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This Is Us fans have been waiting since mid-March 2020 to learn what's going to happen next in the rift between Kevin and Randall, whether Toby and Kate will overcome their marital difficultles, and how Rebecca's treatment for dementia will progress. 

Our TV Fanatics Jack Ori, Christine Orlando, and Carissa Pavlica got together ahead of This Is Us Season 5 Episode 1 to talk about our hopes for the new season, our sadness over this being the penultimate season, and more.

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What do we most hope happens on This Is Us Season 5?

Christine: I'm dying to see how Rebecca and Miguel first got together! I've been waiting for this story for the last three seasons, and it hasn't happened yet. I'm hoping This Is Us Season 5 is the season.

Jack: Oh, yes! I hope we get a lot more of Miguel too. I feel like he's always in the background, and he shouldn't be.

Carissa; I have no faith that we'll ever see more about Rebecca and Miguel. I'm ready for Kevin and Randall to put the past behind them.

Will This Is Us REALLY depict more of Rebecca and Miguel's relationship? Should they?

Carissa: It just doesn't feel like he was ever intended to be a large part of the story. I mean, how the heck are viewers supposed to embrace Miguel when they never stop hearing about how great Jack was?

Jack: Yeah Miguel is always in Jack's shadow. But with Rebecca's cognitive decline it seems like he'll be playing a bigger role.

Christine: But there's a great back story for Miguel and Rebecca that we've never seen, and I'll feel cheated if we don't get to. If the Big Three treat Miguel the way they do now, I can only imagine how bad it was when Miguel and Rebecca first got together.

Carissa: I kept thinking we'd get to meet his kids. Guess not. 

Jack: That could be interesting. I wonder if the Big Three all took the same side when Miguel first came into the picture.

Carissa: There is a whole other side of their blended family we've never visited.

Jack: That's true too, Carissa. This Is Us is really missing an opportunity by not addressing Miguel's family.

Christine: They had that one Thanksgiving with Miguel's kids, and it was horrible. It feels like the guy can't catch a break, and yet he seems to be a wonderful spouse to Rebecca.

Carissa: He certainly gets the shaft, so that must speak to his feelings for Rebecca to have stuck around so long.

Christine: Even now, it feels like the Big Three think their mother should have remained frozen in time after Jack died.

Carissa: Kevin's allowing Rebecca to breathe. Maybe with fatherhood on the horizon, we'll see a different side of him that'll allow all the kids to embrace Miguel and his family.

What are our thoughts about Kevin becoming a father?

Christine: I'm looking forward to seeing the family's reaction to Kevin and Madison's pregnancy news.

Jack: It does seem like Kevin was growing up a bit during This Is Us Season 4. His relationship with Nicky helped. 

Speaking of which, Nicky mostly disappeared during the second half of This Is Us Season 4. Do we want to see more of him?

Christine: I'm not sure. I like Nicky, but it's difficult to see how he fits in with the family right now.

Jack: I really liked Nicky's sobriety story and his willingness to go to Thanksgiving with the Pearsons. I missed him when he was gone, but I don't know what to do with him either.

Carissa: Well, he's around as Rebecca begins to die. It seems like they got close. Maybe Miguel is getting that shaft too, and she turns to Jack's brother closer to the end.

Christine: Yes, I was surprised that Miguel wasn't in any of those flash forward scenes, but then again, the show does like to play with our perceptions of what's to come.

Jack: LOL Carissa. It could be. Though I have long wondered if Rebecca has a dementia-related belief that Nicky is Jack at the end. That's true too Christine. They are so good at misdirection and omitting aspects of the flash forwards.

Carissa:  That has crossed my mind, too, Jack, except I don't know why he'd necessarily care. 

What other thoughts do we have about that final flash forward?

Carissa: We still don't know where Kate is that day either, do we?

Jack: No, we still don't. I hope we get some more insight into that this season.

Christine: She could be on her way, dead, or anything in between.

Speaking of Randall, is Beth too accepting of Randall's behavior?

Carissa: On the This Is Us Season 5 trailer, Beth was coddling Randall. I don't feel good about that.

