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    • "Game of Thrones" has featured a different musical cameo on each season.
    • Last year, it was Ed Sheeran's turn in the spotlight — but many disliked his jarring appearance.
    • Former "Game of Thrones" actor Kristian Nairn (Hodor) wasn't on board either.
    • "I'm not a fan of the cameos," he said. "I don't like them. I think it's stupid."
    • "I mean, Ed Sheeran's great," Nairn said. "He's a great guy, great musician, but why is he in 'Game of Thrones?'"

    The TV world is in a bit of a renaissance right now, although there are certain properties that stand out in regards to popularity. This includes HBO's "Game of Thrones," which is gearing up for its eighth and final season on TV. Season seven really stepped things up in regards to pacing and stakes, as new character interactions occurred, alongside long awaited reunions.

    One moment from last season that got a ton of negative press was the cameo of pop singer Ed Sheeran as a Lannister soldier. Fan outcry was immediate, with the singer having to leave Twitter due to all the hate.

    Now it turns out that Hodor himself wasn't a fan, either. Actor Kristian Nairn recently spoke about how cameos spoil the experience of "Game of Thrones," saying:

    "I'm not a fan of the cameos in 'Game of Thrones.' I don't like them. I think it's stupid. I don't mind going on the record on that. I just think it takes you right out of the world. Especially Ed Sheeran. I was like, 'Why is Ed Sheeran here?' I mean, Ed Sheeran's great. He's a great guy, great musician, but why is he in 'Game of Thrones?'"

    While his character may have only spoken his own name, Kristian Nairn isn't afraid to voice his opinion about the adventures in Westeros. Hodor has been dead for a season and a half by this point, so Nairn is left watching "Game of Thrones" like the rest of us. And just like most of the fans, the inclusion of the "Shape of You" singer was a bit distracting for the him.

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    Kristian Nairn's comments to The Huffington Post seem to echo the concerns over Ed Sheeran's brief role in "Game of Thrones." The singer popped up briefly during Arya's journey back to Winterfell, singing a Lannister song with a bunch of red cloaked soldiers.

    The cameo was reportedly a special treat for actress Maisie Williams, who is a major fan of Sheeran. While the sequence provided one of Arya's only lighthearted scenes in years, it was ultimately met with massive backlash. As a reminder, you can check out one of Ed Sheeran's brief "Game of Thrones" scenes below, complete with those million dollar vocals.

    The backlash around Ed Shereen's "Game of Thrones" role will likely dissuade the series from bringing on any big celebs in its final season. Fans are hoping that Jason Momoa might pop back up as Khal Drogo, perhaps in another vision sequence for Dany. It seems like just about anything could happen for season eight, as the showrunners craft an ending that some fans have been waiting for for decades.

    It's unclear when "Game of Thrones" will return to HBO, but CinemaBlend will have every update along the way. In the meantime, check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.

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    bojack horsemanNetflix has a lot of original content in store for the second half of this year.

    2018 has already seen the premiere of a handful of new original shows, including the sci-fi reboot "Lost In Space" and David Letterman's talk show.

    Among the shows still to come is the new series "Maniac," a dark comedy starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, along with new seasons of "Ozark" and "Orange Is The New Black."

    On Wednesday, Netflix announced that it will release the fifth season of its animated comedy "BoJack Horseman" on September 14. 

    Netflix has said it will spend $8 billion on shows and movies in 2018 — up from the $6 billion it spent in 2017. 

    To help you sort through all of the upcoming content, we've compiled a list of original shows that Netflix has confirmed are coming out in 2018. This excludes movies, kids' shows, and series that might not come out until 2019 or later.

    Here are all the shows we know Netflix is for sure putting out in 2018, along with their release date if available:

    SEE ALSO: All 65 of Netflix's notable original shows, ranked from worst to best

    "Lovesick" (Season 3) — Released January 1

    Netflix description: "In his quest for true love, Dylan found chlamydia. Joined by friends Evie and Luke, he relives past encounters as he notifies all his former partners."



    "The End of the F***ing World" (Season 1) — Released January 5

    Netflix description: "A budding teen psychopath and a rebel hungry for adventure embark on a star-crossed road trip in this darkly comic series based on a graphic novel.



    "Disjointed" (Season 1 - Part 2) — Released January 12

    Netflix description:"Pot activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman runs a medical marijuana dispensary while encouraging her loyal patients to chill out and enjoy the high life."



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    In movies and TV shows, cars are important props. They make period films feel like they are set in the past. They help give characters an identity. They add action and speed to chase scenes. We visited one place that supplies cars to film shoots— the Auto Film Club in Staten Island, New York. Following is a transcript of the video.

