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    Mindy Project

    After the show survived the ax once before, it looks like "The Mindy Project" is finally meeting its end.

    Hulu has renewed the romantic comedy from Mindy Kaling for a sixth and final season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The Mindy Project" is set to return this fall to wrap its run, but the number of episodes hasn't been decided.

    “It has been an honor and a joy to work with Mindy and the entire creative team behind 'The Mindy Project.' This series has been part of Hulu since we launched the service and, thanks to Mindy’s incredibly unique voice and vision, has remained one of our most popular and beloved series over the past five years,” Hulu's Head of Content Craig Erwich told THR in a statement.

    “While we can’t wait to see what Mindy has in store for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic sixth and final season, we know 'The Mindy Project' will live on as fans will continue to watch, discover, and re-live all of the best moments from the complete series on Hulu.”

    In 2015, Fox canceled "The Mindy Project" after three seasons. Hulu swooped in and picked up the series soon after. At the time, Hulu already streamed episodes of the comedy from previous seasons, which gave the streaming company additional knowledge of how the series would perform for it.

    SEE ALSO: Here are the surprising salaries for jobs in TV

    DON'T MISS: The best and worst of Amazon's new TV show pilots

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    iron fistNetflix is on top of the world. The company has a library of old television that has made it a go-to streaming service for anyone who’s interested in revisiting an old show, or discovering a new one for the first time, and they also have a collection of movies that’s well worth looking at. In addition to its catalog of shows from other networks, Netflix also produces original content on its own, and plans to produce more and more.

    Shows like "House of Cards,""Orange is the New Black," and "Stranger Things" are all evidence that Netflix knows how to put its significant amount of cash behind good projects, but they don’t hit it out of the park every time. Sometimes, Netflix’s original content isn’t the greatest thing to spend a Saturday binge-watching. These shows can be unfocused, unfunny, or just plain boring. The only thing that unites them is their lack of quality.

    Here are the 15 worst Netflix original shows, ranked:

    SEE ALSO: The 18 worst new TV shows of the year so far, according to critics

    15. "The Characters"

    In the history of television, sketch comedy has always had a special place. "Saturday Night Live" has been an institution for generations, and many other hugely important comedy shows have come and gone over the years of its run. Unfortunately, not every sketch comedy show is up to these high standards, and Netflix’s first foray into the genre wasn’t an enormous success. The basic premise  of "The Characters" allowed comedians an entire half hour to write and produce their own sketch comedy.

    While the idea of giving young sketch comedians this deal sounds like a good idea, the freedom ultimately led to some pretty hit-or-miss results. Some of the episodes were genuinely funny, and others were far less so. The decision to give these young comedians a chance was certainly a noble one. Netflix’s model seems to be to release creative control whenever possible, and let artists do the hard work. Unfortunately, in this case, that business model didn’t produce outstanding results.



    14. "Cooked"

    Admittedly, "Cooked" is something of an outlier on this list. For one thing, it’s not a scripted show. Instead, it follows acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan as he uses food as a vehicle for exploring the world. While it may sound like an interesting docuseries, in reality, "Cooked" is a fairly dry exercise, and just isn’t as interesting as many other cooking shows.

    The show also tries too hard to make cooking a profound experience. While it’s true that cooking can be meaningful, "Cooked" forces that idea down our throats. Cooking may have meaning, but it probably doesn’t summarize the human experience in its entirety, and the show’s attempt to argue that ultimately makes it seem both silly and needlessly profound. Cooking shows are fun precisely because they can help us filter out the noise of our real lives. "Cooked" tries to do just the opposite, and fails in the process.



    13. "The Ranch"

    While it’s certainly true that "The Ranch" has its fair share of admirers, the general consensus on the show seems to be that it’s a pretty underwhelming affair. The series follows a former football star, played by Ashton Kutcher, who returns home to help his family run their business. While there are certainly things to love about The Ranch, the show as a whole isn’t one of Netflix’s strongest outings.

    For the most part, the show’s writing is entirely predictable and stories play out conventionally. The jokes can also feel tired or obvious at times, although there are other elements that compensate for these deficiencies, including the sensitivity given to the characters at the show’s center.

