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Mike Is On The Hunt For Werner

Who is truly to blame for the way the episode ended? Is it Rainer Bock’s overworked Werner, who took advantage of each olive branch he was offered by Mike, including the strip club visit and the extended phone call to his wife? Or is it Mike, who believed in Werner’s claims about how quickly and efficiently his crew would be able to complete the superlab’s construction, possibly only because Mike was sick of already having dealt with other applicants?

Oh, right, Werner is definitely to blame. He spent all that time out there in mostly solitude, only to sabotage it all in the end by plotting an escape to go back to his home. Knowing Mike — who is definitely not comparable to Walter White, according to star Jonathan Banks — the German team leader’s home won’t actually be his final destination. Instead, I think he’ll end up taking a long nap somewhere in the desert, perhaps even beneath the superlab’s floors. And that’s not even considering the fate of everyone else on the construction team. Kai has had a target on his head all season, but will the others also get murdered in quick haste?

How Last Man Standing Will Handle Politics On Fox

Politics and current events are hot topics in TV these days, and not just on the news. A big question many had about Last Man Standing after it made the move from ABC to Fox was whether the sitcom about a politically conservative man would tackle politics. After all, Tim Allen’s character did dress up as Donald Trump for a Halloween episode before the show got the axe at ABC. Last Man Standing showrunner Kevin Abbott recently weighed in on the issue of whether the show would stay out of politics in its second life on primetime, saying this:

Last Man Standing will not go the Saturday Night Live route of mentioning politics and political figures on a regular basis, although Last Man Standing‘s take on current events would undoubtedly be quite different from SNL‘s. According to Kevin Abbott’s comments to EW, the show wants to appeal to all viewers rather than just conservative viewers. Last Man Standing isn’t about Donald Trump or any other political figures. Besides, as Abbott says, the news cycles between big stories very quickly nowadays. Interestingly, the South Park creator said something similar a couple years ago about being unable to keep up with current events with the show.

Kevin Abbott did tease that an upcoming episode would deal with gun control, so that will be one of the larger issues addressed by Last Man Standing‘s first season on Fox. If the numbers for its premiere hold up, a lot of people could be tuning in to watch Last Man Standing work through these issues while keeping the focus on comedy and attempting to unite rather than divide. The show absolutely dominated with its first episode back, scoring a 1.8 rating in the key 18-49 age demographic and winning 8.01 million viewers. Given that Friday nights typically don’t deliver terribly high ratings, Fox has a lot to be happy about with Last Man Standing so far.

Star Tim Allen has already said that his personal political leanings shouldn’t matter to fans, and it seems that Last Man Standing could be a conservative but less divisive show than pre-cancellation Roseanne. Assuming the ratings stay decent, the recastings don’t turn viewers off, and Tim Allen sticks around, Last Man Standing could last for a decent amount of time on Fox.

We’ll have to wait and see. New episodes of Last Man Standing air on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. There are plenty of options in the fall TV lineup this year, but Friday offers fewer big series, so it should be interesting to see how many people continue to turn to Last Man Standing for Friday night entertainment.

Real Housewives Of Potomac’s Ashley Darby Isn’t Worried About Husband’s Sexual Assault Allegations

A shocking number of accusations of sexual misconduct about figures on the small screen have emerged over the past year, and Real Housewives of Potomac is the latest show to be rocked by allegations against somebody involved in production. Michael Darby, husband of RHOP star Ashley Darbty and who has appeared on the show, has been accused of sexually assaulting a cameraman. The allegations are obviously quite serious, but Ashley Darby doesn’t seem too worried about them. In a social media post featuring a photo of her husband, Darby shared this message:

Ashley Darby, 30, shared her message on September 29 with an Instagram story, and her message indicates that she’s standing by her 59-year-old husband and isn’t bothered by the allegations against him. Interestingly, her comment of “No Bravo suspension” contradicts a statement released by Bravo the day before that stated Bravo and production company Truly Original had suspended filming with Michael Darby. Is Ashley Darby simply mistaken about the suspension? Was the issue somehow resolved between September 28 and September 29? Does she have behind-the-scenes info that gives her no reason for concern about what’s in store for her husband?

