Dave Grohl Cooked Barbecue For The Firefighters Tackling California Wildfires

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What a great way to give back to these heroes.

Dave Grohl is best known for being the Foo Fighters’ frontman. But when he’s not rocking out with the band, he’s serving up charitable donations and making barbecue, sometimes all at the same time.

To thank the firefighters currently battling wildfires in California, Grohl offered them some food from his recently launched barbecue joint, Backbeat BBQ.

The firefighters of Fire Station 68 of Los Angeles County posted their gratitude for the kind gesture on Instagram, writing in the caption, “It was awesome to get a visit tonight from Dave Grohl of the @foofighters. He also treated us to some of his own @backbeatbbq. Thanks Dave”:

As far as the ‘cue, well, according to the fire station, “It was excellent!”

The Backbeat BBQ account also posted a photo showing Grohl posed on a fire truck with some of the firefighters. In the caption, Grohl thanked them, adding, “It was an honor to cook for you. – Dave”:

Wildfires began sweeping across California anew on Nov. 8, and firefighters have been working tirelessly to contain them ever since. As of Nov. 14, the Hill Fire was 94 percent contained, and more than 200 people were still missing in the Camp Fire, which was only 35 percent contained, the San Fransisco Chronicle reported.

The fire that devastated Paradise, California, became the deadliest fire in the state’s modern history, according to the New York Times. CNN reports that the death toll for the state is now at 44.

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Firefighters certainly have their work cut out for them, so much so that they’ve enlisted the help of inmates who are part of a volunteer firefighting program run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to CNBC.

Firefighters from other states are also pitching in, which is common in big wildfires in the west. According to the Missoulian, 73 firefighters from Montana have gone to California to help fight fires for two weeks.

“We are happy to help other states in a time of need,” Jake Ganieany, the response and recovery branch manager for the Montana Department of Emergency Services, told the Missoulian. “We just hope California can get as many resources as they can to fight these fires and keep people safe.”

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With so many people offering much-needed help, it’s no surprise that celebrities like Grohl are making generous donations to firefighters. And Grohl certainly isn’t the only celebrity stepping up to make a difference. Actor James Woods is using his Twitter account to try and help connect people with their families, and Sandra Bullock donated $100,000 to help displaced animals.

For information about how you can donate to help firefighters and others in need, organizations such as California Community Foundation and the California Fire Foundation are great resources.

Katherine MacGregor From ‘Little House On The Prairie’ Has Died

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This is sad news.

Little House on the Prairie” fans have said goodbye to another great star. Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor, who played the mean-spirited Harriet Oleson on the long-running series, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Woodland Hills, California. She was 93.

Born Dorlee Deane MacGregor in 1925, the late actor had built a career in the theater before transitioning to television and film. She starred as Harriet Oleson, the sassy and gossipy general store owner’s wife, in 153 episodes of “Little House on the Prairie,” and the role undoubtedly made MacGregor a household name.

Learn more about MacGregor’s life in this video posted to YouTube by Access:

MacGregor had taken a step back from acting after “Little House on the Prairie” came to an end. A devout Hindu, MacGregor was said to have gone on a pilgrimage in India during the filming of the series’ 1984 TV movie “The Last Farewell.” But she did appear in the short film “The Lottery” in 2014.

Before joining the cast of “Little House on the Prairie,” MacGregor played a longshoreman’s mother in the 1954 film “On the Waterfront” and appeared on Broadway in the 1958 show “Handful of Fire.” She also had guest-starring roles on “All in the Family,” “Ironside” and a few other popular series in the 1960s and 1970s.

Following the news of her passing, “Little House on the Prairie” fans took to social media to pay tribute to MacGregor. Twitter user @Bill_Pritchard called MacGregor “a gifted comedian” who was “perfect at portraying the lady you loved to hate.”

Another Twitter user, @mickisuzette, wrote that the NBC drama was “a huge part” of their childhood.

MacGregor’s co-stars also took to social media to honor the late actor. Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie,” shared a still from the show to her Instagram account, writing in the caption that MacGregor had “taught me so much… about acting… vintage jewelry… life.”

Alison Arngrim, MacGregor’s TV daughter, also posted a tribute to her Facebook page, writing that her “second mother has now gone to her rest.”

