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Nickelodeon Revives Double Dare


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One of my favorite game show series on Nickelodeon was Double DareDouble Dare first aired on October 6th, 1986, with Mark Summers as the host of this wacky and messy game show.  Contestants had to answer trivia questions to rack up money.  If the contestants couldn’t figure out the answer quickly, they could answer go with a dare where they have to complete the physical challenge.  These physical challenges tested the contestants of their agility, strength, and even intelligence through some of the messiest set-ups ever.

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The best highlight comes when the winning team faces the obstacle course.  Teammates had 60 seconds to traverse through eight obstacles.  Prizes were won based on how far the teammates got to before the timer ran out.  Whether or not the teammate got all the way through the end, every episode was a winner in this hilarious game show.

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Double Dare ended its run on February 6th, 1993 with repeats airing on TV up until January 1999.  The show had a great run and it wasn’t long until they revived the series with Double Dare 2000.  Jason Harris hosted the show for 67 more episodes.  It’s been almost 18 years since Double Dare ended and many people want the show to return.

Well folks… your answers have been HEARD.  Get ready – Double Dare is coming back!

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Nickelodeon announced that Double Dare will be coming back as a brand-new series.  The iconic 90s game show will return summer 2018 with 40 new episodes.  Audiences can expect appearances from long time fans of the series, celebrities, and even people from the original show (fingers crossed for Marc Summers to return!).

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Fans can expect the same set up from the previous show – two teams compete to win prizes by answering questions or completing messy physical challenges.  The obstacle course will return, featuring many of the original stunts as well (and YES, the giant nose will even be returning too!).  There will even be prizes teams will be competing over during the course of the show.

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Truth be told, Double Dare isn’t the only 90s nostalgic series returning to Nickelodeon.  90s teen sitcom Clarissa Explains It All is slated to return as well.  Melissa Joan Hart is reprising her role as Clarissa Darling.  The reboot will showcase Clarissa as a mother in her 30s.  Clarissa Explains It All is one of many TV series planned for a reboot in the future.

See all of this excitement right here?  That’s the nostalgia talking.  Nickelodeon heard what the 90s kids all wanted and now they are finally delivering it.  This is the marketing strategy that will take them far as a TV network.

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            Double Dare was real exciting to hear about, but I’m also pumped for Clarissa Explains It All coming back too.  To be honest, I am excited about this huge wave of 90s nostalgia coming my way.  There are a lot of amazing series returning that came back better than ever.

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If Double Dare is planning to air again, who knows what game show will be coming back.  Maybe we’ll see more kids collecting coins in Nick Arcade or more temple runs on Legends of the Hidden Temple.  Either way, Nickelodeon is truly crushing it with these planned reboots.

Keep up the discussion about 90s reboot, folks – Companies like Nickelodeon are hearing you loud and clear.

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Philosophical PR Nightmare of Fullmetal Alchemist


Lately there haven’t been a lot of interesting titles jumping out at me on Netflix lately, so I decided to revisit a classic anime series.  This one started as a manga series that sold over 70 million copies worldwide, eventually becoming a best-seller.  It tells the tale of two ambitious boys looking to bring there mother back after a disastrous attempt of alchemy.  I’m talking about Fullmetal Alchemist.

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Fullmetal Alchemist chronicles brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric on their journey to search for the philosopher’s stone.  After losing their mother Trisha to an illness, they work to bring back her mother through alchemy.  They attempt to bring their mother back, but a dangerous mistake causes Ed to lose his right arm and left leg while Alphonse’s soul was placed into a suit of armor.  Ed gets fixed up through automail and joins his brother on the quest to search for the Philosopher’s Stone.

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The underlying story revolves around seeking out the Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful stone that can bypass the laws of Equivalent Exchange.  Ed and Al search relentlessly for any clues about how to create the Philosopher’s Stone, only to find some hidden surprises along the way.  But within the major story lies a fictional PR nightmare revolving around the State Military, the nation of Ishbal, and a group of Homunculi.

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So the story goes like this – the nation of Ishbal was being invaded by the State Military.  Orders were set out to fight a war against the Ishbalans.  There was even a Ishbalan Massacre where many people were slaughtered in a matter of days.  Soldiers were told that Ishbalans ignited the war, but the story went MUCH deeper than that.

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All of these orders were set off by Führer Bradley, who happened to be – WAIT FOR IT – the Homunculi Pride.  Führer Bradley, the leader of the State Military, was a Homunculi all this time.  He was working alongside with Envy, Sloth, Wrath, Lust, Greed, and Gluttony.  What’s even more shocking is that Juliet Douglas (A.K.A. Sloth) was working alongside Führer Bradley the whole time.  Better yet, the entire State Military was working with the Homunculi the whole time.

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Not only did they start the war on Ishbal, but they even took many of them as prisoners as well.  Those prisoners were placed into Laboratory Five where they were used to recreate the Philosopher’s Stone.  They would then use the Philosopher’s Stone to cause even more destruction towards its enemies.

