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    seinfeld

    • TV shows like Friends, SNL, The Simpsons, and Seinfeld have made a lasting cultural impact.
    • They even added words to the dictionary.
    • Once these TV shows aired, words like "spam,""regifting," and "going commando" became part of common parlance.


    Television plays an important role in society — it educates, connects with us emotionally, offers cultural commentary, and makes us laugh.

    But TV plays an important linguistic role as well. Language experts play close attention to the way TV shows influence the way we talk, and some of the most interesting linguistic developments are associated with TV.

    Take the word "spam," for instance. Once just a canned lunch meat, spam now refers to junk email, and it's all because of a 1970 "Monty Python" sketch. And there are plenty of other examples, too, from shows like Friends, SNL, The Simpsons, and Seinfeld.

    Read on to learn about some of the most enduring words that got their starts on popular TV shows.

    SEE ALSO: 9 words and phrases people think are wrong, but are actually correct

    Not!

    It's hard to believe that one of the most basic joke constructions got its start on Saturday Night Live, but that's exactly the case with "not!"

    The joke made its formal debut in a famous 1990 "Wayne's World" sketch featuring cast members Mike Myers and Dana Carvey and host Tom Hanks. At one point, Myers turned to Hanks and said, "Anyways, Barry, that was really interesting," before looking into the camera and adding, "not!"

    The joke turned into one of the sketch's many catchphrases, and had such staying power that "Not!" was named the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year in 1992.

    Before that sketch, the word had floated around in the vernacular of UCLA college students in the late 1980s, according to the Orlando Sentinel, and before that, Steve Martin had ad-libbed a similar line in a 1978 SNL sketch.

    But we can thank "Wayne's World" for bringing the "not" joke into the mainstream, and for inspiring one of the more memorable scenes in "Borat" history.



    Spam

    Canned Spam has been around since the 1930s, but we can thank a 1970 Monty Python sketch for its alternate internet-related definition.

    The sketch is set in a cafe where nearly every menu item contains Spam. The references to the canned lunch meat increase until eventually, all the dialogue is drowned out by a chorus of Vikings singing "Spam!" repeatedly.

    As internet chatting became possible in the 1980s and 1990s, some early netizens flooded online message boards with lyrics to the song, drowning out other conversation much like the Vikings from the Monty Python sketch. The practice became known as "spamming" the message boards, and by 1990, the definition of spam had expanded to any unsolicited online messages sent to a large number of people.



    Regifting

    The practice of giving someone a gift you had previously received yourself has been around as long as gifts have been given.

    But calling that practice "regifting" only became popular thanks to a 1995 episode of "Seinfeld," in which a regifted label maker becomes a topic of concern among the show's characters. Merriam-Webster cites the episode as the first known use of the term.



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    • Tina Fey appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday night.
    • The "Mean Girls" screenwriter and star participated in a segment where her fans went into a room and spoke to a poster and explained how Fey has impacted them — then she came out and surprised them. 
    • After airing the segment, Fallon stood up to express his own emotions, and choked up a bit.
    • "If you're lucky throughout your life to get to meet and spend time with a few people who really change you for the better, I am that lucky," Fallon said of Fey, who had served as the head writer on "Saturday Night Live" for years.
    • "I was lucky enough to work with you and grow with you and learn from you," he said.
    • Fallon praised Fey (who he met when he was 23 years old) for fighting to achieve her goals.
    • He added: "You didn't get served this. You didn't get given this as a gift. I know firsthand you worked so hard and found a voice and found your way, and you made your own dreams come true. And most importantly, even now, you're making other people feel like they can do the same thing and change the world."
    • He concluded by saying that he hopes his two daughters grow up to be "as fearless and confident in their strengths" as Fey. 
    • Watch the sweet message below (Fallon shared his sentiments at 4:55).

     

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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. 

    Scrub Daddy (4-Pack), $14.24, available at Amazon

    Scrub Daddy, $3.59, available at Target



    Bombas

    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: Spoilers ahead for the season two premiere of "Westworld."

    HBO's "Westworld" kicked off its second season with an extra-long episode full of new revelations, as well as callbacks to themes and scenes from the series' premiere season. From an important conversation between William and Ford to the surprising new pairing of Maeve and Lee Sizemore, there was plenty for fans to love. 

    We're here to bring you the most important moments of Sunday's episode that you might have overlooked (especially if you didn't rewatch the whole first season again in recent months).

    Keep reading for a look at 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere of "Westworld."

    The opening scene shows Dolores speaking to Arnold.

    Arnold – one of the co-creators of the Westworld park — had conversations with Dolores in this exact room setting and while wearing these exact clothes. We saw many flashbacks to those talks on season one.

    But is this really Arnold? Or could it be Bernard, the host Ford built in Arnold's image? There's also the possibility this is Dolores having a conversation with her subconscious, the way she did throughout the first season. But for now we're pretty sure it's Arnold. 

    And the dream he discusses with Dolores is eerily prophetic to how the episode ends. 