Her representative confirmed that MacGregor had been living at the Motion Picture Fund Long-Term Nursing Care facility in Woodland Hills when she passed away. A cause of death has yet to be announced.

How ‘Chopped’ Judge Chris Santos Lost 30 Pounds

Chris looks amazing! He lost the weight by making these few lifestyle changes.

As a restauranteur and a judge on the cooking competition show “Chopped,” Chris Santos’ life revolves around food. And so, over a 10-year period, he watched excess weight creep on until he realized he had gained 50 pounds. The chef decided some changes were in order to shed the extra pounds. With the help of a more plant-based diet and intermittent fasting, Santos has already dropped 30 pounds.

Three days a week, Santos practices controlled eating, which means that he fasts for 16 hours a day. He has also cut down on his alcohol consumption and switched from beer to liquor with water or soda water. He says that overeating and unhealthy food choices at night were a coping mechanism after a long and stressful workday, inevitably leading to his weight gain.

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“Before, when I got home after a 12-14 hour day, that was my time—that was me time,” he told People. “I would order food late, and it would never be anything good. It would be a cheesesteak, a pizza, a cheeseburger, any number of things that are definitely not healthy choices whatsoever. If GrubHub had a category called unhealthy, that would be the one I would be clicking on every time.”

In addition to overhauling his diet, Santos also began running and completed his first 5K. His next goal is a 10K, and he’s not ruling out the possibility of a full marathon.

Check out his progress in this before and after shot he posted to Instagram:

“I’m about to run my first 5K so with that in mind let’s call this ‘before and after part 1,’” he captioned the side-by-side photos. “I started this journey to a much healthier me on June 20, and so far I’m down 30 pounds! Look for ‘before and after part 2’ when I’ve lost another 15 to 20! Thanks to everyone who have been supporting me and keeping me on track, especially my inspiration @nataliemakenna!”

Best of luck to Santos on his continued journey to better health!

Celebrities Who’ve Helped Out During The California Fires

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It’s inspiring to see so many people coming together in this time of need.

The California wildfires have displaced more than 300,000 people since they started burning on Nov. 8. Among the people left without homes are the many celebrities who call The Golden State home.

The devastation of the blazes has inspired some stars to help out in a number of ways. Famous people such as Ellen DeGeneres and Miley Cyrus have donated money to aid in the efforts of helping anyone affected by the fires.Some A-listers are even pitching in to serve firefighters food and help families reconnect with each other through their platforms on social media.

Several notable businesses have given money to the cause as well. Here are some celebrities and major companies that have worked to make this terrible circumstance more manageable for all those involved:

Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth

Miley Cyrus lost her house in one of the wildfires. A representative for The Malibu Foundation told CNN that she and boyfriend Liam Hemsworth donated $500,000 through Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation. The representative said the funds will be used for “those in financial need, emergency relief assistance, community rebuilding, wildfire prevention and climate change resilience,” according to CNN.

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Sandra Bullock

The Oscar-winning actress reportedly donated a total of $500,000 to aid all those affected. She gave $100,000 to the Humane Society, to help displaced animals, and $400,000 to the American Red Cross. According to People magazine, Bullock also offered the American Red Cross this moving statement:

“The untold destruction from these fires is heartbreaking, especially following the tragedy at Borderline in Thousand Oaks. I’m glad to be able to help. We’re all family in this, whether it be human, furry or feathered.”


Ellen DeGeneres

DeGeneres teamed up with Walmart to donate $100,000 to the firefighters who are working tirelessly to contain the wildfires. She made the announcement on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” as you can see in this clip from the show’s YouTube channel:

Dave Grohl

Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl passed out barbecue to firefighters who were working to put out the wildfires. Fire Station 68 in Calabasas posted to Instagram about the kind deed and the “excellent” food:

Guy Fieri

Grohl isn’t the only star who had the idea to help feed firefighters! Celebrity chef Guy Fieri also helped keep firefighters from going hungry while on the job. The Butte County Sheriff Department tweeted about Fieri’s ability to “[fill their] bellies and [lift their] spirits”:

Khloe Kardashian

On Instagram, Khloe Kardashian documented a trip to CVS in which she bought water and granola bars for firefighters and first responders. She reportedly said in the video:

“Here at CVS, I basically got everything they had in stock. I got as many waters as I could. I know the brave men and women working so hard, tirelessly for all of us will greatly appreciate it. So please just do whatever you can, even if it’s one bottle of water, one container of eye drops, one granola bar, anything. I know they would appreciate it,” she said.