    Narrator: In movies, cars get blown up and flipped. They define characters or they're characters themselves. Sometimes they're the center of the shot and other times they're in the background just helping to set the scene. But where do these cars come from? Some of them come from the Auto Film Club in Staten Island, New York.

    Max Lucci: We rent vehicles, we modify vehicles, we acquire vehicles.

    Narrator: The Lucci family has been in the car rental business for 43 years. Max's father Ralph had an auto body shop with his brother in Brooklyn and they got to know people with old cars. 

    Lucci: They started getting calls from different prop masters and people in the film industry saying, "Oh, you guys have a body shop where you have all these older cars. I need cars for a period piece."

    Narrator: After awhile, they were acting as liaisons between film crews and car owners. Eventually, they started buying cars to keep in their own inventory as well. Now, they've got about 190 vehicles available on their lots and a database full of car owners willing to rent. The cars they have range from flashy, polished collectibles to beat-up junkers.

    Lucci: Whether it's your pristine garage queen from the '60s or '70s or your jalopy, you know, your Subaru Outback, whatever it may be there's always a character who needs a specific type of car.

    Narrator: The way it usually works is a production company calls with a request for a particular type of car. If the Auto Film Club doesn't have the car, they'll act as the agent for someone who does or try to find one to buy. If they do have the car, they'll bring it into the garage and make sure it's running well before it has to be on set.

    Lucci: If there needs to be a shot where a car is having a hard brake and it stops right in front of the principal actor or actress, then we'll inspect the vehicle, check out the brakes.

    Narrator: This is all part of getting the car stunt ready. They might also prepare a car to burn rubber, be smashed, or get flipped. For the movie "This Is Where I Leave You", the Auto Film Club had to find an old Jaguar and then gut it. 

    Lucci: We removed the motor and the transmission from it, made it hollow, and then we had some people from special effects come in and fabricate a fake-looking motor that we put into the vehicle and then we had to weld a pipe so that the actors who were flipping over this real car could use it to gain leverage and actually flip over this old Jaguar.

    Narrator: You might not know it, but you've probably seen some of Auto Film Club's cars. They supplied about 14 cabs for this scene from the 2002 Spider-Man movie. The rest you see were added digitally in post-production. They supplied the cars for "Men in Black," including the Zap-Em van and the car that Will Smith smashes through when he shoots the cricket gun. That one was the Lucci family's car when Max was growing up.

    Lucci: It used to get driven to school, kindergarten, every single day, we called it Old Betsy.

    Narrator: Auto Film Club has supplied cars for "Gotham,""The Americans,""Jessica Jones," and the list goes on. -

    Lucci: You can never say no to a potential client because you never know when they're gonna call you back. He told me to call this person who told me to call that guy, who knows a guy in Wyoming. I finally called someone and I said, "Do you have a 1993 to '97 Prevost bus hatch?" And he said, "Yeah, I got one right in my yard."

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    • "This Is Us" star Lonnie Chavis shut down trolls commenting on his tooth gap.
    • The 10-year-old posted a video saying he could fix the gap with braces.
    • But he asked the bullies if they could fix their hearts. 

    "This Is Us" star Lonnie Chavis may be young, but the child knows how to handle online bullies.

    The 10 year old who plays the young version of Sterling K. Brown's Randall on the NBC drama took to his Instagram Tuesday to shut down online trolls who have been commenting on his tooth gap. 

    "To all the trolls who have been trolling on my comments talking about my gap...I mean, I could get my gap fixed," he said. "Braces can fix this, but can you fix your heart, though?" 

    His photo caption reiterated his point.

    "PSA! Yes I have a gap in my teeth, that braces can fix when all my baby teeth fall out," he wrote. "I'm gonna keep on smiling though. STOP TROLLING STOP BULLYING! Fix your heart! To all those being bullied or being trolled YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, YOU ARE AWESOME, and YOU MATTER!"

    The young actor reminded viewers that children are driven to suicide by relentless bullies who criticize and attack people for no reason.

    "There are kids out here killing themselves just because of ya'll hating and trolling," he said. "It hurts people. People kill themselves and you're the ones making them do it."

    He told kids watching him to "be who you want to be." 

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    Netflix made a deal with Marvel Comics back in 2013 to produce four Marvel-universe shows and a mini-series.

    The deal expanded last year, when Netflix released its sixth Marvel show, "The Punisher." Its latest Marvel release was the second season of "Luke Cage," which premiered to positive reviews this week.

