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Five Gen X values from the ’90s that can save today’s world

A few weeks ago I came across an article about a kid who watches television at 1.5x speed so he can cram as much viewing in as he can. It seemed that his unquenchable desire to get through shows in the Golden Age of television meant he’d sacrifice the entertainment value of the show just to get to the end.

“Man, this guy would have been crucified in 1993,” I thought.

As a 45-year-old card-carrying member of Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1979), I remembered a time when nobody bragged about the amount of TV they watched. In fact, they bragged about not owning a TV. “I don’t watch TV, man,” people would say. “It only exists to sell you stuff.”

This complete reversal on the social acceptance of gluttonous TV viewing made me wonder what happened to the values we were raised on as Gen Xers? We were taught that sincerity was for simpletons, everything corporate is evil, old school is always better than the latest and greatest, authenticity is king, conformity is death and there is nothing worse than being a sell-out or a poser.

Nobody would have ever referred to themselves as an “influencer” in 1991—that’s the definition of a sell-out.

“After writing this book, I’m back in the mindset of ’90s thinking, which is that nothing is worse than selling out,” Chuck Klosterman, author of “The Nineties: A Book,” told Esquire. “Nothing was more embarrassing in the ’90s than trying to convince people to like the thing you made.”

Deep inside the heart of almost every Gen Xer is a deep-seated feeling of nihilism. We didn’t trust the corporations that laid off our parents or gutted their pensions in the ’80s. In fact, everything corporate was predatory. We didn’t have a lot of faith in family values because we were the first generation raised by single parents or in daycare. We didn’t care much about politics either. Back in the ’90s, Gen X’s aversion to politics was historic.

Of course, these are all generalities about a generation of nearly about 65 million people, but studies show that there are some definite hallmarks of being a Gen Xer.

According to a generational differences document circulated through the business community, Gen X’s core values are “skepticism,” “fun” and “informality.” They’re described as “self-reliant,” “independent,” “unimpressed with authority” and motivated by “freedom.”

In the young Gen Xer, the culture of the era “instilled a wariness and skepticism, and a kind of ‘figure it out for yourself’ mindset,” Paul Taylor, author of “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown” told The Washington Post. And with that came a sense “that you don’t have to shine a light on yourself. You’re not the center of the universe.”

But things have changed since the ’90s when Gen X was coming of age. We live in an American culture that is fractured by political partisanship, fueled by a constant culture of outrage, crippled by a preoccupation with technology, plundered by greedy boomers and annoyed by overly sensitive millennials. All of this is happening while we face the greatest challenge of our times, climate change.

The answer to all of these problems is simple: admit that Gen X at one point had it right and if we followed its lead, we could reverse these terrible trends. OK, it might not fix all of our woes, but the way things are going now surely aren’t working. Plus, weren’t the ’90s great?

Also, with hat in hand, I must admit that this message is for Gen Xers as well. Many of us have lost our way by forgetting our disdain for authority and skepticism toward institutions. This is a call for us to remember what we once stood for and to fight back by doing what we do best—staying above the fray.

Gen X, it’s time to strap on your Dr. Martens boots and get back to fighting the “Battle of Who Could Care Less.” It’s time we collectively got our “whatever” back and showed the other generations how powerful dismissiveness can be.

Here are the top five Gen X values that we need to embrace again.

5.  Buying vintage items

Nothing was less hip in the early ’90s than wearing mall clothes. If you had any style you shopped at a thrift store and bought used duds from the ’70s and early ’80s and remixed them into something awesome. If you were into hip-hop or skating you shopped at the surplus store and rocked some super-durable Dickies or Carhartt gear. The mood of the times was totally anti-fashion. These days, we live in a world where fast fashion is killing the environment. By embracing the Gen X value of old-school cool, we can help the planet while looking much more fashionable in the process.

