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How many gangs does Riverdale have? And how much demand could there be for drugs?

Hiram is on the mend after being shot, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to pick up where he left off. The only problem is that his valuable product seems to have gone missing.

Judging by Hiram’s exchanged with Veronica, I’m going to say that he knew what she did with his drugs and his tools, and never suspected that it was Hermione’s fault.

But Hiram wasn’t Ronnie’s only problem. She became indebted to Gladys Jones, the buyer of said product whom she now owed because she destroyed it.

Hiram figured that Gladys’ return to town wasn’t a mere coincidence, and though they are technically “enemies,” I think that they’re actually in cahoots.

Veronica, bless her heart, does not have it in her to shakedown and manipulate two adults who have been pushing product for a long time.

Hiram caved rather quickly when Veronica joined his meeting with Gladys and propositioned that Gladys deals candy while he focuses on the prison.

You know nothing is ever as it seems with Hiram Lodges, and this seems to be a sneaky way to get Veronica tangled up in the family business.

Hiram and Gladys have more in common than we initially believed.

Much like Hiram, Gladys has no qualms about using her children to further her agenda and subsequent takeover of the town.

She and Jellybean have been coy about the motives for their return to Riverdale, but we know she’s trying to win the town back by stealing Hiram’s business and Jughead’s gang.

Gladys wasn’t just suggesting Jughead team up with the Ghoulies out of the kindness of her own heart. She benefitted from it because it took what Hiram wanted.

And when Jughead failed to convince the Ghoulies, now the Gargoyle Gang, to join the declining Serpent population, she went ahead and convinced them. And you bet she rubbed it in Jughead’s face that she “did what he couldn’t.”

Gladys is going to steal the reigns right from under Jughead, which, if you think about it, is terribly sad. These parents continue to prove that they are worse than their children.

Speaking of parents who make really terrible decisions, can we talk about Alice Cooper?

Homegirl has gone off the deep end. Like, waaaay, waaaaay deep.

Betty is in over her head trying to help her mother or illuminate the cultish ways of The Farm.

Alice has been brainwashed into seeing exactly what they want her to see. If it hadn’t been for Betty, Alice surely would have drowned to death.

And Polly, who would have been responsible for her mother’s death, would have accepted some carefree and bullshit excuse provided by The Farm and that she-devil Evelyn Evernever.

Betty saved her mother as the rest of the members stood by and watched hoping for some kind of miracle. What is wrong with them?

And the worst part is that Alice wasn’t even grateful. She said she saw “the other side,” and gained a newfound purpose for her life which apparently meant selling the house — to The Farm I’m sure — and moving in with her family.

She’s delusional and dangerous, but how do you stop someone like that? How do you snap them into reality?

The Farm is obviously preying on the weak minded who need a sense of purpose in life. They even got to Kevin who has been feeling low and hurt by Mooses’ departure.

Maybe Betty can turn to FP  to save her mother? If anyone is able to, he’d be able to talk some sense into her. That is if The Farm even allows Alice to see him anymore.

Will Betty’s motivation to take down The Farm be what finally brings Edgar Evernever out of hiding? I sure hope so. I can’t wait to see former heartthrob Chad Michael Murray as the elusive cult leader.

Sometimes, I really miss the teen kinship between Betty, Jughead, Veronica and Archie. The previous seasons had twisted storylines, but they always worked together and teamed up for a common goal.

Now, it seems like everyone is doing their own thing and dealing with their own piece of crazy pie.

While Betty was singlehandedly trying to stop the Farm, Jughead attempted to boost the Serpent’s number, and Veronica tried to detonate both Gladys and Hiram, Archie was fighting his own battles in the ring.

The one thing that hasn’t changed from season to season is Archie’s hardheadedness and know-it-all qualities.

The moment Tom told him he “wasn’t ready” for a professional fight and that “boxing wasn’t something you want to half-ass,” you knew deep down in your core that Archie was going to ignore his trainer and sign up for a fight.

And sure enough, he overheard Elio looking for boxers to fight his man Randy.

Archie was so desperate to cut corners and make a name for himself, he agreed to fight Randy for $5 thousand buckaroos and even throw the fight in his favor.

Seriously, Archie. This, precisely this, is how you keep getting into trouble.

When Archie realized he was the architect of his own messes, mainly because Josie, his new squeeze, pointed it out in a very logical way, it was too late.

