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    • Krysten Ritter plays the titular hero on "Jessica Jones."
    • Ritter told INSIDER that while filming season two, she bit through her tongue during one fight scene.
    • But the scene didn't even make it into the Netflix show's second season.
    • Both Ritter and Rachael Taylor, who plays Trish, trained hard for the Marvel show.  

    Krsyten Ritter gets beat up to play the titular hero on "Jessica Jones." 

    "I got really banged up this season," Ritter told INSIDER while doing press for the Marvel show's second season. "Here's the thing, at a certain point, it's a numbers game, so if you're doing 100 stunts, you're going to get a couple boo-boos. And I did. And I would wear those things like a badge of honor." 

    One memorable fight scene resulted in Ritter being punched in the face. She told Entertainment Weekly a "misstep in some choreography" caused an "uppercut to the jaw," but it was even worse. 

    "The jaw thing sucked because I bit through my tongue," she told INSIDER. "But luckily, the tongue heals really fast and there weren't any visible marks on my face that weren't coverable. We wiped the blood off my face, and I went back to work because I'm a badass." 

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    But after all of that, the scene ended up being re-shot, so the hit to the jaw isn't even in the show. 

    Both Ritter and her co-star Rachael Taylor, who plays Jones's best friend Trish, trained hard to prepare for season two. 

    Taylor, whose character has a more physical role this season, said she enjoyed bulking up. 

    "I really like the feeling of being a little bigger and occupying more space in the world and being able to lift my own suitcases up the stairs and stuff," she said. "I feel super lucky that I have a job that requires me to do that because there's a lot of fringe benefits."

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    The two prepared by boxing and doing weight training. And with choreography, a stunt department, and some stunt doubles, the show's fights come together. 

    "It's not every day that girls like us get to do s--t like that," Ritter said of the stunts. "One of the things I'm always singing about is that on our show we do drama and we're vulnerable and it's funny...and there's action. I can't really think of any other roles — movie or television — that get to do all of that."

    "Jessica Jones" season two is now on Netflix. 

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    • "Jessica Jones" is a feminist show.
    • The second season of the Marvel series hit Netflix on International Women's Day.
    • All 13 episodes were directed by women.
    • Krysten Ritter and Rachael Taylor spoke to INSIDER about how that changes the set.

    The second season of "Jessica Jones" hits Netflix on International Women's Day and the timing was genius.

    "I think it's exciting and it suits the DNA of our show," Krysten Ritter, who plays the titular hero on Netflix's Marvel series, told INSIDER. "Melissa [Rosenberg, the show's creator] is all about inclusion and representing women and diversity in our show in front of the camera and behind the camera." 

    While the show has always been female-driven, this season went even further by having women direct all 13 episodes of the series. Having a woman behind the camera does change the dynamic on set, Ritter said.

    "I know for me, when you're dealing with very sensitive subject matter and technical sex scenes, having that conversation is just quicker and faster and more frank when you're talking to a woman," she said. "For me, I feel that I can go into deeper places and crack myself open even more if I feel like my environment is very safe. Our set does feel that way. It's very feminine, it's very open and warm and welcoming, and our set's really fun."

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    Ritter said she didn't specifically think about the number of women on set, because she was already used to it. But people who hadn't worked on the show before did notice a difference.

    "At a certain point, I never even thought about it. It was just commonplace," she said. "I've also predominately worked with women in my career, but outsiders and guest stars coming in and crew members will always point out how different our show feels, and that's exciting and it's nice to be acknowledged in that way."

    The show has never shied away from capturing the intricacies of women — their strength, their vulnerabilities, their power, and their struggles. It's refreshing to see a range of stories unfolding on-screen. 

    Rachael Taylor, who plays Jones's best friend Trish, said she noticed a difference in retrospect.

    "It did make me reflect on the fact that I've been part of shows in the past that have been mostly male-driven and realize that we've come a long way in my career," she said.

    There's always more work to be done for inclusion in the industry, but Taylor said things are moving in the right direction. 

    "I do think we're in a moment where we're starting to see more gender balance both on screen and off screen in our industry, and it's exciting, and I'm proud to be a part of it," Taylor said. "I think we are at a moment where more female voices and more female stories are front and center, as they should be."

    The second season of "Jessica Jones" is streaming now on Netflix. 

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    Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes

    • Actresses Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes appeared in the March issue of Cosmopolitan Philippines.
    • In a series of Instagram posts in honor of International Women's Day, the actresses accused the publication of Photoshopping their waists.  
    • Reinhart wrote, "It's sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down...So like every other day, kick some ass. You are being heard. You are strong and sensational."
    • Mendes added, "Let it be known that the original [Cosmopolitan] included our natural silhouettes, and we're relieved that they didn't see our waistlines as something that needed tweaking."

    In a series of Instagram story posts, actress Lili Reinhart, star of The CW's "Riverdale," accused Cosmopolitan Philippines of Photoshopping photos of her and fellow "Riverdale" actress Camila Mendes their March cover stories.

    In honor of International Women's Day, Reinhart posted a series of comments on her Instagram Story.

    "Over the last year, we've seen an unprecedented movement for women's rights, and one thing is clear: our time is now. We are phenomenal, and we will make the world a better place for all women," Reinhart wrote.

    She then proceeded to mention that despite the progress that has been made towards women's rights and equality over the past few years, there is still a long way to go. She cited the alleged Photoshopping to make them appear thinner as an example.

    Reinhart and Mendes appeared on the February cover of Cosmopolitan magazine dressed in bandeaus with their midriffs showing. It was then announced that Mendes would serve as the cover star for the March issue of Cosmopolitan Philippines while Reinhart would be featured within the pages of the magazine.


    In her Instagram posts, Reinhart accused Cosmopolitan Philippines of Photoshopping both of the actresses' waists.

    She set the February and March issues of the US and Philippines magazines side by side to show the apparent difference.

    "Camila and I worked incredibly hard to feel confident in the bodies we have," she wrote. "It's an everyday battle, sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome."

    Relating the Photoshopping issue back to International Women's Day, she wrote, "We cannot stop fighting. Our battle has only just begun. We are f------ powerful, beautiful and strong … we aren't going to hide behind Photoshop [sic] to conform to beauty standards."

