Summary of “8 TV Shows That Were Creatively Altered by a Writers Strike”

Thirty years ago, the longest strike in the history of the Writers Guild of America began, and lasted a full 155 days, affecting everything from MacGyver to Tim Burton’s Batman.
Writers strikes have a major impact on TV and film production.
Depending on the strike’s length, dozens of film and TV projects can be suspended, delayed, or even canceled, and rebounding when a strike is over isn’t exactly easy, either.
Numerous TV series have had to return from strike to a kind of creative reboot, from rewriting single episodes to devising entirely new finales.
BREAKING BAD An enduring legend about Breaking Bad sprung up around the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike.
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION The 1988 Writers Guild of America strike was the longest in the organization’s history, and its long run cut into the production of a number of series, among them the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The writers strike offered Kring and company a chance to rethink and restructure.
Initial enthusiasm for the series led to a full season order in October 2007, just weeks before a writers strike was declared.

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Summary of “Baker Mayfield on the Haters, that Ohio State Flag Apology, and Winning”

After leading the Browns to a 28-16 victory, Mayfield is asked by a reporter what clicked for him on that particular afternoon.
The night after enjoying my Baker Mayfield steak at Hyde Park, I was able to sample a Feeling Dangerous beer downtown.
For the first time in a long time, Mayfield had the Cleveland Browns feeling dangerous.
Coming out of high school in Austin, Mayfield received only a handful of scholarship offers.
With some encouragement from his dad, Mayfield turned down his scholarship offers.
Mind you: Oklahoma wasn’t exactly in need of Baker Mayfield.
He wasted no time seeking out head coach Bob Stoops, providing the coach with an early introduction to that Mayfield moxie.
Baker Mayfield says and does what he believes to be true: “Quarterbacks, by the textbook, are supposed to be reserved, cool, calm, and collected,” he tells me.

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Summary of “NBA Young Core Rankings”

Basketball is a tricky sport to quantify completely, and particularly with young players, projections come with sizable error bars; that uncertainty only compounds over multiple years and across the multiple players who make up a roster.
Knox in particular stands out in a negative way: He projects as the worst NBA player over the next five seasons, with a befuddling minus-11.6 WAR. That assessment might seem harsh, but among 120 qualifying players last season, Knox had the worst true-shooting percentage.
Poeltl and Dejounte Murray are the best young Spurs but rank just 32nd and 35th, respectively, among all young players in five-year projected WAR. The Spurs could really use a breakout from the likes of Murray or Lonnie Walker IV or Derrick White to pass the franchise’s competitive torch.
The 76ers are a veteran team with possibly the best starting five in the NBA, so after Simmons-who projects as the best U25 player in the whole league-they’re really just hoping that a couple of their untested young players stick as useful bench pieces.
Beyond Porzingis, who is under investigation for rape and hasn’t played an NBA game since tearing his ACL in February 2018, the Dallas roster is mostly populated with veteran players.
New Orleans isn’t just the Zion Show: The Pelicans have more young depth than any other team in the NBA. Beyond the trio listed above, Brandon Ingram, Jaxson Hayes, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker all project as rotation players, and more players will join them in the coming years thanks to New Orleans’s numerous future first-round picks.
As befits a good young team, Denver won’t hope just for continued incremental improvements from last season’s key players.
Neither player projects to do much per CARMELO-but if just one overcomes his injury risks to reach his full basketball-playing potential, Denver’s crop of young players will rise even higher.

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Summary of “100 facts for the 2019 fantasy football season”

I then agreed with the ex-player, saying that I thought Palmer had made progress in his rookie season, I liked what I was hearing about the team’s offensive plans and that I thought in his second year Palmer would definitely improve and ultimately have a nice fantasy season.
This is Year 14 now and – often imitated, never duplicated – it’s always the first column I write every fantasy football season.
Much more important than that, it is because this column is crucial to read first – before you do any other research – so that you fully understand what you are actually looking at once you start to prep for the 2019 fantasy football season.
He’s injury-prone, as he’s missed at least four games in each season he’s played in the NFL. No doubt in large part because of his own putrid play, he’s on a brutal offense that last season was third-worst in the NFL in offensive points per game, third-worst in third-down conversion percentage and fourth-worst in Total QBR. So yeah, you can draft this guy, but then you need to ask yourself: What did your fantasy team ever do to you? Yuck.
All of them regressed in terms of fantasy points the following season.
In Andy Reid’s final decade in Philadelphia, his Eagles ranked fifth in the NFL in QB fantasy points with 273.76 fantasy points per season.
If you added 99.2 fantasy points to Mayfield’s total from last season, he would have been the fourth-best QB in fantasy.
Todd Gurley II was RB1 on a per-game basis last season with 26.6 fantasy PPG. 37b. Ingram is now with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Summary of “More Backpacking, Less Planning”

