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    barb stranger thingsThe INSIDER Summary:

    • Barb was a side character on Netflix's "Stranger Things."
    • She quickly became an internet sensation after her death.
    • Actress Shannon Purser just earned an Emmy nomination for her role on Thursday.

    One "Stranger Things" fan favorite is finally getting some justice: Barb.

    Shannon Purser, the 20-year-old actress who played Barb, just earned her first Emmy nomination for guest actress in a drama on Thursday.

    As Nancy Wheeler's (Natalia Dyer) best friend on the show, Purser managed to become an icon despite being killed by the Demagorgon early on Netflix's series horror series and basically disappearing from the show without a second thought from other characters.

    Once fans binged the Netflix series, Barb quickly went viral and people took to the internet to proclaim justice for her, so much so that there are plans to address Barb's death on the show's second season.

    "We do know a little bit about season two, but we're not gonna say anything," producer David Harbour told the audience at New York Comic Con in 2016. "We will tell you that we do deal with the loose ends, and we do deal with some of the internet rage over Barb's death."

    While we wait to see how the show addresses Barb's loss, it's fun to see the actress earning recognition for her iconic role.

    Fans can now catch Purser on The CW drama "Riverdale," as well as NBC's upcoming show "Rise."

    Purser's competition for best guest actress in a drama are Alexis Bledel for Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," Laverne Cox of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black, Ann Dowd from HBO's "The Leftovers," Cicely Tyson of ABC's "How to Get Away With Murder," and Alison Wright from FX's "The Americans."

    SEE ALSO: Here are all the 2017 Emmy nominees — Netflix, HBO, and 'SNL' lead the way

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    Carrie Fisher isn't through amazing us. 

    The legendary actress, who died last December at 60, received a posthumous Emmy nomination on Thursday in the guest actress in a comedy series category. It was for her role as Mia, the tormenting mom of Rob (Rob Delaney) in the Amazon series, "Catastrophe."

    Fisher, known by many for playing Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" saga, had an impressive career on the small screen (not to mention as an author and screenwriter). This marks her third Primetime Emmy nomination. In 2008, she was nominated in the guest actress in a comedy series category for her appearance on "30 Rock." Then in 2011, she was nominated in the outstanding variety, music, or comedy special category for her one-woman HBO show, "Wishful Drinking."

    Fisher died four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last December.

    SEE ALSO: Here are all the 2017 Emmy nominees — Netflix, HBO, and "SNL" lead the way

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    The Television Academy announced its 2017 nominees for the Emmy Awards on Thursday. 

    Some of this year's best shows include FX's "Atlanta," Hulu's "Handmaid's Tale," and HBO's "Westworld." And here's your chance to find out why these shows have earned their accolades.

    Here are the 2017 Emmy-nominated shows:

    "The Amazing Race" (CBS)

    Outstanding reality competition 



    "American Ninja Warrior" (NBC)

    Outstanding reality competition 



    "Atlanta" (FX)

    Best comedy series



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    modern family

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • "Modern Family" was nominated for the best comedy series Emmy for the eighth year in a row.
    • Critics and viewers agree the show is past its prime.
    • The Emmys should stop rewarding it and recognize shows like HBO's "Insecure" and ABC's "Fresh off the Boat" instead.


    For the eighth year in a row, "Modern Family" was nominated for another Emmy. No one seems to be happy about it.

    The ABC show racked up yet another nomination in the best comedy series category, as well as a nomination for Ty Burrell as the best supporting actor in a comedy series. That brings its tally to 35 Emmy nominations over the years, 17 of which have turned into wins.

    It's bizarre. The show, critics agree, is way past its prime. It hasn't actually won an Emmy since 2014 and the show has been panned as "running on fumes,""congested" with storylines, and generally "complacent." It's especially a shame that it was nominated since HBO's "Insecure" and ABC's "Fresh of the Boat" were shut out.

    The other nominees for best comedy series are FX's "Atlanta," ABC's "Black-ish," Netflix's "Master of None" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and HBO's "Silicon Valley" and "Veep."

    The "Modern Family" nomination was met with a round of boos on Twitter.

    At eight seasons, the show is stretching its run and ruining whatever goodwill it once had. It should have ended years ago, and the Emmys should stop rewarding it.

    SEE ALSO: Here are all the 2017 Emmy nominees — Netflix, HBO, and 'SNL' lead the way

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    jersey shore

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • There have been reports stating that MTV is bringing back the cast of "Jersey Shore" for a new series.
    • Those reports are wrong.
    • An MTV representative told INSIDER that the network isn't attached to the reunion show.
    • The rep said that the new show is a special produced by E! and part of a larger series that reunites casts from popular shows.


