Hogan Knows Best
Hogan Knows Best is an American reality documentary television series on VH1. The series debuted on July 10, 2005 and centered on the family life of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. Focusing on the Hogans' raising of their children, on Hulk Hogan's attempts to manage and assist in his children's burgeoning careers, the title of the show is a spoof of the 1950s television series, Father Knows Best. After the cancellation of Hogan Knows Best in 2007, a spin-off entitled Brooke Knows Best debuted in 2008, ran for two seasons. Terry "Hulk" Hogan is represented on the show as a protective and somewhat strict father with regard to the opposite sex being anywhere near his daughter, Brooke. On more than one occasion, he has schemed ways to spy on her. However, because of a competition involving finding the right boyfriend for Brooke, Terry wanted to win so badly that he encouraged Brooke to be together with the young man he chose for her; the young man was Harry Smith. His career as a wrestler has taken its toll on his body, including weak knees and an artificial hip replacement, though he still works out in order to maintain his physique.
He has claimed, on the show, that he had his teeth knocked out six times and his nose broken twelve times. In an effort to conceal his baldness, he wears a bandanna or a hat. Linda Hogan is Hogan's wife. An ardent animal lover, she temporarily took a baby chimpanzee into the house in one episode, considered adopting it. Between her and Hulk, she is the more lenient parent, she has serious reservations about Hulk returning to the ring, about her son contemplating a wrestling career. Brooke Hogan is Hulk and Linda's teenage daughter, who produced a new song to kick off her career, signed a $1.3 million contract when she turned eighteen. Hulk's nickname for her is "Brooke-tini." On the show, she made crude remarks about Harry Smith's appearance and the two never hit it off. Nick Hogan is Hulk and Linda's son, two years younger than Brooke. Nick is always up to antics. Although Nick and Brooke have an amicable relationship overall, there are moments when they take pleasure in getting one another in trouble.
Nick aspires to be a professional wrestler, though his father has encouraged him to take acting lessons in order to improve his sense of showmanship. Nick was a professional drifter for Dodge until July 2007, he got his Formula-D license in 2006. Brian Knobs is half of the Tag team The Nasty Boys. Knobs comes to stay with the family, much to Linda's dismay, he comes to babysit Nick and Brooke when Hulk and Linda go on romantic trips. Brooke and Nick refer to him as "Uncle Knobs." He is seen being joking and sarcastic. The series premiered on July 10, 2005 with a 1.9, representing the largest audience for a VH1 premiere at that time. It began airing on CMT in early 2006 and airs on Viva, MTV and Bio. in the UK and Ireland, TVtropolis in Canada, MusiquePlus in French Canadian, Both VH1 and MTV in Australia, MTV Italia in Italy, MTV Central in Germany and Austria, VH1, MTV Portugal in Portugal, in The Netherlands on MTV Netherlands with Dutch subtitles and in India on VH1, in France on Game one, C4 and The Box in New Zealand.
In Norway both on MTV Norway and VH1 with Norwegian subtitles, in Latin America with Spanish subtitles on VH1 and in Brazil with Portuguese subtitles on VH1. In Finland with Finnish subtitles on Sub and MTV Finland; the show was pitched and offered to Hulk Hogan prior to his famous WrestleMania X8 "Icon vs. Icon" match with The Rock in 2002, it chronicled Hogan's return to the World Wrestling Entertainment after the demise of the World Championship Wrestling and surgery on both of his knees. Hogan declined. However, after noticing the success of pop stars such as Hilary Duff and Britney Spears, Hogan accepted a deal to do the show as a way to help promote daughter Brooke's singing career. In the episode "Hulkamania Forever", Hulk mentions that the family has no source of income as lawyer and music studio bills in excess of $200,000 had come in recently. Hogan explains in his 2009 autobiography My Life Outside the Ring, that paying unionized camera crews to film subjects continuously until something telegenic or dramatic occurs would prohibitively expensive, that as a result, shows such as Hogan Knows Best are "soft-scripted", follow a regimented shooting schedule that allows for typical work-related considerations such as lunch breaks.
