Manchester United equal Premier League record for penalties awarded in one season | Football News | Sky Sports

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Manchester United won their 13th penalty of the season against Aston Villa – equalling the record for spot-kicks awarded in a single Premier League campaign – but should it have been overturned?

Bruno Fernandes swept home the penalty on 27 minutes after he was deemed to have been fouled by Ezri Konsa.

United drew level with the Crystal Palace team in 2004/05 and Leicester City’s title-winning side in 2015/16 as the only teams to be awarded 13 penalties in one season.

It means with four matches remaining for United in the 2019/20 season, they are just one shy of breaking the record.

But were they fortunate to join the 13-club? The awarding of the penalty was a controversial one with replays showing Fernandes actually made contact with Konza as the pair came together just inside the area. The United midfielder spun with the ball and ended up colliding into the Villa defender, catching Konsa on the ankle in the process.

The incident was reviewed by VAR but wasn’t deemed as a clear and obvious mistake.

Bruno Fernandes won United’s 13th penalty of the season – but it was a controversial one
Bruno Fernandes stood on Ezri Konsa’s ankle as he spun

Villa went onto lose the game 3-0 as their relegation fears continued. Boss Dean Smith blasted the VAR officials, calling the decision not to overturn the penalty call a “disgrace”.

“It all turned around on the penalty decision,” Smith said.

“I can understand Jon Moss getting it wrong but that goes to VAR, I don’t know what they are looking at. It’s a disgraceful decision. I can’t really tell you what I think about it as I’ll get fined. It’s a poor decision. They’ve got a screen they can go to and look at but they don’t seem to be bothered now.

“Anybody who has been in football knows Fernandes is trying to do a drag back. His first foot is on the ball and his second is on Konsa’s shin.

“I thought he was going to give a foul the other way.”

Agree with the first bit, but don’t forget VAR is just a replay of an incident! An official watched that again & still give it!!!! https://t.co/drenpc6Ndn

— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23)

However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disagreed.

Solskjaer said: “I think it’s a penalty. If you try to tackle me, I try to jump over you and I land on you, I think that’s a foul. The boy [Konsa] sticks out his leg and Fernandes does a fantastic Zidane or Maradona pirouette and he lands on him.”

The incident prompted a lengthy debate in the Sky Sports studio with pundits Roy Keane and Patrice Evra offering some sympathy with Villa over the decision not being overturned by VAR.

Evra said: “In my opinion, it’s not a penalty. The defender is being a little bit clumsy but it shouldn’t be a penalty.”

Keane added: “I don’t think it’s a penalty but I can see why the referee gave it. It’s harsh but sometimes you have to be punished for being clumsy – it was a clumsy challenge. It’s clever play from Fernandes.”

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Paul Pogba: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopeful midfielder will sign new contract | Football News | Sky Sports

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Paul Pogba to remain at Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful Paul Pogba will sign a new Manchester United contract and play an important role in the club’s future success.

Pogba has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid or former side Juventus, and even admitted himself last year that he was looking for a “new challenge” in his career.

The France World Cup winner made just eight appearances in all competitions during an injury-hit season before the coronavirus lockdown, but his return to fitness and form since football resumed last month has sparked hope among many supporters that he could stay at United beyond the current campaign.

Pogba has performed well for Manchester United since returning from injury following lockdown

Having recently signed fellow midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay to new deals, United boss Solskjaer is optimistic the club can also secure the long-term services of Pogba – whose current contract is due to expire next year, although United do have the option of triggering a one-year extension.

“I can’t comment on discussions between players and the club but of course we want to keep the best players,” Solskjaer said.

“We want to build a squad for the future and Scott and Nemanja, they’re in similar positions but in different stages of their careers – one at the start and one really experienced one.

“We also need players in that mid-range group so hopefully we can do something. I know that since Paul came back from injury he’s looking better and better. He’s just enjoying his football and let’s see where it takes us.”

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‘Realism’ in the transfer market

Solskjaer has previously admitted he is in the dark about how much money he will have to spend this summer as United cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

United have invested heavily over the last 12 months, spending more than £200m on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes.

Could Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United?

More arrivals are expected at Old Trafford this summer, with Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish among the club’s targets, but Solskjaer says any deals in the current transfer market must be practical.

“There’s got to be realism,” he said. “I think the whole world has changed both financially and the perception that we’ve got on values. Every time I put the case in front of Ed (Woodward) I think it’s a sensible one and it’s a realistic one.

