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- 04/16/17--05:26: Reports suggest Kris Marshall is the next Doctor Who
- 04/16/17--07:40: 18 TV shows you're watching that are probably going to be canceled
National Geographic Channel's first scripted series, "Genius," explores the larger-than-life Albert Einstein.
Premiering Tuesday, April 23, at 9 p.m.,"Genius" stars Johnny Flynn (Netflix's "Lovesick") as the physicist when he was a young man and Geoffrey Rush ("The King's Speech,""Shine") as the elder Einstein, who is arguably the greatest scientific mind in history.
Executive produced by Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind" producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard (who also directed the premiere episode), the 10-episode series charts the scientist from childhood and features his tumultuous romances, controversial politics, immigration to the US, and ongoing war with the first director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.
In Business Insider's new exclusive sneak peek of the series, we learn how Einstein met his first wife Mileva Marić (Samantha Colley) in a science class. And while the sparks fly, they may not be the kind Einstein would have hoped for.
Watch Business Insider's exclusive preview from "Genius" below:
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Ayra Stark has transformed a lot over the course of six seasons of "Game of Thrones." At the beginning of the HBO series, she's a spunky high-born girl who wants to learn how to fight with a sword instead of learning how to make a dress. Early in the show, Arya begins a list of the people she wants to kill that she repeats to herelf every night.
So we've known for a while that Arya would become a full-blown assassin one day, and now we're here.
She's already offed some people on her list, and some have been offed for her (something she's not very enthusiastic about). But now, as we enter season seven (premiering July 16), she's back in Westeros, reminding enemies of the Stark name who she is while she slowly kills them. Who will be next?
Here's everyone on Arya's kill list, who's left, and why:
Why: She falsely accused Arya's father, Ned Stark, of treason and had him arrested, which led to his execution.
Status: Alive, and sitting on the Iron Throne. And probably drinking lots of wine, which makes her an easy target.
Why: For executing Ned Stark on Joffrey's orders.
Status: Alive. We haven't seen him in a long time. He's not as important as some others on the list who are still walking around Westeros with beating hearts.
Why: For taking Gendry away from the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Status: Alive and really, really old, and exiled from Winterfell by Jon Snow. She's headed south, and the last time we saw Arya, she was in the Riverlands. So it's pretty likely that they'll cross paths. Maybe Arya will forgive her for bringing Jon Snow back to life. But probably not.
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On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the puzzling claimthat unlike Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Adolf Hitler never stooped to the level of using chemical weapons. He was referring to the gas attack in Syria earlier this month that killed dozens, including young children.
This is false. Hitler infamously gassed millions of Jewish people, LGBTQ people, and others during World War II.
The reaction to Spicer's comments instantly spread through social media. And the awkward moment was red meat for the late-night shows.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" took on the task of imagining what was going on in Spicer's head when he made the comments.
“If you listen very closely you can almost hear the voice inside his head,” Kimmel said.
Footage of Spicer's comments were then played on the show. The shot tightens while the audio lowers on Spicer to reveal Spicer's "inner voice."
“Oh no, did I just defend Hitler? Hitler!” the voice says.
"At press secretary school the one rule was never defend Hitler," he goes on to say. “Of course Hitler gassed people. I learned that in high school. We all did. What the hell are you doing, Sean?”
After the footage Kimmel said, "Sean Spicer might be the only press secretary who needs a press secretary."
Spicer tried to clarify his comments by saying that Hitler was "not using the gas on his own people, the same way that Assad was doing," which only led to more scorn on social media. He later apologized for his comments, though he made two more unfortunate blunders in doing that.
Watch Kimmel showing Spicer's "inner voice" below:
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MTV is reviving the reality franchise “Fear Factor” for a new generation.
The Viacom cabler has ordered new episodes of the series from Endemol Shine North America. Rap star Ludacris is set to host. The series that challenges contestants to face extreme physical and mental trials is expected to bow in late May.
The move is consistent with the plan outlined by Viacom brass to focus on high-profile unscripted programs on MTV rather scripted series. Ludacris adds a music-related element that MTV is also aiming for in its original series.
Based on a Dutch format, “Fear Factor” was an unscripted hit for NBC from 2001 to 2006. It was often bashed by critics as an example of reality TV’s gross-out extremes. NBC revived the title as a series of specials in 2011.
Joe Rogan hosted the original NBC series.
The return of “Fear Factor” is also in keeping with the trend of reality TV revivals that has swept across cable.
MTV and Endemol Shine declined to comment.
