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The 5 Most Offensive TV Shows Of All Time, According To A Study

4. All In The Family

The oldest show on the list, and arguably the pioneer of offensive television, is All In The Family. That was kind of the point, of course, as All In The Family creator Norman Lear created the series based on the generational gap between he and his father as well as the struggle of being older and living within rapidly changing times. Archie Bunker was lauded as America’s “lovable bigot,” which isn’t a title most people would receive or willingly embrace in this day and age. This show covered racism, prejudice, rape, abortion, and war, and it got massive ratings, awards, and critical acclaim for doing so. It paved the way for the modern offensive shows today, hilariously enough, with a character who longed for the “good old days.”

How Chicago Fire Decided To Write Off Connie After DuShon Monique Brown’s Death

The Season 7 premiere of Chicago Fire featured a touching tribute to deceased cast member DuShon Monique Brown that helped everyone say goodbye to her character, Connie. Now we know why the show wrapped up Connie’s story the way it did. When I spoke to executive producer Derek Haas at One Chicago Day a few weeks ago, he revealed that trying to figure out what to do with Connie after Brown’s sudden death was something that he and his team had trouble with and thought hard about to get right.

When it happened, it caught us so off guard. And she was already in three more episodes past that and we were coming really close to the end of the season. I just didn’t want to do something reactionary, or, honestly, like, unfair to the character or [DuShon’s] family, you know? I didn’t want to do something exploitative for the show that didn’t work with real life. And I knew so many of our cast members were very close to her and they wanted to do something nice.

While many fans may have wondered why DuShon Monique Brown’s death wasn’t written into last season, according to Derek Haas they simply didn’t have time to figure out how to wrap up Connie’s story and fit it into the show. And, in what was a very smart move, Haas wanted to make sure that he didn’t rush into anything which may have led to the show doing something unintentionally disrespectful to the character, or (even worse) Brown’s family. Haas also noted that several cast members were very close to Brown, and they wanted to make sure whatever the show did with Connie would be something nice that would allow them, and fans, to mourn the actress in a sweet way.

In the premiere, when everyone gathers for the shift briefing, Boden tells them that Connie had actually been working on her masters degree in counseling, and, having finished the program, she’s now off to her dream job. Her new employer asked her to start immediately, and Boden didn’t have the heart to say no to her. Meaning she left without getting a chance to say her goodbyes to anyone other than Boden. Haas said that this way of writing Connie off was courtesy of one of Chicago Fire‘s head writers, who figured that it would be a good way to pay respect to Brown’s life.

Andrea Newman, one of our head writers, had this idea. She said, ‘Connie and DuShon are not the same. Connie’s a character and DuShon’s the actress, they don’t have to have the same fate.’ So, she had that idea of [us having] the tribute be toward who DuShon was in her life, which was actually, in addition to her acting, she was a counselor.

The news of Connie’s departure prompts Herrmann to say, “I didn’t get to say goodbye. None of us did,” with Boden replying, “That’s OK, ’cause she knows how much we love her here.” Obviously, this was a way to pay tribute to the no-nonsense character of Connie, but also served as a true send off for DuShon Monique Brown, with some sincere feelings from the cast and crew added for good measure. And, for Haas, this was really the ideal way to handle such a difficult situation. About the conversation between Herrmann and Boden, he said:

I think that’s what we all wanted to say.

Chicago Fire continues Wednesdays on NBC, and airs at a special time, 8 p.m. EST, tonight for the big Chicago show crossover night. For more on what you can watch on the small screen, check out our 2018 fall premiere schedule.

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Connie Chung Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted in a Letter to Christine Blasey Ford

In a powerful op-ed in the Washington Post framed as a letter to Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford, journalist Connie Chung reveals that she is a victim of sexual assault.

“I, too, was sexually assaulted — not 36 years ago but about 50 years ago,” Chung writes. “I have kept my dirty little secret to myself. Silence for five decades.”

She says the abuser was her family’s trusted doctor—the man who had delivered her as a baby in 1946. Much like Ford’s recollection before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the exact time and date may not be clear in her memory, but Chung writes with certainty about who assaulted her.

“It was the 1960s. I was in college. The sexual revolution was in full swing. The exact date and year are fuzzy. But details of the event are vivid — forever seared in my memory. Am I sure who did it? Oh yes, 100 percent.”

Similarly, Ford told the committee of her certainty about Kavanaugh when asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) how she was sure it was him. “The same way that I’m sure that I’m talking to you right now,” Ford said.

