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A media streaming device can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Premiere+ with its easy-to-use interface and 4K video streaming.
- 10/04/17--06:48: Miley Cyrus takes on the ‘Riverdale’ cast in family feud-style game
- Miley Cyrus is doing a week-long stint on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
- On Tuesday night, Cyrus and her family — mom Tish and sisters Brandi and Noah — teamed up against the "Riverdale" cast during a game of "Search Party."
- It was similar to "Family Feud," but the teams had to fill in random internet search questions, like "Should I pierce my...?"
- It was a close match, but "Riverdale" took home the crown.
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- The cast of "Riverdale" were guests on Tuesday night's episode of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
- During the interview, host Fallon was geeking out over having the cast on.
- He was giddy when they let him wear Jughead's crown beanie.
- He spazzed out over having seen the first episode of the second season.
- He got the cast to chug a milkshake with him.
- "Riverdale" returns Wednesday, October 11 at 8 p.m. on The CW.
- Watch Fallon fan boy over the stars of "Riverdale" below.
- On September 26, Chip and Joanna announced that they're ending "Fixer Upper" after its upcoming fifth season.
- Reports surfaced earlier this week that the couple was leaving over security concerns about their children's privacy.
- However, the Gaineses are actually taking a break to "rest" and spend more time with their family, a representative told Entertainment Tonight.
- Their decision was not based on "concerns for their family's safety or anything else people might read," the representative confirmed in a statement to INSIDER.
- The subject of frequent tabloid gossip over the past year, Chip and Joanna have repeatedly warned their fans not to believe everything they read.
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Rohan Oza was dubbed Hollywood's "brandfather" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2015, but his high-profile marketing deals with celebrities have only escalated since then.
After cutting his teeth scaling up brands like Sprite and Powerade for Coca-Cola in the early 2000s, Oza made a name for himself when he left the company and matched rapper 50 Cent with Vitamin Water for an endorsement deal. The drink saw a prodigious spike in sales as a result, and in 2007, Oza's former employer, Coca-Cola, acquired Vitamin Water from Glacéau for $4.2 billion.
Oza found similar success in 2016 when he brought on Justin Timberlake as an investor and partner in the sparkling, antioxidant drink Bai. Dr Pepper Snapple Group subsequently purchased Bai Brands for $1.7 billion.
Now, Oza is bringing his brand innovation and knowledge to the stage of ABC's "Shark Tank." He stars as a guest "shark" in the season premiere of the investment reality show, which airs Sunday at 8pm EST.
Business Insider talked to Oza about his celebrity deals, the shifting necessity of business school, and his desire to "help create the first billion dollar brand" on "Shark Tank."
John Lynch: Walk me through your experience on "Shark Tank." With your specific expertise, what were you able to bring to the table, or dais, as it were?
Rohan Oza: Look, I love "Shark Tank." The experience was amazing. I feel that America is one of the greatest countries in the world to be an entrepreneur, and what "Shark Tank" does is it taps into and fuels that entrepreneurial spirit. So, I loved the energy that came from funding people's dreams and building iconic brands. The difference that I could bring was that my expertise in food and beverage doesn't exist currently on the panel. And that's a trillion dollar industry that's getting disrupted because most of the things on the shelves today are bad for you, and millennials are all looking for products that are better for you. So the opportunity to disrupt the aisles, both in stores and online, in food and beverage is huge, and I want to help create the first billion dollar brand on "Shark Tank."
Lynch: Your most recent success was the billion-dollar sale of Bai. How did you get Justin Timberlake involved in that drink, and how crucial was he in the sale of it?
Oza: My business partner Ben and I were huge fans of Justin. When we met with him, he completely understood the vision of the brand, the mission, and actually became an owner in the company. He wasn't an endorser. He was an owner. He fought like an owner. He provided ideas and creativity like an owner, and because he believed in the mission of the company, he became a partner in the company. And that to me is the key: partnering with smart celebrities who want to be an owner in unique and differentiated companies.
Lynch:You set the blueprint for this, in a way, by bringing 50 Cent to Vitamin Water. What made that the right connection at that time?
Oza: At the time, Vitamin Water was a great product. It had real levels of vitamins, half the sugar of sodas and juices, cool packaging. But it was very medicinal. And people were like, "Woah, vitamins and water. That can't taste that great." So we needed to create some disruption. 50 was one of the most iconic musicians at the time, and he was very health-conscious and fitness-centric. I had a candid conversation where I said, "I don't have the money to pay you," and he said, "Don't worry. I'll take it in equity because I believe in the brand, and I believe in myself." And that became the construct of the equity model that everybody wants to do today.