Comedian Chelsea Handler was on “Conan” Tuesday night, and she did not withhold her feelings about Sean Spicer, who made controversial and false comments earlier in the day saying Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons during World War II.
"How about that Sean Spicer baked potato guy?" Handler said, when host Conan O’Brien asked her about watching press briefings as entertainment. "He’s so stupid. He can’t possibly be that stupid naturally."
Instead, Handler suspects that Trump is behind the comments.
"Before he [Spicer] goes out there, he’s [Trump] like, 'Say something about Hitler and, yeah, the Holocaust. Say something about that,'" she said. "He has to just go out there and lie on the daily. Over and over again."
“Yeah, that was a strange moment at the press conference today,” O’Brien said. “I think before we went on the air, he apologized for that remark.”
Spicer did indeed apologize for his remarks, though he ended up making two more unfortunate blunders in his apology.
“Whatever. That means nothing at this point,” Handler said of the apology.
When O’Brien asked what Handler's problem with Ivanka Trump is, she said, "That she’s in that family. That she hasn’t divorced herself publicly from her father. As a woman, I would never let my father run for president knowing what I know about my father."
“That brings up a whole other can of worms,” O’Brien said.
You can watch the interview below:
Horror writer Stephen King has contributed to many of our collective fears, from furry companions in "Pet Sematary" and "Cujo" to clowns in "It." You can now add clouds to that list.
A new television series based on the Stephen King story "The Mist" (also made into a 2007 movie) will have you looking twice at the sky.
Premiering Thursday, June 22, at 10 p.m., the 10-episode Spike TV drama focuses on a family in conflict and their neighbors after a brutal crime in their small town. To add to their misery, an eerie mist rolls in and suddenly cuts off the town from the rest of the world and, in some cases, each other. Family members and longtime friends will begin to look at each other as adversaries as the mist drives them to reveal some pretty ugly sides of themselves.
Watch the first trailer for Spike TV's "The Mist" below:
On Tuesday, during a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons" in a moment that quickly sparked public outrage.
To some critics, the comment — and even Spicer's subsequent apology — felt like it was straight out of political satire. And someone took advantage of that by mashing up Spicer's comments with the iconic ending credits from HBO's "Veep" in a video that's quickly going viral.
It's a fitting time to do so, because "Veep" returns for its sixth season on Sunday.
The mashup is so spot-on that the show's star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, tweeted it herself with praise:
This feels like an Emmy winning episode to me.https://t.co/DU4o08Ot2P— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 12, 2017
You can watch the video below:
Amid the wacky, sometimes surreal setting of FXX's "Archer," the animated spy show has been able to make sneaky social commentary about politics and current events.
But is that still possible on the new standalone season, "Archer: Dreamland,"which is set in 1947 (this is season eight of the show, for those keeping track)? Amber Nash, who voices Poovey, says it is.
"I think there’s ways to reference what’s going on almost even better, because you can do it under the cover of this time change. It’s just as relevant," Nash told Business Insider recently.
In the past seven seasons, the show has been able to touch on the environment and fossil fuels, the legalization of marijuana, immigration, and foreign policy. Nash said that in the current season, there's even a way to comment on President Donald Trump's America, though the characters are living 70 years in the past.
"I actually write the Twitter feed for Pam and now, Poovey," she said. "It’s a challenge, but one of the notes we got was that you can talk about Trump, but you call him Truman. There’s little cheats like that, so I totally think we can do it."
In the case of Poovey, the show's human-resources director whose gender is now left ambiguous, there's much to be mined when it comes to current views on sex and gender identity. Fans can expect that to continue on "Archer: Dreamland," in which she's a police officer.
"In the beginning, the pilot script introduces her as ‘Pam, the mousy HR director.’ And you look at the character now and you would never use the word ‘mousy’ ever in a million years," Nash said. "I think over time, ['Archer' creator Adam Reed] wanted someone to do this or that and they kept giving those things to Pam. So Pam became more and more amazing and had more and more skills. Because she can do all those things and she’s body-positive, she’s sex-positive, and doesn’t give a s--- what anybody thinks, she’s just so confident and empowered."
The notorious New York City Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, who was behind the biggest fraudulent act in US history, is coming to HBO.
Robert De Niro plays Madoff in the HBO movie "The Wizard of Lies," which is coming to the premium channel on May 20.
Directed by Barry Levinson ("Wag the Dog"), the movie will follow Madoff when he was at the height of New York City royalty to eventually admitting that his whole financial empire was a giant con.