    At the end of the episode, Bernard is standing at the edge of a sea and looking out on a swath of drowned hosts.

    This final shot implies that in the two weeks between the start of the rebellion (aka the final moments of season one) and when the Delos security team arrives at the park, Bernard came to the decision to "kill all of them" (the hosts).

    In the opening scene, Arnold (or Bernard?) told Dolores about a dream he had.

    "I dreamt I was on an ocean, with you and the others on the distant shore," he said.

    "Were you with us?" Dolores asked.

    "No. You'd left me behind," he replied. "And the waters were rising around me."



    Which brings us to the recurring idea of "The Valley Beyond."

    This phrase first came up when the Delos security detail pulled the video footage from the dead Native American host. The video log showed Dolores shooting and killing the host after saying, "I told you friend, not all of us deserve to make it to the Valley Beyond."

    This phrase came up several times on this episode, and it's likely connected to the ocean of dead hosts seen at the end.



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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO's "Westworld" season two, episode one, "Journey Into Night."

    The second season premiere of "Westworld" finally provided much-needed answers about the location of the gigantic Delos park. Though fans had wild guesses about where the Westworld destination was (including under water or even on another planet), turns out it's on boring old Earth. 

    In the opening scenes, a new Delos security character named Karl Strand was shown speaking with a Chinese soldier about a document. 

    "See this? It's an official statement executed by your country giving Delos, and consequently me, authority over this entire island," Strand said.

    When the soldier appeared to argue, Strand lost his patience. 

    "Have him sign an NDA and then please escort him off my f---ing island," Strand said. 

    Karl Strand arguing Westworld season two episode one HBO

    Previously we had very little information about the Westworld park and its place in the world. But on the first season finale, we learned that Maeve's entire escape plan was a programmed narrative designed to end with "Mainland Infiltration."

    The world "mainland" matched with language of Westworld being on island, but fans still couldn't be sure.

    Until now. 

    So if the Westworld park (along with the other five Delos parks) are on an island off the coast of China, does that mean they purchased an existing plot of land? If so, which island is it? Or is the entire facility a giant man-made island built with the permission of surrounding countries?

    We're still in the dark about certain details, but perhaps more will come to light as the new season progresses. In the meantime, read INSIDER's list of nine details you might have missed on the second season premiere. 

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the "Westworld" season two premiere.

    On Sunday's premiere of the second season of "Westworld," the extra-long episode contained an important set-up for William's journey this season as the park descends into violent chaos.

    We're talking of course about the older version of William seen on "Westworld," played by Ed Harris and formerly known only as the Man in Black. On the new season premiere, William sets out into Westworld with the newfound understanding that the "stakes are real" this time. Hosts can kill humans, and William seems thrilled. 

    But then the young host Dr. Robert Ford created in his own young image finds William, and tells him about a new game. 

    Young Ford Host Westworld season two episode one HBO

    Young Ford tells William about the new game he's in now

    The Young Ford host spoke in his own childlike voice, but it was layered with audio of Old Ford (Anthony Hopkins). We'll break down what this all means in a bit, but first here's a full transcription of what William and Ford said to each other. 

    Ford:"Are you lost?"

    William:"No, I don't believe I am. In fact I feel like I've just arrived."

    Ford:"How so, William?"

    William:"The stakes are real in this place now. Real consequences."

    Ford:"Question for you is, what next? Have you achieved all you wanted?"

    William:"The folly of my kind — there's always a yearning for more."

    Ford:"That's what I've always appreciated about you. You never rested on your laurels. You've made it to the center of Arnold's maze. But now you're in my game. In this game, you have to make it back out. In this game, you must find the door. Congratulations William. This game is meant for you. The game begins where you end. It ends where you began."

    William:"Even now, you all still talk in code?"

    Ford:"Everything is code here, William. You know that more than anyone. Don't worry — the game will find you."

    William:"Well then. I guess I don't need you anymore, Robert."

    William old Westworld season two episode one HBO

    What "The Door" means in the bigger context of the show

    The most important part of Ford's message from beyond-the-grave is his mention of "The Door." 

    Ahead of the second season premiere, "Westworld" co-creator Jonathan Nolan told Entertainment Weekly each season of the show has its own title. The first season was "The Maze," and the second season is "The Door."

    "If the first season was a journey inward, this is a journey outward," Nolan said when discussing the season titles. "This is a search for what is else is beyond the park, and what else is in the park. Are there more parks? How big is the park? What's beyond the park? We think of our seasons as discrete components in the series, to the point where we've named our seasons."

    This new game Ford created is called "The Door," just as Arnold's game for Dolores and the hosts was "The Maze" on the first season. 

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    Ford makes certain that William knows "The Door" is a challenge designed for him. The young host says Williams has to "make it back out"— indicating that his survival among the hosts (now capable of murder) will lead to winning.

    Older William spent all of the first season chasing down the maze without understanding that it was only built for hosts in their quest for consciousness.

