts with apparent references to Hillary Clinton as "that b----." And when he asked supporters which issues they cared about, he found that people were still focused on locking up Democrats, including Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
When asked what Obama should be "locked up" for, one woman said, "sedition and treason."
And just when Klepper felt he had found a supporter who had an optimistic idea for the future — getting homeless people off the streets — the man blurted out, "and Michelle, that's a man," referring to former first lady Michelle Obama.
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President Donald Trump has found a way to make his daughter Ivanka Trump's presence felt in the White House. She will have an office in the West Wing, despite not having an official government role.
"She's getting an office at the White House and she's getting top-level security clearance," Jimmy Kimmel said on Tuesday's episode of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!""For real, Ivanka Trump will draw on her 20 years of foreign and domestic policy experience that she gained selling sandals to Nordstrom."
Ivanka's role, which comes with no official title, has been described as her father's "eyes and ears" in the White House.
"He needs someone to be his thumbs," Kimmel said, "so they can stop tweeting."
But Kimmel thinks he knows the real reason Ivanka has been given a strategically placed office in the White House, which has raised some ethical concerns.
"I have theory about it,” he said. “Her office is on the second floor of the West Wing, not far from the Oval Office. I suspect they put her there so somebody can run and grab her, in case her father decides to nuke anything. She might be only one he will listen to.”
Watch Kimmel weigh in on Ivanka's new White House office below:
On Tuesday's “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” comedian Dave Chappelle opened up about why he made not just one, but two new comedy specials for Netflix.
The specials are his first in 13 years, and they made their exclusive Netflix debut on Tuesday.
"Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin" was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles one year ago, and "Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas" was filmed at the Moody Theater in Austin two years ago.
Both specials are packed with everything Chappelle is known for, including hilarious social commentary on sensitive topics, like O.J. Simpson and sexual-assault allegations against Bill Cosby.
“We’re very, very excited that you put out these comedy specials. Thirteen years: Like a locust, you have returned with these. Why did you decide to put two of them out?” Kimmel asked.
“Money,” Chappelle said.
Indeed, he did earn a lot of it: a reported $60 million for the two specials.
Watch Chappelle on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" below:
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This "Wheel of Fortune" contestant may want to brush up on his Tennessee Williams.
On Tuesday night's episode of the syndicated game show, a contestant was was one letter away from solving a puzzle. "A Streetcar Na_ed Desire" were the letters he was provided. The hint was "Title."
Kevin decided to spin the wheel again with $1,600 to guess the final consonant for some more money. The only thing that appeared to be in his way was the possibility of landing on "Bankrupt."
He seemed to be in the clear. Then Kevin guessed the letter "k.""A Streetcar Naked Desire."
That is not the name of Williams' 1947 play.
The wheel then went to Lisa, who correctly completed the puzzle: "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Pat Sajak seemed amused when he congratulated Lisa on the win. "Although you got the right answer, I'd rather see Kevin's play," he joked.
Dude on Wheel of Fortune had to solve this:— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) March 21, 2017
A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE
He asked for a K.
I’m gonna go lie down.
Check out the video (h/t Deadspin) below:
April is bringing new movies and television to Netflix, including some classic films and a slew of original content.
It includes classics like "Schindler's List," comfort food like "The Great British Bake Off," and movies from late last year, like "The B.F.G" and "The Queen of Katwe."
Find the full list of new releases below. We've highlighted some of our favorites.
