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Reboot TV is the NEW TV


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MTV recently aired the first episode of Fear Factor after a five-year hiatus.  The rebooted series featured everything from the original format – six contestants, three extreme stunts, and the $50,000 cash prize.  For a show that revived after being on break for that long, it actually turned out pretty good!  I would definitely flip back to MTV on Tuesdays just to catch the latest episodes.

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But this isn’t another promo post for Fear Factor (already did that on Tuesday!).  What’s interesting to point out is that Fear Factor isn’t the only nostalgic series that revived on the airwaves.  Showtime recently brought back the 90s cult classic Twin Peaks after being off the air for 26 years.  Agent Cooper was back on TV to admit that it was a DAMN fine cup of coffee!  Four episodes into the season and it’s already a hit with the audience.

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Even ABC is jumping on the nostalgic-bandwagon with plans to revive Roseanne in early 2018.  The wacky blue-collar family sitcom will feature the original cast in an eight-episode season premiere.  Their everyday struggles will still be relevant to modern-day America, even if it is two decades later.

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Other than Roseanne, Will & Grace is another classic sitcom being revived for NBC.  Eric McCormack (Will), Debra Messing (Grace), Sean Haynes (Jack), and even Megan Mullaly (Karen) are reuniting for 10 new episodes this fall.  It seems as though rebooted series is the latest TV trend this year.

So…what’s going on here?  Why are all of these series suddenly jumping back onto our TV line-up?  What benefits are TV networks getting by reviving these classic shows?

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Well folks, our answers all lie within what shows have been airing nowadays.  TV series these days are already getting the boot after less than 3 seasons.  Series like Aquarius and The Real O’Neals were cancelled after their last season aired (Imaginary Mary got the ax after just NINE episodes!).  These cancellations are causing TV networks to go back to square one in order to boost their ratings.

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For the record, FOX has already been running with this strategy.  FOX has found huge buzz by reviving classic series such as 24, The X-Files, and even Prison Break.  NBC took notice of this trend, thus motivating them to bring back Will & Grace for their audience.  Rebooted series is the new TV trend for cable television in 2017, with many networks utilizing this strategy to fight off their competition (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, the internet in general).  Networks like Showtime and ABC are looking to dust off old series for their returning audience as a means to boost their ratings/buzz.

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With more audiences flocking to Netflix or Hulu, you can’t really blame cable networks for going back to their own series.  Before the days of streaming content, shows like Will & Grace are what made NBC such a popular series.  But it’s not so much that the streaming series are ruining cable networks – the content itself is running ragged, with writers scrambling to produce something original in this 21st century.  Not only was Will & Grace popular for its humor, but it was also a groundbreaking series in its day (known for shifting public opinion of the LGBTQ community).  It’s hard to tap into that sort of creative energy that Will & Grace had and these new series (like Imaginary Mary) are struggling to keep afloat (the trailer alone for Imaginary Mary made me want to puke after watching!).

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What does the future hold for cable television?  Is rebooting classic tv series their last hope before streamed networks take over?  If there are “original” TV series coming out in the fall, would they even make it past the first season?  With these new shows being axed after the 1st season, is there any hope left for cable TV?

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To me, I think this is an interesting strategy for many cable networks.  Audiences have been growing bored with the “new” shows, so this is a shift in strategy to gain some more buzz or ratings.  Those “#1 new comedy!” advertisements really won’t hold true if they get cancelled after just ONE season (I’m looking at you, The Great Indoors!).  TV networks should work with the ‘rebooted TV’ strategy for a while until they really drum up some original series and not something that will air for just ONE season.

It’s tough to say what the future holds for networks like ABC and NBC.  They’ll have to hold onto the classic series for a while until shows are new and improved.  If not, these networks themselves will just become a reboot.

Fear Factor Returns!


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Back in middle school, the one show I always looked forward to on Monday nights was Fear FactorFear Factor was a game show hosted by UFC commentator Joe Rogan where six contestants from around the country battled each other through three extreme stunts.  These stunts challenged the participants physically (and mentally!) for the prize of $50,000.  Each stunt revolved around the contestants’ fear of bugs, water, heights, tight spaces, snakes, and other scary ideas.  It was the one show I looked forward to after the first day back at school.