    The Ranch is a mixed bag, for sure, but at Netflix, where the quality is often quite high, that’s more than enough. The show might not be particularly bad, but it’s also not very inventive, which sucks some of the joy out of watching it.



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    silicon valley season 4

    "Silicon Valley" is almost back for its fourth season on HBO, and Erlich's facial hair has gotten stranger than ever in the new trailer.

    Luckily, the comedy satirizing tech culture also seems to be as sharp and funny as it's ever been, as the central company Pied Paper once again faces uncertainty. Richard announces he wants to quit, but the rest of the team already planned to throw him overboard.

    There are also the usual put-downs, failures, and topical humor. In this case, we get a taste of how Erlich explains the concept of "mansplaining" to two women. It doesn't go well.

    "Silicon Valley" will be back for season four on April 23.

    Watch the season-four "Silicon Valley" trailer below:

     

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    Stephen Colbert got forthright in his takedown of the US Congress' recent vote allowing internet providers to sell consumers' browsing history, gutting Obama-era FCC privacy rules.

    "Anybody here use the internet?" Colbert asked his audience to cheers on Wednesday's "Late Show," before adding, "Might want to knock that off."

    After telling people that now "might be a good time to clear your browser history," and joking, "I burned my computer this morning," Colbert denounced the congressional decision led by Republicans, which President Donald Trump has signaled he will sign. The host argues it's exactly the type of proposed legislation no one wants.

    "This is what's wrong with Washington, DC," he said. "I guarantee you there is not one person, not one voter of any political stripe anywhere in America, who asked for this. No one in America stood up at a town hall and said, 'Sir, I demand you let somebody else make money off my shameful desires. Maybe blackmail me someday.'"

    A growing number of Americans are expressing fears about their privacy under Trump, and Colbert warned the move on internet privacy would not be greeted warmly.

    "I can't believe they're publicly taking the side of big internet cable companies," Colbert said. "Taking the side of a cable company? The only thing less popular would be if they passed a bill allowing traffic jams to call you during dinner, to give you gonorrhea."

    Colbert was more than a little skeptical of the reasoning from Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn, who argued on the House floor that the gutting of the privacy rules will actually lead to "enhanced" consumer privacy.

    "I know what's in her search history: 'How to spout bulls---,'" Colbert said.

    He also slammed the part of the resolution that would no longer require internet providers to protect "customer information against hackers and thieves," likening it to a hotel that tells its guests, "We don't lock the doors."

    And Colbert had a little fun imagining what the guy who's assigned to look through America's search history is going through. It's not optimistic.

    Watch Colbert on the congressional vote "we can all hate together" below:

     

     

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    Lucille Bluth

    In an interview with The Daily Beast, acclaimed "Arrested Development" and "Archer" actress Jessica Walter revealed that she thinks the Trumps and the Bluths, the family at the heart of "Arrested," have a lot in common.

    Except she thinks President Donald Trump and his family aren't quite up to the intelligence level of the Bluths.

    "They’re both real estate moguls, tycoons, and businesspeople," she told The Daily Beast. "But the Bluths were really smart — well, smarter than the Trumps. Although that’s just my opinion... except for poor Gob!”

    She's right about poor Gob, who just can't stop making huge mistakes.

    There are actually many theroies with evidencethat the Bluths were based on the Bush family, but at least one plotline in the sitcom involving a plan to build a wall at the US-Mexico border certainly feels fresh under Trump.

    Walter plays the martini-drinking matriarch Lucille Bluth on "Arrested" and voices the sharp-tongued and not-so-different Malory Archer on FX's animated spy comedy "Archer." She says she doesn't share much with either character, though she does enjoy a good martini.

    SEE ALSO: Here are all 44 movie sequels and reboots coming out in 2017

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    President Donald Trump cited a scheduling conflict in keeping him from throwing the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' opening day, but Trevor Noah believes he knows the real reason.