"A Weekend with the Family" (2016)
"A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984)
"Across the Universe" (2007)
"An American Tail" (1986)
"An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" (1991)
"An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster" (1999)
"Boy Bye" (2016)
"Born To Be Free" (2016)
"Cool Runnings" (1993)
"Good Witch: Season 2" (2016)
"Only for One Night" (2016)
"Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'" (1971)
"Schindler's List" (1993)
"Something's Gotta Give" (2003)
"Wynonna Earp: Season 1" (2016)
"Trouble with the Curve" (2012)
"Tropic Thunder" (2008)
"The Tenth Man" (2016)
"The D Train" (2015)
"Chewing Gum: Season 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Louis C.K. 2017" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Disney’s The BFG" (2016)
"El Faro De Las Orcas" NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
"Dawn of the Croods: Season 3" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"The Get Down: Part 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Win It All NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
"Kubo and the Two Strings" (2016)
"Documentary Now!: Season 2" (2016)
"Kevin Hart: What Now" (2016)
"DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2" (2016)
"Chelsea: Season 2"NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"El Elegido" (2017)
"Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return"NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Sandy Wexler"NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
"Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" (1993)
"Slam"NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
"Lucas Brothers: On Drugs"NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"A Plastic Ocean"
"Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1"NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Girlboss: Season 1" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1"NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Sand Castle" NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
"Tales by Light: Season 2"NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"The Prestige" (2006)
"Tramps"NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3 (2016)
"The Secret Life of Pets" (2016)
"Liv and Maddie: Season 4" (2016)
"Long Nights Short Mornings" (2016)
"Disney’s Queen of Katwe" (2016)
"The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared"NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
"Vir Das: Abroad Understanding" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Real Rescues: Season 6-7" (2012)
"Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1"NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"A Murder in the Park" (2014)
"Casting JonBenet"NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Dear White People: Season 1" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Rodney King"NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
"Small Crimes"NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
"Sofia the First: Season 3" (2015)
There is a huge age divide in the amount of live TV Americans watch, versus how much they consume digital media, according to comScore's new cross-platform report.
ComScore looked at the total amount of hours Americans spent with TV and digital media in 2016, and as you move down the age range, there is a stark shift away from TV and toward digital. Notably, while desktop digital media usage actually decreases in the 18-34 age range (compared to 35-54), smartphones are driving the numbers way up.
Here is the full chart from comScore:
The chart underscores what many in the TV industry are afraid of: young people just aren't watching as much live TV as older folks are. While live TV and digital are roughly equal in the 35-54 age bracket, that balance tips steeply for younger Americans. And it doesn't look good for TV.
Still, these stats don't mean live TV is already in its grave. In fact, in many instances it's proving rather sticky.
A great example of this is the way Americans are watching subscription video services like Netflix, known as over-the-top services ("OTT"). Netflix has almost 50 million subscribers in the US, and many of these households watch both TV and Netflix. Only 15.4% of OTT households are streaming-only, according to comScore. In those "both" households, live TV is maintaining its lead by a wide margin.
ComScore found that in households with both OTT services — like Netflix or Hulu — and TV, for every hour of streaming viewing, the household watched a whopping 5 hours and 28 minutes of live TV.
Here's what that looks like:
And when it comes to live TV versus things like DVR or video-on-demand, the difference is equally stark.
ComScore found that 84% of total TV viewing was live, versus 14.9% on DVR, and just 1.1% video-on-demand (excluding streaming services like Netflix).
So while it's true that Americans, especially younger ones, are moving their media habits toward smartphones and away from live TV, don't be too quick to count TV out just yet.
No matter how much buzz Netflix gets, live TV is still a juggernaut.
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Samantha Bee took a close look at President Donald Trump's counterterrorism expert Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka on Wednesday's episode of TBS's "Full Frontal."
She started the segment by playing a clip during Trump's campaign in which he promised that under his presidency, the federal government would hire "the best people... the smartest, the greatest minds... I have all of them."
"You do? Where?" Bee said, showing an image of Trump with his cabinet members. "Are they behind those motherf---ers? You know what? Let's meet another one of those 'best people': White House counterterrorism 'expert' and treasurer of the Steven Seagal fan club, Dr. Sebastian Lukacs v. Gorka. No, his first name isn't suing his last name."
Gorka is a member of the national security advisory staff and officially serves as a deputy assistant to the president. The media has referred to him as the "Trump whisperer" as the president has on several occasions repeated phrases that Gorka had used previously.
While Gorka insists on using the academic "Dr." honorific, Bee suggests that his scholarship is overstated.
"Trump’s ISIS expert has never lived in a Muslim-majority country and he doesn’t read or speak Arabic,” the host said. “For his thesis, Gorka read the Quran in English, and some secondary sources, and watched 'Charlie Wilson’s War,' which makes you an authority on Islam in much the way that watching a Chinese bootleg of 'Rogue One' makes you an astronaut.”