Her mom, Kris Jenner, posted about her daughter’s good deed to her own Instagram:

Gerard Butler

Butler lost his home in one of the wildfires and it inspired him to encourage others to donate to a GoFundMe page set up to help people impacted across the state. He posted about the donation drive on Twitter:

James Woods

The “Hercules” actor has turned his Twitter account into a way of helping families reconnect. He’s posting updates about lost family members to help those who were separated while evacuating get in touch.

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In addition to celebs, several major companies that are based in California have made generous donations to the wildfire relief efforts. Among them was Disney, which released a statement announcing it had donated $500,000 to help firefighters.

“The firefighters are true heroes, and we honor their tireless commitment as they continue to battle these devastating wildfires,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in the statement. “Our hearts go out to the families and communities that have been so severely affected.”

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Facebook reportedly announced it was donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross and matching up to an additional $500,000 in donations made through the social media platform, according to the New York Post.

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It’s inspiring to see so many people coming together in this time of need. If you’d like to donate or help in any way, here is some information on how to help those affected by the California wildfires.

Elton John Stars In A New Christmas Commercial, And You’ll Probably Want To Have A Tissue Handy Before You Watch


This is very moving.

British company John Lewis & Partners is proving that sometimes Christmas cheer can come with a healthy dose of happy tears. The retailer selected Elton John to star in its new holiday commercial, and when you give it a watch, there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

The commercial begins with a modern-day John sitting at a piano. As he plays, the audience is taken through a series of flashbacks highlighting major moments in his career — from playing in bars to performing in huge venues. And, of course, there’s the moment when he was given his very first piano as a Christmas gift.

See it all unfold in this video from the John Lewis & Partners YouTube channel. Oh, and keep the tissues handy:

The advertisement comes full circle when you realize the piano John was gifted as a boy is the same one he’s playing at the very beginning of the commercial. It’s a tear-jerker, for sure, and it does an excellent job of driving home the main point: Some gifts are more than just a gift.

In case you were wondering, the famous musician himself was touched by the commercial’s portrayal of his life, too.

“It was incredibly moving to see such treasured memories reimagined on the screen. No matter what happens in your life, those moments from your childhood mold you, and stay with you forever,” John said in a statement on the John Lewis & Partners website.

This isn’t the first time John Lewis & Partners has absolutely nailed it with a commercial, either. Remember the “Bohemian Rhapsody” cover that was circling the internet a few months ago? Yep, that was done by this company, too.

To jog your memory, here’s the John Lewis & Partners rendition of Queen’s hit song from YouTube:

In this ad, the goal was to prove that collaborating as a group can often lead to “something magical.”

“We wanted to show that really interesting things can happen when people feel part of something and they work together to create something magical,” Paul Knott, the creative director for communications agency adam&eveDDB said of the project in a behind-the-scenes interview.

Thoughtful videos like these remind you that the season is all about coming together to create some magical memories.

Happy holidays!

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Guy Fieri Serves Dinner To Firefighters And First Responders Battling California Wildfires

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Here’s how the famous foodie and other celebrities have stepped up to help.

The wildfires that started in California on Nov. 8 are still raging on. As of Nov. 13, the Camp Fire in Northern California, the deadliest in modern California history, was only 35 percent contained and the death toll had risen to 48, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Firefighters and first responders are hard at work to make the area safe for residents again, but they’ve got no easy job ahead of them. Other states have sent in firefighters to help those in California, inmates who are part of the volunteer firefighting program run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are also pitching in.

It’s going to take a group effort to get these fires out, and even famous foodie Guy Fieri has stepped up to help out in a way he can, even serving food to the men and women who are fighting to restore the area again.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office tweeted about Fieri’s kind efforts on Nov. 11:

“Guy Fieri made a surprise visit to serve dinner to everyone at the law enforcement staging area at Butte College,” the tweet read. “Thank you so much Guy for filling our bellies and lifting our spirits.”

In preparation for serving the firefighters, Fieri tweeted a photo of giant pots and pans full of delicious-looking food:

Fieri also posted a tweet letting everyone know just how grateful he was for all of their hard work:

“In today’s tumultuous world, it’s amazing to see our fire fighters, military, law enforcement and first responders come together to rescue our communities devestated [sic] by fire,” he wrote. “So many great people stepping up to take care of one another.”

