While network superheroes may be on hiatus for another week, the world of comic book television never really stops. Thanks to cable channels and streaming services, shows outside of The CW paradigm debut and return regularly throughout the year.
In 2019, superhero TV will offer tantalizing new concepts and great returning shows. With that in mind, here are 16 comic book–inspired shows we cannot wait to see.
Why We Can’t Wait: In season 2, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) becomes embroiled in the attempted murder of a young girl (Giorgia Whigham). As the mystery surrounding her near-death unfolds, Billy Russo (Ben Barnes) returns to settle the score leftover from the duo’s last encounter. While the first season may have had pacing issues (it felt just a little too long), Bernthal’s take on Frank Castle is outstanding and seeing him in action is always worth the investment of time. Also, we can’t wait to see Castle vs. Russo Part 2 now that Billy has embraced the spooky Jigsaw persona. And, as seen in the just-released trailer, his mask may hide scars less severe than his comic book counterpart’s, but it also reveals the person hiding behind Billy’s formerly flawless physiognomy.
Returning: Friday, Jan. 18
Why We Can’t Wait: Based on the comic book by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, Deadly Class is set at an assassin academy filled with the children of mobsters and murderers. Marcus Lopez (Benjamin Wadsworth), a kid from the streets with a lot of issues to address, finds himself accepted to the school and faces all the trials of adolescence and ninja school at the same time. Socially awkward but morally centered, Marcus must maintain his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques, and his own adolescent uncertainties. Set in the 1980s, the series also features some of that decade’s reckless abandon and plenty of its post-punk soundtrack. If the first episode Syfy put on YouTube last month is any indication, this will be a show to keep an eye on.
Debuts: Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10 p.m.
Why We Can’t Wait: Ellen Page headlines the Netflix adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s comic series as Vanya Hargreeves, the one member of her family without superpowers. Black Sails’ Tom Hopper and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ Robert Sheehan also star as members of the Hargreeves family — one with the body of a Martian Gorilla and one with the ability to speak to the dead, respectively. The Hargreeves reunite after the death of their adoptive father, uncovering a mystery and coping with the abuse they suffered at his hands while he tried to make them a superteam. The show has the potential to be very different from other superhero programs with the comic’s cool aesthetic and use of superpowers as a mechanism to cope with trauma.
Debuts: Friday, Feb. 15
Why We Can’t Wait: One of the very best episodes of Titans‘ premiere season introduced the live-action TV versions of DC Universe’s weirdest heroes. The Doom Patrol lives somewhere between teenagers, Frankenstein’s monster, and the X-Men — though the Doom Patrol debuted a few months before Marvel’s Merry Mutants — and the members of the group attempt to manage their unusual forms while saving the world. If the bizarro premise wasn’t enough, the cast is amazing with Timothy Dalton, Brendon Fraser, and Matt Bomer lending themselves to characters like the morally dubious Dr. Niles Calder, the beloved Robotman, and bandaged Negative Man. Rounding out the ensemble is April Bowlby as the stretchy Rita Farr, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, and Jovian Wade as Cyborg, a character usually associated with the Titans. They will face off against Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk) a one-off Silver Age villain given an extensive and memorable re-imagining from Happy! co-creator Grant Morrison.
Debuts: Friday, Feb. 15
Why We Can’t Wait: Part 1 of Netflix’s Riverdale pseudo–spin-off proved to be an interesting show at odds with itself. Part Netflix supernatural series and part CW teen drama, the series anchored itself with star Kiernan Shipka walking the border between both realities and, ultimately, using the character’s confidence in navigating them as her part of her undoing. Part 2 will see Sabrina embracing her witchy nature while still defying the social norms within the Church of Night. Meanwhile, status quos will change and one character will learn a new, important truth.