A former contributor to the far-right outlet Breitbart, Gorka makes appearances on Fox News "every time they needed someone to whip up panic over Islamic jihad," as Bee puts it.
"This is not playtime now. S--- is real," Bee said. "The White House needs real counterterrorism experts. Not a poor man's Stewie Griffin whose extremist nonsense can get people killed."
Watch the segment below:
Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger has extended his contract as the company’s chief executive by one year, through July 2019, a move that had been expected as Disney continues its long search for his successor.
“Given Bob Iger’s outstanding leadership, his record of success in a changing media landscape, and his clear strategic vision for Disney’s future, it is obvious that the Company and its shareholders will be best served by his continued leadership as the Board conducts the robust process of identifying a successor and ensuring a smooth transition,” said Orin C. Smith, who is the lead independent director of Disney’s board.
“Mr. Iger has led The Walt Disney Company to unprecedented success during his 11 years as CEO, driving Disney to new creative heights, expanding the Company’s global reach, fostering technological innovation, and delivering year-after-year of record financial results,” Smith said. “During his tenure, Mr. Iger has created enormous value for shareholders, with total shareholder return of 448%, compared to 144% for the S&P 500, and a dramatic increase in the Company’s market capitalization to $177 billion from $46 billion.”
“Leading this great company is a tremendous privilege, and I am honored to have been asked to continue serving as CEO through July 2, 2019,” Iger said in a statement. “Even with the incredible success the Company has achieved, I am confident that Disney’s best days are still ahead, and I look forward to continuing to build on our proven strategy for growth while working with the Board to identify a successor as CEO and ensure a successful transition.”
Stephen Colbert cited a report that President Donald Trump needed some cheering up and wanted to help.
In the midst of the Republican healthcare plan facing an uphill climb in the House, and many concerns over his wiretapping claims, Politico reported that the judicial blocking of his revised travel ban broke Trump's spirits. In response, White House officials tried to brighten the president's mood by showing him a Fox News segment arguing that the Supreme Court would never uphold the decisions.
"They treat the president the same way you treat a five-year-old throwing a tantrum," Colbert said on Wednesday's episode of CBS's "Late Show.""'Honey, calm down. Look, look, we’ve got "Frozen." We’ve got the CD for "Frozen." Let’s put that in there. Now please, let it go!'"
Nevertheless, Colbert felt he could assist the staffers in helping out Trump.
"If positive coverage helps calm down the big, angry man with the launch codes, I say do it," the host said. "That's why I had the 'Late Show' in-house news team, 'Real News Tonight,' make a new report that the White House can play at any time."
Watch Colbert's complimentary fake newscast for Trump below:
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When NBC’s weepy family drama This Is Uspremiered last fall, it unloaded a big twist on unsuspecting viewers: The show planned to tell the story of one family across several different timelines. In the present day, we follow Pearson triplets Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Randall (Sterling K. Brown), and in the past, we see the story of their childhood, and most importantly, the story of their parents, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore). While the present-day story line has so far played out chronologically, the past timeline jumps around quite a bit, giving us glimpses of the Pearsons at various points throughout their lives.
It’s an excellent (and very successful) way to make a familiar type of show seem new. But let’s be honest: It’s tough to keep track of what exactly went down when. To alleviate that problem, Vulture has put together a chronological guide to This Is Us. For accuracy’s sake, this timeline only sticks to events we’ve seen onscreen. Although we’ve been told Kevin that gets married and divorced, we haven’t watched that marriage play out, so you won’t find it listed here. Same goes for Jack’s death. There are still lots of missing pieces to the puzzle that is the Pearson family saga, but we’ll have at least two more seasons to figure out just where and when they fit.
Here are the major moments of the first season of This Is Us, from beginning to end.
Jack’s grandfather arrives in New York City.
As Kevin explains, the man has a son who has a son who has the Big Three. So he’s the dude is to blame for all the crying. Mystery solved.
William Hill’s father dies overseas and leaves behind a pregnant war widow.