4. Corporate skepticism

In the early 2000s, people fell head-over-heels in love with smartphone technology and social media so quickly that nobody stopped and said, “Hey, wait a minute!” Now, we have a world where kids are depressed, the culture has become divided and nobody talks to each other in public anymore, they just stare at their phones. I can totally understand why young millennials and Luddite boomers would fall for the big-tech ruse, but sadly, Gen X was asleep at the wheel and fell victim, too. The generation that embraced the notion that TV rotted your brain needs to remind everyone to go outside and play in the sunshine or read a book. And if you read a book it should be by Bret Easton Ellis.

3. Just say “whatever”

Two of the most popular Gen X phrases were “whatever” and “talk to the hand (because the face don’t give a damn).” These may seem to be flippant responses but they are the correct way to deal with other people’s nonsense and in 2022, we have to deal with a constant barrage of it.

Somewhere along the way, people forgot that it’s even more powerful to ignore someone than to admit they got under your skin. In the world of social media, we unintentionally amplify the most wretched voices by subtweeting, commenting and liking the posts from the army of grifters fighting for our attention.

We also live in an era where many seem to be addicted to outrage. The quickest way to stop fanning the flames of outrage is with a simple, “whatever.” Like dogs distracted by squirrels, we’ve got our heads on outrage swivels these days. Throwing around the occasional “whatever” gives us the time and energy to focus on the problems that really matter and take action.

These days “whatever” matters more than ever.

2. Bring back snobbery

Good taste used to matter. In the 2000s, millennials decided that people have the right to like what they like and that it’s worse to judge someone’s personal taste than to have bad taste. Gen Xers based their entire personalities on taste and demanded integrity from artists and were rewarded by living in a time of superior films and music. These days, no one listens to new music and we’re stuck in a world dominated by comic book movies because no one stood up and shamed people for liking low-effort culture.

1. ​Political apathy

America’s political divide has calcified over the past decade because more and more people are basing their personal identities on their politics. This has created a culture where the dialog between liberals and conservatives has become a shouting match that only makes people dig their heels in further. It’s also created a culture in Washington, D.C. that has attracted a more debased form of politician and led to the gridlock that has halted any sense of progress. Sadly, Gen X has also been sucked into this vortex.

Things were a lot different in the ’90s. Back in 1999, Ted Halstead at The Atlantic noted that Xers “appear to have enshrined political apathy as a way of life.” He added that Gen Xers “exhibit less social trust or confidence in government, have a weaker allegiance to their country or to either political party.”

Compared to what’s going on in America in 2022, this type of apathy seems welcome. Back in the ’90s, taking a “chill pill” could solve everything. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone took one, and then we could open our ears and hearts and have some constructive discussions?

There was a common lament in the 1980s that the boomer hippies had sold out and became boomer yuppies. They went from being concerned with peace, love and the planet to stocks, bonds and conspicuous consumption. Gen X is now in its 40s and 50s and it’s fair to say that we’ve moved from being the outsiders to creating technological and political machines that are generating the type of conformity that we once railed against.

Now that Xers are at the age where we get to run the world for a few decades, it’s time to recommit to the core values that make us well … us. The great news is that as Gen Xers, it’ll be easy to get back to our roots because we were raised to ironically love the past.

This article originally appeared on 03.10.22

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Hairstylist shares difference between Gen Z and Millennial salon goers with hilarious accuracy

While millennials and Gen Zer’s often get lumped together as the “young group,” they are certainly not the same. (Although, it is kind of hard to tell with all the Y2K fashion floating around.)

But speaking as a millennial, we definitely have different approaches to life, a lot of which seems to come down to a sense of self-assuredness. That goes for shopping, socializing, self expression…and even going to the hair salon, apparently.

Alexis Rex (@rex.artistry), hairstylist and owner of Rex Artistry Salon in Maryland, gave a brilliant (and hilarious) demonstration of some key personality differences between her millennial clients and her Gen Z clients in a now viral TikTok video.

