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    It's still winter in most of the United States, but spring television shows are quickly coming our way, which means that no matter how much better the weather gets, you still have plenty of valid reasons to stay inside. 

    We put together a list of all the notable new and returning shows coming in the next couple months, and let you know whether or not you should watch them.

    The lineup for spring 2018 is pretty promising, but thankfully isn't overwhelming with shows you must watch. Some of the best dramas are starting new seasons including HBO's "Westworld," Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," and the final season of FX's "The Americans."

    Spring 2018 isn't bringing us that many new shows to be excited about, besides  FX's drama "Trust" starring Donald Sutherland, Brendan Fraser, and Hillary Swank. It's a show about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, but unlike "All the Money in the World," Christopher Plummer will not be replacing anyone in it at the last minute. 

    Here are all of the notable shows premiering in Spring 2018, and whether or not you should watch them:

    SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' crew set fire to a nearly 60-foot high model tree for that Yoda-Skywalker scene — 30 times


    "Rise"— NBC

    March 13

    Should you watch it: If you like musicals and shows that toy with your emotions like "This Is Us," yes. 

    "For the People"— ABC

    March 13

    Should you watch it: Skip it. There's a lot of legal dramas, and this one doesn't stand out. 

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    • Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore play married couple Jack and Rebecca Pearson on NBC's hit "This Is Us."
    • The drama follows their family's lives across multiple generations. 
    • It will also make you cry.
    • Ventimiglia tells INSIDER he and Moore watch each episode together.
    • When they're done, they talk about the episode, what they liked, and what they can do better to improve.
    • He admits they both get emotional watching the show, but insists that Mandy Moore cries harder during their viewing sessions.

    As if NBC's "This Is Us" didn't already make us love the bond between Jack and Rebecca Pearson on TV enough, here's another reason to love the duo offscreen. 

    Milo Ventimiglia says he and co-star Mandy Moore sit and watch every episode of the show together, or just about every episode. 

    "Every episode, yes," Ventimiglia told INSIDER. "Since the beginning, we've watched from pilot all the way until the current episode."

    He admits they may have missed an episode here or there, but the two watch it each week and then use the viewing sessions as a learning experience moving forward. 

    "I think we've missed two episodes watching it together, but it's one of those moments where we do the work together so we get to watch the work together, but also talk about the work after the fact," he said. "I get to sit with my friend and watch the show, but on top of that, it's good for us, playing this married couple, to understand where we can do better or things that we enjoy or just being able to talk about the other works of the cast or the crew."

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    And in case you're wondering, yes, they also cry while watching the show. And they're prepared with tissues for the expected onslaught of tears. 

    "Oh, totally. 100%," said Ventimiglia who divulged which of the two cry harder. "Mandy. I would say Mandy would. We're both pretty emotional when we watch the show. We usually watch it in [creator] Dan Fogelman's office and that screening room it's pretty stacked with Kleenex and tissues so we're OK."

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    Co-star Sterling K. Brown, who plays one of the Pearson's sons, also recently told us he typically will "cry like a baby" when he watches the show. 

    Ventimiglia said he wasn't surprised to hear that. 

    "Sterling's very emotional," he said. (That's something Brown confirmed on his recent "Saturday Night Live" monologue.)

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    The "This Is Us" season two finale airs on NBC Tuesday at 9 p.m. and will feature an older Jack Pearson. You can read about how he transformed for finale episode here

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for the season two finale of "This Is Us."

    Now that the mystery of Jack Pearson's death is long behind us, what else can "This Is Us" do to pull at fan's heartstrings heading into season three?


    Instead of flashbacks, Tuesday's "This Is Us" finale teased a series of small, perplexing flash-forwards. Several appeared to be about a year in the future and another with Randall may be as far as a decade down the line. 

    From a somber looking Toby to a traveling Kevin, we have a lot of questions and we're sure you do too. While we're waiting for the show to return in fall 2018, let's break down every question we have from the flash-forward scenes teased on the season two finale.

    What is going on with Toby?

    Toby is looking quite unlike his chipper self.

    Kate walks in on Toby curled up in bed and tells him that the doctor wants to see him to discuss adjusting his medication. Our best guess is that he may have slipped into a depression.

    On the season two finale, his parents hinted Toby had problems fighting depression after his first marriage fell apart and we're thinking he may have had a setback.

    "You stopped going to work and I found you in your apartment in the middle of a work day with the curtains drawn and hiding under the covers like a little kid," Toby's mother tells him. "You were severely depressed for a very long time."

    The way she describes him is exactly how we see Toby in the flash-forward.

    Who are Tess and Randall going to see?

    We previously saw a future version of Randall visiting his daughter Tess as a social worker. But there's more going on here. The two of them discuss a difficult meeting they have to make with a woman they refer to as her. 

    It’s time to go see her Tess," 

    I’m not ready.

    "Me neither," replies Randall. 