“I think I’ve proven to the club that I’ve always got the club at the front of my mind. I don’t think short term or personally that this would fit me for a short space of time. I’ll always think long term and try to make good deals. I’m always quite careful with money – my personal money as well.”

Solskjaer’s side are unbeaten in 16 matches in all competitions

Ole happy with Man Utd culture

United travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa on Thursday evening – live on Sky Sports Premier League – where they will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions.

It is a streak that stretches back until January, and Solskjaer believes the culture at the club is one of the main reasons behind it.

A Villa vs Man Utd

July 9, 2020, 8:00pm

“We started this season really well after the players had a good break and worked well in pre-season,” he said. “Then we did well after the mid-season break in February and now we’ve done well after this lockdown so we do have a group that I can trust.

“They look after themselves, they stay together on Zoom calls or WhatsApp groups and they demand off each other because if one or two let themselves down then they let the team down. I feel very happy with the culture in that group. They’re good lads.”

Solskjaer has warned his Manchester United players that they must be “aware” of the threat posed by Jack Grealish when they visit Villa Park on Thursday.

Solskjaer is a fan of Grealish and witnessed the Villa captain score an outstanding goal in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in December.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish faces Manchester United on Thursday night – live on Sky Sports

Solskjaer said: “Last game they caused us some problems, both Grealish off the left and [Anwar] El Ghazi off the right. He scored a fantastic goal.

“There’s been lots said about him, and we need to be aware of him. He attracts players to him and creates space for others. There’s not just one player in that Villa team, there’s many of them.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Exciting times ahead for Man Utd | Football News | Sky Sports

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Sky Sports News their 16-game unbeaten run is ‘nowhere near’ what the team’s success needs to be
 
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Sky Sports News their 16-game unbeaten run is ‘nowhere near’ what the team’s success needs to be

Manchester United can extend their unbeaten run to 17 games if they avoid defeat against Aston Villa on Thursday night.  

You would not bet against United adding to their streak. They are unbeaten in 20 away games at Villa since losing 3-1 there on the opening day of the 1995-96 season.

It is the longest unbeaten away run by one team against another in top-flight history.

The current run proves United are trending in the right direction, but try getting manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to admit that.

“You can’t talk about success when, first of all, it’s only 16 games unbeaten. We had the tough spell in January, we’re fifth in the league so you can’t talk success,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring against Bournemouth – Man Utd’s 16th game unbeaten

“Yes we’re in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and hopefully we’ll proceed through the quarter-finals in the Europa League, so it’s exciting times, but it’s nowhere near being success yet.”

Solskjaer speaks passionately but there is a steel to him too. It is no surprise his players emerged from lockdown fitter, stronger and faster. He had made it clear what he wanted from them in the weeks he could not keep an eye on them at Carrington.

“You’re at the biggest club in the world, you do have a responsibility, you do have a privilege of keeping fit and if you don’t have the discipline over two or three months to look after yourself, that’s when I open the door and say ‘find yourself somewhere else’.”

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Solskjaer tells Sky Sports News lockdown has helped his players to focus and has praised their fitness since the restart
 
Solskjaer tells Sky Sports News lockdown has helped his players to focus and has praised their fitness since the restart

Trust is a key word for most managers and Solskjaer is no different, he enjoyed the tightest of bonds with his United teammates in the ’90s and has worked hard to develop a better culture behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

There have been big-name departures and the introduction of new faces, but the feeling right now is this is a more welcoming environment. The competition is fierce but so too is the belief that everyone is in it together.

“It’s nice to see them going into games trusting themselves, trusting their team-mates, trusting what we should be doing in the game and the messages we’ve been giving to them.

“The focus has been fantastic, it’s been great. The demands are here now, the players demand off each other in training, it’s not like we go into training just to have a jolly about. We do have some tackles flying in and a competition for places.”

Solskjaer was delighted after Nemanja Matic signed a new deal

Last week Nemanja Matic spoke to me about regaining Solskjaer’s trust and enjoying being one of his soldiers again. The Serb is a prime example of the new spirit sweeping through Manchester United, when he feared earlier in the season he was heading for the exit door. Now he has got a new three-year deal and his manager has a long-term plan for a midfielder he believes is getting better and better.

“Nemanja is a very, very professional player with some great experience which he’ll pass on to the youngsters. He’s not played as much as he’d like to this season but there’s not been any moment you’d think he wouldn’t do his best.

A Villa vs Man Utd

July 9, 2020, 8:00pm

“He came to training, worked really hard and he’s shown everyone that when you’re in this squad you’ll have a part to play.

