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    Haters Back off on Netflix

    As the year ends, so do some of your favorite TV shows.

    We said goodbye to a lot of shows in 2017, and with this being the first year Netflix decided to start canceling shows, it may seem like more shows are falling by the wayside compared to previous years.

    The networks, as usual, axed plenty of shows old and new, like the comedy "2 Broke Girls," which faltered in ratings later into its run. One of CBS's new show,"Wisdom of the Crowd," was cancelled after its star, Jeremy Piven, was accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of its premiere in September.

    We've also included in this roundup the shows that knew their end was coming, like  "Orphan Black,""Girls,""The Vampire Diaries," and "Bloodline." HBO's "Vice Principals," for example, was always set to be finished after two seasons. 

    Here are all the shows that were canceled this year, from broadcast to Netflix:

    SEE ALSO: All 26 notable new Netflix original shows that debuted in 2017, ranked from worst to best

    "Wisdom of the Crowd"— CBS, one season



    "Me, Myself & I"— CBS, one season

    "Me Myself, & I" hasn't been officially canceled, but it might as well be: after six episodes, it was pulled from the schedule. 



    "The Blacklist: Redemption"— NBC, one season



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    Netflix's prolific year in original programming has produced a number of critically acclaimed new shows.

    Three of the streaming service's original series that debuted in 2017 have even earned the rare designation of a 100% "Fresh" rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

    The satirical comedy-drama "Dear White People," the animated, puberty-centric sitcom "Big Mouth," and a reboot of the cult 1990s show "Mystery Science Theater 3000" all earned universally positive reviews on their way to notching an unblemished critic score on the site. 

    Here's why these three Netflix original shows were so critically acclaimed:

    SEE ALSO: All 26 notable Netflix original shows that debuted in 2017, ranked from worst to best

    "Dear White People"

    Critic score: 100%; Audience score: 65%

    A serial adaptation of the acclaimed 2014 film of the same name, Netflix's "Dear White People" takes a satirical and incisive look at the issues that a group of students of color deal with while attending a fictional, predominately white Ivy League college.

    NPR's Eric Deggan called the series a "pop culture-savvy, sometimes explicit, always entertaining look" at the process of "young people negotiating a world where struggles over identity grow more complex every day."

    Netflix renewed the series for a second season over the summer, and production for it began later this year. 

    Watch the series on Netflix here.



    "Big Mouth"

    Critic score: 100%; Audience score: 79%

    "Big Mouth," an animated sitcom from comedian Nick Kroll and writer Andrew Goldberg, follows a group of teenagers adjusting to the trials of puberty, with a surreal and explicitly hilarious narrative that also feels true-to-life.

    Business Insider's Carrie Wittmer spoke to Goldberg about the series, and he described the show's writers room as "often [feeling] like you've sat in a day of therapy... where you're reliving these memories that are traumatic or embarrassing or awkward, but you're getting the feeling that other people have been through it, too."

    Netflix renewed "Big Mouth" for a second season less than a month after releasing its first 10-episode season in late September. 

    Watch the series on Netflix here.



    "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return"

    Critic score:100%; Audience score: 92%

    "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return" reboots a Comedy Central cult classic from the 1990s, wherein a human (played by comedian Jonah Ray, in this rendition) who is imprisoned on a spacecraft builds a team of sentient robots to watch bad movies with and crack jokes over the footage.

    The Los Angeles Times' Robert Lloyd described the new series as closely following the original show's formula, which has "grown legendary with time," and is "still a scrappy, silly thing, probably best experienced late at night, with friends."

    Netflix renewed the reboot for a second season last month, bringing the series total to 12 seasons.

    Watch the series on Netflix here.



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    Not everything on television is portrayed as accurately as it may occur in real life. Obviously, this is true in the case of sci-fi shows like "The Walking Dead" or "The Handmaid’s Tale" (well, hopefully), but sometimes even shows that are supposed to be realistic can’t quite get certain things right.

    When it comes to mental illness, many TV shows have a hard time really hitting the nail on the head. Not only is that discouraging, it’s also damaging.

    Those who suffer from mental illnesses may have to see their conditions play out on the small screen in ways that are exaggerated, inappropriate, or just plain incorrect. Representation matters, especially when considering the strength of the stigma surrounding mental illness. Not only do those who deal with mental illness have to face a society that villanizes them and prevents them from receiving adequate health care, they also have to deal with visual media that mocks them or degrades them.

    But these seven shows are encouraging to those who may struggle with their own mental health issues, making sure that their characters are portrayed accurately and without perpetuating the stigma.

    "This Is Us"

    Obviously, every episode of "This Is Us" comes with a fair warning: grab the tissues. Sometimes the episodes are circumstantially sad, maybe because of emotional wedding vows or tragic losses, but it can also be because of just how relatable the characters’ struggles really are.

    In a particularly powerful scene, the NBC hit took on panic attacks and showed Randall (Sterling K. Brown) as he attempted to get through one while talking on the phone with his brother. Randall shook, sobbed, and struggled to breathe during the scene as his brother identified the problem and ran to help him.

    This is important. Millions of Americans struggle with anxiety and there are so many myths about the disorder. For Randall’s anxiety to be portrayed with real symptoms, real emotions, and real consequences is powerful for those whose disease is invalidated and labeled fake.



    "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

    This CW show always brings the laughs. Watching co-creator and star Rachel Bloom’s Rebecca get into an array of shenanigans while somehow bursting into song is a treat, but sometimes it can enter into pretty emotional territory.

    Throughout the series, Rebecca struggles with her anxiety and depression. She’s constantly in her head and as much as it can be amusing to see some of her more over-the-top moments, it can also be really relatable for those who suffer from those mental illnesses in real life.

