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Sex Box and Other Reality Shows We Can’t Believe Are Actually Real

From 'Dating Naked' to 'Who is the Worst Driver in the Netherlands?'

Friday marks the U.S. premiere of Sex Box on We TV — a show in which struggling couples actually have sex inside a box onstage. Sure, the box is soundproof and there’s no camera inside. And yes, the idea is that the couples will be more vulnerable and honest after the act, when they talk to a panel of expert in the hopes of solving their issues. But that doesn’t make it any less cringeworthy.

The premise is so simple, so bizarre, that it’s something you’d fact check before posting about it on Facebook because there’s no way it could be real. But Sex Box is no parody. The U.K. show of the same name aired in 2013 and received tepid reviews. But it’s only the latest in a series of reality shows that we can’t believe got the green light.

Here are other reality shows that make The Bachelor look totally sensible:

Born in the Wild
This Lifetime series, premiering March 3, is about women who give birth in nature. “No inductions, no epidurals…just expectant mothers facing and giving birth in the arms of Mother Nature,” boasts the show’s YouTube page.

Who is the Worst Driver in the Netherlands?
The series, which has run in several different countries, gathers the worst drivers in a specific region and has them show off their lack-of-skills behind the wheel. In 2011, a Netherlands contestant proved himself worthy of the title after he accidentally ran over the show’s host. (No one was seriously injured).

Are You Hot?
Before there was Tinder there was a show in which people walked down a runway and displayed their goods to judges who essentially swiped right or left. Are You Hot? aired on ABC in 2003.

The Will
CBS may have agreed to pick up the 2005 reality show — in which family and friends of a rich benefactor compete to be included in his inheritance — but the network had the good sense to cancel it after just one episode.

Dating Naked
A contestant actually sued VH1 for showing a little too much nudity.

The Swan
This show was a heartwarming retelling of The Ugly Duckling in which producers turned contestants into swans by giving them lots and lots of plastic surgery. The series was more than a little problematic.

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Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in March

Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn) and Linda Cardellini (Meg Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE. Photo Credit: Saeed Adyani © 2014 Netflix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Saeed Adyani—Netflix Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn) and Linda Cardellini (Meg Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series Bloodline

New originals with Kyle Chandler, Aziz Ansari and Ellie Kemper — as well as some older movies and TV shows

Netflix is premiering several highly-anticipated originals this month, as well as adding some old favorites in March.

Here are the new Netflix originals:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tina Fey and Richard Carlock are reuniting for the comedy starring The Office‘s Ellie Kemper about a girl who leaves her doomsday cult for New York City. The show will follow Kimmy and her new roommate—a talented singer who plays a robot in Times Square—as she acclimates to her new life and begins working as a nanny for wealthy Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski also of 30 Rock).

Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden

Comedian and Parks and Recreation vet Aziz Ansari will premiere his second Netflix-exclusive standup special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden on March 6. Ansari’s first project with Netflix, Buried Alive, is also available on the streaming service.

Bloodline

Kyle Chandler will star in Bloodline, Netflix’s most-anticipated drama since House of Cards. The show follows four adult siblings in the Florida Keys whose secrets resurface when their black sheep brother returns home. Since Friday Night Lights wrapped, Chandler has appeared in supporting roles in Wolf of Wall Street, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and Super 8. His return to television will premiere on March 20.

Here are the new movies, shows and seasons coming to Netflix:

Archer season 5 (March 7)

Glee season 5 (March 7)

The final season, season 6, will wrap this month on Fox.

Third Rock from the Sun, the complete series (March 15)

A Different World, the complete series (March 15)

Mad Men, part 1 of season 7 (March 22)

(The final installment of the show premieres on April 5 on AMC)

Finding Neverland (March 1)

The Brothers Grimm (March 1)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (March 11)

And here are the titles you should watch before they disappear on March 1:

Seven

Cool Runnings

Dumb and Dumber

Pretty in Pink

Rachel Getting Married

Flubber

Dexter’s Laboratory

Legends of the Fall

 

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Watch Jon Stewart Face Off With a WWE Wrestler on The Daily Show

This does not seem like a very fair match-up

Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins have been mock-feuding ever since the WWE star boasted that he could replace the Daily Show host—and do a better job. On Thursday’s broadcast, Rollins interrupted Stewart’s moment of zen to challenge the comedian to a fight.

