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The BBC is a bit miffed at Amazon after a Season 11 episode of Doctor Who aired several days before its intended airing. Customers who purchased and downloaded the Season 11 episode “Kerblam!” were surprised to find the episode they purchased was actually the following yet-to-air episode “The Witchfinders.” The BBC released a statement apologizing to any consumers who were upset by the error.
Some viewers who purchased the Doctor Who episode experienced some extra confusion thanks to the episode’s closed captioning. io9 reported captions scrolled the dialogue from “Kerblam!” despite the footage on screen being that of “The Witchfinders.” The result was a lot of text about robots and the future in an episode that’s set squarely in the past and involves villagers searching for witches.
What’s weird about Amazon’s error is that the mistake resulted in customers missing an episode of Doctor Who that somewhat poked fun at its brand. “Kerblam!” was centered around The Doctor and her friends traveling to an intergalactic shipping facility where they received a distress signal. Upon arrival, they learned that the Kerblam facilities were primarily automated with just 10% of its staff human. Perhaps Amazon’s exclusion of this episode wasn’t so unintentional?
Whatever the case may be, The BBC wasn’t thrilled about Amazon airing “The Witchfinders” several days ahead of when it would premiere the episode to the world. That episode is one Doctor Who fans have been looking forward to for a while due to a guest-star appearance by Alan Cumming. The error was likely noticed by quite a few American cord-cutting fans, as it’s the only way to stream the new season of Doctor Who without the BBC America app.
Obviously, Doctor Who fans who weren’t able to see “The Witchfinders” before Amazon removed it should be cautious, as some fans are revealing their thoughts and feelings on the episode a bit early. Those who don’t wish to be spoiled on the episode may want to withhold from any searching on the series until the premiere rolls around in a couple of days.
The story follows four American friends who reunite in London for a wedding. Since this is a series, not a TV show, there’s a lot more to the story. This time, according to Deadline, “after a bombshell at the altar throws their lives into turmoil, they must weather a tumultuous year of romance and heartbreak. Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course, there are four weddings… and a funeral.”
As an entertainment editor, my year is spent watching and listening to as many movies, TV shows, podcasts, and albums as I can. Yes, yes, it sounds fun—but there’s a surprising side effect to all this pop-culture consumption. Come every Christmas, I have a very long holiday wish list. Whether its a cute sweater I saw on a beloved character, a bottle of wine to pair with my reality TV nights, or a new way to stream all my favorites, there’s always something inspiring my own personal gift guide.
This year is no exception, of course. My 2018 holiday wish list is longer than ever thanks to phenomenons like Lady Gaga’s Star Is Born, Ariana Grande, and the book turned movie Crazy Rich Asians. On the bright side, these are things that most people enjoyed this year—meaning my gift ideas will probably translate to your friends or family too. Take a look, below.
Lacey Chabert played Regina George’s loyal follower Gretchen Weiners in Mean Girls, one of those rare movies that’s become more than just entertainment—it’s a stitch in pop-culture’s very fabric. The Tina Fey-crafted film is quoted constantly and referenced religiously; it has a signature song and color. There’s even a day named after it.
But with all that hysteria, Mean Girls still isn’t the project Chabert is asked about the most. Rather, she says the people who watch her Hallmark Christmas movies are the most passionate. “The fans of the Hallmark movies are incredibly loyal and devoted, and it’s actually enabled me to connect more with them and the people that enjoy the movies,” she says. “They’re so vocal on social media, and I don’t think I’d experienced that to the level I experience now.”
“Loyal and devoted” is a bit of an understatement. Hallmark has turned its holiday movie-making business into a full-on cultural phenomenon. A whopping 72 million people tuned into Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas lineup last year, according to figures provided by the network. Hallmark also brought in the highest ratings on TV for households and women ages 18-49 and 25-54 during the week of November 20, 2017, largely because of its Christmas content. These holiday movies are so popular, in fact, that Hallmark upped its premiere count from 21 to 37—that’s 16 more movies than last year. Audiences truly can’t get enough.
Nor can the actresses who appear in the films. When I spoke to Chabert, she was about to start work on her sixteenth Hallmark movie, and she’s not alone. Lori Loughlin has appeared in three Hallmark Christmas films, not to mention dozens of other projects for the network; Danica McKellar has several Hallmark movies under her belt, including three holiday ones; Alicia Witt’s done a Hallmark Christmas movie every year since 2013; and Holly Robinson Peete’s holiday movie was so popular in 2017 that a sequel is coming out this year. These women all have busy schedules—both personally and professionally—yet they still carve out time each year for some Christmas magic.