But not before singing the sweetest version of “You Are My Sunshine.” It’s obvious where William gets his musical talent.
William Hill is born.
He’s born with the gift of poetry, and eventually uses it to achieve minor success while in a cover band with his cousin Ricky (Brian Tyree Henry). It is the first “almost” and “could’ve been” in a life full of them. Raise your hand if you downloaded William’s song “We Can Always Come Back to This” and listened to it on repeat for the past few weeks. And if you didn’t, don’t judge.
Jack’s abusive dad leaves.
This guy is the king of jerks, but his awfulness did turn Jack into the perfect husband we know him to be. Every dark cloud has a silver lining, I guess?
William moves to Pittsburgh.
He promises his cousin that he’ll be back once he tends to his sick mother, but we all know that never happens. This is a huge move which sets into motion … well, everything.
Jack returns from the Vietnam War.
After working as a mechanic during the war, Jack has to move back in with his parents. (Yes, his terrible father is back.) He’s forced to take a series of odd jobs which are at times deflating, but also lead to the moment when…
Jack and Rebecca meet!
It’s a tale as old as time: Rebecca saves Jack from a life of crime, and Jack saves Rebecca from a life learning about stock options from a milquetoast finance guy.
Jack and Rebecca tie the knot at City Hall.
Flower crowns. Facial hair. Vows that make you believe in true love again. What were you expecting?
William turns to drugs after losing his mother.
Sweet, soft-spoken William falls hard for Randall’s mother and pain-numbing drugs. Oh, William.
Rebecca gets knocked up in a bar bathroom after Super Bowl XIV.
Probably not the only time Terry Bradshaw has acted as an aphrodisiac.
Jack and Rebecca learn they’re having triplets, proceed to freak out.
In order to be a provider for his growing family, Jack does the unthinkable and goes to his estranged father for money so he can afford a house in which the eventual family of five will fit. Meanwhile, we have to watch Jack be mistreated by this awful man again. Not a fun time for anyone involved, really.
Happy 36th birthday, Jack Pearson! Also, welcome to the world, Big Three!
For the big day in 1980, Jack receives a gross banana-nut muffin/Twinkie-filling cupcake concoction, a pseudo lap dance from his pregnant wife, and the most intense roller coaster of emotions in experiencing the elation at the birth of his children, the devastating loss of one child, and the hopefulness in recovery brought by finding baby Randall in need of a family. This is a very big day.
Dr. K and Firefighter Joe find ways to heal.
Thanks to the divine intervention of the Pearson family, Dr. K (Gerald McRaney) can finally move on from his paralyzing grief over the loss of his wife and goes on a very cute date with a very cute lady from the neighborhood. Firefighter Joe (Brian Oblak), realizing the baby dropped off at the station will not solve his marital problems, does the right thing by little Randall and then goes home to start rebuilding his marriage.
Rebecca meets William.
Unable to connect with her adopted newborn, Rebecca seeks out the man she believes to be his biological father. He’s in a very bad way, but still able to offer some helpful advice: Rebecca should give the baby his own name, not the name meant for the baby she lost. He also hands her a book of poetry by his favorite poet, Dudley Randall. You see where this is going, yes?
Jack takes a desk job to make more money.
On one hand, it is soul crushing. On the other, Jack looks nice in an Oxford and tie.
Jack promises Rebecca he’ll be a “12” for her, melts hearts everywhere.
After Rebecca gives Jack an ultimatum that he stop the drinking or else, Jack gets his act together, makes a big romantic speech, and wins Rebecca’s forgiveness. He also gives her that moon necklace — you know, the one she promises to never take off.
There’s a heatwave in Pittsburgh, and the Pearsons meet Yvette.
The gang heads to the local pool for a healthy dose of drama. Randall (Lonnie Chavis) makes friends with some of the other black kids at the pool, but one of the mothers, Yvette (Ryan Michelle Bathe), doesn’t warm up to Rebecca and her parenting style very easily. Don’t worry, though — they become buddies!
Jack gives up dreams of his own company so Randall can go to private school.
