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Star Wars: Will Sabine Wren Be in The Mandalorian Season 2?



Meanwhile, The Mandalorian is set in 9 ABY, so four years after that epilogue and not too long after Ahsoka and Sabine set out to find Ezra. Fans who have been following executive producer Dave Filoni’s Star Wars work from The Clone Wars to The Mandalorian know that he loves to follow story threads from one series to the next. With so few years having passed between the Rebels epilogue and the start of The Mandalorian, there’s a very big possibility that the live-action series will pick up where Ahsoka left off, still searching for Ezra alongside Sabine.

There’s also the fact that Sabine herself is a Mandalorian and one of the freedom fighters who helped free Mandalore from an Imperial puppet government. The Mandalorian has already addressed how the Empire ravaged Mandalore and left the warrior race scattered and exiled from their home. Including Sabine in the story would allow Disney to draw a clear narrative throughline between the events on Mandalore from Rebels and what’s happened since. Sabine fought bravely for Mandalore and will likely have quite a few things to say about the Empire decimating her people. This commentary seems to good to pass up for the show.

Sabine was also one of the last Mandalorians to wield the Darksaber, the powerful blade traditionally carried by Mand’alor, the leader of the warrior race, before Moff Gideon got a hold of it. Her story on Rebels was tied to the Darksaber at one point, as she decided whether she should wield the weapon herself or pass it on to another Mandalorian. In the end, she chose Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan Kryze, who will also reportedly make her live-action debut in The Mandalorian season 2. She’ll be played by Katee Sackhoff, who voiced the character on The Clone Wars and Rebels.

With so much tying Sabine to the history and fate of the Mandalorians as well as Ahsoka’s own story, it makes sense that her journey would continue on The Mandalorian in some way. There have also been rumors that Ahsoka’s appearance on the show will actually act as a backdoor pilot for the character’s own solo Disney+ series, and it would make sense for Sabine to tag along, especially if that show focuses on their continued search for Ezra or other Jedi.

Which brings us to the next question: assuming Banks is playing Sabine in this trailer, what is her interest in Mando and Baby Yoda? Trailers are designed to be misleading, so it’s very possible Banks’ character isn’t actually spying on Mando, but if she is, the one explanation is that she’s working with Ahsoka to find and rescue the Force-sensitive child. Maybe they know where Baby Yoda comes from or just feel that this potential future Jedi needs rescuing.


Ted Lasso recap: Episode 9, ‘All Apologies’




In Ted Lasso episode 9, Rebecca finally tells Ted the truth about her scheming, and Ted must decide whether or not to bench Roy Kent.

Ted Lasso episode 9 starts with Roy sitting in a garbage can full of ice water. He’s having one of those days. According to the news broadcast, he’s torturing himself with, Roy has lost his touch during the last few games. Ted finds him stewing and tells him to stop being so hard on himself.

“You look like a brunette Oscar the Grouch.”

Rebecca is finishing up modeling for a spread in Football Financial Quarterly when Ted visits her with another batch of biscuits. He tells her he’s probably a role model for some little girls out there. Obviously, Rebecca still hasn’t told Ted the truth. She asks him how the team’s morale is doing heading into the final weekend — not great — just as Keeley enters and casts doubt on her sympathetic response.

Taking Rebecca aside into the cleats room (is that a real thing, just a room full of dirty cleats? yuck.), Keeley demands she tell Ted sooner than later. To Rebecca’s credit, she does recognize that Ted didn’t deserve anything she’s put him through, but she wonders what would be the point of telling him now, this late in the game. It wouldn’t change anything.

“It would change how I feel about you,” Keeley responds. Zing.

During the latest round of press, Trent Crimm returns to ask Ted what he thinks of Roy’s recent bad games, especially as they head into their final match against Manchester City (meaning they’ll be playing against the one and only Jamie Tartt). Ted defends Roy and calls him the backbone of the team.

Coach Beard and Nate disagree. They think Ted needs to bench Roy for the final game because he’s showing his age. Ted refuses to do so, although he does value their opinions, even when they’re wrong.