Christine: Yes, I think sometimes Beth enables Randall's control issues. Everything has to be Randall's way. We saw that with him and Beth throughout This Is Us Season 3.

Jack: I think so too. Beth respects that Randall has anxiety issues, but I feel like she's too willing to back off him when he needs to be called out because of it.

Christine: Everyone makes compromises in a marriage, but I think Beth compromises too much, whereas Randall doesn't bend.

Jack: It really does seem like Beth does all the compromising.

Carissa: Sterling K. Brown gets all the long, Emmy-worthy arcs, but I'd like Randall to move beyond anxiety-ridden whiner. 

Christine: He wanted to bring his dying father home, so he did and never discussed it with Beth.  He wanted to adopt, so they did, although Beth got him to consider fostering an older child.  He quit his job and expected Beth to pick up the slack, which she did.

He wanted to buy his father's old building, so they did. He wanted to run for city council in a place hours away from where they live, so he did. And Beth supported him through all of it.

Beth says she wants to follow her dream of being a dance instructor, and Randall's reaction is to tell her it's not the time. I could have smacked him. 

Jack: Christine, I did too! This was the first time Beth put herself first, and Randall was undoing it.

Christine: And Beth was the one to figure out that moving to Philly was the best way to keep the family together, not Randall. Randall's priority frequently seems to be what Randall wants, and everyone else is supposed to fall in line, i.e., Rebecca's treatment.

Carissa: He's a control freak of the highest order. Those people aren't easy to have in your life.

Jack: I was so mad when Rebecca decided against the clinical trial, and Randall manipulated her into it. She wasn't so far gone at that point that she couldn't know what treatment she wanted or didn't want.

It was insulting to suggest she was already that incompetent when it was just Randall wanting Randall's way.

Carissa: And you could see on her face that she was doing it to appease him. That he's blind to it is the real scary part.

Jack: Exactly, Carissa! He's just doing what he thinks is best and that he "convinced" Rebecca when he really just manipulated her.

Christine: And Randall acted like she owed him! Like he had nothing but take care of her since Jack's death, and now, she needed to appease him.

But Kevin's the only one to call him out on that. Why not Miguel? He's Rebecca's husband for goodness sake!

Jack: I did like how Miguel stood up to Randall when he came to LA for Rebecca's evaluation. I want to see more of that, and he should have his say about Rebecca's abrupt about-face regarding treatment too.

Speaking of Kevin, how quickly should he and Randall reconcile?

Jack: I don't want Kevin to do all the apologizing. Randall needs to acknowledge what a controlling ass he's been lately.

Christine: I hope Kevin and Randall don't reconnect immediately because that wouldn't be realistic. The things they said to one another won't soon be forgotten.

Carissa:  I don't care if they don't reconnect. The future sure made it seem like the rift goes on for a long time. But if they're not meant to be brotherly, then allow that to be the story, messy as it is.

Let's talk more about Kevin. It doesn't seem like he gets the recognition he deserves.

Carissa: It's easy to see why Kevin feels the way he does about the "damage" Randall has done to his life, to the lives of the Pearsons. It's collective. And Rebecca coddled him from the moment they adopted him just like Jack doted on Kate. Poor Kevin.

Jack: Kevin is the forgotten child. The middle child, even though they're all the same age.

Carissa: Kevin has had an actual arc of growth. He was considered fluff to start because he's hot and handsome, but he's a genuinely good person, something that was clear from the onset. I still remember him talking to Randall's kids about the painting of life.

Christine: Yes, everyone just always assumed that Kevin would be fine because he was the easy going, most likable kid.

Jack: I love Kevin's relationship with Tess. I hope that this rift with Randall won't result in a rift with Randall's kids.

Carissa: It seems like his kids are grown enough and have seen enough from both parents that they wouldn't allow that to happen.

Christine: I'm hoping we get some flash forwards of Kevin with his own kids because I think he'll be a fantastic dad.

Jack: Me too Christine! I'm so curious to know more about Kevin's family.

Carissa: He's a fantastic uncle, so there's no reason to believe he won't be a fantastic dad.

Does anyone think Kate and Toby's marriage will go the distance?