The details Chung describes in the piece are painful to read (and may be triggering to some). She visited her doctor to secure birth control and found herself on his examination table awaiting her first gynecological exam.

“While I stared at the ceiling, his right index finger massaged my clitoris. With his right middle finger inserted in my vagina, he moved both fingers rhythmically. He coached me verbally in a soft voice, ‘Just breathe. Ah-ah,’ mimicking the sound of soft breathing. ‘You’re doing fine,’ he assured me. Suddenly, to my shock, I had an orgasm for the first time in my life. My body jerked several times. Then he leaned over, kissed me, a peck on my lips, and slipped behind the curtain to his office area. I don’t remember saying anything to him. I could not even look at him. I quickly dressed and drove home.”

Chung thinks she may have told one of her sisters, but did not tell her parents or report the doctor to authorities. “It never crossed my mind to protect other women. Please understand, I was actually embarrassed about my sexual naiveté,” she writes. “I was in my 20s and knew nothing about sex. All I wanted to do was bury the incident in my mind and protect my family.”

In another heartbreaking detail (and an added layer to why some women don’t report assault), she says that her mother could neither read nor write in English—and she could not drive. (Her parents immigrated from China the year before she was born.) So that she did not have to return to the doctor’s office, Chung told her mother he lived too far away. She eventually told her husband, but doesn’t recall exactly when.

Like Ford, she says she is “terrified” about making this public revelation. “I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. Can you?” she asks. “If you can’t, I understand. I am frightened, I am scared, I can’t even cry.”

“I wish I could forget this truthful event, but I cannot because it is the truth. I am writing to you because I know that exact dates, exact years are insignificant. We remember exactly what happened to us and who did it to us. We remember the truth forever. Bravo, Christine, for telling the truth.”

Bravo, to you both.

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Anna Faris Deletes Photo After Backlash About Her Weight

Anna Faris isn’t dealing with body shamers. When the actress posted a pantless picture of herself, the Instagram photo became the source of speculation from nosy social media users, who criticized the comedic actress of being “too thin.” In response to their negative comments, Faris deleted the picture altogether, and it’s clear that she doesn’t want to deal with anyone made inappropriate comments about her physical appearance. If you wish to see the photo was that deleted from Anna Faris’s social media after it drew up a stream of unpleasant comments, you can check it out below.

The Instagram picture was sent on Tuesday, as it was reported by E! News. It was a “pre-show” photo, according to the caption since deleted. It’s believed to be back stage for The Talk, which she recently appeared in. The scrutinized online photo was taken by Michael Sherman, the podcast assistant for Unqualified, Anna Faris‘s popular advice podcast. It found the actress in a nervous state, hunched over a trash can with no pants on. As she admits, she did eventually put some pants on once the photo was sent online, but it didn’t stay up on Instagram for long. This is the caption that Anna Faris wrote to accompany the photo, trying to explain what is happening in the frantic photo before the photo was taken down.

The comical photo was reportedly only online for 15 minutes before the actress took it down after comments were directed her way claiming that she looked “so unhealthy” and that she needed to “eat.” Whatever reason inspired these Instagram users to write these criticisms on the photo, its only made the situation more viral. Many take umbrage with the hurtful comments, and the negativity directed towards Anna Faris before she was set to appear on the daytime talk show. Suffice to say, it wasn’t long before Faris took the photo down, knowing that these rude retorts would only get worse before they would get any better. She hasn’t posted again on the social media website, though it’s unclear if that’s because of this photo controversy or not.

Hopefully, if Anna Faris decides to post on Instagram again anytime soon, her experience on the site is a lot better than it was when she posted this particular photo. Such comments are hard to deal with, and it’s clear that Anna Faris didn’t want to deal with them any longer. As for what inspired these commenters to butt in and offer their own two cents about Faris’ figure is a mystery that’s left unclear. But this is the Internet, after all. A lot of people don’t need a reason to do anything. Meanwhile, as an actress, Anna Faris can currently be seen on the newest season of Mom, airing on CBS.