    To find out which of the Marvel Netflix shows have fared the best among critics, we turned to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for the composite critical receptions of all seasons for each series. We used audience scores to break any ties. 

    Here are Netflix's six original Marvel shows, ranked from worst to best, according to critics:  

    SEE ALSO: RANKED: Netflix's 25 original comedy shows, from worst to best

    6. "Iron Fist"— 17%

    Critic score: 17%

    Audience score: 75%

    Netflix description: "Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the Iron Fist, he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfill his destiny."



    5. "The Punisher"— 63%

    Critic score: 63%

    Audience score: 93%

    Netflix description: "A former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family's murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy."



    4. "The Defenders"— 76%

    Critic score: 76%

    Audience score: 75%

    Netflix description: "Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist join forces to take on common enemies as a sinister conspiracy threatens New York City."



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    orange is the new blackWith the summer TV season underway, several fan-favorite shows are returning with new seasons next month.

    To find out which returning shows audiences are anticipating the most, the TV-tracking app TV Time analyzed data from its 12 million global users to see which upcoming TV shows viewers had followed the most frequently on its platform.

    The list includes the upcoming sixth season of the popular Netflix original show "Orange Is the New Black" and the eighth season of the USA drama series "Suits."

    Here are the 5 returning TV shows that viewers are anticipating the most in July, according to TV Time:

    SEE ALSO: Most Netflix subscribers with young kids have no idea Disney content will get pulled off the service

    5. "Wynonna Earp" (Season 3) — Premieres July 20 on SyFy

    Summary:"Follows Wyatt Earp's great granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. With her unique abilities, and a posse of dysfunctional allies, she's the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice."



    4. "Power" (Season 5) — Premieres July 1 on Starz

    Summary:"In Season 5, James 'Ghost' St. Patrick in a dangerous alliance with his former brother-in-arms Tommy Egan and mortal enemy Kanan. Ghost is blind to new enemies and must remain vigilant toward those wanting to take him down."



    3. "Suits" (Season 8) — Premieres July 18 on USA Network

    Summary:"Centers on a fast-paced Manhattan corporate law firm led by legendary lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), his intelligent but delicate partner, Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), and secretary-turned-COO Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty)."



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    • The Backstreet Boys performed on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday.
    • Members Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, and AJ McLean teamed up with the late night host to sing their popular track "I Want It That Way," which appears on their third album, "Millennium."
    • Their rendition included the use of classroom instruments, from tambourines to xylophones.
    • Watch the video below.

     

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    Donald Trump with Omarosa Manigault, then the Trump campaign's director of African-American outreach, in September 2016

    Love it or hate it, reality television is a huge part of pop culture today. And there's something for everyone, no matter what your interests are. Want to watch a bunch of people compete to date Flavor Flav? There's a show for that. More into watching beautiful people in their 20s running around Los Angeles? There's a show for that too.

    A few reality TV icons have become some of the biggest celebrities in the world today — while others have faded into obscurity. Not everyone can finagle a hosting gig into the presidency.

    Keep scrolling to see what your favorite reality TV star is doing today.

    Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt had one of the most tumultuous relationships ever during their time on "The Hills."

    Pratt, potentially one of the most hated reality TV stars ever, was responsible for the demise of the friendship between Conrad and Montag, one of the central themes on "The Hills."

    According to Conrad, he was also responsible for spreading rumors about an alleged sex tape between Conrad and her ex-boyfriend Jason Wahler.

    Montag and Conrad never truly recovered.



    "Speidi," as they were called in the tabloids, are still together and welcomed a son in 2017.

    Their relationship (and later marriage) has gone through a lot. Montag — who famously underwent around a dozen plastic surgeries— filed for divorce in July 2010, but later admitted that it was just for publicity. The couple also made appearances on "Celebrity Big Brother,""Marriage Boot Camp," and "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!."

    Their son Gunner was born in October 2017. Currently, Pratt is killing the Snapchat game — he won Snapchatter of the Year at the 2018 Shorty Awards. The duo also launched a podcast in January 2018, aptly titled "Make Speidi Famous Again."



    The girl that started it all, Lauren Conrad, appeared on both "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills," which followed her life from senior year of high school until she was 23.

    "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" depicted a group of friends going through the typical ups and downs of high school, and it was all narrated by Conrad. The show was such a success that it led to her very own spin-off, "The Hills." And for four-and-a-half seasons, fans of the show were able to watch Conrad, her best friends Lauren Bosworth, Audrina Patridge, and Heidi Montag, navigate their early 20s living in Los Angeles.