Lynch: To what extent did your experience working at Coke fuel your interest in these healthier alternative beverages?
Oza: My experience at Coca-Cola was great, in that it helped me learn how to build brands. But a lot of the brands that I was on at Coca-Cola were already established, so I was growing established brands. I learned that Coca-Cola can take brands that are really good and scale them, but they have a tough time creating brands from scratch. So I basically carved out a living working with founders to build the brands of tomorrow, that ultimately, the Cokes, and the Pepsi's, and the General Mills of the world end up buying, because it's very difficult for them to create it internally.
Lynch: Generally speaking, how do you decide which celebrities to pursue for the brands you're involved with?
Oza: A lot of the time, I brainstorm with my team which celebrities have the best DNA fit to your brand. And then, we make sure the celebrities are big fans of the brand. So with Jennifer Aniston [for her endorsement deal with Smartwater], it actually happened during March Madness. I brought all of the women in the office together because they are generally more insightful than the guys, and we did a top 16 women in entertainment, and we did like a March Madness bracketology. Jennifer Aniston ending up winning it because Jennifer had the best DNA fit from a purity, from an aesthetic, from a fitness angle — all the elements that Smartwater matched. Oh, and by the way, she was a huge fan of the brand. And that deal has now been going on for close to 13 years, and she looks pretty much the same today in the ads as she did 13 years ago. She clearly is not aging. It must be the water.
Lynch: On "Shark Tank," what does it take to convince you to invest in one of these up-and-coming products?
Oza: The interesting thing about "Shark Tank" is that out of the tank, we're all friends. All of the sharks are good friends, very supportive. They gave me great coaching. But the minute we're in the seats, or in the tank, the gloves or, in this case, the mouth guards come off, and the teeth come out. It's to each their own, and I realized that you have to fight hard to win the brands that you believe in. And I was looking for founders who had unique, differentiated ideas, and passion and conviction to go win with their ideas, because I'm giving them my hard-earned money.
Lynch: As a fellow University of Michigan alum, I have to ask about your experience going to business school there. Do you still see business school as a necessary path for the prospective students of your field?
Oza: I'm glad that I went to Michigan because Michigan's network is unbelievable. Someone told me the other day, "You guys from Michigan are like a cult." And it is kind of like that. There's no other university that could call someone a "Michigan Man." An "Ohio State Man" doesn't even roll off the tongue. So the network that I built and the opportunities I got from Michigan were amazing. I think that people should go to business school if it's the right fit for them. I.e., I want a change of career. I want to expand my network. I want to better understand some of the fundamentals as it relates to building and managing businesses. I think business school is very valuable for those elements, and if that is what you need to do, then you should go to business school. I don't think it's a pre-requisite these days the way it was when I went, to necessarily get into companies, but it can definitely be a value-added tool to help you be stronger when you do get into companies.
Lynch: Since you were in business school, what has shifted in the world that makes it less necessary, in a way?
Oza: I think the ability to create startups, whether it's in tech or food and beverage or CPG, and people are doing it at a younger age, is more prominent now than ever before. And so smart, talented people who have never had MBAs have created companies, and I've partnered with many of those founders. So I think that you don't necessarily have to have that MBA, but business schools are starting to adapt. When Stephen Ross gave Michigan $100 million [to further fund the Ross Business School named after him], they've used that to significantly improve their facilities and their teaching approach. So I think that business schools will adapt to the tools that you need today to build brands in the modern era.
Lynch: What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs who are following in your footsteps specifically?
Oza: Well, a few of them. One is, "be your brand." So don't market it — live your brand. The second is, "have an original idea," because original ideas always rise to the top. And the third would be, "bring passion and energy to all those around you," because that's infectious, and that's what helps create an amazing culture in a company.
Lynch: What are the next steps for you at this point? Are there any brands you're eyeing that you can tell me about?
Oza: Yeah, I have a few that I'm very excited about. At CAVU, the fund that I co-created, we've made 16 investments in the last two years. It's kind of crazy, but we believe in all our brands because they're all disrupting the environment, in terms of "better-for-you" products. The ones that I'm very excited about: One Bar, it's a protein bar that's 20 grams of protein and one gram of sugar, and it almost tastes too good to be true; WTRMLN WTR, which has twice the electrolytes of Gatorade, but it's all-natural and tastes amazing; and Chef's Cut, it's the fastest growing beef jerky in the country, it's 30 grams of protein in a bag, and it literally tastes like steak in a bag.