    Sorry, "Jersey Shore" fans. Reports that MTV is bringing back the hit reality show are totally wrong.

    News outlets and blogs have been reporting that MTV is reviving the raunchy and previously high-rated "Jersey Shore" after the show's cast were seen shooting together at different locations in New Jersey and sharing photos on social media.

    But they're not reuniting for MTV or a revived "Jersey Shore" series.

    "The 'Jersey Shore' filming is actually tied to an E! series," an MTV representative told INSIDER. "MTV and [the original show's producers] 495 Productions are not involved."

    The rep also said that she believes the cast is shooting for a pilot that reunites reality show casts.

    Though TMZ didn't report which network was shooting the "Shore" gang, its sources said that the reunion special will be one or two episodes and air in August. As the MTV rep told us, TMZ's sources also said it would be part of a larger series that reunites popular shows.

    "Jersey Shore" had a similar premise to MTV's "Real World" where young strangers were brought together to live in a house. But in this case, the house was in New Jersey and the cast continued on season-to-season with very few recastings.

    It's easy to see why people would get pumped for a "Jersey Shore" return. At the height of its popularity in 2011, the show was viewed by more than 8 million people each week and it was MTV's most-watched show of all time.

    INSIDER contacted E!, whose rep asked for some time to put together a response. We'll update once they do.

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    Somehow, against all expectations and logic, the first Netflix original show derived from a video game is very, very good. More impressive: The show is based on the "Castlevania" game series, a long-dormant game franchise most well-known for being immensely difficult to play. Its story was secondary at best, and early games involved bizarre dialogue that was mistranslated from the original Japanese.

    The "Castlevania" show on Netflix, however, is both a rare example of how to successfully adapt a video game to film and it's a great show unto itself.

    Castlevania (Netflix)

    With writing from legendary author Warren Ellis, "Castlevania" manages to flesh out the world and characters of fictional 15th century Wallachia (modern day Romania) better than any "Castlevania" game ever has. The first season is an almost-too-short four episodes, and it spends much of that time setting up the world, its characters, and their motivations.

    We don't meet Trevor Belmont, the over-confident protagonist, until more than 20 minutes into the first episode. He's not the focus, really — this is a show about Dracula, in case that wasn't clear already. But Dracula in "Castlevania" isn't just some bloodthirsty monster sneaking around at night.

    Does this guy look like a bloodthirsty monster to you?

    Castlevania (Netflix)

    He looks like a sympathetic, dashing gentleman if you ask me. And that's basically what the show sets up from the start. Aside from living alone, and living in a menacing building, and the fact that he immediately threatens his visitors, the man commonly known as "Dracula" is introduced as an intellectual loner at absolute worst.

    Forget about the literal field of human bodies on pikes leading up to his house — this guy's a puppy dog.

    Castlevania (Netflix)

    He's a man of the sciences, even, and he finds love through his studies — a human who wants to be a doctor, who manages to overcome the terrifying landscape around Dracula's home, and requests his help in mastering the sciences. 

    He grants her that help after some charming back and forth, and, well, things don't go too well from there. Such is the life of a vampire in 15th century Eastern Europe.

    Castlevania (Netflix)

    In the short 30 minutes of the first episode of "Castlevania," you'll find much of what makes the rest of the first season so surprisingly great: Sharp writing, beautiful art, and a thoughtful criticism of human existence. As ever, Warren Ellis brings a level of societal criticism that makes a potentially shallow piece of entertainment into something deeper than it requires. He could've just written a show about a dude who kills vampires, with pithy dialogue, and that'd probably be pretty good as well. Instead, he spends lengths of time debating the reality of institutionalized religion.

    It's this level of sophistication — mixed with a healthy bit of necessary humor and gratuitous hyper-violence — that makes "Castlevania" such a success.

    Castlevania (Netflix)

    I'm not a fan of the game series, and I'm not a major fan of anime/graphic novel-style TV shows (with a few exceptions). I am, however, a big fan of the new "Castlevania" series; that Netflix has already renewed the show for a second season with double the episode count tells me that I'm not alone in that sentiment.

    You can see the entire first season, which comprises four episodes, on Netflix right now. Check out the trailer for the first season here:

    SEE ALSO: Netflix producer on new ‘Castlevania’ show: ‘I’m personally guaranteeing that this is going to be the best f-----g video game adaptation ever made’

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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."

    HBO celebrated the return of "Game of Thrones" with a lavish premiere in Los Angeles at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday. On the red carpet (which was actually blue, since "winter is here"), INSIDER caught up with Sophie Turner to learn more about Sansa Stark's upcoming journey.