When filming soft-scripted shows, the subjects are given a scenario by the producers to act out an exaggerated version of something to be encountered in their real lives, are informed of the outcome, possible "beats" in between, instructed to improvise, which Hogan says is a version of what he did as a professional wrestler. According to Hogan, this would result in behavior that members of his family would never exhibit in real life, as when his son, Nick tossed water balloons at neighbors from a window, or when his wife would wake up early to apply makeup and do her hair before camera crews arrived to film shots of the couple sleeping, it was reported that taping for an additional season of Hogan Knows Best halted in the summer of 2007, before it was determined
Entourage (U.S. TV series)
Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004 and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and written by Doug Ellin and chronicles the acting career of Vincent Chase, a young A-list movie star, his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they attempt to further their nascent careers in Los Angeles. Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson served as the show's executive producers, its premise is loosely based on Wahlberg's experiences as an up-and-coming film star; the series deals with real-life situations in modern-day Hollywood. The show is known for its array of famous guests, having featured several actors and other celebrities in guest star and cameo roles playing fictionalized versions of themselves. According to Mark Wahlberg, Entourage was conceived when his assistant asked if he could film Wahlberg and his friends, calling them "hilarious." Other reports credit Eric Weinstein, a long-time friend of Wahlberg, with the idea of filming the actor's group of friends.
However, according to Donnie Carroll, the inspiration for the Turtle character, the idea for a show involving an actor and his friends had come from him. It had originated as a book idea, centered on Carroll's own life and his experiences with Wahlberg, titled From the'Hood to Hollywood, A Soldier's Story. To be more satirical of the Hollywood lifestyle, a fictional approach was chosen rather than a straight documentary in order to keep the content light, avoid directly depicting Wahlberg's violent past. Vincent Chase was envisioned to be more similar to Wahlberg, but it was decided that some of his and his friends' activities would not work well on television. A lighter approach was subsequently decided upon. Entourage revolves around Vincent Chase, his best friend and manager is Eric Murphy. "E," as his friends call him, is based on Mark Wahlberg's friend and executive producer Eric Weinstein. He's been reported to be inspired by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg's manager. Vincent's older half-brother, Johnny "Drama" Chase, is Vince's personal chef and bodyguard.
Johnny is a C-list actor, in the fictional show Viking Quest during his younger days. His role in the new fictional hit show Five Towns had begun to resurrect his fame and career, although he still received less acknowledgment than he would have liked for it; as the show went on, Drama got offers for more roles. The show ended with Drama having his own animated TV show called "Johnny's Bananas" and him landing a new TV movie with the help of Vince. Drama's character is based on Johnny "Drama" Alves, whom Donnie Wahlberg had hired to keep his younger brother out of trouble. Rounding out the entourage of friends is Salvatore "Turtle" Assante, another of Vince's old friends from childhood. Turtle's official role is as Vince's driver and assistant, though his value as such is brought into question; this character is based on Wahlberg's former "gofer" Donnie Carroll aka "Donkey". Carroll auditioned for the role, but the Boston native was turned down when it was decided the actors would have to be New Yorkers.
Carroll died on December 2005, after an asthma attack. Ari Gold is Vince's lovable agent; the role has led to Emmy Awards for Piven. Ari is based on Wahlberg's real-life agent Ari Emanuel. Connolly, Dillon and Piven are credited in every episode in the opening credits of the entire series. Debi Mazar, who has a recurring guest star role as Shauna in season 1, is promoted to opening credits billing in season 2, her appearances in season 3 were limited due to her pregnancy and Mazar made her final regular appearance in episode 42. Mazar is credited as a special guest star. Melissa Gold and Lloyd have recurring roles in the first two seasons. Starting in season 3, Reeves and Lee are credited as "starring" in the end credits in the episodes they appear in. Reeves receives opening credits billing starting with season 4, Lee is added to the opening credits starting with season 5. In season 4, Rhys Coiro, who portrays recurring character Billy Walsh, is credited as "starring" in the end credits for the first six episodes of the season.
