An IKEA + LEGO Collaboration Is Coming And It Looks Brilliant

The BYGGLEK collection, a collaboration between IKEA® and the LEGO Group, will be available in October

Since 1932 LEGO building blocks have been an integral part of playtime for children around the world. The brilliant little bricks have stress releasing powers, inspire creativity, and provide endless hours of entertainment for the young and even the old, which is why they have become a timeless favorite. The brand recently joined forces with Swedish home goods purveyor IKEA, famous for delicious Swedish meatballs and affordable, efficient, and cool-looking Danish-style furniture and home goods, and are launching their first-ever collaboration hitting IKEA stores this fall. It’s exactly as amazing as you’d expect.

The BYGGLEK collection will be available to shop online and in all domestic stores beginning October 1, 2020, and pretty much solves the only problem that many of us have with LEGO — all those tiny, darn pieces that end up everywhere.

“Developed with parents and children in mind, BYGGLEK brings play and storage together to fuel creativity while creating more space for play in the home,” IKEA explained in a press release sent out on Thursday. “The collection allows children to keep their creativity going even when the physical activity stops, and helps adults create organization without disrupting play. In short, BYGGLEK enables children to play, display and replay their creations.”

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The exciting new collection includes a few key products. The first is the BYGGLEK 201-piece LEGO brick set, retailing for just $14.99 — a steal compared to some of the LEGO building sets retailing at other outlets. It is a “unique, curated selection of existing LEGO bricks and play starters such as food items and minifigures in different colors and sizes to inspire free play and creativity for ages 5+” according to the press release.

What we are really crushing on, however, are the truly game-changing BYGGLEK Boxes. Available in a three sizes, this first-of-its-kind storage box for all those tiny pieces features LEGO studs on the lid — so your kid can actually build on it. “BYGGLEK allows creations to be built and displayed both inside and on top,” the brand explains. Even cooler? All the boxes can be connected to each other in order to make large, extensive creations. They also work with any elements in the LEGO System in Play.

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The collection starts a $9.99 for a set of three boxes and only goes up to $14.99 for the set of bricks or a large box. The only issue we have with it? We have to wait over a month to experience its amazingness.

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Barack Obama Shares His Much-Anticipated Summer Playlist

These are the 53 songs getting him through 2020

What do Billie Eilish, Common, Megan Thee Stallion, and Sheryl Crow all have in common? Barack Obama, that’s what.

After Michelle Obama delivered a powerful keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention this week, Obama did us all a solid and released his much-anticipated summer playlist — and the 53-song playlist does not disappoint.

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“Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to music with my family. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the summer — including songs from some of the artists performing at this week’s @DemConvention,” the former president wrote, referring to John Legend and the Chicks. “As always, it’s a mix of genres that travels through various eras. I think there’s something in here for everybody — hope you enjoy it.”

Obama’s playlist kicks off with the soothing sounds of Texas-based trio Khruangbin’s hit “Texas Sun” and continues to showcase his clearly great taste in music — from this year’s biggest hits, like Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” remix with Beyoncé, to chart-topping songs during his eight-year presidency, including Jennifer Hudson’s “Feeling Good.” And, of course, what would the playlist be without a few oldies, like Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine”?

Featured artists, including Khalid and the aforementioned Legend, were stoked to be included. “WOOOOW!!!!! thank you so much!!!!!” Khalid tweeted.

“Thank you, Mr. President,” Legend wrote.

This isn’t the first time Obama’s curated and shared a playlist chockfull of his favorite songs. Last year, Barack and Michelle Obama teamed up to create the ultimate summer playlist boasting everyone from Lizzo and Steely Dan to the Black Keys and 2 Chainz.

“With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy,” Barack tweeted at the time.

Michelle also released her own Spotify playlist this year. Launched earlier this month, “The Michelle Obama Playlist” is comprised of music from and inspired by Season 1 of her hit podcast, “The Michelle Obama Podcast.”

“Excited to share with you a new Spotify playlist inspired by the first season of my new podcast,” Michelle said. “It’s filled with incredible new artists and a whole lot of #BlackGirlMagic. I hope you’ll give it a listen and follow some of these terrific musicians.”