Shazam’s Zachary Levi Is Itching To Kick The Rock’s Candy Ass When Black Adam Is Introduced

While Doctor Sivana uses his impressive intellect to cause trouble for Shazam, when it comes to physicality, Black Adam is the hero’s greatest opponent. Black Adam derives his abilities from different mythological figures than Shazam, but his strength, speed, stamina, wisdom, power and courage on par with Shazam’s, if not sometimes higher. Seeing those two duke it out in a cinematic setting would be similar to the battle that unfolded between Superman and General Zod in Man of Steel, only this time, magic is also part of the equation. When we’ll see such a fight is hard to say, but as Zachary Levi made clear during his appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con (via Comic Book Resources), he’s ready for the onscreen Shazam/Black Adam showdown. As far as a fight between the characters goes, yes, presumably Billy Batson would come out victorious in the end. That said, in real life, it’s reasonable to say with absolute certainty that it’d be Levi who’d be getting his candy ass kicked by Johnson. No question about it.

*The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina* First Full Trailer Is Here, and It’s So Good

After a promising teaser, Netflix has cast a spell on us mortal viewers by releasing the full-length trailer for its upcoming The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. And while the teaser relied more on spooky jump-scares that paralleled Carrie or, uh, the complete antithesis of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch sitcom of the early aughts, Netflix leaned in to campier fun this time around—Sabrina’s a pretty goofy teen, after all!

As we discover, Sabrina (the perfectly cast Kiernan Shipka) is doing what suburban teen girls usually do at that age: go on fun dates, flirt a little, complain about school, and fight with her family about trivial matters. But underneath her facade of normalcy is a looming choice of astronomical and permanent importance, which we’ll allow our gal to explain in her voiceover: “In the town of Greendale, where it always feels like Halloween, there lived a girl who was half witch and half mortal, who on their 16th birthday had to choose between two worlds. The witch world of her family, and the human world of her friends. And that girl is me.”

It’s not not like she’s unwilling to forsake the path of light and follow the path of the night, she just needs a little more time to be convinced that worshiping Satan for the rest of her life is the right path for her. So, off she goes into juggling her mortal high school life with her witch training life, and those paths inevitably diverge at inconvenient times. (A séance during first period is totally inconvenient.) Her aunts, Salem the cat, and boyfriend Harvey all help along the way. What could possibly go wrong?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will debut on October 26.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were So Touchy-Feely at Today’s Royal Engagement

Very important news, fam: Meghan Markle was spotted giving Prince Harry a back rub during an official royal engagement on Wednesday (October 3).

The couple is currently touring Sussex (the land of which they are Duke and Duchess) and attended a meet-and-greet with a group of children. While Prince Harry was busy high-fiving and fist-bumping the little ones, Markle gave him a loving back massage. Royal reporter Rebecca English caught the entire adorable moment on camera (which lasted for nearly a minute), and as with all things related to Markle and Prince Harry’s PDA, we’re swooning.

Fans took to Twitter to praise Markle’s tactile moment. “I love that they hold hands . Nice to see in this mad world . It is refreshing to see that they are comfortable showing their respect and love for each other . Tiny displays of affection but very sweet,” wrote one user. “I actually think it important to show affection by holding hands in front of school children. It would be good if children saw this example at home. Unsaid words = affection. Simple,” agreed another.

Perhaps Markle was simply returning the favor for her royal hubby, who has been known to rub her back during official visits. At the WellChild Awards last month, the Prince was spotted caressing his wife’s back in a similar manner. The couple has become well-known for their PDA, which has ranged from hand-holding at events to a very, very memorable smooch at a polo match over the summer.

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Markle’s impromptu massage session wasn’t the only adorable moment to come out of Wednesday’s visit to Sussex. Prince Harry’s high-fiving session was nothing short of aww-worthy, and the prince also buddied up with a friendly golden retriever. Frankly, our hearts can barely handle it.

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Damon Wayans Says He Is Quitting Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon went through a big change between the end of Season 2 and Season 3 thanks to the departure of Clayne Crawford as Riggs. Crawford was ousted after allegations of misconduct on set, and co-star Damon Wayans shared footage of the two clashing on set. While the legendary Riggs/Murtaugh partnership wasn’t going to be part of the series in the third seasons, all signs pointed toward a fun fresh dynamic between Murtaugh and new partner Cole. Now, that doesn’t look to be the case, as Damon Wayans says he’s quitting the show. Here’s how Wayans dropped the bombshell:

Damon Wayans didn’t mince words when he shared his plans with EUR, and it seems quite clear that he wants to leave Lethal Weapon because the demands of working as co-lead of an action series at his age and with his health issues is more than he wants to handle. His comments nevertheless will come as a shock to fans who have only had two episodes to get used to a Lethal Weapon without Riggs; what could Lethal Weapon look like without Riggs and Murtaugh?