    The maze itself turned out to a be a metaphorical challenge with literal maze depictions planted around the park (which you can see listed in our round up here). So is "The Door" a literal door, or it another figurative concept? If it is literal, then where does this door lead? Out to the real world, or into a secret area of the park (or a different park)?

    Old William Ed Harris Westworld season two John P. Johnson HBO

    It might be both, but we likely won't have an answer to those questions until the season finale. The cryptic message of William's journey beginning at the end and ending where he began are also curiosities we're sure to learn more about as the season presses forward.

    The more immediate consequence of this scene lies in the Young Ford host.

    The Ford host affects the future of Westworld and the other hosts

    If Ford was able to code his young host self to not only recognize William, but to find him and communicate posthumous directives, what else did Ford plan before he died?

    This scene indicates that Ford still has an unmatched level of control in the park's systems, even in death. Are the rebelling hosts even truly rebelling? Or is all the chaos really just a new (albeit more bloody and cutthroat) narrative? 

    Clearly the opening episode of season two set up more questions than it provided answers. But we're keeping these themes of doors and coded messages in mind as "Westworld" continues expanding its world view. 

    For more on "Westworld,"follow INSIDER's coverage here, including 11 details you might have missed on the first episode of season two.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO's "Westworld" season two, episode one, "Journey Into Night."

    The second season of "Westworld" kicked off with many surprises, including an important conversation between the young Ford host and William. But the episode also made a careful revelation about the multiple time frames we'll be seeing on the coming episodes — especially around Bernard's plotline.

    At the end of the episode, we learn that Bernard has (for unknown reasons) killed a large group of hosts — including Teddy. The final shot showed Teddy's drowned body floating just under the surface of the sea.

    Bernard's first scene take place two weeks after Ford's death

    When we see Bernard waking up as waves crash around him and a Delos security guard (named Maling) tells him to put his hands in the air, this is all happening 14 days after the events of the first season finale. 

    Bernard Maling Stubbs Westworld season two episode one HBO

    The Delos head honcho, Karl Strand, tells Bernard that communication with the outside world has been down for two weeks, so they're largely in the dark.

    Bernard, who the audience knows is a host at this point even if the other Delos staff don't, starts experiences time-slippage. While Karl grills him about what has been happening for the last two weeks, Bernard starts remembering what he went through post-Ford's death. 

    Because host's memories don't deteriorate with time, when Bernard is remembering something we see it as crystal clear flashback sequences (more on those in a bit). 

    By the end of the episode, Bernard is with the Delos team in this "two weeks later" time frame. They find a swath of hosts all gathered in a section of the park that is supposed to be a valley. But when they arrive, the valley has been flooded with water and turned into a sea.

    Overlooking park Westworld season two episode one HBO

    Hundreds of drowned hosts are floating in the newly made bay. When Strand asks what happened, Bernard seems to remember ... something.  "I killed them," he says. "All of them."

    Based on this premiere episode, season two will explore Bernard's journey in the weeks after Ford's death by showing us dual time frames that lead up to Bernard killing a large chunk of the hosts.

    The other scenes from immediately after Ford's death

    Before we see the drowned hosts, the episode cuts back to Bernard hiding in a barn with Charlotte Hale, the executive director of the Delos board. This scene and the others where Charlotte is in her gold gown are occurring right after Dolores shot and killed Ford on the first season finale.

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    Bernard sticks with Charlotte as they try to escape the wrath of the newly conscious hosts and their deadly weapons. While the other human VIP guests fall into traps and get killed, Charlotte leads Bernard to a secret facility underground.

    This is a remote work station manned by "drone hosts"— those faceless white hosts HBO had been teasing prior to the season premiere.

    Bernard realizes that Charlotte had been using off-network drone hosts to collect data on the guests in the park. 

    Earlier on the episode, we saw how the hosts record video footage of everything that happens to them (Strand had his team review one dead host's video and saw Dolores shooting it). Down in the remote work station, Bernard watched as a drone host swapped the genitals of a human host and logged the DNA found there.

    Then the drone host plugged in the human host's central "brain," which means they now have the video footage of whatever a guest was doing with the host that resulted in their DNA being on the host's private parts. 

    Drone host Westworld season two episode one HBO

    Charlotte tells Bernard that this data collecting project is what the Delos board is most interested in. She had arranged to send the dataset off the island using a decommissioned host named Peter Abernathy.

    We saw Charlotte plan this with Lee Sizemore on the first season, though we never saw Abernathy actually leave his cold storage. He was simply gone when Sizemore went down to that section again.

    So post-Ford death, Bernard and Charlotte are looking for Peter Abernathy while trying to survive in the park. Bernard is also trying to conceal his true host identity from Charlotte, but he's badly injured.

    Remember when he shot himself in the head back on the first season? Maeve had Felix and Slyvester patch him up, but clearly there was more damage than could be fixed in a hurry. 

