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Netflix cancels feminist comedy Tuca and Bertie

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Netflix cancels feminist comedy Tuca and Bertie

After a horrendous earnings report for Netflix, the company announce that it is not renewing feminist comedy Tuca and Bertie. The cancelation was met with all kinds of anguish, enough to trend on social media, signifying that Tuca and Bertie may have been a cult comedy as well.

I have only seen the show’s trailer and it oozes feminism, which was a strong indicator that it is neither funny nor honest. It also comes off as a poor man’s version of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman in the exact same way that the Australian Pacific Heat was a cheap version of FX’s Archer and Netflix’s Arrested Development was to the original seriesBoJack Horseman was renewed for a sixth season prior to the announcement that the episode 5.4 “Free Churro” received a well-deserved Emmy nomination.

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For comparison, Netflix is seeking to distribute Eddie Murphy’s stand-up comeback to the tune of $70 million. So one of the most iconic voice actors of my childhood needs $70 million to return to stand-up, yet Tuca and Bertie cannot receive a second season that may have saved the show. On a platform reliant on original content throwing crap at the wall and seeing what immediately sticks has been a blatant business model. But consider the fact that bingewatching TV shows is how most people seem to consume content these days.

Bingewatching Breaking Bad on Netflix turned Breaking Bad into the widely recognized piece of art prior to the release of its fourth season on AMC. Rating spiked four seasons in, making Breaking Bad the one of the first shows to increase the size of its audience substantially season after season. In no way do I think Tuca and Bertie is in the same ballpark or league as Breaking Bad. But it doesn’t need to be in order to be successful. I can’t speak for most people but, for me, it’s hard to start a Netflix show with less than ten hours of content. I’ll consume it so quickly that it’s almost beneath me. The show could have had better ratings after the release and promotion of a new season.

Netflix may throw money at just about any idea, but they thoroughly measure the results of their investment. They are experts in monitoring people’s consumption habits. And they also removed reviews because the negative reviews negatively impacted people watching their original content.

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If the creator’s comments encouraging men to “hate-watch” her show are any indication, it’s marketed in the same way the Ghostbusters remake was. Again, I am not saying that the show was bad as I know it’s too feminist for me to enjoy. Amy Schumer has fans and, as a staunch capitalist, that’s a market that should be exploited. The reviews from people who watched the show were really good, for how bad I’m inclined to think the show is. But I am less interested in the quality of the show itself, I am more interested from the business side of things. The Hollywood Reporter notes the 80% renewal rate.

The cancellations arrive as Netflix continues to weigh whether its financial resources are best spent on new seasons of returning series or totally new originals. The streamer recently canceled She’s Gotta Have It (after two seasons) and Chambers (after one).

Tuca and Bertie marks another increasingly common one-and-done for Netflix, which currently has an 80 percent renewal rate for freshman series. The streamer typically weighs viewing vs. costs: If a series reaches a small audience but does not cost a lot to produce, it typically can return. The animated comedy cancellation is surprising given that Netflix launched an animation studio as it continues to invest in the space. (The series itself was produced by Tornante.)

Animation isn’t cheap, but Netflix is investing a ton of money into it. Tuca and Bertie didn’t make the cut which indicates just how bad the ratings were. The niche nature of the feminist comedy may have created an even narrower audience. Netflix has a history of baiting people into a show before undermining it with Social Justice propaganda. Frontier is a good example of this. Yet from the trailer, Tuca and Bertie wasn’t concealing the fact that the show designed to send a feminist message.

Since Netflix a believer in social justice and has (borrowed) money to throw at any idea, just how bad were the rating for Tuca and Bertie to get canceled?

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‘Godfather’ star Gianni Russo on Chris ‘Fredo’ Cuomo’s rant

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'Godfather' star Gianni Russo on Chris 'Fredo' Cuomo's rant

When CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was filmed delivering an unhinged rant to a heckler at a restaurant, one of the things many people took offense to was his declaration that the term “Fredo” was to Italian-Americans as the “n-word” is to African-Americans. This has been completely debunked since then with guests on his own show using the name to refer to Donald Trump Jr. But that didn’t keep CNN from backing their guy.

