Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde is a 1995 British-Canadian-American comedy film starring Tim Daly, Sean Young and Lysette Anthony; the film is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror novel Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; the story takes place in modern times and concerns a bumbling chemist who tampers with his great-grandfather's formula, accidentally transforming himself into a beautiful businesswoman, hellbent on taking over his life. Richard Jacks is a perfumer working at a major fragrance company, his projects have failed and the chief executive, Mrs. Unterveldt, is thinking of replacing him with a woman. After his great-grandfather dies, Jacks attends the will reading, he notes from scientific experiments. He discovers, he decides to add more estrogen to the mixture in the hope. Monitoring his vital stats after ingesting the formula, he attends a job interview. Although everything appears normal at first, his voice begins to crack, his fingernails grow long and the hairs on his arms recede into his skin.
Jacks feels a strange sensation in his groin area and watches in horror as his manhood disappears. Jacks tries to leave. Embarrassed, Jacks flees back to the lab. Back in his office, the final stages of the transformation into a woman take place; the new female alter-ego names introduces herself as Jacks's new assistant. She rewrites his reports, is kind to his secretary, flirts with his superiors, Yves Dubois and Oliver Mintz and rewards herself with a shopping spree. Helen meets and befriends Jacks' fiancee and convinces her to move out of Jacks' apartment just so she can have it for herself; the next day, after several comments from colleagues, Jacks realizes that Helen was real but is unable to access any of her memories. Nonetheless, he invites Sarah to his place for a romantic meal. Everything appears to be going well until he realizes he is transforming into Helen again, causing Sarah to flee. Helen becomes resentful at having to share a body, she disfigures one of Richard's colleagues and steals his ideas.
She attempts to seduce Oliver. Just when she is about to have sex with him, she starts changing back into Jacks and hides in the bathroom and escapes via a nearby window. Due to her flirting with Oliver, Hyde is named Jacks' superior at work. To stop her, Jacks handcuffs himself to the bed, only to be horrified as Sarah walks in and finds his closet to be full of lingerie; this leads Sarah to believe. Hyde has a private meeting with Dubois and Mintz presenting "Indulge", the perfume she stole from Jacks, it is during this meeting that she fondles the crotches of both men with her hosed feet at the same time under the table, in order to persuade them. She sleeps with Dubois shortly after he confronts her about her false resume. Hyde warns Jacks via video of her intentions to take over completely. Jacks realizes that he is starting to spend more time as Hyde than himself, he tries to humiliate Hyde in front of her superiors by stripping naked and writing obscenities all over his body, hoping that they will walk in on her after she takes over.
Hyde manages to outsmart him by delaying the change, causing his plan to backfire and Jacks to be fired. Sarah is convinced by seeing CCTV footage from the initial transformation. Jacks comes up with a formula that would destroy the Hyde part of himself, but he must consume it as Hyde within a certain time frame. After he transforms, Sarah attempts to inject her with the formula but fails—injecting only about 20% of it, causing random body parts to spontaneously transform between male and female. A fire breaks out in Hyde escapes. At the launch of Indulge, the perfume she stole from Jacks, Hyde steals a guest's dress; as she mingles, the effects of the formula cause her to temporarily grow stubble. Sarah, who sneaked into the party, hides in a podium and waits until the promotion video starts before injecting the rest of the formula into Hyde, who changes back into Jacks for good. A relieved Jacks realizes it's over but sees that he's now standing in a room full of colleagues wearing a dress, he makes a speech about the only way.
He is offered a promotion as well as a vacation, which he accepts. As he removes the undergarments he comments "Helen and her damn thongs" before heading out with Sarah; the film received a 14% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was nominated for three Razzie Awards including Worst Actress for Sean Young, Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Screen Couple for Daly and Young. "At an age when she should be hitting her stride," wrote film critic Mick LaSalle, "she is parodying herself -- parodying her public image, of all things, not her screen image... It's just possible that schlock is Young's natural element and roles like this her true calling". Hugo Davenport in the Daily Telegraph said, "Apart from being a travesty of Stevenson, it is so crass and misogynistic that it makes "Confessions of a Window Cleaner" look like Dostoevsky". A review from The Austin Chronicle summarized the film by saying, "Overall, this PG-13 bore is neither crass enough nor intelligent enough to hold anyone's attention."
