The CNN host's six-part docuseries will delve into the lives of some of the people responsible for the more than 45,000 Asian restaurants in the United States, and explore the "complicated journey of the Asian community, past and present." HBO Max says the docuseries comes at a "critical time," alluding to the recent wave of anti-Asian violence. Ling has been one of the vocal Asian-American stars calling to #StopAsianHate. HBO Max says "Asian restaurants representing the diverse people and cuisines of the continent are as ubiquitous as McDonald's, and each one of them has a unique and compelling story." Ling adds: "It is time that we learn about a community that has been integral to America's development but has largely been ignored by American history. My own family's path to their American dream started in a Chinese restaurant, and I cannot wait to learn the stories of those whose journey paralleled mine throughout different parts of this country."
The untitled Real World-esque reality show will take viewers inside Hype House, a collaborative group of social media influencers and TikTok stars who live and create content in a Hollywood Hills mansion of the same name. The show will document the members’ relationships, explore their fame and follow them as they try to tackle the next stage of their lives.
The actress is expected to appear on three episodes of the Disney+ series in a role being kept under wraps.
The gay character Julio, who previously dated Waylon Smithers, has been recast with the voice of Tony Rodriguez, who is gay and of Cuban descent like his character. Rodriguez made his debut in the role last month. The casting change was partially prompted by a viral video showing every LGBTQ joke on The Simpsons. Rodriguez responded by making a video pleading to join The Simpsons, which caught the attention of producer Matt Selman.
Discovery+'s Foody Call spinoff will "see couples from the franchise invite viewers into their kitchens and dish on recipes for relationship success, all while preparing traditional meals from their home countries." 90 Day: Foody Call premieres May 29 and features couples Tania & Syngin, Russ & Pao, David & Annie, Loren & Alexei, Robert & Anny and Sasha & Emily.
The Annie Murphy-led subversive comedy premieres on AMC+ on June 13 and on AMC on June 20.
The untitled series will follow NASCAR's only Black driver as he races through the 2021 season.
Jimel Atkins and Andy Hirsch have also been cast on the HBO drama series. Letts will play Jack McKinney, the brief 1979 Lakers head coach who was the original architect behind the team's fast-paced game. Nicholson will play McKinney's wife Cranny. Hamilton has been cast as Magic Johnson's mom, Christine Johnson. Atkins will play Lakers player Jamaal Wilkes and Hirsch will portray David Stern, the NBA's legal counsel, who would go on to serve as NBA commissioner for 30 years.
Tracey’s Life Matters would star Ashley -- a Last Comic Standing alum who was featured on Haddish's Netflix standup comedy series Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready -- as a savvy, independent black woman, who moves with her white husband to his hometown in rural Indiana, where she has to deal with her "Karen-like" mother-in-law. Sykes and Haddish will serve as executive producers. Ashley is a writer and executive story editor on The Neighborhood and has previously written for The Last O.G.
While The Falcon and the Winter Soldier led the list for the second straight week, the animated comedy from Rick & Morty duo Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan enabled Hulu to crack the Top 10 for the first time.
“What you will see on Friday night is the culmination of a year’s worth of our 20/20 team diving deep into this important cultural story, conducting interviews and constantly gathering reporting on who George Floyd was, coupled with historic breaking news moments captured by ABC News’ journalists across the division,” says Janice Johnston, executive producer of the ABC News newsmagazine. “It’s a true team effort.”
Stars of the 1997-2003 HBO prison drama will be part of this year's virtual festival, taking place June 11-20. The ATX TV Festival also announced panels on Ziwe and Small Axe.
Two contestants pulling off the same feat on the same day is almost unheard of.
"I had never seen Melissa Villaseñor's Kristen Wiig impression and it truly blew my mind," tweeted Meyers of the SNL star, who says she auditioned for the show as Wiig.
It's been a problem plaguing the streaming era: Classic shows like Dawson's Creek, The X-Files, Scrubs and Felicity are missing the original soundtracks that made them memorable, replaced by generic songs because of licensing rights issues. When Netflix announced last fall that it would be adding Dawson's Creek, it had to apologize in advance for not including Cole's original theme song. Instead, Dawson's is streamed with Canadian musician Jann Arden’s “Run Like Mad." “People really care and are really upset about it,” Cole tells The New York Times. “They tag me in every post — so much tagging on the socials, fans tagging Netflix and Sony. It’s prolific.” (Cole’s song does play before the two-part series finale on Netflix, thanks to a deal Sony Pictures Entertainment, the production studio and distributor, made for a special 2003 DVD release.)