Both Barack and Michelle’s playlists are must-listens, so what are you waiting for? Hit play and turn it all. the. way. up.

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Lori Loughlin Sentenced To 2 Months In Prison For College Admissions Scandal

Loughlin pled guilty earlier this year to her role in the scandal

Lori Loughlin has been sentenced for her part in the college admissions bribery scandal. During a Zoom call, the judge sentenced her to serve two months in prison. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton accepted Loughlin’s plea deal with prosecutors in a hearing held via videoconference. Loughlin will also pay a $150,000 fine and serve 100 hours of community service.

Loughlin was arrested in March 2019 along with dozens of others (including actress Felicity Huffman, who has already served her sentence) and charged with conspiring with a for-profit consultant at the heart of the admissions scandal, to pass off her two daughters, Olivia and Isabella, as promising rowing recruits in order to get them accepted to USC.

Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced earlier today to five months in prison on Friday for his role in what investigators dubbed Operation Varsity Blues. Giannulli was also sentenced to a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service. Both Loughlin and Giannulli were ordered to surrender Nov. 19.

Both pled guilty earlier this year and, as such, knew there would be jail time associated with their sentencing. In addition to spending time in jail, they’ll have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines as part of their plea deals.

“I deeply regret the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife and others,” Giannulli said in a short statement during the hearing, according to NPR. “I take full responsibility for my conduct. I am ready to accept the consequences and move forward with the lessons I’ve learned from this experience,” he added.

In April 2019, the couple pleaded not guilty in federal court after being accused of paying a bribe worth $500,000 in exchange for securing their daughters’ admission into the University of Southern California. In all, 55 people have been charged in connection with the college admissions scheme.

“I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process and in doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass,” she Loughlin said during her hearing. “I have great faith in God and I believe in redemption and I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good.”

In addition to fake athletic profiles, charges were also brought for “bribing SAT and ACT exam administrators to allow a test taker … to secretly take college entrance exams in place of students or to correct the students’ answers after they had taken the exam.”

In addition to being the face of a nationwide scandal, Loughlin was fired from Hallmark where she regularly starred in their movies.

“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” the company said. “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped the development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production.”

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The ‘A League Of Their Own’ Reboot Is Finally Happening

Abbi Jacobson’s A League of Their Own reboot is finally here

Two years ago, Amazon announced that Abbi Jacobson from Broad City was working on a TV reboot of the classic 1992 film A League of Their Own, and that’s about all we knew. We hoped the revival would materialize, but two years passed without news and we kinda forgot all about it. Cut to today and Amazon just announced that the show is finally happening, but it’s being billed as a “reinterpretation” of the critically acclaimed baseball flick.

For those unfamiliar, the original film told the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Penny Marshall directed the popular film, which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Lori Petty, as well as Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Megan Cavanagh. Per Variety, Jacobson stars in and co-created the new Amazon show, which is set to be a one-hour series, and although it won’t follow the original Rockford Peaches you know and love, it will explore an all-new group of female baseball players.

“28 years ago, Penny Marshall told us a story about women playing professional baseball that up until then had been largely overlooked,” Jacobson and Graham said in a statement. “Three years ago, we approached Sony with the idea of telling a new, still overlooked set of those stories.”

Jacobson shared the news on Instagram along with a few stills and behind the scenes shots from the new show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the show will begin with the formation of the league in 1943 and follows the Rockford Peaches, season to season as they struggle to keep the team alive through close games, injuries, late night bar crawls, sexual awakenings, not crying and road trips across a rapidly changing United States. The series dives deeper into the issues facing the country while following a ragtag team of women figuring themselves out while fighting to realize their dreams of playing professional baseball.”

Those brand new Rockford Peaches are going to be portrayed by D’Arcy Carden, Chanté Adams, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, and Priscilla Delgado. Molly Ephraim, Kate Berlant, and Melanie Field will recur as guest stars.

Of course, we’d love to see Geena Davis and Rosie O’Donnell reprise their roles, but Amazon promises that Jacobson’s new version is perfect for a “new generation with new characters and their own fresh, modern vision on a timeless story of big dreams, friendship, love, and, of course, baseball.”

