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    In the near future, the number of US households subscribing to Amazon Prime will likely outnumber household subscriptions to cable or satellite TV, according to estimates from investment research firm Morningstar

    As Recode notes, estimated subscriptions for Amazon Prime have increased dramatically since last year.

    At the end of 2016, around 66 million US households had subscribed to the service. Today, there are nearly 79 million households subscribing to it.

    (Since Amazon doesn't disclose Prime membership numbers, Morningstar's estimates are based on an analysis of Amazon's "cash-flow statement." Survey-based estimates of Prime subscriptions have the service at around 85 million subscribers.)

    By comparison, S&P Global estimates that there are currently around 90 million households subscribing to cable or satellite TV. 

    Prime's exponential growth in subscription numbers since 2010 has it on pace to surpass those of cable TV as soon as next year, according to Recode's analysis. 

    While Amazon Prime is primarily a product delivery service — which is still the main feature that most households are likely flocking to Prime for — its burgeoning video streaming service includes an extensive catalog of acclaimed original shows and popular TV and movies. 

    In a move to better compete with cable and rival streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, Amazon will spend an estimated $4.5 billion on video in 2017.

    Amazon's ambitious, hands-off approach to TV production has led to award-winning, innovative shows like "Transparent," which showrunner Jill Soloway has said could not have been created on network TV, where a show's vision "gets dissipated" in "political rewriting." 

    Amazon also paid $50 million to edge out Twitter for the rights to stream the NFL's ten Thursday Night Football games in 2017, further underscoring its TV ambitions. 

    SEE ALSO: How to get Prime Day deals if you're not an Amazon Prime member

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    What's mom doing when you're not home? A lot. But she's also doing it all while watching Netflix. 

    The streaming giant surveyed 1,000 moms in the US to find out how they find time to stream their favorite shows, or "sneak" them, during the day. And their answers revealed some interesting viewing habits.

    48% of the moms said they sneak-binge while making dinner, 9% while walking the dog, 40% while taking a bathroom break, and 57% while doing the laundry. 17% watch while in their driveway.

    Some of their favorites range from classics like "Friends" to Netflix originals like "Fuller House." 

    Here are the 10 shows moms sneak-binge the most, according to Netflix:

    SEE ALSO: Christopher Nolan explains biggest challenges in making his latest movie "Dunkirk" into an "intimate epic"

    10. "Gilmore Girls"



    9. "Fuller House"



    8. "Once Upon A Time"



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    Warning: Minor Spoilers ahead for season seven of "Game of Thrones."

    With Daenerys' arrival in Westeros, more characters are coming together on "Game of Thrones," but not all of them are in groups.

    The last HBO viewers saw of Samwell Tarly, he had finally arrived in Oldtown— along with Gilly — and found the Citadel. Sam had left Castle Black for the Citadel, so that he could train to become a maester.

    In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-executive producer Bryan Cogman explained how Sam's adventure at the Citadel is basically a "spin-off." 

    "Sam is one of the few characters who gets his own mini spin-off," Cogman said. "This is the anti-Harry Potter. Sam shows up to this amazing place where he thinks he’s going to get all the answers and all his talents are going to be put to good use. But this ain’t Hogwarts and the maester is not Dumbledore.”

    "Harry Potter"actor Jim Broadbent is joining the cast as a maester at the Citadel. Cogman called him "a wonderful addition." 

    Actor John Bradley, who portrays Sam, told the Hollywood Reporter that the Citadel is the first place where Sam "feels at home with himself and doesn't have to pretend to be anything he's not."

    Fans will get to see Sam's growth at the Citadel when "Game of Thrones" returns for its seventh season July 16. 

    SEE ALSO: Watch Kit Harington hilariously fail at playing Cersei, Arya, and Daenerys in 'Game of Thrones' audition sketch

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    The INSIDER Summary: 

    • The highly anticipated second season of "Riverdale" will contain 22 episodes.
    • Recently revealed episode titles suggest the second season will be even darker.
    • Veronica's father, Hiram Lodge, will possibly contribute to this season's "new looming threat."