    "Oh no! Wby isn't Donald Trump going to honor this classic presidential tradition?" Comedy Central's "Daily Show" host responded to the news of Trump's decision. "It's throwing a baseball, not releasing your tax returns."

    William Howard Taft started the more than 100-year tradition in 1910. Since then, 13 presidents, including President Barack Obama, have thrown the ceremonial first pitch.

    "I'm like, yeah, sure," Noah said of Trump's "scheduling conflict.""Donald Trump does not know how to throw a baseball. That's what's going on here. That's what's happening, which is weird because he also doesn't know how to run a country. But he's not embarrassed to try that. I wish he had a scheduling conflict for that."

    The host then threw in a jab at the failure of "Trumpcare": "I bet a Trump pitch would get about as far as his healthcare bill. You know, just drop halfway down to the plate. And then he'd blame Paul Ryan."

    Donald TrumpTo be fair, Trump has thrown ceremonial first pitches before, such as in 2006 at Boston's Fenway Park. But Noah did poke fun at the awkward photos that resulted from the event.

    "He's the only person who looks like he's afraid of being hit by the ball when he's throwing it," Noah joked.

    Former President Barack Obama also declined the Nationals' invitation in his first year in office in 2009, doing the pitch instead the next year. So Trump still has time to fulfill the tradition.

    Watch Noah's take on Trump refusing the first pitch below:

    SEE ALSO: Samantha Bee compares the 'Trumpcare' failure to a deadly movie ending

    DON'T MISS: Stephen Colbert tries to get to the bottom of the new drama in the Trump Russia investigation

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    NOW WATCH: Former State Department official: Evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia would create a 'constitutional crisis'


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    Samantha Bee challenged President Donald Trump's account of how his healthcare bill failed by comparing it to the ending of the "Thelma & Louise."

    "So I guess Democrats kind of won. The same way those cops won that car chase at the end of 'Thelma & Louise,'" the host said on Wednesday's "Full Frontal," comparing the failure of the American Health Care Act (also known as "Trumpcare") to the deadly cliff drop at the end of the 1991 movie starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon.

    The American Health Care Act saw much opposition from both Republicans and DemocratsUnable to win over enough votes to pass the bill meant to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump ordered House Speaker Ryan to pull it from the House last week.

    "Trump had a 50-50 chance of blaming the correct political party, but he f---ed that up, too," Bee said regarding Trump's statement that a lack of support by Democrats led to the bill's failure.

    In reality, the bill was opposed by not only by a number of moderate Republicans but also by many members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of hard-line conservatives with the numbers and influence to block legislation from passing.

    "Your bill was killed by friendly fire," Bee said, attempting to correct Trump's line.

    And though Trump said in the wake of the bill's failure that he would be moving on to other issues, recent reports say the House Freedom Caucus and moderate Republicans are trying to find a way to create a healthcare bill they could actually back.

    "Sure, go for it, guys," Bee said as a doctored image of Paul Ryan and Donald Trump in "Thelma & Louise" showed. "Maybe the movie will end differently this time."

    Watch the video below:

    SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert tries to get to the bottom of the new drama in the Trump Russia investigation

    DON'T MISS: Seth Meyers: Why Trump is just like The Dude from 'The Big Lebowski'

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    NOW WATCH: Former State Department official: Evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia would create a 'constitutional crisis'


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    In anticipation of the spring, many of our most-loved outdoor stores are discounting their classics that run at much higher prices in the height of the winter season.

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    Future of TV 2017

    As consumers increasingly watch videos across all devices and screens, it’s clear that the wall between linear TV and over-the-top (OTT) video is deteriorating.

    Consumer of nearly all age groups are watching less traditional television, which is starting to negatively affect even the most secure of TV strongholds.

    Consider live sports as an example. Ratings for the NFL 2016 season compared to 2015 declined for NBC Sunday Night Football, Fox Sunday, CBS Sunday, CBS Thursday Night, and ESPN Monday Night. And the number of households with ESPN declined from 96.17 million in July 2014 to 88.78 million in August 2016.