    Reinhart added, "It's sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down … So like every other day, women ... do kick some ass. You are being heard. You are strong and sensational."


    Towards the end of the series of posts, Reinhart thanked the team of the February Cosmopolitan cover for not Photoshopping their bodies.

    Mendes then posted about the accusations on her own Instagram story, writing, "We want readers to know that those bodies are not ours; they have been distorted from their natural beauty. We prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are. I'm not interested in having a slimmer waist, I'm more than satisfied with the one that I already have."

    She concluded her posts by writing, "Also, let it be known that the original @cosmopolitan included our natural silhouettes, and we're relieved that they didn't see our waistlines as something that needed tweaking."

    Cosmopolitan Philippines did not immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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    • The reboot of "Queer Eye" has been a success for Netflix, garnering critical acclaim for the streaming service.
    • The show also comes at a particularly important time for the LGBTQ community politically, socially, and culturally.
    • We need this show now more than ever. 

    Fifteen years ago, five successful, talented gay men set their sights on helping some heterosexual men become a little more fabulous.

    These men worked with their cohorts on everything from improving their fashion sense to critiquing their decor, all in the name of tolerance. At the time, it was a game-changing revelation for television.

    Now, Netflix's modern reboot of "Queer Eye" is doing the very same thing but for an even better cause: celebration.

    The timing couldn't be more perfect.

    The show stars culture expert Karamo Brown, fashion guru Tan France, interior design genius Bobby Berk, hot chef Antoni Porowski, and grooming wizard/bundle of joy Jonathan Van Ness as positive, encouraging cheerleaders to insecure, at-times stagnant men, giving them the courage to move forward with their lives with the help of things like new clothes, new digs, and of course, newfound confidence.

    In the course of an episode, a new man — gay or straight — bonds with the team, expresses why he wants to make a change and is able to do it authentically. 

    The reboot is touching, powerful, and culturally relevant in so many different ways, particularly in a society in which gay men are oftentimes barely tolerated, let alone celebrated.

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    Though things have progressed socially since "Queer Eye" first premiered on Bravo in 2003, America still remains a largely divided nation in regards to its stance on queer issues.  

    Despite the fact that there are an estimated 10 million LGBTQ-identified Americans and 62% of Americans are in favor of marriage equality, LGBTQ people are not protected from workplace discrimination, face growing numbers of violent hate crimes, including harassment on public transportation, and have been called the cause for "societal collapse" by the sitting Vice President.

    According to The Trevor Project, LGBTQ youth are nearly three times more likely to contemplate suicide than heterosexual youth. 

    Queer Eye

    Netflix is notoriously private about how many people use the streaming service, but it's estimated that it has about 94 million paid subscribers. This means that 94 million people could possibly view a series that portrays gay men in a flattering, accurate, and overall exceptional light. Best of all, it shows them relating to and having important conversations with men of different races and religions, as well as economic and political backgrounds.

    Though queer people should not have to be excellent in order to be respected, celebrated, and recognized in all of their diverse forms, it's not often that they are portrayed without harmful tropes and stereotypes. The size of Netflix's audience combined with the quality of the men on "Queer Eye" is a winning combination, one that speaks to the possible impact of well-done representation of gay and queer people. 

    What's even more important, though, is the idea of gay representation for gay people as opposed to being for the education of straight people.

    What matters more is that gay people are seeing themselves represented in the "Queer Eye" stars.

    Speaking from my own experience growing up as a closeted gay man, male role models that acted like me and aspired to work in areas that interested me were few and far between. Successful, respected, and genuine gay men felt like unicorns, and I never saw myself validated or recognized in the scope of mainstream media at all, let alone felt as though my identity could be cause for celebration.

    Even after I came out as a teenager, it felt like I had to seek out portrayals of gay men by searching the internet or looking into more independently made, less accessible shows and movies. And within my own community, I didn't necessarily feel as though I had allies who were encouraging me to forge the path towards pride.

    Within the gay community, there are also certain microaggressions, instances of discrimination, strained relationships, particularly among people of varying races and different body types. Prejudice isn't at all uncommon when it comes to gay dating apps or queer spaces, so the success and reach of "Queer Eye" work to directly combat and oppose these incidents.

    netflix queer eye

    The show features two people of color in its "Fab Five," Tan France and Karamo Brown. Brown relates to another black, gay man about their own often-erased or diminished struggles, and France is a living, breathing representation of gay Pakistanis, who endure a culture in which relationships can be fraught and who aren't exactly portrayed often on TV.

    Not only can gay men of color see themselves reflected on screen, but they can also be reminded of their worthiness simply by being themselves in a society that often works to "other" them.

    Body positivity is also a common theme on the show, with the "Fab Five" encouraging those they makeover to love themselves and embrace their bodies, which isn't necessarily emphasized in regards to men, who have experienced rising rates of eating disorders.

    It's also worth noting that the men of the show vary in levels of femininity and masculinity, each with their multi-faceted, unique personalities that combat certain commonly held beliefs about gay men, while not saying that one certain type or trait is more valid than the other.

    Jonathan Van Ness, the most outwardly feminine of the group, is genuinely one of the highlights of watching the series because of his ability to be unapologetically himself in the face of straight guys and a larger societal environment that shames men who deviate from the norm. And nobody simply tolerates him — they celebrate him. As they should.

    Obviously, there's always room for growth, and hopefully, that can play a role in seasons of "Queer Eye" to come. There are still so many more types of people whose stories should be told and whose feelings should be heard. Maybe season two will feature trans people or more people of color and celebrate them as well.

    In a larger sense, "Queer Eye" does something that many shows about men — gay or straight — just don't do. It shows them feeling emotions intensely and in a vulnerable way, ranging from sadness and depression to excitement and joy.

    It allows them to talk about these things without fear of judgment from other men and to explore their senses of fashion as well as their relationships to food, wellness, and dating. Of course, it also adds an oft-ignored or underutilized dynamic of male friendships that emphasizes support, empowerment, and even femininity. And it celebrates all of it — the good and the bad — while having fun.

    Obviously, the men of "Queer Eye" can't fix everything. But at least they've already made things a little more fabulous.