Jack: I have my doubts about that. There are so many cracks in their foundation, and Toby is in the final flash forward and so far Kate isn't.

Christine: When it comes to baby Jack, Kate seems to suffer from a bit of Randall's control issues. If Toby doesn't see it her way, then he's wrong.

Carissa: I don't. I'm still not a giant Kate fan, although she grew on me last season. Watching Toby's reaction to Kevin's visit in the sneak peek clip is so cute, so I still think he's too good for her.

Jack: Toby and Kate really never seem to be on the same page about raising a child with a disability. I don't know that that's solveable, and then you add in Kate turning to her neighbor instead all the time and you have a recipe for a marriage implosion.

Christine: Toby took more time to come to terms with baby Jack's blindness, but I don't think that's unusual or unforgivable, but it felt like Kate poured on the guilt instead of trying to be understanding and help him see the possibilities of Jack's future.

Partners don't have to agree, but if they stop trying to see the other's point of view, then they're pretty much doomed.

Jack: Yeah I think Kate was way too impatient and wanted Toby to be where she was with baby Jack right away. And then there was a total lack of communication with each other on both their parts too.

Carissa: Toby was afraid, not only of what it meant, but he was worried that he would react as he did, and when he actually questioned his love for his son, it just compounded.

Christine: And they both started talking to other people, Kate to the neighbor and Toby to the girl at the gym, and that's a recipe for disaster.

Carissa: But being pressured to feel often has the opposite effect than what was intended.

Jack: Exactly Christine! I think it was Beth who told them in the finale they need to talk to each other. Whoever it was, I cheered.

How do you think the COVID-19 pandemic will change things for the Pearsons?

Carissa: Well, everyone will have been quarantined for a while when we get back to them. That can change anything.

Christine: Maybe Toby and Kate will learn from all this, but it's difficult to tell right now.

Jack: true. Though the question is whether all that time together has made things worse or better.

Carissa: Yep. It will probably be different for everyone.

What do we hope to see in some of the flashback stories this season? We already talked about Miguel. What else?

Christine: I keep thinking I'm done with the flashbacks, but then they pull something off like Rebecca's time in NYC, and I enjoy them.

Jack: I'm curious about seeing more of the aftermath of the Marc/Kate situation. I'm not convinced that Rebecca running him off was the end of it, and Kate certainly would have been affected by what happened regardless.

Carissa: It seems like a lot of Rebecca's scenes will be in flashback as her moments of lucidity come and go.

Christine: Like I said, I want flashbacks of when Rebecca and Miguel's romance started. That's top on my list.

How do you feel about Rebecca's cognitive decline storyline?

Jack: The dementia story is so painfully realistic. My grandfather had vascular dementia, and this really hits home. I'm both looking forward and not to seeing that story develop.

Christine: My grandfather had Alzheimer's. It's like watching the person you love slowly die while they're still physically there. It really is heartbreaking.

Getting back to Kate and Marc, do you think that's what spurred her food addiction?

Carissa: I have to wonder if that is what made her turn to food for comfort.

Jack: Me too. She was always chubby, but obviously, at some point, she became an emotional eater.

Christine: Kevin brought up Kate's food addiction when he was in rehab, but it was like no one wanted to acknowledge it. Rebecca could barely acknowledge Jack's alcoholism.

Jack: Yeah, I feel like people are so much more familiar with alcoholism. Food addiction isn't as well known.

Christine: But I've seen that a lot in my own family. If someone isn't falling down drunk, then it's no longer a problem.

And food addiction is difficult because you still have to eat, whereas you can survive without alcohol.

Carissa: And yet food addiction is so much harder to fight because everyone HAS to eat. You don't have to drink to live, but fighting bad eating habits when you cannot quit cold turkey, is tough

Dang it, Christine!

Jack: I third those thoughts. LOL

How are we feeling about This Is Us only having two more seasons?

Carissa: Frankly, we're running out of time. Aren't they over and out at the end of Season 6? The scope of the series is so vast, even including Kate's Jack as an adult music sensation. It's hard to imagine how they'll cover all the ground satisfactorily, which is why I suspect Miguel is off the table.

Christine: It is a lot to pack into two more seasons.