    But none of this means that TV is dying. It does, however, mean the definition is changing. Millennials are most likely to refer to any content they can watch on any device – television, laptop, smartphone, or tablet – as "TV." Which begs the question: What is the future of TV?

    BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has the answer in the Future of TV 2017 slide deck, which explores how the TV industry is evolving in the digital environment. This presentation contains more than 35 slides that outline the future of television.

    Some of the topics in the deck include:

    • The definition of TV, according to millennials.
    • Growth in digital media consumption, while traditional TV stumbles.
    • Consumer shift from cable TV to broadband.
    • Explosion of video content across screens.
    • Video usage stats on mobile devices.
    • How social platforms drive video usage. 

    Companies mentioned in this deck include: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Netflix, Comcast, Viacom, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat, among others.

    To get your copy of this FREE slide deck, simply click here.

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    James Corden Victoria BeckhamVictoria Beckham played a talking mannequin in a funny spin on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden

    The singer turned fashion designer, 42, teamed up with the chat show host, 38, to make their own trailer for a reboot "no one ever asked for" of bizarre ‘80s film Mannequin.

    Introducing the clip on The Late Late Show, Corden said: "Victoria and I have the oddest thing in common. We are both huge fans of the ‘80s movie Mannequin."

    Beckham took on Kim Cattrall’s role – a mannequin that comes to life – while Corden played Andrew McCarthy's character who is the only person who can see her for who she truly is.

    Kicking off the trailer, the narrator says: "She was a mannequin who turned his world upside down."

    The pair is seen dancing and joking together backstage with Corden claiming that Beckham "taught [him] how to laugh".

    The narrator continues: "The world couldn’t understand their love, like, really couldn’t understand their love... No seriously, they didn’t get it."

    Corden receives some questionable looks when he is seen laughing with a mannequin and running through a parking lot with it tucked under his arm before taking their romance on the road for a sing-along.

    Kicking off the Carpool Karaoke skit Corden asks: "Do you mind if we listen to some music?"

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    The pair then belt out Spice Up Your Life as they drive around Los Angeles before Corden takes Beckham to be with "others like me" and leaves her in a shop window display.

    The mock trailer comes a day after Beckham teased her appearance on the US chat show when she shared an Instagram story from backstage.

    Beckham is among a stream of stars who have joined Corden in the hot seat.

    Mariah Carey, Adele, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, Sir Elton John, One Direction and Michelle Obama have all taken part.

    Take That featured most recently for a Comic Relief special.

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    It’s only been a few years since Marvel and Netflix announced their historic deal to bring a number of the comic company’s street-level heroes to life in the MCU. Since then, we’ve been treated to two seasons of "Daredevil," and one each from "Jessica Jones,""Luke Cage," and "Iron Fist." This summer, the core heroes and their supporting characters will all join forces for "The Defenders," marking an effort nearly as impressive as when Marvel first brought "The Avengers" to the big screen.

    While the plot and threat they’ll face are unknown, it’s likely to involve a culmination of each of the series so far. It’ll also be a fun and exciting way to finally see all of these heavy-hitters join forces like they regularly do in the comics. And while we’re sure to get a few new characters from the comics on "The Defenders," the five seasons of shows so far have already introduced us to MCU versions of a lot of familiar faces. But how accurate are they to the source material?

    Here’s how 20 of Marvel’s Netflix characters compare to the comics:

    SEE ALSO: Here are all 44 movie sequels and reboots coming out in 2017

    20. Nuke

    Nuke is one of the more colorful characters from Marvel Comics, literally. Recognizable from his facial tattoo of an American flag and known for extreme acts of terrorism in the name of nationalism, Nuke hardly seems like a candidate for the more grounded Netflix universe. Still, he was used to surprisingly fitting effect in "Jessica Jones" as an overeager cop with a dark past. On the show, it’s eventually revealed he was part of an experimental military outfit that equipped him with strength-inducing pills. This, at least partly, ties into his comic history, where his powers are even crazier.