    Who are they talking about? The women in their life can refer to Tess' sister, Annie, her foster sister, Deja, or her mother Beth. The scene could also be talking about Randall's sister Kate or his mother, Rebecca.

    However, a lot of fans think that something may happen to Beth in the future. After future Tess and Randall speak the scene cuts to Beth. 

    And the way Randall says "It's time to go see her" makes it sound like someone is either in a hospital bed gravely ill or injured or has died. 

    Who is the woman Kevin is with?

    As Randall says that we don't know where we'll be in a year from now, we see Kevin on a plane to Vietnam with a woman who may or may not be his girlfriend. She's resting her head on him and he gives her a gentle kiss on the head.

    But who is she?

    All we know is that Kevin meets her at the end of Kate's wedding. The mystery lady gives Kevin some kudos on a speech well done.

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

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

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

    Ventimiglia's character died earlier this season from a heart attack brought about from too much smoke inhalation in a house fire, so it was unexpected to see a present-day Jack at his daughter's wedding. 

    On Tuesday's episode, fans learned it wasn't a "what-if" scenario. It was all part of a recurring dream Kate kept having before her wedding day of her parents' 40th wedding anniversary if Jack never died.

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

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

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

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

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

    Ventimiglia was a little taken aback with the results.

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

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    Unfortunately, as viewers know, we'll have to just imagine that life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    This week, "Black Panther" became one of the 33 movies in history to make $1 billion at the global box office.

    It also accomplished this feat in under a month, which only 12 other films have ever done. 

    "Black Panther" joins several other Marvel films on this list, which we ranked by the days it took each film to gross $1 billion worldwide.

    We used each film's gross on the day it passed $1 billion to break any ties. 

    Here are the 13 movies that made $1 billion at the global box office in less than a month:

    SEE ALSO: Only 33 movies have ever hit $1 billion at the box office — here they are

    13. "Beauty and the Beast"— 29 days

    Release date: March 17, 2017

    Date it crossed $1 billion:April 12, 2017

    Box office total: $1,263,521,126

    12. "Captain America: Civil War"— 24 days

    Release date: April 27, 2016

    Date it crossed $1 billion: May 20, 2016

    Box office total: $1,153,304,495

    11. "Black Panther"— 24 days

    Release date: February 16, 2018

    Date it crossed $1 billion:March 11, 2018

    Box office total (so far): $1,079,891,584

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    • Netflix is reportedly planning to make a weekly TV news magazine show like CBS' "60 Minutes" and ABC's "20/20," according to MarketWatch.
    • A TV-executive source told the outlet that the Netflix is "proceeding with caution" to enter the TV news business with a "sharp, balanced" weekly show.
    • The potential TV news show would be the first of its kind for the streaming service. 

    Netflix is reportedly planning to make a weekly TV news magazine show to rival CBS' "60 Minutes" and ABC's "20/20," according to MarketWatch.

    A TV executive who worked with Netflix on a recent documentary series told MarketWatch that the streaming service is "proceeding with caution" to enter the TV news business with a "sharp, balanced" weekly show.

    "Netflix have spotted a hole in the market for a current affairs TV show encompassing both sides of the political divide and are seeking to fill it," the source told the outlet, speaking on the condition of anonymity. 

    "Netflix are proceeding with caution over this because they're well aware that most new current affairs shows underwhelm and are expensive," the source continued. "They want to make their show economically viable without compromising the production costs and newsgathering operation."

    Though Netflix has released a number of talk shows from comedians like David Letterman, Chelsea Handler, and Joel McHale (to varying degrees of success), the potential TV news show would be the first of its kind for the streaming service. 

    Netflix has said it will spend over $8 billion on original content in 2018, and a TV news program is the latest reported project that signals a more political-oriented bent to its original content.

    The New York Times reported last week that former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are also in talks to produce content for Netflix, which will focus on "the power of storytelling to inspire."

    SEE ALSO: 19 Netflix original shows that both critics and audiences agree are amazing

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    • "Jeopardy" has been a popular game show for over 30 years.
    • "Jeopardy" champions are smart in a way that no one expects when it comes to money.
    • The poster boy of "Jeopardy,"Kenn Jennings, said much of his nearly $4 million in winnings have been "invested in stocks, bonds, and real estate."


    What is a way to become famous and earn loads of money by answering questions?

    "This is 'Jeopardy!'"

    Every night, three contestants compete on "Jeopardy" by buzzing in at trivia questions in the hopes of starting a winning streak and taking home cash.

    "Jeopardy" has been a TV staple since 1984, racking up 34 Emmy Awards and a Peabody and even turning some contestants into celebrities. While host Alex Trebek is no doubt the star, occasionally a contestant will end up more than a one-time phenom.

    From Ken Jennings to Brad Rutter — who both went up against IBM supercomputer Watson back in 2011 — repeat champions have not only won games and millions of dollars, but the attention and adoration of viewers.