Jack: Yeah, I always got the sense that This is Us is planned more like a novel than most TV shows... like the showrunners have a definite beginning, middle and end... and I have no idea how they're going to get everything in in only two seasons.

I wonder if they might do a spinoff about the next generation after This Is Us wraps up. Since the Big Three all have kids that might be interesting.

Christine: I've wondered if there will be a spin off as well, considering they're capping this at season 6.

Carissa: And they'll rename This Is Us after the fact, "That Was Them." Haha

Any last thoughts before we wrap this up?

Carissa: I'm willing to go wherever this show takes me.

Christine: I'm so excited to get some new TV, and that it's This Is Us is a real perk.

Jack: I am so excited This Is Us is back. I've been counting down the days since they announced the premiere date.

It's your turn, This Is Us fanatics!

What are you most hoping for during This Is Us Season 5?

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This Is Us continues to air on NBC on Tuesdays at 9 PM EST/PST. The two-hour season premiere airs on October 27, 2020.

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Sabrina Spellman's chilling reign will come to a close Thursday, December 31, 2020. 

Netflix announced the premiere date for the fourth and final part of the beloved drama on Monday morning after weeks of speculation. 

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina re-imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft," reads the official synopsis from Netflix.

"Over the course of Part 4’s eight episodes, The Eldritch Terrors will descend upon Greendale."

"The coven must fight each terrifying threat one-by-one (The Weird, The Returned, The Darkness to name a few), all leading up to...The Void, which is the End of All Things," it continues. 

"As the witches wage war, with the help of The Fright Club, Nick begins to slowly earn his way back into Sabrina’s heart, but will it be too late?"

Netflix swung the ax on CAOS earlier this year, much to the surprise of the show's rabid fans. 

“Working on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been an incredible honor from day one," Aguirre-Sacasa said at the time of the cancellation.

"The cast, beginning with Kiernan as everyone’s favorite teen witch, has been an absolute joy.

"I am beyond thankful to the crew, writers, editors, assistants, and everyone for pouring so much love into this dark dream of a show.

The cast of part four includes Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Jaz Sinclair, Lachlan Watson, Gavin Leatherwood, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Abigail Cowen, and Richard Coyle.

News of a premiere date has been expected for a while now, especially with Halloween slowly creeping up on us. 

Fans have just eight episodes remaining, but Aguirre-Sacasa has been open about wanting to continue the series in some capacity. 

Have a look at the official teaser below. 

What are your thoughts on the decision to conclude the series?

Will you miss it?

Hit the comments below. 

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The game of cat and mouse between Red and Liz will continue Friday, November 13, and the first plot details have started to spill out. 

"With his back against the wall, Raymond Reddington (James Spader) faces his most formidable enemy yet: Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone)," reads NBC's synopsis of The Blacklist Season 8. 

"Aligned with her mother, infamous Russian spy Katarina Rostova, Liz must decide how far she is willing to go to find out why Reddington has entered her life and what his endgame really is," the logline continues.

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"The fallout between Reddington and Keen will have devastating consequences for all that lie in their wake, including the Task Force they helped to create."

If you watch The Blacklist online, you know Elizabeth and Red have had their fair share amount of scuffles in the past, but The Blacklist Season 7 seemingly put them on a path away from one another. 

Katarina has been against Red since the jump, determined to reel Elizabeth in, and she's succeeded. 

With so much uncertainty, it's unclear what effect this will have on the Task Force, with everyone likely forced to pick sides amid the simmering tension. 

Red has kept a lot of secrets from those in his supposed inner circle, and with Liz learning about them, it understandably makes her wary of Red. 

Whether they will be able to come together to take down a common enemy remains to be seen, but there has to be a reason for everything that's happened, right?

The Blacklist has been a success story for NBC on Fridays, proving that the franchise still has a lot of life left in it, but given the trajectory of the plot, it's hard not to imagine eighth season beginning the process of wrapping the series up. 

Still, we'll wait for the official announcement from NBC. 

What are your thoughts on the first plot details?

Hit the comments below.  

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Viewers have probably seen the last of Mindhunter. 