However, when his character returns in episode 52, he is again credited as a guest star. Emmanuelle Chriqui portrays E's on-and-off girlfriend Sloan McQuewick as a recurring guest star from season 2 to 5, beginning with season 6, she is credited as "starring" in the end credits. Gary Cole guest stars in three episodes of season 5 as agent Andrew Klein, beginning with season 6 he is credited as "starring" in the end credits and returns in season 7 as a special guest star. Scott Caan guest stars in two episodes of season 6 as Scott Lavin, in season 7 and 8, he is credited as "starring" in the end credits. Entourage features many recurring characters; some are fictional, such as Malcolm McDowell's "Terrance McQuewick" character, while other actors, such as Mark Wahlberg, Bob Saget, Pauly Shore, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Mandy Moore, Sasha Grey, Seth Green appear as fictional versions of themselves. Entourage has at least one celebrity guest per episode, such as actors, film directors, film producers and professional athletes playing themselves.
Appearances include Peter Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Tom Brady, Jessica Alba, Gary Busey, Lar
Celebrity Duets was an American reality television show, of the progressive game-show type, which combined celebrities of different backgrounds with professional singers in a weekly elimination competition. The show was a take-off of the Australian series program It Takes Two and its predecessor, the BBC's Just the Two of Us. Indeed, Celebrity Duets was meant to be transmitted in the UK first, under the title Star Duets, but the BBC bought the format before Simon Cowell got to produce it on ITV. There was court action, which the BBC won. Thus, Star Duets never came into production; the show debuted on Fox, with a 2-hour premiere installment on August 29, 2006. It moved to its normal Thursday timeslot the following week, stayed there until its season finale on September 29, 2006. Simon Cowell of American Idol and The X Factor fame created the program, Wayne Brady of Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame, himself a singer and the former host of a variety show on ABC, hosted the show. The judges were renowned composer and producer David Foster and roll pioneer Little Richard, singer Marie Osmond.
Michael Bolton Boyz II Men Chaka Khan Jesse McCartney Clint Black Smokey Robinson Dionne Warwick Gladys Knight Brian McKnight Patti LaBelle Kenny Loggins Richard Marx Randy Travis Belinda Carlisle Peter Frampton Taylor Dayne Aaron Neville Lee Ann Womack James Ingram Wynonna Judd Michelle Williams Jeffrey Osborne Anita Pointer Toby Keith Dennis DeYoung of Styx Deniece Williams Dee Snider, of Twisted Sister Al Jarreau Sebastian Bach of Skid Row Bonnie Tyler Alfonso Ribeiro - Michelle Williams, James Ingram, Jeffrey Osborne, Deniece Williams, Chaka Kahn, Jon Secada, Gladys Knight Lucy Lawless - Michael Bolton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick, Richard Marx, Bonnie Tyler Hal Sparks - Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Wynonna Judd, Dennis DeYoung, Dee Snider, Sebastian Bach Jai Rodriguez - Gladys Knight, Michelle Williams, Brian McKnight, Taylor Dayne, Patti LaBelle Cheech Marin - Peter Frampton, Randy Travis, Clint Black, Aaron Neville, Al Jarreau Carly Patterson - James Ingram, Lee Ann Womack, Anita Pointer, Jesse McCartney Lea Thompson - Randy Travis, Michael Bolton, Belinda Carlisle Chris Jericho - Lee Ann Womack, Peter Frampton David Foster Little Richard Marie Osmond Wayne Brady For the season, the series averaged 3.8 million viewers, making it the lowest-rated Fox series of the entire season, indeed one of the lowest-rated programs on any network for the season that year.
This ratings failure precluded any production of a second season. Airing franchise Franchise no longer in production Celebrity Duets on IMDb Celebrity Duets at TV.com
The Goldbergs (2013 TV series)
The Goldbergs is an American television period sitcom that premiered on September 24, 2013, on ABC. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, George Segal; the show is produced by Adam F Goldberg, Seth Gordon, Doug Robinson. It is based on Goldberg's childhood and family in the 1980s, complete with a childhood version of himself. In May 2017, ABC renewed the series for a sixth season; the sixth season premiered on September 26, 2018. The Goldbergs is set in the 1980s in Pennsylvania; the show is loosely based on the showrunner's childhood, during which he videotaped events, many of which are reenacted throughout the program. It shows the reality of the 1980s through a young boy's eyes; the series stars Jeff Garlin as Wendi McLendon-Covey as matriarch Beverly. Their two older children are Barry; the youngest child, documents his family life with his video camera. Beverly's father, Albert "Pops" Solomon, is around to provide advice or to help out his grandchildren.
