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A Tribute to Betty White

By: Skyler Johnson

TV icon Betty White has passed away due to natural causes in her home in Brentwood, California. She was 99 years old, 17 days from becoming a centenarian.

White is widely considered to be a “national treasure.” Her presence was a fixture in the television and movie industry with a career spanning seven decades. Her first time working in entertainment was a recording at a radio station in 1930 when she was eight years old. Originally hoping to become a park ranger, she found her love of performance and was a radio talent in the mid-1940s. Soon after, she transitioned to television with a daily live variety series: Hollywood on Television with Al Jarvis, which aired for five and a half hours, six days a week for four years, cementing White as a daily presence for Americans.

She later became widely known for series’ such as Life With Elisabeth, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and various others. She had four incarnations of The Betty White Show, a talk show hosted by herself, each being short-lived. She’s arguably best known for Golden Girls, a series following older single women in Miami, which lasted from 1985-1992. White received critical acclaim for her role as sweet, naïve Rose Nylund. She was also in Hot in Cleveland, which lasted from 2010-2015. She was 93 by the time the show ended.

A producer on Life With Elisabeth, she was the first woman to have a major voice in the television industry. Among her many accolades, White won five Primetime Emmy Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards, a Grammy award, three American Comedy Awards, and many more. White is the only woman to have received an Emmy in all performing comedic categories and holds the record for longest span between Emmy nominations for performances – her first was in 1951 and her last was in 2014 – a span of over 60 years.

White was a popular contestant and host for several game shows. She was on programs such as Match Game, Password and To Tell the Truth. She became the first woman to garner a Daytime Emmy when she hosted Just Men! In 1983.

White was an adamant supporter of LGBT rights and POC rights. Many Southern television stations boycotted the second incarnation of The Betty White Show due to the inclusion of a Black cast member, Arthur Duncan. Not only did she keep the character in the show, she raised his screen time and made a public statement telling naysayers: “Live with it.” An avid friend of closeted homosexual Liberace, she once said directed at homophobes: “Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.” Additionally, White dedicated significant philanthropic energy to animal rights causes.

Many people spoke out on her death, including President Joe Biden, who called her a “lovely lady” and a “cultural icon.” Many other celebrities commented on her passing, including Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, Conan O’Brien, and country musicians Bill Anderson and Naomi Judd. Anderson stated, “I had the privilege of working alongside Betty White on many occasions back in my game show days of the late ’70s and early ’80s. We appeared together on Match Game, Tattletales, and Password Plus, and she always went out of her way to make me feel welcome. She kept us all laughing with her incredible sense of humor, while at the same time always performing as the consummate professional. I feel so honored to have known her.” Judd stated, “Betty and I worked together at American Humane Association. We shared our passion rescuing abused animals. She may have looked like she’d just come from a bridge party, but then she’d crack a joke with a sexual innuendo. She was one of my role models. I also knew her late husband, Alan Luden when I was a contestant on Password.

White had no children of her own, but is a stepmom to three children: David, Martha, and Sarah. Much beloved as an American pop culture icon, Betty White will certainly be missed.

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People’s Choice Awards

The 2021 “People’s Choice Awards” were held on December 7, 2021, where the best in movies, television, music and pop culture were awarded exclusively by the votes of fans. The “People’s Choice Awards” were hosted by actor and comedian Kenan Thompson, and the award show broadcasted live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA on both NBC and E! at 9PM ET/PT.

Some performances that took place included a medley of Christina Aguilera’s top hits. The medley concluded with music from her new upcoming awaited Spanish-language album. Blake Shelton, too, performed his latest song “Come Back As A Country Boy,” and H.E.R. gave a melodic tribute to the Motown icon Marvin Gaye.

Honorees of the night included the Academy Award-winning actress, director and producer Halle Berry, who was named “The People’s Icon.” The one and only Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was honored with “The People’s Champion” award, and icon Kim Kardashian West received “The Fashion Icon” award. For the first time, the “Music Icon” award was given out and honored to Aguilera.

The 2021 “People’s Choice Awards” winners are as follows:

THE MOVIE OF 2021

Black Widow

THE COMEDY MOVIE OF 2021

Free Guy

THE ACTION MOVIE OF 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

THE DRAMA MOVIE OF 2021

Cruella

THE FAMILY MOVIE OF 2021

Luca

THE MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2021

Dwayne Johnson

THE FEMALE MOVIE STAR OF 2021

Scarlett Johansson

THE DRAMA MOVIE STAR OF 2021

Kevin Hart

THE COMEDY MOVIE STAR OF 2021

Dwayne Johnson

THE ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2021

Simu Liu

THE SHOW OF 2021

Loki

THE DRAMA SHOW OF 2021

Grey’s Anatomy

THE COMEDY SHOW OF 2021

Never Have I Ever

THE REALITY SHOW OF 2021

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

THE COMPETITION SHOW OF 2021

The Voice

THE MALE TV STAR OF 2021

Tom Hiddleston

THE FEMALE TV STAR OF 2021

Ellen Pompeo

THE DRAMA TV STAR OF 2021

Chase Stokes

THE COMEDY TV STAR OF 2021

Selena Gomez

THE DAYTIME TALK SHOW OF 2021

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

THE NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW OF 2021

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

THE COMPETITION CONTESTANT OF 2021

JoJo Siwa

THE REALITY TV STAR OF 2021

Khloé Kardashian

THE BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2021

Squid Game

THE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2021

Lucifer

THE MALE ARTIST OF 2021

Lil Nas X

THE FEMALE ARTIST OF 2021

Adele

THE GROUP OF 2021

BTS

THE SONG OF 2021

Butter

THE ALBUM OF 2021

Sour

THE COUNTRY ARTIST OF 2021

Blake Shelton

THE LATIN ARTIST OF 2021

Bad Bunny

THE NEW ARTIST OF 2021

Olivia Rodrigo

THE MUSIC VIDEO OF 2021

Butter

THE COLLABORATION SONG OF 2021

STAY

THE SOCIAL STAR OF 2021

Britney Spears

THE POP SPECIAL OF 2021

Friends: The Reunion

THE COMEDY ACT OF 2021

Chelsea Handler: Vaccinated and Horny Tour

THE GAME CHANGER OF 2021

Simone Biles

THE POP PODCAST OF 2021

Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain

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Summer House Season 6

BRAVO’S FAVORITE SUMMER CREW IS BACK WHEN “SUMMER HOUSE” RETURNS ON MONDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 9PM ET/PT 

The temperature isn’t the only thing heating up this Summer! Bravo is heading back to the Hamptons for season six of “Summer House,” premiering on Monday, January 17 at 9pm ET/PT. After spending last summer quarantined together, the housemates are back to their regular routine of hustling during the week in NYC and spending their weekends out East with epic parties, dramatic love triangles and of course, rosé all day. Returning this summer are Lindsay Hubbard, Paige DeSorbo, Kyle Cooke, Amanda Batula, Carl Radke, Danielle Olivera, Ciara Miller and Luke Gulbranson. The housemates are joined by new friends Andrea Denver, Mya Allen and Alex Wach and special appearances are made throughout the season by Craig Conover and Austen Kroll of Bravo’s “Southern Charm. For a sneak peek, click here.

Coming up this season:

  • At a major crossroads in her life, the usually ambitious and determined Lindsay Hubbard is hesitant on what her next steps are. After being friend-zoned by Austen in Vermont, Lindsay continued to date Jason in the city until she experienced the biggest personal drama in her life yet. Unsure if she wants to continue things with Jason or date around this summer, Lindsay is confronted by some of her housemates that her “Hot Hubbs Summer” behavior might be getting a little too hot.
  • Paige DeSorbo is living her best life. Soon after leaving Vermont, her long-term crush Craig Conover became single and she doesn’t lose the opportunity to explore a potential relationship with him. However, upon entering the summer, Paige learns that her past-fling Andrea will also be joining the house and she is eager to see if their chemistry is still as hot as before. She is definitely smitten with both of these men… but after learning Craig might be hooking up with a well-known celebrity, she has no issues showing him that she has plenty of options of her own.
  • Last summer, Kyle Cooke and fiancé Amanda were doing better than ever, but living and working together for the past year has clearly taken its toll and the two hit their lowest point yet. Being that this is the last summer before he ties the knot, Kyle is determined to go big or go home. With many of the housemates already doubting their wedding will even happen, Kyle is forced to get his priorities in check or he could end up going home…alone.
  • Keeping busy by working and raising a litter of puppies, Amanda Batula has been doing everything and anything but wedding planning. With only a few weeks until the big day, her pre-wedding glow is dulled by her and Kyle’s continuous fighting and drama. Amanda is soon faced with the toughest decision of her life… either walk down the aisle or call off the engagement for good.
  • Carl Radke has become the best version of himself after a difficult summer last year.  His career is thriving and he is focusing on his physical and mental health by working out and meditating daily. Excited to explore a whole new world of sober dating with hopes of settling down, Carl has multiple potential romantic connections throughout the summer. Will he fall in love or fall apart?
  • Feeling like she was working too much and not having much control over her life, Danielle Olivera quit her corporate job to take a big risk, not only financially but personally. Although she and boyfriend Robert are still going strong, they have been finding it hard to put their relationship first and this summer could be what makes or breaks them. 
  • After living in Georgia her entire life, Ciara Miller has applied for her New York nursing license and found an apartment in the city, but soon finds herself homesick. She has been dating a few different guys in New York, but is faced with a difficult decision when a love interest from her past visits the house. 
  • Finally moved on from Ciara, Luke Gulbranson wants to have a summer filled with fun…and romance. No stranger to love-triangles, Luke finds himself getting pulled into different directions throughout the Summer and once again has his fair share of drama.
  • New to the Hamptons, but no stranger to this group of friends, Andrea Denver is excited to spend the summer with Paige. Soon after entering the house, he learns that she might have something romantically going on with someone he considered to be a close friend. And although his first instinct has always been to play the field, Andrea is determined more than ever to find the right girl to bring home to Italy.
  • Mya Allen, a restaurant consultant who runs a cookie business on the side, likes to keep things sweet. After breaking up with her long-term fiancé during quarantine, Mya joins her friend Paige for a summer she’ll never forget. She is taking her time to find her next man and wants to have fun and let loose…And what better place than in the Hamptons?
  • Born in Hong Kong, Alex Wach relocated to the United States as a child, and has lived in New York since he was 12. As a fitness instructor, Alex’s priorities include eating healthy, working out and looking good. Will he be able to keep up with this party crew?

