Summary of “Rachel Bloom Has a Lot to Say”

It’s been just two days since she arrived back in Los Angeles from the Tony Awards, where she served as the show’s backstage correspondent for the second consecutive year and found time to send off the perfect retort to an ill-conceived Neil Patrick Harris tweet.
Very recently, backstage in the dressing room of a Broadway show.
You’ve said, from the very beginning, that you pitched the show as a four-season arc.
How much does the show, as it exists now, line up with your original plan?
God, if we could show actual sex scenes yeah, I’m sure things would be different.
If we only had a half hour to do this show, I don’t know how much we could have done with other characters.
That’s really special, as opposed to an edgy Showtime show that would just be watched by the hipsters who are similar to the people making the show.
Which song would you use to introduce someone to the show?

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Summary of “This Season’s Most Shocking TV Plot Twists”

If you watch TV competitively, then genre rules dictate what’s possible, and as the series progresses, it becomes possible to guess what’s going to happen next – if not on your own, then with the help of fellow plot guessers who’ve created a sort of virtual FBI field office online.
In the finale, you see Michael in that flashback, so at least you have seen him in the episode without having a story about how much she misses Michael, or about “Is she going to feel upset about getting engaged because the last time she was engaged was to Michael?” I felt like those would be too close actually to his return.
How Jane the Virgin Pulled Off Its Fantastic Surprise “I didn’t know for sure that I was going to do it until the end of season three.”
Often we find that it does defy expectations, because you’re in a certain sort of genre, and people in that genre more often are going to blow each other’s heads off.
JW: There were times that we tried on some more action in that scene for size, but it was pretty obvious to us that Stan is a good enough counterintelligence agent that he’s not going to let two people that he’s behind ever get the drop on him.
You want everyone to know by that Monday, something is going to happen here.
He would’ve been much more straight-down-the-middle: “Arie is going to make the biggest choice of his life, he’s in love with two women, how will it end?” Here, it was sort of like: “Just when you think it’s the end, it’s actually the beginning. You need to see it.” And even in our live show, when Chris is giving almost the emotional equivalent of a parental-discretion-advised warning: “This is not going to be an ordinary night. It’s going to be incredibly emotional, it is going to be tough, there’s going to be a lot of feelings, we’re all going to have a lot of opinions.” So you see that, and you can just feel TVs turning on, like, Oh my God, something big is going to happen here.
Aaron Harberts, co-showrunner and executive producer: Before we even cast Jason , we knew that that character was going to be from the mirror universe.

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Summary of “Meet the Five Most Exciting Prospects at the 2018 World Cup”

Sure, all of the best players play for the best club teams, where they get coached by the best managers, who get to use the best facilities on a daily basis.
National teams congregate only a few times per year, for a friendly there or a qualification match here-and most sides get to play in a competitive tournament only once every 24 months.
Most wingers today like to play on the side of the field opposite their strong foot so they can cut infield and take shots or create for their teammates.
The most likely of the five players on this list to switch teams this summer, Ziyech was arguably the best player in the Eredivisie last season.
308 – Hakim Ziyech was involved in 308 shots in the 2017/18 Eredivisie season, more than any player in the top 5 leagues.
Amine Harit intrigued some prospect heads during his lone season in France’s top flight in 2016-17, but he played most of his minutes as a wide player.
Among players who played at least 700 minutes in the Bundesliga this year, no one suffered more fouls per 90 minutes than Harit.
Opposing defenses will key on him in Russia, so other players will have the time and space to step up.

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Summary of “LeBron James’ eighth straight NBA Finals berth deserves to be appreciated”

Some will say that Michael Jordan won six titles and Kobe Bryant won five, and LeBron James has three, and that’s that.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 87-79 Game 7 victory in Boston on Sunday night earned James a silver trophy and not a gold one.
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James had 35 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 8 turnovers in Game 7.
What must be understood is it came when James was playing in his 100th consecutive game of the season.
Here’s the delivery situation: James has won six straight Game 7s over the past 10 years, two of them on the road. He has won seven of the past eight elimination games he’s been in, including three this postseason.
That’s what Jerry West said in 2011 when James called him after he lost his second Finals in his eighth season looking for a shoulder to cry on.
West told James he’d wanted to quit several times after losing the first eight Finals he played in.