    "Riverdale" Season 2 is going to be an even bigger longer run. Turning the long-running Archie Comics into a noir murder mystery TV series didn’t seem like an obvious recipe for success, but "Riverdale" has done well for The CW in its first season. Though viewership numbers haven’t reached the lofty heights of DC Comics shows "The Flash" and "Supergirl," the show ranked sixth out of the network’s 16 scripted series, ahead of "Jane the Virgin" and "The 100."

    "Riverdale" had a lot to cover in its 13-episode inaugural season. We were introduced to the modern, more scandalous versions of Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Jughead (Cole Sprouse), along with their troubled parents and classmates. The show opened with the murder of Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines), and followed the small town characters as they tried to make sense of this terrible event and discover the identity of the killer. Season 1 left fans with a variety of cliffhangers, including the fate of Archie’s dad Fred (Luke Perry), who was possibly fatally shot in the finale. Now it looks like they’ll have plenty of time to address every plotline

    Archie Comics announced in a tweet, which you can see below) that the next season of "Riverdale" will contain 22 episodes.

    Star Apa confirmed this on his own Instagram, also reiterating that the series had just completed filming its first episode, with “21 left to go.” Posing for a photo with director Rob Seidenglanz, Apa isn’t wearing much more than a bloody bandage on his right hand, illustrating that season two will continue to be racier and more violent than the comic source material.

     

    Archie’s hand got damaged at the end of last season when he punched through the ice in the lake to rescue Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) from her suicide attempt. The new blood on his hand is likely his father’s, especially as the exterior shot of the diner in the above tweet suggests that the first episode of season 2 will pick up immediately in the aftermath of Fred’s shooting.

    Previous announcements about "Riverdale‘s" second season include a “new looming threat,” which may or may not be the just-out-of-prison Hiram Lodge, and a collection of episode titles that hint at the ever-darker tone of the show by referencing vintage horror/thriller films. Each of the core cast also has some serious family drama to deal with, so the 22-episode order should allow the writers plenty of time to expand on every issue, while also pursuing the latest violent mysteries.

    "Riverdale" returns on Wednesday, October 11 on The CW.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Bravo released a new trailer for the second season of "The Real Housewives of Dallas."
    • It returns on Monday, August 14 at 10 p.m.
    • Two new housewives join this season: D'Andra Simmons and Kameron Westcott.

    "The Real Housewives of Dallas" is set to return this summer for a second season filled with broken glass, hot dog jokes, feuding socialites, and even flesh-eating diseases.

    Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken and Brandi Redmond open up their lives for us once again and are joined by two new housewives.

    D'Andra Simmons, a wealthy Dallas native who seeks to take control over her family's company. Then there's Kameron Westcott, a Dallas organic dog food developer who uses her blonde bombshell looks as a weapon. Some of the housewives even refer to her as the "real life Elle Woods" from "Legally Blonde." 

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    As usual, there's no shortage of drama. It's especially fiery between former best friends Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman who haven't talked in months, causing a rift within their group of friends. Leanne Locken is working hard on repairing her reputation in Dallas and facing her anger management issues head on. Meanwhile, Cary Deuber is trying figure out the balance between being a mom to her daughter Zuri and working at the office with her husband Mark. 

    "The Real Housewives of Dallas" returns Monday, August 14 at 10:00 p.m. on Bravo. 

    Watch the drama unfold in the new season two trailer:

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • HBO's"Game of Thrones" attracts big names to auditions.
    • The cast is full of stars.
    • But some famous celebrities didn't get cast.
    • Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, "Outlander" star Sam Heughan, and "X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson are among those who had a chance to be on the show.


    The "Game of Thrones" cast is full of star power, but some future stars never made it past the auditions.