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    • The season two finale promo for "This Is Us" teased an older Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia).
    • Fans were confused because Jack died on the show in the prime of his life.
    • Ventimiglia told INSIDER it took three hours for him to transform into the Jack you see in the season two finale.
    • He wore prosthetics, a lot of makeup, and a wig and goatee. That wasn't all his own facial hair.

    The season finale promo for "This Is Us" surprised fans when it teased an older Jack Pearson with gray hair and not even star Milo Ventimiglia saw it coming. 

    "I never thought we were going to get an older version of Jack," Ventimiglia told INSIDER. "It was exciting."

    Ventimiglia's character died earlier this season from a heart attack brought about from too much smoke inhalation in a house fire, so it was unexpected to see a present-day Jack at his daughter's wedding. It's not clear yet whether or not his appearance will be part of a dream sequence or vision.

    What did it take to transform papa Pearson into a 70-something year old man?

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    "The process is about three hours to put on and then it's about an hour to take off," said Ventimiglia. "I've seen Mandy [Moore] go through it quite a bit this season and we saw Sterling go through it, so I felt like I earned a stripe being able to say I'm now playing an aged version of Jack." 

    Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall on the NBC series was aged quite a few years recently in a brief flash-forward. Brown recently told INSIDER it takes him three hours to transform into his older counterpart

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    Although we know the 40-year-old actor can grow a beard and has a great head of hair, Ventimiglia says his transformation involves putting on a wig and some fake facial hair. 

    "There's a lot of painting a skin tone and then there are prosthetics and, of course, because I've got a lot of different facial hair looks in the show, we had to add the goatee and then there's a wig on top of all that and glasses," he said. "Then you put the clothes and everything in there and transform into a gentleman in his 70s."

    Ventimiglia was a little taken aback with the results.

    "It was interesting. It was both inspiring and enlightening — inspiring to see this older version of a man that the audience has embraced so much, and enlightening just thinking, 'Wow, I wonder the life that's been lived to earn the wrinkles, to earn the gray, to earn the eyesight that narrows,'" he said.

    Unfortunately, as viewers know, we'll have to just imagine that life. (Unless "This Is Us" decides to give us a heartbreaking what-if episode.)

    Pearson's death earlier this season came partially as the result of Jack and Rebecca forgetting to pick up batteries, something that seemed silly, but that Ventimiglia says is relatable.

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    "It seemed, dare I say it, right?" Ventimiglia said of the simple mistake that ultimately led to Jack's demise. "There are these things that we get so occupied in life with that become the most impactful of our lives. Something as simple as Jack and Rebecca forgetting batteries at the mall contributes to Jack's death."

    For that reason, the "This Is Us" actor fittingly partnered with Duracell to remind others to check and change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

    If you're currently missing the Pearson dad on "This Is Us," Ventimiglia assured us there's more of his character to come.

    "Oh we will [see Jack]," Ventimiglia said, though he didn't divulge which incarnation of his character we'll see on season three. "Absolutely. Definitely."

    "This Is Us" will air its season two finale on NBC Tuesday, March 13 at 9 p.m.

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    It's still early in the year, but the list of canceled TV shows is already piling up.

    Networks haven't announced many cancellations yet, except for ABC, which canceled its freshman sitcom "The Mayor" and "Once Upon a Time," once a ratings hit. And in March, TNT announced the cancellation of its original series "The Librarians."

    On the streaming side, things are a bit different. Amazon kicked off the year with a slew of cancellations, announcing the end of three quirky comedies, including the Golden Globe nominee "I Love Dick" and the comedian Tig Notaro's semi-autobiographical show, "One Mississippi."

    There are many more cancellations to come, especially since networks haven't announced the fate of their fall shows.

    We'll update this list as more are announced.

    Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:

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    "The Mayor"— ABC, one season

    "Chance"— Hulu, two seasons

    "Lady Dynamite"— Netflix, two seasons

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    Over the course of seven seasons,"The Walking Dead" has said goodbye to tons of walkers and what seems like hundreds of minor characters. But they've also bid farewell to many of the main cast.

    After Sunday's major death, only four are left standing from the first season. With the way things have been going, there's no telling how long that will last.

    "The Walking Dead" actors have gone on to become DC Comics' villains, Marvel antiheroes, and star in Hollywood blockbusters. Here's what the cast are up to now.

    Amy Daire contributed to a previous version of this story.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best TV show seasons of all time, according to critics

    Carol’s daughter Sophia died in season two after getting lost in the woods.

    After searching for her all season, it was heartbreaking to find Sofia was locked up at the farm where everyone was staying all along. 

    Since her days of being locked up in a barn, Madison Lintz has appeared on Amazon's murder mystery "Bosch."

    She also acted in"Parental Guidance" alongside Billy Crystal and Bette Midler and took a small role in a "Nashville" episode. Lintz will appear in horror movie "Tell Me Your Name" this year.

    Her younger brother, Macsen, currently plays Henry on "The Walking Dead."

    Dale was also killed off in season two.

    You might have recognized him from his earlier work in "The Green Mile" and "The Shawshank Redemption."

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    • ABC announced on Thursday that "Grey's Anatomy" stars Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew would be leaving the series by the end of the current 14th season.
    • Show creator Shonda Rhimes said that the decision was made for creative reasons.
    • A report by Deadline on the departures came under fire from the show's co-showrunner, Krista Vernoff, who accused the publication of suggesting that titular star Ellen Pompeo's recent record-breaking raise was part of the reason for the cast exits.
    • Later on Thursday, Pompeo addressed the Deadline report and denied she had anything to do with the departures. "This is above my pay grade," she said on Twitter.

    "Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo isn't taking any of the blame for the recently announced departures of her co-stars Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew.

    The titular star of the ABC medical drama slammed a report by Deadline that she believed made it sound like her recent record-breaking raise to $20 million a year, which made her the highest-paid woman in TV drama, was behind the cast departures.

    "Its [sic] unfortunate that @DEADLINE chooses to try to pit women against eachother [sic] on #InternationalWomensDay #shameonyounotme,"Pompeo tweeted on Thursday.

    "I'm a big girl,"she continued in another tweet. "@DEADLINE can take shots at me if they want but to the fans please don't fall into that trap. This is above my pay grade."

