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‘The Bachelor’ Is Finally Embracing Diversity as It Casts First Black Lead with Matt James – Rachel Lindsay, Peter Weber, and More React

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History was made today for The Bachelor nation. 

After 18 years and 40 season, the franchise cast its first black male lead. Matt James will look for love on the upcoming 25th season of The Bachelor, which will premiere sometime in 2021 considering the coronavirus pandemic shut down every TV show and film. 

But while it’s an exciting day as strides are being made in the right direction, we have to acknowledged that it took 18 years for the series to cast a black male lead. 

One has to wonder if the outcome would have been the same if not for the criticism of the franchise’s lack of racial diversity from cast members and the Bachelor Nation. These criticisms only intensified recently due to the protests and riots following George Floyd’s murder as people across the world rallied for racial equality and against injustice, systematic racism, and police brutality. 

ABC promised to do better, and it’s a promise we know Bachelor Nation will hold them to.

“We acknowledge our responsibility for the lack of representation of people of color on our franchise and pledge to make significant changes to address this issue moving forward. We are taking positive steps to expand diversity in our cast, in our staff, and most importantly, in the relationships that we show on television. We can and will do better to reflect the world around us and show all of its beautiful love stories,” the statement on the ABC press website wrote. 

But to even get to a point where ABC and The Bachelor felt compelled to do something, a fan-created petition calling for racial equality needed to gain more than 86,000 signatures on Change.org

Rachel Lindsay, the only black female lead on The Bachelorette, penned an emotional blog post calling out the network for the lack of diversity. 

“Recently, I have received many questions regarding the headlines stating that I will leave the Bachelor franchise if changes to address the lack of diversity in lead roles are not established,” she wrote. “Yes, more diverse contestants do appear on the show now, but is the lead truly interested and open to dating outside of their race? I think that is evident by how far their ‘journey’ takes them during each season.”

She suggested the series make some changes including casting leads who want to date those of other races, adding more diverse producers, and making contestants of color feel more welcome and “comfortable.”

ABC exec Rob Mills denied that Lindsay’s comments were the reason behind James’ casting and assured they were aware that a lot needed to be done.

“It wasn’t a response to that. We could have made this announcement earlier or later,” Rob told Variety. “Certainly no one is blind to what is happening in the world, so hopefully this announcement serves as a bit of optimism during a time that we can really use this, but I don’t want this to look like we’re patting ourselves on the back or taking a victory lap.”

After James was cast, Lindsay took to Twitter writing: “I am happy to see that a black man was cast after 18 years and 40 seasons. I believe it is a step in the right direction.”

She then went on to point out what many have been tiptoeing about: “I would be remiss to not point out that based on the current climate, it feels like a knee-jerk reaction and a result of societal pressure. This announcement, without any further commitments regarding diversity, sweepingly brushes deeper issues under the rug. Until we see action to address the systemic racism within the franchise, the casting news today is equivalent to the trend of posting a black box on your social media account without other steps taken to dismantle the systems of injustice. I look forward to hearing more about the additional efforts the franchise plans to make towards change.”

Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown, who is good friends with James, took to Instagram to express her excitement:

“Matt James is the Bachelor. I cannot contain my excitement for this amazing human making history as the first Black Bachelor — to God be the Glory! This man is as good as it gets y’all, and that’s coming from a previous skeptic (lolz). I am so blessed to now call you friend. You’ve supported and encouraged me in some of the hardest moments lately and I’m so freaking pumped to support and encourage you as you get ready to go on an adventure of a lifetime! #1 Matt James fan right here!”

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Former Bachelor Peter Weber poked fun at his indecisiveness on season 24 writing: Congrats @mattjames919. Very happy for you and @bachelorabc. “Enjoy the ride, just get it right the first time. It’s easier that way.

Mike Johnson, who was previously in talks to be the first black Bachelor, congratulated James in an Instagram video stating, I just wanna give a huge shout-out to Matt James as the new Bachelor. Congratulations, bro! I definitely [texted] him earlier, but I wanna show him love and shout him out publicly as well.”

He also commended the network and franchise for implementing change: “I wanna give also a huge shout-out to ABC. They listened to us. … I’m giving you guys a shout-out — the fans. Love you guys so much. They listened to you guys. You guys marched and, like, sent all these emails, I’m sure, and tagged Chris [Harrison] and tagged [creator] Mike Fleiss and tagged everybody that be, and they listened to you guys. [I] wanna say give yourself a pat on the back, seriously. That’s amazing. Your guys’ voices are definitely being heard.”

Tyler Cameron posted a photo with James writing: “Congrats to my brother @mattjames919 on being named the Bachelor. This is all a testament of who you are as a person. Now the world gets to see the person you are and the heart you have. You can change the world. Proud of you and so excited for you. Not excited that somebody will be taking my spot as your snuggle buddy.”

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James is 28, a current real estate broker, and a former football player.

Earlier this year, The Bachelorette announced Clare Crawley as the upcoming lead. She will be the oldest lead in franchise history. Her season was halted due to the pandemic, so it’s unclear when it will air. Host Chris Harrison said her season would address coronavirus. 