Ted Lasso episode 9 recap: Rebecca comes clean with Ted.

Rebecca summons Ted to her office during their discussion and tries to tell him what she’s done, but she can’t quite bring herself to do it, so she asks Ted if they can try again later. Then Rupert comes by and is at his absolute most terrible as he tells Rebecca he and Bex are having a baby. The news shatters Rebecca, as, throughout their marriage, Rupert always told her he didn’t want children. Now, he does, because he’s “found the right person.”

And he came all the way down to her office to tell her in person so she wouldn’t have to find out from the press. It’s cruelty at its finest, and it finally motivates Rebecca to tell Ted the truth. She makes her tearful admission to him in his office and, surprisingly, or maybe not surprisingly, because Ted is the kindest man alive, he forgives her!

He understands how difficult divorce is and how it can make you do crazy things. Plus, the job has changed his life. It gave him the distance to see what was really going on with his family. Overwhelmed with emotion, Rebecca hugs him, and for now, it seems, they’re okay.

At practice, Ted gives the team a drill to practice starting and stopping — as being able to run and quickly change directions is vital to the game. Roy struggles to keep up, and both Beard and Nate give Ted the silent treatment until he realizes that. Ted meets with Roy later to discuss the possibility of benching him for the game against Man City, and Roy does not take it well. He calls Ted a liar who can’t keep true to his word since he previously promised he had Roy’s back.

Rebecca continues her apology tour by visiting Higgins, who has grown an ugly “Van Dyke” beard, as he calls it, and taken to practicing the cello. Rebecca apologizes to him for treating him so poorly during her childish scheming and promises she’s on her way back to her old self, which Higgins recognizes.

Ted Lasso Episode 9 – Courtesy of Apple TV Plus

Ted Lasso episode 9 recap: Roy worries about his reputation.

Elsewhere, Roy brings his niece Phoebe to Keeley’s house to hang out and tells her why he’s feeling so distressed about the game and potentially being benched. All he’s ever been is Roy Kent, the footballer. He’s worried that he’ll become a washed-up has-been and doesn’t want people to think of him that way.

Keeley has Phoebe list everything she thinks about her Uncle Roy: He’s funny, he swears a lot, he has a scratchy beard, and she loves him a lot. Not once does she mention his football career. Keeley says that proves that he doesn’t know what people think, and more importantly, all that matters is what Roy believes about himself.

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Ted Lasso Episode 9 – Courtesy of Apple TV Plus

Ted Lasso episode 9 recap: Roy comes through for his team.

Over beers at the local pub, Ted tells Beard he’s not going to bench Roy after all and gives him his reasoning about winning not mattering. That makes Beard snap for the first time all season. He tells Ted that winning does matter because they’re working with professional athletes, and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a win.

Plus, if they lose, they’ll get relegated, resulting in everything they built having been for nothing. Beyond that, Beard thinks if Ted is willing to let the team suffer because of one player’s feelings, then he doesn’t want to drink with a guy that selfish.

So, Ted gets drunk on all the pints left in front of him and nearly walks in front of a bus when Roy steps out and stops him. Ted invites Roy back to his place, where he apologizes for yelling at the coach earlier. Roy is getting benched, but Ted offers to tell people he’s injured and can’t play. It’s believable since he had an injury earlier in the season. Still, it won’t help Roy’s stock if he plans to move clubs. He wonders if he’ll wind up in America next season, God forbid.

Ultimately, Ted wants Roy to attend the next practice and game, but it’ll be up to him to decide. Thankfully, the next day at work is a happy one. Higgins is back, and Roy shows up to practice to support his team as a good captain should.

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Odds & Ends from Ted Lasso episode 9

  • “You paid someone to bite you?” “No, of course not…Been paid.”
  • “You’re nearly 70, and you’re having a f**king baby? What are you, a character from the Bible!?”
  • Ted is a Fresh Prince fan and even performs the Carlton in front of Roy. “I don’t know how to react when a grown man does the Carlton in front of me.”
  • Ted’s opinion on tea is that it’s a joke, and they all laugh and call it disgusting when tourists aren’t around. “It’s pigeon sweat.”
  • Keeley’s fears of Phoebe finding her vibrator appear to come true, and Roy says he had to take her to get her ears pierced, hoping she’ll forget the memory.