    For Bloom this is not only intentional, it’s also close to home.

    "Rebecca is ­depressed, and as my co-­creator, Aline Brosh McKenna, and I were writing that episode, the anxiety and depression that had invaded my own brain like an alien when I was a kid came back in full force," Bloom told "Glamour."

    Bloom’s candid admission is why it’s critical to have a large spectrum of writers and showrunners at the helm of TV shows. How can someone without a mental illness write about a character who suffers from mental illness while remaining realistic? This is evidence of how important it is to have people who live with mental illnesses in the writer's room when these episodes are created, or better yet, have them at the helm.  



    "Grey’s Anatomy"

    "Grey’s Anatomy" doesn’t exactly have a taste for subtlety. In a show about extremely sexy doctors and constant disasters in the world’s most dramatically unlucky hospital, there is some shred of truth.

    Schizophrenia is a mental illness that’s often portrayed in ways that only serve to strengthen the stigma surrounding it. People with schizophrenia are usually shown as stereotypically “crazy” people, floating between constantly changing personalities and living in awful circumstances. This isn’t the case for so many people with schizophrenia.

    "Grey’s" took on schizophrenia in an episode about a homeless teen and in the end, it actually got it right.

    Instead of relying on tropes, the show played on what is real about the illness, its treatment, and the misconceptions surrounding it. The patient’s parents lacked awareness about her illness and were unsure about the legitimacy of her symptoms which proved how misinformation can only lead to breakdowns of communication and emotional pain for everyone involved. In the end, her parents’ support and their desire to learn were the reasons for the family’s reunion.

    "Grey’s" also shows its main characters’ own ongoing battles with things like addiction and depression and it does it in a way that feels less romanticized or glossy than so many other shows.



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    • Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos confirmed that season 6 of "House of Cards" will air.
    • It will not feature star Kevin Spacey, who was fired by the company following sexual harassment and assault allegations in October.
    • It will be eight episodes and star Robin Wright.


    Ted Sarandos is promising a conclusion to the "House of Cards" story.

    The chief content officer for Netflix told the audience at UBS’s Global Media and Communications Conference in New York on Monday that season six of the streaming giant's landmark show will happen. 

    “We were really excited we could get to an agreement … for the conclusion of the show,” Sarandos said. 

    Production on the show halted in October following the sexual harassment and assault allegations against star Kevin Spacey. The season, which will mark the show's finale, will go forward without Spacey. The Oscar winner was fired by Netflix soon after the allegations became public.

    Sarandos confirmed that the final season would star Robin Wright, who plays Claire, the wife of Kevin Spacey's character, Frank Underwood. It will be interesting to see how the show will address what happened to the Frank character.

    Sarandos also said at the conference that the final season will be eight episodes long (all the other seasons have had 13 episodes). Production will start back up in early 2018.

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    Warning: There are potential spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead" season eight mid-season finale.

    AMC released over a dozen new photos for "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale on Sunday, and many of them revolve around one character — Carl.

    Is Carl in danger next week? Maybe! Or Carl could be a focal point of the episode. As Negan and the Saviors bring the war to Rick's community of Alexandria, keep reading to see what's in store next weekend.

    It looks like Daryl, Michonne, and the others will make it back to Alexandria after their adventure to the Sanctuary.

    They won't be sitting comfortably for long. At least they still have some of those armored cars?



    Michonne looks like she may be regretting Daryl's decision to let the walkers attack Negan's men.

    She'll probably regret that decision more as the episode continues.



    They'll be visited in no time by Negan and the Saviors.

    We know from the end of Sunday's episode that they escaped the Sanctuary. Negan told Eugene that payback was coming for Rick. A scene teased on "Talking Dead" showed Negan at Alexandria asking to be let inside.



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    Danny Masterson

    • A Netflix executive unknowingly told one of Danny Masterson's four rape accusers that Netflix doesn't believe the allegations against him, according to a HuffPost report.
    • Netflix confirmed the interaction took place in a statement, while distancing the company from the views of the executive, Andy Yeatman.
    • The LAPD opened an investigation into the allegations against Masterson in March, but no charges have been filed. 
    • Masterson has denied all allegations against him. 

     

    A Netflix executive reportedly told a woman that Netflix didn't believe the rape allegations against actor Danny Masterson, not knowing the woman was one of Masterson's four accusers, according to a HuffPost report.

    The anonymous alleged victim told HuffPost that she approached Andy Yeatman, a director of Netflix's kids' content, at a children's soccer game on Sunday to ask why the company hadn't taken action against Masterson, who stars and is an executive producer on the Netflix series "The Ranch" and has been accused of raping four women.

    The woman told the outlet that Yeatman said, "We don’t believe them," when asked about Masterson's accusers. She said she then replied, "I'm one of them," and walked away. She said their conversation resumed an hour later, when Yeatman told her that he didn't know she was one of Masterson's accusers.

    "Netflix is going to regret this, this is a mistake, they're going to see," the woman said she told Yeatman.

    She said Yeatman's response was, "We'll see."

    A Netflix spokesperson denied that Yeatman said, "We'll see." In a statement, the company characterized its executive's comments as "careless" and "uninformed" in a statement.

    "While he was coaching a youth soccer match today, Mr. Yeatman ― a Netflix kids' programming executive ― was approached by a stranger who did not identify herself or explain her connection to Danny Masterson," Netflix said in a statement to HuffPost (and Business Insider). "Mr. Yeatman’s comments were careless, uninformed and do not represent the views of the company. Further, he would have no insights into decision making on 'The Ranch.' We are aware of the allegations against Danny Masterson and we are following the current investigation, and will respond if developments occur."