Cole says she's recorded a new master of "I Don’t Want to Wait" and that Sony has negotiated with her publishing company to restore it as Dawson's series theme on streaming services -- Sony has yet to confirm its return. “It’s wonderful to have waited this out,” Cole says. “I feel like it’s not just vindication for me, but for the fans, and for all artists.” As The Times' Calum Marsh explains, "Dawson’s Creek is one of many classic shows that sound different today than you probably remember. Stream it on Netflix, and most of the pop music it included when it originally aired is absent. It’s a bewildering transformation — and one that is surprisingly widespread across streaming services in North America.
Why does it happen? As it turns out, it’s mainly a problem of foresight. All shows have to pay for the rights to use existing songs in their soundtracks, and the process of licensing popular tunes can be prohibitively expensive. Before the early 2000s, in the days before DVD box sets and streaming, producers didn’t think much about the long-term future of these programs — as they saw it, they would air live and possibly for a few years in syndication. Many opted for a compromise to get well-known songs onto their shows: limited, short-term licenses, which allowed them to land big artists on the cheap." The replacement of generic music has even had an effect on storylines. One X-Files episode, tilted "Beyond the Sea," revolves around Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea” -- yet the song was replaced on DVD and streaming services with “La Mer,” the French-language jazz standard with a similar melody. "Now producers know better, and whether on streaming, network or cable, in-perpetuity licenses are the norm," says Marsh.
Brown, Taye Diggs and Iggy Azalea are among the contestants on the new version of The Dating Game, hosted by Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton.
Hamilton, who starred on Kelley's The Practice, will recur as Judge Mary Holder, presiding judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court — the most powerful trial judge in the city and a no-nonsense jurist who doesn’t suffer fools.
"All our dreams are coming true," says Kimmel who has enlisted an impersonator to mock the prominent Trump supporter for the past few weeks. Kimmel intends to conduct the interview, set for April 28, on a bed surrounded by MyPillows.
The iconic 82-year-old train station, which has been used in movies ranging from The Dark Knight Rises to Blade Runner, will serve as the main home for Sunday's ceremony.
Early development on two more Below Deck spinoffs has begun. The two would join existing spinoffs Below Deck: Sailing Yacht and Below Deck: Mediterranean.
The comedian and actor tweeted that he was the only person of color in line when he was stopped by two plainclothes officers Wednesday down the bridge and asked for a "random" search. "I told them no. Be careful," he tweeted. Several hours later, the Clayton County Police Department took responsibility for the interaction but denied Andre’s version of events. Andre called the police statement "sad and full of misinformation," adding: "I did NOT volunteer to a search and I did not volunteer to talk. You guys flashed your badge and detained me with no probable cause except for racism. This is JIM CROW RACISM @ClaytonCountyPD I DID NOT VOLUNTEER TO A SEARCH. YOU ARE HARASSING ME. THIS IS RACISM!"
Earlier this week, Carlson denounced Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and a Washington Post reporter for apparently planning to expose his old yearbook. That prompted a Twitter user to unearth the 1991 Trinity College Yearbook, which lists Carlson as being a member of the "Jesse Helms Foundation" and "Dan White Society." Dan White was the former San Francisco police officer turned member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected official, in 1978. White, who committed suicide in 1985, is known for the "Twinkie defense," blaming consuming sugary foods and drinks for his actions.
As one veteran TV news executive put it to NBC News' Dylan Byers, "there is no NBC News without Today. There is no ABC News without GMA." Yet both shows are losing viewers. Today, for instance brought in $408 million in advertising revenue in 2019 compared to $146 million for NBC Nightly News and $26 million for Meet the Press. "Financially, broadcast news is in an existential dilemma," says Byers. "Morning shows, the profit centers for each network news division, are losing hundreds of thousands of viewers every year. Viewership among 25- to 54-year-olds, the demographic group advertisers covet, is roughly half what it was a decade ago, according to data from Nielsen, the media tracking company...News networks have survived this decline by charging advertisers more money to reach fewer viewers, a standard strategy across television and a life raft for media companies while they build out their streaming networks. But at some point, several television executives acknowledged, the big advertisers will likely decide it's not worth it to pay higher and higher costs to reach fewer and fewer viewers."
