Mr. Mercedes is not a new show. But Peacock is sure treating it like one. The Stephen King-inspired series originally aired its first three seasons on Audience Network, and if you’re reading that and thinking, “What the hell is Audience Network?”, you’re not alone! In fact, the channel doesn’t even exist anymore. It was discontinued in May of 2020. Audience’s loss is Peacock’s gain, as the free streaming service is now making all three seasons available. There’s no word on a fourth season yet, but perhaps if enough people watch Mr. Mercedes on Peacock then Peacock will order more episodes. In the meantime, a new Mr. Mercedes featurette below goes behind-the-scenes of the show.
Mr. Mercedes Featurette
I’m a huge Stephen King nerd. I have been for most of my life. But I’ll confess that I just can’t get into his Bill Hodges trilogy. It’s probably because I’m just not much of a mystery buff, and the Bill Hodges tales are primarily mysteries, although they do throw a few supernatural elements in here and there. As a result, I’ve never bothered to watch Mr. Mercedes. And I’m not sure I could’ve if I even wanted to, since the show aired on Audience, a network I have no idea if I have access to.
But now the show has moved to Peacock. To be clear: there are no new episodes on Peacock – just the first three seasons that already aired. But if I had to guess, I’d say that Peacock is trying to decide how big an audience there is for the show now. If it does good streaming numbers they might go ahead and order more. If not, at least the show is now available to a wider audience.
The featurette above isn’t very in-depth. It’s mostly Mr. King talking about how exciting it is to see someone adapt his words into reality. It also features a moment where Stephen King says “I hope people will binge Mr. Mercedes on Peacock!”, and just hearing the master of horror fiction utter that sentence is very funny to me, so at least there’s that.
Mr. Mercedes “follows a retired detective who is tormented by a serial killer (Brady Hartsfield, aka Mr. Mercedes) through a series of letters and e-mails, causing him to set out on a dangerous and potentially felonious crusade to protect his loved ones and himself.” The cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, Mary-Louise Parker, Holland Taylor, Justine Lupe, Breeda Wool, Scott Lawrence, Ann Cusack, Jack Huston, Tessa Ferrer, Maximiliano Hernández, and Nancy Travis. The show is now streaming on Peacock.
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Fifth & Welshire Is The Cool Bridal Brand You’ve Been Waiting For!
Bridal style has never looked so effortlessly cool!
Designer Kai Petty has officially launched her fresh take on wedding fashion, Fifth & Welshire. Designed with a desire to transcend the world of bridal norms, the debut collection is elegant, unique, versatile, and affordable. No overpaying for an industry-standard, single-wear dress here! The edit of contemporary, luxury pieces brings the modern bride a host of ensemble options to style her dream wedding look.
Read below for our chat with Kai, and grab a peek of the stunning Fifth & Welshire pieces available now!
Have you always been drawn to bridal fashion? No. I initially considered coming out with a general ready-to-wear line but something about it wasn’t really moving me at the time. I was torn between that or a bridal line. Based on my experiences with my wedding, bridal fashion kind of chose me.
How did you come up with the idea of starting a contemporary bridal brand? I came up with the idea to start a bridal brand after planning my own wedding ten years ago. It was so hard to find something to wear to all of the wedding events that was chic enough for the occasion but also transcended it. I didn’t want to just buy a dress that happened to be white and wear it to my bridal shower. I also didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a dress that I would only wear one time. Based on my experience, I realized there was space in the market for my take on bridal.
What was the process of designing your own wedding outfit like? I didn’t go the traditional route of gown shopping. I saw an Oscar de la Renta gown online and fell in love. I didn’t want to look at anything else. I found the gown at a bridal shop in Washington, DC. I called to inquire about the price and after receiving the price, it was decided at that moment that I would design my own gown and my Mom volunteered to make it. I sketched a few options with inspiration from the Oscar gown and my dress was made in a weekend.
Do you think the pandemic has had an effect on bridal style? Yes. I believe the pandemic has made us all pause and really focus on what is most important. I think brides are opting for more minimal looks. It seems kind of weird in my opinion to wear a $8,000 gown to city hall or your backyard for a Zoom wedding.