But why? Why are the actresses so devoted to the network? “Usually the people I work with are great,” Loughlin explains. “[The crew] is like family. They’re my friends, so it’s always fun to work with friends.”
Chabert feels similarly. “Hallmark has really become like family,” she says. “I really respect the programming. I feel really blessed to be a part of it. I’m really proud of the content, so it’s become a very close relationship. The values that are represented in their films are very much intrinsically who they are as a company.”
Chabert realized this firsthand when the network supported her starting a family of her own. (She welcomed a daughter with husband David Nehdar in 2016.) “I did a movie when I was seven months pregnant, and they hid me behind Christmas trees and presents,” Chabert says. “I went back to work right after the baby, and they allowed me to have the baby on set and travel with my family. They’ve been very supportive. My experience with them has been very special. They’ve supported all the chapters in my own life.”
Peete echoes this sentiment—”Hallmark Channel is very family-oriented, so they have respect for us hard-working mamas”—as does Loughlin. “Bill Abbott, the head of the network, and Michelle Vicary [EVP of programming and publicity at Hallmark] are parents,” she says. “They have children. They really understand if you say, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t make it to this thing’ or ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I have to leave set because it’s my kid’s birthday.’ They’re like, ‘Yup, go. You do whatever you need to do.’ They’re so understanding about kids and obligations that parents have in regards to their children. “
Accommodating the Hallmark actresses who are mothers is a priority for Abbott. (He says three-quarters of the employees in his direct reports are women, and arguably half of them have children.) “We owe it to our employees who give so much, and our talent who give so much,” he says. “It’s more than just a job. It’s a relationship—it’s a long-term relationship. It fits our brand and it fits our style and it just works for us, and we are very focused on it.”
Of course, the actresses without children have different reasons for staying in business with the network. Witt, for example, enjoys balancing her darker work (like on The Walking Dead) with Hallmark’s lighter fare.
“It’s fun to come out with a movie where every day you have a happy ending and it’s a sweet love story [or] family story,” she says. “I just spent the last week in winter clothes and people I really enjoy working with and Christmas lights everywhere and snow and gingerbread cookies and vegan eggnog. There’s very little heaviness on my psyche right now.”
Witt says the more uplifting work makes Hallmark’s movie sets really enjoyable—which is another reason she keeps coming back for more. “There’s something about the lighter material that I think lends itself to everyone just having so much fun,” she says. “If you’re making a movie about something really dark, it does something different to your psyche. You’ll get home from work and try to shake it off, and you’re kind of in a darker place.”
Loughlin agrees. “If you’re dealing with disturbing content, that affects everybody on set,” she says. “With Hallmark, we’re not going to the dark side, so these sets tend to be super lighthearted and more fun because the content we’re working on is lighthearted and fun.”
The whimsicality of these films is precisely why they’re such a hit with audiences. Whether it’s the recent rom-com boom or the popularity of movies like A Christmas Prince, people are looking for escape in entertainment now more than ever. Hallmark is arguably the trailblazer of this type of programming, which explains why its holiday movies feel so zeitgeist-y. Viewers are turning to them for refuge—and for a variety of reasons, according to the actresses.
“I feel like the country is more divided than ever, and the extremists on both sides are not making things very pleasant for anyone,” McKellar says. “People are looking for a break, they’re looking for an escape from all the noise created by this political climate that we’re in, and Hallmark Channel provides that.”
Adds Loughlin, “We’re a society now where we’re news 24/7 no matter where you turn. There are a lot of sad or depressing stories out there. I think you want a place to escape and feel good and be transported. Hallmark’s a really good place to do that.”
The channel is also, not-so-surprisingly, a great place to find friendships. The actresses on Hallmark all follow one another on social media, promote each other’s projects, and attend red carpets together. That camaraderie is one of Chabert’s favorite parts about being in the network’s, well, network. “We’re all very supportive of each other, and we’ve gotten to know each other over the years,” she says. “What’s better than supporting another woman? I’m honored when [the women] tweet about my movies and try to help promote my movies, and I try to do the same for them.”
It’s safe to say the women of Hallmark aren’t going anywhere. There’s an enviable blend of happy content, a supportive work environment, and friendship that keeps Chabert, Loughlin, McKellar, Peete, and Witt interested year after year. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a built-in, ever-growing fanbase. As long as they keep watching—and I have a feeling they will—we’ll keep getting the Christmas movies we love, both from these women and more.
“I’ve heard the most heartwarming things from people who come up to me and tell me what a specific [Hallmark] movie has meant to them,” Witt says. “I’ve had fans write to me and say, ‘I lost my wife five years ago and Christmas has been really hard, but your movies help me get through that.’ That sort of thing is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place: to help make the world a little bit of a better place. These movies give me a chance to do that. There’s no reason why I wouldn’t do them.”