    Sometimes, a winning contestant will mention what they plan on doing with their money — spending for a wedding, a new car, or a house are all common answers. But many of the show's biggest winners have more in common than their intelligence: they invested the bulk of their winnings.

    We found out what five of the most popular and successful candidates in "Jeopardy" history did post-show. Find out what each has spent their winnings on.

    SEE ALSO: A 'Jeopardy!' fan favorite explains how he's won over $300,000 in an 8-day streak without really knowing the answers

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    Ken Jennings — perhaps the most famous of all "Jeopardy" contestants — won 74 consecutive games back in 2004. In his initial run, Jennings earned $2.52 million.

    He won even more money on other "Jeopardy" appearances, and trips to other game shows including "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" and "Grand Slam." In total, Jennings has won $3,923,414 from game shows.

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    Jennings says the greatest luxury his earnings allowed him was to spend more time with his wife and two children. He was also able to move from Utah to Seattle and buy a house.

    Source: Jeopardy!

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    • Penelope Blossom went into sex work to support her family on The CW's "Riverdale." 
    • Actress Nathalie Boltt spoke with INSIDER about her character's career choice.
    • She said it was a conscious choice.
    • She also described how it affects Penelope's relationship with her daughter. 

    "Riverdale" fans were shocked when Penelope Blossom turned to sex work following her husband's death, becoming a self-identified "courtesan" and bringing clients into her own home. But her new career path was a conscious choice.

    "Once she lost not only her husband, but her entire status, I thought, 'Well what is Penelope qualified to do?'" Nathalie Boltt, who plays the Blossom matriarch on The CW drama, told INSIDER.

    "I thought it would be great if she had a secret skill or some amazing degree from a high-standing university, but ... I actually discussed with the showrunner, 'Well what if she's only qualified to do the oldest profession in the world?"

    Penelope and her daughter Cheryl fall on hard times with the loss of the family business and Clifford's death. After a fight, Cheryl purchases a Christmas tree and expensive gifts to get back at her mother. Cheryl tells her mom to get creative about making money to support the family, but the path her mother chooses isn't exactly what Cheryl had in mind. 

    Cheryl finds her mother making out with a man on their living room couch Christmas morning, and that's just the start of her sexual escapades. As Penelope makes enough money to pay off the family debt, she continues to work because she enjoys it. 

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    "I thought it would be such an interesting development considering how the Blossoms, particularly in season one ... were kind of like this wannabe royal family," Boltt said. "I quite like it, and I'd like to see Penelope claw her way back in some way because she's so damned determined." 

    But her choices affect her daughter. Cheryl struggles with the knowledge that her mother is bringing a new man to the house every night. And on top of making her daughter uncomfortable, Penelope is also emotionally abusive and manipulative.

    The contentious relationship between mother and daughter also affects the fans, Bolt explained. 

    "I think the more Penelope shows herself to be a bad mother, the more people kind of understand and sympathize with Cheryl," she said. "It has a cool dynamic of understanding Cheryl and relating to a teenager who is so embarrassed by their parents."

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    Ultimately, Penelope just wants her status back and will do what she can to get there, Boltt explained. 

    "Penelope is extremely power hungry. She wants to be seen, and she wants to be a top player in Riverdale as she was," Boltt said. "People who have status just through material wealth think that it makes them better than people, but does it? Does it make you better because you have more stuff? So when your stuff gets taken away, then what are you? So for Penelope, I think she wants to get her status back, but she doesn't know how." 

    Read more of our "Riverdale" coverage here

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    "Roseanne" is returning to ABC at the end of March.

    In its first nine seasons, the outspoken matriarch of the Conner clan rubbed elbows with the likes of George Clooney and Bruce Willis all while tackling unemployment and pinching pennies to raise her dysfunctional middle-class family. 

    The list of celebrity guest stars goes all the way to the show's first season in 1988. While some of them were big names in their own right playing themselves, some celebrities appeared on the show before they were big like Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    Even a few stars from ABC hit "Grey's Anatomy" appeared alongside the Conners.

    Before the show's season 10 premiere, take a look back at the famous faces who have shown up in Lanford, Illinois.

    Leonardo DiCaprio was one of Darlene's classmates in a home economics class.

    When Roseanne went to Darlene's class to talk about being a homemaker, DiCaprio could be seen sitting next to Darlene. 

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt played a new friend of DJ's who liked to ramble.

    George was the new kid at school on season five who DJ and the rest of his family got easily annoyed with.

    George Clooney was Jackie and Roseanne's original boss, Booker Brooks, at Wellman Plastics.

    Brooks started dating Jackie and failed at keeping it a secret.

    His last appearance was on season four during a Halloween episode where he dressed up as a moose.