    Most of Conrad's storylines on the show revolved around her conflict with Montag and Montag's boyfriend Pratt — but the most memorable moment from "The Hills" will always be Conrad getting chastised by her boss at Teen Vogue, Lisa Love, for opting to stay in Los Angeles with then-boyfriend Jason Wahler, rather than taking the opportunity to intern in France for the summer. 



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    Most Unlikeable Characters of All Time INSIDER Culture team Rory Gilmore Ted Mosby Kimmy Gibbler

    With peak TV and the rise of audience's obsession with anti-heroes, it seems inevitable that you'll love to hate at least one fictional person on your favorite show. But sometimes characters also wind up being off-putting in ways the writers surely didn't intend.

    From "nice guy" Ted Mosby to the iconically annoying Kimmy Gibbler, here are INSIDER's picks for the 47 most unlikable TV characters of all time.

    Jeremy Jamm — "Parks and Recreation"

    Councilman Jeremy Jam was the bane of Leslie Knope's existence. He constantly tried to impede any progress Leslie hoped to make for Pawnee, he was misogynistic and annoying and condescending. He thought he was better than everyone. Also, his "You just got jammed" catchphrase was annoying. — Anjelica Oswald



    Jenny Humphrey — "Gossip Girl"

    "Gossip Girl" had several storylines and characters that were arguably problematic, but Jenny Humphrey was a truly loathsome character. She started out as Dan's younger, innocent sister — but it didn't take long before she turned into a rebellious, wild child.

    She tried too hard to climb the social ladder and gain popularity by any means possible. It was also clear that she wished she was as old as Dan and his friends. Oh, and she did some damage to the relationships between Nate and Serena and Chuck and Blair. Needless to say, when Jenny graduated from high school and left town, fans were overjoyed. — Olivia Singh



    Joffrey Baratheon — "Game of Thrones"

    "Game of Thrones" may be known for its morally grey characters, but Joffrey Baratheon (er, Lannister) was a rare little s--- who any warm-blooded viewer wanted to regularly throttle. Yes, Joffrey's screwed up parents are partly to blame for his sadistic nature, but that doesn't make him any more likable.

    A significant chunk of credit must go to Jack Gleeson, the incredible actor who played the punchable Joffrey so well that many fans have trouble separating the real person from the character. — Kim Renfro



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    American Crime Story VersaceNow that we're halfway through the year —and close to Emmys season — we're thinking about the new shows we've loved the most. 

    There's good news and bad news: there haven't been that many great shows so far, but less required viewing is a bit better for your TV watching schedule. 

    With stellar writing and memorable performances that stand out among the vast TV landscape, these are the best new shows of 2018.

    We'll update this list with new shows we love as the year goes on. 

    Here are the best TV shows of 2018, ranked (along with their Rotten Tomatoes scores):

    SEE ALSO: The 50 Disney movies that made the most money at the US box office

    9. "Everything Sucks!"— Netflix

    Critic Score: 69%

    Audience Score: 90%

    "Everything Sucks!" tells the story of Kate Messner, a high school sophomore who's coming to terms with her sexuality. Her journey, which happens to take place in the 90s, showcases how hard it was to be an LGBTQ+ teen two decades ago. The season, which really picks up in the final episodes, also follows a lovely romance between Kate's dad and her friend Luke's mom, which is one of the few "parent" stories on a teen show that's not a complete waste of screen time. Unfortunately, Netflix already canceled the show. But there's an active campaign to bring it back.



    8. "Trust"— FX

    Critic Score: 76%

    Audience Score: 62%

    "Trust" tells the story of the Getty family — more specifically the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III in 1973 (sans Christopher Plummer). Brendan Fraser makes a major comeback with his Emmy-worthy performance as James Fletcher Chase. It's also glamorous and quite stylish thanks to executive producer Danny Boyle, who directed a few episodes. 



    7. "Killing Eve"— BBC

    Critic Score: 100%

    Audience Score: 88%

    The female-driven "Killing Eve" is stylish, thrilling, and has incredible performances from Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. It isn't a typical spy thriller, and that's what makes it so great. Oh's performance is truly extraordinary, and proves, like she did with her work on "Grey's Anatomy," that she's one of the best TV actors ever. 



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    Anticipation is already building for fall TV premieres. 

    Networks and cable channels are starting to announce premiere dates. "This Is Us,""Empire," and "The Good Place" are all set for September and "Riverdale" returns in October. 

    And with the return of favorite shows come some new series as well, including a "Charmed" reboot on The CW and a "Sons of Anarchy" spin-off.

    Here's when the best new and returning TV show premiere this fall.