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Summary of “Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is on pace for the greatest season in MLB history”

Mike Trout started the game on the bench – his first day off of the season – and finished it with 3.51 WAR. The game’s best player was on pace to produce 14.2 wins above replacement.
It’s almost unimaginable – nobody has cracked 12 WAR in a half-century, and no active player has ever WAR’d higher than 2016 Trout’s 10.5 – but it’s time to take seriously the possibility that we’re watching the greatest season of all time.
Trout is on pace to draw 143 walks, which would match Joey Votto’s 2015 season for the most since Bonds.
Only two batters have chased fewer pitches out of the strike zone than Trout has this season.
Probably my favorite hitless Trout game of the season so far.
Just how good is Mike Trout? He’s so good, it took three rounds of swapping astounding stats to decide which numbers best cement his growing stature in baseball history.
If not for that double play or that fly out, Trout very well might have batted as the winning run, the best hitter in baseball getting the chance to win it, the best-case scenario for the Angels.
Mike Trout is to every other inner-circle baseball superstar what Babe Ruth’s 1923 season was to Babe Ruth’s discography: the best and somehow also easy to overlook.

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Summary of “Four Lessons Learned From the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery”

So what do they get for their troubles? Not even a top-three pick.
Memphis had the second-best odds to land the top pick and a better-than-50 percent shot at staying in the top three.
The Magic fell from the fifth-best odds and a 29.1 percent chance to get a top-three pick to sixth overall.
8, the pick isn’t going to produce a game-changing talent that could help out LeBron next season.
That’s a total of four possible first-round picks next year.
He’s multiplied the assets from that deal and turned them into even more assets or star players like Kyrie, convinced All-Stars to pick Boston, and hired a head coach that is putting together a Popovichian season.
Jerry West Will Gladly Take Late Lottery Picks Before the lottery order was finalized, newly hired executive Jerry West joked that he would probably fall asleep during the proceedings because of the slim odds the Clippers had to move up from their 12th and 13th slots.
For all the hoopla around the ping-pong balls, at the end of the day, teams still have to make the right picks.

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Summary of “The ‘Atlanta’ Season 2 Awards”

On Thursday night, we’ll bid adieu to the second season of Atlanta, an 11-episode run that gave us everything from careful ruminations on family to iconic alligator-related content to the weirdest use of D4L’s “Laffy Taffy” ever recorded on film.
Atlanta will rightfully be remembered as both a reinvention of the television half-hour and a turning point in Donald Glover’s career-but I’d love to look back on it one day as the launchpad for Brian Tyree Henry’s long and varied career.
Best Song: “YooHoo” by Clark County T.C. Kane: For a show about a rapper’s climb through the music industry, Atlanta gives us very few glimpses of the actual music guiding that ascent.
Most Terrifying Sell-out: Clark County Victor Luckerson: Throughout Season 2 of Atlanta, Alfred is struggling with his desire to value his music as art and his need to treat it as an exploitable business.
Best Cameo: Katt Williams Alison Herman: Atlanta knows how to cast a good cameo, be it Migos, Michael Vick, or the specter of Drake.
Atlanta has embraced myriad tones in two seasons-slapstick comedy, Lynchian surrealism, romantic drama, whatever you want to call Katt Williams and his pet alligator-but nothing felt as pronounced or assured as “Teddy Perkins.” I was sold once the character began sopping up the runny albumen with his fingers.
Most Painfully Real Relationship Talk: Earn and Van in “Helen” Donnie Kwak: In a show so frequently described as surreal, my favorite moments in Atlanta are most often the realest ones.
One of the key storytelling choices of Season 2 has been the relative absence of Earn.

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Summary of “Philadelphia 76ers’ future is bright, but was The Process worth it?”