First, Rex played her Millennial Customer.

Millennial Customer gently knocks on the door and immediately expresses her gratitude. “Hey girl! So good to see you! So excited!”

But at the same time, Millennial Customer wants in no way to be an inconvenience, so she immediately comes back with, “Where should I put my purse? It’s okay, I’m just going to shove it in my own personal space so it’s not in your way. At all.”

Never one to demand attention, Millennial Customer wants a very subtle hair color change. Really, “it shouldn’t even look like I got my hair done.” Not “super bold,” not “in your face.”

Then after flooding the hair stylist with compliments, Millennial Customer (ever wanting to be a good student) will ask a bunch of follow-up questions about how to maintain the style.

@rexartistry Millennial V Gen Z getting their hair done #hairstylist #hairstylisthumor ♬ original sound – Alexis Rex

Then, Rex played her Gen Z Customer.

Gen Z Customer bolts through the door with a “Hey queen!” like a hurricane (who has time to knock?!) and is ready to plop her stuff down anywhere. Unlike her millennial counterpart, Gen Z Customer is perfectly fine to take up space unapologetically and even show up with hair that “hasn’t been brushed in a month.”

Gen Z Customer also knows exactly what she wants, and it’s anything but subtle. “I wanna do like in-your-face, bold contrast…I wanna look like a different f**king person. Let’s do it.”

The confidence…it’s…palpable.

Gen Z Customer has a different approach to complementing her hairstylist: “Oh my god! F**king Queen! You did that! God I love you.”

No further questions. Gen Z Customer already knows her brand of hair care products, and it’s “Olaplex. All Olaplex.”

Rex’s post quickly racked up 8.6 million views, generating literally thousands of comments discussing how spot on her imitations were.

Millennials in particular chimed in, many of whom couldn’t help but applaud its accuracy of depicting how millennials seem to constantly be apologizing for simply existing.

“I’m a millennial and once I missed the armhole for a sec when putting the cape on. I was convinced I had ruined the appointment,” wrote one person.

Another added, ‘I’m sorry for my hair. I’m sorry my hair takes so long. I’m sorry I had to move my head, omg I’m sorry. You offered me a drink? I will say yes. And then sorry.”

Many were also quick to applaud how Gen Zer’s seemed to have no issues in this arena.

“Gen Z just fully owning the ability to take up space,” one person commented.

“As a millennial I love Gen Z so much. They’re so free to be themselves and so open,” wrote another.

While there may be differences between generations, we can all learn something from one another. And we all enjoy getting our hair did.

By the way, Rex didn’t leave out her Gen X or Boomer clients. She has plenty videos of her imitating them, as well as some nifty style predictions on her TikTok, found here.

This article originally appeared on 2.23.23

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Woman learns a valuable lesson after guy ends their date and apologizes to the waitstaff

How you treat people in the service industry is often used as a measure of what kind of person you are. Arguably, the same could be said for how you treat anyone in a customer-facing job, whether it be the sales associate at a department store, the cashier at McDonald’s or the janitor in your office building.

While people may think that these jobs are not skilled positions, they do require an immense amount of skill that has to be learned. The skill just isn’t as valued by society as a whole, and sadly, that often leads to people treating those in customer-facing jobs poorly. But when a woman recently went on a date with a potential partner, her poor behavior towards the waitstaff caused him to pause.

The story was shared by a woman by the name of Barbara NOT Barb on Twitter with a lengthy thread about her daughter’s recent interaction. Though the details were juicy, it quickly became obvious that kindness is the way to go.

Barbara’s daughter works as a server at a high-end restaurant in Los Angeles, and she was asked to bring water to a couple’s table in someone else’s section to help out. But according to the Twitter thread, when her daughter arrived at the table, the woman at the table started berating and insulting her.