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Of course, the State Military did everything they could to cover up the story.  They never wanted anyone knowing that the Philosopher’s Stone exists or what they were using it for.  It got to a point where Captain Maes Hughes was shot by Envy after getting to close to the source.  All of this just to keep the secret about the Philosopher’s Stone hidden from everyone.  It’s just like the old myth says – you fly too close to the sun and you come crashing down on the earth.

Just…wow.  I am amazed at the level of depth this PR nightmare went throughout the season.  The main plot comes with a powerful storyline, but the PR nightmare around the State Military is just absolutely brilliant.

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There are some amazing stories in anime these days and Fullmetal Alchemist is a great example of that.  Fullmetal Alchemist is so much more than about two boys looking to bring their mother back – it’s a disturbing tale about the Philosopher’s Stone and the lengths people took to obtain it.  So much war and chaos went into the Philosopher’s Stone throughout the series.  I’m not sure which is more bizarre – what people did with the Philosopher’s Stone or the actions they took to keep it secret from everyone else.

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In the end, Fullmetal Alchemist was definitely worth watching all over again.  It was shocking to watch the hidden PR nightmare unfold in front of my eyes.  This storyline featured many twists and turns around every episode.

If you’re looking for a good anime with a crazy PR nightmare, definitely check out Fullmetal Alchemist on Netflix.

Wild PR Nightmare of Wild Wild Country


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You know, I’ve learned about some crazy PR nightmares from watching documentaries on Netflix.  There was the story of how cannabis became prohibited in the 20th century (my personal favorite!), the tales of how your food is made, and even about the fearful effects of climate change.  Every type of documentary featured some disturbing backstories of how this actually happened.

But there was one bizarre documentary about something I have never even heard of.  This is the tale of a popular Indian guru and his followers traveling to United States to create a whole new community; it’s a crazy PR nightmare that featured a thriving cult, wild sex parties, revenge, and a nationwide scandal all within the state of Oregon.  I’m talking about… Wild Wild Country.

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Wild Wild Country is a crime documentary series released on Netflix back in March 16th, 2018.  It discusses the controversial Indian Guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) and the Rajneeshpuram community that made up of his followers in Oregon.  They were led by Osho and his chief assistant Ma Anand Sheela.

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Bhagwan’s followers first resided in India, only to move into the small ghost town of Antelope, Oregon.  Many people settled into the town, buying up property around the area.  It was more than just sprucing up their homes – they completely rejuvenated the whole town.  They built homes, shopping centers, roads, schools, grocery stores, meditation rooms, community centers (heck, they even brought back wildlife!).  This was one of the best things to ever happen for Antelope.

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On the other side of the coin, many of Antelope residents grew concerned about these new members coming in.  They didn’t appreciate these new people coming in and taking over their whole area.  Some their complaints revolved around the wild sex parties that would go on around the town (which seemed more bizarre than the gay bathhouse scene within NYC in the 70s/80s!).  Many of them grew fearful of them taking over the whole town…which they eventually did months later.

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Members of Rajneeshpuram made up a majority of residents of Antelope, meaning the tides turned over to their favor.  They eventually took over Antelope and created the town of Rajneeshpuram just a few miles away.  All of this success also came with some major enemies around the state of Oregon.  Tensions around Antelope only drove a wedge between the Rajneeshpuram community and the United States.

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It was that rising tension that led to a major change in Ma Anand Sheela.  Sheela became more hostile, crude, and even going on the offensive against her enemies.  She wasn’t afraid of losing her commune, so she pulled out every publicity trick in the media.  But there was something more disturbing that was even brewing up between the main leaders.

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As her rise in power grew within the town of Rajneeshpuram, so did Sheela’s sense of paranoia.  She started growing more concerned for her and her leader’s safety when Bhagwan started working with Ma Prem Hasya A.K.A. Francoise Ruddy (spouse of Albert S. Ruddy who produced The Godfather).  After Hasya came into the scene, all hell just broke loose from there.

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Ma Anand Sheela grew more distant from Bhagwan, eventually making enemies with some of his assistants.  She planned an assassination attempt for one of the doctors by injecting a poisonous chemical into him.  One of her followers ended up injecting him during a meditation event.  It wouldn’t be long until the United States finally caught up with their disturbing practices.

The FBI took Bhagwan, Ma Anand Sheela, and other followers into custody.  What would follow would be months of trials, hearings, and eventually leading to their arrests.  There were counts of attempted murder, assault, biological/chemical warfare (first of its kind in the US with 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack), and others.  Bhagwan was ordered back to India and was never to enter the United States.  Eventually the commune disbanded from Antelope to start their new journey in life.

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In the end, it truly was one of the most bizarre PR stories I ever came across on Netflix.  I never heard of Rajneeshpuram or Bhagwan until watching this documentary series.  It was definitely an eye-opening piece of history I won’t ever forget.