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    • Benjamin Glaze, the "American Idol" contestant who Katy Perry kissed during his season 16 audition, shared his thoughts on the controversial moment that aired on ABC on Sunday night's episode.
    • He called the kiss "uncomfortable" and said he "wanted to save it for my first relationship" and "wanted it to be special." 
    • Speaking to the New York Times, Glaze said that if Perry asked him before kissing him, he would have said no because he "was raised in a conservative family." 
    • Glaze added that although the kiss was unwanted, in a sense, the airtime and exposure was "a great opportunity to get my music out."

    During the season 16 premiere of the "American Idol" reboot, judge Katy Perry kissed a contestant named Benjamin Glaze on the lips and created a lively debate among fans. And now he's speaking out on the experience and calling the moment "uncomfortable."

    The kiss occurred during the ABC reboot's premiere on Sunday night. One of the most talked-about moments from the episode was when Glaze got an unexpected kiss from Perry prior to his audition, after he admitted that he had never kissed a girl before.

    Some thought the moment was funny, and the judges laughed it off before Glaze performed his audition song. But others called the moment inappropriate. They argued that if one of the other judges, like Luke Bryan or Lionel Richie, did that to a female contestant, more people would be outraged. 

    Speaking to the New York Times, Glaze admitted that he also found the kiss "uncomfortable." He also said that he wanted to "save it for my first relationship."

    Glaze added that if Perry asked permission beforehand, rather than tricking him, he would have denied her. 

    "Would I have done it if she said, 'Would you kiss me?' No, I would have said no," Glaze said. "I know a lot of guys would be like, 'Heck yeah!' But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special."

    Although the kiss was unwanted, Glaze said that a positive thing that resulted from the airtime was that more people were exposed to his music. 

    "So in that way, I'm glad she did it because it's a great opportunity to get my music out."

    After Glaze sang Nick Jonas song "Levels" for his audition, the judges didn't put him through to the Hollywood round because they said he needed more practice. 

    Representatives for Katy Perry didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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    • Stephen Hawking died at age 76 on Wednesday.
    • The world-renowned physicist worked on an Emmy Award-winning TV show called "Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places" before he passed away.
    • In the show, Hawking flies around in a spaceship called the "S.S. Hawking" and explores his favorite cosmic mysteries.
    • CuriosityStream released the final episode several weeks early and is streaming the three-part series for free for a limited time.

    Stephen Hawking, who died today at age 76, was known for his work on the science of time travel and black holes.

    The British physicist penned several bestselling books and even worked on an Emmy Award-winning documentary trilogy, called "Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places."

    In the show, which is one of the last Hawking ever worked on, he flies around in a spaceship called the "S.S. Hawking" and explores deep scientific mysteries.

    The show was created by CuriosityStream, and its description reads: "Mixing recollections from his childhood and family life that inspired his work as a scientist, he goes in search of the ultimate mystery: the theory of everything. Along the way, time travel and a precarious free fall to Venus, plus questions about aliens, God, and truth, offer unprecedented insight into this genius mind."

    stephen hawking favorite places tv show streaming curiositystream 02CuriosityStream planned to release the third and final episode, which in part dives into Hawking's fears about artificial intelligence, in mid-April.

    But a representative for the company told Business Insider that, following the death of Hawking, its creators decided to release the last episode today.

    Through March 23, Anyone can also watch the series for free for a limited time. It's normally packaged in a streaming subscription that costs between $2.99 and $11.99 per month.

    You can find all of the "Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places" episodes at

    Remembering Stephen Hawking:

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    • Former ESPN president John Skipper resigned suddenly in December, citing a long struggle with "substance addiction."
    • But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Skipper shed light on the days leading up to his resignation, which included being caught up in an extortion plot for a cocaine purchase. 
    • Skipper said he resigned after disclosing the extortion to Disney CEO Bob Iger, with whom he agreed that he had "placed the company in an untenable position."

    In December, John Skipper resigned suddenly from his role as president of ESPN and cochairman of Disney Media Networks, citing a long struggle with "substance addiction."

    The move came as a shock to the sports-media world at the time. But in a new interview with ESPN historian James Andrew Miller for The Hollywood Reporter, Skipper described the difficult days leading up to his resignation, which included his being caught up in an extortion plot for a cocaine purchase. 

    In the interview, Skipper admitted to being an "infrequent" cocaine user. He said that in December, someone he had not previously bought cocaine from "attempted to extort" him, and that this ultimately brought about a discussion with Disney CEO Bob Iger that led to his resignation.

    "They threatened me, and I understood immediately that threat put me and my family at risk, and this exposure would put my professional life at risk as well," Skipper said. "I foreclosed that possibility by disclosing the details to my family, and then when I discussed it with Bob [Iger], he and I agreed that I had placed the company in an untenable position and as a result, I should resign."

    "It was inappropriate for the president of ESPN and an officer of The Walt Disney Co. to be associated in any way with any of this," he continued. "I do want to make it clear, however, that anything I did in this regard, and anything else resulting from this, was a personal problem. My drug use never had any professional repercussions, but I still have profound regret."

