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Teen Mom Drama; The Latest Updates from the Cast

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Let’s start with Jenelle Evans. Although not part of the current cast, she is still very much part of the Teen Mom universe. According to her rep, Evans was offered a spot on the latest iteration of the show. Evans turned it down and according to her rep, it is because she has a “new dynamic series” in the works with a network that is not MTV.

Another source who is rumored to close to Evans claimed Evans is making close to $40,000 per month through her OnlyFans account. This source only really releases info about the Evans through an anonymous Twitter account.  The account, Roux, (@ustacould) wrote on Twitter that most of the people who subscribe to her account ask for feet pictures.

The next trainwreck on our list is Rachel Beavers. After the departure of Jenelle, Rachel Beavers stepped up as the resident troublemaker. Beavers recently has taken to her Instagram stories to claim this current season of Young and Pregnant will be her last. She announced that she will be keeping her fans updated through a YouTube vlog and she has decided to follow in the steps of Jenelle and start an OnlyFans.

Beavers announced this after her very public feud with castmate Kayla Sessler. transcribed the leaked text messages between the two and the drama now includes other cast members. Sessler originally leaked the group chat messages after she expressed her frustrations about how she was portrayed during a recent episode.

According to, during the episode in question, Sessler was talking with fellow castmate Kiaya Elliot about the reunion special. Sessler said Beaver will not be attending because it was her birthday and Sessler brought up the group chat. MTV only aired a very specific part of the group chat where Sessler wrote, “What are you doing besides jumping from boyfriend to boyfriend living off them,” and “You must be delusion or just the crack idk.”

Kail Lowry and her latest rumored baby daddy appear to be still together. Fans thought maybe the two had split because Lowry hasn’t mentioned him on her podcast or her social media account. The Suncontradicted the rumors by saying a source told them the two were out running errands together.

Speaking of Lowry’s complicated relationships, her fractured relationship with Leah Messer still hasn’t been repaired. During a press tour of the new show, Teen Mom: The Next Chapter, Messer was asked about the current status of their friendship.  She was very uncomfortable answering the question but did say that it was ultimately up to Kailyn to fix the relationship. Messer said, “I think ultimately it’s up to her and what she decides for her future.”

Speaking of Leah, she recently just got engaged to her current boyfriend in Costa Rica. People magazine was there to capture the very moment Jaylan Mobley proposed. Mobley took Messer took a stroll on the beach when he dropped to one knee and popped the question with a 4.7 carat diamond ring.

People was even there to take pictures of Mobley picking out the ring at New York Diamond Jewelry. Fans of the Teen Mom franchise have questioned Mobley’s intentions with the single mom. Fans have noticed that Mobley appears to be focusing on becoming an influencer and believe he is using her fame to kick start his new career.

Reddit user u/Emmy-LouSugarbean made a post about the time Mobley created a fake Vogue cover for himself and tagged Vogue in the post. Numerous commenters said Mobley is only using Messer for clout and referred to him as a “red flag.” His Instagram is filled with influencer-type posts and having People magazine tagged along to the proposal didn’t help to inspire trust in fans.

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Dopesick: A Haunting Look at the Opioid Crisis in the United States

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Danny Strong in Hollywood working on the Show Dopesick on Hulu

In the late 1990s, the number of opioid overdoses in the United States grew by nearly triple digits. This spike was the result of a new drug, oxycontin, being introduced into the market and pushed heavily by Purdue Pharma. The Sackler family, who founded Purdue Pharma, were extremely aggressive in their marketing of the drug and it quickly took hold and grew into the opioid epidemic.

The new Hulu mini-series Dopesick is based on a book by the same name. The book was a New York Times bestseller, written by a journalist named Beth Macy. The series centers on the beginnings of the crisis, the tactics Purdue Pharma utilized to sell the drug and the devastating impact of the drug on small-town America.