Lynch: Between your experience on "Shark Tank" and in your recent investments, where do you see this generation's brand mindset shifting toward?
Oza: I believe that the millennial audience is, now more than ever, looking for "better-for-you" products for their generation and are rejecting the products of the past. The high sugar, high carb, high fructose corn syrup, highly processed, low-nutrient-value products are being rejected in favor of the brands of tomorrow. And that's what I think makes the entrepreneurial angle in food and beverage very exciting, and it's why on "Shark Tank," I love bidding on some of these really innovative ideas in the food and beverage space, because these entrepreneurs are truly disruptive. And this year, more seven-figure deals were done this year than in any other season prior, because the scale of the brands and the scale of the founders is getting bigger and bigger on "Shark Tank," and making it really exciting.
In today's streaming age, initial airings of important TV episodes are no longer the cultural events they once were.
According to Nielsen's measurements of the top network telecasts of all time, the top 20 most-watched TV episodes ever all date back at least a decade.
For example, the "Seinfeld" series finale, in 1998 — which had a very mixed reaction — was the most recent episode to crack the top 100.
Decades-old miniseries like "Roots" and "The Thorn Birds" and finale episodes of the most popular shows in TV history dominate the list.
We compiled the data from Nielsen on the most-watched broadcasts ever to create this list of the top episodes of TV.
Note: We've excluded all live broadcasts, including Super Bowls and award shows, as well as movies broadcast on TV, all of which appear prominently in Nielsen's top 100.
Check out the top 20 most-watched episodes of TV ever:
20. "All In The Family"— "Edith's Problem"
Ratings: 25.2 million viewers*
Date aired: January 8, 1972
Plot (from IMDb): "Edith's irritability as of late may be a sign of her going through menopause. Archie is frustrated when he finds out she can't possibly have her 'change of life' in 30 seconds."
*Nielsen's viewer ratings are determined by measuring the average audience in each minute of a program as a representation of the total number of people who watched the show.
19. "The Fugitive"— "The Judgment: Part 2" (Series Finale)
Ratings: 25.7 million viewers
Date aired: August 29, 1967
Plot:"Lt. Gerard agrees to work with Kimble for 24 hours to prove his innocence, because someone who may have been there when his wife was killed, posted bail for the one-armed man."
18. "Roots"— Part 1
Ratings: 28.8 million viewers
Date aired: January 23, 1977
Plot:"A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation."
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Archie and his buddies broke out into the comic world in 1941 and have been a staple ever since.
The characters have continued through multiple comic variations and cartoon series, and are now a CW hit drama.
"Riverdale" features the beloved comic characters of Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty, and more, but with a new twist. Here's how the classic characters compare to their real life TV counterparts.
KJ Apa plays the redheaded Archie Andrews.
Cole Sprouse wears a new twist on Jughead Jones' familiar crown.
Lili Reinhart wears her hair in a ponytail like the comics version of Betty Cooper.
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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead" season seven.
"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC October 22. And when it does Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and company will be going up against their biggest threat yet.
While they're fighting for their freedom from the bat-wielding Negan and his Saviors, there are a lot of unanswered questions from the season seven finale and beyond the show has left wide open.
Keep reading to see all the questions we have going into season eight we hope to see answered.
Where is Gregory?
One of the few characters we didn't see on the season seven finale was the official leader of the Hilltop, Gregory.
The last time we saw him, he was planning a road trip to Negan's Sanctuary compound. Is that where we'll see him wind up, blissfully unaware of the impending war?
Is Maggie now the official leader of the Hilltop?
No one really seems to like Gregory and Maggie did teach the Hilltop survivors how to defend themselves against the Saviors. Maggie was commanding the Hilltop group pretty well inside Alexandria and gave a big speech to everyone at the end of the season seven finale.
Will Negan try and capture Maggie?
Negan seemed pretty upset with his right-hand man Simon after he learned that Glenn's wife was still alive and residing at the Hilltop. Negan doesn't seem to like it one bit.
"That widow is alive, guns a-blazin'!" Negan cried out to his second-in-command during the big finale fight. "You taste that, Simon? That is the taste of sh—!"
While the Savior leader said he was interested in getting Daryl back, could he also be interested in Maggie?
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On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver called out President Trump's response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
After Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to bash the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for her "poor leadership" during the disaster, he faced widespread condemnation.
Oliver seized on what he called a "horribly racist"tweet from Trump, which suggested that "they," the people of Puerto Rico, "want everything to be done for them."