    Skipper described how he spent the day following his resignation by himself in New York City, crying as he "realized the profundity of what I’d done to myself, to my family, and that I’d given up the best job in sports on the planet."

    He went on to call James Pitaro, the man who replaced him as ESPN president on March 5, "a good, smart executive," whose "style will work at ESPN."

    Read the interview here.

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    Katy Perry's flirtatious actions on ABC's "American Idol" reboot have caused controversy and discussion online, particularly after she tricked contestant Benjamin Glaze and kissed him on the lips before his audition. Glaze recently called the moment "uncomfortable," and now he's clearing up what was said. 

    Taking to Instagram, the 20-year-old wrote a lengthy caption in response to the mixed reactions from people who tuned in to the "American Idol" reboot premiere, which aired on Sunday night.

    He clarified that he "wasn't complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry" and aspects of the situation have been misinterpreted. 

    "I am not complaining about the kiss, I am very honored and thankful to have been apart of 'American Idol,'" Glaze wrote.

    Perry kissed Glaze right before he performed his audition song, and he appeared flustered as he sang. Although he didn't make it to the Hollywood round, judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan encouraged him to practice more. 

    He admitted that his audition didn't go as well as he expected and he "should have picked another song to sing and calmed myself down regardless of the kiss. I should have been able to perform under pressure." 

    In response to many people calling Perry's kiss sexual harassment because it was unwanted and she wasn't given consent, Glaze said: "I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges [sic] comments and critiques."

    Glaze also repeated that the he was uncomfortable, because he had never been kissed and "was not expecting it."

    "My main goal is to reach people through the universal love of music and not cause strife or anger against anyone or about any situation," he added. 

    Hi everyone, I would like to clear a few things up for anyone who is confused, concerned, or angry. I am not complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry at all, doing a few news reports and being interviewed by many different reporters has caused some major questions. The way certain articles are worded is not done by me, and my true intentions are not accurately represented in every article you read about the situation. I am not complaining about the kiss, I am very honored and thankful to have been apart of American Idol. The main purpose for the show is to find stars and new music artist. I do wish I would have performed better in the moment. I should have picked another song to sing and calmed myself down regardless of the kiss. I should have been able to perform under pressure. I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges comments and critiques. I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it. My main goal is to reach people through the universal love of music and not cause strife or anger against anyone or about any situation! Please take into consideration that I don’t believe my views have been appropriately communicated through the media! Thank you to everyone who has followed me in this journey and I hope I answered a few questions. . . . . . #americanidol #katyperry #music

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    In a previous interview with the New York Times, Glaze first spoke out about the kiss, saying it made him "uncomfortable" because he had never been kissed before and "wanted to save it for my first relationship." 

    But he also said that because of the moment, he has been able to "get my music out."

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode 15 of "Riverdale," titled "There Will Be Blood."

    Wednesday's episode of The CW's "Riverdale" introduced some new characters to the town. 

    The CW drama brought in Clifford Blossom's twin brother Claudius during a drama-filled will reading. Fred Andrews almost ran for mayor until the Lodge's big secret was revealed and resulted in Hermione running for mayor. And of course, the show managed to fit in some pop culture references and callbacks to the comics.

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

    Toni has a direct callback to one of Kevin's lines from the first season.

    When the will reading is interrupted by an angry Alice Cooper, Toni says, "This is riveting. I can't breathe." 

    This is verbatim what Kevin says to Joaquin on season one during Jughead's birthday party after Veronica accuses Cheryl of being too close to her brother. 

    Polly mentions Dr. Patel, a character from the comics.

    Polly wonders how quickly Dr. Patel can get their blood tests back to them.

    Ravi Patel is a character from the comics. He's a doctor and the father of Raj Patel, a friend of Archie and company. 

    Veronica tells Archie their life isn't the "Manchurian Candidate."

    Veronica and Archie get into a fight after Archie spills the beans about the Lodges buying Pop's Diner. He tells her that he's just trying to protect his dad after her parents want him to run for mayor. 

    "This isn't 'The Manchurian Candidate,'" she shouts at him.

    "The Manchurian Candidate" is a novel — and film — is thriller about the son of a political family who has been brainwashed into being an assassin for Communists. Her reference implies that Archie thinks her parents will use Fred for bad things.

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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 "Jessica Jones," which premiered to positive reviews this month.

    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 each series. 

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

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    6. "Iron Fist"— 17%

    Critic score: 17%

    Audience score: 77%

    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"— 75%

    Critic score: 75%

    Audience score: 78%

    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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    • CBS has ordered a pilot for a TV series version of the James Ellroy novel, "L.A. Confidential," which was an Oscar-winning movie in the late 1990s.
    • Walton Goggins will play the character of Jack Vincennes, which was played by Kevin Spacey in the movie.
    • Goggins told Business Insider the TV show will not be a remake of the movie, which is a good sign.
    • There's so much great stuff from the book that the movie left out, especially elements of the Vincennes character.