No premiere date for A League of Their Own has been announced just yet, but the show is set to land on Amazon, so stay tuned.

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Amy Schumer’s Pregnancy Doc is Not Glamorous, It’s Amazing

When I gave birth, I barely took a photo of myself because labor was a horror show and I looked like death.  Meanwhile, Amy Schumer, the brave badass that she is, films every minute of her pregnancy, largely spent with her head in the toilet and every other form of barf bag known to man. Her new documentary is not for the queasy (there is a TON of puking) but it’s the wakeup call the world needs that pregnancy is not bliss for every woman. 

In Expecting Amy, recently released by HBO Max, Schumer not only goes on tour pregnant and sick, she sets out to create a televised comedy special.  No biggie, except in her third trimester she is (finally) diagnosed with Hyperemesis-Gravidarum (HG).  If you haven’t heard of HG (aka vomit city), that is part of the problem. Many women haven’t until they are stricken with the condition that causes intense nausea, vomiting and even dehydration. Nope it’s not morning sickness, it’s all the time sickness.  

In addition to 360 views of her bathroom, Amy is not shy about sharing her relationship struggles with her partner Chris, who is mostly the sweetest man on the planet aside from moments when Amy thinks he should react differently.  The documentary follows Chris as he is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and how Amy celebrates this as one of the qualities she loves most about him.

If you can stomach a lot of barfing, a woman on a mission, and the world’s most loyal wingman, you won’t want to miss Expecting Amy.  

You will never find a reason to complain about your aches and pains again after seeing Amy pick herself up off the floor and perform for a packed theater.  The strength of moms never ceases to amaze us. 

 

Thank you, Amy, for the reminder.

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Bryan Cranston Reveals He Recovered From COVID-19: ‘Keep Wearing The Damn Mask’

‘I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus,’ Cranston says

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase across the U.S., Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston has taken to Instagram to reveal he had and has recovered from COVID-19 (even after following “pretty strict” protocols) and to remind — nay, urge — fans to “keep wearing the damn mask.”

“Hello, everybody,” a surgical mask-wearing Cranston says to the camera while a phlebotomist at the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center draws antibody-positive blood from his arm. “I wanted to announce that I had COVID-19.”

Cranston wrote that he had COVID-19 “a little while ago” and that he was “one of the lucky ones,” adding that he experienced mild symptoms, including “slight headache, tightness of chest and lost all taste and smell.”

“I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus. Yep. it sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it,” Cranston said.

“I count my blessings,” the Breaking Bad star continues, “and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant.”

Cranston, who describes blood plasma as “liquid gold,” tells viewers that the plasma donation process takes about an hour, throughout which he watched the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd. “Hopefully the plasma donation can help other people,” he adds.

Cranston joins a long list of celebrities who’ve also tested positive for the novel coronavirus — celebrities that include Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Andy Cohen, Mel Gibson, and more. He also isn’t alone in donating plasma: Hanks and Wilson donated blood and plasma back in April, about one month after they tested positive for COVID-19.

“A lot of the question is, ‘What now?’ You know? ‘What do we do now? Is there something we can do?’ And, in fact, we just found out that we do carry the antibodies,” Hanks said on the April 18 episode of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” “We have not only been approached; we have said, ‘Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?’ And, in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the Hank-ccine.”

According to the American Red Cross, the plasma in the blood of those fully recovered from COVID-19 may contain antibodies that can attack the virus, and this plasm is currently being evaluated as a possible treatment for currently ill COVID-19 patients. “So, your donation could help save the lives of patients battling this disease!” the organization states on their website.

To qualify, patients must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Patients must also be in good health, meaning they “generally feel well, even if you’re being treated for a chronic condition,” Red Cross states. Lastly, patients must have a prior, verified diagnosis of COVID-19 and be symptom-free.

Yesterday, the FDA launched a plasma donation PSA campaign in an effort to “dramatically” increase donations of convalescent plasma by the end of August.