Apparently, the couple, who were on their first date, were waiting for their drink orders from the bar. If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you know that servers don’t have anything to do with how quickly your food or alcoholic drinks get made. They keep an eye out for the items as they care for other tables, but either this woman didn’t realize that or didn’t care, because she yelled at the server for how long it was taking for the drinks. The only mistake this particular server made was being kind to a co-worker and offering to drop off glasses of water.

After the server tried unsuccessfully to de-escalate the situation, the woman demanded to speak to the manager. It’s not clear if this was the woman’s first date ever, but it was her first date with the stunned man at the table. Since people generally attempt to put their best foot forward on a first date, it’s not surprising that the man decided to end the date. But before he did that, he gave a lesson in kindness.

Before the manager could reach the table, the likely embarrassed man intercepted him.

“He asked to close out the tab. Explained it was a first date and that the woman’s behavior disgusted him. He paid the tab at the bar and then requested my daughter and the original server come talk to him. He apologized profusely for his date’s behavior,” Barbara wrote. “Needless to say, everyone was floored, in the best way. The woman had somehow been informed that the date was over. She walked out, head down, and was no longer talking down to anyone.”

Being kind to others is one of the easiest things to do. Maybe the woman in question was having a bad day—everyone has them—but our bad days probably shouldn’t bleed over onto unsuspecting strangers. Hopefully, the servers and the date got a lesson in kindness and standing up for others.

This article originally appeared on 7.20.23

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We asked people what they really enjoy that others can’t understand. One answer dominated.

We recently asked our Upworthy audience on Facebook, “What’s something that you really enjoy that other people can’t seem to understand?” and over 1,700 people weighed in. Some people shared things like housework, cleaning and laundry, which a lot of people see as chores. Others shared different puzzles or forms of art they like doing, and still others shared things like long car rides or grocery shopping.

But one answer dominated the list of responses. It came in various wordings, but by far the most common answer to the question was “silent solitude.” Here are a few examples:

“Feeling perfectly content, when I’m all alone.”

“Being home. Alone. In silence.”

“That I enjoy being alone and my soul is at peace in the silence. I don’t need to be around others to feel content, and it takes me days to recharge from being overstimulated after having an eventful day surrounded by others.”

“Enjoying your own company. Being alone isn’t isolating oneself. It’s intentional peace and healthy… especially for deep feelers/thinkers.”

Spending time by ourselves is something some of us relish, while some of us hate being alone. Naturally, this points to the common theory of introversion vs. extraversion, but in some ways, that’s overly simplistic. Even the most peopley people among us can enjoy some quality alone time, and not all introverts see time alone as truly enjoyable. (It might be necessary for an introvert’s well-being, but not necessarily something they truly revel in.)

Interesting, studies have found that people who enjoy being alone are not any more or less extraverted than those who don’t, though they do tend to be less “sociable.” They are also less likely to be neurotic (tense, moody, worrying types) than the generally population and more likely to be open-minded. Those characteristics are the opposite of what social norms often tell us about people who want to be alone.

“If our stereotypes about people who like being alone were true, then we should find that they are neurotic and closed-minded. In fact, just the opposite is true,” writes Bella DePaulo, PhD.

There may be lots of reasons some people like to spend time by themselves while others don’t. We are naturally social creatures and need social interaction, but some of us find ourselves overstimulated by being around other people all the time. On the flip side, some people find being alone not just unenjoyable, but extremely uncomfortable, which can be a problem.

“Ideally, we should be comfortable with ourselves, alone or with others,” writes psychologist Tara Well Ph.D.. “If you are uncomfortable being alone, it means you are uncomfortable being with yourself without distraction, engagement, or affirmation from others. This can be a liability in life. If you cannot be alone, you may stay in situations or make life choices that aren’t good for you in the long run, like staying in a job or a relationship, mainly because you can’t tolerate being alone while transitioning to a better situation.”