The beloved Netflix series starred Holt McCallany and Jonathan Groff as two FBI agents spearheading profiling techniques in the late '70s and early '80s – blending real-life criminals with the narrative. 

In a new interview with Vulture, David Finger has opened up about how the series is likely toast after two seasons. 

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Earlier this year, it was announced that the cast options had expired, throwing future seasons into doubt. 

"We had done the first season of Mindhunter without a showrunner, with me pinch-hitting on a week-by-week basis," Fincher explained to Vulture. 

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"We started getting scripts for the second season, and I ended up looking at what was written and deciding I didn't like any of it."

"So we tossed it and started over. But it's a 90-hour work week. It absorbs everything in your life.

"When I got done, I was pretty exhausted, and I said, 'I don't know if I have it in me right now to break season three.' [...] Mindhunter was a lot for me."

Fincher was then asked whether the show was effectively done at the streamer after two seasons. 

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"I think probably. Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was an expensive show.

"I honestly don't think we're going to be able to do it for less than I did season two. And on some level, you have to be realistic about dollars have to equal eyeballs."

Netflix has made a string of questionable decisions of late, canceling The Society, GLOW, and I Am Not Okay With This. 

Two of those shows were officially renewed for additional seasons, but the streamer said they were being cut short due to complications from COVID-19. 

With the streamer not giving much information on viewership for shows, it's difficult to assess what will be axed. 

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While Mindhunter was buzzy, it was thought to be a costly series, something that would need to justify a lot of viewers. 

With the cast contracts expiring, the writing was on the wall for a third season, and it looks even less likely. 

What are your thoughts on the news?

Hit the comments below. 

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Guns. Kidnappings. Attempted murders.

Usually, Days of Our Lives has a spooky Halloween fantasy episode featuring Dr. Rolf, but nothing like this.

On Days of Our Lives during the week of 10-26-20, a record number of people wield guns or otherwise force others to do what they want. Read on for the details.

Days of Our Lives - Spoilers Week of 10-26-20

According to the spoiler video, Clyde pretends to be from the electric company to get into Allie and Nicole's place and steal baby Henry, Kate confronts someone with a gun, Rolf threatens Kayla with a needle, and Ben grabs a guard at gunpoint so he can get to Vincent.

And that's only half the clips!

Interspersed with all this violence are scenes of Ciara's memorial.

Jennifer (now played by Cady McClain) tells a grieving Doug and Julie that Hope isn't coming to the funeral, and the Pub is set up with Ciara's photo so that family and friends can remember her.

Hope had to be written out somehow, so it makes sense that she leaves it to her best friend and cousin to tell everyone that she left town. 

It's ironic that Jennifer is played by a new actress during these scenes, which also begs the question of why they can't just recast Hope despite Kristian Alfonso's close association with the character.

Melissa Reeves is just as closely associated with Jennifer, after all.

In any case, it would be nice if Hope's exit does the legendary character justice, but I'm not holding my breath for that one.

Not happy with the video? We also have 10 spoiler photos below. Check them out, and let us know what you think!

Clyde tricks Allie into letting him into her apartment.

If Clyde were going to don a disguise, pretending to be an electrician during a blackout is probably the best idea.

Still, though, Allie needs to develop some street smarts, quick. When there's a citywide power outage, usually technicians have no need to enter people's homes.

And why does every baby in Salem get stolen? It happens so much that the doctors should provide GPS-equipped identification bracelets when the baby leaves the hospital (or maybe even before!)

Rolf accosts Kayla at gunpoint!

Rolf has a bone to pick with Kayla since she interfered with his evil experiments and kicked him out of the hospital lab.

But the last thing we need is for Kayla to go missing from the hospital while stepson Tripp is under suspicion for rape, she's made it clear she believes he's guilty, and he has a history of violent behavior toward her.

Also, whatever Rolf is doing to her in the spoiler video had better be a Halloween dream sequence.

We don't need any more weird supernatural Stefano stories, thanks. The Stevano one was bad enough.

Orpheus and John face off.

I guess John isn't as weak and decrepit as Orpheus thinks.

Not a big surprise, as all of these Orpheus stories go the same way. Orpheus always kidnaps Marlena, John always comes to the rescue, and there's a big face-off that John usually wins.