    Capshaw, who plays Arizona has been on the show since its fifth season. And Drew, who plays April, joined it during its sixth season. "Grey's Anatomy" is currently airing its 14th season and the fan favorites are expected to exit by the end of it.

    Also on Thursday, "Grey's" co-showrunner Krista Vernoff addressed the implication that Pompeo's raise led to the decision to ax Capshaw and Drew, calling it a "patriarchal notion" of pitting women against each other and defended Pompeo's role in the matter.

    "The suggestion in the Deadline article that our cast changes are in any way related to Ellen Pompeo's salary renegotiation is wrong and hurtful and misguided," she wrote. "It smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman’s success will be costly to others. Ellen Pompeo has not only advocated passionately for her fellow cast members, she has taken the time to educate women worldwide as to how to advocate for themselves and that must not now be twisted. The decision to make changes to our cast was a creative one. The only thing as constant on 'Grey's Anatomy' as Ellen Pompeo is our penchant for reinvention. It is a part of our success and what keeps the show exciting. We love these actresses and we love these characters and it felt true and right creatively to wrap up their stories. And that is the whole story."

    When the announcement of the cast departures were announced earlier that day, creator Shonda Rhimes said the decision was made for "creative" reasons.

    An ABC representative didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for further comment.

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    When TV shows and movies need to use a phone number as part of the story, they typically use one that starts with "555." We spoke with an official historian at AT&T to find out why these 3 numbers in particular were chosen. It turns out that the answer has a lot to do with the way telephone numbers evolved over time. Following is a transcript of the video. 

    Pick up your phone and call the professionals, Ghostbusters.

    Narrator: Did you ever wonder why phone numbers in TV shows and movies always start with the numbers 555?


    It's 555-3455.


    Narrator: The short answer is that most 555 numbers are not working numbers, so real people won't be harassed if die-hard fans try to call them. - 55 was an exchange combination that was not used very often in the American telephone system.

    You may get a wrong number or no number at all. 

    Narrator: An FCC contractor called the NANPA, or North American Numbering Plan Administration, is tasked with assigning numbers for use. 555-1212 is still used for Directory Assistance and 555-4334 is reserved for Assigned National use. But a set of one hundred 555 numbers have been officially designated for use in Hollywood, 555-0100 through 555-0199.

    Cory Gillis, 555-0176. 

    Narrator: Back in the early 90s, 555 numbers outside that range could be reserved for information service providers, but this program was shut down by the NANPA in 2015. While those other numbers might one day be put back in circulation, the 100 reserved for TV and movies will not, so they will always be safe for use. So, how specifically did 555 become the famous number that it is today?

    Decades ago, phone numbers used to look a lot different. They consisted of a word and a five-digit numerical code. The word was a telephone exchange name and the number was assigned to a specific phone in that area.

    Sheldon Hochheiser: Up until 1919, all telephone calls were manual. You had to start by speaking to an operator. 

    This is WY 5-2240.

    Narrator: References to this system can be seen in the names of movies, like BUtterfield 8. And songs like the Glenn Miller Orchestra's, PEnnsylvania 6-5000, which calls hotel Pennsylvania in New York.

    Hochheiser: These were based on names that could be easily understood verbally. - Narrator: Eventually, phone companies switched to a system where customers had to dial themselves.

    We are changing your telephone service over to dial. Take up your receiver and always listen for the dial tone.

    Narrator: Phone numbers were reached using numbers corresponding to the first two letters of the exchange name. So, if you wanted to call Pennsylvania 6-5000, you would dial 73-6-5000. Since seven corresponds with PQRS on the keypad, and three corresponds to DEF. For Butterfield, you would start with 28. So, with this in mind, let's take another look at 555.

    Hochheiser: Now, some combinations for the first two letters of a word worked better than others. One of the combinations that were very difficult to correlate to useful exchange names was 55.

    Narrator: On the keypad, five has the letters JKL. Letters, which when placed next to each other, don't make many words or exchange names. So, there were not many real phone numbers starting with 55.

    Hochheiser: Klondike, which has become well-known, is about the only one. 

    Klondike 4-2106, Los Angeles please.

    Then call Klondike 5-3226.

    Narrator: These numbers were often shortened to just the first two letters plus the five digit code. Since Klondike five was not frequently assigned, it found other uses. Bell systems noted in an official guide that the 55X exchange was reserved for radiotelephone.

    The portable transmitting and receiving radio unit that makes it possible to combine radio and wire telephony for communication purposes. 

    Narrator: This was actually a very small group of numbers used in early mobile phones. Klondike 5 was also a sample number used in old phone company advertisements and it began to be used in old movies and TV shows. Eventually, area codes were introduced allowing for more available phone numbers and the exchange names were abolished, but the 555 trope is still used today in Hollywood.

    What's the phone number of this store? - 555-2310. 

    Narrator: So, if you're looking for a Ghostbuster, who are you gonna call? No one.

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    TV viewers and TV critics aren't often on the same page. But where the interests of the two overlap, you're sure to find some quality shows.

    Recent Netflix original series "The End of the F***ing World" is one such program.

    Acclaimed by both critics and fans, the British dark comedy recently won an enthusiastic endorsement from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who called it the "most engaging addictive original" in a long time. 

    To figure out which other Netflix original series were beloved by both groups, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to see which Netflix original shows scored at least an 85% "Fresh" rating with critics and audiences. 

    Excluding docu-series, talk shows, and kids shows, we ranked these series by averaging their critic and audience scores on the site, and we used critic scores to break any ties.

    Here are 19 Netflix original shows that both critics and audiences love:

    SEE ALSO: Pixar's most and least successful movies at the box office, ranked

    19. "Castlevania"— 87%

    Critic score: 85%

    Audience score: 89%

    Average score: 87%

    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."

    18. "W/ Bob and David"— 87%

    Critic score: 88%

    Audience score: 86%

    Average score: 87%

    Netflix description: "After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy Seals, 'Bob and David' are back serving our country the way they do best -- making sketch comedy."

    17. "Anne with an E"— 88%

    Critic score: 87%

    Audience score: 89%

    Average score: 88%

    Netflix description: "A plucky orphan whose passions run deep finds an unlikely home with a spinster and her soft-spoken bachelor brother. Based on 'Anne of Green Gables.'"