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    The time jumps show that Bernard will, at some point, go from being with Charlotte and on the hunt for Abernathy to killing the hosts in the newly made sea by the end of those two weeks.

    How the drowned hosts are connected to the opening scene

    In the episode's opening, we see Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) with who we believe is Arnold (Jeffrey Wright). But since Bernard is a host made in Arnold's image, it can be hard to tell.

    The black clothing worn by Wright and location are identical to scenes from the first season when Arnold and Dolores were speaking, which is why we're inclined to think that's what's happening on this episode as well.

    "I dreamt I was on an ocean, with you and the others on the distant shore," Arnold says to Dolores.

    Arnold Dolores Westworld season two episode one HBO

    "Were you with us?" Dolores asked.

    "No. You'd left me behind," he replied. "And the waters were rising around me."

    If this was truly a conversation between Dolores and Arnold, about 35 years ago, then it was awfully prophetic. Bernard seems isolated in the immediate aftermath of Ford's death, and something happens that brings him to participate in the deaths of hundreds of the hosts — all involving a sea. 

    So how does Bernard come to kill all of those hosts, including Teddy? The short answer is: We don't know ... yet. 

    Hopefully as the season continues, we'll get more answers. But for now, audiences should keep a close eye on that earlier Bernard time frame with Charlotte. 

    For more on "Westworld," read our breakdown of 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for the season two premiere of HBO's "Westworld."

    Sunday's premiere of the second season of "Westworld" introduced several new characters who might look familiar to fans. The new cast members included Gustaf Skarsgård, known for playing Floki on "Vikings," and Betty Gabriel — who starred as Georgina from the hit movie "Get Out."

    Let's take a closer look at the new roles (you can read INSIDER's full "Westworld" character guide here to match more names to faces).

    Karl Strand 

    Skarsgård (who is the brother to fellow stars Alexander, Bill, and Valter) plays the Delos head of operations. He's a formidable man with little patience and a focus on his mission ahead. 

    Karl Strand arguing Westworld season two episode one HBO

    Strand arrives to the park two weeks after Ford's death, and is intent on understanding exactly what happened. According to him, communications to the outside world — and therefore Delos — have been limited.

    Maling 

    One of the new Delos security personnel introduced is a woman named Maling, played by Betty Gabriel. She's the first person to find Bernard on the shore in the opening scenes, and sticks with that team as they begin surveying the park.

    Maling Stubbs Strand and Bernard Westworld season two episode one HBO

    Though Maling only has a singular named credited, and therefore is likely just a minor character, she's worth keeping an eye on as the Delos-centric plot line continues.

    Antoine Costa

    Antoine is a Delos technician who is with Strand and Maling as they begin trying to piece together what went wrong in Westworld and the other parks. 

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    He's the one who removed the host's cortical device and reviewed the video footage with Strand and his team.

    For more on "Westworld," read INSIDER's full character guide here and see our list of 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere

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    • Macaulay Culkin made a rare interview appearance on Monday's episode of "The Ellen Show."
    • The 37-year-old is best known as a child actor in films including "Home Alone." 
    • Host Ellen DeGeneres pointed out that he still has a young face.
    • "It's a curse and a blessing," he said. "I've still got the same face." 
    • He said he has no trouble getting into restaurants, but then once in, people often stare. 
    • He added that he avoids going out around the holidays ("my season") because of the popularity of the "Home Alone" movies. 
    • People still ask him to do the scream face. 
    • Watch the interview below.

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    • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings saw his pay rise five percent to $24.4 million in 2017, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing on Monday.
    • Netflix's chief creative officer, Ted Sarandos, also saw his total compensation package rise 18.5 percent from $18.9 million in 2016 to $22.4 million last year.
    • Netflix's executive pay increases came amid a period of great growth for the company.
    • After posting its "highest quarter in our history," with 8.3 million subscribers added globally in Q4 of 2017, the company again blew past growth targets in Q1, adding another 7.4 million subscribers. 

    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings saw his total compensation package rise five percent to $24.4 million in 2017, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    While Hastings' salary dropped from $900,000 to $850,000, the CEO's stock options rose from $22.3 million to $23.5 million.

    Netflix's head of content, Ted Sarandos, also saw his pay rise 18.5 percent from $18.9 million in 2016 to $22.4 million last year.

    While Sarandos' salary stayed at $1 million, his stock options dropped slightly to $12.4 million, and his "non-equity incentive plan compensation" grew from $4 million to more than $9 million, according to THR.

    Netflix's executive pay increases came amid a period of great growth for the company.

    After posting its "highest quarter in our history," with 8.3 million subscribers added globally in Q4 of 2017, the company again blew past growth targets in Q1, adding another 7.4 million subscribers. 

    Though Netflix's subscriber growth has continued to soar, it still has negative free cash flow, and expects to for quite some time. That means debt is needed. Netflix announced today that it plans to raise $1.5 billion in debt to invest in its content library of shows and movies, which the company will have spent roughly $8 billion on by the end of 2018.