“Summer House” is produced by Truly Original, with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Jamie Jakimo, Trish Gold and Maggie Langtry serving as Executive Producers, and by Left Hook Media, with Matt Odgers and Scott Teti as Executive Producers. Sean Clifford also serves as Executive Producer.

About Bravo Media:    

Bravo is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network features a diverse slate of original programming, including Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef” and “Project Runway,” along with fan favorites “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the highly popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Bravo is part of the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming portfolio, which includes NBCU’s broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA Network, and Peacock.

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Laverne Cox × People’s Choice Awards

Laverne Cox is set to host “Live from E!: 2021 People’s Choice Awards” multiplatform red carpet experience. You can tune into “Live from E!: People’s Choice Awards” when it airs live on Tuesday, December 7th at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT on E! from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

Laverne is set to interview, celebrate and generate a remarkable experience with all of the honorees and celebrities in attendance. The show is set to commemorate and honor all forms of entertainment, exclusively chosen by the public. “Live from E!: 2021 People’s Choice Awards” will provide an extensive amount of content from the show, on digital and across mobile and social.

Vote for the People’s Choice Awards HERE or on Twitter.

About Laverne Cox

Laverne is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy winning producer. Known for her landmark role of Sophia Burset in Netflix original series Orange is the New Black,” Laverne has had a groundbreaking career. The role of Sophia Burset helped Laverne become the first openly transgender woman of color to have a lead role on a mainstream scripted television series. She can also be seen in the Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman,” hosting The Laverne Cox Show podcast and as an Executive Producer of the documentary Disclosure.

NNE EBONG AND JAMILA HUNTER JOIN TAF

TELEVISION ACADEMY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Netflix Vice President of Overall Deals, Series Nne Ebong and Freeform Executive Vice President of Programming and Development Jamila Hunter Join Board of Television Academy Foundation

The Television Academy Foundation today named two new members to its board of directors: Nne Ebong, vice president, overall deals, series at Netflix, and Jamila Hunter, executive vice president of programming and development at Freeform, Disney General Entertainment’s young-adult network. Ebong and Hunter have been elected to three-year terms, effective immediately.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nne Ebong and Jamila Hunter to our board,” said Cris Abrego, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. “We look forward to implementing their collective expertise and strategic guidance in the Foundation’s future plans for educational programming and community outreach to help build a more inclusive and diverse television industry.”

As vice president of overall deals, series at Netflix, Ebong is responsible for leading the development of series under creative partnerships with Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland and President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, among others.

Prior to joining Netflix, Ebong was creative lead at Wiip, a global film and television studio. During her time there she played an integral role in the studio’s efforts to identify, develop and produce projects for the cable, streaming, and international marketplace, including HBO’s The White House Plumbers starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux and Amazon’s The Summer I, Turned Pretty created by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han.

Ebong also headed drama development for ABC Studios from 2013-2018 where she shepherded programming from some of the industry’s top writers and producers including Shonda Rhimes, John Ridley, Guillermo del Toro, and Susannah Grant. Series she developed include Emmy Award winners and nominees such as ScandalHow to Get Away with Murder, American Crime, Once Upon A Time, Revenge, and Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Ebong has been honored by the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, Los Angeles. She serves as a Big Sister through The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. She is also a mentor for Who’s in the Room, a program launched by Time’s Up to help diversify the executive and producer ranks throughout the industry.

As executive vice president of programming and development at Freeform, Jamila Hunter oversees all scripted and unscripted development and current originals for Disney General Entertainment’s young-adult network. She returned to Disney in 2020 after acting as president of Khalabo Ink Society, Kenya Barris’ production company. Prior to this, Hunter was senior vice president of ABC Comedy where she oversaw the development of all network sitcoms. Under her leadership, ABC launched the highly rated reboot of Roseanne and The Conners. Before stepping into this role, Jamila was vice president of ABC Comedy where she worked on projects ranging from Emmy-nominated black-ish to Last Man Standing. Prior to joining ABC, she worked her way up the executive ranks through various roles in comedy, alternative, and digital programming at NBC, Bravo, OWN, and 20th Century Fox Television.

Hunter is also on the board of the Ghetto Film School and HBCU in Los Angeles, two organizations that share the Foundation’s focus on innovating ways to diversify the talent pipeline. In addition, she works with Women in Film and Arts for LA and serves as a peer group advisor for the Television Academy’s Executive Peer Group.