    Though all the actors were tight-lipped when it came to specifics, Turner was able to say what Sansa's general theme was for season seven.

    "It's kind of her struggle with newfound power," Turner said. "That's the theme for her — power."

    Sansa Stark and Littlefinger Game of Thrones season seven

    The last time we saw Sansa on season six, she was looking wary of Littlefinger and Jon Snow's new title: King in the North. Will she be struggling against Jon, vying for more power as the Lady of Winterfell? Or will she feel challenged by Littlefinger, whose control over the Knights of the Vale means he'll likely be sticking around Winterfell for a while?

    We asked Turner what her experience has been like playing Sansa, one of the few characters who started out very young and has undergone a huge transformation.

    "It's amazing, it really is, being given the chance to develop a character over seven or eight years for 10 hours every year," Turner said. "The Sansa that I knew in season one is unrecognizable to me now, because she's developed so much. It's really rewarding to be able to play a character like that and delve so deep into her. It's such a fleshed out storyline. And she has changed measurably, it's really a beautiful transformation."

    Sansa Stark then and now Game of Thrones season one to six

    Turner also gave a shout out to her co-star and BFF Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).

    "I haven't worked with her since season one, but we all shoot in Belfast, so we have sleepovers whenever we're in Belfast at the same time, which is nice," Turner said. "She's my best friend, she's my soulmate. I love that girl to pieces." 

    Turner made sure to note that she hadn't worked directly with Williams since season one, which implies that Arya and Sansa won't cross paths on season seven. We should probably take that with a grain of salt, though, since Turner convincingly fooled press last year when she played a "two truths and a lie" game about the season six storyline. 

    "Game of Thrones" season seven premieres on Sunday, July 16. Catch up on everything that happened last season with our guide to all the details you need to know before watching.

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    Netflix is building one of the most substantial treasure troves of video in Hollywood, and the value of its content has more than doubled in the last two years, according to new research by Morgan Stanley.

    The firm's analysis shows Netflix's content library is currently worth around $12 billion in net assets for the first quarter of this year.

    By comparison, Netflix's library was worth a total of $5.7 billion in net assets at the end of Q1 in 2015.

    And that's not just old shows and movies Netflix is licensing from established players.

    The streaming service's original content (including acclaimed shows like "GLOW" and "Stranger Things") has become central to its growth.

    According to Morgan Stanley, at the end of 2015, original content made up less than 5 percent of the company's net assets. In Q1 of this year, however, the ever-expanding, original-video trove now counts for 14 percent, or $1.7 billion, of Netflix's assets. 

    netflix_content_value

    Netflix's original programming began in 2013 with its release of the first season of "House of Cards." The move was spurred by the realization that streaming rights for traditional TV and movie content would become increasingly expensive in the coming years, making production of original content a more profitable and cost-effective way forward for the service.

    Since then, Netflix has poured billions into a rapidly expanding reservoir of original shows, movies, and standup specials.

    But that has required a lot of cash up front.

    In 2017, Netflix expects to have a negative free cash flow of $2 billion to accommodate its continued investment in original content. While such a large negative short-term FCF has raised eyebrows on Wall Street, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has insisted that front-loaded costs for the content will breed positive results in the long term.

    Hastings has also shown signs of refining the expansion of the service's original programming by taking the axe to absurdly expensive shows like "Sense8" and "The Get Down."

    According to Morgan Stanley's research, Netflix in 2017 will outspend its closest streaming competitor on original content by over $2 billion. Netflix has said it will shell out around $6 billion on content this year. Amazon will spend around $4 billion for its own content, while Hulu will spend roughly $2.5 billion, according to Morgan Stanley. 

    In the end, according to a recent statement from Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos, the service's investment in original shows remains "pretty consistent" with the amount of hours people spend watching them, and "efficient" compared to licensing shows and movies from others.

    SEE ALSO: The 15 TV shows that cost Netflix the most money

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    On Thursday's "Late Show," Stephen Colbert mocked White House advisor Kellyanne Conway's use of rhyming flash cards in a Fox News interview to downplay the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

    In her interview, Conway tried to make the case — via two sheets of white paper and four bold-printed words — that the "CONCLUSION" of Donald Trump Jr.'s controversial emails regarding Russia was not "COLLUSION," but instead "ILLUSION" and "DELUSION" on the part of the media.

    Colbert seized upon the hokey visual aid in his monologue by making his own flash cards to address how he sees the Trump Jr. situation going down. 

