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24 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About '24,' Now 20 Years Old

That ticking clock doesn’t lie: It’s been two decades since 24 debuted. And those 20 years have not always been kind on the Fox action drama. Premiering on November 6, 2001, just weeks after the September 11th attacks, 24 followed Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) as he and his colleagues at the fictional Counter Terrorism Unit saved the world from terrorist plots over the course of 24 hours, with the action playing out in real-time across 24 episodes a season.

Hollywood Speaks Out Against 'Live' Guns on Set After 'Rust' Incident

After a prop firearm discharged by Alec Baldwin on the New Mexico set of the Western film Rust killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on Thursday, October 21, Hollywood heavyweights spoke out about the use of “live” weapons on the set of movies and TV shows. The Rookie showrunner Alexi Hawley, for one, told his coworkers in a memo on Friday, October 22, that the ABC cop drama will only use Air Soft guns — a type of gun that uses pellets instead of bullets.

The Ad-Libbed Humor of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Is “About the Spontaneity of the Moment”

For many television comedies, the laughs come from a roomful of comedians who obsess over every script to punch up each punchline. But the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm is mostly improvised, believe it or not. For 10 seasons now, the HBO comedy has shown Larry get into one embarrassing situation after another as the Seinfeld co-creator rubs elbows with Hollywood elite. And because each episode’s storyline is only outlined in broad strokes, it’s up to the performers to bring the funny.

Do the Murdochs Watch ‘Succession,’ the Hit TV Drama Their Family Inspired?

With a certain corporate family drama returning to HBO for its third season on Oct. 17, 2021, viewers once again want to know: Does Rupert Murdoch watch Succession? After all, the Murdochs, the famous family behind News Corp, inspired the Emmy-winning drama—at least, partly. (On the other hand, star Brian Cox colorfully shrugged off the comparisons at the 2020 Golden Globes, telling reporters, “I am playing Logan Roy. Logan Roy is totally our creation. Rupert Murdoch has f—k-all to do with it.”

The ‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Locale Ups the Adrenaline, Even for Veteran Fishermen

The location of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks — described in a National Geographic Channel press release as the “dangerous waters off the coast of North Carolina” — makes the reality show a thrill not just for the viewers but for the fisherman, too. “It’s really an adrenaline thing,” Captain Bobby Earl, one of the stars of the show, told Hollywood Soapbox in July, reflecting on the North Carolina waters. “It’s almost like skydiving for me. If you can do this, you know you’re among the best there is.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines Say Claims of Homophobia and Racism Are 'So Far From Who We Are'

In 2016, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ church became a PR nightmare for the couple when reporters discovered that their pastor had preached anti-gay beliefs. And four and a half years later, Chip and Joanna’s political donation to his sister put the Fixer Upper duo in the middle of a debate about critical race theory. And only recently have the Gaines responded to claims that they’re homophobic or racist. “That’s the stuff that keeps me up,” Joanna said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

How an IATSE Strike Would (and Wouldn't) Affect Your Favorite TV Shows

If you remember the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, you know that the 14-week work stoppage had a noticeable effect on the primetime lineup. Hit shows such as Desperate Housewives, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Grey’s Anatomy aired shortened seasons as the broadcast networks scrambled to fill in their schedule gaps with reality series, game shows, and imports. Now history may be repeating, as the IATSE labor union is voting on whether to authorize a strike.

Medicare Funds Are Running Out, Marking a ‘Real, Impending Health Care Crisis’

In July 2020, Dr. David Shulkin, former undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, told NPR that the projected insolvency of Medicare in 2026 was a “real, impending health care crisis.” Now, more than a year later, that timeline for that crisis hasn’t changed: Medicare will start running out of money in 2026, according to a new report from Medicare’s trustees.

Tommy Dorfman talks the “magic” of trans generations

Dorfman’s profile in the pages of TIME this July was less coming-out and more clarification. “It’s funny to think about coming out, because I haven’t gone anywhere,” she said. “I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically.” A week after the TIME reveal, Dorfman sat down for a cover story with InStyle and detailed how trans generations are “a little different” as she praised her trans elders.

Why Are There So Many Mattress Firm Stores? Company Explains

For years now, people have been wondering why there are so many Mattress Firm stores. That very question was the basis of a 2018 episode of NPR’s The Indicator, which reported that Mattress Firm had expanded to 3,300 U.S. locations at the time, up from 700 five years prior. Along the way, it seemed like Mattress Firms were popping up like weeds. (A 2015 Times of Northwest Indiana headline: “Mattress Firm now has five stores less than a mile apart.”)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Royally Big Hollywood Deals

For Meghan Markle and Prince Harry—the latter of whom turns 37 on Sept. 15— independent wealth became a big priority as they prepared to leave their royal life behind. When the couple announced in Jan. 2020 that they would be stepping back as senior royals, they said that they would “work to become financially independent” while still working to support Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother. But that plan drew skepticism.

Happily, “Happy Birthday to You” Is in the Public Domain Now

Until recently, including the “Happy Birthday” song in public works wasn’t such a happy experience for the musicians and filmmakers who realized that a music publishing company owned the rights to “Happy Birthday to You.” But that all changed in June 2016, when a federal judge signed off on the settlement of a copyright case, ending Warner Chappell Music’s ownership of the song and ushering it into in the public domain.
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