“Nemanja’s such a top professional and I think he’s improving as a player. I remember myself when I was 30 or 31 coming back working with Rene (Meulensteen)and adding things to my game. Nemanja’s added some things to his game as well.”

Part of Matic’s role long-term will be to aid the development of younger players at the club, such as Scott McTominay, but right now he is providing the solid foundations in midfield to allow the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to flourish.

So what of Pogba? Usually he is a topic for discussion in every interview with Solskjaer, but the story surrounding the Frenchman suddenly feels different.

“I think every player needs to focus on what’s happening on the pitch and that’s one of the big pluses,” said Solskjaer

“If you look at the players, touch wood, there hasn’t been so many injuries, players are fit and they worked hard. But I also think it’s because you haven’t got any of the noise around, you can’t go out.

The narrative around Paul Pogba has changed of late

“I’m not just talking Paul now, I’m talking every single one of us, you don’t go out to restaurants, you don’t stay out at night, you stay at home and you recover and I think that’s a big thing for these players.

“There’s one career you’ve got, make the most of it. It’s been interesting to see how there’s been fewer niggles and how fit they’ve been.”

The transfer window this summer is still uncertain due to COVID-19, but Solskjaer is anticipating adding further pieces to the jigsaw rather than making huge changes.

“I don’t think it’s going to be lots of surgery, no. I think it’s fine adjusting of course but we’re always looking to improve and we know we’re behind where we want to be.”

Eight years ago Solskjaer turned down the manager’s job at Aston Villa because it was not right for his family, opting to remain in Norway.

What he is creating at Manchester United has the feeling of a home from home for the Norwegian, who has not been afraid of change nor the challenges which come with it.

His next task is to get his players to come up with an end-of-season charge that even he might consider a success.

Pogba: I feel blessed, I missed the team

Pogba says his extended period on the sidelines has further enhanced his love for the game and he’s “really, really happy” to be back, playing his part in United’s hunt for trophies and a top-four place.

The Frenchman’s campaign had been derailed by injury since September 2019 but he has returned in good form since the resumption of the football in June.

“Just being back training, touching the ball and doing what I love is amazing; I missed it so much,” he told the club’s official website.

Pogba has featured in each of Man Utd’s games since the restart

“You realise when you’re out for a long time how much you really enjoy playing football and how much you love it. So obviously I’m really, really happy and so blessed to be back and be fully fit now, and I’m enjoying being back with the team.

“I feel great, I feel much, much better now. I’ve been training well and they [the club] have been looking after me very well.

“I’ve been doing some extra work and treatment on my ankle and the rest of my body. And my team-mates as well, they’ve helped me to come back and feel confident. It’s like I never left, the guys still trust in me and always believe in me and that’s helped me a lot as well.”

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Demi Moore’s photos of bizarre office bathroom poo-pooed by fans

Fans are talking crap about this dual-purpose office-bathroom.

In a recent promotion for her new podcast, Demi Moore shared photos of herself at home and offered fans a look at the bathroom she’s apparently been working from.

“Excited to finally share what I’ve been working on! First episode of #DirtyDiana drops Monday, July 13,” the 57-year-old actress captioned a photo of herself sitting on a floral couch with a laptop propped up on a rag-covered box in front of her and a toilet visible to the left of her head.

On the wall next to the toilet, there’s a single panel of floor-to-ceiling rocks. Brown shag carpet appears to cover the entire room. The floral bathroom couch used to furnish the living room, according to shots Moore previously posted in lockdown. The carpeting appears to extend through much of the Hailey, Idaho, home, where Moore has been quarantining with her family. Mercifully, the kitchen is free from it.

A second shot of the bathroom shows an in-floor Jacuzzi-style tub and the bottom of a Joan of Arc statue standing guard on top of it.

“This bathroom is most definitely haunted,” commented one creeped-out individual.

“This is the strangest late ’80s/early ’90s looking bathroom I’ve ever seen. Especially with the threadbare couch,” wrote another.

“This is what boys thought girls bathrooms looked like back in elementary school,” observed a less-than-fan.

Moore has been quarantining with ex-husband Bruce Willis, 65 — and for a while without his current wife, Emma Heming, 42, and their two young kids. Moore and Willis’ daughter Scout explained the reasoning for the not-anticipated arrangement in a recent podcast.

“My stepmom was going to come up here, too, with my little sisters,” Scout, 28, said in April. “[But] my younger sister, who is now actually 7 years old … had never gotten a talk about not f–king with hypodermic needles that she found [at a park], so she actually tried to poke her shoe with it and poked her foot.” The entire family was reunited at Moore’s house in May.