    On the page, he first appeared in 1986’s Daredevil #232. Created by Frank Miller, Frank Simpson (changed to Will for Netflix) once fought in the Vietnam War. Eventually, he became a part of the fledgling Weapon Plus program, which tried to recreate the Super Soldier Serum. He was given cybernetic enhancements, a durable fake skin, and red, white, and blue pills to raise his adrenaline, balance him out, and bring him down respectively. In the MCU, much of this will likely be streamlined whenever the character returns, but we could see him and Jessica given a connection to the Super Soldier Program.



    19. Colleen Wing

    The Colleen Wing we got to know in the recent release of "Iron Fist" was fairly close to her comic book persona. While we don’t know much about her past so far, her history as a gifted and katana-wielding martial artist has remained intact. There’s also hints of her famous father, another connection to the comics. The show even managed a version of her famous white jumpsuit, complete with accompanying wings on the back.

    Another nod to her comic persona is the name “Daughter of the Dragon”, which she uses in her cage match. In the comics, she and Misty Knight are often paired together as a team of crime-fighters called the Daughters of the Dragon. Many fans are hoping to see this become a reality following the two characters meeting in this summer’s "The Defenders."

    With lore that goes back all the way to her debut in 1974’s Marvel Premiere #19, there’s a lot left to explore when it comes to this fan-favorite character.



    18. Ben Urich

    One of the most disappointing things about the first season of "Daredevil" was the dispatching of Ben Urich. Aside from the show losing one of its only black characters, Urich has a long and rich history in Marvel Comics that would have proven the perfect foundation for the reporter to tie together the entire MCU. Dating back to 1978’s Daredevil #153, Urich has been involved with Daredevil. In fact, thanks to his skills as an ace reporter, Urich was able to figure out Daredevil’s secret identity.

    His many connections to the heroes of New York have given him access and knowledge no other reporter has been privy to, allowing him to topple criminal empires with his stories. In the comics, he even helped take down Kingpin. Sadly, his efforts to do the same on "Daredevil" left him dead, preventing this venerable Marvel character from interacting with his other longtime collaborator, Spider-Man.



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    Seth Meyers dedicated "A Closer Look" on Thursday's "Late Night" to explaining President Donald Trump's record-low approval rating among Americans and how recent events didn't seem to be helping the matter.

    Polls released this week showed that Trump's already low approval rating dropped again. A Gallup tracking poll had it at just 35% on Wednesday, The Hill reported.

    "This is supposed to be the honeymoon period," Meyers said. "And Trump should be good at those. He's had three of them.

    "To give you some perspective, 35% is worse than Richard Nixon's approval rating during Watergate and George W. Bush's approval rating after Hurricane Katrina."

    The low rating arrives amid the failure of the Republican healthcare plan, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' recent actions that have cast doubt on the committee's investigation into the Trump team's potential ties to Russia, and a vote in Congress to dismantle rules that would have made companies unable to buy and sell consumers' online history and data without their consent.

    Even some of Trump's most ardent supporters are losing trust in the president, Meyers said.

    The host used two recent developments to show why he believes trust in the president is at an all-time low. First, a recent report said Nunes received information from White House sources that led to his claim last week that members of Trump's transition team might have been "incidentally" surveilled.

    "That means Nunes went to the White House to brief Trump on information he got from the White House," Meyers said. "It's like when you send yourself an email reminder, and two minutes later go, 'Oh, a new email!'"

    Then there was the vote to gut Obama-era rules about internet privacy, which has become a hot-button issue among legislators and citizens.

    "If this bill sounds outrageous to you, you're not alone," Meyers said of the resolution passed by Congress on Tuesday. "The question now is will there be as much grassroots resistance to Trump's agenda going forward as there was to his healthcare bill? So far, all signs point to yes."

    Watch the most recent edition of "A Closer Look":

    SEE ALSO: Samantha Bee: Here's what really killed 'Trumpcare'

    DON'T MISS: Trevor Noah has a theory about why Trump won't throw the Nationals' opening pitch

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    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.