Dr. Well also points out that people can make the most of their alone time, even if it’s not something they naturally enjoy. One way is to make it purposeful, setting aside a little time daily to write in a journal, meditate, go for a walk or otherwise engage your mind and body in some form of reflection. Another is to pay attention to self-judgments that might make alone time uncomfortable and challenge them with some compassionate confrontation and counteraction with positive thoughts about yourself.

Alone time can be refreshing and rewarding, especially if it’s something you naturally crave. Some people even like to take themselves out on dates or enjoy traveling by themselves. That kind of self-care can be just as important as connecting with others for our overall health and well-being. Being alone doesn’t mean being a loner and it doesn’t mean being lonely. Some of us genuinely like having quality time with ourselves, whether it makes sense to other people or not.

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Linda the pit bull proves that even dogs get spoiled when staying the weekend with grandma

It’s not just kids that go to grandma’s house only to come back more spoiled than when they left, it’s dogs too. One sassy pit bull named Linda, from the TikTok account Linda & Athena, has is a little salty with her mom because her mom is refusing to treat her like the princess grandma said she is. Linda got to spend the weekend at grandma’s house and she came back an absolute diva demanding cookies while lying in bed.

The dog is on her cot wrapped in a cozy red blanket yelling at her mom over the non-existent cookies in her belly. Linda’s mom was not up for the sassy behavior but it didn’t deter the pooch from voicing her frustration. Treats are life and grandma says she’s the goodest girl.

“Why do you act like this when you come home from grandma’s house after a weekend? Do we need to stop going to grandma’s house,” Linda’s mom asks.

The threat didn’t stop Linda’s complaints so her mom switched tactics by trying to get the dog to appreciate what she has at her house. She’s got a nice big blankie, food and the sunlight that’s almost to the dog’s bed. It’s simply not enough for Linda, she misses her grandma. After all, she’s the only one that truly knows Linda’s needs–dog biscuits, even though her mom says she’s gained six pounds in two days. Commenters were split on this adorable argument.

One person says “Listen Linda, just go back to grandma’s house!”

“Poor Linda. It’s like she’s living in a prison,” another commenter writes.

Someone scolds “How dare you not give Linda a cookie. She’s a princess!”

Within the comments Linda’s mom revealed that not only did the dog get as many cookies as she could eat, but grandma made grandpa sleep on the couch so Linda would have more room in the bed. For anyone that thinks that’s too much, Linda says to mind your business, she deserves luxury treatment every day.

You can see her adorable tantrum below:


Linda was way too spoiled at Grandma’s house this weekend… I think we’ve created a monster 👻 #lindaislife #bossladylinda #talkingdogs #lifewithlindandathena #queenlinda #lindaismyspiritanimal #naptimeforlinda #tuckinlinda2023 #naptimewithlinda #failedtuckin

Linda was way too spoiled at Grandma’s house this weekend… I think we’ve created a monster 👻 #lindaislife #bossladylinda #talkingdogs #lifewithlindandathena #queenlinda #lindaismyspiritanimal #naptimeforlinda #tuckinlinda2023 #naptimewithlinda #failedtuckin

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Dave Chappelle Recounted His Surreal First Meeting With Lil Nas X In His New Netflix Stand-Up Special

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Just before 2023 ended, on December 31, Dave Chappelle wrapped up his year with a new stand-up comedy special, The Dreamer, for Netflix. It’s definitely one for Lil Nas X fans to watch, as Chappelle devoted some time in his set to recounting his first meeting with the rapper.

Chappelle explained:

“I know a dreamer when I see one, and I’ve met many powerful dreamers in my life, none more powerful than the man who calls himself Lil Nas X.

I met this n**** at a party, I had no idea who he was. But the minute he walked in that party, I knew I was in his dream. Everybody in the party was another dreamer. Everyone was famous, but when that n**** walked in, he was dressed like C-3PO. He was shining! And everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, there he is! That’s Lil Nas X!’