Villaseñor will host the Spirit Awards' first-ever weekday ceremony on Thursday on IFC. "I do love an audience," she says of her first-ever awards-hosting gig. "For me, that's the ultimate. The best thing is feeling the crowd and having the same energy and laughing together. This is tough, but my goal is that I make the camerapeople laugh. Really, I have a podcast (Laughing With Myself) where I just talk to myself about things, so I feel very comfy laughing at my own jokes."
"Grounded for Life never quite found an audience," Emily Palmer Heller says of the 2001-2005 Fox-WB sitcom starring Donal Logue, Megyn Price and Kevin Corrigan. "It was brought in as a mid-season replacement in 2001 for the short-lived John Goodman sitcom Normal, Ohio on Fox, aired out of order, and was cancelled two episodes into its third season to make room for a new reality show called American Idol. It was then picked up by the WB for an additional two seasons, where its Nielsen rating never rose above 2.8. (All five seasons are now available on the free streaming service IMDbTV.) That’s a shame, because Grounded for Life is a solidly funny sitcom with a rock-and-roll spirit that deserves a spot alongside Sanford and Son, Roseanne, and The Simpsons as a working-class-family show that actually grapples with the reality of being a working-class family. The Finnertys don’t fail to make ends meet — but just barely. Money is a constant concern, and an unexpected expense could knock them off balance. To pay for a vacation, they take on extra shifts (Sean is an electrician with the MTA, Claudia works as a restaurant hostess), which has real consequences for their family. The closest the show comes to gliding over money issues is when Sean and Eddie buy a bar, in a third-season effort to give the show a refresh in the midst of falling ratings. It’s still a pretty traditional family sitcom, so each episode has to come to a (mostly) heartwarming conclusion, but Sean’s impulsive decision is nevertheless treated as just that — an impulsive decision that could easily bankrupt them."
This season of the Freeform series may seem ripped from the headlines, but executive producer Joanna Johnson points out that the show enlisted the help of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors before Floyd was killed last year, when BLM had a negative approval rating. “People are always saying, ‘Wow, you really are ahead of things,’” says Johnson. “But we’re just trying to deal with things that have been going on for a long time. If these issues happen to make the press, it’s just because it’s been in the shadows for so long.” Cullors was enlisted for an episode this season in which Malika faced the legal ramifications of her arrest during a Black Lives Matter protest. At first Cullors was recruited to appear as herself, then she became an advisor, and finally a writer. “She was on staff when the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor protests began, so we had a front seat to what her organization was going through," says Johnson. "She became executive director of Black Lives Matter and had to leave, but we were very invested in those stories long before the summer.”
The Camping alum will recur on the massive sinkhole mysteriously drama as a high-powered attorney and the older sister of Michael Raymond-James's character.
Food historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris' High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, premiering May 26, is committed to telling the full and unadulterated story of “America’s deep-rooted history of slavery, and the impact on American food as we know it today.
Presenting an examination of the physics of Episode 1 of the Marvel series.
Weird Al was 21 when he performed "Another One Rides the Bus" on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow Show in April 1981.
The former Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: Next Generation star will join Good Morning America's Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, CNBC host David Faber and Fox Sports' Joe Buck as part of the final batch of guest-hosts for Jeopardy!'s Season 37. Burton finally gets his wish to helm Jeopardy! after an online push from fans and, in recent weeks, vocal campaigning by the actor himself. "THANK YOU... to all y’all for your passionate support!" tweeted Burton. "I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and will do my utmost best to live up to your faith you in me. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time." No dates were given for the final crop of guest-hosts, but they are expected to guest-host this summer. “Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,” Jeopardy! executive producer and one-time guest host Mike Richards said in a statement. “Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes. We look forward to sharing the rest of the season with our viewers.”