    In March, the LAPD confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that it was conducting an investigation into the allegations against Masterson. At the time, the LAPD said that three women came forward and said that they had been sexually assaulted by Masterson in the early 2000s, when he was a star on "That '70s Show."

    Masterson has not been charged and has denied all four of the allegations against him (a fourth was subsequently reported by HuffPost). 

    SEE ALSO: 3 Netflix original shows that debuted this year earned a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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    Warning: There are potential spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale.

    AMC promises Sunday's "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale will be one viewers will want to tune into live. Why? There's supposed to be some big, shocking moment which will have everyone talking.

    Though we believe that means a big character is biting the dust, there are a few other possibilities. Keep reading to see what we're expecting to see on the 90-minute mid-season finale. 

    SEE ALSO: The 9 characters most likely to die on the 90-minute 'Walking Dead' mid-season finale

    1. We'll find out who's in that mystery helicopter.

    Rick's over here worried about Negan and the Saviors, but maybe he has a greater concern ahead of him.

    It's been a few episodes since we saw the mysterious helicopter fly overhead. Could some characters from "Fear The Walking Dead" show up or is the show setting up another future villain that's more eccentric than Negan? 

    You can read more on who we think is flying that helicopter — if anyone — here.



    2. A really big character dies.

    This is the most obvious answer. Seven episodes into this "war" and the biggest loss may have been a CG tiger.

    Who gets the axe? The biggest shockers would be Carl, Daryl, or Negan if the show really wants to make an impact.

    Negan hasn't been received too fondly by TV viewers after his violent killing of Glenn and Abraham on the season seven premiere. Maybe it's time to give this villain the boot although he becomes a major character in the comics.

    Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl, has been showing off a shorter haircut for a new movie role. Since he's also going to college, fans think he may not return. 

    Daryl has been a fan-favorite for years. Killing him off would definitely get people talking, but probably not in a positive way.

    We've made a shortlist of characters likely to die on the mid-season finale here.



    3. Heath returns!

    We know this is a long shot, but this is the biggest plot hole the show has left unanswered. What happened to Heath when he mysteriously disappeared on season seven?

    Maybe he has teamed up with Oceanside and he's riding in on his own revenge train. We already know he's not a big fan of Rick.

    We may have to wait a bit longer to see him return though. Showrunner Scott Gimple told Entertainment Weekly we may not see Heath until season nine. Still, a fan can dream.

     



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    chris pratt chris stapleton

    • Chris Pratt hosted ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night as host Jimmy Kimmel spends a week with his son who just had a second successful heart surgery.
    • Country singer Chris Stapleton was a guest.
    • He joined Pratt on stage during the monologue for a round of "The Wheel of Cheesy Duets."
    • The wheel landed on "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."
    • Pratt and Stapleton then hilariously "attempted" the "Dirty Dancing" lift. 
    • Watch the video below. 

     

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    • Rupert Grint says he "can't enjoy 'Harry Potter' anymore."
    • "I think being in things ruins them for me," he told Radio Times.
    • The actor, who played Ron Weasley in the movies, says he's managing his fame well and now mostly acts in and watches television.

     

    Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" movies, says the series no longer brings him happiness.

    "I think being in things ruins them for me,"Grint told Radio Times. "I can’t enjoy 'Harry Potter' any more, not as a fan – it’s just not the same!"

    Grint said that fame has also taken a toll on him — but it's manageable. While his former co-star Emma Watson refuses to take photos with fans on the street, Grint says he's OK with taking a photo with people, as long as fans ask for permission first.

    "I end up having to take a selfie [for a fan] most days, but I’ve never really minded if it makes people happy," Grint said. "Though I hate it when people take pictures without asking."

    Grint is currently starring in a show called "Sick Note" on the British broadcaster Sky One. He also said he spends a lot of time at home on the couch, watching TV shows like "The Great Pottery Throw Down,""The Great British Bake Off," and "RuPaul’s Drag Race."

    "It’s an art form I think a lot of people should know about and appreciate, because it’s really impressive,"Grint told The Guardian in October. "I like it when they have to make their own outfits, and I love [drag queen] Sharon Needles, she’s my favorite."

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    • Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton play Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers on Netflix's "Stranger Things."
    • The pair attended the 2017 Fashion Awards in London and posed for pictures together.
    • The two are an on-screen couple on "Stranger Things."
    • Many are convinced they've been dating since at least January, and there are photos of them holding hands and even kissing.
    • Neither actor has confirmed they're dating.

     

    "Stranger Things" fans know Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton for their onscreen romance as Nancy and Jonathan, but many are now convinced that the two actors are dating in real life, too.

    The most recent evidence came on Monday when the pair arrived together at the 2017 Fashion Awards in London, and even posed for photos with one another on the red carpet. Dyer, 20, wore a black and maroon dress with silver stars while Heaton, 23, opted for a flashy gold bomber jacket.

    People love seeing Dyer and Heaton together, especially "Stranger Things" fans who root for the #Jancy (Jonathan and Nancy) pairing on the show.

    This isn't the first time we've seen the two actors get cozy on the red carpet together. People began speculating the pair were dating in January 2017 when they arrived at the SAG Awards together and posed for photos.

    They also attended the Burberry and Cara Delevingne Christmas Party together on December 2.

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    Known for their portrayal of Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers on "Stranger Things," the two actors have also been photographed traveling together, and even holding hands and kissing.

    The real life #Jancy shippers cannot be deterred, even though Dyer and Heaton haven't overtly confirmed their relationship status. Read our breakdown of all the evidence fans have found that has people convinced of Dyer and Heaton's off-screen romance to learn more.