    We'll be updating this list as more release dates are announced. 

    Wednesday, August 1 at 10 p.m. ET

    "The Sinner" season two (USA) 



    Friday, August 3 at 11:30 p.m. ET

    "Animals" season three (HBO)



    Monday, August 6 at 9 p.m. ET

    "Better Call Saul" season four (AMC)



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    The AmericansWe're officially halfway through 2018, and there's already been some great TV — including the final season of FX's "The Americans," season two of Netflix's "Glow," and Amazon's new series "A Very English Scandal" starring Hugh Grant.

    With so many great shows already, we started thinking about the new and returning shows we've loved the most over the past six months.

    With stellar writing and captivating performances that rival what you see on the big screen, these are the best new and returning shows of 2018 (so far).

    We'll update this list with other great shows from 2018 as the year goes on. 

    Here are the best TV shows of 2018, (along with their Rotten Tomatoes scores):

    SEE ALSO: Hugh Grant is stunning in 'A Very English Scandal,' which explores the dark side of Britain's politics and justice system

    Returning shows:



    "Glow"— Netflix

    Critic Score: 97%

    Audience Score: 88%

    Season two is much funnier and deeper than its excellent first season, keeping it high up in the ranks as one of the best Netflix original shows, and one of the best shows on television. With the main story already established, season two has room for its spectacular set of characters and focuses on issues including race, sexual harassment, motherhood, teen angst, and letting go of the past.



    "The Americans"— FX

    Critic Score: 99%

    Audience Score: 92%

    The final season of "The Americans" intensifies the thrilling action and espionage as it pulls characters apart just as we thought they would come together in the end. Things built up quickly and it earned its poignant and unforgettable ending, which is one of the best series finales in TV history. 



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    A reporter with the Russian The Caucasus Post media outlet risked being decapitated while filming a news segment featuring some low-flying Mi-24 helicopters in anticipation of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

    The scene speaks for itself: you can clearly see the journalist presenting her report from the runway as several Hind gunships fly close to her. As many as 14 Mi-24s can be seen in the footage with the second one literally buzzing the journalist with the stub wing endplate missile pylon missing her head by a few inches …

    Take a look:

    Brave or reckless journalism? You judge.

    SEE ALSO: The US Army is getting a deadly new missile to replace the Hellfire and strike terrorists from helicopters and drones

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    Love Island; Adam Collard, Hayley Hughes, Jack Fincham, Kendall Rae-Knight, Niall Aslam, Samira Mighty, Dr. Alex George, Dani Dyer, Wes Nelson, Laura Anderson and Eyal Booker.

    • British people are obsessed with "Love Island."
    • The hype around the reality TV show has baffled social media users in the US and around the world.
    • Business Insider broke down the reasons for its cult following — and why you can't afford to miss it.


    For the past few years, two words have become synonymous with summer on British social media: "Love Island."

    "Love Island" is a reality TV show that has come to obsess those who tune in six days a week to watch it and bewilder those who resolutely declare it the scourge of society.

    The premise of the show is simple: 10 chiselled 20-somethings are dumped in a luxury villa on the Spanish island of Mallorca and tasked with one goal — find love.

    For the duration of their time in the villa, they are not allowed any contact with the outside world. All the islanders have phones, which they should have on them at all times, but can only use them to message other islanders and receive texts from the show's producers.

    Love Island Adam Collard

    At the beginning of the show, which is now in its fourth season on British TV channel ITV2, the girls of the island line up in the garden and the boys are introduced one by one.

    The girls can then choose to step forward for the guys they're attracted to and the guy chooses the girl he wants to couple up with. Following so far?

    This leads to some skin-crawlingly cringy moments when no one steps forward for one of the bachelors.

    Love Island line-up

    At the end, whoever isn't in a couple is paired up.

    Oh, I forgot to mention that all the girls arrive standing up in the back of a Jeep:

    Love Island girls arrival

    The show is hosted by Caroline Flack or "The Flack" as she's affectionately named. Every week, The Flack drops into the Love Island villa to announce who will be leaving the group.

    Caroline Flack Love Island

    Love Island is a rollercoaster of lust, heartbreak, drama and, sometimes, love.

    Over eight weeks, islanders are routinely forced to couple up and recouple — those who find themselves flying solo are at risk of being dumped from the island.

    Of course, it's not quite that simple. New "bombshells" are frequently introduced to the island to change the dynamic, and various challenges are designed to plant seeds of doubt in couples' minds — while also offering a dose of slapstick humor.

    Love Island challenge

    Some couples seem to start off strong, whispering sweet nothings to each other on the villa's sun loungers, only to be torn apart by a new bombshell entering the scene.

