Did you know that Paramount Pictures only netted $25 million in 2015 and didn't net ANY money in 2016?
After recording a $25 million profit for 2015, the company's Paramount Pictures unit last year remained at the bottom of the rankings by posting its first calendar-year loss ($364 million) since THR began its annual calculations. The drop is even steeper if one includes a $115 million impairment charge for Monster Trucks.
MVP (Most Valuable Partner), the latest Shark Tank rip-off, features Rob Gronkowski, Kevin Durant, Terrell Owens, and Antonio Brown as sharks.
Shark Tank Rip-Off Idea: College interviews with a panel of five alumni. Interviewees seek more "You're in"s than "I'm out"s.
Shark Tank Rip-Off Idea: Hollywood bidding wars over rights, screenplays, independent films, et cetera.
"We both had sex with the same dead guy. Doesn't make us friends." (The Walking Dead, S07E09)
"God is for men who have no use for freedom." (The Young Pope, S01E09)
"Science is the gift of God, and God taught us that ovulation is spontaneous."
"Ask a woman about that. Back when it was still believed that there were two kinds of insemination, male insemination involving sperm, female insemination involving eggs, it was considered a sin not to give a woman pleasure. But then, when it was discovered that ovulation was spontaneous, the cost was several billion female orgasms."
"But it made psychoanalysts rich."
"The one profession that involves no work and a great deal of money that we let slip through our fingers." (The Young Pope, S01E09)
"Who gives a damn about life? Life is not some stupid centerpiece on the side table of nothingness. Life is meant to be used, and to be used well – to love and be loved." (The Young Pope, S01E09)
"I never resent anyone. That's my main problem." (The Young Pope, S01E09)
"Lenny, you think you're the hinge, but you're the door." (The Young Pope, S01E09)
♫: 13 & God – "Armored Scarves" (The Young Pope, S01E09)
Fading to black to when the Flume song's outro kicks in (The Young Pope, S01E09)
"How did you do it?"
"I humiliated him. You have no idea how many objectives can be obtained by humiliating one's fellow man. But there's a secret to it."
"What is it?"
"The person humiliated can't realize they've been humiliated." (The Young Pope, S01E10)
"In pedophilia, there is only violence, and in homosexuality, there is only love." (The Young Pope, S01E10)
"We are power, and power is a banal platitude." (The Young Pope, S01E10)
"Goodness, unless combined with imagination, runs the risk of being mere exhibitionism." (The Young Pope, S01E10)
"Affliction changes us, Aguirre."
"But good mood doesn't." (The Young Pope, S01E10)
"Those who believe in God don't believe in anything." (The Young Pope, S01E10)
The Young Pope Season Grade: B
"Scallops aren't for liars." (New Girl, S06E16)
"I don't have to explain myself to a chimney sweep." (New Girl, S06E16)
"Look at this place. You got a wet bar. You've got a thermostat."
"And tickets to something called 'The Clippers.'" (New Girl, S06E16)
♫: Vince Staples – "BagBak" (The Mick, S01E09)
"There are dark, unsupervised slut pockets all over that Jewish community center." (Fresh Off the Boat, S03E13)
"I'll show them I am amazing at finding things."
[Where's Waldo?] (Fresh Off the Boat, S03E13)
"Why can't these white people keep track of their kids? Every time we look at a milk carton, we have to see their failures." (Fresh Off the Boat, S03E13)
Mort Crim is a real anchorman (Detroiters, S01E02)
"What size do you think you're gonna be in nine months? Women's medium?" (Speechless, S01E15)
"Darling, I'm British. We invited sartorial nonsense." (Speechless, S01E15)
"I know we're being serious right now, but that surgeon has the biggest dick." (The Magicians, S02E04)
Pastor throws dove Vine (Black-ish, S03E15)
"You gotta step your game up, Dre. Put your crew on your back. Get your Kevin Garnett on."
"You said what? I'm a soccer guy."
"My turn to bite, my turn to bite. What, exactly, is a Kevin Garnett?" (Black-ish, S03E15)
"I'll calm down. I'll drink some whiskey or something."
"Yeah. Stuff it down with brown. That's the best way to deal with things." (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E07)
"You know, I'm getting a bad feeling about this, man."
"Hey, man, do you think maybe that's 'cause of your librarian trauma?" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E07)
"Uhh, yeah, uh, yeah, is yous Daddy and the Boy?"
"Uhh, y-yes, it is. Boy speaking."
"I've got a party for you."
"Umm, Daddy wants to speak with you."
"Yeah, this is Daddy." (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E07)
"Why did you make a cheese lollipop?" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E07)
"Cricket was a bad idea, huh?"