I didn’t know who he was. For some reason, out of all them dreamers, he walked right up to me. And he said, ‘I tried to get you in my video.’ I didn’t know what the f*ck he was talking about. I said, ‘What? What video?’ And he was just looking at me like, ‘You know what video,’ and walked away. And I watched him walk away. I said, ‘Man, this n****’s having a very powerful dream.’”

Check out the clip below.

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‘The Ones Who Live’: An Info Update For Rick Grimes’ ‘The Walking Dead’ Show (January 2024 Edition)

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Rick Grimes disappeared over five real-time years ago from The Walking Dead in the middle of Season 9. Since that time, AMC has made no secret of the character eventually returning. This was reportedly supposed to happen in multiple movies, and as you know, the world went into nearly as much chaos as these characters experience. Several years and several spinoffs later, Rick is finally coming back, long after we received confirmation that he was still living, stuck within CRM custody, and hating every moment.

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live will reunite Rick and Michonne after she left the kids behind and set out to find him. This happened, of course, years after he fell off a horse ^^ and ended up impaled, escaped from a horde of walkers, and blew up a bridge to save his people. Then Jadis whisked him onto a CRM helicopter, and that was all she wrote for awhile. Now, let’s catch up on what to expect from the upcoming series.


The Ones Who Live will run semi-concurrently with the Dead City and Daryl Dixon shows, along with the end of Fear the Walking Dead. Whether or not that means there will be any reunions (beyond Rick and Michonne) on this show remains to be seen. Daryl and Carol are off in France at present, so there won’t be bromantic hugs in this first season, which is sad.

Additionally, this spinoff’s title leans hard into a remnant from The Walking Dead‘s final season, which ran with the recurrent “The Ones Who Live” mantra. The below synopsis also (paradoxically?) questions whether Rick is one of the so-called “walking dead” already even though his bod is still kicking. And this sort-of evokes the I Am Legend novel’s revelation of the lead character being the actual monster after the undead became the ruling civilization on earth:

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead?

Does this suggestion squash any attempt for Rick to live a peaceful life after a family reunion? We shall see.

First, however, Michonne will presumably save Rick’s ass after she uncovered his clues that he remained alive. He was kept in CRM servitude, and a certain sneak peak from The Ones Who Live has fueled speculation of whether or not Rick will have lost a hand, as he did in the comics.

More importantly, Rick might have fully gone off the emotional rails. He’d already headed in that direction more than once during his final seasons on the original series, and honestly, I’m surprised that he kept functioning after Negan broke him. That situation turned around, but Rick’s been gone for many years, away from his literal and adoptive families. Perhaps Michonne can bring him back around to being his normal self, but the synopsis suggests that their reunion might not be smooth sailing.

Thus far, none of the new spinoffs have called it quits after one season, and presumably, there will also be a second season for Rick and Michonne. Perhaps all of the shows will eventually collide, too.


Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) will now make her third series appearance in The Walking Dead after already surfacing in The World Beyond. Other survivors on the scene include Nat (Matt Jeffries) and an antagonist named Pearl Thorne (Lesley Ann Brandt).

Since we haven’t clarified this already, Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira will obviously reprise their Rick and Michonne roles.

Release Date

This fifth The Walking Dead spinoff hits the AMC airwaves on February 25 with no word yet on any advance streaming opportunities on AMC+.


This teaser trailer confirms that Rick has been worse for wear:

As well, this sneak peak footage hints at the “crazy love” angle of this show.

The Ones Who Live will finally bring back Rick on February 25.

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‘Mr. And Mrs. Smith’ Season 1: An Info Update On Everything We Know So Far (January 2024 Edition)

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Don’t call him a triple threat. Donald Glover is much more than that, and his post Atlanta days are proving to be as unpredictable as possible. The former-and-possibly-future Lando Calrissian scored well with Amazon’s Swarm, which dropped an entire first season to freak everyone out in March 2023. Less than a year later, Glover is back on Amazon while co-creating Mr. And Mrs. Smith alongside Atlanta writer Francesca Sloane.