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11 New Movies & TV Shows to Watch Right in Time for Halloween

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This is Halloween… so be ready for a fright.

The best way to celebrate spooky season (aside from with a pumpkin spice latte in hand) is with bone-chilling movies and TV shows. Thankfully, there are plenty coming at you this year ahead of Halloween. 

From family-friendly choices to new installments of beloved classics, here’s a list of all the Halloween movies and TV shows of 2022: 

 

Halloween Ends – Theaters/ Paramount+ 

Laurie Strode and Michael Myers face off one last time in the final installment of the Halloween franchise. See how it all goes down when the film hits theaters on October 14. It will also be available for streaming on Peacock. 

 

Chucky (Season 2) – Syfy

Fans were absolutely taken with the first season of Chucky on Syfy, making a second season a guarantee. And after that jaw-dropping cliffhanger, you’re going to want to see what happens next when the murderous doll returns for more mayhem on October 5. 

 

Wednesday – Netflix

Fans of the Addams family can enjoy a reimagining that focuses on Wednesday Addams played by Jenna Ortega, who truly embodies the Burton-esque essence of the character. The Netflix series also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán as Morticia and Gomez Addams. No premiere date has been announced just yet, but expect it to arrive sometime in the fall.

 

Hocus Pocus 2 – Disney Plus

Sisstaaaaas! It’ll be a glorious morning when the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) rise again to reign terror on a new lot of children that light the Black Flame candle in Salem. The sequel to the beloved 1993 original has been a long time coming, which makes it that much more exciting. 

 

Cabinet of Curiosities – Netflix

Step aside, American Horror Story. The new horror anthology comes from the mind of Guillermo del Toro and features a star-studded cast including Andrew Lincoln, Sebastian Roché, Rupert Grint and more. It’s based on a short story of the same name and features eight unique live-action stories meant to challenge our traditional notions of horror. Start streaming on October 25. 

 

The Midnight Club – Netflix 

The horror mystery-thriller hails from the minds of Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, the duo that gave you The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, so you know it’s legit. It follows a group of eight terminally ill teens living in hospice that entertain each other with life-like horror stories and make a pact that the first person to die will come back and haunt them. It arrives on October 7. 

 

Ghosts (Season 2) – CBS

There’s nothing creepy about Ghosts, the 20-minute sitcom comedy about a young couple who inherits a mansion and realizes it houses the ghosts of all those who have died on the property. However, it’s a fun concept that definitely taps into the “after-life.” Come season 2, we’ll see all the antics that come with Sam and Jay officially opening the B&B. The new season returns on September 29. 

 

Jeepers Creepers: Reborn – Theaters

The film will serve as a reboot of the 2021 cult classic, though, it’s not connected to the original in any way. Sydney Craven’s Laine premonitions and visions of the Creeper are timed perfectly to when the town begins to prepare for its first horror fest. The film will have a limited theatrical run from September 19 through September 25. 

 

Interview with a Vampire – AMC

The upcoming American gothic horror drama is a small-screen adaptation of Anne Rice’s 1976 novel of the same name. It will sink its fangs into Louis de Pointe’s (Jacob Anderson) epic story of “love, blood, and the perils of immortality” with Vampire Lestat (Sam Reid). It premieres on October 2. 

 

The Curse of Bridge Hollow – Netflix

The Halloween comedy teams Marlon Wayans with Stranger Things star Priah Ferguson as a father-daughter unit forced to save their town after an ancient and mischievous spirit causes the decorations to come to life. Also starring Kelly Rowland, it hits the streamer on October 14. 

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Spirit Halloween: The Movie

We’ve all shopped at a Spirit Halloween store, but what if we got trapped in one overnight? That’s what the new film explores, but unfortunately for the kids hoping to enjoy a night of mischief and adventure, they end up haunted by an “angry evil spirit” (Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd) who is possessing all the toys inside the store. You can start streaming on your favorite VOD platform on October 11. 

 

Bonus:

The Imperfects – Netflix

Since the series premieres on September 8, we’re adding it as a bonus. The fantasy horror finds a group of teens hunting down a scientist, whose experiments gave them monstrous side effects.

 
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8 TV Teachers That Deserves a Gold Star

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8 TV Teachers That Deserves a Gold Star

With the end of summer comes the start of the new school season. (And new TV season, but we’re not really diving into that right now!) 

As plenty of students groan at the idea of returning to the classroom, parents are likely finding themselves breathing a sigh of relief that the teachers will be taking over from 9-5. And these teachers deserve the world for cultivating young minds with all the necessary skills and education to survive in the real world and thrive!

Ahead of the 2022-2023 school season, we’re nominating some of our favorite and most-memorable teachers that we know are bound to make any school year more exciting.

To be honest, we’re just jealous they weren’t our teachers in real life, but we’re glad these TV shows—both new and old— are allowing us to attend their class anyway! 