    Since director Curtis Hanson adapted author James Ellroy's gritty pulp novel "L.A. Confidential" into a movie in 1997 — which went on to win two Oscars — Hollywood has been trying to continue telling the story in different ways with little success.

    There was the 2003 show starring Kiefer Sutherland that didn't get picked up, and a decade later Ellroy pitched around town a series that would be a sequel to the movie; but no takers. Now CBS is the latest to give it a shot.

    Walton Goggins Matt Winkelmeyer GettyThe network has ordered a pilot to be written and executive produced by Jordan Harper ("The Mentalist,""Gotham") to star an ensemble that includes Walton Goggins, Mark Webber, and Shea Whigam.

    Like the book and movie, the pilot will be set in 1950s Los Angeles and explore corrupt cops, tabloid journalism, and the seedy side of Hollywood.

    But Goggins, who will play detective Jack Vincennes (the role Kevin Spacey played in the movie), recently told Business Insider something very refreshing about the show: "It isn't a remake of the movie," he said. "It is a telling of James Ellroy's novel."

    And that is a good sign because the movie only touched the surface of what's in the book.

    Arguably Ellroy's most famous novel from his famed "L.A. Quartet" series of crime fiction books, "L.A. Confidential" follows three policemen as they investigate a series of murders. The book found high acclaim for its colorful characters and fast-paced dialogue that seemed stripped right from a film noir.

    Hanson's movie (which also starred Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and earned Kim Basinger a best supporting actress Oscar win) captures the essence of the book perfectly, and touched on the broad strokes of the plot. But like any movie, a lot of the guts of the book never made the screen. If the pilot is picked up, hopefully a series could delve into that better.

    laconfidential_warnerbrosThere's especially more to explore with the Vincennes character.

    Spacey played "Trashcan Jack" as a slick detective who loved being the technical advisor of the hit TV show "Badge of Honor" and spill tips to the sleazy tabloid "Hush-Hush" for some extra cash. But what it left out was Vincennes' drug and alcohol addiction, and that he once killed two innocent people.

    Goggins is perfect to play Vincennes and hopefully the show will delve deeper in that darker side of this character.

    It's one of the reasons why the 15-year TV veteran loves the small screen so much.

    "With TV it's just rewarding because in a serialized story things can play out over a very long time so the opportunities to really explore nuances are there," he said.

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    It’s easy to think of the kind of stories that get told in the comic book world as just one genre or tone, but as seen below, graphic novels, comic strips, and other sequential art have offered up an incredible range of storytelling.

    And these stories have been inspiring great TV shows for years, even before superhero stories dominated the box office.

    There were plenty of options that nearly made the list, like the WB’s “Smallville,” which squandered its early potential after running just a few seasons too long, and “Marvel’s Runaways,” which is still discovering the depths of what it can do. 

    Because one of the most exciting things about these stories is that there’s a rich variety to choose from.

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    20. “Jeremiah”

    Based on the Belgian comics by Hermann Huppen and created by J. Michael Straczynski (“Babylon 5,” “Sense8”), this intriguing post-apocalyptic drama ran for two seasons on Showtime. The excellent premise — a virus wipes out everyone on Earth “over the age of innocence,” and 15 years later the world is still in ruins — springboarded a number of twist-packed storylines, as star Luke Perry proved his ability to play characters who aren’t some form of Dylan Walsh, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner got to kick ass and swear. While the original run ended rather ignominiously, the show is now available to stream on Hulu and Amazon Prime, and is worth checking out.

    19. “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”

    Archie Comics has been going through a revival with The CW’s “Riverdale” putting a murder mystery twist on the classic high school story and Netflix now starting to cast its darker take on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” But before that Kiernan Shipka-starring series begins, it’s helpful to remember that the title once existed in a sunnier form. As Sabrina, Melissa Joan Hart exuded an endearing goofiness that set the tone for the frothy series that lasted a whopping eight seasons. Bad puns, teen angst, and ridiculous situations were the show’s bread and butter, and despite the show’s title, we all know who the real star was.

    Voiced to pompous purr-fection by Nick Bakay, the witch-turned-cat Salem Saberhagen had all the best lines and cat-oure. His animatronic puppetry somehow complemented Bakay’s delivery, and to this day, there’s a Salem gif appropriate to almost every situation. We don’t know exactly how Salem will be handled in the revamped series, but Bakay’s version will always be first in our hearts.

    18. “Supergirl”

    Mistakenly launched on CBS, “Supergirl” eventually settled into her true identity on sister network The CW. And this is where she really earned the cape and flew. Once you move past the overly schmaltzy, inspiration-heavy first season spent bafflingly in the office for much of the time, the series takes off with the type of female-led superhero action that we’ve been all been craving.