    That's what happened with Adam and Kendall when Rosie walked in.

    Love Island Adam and Rosie

    Then Adam and Rosie when Zara walked in.

    Love Island Zara and Adam

    Then Adam and Zara when Zara got booted off and Darylle walked in. Adam has not come off well.

    Adam and Darylle compete in a challenge

    Not everyone has been such a lothario, though.

    Some members of the villa have struggled to get up and running — resident doctor Alex got friend zoned almost immediately with his first partner Samira, then got dumped by Ellie after she said they had "no sexual chemistry."

    Love Island Alex

    The couples also compete to win the hearts of the general public, who have the final say on the winning couple that takes home £50,000 ($66,000). The twist? Couples can either split the winnings or opt for some last-minute drama and choose to steal it for themselves (this hasn't happened on "Love Island" yet — but here's hoping).

    Lucrative as it is, though, the cash prize is not the main draw for the young heartthrobs who join the show. Appearing on "Love Island" is like a cheat code for your Instagram profile, with some contestants gaining almost 100,000 followers overnight.

    From there, many ex-contestants become influencers who litter Instagram feeds with sponsored posts about teeth whiteners and hangover cures. Others have gone on to host TV shows, open their own clothing brands and even top the UK iTunes chart.

    Love Island

    "Love Island" is a teaming hotbed of drama that is, at times, impossible to tear your eyes away from.

    It's the schadenfreude of watching intolerable contestants crash out that is as much of a draw as the elation of watching your favourite couple saying the L-word for the first time.

    For those who don't watch "Love Island," the furore around a show that is essentially about sex-deprived Instagram models can be baffling. But it is because everyone watches it that everyone watches it.

    It's the conversation catalyst with your receptionist, your boss, your dentist.

    In the immortal words of Pusha T, "if you know, you know."

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    Everybody has to start somewhere, and for many celebrities "somewhere" is the set of a daytime soap opera. It's a genre that doesn't get a lot of respect in the industry despite the grueling work schedule and reputation as an actors' boot camp.

    "There seems to be some bristling at the implication that soaps are a training ground, but they are," Soap Opera Digest editor Stephanie Sloane told Variety in 2007. "They do up to 40 pages of dialogue a day, so as far as volume there's no comparison to what they do in primetime or film."

    Many of the most popular soaps have run for decades and have consistently been a launching pad for many Hollywood careers.

    Here are 16 stars who got their start on soap operas.

    Demi Moore

    Demi Moore's career has been full of memorable movies including "Ghost,""St. Elmo's Fire," and "G.I. Jane," but her career began on television. Moore got her start in showbiz by playing an investigative reporter named Jackie Templeton on "General Hospital" from 1982 to 1984.



    Justin Hartley

    No one can say Justin Hartley hasn't paid his dues. Before starring on "This Is Us," the actor kicked off his career by playing Fox Crane on "Passions" — the extremely weird soap that included orangutan, an actual witch, and an enchanted doll among its characters — from 2002 to 2006.

    Hartley, who also had a regular role on "The Young and the Restless" later in his career, told Glamour he isn't insulted if people think of him as a "soap opera actor." 

    "I don't get upset about it. It comes with the territory, and there are worse things," he said. "I love acting, and so whenever I get the opportunity to act, I'm happy."



    John Stamos

    He's always going to be best known as Uncle Jesse on "Full House," but John Stamos' career began with a lengthy run on "General Hospital" as a "street kid" named Blackie Parrish from 1982 to 1984. Stamos, who earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in his last year on the show, recently sparked reports he might return to the show when he shared a photo from a visit to the set on Instagram.

     



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    GLOW Season 2 Debbie TammeNeed a show to watch during the Fourth of July in the middle of the week?

    Thankfully we can make finding one easier for you. We know what it's like to spend too much time making huge decisions like what to binge-watch on Netflix, so every week we gather a list of three shows you should watch.

    Here, you'll find shows you can finish in a day, and some you can at least get started on. We mix shows that have recently come onto the service with some old favorites you might have missed.

    From wrestling dramadey "Glow" to true-crime series "The Keepers," here's three TV shows you can stream on Netflix this week:

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    "Glow"

    Seasons: 2

    Episodes: 20

    "Glow" is a deep exploration of female friendship and 80s culture. But it's also very, very funny, and you'll learn a lot about wrestling. Its recently released second season goes even further into everything that made season one so great: its spectacular and diverse set of characters.

    Season two premiered on Netflix on June 29. 