Whatever the reason for her very optimistic post, Michael Darby isn’t just facing potential problems from Bravo. He has evidently been charged with felony assault and misdemeanor improper sexual conduct, according to court records (via People), and Bravo is standing by its statement regarding Darby’s suspension. The alleged assault happened on September 1 during filming for an episode of Real Housewives of Potomac. Cameraman Orville Palmer claims that Michael Darby grabbed and groped him, then followed with “a flirtatious look.” Orville reportedly told Michael Darby to stop his actions, and then informed his supervisor.

Back in a Season 1 episode of Real Housewives of Potomac, fellow star Gizelle Bryant claimed to Ashley Darby that she’d seen Michael Darby touching another man’s backside. That moment was likely forgotten by most viewers until the allegations were raised in late September. It should be interesting to see how the case against Michael Darby does or does not impact RHOP and his wife’s role on it.

Unlike cases such as those against NCIS: New Orleans producer Brad Kern, AMC’s Chris Hardwick over the summer (which came to nothing), and the Arrow-verse’s Andrew Kreisberg (which cost him his job), the RHOP case is not being handled internally now that Michael Darby has been charged through the court system. Darby’s future on RHOP will be dictated by Bravo and Truly Original, but his fate is otherwise in the hands of the courts. Was his wife’s optimism premature?

NCIS Star Diona Reasonover’s Favorite Things About Being On The Show

NCIS has made some major changes to its lineup over the past few years, and the latest exciting edition is none other than Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines. Kasie made her first appearance back in Season 15 as Ducky’s new graduate student, and she stepped up for Season 16 following the departure of Abby. Reasonover already shared the touching advice she received from Pauley Perrette before stepping into her forensic science shoes, and she also revealed in a chat with CinemaBlend some of her favorite things about being on NCIS as a regular:

Diona Reasonover is in a unique position as an actor joining a very long-running series well into its run as a fresh character, especially given that her character is taking over for a fan-favorite who had been on board NCIS since way back when it was still a JAG backdoor pilot. Kasie already delivers some of the lightness and comic relief in a series that can get fairly dark at times, and it seems that Reasonover is able to pitch jokes and help develop the character.

And there are other perks! Viewers likely never think too much about the costume designers that help build the world of a particular TV show, but NCIS‘ costume designer has clearly made working on set all the more fun for Diona Reasonover. Not every actor gets the chance to wear leopard print as part of their day job! All things considered, collaboration seems to be a key part of working at NCIS, and that is clearly a good thing.

In our chat, I also learned that the NCIS set is the place to be for craft services, with a wide variety of cookies and even a day all about barbecue. Who wouldn’t want to work on NCIS? Diona Reasonover went on to explain her favorite part of bringing Kasie to life on the small screen, saying this:

As Kasie, Diona Reasonover gets to bring a woman in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to life on the small screen. Given that women and people of color still don’t land STEM roles all that often, Kasie represents something important for the small screen and could even inspire younger viewers to pursue a career in STEM. Pauley Perrette actually revealed back in 2016 that she’s been contacted by people all over the world telling her about her influence as Abby and her enthusiasm for math and science. Kasie has the potential to do something similar in the new era of NCIS.

As an added bonus, Diona Reasonover gets to use some chemistry in her new job! She may not have to take any high school exams any more, but she certainly uses plenty of scientific terms and developments to advance the cases for the agents of NCIS.

You can find Diona Reasonover in action as Kasie Hines when new episodes of NCIS premiere in the fall TV lineup on Tuesdays, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

FIFA 19’s Loot Box Odds Are Worse Than You Think

Electronic Arts created a massive storm of outrage and discussions involving all sorts of legalese regarding gambling, and of course, brand new bans on loot boxes being featured in premium games within Belgium and the Netherlands. Some regions felt that if publishers were going to include the digital equivalent of gambling in their games, then those same publishers should also have licenses if they’re going to include loot boxes in the games. Some other regions dictated that if publishers are going to include loot boxes in premium titles, they would need to include the percentages for the win-rates, and oh boy are some of those numbers fascinating. FIFA 19 was one of the games where the win percentages were unveiled and you probably won’t be too surprised at the results.

Eurogamer did a short article on the percentages of certain cards players would be able to acquire from the FUT packs in FIFA 19. The most startling stat was for a super-rare player card under the category of “Ones to Watch”. These cards represent players with breakout stats, usually recent transfers like Cristiano Ronaldo who moved from Real Madrid to Juvuntus, or Nainggolan, or Goretzka. These “Ones to Watch” cards are ranked higher than the standard gold cards, and there are only 23 exclusive OTW cards available across the FUT packs. So, what are your odds of getting your hands on one of these 23 ultra-rare cards? Less than 1%.