The only question here is whether John's aneurysm-induced anger management problem will come into play. Even if it does, it won't be the first time he shoots Orpheus at the end of one of these stories, though.

Kate runs into Clyde and realizes he's kidnapped Henry.

This photo cracks me up, though from the spoiler video it looks like these two will do more than point at each other.

Kate has a gun and isn't afraid to use it, and we all know there's nothing she won't do to protect her great-grandson.

Will this land Clyde in a body bag, at least temporarily, or will he land in the hospital infirmary?

Or is the gun clip a misdirection, meaning that Clyde walks away unscathed from this thing while Kate shoots at someone else?

Marlena delivers Evan to Orpheus.

I'm not sure why Marlena is doing Orpheus' business, especially since this is scheduled to happen AFTER the big John/Orpheus confrontation.

I have no need to ever see Evan again, nor do I know why he's gone back to using his fake name instead of the one Orpheus gave him at birth: Christian Maddox.

Whatever the plan is here, let's hope it's over with soon.

Chad becomes suspicious of Gwen.

It's about time!

Gwen's lies and manipulations are incredibly obvious, and when Rolf disappeared while she was the only one in the room, that should have sealed her fate.

Instead, Chad and Abigail -- who is supposed to be an investigative reporter! -- totally bought Gwen's bogus story just like they bought all her previous obvious falsehoods.

But since Chad is suspicious, I wouldn't be surprised if Abigail thinks he's being paranoid and it drives a wedge between them. We can't have both of them using their brains at once, can we?

Clyde tries to talk Ben out of his plans for Vincent.

Didn't we do this already?

Clyde's speech was emotional and persuasive, and redeemed his character somewhat. But there's no need to do it all over again.

And for those who have lost count, this is the third spoiler photo to feature gun violence, and the fourth to make reference to violent crime.

Nearly half the week's shows appear to be dedicated to violence! Does anyone want to see all that?

Jennifer and Jack find a stunning letter from Hope.

Since Kristian Alfonso didn't film exit scenes, Hope's departure had to be explained somehow. A letter is probably the best way to do it. It's better than the "by the way, he's gone" exit that JJ got in February 2020.

Still, though, it sounds like Hope is going to get the same treatment Bo did when Peter Reckell left. Bo was supposedly traveling the world in search of Stefano... even at times when Stefano was in Salem!

That particular non-exit was disrespectful to an iconic character and left Bo's loved ones in limbo. And when Bo finally returned, he died of a brain tumor weeks later.

Let's hope they do something better for Hope than that.

Claire seeks out Ben on the day of Ciara's memorial.

Hopefully, Ben isn't busy killing Vincent.

Either way, everything seems to be set up for Claire and Ben to fall hard for each other, only for a very-much-alive Ciara to return to Salem.

Maybe Claire will be the one to talk Ben out of his violent plan. After all, she knows both violence and the grief of losing Ciara.

Back from court, Kristen reveals her fate to Lani.

Kristen and Lani finally get another scene together!

Let's hope that Kristen isn't off to jail for the rest of her life.

Let's also hope that Lani ignores Eli's advice and asks Kristen about Rolf.

Either way, this scene is sure to be filled with unacknowledged sexual tension as the "best friends" put each other before their husbands, hold hands, and tell each other how much they love one another.

Your turn, Days of Our Lives fanatics!

What do you think of the violent turn Days of Our Lives appears to be taking during the week of 10-26-20?

Hit the big, blue SHOW COMMENTS button and share your thoughts.

Looking to chat about already-aired episodes of Days of Our Lives? Check out our Days of Our Lives reviews and Days of Our Lives Round Table discussions.

Days of Our Lives continues to air on NBC on weekday afternoons. Check your local listings for airtimes.

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If the opportunity to return to Dancing With the Stars arises, don't expect Tom Bergeron to be interested. 

The former host appeared on The Stuttering John Podcast, and was asked about his 28 season run on the series. 

As for whether he would appear on the series as a contestant, it was a resounding no. 


“Oh sh*t no,” he told John Melendez, adding:

“We’re done … that train has left the station.”