"Yeah, I know, but we needed that, like, you know, McConaughey MC type."
"Yeah, but looks like we got AIDS Dallas Buyers Club McConaughey, not Magic Mike McConaughey." (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E07)
Stripping to "Cat's in the Cradle" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E07)
"I guess if I had, like, a million dollars, I might want a dick." (Workaholics, S07E06)
(Man Seeking Woman, S03E07)
"It would make me the happiest man in the world if I could have anal sex with your daughter." (Man Seeking Woman, S03E07)
Harry Knowles (Man Seeking Woman, S03E07)
"Booty tutor?" (Riverdale, S01E04)
"As Florence Machine says, the dog days are over." (Baskets, S02E05)
"I also had sex with your little Frenchy wife."
"No, you didn't."
"Yeah, I did. I pretended to be you and had sex with her."
"Now I know you’re lying. She would never have sex with me." (Baskets, S02E05)
Chip and Dale chugging energy shots as they furiously circle a table and brag about sexual conquests that never happened (Baskets, S02E05)
The quick shot of random hikers watching Dale in a clown uniform and Chip with a bloody tissue sticking out of his nose walking along train tracks repeatedly saying "Ronald Reagan" (Baskets, S02E05)
"Put money in an Asian kid's hand, that kid will love you for the rest of your life." (Nirvanna the Band the Show, S01E03)
Talk show go to commercial (Nirvanna the Band the Show, S01E03)
"Then I saw the truck outside. It scared the shit out of me, so I did what Kevin does in Home Alone and I got the black guy from Space Jam and I put him in the window to try to scare him off." (Nirvanna the Band the Show, S01E03)
"What time is it?"
"Seven!!!" (Nirvanna the Band the Show, S01E03)
Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: The Young Pope Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Baskets
Broadcast networks have been re-evaluating their programming this pilot season. Dramas and comedies that appeal to the heartland — i.e. parts of Trump America that may have been underserved on the small screen — have been among this season's hottest trends. [source]
But Hillary won the popular vote…?
ABC has drama The Gospel of Kevin, which follows a down-on-his-luck guy who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.
NBC has drama For God and Country, which explores personal sacrifices of the members of the military.
CBS handed out a pilot order to comedy Living Biblically. The project centers on a modern-day man who, at a crossroads in his life, decides to live life according to the Bible.
Fox has put in development The Scroll, a Bible-themed drama project. The Scroll will reimagine some of the Bible's most popular stories in present day through a group of friends and colleagues that are modern-day versions of some of the Bible's most notable characters. [source]
Dueling Banjos (Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special)
♫: Soulwax – "Krack" (The Young Pope, S01E07)
♫: The Sound – "I Can't Escape Myself" (The Young Pope, S01E07)
(The Young Pope, S01E07)
♫: Post Pines – "Simma" (The Young Pope, S01E07)
"Mullins let him go Friday."
"Yeah. Brought in someone new, who is so not as qualified. We're talking two-year college." (24: Legacy, S01E01)
"Who knew Chicago police were so corrupt? I mean, sure, everybody knew, but…" (Superior Donuts, S01E02)
"You writers are all so obsessed with mystery."
"You men of the cloth don't kid around, either."
"Writers and men of the cloth are the same in that way. They can't afford to solve the mystery because the next day they'd become irrelevant."
"Writing is the one way I've found of concealing my boundless ignorance. It's a fraud, really, the way of gaining acceptance from the world." (The Young Pope, S01E08)
"I was 50 years old myself once, you know? I had my own crisis of faith, like all priests. The second calling is more challenging and more fraught than the first. You no longer have to deal with the enthusiasm of youth. Now you must grapple with disenchantment and the limitations of the rational. You don't believe in God, but that shouldn't upset you." (The Young Pope, S01E08)
♫: Superpitcher – "Rabbits in a Hurry" (The Young Pope, S01E08)
"Halitosis is a deformation of the soul." (The Young Pope, S01E08)
"The boba is a metaphor. Aly is the tapioca pearl to my milky matcha, each made better by the unlikely presence of the other." (New Girl, S06E15)
"You feeling upset about something?"
"No! I'm just eating edamame." (New Girl, S06E15)
"Oh, I feel like my heart is pumping out scalding hot toilet water." (New Girl, S06E15)
"'The driver handed him a brown paper sack. Without opening it, Pepperwood knew what was inside: blood-soaked beignets.'" (New Girl, S06E15)
"The Color Purple. More like The Color of White Cruelty." (Fresh Off the Boat, S03E12)
"But I thought you were happy she was going back to school."