After its theatrical run, HBO released the film onto Laserdisc. It was released on DVD in 2004. List of American films of 1995 Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, earlier, version of the story featuring a female Hyde. Dr. Jeky
The Drew Carey Show
The Drew Carey Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 13, 1995 to September 8, 2004, was set in Cleveland and revolved around the retail office and home life of "everyman" Drew Carey, a fictionalized version of the actor. The show was created by Carey, who had both stand-up comedy and writing experience, Bruce Helford, once a writer for Roseanne, it was the first television. Produced by Mohawk Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, it debuted on September 13, 1995, ranked among the Top 30 programs for four seasons before sliding in popularity. Ratings declined during the final two seasons, the last two episodes aired on September 8, 2004. Drew Carey is a fictionalized version of himself, a self-proclaimed "everyman". Drew Carey has been quoted as saying his character is what the actor would have been if he had not become an actor, he has a "gang" of friends who embark with him on his everyday tribulations. Drew's friends include erudite but unambitious Lewis, excitable dimwitted Oswald and his friend Kate.
In the final two seasons, Kate gets married and moves to Guam, in the same two-part episode that introduces and develops Drew's relationship with Kellie, which carries on over the final two seasons. For its first seven seasons, Drew's workplace is the office of fictional Cleveland department store Winfred-Louder, where he has worked for years and still works as Assistant Director of Personnel. One of his coworkers is Mimi Bobeck, a large woman with a clownish wardrobe, a lot of make-up, a foul mutual dislike for Drew; the two become closer because Mimi fell in love with and married Drew's cross-dressing heterosexual brother Steve, a recurring character. In the first season they work for the unseen Mr. Bell, only seen in the season one finale, to which he is greeted with applause. In the final two seasons, they work for peaceful, hippie-like Evan and the much more professional Scott, tech-smart but naïve twenty-somethings who own the Neverending Store, an online retailer with offices in the same location.
In addition to his day job, along with Oswald and Kate, runs a small business out of his garage, selling Buzz Beer, a caffeinated alcoholic drink. It is served at the group's hangout, The Warsaw Tavern; the first season's opening credits consisted of a caricature of Carey—consisting of his face and a yellow tie—singing the Robert McGuire-penned "Moon Over Parma". The song was trimmed for the opening sequence, the reference to Eastlake in the line "Guide her to Eastlake underneath your silvery light" was changed to a reference to Cleveland to stay in theme with the show. In the first season and Mimi worked under Mr. Bell, who existed only as a voice on Drew's speakerphone, excluding the season finale wherein he is fired by Winfred-Louder's new owners. Other characters that appeared in this period were Drew's hillbilly neighbor Jules and his family. Drew's first girlfriend Lisa was introduced in this season, as was Jay, Kate's love interest who used to attend the same high school as Drew and his friends.
Both characters lasted until Season 2, where they were written out of the show in the early episodes. Nine of the episode titles were related to chemistry in some way, with names such as "The Joining of Two Unlike Elements Is a Mixture" and "Isomers Have Distinct Characteristics". However, this theme was abandoned by the end of the season. "Moon Over Parma" was phased out during the second season by "Five O'Clock World" sung by The Vogues. This season introduced openings that paid homage to music videos which included the cast dancing and singing around the various sets of the show. In the forth season, the opening theme was changed to "Cleveland Rocks", a cover of an Ian Hunter song performed by The Presidents of the United States of America; the video consisted of shots of Cleveland ending with their ballpark. This change lasted until the second "wave" of the show ended, with the finale of Season 7; the man who took over Mr. Bell's job after his firing was Nigel Wick, who served as a foil for both Drew and Mimi in the workplace.