Christopher Rosa is the staff entertainment writer for Glamour.
I’VE LOST TRACK of whether coconut oil is going to kill me or make me live forever. Between the reports condemning coconut’s high count of saturated fatty acids and the raves regarding its potent doses of fiber, vitamins and minerals, it’s exhausting to follow.
America has never quite known what to do with the coconut. Sure, we gave the world Southern-style frosted coconut cake and chewy coconut macaroons, but neither of these makes up for our insipid industrial candies and cloying desiccated shreds that give coconut such…
It’s that time of year again, when you’ve been fully immobilized by your Thanksgiving feast and suddenly find yourself craving sales instead of sides. All week long, we’ve been compiling the best Black Friday 2018 sales, so you can strategize your approach without moving from your couch. Personally, we believe it’s an ideal time to stock up on the splurges you’re already eyeing for holiday parties and gifting alike. That’s why we instantly took note when we found out about Dermstore‘s Black Friday sale, which includes a ton of great hair tools—like dryers, curling irons, and straighteners—that rarely ever get for a discount.
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Someone Has To Cure Catherine
Please? In Season 15, Episode 7, Grey’s shocked us with the news that Catherine Fox (Debbie Allen) has Grade 3 chondrosarcoma in her spine. So far, the cancer is unresponsive to chemotherapy and tough to treat. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Tom Koracick (Greg Germann), and — thanks to Meredith — Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) are the only ones to know the truth heading into 2019.
Catherine is worried about what the news will do to her husband, Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), who is already a bit of a mess this season. We’re not ready to lose Catherine. Neither is Richard, or her son Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). Plus, Grey’s fans do not need to see another beloved character die, from cancer or anything else. That list includes matchmaker Cece, too, whose fate was also left up-in-the-air in the winter finale.
Bailey Needs To Manage Her Stress And Get Back With Warren
It doesn’t make sense for Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) to want a break from her husband Ben Warren (Jason George) because she’s too worried about him as a firefighter over on Station 19. Has she missed how dangerous Grey Sloan is on a daily basis? Stepping down as Chief of Surgery has not helped her stress at all. She is too invested in the hospital to just walk away — and she’d probably worry even more if she stayed home.
For her health, Bailey does need to figure out a way to manage her stress. It seems like low-key Ben could actually help with that. Their non-separatation separation feels more like manufactured drama than anything that makes sense. Just let them be each other’s refuge.
Alex Needs To Step Up As Interim Chief
Bailey won’t really be able to manage her stress until Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) rises to the job he was hired to do. He’s still getting used to the gig, but the winter finale showed his messy, disorganized office — plus he overslept and wasn’t there to lead during the big wind storm. Instead, he had a second honeymoon with his “wife” Jo, who isn’t even technically his wife because they forgot to mail in the marriage license.
Alex needs to pull himself together and really take charge in 2019, at least until Bailey returns full-time to that role. Alex definitely has a leader inside of him, and he has already shined a few times in the role, but Bailey needs to be able to trust that the hospital is in good hands with Alex.
Meredith Should Hook-Up With DeLuca, But End Up With Koracick
You’re going to disagree on this, but while Andrew DeLuca made a swoon-worthy case in the winter finale, I’m still pulling for Tom Koracick to be Meredith’s next lasting love. Meredith and Tom bonded over treating Catherine, and they seem to be equals on so many levels. Plus, they already survived a flight together, and for Meredith that’s half the battle.
But since the 2018 ended with Mer and DeLuca in an elevator, sure — let them have some fun in there. I’m all for that. Mer has already had sexy dreams about DeLuca after their wedding kiss, so let that play out. Koracick hooked up with both April and Amelia, so Meredith can play with DeLuca and maybe even Link. But I like Koracick for her long-term.
Maggie And Jackson Need To Be Together For The Right Reasons Or Not At All
Meredith convinced Maggie to stop being mad at Jackson for the time-being because Catherine is sick, and Jackson is going to need Maggie for support. That makes sense for now, but it’s not enough of a foundation for a lasting relationship. Maybe this will give Jackson an opportunity to open up to Maggie the way he still does to April — and that random new friend Kate. Maybe Maggie will be exactly the right shoulder for him to cry on, and maybe she’ll even open up to him in return. If so, good for them.
I’m still getting used to Jaggie as a couple, despite them being stepsiblings and not having much chemistry, from my perspective. Jackson and Maggie were just starting to grow on me before Grey’s ripped them apart with Jackson ghosting her for a monastery trip. They have deep issues to work through, and his mother being ill (don’t say dying!) isn’t really enough to keep them together.