"Really? The primary obstacle to hurricane relief has been Puerto Rican laziness?" Oliver said. "You have got to hang it to Trump: anybody can say horribly racist things about Hispanic people on a golden escalator, but it takes real balls to do it while their fellow citizens are dying.
"Trump is basically saying, ‘When hurricanes hit our people, they’re not hitting our best. They’re killing poors; they’re killing lazies; and some, I assume, have said nice things about me."
Watch the segment below:
Based on Neil Gaiman’s (American Gods) and Terry Pratchett’s (Colour of Magic) novel and written by Gaiman, Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan — except a somewhat fussy angel, and a fast-living demon are not looking forward to the coming war, and someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
The character of Gabriel has a fleeting role in the original novel but showrunner Gaiman explains why he is being developed in the screenplay:
“Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So when, almost thirty years later, I started writing Good Omens for TV, one thing I knew was that our angels would have to be in there.
The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act. We were even more fortunate that he’s a fan of the books and a remarkable actor.”
“I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago,” said Hamm. “I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I’d ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it.”
The six-part television adaptation is currently in production and will be released by Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries in 2019, exclusively for Prime Members. It will be followed by a run on BBC Two in the UK.
Good Omens is being produced by the comedy team at BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm, Narrativia and The Blank Corporation, in association with BBC Worldwide.
Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Big Bang Theory."
Naturally, you would think the second episode of the season would pick up right where the last one left off and address those two big announcements with a celebration now that the gang is all united on the same coast. Oddly, that wasn't the case.
Other than a minor footnote in the episode's introduction, you really don't hear much about Shamy's pending nuptials and wedding plans or Benadette's second baby. The latter is the most bizarre since Melissa Rauch's character looks like she moved forward in time several months since the last episode.
Even Sheldon makes a brief comment at the episode's start about how Bernadette looks more than three months pregnant. For a moment, when the episode began, I was actually wondering if I was watching a new episode and not one from Bernadette's first pregnancy.
Mind you, Rauch is pregnant in real life so maybe this was their way of working that into the show. Still, it was something that puzzled some fans of the show, too.
#TheBigBangTheory— BOB (@NotUncleBen) October 3, 2017
She announced her pregnancy last week and tonight looks like she swallowed a basketball.
Ah, the magic of television. 😜
Is it just me or did they fast forward 3 months? #BigBangTheory— Jessica (@Jessca05) October 3, 2017
Instead, the focus of the episode revolved around Leonard botching a radio interview after he claimed physics is dead. As a result, he put his job at the university at risk.
The placement of the episode felt random so early in the season, especially right after last week's big news. While "The Big Bang Theory" is an episodic series — one which you can tune into effortlessly week after week without needing a refresher course — this episode could have fit in anywhere throughout the season, or season's past to be honest. It almost felt like we were watching an episode meant for later in the season given how far Bernadette appeared to be in her pregnancy in one week's time.
We did get a good back and forth between Bernadette and Amy bragging about their career accomplishments while the guys have all hit rough patches. However, it was still odd the two women on the show didn't once mention Amy's engagement to Sheldon.
It just seemed odd to finally give fans what they wanted in Shamy and not do anything the week afterward to acknowledge or celebrate that achievement. It's something the show has been working seasons toward.
The good news is that next week's episode looks like it will dive right into Shamy's wedding plans where Monday's episode stumbled.
"The Big Bang Theory" airs Monday on CBS at 8 p.m. until the week of November 2 when it will return to its regular Thursday night schedule.
Following Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas, the "Late Late Show" host James Corden used his opening monologue on Monday to address his perspective: As an immigrant in the US, he was shocked by the frequency of such tragedies.
"Last night was the biggest mass shooting in United States history," Corden said. "That's a record that's been set twice in just the 2 1/2 years that I've been living in America."
Corden argued that easy access to guns in the US set the country apart from other developed nations like his home country, Britain, where mass shootings almost never happen.
"I come from a place where we don't have shootings at this frequency, so it's hard for me to fathom," he said. "But it should be hard for everyone to fathom. Gun violence should not be a staple of American life. Some say it's too early to talk about gun control. For those victims last night, it's far too late."
Corden mentioned a quote he saw by Robert Kennedy that stuck with him: "Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
"Now is the time for gaining that wisdom," Corden said. "Somewhere, it has to stop. Maybe the time for the thoughts and prayers of Congress members and the president have passed. We need to look to them to actually do something to prevent this from ever happening in the future."
You can watch Corden's monologue below:
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The world is changing. Gone are the days when a cable subscription was necessary to watch all the latest and greatest TV shows. These days, the best TV shows are coming out on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Of course, the best way to take advantage of services like Netflix is by streaming shows straight to your TV.