During this period, Drew and Mr. Wick periodically took the top management job away from each other; this would result in Drew ending up back at his old job as Assistant Director of Personnel and Mr. Wick would miraculously retain his job as manager. By the end of Season 7, they were both Co-Managers. Kate and Oswald became closer and became romantically involved and married during the third season, but Kate stood Oswald up at the altar. Kate and Drew became romantically involved and were on the verge of getting married, but they called it off when they realized they didn't feel the same about the prospect of children. Drew's cross-dressing brother Steve was introduced during this period, he fell in love with Mimi and they had a child together, Gus. Drew got married a number of times during this portion of the show, his first marriage was to a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas. This was only temporary however, as she needed Drew t
WWE Intercontinental Championship
The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. It is one of two secondary championships for WWE's main roster, along with the WWE United States Championship on the SmackDown brand; the current champion is Finn Bálor, in his second reign. The championship was established by the then-World Wrestling Federation on September 1, 1979, after inaugural champion Pat Patterson unified the WWF North American Heavyweight and South American Heavyweight championships, it is the third oldest championship active in WWE, behind the WWE Championship and United States Championship, but the second oldest tenured championship, as the WWE has only owned the U. S. title since 2001. Although contested in the midcard at WWE shows, the Intercontinental Championship was defended in the main events of presentations such as WrestleMania VI, SummerSlam in 1992, the third and eighth In Your House shows, Backlash in 2001, at Extreme Rules and Starrcade in 2018.
It has been called a "stepping stone" to a WWE world championship. In November 2001, the then-WCW United States Championship was unified into the Intercontinental Championship. In 2002 after the first brand split, it became exclusive to Raw and the WWF was renamed WWE; that year, the European and Hardcore championships were unified into the Intercontinental Championship, which itself was unified into the World Heavyweight Championship. The next year, it was reactivated for Raw, followed by the United States Championship's reactivation as a counterpart on SmackDown; the championship has switched between brands over the years as a result of the WWE draft. The term "intercontinental" in the title referred to North and South America. In 1985, the championship belt design changed, the centerplate now centered on the Atlantic Ocean, in a map including western Africa and Europe. On April 7, 1989, the championship was first defended outside of North America, by Rick Rude against The Ultimate Warrior in Turin, Italy.
On March 30, 1991, Mr. Perfect made the first Asian defense against The Texas Tornado at a WWF co-promotion with Super World of Sports in Tokyo, Japan, it first came to Africa on April 6, 1997, when champion Rocky Maivia pinned Savio Vega in Durban, South Africa. Shelton Benjamin made the first Australian defense on April 7, 2006, pinning Gene Snitsky in Brisbane. WWF North American Heavyweight Champion Pat Patterson became the inaugural champion on September 1, 1979, it was said he had unified his title with the South American Heavyweight Championship, in a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, although both the tournament and South American Championship were fictional. On April 1, 1990 at WrestleMania VI, Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior defeated WWF Champion Hulk Hogan to win the world title, albeit the Intercontinental Championship was vacated soon after. Mr. Perfect went on to win a tournament to crown a new Intercontinental Champion. On October 17, 1999, Chyna became the only woman to hold the Intercontinental Championship by defeating Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy.
Following the World Wrestling Federation's purchase of World Championship Wrestling in March 2001, the title was unified with the WCW United States Championship at Survivor Series, causing the United States Championship to become inactive. Then-United States Champion Edge defeated then-Intercontinental Champion Test. In 2002, after the first brand split had begun and the WWF was renamed WWE, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff began unifyng his brand's singles championships. On July 22, 2002, the Intercontinental Championship was unified with the European Championship in a ladder match, in which then-Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam defeated then-European Champion Jeff Hardy. On August 19, 2002, Bischoff made a six-minute gauntlet match for the Hardcore Championship, with the winner facing Van Dam in a second unification match the next week on Raw. Tommy Dreamer retained his title in that match, but lost to Van Dam in a hardcore match the next week; as a result of the victories over Hardy and Dreamer, Van Dam is regarded as the last European and Hardcore champion in WWE history.
On September 30, 2002, Bischoff scheduled a match to unify the Intercontinental Championship with the created Raw-exclusive World Heavyweight Championship. The unification match took place at No Mercy the following month and saw then-World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeat then-Intercontinental Champion Kane, making him the Raw brand's sole male singles champion. Over Bischoff's objections, Raw Co-General Manager Stone Cold Steve Austin reactivated the Intercontinental Championship on the May 5, 2003 episode of Raw and declared any former champion on the Raw roster eligible to enter a battle royal at Judgment Day for the title. Christian won the battle royal to win the championship and restore a secondary singles title for Raw wrestlers to compete for. WWE did the same thing for SmackDown and created a separate set of titles for that brand. On October 2, 2011, at Hell in a Cell, Cody Rhodes introduced a modified version of the classic championship belt design with the white strap, with an added modern WWE "scratch logo" and other embellishments.