Michelle Pfeiffer plays Madoff's wife. The movie also stars Hank Azaria.
Watch the trailer below:
Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."
No TV show kills off characters quite as tragically as HBO's "Game of Thrones" does. From minor characters and soldiers in battle to the series' first main protagonist, hundreds of actors have come and gone over the years.
We've rounded up the biggest character deaths and checked in on the actors to see what they're up to now.
From voicing video game characters to starring in new Netflix series, keep reading to see what your favorite ex-"Game of Thrones" actors are doing now.
Daenerys' hateful brother Viserys was played by Harry Lloyd. Viserys was killed in season one by having molten gold poured over his head.
Now Harry Lloyd is slated to star in a new spy thriller series from Starz called "Counterpart," though there's no premiere date yet.
Mark Addy brought the formidable Robert Baratheon to life before his character's death in season one.
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Netflix famously — or infamously — keeps its viewing numbers under lock and key, which has ironically opened all kinds of doors to quantifying which shows are standing out on the streaming service and which ones are fizzling out.
As Netflix continues to flood viewers with new programming, it's interesting to see which original shows viewers are most interested in and talking about. That's where social-media research firm Fizziology comes in. It specializes in collecting social-media data and advising its entertainment clients on what people want.
Fizziology measured the first week of Twitter activity for Netflix's original programming and revealed the shows that are generating the most buzz here in the US.
There were some surprising results and insights from the data, such as how well its new YA series, "13 Reasons Why," ranked, and which Marvel show was the only one to make the list. Also, it looks like Netflix's push into reality TV is paying off.
Here's a look at the most popular shows based on social-media activity on Netflix:
13. "Grace and Frankie"
Social volume: 25,036
12. "House of Cards"
Social volume: 70,514
Social volume: 83,538
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While getting blindsided is common on "Survivor," the on-air outing of the reality show's contestant Zeke Smith as transgender not only surprised the veteran contender, but it outraged fans.
In a moment of desperation during the tribal council, Jeff Varner, a three-season "Survivor" contender, hoped to avoid elimination on Wednesday's episode of "Survivor: Gamechangers" by proving that Smith was a master of deception. In addition to revealing Smith's secret alliance with fan favorite Ozzy Lusth, Varner hoped to prove his point by revealing that Smith had been hiding that he's transgender.
The ripple effects of Varner's decision came quickly. On the episode, fellow competitors and host Jeff Probst berated him. He was then eliminated from the game by an oral vote as Probst felt it was unnecessary to go through with the formal ballot vote after Varner's actions.
Fans swifty reacted with rage on social media. Here's a sample of the outraged tweets:
Pepsi: we're the worst United: No we're the worst. Varner: hold my beer #survivor— Linds (@lindsayygoodwin) April 13, 2017
@JEFFVARNER you have no right to play god with other people's lives and their secrets! Your a soulless person and the LBGT will not forgive!— Rhonda Grant-Cotter (@RhondaGrantCott) April 13, 2017
While he first defended outing Smith on the show, Varner ended the episode with apologies and a tearful goodbye. He also posted an apology on Twitter, calling his actions an "assault" and the "worst decision of my life."
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Probst condemned the outing and said there's no justification for outing someone as Varner did with Smith.
"In 34 seasons of 'Survivor,' I have rarely, if ever, personally commented on what is said or done in the game," Probst said. "But this is a unique situation that falls outside the normal boundaries. I cannot imagine anyone thinking what was done to Zeke was OK on any level, under any circumstances, and certainly not simply because there was a million dollars on the line."
While Smith comforted Varner in the final moments of the episode, he wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter published on Thursday that did not let Varner off the hook. In it, Smith praised the social experiment that is "Survivor," said he has never regretted being on the show, and opened up about the hardships he experienced while transitioning into a man. He also said that he hasn't forgiven Varner for what he did and doesn't feel they could be friends now.
"Thankfully, my tribemates rebuffed his hateful tactics," Smith wrote. "After 18 days starving and competing with me, they knew exactly the man I am, and after that Tribal Council, we all knew exactly the man Varner is."
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When Zeke Smith was outed on Wednesday's "Survivor,"angry contenders and viewers immediately jumped on the castmate who did the outing, Jeff Varner.
But in the aftermath of the shocking on-air outing, CBS has since also come under fire for airing the reveal.
On Thursday's episode of "The Talk," Smith confirmed his ongoing love for the game of "Survivor" and "the integrity in its storytelling." And while he hated the manner in which his gender identity came out, he said that he approved of the show airing the outing.