For The Love of Comic Con 

By: Rodney Ramlochan × Elle Grant × Vaughn Lowery

New York City’s Comic Con is a key annual fan event dedicated to Western comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, movies, television and more. First held in 2006, this classic event was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, devastating fans who look forward to this mainstay of popular culture. Yet this year, Comic Con made its triumphant return, though it looked a little different in the attendance of both its exhibitors and fans. 360 MAGAZINE got the full scoop from well-versed fan Rodney Ramlochan on how this event has changed. He offers comments on the good, the bad, the Covid, and the in between for 360 readers. Read Ramlochan’s full testimony below:

To say that I love New York Comic Con is an understatement. For over a decade, as a pop-culture geek, I’ve enjoyed the fantastic guests, panels, original art, unique exhibitors, industry merchants, and one-of-kind exclusives. It has always been one of my favorite events to cover, and as a die-hard fan, I was deeply disappointed that the pandemic caused last year’s convention to go virtual. However, I was thrilled to hear that the event was coming back in person this year. Since much had changed over the past eighteen months, I thought it would be cool to experience the event as a fan rather than cover it as press. I also wanted to test-drive ReedPop’s Metaverse membership for ordering in-person tickets and focus on the overall fan experience, including Covid safety precautions and notable differences between this year and cons from yesteryear. Here are my post-Comic Con impressions. 

I purchased tickets a few months ago in July using the MetaVerse presale process. Of course, this was before the uptick caused by the Delta variant strain. I didn’t expect any issues with purchasing online as I’ve never really had a problem buying 4-day or single-day passes in the past. Still, I was interested in trying out the new Metaverse Membership that gives you first access to NYCC badges, photo ops & autographing tickets. My mission this year was to get both an autograph and photograph with William Shatner, epic space captain of the Starship Enterprise and now a real-life astronaut. In addition to getting first dibs on NYCC in-person tickets, the Superfan membership allows you to buy MCM Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, and C2E2 tickets. You can also get paid digital experiences, exclusive access to video content and celebrity panels, access to exclusive NYCC merchandise online. 

The Superfan Membership process was relatively seamless. I signed up at the end of June using the Metaverse Membership email and bought tickets using a dedicated link on my profile page within a few days. I purchased single day passes for each day of the convention, and I was contacted for the opportunity to purchase photo ops and autographs in addition at the end of September. Overall, I’d say the membership was worth it. It’s perfect for the fan who would rather have a more significant window of time to purchase tickets. Outside of remembering to click on the notification reminder emails and follow the presale, photo ops, and autographs links, ordering is straightforward.  There are no worries about getting tickets for the exact days you want to attend. If you are good with the allotted time frame afforded by the standard ordering process, then paying for the Superfan membership may not be beneficial at this time. However, I do wonder what the future holds for purchasing tickets in the future. Suppose the Superfan method of buying in-person tickets becomes more popular. Will it impact the standard order process and make it more challenging to obtain single-day passes post-pandemic?  Only time will tell. 

As far as Covid safety protocols, enforcement, and logistics, the ReedPop and the Javitz Center team did a great job managing this. Before attending, I was uncertain why New York Comic Con needed a partnership with CLEAR Health Pass. Especially since vaccination proof was a requirement for attending and could be validated using vaccine cards and existing apps like the NY Excelsior Pass. In hindsight, standardizing the application that everyone uses for admission was a smart move. At the very least, it streamlined the process and expedited entry for most. I picked up my green ReedPop vaccine wristband at the Javitz Crystal Palace a few nights before opening. It took me less than 5 minutes to show the CLEAR app and retrieve the band, and in many ways, this process foreshadowed the overall feel and attendance for the convention. NYC began requiring proof of vaccinations in early September, and the event was following suit. The mandate may have impacted attendance, as I read many social media comments from individuals that stated they wanted to return or sell their tickets because they didn’t know the vaccine would be mandated before purchasing. But, as a whole, most people in attendance complied with the requirements. I was there all four days and only encountered two individuals not wearing masks on the main floor. I didn’t notice security enforcing the mask mandate, but I did hear that a vendor and few individuals had been removed from the showroom floor for not following the rules.  At my William Shatner autograph and photo ops sessions, plexiglass partitions protected Shatner and the fans. Partitions were used at all reserved signings and photo op sessions. According to ReedPop, 150,000 paid in-person attendees were at the event this past weekend compared to 250,000 in previous years. Even with 100,00 fewer people, this was the largest indoor in-person event held in New York since 2019, showing a great evolution from where things were at the start of the pandemic. It was good to see that all of the proper safety protocols were in place. 