Plans for Big Three Homes construction company are shoved in the bottom of a drawer when it’s clear Randall needs the challenge of a prestigious private school. The kid solves Rubik’s cubes, for goodness sake!
Jack teaches Randall how to tie a tie.
We are all grateful for this.
The Pearson Thanksgiving traditions begin.
Creepy guys named Pilgrim Rick and gas station hot dogs covered in fake cheese have never seemed so lovely.
Rebecca meets William, the sequel.
So important, so sad. It brings to light Rebecca’s greatest fear: that Randall could, at any moment, be taken away from Jack and Rebecca. Her fierce need to protect her family is understandable, but it doesn’t make the look of heartbreak on William’s face easier to take when he receives Rebecca’s letter denying him any interaction with Randall. Of course, this moment in Pearson history also lays the foundation for the very intense and awkward Thanksgiving dinner in 2016.
Randall joins a dojo, Jack proves that push-ups can make humans cry.
Just kidding! We’ve always known they can do that.
Kate needs an appendectomy on Christmas Eve 1989.
And looky here: Dr. K turns up again, this time needing comfort from the Pearsons instead of the other way around. Both Kate (Mackenzie Hancsicsak) and Dr. K make it out just fine. Rebecca’s right: Nothing bad ever happens on Christmas Eve!
The Big Three celebrate the big 1-0.
It is a day of partying in which Rebecca and Jack learn that Randall is the most self-aware and self-assured 10-year-old on the planet, that Kate has some issues with her friends but not with voguing, and that Kevin (Parker Bates) is madly in love with Kate’s best friend, Sophie (Sophia Coto).
Rebecca joins her old band.
She feels alive again! Jack just feels threatened.
Kevin and Randall’s sibling rivalry boils over during a high-school football game.
All Randall (Niles Fitch) wants is the love and respect of his brother. All Kevin (Logan Shroyer) wants is to be left alone in his new basement bachelor pad. Teen Kevin is so mean! Not even Teen Randall’s offering of Yoo-hoo and Pop-Tarts melt his brother’s icy exterior.
Miguel gets a divorce.
The news from Miguel (Jon Huertas) throws both Jack and Rebecca into a bit of a spiral. Okay, it’s mostly just Jack, who realizes he and Rebecca have been getting complacent and he needs to fight for his marriage before he loses it. Rebecca, on the other hand, finds it upsetting but not upsetting enough to make her rethink her next big decision …
Rebecca decides to go on tour with her band.
Alongside her ex-boyfriend Ben (Sam Trammell), no less. Jack is less than enthused and his jealousy pushes him back to the bottle. Things are going downhill fast, people!
Rebecca leaves for her tour and Jack goes after her.
It sounds romantic until you realize Jack is completely drunk as he hops in the car to drive all the way to Cleveland to make things right with his wife. HOLD ME.
Rebecca and Jack decide to separate.
After an intense screaming match in which Rebecca admits to feeling like a ghost in her own life and Jack calls her “music career” ridiculous, they decide it is best to take a breather. Jack goes to stay with Miguel. Call me crazy, but I don’t trust that guy.
… and sometime after that, we see Jack’s funeral.
Happy 36th birthday, Kevin, Kate, and Randall!
Welcome to the big twist, everyone else!
Kevin goes full Jerry Maguire on the set of The Man-ny
Kevin doesn’t know the human head weighs eight pounds, but he does know that he deserves more than a character whose basic function is to take off his shirt while tending to a child.
Kate meets Toby.
She cannot fall for a person like Toby (Chris Sullivan) right now, but guess what? She totally does.
Randall knocks on William’s door.
After a lifetime of searching, Randall finally meets the man who gave him up … only to find out that he’s dying from cancer. William (Ron Cephas-Jones) moves into Randall’s house to live out the end of his life, and all the Pearsons’ lives are the better for it. William was right: That was some thing Randall did, knocking on his door.
Sterling K. Brown calls Mandy Moore “mommy.”
All of our lives are forever changed.
Rebecca meets William, part three.
This time with 100 percent more wrinkles! Rebecca wants William to keep their secret just a little bit longer, until she finds the right time to tell Randall. Girl, there will never be a right time to tell your son you’ve been lying to him about his birth father for his entire life.