In fact, Bergeron stated that he did not miss being a part of the ABC juggernaut after being replaced by Tyra Banks. 

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“No, because it started changing early in 2018. There were staff changes, philosophical changes…I’m kind of digging the time off.”

Fans quickly hit out at the decision to terminate Bergeron alongside Erin Andrews, with many vowing to quit watching the series in protest. 

According to Bergeron, some of the pro dancers were unsure whether they wanted to remain on the show without him. 

But he said he told them they were still young and building a brand, and that they shouldn't worry about him. 

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Bergeron also spoke with the podcast host about the best and worst moments of the series were, and he said Kenny Mayne was the worst competitor. 

“I really like [Kenny Mayne]. I’m very fond of him. But wow. He actually waved off a [dance] move.”

“Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me,” Bergeron tweeted in July.

“It’s been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career.”

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"Tom Bergeron will forever be part of the Dancing with the Stars family," said ABC and BBC Studios in a statement announcing Bergeron's exit. 

"As we embark on a new creative direction, he departs the show with our sincerest thanks and gratitude for his trademark wit and charm that helped make this show a success."

Dancing With the Stars Season 29 is currently up almost 20% in the demo vs. last season, but after a strong debut, the numbers have been slipping. 

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What are your thoughts on Bergeron's comments? 

Are you surprised he wouldn't return?

Hit the comments below. 

DWTS airs Mondays at 8/7c.

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Did everyone survive the attack at the school?

On The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1 Episode 4, Felix and Huck desperately tried to get the teens to return to the campus. 

However, they did not expect to be attacked at the school in one of the craziest scenes of the series. 

Meanwhile, things took a devastating turn when Iris confided in Silas. 

What happened to everyone?

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Did Ari make the right call?

On 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way Season 2 Episode 17, she continued to question what to do about her son's future. 

Meanwhile, things took a turn when Deavan revealed she thought Jihoon was lying to her about his job. 

Elsewhere, tension continued to mount between Sumit's parents and Jenny, but what decision did they all come to?

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Was there hope in the apocalypse?

On Fear the Walking Dead Season 6 Episode 3, Althea set out on a mission to find Isabelle. 

However, she found herself navigating a wasteland that only she could survive. 

Meanwhile, Dwight happened upon a group needing help, but did the old Dwight return before he could help?

Elsewhere, Morgan continued to get hiis ducks in a row to take down Ginny.

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The surprising cohesiveness of Pandora Season 2 Episode 4 lies in a well-played juxtaposition of internal conflicts in both the mission crew and Ralen, left behind on Earth to deal with the loss of his wife.

No lie, I'm still pretty choked at Matta being served up as the sacrificial lamb to the mission on Pandora Season 2 Episode 3.

And I'm frankly outraged at how Ralen's closest supposed friends just left him to deal with his grief on his own.

But it made room for Jett and Zazie to step up and make their presence felt so I get the reasoning despite the fact it totally throws Jax and Xander under the bus as terrible people.

Ralen's pain at losing Matta (although the Ancients never actually said that she had to stay with them forever unless I missed something) is understandably extreme considering they clung to each other as they had both been banished from Zatar.

On Pandora Season 2 Episode 1, Matta had discussed finding a new home for the two of them. This is echoed in Ralen's farewell message to Jett.

Jett's sharing of his own grief over the death of his sister was an impressive dive into the character who has been more about smooth operating than sincere emotion.

We've all experienced loss, Ralen. It becomes a part of us. Never leaves. Reminds us of who and what we've lost. You can visit. Just can't live there.


I was skeptical when the season began that actor Akshay Kumar would be able to land his character successfully on Team Good Guys. Jett came in so deep in the hole of prior bad acts that I viewed everything he did with suspicion.

That being said, I'm happy to be proven wrong. And it wasn't just sharing his personal loss that did the job, it was the fact that he made repeated attempts to reach Ralen and returned despite Ralen's clear intention to kill him if he interfered with the simulation.

Meanwhile, the task of tracking down the lost alien race was almost ridiculously easy.

Sure, Jax's DNA is a star map.

Sure, Zazie and Jett were able to solve it in mere hours.