“If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 confirmed by a positive test, you’re in a special position to help us fight the virus,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. So far, according to the FDA, over 40,000 patients have received plasma treatment for COVID-19.

“We can prevail,” Cranston said, “but ONLY if we follow the rules together.”

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Had A Mini Virtual Reunion At This Year’s GLAAD Awards

‘Writing the queer characters on the show has been the greatest joy of my life,’ Dan Levy says

In case you missed it, the 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards took place on Thursday honoring LGBTQ visibility in television, journalism, film, music and more. And the virtual ceremony hosted by Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere not only gifted viewers a special performance by Chloe x Halle, but the awards show also boasted countless can’t-miss, heartwarming acceptance speeches — and one in particular, Schitt’s Creek, had us nearly in tears.

Schitt’s Creek, which won Outstanding Comedy Series, accepted the award with mini virtual reunion, including Dan Levy, who plays David Rose, Noah Reid, who plays Patrick Brewer, and Karen Robinson, who plays Ronnie Lee. In addition to giving fans a shoutout, Reid explained during their acceptance speech exactly what it meant to him to represent the LGBTQIA+ community on the show.

“I want to say how amazing it’s been to be a part of a show like Schitt’s Creek that represents the LGBTQIA+ community in this way, and on a personal note, how amazing it’s been to play Patrick — of course David Rose’s better half,” said Reid, who plays Levy’s love interest throughout the series.Dan Levy, Noah Reid, and Karen Robinson reunited virtually to accept the GLAAD award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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Levy also thanked the nine other nominated TV shows — NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore; Netflix’s Dear White People, One Day at a Time, and Sex Education; Apple TV+’s Dickinson, Comedy Central’s The Other Two, Starz’s Vida; and Showtime’s Work in Progress — for “being incredible and for helping to move the dial when it comes to queer representation on television.”

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“I would say that we’d all split this award equally, but this is the last season of our show, so I’m just gonna take it, ’cause who knows when I’ll win another one of these,” Dan joked.

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Next up, Robinson explained why she loves playing her character, Ronnie, saying, “I love that she gets to exist in Schitt’s Creek where her existence and her right to live and love out loud is not questioned.”

Levy then wrapped up the acceptance speech, thanking the fans who “created a movement,” “raised awareness for important causes” and “raised tens of thousands of dollars for those causes on [Schitt’s Creek‘s] behalf.”

“We see you. We love you all. I cannot think of a better fanbase — people who are showing up, who are standing for the messages of our show, for love, for acceptance, and being there for one another, as well as being there for us,” Levy said. “Writing the queer characters on the show has been the greatest joy of my life… Making this show has been six years of absolute bliss.”

This isn’t the first Levy’s been recognized by GLAAD.

Last September, GLAAD honored Levy at the 2019 GLAAD Gala San Francisco with the Davidson/Valentini Award, which is presented to an LGBTQ media professional “who has made a significant difference in promoting acceptance for the LGBTQ community,” according to a press release published at the time. Previous recipients of the Davidson/Valentini Award include Ross Mathews, Don Lemon, Lee Daniels, Adam Lambert, Hannah Hart, and more.

“Through his work on-screen and behind the scenes of Schitt’s Creek, Dan Levy moves LGBTQ visibility on television forward in humorous, compelling, and necessary ways,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “By featuring and celebrating a pansexual character, Dan and Schitt’s Creek are expanding representation of the spectrum of identities within the LGBTQ community in a way that other content creators should model. Dan has been such a powerful advocate throughout his career, and continues to use his platform to uplift and inspire LGBTQ youth.”

Levy co-created the Canadian show with his father, Eugene Levy, who also plays Dan’s dad on the show. The Pop TV show recently aired its final season — Season 6 — in April.

“This show has been the love of my life for the past seven years,” Dan wrote on Twitter at the time. “Getting to tell these stories, build these characters, and watch them grow has been a privilege for which I will always be grateful.”

“Working with this brilliant cast and crew and basking in the glow of their extraordinary talent for six amazing seasons are what I’m going to miss the most,” he continued. “We built a family on those sets and it’s reassuring to know that time won’t ever change that. I love you guys more than you will ever know.”