Owen And Amelia Should Stay Together While Focusing On Parenting
Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) were a mess as a married couple, but they have really found themselves and each other as foster parents. I love Omelia right now. I also refuse to blame pregnant Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) for “coming between them” since this is really Owen’s doing. This is also what Owen always wanted — to be a dad. It can work. It should work with Owen and Amelia staying together, and Teddy co-parenting with Owen.
Owen, Amelia, and Teddy are now stuck in an elevator together, which is super awkward. But they worked well as a team when trying to track down young Betty, so hopefully they can all stay a team instead of turning this into something ugly. They are adults. Let them be adults about this.
Let Teddy Find Her Own Lasting Love … With Link?
Right now new “ortho god” Atticus “Link” Lincoln (Chris Carmack) is into Meredith Grey, but I’m not seeing a future there at all. But what about Link and Teddy? She deserves someone who would put her first. He’s also pretty good with kids. This would be a slow-burn situation, but I like the idea of planting seeds late in Season 15, and maybe seeing them bloom next year in Season 16.
I’m not married to this Link/Teddy idea, but I’m done with the Poor Teddy angle. She doesn’t have to have her own man — it would actually be cool to just see her bond more with the ladies, hanging out and dancing with Mer, Maggie, and Amelia. Just don’t let her storyline be the third wheel to Owen and Amelia. She deserves better.
Glasses And Nico Need More Air Time, Together And Apart
I love a blossoming Grey’s love story, but that’s not the only reason to put a character on screen. The relationship between Levi “Glasses” Schmitt (Jake Borelli) and Nico Kim (Alex Landi) is already a win, and things just took a sexy turn inside that wind-shaken ambulance.
I’m looking forward to seeing them date, even though Nico is conflicted about being Glasses’ first gay romance. He doesn’t want to go through another big coming out. But Glasses made a great case for himself in the winter finale, and they definitely seem to be a couple entering 2019. But I still need to see more of them as individuals, as well as practicing doctors. Who are they? Show us. Let them thrive on their own as well as together.
Give More Backstory And/Or Standalone Episodes To Lesser-Known Characters
This may be controversial, since not everyone loves standalone episodes — or minor characters. But I, for one, am interested in seeing more of the other hot DeLuca, Carina. I also cannot get enough of Greg Germann as Tom Koracick. He is winning me over with his cocky sarcasm, but he’s also hinted to some tragedy of his own. I’d like to dig deeper there.
Also, as much as I groaned when they added more interns, I’m ready for Jaicy Elliot’s Meredith Grey-loving Dr. Taryn Helm to have her own episode — or tag-team her with fellow surgical intern Dr. Dahlia Qadri (Sophia Ali).
Let’s Have More Adventures Outside Grey Sloan
I love that hospital, but I love it even more when we briefly leave it behind for group activities elsewhere. From weddings and boat rides to road trips, I love seeing Grey’s characters bonding in awkward or just unexpected situations. It’s also just delightful to see our favorite docs out of their comfort zones — whether that’s in Seattle or literally anywhere else.
This idea could be paired with the standalone/backstories idea for, say, Carina and DeLuca heading to Italy, or the interns getting stranded in a mall coffee shop, etc.
Bonus: Clarification On the Show’s Future
Ellen Pompeo’s fancy contract extends through Season 16 next year, but will that be the end? If so, start pulling things together for a satisfying ending. We need Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) to come back, at the very least, but start making calls for other stars/characters to return too.
Fans would love to see Callie, Arizona, April, Izzie, etc. one last time. Also, maybe start angling characters toward their end-game romances. Hint, hint, Meredith.
As the sun now stands, just days after the Grey’s Anatomy Season 15 winter finale, ABC has not released a 2019 midseason return date for Episode 9. But the show always comes back on a Thursday in January, so just clear your calendar and stay tuned to see how they resolve all of that wind storm elevator drama. And check out our fall 2018 premiere guide for more TV shows to watch.
Blended From Around The Web
With so many retailers to shop on Black Friday 2018, you’re going to need an elaborate game plan to maximize your savings (for help, feel free to refer to our meticulously detailed guides). You’ll probably start with the big beauty retailers (namely, Sephora and Ulta), but after you’ve loaded up your shopping cart there, don’t forget about Amazon.
Amazon leaked some of its Black Friday deals early this year, but the retailer is also continuing to release additional deals on a rolling basis—and you’ll definitely want to check in to see which promo codes and day-off offers lie in store. For now, we went through their extensive archives ahead-of-time to pick out 20 skin care deals that will make your shopping so much easier. If you haven’t tried browsing for new additions to your beauty routine on their site before, you can find some surprisingly random (in the best way) stuff. Oh, and we saved the best part for last—free shipping, no minimum. Now go forth and save.