Sure, Admiral Lucas has no problems with them taking the Dauntless off to who-knows-where to track down an alien race on the word of the Ancients that she doesn't believe exist.

Misdirection is often the most effective tool in war.

Harlan Fried

I'd still like to believe that Lucas is more savvy than she appears, especially considering how much time she spends with Harlan Fried.

Their one scene was a master class in political double-talk with Fried's smarmy Osborn-baiting and Lucas simultaneously deflecting obligations and digging for intel.

I'll give the writers kudos for throwing in the Jasper Maskelyne reference since, by all accounts, Maskelyne was just as big a con-man as Harlan Fried. It's a superbly meta sort of finesse.

The scene is also a stand-out in that it is the one scene that doesn't deal in personal fears and insecurities. For all their posturing and parlays, Fried and Lucas are confident in their interactions and intents.

We all have our share of tragedy.


Not so aboard the Dauntless.

Xander's backstory was (finally!) interesting with the reveal about his brother's death during the Earth-Zatarian War. That information casts some light on his distrust of Ralen throughout Season 1 and sort of explains some of his younger-sibling recklessness.

Although I'm reasonably sure Shral wasn't the officer who delivered the news of Zion's death -- oooh, so much to unpack in that name but I'm not even going to try -- it made the event far more intense in using him in the dream.

Shral's own deeply-buried fear of Jax finding out that his torture-driven intel led to the attack on New Portland was equally compelling.

As part of the Core Three along with Osborn and Pevney, Shral been the most involved with the team this season.

Xander: I remember that when we were sure that we would die, when we had lost all hope, you stood fast. You didn't flinch in the face of insurmountable odds.
Shral: The state of my knees made running away out of the question.

I've appreciated the ascerbic, old-man attitude Shral exudes (especially in contrast to Osborn's attempt at the I'm-still-cool persona).

And while finding out that he was a weak link is disappointing to some degree, it's not like we've come to expect classic heroism from anyone on this show.

Perhaps I specialize in first contact because no one invites me anywhere a second time.


While Jax's dream played, I'll admit to being a bit distracted by some questions left hanging from her previous visit to the Ancients' motel dimension.

Who is the old man in the chair? Where did all the crows go? Were the crows the Ancients too or are they just guards?

Why was Jax sitting in Matta's chair? Did she know that Xander was behind her because it doesn't seem like she ever saw him?

How many times now has she dreamed that he kills her? How is she able to continue a romantic relationship with him with that fear ever-present?

Matta's presence is probably reflective of guilt but it's not like Jax tries to apologize of make amends in the dream.

Man, I miss Matta.

I mean, if she'd been with the team, don't you think she would've found some readings on the cloaked planet that would've allowed them a less assinine way of landing on the surface than just FALLING down to it?

Jax: Guess we're not going to die after all.
Shral: Yet.

And granted, the Dauntless went looking for something at those coordinates versus those other vessels that probably just unluckily wandered into the range of the telepathic nightmare projections of the Lost Race.

That probably explains how they were prepared for some degree of weird and thus didn't blow themselves up.

Except Shral. Almost. (Anyone else notice his airlock was the same one Xander ejected himself out of to escape the anti-matter weapon?)

If anyone's got a good explanation why Shral's nightmare Pandora is dressed as a chorus line dancer, I'd love to hear it.

Regarding the shell on the string necklace, my initial thought is that the telepathic race gave Jax something that allows her to read thoughts.

I'm guessing this is to create a better form of communication between the races. Technically, this is them "working with" the others without leaving their planet.

Xander: I always seem to hurt you. Even when I try not to.
Jax: There's plenty of hurt to go around.

I also think, in Jax's hands, it could totally backfire.

But that's just based on history.

While you watch Pandora online, it's interesting to note that they do small stories a lot more authentically than the epic ones.

I'm still not interested in seeing Jaxander snogging and, admittedly, I may be in the minority.

However, I am interested in the promised arrival of the Sumi (and maybe Kronin too?) party. Why they're being met in the Academy's student lounge, is anyone's guess.

So guess and speculate away (in the comments!) because, as we know, anything can and usually does happen on this show.

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