    Available 4/1/17

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    "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)

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    "Cool Runnings" (1993)
    "Good Witch: Season 2" (2016)
    "Gremlins" (1984)
    "Only for One Night" (2016)
    "Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'" (1971)
    "Scooby-Doo" (2002)
    "Schindler's List" (1993)
    "Something's Gotta Give" (2003)
    "Thunderstruck" (2012)
    "Wynonna Earp: Season 1" (2016)
    "Trouble with the Curve" (2012)
    "Tropic Thunder" (2008)
    "The Tenth Man" (2016)

    Available 4/2/17

    "The D Train" (2015)

    Available 4/4/17

    "Chewing Gum: Season 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL
    "Louis C.K. 2017" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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    Available 4/6/17

    "Disney’s The BFG" (2016)

    Available 4/7/17

    "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

    Available 4/8/17

    "Kubo and the Two Strings" (2016)

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    Available 4/10/17

    "Documentary Now!: Season 2" (2016)

    Available 4/11/17

    "Kevin Hart: What Now" (2016)

    Available 4/12/17

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    "Phantom" (2013)

    Available 4/24/17

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    "Real Rescues: Season 6-7" (2012)
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    Corporate drama and sagging ratings have been plaguing the various television networks of Viacom. But VH1 has broken away from the pack and is currently in the middle of a ratings resurgence.

    On Thursday, the company reported that it had just closed its seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth with an average 11% ratings increase in the demographic that advertisers most covet, adults under the age of 50, according to Nielsen ratings data.

    That gives VH1 major bragging rights. It's one of only two networks that can claim that kind of growth. The other one is Investigation Discovery.

    VH1 attributes the ratings uptick in part to the success of its unscripted slate, which includes four of the top 10 unscripted shows on cable with the advertiser audience in live-plus-three viewing (which includes an episode's first day of viewing and the next three days of viewing via On Demand, DVR, and other platforms). Notably, the Atlanta and New York shows from the "Love & Hip Hop" franchise are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

    Another contributing factor in the most recent quarter was the move of "RuPaul's Drag Race" from sister network Logo to VH1. Last week's season-nine premiere garnered the drag queen competition's most-watched episode ever with nearly one million total viewers and its highest-rated episode ever in the advertiser demographic.

    hip hop squaresVH1 also attributes its ratings resurgence to good numbers for its new game show, "Hip Hop Squares," and the tattoo reality series "Black Ink Crew."

    Like other networks best known for reality fare, VH1 has been delving into scripted series for several years now. Its new hip-hop drama series, "The Breaks," is attracting the network's biggest 18-to-49 male audience ever.

    Last year when Business Insider took a look at the ratings performances of various Viacom networks amid the company's corporate shuffling, we found that VH1 was the group's No. 1 channel with the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49 crowd. Comedy Central and Spike TV came in second and third, respectively.

    VH1's ratings success arrives on the heels of several leadership shifts for it, its sister networks, and Viacom at large.

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    "Iron Fist" is losing viewers at a very fast rate – faster than any other Marvel-Netflix series.

    That's according to Parrot Analytics, which has developed a way to measure demand for shows, considering factors like viewing, peer-to-peer sharing, social-media chatter, and viewer-generated ratings, among other sources.

    Data from companies like Parrot Analytics are helpful for analyzing the popularity of Netflix shows since the streaming company doesn't release viewership information.

    In the case of "Iron Fist," the numbers show that demand for the show in its premiere week was pretty high compared to other Marvel-Netflix series. Only "Luke Cage" had more initial demand than "Iron Fist."

    This may reflect increased interest created by "whitewashing" allegations against the show and a flood of negative reviews

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    What's interesting is that about a week later, the demand for "Iron Fist" was cut by half. This could mean that people started binge-watching the show in its first few days and then didn't come back to finish the season the next weekend.

    In a theory called the “Netflix demand binge curve,” Parrot has seen that demand is high in the first few days of a show while people are binge-watching, and then they return the following weekend to finish up the show. In the case of "Iron Fist," the 50% fall may signify that viewers didn't feel compelled to stick with it.

    When it comes to retaining its demand, "Luke Cage" saw the least amount of decrease the week after its premiere with a 37% decline. "Jessica Jones" had the second-best demand retention with a 40% decline. 