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    I love tuning in to "Shark Tank" every week for my fill of inspirational founder stories and entertaining investor personalities, but one of my favorite parts is seeing the updates on past deals.

    For many of the entrepreneurs, appearing on the show is a pivotal turning point. Unlike a lot of reality television in which the content is staged, it's not just for the cameras when they shake hands with a Shark. Afterwards, they work together to put their money where their mouth is and create thriving businesses, and there's no better example of the show's power than the following companies. 

    These products have become household names, and they have the sales to prove it. As you'll see, even though they share the common ground of "Shark Tank" beginnings, there is no formula or recipe for the type of business that does well on the show. 

    Get inspired by some of the most successful companies that landed deals on "Shark Tank" below. 

    Scrub Daddy

    The Scrub Daddy is soft in warm water, firm in cold water, and can be used for the toughest household cleaning situations. This versatile sponge premiered in Season 4 and remains the most successful "Shark Tank" products to date. What originally started as a sponge designed for auto body shops and mechanics led to QVC appearances, a deal with Lori Greiner, and more than $100 million in sales. 

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    For something you probably wear every day, regular socks have a lot of annoying problems, and investor Daymond John agreed. Bombas makes comfortable socks with extra-long staple cotton to keep them breathable, extra cushioning where your feet need them the most, and a blister tab.

    The company made $50 million in 2017, which is great news for its community partners as well: for every pair purchased, it donates a pair to a homeless shelter or community organization. Bombas has donated more than 7 million pairs to date. 

    Shop men's, women's and kid's socks at Bombas here

    Tipsy Elves

    Robert Herjavec's $100,000 investment in ugly sweater company Tipsy Elves in 2013 has turned into more than $50 million total sales since. In addition to festive sweaters, it also makes ski gear and costumes that are sure to turn heads and attract some compliments. If you watched the 2018 Winter Olympics, you might've caught a glimpse of Jamaica's bobsled team wearing custom Tipsy Elves warmup suits. 

    Shop Tipsy Elves apparel on Amazon here

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead,""Dead or Alive or."

    Sunday's "The Walking Dead" was crammed with enough cast members that you may need to go back and watch it again. 

    After two weeks of centering heavily around Carl's death, we got more Daryl, Morgan, and Maggie. Sunday's episode also delivered one big moment from the comics that fans have been waiting to see with Savior leader Negan.

    Keep reading to see all of the callbacks and references to the comics you may have missed. 

    SEE ALSO: 'The Walking Dead' recreates a big moment from the comics — but it doesn't seem necessary anymore

    The title of the episode is "Dead or Alive or."

    If you knew that going into the episode, you were probably left wondering what the third choice was in that scenario. 

    We found out at the very end of Sunday's episode. 

    Negan's final line of dialogue on Sunday's episode referenced the title and cleared up any confusion.

    "The Hilltop is going to learn to toe the line one way or another. Dead or Alive. Or some kind of sh-- in between," Negan told his Saviors. 

    Negan comes up with a grand scheme to deal with Rick's group at the Hilltop.

    Let's talk about that plan of Negan's. He gathers the Saviors to show them their next plan of attack in the war against Rick.

    "Y'all know how it works. You get a bite, some kind of wound from one of these things, something from them gets in you, and you die," Negan tells his group. "You join the club, which sucks. What if we could use that to our advantage?"

    Negan then bashes up one of the undead and starts getting walker guts on his weapon.

    "You see how Lucille is getting to know our beautiful, cold friend here? That's it. Look at that. No more smashing and bashing with this. With this, it could just be a touch or a big, wet kiss," Negan says. "Either way, this gets you full membership and that's what we want. We want people to join the club. The Hilltop is going to learn to toe the line one way or another. Dead or Alive. Or some kind of sh-- in between."

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's "The Walking Dead,""Alive or Dead or."

    Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" showed Daryl and the Alexandrians make it safely to the Hilltop, an unexpected death, and Father Gabriel get caught by the Saviors.

    It also had a showdown between Dwight and Tara that fired up the fandom.

    Last chance to head back before spoilers. 

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    While Daryl and Rosita cleared the swamp of walkers to make a safe passageway for the Alexandrians through the forest, Tara and Dwight hung back in the woods.

    That wasn't great news for Dwight. Tara hasn't been a big fan of his since he killed her girlfriend Denise back in season six. Even though Dwight has switched sides from Negan's camp, Tara has been suspicious and untrusting of Dwight and has let everyone know she plans to kill him at some point.

    Well aware of the situation, Dwight took the opportunity to apologize to Tara for killing Denise.

    "I'm sorry about Denise. I truly am," he told her. "I don't expect you to forgive me. I don't deserve it. I just wanted you to know, that's all."

    Tara didn't take it too well.

    "You don't get to switch sides and make it OK," Tara said as she pulled a gun out on Dwight.

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    She then proceeded to take a shot at Dwight and chase him through the woods while leaving the rest of the group unprotected. 

    That line didn't sit well with fans who were quick to call out Tara's comment as hypocritical.

    As you may remember, before joining Rick's group, Tara was aligned with The Governor. She was a part of his group when they marched up to the prison and slaughtered Hershel right in front of his children Maggie and Beth. 

    Despite that, Glenn saved Tara's life and Maggie welcomed her into their group of survivors. 

    Fans weren't happy that Tara was so quick to unaccept someone when she was previously afraid of whether or not Rick's crew would welcomed her after aiding their enemies.

    On the bright side, actress Alanna Masterson, who plays Tara, said on aftershow "Talking Dead" her mind may be starting to change when it comes to Dwight.

    After seeing him sacrifice himself over to the Saviors to rescue the Alexandrians, Tara’s beginning to think that maybe there is some good in him.

    It only took Dwight putting his life on the line again for her to buy it.

    You can follow along with our "Walking Dead" coverage here and sign up for our weekly "TWD" newsletter throughout the rest of the season here.