Returning: Friday, April 5
Why We Can’t Wait: Few shows are as relentless, mean, and as paradoxically full of joy as Happy! Christopher Meloni proved he is one of our greatest living actors by diving headfirst into a character as despicable as Nick Sax. But the most exciting aspect of the second season will be its new story. The original comic book, written by executive producer Grant Morrison, was a four-issue miniseries, meaning Nick and Happy (Patton Oswalt) are headed to uncharted lands as the series shifts from the winter holidays to an Easter focus. Does that mean Nick will end up punching an Easter Bunny in Times Square and relieving himself upon his defeated foe? We wouldn’t put it past the series, which already made rubber raves and child-snatching Santas a part of Christmas cheer.
Returning: Spring 2019
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Why We Can’t Wait: Stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph proved to be able leads as they navigated a new world of superpowers and corporate conspiracies in Freeform’s teen-focused Marvel series. The first season wisely switched the comic book dynamic with Tandy (Holt) coming from a broken home and Tyrone (Joseph) enjoying a privileged private school education. It allowed the show to make interesting socioeconomic points while still delivering a kick-ass superhero experience. The second season will once again flip the characters’ situations as Tyrone learns how to cope with his sudden homelessness. Presumably, the pair will also grow closer even as ally Brigid O’Reilly (Emma Lahana) offers them a new form of mayhem.
Returning: Summer 2019
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Why We Can’t Wait: Based on Alan Moore’s seminal run on the 1980s Swamp Thing comic book series, the latest attempt to bring the character to television stars Gotham’s Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, a CDC researcher who returns to her hometown to investigate a swamp-born virus. She eventually encounters the Swamp Thing (Derek Mears), who may or may not be a reborn Alec Holland (Andy Bean). Then again, it may just be a plant who thinks he’s Alec Holland. Considering Will Patton is playing Avery Sunderland and Kevin Durand is playing Jason Woodrue, the latter seems likely, as both characters appeared in the Moore-written issue in which Swamp Thing learned the shocking truth about itself. If that is the case, then the series will be leaning heavily into its horror and gothic-romance roots, which is a nice change of pace from the two feature films and the inconsistent USA series from the 1990s. Also, Ian Ziering has been cast as the fairly obscure DC Comics character Blue Devil, which is just too weird and awesome to ignore.
Debuts: Summer 2019
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Why We Can’t Wait: With showrunner Melissa Rosenberg leaving the program after the third season debuts and the current cancellation epidemic befalling the Marvel shows on Netflix, it is entirely possible the third season of Jessica Jones will attempt to pull off something few superhero shows have done before: a definitive ending. Where the superhero model inherited from comics is a literally never-ending, exhausting battle, Jessica Jones may be in a position to confront that idea head-on. Granted, Jessica (Krysten Ritter) has never been a traditional superhero and the show already revolves around emotional trauma, but that also makes it uniquely suited to address a character’s end-state. And that could mean Jessica will finally get to heal. Meanwhile, Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) will continue her slide into the superpowers-as-drugs metaphor, but perhaps there is also an opportunity to see both her and Jessica find a way through their issues to something more stable. If the show was expected to continue, that would be less likely. But here, it is possible and that makes the upcoming season a little more thrilling.
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Why We Can’t Wait: After spending season 3 splitting up the characters and establishing a deeper mythology, Wynonna Earp’s fourth season needs to do one thing first: get Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Doc (Tim Rozon) out of the Garden of Eden. Also, it has to resolve that cliffhanger in an appropriately unique fashion. At the same time, with the program’s original curse undone, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) will have to find a new way of life now that her raison d’être literally turned to ash. Maybe the creature being contained in the Garden will offer some sort of career opportunity, and Wynonna can always take over Shorty’s when it comes right down to it. But considering how much of the story the show wrapped up last year, the thing we can’t wait to see is how it recreates itself. Well, once Waves and Doc have been rescued, of course.