    "Trump Jr. tried to 'ARTICULATE,' but that turned out to 'INCRIMINATE,'" Colbert joked, holding up the cards. "It’s something even an idiot would 'ANTICIPATE.' And now, he’s going to be an 'INMATE.'"

    Watch the segment below:

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    best actors actresses emmy nominations

    The Television Academy announced its 2017 nominees for the Emmy Awards on Thursday.

    Across comedy and drama, the actor and actresses who were nominated have earned the respect of their peers and represent the biggest talents on the small screen.

    This year's nominees include actors from NBC's "This Is us,"FX's "Atlanta," and HBO's "Westworld."

    Take a look at the 38 best actors and actresses on TV and the categories in which they're nominated:

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    Pamela Adlon, "Bad Things" (FX)

    Outstanding actress in a comedy series



    Riz Ahmed, "The Night of" (HBO)

    Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie



    Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish" (ABC)

    Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series



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    Night King statue Game of Thrones season seven premiere Los Angeles 2017

    On July 12, HBO held an exclusive Los Angeles premiere for "Game of Thrones" season seven. From a star-studded "blue" carpet to the screening of the first episode (followed by an epic after-party), INSIDER was on hand to witness all the magic. 

    The cast arrived to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and hit the blue carpet — aptly colored to match the wintery theme of season seven. 

    Most of the cast was there, including former members. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and his girlfriend Rose Leslie (who played his on-screen love Ygritte) looked dapper.

    Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Game of Thrones season seven premiere Los Angeles 2017

    HBO unlocked a new Snapchat lens recently, and the "Game of Thrones" stars were testing it out on the blue carpet. Here's Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) doing her best White Walker impression:

    Turner spoke with INSIDER about Sansa's evolution and the pending struggle she'll face with being the Lady of Winterfell. "It's kind of her struggle with newfound power," Turner said. "That's the theme for her — power."

    After the stars made their way through blue carpet, it was time for the screening of season seven's first episode.

    The episode screening 

    Inside the theater, an orchestra and chorus were set up and waiting.

    "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" co-creator and star Rob McElhenney was super excited at the prospect of watching a whole episode scored with a live orchestra.

    But the orchestra wasn't there to play along live with the new episode. Instead, composer Ramin Djawadi came out and led the musicians through a mini version of the "Game of Thrones" Live Concert Experience— a musical spectacle that toured for nine months after season six.

    The audience watched as a recap montage of season six was shown, complete with a condensed version of "The Light of the Seven" and Cersei's wildfire plot. Then the orchestra left the stage.

    The lights dimmed, and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) spoke over the loudspeakers.

    "Night gathers, and now my watch begins. I shall take no photos, and hold no phones, and spread no rumors on social media," Harington said. "I am the shield that guards the realm from spoilers."

    The bit continued, emphasizing the extreme secrecy required by HBO about the episode we were about to see, which means we won't tell you anything here about the episode (other than it was really fantastic and garnered lots of applause, laughs, and awe-struck silence from the audience).

    The epic after-party

    After the premiere, the cast and guests made their way across the street to a low rooftop, where the view was LA's skyline and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, decorated with elaborate projections.

    Dance floor Game of Thrones season seven premiere Los Angeles 2017

    The projections were very impressive, sometimes showing Drogon flying and breathing fire:

    At other times the Night King's face was staring down at the party guests, or it was a montage of every cast member's official season seven character poster.

    A DJ clad in all-white was blasting jams from right in front of an iron throne replica.

    Though the event space was large, there were stars covering every square inch. Jimmy Kimmel, Queen Latifah, and several cast members from HBO's "Silicon Valley" (Martin Starr and Jimmy O. Yang) and "Girls" (Alex Karpovsky) were in attendance.

    Queen Latifah and Gwendoline Christie Game of Thrones season seven premiere Los Angeles 2017

    Most of the cast had turned out for the premiere, from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) to Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy). 

    Alfie Allen and Gemma Whelan Game of Thrones season seven premiere Los Angeles 2017

    Sophie Turner brought boyfriend Joe Jonas and his brother Nick Jonas to the after party. Sophie and Joe looked happy and cozy sitting together, while Nick went to the photobooth and fancied himself King in the North.

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    Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) looked dapper in a suit next to the stunning Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei).

    Nathalie Emmanuel and Isaac Hempstead Wright Game of Thrones season seven premiere Los Angeles 2017

    Jerome Flynn (Bronn) and Iain Glen (Jorah) were hanging out with Conleth Hill (Varys), while Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion) posed together for a photo:

    Liam Cunningham Game of Thrones season seven premiere Los Angeles 2017

    The most notable absences among the cast were Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister). But at the end of the night, when everything was winding down (and the badass silver skull centerpieces had all been sneaked away in purses), the Night King was left watching over Los Angeles.