The wrestler showed up on the set and threatened Stewart: “I hope, my friend, that you are prepared for a world of hurt.”

Stewart wasn’t quite up for a duel in the moment, so Rollins challenged him to come to Monday Night Raw at Newark’s Prudential Center in a few days.

We just hope Rollins goes easy on the little guy—even his neck looks scary.

[The Daily Show]

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Bill O’Reilly Gets a Boost in Viewers After Dispute Over Falklands Claims

Noel Vasquez—Getty Images Bill O'Reilly attends a basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The O'Reilly Factor drew its highest ratings of 2015 on Wednesday

The claims over Bill O’Reilly’s Falklands war reporting seem to be having a very good effect on his ratings: on Wednesday night, the Fox News talking head drew his highest numbers of the year so far.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the last time The O’Reilly Factor saw such high ratings was during demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo. in November.

O’Reilly says that he has not exaggerated his experience during the Falklands War between Argentina and the U.K., maintaining that he never said he was on the islands and was clear that he only reported on the conflict from Buenos Aires. A report by Mother Jones said he mischaracterized a violent protest as a combat situation in a number of statements over the years.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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Review: The Last Man on Earth Is One of a Kind

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH:  Will Forte as Phil Miller in the first half of the "Alive in Tucson/The Elephant in the Room" special one-hour Series Premiere episode of THE LAST MAN ON EARTH airing Sunday, March 1 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.   ©2015 Fox Broadcastiing Co.  Cr:  Jordin Althaus/FOX
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Will Forte's unusual, postapocalyptic sitcom takes some big chances. And it's worth taking a chance on.

This article contains spoilers. Click here to reveal them.

Last year, when Fox released a trailer for Will Forte’s comedy The Last Man on Earth–which is about exactly what it says–I wasn’t sure how that premise could hold down a TV series, but I wanted to see more. Having seen the double-length March 1 premiere and one episode after that, I’m still not sure how the premise can sustain a series. And I still want to see more, so consider me sold.

It’s 2020. Everybody is dead from a virus. Everybody, that is, except Phil Miller (Forte), who for two years has been driving cross-country, in a scavenged tour bus, looking for signs of human life. We find him, scraggly-bearded, crossing off states one by one until he returns to Arizona, where he spray paints “Alive in Tucson” on a road sign and repairs to an abandoned mansion that he’s made his home. (There are no corpses, skeletons or signs of unrest left behind by the plague: we’re talking comedy apocalypse here, folks.)

The first half-hour of the premiere feels less like a comedy series than a well-made Funny or Die video, riffing endlessly on the idea of what a dude might do, in a world with no humans and no rules, to keep himself alive, entertained and sane. He brings home a collection of art treasures and the Oval Office rug. He goes bowling in a parking lot, using lamps as pins. He has long, rambling talks with God. (“Apologies for all of the recent masturbation. But that’s kind of on you.”) Inspired by the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away, he makes him self a posse of friends by drawing faces on balls.

It’s a funny stretch, heavy on audacious sight gags. (You might expect that from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of The Lego Movie.) But what sells it is the understatement. Forte (who also created and writes the show) is dry and a little melancholy as Phil; there’s something almost Bill Murray-esque about his performance. The pacing of the pilot–directed by Lord and Miller–is deliberate, like a short film, with lots of lovely still-life shots to accentuate Phil’s solitude, and the soundtrack makes good use of wistful Kinks classics (“Apeman” and “Shangri-La”). You don’t usually use “beautiful” to describe a sitcom pilot, but this is one beautiful postapocalypse.

The show, as it begins, is kind of a parody of the bachelor fantasy life. There is nobody to make Phil clean up (bereft of running water, he’s reassigned one pool at his mansion as a toilet) or follow rules. He can loot porn mags and $10,000 bottles of wine. The world is his man cave.

And it’s driving him crazy. Months pass, and Phil, despairing of finding another person, decides to kill himself. And here–though information about the show and its casting has been in the press for a while–is where we must enter the spoiler zone (click the link at the top of this review if you don’t care about surprises):

Phil is discovered. He’s the last man on Earth–so far as he knows–but there’s a woman, Carol (Kristen Schaal), who’s discovered him via his spray-painted sign. They’re not exactly soulmates. Where Phil is laid-back, Carol is driven, pushy and determined to improve their lot. (Schaal, who’s specialized in comically intense characters–most recently the voice of the delightfully shouty Louise on Bob’s Burgers–is true to form here.) She moves to the neighborhood, plants a garden, and declares that it’s her and Phil’s job to repopulate the Earth–and therefore, that they need to get married.