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO's "Westworld" season two premiere.

    The second season of "Westworld" premiered Sunday night and delighted fans with new twists and unexpected character pairings. Perhaps the best of these moments was the teaming up of Maeve, a super-powered host, and Lee Sizemore, a smarmy Delos employee.

    This new partnership (forged under the chaos of the host-rebellion) was one of many parts of the new season that surprised star Thandie Newton, the actor behind Maeve.

    "Oh my God! Everything surprised me," Newton told INSIDER at the "Westworld" premiere during New York City's Tribeca Film Festival. 

    "I could not believe that Maeve was going to hook up with Lee Sizemore," she said. "Of all the f---ing people, man. He was the most reprehensible, despicable human being. Human being! Oof."

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    Lee Sizemore is indeed one of the more dodgy human characters on "Westworld." As the head of narrative, it was his job to dream up all the violent and sex-filled narratives that guests could choose follow inside the parks. He rubbed many people the wrong way over the course of the first season, but now he's under the watchful and impatient eye of Maeve.

    Even if Lee is the worst, Newton agrees that their character dynamic on screen is a fantastic addition to the new season. Maeve has now brought Lee into her group and she's forcing him to help her find the host who was once her daughter inside the park. 

    "It's great, but I mean like what the f---," Newton said. 

    The next episode of "Westworld" airs Sunday, April 29, at 9 p.m. EST. For more on "Westworld," read our breakdown of 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere.

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    • HBO's hit series "Westworld" returned for its second season on Sunday night. 
    • The new episode introduced a never-before-seen type of android called "drone hosts."
    • In a new video, HBO reveals the actors behind these creepy new robots.
    • They're played by tall men in latex costumes complete with corsets and face masks.
    • One of the actors is even a dancer, and the footage shows him doing ballet on set.
    • The drone hosts are intentionally designed to look unsettlingly humanoid.
    • But the new video shows how they're brought to life using clever costume design.
    • For more on "Westworld," read INSIDER's list of 11 details you might have missed on the second season premiere.
    • Watch the full behind-the-scenes video from HBO below.

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    The most important role of comedy is to make us laugh, even when we don't feel like laughing. And as audiences change over the years, so do the comedians they respond to.

    The comedians of the '60s and '70s may or may not feel relevant today, just as the comedians of today might not be relevant in 10 years.

    To determine the most famous comedian, we used Nielsen ratings for popular shows, award winners from each year, and looked subjectively at how much of a cultural impact each had.

    1963 — Jerry Lewis

    Jerry Lewis is total comedy royalty, with starring roles and buddy comedies with Dean Martin, in films spanning decades. But he hit his big solo break in the 1963 with the comedy "The Nutty Professor."

    He later would be best known for his support and telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    "I get paid for what most kids get punished for."



    1964 — Dick Van Dyke

    It's hard to pick one year that comedian Dick Van Dyke ruled the comedy scene. He starred in his own show "The Dick Van Dyke Show" beginning in 1961 and starred in "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1963. But he really became an icon in 1964 with his role as Bert in "Mary Poppins."

    "I didn't realize how many different kinds of falls I did in that show. At this banquet recently, they showed a little clip of all my falls. I said, 'No wonder there's arthritis in my spine.'"



    1965 — Barbara Eden

    If you don't recognize Barbara Eden at first, you sure will when she wiggles her nose. When "I Dream of Jeannie" premiered in 1965, Eden's role as "Jeannie" quickly became iconic, though she had been on the comedy scene for years. 

    She went on to appear in "Sabrina The Teenage Witch,""Dallas," and "Army Wives." 

    "I have to make dinner — I mean actually make it without magic. We are liable to die."



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    • The list of everything that will be coming to and leaving Netflix in May has been released.
    • Among those joining the streaming site are "Coco,""Scream 2," and "Mamma Mia!"
    • Titles that will be removed include "Bridget Jones's Diary,""The Hurt Locker," and "Ocean's Eleven."

     

    Netflix has released its list of everything coming and leaving the streaming site in May.

    Oscar-winning movies like "Coco" and "Shrek" are being added to the streaming site, in addition to classic horror films like "Scream 2."

    Additional seasons of popular CW shows, like "Riverdale" and "Arrow," will also be added to Netflix.

    Original Disney Channel films "Camp Rock,""The Cheetah Girls," and "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie" will be removed from Netflix in May.

    Other award-winning films, like "Goodfellas" and "The Hurt Locker," will be leaving. 

    Here's a list of everything coming and going on Netflix in May.