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    Stranger Things Season 2 Hopper David Harbour

    The INSIDER Summary

    • "Stranger Things" returns for season 2 on October 27. 
    • The show will pick up on Halloween of 1984 with a plot that will explore bigger mythology.
    • Emmy nominee, David Harbour, says the show contains the magic from season one, but with more surprises.

    Newly christened first-time Emmy nominee David Harbour is the latest "Stranger Things" star to weigh in on the show’s darker season 2 feel. After a breakout run last summer, the Netflix horror/sci-fi series will return Oct. 27 with new monsters, more scares, and, of course, justice for Barb. It will pick up around Halloween 1984, one year after the events of the season 1 finale, which found Will (Noah Schnapp) vomiting slugs after his extended stay in the Upside Down.

    Thus far, we know that the monsters will be less visible, but more dangerous; the horror will be front and center; and that the plot will explore the “bigger mythology” of Will’s disappearance and his ensuing trauma. His mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder) will try to help him navigate it while balancing a new relationship with her old classmate Bob (Sean Astin); Eleven will be alive, but hiding; and The Hawkins National Laboratory will be under new, but likely no less evil, management.

    Harbour, who plays Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper, told "Deadlinein an interview that while it may seem like "Stranger Things" is opting for terror over its charming ’80s nostalgia, fans can rest assured: It will be different but still familiar. He told the outlet:

    “[Season 2] will surprise you, and I think you will also be very happy. It still contains that magic I think we have in the first season, which is that sort of Amblin Entertainment-esque, Steven Spielberg kind of ‘magic of the movies’ feel to it, but it’s also very different.”

    As for his character, Harbour said Hopper will be following suit with this season’s darker tone. He continued:

    “In terms of Hopper, it plays to a lot of darker themes. Even though in season 1 he certainly had his darkness, it plays to a lot of his struggles, and it sort of peels the onion back of how he struggles to deal with the pressures of feeling like you have saved a kid, and now who does that make you?”

    That jives with much of what the crew and cast have previously said, though it seems like not only is the story getting more ominous, but the entire town of Hawkins, Indiana. "Stranger Things" season 2 is only a few short months away, and those involved have already been generous with details. It won’t be long until we find out just how dark "Stranger Things" can get.

    Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 27, 2017 on Netflix.

    SEE ALSO: Netflix just announced when 'Stranger Things' season 2 will come out — and shared a creepy new poster and teaser

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    Conleth Hill Varys Game of Thrones season seven red carpet

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

    On July 12, HBO held an epic premiere for "Game of Thrones" season seven, and INSIDER was on hand to capture all the magic. We caught up with Conleth Hill (Varys) on the red carpet to learn more about what to expect from his character on season seven.

    "For all intents and purposes, [Varys] achieved what he set out to do by bringing all these different parties together. And so now, it's up to them in a way," Hill said. "So maybe he will take more of a backseat than he's done before, who knows. I obviously can't tell you but good try."

    By the end of season six, Varys had successfully garnered more allies for Daenerys Targaryen. He brought Tyrion to her side, and also formed a pact with Ellaria Sand of Dorne and Olenna Tyrell of Highgarden. INSIDER asked Hill why Varys was so intent on helping Daenerys achieve her goal of conquering the Seven Kingdoms.

    "Well, I think in the books [it's explained] that he had great admiration for the way the Targaryens ran their civilization," Hill said. "He loved their architecture, he loved their way of governing. You will get some insight into his experiences with the Mad King, maybe. And so you you'll see that maybe he wasn't as fond of that particular monarch as he is of [Daenerys]."

    Game of Thrones Varys

    Varys was in King's Landing when Daenerys' father, the "Mad King" Aerys,  was killed by Jaime Lannister after he threatened to burn down the entire city due to paranoia. According to Hill, Varys involvement on the sidelines of that betrayal could affect his relationship with Daenerys.

    "Obviously she's going to be suspicious of him, since he was there when her father was killed," Hill said. "So lots of interesting things happening. They haven't met yet, officially. He's just been Tyrion's advisor, so watch this space."

    When you see Hill in real life, the most striking difference between him and his character is the full head of hair he's sporting. Because his character looks very different from his real life styling, Hill isn't recognized in public as much as his fellow "Game of Thrones" stars. When folks do realize who he is, though, the hair always elicits a reaction.

    "It's funny, because I wasn't bald for 47 years before I did this, so [my hair] is normal to me," Hill told us. "But other people get freaked out by the hair."

    "Game of Thrones" season seven premieres on Sunday, July 16. Catch up on everything that happened last season with our guide to all the details you need to know before watching.