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    • John Oliver gave a crash course on cryptocurrency and blockchain on Sunday night's "Last Week Tonight."
    • He introduced the subject as "everything you don't understand about money combined with everything you don't understand about computers."
    • Oliver compared cryptocurrencies to a $15,000 Beanie Baby before focusing on the variety of potential uses for the blockchain technology underpinning tokens like bitcoin.
    • He ultimately cautioned against investing in cryptocurrencies, telling those who do, "Just know that you're not investing — you're gambling."

    John Oliver gave a crash course on cryptocurrency and blockchain on Sunday night's "Last Week Tonight," introducing it as "everything you don't understand about money combined with everything you don't understand about computers."

    During the 25-minute episode, Oliver compared cryptocurrencies to a $15,000 Beanie Baby or any other "speculative investment" that people agree has value.

    The "Last Week Tonight" host then focused on the potential of blockchain technology, the decentralized electronic ledger for cryptocurrency transactions.

    In explaining the topic, Oliver played a clip of a blockchain researcher comparing a blockchain system to "a highly processed thing, sort of like a Chicken McNugget."

    "And if you wanted to hack it, it'd be like turning a Chicken McNugget back into a chicken," Don Tapscott, the cofounder of the Blockchain Research Institute, said in the clip. "Now someday, someone will be able to do that, but for now, it's going to be tough."

    Oliver noted that while companies like IBM and Walmart have experimented with blockchain to share data and transaction histories, it's still an emerging field. He also cautioned against high-risk investments in cryptocurrencies.

    "The point is: If you choose to invest in the cryptocurrency space, just know that you're not investing — you're gambling," Oliver said.

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    • During the season 16 premiere of ABC's "American Idol" on Sunday night, 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze from Enid, Oklahoma got his first kiss from judge Katy Perry
    • Before auditioning for Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, Glaze admitted that he hadn't kissed a girl and was never in a relationship.
    • Perry immediately asked Glaze to kiss her on the cheek.
    • Perry told him that he "didn't make the smush sound," so he tried to kiss her on the cheek again, but she quickly turned her head and kissed him on the lips instead.
    • Glaze was so surprised that he dropped to the floor. 
    • "It might have been the kiss of death," Perry joked before Glaze sang Nick Jonas' "Levels." 
    • Glaze didn't make it to the Hollywood, but Perry said that she "really enjoyed" meeting him.
    • Watch the video below.


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    • HDMI cables are becoming increasingly important in any home theater setup, and the best intersection of quality and price is the AmazonBasics HDMI cable.

    HDMI cables are an important part of any home theater or home office set up. Not only can they connect your computer to your TV or external monitor, but they can also be pretty useful if you game with a console, own a streaming box, and so on.

    You might not be aware, however, that not all HDMI cables are equal. There are a few different HDMI standards, and cable quality can have a big effect on how long the cable ends up lasting.

    Contrary to popular belief, HDMI cables don’t really have version numbers — their connectors do. That’s to say, while your TV may have HDMI 2.1 connectors, the actual cable that runs between them doesn’t.

    There are four types of HDMI cables: high speed with or without Ethernet and standard speed with or without Ethernet. The vast majority of HDMI cables are high-speed with Ethernet.

    The other main thing to consider is how long of a cable you need. If you’re running a cable from your PS4 to your TV, shorter 3-foot cables might be long enough, but if you have a cable management system or a longer distance to cover, you’ll want to get a longer cable.

    Read on in the slides below to learn why the AmazonBasics HDMI cable is our top pick and why you may also like the Monoprice Active Select HDMI cable, the Rankie HDMI cable, the SecurOMax HDMI cable, and the UGreen 90-degree HDMI cable.

    SEE ALSO: The best streaming sticks and boxes you can buy

    The best HDMI cable overall

    Why you'll love it: The AmazonBasics HDMI cable is inexpensive, available in a range of different sizes, and supports the vast majority of modern devices.

    If you’re looking for a standard, run-of-the-mill HDMI cable that should serve you perfectly in 99% of situations, then we think the best choice is the AmazonBasics HDMI cable. Why? It’s inexpensive, high quality, and will do the job perfectly for most situations.

    It's is a high-speed HDMI cable with Ethernet, so it’ll support a shared internet connection without the need for a separate cable. It also supports all modern HDMI standards, so whether you’re connecting a 1,080p TV to a cable box or a PlayStation 4 Pro to a 4K TV, it will work just fine.

    One of the things we liked most about this cable is that it’s cheap and available in a range of sizes. You can get the super short 3-foot cable for $5.99, or upgrade to longer ones, including a 50-foot cable, for more money.

    Most other experts and buyer seem to like the cable, too. The Wirecutter also awarded it the top spot on its guide, and the cable has an average rating of 4.6 stars on Amazon.

    Pros: Inexpensive, various lengths, works with any device that has an HDMI port

    Cons: Plastic jacket

    Buy the AmazonBasics HDMI cable on Amazon for $5.99+ (price varies by length)

    The best long HDMI cable

    Why you'll love it: The Monoprice Active Select series HDMI cable may be more expensive than others, but it has its own built-in chips to help transmit data over long distances.

    Generally speaking, HDMI cables are just pipes for sending data, but they tend to degrade a little over long distances, especially when they’re lower-quality cables. If you’re hoping to transmit a signal over longer distances, then you may need slightly higher-quality cables like the Monoprice Active Select Series HDMI cable.

    The cable is able to transmit data more efficiently over longer distances because it has its own chips built in the connectors. It’s also available in a range of distances and supports high-speed data transfer with Ethernet.

    No matter which length of cable you need, Monoprice should have you covered. The cable starts at 15 feet but ranges all the way up to 60 feet. The trade-off? It’s a little more expensive than the other cables in our guide.

    Pros: Different lengths, great over long distances, long cable

    Cons: A little expensive

    Buy the Monoprice Active Select cable on Amazon for $13.44+ (price varies by length)

    The best HDMI cable under $5

    Why you'll love it: The Rankie HDMI cable may not be the fanciest one, but it costs less than $5.

    A cable is a cable right? Well, not exactly, but if you simply want an HDMI cable, and don’t need the extra bells and whistles, then the Rankie HDMI cable may be the cable to get. Why? Well, it costs less than $5.

    The cable’s connectors are a little bulky and the cable isn’t exactly braided nylon, but when it comes to specs, it looks to be a pretty solid option for most uses. The cable has Ethernet and a high-speed connection, so it’ll work for almost all situations.