As pointed out by Eurogamer, this means that you could technically have a 0.001% chance of getting your hands on the card, or as high as a 0.9% chance of getting your hands on the card. Either way, it’s less than 1%.

You could technically spend inordinate amounts of cash on the FUT packs (which are the equivalent to loot boxes) and after opening a hundred or so packs, you still may not get your hands on the OTW version of Cristiano Ronaldo. Even more than that, the percentage rate is for the OTW cards in general, not the player in particular. Meaning you have less than a 1% chance of getting your hands on an OTW card, and an even smaller chance of getting your hands on the player you actually want.

This figure isn’t a guesstimate or some sort of analytical representation from a separate firm. The figure comes directly from Electronic Art’s own computational simulation. According to the publisher, the contents of the packs are “dynamically generated” and the probabilities are verified by EA’s own in-house figures. That means, first hand, you know that you have less than a 1% chance of getting an OTW player card for FIFA 19.

The ratings change drastically depending on the stats of the player as well, where those with an 85+ rating have a 4.3% chance of being unlocked, and those with a rating of 82+ have a 41% chance of being opened, while there’s a 100% chance you’ll get a gold 75+ player in a card pack.

In simple terms, you’ll have to spend a lot of money on the card packs to get your hands on FIFA 19’s OTW version of Cristiano Ronaldo.

I don’t know if that’s actually going to change the amount of time and effort players spend on card packs, given that when China made publishers disclose the percentage rates of loot boxes in games like Overwatch, it didn’t slow down or stop players from putting money into the loot box system. Now that loot boxes have become national topics in certain regions, one must wonder if this sort of revelation will have an impact on the way some gambling commissions view loot boxes in general.

Kim Kardashian Reveals Kanye’s New Yandhi Release Date: ‘It Is Worth The Wait’

Among the many wild headlines that Kanye West managed to generate over the weekend — ones about MAGA hats and boxy costumes, for example — there were none about the release of his ninth studio album, Yandhi. That’s because, as you probably noticed, the project never materialized, despite Ye announcing last week that it would drop the night of his appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Ever the efficient wife/spokesperson, Kim Kardashian West set the record straight on Monday afternoon (October 1) by revealing the album’s new release date: November 23, a.k.a. Black Friday. “TRUST ME it is worth the wait,” she tweeted, followed by a string of fervent emojis.

Kanye later confirmed the date in an interview with TMZ on Monday, during which he also revealed his plan to finish recording the album in Africa. Describing Yandhi, Kanye said, “I started incorporating sounds that you never heard before and pushing and having concepts that people don’t talk about. … It’s just a full Ye album and those five albums I dropped earlier were like superhero rehabilitation and now the alien Ye is fully back in mode.”

The Chicago MC first teased Yandhi last month with a Yeezus-esque piece of artwork. On September 27, he tweeted, “We’re releasing Yandhi Saturday night,” adding, “We know it will come in number 2 to my brother Lil Wayne and that’s lovely. … The universe needs Ye and Wayne music at the same time.”

This will be Kanye’s third album this year, following the solo Ye and his collaboration with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts. Besides those projects, he also produced records for Nas, Pusha T, and Teyana Taylor. It’s clearly been a productive year for Kanye, but given his pro-Trump agenda and mounting backlash, maybe it’s good that Yandhi is being pushed to a time when we can all listen while simultaneously stress-eating leftover turkey and pie.

Production Company Buys The Rights To Street Fighter: The Movie Game, 64 Other Retro Titles

Retro gaming is all the rage these days, which is exactly why Liquid Media Group has decided to pick up 65 video game properties, including Street Fighter: The Movie, for a deal equaling about a million dollars. While licensing issues will keep them from publishing or creating sequels for some of these games, the fact that they’ve been acquired means that Liquid Media is likely planning to resurrect at least some of these titles in some fashion or another.

Of the 65 games Liquid Media Group has acquired from Throwback Entertainment, the one that immediately caught our eye is Street Fighter: The Movie. This bizarre fighter is best known for how awful it was, as a game based on a similarly terrible movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. It was also Raul Julia’s final film, which just seems cosmically unfair. Still, if Liquid Media is able to get it back out on the market, we imagine quite a few folks would want to add it to their collection for its weird place in gaming history alone.