Kim Kardashian’s bathroom also recently made jaws drop — after Kanye West transformed it into an “enchanted forest.”

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Cardi B’s Clapback After Kulture Gets Dissed Over Using A Pacifier – Hollywood Life

Cardi B made it clear that she won’t tolerate parenting critics in a savage clap back on Twitter on July 9. Here’s what the rapper had to say when someone questioned why her daughter Kulture (who turns 2 this week) uses a pacifier.

Cardi B had a fiery response to an internet critic who tweeted about her daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus on Wednesday. The outspoken Grammy winner, 27, used some NSFW language after she discovered a tweet that read: “How old is Cardi’s daughter? And she still sucks on a damn pacifier smh.”

After a savage diss at the Twitter user’s “mom,” Cardi replied: “Have a kid first and raise them your f–king self.” The author of the tweet has since removed the post. It’s unclear how Cardi came across the tweet about her daughter, because she was not tagged in the post. Though, her “Bardi Gang” fanbase, which may have sent her a clue, are always looking out for their leader.

Cardi’s daughter, who she shares with husband, Migos rapper Offset, turns two on Friday, July 10. The couple welcomed their first child together in 2018, after Cardi revealed her baby bump in a white dress during a performance on Saturday Night Live.

Kulture is Offset’s fourth and youngest child. He has three small children JordanKalea and Kody, from previous relationships. Cardi and Offset often share videos of their daughter bonding with his kids. And, the Bronx native has even taken to social media to note that she, along with Kulture, spends a lot of time with Offset’s kids.

Cardi and Offset celebrated Father’s Day in June with a big family dinner that included all of his children. The rap couple and their blended brood enjoyed a group dinner with friends and family at TAO in LA, as seen in photos from the outing. Cardi and Offset attempted to pose for pictures outside the celebrity hotspot, when Kulture, who was dressed in head-to-toe Burberry, crashed the photoshoot. We can’t wait to see what the couple has planned for her second birthday!

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TV presenter Kate Humble spotted in town – Lyme Online

TELEVISION presenter Kate Humble was spotted in Lyme Regis today.

The broadcaster, who specialises in wildlife and science programmes, was snapped by local photographer Richard Austin while filming on Lyme’s historic Cobb.

It is thought she was in Lyme Regis to film an upcoming TV programme about Britain’s most scenic coastal walks for Channel 5, including a walk from Beer in East Devon to Golden Cap.

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‘Unsolved Mysteries’ reboot on Netflix led the FBI to reopen a murder investigation – BGR

One of the great things about Netflix is that the company understands the appeal and allure of nostalgia. Sure, everyone loves fresh and original content, but sometimes it’s nice to watch new episodes of a show you fell in love with years, or even decades, ago.

In recent years, Netflix has successfully resurrected a number of popular TV shows, with Arrested Development, Mystery Science Theater, and Fuller House being a few prime examples. Reboots, generally speaking, are never as good as the originals, but sometimes its nice to sit down and relax with something familiar as opposed to diving into something completely new.

Most recently, Netflix brought back Unsolved Mysteries, the mystery documentary with the creepy and iconic theme song that debuted on NBC back in the 1980s. While Unsolved Mysteries over the years bounced around from network to network, the underlying gist of the show never changed: highlighting bizarre paranormal encounters and unsolved crimes that encompassed anything from kidnappings and armed robberies to murder.

The Unsolved Mysteries reboot debuted on Netflix on July 1 and we’re already seeing reports that the show has resulted in a number of credible tips to authorities on different cold cases.

Speaking to USA Today, Executive producer Terry Dunn Meurer said that an avalanche of tips started pouring in within hours of the show’s debut:

Since the Netflix premiere, “we have received tips,” Meurer told USA TODAY Thursday. When they seem credible, “we pass them on to the appropriate authorities. It’s only been 24 hours. We’re hoping there’s a lot of people who still haven’t watched and maybe this weekend they’ll sit down and binge the episodes and we’ll get more leads.”

One particular episode of the reboot centers on the death of 23-year old Alonzo Brooks. Brooks, for those unfamiliar with the story, went missing in April 2004 after attending a party in Kansas. His body was subsequently found a few weeks later next to a creek. Many of the details and circumstances surrounding Brooks’ disappearance and death are peculiar, if not downright mysterious. And now that Unsolved Mysteries is shining a light back on the case, tips are starting to come in. As a result, the FBI recently reopened its investigation into the Brooks murder.