One of the most significant differences between this year’s Comic Con and past shows was the notable absence of large exhibitors like Disney, Marvel, DC, Image, Sony, Amazon, SYFY, and distributors like Funko and Midtown Comics. Of course, it didn’t come as a surprise, as we had been receiving no-show notices practically every week leading up to the event. I’m sure it deterred some folks from attending, but I think it helped provide a unique experience for those who did. It minimized the crowd and offered other smaller exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their properties and spend more time with fans. As a result, I spent a lot more time than I would typically have at smaller booths. For example, I met the great folks at Plunderlings, a boutique toy line presenting a fresh take on fantasy universes from a Caribbean perspective. Although some of the major players weren’t present, there was an excellent turnout for anime fans from Toei Animation, Funimation, VIZ Media, and Tamashii Nations. Without having to compete for floor space, it seemed as if their exhibits doubled in size. If you were a fan of these companies, it was probably the first time in years that you could casually stroll through their exhibits without waiting in line. Although it was less crowded, the show floor did not feel empty. As expected, Saturday and Sunday saw an increase in volume of attendees, but nothing compared to the previous years. 

One of the most extraordinary changes this year was the unveiling of the new Javits Center expansion project. It took a few minutes to figure out exactly where floors 4 and 5 were, but once you found them in the building adjacent to the old center, you were treated to the fantastic skyline and river views on the way up to the panel rooms and the new Empire Stage. There were a few blockbuster live panels, including Ghostbuster and The Boys; however, many panels like Sandman Act II and Wheel of Time were pre-recorded videos. I did sit in on the Sandman panel, but post-viewing, I felt a bit underwhelmed – watching a video of writer Neil Gaiman, audiobook director Dirk Maggs, actor James McCoy (who voices the title character), and actor/filmmaker Kevin Smith (who voices Merv Pumpkinhead) was not the same as seeing them in person. In addition, ReedPop introduced a new reservation system for the larger panels instead of the “badge tap-in” process used in the past. I have mixed feelings about this, as it didn’t appear that anyone’s reservations for the panels were being checked. It may have been because there was excess capacity remaining at the events I attended. However, I will note that the folks at the Tamashii Nations booth to purchase their exclusive Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku figure did check for reservations. 

Overall, expanding the panels to the new venue resulted in two significant outcomes. First, it allowed more space to return to smaller fan-focused panels, which featured creators interacting with their fandom instead of pitching major studio events.  Second, moving the panels out of the main building allowed for Artist Alley to take back a prominent role I felt it had lost over the past few years. This year, the Alley was front and center, featuring principal mainstays like Fabian Nicieza, Chris Claremont, Rob Leifeld, and Scott Synder amongst many others. I especially enjoyed chatting with Ben Bishop, one of the key artists on TMNT’s The Last Ronin. 

Undoubtedly, many of this year’s Comic Con changes resulted from how best to host an event during a pandemic, but many of the changes also focused on improving the fan experience. As a result, NYCC 2021 felt more like the NYCC of 2011, but with a few notable improvements. Creators were able to connect more with their fandoms, fans were able to stop and appreciate exhibitors and artists more, and ReedPop unveiled a few new processes to streamline crowd control and help fans maximize their time at the event. It wasn’t perfect, but as a fan, it exceeded my expectations, and I’m even more looking forward to a pandemic-free NYCC next year. 

360 MAGAZINE covers NYCC
360 MAGAZINE covers NYCC
360 MAGAZINE covers NYCC.
Rodney Ramlochan attends NYCC on behalf of 360 MAGAZINE and meets William Shatner.

FaZe Hosts #1 Chicken

YouTube Originals announced #1 Chicken,” an all-new 6-episode competition series hosted by Brian “FaZe Rug” Awadis(19.9M subscribers), superstar YouTube creator, vlogger, and co-owner of FaZe Clan known for his popular gaming and lifestyle content. The premiere episode of “#1 Chicken” will debut on Wednesday, September 22 at 12pm PT / 3pm ETon FaZe Rug’s YouTube Channel.

With FaZe Rug at the helm, “#1 Chicken” starts with 8 creators who compete against each other in one terrifying ‘Chicken Challenge’ per episode. Each challenge puts the creators’ bravery to the test with hilariously over-the-top and cringe-worthy antics that will reveal who can handle things like crawling creatures, daring heights, exotic smoothies, and much more – and who is too “chicken.” In a twist on the classic reality competition format, the winning creator each week will leave the show avoiding whatever unpleasant challenge awaits their competitors in the next episode. The last player standing earns the title of “#1 Chicken.”

The YouTube creators competing to participate in the fewest challenges throughout the series are: beauty and fashion creator Amanda Steele (2.57M subscribers), former college athlete Deestroying (3.63M subscribers), gamer and content creator Alexander Prynkiewicz aka FaZe Adapt (6.1M subscribers), dance fitness creator Caleb Marshall of The Fitness Marshall (3.3M subscribers), FaZe Rug’s best friend and “filmer” Noah Rojas aka Simplistic (674K subscribers), “mukbang” creator Tasha Proctor of StephAndTasha (669K subscribers), viral creator and vlogger Anthony Jabro of ShermanTheVerman(813K subscribers), and beauty and comedy creator Quenlin Blackwell(916K subscribers).