The series, written by Danny Strong and directed by Barry Levinson, features competing storylines and perspectives throughout. One perspective centers on the Sackler family and their seeming disregard for the havoc that oxycontin was wreaking. The other follows Samuel Fennix, a doctor in a rural community who buys into Purdue Pharma’s misleading marketing.

The audience follows the Sackler family’s attempts to push the drug to as many people as possible, with a particular emphasis on endorsements from doctors, as strictly a business practice. They are aware of the dangers of the overuse of oxycontin, but intentionally suppress that information for their own gain.

That is harshly contrasted with the tragic reality of addiction, as lived by many of the people receiving the drug from a doctor they trust. The stark contrast between the two perspectives shines a light on the dangers of pharmaceutical corporations left unchecked.

Michael Keaton gives a powerful performance as Samuel Fennix. Throughout the series, Fennix finds himself caught in the throes of addiction while struggling with the reality of what this drug is doing to his patients. The series looks at one such patient, played by Kaitlyn Dever, who battles her own addiction after being prescribed oxycontin following surgery. The interactions between the characters serve to highlight the heartbreaking reality of opioid addiction.

This is not the first time that Danny Strong, the writer of Dopesick, has tackled a difficult topic onscreen. Much of his career as a writer, in fact, has been dedicated to handling painful truths honestly and respectfully.

Strong started his career acting in small roles, mainly commercials and guest television spots, in the 1990s. Despite being able to support himself with the work, he found that acting did not provide the personal fulfillment he was looking for. He changed direction and began to pursue work writing for film and television.

In 2008, HBO picked up Strong’s screenplay for Recount, which chronicled the legal battle that followed the Bush v. Gore presidential election of 2000. He has also written for Game Change, another political tale, as well as Empire, and both installments of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Strong’s work on Rebel in the Rye, a biopic about author J.D. Salinger, eventually led him to work on Dopesick.

Throughout his career writing and producing, Strong has been intentional about telling important stories, even if they are difficult. His work on this series is no exception.

As he was preparing to write Dopesick, Strong grew angrier and angrier the more he learned about the Sackler family and their hand in the opioid crisis. Despite their dishonest and dangerous marketing practices, the family had never truly faced retribution for the role they played in the creation of the epidemic. Strong hoped that telling this story would change that and serve as a warning to other places around the world facing a similar crisis.

One of the key elements of telling this story well was putting together an outstanding cast. Michael Keaton leads a phenomenal cast, including Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson, and others, as they highlight the tragedy of this epidemic in small-town America. The incredible work of this cast and crew has garnered significant attention for the 2022 awards season.

The mini-series has already received a Peabody Award in the category of Entertainment, which honors enlightening stories in media, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and GLAAD Media Award. Danny Strong received a USC Scripter Award and was nominated by the Director’s Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series.

The cast has also received copious nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Black Reel Awards for Television, and the Critics’ Choice Awards, among others. Michael Keaton’s performance has perhaps received the most attention. He has been nominated for seven individual awards to this point and has won four, including a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television.

The team behind Dopesick has created an honest, gripping story of the tragedy of the U.S. opioid crisis and their dedication and work will continue to be recognized throughout the 2022 award season.

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POSE is Back!

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One of the best shows on television is back for its sophomore season and the teaser trailer that dropped yesterday. The series created by co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, of Glee and American Horror Story fame, and Steven Canals finally released the teaser for the ballroom-centered series POSE and the internet is wild over the latest teaser. The series, originally set in the 1980’s, follows the lives of the icons and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture. This fierce show features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles and also the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series.

Series regulars include Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross, who co-star alongside Tony Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Billy Porter, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Angel Bismark Curiel, and Dyllón Burnside and Sandra Bernhard and Charlayne Woodard round out this very talented ensemble.