    Oscar winner Mahershala Ali

    The "Moonlight" actor told Jimmy Kimmel in a January interview that his audition for season 2 merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos was "one of the worst auditions of [his] life." 

    Ali explained how he went in front of casting director Nina Gold with a plan to do some power stances on a chair, but the one provided didn't have a back and ruined his whole vibe. 

    In an interview with Vanity Fair, Gold said the actor who got the part of Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Nonso Anozie, was "bloody great,” but also said, "Wow, how could I have ever turned down Mahershala Ali?"

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    Another actor who never managed to make it on HBO's hit show is Sam Heughan, the lead on Starz's "Outlander." He told Vulture in a 2014 interview that he auditioned for "Game of Thrones"seven times

    "I auditioned for Renly, Loras, some of the members of the Night’s Watch," he said. "And I’d always get so close! I’d be like, 'Guys, just give me a sword!'" 

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    As hard as it might be to believe, some celebrities chose to turn down offers. 

    "The X-Files" star Gillian Anderson told the Daily Mail that her daughter was surprised that she would turn down a role on the HBO hit and hugely popular period drama in a 2013 interview. 

    "My 18-year-old cannot believe that I would turn down 'Game Of Thrones' or 'Downton [Abbey]' — things she loves to watch,” Anderson said. “But if I am going to be spending that amount of time working on something, I would rather be working with a director like Martin Scorsese.” 

    Of course, Gold has done a tremendous job building the cast over the past six seasons, and the seventh season is sure to impress. 

    "Game of Thrones" returns July 16. 

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller will begin a 366-day prison term on Wednesday.
    • She was convicted of bankruptcy fraud and failing to report money brought into the US from abroad.
    • Miller's final episodes will air this summer.
    • "Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke will be a guest choreographer on the summer's new episodes.


    "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller will report to prison in Victorville, California, on Wednesday, according to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Channel 4 News.

    The dance teacher and star of the Lifetime reality show will serve one year and one day for bankruptcy fraud and concealing money from abroad.

    Formerly a Pittsburgh resident, Miller will be serving her sentence in a prison in Victorville, located about an hour from her current San Bernardino, California, home.

    Reuters reports that, in addition to the 366 days in prison, Miller must pay a $40,000 fine. After serving her prison term, she'll be on a two-year probation.

    In May, Miller pleaded guilty to concealing $755,000 in income earned after filing bankruptcy in 2010 for her dance school. Additionally, she was found guilty of not reporting money she brought into the US from other countries, including the UK and Australia, in the amount of $120,000.

    In March, Miller announced she was leaving "Dance Moms" after a disagreement with producers.

    "I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people’s children successful!"Miller said on Instagram.

    "I just have a problem with being manipulated, disrespected and used – day in and day out by men who never took a dance lesson in their lives and treat women like dirt!"

    The majority of children that follow me may be fast asleep, however now is the critical time to make the following statement: I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS. FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/ SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES, AND COSTUMING - TO NO AVAIL! TODAY, I WAS SO PROUD THAT I WENT AGAINST THE PRODUCER'S IDEA (ONCE AGAIN) TO ENTER A COMMAND PERFORMANCE OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NUMBERS... "WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE?" ALONG WITH THREE BEAUTIFUL SOLOS! I don't have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people's children successful! I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED - DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT! #dancemoms #season7 #ALDC #aldcalways #newbeginnings #aldcla #alllovedancecourage

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    Miller's final "Dance Moms" episodes will begin airing on August 1. Former "Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke will serve as a guest choreographer on the season seven episodes.

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    While promoting his latest motion-capture performance as the ape Caesar in "War for the Planet of the Apes," Andy Serkis stopped by "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" to talk about the work that goes into pulling off the performance. 

    But Colbert also used the occasion to get Serkis to voice one of his most famous mo-cap characters, Gollum from "The Lord of the Rings." 