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Fear Factor had a great run on NBC, with five seasons airing up until 2006.  They tried to revive it back in 2011, but it didn’t live up to the hype they had before.  MTV2 airs rerun episodes every now and then.  You won’t have to stick around for the reruns anymore because I’m happy to announce that Fear Factor is coming back!

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This is not a drill – Fear Factor IS returning to the airwaves with all new episodes.  MTV announced back in April that they are reviving the daring game show with a new season beginning tonight.  The 12-episode season will be hosted by Ludacris and will follow the similar format as the past season (six contestants, three stunts, $50,000, the whole shebang!).  Stunts for each episode will be inspired by elements of horror movies, pop culture, urban legends, and even viral videos.

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Rather than showcasing some gross-out stunts, MTV will shift its focus to lighthearted fare for the millennial generation.  We will also be seeing more younger participants (specifically, the millennials) competing in the series.  MTV is looking to showcase contestants empowering through their fears rather than being mean-spirited about what scares them.  With millennials being the majority of competitors, we could be in for some interesting stunts.  Maybe the millennials will have to pay bills or–dare I say it—start ADULTING!

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Whatever the case, we could be in for an interesting Fear Factor reboot.  A few aspects will change, but it will follow the original format as intended.  The first episode airs tonight, so hopefully things pan out great for the series.

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It was really surprising to hear that Fear Factor was returning!  I loved watching the series back in middle school because of the unique game show format it had on NBC.  Joe Rogan was an amazing host for the show, so Ludacris definitely has some big shoes to fill.  While it’s great to hear that Fear Factor is returning, I was concerned when reading about what direction the show will be going.  For one thing, the gross-out stunts were one of the main reasons why I loved watching the series.  It was worth getting my homework done early so I could watch contestants eat animal dicks for $50,000.

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And another thing…why is MTV looking to change format to show contestants “empowering through their fears”?  Wasn’t that the whole point of the series in the first place?  Watching contestants face their greatest fears for $50,000?  At the end of each episode, Joe Rogan would announce, “evidently fear is not a factor for you!” when he/she won the game (that phrase pretty much sums up the whole point of the show!).

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Sure, there was a lot of trash-talking and manipulation among the contestants…but that was the POINT!  It’s a COMPETITION, for Christ sakes.  Watching contestants eat live bugs for a chance at money may be grotesque, but that’s what Fear Factor was all about!  Hopefully they won’t dial down the gross factor too much because that’s what made the series what it was.

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In the end, I’ll have to check out the reboot tonight to see how it goes.  Hopefully there won’t be too many changes in the rebooted series.  As for now, I’ll head to my nearest TV to catch the premiere.

Check out the season premiere of Fear Factor tonight at 10 PM on MTV!

 

Viceland’s Epic TV Criss-Cross!


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After the first day of my work week, I am most excited to come home to watch the new episodes of Weediquette and Bong AppétitWeediquette may have aired their final episode of the season (boo!), but Bong Appétit is still going strong.  Last week’s episode featured Abdullah Saeed throwing a pizza party for his friends featuring cannabis-infused pizzas.

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            Other than showcasing cannabis-infused pizzas, there were some notable guests that dropped by for the celebration.  These guests appeared on Bong Appétit for what is known as – wait for it—a TV CRISS-CROSS!  That’s right, folks!  Today’s post features a crazy TV criss-cross that brought together various guests from other TV series.  It was a TV Criss-Cross so spectacular that it is known as…the Viceland TV Criss-Cross!

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            So let’s break it down:  For the pizza-themed episode, the Bong Appétit crew welcome Frank Pinello from The Pizza ShowThe Pizza Show follows Frank Pinello as he travels across the country tasting various pizza pies.  Frank’s own series can be watched on the Viceland network!  Since The Pizza Show was on hiatus until season 2, Frank dropped by the Bong Appétit house to help out with making three infused pizzas.  He isn’t a heavy cannabis user, but he was enthusiastic about adding cannabis products into his pizza pies (props to him for that amazing dab hit at the end!).  Cannabis and pizzas, two beautiful commodities here in America, melded together for one fantastic Bong Appétit episode. 