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    Warning: There are potential spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead."

    Sunday's mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead" promises to have a big, shocking moment that fans will be talking about long after the episode is over. 

    What could that moment be? The easiest answer is that a big character could get killed off.

    We've rounded up a group of characters who could get killed off in the mid-season finale, but there's one character in particular fans are especially worried about going into Sunday's 90-minute episode.

    Carl.

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    Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl, worried fans recently when he cut his long "Walking Dead" locks into a mullet for a new movie role.

    Fans instantly started worrying that their favorite pudding-loving character may not make it through the rest of the season.

    For what its worth, "The Walking Dead" finished filming its eighth season ahead of Thanksgiving so Riggs getting his hair cut isn't the end of the world. "Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick recently said on the aftershow that filming doesn't start back up until around May. That should be plenty of time for Riggs to grow his hair back out.

    Others pointed out that Riggs recently tweeted about how grateful he is to have been on the show before the eighth season premiered.

    "Coolest part about being in la is seeing myself on billboards," Riggs tweeted in October. "Makes me really appreciate twd & the fans for giving me such an awesome opportunity and a career. Idk if I'll ever be as successful as I am right now, but I'm so glad I got this chance to help tell a story that actually impacts people."

    Some fans thought Riggs was giving some subtle hints back then that his time on the show may not be much longer.

    But it's not just the haircut that has fans worried. 

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    Last November, Riggs told fans he was accepted to go to college at Auburn University in Alabama.

    Riggs said he hoped he would be able to juggle the responsibilities of both school and filming "The Walking Dead."

    "Theoretically, I could take one or two classes on campus and maybe an online class," Riggs told The Hollywood Reporter about being a full-time student while working on the show last December. "My professors would have to be willing to cooperate. It wouldn't be easy but I think that could be possible."

    Later that month, Riggs' father shared an Instagram with his son celebrating wrapping up seven years on "The Walking Dead." He used the hashtag #freedom, which concerned a lot of fans.

    chandler riggs dad

    Ahead of the "Walking Dead" season eight premiere, the usually reliable "Walking Dead" fan site "The Spoiling Dead" reported Carl will die on the mid-season finale. Riggs reportedly wasn't seen filming on set after the end of August. If you want to read the details, you can head here.

    What the comics have to say.

    Carl is alive and well in the comics. Killing the character off would be one of the largest departures from the comics the show has done. In the comics, Carl has slowly started to become a larger focal point of the series so much so that he may one day overtake his father as the story's main character. 

    carl grimes TWD comics #172

    During the war with Negan, Carl gets knocked out when a grenade goes off near him, Rick, and Andrea (she's alive in the comics at the time). That's certainly something we may see play out on Sunday's mid-season finale. 

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    Carl winds up all right with just a few burns on his face. The show can either take that route or make the scene a bit more grim if it's adapted.

    Will Carl really die?

    It would certainly explain why Carl's father, Rick, looked devastated on the season eight premiere. 

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    Unlike her comic counterpart, Carl's sister Judith is still alive on the show. His death would pave the way for her to become a major character. 

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    The one problem with this theory is that we hear Carl in a flash-forward scene in that same episode. So he has to be alive, right? Maybe.

    The scene had an odd dream-like feel to it, blurred around the edges. Eagle-eyed fans noted how it felt similar to the "what-if" vision we saw in season seven with Abraham and Glenn alive in Alexandria with their loved ones. Was the old Man Rick scene a dream version of what the future may hold instead of reality?

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    Riggs has also addressed speculation that he could receive the axe with a mere chuckle.

    "Lmao y'all think I'm getting killed off every year," Riggs tweeted in November with links to three stories from 2014, 2015, and 2016 also predicting his death.

    We'll know the answer when the 90-minute "Walking Dead" episode airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.

    You can follow along with our "Walking Dead" coverage here.

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    • Google is preventing YouTube from working on Amazon products like the FireTV and the Echo Show.
    • Google said it took action because Amazon doesn't carry Google hardware or let Google hardware stream Amazon Prime Video.


    Google is preventing its YouTube video service from working on Amazon's line of hardware products, raising the stakes in a rivalry between two tech giants as their businesses increasingly overlap. 

    On Tuesday, Google notified Amazon Echo Show owners that they will no longer be able to watch YouTube videos on their gadgets, according to media reports. Google also told owners of Amazon's Fire TV, a streaming set top box that connects to televisions, that they will lose access to YouTube on January 1. 

    In a statement, a spokesperson for Google said the company blocked YouTube due to failed negotiations with Amazon. 

    "We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services," the spokesperson said. "But Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest’s latest products."

    A spokesperson for Amazon told Business Insider that the Echo Show and Fire TV will show a standard web view of YouTube, and point customers directly to its website, rather than using an app. 

    "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website," the spokesperson said. "We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible."

    Google's move is the latest in a long back and forth between the two tech companies as they battle for dominance across hardware and entertainment products. 

    Amazon stopped selling Google Chromecast in 2015, which the company said was because Chromecast didn't' work well with Prime Video. A year later though, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that it was really about a lack of "acceptable business terms." 

    It's also not the first time Google has blocked YouTube. The same thing happened in September over Google's concerns about how the app looked on Amazon's device. But YouTube was reinstated at the end of November. 

    Now, it appears, Amazon has stopped selling Nest, Google's smart thermostat.

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    • Tim Cook has been criticised for bowing to pressure from Beijing
    • The Apple CEO said he believes strongly in freedoms
    • Apple couldn't be happier with how iPhone X is doing in China, Cook said.


    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Apple is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be reinstated, the US tech giant's chief executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday.