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    Isaac Hempstead Wright Bran Stark Game of Thrones premiere

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

    The stars of HBO's "Game of Thrones" came out in full force on Wednesday to celebrate the season seven premiere in Los Angeles. Before the episode screening and after-party, INSIDER caught up with Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark, on the red carpet to learn more about what will become of his character on season seven.

    "He's got this wealth of important information that really needs to get to the right people. And so by the start of season seven, Bran is in many ways a very different character," Hempstead Wright said. "He's the Three-Eyed Raven — he's not Bran Stark, which means he's really just a vehicle for the greater world's fate. That is what Bran's destiny is and what he's doing in season seven.”

    Bran Stark Game of Thrones

    Hempstead Wright interprets Bran's new storyline in a very literal way. When the previous Three-Eyed Raven (played by Max von Sydow) told him it was time to take his place, he said we were meant to take that literally.

    "Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven now, which means a lot of things for him," Hempstead Wright said. "He's now the sworn enemy of the Night King, which is slightly frightening, and he's lost Hodor, he's lost his direwolf — he's very much on his own."

    The greenseeing powers Bran possesses now give him the ability to see into the past and present, and likely into the future.

    "Bran was learning to use his powers all throughout season six and it was going perfectly well," Hempstead Wright said. "And then he totally screwed it all up. We know for a fact he's not ready for this, the old Three-Eyed Raven said to him, 'You're not ready.' And so I think season seven is about Bran having to come to terms with that and use his powers carefully."

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    We also asked Hempstead Wright if he had gone back to watch his season one scenes with Old Nan, particularly one where Nan tells a "story" about the Long Night and the White Walkers— a tale that was taken by Bran and Robb as fable, not fact, at the time.

    "It's so weird to think of. It's another life, a lot of those scenes," Hempstead Wright said. "And that's what's quite cool about having grown up on the show — in the same way that was a different part of my life, it was a different part of the story [on 'Game of Thrones']. Bran couldn't imagine that ever happening again in the same way I couldn't ever imagine being back in that situation."

    As for the series coming to an end, Hempstead Wright says the final season storyline is still a mystery to him.

    "Even after [filming] season seven, I have no idea how they're going to work this out," he said. "I have no idea how it will end."

    "Game of Thrones" season seven premieres on Sunday, July 16. Catch up on everything that happened last season with our guide to all the details you need to know before watching.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."

    "Game of Thrones" returns on Sunday, which means it's only a matter of time before another favorite character is meets their end. But before that, let's honor the ones we've already lost.

    Over the past six seasons of the hit HBO show, countless characters have been killed. Some of their final lines have been spoken in the throes of battle, while others were not expected to be the last thing they'd ever say.

    As Cersei told Ned back on season one, "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die," and no one is safe.

    With a body count destined to rise, here are the most iconic final lines spoken by "Game of Thrones" characters.

    Viserys Targaryen: "No! No! I am the dragon. You cannot touch me. I am the dragon. I am a dragon. I want my crown! Dany... Dany, tell them. Make them. Make them. No, you can't. Just, please. Dany, please!"

    Viserys threatens to steal Dany, his sister, away and cut her unborn child out of her womb unless Khal Drogo helps him win back the crown of the Seven Kingdoms. Khal tells him that he will get the crown, and Viserys thinks he has won. Khal proceeds to melt some gold pieces and dumps the melted gold on Viserys' head as he pleads for his life. "A crown for a king," Khal says.



    Robert Baratheon: "My memory. King Robert Baratheon — murdered by a pig. Give me something for the pain, and let me die."

    King Robert is given an excessive amount of wine — per Cersei's secret orders — during a hunting trip, and while drunk, he is gored by a wild boar. Before he succumbs to his injuries, he has Ned write down his final wish — to have Ned rule until his son Joffrey comes of age. Unfortunately, this order means nothing to Cersei, and thus starts the numerous deaths to come in the game of thrones. 



    Syrio Forel: "What do we say to the God of death? ... Go."

    During a sword lesson with Arya, the two are interrupted by Lannister men who have come to take her away. A suspicious Syrio engages them in a fight, even though he is only armed with a wooden sword. Arya begs him to escape with her, but he tells her he will not run. He poses his signature question, and she responds, "Not today," before running off.



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    A new Marvel comedy is coming to TV. 

    "Marvel's New Warriors" is an upcoming live-action series set to debut on Freeform in 2018. 

    The show follows six heroes, including Squirrel Girl and Night Thrasher, as they try to learn about and control their abilities. 