    And the catch: Serkis would read some of President Donald Trump's tweets in the Gollum voice. 

    So Serkis jumped up on his seat in his Gollum crouch, grabbed the card he was to read from, and just owned the performance to the delight of Colbert and the audience. 

    Watch it for yourself below (Serkis stars his Gollum performance at 3:50 mark):

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    While the exact practice of determining the worth of a tech company is a form of economic voodoo that has historically proven to be fairly unreliable, estimates suggest that Netflix is worth somewhere around $70 billion. Now, while that might not be an exact figure, it’s a number that should let you know that the world’s most popular streaming service has money to burn.

    While we have no doubt that a fair bit of that money goes to things like overhead, payroll, and such other fun corporate expenses, Netflix can certainly afford to spend a good deal of that money on producing original content and acquiring popular shows. So that’s exactly what they do.

    Netflix drops quite a bit of money every year on new shows to add to their service. While you may lament the loss of a certain program or Netflix’s decision to not renew a certain beloved program, in order to really appreciate how expensive it is for the service to maintain a respectable roster of films and shows, you need to look at exactly how much the most expensive Netflix shows cost. In doing so, you may find that your $9.99 a month is actually a greater value than you thought.

    These are the 15 TV shows that cost Netflix a ton of money:

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    15. "The Walking Dead"— $1.35 million an episode

    The details on this one are a bit vague. For instance, we know that Netflix secured the exclusive streaming rights to "The Walking Dead" in 2011. At the time, neither side openly disclosed the figures behind this deal, but a few industry outlets did some digging and came up with the seemingly generous figure of $1.35 million an episode. This estimate operates under the assumption that the deal was only for episodes available at the time (which was about the first two seasons) and that later arrangements weren’t made to include subsequent episodes.

    Even still, that deal would have been worth a little over $25 million. That puts it just ahead of several Netflix shows that just hit the $25 million mark, including "Narcos," which was “held ransom” by Escobar’s brother for $1 billion. That’s one exorbitant fee Netflix didn’t pay.



    14. "Scrubs"— $26 million a year

    "Scrubs" is one those shows that a variety of television viewers absolutely love. Fans of smart writing dig the show’s clever jabs and nonsensical detours from reality. Medical drama viewers enjoy Scrubs’ surprisingly heartfelt moments of genuine emotion. Pretty much everyone seems to dig the show’s memorable cast of characters.

    So, it’s not too surprising that Netflix would pay a high fee for the rights to stream NBC’s hit comedy, but the reported $26 million they pony up every year for the rights to host the entire series is an eye-popping number. Is it worth it? Well, every time a subscriber says "Oh, they have 'Scrubs'" or someone compares the price of the full "Scrubs" series set to the cost of a Netflix subscription, Netflix probably finds a way to justify the high cost.



    13. Netflix's Marvel series — $40 million a season

    This entry is a bit tricky to put an exact price tag on. Technically, you might want to add a few dollars to the total of each of these shows, given that Netflix only gained the right to produce them after they paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 million for the rights to Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm properties. That being the case, you could make an argument that these are actually the most expensive shows in the Netflix lineup.

    However, as it’s not really feasible to break down that $300 million into Marvel-sized chunks, we’re going with the reported $40 million production budget each Marvel Netflix show reportedly costs. There might be a little variation in the exact figures, and "The Defenders" will likely end up being the most expensive of them all, but these are still some pricey shows, no matter how you slice it.



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    Jason Bateman is back on Netflix, but this time it's not with the Bluth family  and it's definitely not a comedy. 

    He's stars alongside Laura Linney in  "Ozark," and Netflix just released a gripping new trailer. 

    Bateman plays Marty, a financial planner, and Linney plays his wife, Wendy. They suddenly uproot their family from the suburbs of Chicago to a resort community in the Missouri Ozarks (hey, that's the title of the show!). And it turns out they're on the run from a drug lord.