    "Schitt's Creek"

    Seasons: 3

    Episodes: 39

    This silly and incredibly well-acted comedy follows a wealthy family (their money came from a video store empire) who loses everything after their business manager fails to pay their taxes. The Rose family has to adjust to being a broke in a small town that can't accommodate their lifestyle. Over time, the characters grow in a way that makes you more sympathetic toward them, but they still stay very much the same. 



    "The Keepers"

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 7

    "The Keepers" flew way under the radar compared to Netflix's other true-crime originals like "Making a Murderer" and "The Staircase." If you're addicted to true crime, you've probably already seen this one, which investigates the mysterious death of a nun in Baltimore in 1969. But if you haven't seen it, it's a must-see, and it's honestly worth revisiting if it's been a while. 



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    The Sinner

    July is here, even though it feels like it was just January. 

    And with a new month come new TV shows available on Netflix, from original shows to long-running ones. The only problem is that a lot of the new content available on Netflix isn't worth your time. So we studied the list of what's to come in July and picked the 6 shows that we recommend.

    Here's 6 shows coming to Netflix in July that definitely won't be a waste of your time:

    • The Sinner: Season 1 (available July 2)

    • The Comedy Lineup (July 3)

    • Anne with an E: Season 2 (July 6)

    • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2018: Freshly Brewed (July 6)

    • Sacred Games (July 6)

    • Orange Is the New Black: Season 6 (July 22)

    SEE ALSO: The 8 movies coming to Netflix in July that are worth watching

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    Breaking Bad

    The most critically acclaimed TV shows in history have earned their praise by repeatedly producing innovative and memorable seasons.

    Shows like "The Wire,""Breaking Bad," and "The Larry Sanders Show" consistently won over critics, and their best seasons have set a standard for what great television should look like.

    To find out which series have been the most influential, we turned to the review aggregator Metacritic for its list of the all-time best TV seasons, which ranks shows by their composite critical reception. We used audience scores to break any ties.

    Check out the 50 best TV-show seasons of all time, according to critics:

    SEE ALSO: The 20 most-watched TV episodes ever, ranked

    50. "The Handmaid's Tale" (Season 1)

    Metacritic score: 92/100

    User score: 7.8/10

    Notable episodes: ""Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum,""Jezebels"



    49. "Homeland" (Season 1)

    Metacritic score: 92/100

    User score: 8.3/10

    Notable episodes: "The Weekend,""Crossfire,"Marine One"



    48. "Rectify" (Season 2)

    Metacritic score: 92/100

    User score: 9.1/10

    Notable episodes: "Mazel Tov,""The Great Destroyer,"Unhinged"



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    Prince Charles MasterChef Australia

    • Prince Charles made a guest appearance on MasterChef Australia.
    • Fans were left with a bitter taste in their mouths, though, as the royal didn't appear to eat anything.
    • It may be because royals are encouraged to avoid exotic foods that carry a higher risk of infection — or he just wasn't hungry.


    Fans of an Australian cooking show were left feeling short-changed after Prince Charles made an appearance on the program but didn't eat anything.

    Charles, who is heir to the British throne and will likely become king of Australia too, was invited on MasterChef Australia this week.

    While there he was offered a range of Aussie delicacies from wallaby tart to green ants.

    However, footage of the prince eating either wasn't aired or doesn't exist, outraging fans.

    "Promotion all week 'Cook for Prince Charles' except he doesnt [sic] eat anything. EPIC FAIL," one wrote.

    "I feel cheated that Prince Charles isn’t actually even shown eating anything," said another.

    Others made jokes about the episode:

    There could be some logic behind Charles's apparent snub.

    The BBC reports that the royal family is encouraged to avoid certain food groups, including shellfish, to reduce the risk of infection.

    However, the rule clearly isn't too strictly enforced — Charles was photographed sampling English oysters in 2013.

    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales tries an oyster as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall looks on during their visit to The Whitstable Oyster Festival on July 29, 2013 at Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable, Kent.

    Speculation aside, there's every chance his royal highness just wasn't in the mood for wallaby and ants that day.

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    Amy Adams Camille Preaker Sharp Objects Anne Marie Fox HBO

    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for HBO's "Sharp Objects."

    HBO's latest miniseries "Sharp Objects" is a simmering murder mystery set in small-town Missouri and brought to life with a big-time cast of Hollywood creators. Starring Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a woman grappling with alcoholism and mental health issues, the series is an eight episode adaptation of the first novel published by Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl").

    After reviewing the first seven episodes, we feel certain that HBO has another sleeper hit on its hands, much like the breakout series "Big Little Lies" that captivated fans last year.