    Arriving in May

    Available 5/1/18

    "27: Gone Too Soon"

    "A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana"

    "Amelie"

    "Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures" Season 1

    "Beautiful Girls"

    "Darc"

    "God's Own Country"

    "Hachi: A Dog's Tale"

    "Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay"

    "Hellboy II: The Golden Army"

    "High School Musical: Senior Year"

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    "John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Mr. Woodcock"

    "My Perfect Romance"

    "Pocoyo and Cars"

    "Pocoyo and the Space Circus"

    "Queens of Comedy" Season 1

    "Reasonable Doubt"

    "Red Dragon"

    "Scream 2"

    "Shrek"

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    "Simon" Season 1

    "Sliding Doors"

    "Sometimes" NETFLIX FILM

    "The Bourne Ultimatum"

    "The Carter Effect"

    "The Clapper"

    "The Reaping"

    "The Strange Name Movie"

    "Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V" Season 2

    Available 5/2/18

    "Jailbreak"

    Available 5/4/18

    "A Little Help With Carol Burnett" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Anon" NETFLIX FILM

    "Busted!" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Dear White People: Volume 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "End Game" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Forgive Us Our Debts" NETFLIX FILM

    "Kong: King of the Apes" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo"

    "Manhunt" NETFLIX FILM

    "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "No Estoy Loca"

    "The Rain" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/5/18

    "Faces Places"

    Available 5/6/18

    "The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale (streaming every Sunday) NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/8/18

    "Desolation"

    "Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/9/18

    "Dirty Girl" 

    Available 5/11/18

    "Bill Nye Saves the World" Season 3 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Spirit Riding Free" Season 5 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "The Kissing Booth" NETFLIX FILM

    "The Who Was? Show" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/13/18

    "Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/14/18

    "The Phantom of the Opera"

    Available 5/15/18

    "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" Season 4

    "Grand Designs" Seasons 13 — 14

    "Only God Forgives"

    "The Game 365" Seasons 15 — 16

    Available 5/16/18

    "89"

    "Mamma Mia!"

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    "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"

    "The Kingdom"

    "Wanted"

    Available 5/18/18

    "Cargo" NETFLIX FILM

    "Catching Feelings" NETFLIX FILM

    "Inspector Gadget" Season 4 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/19/18

    "Bridge to Terabithia"

    "Disney's Scandal" Season 7

    "Small Town Crime"

    Available 5/20/18

    "Some Kind of Beautiful" 

    Available 5/21/18

    "Señora Acero" Season 4

    Available 5/22/18

    "Mob Psycho 100" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Shooter" Season 2 

    "Terrace House: Opening New Doors:Part 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/23/18

    "Explained" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/24/18

    "Fauda" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Survivors Guide to Prison"

    "Ibiza" NETFLIX FILM

    "Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "The Toys That Made Us" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Trollhunters: Part 3" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/26/18

    "Sara's Notebook" NETFLIX FILM

    Available 5/27/18

    "The Break with Michelle Wolf" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/29/18

    Disney/Pixar's "Coco" 

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    Available 5/30/18

    "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Season 4 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 5/31/18

    "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story" 

    "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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    "Arrow" Season 6

    "Dynasty" Season 1

    "Riverdale" Season 2

    "Supernatural" Season 1

    "The Flash" Season 4

    Leaving in May

    Leaving 5/1/18

    "Bridget Jones' Diary"

    "Casper"

    "Chappie"

    "Charlotte's Web"

    "Field of Dreams"

    "Goodfellas"

    "Ocean's Eleven"

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    "Sahara"

    "Silent Hill"

    "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"

    "The Hurt Locker"

    "To Rome With Love"

    "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar"

    Leaving 5/2/18

    "12 Dates of Christmas"

    "Beauty & the Briefcase"

    "Cadet Kelly"

    "Camp Rock"

    "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" 

    "Cow Belles"

    "Cyberbully"

    Disney's "The Cheetah Girls"

    Disney's "The Cheetah Girls 2"

    Disney's "The Cheetah Girls: One World"

    "Frenemies"

    "Geek Charming"

    "Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas"

    "Hello Sister, Goodbye Life"

    "High School Musical"

    "High School Musical 2"

    "Jump In!"

    "Lemonade Mouth"

    "Little Einsteins" Seasons 1 — 2

    "My Fake Fiancé"

    "Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension"

    "Phineas and Ferb:" Seasons 1 — 4

    "Princess Protection Program"

    "Princess: A Modern Fairytale"

    "Read It and Weep"

    "Revenge of the Bridesmaids"

    "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure"

    "Special Agent Oso" Seasons 1 — 2

    "StarStruck"

    "Teen Spirit"

    "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" Seasons 1 — 5 "

    "Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior"

    "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie"

    Leaving 5/7/18

    "The Host"

    Leaving 5/12/18

    "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"

    Leaving 5/30/18

    Disney's "The Jungle Book"

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    patrick melroseThe spring TV season is well underway, and some highly anticipated new shows are premiering next month.

    To find out which shows audiences are anticipating the most, the TV tracking app TV Time analyzed data from its 2.1 million global users to see which upcoming TV shows viewers had followed the most frequently on its app.

    The list includes streaming shows like Netflix's upcoming dystopian series, "The Rain," and the Benedict Cumberbatch-led, miniseries drama, "Patrick Melrose," from Showtime.

