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‘Muppets Now’ Proves Its Time for a Full ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Crossover

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There are precisely two things bringing me joy right now: nonstop Drag Race content, and the Muppets. That’s it, that’s all I need in order to take my mind off of reality—a reality with all the charm and appeal of a bombed-out Kmart. I got to enjoy the best seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Drag Race All Stars in a minute, and I get new episodes of Canada’s Drag Race every week. And now I can add new episodes of Muppets Now on Disney+ every Friday—including the season premiere, which features RuPaul! I’m all set, America.

Except… I’m not. I’m greedy. Five months in quarantine has made me feisty, and I’m here to ask—nay, demand more from my current reigning pop culture franchises: I demand a crossover. I want to see the Muppets on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13! Does anyone actually know when that season will be filmed? No! America is still in foolish denial about this pandemic and California is a literal hotbed of COVID (over 10,000 new cases on July 29—WTF?!). I don’t want Drag Race in front of cameras anytime soon, not even if they made every single runway category variations on “I’d like to keep it on, please.” Apocalyptic digression aside—whenever the time is right, we need the Muppets and Drag Race to come together.

And Disney—don’t act like I’m nuts for bringing this up, either! Y’all put RuPaul in a segment in the very first episode of Muppets Now. How was I supposed to leave that hilarical sit-down with Kermit and the whole Muppets crew wanting anything less than a full-on crossover?

Muppets Now cast with RuPaul
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Fellow Drag Race fans, the kind that keep seasons of the show playing on a constant loop while in quarantine and before, know the truth: that was the most fun Mama Ru has had on TV in a long time. Seriously—when was the last time you saw unflappable RuPaul filled with that much childlike wonder? The Muppets brought out a playful side of the drag legend—a playful side usually reserved for Ru’s love of Miss Vanjie’s love of her own drag name.

I also have to point out that Gonzo—the Muppets’ resident stunt queen—loved working with RuPaul too and would be up to popping off on Drag Race. How do I know this? Because I asked him, because I am a journalist. “RuPaul I loved working with, he’s just a great guy,” said my actual friend Gonzo. “I would be totally up for [being a guest judge on Drag Race].” Gonzo wants it. RuPaul clearly would be in favor of it. Make it happen.

For those of you reading this, shaking your head and muttering, “The Muppets would never…” —hate to break it to you, but would they ever. Back in 2012, Miss Piggy herself showed up on Project Runway All Stars Season 1 as not only a guest judge, but the inspiration for the challenge. If Miss Piggy can be a guest judge on Project Runway then she can show up on Drag Race, too!

I’ll even go a step further: the Muppets are already Drag Race canon, henny. They inspired iconic looks from Manila Luzon and Crystal Methyd, Mayhem Miller name-dropped them in her “I’m In Love” verse, and there’s an iconic mini-challenge nearly every single season that involves—what else?—puppets! Everybody loves puppets!

Everybody loves puppets, everybody loves Muppets, and everybody loves Drag Race—so what’s not to love about a team-up? Have Fozzie and Ross coach the queens through a standup challenge. Bring on the Electric Mayhem to lay down a track for the girl group number. Pair the top contendors with some unruly Muppets for a makeover challenge (could a diva make Animal shave?). Have Gonzo show the cast how to literally death drop. Have Statler and Waldorf go in on the dolls in the reading challenge! “Night of 1000 Piggies” is the runway category that the world needs.

Until then, I’m going to keep rewatching RuPaul’s spot on Muppets Now… and I’ll keep texting my friend Gonzo for updates.

Stream Muppets Now on Disney+

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NHL Live Stream: How to Watch the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Online

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After being delayed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 NHL season is finally heading into its home stretch. The league resumed play earlier this month, with playoffs underway as the top teams in the league battle it out for a chance to take home the Stanley Cup.

As part of its COVID-19 safety protocol, the NHL is hosting games in two locations: Eastern Conference teams will play in Toronto, while Western Conference teams are facing off in Edmonton. The Stanley Cup Finals will also be held in Edmonton.

NBC will be airing the majority of the NHL playoff games, so if you have a decent TV antenna (like this one from Amazon) you’ll be able catch broadcasts on your local NBC affiliate. All other games will be broadcast on NBCSN, NHL Network, or USA Network. Here’s how to stream the NHL from home without cable, via your TV, computer, tablet or phone.

How to Stream NHL Games Online

1. fuboTV

One of the best streaming platforms for live sports, fuboTV gets you access to NHL games on NBC, NBCSN, USA and the NHL Network, as well as ESPN and Fox Sports for post-game analysis. A monthly subscription starts at just $64.99 and includes more than 100 other channels (including AMC, Bravo, E! and Showtime) plus 500 hours of Cloud DVR Plus, to record any games or shows you want to re-watch. The best part: three screens can be logged in at once, so you can be watching hockey on one device, while your friends or family members watch live TV or stream from hundreds of hours of recorded content on their own phones or laptop.