There are plenty of streaming devices out there to help you connect the latest and greatest video streaming services to your TV, and they’re not all created equal. Before buying, you’ll want to consider a few different things.
For starters, you’ll want to think about whether you want a fully-fledged streaming box, which comes complete with its own operating system and allows you to download and install apps. The alternative is a device like the Google Chromecast, which basically streams content from your phone or computer. With a streaming stick, instead of installing Netflix on your TV-connected device, you’ll install it on your phone or computer and then stream from your phone to the streaming stick, which is plugged into your TV's HDMI port.
Next up you’ll want to keep in mind the specs of your TV. Not all streaming sticks and boxes are able to handle 4K content, so if you have a 4K TV, you’ll want to get one that can stream 4K videos. Last but not least, it might be worth considering the ecosystem you’re most plugged into. For example, Android users might be able to get more use from an Android TV device, while those using an iPhone and Mac might prefer the Apple TV.
We've done the research to find the best streaming sticks and boxes to turn your dumb TV into a smart one that can access videos from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and more. Read on to see which of our picks is best for you.
Although the Roku Premiere+ is our top pick, for the reasons laid out in the slides below, you should also consider the NVIDIA Shield, the Apple TV 4K, the Google Chromecast Ultra, and the Roku Streaming Stick. We're also looking forward to the new Amazon Fire TV, which arrives on October 25, and the new Roku streaming sticks and boxes, which arrive on October 8.
The best streaming box overall
Why you'll love it: The Roku Premiere+ is affordable and it offers excellent features like 4K streaming and HDR.
Looking for the be-all-and-end-all of streaming devices? Not only is the Roku Premiere+ relatively affordable, but it’s able to handle high-quality 4K and HDR content, meaning even those of you who are lucky enough to own expensive 4K TVs will still be able to enjoy all your TV has to offer.
Roku may not necessarily be linked to your Google or Apple account, but it can still connect to all the streaming services you enjoy. You’ll be able to install Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, and more using Roku's operating system. Just connect the box to your TV via the HDMI port (4K video requires HDCP 2.2 HDMI), and connect all your favorite streaming services to get started.
As mentioned, the device also supports HDR, which basically means that it’ll show richer colors and better contrast, which is always a good thing for TV lovers. The device even supports video at 60 frames per second, which is something most media streaming devices don’t currently support.
Of course, to take advantage of that 4K content, you’ll need a decent connection. Thankfully the device can connect to your internet through Ethernet or over Wi-Fi. The box also comes with a remote control.
Pros: Affordable, 4K and HDR streaming, comes with a remote
The best streaming stick
Why you'll love it: The Google Chromecast Ultra is quick to set up, easy-to-use and works great, but best of all, it costs just $70.
The Google Chromecast is arguably the original streaming stick, and it’s loved around the world for its simplicity and excellent price. The Chromecast Ultra is different than many of the other devices on this list, largely because it’s built solely to stream content from your phone or computer to your TV. That means there’s no user interface, no apps to install — nothing. Just find the content on your phone and hit the “Cast” button.
Chromecast was first introduced a few years back, and it has gone through a couple of updates since then. Now, the flagship Chromecast is the Chromecast Ultra, which sets itself apart from other Chromecasts with its ability to handle 4K streaming, which is a pretty big deal. You’ll need a good internet connection, though.
One of the great things about the Chromecast Ultra is that it interacts with your other Google devices. For example, you can tell a Google Home speaker to search videos on YouTube or play music on your TV through the Chromecast.
Then there’s the affordable price. The Chromecast Ultra costs just $70 — a price many reviewers, including us, love. TechRadar gave the Chromecast Ultra 4/5, while Pocket-Lint went a step further with a 4.5/5 star review.
Pros: Inexpensive,easy-to-use, works with smart speakers
Cons: No interface might frustrate some
The best streaming box for Android TV
Why you'll love it: The NVIDIA Shield doesn’t just run Google’s Android TV, it also supports 4K streaming and even has a controller for Android gaming.
If you’re more plugged into the Android ecosystem, you might want something that comes pre-loaded with Google’s Android TV. If so, there’s no better device than the NVIDIA Shield, which was first launched a few years ago and has been updated a few times since then.
Like our top pick, this media streamer supports 4K content, including videos from Google Play Movies and TV, which is great news for Android users. On top of that, NVIDIA announced that it will soon be getting integration with Google Assistant for voice control.