    The graph below shows just how dramatically people are losing interest in "Iron Fist" compared to the other Netflix-Marvel shows, according to Parrot Analytics.

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    The latest in the long line of Doctor Who companions isn't likely to be a love-interest for the Time Lord. Pearl Mackie, who will play the new companion Bill Potts, has just confirmed her character will be openly gay.

    According to the BBC, Potts' sexuality will be revealed pretty much immediately in the show when it returns on April 15th.

    Potts told the BBC it was "about time" an openly gay character was involved in the show, because representation is important.

    "It's important to say people are gay, people are black," she told the BBC. "I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important."

    She added that being gay doesn't define her character — she is just very happy and comfortable.

    There have been gay and bisexual characters in the show before, such as Captain Jack Harkness played by John Barrowman. His spin-off show Torchwood was more prominently known for its LGBTQ storylines and main characters.

    The new series of Doctor Who will be Peter Capaldi's last, hanging up his sonic screwdriver after four years in the role. He will be handing over the TARDIS keys during the Christmas special this year. As for who's going to replace him, there has been some speculation.

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    Big Little LiesWarning: There are spoilers ahead for the "Big Little Lies" series finale.

    If you haven't been watching "Big Little Lies,"watch it right now and stop reading — there are seriously big spoilers ahead. 

    On Sunday night, we finally found out the resolution to the big mystery that "Big Little Lies" has been leading up to ever since the first episode. 

    Every episode provided some clues via the Greek chorus of school moms, dads, and teachers — and Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) going up and down some stairs despite the caution tape — but it was all vague enough that we could never tell who murdered whom, and how. 

    The intense, thrilling, and chilling series finale answered every question we had in a completely satisfying way. (Just as satisfying as watching Sansa Stark leave Ramsay Bolton to his hounds on "Game of Thrones.")

    Most importantly, the murder didn't take away from the show's best and arguably most important storyline: Perry's (Alexander Skarsgård) abuse of Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Jane (Shailene Woodley). Perry's death puts the women at the forefront and doesn't diminish the domestic-abuse storyline that the show so impressively pulled off.

    The twist that Perry was the man who raped Jane and was Ziggy's father was expected. But the wordless and beautifully acted scene in which this is revealed was the perfect way to tell the audience. We didn't need an explanation, because we've pretty much known the whole time. We just needed a confirmation with some of the best facial acting HBO has ever seen.  

    A lot of people also expected Perry to be the one to die, but expected Jane, Celeste, or Madeleine to be the one pulling the trigger. But there was no trigger, and none of the leading ladies killed him. Instead, it was Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), a secondary character who, up until murdering Perry, mostly minded her own business. At some point, everyone who watched the show probably asked themselves, "What is Zoë Kravitz doing here?" Well, Zoë Kravitz was there to push Perry down some very violent stairs. 

    Another satisfying thing about the "Big Little Lies" finale, and the show in general, was the sense of female unity and empowerment. The limited series ends with all the women (Madeleine, Celeste, Jane, Bonnie, and Renata) on the beach with their kids, smiling and laughing and having a good time, as if they didn't murder anyone. So often women in television and film are pitted against each other. And while throughout the series some of these women hated each other, it ends with them being friends — something that is sadly rare and a delight to see on TV. Sure, it took an abusive man getting impaled by some stair construction to get there, but here we are. 

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    John Oliver is beside himself with annoyance at Congressman Devin Nunes and his part in the ongoing saga of President Donald Trump's wiretapping claims and the investigation into his team's potential collusion with Russia.

    On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," the host referred to Nunes as "the guy every 13-year-old wishes her mom would stop dating."

    Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence Committee looking into Trump's possible Russian collusion, came forward with information that Trump and his associates possibly had their communications "incidentally collected" by the intelligence community during the transition period. Despite the fact that several US and international intelligence agencies have debunked Trump's claims that President Barack Obama had him wiretapped during the election, the president said he felt "somewhat" vindicated by Nunes' findings.

    "Which is not really surprising," Oliver said of Trump's statement as a doctored photo of him holding a Dunkin' Donuts cup flashed on the screen. "Trump feels vindicated by dubious sources all the time. 'We don't have to invest in clean energy. It says right here on the cup that "America runs on Dunkin'."'"