Season two will take a minor jump in time to the early 1990’s. Music legend Patti Lupone will be joining the cast for the upcoming season. The series is premiering on Tuesday June 11th at 10pm Eastern. The first season highlighted the issues facing the LGTBQ community in the 80’s and this season will feature issues that greatly impacted the LGTBQ community during the 90’s. The second season will pick up in 1989 and end in 1990, which coincides with the release of Madonna’s song Vogue, which was a tribute to the fabulous world of underground ball culture. Madonna’s song took something relatively unknown and thrust it into the spotlight. Season 2 will deal with the character’s wide range of emotions when their community is thrust into the public eye.

The first season debuted in style. To celebrate the show and the accomplishments of those that influenced the underground ball community, FX partnered with BMF Media to bring the show’s aesthetic to life with a live ball featuring interactive vignettes.  BMF Media delivered a genuine ball by working with the fabulous ballroom icons Jack Mizrahi and Twiggy Pucci Garcon to create the performances and to find a knowledgeable panel of judges, which consisted of numerous ballroom pioneers. The ball took place in front of a recreation of the stage from the show decked out in flowing gold streamers. Not only did the show start in an epic fashion but it also went on to get nominated for multiple awards.

Season 2 can’t come soon enough!





The Bachelorette, Becca Kufrin, Picked Garrett Yrigoyen, the Problematic Social Media User

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After a lot of spoilers and lot of speculation, Becca Kufrin has finally made her choice for her future husband. She picked the 29 year old Medical Sales rep, Garrett Yrigoyen, from Reno Nevada and she sent home Blake Horstmann. In the dramatical finale, aired last night, showed the difficult choice Becca had to make between the two men. Most people were rooting for Blake based on the fact the Garrett had some very problematic issues with his social media. Also, throughout the whole season there was a very obvious and strong connection between Becca and Blake. While she appeared to have a good time with Garrett, Blake seemed more well-rounded and also was very open with his feelings. Since their first one on one date, fans thought that Blake was the obvious choice.

But it was not meant to be, after giving his full speech, Blake was sent home to nurse his broken heart. Although, there had been rumors that Garrett was going to be the last one standing, people held out hope for Blake. After fans learned of Garrett’s problematic social media use after the first episode, they were quick to condemn him but as the season wore on, he managed to win over some people with his simple and seemingly sweet disposition. Some fans were able to forgive his transphobic, homophobic and racist likes on certain defamatory Instagram posts but others not so much. During the finale, many took to social media expressed their frustration that Becca picked someone that had liked and supported all those hateful Instagram posts. Early on in the season, Garrett issued a public apology that stated the following:

The Bachelorette's Finalist, Garrett Yrigoyen, Instagram apology

During the After the Rose Special, host Chris Harrison addressed the controversy. When asked about those likes, Garrett said, “I didn’t realize the effect of a double tap or a ‘like’ on Instagram,” Garrett explained. “I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings . . . I stand by everything I said in my apology. I’m trying to grow on a daily basis.”

Becca has asked fans early on to be open-minded about Garrett. Becca told Entertainment Tonight, “I want them to go through this season with me and watch my love story unfold with all of these men. I did things in the past that I’m sure [weren’t] the best [things], but I just want people to stay open-minded to everyone.”

During the finale, she said that although she doesn’t agree with his past Instagram usage, she believes that he has learned from the situation. She told Chris Harrison, “The Instagram situation, I don’t condone that and I know that he stands by his apology and he feels so bad for everyone that he did offend. He didn’t mean it. But I just want to move forward, to learn and to grow and continue to educate ourselves.”

Fans of the franchise were not pleased with outcome. Multiple people took to Twitter to express their outrage that Becca picked Garrett over Blake.


There has been no wedding date set yet but the couple appears to be full steam ahead despite the lack of support from Bachelor/Bachelorette Nation. Normally, we would say congrats but we aren’t Garrett fans either and honestly, we believe that this relationship is not going last.