The Shield is also the best device for gamers. Not only does it have a standard TV remote control, but it also has a gaming controller, so if you’re into the games on the Google Play Store, you’ll be able to game to your heart's content. The downside here is that the controller probably wouldn’t be considered console-quality.
As an Android TV device, this streamer relies heavily on the likes of YouTube, but you’ll also be able to install Netflix, Hulu, and all your other favorite media streaming services.
Pros: 4K support, gaming controller, Android TV operating system
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No comedian wants to be called the voice of his or her generation, but it is undeniable that Aziz Ansari is the voice of his. His is perhaps the first generation to think the internet is more important than television and for whom the internet is at the center of everything they do; dating, eating, transportation, self-expression, friendship. Aziz is not concerned with New York versus L.A. or airline food, but don’t get him started on texting protocols and online dating profiles. He talks the language of a generation who lives online.
Aziz has no time for the conventions of television because TV is not his God, and in a world that revolves around being online, the conventions of television are not so sacred. In the latest season of “Master of None,” he and Alan Yang delivered an episode with nearly 9 minutes of silence, one in black and white, one almost entirely in Italian and one that had none of the main cast members on-screen. How is this kind of disregard for the very form of television comedy repaid? With back-to-back writing Emmys, of course.
“Master of None” is almost nothing like the show that he pitched to us. It is better. He is better. Confidence is not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of the character traits of a comedian, but Aziz is confident in every aspect of his work, and at least on the surface, it would seem in life too. He knows his material, he knows his audience and he knows how to connect his material and his audience with a remarkable hit rate. With his track record, there are no ideas from Aziz that I can dismiss without long consideration. Being right and being funny are sometimes in conflict, but not for Aziz. He is right about when to go for the laugh and when to go for heartstrings and does both like a “master.”
Get ready for a giant shakeup when "Once Upon a Time" returns to ABC.
Not only will the show return on a new night — Fridays — but much of the beloved cast fans know will be gone. After the season six finale, six of the longtime cast members left the show paving the way for plenty of new faces.
How will the new season look without Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, and more? Keep reading to see what to expect when the fairy-tale show returns to TV October 6.
Many familiar faces will be gone from the show.
In May, Jennifer Morrison told fans on Facebook she would be leaving the show after six seasons of playing Emma Swan. After the season six finale, five more actors followed suit when their contracts ended.
The other characters who will be gone next season are Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), Belle (Emilie de Raven), and Zelena (Rebecca Mader).
But it won't be the last time we see them all.
Morrison already told fans she'll be back for at least one episode. Emma Swan just found her happy ending at the end of season six, so her complete absence while her husband Hook remains on the show would be a bit weird.
Other than Morrison, Jared Gilmore will return briefly as a young Henry when the season begins. Belle (Emilie de Ravin) will reunite with her love interest Rumple for the season's fourth episode and Regina's sister Zelena (Rebecca Mader) will be a recurring character.
In May, coshowrunner Edward Kitsis said they hope to see every one back at some point.
Overall, season seven will be a giant reset button for the show.
The season six finale gave a glimpse at a very different show with a flash forward in time.
Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are careful to say it's not a reboot.
"I hesitate to use the word 'reboot.' We’re more thinking about it as a hybrid of a lot of things," Kitsis told The Hollywood Reporter. "We’re paying homage to the original premise, but there are certain characters who are returning and some who are not."
Dungey, however, explained it as just that at the ABC upfront in May.
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For the most part, Netflix has won over critics with its innovative approach to adult animation.
Since the premiere of "BoJack Horseman" in 2014 — which is CEO Reed Hastings' favorite Netflix show— the streaming service has released four other original animated shows that deal in mature themes.
Its latest, comedian Nick Kroll's series "Big Mouth," came out on Friday.
To find out which of these five shows critics liked the most, we turned to reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Here are Netflix's five original adult animated shows, ranked from worst to best, according to critics:
5. "Neo Yokio"— 33%
Critic score: 33%
Audience score: 52%
Netflix description: "Joined by his faithful mecha-butler, Kaz Kaan pursues love, fashion and supernatural forces amid Neo Yokio's sinister high society."
4. "F is for Family"— 81%
Critic score: 81%
Audience score: 90%
Netflix description: "Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely and nothing came between a man and his TV."
3. "Castlevania"— 85%
Critic score: 85%
Audience score: 89%
Netflix description: "A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video games."
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HBO has brought us some of the greatest TV shows of all time — like "Curb Your Enthusiasm,""The Wire," and "Game of Thrones"— throughout its history of original programming, which started in the early '80s.
But which HBO shows are the best?
We ranked its shows according to their ratings on Metacritic, which aggregates critic reviews and assigns each season of a show a score.