Returning: Summer 2019
Preacher 87%: Season 4 | AMC
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Why We Can’t Wait: Even though Jesse (Dominic Cooper) managed to get most of what he wanted across the third season, there are still troubles to conquer before he can confront God. For starters, he and Tulip (Ruth Negga) have to save Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) from the Grail base at Masada, which means they will have to face off against Herr Starr (Pip Torrens). Beyond that, there’s the ever-present threat of the Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish) and his deal with Satan (Jason Douglas). Should Jesse die, his soul and Genesis will find their way to Hell, where the Prince of Lies plans to use the power of Genesis for his dark ends. And if that isn’t enough, there is still God to consider at the end of the road. His attempts to prove to Tulip that He is loving and merciful always seem to make things worse. And like Starr, he also has a grand design that Jesse and Genesis could spoil. Considering Preacher defied the odds and survived to a fourth season, this could be endgame for the series as well. When you think about the epic checkerboard the series set up, this might be the right time for it.
Returning: Summer 2019
Why We Can’t Wait: Flipping the superhero script, Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson’s The Boys takes place in a world where powered heroes are as corruptible and vain as any celebrity. But there is some sort of oversight, even if its legality is questionable: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Karen Fukuhara, Laz Alonso, and Tomer Capon star as a group dedicated to dealing with the excesses of the superheroes. But some members of the group may take their task too personally and to unfortunate extremes. Their principle antagonists are the Seven, a group of superheroes with more than a few similarities to the classic Justice League lineup. Like Preacher, the series has the potential to be profanely funny, even if the god being mocked on this series is the American notion of the superhero.
Why We Can’t Wait: After a stellar first season, we anticipate a bigger season 2 based around Tick’s psychosis and Arthur’s anxiety. But of course, there is a mystery to solve as the duo has been warned about what might happen with the return of the superhero community to the City. AEGIS, the superhero monitoring agency, is none-too-thrilled by their antics. But really, we are here for Dangerboat, who needs more screen time in the upcoming season. If it continues to build on all of the ideas from preceding Tick series and the paradigm it set up in this version — Valorie Curry is the best version of Arthur’s sister Dot to date — the second season has the potential to be the funniest and best Tick unleashed.
Stargirl: Season 1 | DC Universe
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Why We Can’t Wait: As one of executive producer Geoff Johns’ earliest comic book series, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. lived an all-too-brief life in the 1990s. But thanks to DC Universe, Johns gets to explore the idea again with Stargirl. Brec Bassinger stars as Courtney Whitmore, a teenage girl who moves from Southern California to Blue Valley, Nebraska when her mother marries Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson). Rummaging through his stuff, she discovers he was a member of the Justice Society of America and decides to become a hero with the aid of Starman’s (Joel McHale) gravity-defying Cosmic Staff. Between a youthful premise and a love of Golden Age heroes like Dr. Mid-Nite (Henry Thomas), we expect the show to be a fun mixture of high school hijinks and superhero action — just like the comic book.
Debuts: Late 2019
Watchmen: Season 1 | HBO
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Why We Can’t Wait: The 2011 Watchmen movie was the best possible movie it could be, though many (justifiably) see the flaws in trying to contain Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s expansive 12-issue series into two hours and 43 minutes — or three hours and 35 minutes if you have the Ultimate Edition with the “Tales of the Black Freighter” sequence woven back in. Moore himself believes adapting the work into a dramatic format is a waste of resources. But if it must be adapted, television was always the natural home for a story that spans generations, four Nixon administrations, and the time it takes Dr. Manhattan to decide life is special. Lost’s Damon Lindelof developed the series to serve as a successor to the comic book, but not as a direct sequel or remake. That idea may have changed as the concept developed. Taking place in the modern day, HBO’s Watchmen picks up in a world decades after Adrian Veidt’s (Jeremy Irons) plot was exposed by fellow Minuteman Rorschach. And despite the visual cues from the comic book — and the expansion of masks in the clips seen so far — the television series’ most unsettling idea may be how close our world has come to the book’s dark vision.