    Things look like they get really dark over the 10-episode first season, and unfortunately for Marty, there's definitely no money hidden in any banana stands.

    Set to debut on July 21, "Ozark" is the first series regular role for Bateman since "Arrested Development." It's also Linney's first TV role since Showtime's "The Big C" ended in 2013. Chris Mundy ("Hell on Wheels,""Criminal Minds") serves as the showrunner. 

    Watch the new trailer for "Ozark" below:

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    • Actor Kit Harington thinks his "Game of Thrones" character is a "psychopath." 
    • Jon Snow is now the King in the North.
    • He must lead his army on various fronts.  
    • Happiness may be hard for Jon to find.

    Jon Snow has survived battles with White Walkers, been resurrected, returned to his childhood home, and was declared King in the North. But despite all of this, actor Kit Harington isn't convinced Jon can be happy.

    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the upcoming season seven premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones," Harington said his character is basically a "psychopath." 

    "I actually think secretly deep down, he's a bit of a psychopath, weirdly," he said. "He looks for violence. In a strange way, and I said this to [director Miguel Sapochnik] during 'Battle of the Bastards,' I think that in a weird way this could be Jon's natural home, on this battlefield, where he comes to life. For all of his good, he's a violent man."

    And the battlefield is probably where Jon is going to spend much of the series' final two seasons. At the end of season six, Jon was given the responsibility to lead the North in a fight for survival after being declared to lead Winterfell. Cersei sits on the Iron Throne in the South, Daenerys and her dragons are crossing the Narrow Sea to Westeros, and the threat of White Walkers lies to the North. 

    Harington thinks it's going to be hard for Jon to find his own version of "happiness."

    "I think happiness is a very strange term to associate with Jon," he said. "He has a very odd sense of what 'happy' is. It might not be everybody else's 'happy.' I don't know what happiness is for Jon."

    Though he has come so far since joining the Night's Watch on season one, Jon still has much to learn about the threats he and his army face, as well as the truth about his own lineage

    "He seems to be the one person who's gotten to leadership without actually asking for it," Harington told The Hollywood Reporter. "He started the series as an illegitimate black sheep in the family who's just going up to this, back and beyond, to achieve nothing. And now he's the King in the North. He never aimed for that. He never expected it. He never asked for it. I think he's proud of it, but I think he's going to have about 10 seconds to be proud of it before he's right back in the proverbial poop."

    Read the full interview with The Hollywood Reporter here. "Game of Thrones" returns July 16.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season six.

    The "Game of Thrones" season six finale was explosive, dark, and satisfying in many ways — but it still left us with some burning questions about what's ahead on season seven.

    From the order of succession in Westeros to where Jon Snow is keeping his direwolf Ghost, these are the things INSIDER really hopes "Game of Thrones" season seven answers.

    Will Daenerys choose a husband when she gets to Westeros?

    Daenerys hinted to Daario that she may want to take a husband to form alliances when in Westeros. Fans seem keen on a Daenerys-and-Jon pairing. But now that we know they're officially related, is that something that we really want?

    Yara and Daenerys also had a flirtatious scene on season six, and some fans were intrigued by the prospect of seeing them get together. Though we doubt this will happen, their queenly banter will be interesting to watch on season seven.



    Do dragons get tired?

    Daenerys is finally heading off to Westeros. While she and her army are sailing on ships, her trio of dragons are in flight. But can a dragon fly all the way from Meereen to Westeros without needing to take a break?

    It could take weeks for Daenerys' fleet to arrive, so what do the dragons do to rest? Surely, they're not sleeping on those ships!



    Will Cersei set off the rest of the wildfire? Is there more wildfire?

    We know Cersei used a lot of the hidden caches of wildfire to blow up the Great Sept of Baelor on the season six finale, but surely she kept some wildfire at bay for a rainy day?

    According to Jaime, there was wildfire hidden practically everywhere in King's Landing, including beneath the Red Keep itself. We're not sure why the explosion at the sept didn't start a chain reaction.  