    Cook, speaking at the Fortune Forum in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, also stressed that he believes strongly in freedoms, a comment seen by many as a response to a US democratic senator's remarks on Tuesday that Apple had a moral obligation to promote free expression.

    Apple is facing criticism from local users and rights groups for bowing to pressure from Beijing cyber regulators after it decided to remove dozens of apps from its Chinese store this year, including messaging apps and virtual private network (VPN) services, which help users subvert China's Great Firewall.

    "My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that's been pulled, come back. I have great hope on that and great optimism on that," Cook said, adding that he always tries to find areas to work together and if he gets criticised for that, so be it.

    App stores run by Apple and Alphabet's Google generate billions of dollars in revenue globally for them and China is a key target market as its users rely heavily on their phones for daily tasks ranging from grocery shopping to booking nail appointments.

    Cook said he couldn't be happier with how the iPhone X is doing in China, Apple's third-largest region by sales although it has lost market share there in recent years as high-end handsets from local rivals continue to gain traction.

    Tencent Holdings, China's biggest social network and gaming company, was a great partner, Cook said, adding that he thinks very highly of its founder, Pony Ma.

    Apple and Tencent had a spat earlier this year after Tencent launched mini programmes on its WeChat app, which created an ecosystem of apps within the app and threatened to become an operating system of its own.

    The two companies are seen to have made peace recently, with the Apple China App Store starting to accept WeChat payments from late August.

    Many of the top games on Apple's China App Store are made by Tencent, which creates value for both firms.

    (Reporting By Sijia Jiang and Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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    People are watching television shows in so many ways these day — from DVRs to streaming — that the old standard of live TV ratings is becoming more and more obsolete.

    Today, it's important to show that audiences are not only watching shows but engaging with them and other fans. That's where social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, are painting a fuller picture of the shows that fans are obsessing over.

    Using data from Nielsen Social ratings, marketing technology company Amobee Brand Intelligence, and the entertainment social platform TV Time, INSIDER compiled a list of the shows that lead in audience engagement this year.

    Here are the 17 most talked-about shows of 2017.

    SEE ALSO: The 10 biggest box-office bombs of 2017

    "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

    With just two short seasons left, "Game of Thrones"fired up fans on season seven by joining Jon Snow and Daenerys' forces as the White Walkers become an incredible threat to Westeros.



    "The Walking Dead" (AMC)

    "The Walking Dead" has certainly been trying to win back its fans this season after some were put off by the show's direction over the past few years. The all-out war between Negan and Rick's groups is the focal point of the current eighth season.



    "Big Brother" (CBS)

    After 18 seasons, fans were still pumped to tune in to the 19th season of CBS's voyeuristic reality competition.



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    • After multiple teasers, Netflix released a full trailer for the fourth season of "Black Mirror."
    • The anthology series often takes a bleak look at how technology has changed us for the better — and for the worse.
    • After three seasons on the UK's Channel 4, the fourth season is a Netflix original with original writer and creator Charlie Brooker.
    • Season four's six episodes contain episodes starring Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad"), Jimmi Simpson ("Westworld"), Georgina Campbell ("Broadchurch").
    • One episode "USS Callister" is a feature length set in space. "Metalhead" is a survival story that's in black and white.
    • INSIDER highly recommends the Jodie Foster-directed episode, "Arkangel," about a surveillance tool.
    • The fourth season will be released on Netflix December 29. Watch the full trailer below. 

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    Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the season one finale of "Dark."

    Netflix's new sci-fi series "Dark" is a tangle of time-travel loops, wormholes, and mysterious characters. The season one finale ended with a shocking reveal, jettisoning the protagonist Jonas into the future while leaving dozens of unanswered questions in the past.

    We're here to break down all the major revelations in an attempt to make sense of the paradox presented in the finale. Let's dive in, starting with the enigmatic Noah. 

    Noah is a sinister character seeking to control time travel

    "Dark" appears to ultimately be the story of an infinite war for the control of time travel. The main antagonist is Noah, a priest who appears immortal due to his ability to move with ease between decades. 

    He lives as a priest, though he evidently does not believe in God. He might even be the Devil, but more on that in a bit.

    At one point, while explaining his aims, Noah implies that he is attempting to harness the power of time travel in order to save humanity from itself. Noah used an underground bunker in the forest to build a time machine. 

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    "The world is doomed to be destroyed. But this here — this is our ark," Noah says, gesturing to the chair he built in the bunker. "And I'm Noah. If we can harness this energy, we can change everything. Then we decide the world's fate, far removed from all the evil and from all pain. We'll create a time machine that reorders everything, the beginning and the end."

    Here's what the Future-Jonas explained to his younger self trapped in Noah's bunker:

    "This is a kind of prototype of a time machine. You're the guinea pig. The passage in the cave lies directly under this bunker. If opened, the energy flows through this room. But it needs to be increased. No DeLorean. No hissing or steam. The first time machine is a bunker with four walls. But it still doesn't quite work."

    We come to learn that Noah enlisted a man named Helge to help him kidnap children.

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    Together Noah and Helge travel through the cave's wormhole portal to kidnap young boys and use them as guinea pigs in a time machine they built in a bunker.

    But the machine doesn't work properly, and kills each boy as it drops them through a wormhole and into a different year. Whenever the portal is opened beneath the bunker, the chair amplifies the signal. But it's broken — hence the dead boys. The machine burns their eyes and bursts their eardrums, killing them as it transports them.

    Helge then uses the cave portal to find and hide the body in a location away from the bunker. The most direct example of this is when we see the body of Yasin (a boy Helge kidnaps in 2019) at a 1953 construction site.

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    Let's take a brief pause on Noah to explain Helge's role in all of this.