This year, I will plan about 20 backpacking trips from three to ten days in length.
I have developed systems to prepare quickly and flawlessly so I can spend more time in the field and less time in my office.
1. Use Checklists Even a simple backpacking trip can have a paralyzing number of important details.
2. Keep It All Together In my home office closet, I keep my backpacking clothing and footwear; in a downstairs closet, my sleeping bags; and in two plastic totes in the garage, my go-to gear like my favorite shelter and sleeping pad. These concentrated locations greatly reduce the time necessary to assemble my kit.
3. Make Food in BatchesCommercially prepared breakfasts and dinners are convenient, which is why my wife and I relied on Boulder, Colorado-based TrailFork during a recent three-day trip in southeastern Utah.
Prepackaged meals are particularly helpful for trips scheduled at the last minute or that come at the end of a busy week.
4. Plan EarlyIn prime locations in the Mountain West, backpacking season has three reliable months: July, August, and September.
When the season finally starts, I find it useful to have a stack of trip itineraries that I planned months earlier so I’m not scrambling at the last minute or simply doing the “Easy” trips that everyone else is doing too.

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Summary of “Four Takeaways From the 2018-19 All-NBA Teams”

Since the NBA has decided to postpone handing out its biggest awards until the offseason-in an elaborate awards show that we’ll all forget about until the day of-the All-NBA teams are our only source of instant gratification.
On Thursday, the three teams were announced, and unlike the MVP award, which is just about a title and a trophy, the All-NBA teams actually have financial weight to them.
For some players, like LeBron, making a team was simply about keeping the streak alive.
He’s going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and throughout the spring many thought that after making the playoffs only twice during his eight seasons in Charlotte-and getting eliminated in the first round both times-he might opt to take less money to join a team like the Knicks, Nets, or Lakers.
All the guys who’ve previously signed supermax extensions-Steph Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and John Wall-have been on highly successful teams, or at least teams that made runs in the playoffs after they signed the deals.
Walker could be the first to take the supermax on a team that didn’t make the playoffs that season, a team whose hopes of returning to the postseason for the foreseeable future appear bleak.
On the flip side, Bradley Beal did not make an All-NBA team which means he’s not eligible for the supermax.
Giannis is two games away from the NBA Finals, and his team could be the first Eastern Conference squad to make it there without LeBron since 2010.

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Summary of “Bill Hader Talks Barry Season 2, Life After Saturday Night Live”

Later in our conversation, Hader makes his anxiousness about the new season a little more clear: “Going into Barry, I never want to feel like, ‘Yeah, I’m the star of the thing, and I co-created it, and it’s all on me if the show works or not.'”). I have to admit that I’m surprised that Hader, who spent eight seasons on SNL and appeared in Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Skeleton Twins, and Trainwreck, among others, is so stoic.
We know how affecting the killing is, and how it’s unlike any other murder Barry has committed so far in his life, because of what happens next: Barry shows up to a class performance to offer a single line of dialogue to Sally’s Macbeth.
The season ends with Moss’s murder, and thus Hader and Berg set up some incredible stakes for Barry’s second season-and their own writing.
Calling back to a scene in the pilot that sees Barry sheepishly hanging out with his new cohort after acting class, Hader says: “I know what that feels like. That was me at SNL in my first season. I so badly wanted to be a part of it.”
Of course, Hader is quick to point out that Barry isn’t him, or even much like him.
“The whole thing, ultimately, is about hope the hope that things can be better for him. That there’s a better life for this guy, that he can forgive himself. But once you’re in this world of violence, and you perpetuate it, it’s the Macbeth thing. The spot you can’t get rid of.” Barry is always going to be a murderer, and he’ll always have to manage the double life he’s created for himself.
Not to compare Hader to Barry again, but the latter’s desire to put something behind him is not completely foreign to the former, who is slowly shedding his outwardly goofy persona for something more serious.
I mean, Hader tells me that it won’t happen, that Barry will always be a killer despite all of the hope I-and Barry himself-hold for the opposite outcome.