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            But wait, there’s more!  The episode featured guests from Viceland’s other series King of the RoadKing of the Road follows three teams that go on a skating trip of a life time, shredding their dignity (as well as blood!) to be crowned as King of the Road.  It’s a wild scavenger that leads three teams all across the country to cross off each item on the list (for those of you who remember the scavenger hunt episode on MTV’s Viva La Bam, it’s basically that concept for the series!).  Some of the King of the Road crew dropped by for some pizzas, smoke some amazing weed, and to shred on the half-pipe ramp.

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And there you have it – three amazing shows on Viceland under one roof for Bong Appétit It was an amazing TV criss-cross that featured three shows from one awesome TV network.  There were pizzas, there were radical skaters shredding the half-pipe, and of course…LOTS of weed!  Skateboarding, cannabis, and pizzas…can it get any better than this?  This was the best Viceland TV Criss-Cross to date!

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            I haven’t done much TV Criss-crosses for MakeSandcastlesNotWar lately and I’m glad I found the time to write about this one.  It’s funny how you discover TV series intertwining for one amazing television event.  TV series have been crossing over each other for decades and it makes for great entertainment.  Viceland’s criss-cross of Bong Appétit with The Pizza Show & King of the Road made for a fantastic episode last week.  Who knows what other fantastic TV Criss-crosses we’ll run into in the future.

Funny Cannabis Strain Names


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There are over hundreds of known cannabis strains around the nation.  Some strains are named for an aspect of the plant (Panama Red, Purple Urkle) while some names play off of pop culture references.  As cannabis becomes more popular among American culture, the motivation to spread out unique strains becomes more relevant than ever.  Nowadays, most new strains are discovered from crossing different strains among each other.  Many more strains have yet to be discovered and the names are getting crazier than ever!

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To dive into this topic, MakeSandcastlesNotWar decided to look at a few interesting choices for strain names.  Some strains referred to aspects of popular culture while other names were just flat out strange.  These strains are a few of many others that have a funny name for the plant.  Here are a few hilarious strain names that are out on the market:

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Alaskan Thunder Fuck:  Alaskan Thunder Fuck is just one of those strains that will make you think ‘what the fuck?’.  Originating in the Matanuska Valley area of Alaska, this legendary sativa strain possesses a relaxing yet intensely euphoric high.  It’s also known for having the ‘creeper’ effect and cause you to get the munchies after consuming.  This strain produces strong odors of lemon, pine, menthol, and skunk.  Consuming Alaskan Thunder Fuck produces happy, euphoric effects that are great for combating depression and stress.

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Herijuana:  While this strain sounds more like something you inject through needles, Herijuana does NOT pose any similarities to heroin.  Herijuana is a classic indica strain that produces THC levels of over 25%.  Consuming herijuana will cause a heavy, numbing feeling (NOT the numb feeling from heroin!)  that will keep you relaxed and sleepy.  This strain is perfect for those suffering from pain and insomnia.

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Phishhead Kush:  Before I start the description…YES, this strain IS an homage to the band Phish.  Another indica-dominant strain, Phishhead Kush produces heavy hypnotic effects that leave the mind and body feeling pure bliss.  This strain inherits this spicy, woody aroma that comes from the Afghani indicas.  Blast some of your favorite Phish records and kick back with some good Phishhead Kush!

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Zombie OG:  Ironically enough, Zombie OG will NOT transform you into some flesh-eating monster.  This indica strain should be consumed during a lazy night because of its strong sedative effects.  Zombie OG is a cross between Blackberry and OG Kush.  Consuming Zombie OG is great for treating muscle spasms, depression, and even stress.  Consuming Zombie OG would go perfect with The Walking Dead episode premiere on a Sunday night.

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Skywalker OG:  May the Fourth Day happened a few days ago, so it’s only makes sense that we add Skywalker OG into the mix.  This indica-dominant hybrid strain could take you to a galaxy far, far away…with its strong body effects such as mild tingling and numbness.  Skywalker OG is a cross between Skywalker and OG Kush that is here to rescue you from pain as well as physical limitations.  Consuming Skywalker OG will leave you feeling happy, relaxed, and euphoric that will melt away that stress or depression.