    The recently announced cast includes Milana Vayntrub from "This is Us" and "Baby Daddy's" Derek Theler. 

    "New Warriors" is the second Marvel show coming to Freeform after "Cloak and Dagger," which is also set for a 2018 release. 

    Meet the cast below and see their comic counterparts: 

    "This Is Us" actress Milana Vayntrub will play Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl, whose best friend is a squirrel named Tippy Toe.



    "Baby Daddy" actor Derek Theler is Craig Hollis aka Mister Immortal, whose power is exactly what it sounds like — he cannot stay permanently dead.



    "Dear White People" actor Jeremy Tardystars as Dwayne Taylor aka Night Thrasher, an entrepreneur trained in various martial arts who possesses a special suit.



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    For eight seasons, ABC has aired a comedy called "The Middle." It has never been a mega hit, but it has earned steady ratings. Critics like it, but it hasn't generated the think pieces and day-after recaps popular among highbrow cable shows.

    Then Donald Trump became president.

    "It was sort of funny how all of a sudden the phone started ringing," DeAnn Heline, the cocreator of ABC comedy "The Middle," told Business Insider of the newfound interest in the show by the media.

    In today's television "The Middle" is an anomaly. It follows a lower-middle-class family that lives paycheck-to-paycheck and somehow makes it work. They live in Indiana, refer to themselves as "Hoosiers," and use humor to deflect some of the hard feelings about the tough times.

    "People realized, 'Hey, wait, you guys are a Midwest show about blue-collar people,' and all of a sudden we felt like the show kind of had a new attention brought to it," Heline said.

    While the show once flew under the media radar, it started getting press.

    The Los Angeles Times published a feature about the show's "rare" emphasis on the anxiety of working-class Americans. And ABC's programming president referred to "The Middle" as an example of how well the network was featuring the working class in its comedies, while saying she'd like to do the same with its drama offerings.

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    A half-century ago, a show like "The Middle" might have driven the national conversation. In the 1970s, programs like "Maude,""The Jeffersons," and "All in the Family" featured diverse characters from across the country and attracted wide audiences. Before cable and the internet, there weren't many entertainment options.

    "We had 30 and 40 million viewers, and if we were encouraging conversations about issues, we had that many more people encouraged to converse, to think about these issues," producer Norman Lear told Business Insider. In the 1970s, Lear produced those shows and many other network hits. "Right now, it's far more fractured and far fewer people are being influenced or consciences raised, because there's just so many places for drama and entertainment."

    Lear's shows' depictions of people on the fringes, character types that rarely were the focus of TV shows then and now, had a huge influence on the national conversation.

    Lear's groundbreaking "All in the Family" followed family man Archie Bunker whose conservative and bigoted views were artfully portrayed by actor Carroll O'Connor. The show dealt with topics ranging from homosexuality to women's rights and war. The next day, viewers would discuss the issues with their families, friends, and coworkers. Few, if any, shows today have that kind of effect.

    "The Middle" tackles issues, too, but it's not often the subject at the office watercooler.

    "Gone are the days where we all sat down and watched the same TV show, so that people would come away maybe feeling or thinking the same thing," Heline said.

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    Last year, a study from E-Score Programs— a monthly tracking survey that measures awareness, viewing, and perceptions of American television shows — revealed how tough it is to bring Americans together around TV now.

    The study showed the top programs viewed by Republicans and Democrats. It found that Republicans leaned toward shows that are "family-friendly, funny, plot-driven, or have storylines that involve 'good versus evil.'"

    Democrats like shows that are "sexy, edgy, emotionally involving, ethnically diverse, or have strong characters." Among the top 10 shows for each group, there were only three shows that crossed party lines: The CW's "Supernatural," CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," and AMC's "The Walking Dead."

    There's also a big divide along racial lines. USA Today analyzed Nielsen ratings and found that among the lists of the five-most-watched programs for whites, blacks, Asians, and Latino viewers, not one TV program appeared in all lists. Only two shows, AMC 's "The Walking Dead" and NBC's "This Is Us," were able to break the top five for three of those groups.

    There are simply more choices for more niche groups. Hundreds of channels and several digital networks have amounted to 454 scripted TV shows in 2016, a record and another reason why TV's ability to unite Americans has waned.

    "We're talking about back then only four networks, you know, the three major networks and then Fox came along," Lear said of his shows' heyday compared. "And now we're talking about dozens upon dozens of streaming [platforms] and networks ... you've got now a couple of hundred opportunities."

    Is it still possible to unite Americans through TV?

    Neve Campbell, one of the actresses on Netflix's political drama "House of Cards," which stars Kevin Spacey as a man who lied, stole, and killed to become president, feels that it's not up to TV to heal a divided nation.