BRB, restarting Schitt’s Creek on Netflix.

The GLAAD Media Awards will air Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. ET on Logo.

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If You’re Having Trouble Coping With Pandemic Stress, Try A Horror Movie

Think back to March. I know, it feels like an eternity, but it was only a few months ago. The pandemic was just heating up. The U.S. hadn’t yet shut down, but it was about to. Most of you were still going to work, and your kids were still going to school, and you still had church on Sunday. In the top 10 movies on Netflix was 1995’s Outbreak, and little did you know, it wasn’t merely a foreshadowing of our lives to come … some people were simply doing their homework.

Yes, I watched this film about a nasty virus brought to the US via a small monkey. The virus took hold in a small U.S. town and caused a bunch of people to erode from the inside out. The CDC got involved. The town was quarantined. The virus spread in theaters, and hospitals, and suddenly the government showed up in Hazmat suits. I even wrote a tweet about how I watched it and would not recommend doing the same because of this whole “coronavirus” thing. Then, bam, the world shifted, and suddenly I was living a real-life version of Outbreak … and according to a new study, I may have been better prepared than those who didn’t watch the movie.

Published in Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture, the study has found that fans of horror movies, particularly those surrounding massive catastrophes like the movie Outbreak, have largely coped better with the coronavirus pandemic. I know… this might be difficult for some of you to take in, but your socially inept brother-in-law who regularly sports Rob Zombie movie T-shirts is actually handling this better than you are.

The researchers questioned 310 volunteers on their movie preferences and viewing histories before asking them how prepared they felt going into the pandemic, and what levels of anxiety, depression, irritability, and sleeplessness they had experienced. Horror movie fans appeared less distressed by the crisis than most, but those who favored “prepper movies” — where society collapses — ranked as more resilient and better prepared, both mentally and practically.

You may be saying to yourself, I’m not handling this well, so I probably should download a bunch of horror movies and call it therapy. Now, listen, I’m not a doctor, but I would advise against going in headfirst, and I’ll tell you why. Before I got married, I was really into horror movies. I once told a date that the zombie movie 28 Days Later was the sequel to the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy 28 Days because I knew she wouldn’t go see it otherwise. Let me just say, it didn’t go over well. She was pretty numb in the theater, and I learned a valuable lesson about honesty, deception, and how I used to be a jerk, while also realizing that not everyone is meant to watch movies where a virus takes over the world and people start eating each other.

But for those of you who already enjoy the horror genre, this is good news. It means that your mother was, in fact, wrong, and all those years of watching Night of the Living Dead sequels in your basement were not a waste of time, and this moment right now is the moment you’ve been preparing for your whole life.

And if you are not a fan of the genre but are now wondering if you should ease into it, Outbreak is a good place to start. It’s not horrible, but it does have its moments. Bird Box would also be a good one if you haven’t seen it. Although, I will say this about the movie: five minutes in, when the kids are told that if they speak they will die, I knew for a fact that my children wouldn’t make it.

I have yet to see the movie Contagion — but according to The Guardian, who also discussed the findings of this study, “Movies like Contagion, which rocketed in popularity as coronavirus spread, make aspects of the pandemic such as quarantine and supply shortages seem less strange…”

During their interview, study author Coltan Scrivner voiced a similar sentiment, saying that, “If it’s a good movie, it pulls you in and you take the perspective of the characters, so you are unintentionally rehearsing the scenarios. We think people are learning vicariously. It’s like, with the exception of the toilet paper shortage, they pretty much knew what to buy.”

And that right there really is the power of a good movie. It can help you live the life of someone else for a while. It can suck you in, and help you understand someone else’s struggles while also experiencing something you might not otherwise have lived through. And if it’s good, and factual, a movie about a pandemic can actually prepare you emotionally, and help you find some sort of normalcy in a difficult situation.

So, to my fellow horror genre fans, I salute you. People thought we were strange … but as it turns out, we were just getting ready for 2020.