If there’s anything that Glover can deliver to audiences, it’s that this will definitely not be a straightforward remake of the 2005 film that starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as married assassins. Glover also wrote and stars in this series, which includes a bang-up cast, so let’s dive right in with we know:


Glover will portray John Smith with Maya Erskine (Blue Eye Samurai, PEN 15) picking up the role of Jane. The show will differ from the film in that the pair doesn’t initially fall in love, grow bored with their marriage, and then fall back in love after learning that they are both high-powered killers. Rather, the show revolves around John and Jane being set up in a fake marriage by their mutual spy agency. They know nothing about each other when the story begins, and she flat-out takes romance off the table.

We shall see if Glover takes the tried-and-true rom-com story route there or turns everything on its head. However, Glover has admitted that he actually never watched the 2005 movie until one of his pals acquired producing rights. As the Childish Gambino virtuoso told Entertainment Weekly, he knows that not watching the “iconic” movie “was sacrilege.” However, he admitted that he “didn’t quite understand” why the movie was such a beloved film, so changes are definitely afoot for the show. Glover also revealed that this show might rile some people up:

“It’s definitely going to be different for a lot of people, which I think is good .. You can always go back and watch the old one, but this one gives you a different feeling. People are definitely going to be shocked. I just know how much people love the other one, so if everybody’s like, ‘Eh,’ we didn’t do a good job. I hope some people are like, ‘This is better than the original,’ and some people are like, ‘This is far worse.’”

Wildly enough, too, Glover told Vulture that The Golden Bachelor was a hit for him, so take that as you will.

Let’s do the synopsis thing:

Two lonely strangers land a job working for a mysterious spy agency that offers them a glorious life of espionage, wealth, world travels and a dream brownstone in Manhattan. The catch: new identities in an arranged marriage as Mr. & Mrs. John and Jane Smith. Now hitched, John and Jane navigate a high risk mission every week while also facing a new relationship milestone. Their complex cover story becomes even more complicated when they catch real feelings for each other. What’s riskier, espionage or marriage?


Originally, Glover was set to star alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who apparently received carte blanche status on Amazon after Fleabag‘s success, but Waller-Bridge’s past five years have taken some turns. She left this show, and Maya Erskine — who was already onboard as a writer — hopped into the leading female role. She’ll have better hair than during her PEN15 years.

The cast will be rounded out by action queen Eiza González, the always tantalizing Alexander Skarsgård, and I May Destroy You creator/writer/star Michaela Coel along with John Turturro (who will surely portray a badass) and Paul Dano (who just might portray a punchable character). Their five roles haven’t received too much detailing in public view yet, but please let Michaela Coel be an assassin. And let there be some sort of ridiculous callback to the There Will Be Blood bowling alley scene. C’mon, I have to believe that Donald Glover will not let that opportunity pass without indulgence.

Release Date

As most of us realize, Valentine’s Day is a garbage holiday meant to pressure people into flocking towards flowers and candy on one particularly frigid day in mid-February. Similar cynical vibes will surface in this show when it debuts on February 2, 2024.


The below teaser trailer bodes well for this reboot:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith drops three episodes on Feb. 2 with weekly followups.

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The First No. 1 Album Of 2024 Belongs To (Of Course) Taylor Swift

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Nobody had a bigger 2023 than Taylor Swift… at least according to Time, who named her the Person Of The Year in December. Her 2024 is already off to a fantastic start, too: On the latest Billboard 200 chart, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is on top. The new chart is dated January 6, meaning that Swift officially has the first No. 1 album of 2024.

This is the fifth total week at No. 1 for 1989 (Taylor’s Version), which is so far the biggest of her rerecorded albums: It has as many chart-topping weeks as the previous three combined, as the new versions of Fearless, Red, and Speak Now had two, one, and two weeks at No. 1, respectively.