The first brand split ended on A
Gerald Norman Springer is an English-born American television presenter, former lawyer, news presenter and musician. He hosted The Jerry Springer Show, a tabloid talk show, between September 30, 1991 and July 26, 2018 and debuted the Jerry Springer Podcast in 2015. In 2019, he will host a new courtroom show called Judge Jerry. Springer was born in the London Underground station of Highgate while the station was in use as a shelter from German bombing during World War II, grew up on Chandos Road, East Finchley, his parents and Richard Springer, were Jewish refugees who escaped from Landsberg an der Warthe, Germany. His maternal grandmother Marie Kallmann, left behind, died in the gas trucks of Chełmno extermination camp, his paternal grandmother, Selma Springer, died at the hospital in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Selma Springer's brother, Dr. Hermann Elkeles, was a renowned Berlin doctor who died at Theresienstadt concentration camp. In January 1949, Springer emigrated with his parents to the United States, settling in Kew Gardens, New York.
He attended Forest Hills High School. One of his earliest memories about current events was when he was 12 and watching the 1956 Democratic National Convention on television where he saw and was impressed by John F. Kennedy. Springer earned a B. A. degree from Tulane University in 1965, majoring in political science. He earned a J. D. degree from Northwestern University in 1968. Springer became a political campaign adviser to Robert F. Kennedy. After Kennedy's assassination, he joined the Cincinnati law firm of Frost & Jacobs, now Frost Brown Todd. Springer was a partner in the law firm of Grinker, Sudman & Springer from 1973 to 1985, alongside former NBA agent Ronnie Grinker and current Butler County, Ohio magistrate Harry Sudman. In 1970, Springer ran for Congress, he failed to unseat incumbent Republican Donald D. Clancy, but took 45% of the vote in a traditionally Republican district, he had spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age, including testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of ratification of the 26th Amendment.
Three days after announcing his candidacy, an Army reservist at the time, was called to active duty and deployed to Fort Knox. He resumed his campaign. Springer was elected to the Cincinnati City Council in 1971, he resigned in 1974 after admitting to hiring a prostitute. The episode was uncovered when a police raid on a Fort Wright, Kentucky massage parlor found a check Springer had written pinned to a wall in their office with "for services rendered" written in the memo. Springer came clean at a press conference. Long-time Cincinnati newsman Al Schottelkotte pronounced Springer's career over, but Springer's honesty helped him win back his seat in 1975 by a landslide. In a post-election interview, Schottelkotte good-naturedly reminded Springer that he had declared Springer's career over. Springer told the newsman, "I'm glad that you were wrong." In 1977, he was chosen to serve one year as mayor by the City Council. Springer could only serve one year as mayor due to a political arrangement at the time that required the Democrats to split the mayoral term with a local centrist group, the Charter Party, with whom the Democrats governed in an electoral alliance.
In the City Council, as mayor, Springer supported changing the local election system so that council members would be elected by districts instead of "9X" at-large system, but his efforts did not meet with success. In 1982, Springer sought the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio. TV commercials for Springer's campaign referenced his use of a check to pay a prostitute, saying that he was not afraid of the truth "even if it hurts." He failed to win the Democratic party's nomination—finishing a distant third behind former Lieutenant Governor Richard F. Celeste and Ohio Attorney General William J. Brown, his political career was put on hold. In the late 1980s, he played a major role in saving the historic Cincinnati Union Terminal. Springer considered running for the United States Senate in 2000 and 2004, but backed down due to negative associations with The Jerry Springer Show. Springer's broadcast career started while he was an undergraduate at Tulane University, on WTUL New Orleans FM, a progressive format college radio station.
It continued while he was still mayor of Cincinnati, with album-oriented rock radio station WEBN-FM, noted for its laid-back and irreverent radio format. The station featured commentaries by Springer under the banner "The Springer Memorandum." The popularity of these commentaries launched his broadcasting career. Springer was hired as a political reporter and commentator on Cincinnati's NBC affiliate, WLWT, which had, at the time, the lowest-rated news program. Having been named primary news anchor and Managing Editor, he needed a broadcast catchphrase in the model of other great newsmen. With the help of some others at WLWT, he created his signature line: "Take care of yourself, each other." Within two years he was Cincinnati's number-one news anchor, along with partner Norma Rashid. For five years, he was the most popular one in the city, garnering ten local Emmy Awards for his nightly commentaries, which were satirized by Cincinnati radio personality Gary Burbank; those commentaries would become his "Final Thought" on Springer.