He’s not the only celebrity putting on an apron to make sure the firefighters are well fed for the job at hand, either. Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl served barbecue to those working to put out the fires.

Fire Station 68 posted to Instagram on Nov. 13, thanking Grohl for his kind deed, while also noting that the food was “excellent.”

While other celebrities may not be serving food, they are using their money and their platforms to help.

Sandra Bullock reportedly donated $100,000 to help animals displaced by the fire, and Gerard Butler, who lost his home in the fire, tweeted asking that people donate to the Los Angeles Fire Department if it’s within their means:

It’s great to see so many people coming together in this time of need. If you’d like to donate or volunteer to help out, the California Volunteers website is a great resource for donations of time or money.

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Oxford Dictionary’s Word Of The Year For 2018 Is ‘toxic’

Do you think this word was the right choice?

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s nearly time for 2018 to come to a close. So now’s the time to remember the previous year and look forward to what the next year will bring. And given the fact that the Oxford Dictionary selected “toxic” as 2018’s Word of the Year for 2018 — let’s just say there’s a lot of progress to hopefully look forward to in 2019.

According to their website, every year, the Oxford Dictionary chooses one word that “is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.”

Based on their research, in 2018, there was a 45 percent rise in the number of times the term “toxic” was searched on their site. The website also points out that terms searched alongside toxic included “relationship,” “masculinity,” and “waste.”

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The word “toxic” has negative connotations. It’s defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “poisonous” or “very bad, unpleasant or harmful.” It seems likely that the frequency with which these words have been searched for is indicative of today’s culture, which saw a flourishing of the #MeToo movement, accompanied by a huge rise in women speaking out about the “toxic” nature of the way in which females are treated, among other things.

But, it’s also indicative of what the culture is thinking about. People are thinking even more about “toxic waste” and “toxic relationships,” which could be viewed as a sign that positive change is on the horizon. If society is thinking about these issues more, it could lead to the type of action that might rid us of the “toxic” energy that so plagued 2018.

2017’s Word of the Year was “youthquake,” which was defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.” According to a bi-annual poll conducted by the Institute of Politics and the Harvard Kennedy School, 18- to 29- year-olds were  significantly more likely to vote in the midterm elections compared to 2010 and 2014, with 40 percent saying they’d “definitely vote.”

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The Oxford Dictionary was on to something with dubbing “youthquake” as an important term in 2017, so much so that 2018 still saw evidence of the uptick in youth getting involved with politics.

According to an exit poll, roughly 31 percent of youth ages 18–29 turned out to vote in the 2018 midterms, up from 21 percent in 2014.

The survey stated: “We estimate that this is by far the highest level of participation among youth in the past quarter century — the last seven midterm elections during which we’ve been using this same calculation method.”

If 2018–2019 follows the same model as 2017-2018,  there’s much to look forward to. Here’s to hoping that 2019’s Word of the Year will be something much more inspiring. But to be fair, sometimes you’ve got to hit a “toxic” rock bottom level to see necessary growth. If 2018 is “toxic,” then we can truly only go up from here.

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Garth Brooks Held A Moment Of Silence For The Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims

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This is touching.

Country legend Garth Brooks started the County Music Awards on Nov. 14 by paying respects to the 12 people killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill last week.

“On behalf of our country music community I want to say that tonight’s show is lovingly dedicated to the 12 individuals who we lost far too soon just a week ago tonight at the Borderline in Thousand Oaks, California,” Brooks said as a sea of camera phone lights illuminated the stadium. “Tonight let’s celebrate their lives, let the music unite us with love and their enduring memory. So please join me now in a moment of silence.”

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The Borderline Bar & Grill, is a college country bar 40 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. The night of Nov. 7 turned deadly when a gunman forced his way into the bar and opened fire.

Police later identified the gunman as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old US Marine Corps veteran. He was pronounced dead after officers arrived.


The victims included a veteran sheriff’s deputy, a survivor of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, and a college student.

Written by Chloe Melas for CNN.

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New Shows Coming To Netflix In 2019


Get ready for a ton of new Netflix shows next year!

We all have about 30 shows sitting in our Netflix queue that we just haven’t found the time for yet.