    How Helge came to work with Noah

    As a young boy in 1953, Helge was attacked by Ulrich and left for dead inside the bunker. But in the future, in 1986, teenage-Jonas was in the bunker at the exact same time of day. Then adult-Jonas set off the machine inside the cave portal, triggering a wormhole to open inside the bunker.

    Helge and Jonas touched each other through the opening, and Helge was transported to 1986 while teenage-Jonas was transported to the future (presumably 2052). 

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    Though it was left unexplained, we can guess that Noah then entered the bunker in 1986 and found the boy-version of Helge. Their partnership likely began then, when Helge was young and impressionable and weakened from his head injury. Noah probably sent Helge back to 1953 through the cave portal and let him reunite with his family.

    Once Helge was an adult, Noah used him to help move bodies through different decades and kidnap other children. 

    Claudia is the second person fighting for control of time travel

    Unlike Noah, we see Claudia age from a young girl into an older woman through the decades. In 1953, Claudia is a bright girl who tutors Helge. She is the daughter of Egon Tiedemann, the police officer who is investigating the death of the two boys whose bodies were placed at the construction site. 

    She meets the young Tronte Nielson and together they walked through the forest and past the caves with Helge. After Claudia dismisses Helge, he gets Claudia's poodle to run into the caves. The dog is lost, presumably because it somehow entered the wormhole passage.

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    Flashing forward to 1986, and Claudia is the new boss at Winden's nuclear power plant. She has a daughter, Regina, but there's no direct mention of her having a husband. She's having an affair with Tronte Neilson, who is married to Jana.

    Tronte and Jana's son Mads (Ulrich's brother) was just kidnapped and killed by Helge and Noah. But no one in 1986 ever learns what happened to him. 

    Claudia finds a discrepancy in the data reports at the plant, and is told by Bernd Doppler (Helge's father) that there was an accident which produced radioactive material over the summer. While investigating the cave section where Bernd had the barrels of waste stored, Claudia finds her poodle from 1953.

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    From there, Claudia's actions are a mystery. Since Helge gifted her the book "Journey Through Time" (which he might have done at Noah's instruction), Claudia seems to have figured out the truth about the wormhole in the cave. 

    In 2019, she turns up right when Mads' body drops through a wormhole into the bunker, and tells Peter and the now-old-Tronte that they need to move the body to the place where it will be found.

    Then she gives them a notebook (with half its pages missing) so they can predict each subsequent event. She is also shown traveling back to 1953 to give the blueprints of the wormhole machine creator to H.G. Tannhaus.

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    We also know that in the future where Jonas is launched to, presumably 2052, Claudia is now living out of the same bunker where Noah once held his victims. She has a wall of photographs up, mapping out all of the characters who played a role in the events of 1953, 1986, and 2019. 

    We know that she meets Jonas in the future, and convinces him that if he fixes the wormhole machine then he can undo all the madness by destroying the wormhole. But Noah says this was a lie, and that Claudia actually had adult-Jonas use the machine to trigger the wormhole's existence — a confusing paradox, we know. 

    Noah, Hermeticism, and the Trinity Knot

    Based on the Trinity Knot (or triquetra) symbol on Noah's notebook, paired with his enormous back tattoo showing The Emerald Tablet, he seems to subscribe to a brand of religion and philosophical belief called Hermeticism.

    The Emerald Tablet, the source of which is unknown in history, is where the phrase "sic mundus creatus est" ("and thus the world was created") originates. That phrase is etched on the doorway of the cave portal. 

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    Another phrase from the Emerald Tablet is the basis of occult beliefs, and seems to connect to the supernatural elements of the wormhole on "Dark":

    "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing."

    Believers of Hermeticism and the texts of The Emerald Tablet (alchemists are one such group, for example) put stock in the idea that all actions on a macro and micro scale are interconnected. 

    This in turn ties into the explanations of time, space, and infinite loops given by the clockmaker character on "Dark," H.G. Tannhaus. 

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    "Time loops have a significant impact on the principle of causality, on the relationship of cause and effect," Tannhaus tells adult-Jonas on episode eight. "As long as a wormhole exists, there is a closed time loop. Inside it, everything is mutually dependent."

    "The past doesn’t just influence the future, the future also influences the past," Tannhaus continues. "It's like the question of the chicken and the egg. We can no longer say which of the two came first. Everything is interconnected."

    Claudia and the myth of Ariadne and the Labyrinth 

    Throughout this first season of "Dark," the myth of Ariadne is mentioned or alluded to several times. Martha is cast in the role of Ariadne for her school play, and adult-Jonas has several photos linked to Ariadne on the wall of his hotel room. 

    In Greek mythology, Ariadne is the daughter of King Minos in Crete. Minos placed Ariadne in charge of the labyrinth on the island, which houses a Minotaur at its center and is used for ritual sacrifice.

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    According to the myth, the hero Theseus came to the labyrinth to kill the Minotaur. Ariadne fell in love with Theseus and decided to help him navigate back out of the maze by giving him a ball of thread. After they escape Crete, however, Theseus abandons Ariadne.

    In Martha's Ariadne monologue, she speaks about her mother and how Theseus left her. 

    "The old world came to haunt her like a ghost that whispered to her in a dream how to erect the new world, stone by stone. From then on, I knew that nothing changes. That all things remain as before.

    The spinning wheel turns, round and round in a circle. One fate tied to the next. The thread, red like blood, that cleaves together all our deeds. One cannot unravel the knots.

    But they can be severed. He severed ours, with the sharpest blade. Yet something remains behind that cannot be severed. An invisible bond."