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

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    5. "Sweetbitter"— Premieres May 6 on Starz

    Summary:"'Sweetbitter' tells the story of Tess (Ella Purnell), a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. When she finds herself interviewing for a position at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world behind-the-scenes, tasting expensive wine, exploring dive bars, and learning who she can trust."



    4. "Safe"— Premieres May 10 on Netflix

    Summary:"Tom's wife died a year ago and he's bringing up his two daughters, living in a beautiful gated community, with close friends nearby and a new relationship starting. But when his eldest daughter disappears in mysterious circumstances he realises that in fact he knows nothing about the people closest to him - dark secrets about the people he loves and the place where he lives."



    3. "Patrick Melrose"— Premieres May 12 on Showtime

    Summary:"This five-part limited series based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn tracks Patrick from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and, ultimately, toward recovery back home in Britain."



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    • Netflix is releasing a 20-episode documentary series that follows BuzzFeed News reporters as they develop their stories. 
    • The series, "Follow This," premieres July 9 on the streaming service.
    • The show will feature 15-minute episodes, each of which "will follow a journalist as they delve into a variety of topics and settings worldwide — from unexpected cultural phenomenons to controversial social issues."

    Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will be releasing a 20-episode documentary series that follows BuzzFeed News reporters as they develop their stories. 

    The series, "Follow This," premieres July 9 on the streaming service, and is produced by BuzzFeed News (though several Netflix execs serve as executive producers).

    The show will feature 15-minute episodes, each of which "will follow a journalist as they delve into a variety of topics and settings worldwide — from unexpected cultural phenomenons to controversial social issues," Netflix and BuzzFeed said in a release. These episodes are relatively short for a Netflix original series, as the streaming giant hasn't released much video that fits into the "mid-form" label.

    The announcement of BuzzFeed's Netflix series follows its in-development TV show for Oxygen, based on the investigative work of the BuzzFeed's senior national reporter, Katie J.M. Baker.

    BuzzFeed is not the only new-media outlet to seek out television or premium streaming distribution for video, which has taken on a new importance in the wake of Facebook's deprioritization of publisher content. Besides first-mover Vice with its HBO deal, other new-media companies with TV deals include Vox (with PBS, FYI, and Netflix), Ozy (PBS), Attn: (Showtime), and The Dodo (Animal Planet).

    The first episode of "Follow This" will follow BuzzFeed reporter Scaachi Koul as she reports a story on the "enthusiastic proponents" of the so-called "head orgasmASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response. 

    "We're thrilled that Netflix saw the drama in the work of our journalism and the stories we tell. And we're so pleased to have brought what we've learned to Netflix's unmatched audience," BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith said in a statement. 

    Watch a clip from the series:

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    • Hulu's Emmy-winning drama series, "The Handmaid's Tale," has a 100% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its second season, which premieres Wednesday.
    • Extending beyond the Margaret Atwood dystopian novel that its first season was adapted from, "The Handmaid's Tale's" second season is getting laudatory reviews. 

    Hulu's Emmy-winning drama series, "The Handmaid's Tale," has a 100% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its second season, which premieres its first two episodes on Wednesday.

    Extending beyond the plot of the Margaret Atwood dystopian novel that its first season was adapted from, "The Handmaid's Tale's" second season is getting laudatory reviews for doubling down on the series' powerful bleakness and gripping drama. 

    The first season of "The Handmaid's Tale" received a 95% "Fresh" rating, along with eight Primetime Emmy awards, including the award for Outstanding Drama Series, making it the first show released by a streaming service to win the top Emmy award.

    "The Handmaid's Tale" follows the plight of Elisabeth Moss as June, a "handmaid" servant who is forced into sexual servitude by the government of a totalitarian, near-future United States called Gilead. Its second season expands beyond June's perspective to depict more of the vast horrors that show's world entails. 

    The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert had high praise for the show's second season in a review, writing, "I was blown away by the first hours of the new season, which are so gripping that my blood pressure rose right along with my admiration for everyone behind this series."

    New York Magazine's Jen Chaney wrote that the series "remains one of the most meticulously, thoughtfully photographed series on television."

    Many critics expressed that the series' brutality and bleakness make it a particularly difficult watch over the course of its new season, but as The New York Times' James Poniewozik put it in his review, "sometimes the best testament to a story's effectiveness is that it makes you hope for it to end."

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    While watching television, fans usually find themselves rooting for one couple or another during the length of their favorite shows. Sometimes, even, the fans’ opinions on which couples should be together or not dictate the show’s direction (See: Glee.)

    Aside from fandom wars over a favorite couple or “ship,” there are couples together on TV shows that seem either like a cheap plot device, or feel pretty gross to watch for various reasons. Here’s a list of what we think are the worst couples in TV history.

    Beware: Spoilers ahead.

    1. Olivia Pope and Jake Ballard (“Scandal”)

    OK, OK. They were standing in the sun together or whatever. But Admiral Jake is a certified murderer, and he kept Olivia from wearing the sometimes metaphoric, sometimes real, White Hat of goodness.