So there you have it, 5 hilariously-named cannabis strain.  One sounded similar to a harder drug (heroin!), another strain was an homage to Phish, and there was even a strain after a flesh-eating monster.  As wacky as these names were, these are definitely some go-to strains if you’re looking for something different.

I hope you enjoyed reading through some of these funny strains.  If you ever come across one of these strains, be sure to pick them up at your local dispensary!

Supernatural: XXX Edition


One interesting horror series I have been binge-watching on Netflix lately is SupernaturalSupernatural first aired on September 13th, 2005 on The WB network.  The series revolves around brothers Dean and Sam Winchester who hunt for demons, ghosts, monsters, and other ghastly figures that try to destroy the earth.  They cruise around the country in Dean’s ’67 Chevrolet Impala that was passed down from their father John Winchester.  Almost every episode begins with the Winchester brothers heading to a new city/town to destroy another creature (for the record, the whole series is filmed in British Columbia!).

Supernatural plays off as a beefed-up, macho version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where its two brothers fighting monsters and saving the damsel in distress.  I would say that it’s not as gruesome as American Horror Story, but the show has some gory death scenes every now and then.  It has some horror scenes mixed in, but the thing that really draws me into the series?  The subtle gay jokes in some of the episodes.

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Every now and then, Supernatural slips in some homosexual occurrences that pulls the series into another direction.  A running gag that keeps happening is Dean and Sam being mistaken for partners rather than brothers.  While Sam and Dean are straight, the series spills some sexual innuendos that have audiences believing another tale.  One of my favorite instances when Dean meets with Chief in season 4 (Dean’s reaction to meeting the Chief was just PRICELESS and I would pay good money to see what would’ve happened between the two!).

After digging up some research, I realized that I wasn’t the only fan who thought of this.  Apparently, there’s this whole community that creates gay fanfiction stories that happen between Sam/Dean and Dean/Castiel.  For those of you who don’t know, fanfictions are fictional stories that people write based on their favorite TV series.  Since the start of the series, audiences have been writing fanfiction stories surrounding Sam and Dean’s relationship.

If that weren’t interesting enough, there’s critics believing that Dean may be bisexual.  This idea started after Castiel was introduced in season 4 after Castiel pulled Dean out of hell.  From what I have seen on season 4, Dean and Castiel have an…INTERESTING relationship.  Dean is not a fan of Castiel right now, but their relationship will blossom as the series goes on.  If that were truly the case, it would make the series a LOT more interesting.

For the record, I think we should cut the bullshit and provide the fans what they truly want – a homoerotic version of Supernatural.  There’s been so many gay fanfiction stories surrounding the characters and it give the audiences exactly what they wanted in the first place.  Let’s face it – audiences that watch the series are fantasizing about a relationship between Sam and Dean or Dean and Castiel.  I think what America really needs now is a XXX-rated version of Supernatural (NO JOKE, there’s ACTUALLY a porno version of this series titled This Ain’t Supernatural XXX!).  It wouldn’t have to cast the same characters from the series, but it would cast look-alikes from the series.

The XXX-rated series would be titled Supernatural: XXX Edition.  It would star Dean, Sam, and Castiel as they fight off monsters and for their love for one another.  There would be some cheesy fighting scenes and ridiculous one-liners (cause when has there EVER been porn that had good dialogue?).  In the end, the boys celebrate together after a long week of hunting with a three-way in bed.  This porno would be about three boys, lots of monsters coming their way, and one steamy relationship that tests their love for one another.

It’s your move, Hollywood – millions of fans have been writing gay fanfiction of Supernatural and now’s the time to deliver what everyone’s been waiting for.  The subtle gay jokes have been enough to convince me that there’s a gay porno that should be in the works (There HAS to be a scene between Dean and this ‘Chief’ character in the porn!).  There’s a lot of parody porn out on the market and a homoerotic version of Supernatural would be just the thing people need.

Fans all around the world have the right ideas and now the porno just needs to be in the works.  There’s a lot of craziness in the world right now and we could really use something entertaining like Supernatural: XXX Edition.