For shows with multiple seasons, we averaged their scores. And to break ties, we brought in the audience score.
The list is competitive. But like any other television network, HBO has released some stinkers in its lifetime.
Does your favorite HBO show top the list?
Here's how HBO's shows rank, from worst to best, according to critics on Metacritic.
(Note: We left off animated, children's, documentary/reality, and foreign programming, as well as miniseries, with a few notable exceptions.)
72. "Ja'mie: Private School Girl" (2013), one season
Metacritic score: 40
"It's a painfully obvious shtick, so camp and arch it's impossible to enjoy the joke."— TV Guide
71. "Real Time with Bill Maher" (2003-present), 15 seasons
"Why would HBO, cable's most innovative network ... think it's a good idea to let Bill Maher bring the skeleton of his canceled ABC show, 'Politically Incorrect,' and stuff it into the tattered corpse of 'Dennis Miller Live'?"— Entertainment Weekly
70. "Lucky Louie" (2006), one season
Metacritic score: 47
"A show so vile, it makes you think the company's arrogant It's Not TV — It's HBO slogan isn't a brag — it's a threat."— USA Today
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President Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday, 13 days after Hurricane Maria devastated the island — and Stephen Colbert, for one, is very thankful he did.
Why? Because what transpired was comedy gold for the late-night host.
Colbert showed footage of Trump interacting with hurricane victims, in which the president told one couple to "have a good time."
"Have a good time? You’re at a disaster site, you’re not working the floor of your casino," Colbert said.
Colbert then showed footage of a press conference in San Juan, when Trump said that Puerto Rico's weather is "second to none," expect for the hurricanes, "and you really got hit." Trump said this in front of victims and island government members.
"That is 'Trumpsplaining' at it’s best," Colbert said, before moving into his Trump voice: "You probably didn’t notice with your beautiful weather, but you guys had a hurricane, it was a huge one."
At the same press conference, Trump notified Puerto Rico that it had "thrown our budget a little out of wack."
"What! The budget is out of wack?" asked Colbert. "That’s like a fireman rescuing you from a burning building and then saying, 'You do understand what our water bill is going to be now right?'"
But Colbert really got going when talking about Trump's decision to start tossing paper towels into the crowd at one point. (This moment instantly went viral on Tuesday.)
"After that he went to a hospital and distributed antibiotics with a t-shirt cannon," Colbert joked.
Watch Colbert's opening monologue on Trump's Puerto Rico visit below:
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OJ Simpson was released on October 1 from the Nevada prison where he spent 9 years imprisoned for attempted armed robbery. Now, the former "Trial of the Century" defendant and NFL star is looking to cash in on his first post-jail TV appearance.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, several associates of Simpson have contacted major television networks in pursuit of a seven-figure payout for his first interview, but none of the traditional media outlets are biting.
"It is treacherous," one TV news veteran told THR, while another said they wouldn't touch him with a "10-foot pole."
ABC, CBS, and NBC have all reportedly passed on paying for an interview with Simpson, which would violate their news division standards. A+E Networks and Discovery have also declined.
The New York Post reported last month that Simpson would be seeking between $3 million and $5 million for an interview.
As THR notes, however, any money that Simpson makes would be subject to seizure for the mostly unpaid settlement that he still owes the family of Ron Goldman, after a civil jury found him liable for the killings of Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994.
The sum Simpson owes the Goldmans has grown from $33.5 million to close to $70 million in interest for the unpaid settlement, according to THR.
Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Westworld" season two.
HBO pulled out all the stops for its new "Westworld: The Experience" pop up location in New York City. Happening in conjunction with New York Comic Con, "Westworld: The Experience" is a new (and very exclusive) interactive event that any "Westworld" fan will love.
Keep reading for a look inside the experience (which features new season two footage and free cocktails) to see what trip to "Westworld" would entail.
The location of the experience is a secret. Only fans who have successfully booked an appointment will know exactly where to find the fake "Delos" office.
New York Comic Con attendees need to find the hidden "Westworld" booth to make an appointment for the experience. Appointments are doled out on a first come, first served basis starting at 9 a.m. each day of the con (which runs from Thursday 10/5 to Sunday 10/8).
To book an appointment you need to show your New York Comic Con badge and an ID (the experience is only for fans 21 years old and up).
Small groups are brought into the main area, where costumes from the show and a several weapons are on display.
Hosts dressed in all white are there to answer any questions (and encourage you to think about what weapon you'd use in the park).
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The two are ending their HGTV hit show, "Fixer Upper," after its fifth season, coming this November.