The second half of the premiere is shakier, mostly because Carol skates so close to a shrill, bossy, buzzkill stereotype. But the following Sunday’s episode catches its balance again as Phil and Carol try to figure out whether the entire planet is big enough for the both of them. Phil, after all, is no prize himself, and the episode plays up how the weirdness of each of them can be off-putting, even as they also, weirdly, complement each other. And then that episode ends with another terrific twist which I will not spoil even within a spoiler.

Needless to say, I have no clue where all this is going, even with a giant tour bus and all the canned beans in the world. But it’s taking a chance, and in an era when NBC is shipping the likes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt off to Netflix, it’s good to see a broadcast network taking a chance; even better one that’s strange, funny and surprising enough that I want to take a chance on it.

My recommendation comes with a caveat: there is no roadmap for this kind of show, and it could easily fall apart quickly. But I will say this for The Last Man on Earth: it does not seem like the sort of thing that would be a primetime network sitcom. And that’s precisely why it should be one.

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Here’s What to Expect from Season 3 of House of Cards

What we know — and what we predict will happen

House of Cards returns at midnight on Netflix. Based on where season two left off and early reviews, here’s what fans can expect.

Obviously, spoilers follow.

More policy, less scandal

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is president now, which means he has to take a break from murder and manipulation to actually run the country.

For those who don’t remember, Frank convinced Senator Hector Mendoza to start a smear campaign against President Garrett Walker (because he and his wife had been to couples’ counseling) and persuaded a special prosecutor to implicate Walker in a scandal involving money laundering with a Chinese businessman. President Walker finally stepped down, making Frank Underwood POTUS.

Early reviews suggest that the first few episodes are, well, a bit dry (albeit somewhat closer to real Washington politics than the riveting first two seasons).

Frank will struggle to hold on to his office

Remember, Frank’s term is almost up. He’ll soon have to seek reelection in 2016, which will be tough considering 1) he wasn’t voted into office 2) he’s made a lot of enemies and 3) he’s a murderous psychopath, a fact that’s bound to come out at some point.

We find out if Doug Stamper is dead or alive

Frank’s ex-chief of staff, Doug Stamper, was knocked out by ex-prostitute slash born-again Christian Rachel Posner and left for dead in the woods. Stamper was tasked with keeping Rachel from revealing any details about Zoe Barnes’ death. (Remember: Frank pushed Barnes in front of a train last season.) Unfortunately for him, he fell for Rachel. When he discovered that she was in a relationship with a woman she met at church, he chased her through the woods, where she hit him over the head a few times.

Is Stamper dead? If not, what does that mean for Rachel? And whether or not he survived the attack, Underwood will have to find some way to explain away the incident.

Gavin Orsay will be a player

The creepy hacker who’s overly attached to his pet guinea pig is still working as an FBI informant. He and Doug struck a deal that he would keep silent about Barnes’ death if Doug dropped the hacking charges against him. With Doug incapacitated or even dead, he could easily go rogue.

Many of the compelling minor characters from previous seasons are either dead, incarcerated or missing — Peter Russo, Zoe Barnes, Lucas Godwin, Rachel Posner, Janine Skorsky. Gavin is one of the few non-politicians left who can threaten Frank or help him. Expect him to be back with a vengeance.

Claire will get hers

Just as conniving as her husband, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) unceremoniously dropped her bill to make it easier to adjudicate sex crimes in the military in order for she and her husband to make it into the Oval Office. It’s unlikely she’ll be satisfied sitting by and doing nothing as first lady.

Pussy Riot will guest star

It was reported back in August that two members of the Russian punk rock activist group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, would make an appearance on the show. We can safely assume, then, that at some point Frank will be forced to address Russian politics — and possibly the country’s discriminatory laws against gay people.

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Chyler Leigh and David Harewood Join Supergirl

Chyler Leigh attends the 'Taxi Brooklyn' Paris premiere in Paris, France on March 10, 2014.
Kristy Sparow—Getty Images Chyler Leigh attends the 'Taxi Brooklyn' Paris premiere in Paris on March 10, 2014.