Turns out, Herpes is the Main Reason Why Contests Don’t Make it on the Bachelor or Bachelorette

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The Bachelor Tell All EpisodeIn  light of the most boring bachelor ever on this season’s Bachelor, some news has been released about the series that is frankly kind of shocking. Los Angeles Times staff writer Amy Kaufman’s new book, “Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure” really sheds some light on the process that contests go through into order to become a contest on the show. It has some interesting tidbits about the process but the most illuminating fact is that contests were always disqualified based on whether they had herpes or not. One would assume that maybe there would be other reasons to disqualify a candidate but turns out the real culprit is herpes.

The process starts with filling out an extremely lengthy application and sending in 15 photos of themselves from different angles. Applicants must also produce of a video of themselves in a well-lit room, wearing a nice outfit as if they were going out to a nice dinner. The video needed to include the applicant talking about their life, their family, their pets, what they look for in a man and their ultimate date.

Producers then decided if they want that applicant to move on to the next round. The next round includes flying the applicant out to Los Angeles for an in-person audition. The applications then have to fill out a 150 question survey that is filled with true or false questions and multiple choice. Some of the questions sound pretty nuts. According to an article on the NY Post some of the questions asked were, “Do you have out-of-body experiences? Do you think you can control things with your mind? Have you ever wanted to kill someone? Some of these questions would be asked several times, with different wording.”

The next step after the questionnaire was to have a one on one interview with a producer that would include candles and mood lighting. The on on one interview would last about 20 minutes and then the applicant was then ushered into a room that included 20 other producers. The applicant would then be peppered with rapid fire questions. The questions would start off fairly normal but then veer off into the absurd. Once the questioning was complete, the applicant then would be with the shows’s therapist, Dr. Catherine Selden.

Dr. Selden, according to the NY Post article, “is a state-licensed psychologist who graduated from Pepperdine University and has no disciplinary actions against her license”. She was made available to the cast members who asked for a therapist. The meeting with her would last an hour and she would mostly focus on asking questions that pertained to a person’s mental health. Questions about their history of mental illness, drinking and cheating were asked of all applicants.

Next a private investigator would look into each of the applicants backgrounds for and scandals that could be used for potential story lines or to help the show get ahead of any potential gossip. The private investigator would look for sex scandals, arrests and any other negative information that could used against the contestant in one way or another.

The final step to the whole process is the medical examination. Applicants would be required to give blood and urine samples. these samples were tested for drugs and STD’s. They would fill out a form about their medical history and if they had to take pills they were required to tell the medical professional conducting the test.

And it turns out that if the person had an STD, they were taken out of the running for the show. The article says that, “As soon as the medical tests came back, you’d see that herpes was the biggest thing,”said Ben Hatta, [creator and executive producer] Mike Fleiss’s old assistant. “And sometimes you’d be the first person to tell a contestant that they had herpes. You’d be like, ‘Uh, you should call your doctor.’ Why? ‘We’re not going to be able to have you on our show, but you should call your doctor.”

There is some questions however over how strict this vetting process is because there are some crazy people that appear on the show. Fleiss states that the process is so strict in order to weed out people that would be potentially hazardous to others or themselves. Fleiss said “We’re really careful about who we let on the show. We lose a lot of great potential characters because we’re so tough and stringent . . . Anyone who has any sort of borderline personality disorder or instability or any sort of past involving contemplation of suicide — we just can’t take the risk. We just don’t.”

But some other past producers have stated that is not always the case. Sometimes the producers would see someone that they knew would be great for TV and gave them a pass because they knew that person would create made for TV drama.

The agreements that the contestants sign are iron clad. Each contests signs away their rights to privacy both on and off the house for at least 3 years after their season has aired. They agree to be filmed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by not only cameras they can see but also hidden cameras. The most interesting part of the contract was that the show retains the right to “intentionally or unintentionally make misrepresentations or omissions concerning the Series”. Meaning the show can do whatever they want with the footage of the contests.

After all that, people still decide to go on the show regardless of signing their life away. Too bad they didn’t include some crazies on this season because Arie is a snooze fest. Let’s hope that Caroline’s revelation on the Women Tell All episode actually amounts to something good because we are dying of boredom.

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