Springer would remain commentator a
Philadelphia, sometimes known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U. S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the sixth-most populous U. S. city, with a 2017 census-estimated population of 1,580,863. Since 1854, the city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U. S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis; the Delaware Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States. William Penn, an English Quaker, founded the city in 1682 to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787.
Several other key events occurred in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War including the First Continental Congress, the preservation of the Liberty Bell, the Battle of Germantown, the Siege of Fort Mifflin. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the revolution, served as temporary U. S. capital while Washington, D. C. was under construction. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became a railroad hub; the city grew from an influx of European immigrants, most of whom came from Ireland and Germany—the three largest reported ancestry groups in the city as of 2015. In the early 20th century, Philadelphia became a prime destination for African Americans during the Great Migration after the Civil War, as well as Puerto Ricans; the city's population doubled from one million to two million people between 1890 and 1950. The Philadelphia area's many universities and colleges make it a top study destination, as the city has evolved into an educational and economic hub. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Philadelphia area had a gross domestic product of US$445 billion in 2017, the eighth-largest metropolitan economy in the United States.
Philadelphia is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania and is home to five Fortune 1000 companies. The Philadelphia skyline is expanding, with a market of 81,900 commercial properties in 2016, including several nationally prominent skyscrapers. Philadelphia has more outdoor murals than any other American city. Fairmount Park, when combined with the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park in the same watershed, is one of the largest contiguous urban park areas in the United States; the city is known for its arts, culture and colonial history, attracting 42 million domestic tourists in 2016 who spent US$6.8 billion, generating an estimated $11 billion in total economic impact in the city and surrounding four counties of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has emerged as a biotechnology hub. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps, is the home of many U. S. firsts, including the first library, medical school, national capital, stock exchange and business school. Philadelphia contains 67 National Historic Landmarks and the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall.
The city became a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in 2015, as the first World Heritage City in the United States. Although Philadelphia is undergoing gentrification, the city maintains mitigation strategies to minimize displacement of homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods. Before Europeans arrived, the Philadelphia area was home to the Lenape Indians in the village of Shackamaxon; the Lenape are a Native American tribe and First Nations band government. They are called Delaware Indians, their historical territory was along the Delaware River watershed, western Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley. Most Lenape were pushed out of their Delaware homeland during the 18th century by expanding European colonies, exacerbated by losses from intertribal conflicts. Lenape communities were weakened by newly introduced diseases smallpox, violent conflict with Europeans. Iroquois people fought the Lenape. Surviving Lenape moved west into the upper Ohio River basin; the American Revolutionary War and United States' independence pushed them further west.
In the 1860s, the United States government sent most Lenape remaining in the eastern United States to the Indian Territory under the Indian removal policy. In the 21st century, most Lenape reside in Oklahoma, with some communities living in Wisconsin, in their traditional homelands. Europeans came to the Delaware Valley in the early 17th century, with the first settlements founded by the Dutch, who in 1623 built Fort Nassau on the Delaware River opposite the Schuylkill River in what is now Brooklawn, New Jersey; the Dutch considered the entire Delaware River valley to be part of their New Netherland colony. In 1638, Swedish settlers led by renegade Dutch established the colony of New Sweden at Fort Christina and spread out in the valley. In 1644, New Sweden supported the Susquehannocks in their military defeat of the English colony of Maryland. In 1648, the Dutch built Fort Beversreede on the west bank of the Delaware, south of the Schuylkill near the present-day Eastwick neighborhood, to reassert their dominion over the area.
The Swedes responded by building Fort Nya Korsholm, or New Korsholm, named after a town in Finland with a Swedish majority. In 1655, a
Paul Donald Wight II is an American professional wrestler and actor signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Big Show. Wight began his career in World Championship Wrestling, where he was known by the ring name The Giant, he is a seven-time world champion, having held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WWF/WWE Championship twice, WWE's World Heavyweight Championship twice and the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once. Wight has found success in the tag team division, having been an 11-time world tag team champion, holding the WWF/World, WWE and WCW World Tag Team Championships multiple times with various tag team partners. Having won the Intercontinental, United States and Hardcore championships, he is the 24th Triple Crown and 12th Grand Slam winner in WWE history, He has won WCW's World War 3 in 1996 60-man battle royal and the 30-man André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31. Wight has headlined multiple pay-per-view events for WCW and WWF/WWE since 1995, including the 2000 edition of WWE's premier annual event, WrestleMania.