    If the wildfire is gone, she probably has the Alchemists' Guild at her fingertips to prep some more if needed.



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    The INSIDER Summary

    • ABC announced that the fourth season of "Bachelor in Paradise" will premiere on August 14.
    • The show was unable to make its original premiere date after an investigation into a complaint of sexual misconduct while taping was conducted.
    • Show producer Warner Bros. concluded its investigation, finding there was no misconduct found.
    • The two contestants at the center of the scandal, DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, are reportedly scheduled to appear on the "Bachelor in Paradise" reunion special.

    ABC announced today that their summer breakout series “Bachelor in Paradise” will return for its fourth season over a two-night premiere, starting at 8 p.m. Aug. 14.

    After briefly suspending filming on this season, Warner Bros. concluded that there was no misconduct and production resumed.

    Returning bachelors and bachelorettes getting a second chance at love this season include Raven Gates, Corinne Olympios, Amanda Stanton, Alexis Waters, Derek Peth, DeMario Jackson, Lacey Mark, Kristina Schulman, Nick “St. Nick” Benvenutti, Danielle Maltby, Taylor Nolan, Robby Hayes, Ben Zorn, Jasmine Goode, Vinny Ventiera, and Alex Woytkiw, with additional ones to be announced. They will live together in a house in Mexico over the course of six weeks.

    In addition, this season of “Bachelor in Paradise” will see the wedding of Carly Waddell and Evan Bass from season three.

    “Bachelor in Paradise” is hosted by Chris Harrison and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods and Elan Gale are executive producers.

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    "Game of Thrones" creates iconic characters with the help of a talented costume and style department. While some of the cast is nearly unrecognizable behind wigs and makeup, others generally look the same. 

    The cast of the HBO series hit the "blue" carpet in Los Angeles Wednesday for a premiere event for the show's seventh season. The episode is set to premiere on Sunday at 9 p.m.

    Here's what the stars of "Game of Thrones" looks like in real life:

    Note: We will update as photos become available.

    Jon Snow is all cleaned up as the King in the North.



    Kit Harington is still brooding, but he's a little more suave.



    Arya Stark's hair is now a little longer, and it looks like she's dressed for colder weather.



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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."

    We're just days away from the premiere of "Game of Thrones" season seven, but where will the show pick up the storyline? INSIDER is here with the ultimate guide to where things left off on the season six finale, just in case you didn't have time to binge watch the whole series again. 

    Let's dive in to every detail you should remember before watching season seven.

    Daenerys is heading for Westeros with new allies by her side.

    After defeating the slave masters of Yunkai, Astapor, and Volantis once more, Daenerys left the city of Meereen in the care of Daario and his sellsword company the Second Sons.

    Daenerys broke things off with Daario, but confessed to Tyrion that she didn't feel to sad about it. She's just eager to finally arrive in the Seven Kingdoms and begin her conquest.



    Daenerys' new allies include Yara and Theon Greyjoy.

    After their Uncle Euron murdered their father and stole the Salt Throne for himself, Yara and Theon fled the Iron Islands with a fleet of their fastest ships. They landed in Meereen and agreed to help Daenerys conquer Westeros, as long as Yara gets to keep the Iron Islands in the end.

    This left Euron on the Iron Islands, angry and eager to build new ships and come after his niece and nephew.



    Daenerys also teamed up with Ellaria and the Sand Snakes of Dorne.

    In the final shot of season six, you could make out sails showing Ellaria's Dornish sigil (the sun spear) and Olenna Tyrell's golden rose sigil. This means there was a time jump between when we saw Varys in Dorne with Ellaria Sand and when Daenerys set sail for Westeros. 

    Ellaria and her daughters (Obara, Tyene, and Nymeria) killed the leaders of Dorne on season six. Doran Martell and his son Trystane were murdered, and Ellaria said, "No man will ever rule Dorne again." Could this decision come back to haunt her?