 

Abbott Elementary Staff

The teachers at Abbott Elementary are hands-down the most caring and inspirational. They don’t have much, but they pour themselves into the school and its children. They are passionate about the work that they do, they navigate every roadblock that comes their way, and they show up day in and day out with creative ideas and new approaches to help ensure that students are getting the most out of their school day. Janine, Gregory, Melissa, Barbara, and Jacob are the best of the bunch. 

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Mr. Feeny – Boy Meets World

’90s kids know there was no better teacher—on TV or in real life— than Mr. Feeney. William Daniels brought so much care and wisdom to the role. He was a role model, a mentor, and a friend that guided Cory Matthews and his friends throughout every single moment of their adolescence. We’ve all applied the teachings and advice of Mr. Feeny to our everyday lives, including his most important lesson: “do good.”

 

Cory Matthews – Girl Meets World

Mr. Feeny was so inspirational that when Cory became an adult, he followed in his footsteps. In Girl Meets World, the follow-up to Boy Meets World, Cory becomes a history teacher in hopes of guiding another generation using the same world-life lessons and mentorship that he received from Mr. Feeny. 

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Jessica Day – New Girl

Zooey Deschanel’s character was largely defined by her quirky behavior, but it’s also what made her such a promising middle school teacher at Coolidge Middle School. She was creative, sang a ton of songs, and really nailed the teacher aesthetic. She was also meant to be a nurturer as she later takes on other roles within the education system like substitute teacher and principal.

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Liz Ortecho – Roswell, New Mexico

Teacher by day, alien scientist by night, there’s a lot you can take away from Liz’s classroom. While she didn’t spend too much time in the teaching role after getting sidetracked by the supernatural stuff (saving the world with her science and all that), Liz was passionate about helping her students learn science in a fun way and making sure each one of them succeeded. If—after all is said and done— she decides to stay the course, those Roswell kids will be lucky to have her. 
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Roswell, NM — “Steal My Sunshine” — Image Number: ROS401-784r — Pictured (L – R): Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho — Photo: John Golden Britt / The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 
 

Lily Aldrin – How I Met Your Mother

Lily’s kindergarten stories are relatable, not to mention they make for some funny moments throughout the series, including how she attempted to pick a baby name not connected to any of the bad students in her class. But overall, Lily’s quirkiness, energy, and motherly presence would make her a teacher we’d want to have.

How I Met Your Mother

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Alaric Saltzman – The Vampire Diaries/Legacies

Mr. Saltzman would never punish you for missing class because he knows there might be something more important at play like taking down an evil vampire hellbent on destroying the world. Alaric started off as a cool teacher that became buddies with his students, but when he had kids of his own, he became a father figure to many. Though he may have felt like he was always putting his students in danger, the reality is that he gave them a home to embrace their authentic selves. He accepted them, uplifted them, and inspired them to be better. There was never a dull moment, they were always learning something, and his passion for history and the supernatural was inspiring. Everyone in the TVD universe was lucky to have him. 
 
Legacies Review We All Knew This Day Was Coming Season 4 Episode 3

Legacies — “We All Knew This Day Was Coming” — Image Number: LGC319b_0510r — Pictured (L-R): Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman, Matthew Davis as Alaric Saltzman, and Jenny Boyd as Lizzie Saltzman — Photo: Tom Griscom/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

Haley – One Tree Hill

Haley was born to be a teacher. Not only did she want to pursue the profession, but even in high school, her nickname was “Tutor Girl” because she tutored her peers to help them succeed, including Nathan Scott. When she became a teacher at Tree Hill High, she believed in her students and went above and beyond for them so much so that when she got fired they rallied to have her reinstated. She’s one of those teachers you’ll remember fondly years later.
 
One Tree Hill

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Happy 828 Day! Manifest Season 4 Part 1 Premiere Date, Plot Announced

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After Manifest got a second chance at life on 828 Day (celebrated annually on August 28) last year — a nod to the show’s Flight 828 — fans have been treated to more exciting information.
 
Last year, the streamer announced that they would be saving the series following its cancelation by NBC, but this year we finally have a premiere date.
 
Attention all Manifesters, we’re now Flight 828 as the first half of season 4 will premiere on November 4, 2022.
 
Since 828 is so meaningful to fans, Manifest Season 4 Part 1 was announced on 8:28 a.m. PT. It will contain 10 episodes with the final 10 premiering at a later date.
 
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And here is the official synopsis: “Two years after the brutal murder of Grace turned their lives upside down, the Stone family is in shambles as a devastated Ben continues to mourn his wife and search for his kidnapped daughter, Eden. Consumed by his grief, Ben has stepped down from his role as co-captain of the lifeboat, leaving Michaela to captain it alone, a near impossible feat with the passengers’ every move now being monitored by a government registry. As the Death Date draws closer and the passengers grow desperate for a path to survival, a mysterious passenger arrives with a package for Cal that changes everything they know about Flight 828 and will prove to be the key to unlocking the secret of the Callings in this compelling, mind-bending, and deeply emotional journey.”

 
Until new episodes drop, watch this sneak peek to hold you over in the meantime
 
 


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