We’ll have to wait and see. Murtaugh will still be around for at least 11 more episodes, and you can find him on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

Sarah Jessica Parker Says She Can’t Imagine *Sex and the City 3* Without Kim Cattrall

Unfortunately for those still holding out hope for another Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda reunion, Sarah Jessica Parker may have just shut down plans for a third Sex and the City movie once and for all. Months after she and Kim Cattrall each traded (indirect) remarks about the possibility of a second sequel—to recap: Parker is a yes, but Cattrall is a hard no—SJP admitted that she’s not willing to move forward with SATC 3 if all four women aren’t involved.

Early Wednesday morning, an apparently avid fan took to the comments section of a photo, completely unrelated to SATC, that Parker posted on Instagram on Tuesday, Us Weekly reports. “You are still my hero. please replace or write her out kim/samantha if she is not interested and bring back sex and the city movie #3. the fans need this,” the commenter wrote. Parker responded soon after, seemingly ending speculation about the film’s prospects. “Not sure if I can imagine doing another movie without her. X,” she wrote, adding a purple heart emoji to soften the blow.

Parker first crushed all hopes of a third Sex and the City movie in late 2017, when she told Extra, “We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.” The next day, after anonymous reports surfaced claiming Cattrall’s on-set “demands” were the reason production had come to a standstill, she fired back, admitting that she’d never wanted to reprise the role of Samantha Jones at all.

Shortly after, Cattrall spoke out again, reiterating her “respectful, firm no” to SATC 3, and calling out Parker for seemingly painting Cattrall as the enemy of SATC fans everywhere. “This is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City and, specifically, Sarah Jessica Parker, in that I think she could have been nicer,” she said. “I really think she could have been nicer…. I don’t know what her issue is, I never have.”

Since then, despite Cattrall publicly calling out Parker for being “cruel” and “exploiting” the tragedy of Cattrall’s brother’s death, SJP has maintained that there’s not actually a “feud” between the former costars, no matter how much the misogynistic media loves to pit women against one another. That said, she did admit to Andy Cohen that she’s “heartbroken” by Cattrall’s comments. “I found it very upsetting, because that’s not the way I recall our experience. It’s sad, but I always think that what ties us together is this singular experience. It was a professional experience, but it became personal, because it was years and years of our lives, so I hope that that sort of eclipses anything that’s been recently spoken,” Parker said earlier this year.

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The One Mean Girls Note Lorne Michaels Gave Tina Fey

If people seem especially mean lately, it’s because it’s a national holiday for some movie fans. October 3rd has been dubbed Mean Girls Day, as it’s the date that Aaron Samuels asked Lindsay Lohan’s Cady for during Tina Fey’s iconic comedy. In the decade and change since Mean Girls was released, the film has stayed at the forefront of pop culture, with the movie becoming an instant classic. Every line of dialogue, scene, and costume has become iconic, and it turns out that Saturday Night Live head honcho Lorne Michaels had a hand in that. Tina Fey explained this, revealing Michaels helped give Mean Girls its signature style by encouraging its characters to look cool.

After working with Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live for years, Lorne Michaels obviously trusted the writer/actress’ vision. So instead of asking a ton of questions and giving Fey notes about the film’s contents, he simply made sure it was going to look good, and hopefully make money in the process. That’s show business.

While Lorne Michaels’ comments to Tina Fey may seem shallow, the overall styling of Mean Girls is actually key to the film’s premise. The Plastics are shiny, fake, hard, and beautiful. They’ve got perfect looks and cars, with lifestyles that seem to exceed their means and ages. This puts Cady is stark juxtaposition to the powerful clique– at least when Mean Girls starts. Because as Cady’s popularity grows, so does her look.

Tina Fey’s comments to EW show what the beloved movie is actually about: social politics. High School is infamously nasty, with tempers and hormones rising, causing the student body to act out aggressively with each other. And while Mean Girls may focus mostly on the interpersonal relationships of the beautiful people, the movie also paints high school in a broader brush.

Mean Girls succeeds in creating the world of a high school by having ton of awkward characters to inhabit it. People form the school are referred to as their full name, and smaller roles get their chance to shine and even narrate to the camera. And during Ms. Norbury’s workshop with the girls in the gym, the audience is shown each clique’s issues. All of this deeper stuff comes in later in Mean Girls‘ runtime, and are earned by first introducing audiences to the plastics, and their glamorous and deadly social warfare.

Mean Girls continues to be played on syndication, and was recently adapted into a Broadway musical, with Tina Fey writing the lyrics and book. Check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies, and our 2019 release list to start planning next year’s first flicks.