After the Sixers bowed out of their first postseason since his arrival in 2013 with a 114-112 loss in Game 5 on Wednesday at the hands of the Boston Celtics, The Process remains both a source of contention and an emblem of pride for a segment of the Sixers’ fan base.
Who can blame them? The folklore that surrounds The Process is deep-seated in Sixers mythology and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
Whether you were a Hinkie devotee who worshiped at the altar of probabilities and disruption or a skeptic deeply offended by his open exploitation of the league’s incentive structure and his willingness to tolerate historic losing, the verdict on The Process was still TBD. But with the Sixers wrapping up a successful season, albeit one with a disappointing conclusion, the early returns are starting to filter in.
Robert Covington and T.J. McConnell, both undrafted long shots, were brought to Philadelphia early in The Process, when the Sixers were scraping the bargain bin.
Hinkie’s replacement, Bryan Colangelo, added essential pieces to this year’s 52-win campaign: Veteran sharpshooter JJ Redick was signed to a sensible one-year deal that gave the Sixers precisely what they needed at the shooting guard position and preserved future payroll flexibility.
While the Sixers were racking up losses, head coach Brett Brown, with the aid of a staff that is quickly earning a reputation as one of the league’s best, was instituting principles and traditions that carried the Sixers through the lean seasons.
Had the Sixers jumped through this open window in the Eastern Conference this spring and advanced to the Finals, it’s worth asking: Would the temptation this summer for another owner to adopt a radical “Process” of his own in a “Copycat league” have been real?
It’s difficult to imagine Hinkie trading two bites of the apple for one, as the Sixers did last offseason when they dealt the No. 3 pick and a future first-rounder for the No. 1 pick.

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Summary of “Who Is Entering the NBA Trade Zone?”

Kawhi Leonard Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wants Leonard kept away from the team, according to Peter Vecsey’s sources.
The latest rumor is that the reports of Leonard’s mangled rehabilitation and the team forcing an early comeback were a ploy by Kawhi’s camp so Leonard would have an out to join another franchise.
The franchise is a non-topic without Leonard.
C.J. McCollum After a strong end to the regular season, these playoffs were supposed to be different for the Blazers.
“The opportunity to potentially have [Russell] Westbrook, Paul George, and Steven Adams,” he said Wednesday, “All three of those guys in their prime years, is extremely exciting for us.”
Multiple reports have already surfaced that George is “Gone” and wants to be Playoff P somewhere else.
If George goes, Billy Donovan will have a similar issue on his hands as he did during Westbrook’s MVP season: Russ will be the only star on the team.
So the past season of disappointment with Wiggins might not be enough for the team to alter its course.

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Summary of “Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is bringing his recut, chronological version of season 4 to Netflix on May 4th”

Back in 2014, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz announced that he had decided to recut the show’s fourth season Netflix revival, abandoning its original structure – with each episode focused on a single character – and replacing it with a version that intercuts all the characters’ stories chronologically.
It wasn’t clear at the time whether that edit would ever be made available to the public, but today, Hurwitz finally announced the new version’s Netflix release date: May 4th. As in, this Friday.
In a statement released on the official Arrested Development Netflix account, Hurwitz announced that the new season would be called Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences.
The original season, which premiered on Netflix in 2013, was 15 episodes long; the new cut will be 22 shorter episodes.
Hurwitz describes the original segmented style as “Akin to eating some toast, then some bacon – maybe a sliced tomato followed by some turkey, and realizing, ‘Hey, I think I just had a BLT.'” The episodes in the remixed season will only be 20 minutes long, and they will create a more “Interwoven” narrative.
Hurwitz also writes that the long-awaited fifth season of the series will have a release date “Soon. Like real soon. Like, if you knew when, you would not be wrong to be thinking ‘why are we all just hearing this now?'”.
Because Arrested Development was a cult favorite when Fox canceled the show in 2006, fans were understandably divided on the fourth season’s unexpected narrative style.
The remixed version could placate viewers hankering for a version of the season that feels more like the show they originally embraced.

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