Knock, knock! It’s Uncle Kevin, here to stay in the basement at Randall’s house indefinitely so that he can try out the New York theater scene and become more than just the Manny.
Kate introduces Toby to Jack’s ashes.
The three of them watch the Steelers game together. Kate won’t say much about her father’s death, which eventually becomes a big problem for Toby, which eventually becomes a big problem for everyone else. Give the girl some space, dude!
Kate gets a new job … sort of
It looks like Kate has finally started a life for herself when she takes a job assisting a woman (Jami Gertz) who runs charities or something of the sort. We’ve only really seen Kate in this role once. Is the biggest mystery of This Is Us how Kate has any money? Will this be the biggest twist of all?
Kevin finally calls Randall his brother.
It happens during a physical fight in the middle of New York City, but still, it is all Randall has ever wanted from his brother. Let the fraternal healing begin!
William accidentally tells Beth that he’s met Rebecca before.
In all fairness to William, he and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) are totally high and he is moved by the poetry of Dudley Randall. But of course, Beth and Randall’s marriage is one based on trust and not keeping secrets from one another, so she is in a tough spot. She tries to get Rebecca to tell Randall, but Rebecca doesn’t move fast enough.
Randall teaches us that a Thanksgiving Dad is a Hot Dad.
The greatest lesson to come out of This Is Us so far.
Kevin and Olivia kiss.
Olivia Maine (Janet Montgomery) is very dark and twisty inside, but Kevin seems very into that. He calls the kiss one of the greatest of his life, but I’m pretty sure she was just in it for the pumpkin pie.
Kevin lets Miguel be Pilgrim Rick.
Of the three Pearson kids, Kevin’s relationship with step dad Miguel is the most fraught. This not-so-small gesture of letting Miguel participate in Jack’s Thanksgiving tradition is a huge step for their relationship.
Kate dumps Toby and decides to get gastric bypass surgery.
Toby giving up on his diet is too much temptation for Kate to handle at the moment. She needs to focus on herself, so she kicks him to the curb. After a not-so-near-death experience on a plane, Kate decides life is too short and she wants to start living her best life immediately. Gastric bypass surgery, it is!
Randall discovers that Rebecca and William knew each other.
When Randall goes to William’s apartment to grab some music recordings that are part of his birth father’s Thanksgiving traditions, he happens upon Rebecca’s letter, which reveals her decision to never tell Randall about William. Randall confronts Rebecca at the Thanksgiving dinner table, tearing apart one of the most important relationships in his life.
Randall trips hard at the family’s cabin and chats with his dead father.
Hallucination Jack takes Randall’s face into his hands and tells his son that he was never a choice, he was a fact. He also tries to show Randall that Rebecca was constantly fighting to protect her family. Maybe that could offer some explanation as to her choices. Even in hallucinatory form, Jack Pearson is wonderful.
Olivia goes off the grid and Kevin’s play is canceled.
Kevin’s pretty upset about losing his love interest and his chance to become a “serious actor,” but everyone else, including the audience, is pumped because, geez, was Olivia Maine the worst or what?
William reconnects with his great love, Jesse.
These two guys! Jesse (Denis O’Hare) was heartbroken when William left to live at Randall’s without telling him, but is willing to forgive him as long as William promises not to shut him out anymore. Jesse wants as much time with him as William has left. Aww!
Kevin and Sloane (Milana Vayntrub) decide to self-produce The Back of an Egg
Terrible title be damned! The show must go on!
Randall talks a co-worker off the ledge … literally
Randall saves his suicidal colleague (Jimmi Simpson), but where did we land exactly with that boat purchase?
Toby collapses in Randall’s living room on Christmas Eve.
Toby flies out to New Jersey to try and win back Kate with a very lovely speech, but hours later he collapses to the floor. So it turns out Rebecca was wrong! Bad things do happen on Christmas Eve.
Kate and Toby get engaged.
After Toby makes it through a second heart surgery, Kate unloads all of her feelings on the guy, assuming he is asleep. He’s not. He hears everything she says, including that part about wanting to marry him. He’d marry the hell out of her, too. And thus, an engagement!