    “Supergirl” fulfills a need that some other superhero shows may not, bringing positivity — hell, even the production is lighter and brighter — and a strong moral code to the forefront. As much as we appreciate the grittier and more morally gray Marvel shows on Netflix, there’s something to be said about Kara Danvers, played by the luminous Melissa Benoist, having an unshakable instinct for what’s right and wrong. The supporting cast has brought in some surprising depth to the show as well, with Calista Flockhart as the intriguing mentor Cat Grant stealing scenes that are only rivaled by that more famous cousin, Clark Kent, played to perfection by Tyler Hoechlin.

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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Westworld" season two.

    "Westworld" returns for its second season on April 22, and fans have yet another peek at what's to come. In 15 new photos released by HBO, we have a look at new characters and familiar faces — including the return of Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson).

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    First we have the Man in Black — aka William — standing among the carnage left after the season one finale robot-revolution.

    William is comfortable among brutal violence in the park.

    It looks like Bernard/Arnold will meet up with Charlotte Hale in the day following the giant massacre.

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    "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" made living in a hotel look like a dream. 

    The Disney Channel series featured twin brothers Dylan and Cole Sprouse as Zack and Cody Martin. The twins lived in the Tipton Hotel, because their mother was the lounge singer. With the help of some of the hotel's wacky employees, hijinks ensued and often landed the kids in trouble. 

    It's been 13 years since the show first premiered, so here's what the cast has been up to since. 

    Cole Sprouse played the studious twin, Cody.

    He was the smart brother. 

    Cole took a break to attend New York University where he studied archaeology, but he's back to acting.

    He currently plays Jughead Jones on The CW's hit drama "Riverdale." 

    Dylan Sprouse played the troublemaker, Zack.

    He came up with a lot of hijinks. 

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    • Diversification of revenue is important for digital media companies, especially as Facebook appears to be a less reliable partner.
    • Traditional TV shows have been considered a good opportunity for years, however, they can be hard to actually complete.
    • We spoke to The Dodo's leadership about their upcoming collaboration with Animal Planet, "Dodo Heroes," with an eye toward what can get a show the green light.
    • Though the process to get The Dodo's show on the air started well before the current media chatter over Facebook, it shows how distributed media companies can create revenue streams that aren't tied to Facebook traffic.

    The digital media world is in a twitchy mood, and the culprit is Facebook, which has been sending gradually less traffic to publishers over the last few months, even in an area that it once called the future of the platform: video.

    This has led to belt-tightening around the industry and at least one death (Little Things) already. And smart publishers are looking at the projects they hoped would diversify their revenue away from a reliance on a single tech giant, and assessing when they will bear fruit.

    For video publishers, one of the growth opportunities bandied about has been the development of TV series: either on linear TV or on premium streaming outlets like Netflix. But getting a TV show on the air is tough, and many get killed in various stages of development. Not every digital media outlet has had the success of Vice when it comes to actually getting shows on the air.

    Nevertheless, a handful of shows from digital upstarts like BuzzFeed (Oxygen), Vox (PBS, FYINetflix), Ozy (PBS), and Attn: (Showtime) have beaten the odds and received the green light.

    Getting a TV show on the air is a long process, and these publishers started developing plans in this arena long before the current pessimistic mood on Facebook. But they show yet another way that distributed media companies can create new revenue streams outside of Facebook.

    To understand what it takes to land one of these deals, and how they work, Business Insider spoke to The Dodo’s founder Izzie Lerer and president YuJung Kim about their collaboration with Animal Planet, "Dodo Heroes," which is currently in production and whose 6-episode first season will debut June 9 at 9 p.m.

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    It helps to have a partner

    The first big point to understand is why getting on linear TV is so attractive for digital media outlets, some of which have talked about television like it’s a dying medium.

    The short answer is “money,” but a longer one is the idea of extending a brand into a premium product. In the digital video system, it’s currently very hard to make enough money to support the kind of high-cost production that can help define a brand and impress big advertisers. And while the ad dollars might not be in traditional TV forever, they are certainly there now, and a TV show gets a video company a much bigger budget.

    But people don't just throw money at you to make a TV show.

    “Once we could proved ourselves in short form, we could play in mid form, then longer form,” Izzie Lerer told Business Insider in an interview, explaining the way video brands like The Dodo hope to add layers.

    But getting a TV show on the air is a long and arduous process, and takes a lot of capital and capabilities many digital media companies simply don’t have. That’s why it helps to have a partner in traditional TV who understands your brand and has a stake in your financial success. In The Dodo’s case, that was Discovery.

    “The linear [television] conversations really came about with Group Nine, coinciding with The Dodo maturing as a company,” YuJung Kim said.

    In late 2016, the Group Nine holding company was created to tie together four media brands: Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo, and Seeker (Discovery's digital network). Discovery, which owns Animal Planet and had previously invested in The Dodo, put another $100 million into Group Nine at the same time.