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    Both Claudia and Jonas have thematic connections to Ariadne and myth of the labyrinth. Claudia appears to be the guardian of the cave portal in a way, given how she eventually teaches Jonas how to navigate it. Then Jonas in turn is akin to Theseus — he perceives himself to be the hero who will defeat the Minotaur (which could be an analogy for Noah or the wormhole itself). He also severs himself from Martha after learning that she's really his aunt.

    The Faustian connection between Bartosz and Noah

    On the fourth episode, a brief scene in a 2019 high school classroom brings up the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. His seminal work was the tragic play "Faust," a story of a man who makes a deal with devil. 

    Faust trades his soul for knowledge and power — which means Bartosz might be the Faust of "Dark," while Noah is the Devil.

    Helge could also be a stand-in for a character in "Faust," Mephistopheles, who is a representative of the Devil. Since Helge appears to act on behalf of Noah frequently, and carry out his orders, the parallels line up.

    Plus we can't forget the scene in which adult-Jonas and H.G. Tannhaus discuss the importance of the number 33. Not only do the lunar and solar cycles match every 33 years, but Jonas mentions that 33 is the age at which the Antichrist's reign begins. Then the scene immediately cut to Noah standing outside of Winden's church.

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    Another odd but probably meaningful connection to "Faust" is the poodle Claudia loses in 1953 and then finds again in 1986. The dog's name is Gretchen, which is the same name as Faust's love-interest in the fictional story.

    What the finale tells us about infinite time loops and the bigger picture

    So ultimately, Noah appears to be the stand-in for the true Devil or Anti-Christ who is stalking Winden in an attempt to wield control over time. Claudia somehow became aware of Noah's mission and is locked in the eternal time loop with him while they both try to break the cycle. 

    By the time adult-Jonas triggers the wormhole's opening, several things are happening at once. But perhaps the most telling is the conversation Noah has with Bartosz in the car. 

    "Most people are nothing but pawns on a chessboard, led by an unknown hand," Noah tells Bartosz. "Their lives exist only to be sacrificed for a higher goal. Jonas, Mikkel, the children, they’re nothing but unfortunate, yet necessary chess moves in an eternal war between good and evil."

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    "There are two groups out there fighting to control time travel. Light and shadow," Noah says. "We belong to the light, don't forget that."

    Noah tells Bartosz that even though they make sacrifices along the way (aka the children he's murdered in the bunker during the time travel experiments), they are the "good guys." Noah also makes it clear that he's actively keeping the loop of events going for the time being.

    "As long as we’re in this time loop, we who know have to make sure that every step will be repeated exactly as it was before," Noah says. "No matter how inhumane it seems to us. No matter what sacrifices it demands of us."

    Then he told Bartosz that "the others" are the ones who are inhumane. 

    "They belong to the shadow," Noah says. "Your grandmother, Claudia, belongs to the shadow. Never trust her. No matter what she says."

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    Given what we know about Noah and his connections with the Devil, we have a hard time believing that Claudia is truly the "evil" one at work. She instead seems to be the human foil to Noah, while her grandson Bartosz is being wooed by him.

    "Time is an infinite field — millions and millions of interlocking wheels," Noah says. "We have to be patient to be victorious. But our time will come. We will free humanity from its immaturity. From its pain. But you must be strong. Can you do that?"

    One thing we must raise here is the possibility that Bartosz and Noah are the same person. In "Dark," several characters come face to face with their past or future selves, so it's possible that the offer Noah made Bartosz was more of a weird time-warp recruitment of his younger self.

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    But Bartosz (in his teenage years as we see him) seems shallow and anti-intellectual. Could he really grow up to be Noah? We doubt it. Bartosz makes more sense as the stand-in for Faust — a flawed human who enters an unwise bargain with the Devil. But we shouldn't rule anything out. 

    Open-ended questions we're still grappling with

    Clearly there is still so much we don't know as of the first season finale of "Dark." Mikkel is still a mysterious figure. How did he wind up in 1986? Was he captured by Noah or Helge and brought through the tunnel? Or was there a second wormhole opening we haven't seen yet?

    And what's going on in 2052 with Jonas now? Was Winden destroyed when he triggered the wormhole? Or just the areas immediately next to the power plant? Is the whole area stuck in some post-apocalyptic war zone?

    Also, when was Noah born? Does he age? Is he truly an other-worldly immortal being, or the Devil himself? 

    Last but not least is the issue of causal determination and time loops. As Tannhaus posits earlier in the season: "Is time an eternal beast that can't be defeated?"

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    Based on the twisted way in which all of the events of season one are connected and tied to this time loop, it's hard to see how Noah or Claudia could ever manage to break it. Are they just playing into a set of pre-determined events themselves, or can they really break the laws of time and space that have been established?

    We're hoping this risky undertaking from Netflix is granted a second season, so all these questions might be answered — though we're sure more mysteries will present themselves too.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode eight of "Riverdale," titled "House of the Devil."

    "Riverdale" is only getting more bizarre.

    Wednesday's episode of the hit CW show featured some of the most wild moments ever shown on the teen drama, bt we still don't know who the Black Hood is. With only one episode left until the show takes its mid-season break, the drama is sure to intensify. 

    From the secret history of the custodian revealed to Betty's dance on stage, here are the seven moments that made our jaws drop Wednesday night. 

    After Cheryl's creepy behavior last episode, her intentions are still unclear after a locker room interaction with Josie.

    When in the locker room wrapped in their towels, Cheryl makes a comment about how Josie's back looks like a "sailor's rope" because of the "tension knots." Then without asking, she sprays some essential lavender oil on her hands and goes to massage her shoulders. 