     

    He was keen on attaining power, remaining in Rowan’s good graces, and one-upping former President Fitzgerald Grant III. I understand that "Scandal"wasn’t necessarily the be-all end-all for good morals and values, and Olivia certainly has her own list of faults, but Jake is the lowest of the low in terms of a good match for her. He brought out the worst in the founder of OPA – even conspiring with her as the operators of B613, the secret agency controlling the government and sending out kills.



    2. Archie and Veronica (“Riverdale”)

    What do these two have in common besides enjoying making out with each other? The core of their relationship seems to be pleasing Veronica’s father, Hiram, who drives Archie away from his friends and family. There’s a huge lack of trust and communication in this high school relationship, which isn’t that unheard of, but is pretty unhealthy in the long-run. (Also, is holding onto Veronica and Betty as a couple just ridiculous at this point?)



    3. Blair and Dan (“Gossip Girl”)

    This couple confused me in that yes, they have a lot of shared interests – they enjoy the same books and movies. But Dan feels like the Brooklyn wannabe male version of Blair. Even viewers who don’t like Chuck agree that he matured enough by the end of the series to be a suitable partner-in-crime for Blair.



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    NBC's huge bet on Megyn Kelly seems to be floundering, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint.

    NBC paid a hefty $69 million salary (over three years) to lure Kelly from Fox News, but since then "her ratings declines and higher production costs have been a drag on a critical franchise for NBC," The Journal reports.

    Her daytime show “Megyn Kelly Today,” which airs at 9 a.m., has seen underwhelming viewership, and her Sunday newsmagazine has been downgraded to "occasional prime-time specials."

    The Journal called Kelly's $23-million-a-year contract a "throwback to the golden age of broadcast news," but how does it stack up next to other top TV hosts today?

    In August, Variety compiled the biggest estimated annual salaries of reality, news, and talk show hosts. There were newbies to the game like Mike Meyers and Jamie Foxx, and big hitters like Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres, and Judith Sheindlin (you know her better as Judge Judy).

    Here were the top paid hosts, as estimated by Variety last summer (excluding Megyn Kelly):

    Note: Some of these figures below include fees for producing and back-end compensation. 

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    Mike Myers (“The Gong Show”) - $3 million



    Jamie Foxx (“Beat Shazam”) - $ 3 million



    Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”) - $3 million



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    • Megyn Kelly has a three-year, $69 million contract with NBC, but her show's ratings are lagging.
    • "Megyn Kelly Today" averages about 2.4 million viewers. "Live With Kelly and Ryan" reaches an audience of 3 million in the same time slot on ABC.
    • Tamron Hall and Al Roker, the hosts who previously had her time slot, made less than half of Kelly's salary with higher ratings.

    NBC poached Megyn Kelly from Fox with a three-year contract for $69 million, but her ratings are not consistent with what is expected from that level of network investment.

    "Megyn Kelly Today" premiered in September 2017 but has yet to find its audience for its 9 a.m. weekday slot.

    The Wall Street Journal reported that Nielsen data shows Kelly averages 2.4 million viewers a day. Kelly's ratings are low in every regard: compared to her own viewership at Fox, compared to her competitors in the same time spot, and compared to her predecessors at NBC.

    During Kelly's last year at Fox News, "The Kelly File" averaged 2.7 million viewers despite being on a cable network. Kelly was in prime time and now airs in mornings, but her viewership dropped as she made the transfer from cable to network television.

    In the same time slot over at ABC, "Live With Kelly and Ryan" has seen a spike in ratings, partially attributed to Megyn Kelly's performance and partially attributed to Ryan Seacrest being named as Kelly Ripa's permanent co-host. 

    Nielsen shows that "Live" has expanded its lead over "Today" since Megyn Kelly joined NBC. Ripa and Seacrest now average 747,00 more viewers than Kelly. Forbes reported that Ripa made about $18 million last year and will make approximately $20 million from her "Live" salary in 2018.

    The Wall Street Journal reported that the audience for "Megyn Kelly Today" is 18% smaller than the audience for NBC's previous hosts in her spot, Tamron Hall and Al Roker, and that Hall and Roker had a combined salary of less than half of what Kelly is now making when they had the 9 a.m. spot last year. Hall has since left NBC

    Kelly made a major jump from cable to network news by leaving Fox for NBC. Stephen Colbert — who is now making $15 million— made a comparable cable-to-network move from Comedy Central to CBS for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." His ratings initially suffered, but the critical reception and viewership of Colbert's late-night talk show have improved.

    Kelly's ratings had a temporary improvement in February, which was attributed to NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics. 

    The former Fox star's other show with NBC, "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" finished its first season earlier than anticipated among low ratings. The first episode featured an interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and the Journal reported that NBC was surprised the premiere only took in 6 million viewers.

    NBC has said that the weekly news show that aired eight episodes last summer will now run "periodically."

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