With tips still flooding in, Meurer believes that the Brooks case could be the first case from the sequence of new episodes the show helps solve. All told, Unsolved Mysteries over the years has reportedly helped solve 260 cases.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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General Hospital Spoilers: The Salvation Of Nelle Benson, Nobody Saw THIS Coming! – Soap Opera Spy

General Hospital: Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier)General Hospital (GH) spoilers suggest that the evil Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier) could find salvation in the most unlikely of people. GH fans know that almost all of Nelle’s motivations for the things she does arises out of jealousy for and a need for revenge against, Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright). However, some believe that Carly could turn the tables on Nelle and “save her soul” if she laid down her own ego and offered the olive branch for which Nelle’s secretly yearned!

General Hospital Spoilers – Nelle Benson Hates Carly Corinthos

As most GH viewers know, Nelle hates Carly with a passion. However, no one seems to care why Nelle apparently detests Carly so much. Doesn’t anyone remember that Carly didn’t recognize Nelle as her baby sister when Nelle moved into Port Charles? When it became clear that Carly was more likely to scratch Nelle’s eyes out than invite her to tea, Nelle’s desire for payback only intensified. Yet, there is still something in the depths of Nelle that some GH fans believe can be touched if only Carly would try.

After all, Carly wasn’t so very different from Nelle at one time. Even though the powers that be have attempted to cast shade on Nelle and have tried to put as much distance between her characteristics and those of Nelle, it just isn’t working. GH viewers aren’t buying into the idea that Nelle and Carly are so very different … because they’re not.

GH Spoilers – Carly Corinthos Gets Down On Her Knees

The truth is that both Carly and Nelle have (and continue to) suffer from mental illness. Both Carly and Nelle are impulsive in the extreme. Neither Nelle nor Carly appear able to hold a committed relationship together, and both have evidently strayed from the bounds of holy matrimony (time and again). Indeed, there are elements to Carly and Nelle that just scream “Black Widow.”

However, if Carly could just be made to see that she and Nelle have more in common than not, then some believe she could be convinced to begin her own personal crusade to see Nelle brought back to the light. If Carly could turn her own life around (sort of), then maybe Carly can help Nelle do the same.

General Hospital Spoilers – Creating Peace For Wiley Cooper-Jones

The best scenario should Nelle win custody of Wiley Cooper-Jones (Erik and Theo Olson) would be for Carly to make peace with Nelle. How else would the Corinthos family ever see Wiley again? Moreover, Carly might see peace with Nelle as a means of ensuring Wiley’s overall safety. What if Carly could help Nelle to become a good mother?

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— SOS/CTS/HH (@SoapOperaSpy) July 8, 2020

Of course, it’s still kind of just sick that Carly’s sister is the mother of Carly’s grandson … talk about that old Muppets song from the Gogolala Jubilee Jugband – “I’m My Own Grandpa.” Sheesh!

Regardless of family lovin, if Nelle Benson is to be saved and have any kind of hope at redemption, Carly Corinthos just might be the source of Nelle’s deliverance.

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‘The Bachelorette’ rumored to start filming at La Quinta Resort

Update: ‘The Bachelorette’ rumored to be filming at La Quinta Resort, not Ritz-Carlton

Amanda Ulrich Palm Springs Desert Sun
Published 11:51 PM EDT Jul 8, 2020
Clare Crawley will make her fifth appearance in “Bachelor” nation as season 16’s “Bachelorette” star.

“The Bachelorette” television show could be filming at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, rather than the Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage as was previously reported by blogger Stephen Carbone last month. 

Carbone, who runs the website RealitySteve.com, tweeted in June that the hit ABC reality television show might use the Ritz-Carlton as the main location for filming its upcoming 16th season with bachelorette Clare Crawley. But on Wednesday Carbone backtracked, saying that filming would instead reportedly take place at the La Quinta Resort.

“Right area, wrong resort,” he wrote. “Clare and her guys will be filming her season exclusively at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, CA, not the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs. The guys are arriving today.”

The resort is still closed to the public due to coronavirus, with an estimated reopening date of Sept. 3. A representative for the hotel could not immediately be reached for comment. 

If true, this won’t be the first time the La Quinta Resort has played host to a reality show. Contestants in an episode of Bravo’s “Top Chef” also stayed at the resort in 2015.

Carbone, who has been spoiling episodes and season winners of the reality shows “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor” before they begin airing for nearly 10 years, also previously said in June that filming of the series would likely begin in mid-July.