"I've been granted unprecedented autonomy in how I wanted to tell my story," Smith said on the CBS daytime show. "We started having conversations all the way back in Fiji nine months ago about the care with which this episode was going to be handled."
Smith also hoped that, despite being blindsided by the outing, it might have some positive influence.
"I was really proud of how I responded," he said. "I wanted the world to see how much I've grown and I also thought that by showing what happened maybe it wouldn't happen to someone else and something good could come of it."
On Thursday, CBS defended its decision to air the outing of Smith, saying it had worked closely with him and media watchdog GLAAD before coming to the decision.
Watch the video from "The Talk" below:
Comedian Jay Pharoah has finally opened up about being fired from "Saturday Night Live" eight months ago.
In an interview with New York City radio station Hot 97, Pharoah spoke about his six seasons on NBC's sketch-comedy show.
“You go where you’re appreciated,” Pharoah said. “They put people into boxes. Whatever they want you to do, they expect you to do. And I’m fiery too... I’m not a ‘yes n-----.’ That’s not me.”
Pharoah said he pushed back when the show wanted him to wear a dress in sketches. He also claims the show suddenly stopped writing sketches for him to do his standout impression of Barack Obama.
“If you really noticed, for the last year and a half, they didn’t do any Obama sketches,” he said. “I was like, ‘Just let me do my character and we’ll be fine.’"
Pharoah believes the show "gave up" on doing Obama material and instead focused on bringing on celebrities to do impersonations, like Alec Baldwin doing President Donald Trump.
"I feel they stopped, honest to God. For me, they had a whatever attitude," he said.
Watch Pharoah's interview below:
A doting mother is dead and her sickly, wheelchair-bound daughter is missing.
That's just the beginning of the bizarre tale of Dee Dee Blanchardeand her daughter, Gypsy Rose, the subjects of the upcoming HBO true-crime documentary "Mommy Dead and Dearest."
Premiering Monday, May 15, at 10 p.m., the documentary explores the headline-generating crime involving the mom and daughter. Friends and family admired Dee Dee's dedication to Gypsy Rose, who seemed to suffer from countless ailments for as long as anyone can remember. And Gypsy Rose appeared to be similarly enamored with her mother. But as we all know too well, appearances can be deceiving.
A strange Facebook message leads to the grisly discovery that Dee Dee has been brutally murdered and Gypsy Rose is missing. Fearing Gypsy Rose has been kidnapped by Dee Dee's killer, friends worry how long she can live without the medications and intense care of her mother.
Who could've known that the story would turn out to be even more bizarre than a simple murder and kidnapping? Let's just say Gypsy Rose was able to walk, and that's just the beginning of what will unravel in the strange case.
Erin Lee Car, the filmmaker who helmed HBO's "Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop," directed this true-crime movie also.
Watch the trailer below:
I'm under no illusion that I can easily convince someone who has never watched "Girls" to tune in now that the HBO show is about to air its series finale on Sunday.
But I know the show has lost some viewers over the years — and I get why — and this is my appeal to those viewers to come back on board for season six.
Every season, I approach "Girls" having prepared myself to be annoyed by Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her similarly self-obsessed friends. There's clueless Marnie (Allison Williams), who's obsessed with becoming famous, and has left a trail of broken hearts along the way. And self-destructive Jessa's (Jemima Kirk) antics were starting to get really old. And when were they going to realize that Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) was the smartest person in the crew?
I have been greatly surprised and moved by this season, though. Here are the reasons you should you come back to watch the final season of "Girls":
1. It needed to end, and it's finally get an end that solves a lot of issues.
When it comes to the group's storylines, a final season was the best thing that ever happened to the show. Growing up was the solution to all of the most annoying parts of the show and its characters flaws. And "Girls" is pulling off the bandage swiftly and painfully.
2. It will break even your cold, cynical heart.
The show isn't going for happy endings. As in real life, the distance created between friends and lovers can sometimes be insurmountable. And while the show speeds over time in the 10-episode final season, it doesn't try to patch up those problems to give us warm, happy feelings. There are revelations and friendships will end. You'll be consoled with the knowledge that the world doesn't wrap everything in bows. In the case of "Girls," we get a tattered plastic shopping bag.
3. The writers and producers will earn back your respect.
Whether executive producers Dunham, Jenni Konner, and Judd Apatow and their team of writer/producers always knew where these stories would end isn't the important part. What matters is that it feels like they did, and they're executing this season so well and so appropriately. You may have been put off by past offenses, but this season makes up for all of that. In this case, the end does justify the means.