The present-day "Adult Adam" narrates every episode as taking place in "1980-something". Many references to real-life Philadelphia-area businesses are made, including the Wawa Inc. convenience store chain, Gimbel's department store, Willow Grove Park Mall, Kremp's Florist of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg, the overprotective matriarch of the Goldbergs, she is called their "smother" by the kids. She injects herself into her children's lives to their embarrassment, is supremely confident in their abilities. Sean Giambrone as Adam Fredrick Goldberg, the pop-culture obsessed youngest child of the Goldbergs. Smart and geeky, he films his family's activities on a VHS camcorder, he ends up having to use his middle initial to distinguish himself from another Adam Goldberg who attends the same school and is an aspiring filmmaker. Patton Oswalt voices the adult Adam Goldberg. Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg, the gruff, somewhat asocial patriarch of the Goldbergs. Unlike Beverly, he is realistic about his children's abilities and believes she smothers them too much.
Despite his apathetic tendencies at home, he values hard work and has held various full time positions since his teenage years. Though he does not always show affection for his children, calling them morons when they make mistakes or behave in silly ways, he cares about them and wants them to learn how to fend for themselves, he runs his father-in-law's furniture business, loves sports, is seen lounging in front of his TV in his white briefs. Troy Gentile as Barry Norman Goldberg, the overconfident dim-witted middle child of the Goldbergs. Though untalented in every way, he remains self-assured while trying to become popular in high school, he is determined to dominate everything, including sports. In the fifth season finale, he proposes to Lainey and she accepts. By this point, he decided to become a doctor. Hayley Orrantia as Erica Dorothy Goldberg, the somewhat bad-tempered oldest child of the Goldbergs. Smart and musically gifted but rebellious, she is popular in school and dominant over her younger brothers.
In the fifth season, Erica left for college at D. C. School of the Arts, only to drop out at the end of the season to start a band with Lainey and Valley Erica. "Erica" is based on Eric Goldberg. George Segal as Albert "Pops" Solomon, Beverly's laid-back widower father. Though an elderly man with a number of comic eccentricities, he acts much younger than his age and gives sage advice to his grandchildren. Adam considers him his best friend, he once owned a successful furniture store called Ottoman Empire that allowed him to retire comfortably, he now lets his son-in-law Murray run the business. AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis, Erica's best friend and one of the most popular girls at school, whom Barry has had a lifelong crush on. To the surprise of many, Lainey kisses Barry at a party in the first-season finale, the two grow closer together in season two, become an unlikely couple. Following the fourth season, she has gone to attend fashion school in Savannah and ended her relationship with Barry. In season 5, she returns to Jenkintown after dropping out along with Erica to start a band.
In the final seconds of the season finale she and Barry agree to wed. In the sixth season, Lainey not only ends the engagement but leaves for L. A. to pursue her dreams alone, but not before promising Barry that when they were ready, they'd be together. Sam Lerner as'Madman' Geoff Schwartz, one of Barry's best friends; the nickname "Madman" is a form of ironic humor, given how well-behaved the character is compared to Barry. He makes many futile attempts to win her affections. At the end of the third season, he begins dating Evelyn Silver just as Erica realizes she reciprocates Geoff's feelings, he breaks up with Evey to be with Erica. Troy Winbush as Puchinski, a police officer who sometimes runs afoul of the Goldbergs' craziness, sympathises with Beverly. Cedric Yarbrough as Vic, Murray's friend and co-worker from Canada. Ben Zelevansky as Dale, the manager of the arcade frequented by Adam and Pops. (seas
Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by Paul Feig and executive-produced by Judd Apatow that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. The show follows gifted high schooler Lindsay Weir, who befriends a gang of slacker "freaks", her younger brother Sam, as he and his geek friends navigate high school. Eighteen episodes were completed. A fan campaign persuaded NBC to broadcast three of the remaining episodes in July 2000, with the rest of the unaired episodes airing that fall on Fox Family Channel; the series has appeared in numerous lists of the greatest television shows of all time, including lists by Time, Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide. It launched several careers of its young actors, such as James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini into successful acting careers. Teenage Lindsay Weir and her younger brother Sam attend William McKinley High School during the 1980–1981 school year; the show is set in the town of a fictional suburb of Detroit.
