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Who Is Matt James? 7 Fun Facts About the New ‘Bachelor’

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Matt James is taking over as The Bachelor on ABC starting tonight, January 4. 

His season, per usual, teases plenty of drama, and since we’ve been cooped up at home for far too long, we’ve never been thirstier for the tea. 

Before The Bachelor Season 25 kicks off, here are fun facts you need to know about the man of the hour! 

 

1. He’s the First Black Bachelor

While speaking with Good Morning America, James said it was an “honor” to be the first Black bachelor in the franchise.

“I hope people see that I’m not that much different than them, and that diverse love stories are beautiful,” he explained. 

For years, the franchise was criticized for its lack of diversity with Rachel Lindsay being the only Black lead in a combined 40 seasons.

 

 2. He’s a North Carolina Native

James lives in New York, but he grew up in Raleigh, NC.

 

3. He’s Athletic

James played football in Sanderson High School and continued on in Wake Forest University. He was a wide receiver from 2011-2014 and attempted to make it in the NFL, though he was cut by both the North Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints.

According to his Instagram, an athletic lifestyle is very important to him as he runs, goes horseback riding, plays golf, and even skates. Seems like his perfect girl will have to be athletic and adventurous.  

This also means he loves to walk around shirtless! 

As the saying goes, “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” The 29-year-old has it, and he definitely flaunts it. Let’s hope he carries that energy into the upcoming season!

4. He’s Besties with Tyler Cameron

James isn’t completely new to the world of The Bachelor as he’s really good friends with Tyler Cameron, the fan favorite on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. The duo go way back as they met while playing football at Wake Forest University and have remained tight ever since even rooming together in New York City. Can we expect some appearances from Cameron in the upcoming season?

 

5. He Gives Back

James started ABC Food Tours in New York, a non-profit organizations that gives paying tours to tourists and free tours to underserved elementary students. 

 

6. His Faith is Very Important 

Not only does his Instagram bio list him as a “believer,” but he said “becoming a Christian” was one of the best decisions he ever made aside from attending Wake Forest. 

“He’s a Christian and I think that’s something that’s important to all Christians or people of faith,” a source told US Weekly. “I think he’s definitely focused on the traditional way of starting a family.”

 

7. He Has a Close Relationship with His Mom

According to US Weekly, after his parents split and his father was “absent,” James grew up with his mom, Patty James, and older brother, John. James and his mom have a very strong bond. He even shouted her out in a “father’s day” post on Instagram. 

“He was always drawn to families where the mom and dad were together,” Patty told ABC’s New York affiliate in June 2019 while chatting about her son’s ABC Food Tours charity. “I am so proud of him. He overcame everything and he wants to be a role model for these kids.”


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The CW Reveals 2023 Midseason Premiere Dates—See the Lineup

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The wait for some of your favorite CW dramas—the ones that survived, at least—is almost over. 

The CW revealed the upcoming 2023 midseason premiere dates for shows like Walker, Walker: Independence, Kung Fu, All American, and more. 

Here’s when The CW’s scripted dramas will return:

 

THURSDAY, JAN. 12
8 pm Walker (midseason premiere)
9 pm Walker: Independence (midseason premiere)

SATURDAY, JAN. 14
8 pm Criss Angel’s Magic With the Stars (midseason premiere)
9 pm World’s Funniest Animals (midseason premiere)
9:30 pm World’s Funniest Animals (encore episode)

SUNDAY, JAN. 15
7 pm The 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards

FRIDAY, JAN. 20
8 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us (midseason premiere)
9 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (midseason premiere)
9:30 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (encore episode)

MONDAY, JAN. 23
8 pm All American (midseason premiere)
9 pm All American: Homecoming (midseason premiere)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
8 pm The Winchesters (encore episode)
9 pm The Winchesters (midseason premiere – new timeslot)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
9 pm Kung Fu (midseason premiere)

SATURDAY, FEB. 11
8pm Masters of Illusion (Season 9 premiere)
8:30 pm Masters of Illusion (encore episode)
9 pm World’s Funniest Animals (new episode)
9:30 pm World’s Funniest Animals (encore episode)

 

From the looks of it, the final seasons of Riverdale and Nancy Drew, along with the third season of Superman & Lois, are being held till later in 2023, so stay tuned for updates! 


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Brian Tee’s ‘Chicago Med’ Exit Explained

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Brian Tee's 'Chicago Med' Exit Explained

We’re just a few weeks away from Brian Tee’s final Chicago Med episode. 

The actor will depart the series on the Dec 7 episode, which will also feature his wedding to longtime love and fiancee, April (Yaya DaCosta).

People exclusively revealed photos from the couple’s big day, and now, we’re getting some more insight as to how Ethan Choi will be written off. 

Co-showrunner Andrew Schneider explained that after the wedding, Ethan and April will start a “mobile clinic so that together they can take first-rate medical care to underserved neighborhoods in Chicago.”

We absolutely love this idea as it stays true to his character, and it falls in line with April’s professional aspirations.

Schneider emphasized that the couple will be staying in the Windy City despite leaving Gaffney, which means that there is a chance for both Tee and DaCosta to return for a guest appearance in the near future if they choose. Tee has already been announced as a director of the upcoming 16th episode.

In the previous episode, Choi’s co-workers at the hospital were all surprised to get an invitation to the wedding considering the couple was broken up for quite some time. And while it may seem abrupt and haste, Choi told Charles that losing his father put a lot of things in perspective for him, and he’s finally ready to be the man that April always knew he could be. 

We can’t wait to see their beautiful wedding pan out on the fall finale of Chicago Med!

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Netflix Changes ‘YOU’ Season 4 Release Date

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Joe Goldberg will grace your screen earlier than expected. 

Netflix previously announced that YOU Season 4 Part 1 would drop on February 10, 2023, but now, the streaming giant revealed that it will arrive a day earlier on Thursday, Feb 9.

Part 2 of the season will debut a month later on Thursday, March 9.

The official Instagram account revealed that they would be dropping fun sneak peeks for fans on the following days: Nov. 24, Dec 1, Dec 15, Dec 18, Dec 25, Dec 31, Jan 5, and Jan 10.

It’s almost like the “12 days of Joe-mas” or a YOU advent calendar! 

Mark your calendar. 🗓 Professor Jonathan Moore looks forward to seeing you this semester,” the Instagram video caption read, alluding to the fact that Joe Goldberg has once again assumed a new identity as a Professor. 

Check out the clip below:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In the new season, Joe has created a new life for himself in London, where he’s naturally become obsessed with yet another beautiful woman, an art gallery director named Kate (played by Charlotte Ritchie). And yes, he’s still pursuing his quest of finding Marienne (Tati Gabrielle).

And from experience, expect things to get very, very, very complicated. 

See you Feb 9! 


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