Trailer available: here

Keep up with the latest YouTube news by visiting the global platform’s official blog at https://blog.youtube/.

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Kevin McReynolds’ Launches Bank After Ball

Former UCLA Student Athlete Turned Serial Entrepreneur Launches Bank After Ball

With a mission to inspire the next wave of athletes, Kevin McReynolds, founder of Overnght Media launches the platform’s first original series Bank After Ball

After playing 4 years of football for the UCLA Bruins during his undergraduate studies, Kevin McReynolds continued on his student-athlete journey at the University of Nevada, Reno where he received his Masters in Business Administration while playing his last year of eligibility for the Nevada Wolf Pack. During his playing years, and after a few too many threatening concussions, McReynolds shifted gears putting an emphasis on a robust business career, ultimately acting as his saving grace for life after football.

With a powerful stance on growth, development, and success, McReynolds launched Overnght Media on the belief that truly successful people and businesses oftentimes face hardship, struggle, and challenges before reaching an optimal peak. The ever-growing misconception of “overnight success” has been at the forefront of business for decades and McReynolds wanted to debunk that notion while diving into the nitty-gritty reality of true achievement.

After watching many of his talented UCLA teammates and other professional athletes from tennis to gymnastics, basketball, and beyond, carry on to a professional level of sport, McReynolds noticed that while they were achieving an impressive milestone in their careers, one that he always anticipated joining after college himself, many were not prepared for the financial obligations and responsibilities that come with running a business. While maintaining strong relationships with many former student-athletes, McReynolds quickly became a resource for their financial journeys and challenges along the way and he soon realized that while athletics carried many to the next level, they weren’t fully equipped to handle the most important business of all – themselves.

On August 4th, 2021, McReynolds and the Overnght Media team are set to launch the first episode of Bank After Ball, an original series designed to highlight the financial journeys and business ventures of former and current athletes during and after their careers, offering an in-depth look at life and career beyond athletics; because, there is so much more. Season one boasts an impressive lineup including Donovan Carter (Actor on the hit TV show, Ballers), Peng Peng (Olympian, Actress, Influencer), Aaron Wallace (Former NFL Player, Entrepreneur) Dietrich Riley (Top Real Estate Agent, Model), Amanda McGrew (CEO of Playoff Dating App), Lorrie Fair Allen (World Cup Champion U.S., Olympic Gold medalist, Olympic Silver medalist, three-time national champion at the University of North Carolina, and Founding Investor in Angel City FC), and Vic Enwere (Former Cal Student Athlete, Athlete Rep).

For a peek at the season, please view the official Bank After Ball trailer here.

About Bank After Ball

With a mission to inspire the next wave of athletes, Overnght Media is proud to launch its first original series Bank After Ball. The show is designed to tell the financial journeys and business ventures of former and current athletes during and after their careers, offering an in-depth look at life and success beyond athletics.

About Overnght Media

With a powerful stance on growth, development, and success, Overnght was founded on the belief that truly successful people and businesses oftentimes face hardship, struggle, and challenges before reaching an optimal peak. The ever-growing misconception of overnight success has been at the forefront of business for decades and we’re here to debunk that notion while diving into the nitty-gritty reality of true achievement. It’s no secret that powerful businesses, leaders, and entrepreneurs all started somewhere, and more often than not, they started from the bottom or hit many bumps along the way. However, the vast majority of the public does not see the behind-the-scenes work that goes into their successes.

After years of searching for business publications that catered to the younger generation (Millennials and Gen Z) while also providing honest and relatable tools and content that showcased the reality of truly making it, we discovered that resources were scarce. While these groups are touted to be the most disruptive and powerful generations ever in the coming decade, Overnght looks forward to providing a meaningful and approachable platform to become just that.

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Billy Ray Cyrus × Firerose – New Day

BILLY RAY CYRUS AND FIREROSE PERFORM NEW DAY ON LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN

WATCH PERFORMANCE HERE

Lauded by Rolling Stone as a rippy, atmospheric ballad and American Songwriter as an uplifting anthem promising the dawning of a better age, Billy Ray Cyrus and FIREROSE performed their new hit, New Day, on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan today. Click HERE to watch and click HERE to watch their interview.

This Friday, August 13, Cyrus and FIREROSE will perform New Day on the Grand Ole Opry. The performance will be FIREROSE’s debut in the world-famous sacred Circle.

Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and so many more graced this iconic stage before me, so it’s a real honor to have the opportunity to stand in that Circle with Cyrus and perform the song we wrote together that means so much at this time, where we’re all praying for a New Day,’  FIREROSE shared.  