Carbone, who goes by Reality Steve, posted on Twitter that Crawley, a four-time “Bachelor” alum, along with the eligible bachelors competing for her and the crew are expected to arrive in Palm Springs around July 9-10 and then will be quarantined for a week.

Creating a ‘bubble’ for filming

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that television and film production could resume in the state on June 12. 

Warner Horizon Unscripted Television – which produces the ABC series – previously confirmed to Variety that plans were in place to resume filming shortly.

Variety reported last month that the cast would soon begin traveling to a private location in Southern California, but not in Los Angeles county. Variety noted the entire season of the show will be filmed in a quarantined location with all cast and crew members living on-site. Regular testing and temperature checks are among the protocols expected to be used.

ABC executive Rob Mills told Ryan Seacrest during a radio interview in June that the show planned to create a “bubble” for filming away from the usual Los Angeles mansion.

“(Dates) won’t be at the Bachelor mansion,” Mills told Seacrest. “They’ll be at some sort of resort and we’ve scouted several of them… It will not be as over the top as… we had incredible travel planned for Clare’s season, going to Italy, all these places that were going to be great. But they’ll be plenty of different date locations that will hopefully be as close to ‘The Bachelorette’ as possible.”

Amanda Ulrich covers Native American issues in Southern California for The Desert Sun. She is also a Report for American corps member. She can be reached at amanda.ulrich@desertsun.com. 

Matt Solinsky, an editor at The Desert Sun, contributed to this report. You may reach him at matt.solinsky@desertsun.com.

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‘For Life’: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson & Hank Steinberg On Season 2 In BLM Era – Deadline

For Life is not an easy sell as a broadcast drama. Inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., who was wrongfully convicted but got his conviction overturned while in prison and became a licensed attorney, the series’ first season was set in prison. It followed Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock) as he represents himself and his fellow inmates in court, while also exposing injustices and racial profiling in the American legal system as well as the flaws in the prison system.

The series, from creator/executive producer Hank Steinberg and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, was a modest linear ratings performer but drew solid digital viewership, earning a Season 2 renewal in the weeks following the death of George Floyd when the themes explored in the show became part of the national conversation.

In an interview with Deadline, Steinberg and Jackson discuss For Life‘s increased timeliness and the bigger responsibility that comes with it. Steinberg talks about the difficult, emotional and sometime cathartic conversations in the show’s writers room over the last few weeks. The two share details about the upcoming second season, which will see Aaron get out of prison, how the show will incorporate COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests, and whether Jackson’s character will be back.

Going through the show’s first Emmy season, Steinberg and Jackson also address For Life‘s unique status of a premium drama on broadcast TV that defies the rules of a legal procedural, and the three characters the series’ leading man Pinnock play in each episode. Jackson also shares how he was personally affected by Floyd’s death and the mass protests that it ignited.

DEADLINE: At a February event, series co-star Joy Bryant called For Life the right show at the time. How do you feel about the show’s timing now and about its importance being amplified by the recent events following the death of George Floyd?

CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON: Creatively, we couldn’t ask for a better time for anything to take place. I’d always known that For Life was at the apex of social justice – it’s one of the reasons I was so enthused about the project when I heard Isaac’s story. Now that so many more people are paying attention and dissecting these issues, we expect that audiences will be tuning in with a new perspective.

HANK STEINBERG: We’ve been talking in the writers room for a few weeks, and we feel an enormous sense of responsibility to be one of the few shows on television that’s dealing with the social justice issues that are happening in the country and is set in a contemporary time. People were already having these conversations in some ways; there was some bipartisan support for justice reform a couple years ago. Then all of a sudden, this explosion happened with the death of George Floyd, which makes the show more overtly relevant because people are now paying attention much more to the issue.

We just feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to depict whatever we’re going to show in the series in a sensitive, delicate way that is able to discuss the issues triggered by this incident and explore it from an intimate, personal, and emotional point of view through our characters and not exploit it in some way where it feels ripped from the headlines.

Half of our writers room is Black and half the writer’s room is white. We’re having some really honest, direct and difficult conversations that I think everyone in the writers room is growing from. It’s emotional. It’s sometimes cathartic. It’s very important to everybody in the room, but of course those of us in the room who are not Black are highly attuned to the sensitivities that the Black writers have. There are things that white writers can never understand about the Black experience, living in America. We wrestle with that together, and we’re trying to put in the show those strains and those blind spots and misunderstandings of people with the best of intentions still making mistakes.