Outside of professional wrestling, Wight has appeared in feature films and television series such as Jingle All the Way, The Waterboy, Star Trek: Enterprise, two USA Network's comedy-dramas Royal Pains and the action-drama Burn Notice. In 2010, he had his first lead role, in the comedy film Knucklehead, produced by WWE Studios. Wight was born in South Carolina. After school, Wight worked various jobs including bouncing, bounty hunting, answering phone calls. Through doing the latter for a karaoke company, he met Danny Bonaduce in a live microphone amateur contest on his morning radio show. Bonaduce introduced Wight to Hulk Hogan, they had an informal basketball game, as part of a World Championship Wrestling promotion for an upcoming show at the Rosemont Horizon. Hogan liked how Wight worked the crowd, recommended him to World Championship Wrestling's vice president, Eric Bischoff. Wight went to the Horizon show, was invited into the locker room, where he met Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Paul Orndorff.
He met Bischoff there and came to a deal. Wight had earlier attempted to inquire about joining the WWF at the Horizon, during an autograph session. Promoter and scout Bob Collins turned him away, he paid Larry Sharpe's Monster Factory $5,000, but due to Sharpe's gout at the time, he was only minimally trained. While there, he made an audition tape and gave it to Mike Chioda, whom he had met in a Philadelphia bar. Chioda forwarded it to Pat Patterson, who did not bother watching it because he assumed Wight was another wrestler, Kurrgan. Only when he saw The Giant debut in WCW did Patterson realize his mistake, to Vince McMahon's displeasure. Wight's first professional wrestling match was on December 3, 1994 for World Wrestling Association in Clementon, New Jersey, where he lost by countout to WWA Heavyweight Champion Frank Finnegan; this was his one and only match prior to signing with WCW. In 1995, Wight signed with WCW, first appearing at Slamboree, was billed as the son of Andre the Giant and accordingly used the ring name The Giant as a member of Kevin Sullivan's Dungeon of Doom stable.
Wight made his professional in-ring debut at Halloween Havoc, defeating Hulk Hogan via disqualification. In doing so, The Giant became WCW World Heavyweight Champion as a stipulation was revealed, under which the title could change hands on a disqualification victory. A week however, The Giant was stripped of the title due to the controversial finish of the match; the Giant's attempt at reclaiming the vacant title failed at World War 3 when he and Hogan eliminated each other, allowing Randy Savage to become champion. The Giant teamed with Ric Flair to defeat Hogan and Savage at Clash of the Champions XXXII, but was decisively beaten by Hogan in a cage match at SuperBrawl VI. After a short feud with Loch Ness, The Giant regained the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Flair. After Hogan formed the New World Order, he defeated The Giant for the title at Hog Wild following interference from Scott Hall and Kevin Nash; the Giant joined the nWo 23 days citing Ted DiBiase's money as his primary motivation, feuding with Lex Luger and the Four Horsemen.
After winning the battle royal at World War 3, Giant asked Hogan for a World Heavyweight Championship title match. For this, he was thrown out of the nWo on December 30, he fought against the nWo along with Sting and Luger, winning the WCW World Tag Team Championship twice. In 1997, The Giant began a feud with nWo member Nash, who dodged the Giant, including no-showing their scheduled match at Starrcade. In 1998, at Souled Out, the two met in the ring, with Nash accidentally injuring The Giant's neck when he botched his signature jackknife powerbomb finisher; the botch was worked into a storyline, according to which Nash had intentionally dropped the Giant on his head in order to break his neck. When Nash left the nWo and formed his own stable, the nWo Wolfpac, The Giant rejoined the original nWo to oppose Nash and his allies. While back with the nWo, The Giant won two more Tag Team Championships, once with Sting as an unwilling partner and once with Scott Hall. In the interim between those two reigns, he lost his half of the titles to Sting in a singles match where only the winner would remain champion and could ch
Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, broadcast on ABC between 2006 and 2010. It revolves around the character Betty Suarez who, despite her lack of style, lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine; the series is based on Fernando Gaitán's Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, which has had many other international adaptations. It was produced by Silent H, Reveille Productions partnered with ABC Studios and executive produced by Salma Hayek, Silvio Horta, Ben Silverman, Jose Tamez, Joel Fields; the pilot was filmed in New York. During its first three seasons, it aired on Thursday nights, where it was successful. However, viewership dropped in the show's third season in the important 18–49 age group. In October 2009, the series was moved to Fridays; the backlash from its fans prompted ABC to move the show to Wednesdays at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central starting January 6, 2010, where it was thought that it would better complement its Wednesday hits Modern Family and Cougar Town.
