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‘South Park’ to Address Covid-19 in Upcoming Special

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South Park returns with a special episode, which will focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. Set to air on September 30th via Comedy Central, it’s the first hour-long episode in the series’ 23-year history.

The new teaser for the special opens with Stan’s dad Randy Marsh announcing a “Pandemic Special,” which is also the name of the episode, to apparently coax larger weed sales profits from the crisis.

Meanwhile, the kids are bracing themselves for school. Eric Cartman and Kyle Broflovski have a heated exchange about having to return to class and express worry over social distancing. Despite Cartman’s protests about school equating to “slavery,” classes do in fact resume. Things are different, however, with each student and desk surrounded by protective covering and their classroom is now led by a police detective who doubles as their teacher.

The episode, which deals with “2020 problems,” will also be available on HBO Max in the 24 hours following its Comedy Central premiere, as Entertainment Weekly notes.

During its 23rd season, which ended in December, the Chinese government scrubbed nearly all content related to South Park from its Internet after the show released its “Band in China” episode, which heavily criticized the country. The premiere date for Season 24 has not yet been announced.

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Scrubs and ER favourites to appear on Black-ish

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Black-ish is introducing a couple of new guest stars for its upcoming season seven premiere, including two fan-favourite TV doctors.

With Black-ish hoping to reference the “reality” of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the sitcom has welcomed Scrubs‘ Judy Reyes and ER star Parminder Nagra as co-workers of Dr Rainbow Johnson.

Entertainment Weekly shares a first look at Judy and Parminder sitting with Tracee Ellis Ross’ Bow in season seven, which sees Nurse Carla Espinosa and Dr Neela Rasgotra back in their scrubs once more – albeit in totally different hospitals.

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Reyes will play Dr Laurie and Nagra will play Dr Wen.

Explaining Black-ish‘s move to Bow’s workplace, showrunner Courtney Lilly said there would be “no version” of the show that didn’t “address what’s going on” in the world. “We’re a show that takes place in the same reality that we all live in,” she added.

Tracee Ellis Ross also opened up about the “weird” experience of filming with her new co-stars. “It was great and weird because we have our shields and you have to remove your PPE right before [shooting begins],” she said.

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“So there wasn’t a lot of bonding time. There weren’t a lot of moments for us to connect as actors and do what we should do in this job.”

Tracee is still hoping for Bow’s colleagues to make a reappearance, though. “They were fantastic, and I hope that they come back again,” she added. “I hope that we do more together.”


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Dancing on Ice announces latest additions to 2021 line-up

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Dancing on Ice has announced the seventh and eighth celebrities to be joining the forthcoming 2021 line-up.

Olympic skier Graham Bell and athlete Colin Jackson CBE will be taking on a new sporting challenge as they swap skis and hurdles for ice skates.

The duo confirmed their participation on BBC Breakfast this morning, with Bell telling hosts John Kay and Sally Nugent that the dancing component of the show is what scares him most. “Ice doesn’t scare me, it’s the dancing. [My dancing] is not graceful and elegant!”

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Jackson, on the other hand, seemed a little more confident in his abilities. “I can do a little bit of skating. I think with sport in itself you’ve certainly got a bit of balance and that will be transferable in this circumstance. How much dancing we’ll do, who knows?! We’ll see how the choreography goes.”

He added: “I’m going to try and that’s the most important thing. You go out there, you enjoy yourself and you learn a new skill and to hone the skill of skating will just be a huge, huge plus. I’m looking forward to it.”

The two Olympians and broadcasters will be joining previously-announced celebrities Myleene Klass, Joe-Warren Plant, Denise van Outen, Faye Brookes, Jason Donovan and Sonny Jay.

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Of their fellow celebrity skaters, Bell considered his main competition to be Jason Donovan as he’s “obviously a big performer”, whilst Jackson cited Denise van Outen as she “can dance, she’s obviously been in musicals.”

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will be returning to host the show, whilst skating legends Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean will form the judging panel alongside John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo.

Dancing on Ice is expected to return to ITV in 2021.


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Does Stranger Things have jump scares?

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Hello, fellow Stranger Things fans! As you know, the series is a science fiction horror drama that follows a group of friends as they’re hunted by creatures from the Upside Down, a sinister parallel dimension that feeds off of death. The show is insanely popular and if you haven’t seen it by now, I would highly recommend giving it a try.

The series stars Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, a single mother raising her two sons, Johnathan (Charlie Heaton) and Will (Noah Schnapp). When Will disappears, Joyce never gives up hope that her son is alive, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds.

Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) initially doesn’t believe Joyce’s theory that her son is still out there, but he slowly comes to realize that something suspicious is afoot.

After Will’s disappearance, his best friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) are determined to find him. Along the way, they meet the mysterious Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), a young girl with a shaved head who has immense telepathic power.

Is Stranger Things scary?

Stranger Things has aired three seasons so far and if you’ve been hesitant to watch because you think the show is scary, I’m here to set the record straight.

If you’re someone who doesn’t like jump scares, then you’re in luck. The scariest scenes in Stranger Things are made so because something suspenseful or alarming is happening. However, the series is not particularly violent or bloody.

Almost every single character death or injury takes place off-screen and any brutality is implied rather than shown. Almost all of the “scary scenes” include an otherworldly monster called a Demogorgon, which lessens the fright for me because the viewer knows it’s fake.

There are very minor jump scares throughout the series, and I’m reluctant to even say that because they are so few and far between. When something negative happens on Stranger Things, you usually know it’s about to happen, whether it’s because of the tone, dialogue, or music.

You can stream all three seasons of the popular series on Netflix.

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