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We're in the heat of the season of TV renewals and cancellations. And while the people behind the shows are awaiting the networks' decisions, viewers are also feeling the tension.
While Business Insider has already weighed in on the shows that we predict are going to be canceled, it's interesting to see what viewers are thinking (and worrying about).
Business Insider partnered with Amobee Brand Intelligence— a company that provides marketing insight and measures real-time content consumption across the internet — to find out which TV shows are most mentioned on social media as "on the bubble," which means the shows that are in danger of being canceled.
Here are the shows that people think are most in danger of being canceled:
10. "Elementary" (CBS)
The clues for the cancellation of "Elementary" are all there and the viewers are clearly picking up on them. While CBS has been the most-watched broadcast network for years, its audience traditionally steers older than the under-50 crowd advertisers are aiming for, so it doesn't have much patience for low-rated shows, and "Elementary" is the network's lowest-rated returning show.
The network may let it finish its current fifth season because that makes it ripe for syndication sales. But it may not be worth keeping for a sixth.
9. "2 Broke Girls" (CBS)
People are probably seeing red flags for "2 Broke Girls" because it wasn't included in the 18 show renewals CBS announced in March. The fact is that "2 Broke Girls" has lost nearly 18% of its audience from last year and that's bad news. The good news is that CBS has plenty of other shows it needs to ax before "2 Broke Girls."
8. "Sleepy Hollow" (Fox)
It isn't hard to see that "Sleepy Hollow" should have been put to bed after its low-rated third season. Fox renewed the show anyway, with a pretty major reboot, but it didn't work. It's Fox's lowest-rated show, and it has lost nearly 40% of last season's audience.
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There has been much speculation over who will replace Peter Capaldi when he leaves "Doctor Who" this December after four years on the BBC show.
Now, a "show insider" has told The Mirror Online that the actor who will become the 13th Time Lord will be Kris Marshall.
While it was previously understood that Capaldi's replacement would appear after he retires from the Tardis after the 2017 Christmas special, the source also said that the new Doctor would join the show during the 10th series, which starts tonight.
"Kris Marshall has already joined the cast and will regenerate at the end of this series, not in the Christmas special," the source told The Mirror.
Bookmakers had made bets that "James Bond" star Ben Whishaw would take over the time-hopping drama, according to the Daily Mirror. Other candidates included Richard Ayoade, Rory Kinnear, Miranda Hart, and David Harewood.
However, the Mirror source added: "They won't risk a woman Doctor. They want a David Tennant type."
43-year-old Marshall is known for his roles in Love Actually, Death at a Funeral, and My Family.
Meanwhile, a BBC spokesperson has said that no casting decisions have yet been made for series 11.
Capaldi first took on the role in 2013, replacing Matt Smith, who has gone on to star in Netflix drama "The Crown."
It's about that time in the season when TV networks decide which shows have to go and which get another round. The pilot shows are being reviewed, and announcements will trickle in over the next few weeks.
The choices aren't always simple. With today's shrinking live viewership, more than just ratings factor into whether a TV show survives to see another season.
Among other things, networks are now looking at online, on-demand, and streaming viewership; awards appeal; social media audiences; and international sales.
Among the shows in danger of being canceled are last year's hits "Quantico" and "Blindspot," the long-running "New Girl," and a couple of spin-offs that didn't live up to the hype.
Here are Business Insider's predictions for the shows that will get the ax:
"The Odd Couple" (CBS)
In December, CBS decided for the third season in a row not to order more than 13 episodes of the comedy, starring Matthew Perry. The show is CBS's lowest-rated comedy, so it's looking like a breakup is ahead for "The Odd Couple."
And if all that wasn't enough of a message from CBS to the show, there's this tweet from Perry:
My face on the Odd Couple stage door has been painted over with green paint.I think it's safe to assume that we have been cancelled.#subtle
"The Blacklist" (NBC)
"The Blacklist" may finally get the boot from NBC. For years, it was highly acclaimed by critics and creatives in Hollywood. James Spader was a real awards draw as well. But NBC is back on top of the all-important ratings, and "The Blacklist" is its lowest-rated returning show.
What's strange is that NBC produced a spin-off, "The Blacklist: Redemption." As you'll see in a bit, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
"The Blacklist: Redemption" (NBC)
What's the sense in creating a spin-off of a show that has already overstayed its welcome? That's a question NBC executives should probably answer about "The Blacklist: Redemption.""The Blacklist" and its spin-off are both treading water. At the moment, "Redemption" is NBC's lowest-rated drama.
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