The first nine episodes of Ted Lasso season 1 are now streaming on Apple TV Plus. The season finale will premiere next Friday, Oct. 2.

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Republican Senators target Game of Thrones creators’ new Netflix series




Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss are adapting sci-fi story The Three-Body Problem for Netflix, but there are hurdles.

Early this month, we finally learned what David Benioff and Dan Weiss planned as a follow-up to their hit show Game of Thrones: the pair will adapt Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past, better known as The Three-Body Problem. This internationally successful science fiction series tells the story of Earth’s first contact with an alien civilization, told with a mostly Chinese cast.

To adapt this story, Netflix has assembled an impressive team. True Blood writer Alexander Woo is one of the main three producers along with Benioff and Weiss. Brad Pitt, Rosamund Pike and Rian Johnson are all involved at various levels, whether through their production companies or as producers. Cixin will serve as a consulting producer, as will Ken Liu, who did the English translation.

But things have taken a turn. Earlier this week, a group of Republic Senators — Martha McSally (R., Ariz.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.), and Thom Tillis (R., N.C.) — all signed a letter to Netflix chief content officer and co-CEO Ted Sarandos expressing concern about how working with Cixin could contribute to the “normalization” of human rights abuses currently being committed by the Chinese government against the country’s Uighur Muslim minority.

Some background: China’s Uighur Muslims mostly live in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, in the northwestern part of the country. According to current estimates, over one million Uighurs are interred in over 85 identified camps built in Xingiang. At first, China denied the existence of these camps, and when that became impossible, called them “reeducation camps.” As more evidence as has come to light, it’s pretty clear they’re internment camps designed to oppress this religious minority. People are imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit, barred from practicing their religion, beaten, interrogated and detained. It’s scary, dystopian stuff.

So what does Netflix’s The Three-Body Problem have to do with this? Well, in 2019, author Liu Cixin — who is Chinese — expressed support for the Chinese Communist Party’s subjugation of the Uighur people while speaking to The New Yorker. “Would you rather that they be hacking away at bodies at train stations and schools in terrorist attacks?” he asked. “If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty.”

That’s the crux of why the Senators are writing to Netflix. “Does Netflix agree that the Chinese Communist Party’s interment of 1.8 to 3 million Uyghurs in internment or labor camps based on their ethnicity is unacceptable?” the letter asks. “In order to avoid any further glorification of the CCP’s actions against the Uyghurs, or validation of the Chinese regime and agencies responsible for such acts, what steps will Netflix take to cast a critical eye on this project – to include the company’s broader relationship with Mr. Liu?”

Netflix’s company culture statement asserts that ‘Entertainment, like friendship, is a fundamental human need; it changes how we feel and gives us common ground.’ This statement is a beautiful summary of the value of the American entertainment industry, which possesses innovation largely unmatched in the global market. We ask Netflix to seriously reconsider the implications of providing a platform to Mr. Liu in producing this project.

As of this writing, Netflix has not responded.

It’s not entirely clear what the letter is asking Netflix to do, which is probably by design. Do the Senators simply want the studio to no longer be in business with Liu Cixin, or do they want the entire project scrapped? What if Cixin made a statement denouncing what the Chinese government is doing to the Uighurs?

Iconically, some parts of The Three-Body Problem are set during China’s turbulent Cultural Revolution, where political purges enacted by the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. As a child, Cixin himself was displaced from his home province of Shanxi due to the violence, so you’d think that some empathy was possible…but honestly, I don’t know enough about Chinese culture and history to say for sure.

Doing nothing is also an option. What do you think Netflix should do?

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Did Masked Singer’s Faux Fans Fool Ya? Will Supergirl Get Cat Back? Is See Your Voice Kinda Creepy? And More TV Qs!




We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including We Are Who We Are, The Masked Singer, Supergirl and Pretty Little Lairs!