    "In the end, it’s fiction. It’s storytelling," Campbell told Business Insider. "If you want things to change in a divided country, you’ll probably have to turn off the TV and pick up the phone and call someone on the other team and try to have a conversation."

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    But Justin Spitzer — the creator of NBC comedy "Superstore," which follows a diverse group of employees at a big-box retail store — has a different take.

    "In a utopia where everybody is looking for a way to learn about each other and bond, then that would be great. I just think realistically that doesn’t happen," Spitzer said.

    "What people want to do is come home from work after a long day, turn on the TV, relax, and laugh a little," he said. "So in that respect, I think TV probably is one of the most effective tools. You're getting a very specific type of person who is learning, who probably is already fairly open in their perspectives about things and saying, 'I want to go out and learn about a community that I don’t know.'"

    Lear believes that animated shows, such as Comedy Central's "South Park" and Fox's "Family Guy," are doing a good job of attracting people from different backgrounds and getting them to discuss issues.

    Meanwhile, Heline of "The Middle" is positive that TV is making strides to portray different kinds of lives and making people more aware of issues affecting others from different backgrounds.

    "I do believe that the networks are doing better at portraying different points of view," she said. "It’s not like every show now should be about blue-collar people in the Midwest like my show. The next show should be something else, you know, so I think they’re doing a better job of it for sure."

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    Netflix original shows usually come with high praise.

    The tech giant's venture into original material in 2013 with "House of Cards" was an impressive introduction, and since then, several shows have been critical favorites, including "Master of None,""Jessica Jones," and "Glow."

    "The Crown" and "Stranger Things" also got some major Emmy nominations this year. 

    But the more shows Netflix makes, the more flops it hs. It's only natural that not every Netflix original show is good according to critics (and fans).

    Since we don't want you to waste your valuable free time binge-watching a bad show, we asked reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to tell us which Netflix shows had the lowest ratings.

    Here are the worst Netflix shows according to critics. 

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    11. "Bloodline"— 53%

    Critic score: 53%

    Audience score: 83%

    Netflix description: Set in the Florida Keys, Bloodline centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.



    10. "Haters Back Off!"— 47%

    Critic score: 47%

    Audience score: 67%

    Netflix description: A comedy that zeros in on an untalented yet rising star and her oddball family.



    9. "Flaked"— 42%

    Critic score: 42%

    Audience score: 84%

    Netflix description: A self-appointed ''guru'' named Chip falls for the object of his best friend's desire.



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    Who wouldn't want to be an extra on "Game of Thrones"?

    It's a hit show with plenty of action, a fun cast, and very cool costumes. Plus, there's always a chance you might get to die a gruesome death on TV!

    So it's no surprise that lurking in the background of a shot while rulers scheme and armies clash is a dream for many.

    A few years ago, engineer and "Game of Thrones" fan Felipe Ferri was able to live that dream.

    Business Insider recently spoke with Ferri, who previously described his experience working as an extra on "Game of Thrones"in a 2014 blog post and a subsequent, wildly up-voted Quora answer.

    Here's how Ferri came to work as a "Game of Thrones" extra and what it was like:

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    In 2013, Ferri quit his job at Brazilian aircraft manufacturing company Embraer, where he had worked for six years. He says that at the time, he hoped to figure out what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.



    He decided to take about three months off to see the world. Dubrovnik, Croatia, his grandmother's hometown, was at the top of his travel wish list. "She always told me how beautiful the city was," he tells Business Insider.



    Ferri says his mother — who is also a major "Game of Thrones" fan — told him that the show shot many of its King's Landing scenes in the Croatian city.



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    Though HBO's "Game of Thrones" was an instant hit when it debuted — and quickly became the most-watched program in network history — its audience has actually grown significantly over the course of its six seasons. 

    Ratings data from Nielsen show just how drastically the viewership for "Game of Thrones" has increased each year.

    In its first season, "Game of Thrones" averaged 2.51 million viewers per episode for live broadcasts and same-day viewing. By season six, the show had an average of 7.72 million viewers per episode — over three times its season one viewership.

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    And when we look out to seven days, the increase is even more drastic. In its first season, "Game of Thrones" averaged 3.32 million viewers for live broadcasts and first-week viewing. In season six, the show averaged 10.61 million viewers in the same manner.

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    However, none of this data accounts for the record-setting audience of illegal streamers and torrentors that the show has spawned, so its true viewership is even more impressive, once the statistically significant population of "global miscreants" is taken into account. 

    Season seven of "Game of Thrones" premieres on HBO July 16.

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