This also moves Swift up a historical rank: Swift now has 68 total weeks with a No. 1 album, which passes Elvis Presley for the most ever by a solo artist. Among all acts, Swift is now behind only The Beatles, who have 132 total weeks at No. 1 across 19 albums.

Elsewhere on the chart, Michael Bublé’s Christmas rises to No. 2 and is one of five holiday albums in this week’s top 10, along with Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song (No. 4), A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector (No. 7), Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas (No. 8), and Pentatonix’s The Greatest Christmas Hits (No. 10).

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‘A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight’ Season 1: A News Update On Everything We Know So Far

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Westeros devotees have much to look forward to in 2024. After all, House of the Dragon‘s second season is on track after the series roared in to exceed expectations for those who haven’t forgotten the WTF-final Game of Thrones season. The Targaryen-focused prequel series has been so successful, in fact, that it almost negated the frustration from watching George R.R. Martin promise that the Winds of Winter would eventually be more than a cookbook.

It’s best to let that oddness fall by the wayside now because there’s plenty more Westeros on the way already, and that includes three other promising spinoffs, including one that is definitely happening. This show’s working title is A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, and it’s time to refresh on what we know so far.


Before we get to plot, it’s worth noting that filming will take place in 2024, and casting is currently underway. Via Winter is Coming, the UK-based Lucy Bevan casting agency put out a call for the leading roles in an HBO show that can’t be anything else:

“BOY – aged 9-10 Physically small, the character is wise beyond his years, confident and witty. He has a neutral English accent, and is white with blue/green eyes and pale skin. Must be under 4’6 and at least 9 years old by March 2024 for licensing.SOLDIER – aged 18-25 The soldier is very tall and physically strong. He has a humble disposition and is perceptive and thoughtful. Any ethnicity. Must be at least 6’4.””


In 2023, GRRM clarified that The Hedge Knight has been greenlit for a full first season, which is a promising development after the Bloodmoon prequel shot a pilot episode and subsequently got the ax. These are both good signs, actually, and confirmation that HBO learned its lesson after reshooting the “piece of sh*t” Game of Thrones pilot of yesteryear.

Martin must feel confident about this series, too, given that he wanted the so-called Dunk & Egg books to be adapted as one of the top priorities after Game of Thrones. As well, he confirmed that the “Nymeria show is still in development. So is the Sea Snake show.” The latter would make a fine followup after the planned four seasons of HotD, but before that happens, viewers shall watch The Hedge Knight, which will be based upon Martin’s A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms trilogy of novellas.

Those books followed the catastrophic final events of Fire and Blood‘s Dance of the Dragons war, and these stories also came before the Game of Thrones series of books, officially known as the A Song of Ice and Fire novels.

The Hedge Knight takes place in a dragon-less Westeros and zeroes in on an unlikely pair, the valiant Ser Duncan the Tall and his much smaller squire, Egg. Although “Dunk & Egg” is the affectionate title given to these books by readers, Martin believes that this would be a terrible name for the series because it reminds him of a certain set of MTV boneheads:

“[N]o, it won’t be called TALES OF DUNK & EGG or THE ADVENTURES OF DUNK & EGG or DUNK & EGG or anything along those lines. I love Dunk and I love Egg, and I know that fans refer to my novellas as ‘the Dunk & Egg stories,’ sure, but there are millions of people out there who do not know the stories and the title needs to intrigue them too. If you don’t know the characters, DUNK & EGG sounds like a sitcom. LAVERNE & SHIRLEY. ABBOTT & COSTELLO. BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD. So, no. We want ‘knight’ in the title. Knighthood and chivalry are central to the themes of these stories.”

Release Date

With filming set for 2024 and presumably no dragon-filled CGI to take place, we can cross fingers for a 2025 debut.


Wishful thinking? For now, yes, but eventually, some preview footage will emerge.