Reviewers across genres are praising New Day:

Billy Ray Cyrus never met a collaboration he didn’t like. This time, he pairs up with Australian singer FIREROSE for this trippy, atmospheric ballad about revitalization and rebirth….lending more evidence that BRC is an ever-changing musical chameleon. – Rolling Stone / Joseph Hudak & Jon Freeman

The new song is an uplifting anthem promising the dawning of a better age… combines elements of indie pop and country, creating a unique sound of two very different performers. Billy Ray Cyrus…added his ever-special country flair. – American Songwriter / Audrey Gibbs

An intriguing collaboration. With a shimmering indie pop sound, crisp beats and an uneasy vocal blend, the song is a pulsating slow jam — and its abstract video matches the vibe. Written by the country star and emerging artist over Zoom, the track features a distinctly conflicted energy, mixing light and dark at the start of a fresh cultural chapter. – Sounds Like Nashville / Lauren Laffer

It’s a hypnotic, swirling, dreamy confection, underpinned by echoey synths and slow, thumpy beats. I can hear this becoming a big pop hit. After all, he’s done it before. – Music Row / Robert K Oermann

FIREROSE’s vocals on ‘New Day’ are crystalline and crisp, and they blend well with Cyrus’ rich vocals. This collaboration is a match made in musical heaven. – Digital Journal / Markos Papadatos

ABOUT FIREROSE

Australian-born singer/songwriter FIREROSE has a fuse to captivate and transfix listeners with her distinctive, stylistic voice and stage presence. Most recently, FIREROSE co-wrote the mesmerizing New Day single with Billy Ray Cyrus. Throughout her career, FIREROSE has performed regularly at The Viper Room, The Rainbow Room as well as South by Southwest (SXSW), gaining a loyal following of passionate fans.
 FIREROSE moved from Sydney to Los Angeles when she was 19 and since then has gained respect and recognition for previous releases, including Fragile Handling, Way Out and No Holding Fire. FIREROSE is a storyteller, infusing her soulful vocals with unforgettable melodies and fiercely personal lyrics. Be sure to follow FIREROSE on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Spotify.

ABOUT BILLY RAY CYRUS

Throughout his nearly three-decade career of Billboard chart success that put him in the same company as Carlos Santana and Louis Armstrong, Billy Ray Cyrus has achieved global success as a singer, songwriter, actor, producer and philanthropist. Most recently, he celebrated the highest RIAA 14x Diamond-certified song in recorded music history with Lil Nas X on the worldwide smash, Old Town Road (Remix ft. Billy Ray Cyrus). When asked about his genre-bending approach to music, Cyrus recently shared, My philosophy to making music is no limitations. No rules, no limits, no preconceived notions. Don’t try to think inside the box or outside the box, just think like there is no box. The critically and commercially acclaimed superstar has established himself as a household name across multiple areas of the entertainment landscape, including music, television, theater and more. When one scopes out Cyrus’ trophy case, the awards are represented across all genres: GRAMMY Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, MTV VMA Moonmen, Country Music Association Awards, American Music Awards and Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Juno Awards, among many other accolades. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, Achy Breaky Heart, became a phenomenon and went multi-platinum. After Achy Breaky Heart, Cyrus followed up with back-to-back hits It Could’ve Been Me, She’s Not Crying Anymore, Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home? and the anthemic Some Gave All. Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits In the Heart of a Woman, Words By Heart and Somebody New. His success continued with dozens more singles that redefined country music. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in the series Doc and Still The King, as well as the hit Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley. To keep up with Cyrus, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and visit his website.

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Kevin Hart × Jason Biggs Host E!’s Lineup

KEVIN HART AND JASON BIGGS LEAD E!’S HILARIOUS NIGHT OF FUN AND GAMES BEGINNING TUESDAY, AUGUST 31 

Beginning at 10pm ET/PT, Season Two of Celebrity Game Face, Hosted and Executive Produced By Kevin Hart, Returns with Wilder Games and More Hysterical Moments  

Immediately Following at 11pm ET/PT, New Series Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door Takes Over the Neighborhood with Outlandish Trivia and Cash Prizes 

E! invites viewers to a fun, entertaining game night filled with competitive challenges, trivia and laugh-out-loud moments beginning Tuesday, August 31. Kicking off the night at 10pm ET/PT is the season two return of Celebrity Game Face executive produced and hosted by Kevin Hart and HartBeat Productions. Then, at 11pm ET/PT, the series premiere of Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door executive produced and hosted by Jason Biggs, where he surprises unsuspecting families for a chance to win a major cash prize from the comfort of their own living room. 

Celebrity Game Face Season Two logline:              

Celebrity Game Face returns with new celebrity contestants and crazier games, as they go head-to-head with the hopes of winning the Hart of Champion trophy and awarded money for their charity of choice. Each team will compete in at-home games such as Pardon My Pecker where teammates must pop the most balloons with a chicken beak, Cookie Face where players place a cookie on their forehead and twist their face to the cookie in their mouth and Blow Hard where players blow out massive candles wearing a mouth stretcher.  

Celebrity pairings this season include: Aasif Mandvi & Shaifali Puri, Chrissy Metz & Bradely Collins, D’Arcy & Jason Carden, Desus & Mero, Fortune Feimster & Jax, Gronk & Camille, Jason Biggs & Jenny Mollen, Kenan Thompson & Chris Redd, Ludacris & Eudoxie, Nelly & Shantel Jackson, Susan Kelechi Watson & Napiera Groves, T-Pain & Vanessa Fraction and more!   