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I Really Need The Final Season Of “Schitt’s Creek” Right Now

Everywhere I look these days, there’s drama. We’ve got Karens and Kens throwing whiny ass tantrums in grocery stores because they’re feeling too inconvenienced to wear a face mask. Teachers and students are about to be treated like specimens in a fucking petri dish because our nation isn’t patient enough to sit through a global pandemic. And then we’ve got Ivanka fucking Trump taking a stupid photo op with an 89-cent Goya can, because nothing says white privilege more than the daughter of arguably one of our most racist presidents pretending like she ever actually eats canned beans. 

Oh, and did I mention there are a bunch of giant killer wasps in Texas that look almost identical to those pesky murder hornets that wreaked havoc in the U.S. a couple months ago?

I’m so damn tired of all the drama. As royally ridiculous as some of this shit is, I am in dire need of some good old fashioned comedy right now. I want comedic fireworks of epic proportions that take my mind off of the current shit show that is our country, and there’s one series I’m in major withdrawal over because it tickled my funny bone and tugged at my heartstrings like no other. I miss you, Schitt’s Creek. I miss you a lot. 

I marathon-style watched this Pop TV show like my life depended on it earlier this year. Netflix had the first five seasons available, and I’ll admit I was feeling a tad bit curious to know why there was so much fanfare around it. Glimpsing at the first episode, I found myself laughing in moments, but wasn’t completely hooked. A rich white family loses all their cash and needs to hide out in a small town, and I’m supposed to care? It just didn’t seem like enough to keep me interested. 

But then I watched the second episode. And the third. And before I knew it, I was knee-deep in Schitt’s Creek. In fact, it’s now one of my all-time favorite shows. Hell, it even inspired me to reflect on my own life’s priorities and celebrate living with purpose. Thanks, Rose family! 

If you forced me to pick a favorite character, I’d probably start crying on the spot. There’s just too much hilarity to choose a favorite. Catherine O’Hara is a force of nature as Moira, a veteran television actress who is basically still starring in her own real-life soap opera. There’s co-creator Eugene Levy, whose Johnny Rose is packed to the brim with robust sentimentality. Every single time I hear Annie Murphy end her character Alexis’s sentences with “Daviiiid,” I bust a gut. And Emily Hampshire takes a role that’s basically the Rose family’s fifth wheel and jam packs Stevie with a sarcastic punch anyone would love. 

But I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a forever place in my heart for co-creator Dan Levy’s show-stopping role as David, the pansexual son who defies societal norms with so much humor and chutzpah that he steals focus in just about every scene he’s in. Watching David catwalk his way into each room, fall in love with a bundle of hilarious insecurity, and find his footing as a small business owner was a sight to behold. I’ll also never forget the scene where Stevie and David are walking through a wine store, and the new BFF’s get to chatting about sexuality. The meaning behind it quietly snuck up on me, caught me by total surprise, and had me happy dancing at the screen.  

“I do drink red wine,” David says. “But I also drink white wine. And I’ve been known to sample the occasional rose. And a couple summers back, I tried a Merlot that used to be a Chardonnay, which got a bit complicated. I like the wine and not the label. Does that make sense?”

 

In that magical moment, I felt like Dan Levy’s character was speaking directly to me. Yes, David, it makes a lot of fucking sense. As a 36-year old mom who just came out to the world as a queer and bisexual woman last year, it makes so much sense that I’ll never forget how much sense it makes. 

While I’m not personally swimming in exorbitant wealth like the Roses, I do have a shit ton of experience in making life choices from a place of solely prioritizing success. I chased the dream of being a famous actress for many years, in the hopes that I’d finally be loved and valued for something I accomplished. I had my sexual identity on complete lockdown, kept myself impossibly thin, was people pleasing out my ass, stayed stuck in a first marriage that felt safe, and hustled hard for an impossible kind of perfection I never achieved. When a new relationship, stepmomdom, and first-time motherhood hit me like a ton of bricks, I found myself broken down and completely lost. The career basket I had placed all of my eggs in wasn’t fulfilling me in the way I had once hoped, my body changed in ways I never anticipated, and I ended up temporarily moving from the bright lights of Los Angeles to a quiet spot in New Hampshire to raise my family and tend to my mental health. And that’s when a whole other career path unexpectedly fell into my lap. 