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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Corinne Olympios will return to "Bachelor in Paradise" for a reunion special.
    • DeMario Jackson will also return.
    • Jackson and Olympios were at the center of an alleged scandal involving alcohol and sexual acts while the show was filming in Mexico.
    • This will be the first "Bachelor in Paradise" reunion.


    Corinne Olympios — a former contestant on season 21 of "The Bachelor" and season four of "Bachelor in Paradise"— will be returning to the ABC spinoff show's cast reunion.

    "I am very happy to be appearing on the 'Bachelor in Paradise' special," Olympios, 25, said in a statement releasedto news outlets on Wednesday.

    In June, it was revealed that filming had been suspended for "Bachelor in Paradise"— a spinoff of ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette"— after an incident involving Olympios and "Bachelorette" season 13's DeMario Jackson. Jackson, 30, has also confirmed he will return for the reunion show's taping.

    The alleged scandal came after sources alleged that Olympios engaged in sexual acts with Jackson when she was too intoxicated to give consent, and while the "Bachelor in Paradise" producers kept filming. Warner Bros. suspended production on the show, and the cast members were sent home from the Mexican resort where filming takes place.

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    But after an investigation, Warner Bros. confirmed in a statement to INSIDER that the investigation had been completed, and the tape of the incident "does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member."

    On June 29, Olympios' legal team also wrapped its investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations that threatened to cancel the show and has surrounded her in controversy, according to the reality star. She did not specify or share what the results of her legal team's investigation were.

    The "Bachelor in Paradise" reunion special will be the show's first.  Typically, "Bachelor in Paradise" gets less audience attention since it focuses on the rejected cast members of "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette."An after-show called "After Paradise"— hosted by TV host Michelle Collins and "Bachelor" alum Sean Lowe — was typically the only opportunity for cast members to discuss their time on the show on TV.

    But after the scandal erupted between Olympios and Jackson and garnered huge media attention — Olympios accused the media of spreading an "overwhelming amount of misinformation" about the incident — ABC smartly realized that a reunion show would be must-watch TV.

    For a full review of the "Bachelor in Paradise" scandal, make sure to read our breakdown before the ABC reunion special.

    Season 4 of "Bachelor In Paradise" will have a two-night premiere on August 14 and August 15 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

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    Netflix has once again flexed its TV muscles at the Emmys, nabbing three nominations in the best drama series category and two in best comedy series.

    In drama, the noms went to "House of Cards,""The Crown," and "Stranger Things." While on the comedy side it was "Master of None" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." 

    The five total bests the three it received in these categories last year: "House of Cards" (drama series), "Master of None," and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (comedy series).

    It also means that in these two categories, Netflix snagged 36% of the noms.

    In the drama category, the Netflix titles will be up against the HBO hit "Westworld" and Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale." On the comedy side the streaming giant will go up against last year's winner in the category, HBO's "Veep" and the critically-acclaimed "Atlanta."

    Though Netflix has had incredible success at the Emmys with nominations and wins in previous years, it has yet to take home of prize in either of these categories. 

    In total, Netflix has 91 nominations this year. Quite a spike compared to only 54 last year.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Carrie Coon is finally nominated for an Emmy.
    • It was for her performance in "Fargo," not "The Leftovers."
    • This could be her chance at major recognition, after years of snubs.

    Often snubbed by the Television Academy, Carrie Coon is finally nominated for an Emmy. She has a chance to win the award for lead actress in a limited series or movie for her performance on FX's "Fargo."

    For years, fans clamored for her nomination, blown away by her performance on HBO's "The Leftovers." Over her three seasons on the show, she was snubbed. And each year, fans were disappointed.