    After Cheryl was seen drawing pictures of her and Josie last week, some fans thought Cheryl might be interested in Josie, but this interaction still left fans confused. 

     

     



    But even more weird is that the two are interrupted by Mr. Svenson, the custodian, walking into the women's locker room.

    He apologizes, but falters in the door for too much time and it's an awkward and creepy moment. Josie dismisses it, but Cheryl tells the custodian to get his "male gaze" and "male privilege" and get out. She then tells Josie that he should be "fired" and "investigated." 

    Fans were also weirded out by the moment. 



    Mr. Svenson's sad and violent history was later discovered by Archie and Veronica.

    The two venture to the "Murder House" and discover that the Conway family, who had been murdered by the "Riverdale Reaper" years ago, was a family of five, not four, meaning one of the kids survived the massacre. After digging through some files, they take a photo of the living kid and compare it to older yearbook photos. 

    Their comparison leads them to the discovery that Mr. Svenson was actually the living kid, Joseph Conway. When they confront him, he runs away. Mr. Svenson then explains that he escaped through his window and knew who killed his parents. The man was killed by a group of people after Mr. Svenson pointed him out. 

    Archie knows he isn't the Black Hood, so fans are still coming up with theories



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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode eight of "Riverdale," titled "House of the Devil."

    Wednesday's episode of "Riverdale" was the most wild one yet. 

    There were numerous pop culture references as Veronica and Archie searched for clues about the Conway family murder, as well as an old presidential clip.

    INSIDER worked with Archie Comics to reveal six references you might have missed.

    Cheryl calls Archie and Veronica Xenomorphs when they are making out at school.

    These are what the alien species in the "Alien" film franchise are called. It's a funny sci-fi reference to quickly throw in the episode. 



    FP Jones says he has no desire to go back to Shankshaw Prison.

    This is a play on Shawshank Prison, a fictional prison from Stephen King's novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption." The novella was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film "The Shawshank Redemption." 

    The film follows Andy, a man falsely imprisoned for the murder of his wife and her lover, and Red, a man he befriends in prison. 



    President Nixon is on the TV during the Riverdale Reaper flashback sequence.

    You can briefly hear him say "sharp surprise" in the clip. This is a phrase he used in an address to the nation April 29, 1974 where he announced his answer to the House Judiciary Committee's subpoena for additional presidential tapes in relation to the Watergate scandal. 



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    • HBO's "Game of Thrones" is currently in filming its eighth and final season.
    • In a new interview with Variety, Sophie Turner (Sansa) said it will come out in 2019.
    • Based on previous reporting, this was always likely.
    • The coming episodes may be feature-film length, and need more post-production work.
    • HBO has not confirmed any air date, and did not immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

     

    Winter is definitely here, but the eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" won't be arriving for quite some time. In a new interview with Variety, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) said "'Game of Thrones' comes out in 2019."

    This aligns with our previous reporting on the season 8 release date. Production began slightly later than in previous years, plus each of the final episodes could be feature-film length (remember that epic one-hour-and-20-minute finale last season?). 

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    HBO has not commented on the planned release date of season eight, and representatives didn't immediately return INSIDER's request for comment. Typically the premiere dates are left a mystery until several months before the new season airs. 

    But we have received some hints. In June of this year, Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd spoke with HBO programming president Casey Bloys about the final season and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

    When Hibberd asked if "the final season could air in 2018 and/or in 2019 depending on [Weiss and Benioff's] needs," Bloys said, "Yeah."

    "They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule," Bloys said. "We'll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing."

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    We also know the director lineup for season eight, which should thrill any diehard fan of "Game of Thrones."

    HBO confirmed with INSIDER that the final six episodes will be helmed by David Nutter, Miguel Sapochnik, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

    Though we don't know details of the episode order or length, an individual with knowledge of the situation tells INSIDER that Benioff and Weiss themselves will likely direct the final episode of the series.

    Based on both Bloys and Turner's comments, plus the epic scale of this final season, our bets are on a Spring 2019 premiere for the final season of "Game of Thrones." For those of you impatient to learn the fates of your favorite characters, read our list of 21 key predictions we have for season eight in the meantime.

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    • During Wednesday night's "Late Show" monologue, Stephen Colbert mocked Al Franken for the latest sexual-misconduct allegation made against the Minnesota senator.
    • Colbert referred to a Politico report in which a woman accused Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006 and saying "It's my right as an entertainer."
    • Franken resigned Thursday after losing support from a large number of Democratic senators.


    Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night addressed the latest sexual-misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken and the movement of congressional Democrats calling on Franken to resign from his seat.

    "It seems like every day a new man is being accused of sexual misconduct," Colbert said during his "Late Show" monologue. "But not today. Today it's the same man."

    The "Late Show" host pointed to a Politico report published Wednesday in which a former congressional aide said Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, before he was a senator. She said that when she avoided the kiss, Franken responded by saying, "It's my right as an entertainer."

    "No, it isn't — I'm an entertainer, and I happen to always carry a copy of the Bill of Rights for Entertainers," Colbert said, pulling out a small notebook. He joked that entertainers had the right to skip the line at airports and Disneyland as part of a list of advantages that excludes sexual misconduct.

    "Franken says this allegation is categorically not true, but this accusation appears to be the straw that groped the camel's back," Colbert added. He then cut to a news clip showing the growing list of more than 30 Democratic senators who had called on Franken to resign, which he did in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

    "Do I hear 31? 32? Sold! To make room for the gentleman from Alabama!" Colbert joked, a reference to the sexual-assault allegations against Roy Moore, the Senate candidate whose support among Republicans has grown recently.

    Watch the segment below:

    This article was updated after Al Franken announced his resignation.

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