Season 3 will reportedly be titled Master of None Presents: Moments in Love and, according to Variety, Aziz Ansari's Dev won't be the focus of the third season, arriving in Netflix in May after a four-year hiatus. "The season is expected to be a departure for the show, and it’s believed to focus on Lena Waithe’s character, Denise," reports Variety's Kate Aurthur, pointing to an earlier report on the cast of The End of the F***ing World's Naomi Ackie. As Aurthur notes, Waithe and Ansari won an Emmy for writing the Season 2 episode "Thanksgiving" that focused on Denise. While it's unclear why Season 3 would revolve around Denise, "moving away from the first two seasons’ focus on Dev as a single man looking for love helps the series and Netflix move away from the aforementioned incident in Ansari’s personal life," says TVLine's Mekeisha Madden Toby. "In January 2018, a 23-year-old woman posted an article online alleging that a date with Ansari had ended with a nonconsensual sexual encounter with the actor." Aurthur points out that Ansari's comeback Netflix special in 2019, Right Now, was met with "mixed to muted" reactions.
The number of people watching the verdict in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd was high for late afternoon. CNN had double its audience, with 4 million watching between 4:30 p.m. ET and 6:30 p.m., leading Fox News' 3.4 million. Four million watched on ABC, while MSNBC and CBS each had three million viewers. NBC’s viewership totals were not yet available, which means the verdict was likely seen on television by an audience of more than 20 million.
The Bleepin’ Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special on May 23 will feature a reunion of the 2001 film, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. Rachel Leigh Cook will reprise her role as Josie McCoy and along with those who made up her on-screen boy band DuJour: Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green, Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison.
The renewal comes nearly a year after the Netflix game show premiered last June amid the pandemic. Netflix says Floor Is Lava attracted 37 million households during its first four weeks.
Radames Pera, who was 11 when he was cast a young version of David Carradine's Caine, AKA Grasshopper, takes issue with The CW reboot using the same title. In particular, he emphasized that the original resisted using violence and was anti-revenge, in contrast to the Olivia Liang-led version. "I want to be positive and not be critical of (the new version), except for the fact they're taking very big licenses with the original show," says Pera, who admits he's only read the pilot script and hasn't watched the show since he lives in France. "David Carradine once said that Kung Fu was an anti-revenge series. The character walked through life trying to make as few ripples as possible because of his mixed race status. But he'd immediately be the focus of people's negative attention and bigotry, so he would have to deal with these jerks coming at him. Despite that, he always tried to do the least amount of harm." Pera, who is white, also addressed criticism of the original having him and Carradine playing mixed-race characters even though they didn't have Asian ancestry. "They did the best they could at the time," said Pera. "They were taking heat from the Asian community from the onset. So they actually made a deal with some of the representatives from Asian American community to hire everybody in town, whether they were Korean, Japanese, Chinese, or Filipino who had a SAG card. They also gave cards to those who didn't have one by giving them their first job in a union production. Literally every Asian actor in town worked on that show."
The actress-singer will play the warm and wise Ruby Okoro, a young woman with an old soul, according ot Deadline. She arrives on Fantasy Island with a terminal illness, but Roarke and the island give her a new lease on life.
Mosley is joining Season 4 of the USA Crime anthology series after starring in the Fox sci-fi thriller Next.
Barrymore and The Drew Barrymore Show regular chef Pilar Valdes are teaming on Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life, which will be released on Nov. 2.
Kwame Patterson succeeds Akili McDowell in the title role, portraying David in his 30s on the OWN series that returns June 22.
Hulu has given a straight-to-series order to How I Met Your Father, an offshoot of How I Met Your Mother created by This Is Us executive producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Original HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are on board as executive producers. Duff will play Sophie, who tells her son the story of how she met his father. The retelling “catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options,” according to the official logline. How I Met Your Father will be similar to HIMYM in using multi- and single-camera sitcom elements. But it's unknown how the new show will be connected to HIMYM. This is the latest stab at an HIMYM spinoff. In 2014, Greta Gerwig starred in How I Met Your Dad, a pilot that CBS rejected. In 2016, Aptaker and Berger launched a second attempt at a How I Med Your Father spinoff of HIMYM, an effort that has finally come to fruition.