The folks over at Geek Wire have the full list of recently-acquired games ready for your perusal, including the likes of All Star Baseball, Bubble Bobble, Bust A Move, NBA Jam, NFL Quarterback Club, NHL Breakaway, Tee-Off and more. Again, licensing will likely provide plenty of red tape for preventing some of these games from making their way onto the market easily, but we’ll just have to wait and see what Liquid Media Group has planned. Based on their announcement, it sounds like they’re more interested in making these old-school games available for a new audience rather than developing sequels or spin-offs.

In a statement explaining the acquisition, LMG Chairman Joshua Jackson explained that his team has been motivated by the resurgence of classic gaming. Nintendo has found much success with its NES and SNES Classic and, just a couple of weeks ago, Sony announced it will be launching a PlayStation Classic this holiday season pre-loaded with 20 games. There’s clearly a market for this brand of gaming, as both Nintendo mini-consoles sold like crazy and PlayStation expects a similar reception. If nothing else, acquisitions like this are exciting because it shows some companies are interested in preserving games history, potentially making older titles available on digital markets rather than letting them fade completely into obscurity.

According to the original report, Throwback Entertainment received 670,000 shares of Liquid Media stock in exchange for rights to the 65 games, which amounts to a transaction worth about a million bucks. Given their inspiration from Sony and Nintendo, it’s possible we could be looking at a collection of some sort, rather than a bunch of older games being made available piece meal.

An Old-School Text Adventure Game Is Hidden Inside Google Chrome

Back in the day it seemed like there were a lot of little hidden gems and Easter eggs tucked away in games, even games built on ridiculously stringent deadlines. It was usually a way for the programmer to poke a little fun at the project during any minuscule amounts of downtime, and give those eager to find something beyond the software itself things to uncover. Well, it turns out that some of the programmers at Google seem fond of the idea of tucking classic Easter eggs into the software, which included a hidden, old-school, text-typing adventure game that was found inside of the Google Chrome browser when you navigate to the main Google web page.

Eurogamer is reporting that the Easter egg was discovered by a Reddit user over on the r/Google sub-reddit. The user informs those on the discussion page that if they want to play the “crazy” Easter egg, they simply have to open up the developer console and search “text adventure”. The description seems to leave out some key details on how to actually get to the text adventure or some of the caveats involved, but the general gist seems to have made it through to the Reddit audience, which promptly gave the suggestion a hardy test and reported back that it does indeed work.

Essentially, if you go to the main Google web page, and then press CTRL + Shift + I to open up the developer console, you’ll then need to click on the “Console” tab, which is next to “Elements” at the top of the console. You’ll automatically enter on the “Elements” tab, and you can search for “text game” and then click on the “Console” and it will give you a “Warning!” message and tell you not to copy and paste anything into the console. It then asks you if you would like to play a game, at which point you can type “Yes” or “No”.

If you type “Yes” you’ll get a scrolling text adventure within the confines of the console, outlining your character’s disposition and that they’re in search of their friends. The text adventure is pretty simple, and uses the old ASCII setup from the classic days when Zork and MUDs were popular.

The control scheme is pretty limited, and you can only use the commands issued to you within the console. Navigation is done by typing in the directions outlined within the text, usually featuring north, south, west, and east. You can access items in your inventory by typing the name of the item, and you can make choices when presented to you by the text.

Given that this is all textually descriptive, it means that you can’t rely on the kind of visuals present in Sierra Interactive’s point-and-click games that were popular during the late 1980s and 1990s. It may require multiple read-overs to finally get the point, especially when taking a look at the rather crude map you’re given.

For fans who long for a return to classic gaming, you’ll probably appreciate Google’s throwback to the old text-and-type adventure game genre. Unlike other retro genres such as the 8-bit and 16-bit resurgence we’ve seen in the indie sector, text games never really made their comeback, unless of course you count the niche visual novel sector.

Even still, if you want to give it a go you can do so right now. However, there’s no telling if Google will keep the text adventure around for long.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey Reviews Are In, Here’s What The Critics Think

The launch of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is coming soon for PS4, PC, and Xbox One. The game is supposed to be Ubisoft’s breakaway from the traditional stealth-assassin formula which takes the company further into role-playing game territory. But, did Ubisoft’s decision to veer into BioWare’s region of role-playing pay off for the mega-publisher? The critics have begun filing their reviews from the AAA open-world adventure game and giving their critical feedback on whether or not the RPG choices make for a better game and how well Ubisoft brought a mythical vision of ancient Greece to life.