We’re fortunate in that the show was naturally set about six months behind what was happening in real life. So, our intention is to have a certain portion of the (second) season exist before COVID and the eruption and then have the COVID and the rupture from the killings be a galvanizing event for the characters but in a really intimate, personal and emotional way. You will see Aaron’s daughter be somebody who wants to go march and be caught up in it and Aaron having to wrestle with it — what it means for him, what it means for his responsibilities as a lawyer and in some ways a public figure in the world of the show. It will definitely be part of shaping his character and transforming him in certain ways, and we hope that, if we do it correctly, as the audience watches the characters, they experience the before, during, and after of that galvanizing event, that we’re speaking to something larger that’s happening in the society and the culture.

DEADLINE: Will you explore COVID and the Black Lives Matter protests with Aaron in prison, or will he follow Isaac’s arc and successfully overturn his conviction and get out?

STEINBERG: We do intend to get him out of prison early in the season and to explore what it’s like for the character to try to re-assimilate into his old live, to reclaim his family and to try to establish himself in society. That’s the best way of us to tackle COVID and the rapture from the BLM explosion; it’s much better dramatically to have to tackle that from outside the prison.

But even when Aaron gets out of prison, he’ll always feel that he owes a debt to the guys that he left behind. So he’ll be existing in the world where he’s trying to get his life back and try to figure out how to recover from over nine years of being institutionalized, and then also try to balance that against the debts that he feels he owes to the guys that he left behind.

DEADLINE: There have been a number of series, mostly broadcast police procedurals, that have come out and said that they will change their mostly heroic portrayal of the police that largely ignores police brutality following the death of George Floyd. For Life has been a rare show that takes an unflinching look at the justice and prison systems, so are you planning any adjustments going forward?

JACKSON: We don’t have much of an adjustment to make on that note, but the responsible way to show criminal activity is through the law-enforcement perspective initially. That’s why cop shows have been so successful for so many years. If you think about it, you show the repercussions to the person’s action. So [shows] tell it from the viewpoint of law enforcement, but people don’t necessarily want to watch that right now.

If you’re looking at social media and the things that will come through on your feed, you so often see a police officer doing something inappropriate. There’s something new every day for you to see from law enforcement, so it’s obvious that there’s a big issue, a bigger problem to address.

STEINBERG: In a lot of ways, our show exists as a flip side and a counterpoint to all of the police procedurals and legal procedurals where the DAs are the heroes. Our show deals with the families and the people who are on the other side of that system, and by making them the lead characters, you create the empathy, and that’s what storytelling does. So, when you have all these police shows on, even if the police characters are flawed — as Aaron Wallace is flawed — you’re saying, be empathic with these people, and even when they’re flawed, they’re the heroes, and the other people, the less important characters, the people they arrest, are the supporting characters in their story.

What we have is the flip side of it, where the supporting characters are the cops and the DAs and the ADAs who are prosecuting, and we’re creating empathy for the people that are affected by the system. One of the things that we will be doing this season, in addition to continuing to follow Aaron Wallace and his family, is following the stories of his allies, Safiya Masry and Henry Roswell. Those are people that are trying to change the system. We will be showing how the people who work within the system, inside the institutions, are trapped in those institutions, and  the institutions are bigger than the people because they’ve been erected for so long and operated for so long in a certain way that no one individual person can, from within, overcome it.

That’s how you have characters who enter with good intentions, don’t quite know what they’re getting into, and then 10 years later, they turn around and they go, oh, I’m doing something I never even thought I would be doing when I first entered this thing. I’m just doing what my boss did, and I’m going to become the boss, and then my protégé will do what I did.

DEADLINE: Hank has extensive broadcast experience but Curtis, you come from the Power universe and premium cable. Why did you decide to do For Life on broadcast?

JACKSON: Well, it’s important that it fell into the right hands, and Hank’s involvement was what made me excited about it. In premium, the audience that’s watching is into more graphic content. Like the things that you hear — even if you’re listening to R&B music, which was once love music, and you were quite buttoned, you had to be a gentleman to be involved, and now they’re saying the same things that a rap artist would say. The things that you hear in rap music, they just have shock value or extreme. In the context of television, Hank was initially saying we can’t say certain things, but we can do everything.

There was a way to make a premium show on network television that is the closest thing to a premium project that they got on television right now. Even the amount of episodes, the 10-13 episode format, it’s not 22 episodes of it a season because if we want it to be great, we can condense it and have those real moments happen like that. If are doing 22 episodes…

STEINBERG: You end up treading water and jumping the shark when you have to do that many episodes. Plus, then I don’t get to see my kids, so.