Catch up on the entire first season of Celebrity Game Face on Peacock beginning August 1.  

Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door logline: 

From the producers of the hit format Cash Cab (Lion Television USA), actor and comedian Jason Biggs is the host of the new game show, Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door, where Biggs unexpectedly shows up at the front door of everyday people who believe they’re on a show highlighting their homes. Instead, families will be put to the test and work together through three rounds of wide-ranging trivia, for a chance to win $25,000. With the help of a few celebrity guests including former baseball great CC Sabathia, and Bravo stars Dolores Catania and Ryan Serhant, Biggs will make sure his knock is worth answering! 

Celebrity Game Face is produced by Critical Content and HartBeat Productions with Kevin Hart, Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Bryan Smiley, Mike Stein, Michael Canter and Jeff Krask serving as Executive Producers. 

Jason Biggs’ Cash at Your Door is produced by Lion Television USA with Jason Biggs, Allison Corn, Tony Tackaberry, Stan Hsue and Adam Dolgins serving as executive producers, with the format by Ami Amir. The format was created by Matar and is distributed by All3Media. 

About E! Entertainment   

E! is the only global, multi-latform brand for all things pop culture, and airs some of the most sought-after reality series on TV, including The Bradshaw Bunch, Botched and E! True Hollywood Story, Celebrity Game Face and new series We Got Love: Teyana and Iman. E! News is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across E!’s website and all digital and social media. The brand’s programming slate includes Daily Pop, Nightly Pop and digital shows: E! News’ The Rundown and BingE! Club on Snapchat. Live from E! keeps fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights and the E! People’s Choice Awards celebrates the best in pop culture and is the only award show for the people, by the people. E! is part of the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming portfolio, which includes NBCU’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA Network and Peacock. For more information, visit their website

About Critical Content

Critical Content is a leading global independent content studio. Launched in October of 2015, the company focuses on unscripted and scripted programming for broadcast, cable and digital platforms.  Critical Content currently has more than 50 projects in production for more than 30 different networks. Recent series include Catfish (MTV), Get Organized (Netflix), World’s Greatest Vacation Rentals (Netflix), Black Woman OWN the Conversation (OWN), Ginny & Georgia (Netflix) Very Cavallari (E!) Celebrity Game Face (E!), The Blended Bunch (TLC), Extreme Unboxing (A&E), The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network), Disney’s Fairytale Weddings (Freeform), Racing Wives (CMT), HOME FREE (FOX), American Spring Live (PBS), Portals To Hell (Travel), Hanging With The Hendersons (Animal Plant), StartUp (Crackle, Amazon), and Limitless (CBS). 

About HartBeat Productions

Founded by Kevin Hart, HartBeat Productions is multi-platform production company creating unique content for worldwide audiences. With a focus in Feature Films, Television and Digital Content, HartBeat aims to provide content from culturally diverse storytellers that resonate on a global scale. HartBeat has a first-look production deal with Netflix, together the two companies will produce feature films.  HartBeat’s most recent feature film Fatherhood, which premiered on Netflix in June has been viewed by more than 61 million accounts worldwide making it one of Netflix’s most successful original dramatic movies on the platform.  Additionally, HBP partnered with Motor Trend to create and produce Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew, which is currently available to stream on the Motor Trend app.  In 2021 HBP also produced the critically acclaimed Showtime documentary The One and Only Dick Gregory which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.  In 2020 HBP produced Kevin Hart’s standup special Zero F**ks Given which was Netflix’s most watched comedy special of the year with over 20 million views.  HartBeat’s first feature film Night School had the highest grossing opening weekend for a comedy in 2018. Other projects include Dave, which was FXX’s most watched comedy ever and currently on air in second season.  Other credits include London Hughes comedy special Catch a D**k, Celebrity Game Face on E! The Next Level and Hart of the City on Comedy Central.  HartBeat currently has numerous Film and Television projects in various stages of development. 

About Lion Television USA

Based in New York, Lion Television USA is headed by Allison Corn and Stan Hsue and has produced programming for Bravo, Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, PBS, History, A&E, Smithsonian, E!, Cooking Channel, MSNBC, CBS, HBO, VH1, MTV, Fox, History, and National Geographic, among others. Recently, the company rebooted their global hit Cash Cab on Bravo, as well as premiered Where Murder Lies and The Murder List on discovery+, Crimes Gone Viral on Investigation Discovery and the documentary film Just One Man for Smithsonian Channel. 

Among the company’s many credits include Diabolical, The Deadliest Decade, The Lies that Bind, Grave Mysteries, Hometown Homicide, Six Degrees of Murder, Dead on Arrival, Follow Your Past, Sexy Beasts, Deadly Devotion, Money From Strangers, Junk Food Flip, Restaurant Redemption, History Detectives, MegaDrive, Easy Chinese, America Revealed,  How Dogs Got Their Shapes, Puppies v. the World, Rebuilding the World Trade Center and many more.