Lindsay's friends constitute the title's "freaks" — Daniel Desario, Ken Miller, Nick Andopolis, Kim Kelly. The Weir parents and Jean, are featured in every episode. Millie Kentner, Lindsay's nerdy and religious former best friend, is a recurring character, as is Cindy Sanders, the popular cheerleader on whom Sam has a crush. Lindsay finds herself attempting to transform her life as an academically proficient student, star "mathlete", young girl into a rebellious teenager who hangs out with troubled slackers, her relationships with her new friends, the friction they cause with her parents and with her own self-image, form one central strand of the show. The other follows Sam and his group of geeky friends as they navigate a different part of the social universe and try to fit in. Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir John Francis Daley as Sam Weir James Franco as Daniel Desario Samm Levine as Neal Schweiber Seth Rogen as Ken Miller Jason Segel as Nick Andopolis Martin Starr as Bill Haverchuck Becky Ann Baker as Jean Weir Joe Flaherty as Harold Weir Busy Philipps as Kim Kelly Guest stars included: Samaire Armstrong, Alexandra Breckenridge, Jack Conley, Kevin Corrigan, Allen Covert, Matt Czuchry, Alexander Gould, Steve Higgins, Rashida Jones, Bianca Kajlich, David Koechner, David Krumholtz, Shia LaBeouf, Leslie Mann, Ben Stiller, Jason Schwartzman.
The show's producers were resistant to stunt casting. For example, they resisted the network's suggestion that they have Britney Spears appear as a waitress in one episode. Several of the screenwriters appeared on the show. Mike White played Kim Kelly's oft-discussed injured brother, first appeared in episode 4, "Kim Kelly is My Friend." Paul Feig, Gabe Sachs, series composer Michael Andrews appear uncredited as members of the fictional band Dimension in "I'm With the Band." The script for the pilot episode of Freaks and Geeks was written by Paul Feig as a spec script. Feig gave the script to producer Judd Apatow, who sold it to DreamWorks, where Apatow was under an overall deal. DreamWorks sold it to NBC. Before the script was shot, Feig wrote a second episode at the behest of Apatow, he showed this second script to Apatow and pilot director Jake Kasdan, they suggested that he combine the two episodes to form a stronger pilot. Notable additions include the introduction of Kim Kelly and Lindsay's recollection of her grandmother's death.
Feig wrote a final draft after a read-through with the cast, this time incorporating a first meeting between Lindsay and the freaks. The show ran for 18 episodes, three of which – "Kim Kelly Is My Friend", "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers", "Noshing and Moshing"– were unaired by NBC and not seen until Fox Family ran the show in 2000; the final three episodes premiered at the Museum of Television and Radio, prior to being broadcast on television. The list below is ordered by the chronology of the storyline. * ^ Initial airing occurred on Fox Family. In a 2012 interview with Vanity Fair, Paul Feig detailed what would have happened to the characters in a second season: Lindsay would become a human rights lawyer, years after following the Grateful Dead. Sam would have joined the drama club. Neal would cope with his parents' divorce by joining a swing choir in school. Bill would join the basketball team, leading to tension with the geeks. Daniel would end up in jail. Kim would become pregnant on tour while following the Grateful Dead.