1 | Did Peacock forget to build Larry Wilmore a set?

2 | Was there a more surreal moment on TV this past week than Bill Maher, his guests and his studio audience finding out in real time that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died?

3 | Did anyone feel like the Emmys’ mini Friends reunion was one cast member away from making HBO Max go ballistic and maybe filing an injunction?

4 | What’s crazier: that The Good Place wound up never winning a single Emmy, or that Better Call Saul has won none heading into its final season?

5 | Love FraudIn the Love Fraud finale, did you do a spit take when the judge announced Richard Scott Smith’s prison sentence?

6 | So, does American Ninja Warrior run a Clorox wipe across every grip on every obstacle between turns? Or do the Ninjas each Purell before hitting the course? (Or is Purell too slippery?) We have questions!

7 | The Third DayDid The Third Day‘s Jess have all this information handy on her laptop…? Because if she was surfing the Internet, seems like she could have helped Sam get a message to his wife!

8 | We Are Who We Are viewers, which Episode 2 moment surprised you more: learning that President Trump’s real-life 2016 campaign would be part of the show, or discovering that Kid Cudi’s Richard had purchased a MAGA hat?Filthy Rich

9 | Safe to say that Fox’s Filthy Rich cast Aaron Lazar at least in part due to his resemblance to televangelist Joel Osteen? 

10 | In what universe could L.A.’s Finest‘s Syd afford that enormous apartment with stunning, panoramic city views? And were you surprised when her second bedfellow turned out to be… not a fellow?

11 | Before Dancing With the Stars shows us the other contestants in the rafters, shouldn’t the director make sure they aren’t on their phones first? Now that Carole Baskin has danced to both “Eye of the Tiger” and “What’s New Pussycat?,” can we all agree the schtick has run its course? (Please, before we see them tackle “WAP”??) And per TVLine reader Emily: “Did anyone else notice that Nev Schuleman proudly said, ‘Catfish became a noun’ while the screen caption displayed the definition of a verb?”Dancing With the Stars

12 | With Supergirl coming to an end next season, is it too much to hope for a final appearance from Cat Grant before the show signs off?

13 | Now that Teddi Mellencamp has confirmed her departure from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, will you even miss her? At all? And shouldn’t her diamond transfer over to Sutton Stracke, who more than earned it this season?

14 | When exactly did Hallmark Channel get around to filming 40 (!) Christmas movies this year?

The Haves and the Have Nots15 | It doesn’t seem like an especially friendly police station, so why does The Haves and the Have Nots‘ Officer Wilson have his first name — Kendrick — on his name tag?

16 | We understand why the I Can See Your Voice singers do it, but their dead-eyed look while being assessed is pretty creepy, right?

17 | If our Masked Singer recap didn’t already point it out to you, did anyone spot this tiny disclaimer confirming the studio audience cutaways were from previous seasons? (I Can See Your Voice had a similar one.)Masked Singer

18 | ‘Member that time you and your besties got together for an impromptu, whirlwind “lost weekend” in Las Vegas, getting super messy at multiple bars before capping each night with a poetry reading?

19 | With the Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars reboots both landing at HBO Max, what are the odds of a crossover?

20  | With the return of Big Brother‘s Zingbot, which of the robot’s zzzzzzings! was your favorite? And was the brief return of Season 2 winner Will Kirby just a salt-in-the-wound reminder of what this All-Stars season could have been?

21 | “Name a complaint a woman might have about a man’s lips”?  Celebrity Family Feud knows they can recycle “normal” questions from any of the game show’s previous four decades, right?

22 | Do the players who scream at The Wall for 40-plus minutes straight wake up really hoarse the next day?

23 | Ted LassoWere you relieved that the Sept. 25 episode of Ted Lasso avoided any unnecessary drama between Ted and Rebecca after she came clean about her attempts to sabotage him and the team? And which sight gag was funnier: Higgins’ Van Dyke, or Ted showcasing “The Carlton” after declaring Alfonso Ribeiro “the greatest physical comedian of the 19th, 20th and 21st Century”?

Hit the comments with your answers — and any other Qs you care to share!

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