Between “The Haunting of Hill House,” “Maniac” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” the streaming service threw a bunch of great new shows at us in 2018. And that’s not even counting the new episodes of favorites like “House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Making a Murderer” that it released this year!

But even with all that new content, Netflix isn’t slowing down. We’ve rounded up the details we know so far about some of the new original shows Netflix will debut in 2019. The release dates haven’t yet been confirmed for most of these shows but they are all expected to premiere next year.

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

Premiere Date: Early 2019

One of Netflix’s blockbuster 2019 shows is this prequel to Jim Henson’s ’80s favorite “The Dark Crystal.” The Jim Henson Company is behind “Age of Resistance,” so you can bet it will likely stick to the tone and style of the original. The show will follow three young Gelflings who inspire an uprising in the world of “The Dark Crystal.”


‘The Umbrella Academy’

Premiere Date: Feb. 5

The popular, acclaimed series of graphic novels is the basis for this series of the same name, which stars Oscar nominee Ellen Page. “The Umbrella Academy” will follow a dysfunctional family of superheroes who’ve become estranged. Netflix still has the premiere date listed as some time in 2018, but outside reports say it won’t debut until 2019.


‘Carmen Sandiego’

Premiere Date: 2019

All kids of the ’80s and ’90s will probably get a tear in their eye over this one. Netflix is bringing back Carmen Sandiego, the enigmatic character featured in several educational video games and TV game shows back in the day. “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez (pictured) will play Carmen and the new series will be animated and educational, telling Carmen Sandiego’s backstory.

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‘Mr. Iglesias’

Premiere Date: 2019

This new sitcom comes from stand-up comic Gabriel Iglesias (pictured), who will also star in the title role. He will play a high school teacher who tries to teach a group of gifted misfits. Iglesias had a regular role in ABC’s “Cristela” but this will be the first live-action show he has starred in himself.

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‘Turn Up Charlie’

Premiere Date: 2019

Idris Elba, the reigning “Sexiest Man Alive,” will co-create and star in this comedy series. In it, Elba (pictured) plays a failed DJ who is trying to restart his career while also working as a nanny in charge of a wild little girl. Fun fact: Elba moonlights as a DJ in real life, which means he’ll get to show off his turntable skills.

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Premiere Date: 2019

This sci-fi/horror series will follow a teenage boy as he roams post-apocalyptic California alongside a group of misfits. The series sounds like a mix of high school drama and “Mad Max.” Its first season will include 10 episodes and the series boasts a large cast of characters to make up its wasteland. “Under the Dome” actor Colin Ford (pictured) will star.

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‘Russian Doll’

Premiere Date: 2019

“Orange is the New Black” star Natasha Lyonne (pictured) will headline this interesting dramedy that sounds a bit like “Groundhog Day” or “Happy Death Day.” Lyonne plays a woman who gets caught in a time loop, repeatedly going to the same party and dying every night, only to wake up the next morning unharmed. Amy Poehler co-created the series with Lyonne.

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‘Go! Go! Cory Carson’

Premiere Date: 2019

This children’s program is based on the Go! Go! Smart Wheels toy line from VTech (pictured). It’s an animated series that will follow a kid car as he grows up. The show is being executive produced by a pair of producers behind Pixar favorites “WALL-E” and “Finding Dory.”


‘Our Planet’

Premiere Date: 2019

Nature documentary lovers (present company included) will want to add this one to their Netflix queue when it debuts in 2019. This new series, which took four years to shoot, offers an eight-part look at Earth’s remaining wilderness areas and the animals who dwell in them. Expect gorgeous video, which will be presented in Ultra HD 4K, if you have the setup for it.


‘Rilakkuma and Kaoru’

Premiere Date: 2019

This new anime series, which is aimed at adults, has an intriguing premise to get you hooked. It follows a girl whose new roommate is a charming bear with a zipper on its back who just wants to spend each day being lazy. The series is based on the bear character Rilakkuma, which is a popular character that can be seen on products around Japan.


‘Nowhere Man’

Premiere Date: 2019

This new series sounds intense and perfect for people who like crime dramas. “Nowhere Man” is about a death row inmate who plans to break out of prison after learning that his son has been kidnapped. It sounds like it has a little bit of everything, including gangster plots, deep friendships, intrigue and action.