Elio threatened Archie’s life if he pulled out of the fight or tried to change the outcome of the fight.

We know Elio likes to rig games in his favor as witnessed at Ronnie’s poker night, however, rigging a fight in favor or himself and his boxer to make a lot of money? That’s a new form of low.

Thankfully, Archie didn’t just give it, he decided to fight back.

And though he didn’t officially win, he stood his ground and proved that he is worthy of being in the ring with the big dogs.

That’s definitely a huge feat.

His after-party celebration wasn’t too shabby either, though I will say I think his relationship with Josie moved too quickly.

They went from friends to full-on partners in the matter of an episode.

Josie has always given me the sense that she’s untouched by the darkness of Riverdale so maybe she’s the only person who can save Archie from himself.

Just her comment about Archie thinking he’s only worth five-thousand-dollars put things into perspective for him. Though he’s a strong fighter who holds his own, Archie’s self-esteem has been pretty shot this season.

This was a good reminder that he doesn’t have to sell himself short simply to prove a point.

In addition to the Serpents, the Ghoulies, and the Gargoyle King, there’s a new girl gang in town marking their territory: The Pretty Poisons.

I’m conflicted on my feelings towards Cheryl and Toni’s gang because part of me truly believes that Cheryl is doing this more for herself than she is for Toni.

She didn’t even get Toni’s permission to deploy the Pretty Poison’s to beat up Fangs and Sweet Pea, which was hilarious in its own right because they got their butts handed to them by a group of ladies!

Toni was furious for a few reasons: she wasn’t informed about Cheryl’s call, she was pissed that Cheryl decided to take the lead, and she was mad because her friends were attacked.

The Serpents may not be family right now because of how dysfunctional things are in Riverdale, but they were always there for her when she needed them.

And as she mentioned, the gang isn’t there to assert dominance, they are there for support and unity.

But overall, I’m not pleased with this storyline because Toni is a Serpent by blood; she belongs there.

The new gang has also caused a bit of tension between Toni and Cheryl which is truly upsetting.

Cheryl always needs to rethink her actions because putting others first doesn’t come naturally to her and Toni has always been supportive and understanding, but I’m afraid Cheryl trying to assert dominance over something that has been Toni’s whole life and family will lead to some issues.

What did you think of the episode?

Is there hope for Alice? Did Polly get baptized and survived?

Will Veronica continue to be forced to pay off large amounts of debt to Hiram and Gladys?

Will Jughead and FP realize Gladys’ true motives?

Will Archie and Josie last? Does he really have a career in boxing?

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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Things We’re Thankful For At CraveYouTV: 2020 TV Edition

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2020 has put a lot in perspective.

While it’s easy to say that it’s been a terrible year, it’s also been a year that has allowed us to reflect on and appreciate all that we have.

It’s the kind of year where we recognize all that we’re thankful for… and really mean it. 

To celebrate the holiday, CraveYouTV has put together a list of some of the TV-related things we’re grateful for this year: 

  • For shows slowly but surely coming back after the COVID hiatus. It was a hard few months without new content, but we’re grateful they’ve found safe ways to resume filming.
  • For McDreamy’s brief return on Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, that alone could’ve made 2020 somewhat bearable.
  • For the second season of Virgin River coming to bless us this Thanksgiving.
  • For Tayshia Adams taking over the reigns from Clare Crawley and making The Bachelorette more tolerable this season. 
  • For 15 grand years with Sam and Dean on Supernatural. The finale wasn’t to everyone’s liking, but it gave us all closure. It was bittersweet to say the least. 
  • In general, for the ability for shows to have proper endings and finales. It’s always nice when a network lets a show sign off on its own terms. 
  • For the ability to watch older shows! With less airing on TV and streaming, it’s given us a chance to re-watch some oldies but goodies. 
  • For the well-crafted mysteries on The CW’s Nancy Drew
  • For medical shows tackling the real-life COVID pandemic to raise awareness. 
  • For Rio (and Manny Montana) on Good Girls
  • For Emma Corrin’s portrayal of a young and troubled Princess Diana on The Crown. The role came with plenty of criticism, but she took it in stride and gave an outstanding performance. 
  • For Atwater’s powerful stance against racist cops on Chicago PD. He’s one of the best characters to grace our screen. 
  • For Netflix expanding its holiday movie universe and giving fans some hope at a possible holiday movie crossover in the future. We’re looking at you Princess Switch 2!
  • For The Masked Singer putting the fun back in masks! 
  • For a two season renewal of Cobra Kai returning in January 2021. 
  • For The Mandalorian season 2, and Baby Yoda in general! We can’t get enough of the little guy.
  • For the Star Wars Lego Christmas special on Disney+.
  • For a second season of The Boys, a series that continues to intelligently skewer super hero fads while simultaneously reveling in what makes them fun. 
  • For a new season of The Great British Bake Off to heat things up. 
  • For the new trend of movies being released on streaming and in theaters at the same time. 
  • For The Good Place endings its four season run on a beautiful, melancholy note. 
  • For the entire Rose family on Schitt’s Creek. And that they finally got the recognition they deserved during the Golden Globes. 
  • For the 40th season of Survivor, which gave us some of the best gameplay with the greatest players ever!
  • For Netflix’s revival of Money Heist, which let the thrilling adventures of The Professor and his gang continue!
  • In general, for Netflix allowing us to watch TV shows from all over the world and in many different languages! 
  • For Fallon Carrington’s wit, sass, and style! 