    It's 6-feet long, though you can get it in 10-foot, 15-foot, and 25-foot lengths, too, for a bit more money. We recommend sticking with the shorter cables, though, and if you do want a longer cable, try the Monoprice cable in the previous slide.

    Those who have bought the cable seem to like it, too. It has a 4.8-star average on Amazon.

    Pros: Cheap, different lengths, well reviewed

    Cons: Slightly bulky connectors

    Buy the Rankie HDMI cable on Amazon for $3.99+ (price varies by length)

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

    As Rick has been mourning the death of his son Carl and waging war with Negan, there's been another mystery plaguing "The Walking Dead" this season: What's going on with Father Gabriel?

    Ever since the end of the season's fifth episode, Gabriel has been severely under the weather. He has run a fever, had bloodshot eyes, and on Sunday's episode, he started to lose his vision.

    It seemed like Gabriel may have suffered a walker bite or scratch and caught fever, but that wasn't it.

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    If you were paying close attention to season eight's seventh episode, Eugene hinted Gabriel was sick because he covered himself in walker guts to escape the Sanctuary trailer with Negan.

    "I don't see an escape attempt without putting to use the same flawed technique of innards which landed you in your status, quote, 'piss poor,' condition," Eugene told an ailing Gabriel.

    After Sunday, it seems that was the case.

    "You know he's definitely doing well, clearly, with the eyes, he's very sick, he's been sick ever since he and Negan 'gut it up' back in episode five," said executive producer Denise Huth on aftershow "Talking Dead."

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    When host Chris Hardwick asked whether or not it was the walker entrails which caused Gabriel's illness, Huth confirmed that seems to be the case.

    "The science we never really know," Huth said. "It makes sense. It's interesting, I always loved back in that episode, back in 805, where Negan says to him [Gabriel], when they're starting to do it [cover themselves in walker guts], 'Haven't any of your people ever gotten sick doing this?' That was certainly an indication that Negan has seen that happen."

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    "We know we've definitely seen, it's a rule, if you get bit and it doesn't get chopped off like Hershel, you're going to get sick, you're gonna die, you're going to turn," she added. "What happens when those guts get in your eyes, or in your mouth, or in an open wound? You don't know."

    It's a bit funny that's the explanation for Gabriel's illness, which is seemingly more or less some zombie flu, according to a survey that was apparently sent out to "Walking Dead" fans.

    Never before on the show has covering yourself in zombie entrails resulted in someone getting sick. 

    While it certainly may not have worked out for Gabriel, walking around fully covered in zombie guts has worked plenty of times for Nick on the show's spin-off, "Fear the Walking Dead." You have some explaining to do "The Walking Dead." Or hey, maybe Nick's the cure to all of this. 

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    • On Friday, Netflix released a new baking show called "Nailed It!"
    • "Nailed It!" was inspired by a popular meme in which people document their unsuccessful attempts to follow Pinterest recipes.
    • In each episode, three home bakers try their best to recreate elaborate cakes, treats, and more.
    • The results are hilarious and endearing, and the show is a refreshing break from your typical reality cooking competition.

    A new baking show by Netflix deviates from your typical cooking competition in one endearing way. "Nailed It!" was inspired by a popular meme in which people document their wildly unsuccessful attempts to follow Pinterest recipes. In case you're not familiar, the results are often hilarious, and, from time to time, downright terrifying.

    With six half-hour episodes in its first season, "Nailed It!" is deliciously bingeable. Here's what you can expect.

    "Nailed It!" pits amateur bakers against one another — but there's a twist.

    Conventionally, reality cooking competitions like "Masterchef" or "The Great British Baking Show" feature amateurs who perform at, or even above, the level professionals do. "Nailed It!" abandons this formula to celebrate imperfection. In each episode, three home bakers try their best to recreate elaborate cakes, treats, and more. The one who gets the closest wins $10,000.

    nailed it netflix pinterest fail baking fail funny photo 3But unlike other shows, no one on "Nailed It!" really ever gets that close — and that's the entire point. Instead of making it seem like anyone, the viewer included, can expect professional results at home, the show highlights just how complicated Pinterest recipes usually are. Because for most us, these baking "fails" are the best we can do, and that's impressive enough.

    Here are a few standout creations from the show.

    While this contestant didn't have time to cool her cakes down before glazing them, Torres complimented her fondant flowers.

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    This contestant created a bubbling volcano cake that successfully "erupted."

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    The judges congratulated this contestant for completing her cake in a short period of time.

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    It's hard not to love a show where everyone's an underdog.

    Imperfect creations aside, "Nailed It!" also entertains when it comes to commentary. The show is hosted by comedian Nicole Byer, iconic chocolatier Jacques Torres, and a guest judge — and they all often say exactly what you're thinking.

    When contestants were asked to recreate a Rapunzel cake, for example, Byer confessed, "I don't mean to laugh, but your princess is terrifying. [...] And I don't think anybody is coming to rescue her."

    But the judges also share useful tips about baking, both for the contestants and for viewers at home, along with words of encouragement. "I want to give you credit for having courage and guts to do this," celebrated cake designer Sylvia Weinstock tells a contestant in the very first episode. "Because it's something you've never done before and I think that is remarkable."

    And judging from reactions online, people can't get enough.

    "Dear Netflix, Nicole Byer and Nailed It are a dream come true," Twitter user Kimi Rosenthal wrote. "I want 10,000 seasons."

    "I've been laughing like an idiot at this all day," tweeted Maddie Hettrich.

    "Nailed It with Nicole Byer cured my depression, made my skin clear, and brought my dead dog back from the grave," Twitter user Hanna Brostowitz joked.

    "Nailed it! on Netflix is addictive," a Twitter user named Phoebe wrote. "Watching people fail spectacularly at baking is strangely calming."

    To see more, watch the trailer for "Nailed It!" below or check out the first season on Netflix.

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    • You may recognize Milo Ventimiglia for roles on "This Is Us,""Heroes," and "Gilmore Girls."
    • He tells INSIDER his first Hollywood paycheck was on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
    • He played a party guest that wandered upstairs with a girl.
    • Ventimiglia says, at the time, he appreciated seeing the show's big star Will Smith making time to know everyone's name on set and treat everyone with respect.
    • It's a lesson that stayed with him and he thanked the star for it years later when he saw him in real life.