‘October Faction’

Premiere Date: 2019

Fantasy fans and lovers of monster stories will want to circle this series. “October Faction” is about the family of a famous monster hunter, which includes a witch and warlock. The show is based on the comic book of the same title and the pilot was written by an executive producer of “Sleepy Hollow.” “Bones” actor Tamara Taylor (pictured) will star in the ensemble cast.


‘Rhythm + Flow’

Premiere Date: 2019

Netflix is jumping into the ubiquitous music-competition genre with this new series, which will focus on hip-hop artists who are looking for their big break. The show is being produced by John Legend and the judging panel is top notch, consisting of Cardi B. and Chance the Rapper (both pictured), as well as T.I.

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‘After Life’

Premiere Date: 2019

Ricky Gervais is creating and starring in this new comedy series. It’s about a widower who decides, instead of taking his own life in his grief, to punish the world by behaving exactly how he wants to, with no regard for the thoughts of others. “After Life” has a cast that includes Ashley Jensen, who co-starred with Gervais in the classic “Extras,” and David Bradley, best known for his work in the Harry Potter films and “Game of Thrones.”

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Premiere Date: 2019

Another new Netflix series that features A-list talent is “What/If.” Oscar winner Renée Zellweger (pictured) stars and “Forrest Gump” director Robert Zemeckis will serve as executive producer. This thriller’s first season will follow a pair of broke newlyweds who accept an offer from a mysterious woman that will make them rich but leave them morally bankrupt. According to Netflix, each season of “What/If” will take on a different morality tale.

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Premiere Date: 2019

The incredible Uma Thurman will star in this supernatural drama that has a unique setup. The show is about a woman who receives a life-saving heart transplant and then becomes obsessed with knowing the details of the donor’s mysterious death. Thurman (pictured) will play the donor’s mother.

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‘Dead To Me’

Premiere Date: 2019

This dark comedy will follow the friendship between an uptight widow and a free-spirited woman who has a shocking secret. The series comes from a former writer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and creator of “One Big Happy.” It is set to star Christina Applegate (pictured) and counts Will Ferrell as an executive producer.

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Premiere Date: 2019

This reality competition show sounds like something for fans of “Fear Factor” or bizarre Japanese game shows. The series presents contestants with frightening and uncomfortable events and asks them not to flinch. If they flinch, “they’ll suffer painful consequences,” according to Netflix’s write-up. So far, no celebrities involved with the project or promotional art have been released.

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Premiere Date: 2019

People who love “Top Gear” and other automotive shows will want to check out this new series. “Hyperdrive” sees daring drivers racing through a massive road course filled with obstacles. The contestants will be drivers from around the world. No word on if The Stig will be eligible to compete!

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Premiere Date: 2019

This new drama comes from India and is based on a book of the same title by author Prayaag Akbar (pictured). The plot follows a woman who is searching for the daughter she lost contact with during a 16-year jail sentence. “Leila” is set in the near future and is being described by Netflix as an “inventive, boundary-breaking story.”

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‘Raising Dion’

Premiere Date: 2019

This new Netflix original is about a single mom whose son has superpowers, which she must help him hide while she investigates how he got them. The series was created by comics writer Dennis Liu, who based it on a short film he produced in 2015, which racked up more than 300,000 YouTube views. The show’s impressive cast includes Michael B. Jordan (pictured) and Jason Ritter.

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‘No Good Nick’

Premiere Date: 2019

This series is aimed at preteens, according to Netflix. “No Good Nick” is about a 13-year-old girl named Nicole (the “Nick” from the title) who is a street-smart con artist. She shows up one day on the doorstep of a family she claims she’s related to. The leads in the series will be Melissa Joan Hart (pictured) and Sean Astin, who will play the married couple that takes Nick in.

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‘My Husband’s Penis Won’t Fit’

Premiere Date: 2019

There aren’t many details out there about this new series, aside from the title — but color me intrigued! Netflix says the plot for this comedy is based on a true story. It’s about a “physically incompatible couple” who try to make their marriage work despite needing to be celibate. We don’t know who is connected to this series yet.

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‘Twelve Forever’

Premiere Date: 2019

This new cartoon is aimed at kids ages 8 to 12. It is about a girl named Reggie who wants to be a kid forever and finds herself in a fantasy world where she never has to grow up. It sounds kind of like a fresh new spin on Peter Pan.


