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The Immortal Kevin Fitzpatrick was born and raised in New York City, and that doesn't make sense. Kevin wears many hats, including actor, editor, and writer, but never yellow. The best things in life are Back to the Future, beets, Firefly and The Venture Bros. When not picking apart the minutia of pop culture in film and TV, Kevin can usually be found RIGHT BEHIND YOU.
Netflix Ratings System Stars Compatibility Change
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Netflix Changing Star-Rating System With New Compatibility Measure

Netflix has been around long enough that its generational users interface very differently; some solely focused on streaming, while others continue physical media, and others still swear by five-star ratings. Now, Netflix has decided to overhaul its ratings system significantly, even adding a compatibility option.

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SNL Sets Scarlett Johansson’s Return, Octavia Spencer Musical Guest

SNL didn’t quite have its ducks in a row with the announcement that Hidden Figures star Octavia Spencer would lead the first March show; lacking a musical guest to accompany. Now, not only has NBC filled out the March 4 dance card, but so too will Scarlett Johannson make a return appearance the following week.

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Even ‘The Walking Dead’ Bosses Don’t Know How Old Carl Is Supposed to Be

It’s a classic conundrum for serialized shows with child actors; younger characters invariably grow older than the story would suggest. The Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs has naturally aged seven years from its 2010 beginnings (compared with a relatively condensed timeline for the show), but even creator Robert Kirkman isn’t certain how old the character is in comics; let alone TV.

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SNL Writer Suspended Indefinitely After Barron Trump Tweet

SNL writers understandably channel their feelings toward Donald Trump into comedy on a weekly basis, but aren’t immune to crossing lines. NBC seems to agree, as a writer has been given an indefinite suspension for a tweet about Trump’s son Barron.

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TBS ‘Conan’ Not Moving to Weekly Format [UPDATE]

There’s been enough turnover in late-night over the last year that Conan O’Brien’s Conan has often turned to high-concept hours and trips to steer attention, having kept steady on TBS for several years. Now, a shakeup may see Conan shifted to a weekly format, akin to Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.

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Carrie Fisher, ‘Star Wars’ Princess Leia, Dies at 60

Terrible news to confirm today, as a beloved icon and Star Wars star’s condition has taken a turn for the worse. Carrie Fisher, actress behind both Princess and General Leia, has passed away at age 60. The revered actress and comedic presence had earlier suffered a heart attack en-route from London to Los Angeles.

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Fuller House Season 3 Renewed
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Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’ Will Return for Season 3 in 2017

The first season of Netflix Full House revival Fuller House proved a major hit for the streaming service, and even if Season 2 couldn’t quite match its success, the Tanners will give it a third shot regardless. The series has officially been renewed for Season 3, arriving in 2017.

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‘Star Wars’ Icon Carrie Fisher Stable After Heart Attack [UPDATE]

In what may turn out to be one more giant hardship for 2016, troubling reports are coming in that Star Wars legend and all-around icon Carrie Fisher may be in critical condition. Fisher reportedly suffered a “massive” heart-attack aboard an airplane, and has been rushed to the hospital.

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Zack and Kelly Didn’t Stay Together, ‘Saved by the Bell’ Boss Reveals

The specter of TV revivals has never loomed larger in the wake of Netflix reunions like Fuller House or Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, but if Bayside ever gets back together for more Saved by The Bell, the reunion may not be a happy one. Producer Peter Engel reveals some surprisingly unhappy endings for the original six, as well the actual potential to return.

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‘Wizard of Oz’ Gets an Ultra-Gritty Reboot in NBC’s ‘Emerald City’ Trailer

Enough Wizard of Oz adaptations have been floated over the past few years that it’s amazing even one made it term, but the awe doesn’t stop there. Behold, NBC’s ultra-ultra-ultra-gritty take on the classic L. Frank Baum tale, as Dorothy crashes into Emerald City in a first trailer.

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‘Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey Ordered Released, Pending Retrial

Whether or not you subscribe to Netflix’s Making a Murderer championing Steven Avery’s innocence, few would argue the cruelty of Avery’s cousin Brendan Dassey being railroaded as an accomplice. There may yet be good news on that front, as Dassey’s overturned conviction and release have been made official, even as the state intends to re-try him.

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