Where does the name Fifth & Welshire come from? Fifth comes from my favorite number 5. I have always gravitated towards the number 5 for some reason. When I started doing more research on the number I learned that it is often representative of love and marriage so I felt like it was meant to be. Welshire comes from the street I grew up on. Welshire Drive in Prince George’s County Maryland was the place where all of my dreams were born.
How would you describe a Fifth & Welshire bride? The Fifth & Welshire bride is the cool girl with her feet planted firmly on the ground. She is in her 30’s to early 40’s and loves the arts and traveling just as much as she loves staying in and reading a good book. She is making a name for herself in the corporate world and believes in timeless style over trends. She is not the ball gown girl. She opts for timeless silhouettes and minimal details.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to all brides searching for their perfect look? Less is more. Consider what your pictures will look like ten years from now.
What are you most excited for next? I am most excited for where Fifth & Welshire is headed. We want to be a part of every aspect of a bride’s special day. We can’t wait to show the world what we are planning.
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Trump seized on Biden’s promise to ‘transition away from oil’
President Donald Trump attacked former Vice President Joe Biden during Thursday night’s debate for promising to “transition from the oil industry” as part of his plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Biden argued that the oil industry, which he said “pollutes significantly,” should no longer receive federal subsidies and needs to be replaced by renewable energy “over time.”
“Basically what he’s saying is he is going to destroy the oil industry,” Trump interjected.
The president then warned voters in states with large fossil fuel industries that Biden is coming for their jobs.
“Will you remember that Texas? Will you remember that Pennsylvania? Oklahoma? Ohio?”
Notably, Trump won all four of these states in 2016, but polling shows Biden is narrowing the gap in Texas and Ohio and outperforming Trump in Pennsylvania.
Biden may have regretted his wording, as he clarified his position after the debate, telling reporters he meant he would wean the oil industry off of federal subsidies, but not immediately eliminate fossil fuels.
“We’re not getting rid of fossil fuels,” Biden said. “We’re getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time.”
But the idea that Democrats, including Biden, want to eventually fully replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources is nothing new.
A slew of recent polling shows that Americans are increasingly concerned about climate change, think Trump hasn’t done enough to address the issue, and want more drastic action to be taken going forward. In an October Pew poll, 68% of Americans said climate change will play a very or somewhat important role in determining who they’ll vote for in the upcoming election.
Republicans were quick to target Biden over his comments on fossil fuels. Texas Republicans like Gov. Greg Abbott, former Gov. Rick Perry, and Sen. Ted Cruz sought to weaponize the remarks and warned Biden’s policies would eliminate fossil fuel jobs.
“Hey Texas and Pennsylvania, @JoeBiden just admitted he would transition from the oil industry, effectively killing an estimated 11 million jobs,” Rick Perry, Trump’s former Secretary of Energy and the former GOP governor of Texas, .
Some vulnerable Democrats also publicly distanced themselves from Biden’s position.
“I disagree with VP Biden’s statement tonight,” Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, who represents a rural swing district in New Mexico, on Thursday night. “Energy is part of the backbone of New Mexico’s economy. We need to work together to promote responsible energy production and stop climate change, not demonize a single industry.”
Kendra Horn, a Democratic candidate for the House in Oklahoma, that Democrats “must stand up for our oil and gas industry.”
“We need an all-of-the-above energy approach that’s consumer friendly, values energy independence, and protects OK jobs,” she said.
Trump has long denied the threat of climate change, even calling it a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese, and his administration has aggressively rolled back regulations and other policy designed to protect the environment and slow climate change.
The Trump administration had reversed or eliminated at least 70 environmental regulations and 30 additional policy reversals were in progress as of mid-July, a New York Times report found.
Biden, who calls climate change an “existential threat,” says he doesn’t support the Green New Deal — a sweeping progressive bill spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — but his campaign website refers to the proposal as a “crucial framework.”
“We’re told by all the leading scientists in the world we don’t have much time,” Biden said on Thursday. “We’re going to pass the point of no return within the next eight to 10 years. Four more years of this man … will put us in a position where we’ll be in real trouble.”
Trump and his allies have aggressively attacked the Green New Deal, and Trump said Ocasio-Cortez and three other freshman congresswomen of color who support the proposal “know nothing about the climate” during Thursday’s debate.
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