Leigh and Harewood will play Supergirl's sister and the head of a special government bureau, respectively

Chyler Leigh and David Harewood have joined the cast of CBS’ Supergirl, EW has learned.

The project stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who escaped Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Grey’s Anatomy alum Leigh will play Alexandra “Alex” Dancer, the confident foster sister of Kara. Fascinated by Kara’s powers from a young age, Alex developed a lifelong obsession with science, which inspired her to become a doctor.

Homeland’s Harewood will play Hank Henshaw, a onetime CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats on Earth. If Hank’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s famous in DC Comics lore for being Cyborg Superman.

Leigh and Harewood join the previously cast Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart and Laura Benanti.

Supergirl hails from Arrow and Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti and The New Normal’s Ali Adler, who will write and executive-produce with Sarah Schechter. Additionally, Arrow and Flash boss Andrew Kreisberg has signed on as an executive producer and writer on Supergirl.

Check out the full list of pilots here.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Will Be 90 Minutes Long

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in a scene from the season four premiere of "The Walking Dead."
Gene Page—AP Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in a scene from the season four premiere of "The Walking Dead."

The finale will air in late March

The Walking Dead’s season five finale will be an extended 90-minute episode airing March 29 at 9 p.m., AMC announced Wednesday. In the finale, Daryl finds himself in trouble while out on the run. Meanwhile, in Alexandria, Rick and his group continue to feel like outsiders as danger lurks near the gates.

At 10:30 p.m. EST, AMC will air Talking Dead, the live after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick, to discuss the finale and bid farewell to fallen characters. Past guests have included Kevin Smith, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan and Conan O’Brien.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon: Love Is ‘Transactional’

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David Giesbrecht—Netflix Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey in Season 3 of Netflix's House of Cards

On the show, love is all about power — and don't expect that to change in season three

Frank and Claire Underwood probably won’t grow more sentimental this weekend on the third season of House of Cards, which premieres on Netflix on Feb. 27. Fans know by now that everything on the show is about power — and love, as creator Beau Willimon tells TIME, is no exception.

“I think that love, even the purest love, is also about power and transactional. I don’t look at ‘power’ as a bad word, and I don’t look at ‘transactional’ as a bad word,” he says.”Even the phrase ‘unconditional love’ is almost the terminology of contract law. It’s saying I am making a bargain with you to make myself completely vulnerable and open, to always be there for you. And I expect that in return. That is transactional.”

Willimon’s philosophy on relationships is neatly summed up by Frank (Kevin Spacey) in season one. He quotes Oscar Wilde: “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.”

While critics have said characters on the show use sex for leverage or involve power politics in the bedroom, Willimon says that’s how sex often works. “I would argue that if you look at a lot of relationships, those extreme power dynamics exist in them where one of the two people is prostituting themselves,” he says. “And that could be a man or a woman.”

Romantic!

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Watch Downton Abbey Stars Sort Their Characters Into Hogwarts Houses

Downton Abbey Season 5 on MASTERPIECE on PBSPart EightSunday, February 22, 2015 at 9pm ETSomeone tries to derail Rose and Atticus’s happiness. Mrs. Patmore gets a surprise. Anna isin trouble. Robert has a revelation.(C) Nick Briggs/Carnival Films 2014 for MASTERPIECEThis image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC. No other rights are granted. All rights are reserved. Editorial use only. USE ON THIRD PARTY SITES SUCH AS FACEBOOK AND TWITTER IS NOT ALLOWED.
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Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess is in Gryffindor because of course

As Downton Abbey‘s latest season comes to an end in the U.S., Masterpiece Classic has revealed the final episode was shot at an (unnamed) location from the Harry Potter films.

So a few cast members of the British period saga sorted the show’s beloved characters into Hogwarts houses. “I think Edith would probably be in Ravenclaw,” says Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith Crawley. “I know people are going to want to say Slytherin, but she’s not that bad!”

Both Carmichael and Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham, agree that Sybil, the show’s beloved youngest sister whose death had many fans in tears, would be Gryffindor “through and through.”

“Violet would have to be Gryffindor,” Bonneville adds, an obvious choice considering the character is played Maggie Smith — who also played Head of Gryffindor House Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies.

Rob James Collier, who plays wily footman Thomas Barrow on the show, chimes in with his thoughts as well. And the three take it so seriously, it’s equal parts hilarious and magical. Where will Lady Mary end up? Find out by watching the full video at PBS.

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