    After Nunes came forward with the information, reports stated that his sources were actually White House officials. Nunes is facing increased scrutiny and calls by other members of Congress for him to step down from the committee.

    "The surveillance Nunes was studying concerned the Trump transition team, of which one member was, yeah, you guessed it, Devin f---in' Nunes," Oliver said, "which seems like a clear conflict of interest."

    But in a recent MSNBC interview, Republican Congressman Ted Yoho said Nunes works both for his constituents as a member of Congress and for the president — a line Oliver and others have criticized.

    "No, no, you do not! You do one of them and explicitly not the other!" Oliver yelled. "That's literally the whole point of Congress. And that is why this story is stupid Watergate. It can very well take down the government, but nobody involved understands why or how to cover it up, or what the government f---in' is, or possibly how to breathe without getting the reminders."

    Watch John Oliver in the video below:

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    Comedy Central is making a new late-night show hosted by a Donald Trump impersonator, the cable channel announced on Monday.

    Created by and starring Anthony Atamanuik, "The President Show" will air weekly on Thursdays following "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" beginning Thursday, April 27, at 11:30 p.m.

    The show imagines a scenario in which Trump (played by Atamanuik) bypasses the media, with whom he has had a contentious relationship, and does his own late-night show from The White House Oval Office. Like other late-night shows, it will include desk segments, field pieces, and guest interviews. And Vice President Mike Pence (Peter Grosz) will be his sidekick.

    Atamanuik has played Trump on comedy tours and on sketch specials for Fusion, "The Howard Stern Show," ABC’s "The View," and "CNN Newsroom," and he cohosted a weeklong Trump takeover of Comedy Central’s "@midnight with Chris Hardwick."

    Viewers may also recognize Atamanuik from his recent public feud with "Saturday Night Live" Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin while both were lobbying to play the president at the upcoming White House Correspondents' Dinner.

    See Atamanuik in action in the video announcement of the new Comedy Central show below:

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    Warning: This post includes spoilers for the finale of HBO's "Big Little Lies."

    On Sunday night's finale of HBO's "Big Little Lies," viewers finally found out the truth that readers of Liane Moriarty's book knew all along.

    Three of the show's big twists were revealed — and each of them tied into one another.

    The first twist was that the son of Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), Max Wright, was the real first grade bully. Jane's son, Ziggy, was just the one taking the blame. Viewers realized that Max picked up on his dad's abusive behavior at home and acted the same way toward other kids at school.

    The second twist was that Max's dad, Perry — Celeste's abusive husband — and the mysterious "Saxon Banks" who raped Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) years ago are, in fact, one and the same.

    The last major twist was that the mysterious murderer dangled in front of viewers during the whole show is Bonnie Carlson (Zoë Kravitz), who kills Perry by shoving him down a flight of concrete steps while he's beating up Celeste.

    It was a shocking season that kept people guessing the whole way through. But like any good murder mystery, "Big Little Lies" sprinkled breadcrumbs along the way.

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    It all begins way back in the first episode.

    Twenty minutes into the show, there's an awkward scene where the the first grade teacher calls everyone's attention while the parents are picking up their kids from school.

    One student, it seems, has been bullying Amabella and tried to choke her. But it's not clear who the bully is.

    Amabella points to Ziggy, son of the town's newcomer, Jane Chapman.

    Ziggy denies it, and the situation is left unresolved. Is Ziggy a secret bully? Or is this all some kind of mistake?



    But during the scene, something weird is going on with Max.

    The teacher says that whoever hurt her will have to apologize, because "we always say we're sorry."

    While Celeste nods approvingly, the camera moves to the twins' faces. Josh is standing there, happy to be snuggled by his mother. Max grimaces, as if he resents the entire idea of apologizing.



    When the teacher tells Amabella to point to the boy who hurt her, Max looks nervous.

    His brother tries to play with him by running a matchbox racecar over his head. Max shoves him away and looks on nervously. He's afraid of getting called out.



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