Despite this, on January 27, 2010, ABC announced. Since the show's cancellation, it has gained a cult following. With the end of the series, there was talk of a push by Ana Ortiz and America Ferrera for an Ugly Betty movie; the idea to bring Ugly Betty to American TV screens began in 2001 when NBC was planning to adapt Betty as a half-hour comedy, which would be produced by Sony Pictures Television but it didn't get past the planning stages until ABC and Hayek's company came on board in 2004 and retooled it as an hour-long comedy-drama. Two years on May 16, 2006, ABC announced that Ugly Betty would be part of the 2006–2007 North American season lineup as a weekly hour-long series. ABC had announced the title of the series would be Betty the Ugly, a change from its developmental title, but changed it back to Ugly Betty on July 14, 2006, although the Ugly Betty title was being used in promotions prior to this date on Citytv. There was speculation that the show would be a daily serial that would have debuted as a summer 2006 or midseason 2007 entry, but given the buzz and growing interest in the show, the network decided to make it a weekly series instead.
On August 8, 2006, ABC decided at the last minute to make a schedule change to move Ugly Betty from its announced Friday 8 p.m. time period to Thursday at 8 p.m. replacing sitcoms Notes from the Underbelly and Big Day as a lead-in to top-rated program Grey's Anatomy, due to the growing interest in the show. The program's pilot was tested on several cable providers to gauge interest and feedback from viewers, most notably the Hispanic community, including those who are fans of the original Betty, who hoped that ABC would maintain the integrity of the original. ABC allowed its affiliates to show free off-air screenings to the public at various events ahead of the show's debut. In addition the network screened the debut episode on the web and made the episodes available for download on iTunes after their initial airings on January 5, 2007; the encore episodes have run on ABC Family and SOAPnet, both of which have aired marathons of the show. On October 13, 2006, ABC ordered a full season pick-up for the series, beyond the original 13 ordered at the May Upfronts due to its premiere ratings.
ABC announced 22 episodes for the season 1, but increased the number of episodes by one to 23. The season finale is the episode called "East Side Story." On March 21, 2007, ABC renewed the series for a second season. Although he joined NBC as their new entertainment head, Ben Silverman remained co-executive producer on the show, but in a limited role. In November 2007, the cast of the series made headlines when they threw their support behind the 2007 Writers' Strike by joining them on the picket line in solidarity. Ferrera commented on the reason why they did this: "The issues coming up with the actors' contracts are similar to what the writers are dealing with right now, we have to stay united and stand strong within the creative community for what we believe is fair." On November 25, the cast appeared in a 38-second video for "Speechless Hollywood" in which a black & white camera pulled away from a close up of Ferrera to show her co-stars sitting next to her as they look directly at the camera without speaking.
On February 11, 2008, ABC picked up Ugly Betty for the 2008–09 television season, along with nine other shows. On the day the renewal was announced, two of the show's executive producers, Marco Pennette and James Hayman, were let go; the departure of Pennette and Hayman added to the constant off-camera turnovers on the series, including the exiting or firing of five writers. In a Q&A from TV Guide, Michael Ausiello criticized the decision, saying "that someone saw fit to fix what wasn't broken" and praised the two men for writing several of the show's best episodes; these turn of events may have contributed to Rebecca Romijn's decision to no longer be a full-time regular on the series in the third season, citing the move by new writers to make changes in the direction of several characters Romijn's role as Alexis. With the strike over as of February 12, there was the possibility for seven new episodes to be completed by April, bringing the number of second-season episodes produced to 20, but only 18 episodes were produced.
As a result of the strike, creator Silvio Horta delayed plans for a musical episode and having Lindsay Lohan on board for a possible