Nick would be pressured by his strict father to join the Army. On April 6, 2004, a six-DVD Freaks and Geeks box set was released through Shout! Factory and Sony BMG Music Entertainment. A limited "yearbook edition" set including two additional discs was available through the official website for the show. Fans who had signed an online petition to get the show on DVD got priority in purchasing the special set. On November 25, 2008, the deluxe "Yearbook Edition" boxed set was re-released through Vivendi Entertainment. Th
The Flash (2014 TV series)
The Flash is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds, it is a spin-off from existing in the same fictional universe. The series follows Barry Allen, portrayed by Grant Gustin, a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have gained superhuman abilities. Envisioned as a backdoor pilot, the positive reception Gustin received during two appearances as Barry on Arrow led to executives choosing to develop a full pilot to make use of a larger budget and help flesh out Barry's world in more detail. Colleen Atwood, costume designer for Arrow, was brought in to design the Flash's suit; the creative team wanted to make sure that the Flash would resemble his comic book counterpart, not be a poor imitation. The series is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The Flash premiered in North America on October 7, 2014, where the pilot became the second-most watched premiere in the history of The CW, after The Vampire Diaries in 2009. It has been well received by critics and audiences, won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Drama" in 2014; the series, together with Arrow, has spun characters out to their own show, Legends of Tomorrow, which premiered on January 21, 2016. On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season, which premiered on October 9, 2018. On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a sixth season. In season one, after witnessing his mother's supernatural murder, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective Joe West and his family. Barry becomes a brilliant but awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. A particle accelerator malfunctions, bathing the city center with a radiation during a thunderstorm, Barry is struck by lightning. Awakening after a coma, he discovers. Harrison Wells, the accelerator's designer, describes Barry's nature as "metahuman".
Barry vows to use his gifts to protect Central City. As the Flash, Barry pursues his mother's murderer, the Reverse-Flash. In season two, after a singularity event occurs, the Flash is recognized as Central City's hero. However, the event brings a new threat from a parallel earth: Zoom, a demonic speedster who seeks to eliminate all speedsters throughout the multiverse. Harrison Wells' parallel universe counterpart nicknamed "Harry", his daughter Jesse, work to help Barry stop Zoom and explore the multiverse. Joe and his daughter, struggle with the arrival of Iris's brother Wally West. After Zoom kills Barry's father, following Zoom's defeat, Barry travels back in time to save his mother's life. In season three, by changing his past, Barry creates the alternate timeline "Flashpoint". Though he is somewhat able to restore the timeline, this creates new threats, including the emergence of Savitar, a god-like speedster with a grudge against Barry. After Harry and Jesse return to Earth-2, another Wells doppelgänger is recruited: the novelist "H.
R." Wells. Both Wally and Caitlin Snow begin to manifest metahuman abilities; when Barry accidentally travels to the future and sees Iris killed by Savitar, he becomes desperate to change the future to prevent that from happening. After saving Iris and defeating Savitar, Barry takes his place in the Speed Force in order to repent for his creation of Flashpoint. In season four, following Barry's departure and Cisco have been able to protect Central City; when a new foe defeats them requesting a battle against the Flash, the team decides to bring Barry back. While they manage to do so, Barry's return releases dark matter, turning a dozen people on a city bus into metahumans. One of these metas is private detective Ralph Dibny; the team encounters Clifford DeVoe, an adversary with the fastest mind alive, who has orchestrated Barry's return from the Speed Force as well as the creation of the bus metas. Harry Wells, with his parallel universe counterparts, establish an alliance coined the Council of Wells to assist Team Flash in stopping DeVoe.
Though they fail to stop DeVoe from stealing the bus metas' powers, they succeed in foiling his scheme, the Enlightenment. Following this, the team is approached by Barry and Iris' daughter from the future, Nora West-Allen, who claims to have made "a big, big mistake". In season five, Nora claims. However, the team discovers that Nora's presence not only altered the timeline, but unleashed a new threat in the form of Cicada, a serial killer bent on killing metahumans. In addition, they discover that meta-technology was created following their battle with the Thinker, meaning anyone wielding meta-tech can utilize the power of a metahuman; the Council of Wells sends one of their doppelgängers, detective Sherloque Wells, to aid Team Flash in countering these crises. Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash: A Central City assistant police forensic investigator. Moments after an explosion at the S. T. A. R. Labs particle accelerator, Barry is struck by lightning in his laboratory and doused by chemicals affected by the accident.