TMZ caught up with Gianni Russo, a star from The Godfather who told the reality of the situation from three unique perspectives. First, he said it wasn’t a racial slur and clearly referred to the weaker brother, a perspective he understands as a star of the film. Second, he knows the Cuomo family well and couldn’t believe Chris would have said that. Third, knowing father Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York, leads him to believe the elder Cuomo would have smacked his son had he heard him say what he did.

No real repercussions are expected against Cuomo from his employers at CNN.

Here’s a video from TMZ of Russo’s perspective:

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Brother reports death of Cedric Benson

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Brother reports death of Cedric Benson

Update: It has been confirmed.

Former NFL and Texas Longhorns running back Cedric Benson has reportedly died, according to a Facebook post written by his brother and another that he shared. Police have not released the names of victims involved in a motorcycle accident early this morning, but speculation has connected the two.

Police are blaming speed and visibility on the accident, which happened when a man and a woman on a motorcycle collided with a minivan that was pulling out.

Here’s Benson’s post as well as the post he shared:

Benson was one of the most prolific running backs in college football history for the Longhorns before being drafted #4 overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 draft. He played in the NFL for three teams and had three 1000+ yards rushing in three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

This report is unconfirmed by police or local media. His name trended quickly on Twitter as fans try to determine if the brother’s report is accurate. We’ll update this story as more details come to light.

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10 reasons Tom Cruise should run for president

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10 reasons Tom Cruise should run for president

The satirical video above is not only extremely well produced and quite humorous, but it also brings up a notion that maybe the people should consider. Should Tom Cruise run for President as a Democrat? Absolutely. I don’t care whether he’s a Democrat or not; he seems more like a progressive Libertarian than anything else. But that’s semantics. Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump were Democrats earlier in life. Political party isn’t really about anything other than assigning majorities in Congress.

There are actually compelling reasons for the Democrats to draft Cruise to be their candidate. I know what you’re thinking. With a couple hundred candidates already, why do they need another one? Just because they have candidates already doesn’t mean they have any GOOD candidates.

Would Tom Cruise be a good candidate? There’s only one way to find out for sure, but in the meantime we can look at different aspects of his life and compare them to the declared Democratic candidates. Here’s a list of 10 reasons Cruise should run:

  1. Many of the current candidates had to fight for enough attention to get people interested in them running at all. Cruise has never expressed the desire, yet there’s a video and now at least one article telling him to do it.
  2. He does his own stunts. Most Democratic candidates can’t even write their own speeches.
  3. At 57 he looks healthier than Bernie Sanders looked at 37.
  4. Democratic candidates have a problem understanding how the law works. After playing a lawyer, twice, Cruise’s understanding of the law has already surpassed their collective understanding.
  5. Had he been born a few hours later, his birthday would be July 4th. But even if the real world deprived him of his glory, he still starred in the movie Born on the 4th of July.
  6. He was in the military multiple times on tours through Hollywood productions. He has also been a spy, an inspirational speaker, a sports agent, and a smuggler. But if there’s one thing he does regularly, it’s fight to save the world. He’s fought aliens, mummies, terrorists, and even fought vampires… as a vampire.
  7. There has never been a Scientologist president… as far as we know.
  8. He says others are “glib.” Name one candidate who ever says other people are glib.
  9. Unlike Democratic candidates, he has never espoused the desire to institute a variation of socialism in America.
  10. Tom Cruise panders to nobody, ever. Every Democratic candidate panders at any moment an opening presents itself.

Tom Cruise has been needed to save the world on dozens of occasions. Now, the Democrats may need him to come in and save their party from the socialists who are taking it over. If anyone can do it, it’s Tom Cruise. Or Keanu Reeves.

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