"We need to catch our breath for a moment," the couple explained in their post. "Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired, and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses."
After their announcement, reports surfaced earlier this week that Chip and Joanna were leaving "Fixer Upper" over security concerns. An anonymous source told Us Magazine that, despite the couple's efforts to keep their children's privacy intact, "people drive by and like to take pictures in front of their house."
The Gaineses have previously talked about the importance of their family's privacy. In a conversation about the couple's four young children, Joanna told People in 2016: "They're so young and we want to give them the chance to have a normal childhood."
However, it turns out Chip and Joanna decided to leave "Fixer Upper" for exactly the reasons they laid out in their blog post, Entertainment Tonight (ET) first reported. "Chip and Jo's decision to leave Fixer Upper is truly just based on wanting to catch their breath for a minute; to rest, refresh, and spend even more time with their family and growing businesses," a representative for the Gaineses told ET.
The representative, who confirmed this statement in an email to INSIDER, continued: "It is not based on concerns for their family's safety or anything else people might read."
In fact, Chip and Joanna explicitly wrote in their initial announcement that their decision to end "Fixer Upper" had nothing to do with their family, marriage, "or anything else [their fans would] inevitably read."
It's a message the Gaineses have repeatedly shared over the past year. In April, Joanna debunked rumors that she was leaving HGTV with a blog post titled, "Don't believe everything you read." Three months later, she slammed rumors that she was leaving "Fixer Upper" to start her own skin care and makeup line.
"This is a SCAM!" Joanna wrote on Instagram. "We have nothing to do with it and have been trying to stop it for some time."
There have been rumors floating around about me leaving the show to start a skincare/makeup line. I wanted to take a minute to let y'all know that it's simply not true. This is a SCAM! We have nothing to do with it and have been trying to stop it for some time. You can help! Please spread the word by sharing, re-posting, and/or re-tweeting this post and send any information regarding the fake news websites or sponsored ads to email@example.com. #dontbuythecream #seasonfiveiscoming
In August, Chip took to Twitter to shut down divorce rumors. In response to a fan who tweeted, "I'm so sick of these 'stories' claiming @joannagaines and @chippergaines breaking up," Chip replied: "Won't ever happen ... you can take that to the bank! #loveOfMyLife."
And in September, the couple laughed off the same rumors on NBC's "Today" show. It was the first time the two addressed the issue together.
Through it all, Chip and Joanna have always maintained that their family and marriage come first. "Jo and I both made a commitment pretty early on that the two of us are the most important variable," Chip told People in June. "If we can figure out how to be right as a couple, then obviously we a have a lot better opportunity to be right for our kids," he continued.
So while "Fixer Upper" may be ending, it sounds like Chip and Joanna are excited to start a new chapter in their lives, together as always.
"Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger," the couple assured fans in their blog post last week. "Who knows what the future holds," the couple added, "but we're excited for whatever is around the bend and in the meantime, we will definitely be staying in touch."
ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to a half-hour single-camera comedy starring comedian Trae Crowder, known for his stage persona the Liberal Redneck. Inspired by Crowder’s life, the project hails from Warner Bros. TV and Rob Thomas’ studio-based Spondoolie Productions.
The untitled Trae Crowder Project was co-written by Crowder and Party Down creator John Enbom, who co-created Starz’s cult comedy series Party Down with Thomas, Dan Etheridge and Paul Rudd. It follows liberal-minded redneck Crowder, who has just moved back to his small Tennessee hometown for a new job, where he struggles to balance the needs of his wife and son with his chaotic family and complicated Southern heritage.
Enbom and Crowder executive produce with Thomas and his frequent collaborators Etheridge and Danielle Stokdyk.
Last season, a single-camera comedy starring Trae Crowder about his Liberal Redneck character returning to his Tennessee hometown from the same creative auspices was set up at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty. The project now has been redeveloped with a new premise.
Thomas, Stokdyk and Etheridge also executive produce the CBS multi-camera comedy I Mom So Hard, which has a pilot production commitment at CBS, and Thomas is redeveloping his adaptation of The Lost Boys at the CW. He is repped by UTA.
Crowder, along with his comedy touring partners Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester, co-authored The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin’ Dixie Outta the Dark, published in 2016 by Atria Books. The trio now are in their second year of touring nationally. Crowder became known for his Liberal Redneck videos, which went viral on Facebook when they launched last year. Crowder, who started a weekly podcast, Corey & Drew, this year, is repped by Nat Goldberg at Arsonhouse Entertainment, Gersh and attorney Bradley Garrett.