William tells Randall he wants to stop his chemo treatments.
It is the beginning of the end.
Kate puts gastric bypass surgery on hold and goes to fat camp.
While in an aerobic drumming class (!), Kate has an emotional breakthrough and realizes that her weight issues are very much tied to the death of her father and her inability to deal with her grief and guilt. Don’t knock aerobic drumming class until you try it.
Kevin makes a grand, romantic gesture to win back … his ex-wife?
Kevin and his childhood sweetheart Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) divorced after he moved to Los Angeles and cheated on her, and they haven’t seen each other in 12 years. She’s hesitant, but he wins her over by taking her to their old haunts and professing his love for her in a dramatic speech. He really is his father’s son!
Randall teaches William how to drive.
Randall begrudgingly gives his father the gift of his perfect day: driving a cool car while wearing a new pair of shades, sipping on his favorite drink (an egg cream) with the music up and the windows down. What a cool cat that William Hill is.
Toby tells Kate they should slow down their marriage plans.
He doesn’t think they should be getting married if she can’t openly talk about her father’s death with him. Oh, Toby, so pushy.
Randall has an anxiety-induced breakdown on Kevin’s opening night.
The mounting pressure at work, the pile of responsibilities at home, not to mention the emotional stress of watching his birth father slowly die after just meeting him months ago all becomes too much for perfectionist Randall. He becomes paralyzed with stress in his own office. Thankfully, Kevin realizes what’s happening and rushes to his brother’s rescue — even though it means ditching opening night of his play. Brothers come first, finally.
Randall and William take a road trip to Memphis, where William dies cradled by his son.
“Roll all your windows down, Randall. Crank up the music. Grow out that fro. Let someone else make your bed.” Be right back, need to go slide down a wall while ugly crying.
Randall forgives Rebecca.
The Pearsons honor William’s memory with a plethora of breakfast foods, balloons, and confetti, and a nice stroll through the neighborhood while wearing fedoras. During this walk, Rebecca stops her son to once again say how sorry she is that she kept William from him, denying Randall more time with his birth father. She did it because she was scared, but she knows how selfish that was. It was enough time to know William loved him, Randall tells her. And that’s enough. This new peacefulness also seems to be in honor of William’s memory.
Kevin has a second shot at opening night.
He finally makes his big stage debut with The Back of an Egg’s opening night re-do, and it is quite the success. Almost unbelievably, Ron Howard happens to be in the audience that night and he calls Kevin to offer him a part in his next movie. Too bad he just told Sophie that he realized he moved to New York City to be with her and that he won’t mess this up a second time. Sounds like some drama is afoot!
Kate (almost) opens up about Jack’s death.
William’s memorial brings on another swell of emotions for Kate regarding Jack’s death. It’s Randall who encourages her to finally deal with her grief by talking about it with the people she loves … including Toby. Later, Kate tells Toby that she has such a hard time talking about Jack’s death because it was all her fault.
Randall quits his job.
William’s greatest gift to his son was showing him that life’s short and we should enjoy every moment we have. With that in mind, Randall shows up at work and tells his awful co-workers that he’s had enough. He’s going to live his life more like his father did — slow it down a little, go on more walks, talk to his mailman. It is a brave new world for Randall Pearson.
Even as the smartphone has exploded in popularity, the television has remained the most viewed screen in most Americans’ lives.
As this chart from Statista shows, though, its grip is starting to loosen. According to the most recent Total Audience Report from research firm Nielsen, young Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 now spend more time using smartphones than watching TV, with about a five-hour gap between the two.
Older generations still prefer TV by a good margin, but the younger you go, the closer the gap gets. This doesn't necessarily mean traditional TV is dying, but it probably won't be dominant, and this only furthers the notion that when and where people consume media is diversifying. It’s no wonder so many companies are trying to get ahead of the streaming TV game.
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Vice Media has made a name in online media with its news and documentary content, but the company is set to make a big step in a new direction by debuting scripted entertainment on its digital site.