When he awakens from a nine-month coma, he has superhuman speed. In September 2013, Grant Gustin was cast in the titular role. Andy Mientus, who would be cast as Hartley Rathaway auditioned for the role. Gustin began researching the character during the audition process, reading as many comics as possible. Gustin focused
Gilmore Girls is an American dramedy television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. The show became a flagship series for the network. Gilmore Girls ran for seven seasons, with the final season moving to The CW, ended its run on May 15, 2007; the show's main focus is on the relationship between single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory, who live in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a small fictional town filled with colorful characters. The series explores issues of family, education, friendship and ambition, along with generational divides and social class, the latter themes manifesting through Lorelai's difficult relationship with her high society parents and Richard, Rory's experiences at an elite high school and on at Yale University. Sherman-Palladino, who served as showrunner for the majority of the series, infused Gilmore Girls with distinctive fast-paced dialogue filled with pop culture references. After season six, when the series moved to its new network, Sherman-Palladino left the show and was replaced by David S. Rosenthal for the final season.
The series was distributed by Warner Bros.. Television and filmed on the studio's lot in Burbank, California. Television critics praised Gilmore Girls for its witty dialogue, cross-generational appeal, effective mix of humor and drama, it never drew large ratings but was a relative success for The WB, peaking during season five as the network's second most-popular show. The series has been in daily syndication since 2004, while a growing and dedicated fandom has led to its status as a cult classic. Since coming off the air, Gilmore Girls has been cited in TV and Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest television shows of all time. In 2016, the main cast and Sherman-Palladino returned for a four-part miniseries revival titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which streamed on Netflix; the series has two protagonists: witty "thirty-something" mother Lorelai Gilmore and her intellectual teenage daughter Rory. Their backstory is established early in the show: Lorelai grew up in Hartford with her old money parents and Emily, but always felt stifled by this environment.
She had an accidental pregnancy at age sixteen and ran away from home a year to raise Rory in the close-knit town named Stars Hollow. Lorelai found work and shelter at the Independence Inn as a maid, where she progressed to executive manager. Over the years and Rory develop a close relationship, living like best friends rather than a typical mother-daughter pair. Lorelai is proud of the independent life. However, in the pilot episode, she is forced to go to them for financial aid after Rory is admitted to Chilton Preparatory School because she cannot afford the tuition fees. Emily and Richard agree to provide a loan, so long as the girls join them every Friday night for dinner; this sets up the show's primary conflict: the Gilmores are forced to face their differences and complicated past. The contrasting mother–daughter relationships of Emily–Lorelai and Lorelai–Rory become a defining theme of the show. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has summarized the core of Gilmore Girls: I think the theme was always family and connection.
I always felt like the underlying thing about Gilmore was that, if you happened to be born into a family that doesn't understand you, go out and make your own. That's, she went out and she made her own family. The ironic twist in her life is that this daughter that she created this half family for, likes the family that she left, it was a cycle of crazy family. The series focuses on both girls' ambition: Rory to attend an Ivy League college and become a journalist, Lorelai to open an inn with her best friend Sookie St. James; the romantic relationships of the protagonists are another key feature. Lorelai develops temporary feelings for Rory's English literature teacher, Max Medina and Jason "Digger" Stiles, who she has known since childhood. Rory has three boyfriends during the run of the show - local boy Dean Forrester, well-read bad boy Jess Mariano, wealthy charismatic Logan Huntzberger; the quirky townspeople of Stars Hollow are a constant presence. Along with series-long and season-long arcs, Gilmore Girls is episodic in nature, with mini-plots within each episode - such as town festivals, issues at Lorelai's inn, or school projects of Rory's.
Rory has a difficult time settling in at Chilton, struggling to match the demands of private school and attracting the fury of classmate Paris Geller, her academic rival. She meets her first boyfriend, but the pair break up when Rory doesn't reciprocate his, "I love you", she is pursued by arrogant Chilton student Tristin, but she has little interest. After being romantically pursued by Rory's teacher, Max Medina, Lorelai decides with a conflicted heart to give the relationship a chance; this dynamic creates some tension between Rory. At the same time, Lorelai harbours a close friendship with the local diner owner, Luke Danes, several people comment on their mutual attraction—but Lorelai is in denial and Luke doesn't act on it. Rory's father, Christopher Hayden and wants to be with Lorelai but she tells him he is too immature for a family life. All the while, Lorelai struggles to adjust to having her parents in her life on a regular basis. Emily and Richard enjoy developing a relationship with their granddaughter, but realize how much they have misse