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Summary of “‘Game of Thrones’ & George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Pitch”

George R.R. Martin’s original A Song of Ice and Fire pitch is not a perfectly predictive document.
Applied to Season 8 it could hint that the show finished dispensing with Essosi matters when characters like Daenerys and Arya journeyed west, and that even as fans wonder whether characters like Daario will return or whether the ruins of Valyria might be explored, those loose ends might never receive resolution.
Martin padded his story with more threads as he built his world, and the show followed suit to some extent; even as HBO cut large swaths of the plotting in Dorne and the Iron Islands, and characters like Young Griff and Quentyn Martell entirely, Dany still spent the first 60 episodes in Essos.
Goal achieved, George! From the moment that Ilyn Payne scythed the greatsword Ice through Ned Stark’s neck, nobody who reads or watches Thrones has been able to feel that any character is completely safe.
As Martin notes in this paragraph, he writes from a first-person perspective, each of his chapters parachuting into the mind of a single character to relate his or her thoughts and observations.
Robb Stark, notably, was never a point-of-view character, nor were other characters who suffered emotional death scenes like Oberyn and Joffrey.
This analysis means that if Martin truly intends to kill off a number of “Sympathetic viewpoint characters” and to make his fictional world unsafe even for heroes, more have to die in Season 8.
Does the specific inclusion of these five characters suggest, first, that all five will live; and second, that any seemingly central character outside the quintet is doomed to die in the final season? It sure seems like it.

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Summary of “How the Lakers wasted Year 1 of LeBron”

Before Rich Paul of Klutch Sports garnered attention representing two clients on the Lakers – LeBron and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Mintz represented two-fifths of the starting lineup, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.
Even though the Lakers controlled Randle’s rights as a restricted free agent, L.A. never made an offer to him, sources told ESPN. This despite coach Luke Walton and his staff’s preference to keep Randle, as earlier reported by The Athletic and confirmed by ESPN. Mintz eventually asked the Lakers to renounce Randle’s rights and navigated his client to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he signed a two-year, $18 million contract with a player option on the second year.
The consequences of George’s decision forced L.A. to roll over its cap flexibility in the hopes of landing another star in the summer of 2019 – and ultimately wasting James’ first year with the Lakers.
July 6, 2018: Caldwell-Pope signs a one-year, $12 million contract to re-up with the Lakers, and Rondo signs a one-year, $9 million contract to come to L.A. July 8, 2018: Lopez leaves the Lakers and signs a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
ON DEC. 18, three days before the Lakers would host the Pelicans for the first time this season, James was asked by ESPN how he would feel about playing with Anthony Davis.
Shortly after the trade deadline, Clippers consultant Jerry West – who spent more than 40 years with the Lakers as a player, coach and executive – got together for dinner with old friends who also had former Laker ties, sources said.
On an off day in Memphis following a 128-115 loss to an Anthony Davis-less Pelicans team on Feb. 23, the LeBron James-led Lakers had their own air-it-out session.
March 2, 2019: The Lakers lose 118-109 to the Phoenix Suns, and LeBron adds to the season’s blooper reel, throwing an inbounds pass off the back of the backboard, resulting in a turnover.

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Summary of “The Good Bad Wives of Ozark and House of Cards”

What if, they asked, an antihero and his wife were partners instead of rivals? But in giving their wives a promotion of sorts, shows like Ozark and House of Cards also open the door to female ambition, which can become as problematic for fictional women as it has been for their real-life counterparts.
The first episode of Netflix’s Ozark follows the antihero script to a T. It’s all there: a talented main character, a sad backstory to which we slowly become privy, and foils more villainous by several degrees designed to make our main guy look good in comparison.
Ozark offers us an antihero team but finds a different way to humanize a flawed man, with a wife so helpful that she eclipses the antihero himself.
House of Cards was always a show about two people with naked ambition.
So when House of Cards suddenly found itself an antihero show without an antihero, you would think the solution would have been simple since, as it turned out, Claire’s ambition was to become a main character.
Spacey’s inhabiting of his character as a response to the real-life allegations against him shines an unflattering light on the cultural power of the antihero, particularly our complicity in enabling bad behavior if the person is good enough at what they do.
In writing wives who don’t fit neatly into the antagonist/enabler binary of shows like Breaking Bad and The Sopranos, Ozark and House of Cards allow them to operate in the gray alongside their husbands.
Perhaps Ozark will surprise us and turn Wendy into the show’s new antihero rather than an antagonist standing in the way of her family’s well-being, but season two hinted at the way a wife in control might go.

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