    That financial stake in mutual success helped solidify the trust between Animal Planet and The Dodo when it came time to develop a show together, Lerer said.

    “There has been a lot of trust on both sides around what we each know, a lot of willingness to bring social and digital know-how,” she continued.

    Susanna Dinnage, the global president of Animal Planet, told Business Insider she was also struck by the “common purpose of the two brands.”


    Pitching the data

    With the trust established, Animal Planet and The Dodo could embark on the process of actually making the series.

    “Our real bread and butter is telling stories where the animal is the center, making animal the protagonist, their quirks, their likes and dislikes,” Lerer said, before adding “that’s more challenging for linear” television. Not all of The Dodo's bread and butter stories would translate easily.

    Lerer said that when thinking through what would work on traditional TV, the team decided to focus on stories that were more relationship-centric and human-centric, settling on "Dodo Heroes," which spotlights humans who go above and beyond to help animals.

    Then they decided on potential subjects using data on what had performed well for The Dodo in short form online.

    “Given that the concept came from us, they were looking for a rec from us around casting,” Lerer said. “In almost all cases we had data around the heroes we ended up featuring.”

    “That was the very starting point, pulling data on those specific stories,” Kim added.

    One of those stories in the upcoming season that Kim specifically pointed out centers around a vet, Derrick Campana, who makes animal prosthetics. He works a lot with dogs, but in the episode “we get to see him work with an elephant which is incredibly unique,” Kim said.

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    Enter a third party production company

    To make the show, The Dodo and Animal Planet worked with a third-party production company.

    “Animal Planet agreed on a production partner, Nomadica Films,” Lerer said. “They are out in the field shooting. We have been extremely involved every step: casting, providing shot lists, talking them through our approach, what we want it to feel like and look like.”

    The use of a third-party production company is an important point, and is a common arrangement for TV shows coming from digital media companies, though some have done production in-house (like Vice).

    Why use a production partner?

    “Everything from equipment, to experience shooting that kind of production,” Lerer said. “We don't have a built out originals team. These shoots are all over the world they are very time intensive. We are also a really lean shop.” The Dodo currently has 63 employees.

    Other industry insiders Business Insider spoke to also emphasized that a company like Nomadica was a known entity for Animal Planet, and while this would minimize risk, it could also limit the financial upside for The Dodo.

    This is markedly different from many of the TV-like shows appearing on Facebook’s Watch platform, which digital media companies like The Dodo have been making entirely in-house.

    “We have been able to use the people we’ve had,” with a few additional hires, Kim said of The Dodo’s Facebook Watch shows. These include "Comeback Kids: Animal Edition," which Lerer described as the “number one” show on the Watch platform.

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    Is it a hit?

    When the show comes out this summer, it will be time to measure its success.

    “I want to reach every audience with this show,” Dinnage said. “Total consumption becomes a really interesting point. Everyone living in world of linear ratings, that’s only part of a story.”

    One point Kim stressed was that from an ad-sales perspective, Group Nine had made “a bundle that is pretty rare in the market, a true digital-linear package. 'Dodo Heroes' is perfect example in one product being able to bring together digital and linear,” she said.

    But though both Lerer and Kim pointed to The Dodo’s moves to diversify platforms — “we are the No. 1 animal channel on YouTube” — the spectre of Facebook is still hanging over many brands that built huge followings on that platform.

    “Engagement is the key word in the [Facebook algorithm] shift,” Kim said. “Content that generates engagement will rise to top … On [Facebook] Watch we have three of the top five when it comes to shares per episode.”

    That sentiment is true when comparing competitors in the space, but the absolute Facebook numbers have not been kind for video views, even for video publishers with engaging videos.

    The Dodo's views for new videos on its main Facebook page stand at around 1.2 billion for posts published in April 2017, and 560 million for those published in February 2018, according to data from CrowdTangle. Total Facebook video views on The Dodo's main page saw a less sharp drop, from 1.17 billion in April 2017 to 843 million million in February 2018, the company said.

    That drop is not out of step with many of The Dodo's competitors, but it does raise the question of how much having an engaging brand can help one beat against the Facebook tide. That is one reason why diversification is so important, Kim said.

    In fact, overall The Dodo grew from 1.5 billion to 2.5 billion monthly video views over the last year on all platforms, the company said.

    "Our approach to being a distributed media company has always been about creating exceptional programming wherever audiences are — whether that's on Facebook, TV or beyond,” Kim said in response to the decreased reach of video publishers on Facebook. “It's about being diversified, and most importantly, creating engaging content that people love. Time spent on our content was at an all time high in February, and I think that's a testament to our ability to optimize content for our audience across all our platforms."

    For distributed media companies to continue to grow revenue, initiatives like The Dodo’s upcoming TV show will be important to understand where to lean in, and where to lean away. With Facebook no longer the silver bullet, we’ll see which brands that grew enormous from it can extend beyond it.

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