Eurogamer had almost nothing but praise to shower on Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, giving it a very positive send-off, writing…

The general consensus definitely seems to be on the positive side — scratch that — the very positive side. GamesRadar also mirrored Eurogamer in saying that this was one of Ubisoft’s very best, summing up their experience with the Greek odyssey as an experience akin to CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3, which was lavishly adorned with praise during its launch back in 2015.

A succinct tweet from GamesRadar seemed to encapsulate the outlet’s amity toward Ubisoft’s open-world adventure.

The Verge was a little less kind toward Ubisoft, and actually took time to explain how Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey didn’t feel like an Assassin’s Creed game.

If you’ve been having trouble with the new direction the series has been taking — and by new direction I mean completely forfeiting all the stealth elements from the original trilogy, and curtailing the parkour to the point of which it’s more so required to unlock or acquire items rather than get the drop on enemies unseen — then you probably won’t love Odyssey as much, according to The Verge.

The outlet did enjoy the new romance options, the more choice-driven moral quandaries, and the extensive skill and attribute upgrades. It also curtly pointed out that while the open-world is vast, some of the ecosystem elements seem borrowed from Far Cry and take away from the overall experience. In the end, it gets a nod from The Verge but with a rather obvious silver lining…

Tech Crunch also shared many of The Verge’s opinions, especially that Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey seems far removed from the original stealth-assassin experience. The outlet had mixed feelings about the overhauled combat system, which borrows a lot of its elements from From Software’s Dark Souls series, as opposed to the fancy cinematic fighting system that the series used up until Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

Tech Crunch also goes a notch further and comments on how the game doesn’t seem to do much in terms of expanding on the concept of an open-world experience, but it does offer a large world with a lot of activities. The biggest gripes came from the inconsistent elements of the game, especially the quest structures and the dated AI, which Tech Crunch notes feels like a game from a decade or two ago…

Some of you might recognize that Tech Crunch’s criticisms have been staple issues in Assassin’s Creed since the original from back in 2007. In a way, it just seems as if some of those issues have yet to be resolved, or elevated and evolved to match today’s technology.

Still, even the detractors of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey praise the game’s massive world and the amount of content it contains. Just don’t expect any amazing AI, and be prepared to fight a lot of animals… Far Cry-style.

21 Jump Street Is Getting A Female-Fronted Spinoff

While the original 21 Jump Street TV series basically operated as a standard procedural, the reboot movies starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum decided to handle the material with comedic hands. That paid off big time, as both 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street were critically and commercially well-received. That said, while 22 Jump Street used its closing credits poked fun at all the sequels it could spawn, there hadn’t been any updates lately on if/when the film series will continue. Well, that changed today, as word’s come in that rather than release a 23 Jump Street, Sony is definitely moving ahead with a female-centric Jump Street spinoff.

After 22 Jump Street were released, there were two projects reported to be in consideration for the Jump Street franchise: a spinoff about female undercover cops and a crossover with the Men in Black franchise that would be called MIB23. Years later, MIB23 has been shelved, and Sony is moving ahead with the spinoff. Rodney Rothman, who wrote the first two Jump Street movies, is penning the script, and Sony is searching for the “right female comedians” to play officers who are sent to go undercover in a high school, just like so many before them. Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch told Variety:

Given how long it’s been since we last saw Jonah Hill’s Morton Schmidt and Channing Tatum’s Greg Jenko in action, not to mention how the actors’ stardom have risen even higher in the years after 22 Jump Street, it seemed like another sequel starring these two was unlikely. Besides, since 22 Jump Street pretty covered almost all its bases on where the duo’s next adventures could go, MIB23 was really the only clever option left, and that’s no longer in the cards. So instead, now it’s time to follow along with some women who will be sent to high schools to track down drug dealers and other sorts of ne’er-do-wells. Since this next Jump Street story is a spinoff of the earlier movies rather than a reboot, fingers crossed we’ll still see some familiar faces, like Ice Cube as Captain Dickinson or Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy.

Jump Street is just one of the franchises that Sony is keeping alive, because in addition to the studio’s Spider-Man work (both in partnership with Marvel Studios and on its own with Venom and other spinoffs), it also has a Charlie’s Angels reboot, a Men in Black spinoff and Bad Boys 3 on the way. Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on what’s happening with this Jump Street spinoff, but for now, you can find out what movies are coming to theaters over the next year in our 2018 and 2019 release schedules.