    Long before he was everyone's favorite father on NBC's tearjerker "This Is Us," Milo Ventimiglia appeared on one of the biggest TV shows of the '90s.

    "My first real Hollywood paycheck was 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.' I had one line when I was 18 and everything else that I had done in town, I'd done for free," Milo Ventimiglia told INSIDER. 

    Ventimiglia appeared on the show's sixth season at a party Ashley threw when her parents were away. His character, labeled "party guest," was seen near the end of the episode descending a staircase with a young lady. 

    When Ashley asks where the two have been, Ventimiglia's character plays it cool.

    "Hey relax, Ash. We were just taking a little tour," he says before the couple strolls off laughing.

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    While Ventimiglia says it's fun to look back on, he said the show's star imparted an important lesson on him as a teenager. 

    "I got an opportunity to see Will Smith a few years ago and thank him for the way he was on set because who he is on set — he knows his crew's name, he treats everyone with respect, he's very talented, he does the work. He works hard," Ventimiglia said of meeting Smith years later. "He gave me, an 18-year-old kid who wanted to be an actor, a [look] at how the moving machine of a crew works and how inclusive you must be to support the crew and have the crew support you."

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    "He was one of the biggest movie stars ... but then also, you know, he was still a human being through the process of everything," he added. "He was a kind man to the crew and it was good to see that side of things and know that as big of a movie star and TV star and superhero as he was, he was still just a kind human being."

    You can catch Ventimiglia on the season two finale of "This Is Us" Tuesday on NBC at 9 p.m. You can read about his transformation into an older Jack Pearson for the episode here.

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    • Netflix has confirmed the eventual airing of "Making A Murderer" season two but has yet to announce a premiere date.
    • The docuseries was about the conviction of Steven Avery for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
    • There have been recent developments, including co-defendant Brendan Dassey's quest to overturn his own guilty verdict.
    • Following the dramatic public response to the first season, Steven Avery hired wrongful-conviction attorney Kathleen Zellner to handle his appeals.
    • An unaffiliated "sequel series" to "Making A Murderer" is currently in development, telling the story of the Avery case from the perspective of the investigating detectives and the prosecution team.

    Since premiering in late 2015,
    "Making a Murderer" has enthralled true-crime enthusiasts, spurred heated debates about our criminal justice system, and left people wanting to know more about Steven Avery, a man convicted of murdering a young woman, Teresa Halbach.

    Now, "Making a Murderer" filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are in the process of creating the follow-up to their groundbreaking docuseriesAlthough Netflix confirmed its plans for a second season, the streaming platform has yet to announce a premiere date.

    But because this documentary follows a real-life case, any updates and new info regarding Halbach's murder are reported in the news. There have been recent developments, including those surrounding the conviction status of Avery's co-defendant, nephew, and accused conspirator Brendan Dassey.

    Here's what we will likely see in the next iteration of "Making A Murderer."

    A federal judge overturned Brendan Dassey's conviction in 2016, but he has yet to be released from prison.

    The first season of "Making a Murderer" centered around the 2007 trial of Steven Avery, who was accused and ultimately convicted of the first-degree murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. Brendan Dassey, Avery's then-16-year-old nephew, was also arrested and convicted for being party to first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault.

    Detectives interrogated Dassey four times over a 48-hour period, which included three questionings without the presence of a parent or guardian. During these interrogations, Dassey confessed to participating in the rape and murder of Halbach. He received a conviction and a life sentence.

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    Dassey's legal team, however, took issue with the videotaped confession, which the trial prosecutors used as their primary evidence against Dassey. Because Dassey's interrogation took place without a parent's supervision — and because Dassey's IQ places him in the "borderline" range for cognitive disability"— his lawyers argued that the confession occurred as a result of coercion by the law enforcement officers who obtained it.

    Dassey almost immediately recanted the confession and began filing for appeals in 2010. In 2016, a federal judge ruled that Dassey's confession had been coerced and ordered his release from the Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.

    In spite of this ruling, Dassey remains incarcerated due to an appeal from the Wisconsin Justice Department, which blocked his release pending a hearing before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In December 2017, the seven-judge panel voted to uphold the original verdict and the validity of Dassey's confession.

    According to a February 2018 press release, Dassey's legal team filed a petition to the Supreme Court to contest the circuit court's ruling. Dassey's ongoing quest for release will most assuredly be covered by the "Making a Murderer" filmmakers.

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    Steven Avery hired a new, high-profile attorney after Netflix's "Making A Murderer" was released.

    Avery's first defense team, lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Butingbecame cult celebrities during "Making A Murderer's" first season. But they will likely not be in the second season of the docuseries. 

    Avery chose to appoint new counsel to handle his appeal process, selecting wrongful-conviction specialist Kathleen Zellner. Well-known for her success with criminal appeals and other post-conviction cases, Zellner has already filed multiple appeals on Avery's behalf, requesting a re-trial based on questionable testimony at the original trial (specifically from Brendan Dassey's brother Bobby) and "newly-discovered evidence."

    In late 2017, Zellner's appeal for a new trial for Avery was denied by the Wisconsin Circuit Court. However, Zellner intends to continue her pursuit of a new trial for Avery, and the new season of "Making a Murderer" will surely include those efforts.

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    There is also a so-called "sequel series," which claims to tell the other side of the Avery story, in development.

    The massive swell of interest in Steven Avery's trial following the first season of "Making a Murderer" inspired petitions and public pushes to re-open the case and potentially exonerate both Avery and Dassey.

    However, members of the prosecution team and those who uphold the guilty verdicts consider "Making a Murderer" a one-sided look at a complicated issue, and many of these individuals wanted an opportunity to share their side of the story.

    According to Slash Film, there is a docu-series in development called "Convicting a Murderer." Created by documentary filmmaker Shawn Rech, "Convicting a Murderer" will approach the Avery case from the perspective of the law-enforcement officers who made the arrests and the prosecutors in the case.

    The content in "Convicting a Murderer" could ultimately inform the tone and coverage of "Making a Murderer" season two.

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