We like fuboTV for other sports too, with access to the NFL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, Golf Channel and more. Right now, fuboTV is offering a 7-day free trial with no commitment. Start your trial here.

Watch the NHL Playoffs on fuboTV

2. Hulu + Live TV

You already know Hulu’s slate of popular movies and shows, but we’ve upgraded our home to the Hulu + Live TV service, which gets you NBC, NBCSN, and USA Network for hockey. A Hulu + Live TV subscription costs just $54.99 a month and includes unlimited streaming of all of Hulu’s on-demand content, as well as instant access to 60+ channels of live TV.

Your subscription includes 50 hours of Cloud DVR recording. You can also set alerts, so your TV or device notifies you whenever a game is about to start. Try Hulu + Live TV right now with this 7-day free trial.

Watch the NHL Playoffs on Hulu

3. Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the easiest live TV streamers to get into, with its Blue Package starting at just $30 a month. The Sling Blue package includes access to NBCSN and USA Network. Add on the “Sports Extra” package for an additional $10 to get the NHL Network (along with NBA TV, MLB Network, Golf Channel, Tennis Channel and more).

Sling is offering a three-day free trial for new users here. They’re also offering a new deal that gets you your first month of “Sports Extra” for free when you sign up for one of their packages. See the deal here.

Watch the NHL Playoffs on Sling TV

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‘Doctor Who’ Star Christopher Eccleston Returns in Audio Series

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Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor, is returning to the “Doctor Who” franchise in a brand new audio series next year.

The actor originally played the iconic sci-fi character in 2005 during the first season of the BBC series’ revival, and now is set to return 15 years later, albeit in a new format. A 12-episode audio series with Eccleston and a full cast will begin being released in May 2021.

“After 15 years it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing,” Eccleston said in a statement.

The audio series will be created by Big Finish Productions, a production company, publisher and distributor of CDs, audio stories and books. The company has previously released other “Doctor Who” stories in addition to “Torchwood,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Dark Shadow” and more.

“I first talked to Christopher about returning to the role of the Doctor at the Gallifrey One convention in February this year. Christopher said he was enjoying meeting the fans and was pleased that his Doctor was remembered so fondly. He indicated he would be open to discussing a project with Big Finish,” the company’s chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery said in a statement. “And then the pandemic happened and time moved both quickly and very slowly. Over recent months, ideas have been exchanged and discussions had. I am so pleased that Christopher has decided to return to the role with us — and I’m excited to welcome him to the Big Finish family as we discover the new adventures of the Ninth Doctor.”

“Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures” will be released as a four-disc collectors’ edition set or available to download with behind-the-scenes extras.

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Carole Baskin From ‘Tiger King’ Is Bashing Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion Over Their Video For ‘WAP’

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The Cardi B-Megan Thee Stallion collaboration “WAP” may be an instant summer jam, but it’s had its share of vocal detractors. Some Republicans came out against its proudly risqué lyrics, prompting their own backlash. Another person who’s nonplussed: animal rights activist and Tiger King stand-out Carole Baskin. Her issue? That the song’s equally outré video features a pair of wild cats, and while they were obviously CGI’d in, she still thinks they probably weren’t treated well.

“My guess is that most people won’t even see the photoshopped cats in the scenes because the rest of it is so sexually explicit,” Baskin told Entertainment Weekly in a statement. “I was happy to see that it does appear to all be photoshopped. It didn’t look like the cats were really in the rooms with the singers.”

She continued:

“That being said, you have to pose a wildcat in front of a green screen to get that image and that doesn’t happen in the wild. It can’t happen in sanctuaries like ours where cats have plenty of room to avoid a green screen (or would shred it if offered access and could die from ingesting it). That tells me they probably dealt with one of the big cat pimps, probably even one of the ones shown in Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness, who make a living from beating, shocking and starving cats to make them stand on cue in front of a green screen in a studio. That’s never good for the cat.”

There’s another issue that enraged Baskin: the idea that it “glamorizes the idea of rich people having tigers as pets.” She doesn’t think any good can come out of wild cats being featured in a video by two of the most popular musicians out right now, even though few of their followers could get their mitts on them.

“That makes every follower of these artists, who doesn’t know better, want to imitate by doing the same … After tigers are too old for pay to play sessions by people like Joe Exotic, Bhagavan [Doc] Antle, Marc McCarthy, Mario Tabraue and others, they become a liability instead of an asset. While I think most are destroyed behind closed gates at that point, some end up being given away to people who want to have a tiger to show off. That never works out and the cats either die or end up dumped in sanctuaries or worse yet, breeding mills. There have been some accounts of tigers just being turned loose on communities when they no longer served as ego props. No matter how you cut it, it’s always abusive to the cat and dangerous to the public.”

So there you have it. Obviously Baskin does not know details of the shoot, so her complaints may wind up being moot. As of this writing, neither Cardi B nor Megan Thee Stallion have responded to Baskin’s criticism.

(Via EW)

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