"School? That's what she calls it. I call it 'a hippie birdbath.'" (Fresh Off the Boat, S03E12)
"I used to, every day. This one is called 'Bagel.' This is 'Seashell.' 'Horse and Foal.' 'Unemployed Virgin.' 'Avocados Resting in Bowl.' 'Timothy Looks at Rebecca.' 'Zebra and Giraffe.' 'Zebra in Top Hat.' 'Zebra in Shorts.' 'Dan Quayle.'" (Fresh Off the Boat, S03E12)
"Are you King or are you Company?" (Taboo, S01E05)
"All these chemicals I ingest chase lines of Shakespeare out of me sometimes unbidden." (Taboo, S01E05)
"Not only is she among the large number of women I would sleep with, she's also among the much smaller group of women I would masturbate over." (Taboo, S01E05)
"We are richer than God. I blaspheme with impunity because the company is at my heel." (Taboo, S01E05)
RT: Stuffed ostrich in room whilst he eats boiled ostrich egg (Taboo, S01E05)
"Oh, we need some more coal for my fireplace. It's freezing."
"Why would we do that? This is the Delaney household. We have no warmth here." (Taboo, S01E05)
♫: Buzzcocks – "Ever Fallen in Love" (Speechless, S01E14)
"Because I promise you, I will not go down easily, oo-surpers. Yoo-surpers. Whichever way you're supposed to pronounce it." (The Magicians, S02E03)
(WWE 205 Live, 02-08-17)
"Shark tank top?!" (Black-ish, S03E14)
"'DeVante' is a great name. It has cultural significance."
"'DeVante' is the name of the least important member of Jodeci."
"No, the least important member of Jodeci was Mr. Dalvin and you know that." (Black-ish, S03E14)
"Wow. You're not even gonna go, like, 'Vernon' or 'Marcus' or 'Leon'? Just going straight to NFL free safety black name territory, huh?" (Black-ish, S03E14)
"'DeVante' sounds like two names played chicken and nobody won." (Black-ish, S03E14)
"You remember Roots? There's a scene in the movie where Kunta Kinte…"
"Oh, what is that? I don't know what that is."
"[pause] LeVar Burton?"
"Oh, Reading Rainbow."
"The black dude from Star Trek." (Black-ish, S03E14)
"Look out, faggot!" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E06)
(It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E06)
"That's not a penis. It's a fist." (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E06)
"Gay Mac rules! Gay rich Mac!" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S12E06)
"Instead of Coachella, it should be called 'Whole-Paycheck-ella.'" (Workaholics, S07E05)
"Yeah, I emailed their Hotmail account and I got a reply, like, right away from this dude named 'Mailer Daemon.' I think it's their, like, French manager or something." (Workaholics, S07E05)
Chuck Liddell (Workaholics, S07E05)
"I also brought in Chang. He's a master contortionist. Trained for 16 years at the Shanghai Circus. He can fold his body into a box the size of a domestic carry-on.
"Whoa. What's his job?"
"My roommate's the DJ. I can get us all on the list." (Man Seeking Woman, S03E06)
"'Dearest Margaret, the canvas ripped again. At times, it seems my dream of building an all-canvas shoe may never come to pass. But, as ever, I toil on. With everlasting love, Archibald Converse.'" (Man Seeking Woman, S03E06)
♫: Milk and Bone – "Natalie" (Riverdale, S01E03)
Dame Lillard (Portlandia, S07E06)
"Take a Shhh!" (Portlandia, S07E06)
"I love carpet." (Baskets, S02E04)
"I can't remember his size."
"I'm a petite portly, mom." (Baskets, S02E04)
"I'm not sure where that is."
"It's right behind the Iron Curtain." (Baskets, S02E04)
"Actually, which one was Kramer? Was it the Jewish woman?" (Nirvanna the Band the Show, S01E02)
Captain Planet Kwame action figure (Nirvanna the Band the Show, S01E02)
"Oh, baby, it is so hot watching you beat up Michael Bolton." (Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special)
"When Michael Jordan puts on new shoes, that's a Nike change, baby." (Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special)
The Santa Clause (Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special)
The New AR™TV World Drama Champion: The Young Pope The New AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Baskets
"I'm not saying pay every guy $200 grand a year, but pay him a living wage year-round – something in the $40-60,000 a year range, where I can have a family and not have to worry every second about the bills that we have."
Of the 455,300 high school baseball players in America, only 5.6 percent wind up playing on a collegiate team. Of that 5 percent, only 10 percent are drafted by an MLB team. And of all minor leaguers, only 10 percent will ever make it to the show. All of which means the odds of making an MLB roster are long.
All of which means XLB is viable. Decent players are plentiful. Just offer them a living wage to forgo an MLB dream or a non-baseball job.