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The Simpsons Came Eerily Close to Predicting Coronavirus & Murder Hornets, And It’s Giving Us Chills

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Oops, they did it again.

The Simpsons is really good at predicting the future. For the past few years, the animated series has established an impressive track record of predicting major world events years before they even take place. 

Sometimes, the moments are only slightly accurate while other times, you have to wonder if the producers and writers have a time-machine stored somewhere in the writers room.

Or maybe, they’re simply putting the ideas out into the world and making it happen?

Still, the series has built a decent reputation at predicting what may happen through the lens of the FOX comedy series that it has sparked countless of articles listing all the times something was touched on with accuracy. Some of the predictions may give you goosebumps like Donald Trump’s presidency (they really thought it was a harmless joke), the invention of smartwatches, U.S. beating Sweden in curling at the Olympics, and even Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. 

They even hit the mark in terms of viruses first reporting the Ebola outbreak of 2014 in an episode 17 years before it happened. 

So, it’s not surprising that the show slightly predicted aspects of the present-day coronavirus pandemic coming. 

British TV writer Scott Bryan unearthed a clip from the 1999 episode “Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken,” and pointed that news anchor Kent Brockman is seen delivering the news headlines from his home. He explains he’s doing so because there are new curfew laws in Springfield aimed at seniors. 

“This is Kent Brockman . . . reporting from my own home in accordance with the new curfew for anyone under 70,” he says in a clip that oddly parallels the present-day “at-home” broadcast from BBC Channel 4 correspondent Krishnan Guru-Murth.

“I hate to say it, I really do, but The Simpsons has . . . I can’t actually,” Bryan began tweeting.

Now, the clip doesn’t mention coronavirus or a pandemic, and the curfew was put in place after Homer and his friends vandalized the elementary school, but it does have many elements of our “new normal” that feels a bit too close to home.

We’re all working from home, for starters. Reporters have turned their living rooms and kitchens into makeshift studios. Curfew laws have been put into effect in many states as well as stay-at-home orders. And seniors are particularly at-risk for the virus and thus encouraged to stay home.

Another episode from 1993 titled “Marge in Chains” references the “Osaka flu,” which finds a deadly virus making its way to Springfield and infecting Marge.

A clip from the episode has gone viral as it shows the public protesting for a cure (and settling for a placebo) before getting attacked by killer bees, which is terrifying considering murder hornets have now been added to the list of things that’ll ruin summer 2020. 

However, episode writer Bill Oakley cleared the air to the Hollywood Reporter and said the episode was inspired by the 1968 flu pandemic beginning in British Hong Kong and was purely a coincidence much like all the other “psychic” moments.

And maybe that’s just what this is — a string of coincidences because history repeats itself. 

Still, it’s striking to see our current day and unprecedented situation reflected on-screen years if not decades before we even considered the possibility.

Chills.


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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. 

Abbott Elementary

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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.

New Girl

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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.
 
Check out the new promo art below:
 
 

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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