On one particularly non-eventful day back in December, I caught myself smiling for no reason. As East Coast snow quietly fell down in front of me in big fluffy pieces for the first time in years, I realized something quite profound. While life looked radically different than how I expected it to turn out, it finally felt like it made sense to me. 

The magic of Schitt’s Creek is that it catches you off guard in the best of ways. One minute, you’re laughing at a bunch of privileged wealthy people bemoaning the loss of their cushy mansion and bundles of money. And the next, you’re ugly crying as you witness a family do things like actually care about each other for the very first time. Moira joins the town council and her local choir, and she learns how to finally be a real friend to the women around her. Johnny begins managing the motel his family’s been semi-squatting in and makes tangible connections with his community. Alexis prances around in fancy heels as she finds herself unexpectedly committing to a sweet, small-town veterinarian she previously wouldn’t have given the time of day. And lovably reclusive David meets his soulmate in Patrick, played with adorable sincerity by Noah Reid. 

When I got to the fifth season finale with no promise from Netflix of an airdate for the final episodes, I sank into a pile of goopy sadness for a couple months. How was I going to get through this fucked up pandemic without the Rose family’s infectiously melodramatic delightfulness? Thankfully, enough online investigating led me down a rabbit hole that brought me to Amazon Prime Video, where I saw that I could purchase the sixth and final season. I couldn’t not do it. I had to find out how Schitt’s Creek ends.

I’m only three episodes in, and I’m taking my time this go around. It’s driving me bonkers to slow-date the rest of this enchanting series, but I can’t just breeze through it like I did last time. To be completely fucking honest, I have absolutely no idea how I’m going to move on once it’s over. The Rose family may be done with me after six hysterical seasons, but I’m definitely not done with them.

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Alex Trebek Gives First Cancer Update In Months: ‘I’m Feeling Great!’

While Alex Trebek tells fans he’s doing well, he also told the Times he’ll stop cancer treatment if it stops working — and he’s at peace with that

Yesterday, longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek posted a video updating fans what show production was looking like during COVID-19. After announcing vintage Jeopardy! episodes were set to air through the rest of July and August with some updated show openings he has been filming at home, Trebek also gave us a health update — his first one in months.

Trebek has been battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which he announced back in March 2019. This past March, the Jeopardy! icon beat the one-year survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients, which is only 18 percent.

“If we take it just one day at a time with a positive attitude, anything is possible,” Trebek said, per NBC News. And it looks like that positivity is truly paying off.

“I’m doing well,” Trebek said in yesterday’s video. “I’ve been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good. I’m feeling great. In fact, during the break from the studio, I even wrote a book that will be coming out July 21.”

Only Alex Trebek would continue working nonstop while undergoing aggressive cancer treatment and write a book in his downtime. The Answer Is …: Reflections on My Life comes out next Tuesday.

That’s not to say Trebek’s cancer treatment has been going smoothly.

In a New York Times interview that was published today, Trebek admitted that some days he wakes up in “agony,” and struggles with simply getting out of bed. The host, who turns 80 this month, told the Times that if his current cancer treatments fail him, he plans to stop them altogether.

“Yesterday morning my wife came to me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad. There comes a time where you have to make a decision as to whether you want to continue with such a low quality of life, or whether you want to just ease yourself into the next level. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”

According to the Times, doctors say that Trebek’s prognosis has gotten worse. Although no further details were discussed, it can be assumed that, although Trebek’s number are “looking good,” per yesterday’s video, it seems like his cancer has, unfortunately, been an uphill battle.

At this point, Trebek’s quality of life is more important than treatment, and he’s previously talked about how the severity of chemo has actually made him feel worse than the cancer himself.

“I’d joke with friends, ‘the cancer won’t kill me; the chemo treatments will.’ There were moments of great pain, days where certain bodily functions no longer functioned and sudden, massive attacks of great depression made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on,” Trebek told NBC News in March.

Regardless, Trebek remains optimistic, and he tells fans in his video, “I can’t wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new season in September. Meanwhile, my wish for all of you — stay safe.”

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