Though Vice has produced such shows on its Viceland cable channel and has some movies under its belt, this would be its first venture into digital scripted video, Variety reports.
Vice is set to launch scripted programming on its video-on-demand hub. By diversifying its digital content beyond its usual slate of news and documentaries, Vice is opening new channels for audience acquisition and monetization.
At least two production studios will create scripted content for Vice. The content across both studios varies widely by story, style, and genre, which should obviously help Vice to reach a wide and varied audience too. The studios contributing to Vice’s channel are:
Distribution of premium, TV-grade content on digital platforms is becoming much more common. Pioneering video-on-demand platforms like Netflix and Hulu were the early trendsetters. More recently, social and digital video platforms such as Facebook and YouTube have also moved to secure professionally produced content, while traditional TV companies are beginning to launch their own web-based packages, like DirecTV Now.
Over the last few years, there’s been much talk about the “death of TV.” However, television is not dying so much as it's evolving: extending beyond the traditional television screen and broadening to include programming from new sources accessed in new ways.
It's strikingly evident that more consumers are shifting their media time away from live TV, while opting for services that allow them to watch what they want, when they want. Indeed, we are seeing a migration toward original digital video such as YouTube Originals, SVOD services such as Netflix, and live streaming on social platforms.
However, not all is lost for legacy media companies. Amid this rapidly shifting TV landscape, traditional media companies are making moves across a number of different fronts — trying out new distribution channels, creating new types of programming aimed at a mobile-first audience, and partnering with innovate digital media companies. In addition, cable providers have begun offering alternatives for consumers who may no longer be willing to pay for a full TV package.
Dylan Mortensen, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, has compiled a detailed report on the future of TV that looks at how TV viewer, subscriber, and advertising trends are shifting, and where and what audiences are watching as they turn away from traditional TV.
Here are some key points from the report:
In full, the report:
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Tales of "The Hole" have formed one of the most frightening narratives about Scientology to see the light of day.
Between the "Going Clear" book and movie, Leah Remini's hit A&E docuseries, articles, and memoirs from former members, we've learned a lot about what ex-members say is Scientology's alleged prison for executives who have fallen out of favor with the organization's leader, David Miscavige.
"It was a poisonous environment,""Going Clear" author Lawrence Wright said of "The Hole" on the HBO documentary. "People were really frightened. And this went on for years. This wasn't a couple of days."
"He literally created this prison camp," Marty Rathbun, a former executice who left Scientology in 2004, said in "Going Clear" of his time in the Hole. "It was inevitable that I wasn't going to last there."
Here's everything we know about Scientology's alleged "prison" known as the Hole:
The Hole started as a power grab by David Miscavige, according to former Scientology members.
Former Scientologists say David Miscavige sent dozens of senior executives to the organization's Gold Base near Hemet, California. Leading up to the order, former members said they noticed Miscavige was extremely agitated and paranoid that there was a plot to overthrow him.
"[Miscavige] very definitely wiped out that organizational pattern in order to be able to have ultimate power," former Scientology executive Tom DeVocht said in "Going Clear."
The Hole previously served as the office for the International wing of Scientology, the team David Miscavige allegedly wanted gone.
The executives were reportedly corralled into two double-wide trailers, which then served as the office space for the International wing of Scientology. International President Heber Jentzsch was among them. Many ended up spending months to years living in those trailers, according to accounts. Several people who were held there say the Hole's numbers swelled to as many as 100 people.
The trailer space morphed from being known as the International office to the "A to E Room," named after the church's confessional process, the A to E steps. It was then the "SP Hole.""SP" refers to "suppressive persons," members who are believed to have broken church rules and to be bad influences on other members. Ultimately "SP Hole" was shortened to "the Hole."
It didn't take much to anger Miscavige and find oneself in the Hole, according to insiders.
The Hole quickly grew into a detention center for high-ranking members who displeased David Miscavige, former members have said.
"Honestly, the reasons for that could be anything from answering a question wrongly, not answering a question, a facial expression that was inappropriate, falling asleep after being up for a couple of days — I mean anything, you're in the Hole," ex-Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder said on A&E's "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath."
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