We’d love to hear from you! What are you grateful for? What would you add to the list?

And now, we hope you don’t take this personally, but we’re going to take this day off to enjoy a delicious meal and some much-needed R&R with our immediate families. We hope you do the same! 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at CraveYouTV!


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Yes, That Is Queen Amber from ‘A Christmas Prince’ in ‘The Princess Switch: Switched Again’

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Everyone loves a good Easter egg. 

It’s always a treat when a show that exists in the same “realm” includes a few nods to its sister show simply to appease audiences. In its last season, Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina had plenty of Riverdale references that delighted fans. 

And The Princess Switch: Switched Again was no exception. 

In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, Aldovia’s Queen Amber (Rose McIver), King Richard (Ben Lamb), and their royal baby from Netflix’s A Christmas Prince franchise all made a small cameo at Lady Margaret’s coronation in the Princess Switch sequel. 

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The brief appearance further entwines Netflix’s holiday movie universe in a way that has fans questioning if it could possibly be teasing a future crossover movie! 

Just imagine Princess of Belgravia, the Queen of Montenaro, and the Queen of Aldovia all working together to save Christmas!

If you think about it, it makes sense. Royal’s from other countries have long formed alliances and often interact for both business and pleasure, so thus, Queen Amber’s appearance during Montenaro’s was completely justified and necessary!

A crossover would be one epic Christmas offering; the only thing missing is Her Majesty Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Queen of Genovia! You know we had to. 

However, some fans were confused as to how all the films were connected since in the first Princess Switch, Margaret and Kevin actually watched A Christmas Prince in the film. 

As one CraveYouTV reader pointed out, maybe they were streaming a “documentary.”

Netflix did give some clarity explaining that The Knight Before Christmas (also starring Vanessa Hudgens), Holiday Calendar, The Christmas Inheritance, and Holiday in the Wild are also entangled in the Christmas Movie Universe. Here’s how: 

“It felt like a natural fit to show one of our other films available on Netflix,” Amanda Phillips Atkins, EVP of production company MPCA that produced the films, shared about the connections. “That one seed of an idea soon turned into fun opportunity to tie the various worlds together with small easter eggs from movie to movie.”

Regardless of whether a crossover is on the horizon, seeing Amber and Richard was a sweet treat for fans of Netflix’s robust Christmas collection during a time we need it the most! 

Read our review of The Princess Switch: Switched Again now. 


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Best Tweets About the ‘Grown Men’ Group Date From Tonight’s ‘The Bachelorette’

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The Bachelorette Season 16 Episode 6 best tweets

The Bachelorette Season 16 Episode 6 pitted the men against each other. 

Ashley Iaconnetti Haibon and Jared Haibon made a cameo to host the “grown-ass men” challenge. 

See the best tweets from tonight’s episode including all the #Bennett love/hate. (He was trending early in the night on Twitter!) 

https://twitter.com/prairieparsons/status/1328867124434116611?s=20

https://twitter.com/amirelesjr/status/1328870062783160320?s=20

https://twitter.com/petersgolfcart/status/1328875550237216769?s=20

https://twitter.com/kellie__mariee/status/1328895155923980289?s=20


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