    Why you should care: The creators and cast is a super-sized pool of talent.

    Flynn's two other novels, "Gone Girl" and "Dark Places," were adapted into feature films, but "Sharp Objects" brings us back to the very start of Flynn's fictional literary career. The showrunner and primary writer for HBO's series is none other than Marti Noxon. 

    Noxon's writing, directing, and producing work resume includes "Buffy the Vampire Slayer,""Grey's Anatomy,""Mad Men," and the currently airing "Dietland."

    Amy Adams Patricia Clarkson Camille Adora Sharp Objects HBO

    Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club,""Wild,""Big Little Lies") is the director for all eight episodes, while Patricia Clarkson and Amy Adams star as the twisted mother/daughter duo whose dark past unravels as the episodes move forward.

    At a time when major Hollywood projects spearheaded and starring women are rare, "Sharp Objects" is barreling in with incredibly talented women at almost every stage of production.

    What's hot: The show has brilliant editing, performances, and a haunting score.

    "Sharp Objects" tells the unsettling story of a reporter, Camille Preaker, who is sent back to her small hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri when a brutal set of murders occurs. Camille is clearly haunted by a series of events which occurred in Wind Gap during her childhood, the full breadth of which becomes clear as the series continues.

    For those who haven't read Flynn's debut novel yet, "Sharp Objects" will have you theorizing with each new episode about the killer's real identity. As Camille navigates her hometown, Adams delivers a harrowing performance with her understated suppression of trauma, self-harm ideation, and complex relationship with the intersection of sex and violence.

    Camille Sharp Objects Anne Marie Fox HBO

    Flynn's original novel is skillfully adapted by Noxon and her writing team. The small town tableau enhances the ways domesticity and misogyny eat away at the internal mechanisms of women and the people around them.

    Wind Gap is revealed to be a town chock-full of twisted people in each generation, any of which might have killed the the two young girls at the center of the murder mystery.

    A couple main suspects are introduced towards the start of the series, but Noxon has brilliantly worked scenes with nearly each character so that you change your mind, sometimes from moment to moment, about who the person menacing the town might be. 

    Adora and Alan Preaker Sharp Objects Anne Marie Fox HBO

    "Sharp Objects" pinpoints the way adults can become emotionally frozen in adolescence after trauma. Camille is a flawed protagonist in a way that's rare for women characters, and the miniseries forces the viewer to sit with that discomfort as she chugs vodka for breakfast and engages in some seriously shoddy journalism tactics.

    Clarkson delivers an inspired performance as the haughty privileged Missouri mother of the town, Adora, and former Australian soap star Eliza Scanlen has a captivating energy as Amma, Adora's doll-like daughter and Camille's half-sister.

    Amma Rollerblades Sharp Objects Anne Marie Fox HBO

    As the story builds, we see the carelessness with which men (and women) in power and positions of privilege handle the lives of those around them. Some may perceive the story as slow-moving, especially if you're looking for a "Law and Order: SVU" style murder investigation, but the simmering build of emotional horrors are just as compelling.

    The soundtrack skitters between blaring Led Zeppelin and an ominous synth-based thrumming that helps navigate the story from past to present. It won't take long for people to begin curating their own "Sharp Objects" playlists for melancholic car rides.

    Vallée's editing is also a thrilling style choice that helps bring the viewer into Camille's train of thought, since the adaptation loses Flynn's narration of events through her protagonist's point of view. 

    What's not: The slow-burn mystery takes awhile to build, but it's worth adjusting your expectations.

    Vallée's choice to split flashback memories with hallucinations or dreams creates a disorienting viewing experience that takes a couple episodes to adjust to. At first, the unprompted flashes of scenes simply had a jarring and unpleasant affect on the watching experience.

    Adora Patricia Clarkson HBO Sharp Objects

    There are times when the snippets of violence juxtaposed with seemingly simple childhood memories is disorientating, but I suspect that's entirely the point given that we're following an alcoholic with deep currents of trauma embedded in her very skin.

    For a weekly series you won't be able to binge, the pace might deter you from tuning in each week. But if you know ahead of time that "Sharp Objects" is a study in the slow decay of will, then you'll grow to appreciate the brilliance of its framework.

    The bottom line: You don't want to skip "Sharp Objects."

    For those who can engage with the macabre and possibly triggering storyline of self-harm, murder, depression, and alcoholism, "Sharp Objects" will surely be your next TV drama obsession. 

    Grade: A-

    "Sharp Objects" premieres on HBO this Sunday, July 8, at 9 p.m. EST. Watch the full trailer below:

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