JACKSON: And the actors don’t get a chance to be a part of a film project that’s…

STEINBERG: The 13-episode thing is fantastic, and it’s the right way and number to tell a compelling serialized story.

DEADLINE: When For Life was originally announced as a show for ABC, the network of The Practice, many, including me, assumed that Isaac’s story will be the engine in the pilot leading to quick flash-forward to Aaron working a case of the week at a law firm. That did not happen. Was there any pressure to turn the show into a classic procedural?

JACKSON:  It won’t be what you’ve seen in the past. Aaron’s character is special because he’s developed under circumstances where he feels like the system itself is wrong, so it will never share the same viewpoint as any of those other guys who you will see leading those procedural shows. So, in the event it does reach that point, it still won’t be the same show.

STEINBERG: That’s right. Even when he takes a case and the case, in that particular week, is the most important aspect of it, because of the nature of his character and what he’s trying to accomplish, it should hopefully always feel different. The overall goal is to create a similar kind of balance to what we had this season where he’s a lawyer, he’s got cases, and he’s fighting for things, and it’s also a family drama, and it also will continue to be a drama about the politics of the institutions, and it has lots of serialized elements.

By virtue of the fact that he’s a lawyer, he has cases, and so there’s a procedural element to it. But we really try to come at the cases in an emotional point of view and a psychological point of view instead of twisting ourselves into pretzels about crazy legal high jinks because we’re trying to address the inequities of the law and the weird kind of sometimes perverse ways that the actual law is carried out and shine a light on that as opposed to showing the incredibly brilliant and dazzling moves that Aaron Wallace does this week, because he’s the greatest lawyer ever invented to get his client out.

ABC has been really, really, really supportive about the vision of the show, and they recognize that just creating another closed-ended procedural with a character who happens to be different is not going to be interesting enough or add enough new to the airwaves, with hundreds of shows on TV and the competition, and I have not felt that pressure to do anything to make it more conventional. [ABC Entertainment president] Karey Burke in particular has been an enormous champion.

DEADLINE: Let’s talk about the unconventional broadcast legal drama’s unconventional lead character, Aaron. How did Nicholas get cast and what did he bring to the role?

JACKSON: I knew that Nicholas was the right guy for the part the moment we all met him. Sometimes you just know, ya know?! And he brings such an intensity to every scene. Watching him as Aaron you’re witnessing a man who is literally caged and you see the fight to get outta there in everything he does and says. Nicholas connects all those dots.

STEINBERG: Nicholas brings so much complexity and depth and he is so naturally empathic, you really feel for him and root for him.

It was also really important to feel the anger that the character has throughout; it’s always simmering and seething underneath because of the incredible injustice that has been done to him. And yet Nicholas has a way of calibrating that so that it seeps out here and there and then it explodes from time to time in certain moments where it feels appropriate.

Aaron also has so many different sides to him. That is what distinguishes the character in many ways from other “lawyer characters” on TV — he is a prisoner and has to be able to navigate his way though the world of inmates.

He has to play a different kind of role and persona when he is with a prison warden, he has to be a different person entirely with his family and try to hold onto who he was from nine years earlier.

And he has to be a completely other character when he puts on a suit and walks into a courtroom to play the role of a lawyer. It’s a new role for him  — he a 44-year-old man who just learned to be a lawyer six months ago.

Nicholas is so gifted at showing different layers when he is playing a scene so you can feel that he is trying to portray confidence and bravado but underneath he is insecure and he really plays the silent moments in a way that always make those scenes compelling.

DEADLINE: Curtis, you are also an actor on the show, playing the recurring role of Cassius Dawkins. Will viewers see you next season?

JACKSON: They might see me. They may not. I’ll tell you that much. It may be exciting, it may not, but it’s going to be great, regardless. What else do you want to tell her, Hank?

STEINBERG: We left it open that Cassius Dawkins is still alive. So, we have left that open to see if and when he returns.

DEADLINE: On a final note, Curtis, you were very active on social media in the weeks following George Floyd’s death. How did his death and the mass protests against police brutality and racial injustice affect you personally? Did the events reinforce what kind of content you want to do as an artist?

JACKSON: Like everybody else I was shocked by what we all saw coming out of Minneapolis. But when you think about it, it wasn’t that surprising. I am proud to be a part of a show like For Life which shines a light on what Black males go through so often when they are being put through our problematic criminal justice system.

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