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Why We Can’t Wait: David Haller (Dan Stevens) is finally the villain in this wildest of X-Men spin-off media. While we hope for more dance sequences and strange imagery, the show needs to confront this radical change to the status quo. With David finally embracing the thrill he gets from hurting people — and, in fact, violating Syd (Rachel Keller) in the process — David is closer to becoming the reality-destroying Legion than ever before. Though the second season meandered a bit to get David to that place, finally putting him in a villainous context may give the show the same sort of narrative thrust it had in the first season and the underpinnings necessary to make its visuals, format-breaking asides, and other flights of fancy as strong as viewers know they can be. But perhaps the most thrilling aspect of the show going forward is the very challenge of highlighting a character who cannot be redeemed.
What Makes a Good Online Casino?
A quick search for an online casino will reveal hundreds of results. However, these casinos are not created equally. Some are better than others in many ways. That’s why you cannot settle for the first option that catches your eye. You need to do thorough research to ensure you settle for a casino that will give you a better experience – and some good money in the process.
So, what makes a good online casino?
The truth is that there are many reputable casinos online – and new ones keep popping up with each passing day. But the few bad ones spoil the name for the others. These casinos scam people. They are eager to make deposits but not keen to give players their money back, pay their affiliates, or even stick to their terms and conditions. These casinos – scam or rogue casinos – are exactly the types you want to avoid.
Unfortunately, most of these rogue casinos disguise as good ones. You might have a hard time telling them apart, especially if you are just getting started. To help you make an informed decision, here are some qualities that make a good online casino.
It does not feature in the blacklist
One of the easiest ways to tell a good casino from the bad ones is by looking at different online casino blacklists. Different reputable platforms always release yearly blacklists to protect casino players from gambling scams online. They put bad casinos on a list for everyone to see and ensure no one signs up to any of those casinos in the future. Since these sites differ, chances are you won’t find the same casinos on every blacklist. But the fact that a casino makes the list means they have one or more of these problems:
- Change terms
- Predatory terms
- Slow pay
- Unfair games
- Marketing spam
- Licensing and regulation
Choice of games
As a player, you’ll appreciate the choice of picking whichever game pleases you. That’s why you need a casino that offers more games. Browse around to find the casino games that the provider offers to see if it’s a good fit.
It’s fair, secure, and serious
As you may have noticed from above, many casinos end up on the blacklist for many reasons, including unfairness and security issues. Good online casinos use random number generator that determines the chances of winning. On top of that, they work with third parties to check the fairness of games. What’s more, these casinos display various certificates on their platforms, giving you further assurance that things are conducted fairly.
Has good customer service
You can tell a good casino by how their customer support team treats you when you send a request or inquire about something. They will be willing and happy to serve you. they will also have adequate knowledge to address your concerns and be available 24/7.
Accept your payment methods
A good casino accepts a wide range of payment options, ranging from online payment options to instant bank transfers and even credit card solutions. This allows you to use your preferred payment method and not feel locked out. Stay away from sites that provide limited payment options. Some of them fail to get approved by payment platforms, which by itself is a red flag.
Has a bonus offer
It’s easy to assume bonus offers and other incentives, especially if you are new to the game. However, you should work with a casino that provides a consistent bonus offer and not just a good welcome offer. You’ll need these bonuses even as an existing client. Moreover, the site should provide promotions without deposit, reload offers, and many free spins. Don’t feel limited. Many casino sites offer these bonuses, and if the one in question doesn’t, you might as well keep looking.
Free games and easy registration
As a newbie, the last thing you want is to sign up with a casino that doesn’t provide free games. You need to practice without having to deposit money or fear that you’ll lose money. Free games allow you to practice and be good before playing real money. Additionally, the casino should have a simple registration and easy account opening process. If it’s too complicated, then maybe it’s not the right casino for you.
How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital
These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.
A historical journey
It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.
It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.
Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.
In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.
The birth of the mega resort
It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.
Las Vegas in the 21st century
The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?
The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.
These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.
What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.
Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.
Some Big Casinos Near Nature
Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.
ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.
Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.
- Enjoy the size of Casino de Montreal and Hard Rock Casino
- Enjoy the big and beautiful Casino Niagara or ST Eugene Golf Resort
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River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit
Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.
Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun
Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.
Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One
Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.
Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture
Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.
River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers
River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.
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