‘Trash Truck’

Premiere Date: 2019

You have to admit, that’s a catchy title! This animated series for preschool-age kids is about a free-range 6-year-old boy who’s best friends with a giant trash truck. The series seems to be big on imagination and is being executive produced by the team behind Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-winning animated short “Dear Basketball,” including director Glen Keane (pictured below with Bryant).

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Premiere Date: 2019

This Spanish series, also known as “Hache,” will focus on a woman who gets launched into the business of heroin trafficking in Barcelona. It stars Adriana Ugarte (pictured) in the central role. The show will be set in the 1960s, so expect a “Mad Men” vibe. The thriller comes from creator Verónica Fernández and its first season will consist of eight episodes.


‘Bard of Blood’

Premiere Date: 2019

This series, based on a 2015 Indian novel of the same title, is slated to debut some time in 2019 on Netflix. The book is a spy story that follows a former Indian intelligence agent who is called back to service after his ex-boss is murdered. The show is expected to be multilingual and is slated to be written by Bilal Siddiqi (pictured below, at right), who also wrote the book. Netflix says the show’s title is subject to change.

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‘History Of A Crime’

Premiere Date: 2019

This Spanish-language true-crime series, also known as “Historia de un Crimen,” will spend each season looking at a different notorious crime. The first season, set to debut in 2019, will examine the 1994 murder of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Colosio, who was killed during his campaign. The season will have eight episodes.

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Premiere Date: Jan. 25

This South Korean period piece is set in the nation’s medieval days and blends political intrigue, fantasy and zombies! The series follows a prince who sets out to save his people from a strange plague that turns its victims into the undead. The first season will consist of six episodes.


‘Mighty Little Bheem’

Premiere Date: 2019

Another new children’s animated series, “Mighty Little Bheem” is based on the popular Chhota Bheem franchise for preschool kids (the character is pictured below). The series, which is being produced in India, is described as “non-verbal” and full of slapstick comedy and adventure. The book series the show is based upon has been described as perfect for kids ages 4 to 6 and is said to be educational.

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Carrie Underwood Announces Baby’s Gender At CMAs

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Congrats, Carrie!

Carrie Underwood is expecting baby number two, but she’s been keeping the baby’s gender a secret up until now. The beloved country singer revealed the news in the most epic way possible — again.

You see, she and Brad Paisley co-hosted the Country Music Association Awards, for the 11th year in a row, on Nov. 14 in Nashville. With this many hosting gigs under their belts, they’ve had some memorable moments on the CMAs stage — including the time Underwood was pregnant with her first baby and Paisley “accidentally” broke the news of the baby’s gender in 2014.

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That year, Paisley let everyone tuned in to the CMAs know that Underwood was expecting a boy. So, considering Underwood is pregnant for a second time, it seemed appropriate to keep with the tradition and announce the baby’s gender at the 2018 awards show.

And that’s exactly what she did — with some prompting from her co-host, of course.

See the hilarious clip of Paisley trying to coax an announcement out of Underwood in this video from the Access YouTube channel:

After throwing out classic country music names like “Johnny or June?” “Waylon or Willie?” Underwood finally admitted, “It’s a Willie!”

So, there you have it, folks. It’s going to be another boy for Underwood and husband Mike Fisher! He’ll be joining his 3-year-old brother, Isaiah.

The singer first announced she was pregnant back in August. She shared the news of her pregnancy and her upcoming album in an Instagram video:

“Mike and Isaiah and I are absolutely over the moon and excited to be adding another little fish to our pond,” she said. “This has just been a dream come true with album and baby news.”

While Underwood seems absolutely thrilled to be expecting another son, she’s been open about the fact that becoming pregnant for a second time wasn’t as easy as she’d hoped, detailing how she suffered three miscarriages along the way.

She told CBS that 2017 wasn’t the year she’d “imagined” for herself.

“I’d kind of planned that 2017 was, you know, going to be the year that I work on new music, and I have a baby,” she said in the emotional interview.”We got pregnant early 2017, and didn’t work out,” she continued. “[G]ot pregnant again in the spring, and it didn’t work out … Got pregnant again, early 2018. Didn’t work out.”

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After all of the ups and the downs, Underwood was finally able to announce the gender of her baby on the stage at the CMAs, and we can only imagine how incredible that felt for the mom-to-be!

Congratulations to the soon-to-be family of four!

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