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If you are looking for a great crime story, definitely check out Wild Wild Country.  You will surely be in for a wild, wild PR nightmare that happened in the state of Oregon over 30 years ago.

ACS- Assassination of Versace Ending


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After a hectic and fun day at the New England Cannabis Convention, I finally had the day off to catch up on some of my favorite series.  The season finale of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace was finally on-demand.  I had some mixed feelings entering the season finale.  On the one hand, I was excited and ready for the final chapter of this action-packed story; on the other hand, I felt sad that this magnificent tale would be coming to an end.  It was quite a history to learn about from the fashion world.

As much as it pains me to say, its time to discuss what happened in the final episode.  Here’s the story:

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Andrew Cunanan acted fast after murdering Gianni Versace.  He left on foot over towards the Miami Beach houseboat to hide.  After only a mere few days, Cunanan struggled to keep it together.  Basic needs like food became hard to come by, being that he was on the run and trying to avoid everyone he possibly could.  Cunanan saw his name on every news network, but what he also saw became even more disturbing.

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Friends, even family members, were speaking for or against him.  Even his own father, Modesto, turned his back on him during one of the interviews.  At this point, Andrew Cunanan lost everyone who ever knew or loved him.  He was being hunted down by the police force and now his closest people were turning against him.  Cunanan was truly alone.

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On July 23rd, the police finally closed in on the address of the houseboat he was staying at.  Once he holed himself up in his bedroom, Cunanan took his own life with a semi-automatic pistol (the same one he used to kill Madson, Reese, and Versace!).  The madness was finally over, yet the police never knew why he completed his string of murders.  It’s been over 20 years since Versace’s assassination and there are still no answers for Cunanan’s motives.

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And with that, the crazy tale of serial killer Andrew Cunanan came to an end.  The episode’s title was ‘Alone’, which proved to be a common theme for the finale.  Andrew Cunanan was truly alone in the world, especially after murdering Versace.  All of his fairy tales and back-handed techniques came crashing down.

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While the main focus was about the events leading up to Gianni Versace’s assassination, we also looked into the life of Andrew Cunanan.  Cunanan was an intelligent young gay man who charmed his way into the rich and famous.  He wooed many wealthy older men, eventually becoming Norman’s sugar baby.  After his father left the family to avoid arrest for embezzlement, Cunanan worked his charm to live a luxurious life with wealthy older men.

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Cunanan refused to work for the money because he relied on his sophisticated charisma and intelligence to get what he wanted.  Even while successfully connecting with Norman, he created these wild fantasies that eventually caught up with him.  Friends like Jeffrey Trail and David Madson eventually saw through his tall tales about how he had a beautiful condo in San Francisco.  They refused Cunanan’s lavish gifts he offered, even fleeing from him when they had the chance.

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There was a lot going on in the lives of both Andrew Cunanan and Gianni Versace.  It was surprising to learn about how these colorful figures came together during the mid-90s.  As tragic as this tale was, this was an amazing piece of history to dive into.  Who knows what the next crime story Ryan Murphy will feature next.

Nixon/Cuomo – Governor of NYC


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Cynthia Nixon is most famous for starring as Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s Sex and the City.  Miranda was a career-minded lawyer who was Carrie Bradshaw’s voice of reason.  Due to her cynical views on relationship, Miranda was distrustful of men during the early seasons.  Her cynicism is one aspect she struggles with during the show.  Even through her struggles, she found love with Steve Brady (played by David Eigenberg).  By the second Sex and the City film, Miranda ended up living with Steve and their boy Brady.

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Even though the last Sex and the City film ended eight years ago, Nixon continues her activism work in New York City.  She has been a political activist for LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, inequality, and even public education.  Nixon is stepping up her political game by announcing her running for governor.

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This is not a subplot for another Sex and the City project – Cynthia Nixon announces that she will be running for governor of New York City.  She will be running as a Democrat against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the primary election that is set for September.  Nixon made the announcement on Monday through an ad on her Twitter account.

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During her announcement, Nixon focused on her longtime stance towards improving public education.  She, as well as her three children, all attended public schools while residing in New York City.

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Years after her stint as Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City and Cynthia Nixon is still making headlines.  The show may be over, but her activism still reigns on.  It will be interesting to see Nixon’s work as she runs against Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York City.

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While I didn’t get into Sex and the City, I enjoyed watching clips of Miranda Hobbes on the show.  Nixon would make a great governor for New York City.  In a lively city like New York, Nixon would definitely win over many supporters as a celebrity as well as a politician.  She was already the voice of reason for fictional New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw, but now she is looking to serve as a powerful voice for the people.

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With that, Cynthia Nixon will be running against Andrew Cuomo for governor.  You can look forward to the race happening later in the fall.  Who will reign as governor of New York City this year?  Will the popular Cuomo take his seat again for another few years?  Or will the notorious Sex and the City star take over?

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Who knows – we may see Cynthia Nixon channeling her inner Miranda Hobbes during the event.