    In some ways, Coon missed out again this year. She wasn't nominated for her role on "The Leftovers" for the category awarding the best lead actress in a drama. But her performance in "Fargo"— also widely praised — can also be seen as a sort of consolation prize just by virtue of its nomination, and even more so if it wins. Expect her overlooked "Leftovers" role to be a point of praise in the campaign for "Fargo" nomination.

    While "The Leftovers" is the role that fans most associate with Coon, she's also racked up a Tony nomination for her performance in a revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" a few years ago, and got noticed for her performance in "Gone Girl."

    2017 is shaping up to be her biggest year yet, with her dramatic performance on the final season of "The Leftovers" and her comic bit in "Fargo" showing off her wide range of acting ability. Vanity Fair called her presence"inescapably magnetic and self-assured" in a profile, and Rolling Stone noted her as one of those actresses who "sells you on every one of these moments, no matter how mundane or outrageous."

    She'll also be in "The Papers," the Steven Spielberg drama about publishing The Pentagon Papers, later this year, and could be in the Oscar conversation for that.

    With all that, Coon's Emmy nomination is finally a chance for major awards recognition. She's up against a few formidable contenders: Felicity Huffman for "American Crime," Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon for "Big Little Lies," and Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon for "Feud." Those last four actresses are Oscar winners, but Coon has the chance to take them all down.

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    NBC/Twentieth Fox Television’s "This Is Us" broke a six year dry spell for broadcast TV dramas this morning; the last big four network series landing in that slot being CBS’s "The Good Wife" in 2011.

    Should "This Is Us" win on Sept. 17 when the Primetime Emmys are handed out, it would truly be an anomaly for a broadcast TV series as Fox’s "24" was the last series to win the awards slot eleven years ago.

    "This Is Us" earned 11 nominations this morning including best drama, lead actor Sterling K. Brown, lead actor Milo Ventimiglia, supporting actress Chrissy Metz, and supporting actor Ron Cephas Jones.

    While cable TV has dominated the TV drama category for several years with shows such as "The Sopranos,""Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," that category has just become more competitive as streaming services like Netflix and Hulu entering the Emmy game. This year alone, Netflix has "House of Cards,""The Crown" and "Stranger Things" in the category while Hulu broke through with "The Handmaid’s Tale." There’s also AMC’s "Better Call Saul" and HBO’s "Westworld." This leaves "This Is Us" as the only broadcast drama in the category.

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    Hulu will be a major player at the Emmy Awards for the first time this year, thanks in large part to its new series "The Handmaid's Tale," which received thirteen Emmy nominations on Thursday.

    A dystopian thriller based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name, "The Handmaid's Tale" has garnered universal acclaim from critics since its first season premiered in April.

    The show is up for thirteen Emmy nominations in categories that include best drama series, best lead actress in a drama series (for Elisabeth Moss), and best supporting actress in a drama (for both Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley). 

    Hulu received its first-ever nomination in 2014 for its sports series "Behind the Mask." Last year, the service had two nominations in variety special writing ("Triumph's Election Special 2016") and visual effects ("11.22.63"), but it lost both.

    Hulu has never won an Emmy Award for its original content. Meanwhile, its streaming rivals Netflix and Amazon have had tremendous success at the Emmys with acclaimed shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Transparent," respectively. (Netflix has won a total of 55 Emmys, and Amazon's "Transparent" has alone garnered 24 nominations and 8 wins.)

    Outlets have already speculated, however, that "The Handmaid's Tale" will be the show that finally pushes Hulu over the top for its first Emmy win. This year it has many strong chances to do so, with 18 total Emmy nods.

    In the category of best drama series, "Handmaid's Tale" will face off against AMC's "Better Call Saul," Netflix's "The Crown" and "House of Cards," HBO's "Westworld," and NBC's "This Is Us."

    Elisabeth Moss is a critical favorite for the best lead actress award for her portrayal of the "Handmaid's Tale" protagonist, Offred. She will face off against several heavy-hitters, including Viola Davis ("How to Get Away With Murder") and Robin Wright ("House of Cards"). 

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