# TOPICS: Hilary Duff, Hulu, How I Met Your Dad, How I Met Your Father, How I Met Your Mother, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker, Cancelations, Renewals & Pickups, In Development
Netflix released a teaser of what's coming in May, and one of the shows teased was Season 3 of Master of None, though no specific premiere date was given. Master of None's last season premiered in May 2017, eight months before Ansari was embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal that put the show's future in doubt. Master of None reportedly filmed Season 3 in London in January.
“It’s hard to celebrate, because a man is still dead, but there is a sense of relief that at least this one injustice was not compounded with indifference," The Late Show host said. "And it could easily have gone the other way. No matter what you saw on that tape, this nation does not have a great track record on this subject. But at least in this case, this man faces accountability. But justice is a far more difficult goal. America still has a problem of over-policing and systemic racism, but hopefully this is a step toward a future where police being held accountable for their actions isn’t headline material, and a hope that accountability today is a deterrent for tomorrow.” Jimmy Fallon said on The Tonight Show: "While this is a step in the right direction, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Too often, justice isn’t served, and the need for police reform remains. We all must continue to call out injustice until things change for the better.” Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel said on his late-night show: “I think we’re all grateful that it went the way that it did. In this case, the jury made the correct decision, a unanimous decision, which is a step in the right direction. And I hope the verdict itself brings comfort to the family of George Floyd and all those who mourn his death. And I also want to say, ‘Good luck in prison, Derek, you’ll need it.’ That’s right. I hope you’re there for a very long time.” ALSO: Joy Reid tells Jimmy Fallon that being relieved at the verdict is part of the problem.
# TOPICS: Derek Chauvin, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, George Floyd, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Joy Reid, Stephen Colbert, Late Night
The NBC daytime soap opera hasn't filmed any new episodes since last week as negotiations between NBC and Sony Pictures Television are ongoing. But there's a reason for optimism since TVLine reports the Days‘ writing team is said to be hard at work on scripts for the potential new season. “Everyone is proceeding under the assumption that the show will be back,” says an insider. Viewers won't notice any disruption since Days tapes so far in advance.
Last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! marked DeGeneres' first major sit-down interview since last summer's toxic workplace scandal. Kimmel and Ellen are longtime friends, so it isn't surprising that he didn't bring it up. But by not mentioning the controversy, Kimmel essentially gave Ellen a pass, says Matt Wilstein. "Hardly the toughest interviewer in the mediasphere, Kimmel was especially soft on DeGeneres, who is attempting some image rehab ahead of the premiere of her new HBO Max furniture show, Ellen’s Next Great Designer," he said. "They joked about smoking 'wacky-tobacky' and even played a quick round of 'Who’s High?' with pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard. After all of that silliness, it would not have been easy to pivot into the serious allegations against her guest. And Kimmel didn’t try. Instead, he set DeGeneres up for a simultaneously endearing, humorous and concerning story about how she had to drive her wife Portia de Rossi to the emergency room for an appendectomy while very stoned." Wilstein added: "Now, obviously, Kimmel—who’s hosting DeGeneres’ buddy George W. Bush on his show this Wednesday night—is not Anderson Cooper or Oprah Winfrey. And a late-night comedy show is not necessarily the best place for DeGeneres to address the allegations, which included sexual misconduct by her top producers and the host herself accused of secretly being 'one of the meanest people alive.' But for it to not even come up reveals just how much celebrities tend to give their celebrity friends cover when low-level staffers suffer abuse. And it also raises the question of whether DeGeneres only agreed to the appearance under the condition that her scandal would be ignored—or if she just knew it would be."
People reports that Randolph wasn't given a head's up that Underwood would come out as gay on last week's Good Morning America. "Cassie found out Colton is gay the same time that everyone else did," a source tells People. The source said Randolph, who filed a restraining order against Underwood for allegedly abusive behavior, is having a tough time being back in the headlines. "It was a very traumatic time for Cassie," said the source. "It's tough to be in the headlines and revisit painful memories."
On Monday, Eminem shared a video of the sketch with a thinking emoji. On Wednesday, Eminem announced he is selling his first NFT.
The Westworld star and the oldest of the Hemsworth brothers will play University of Miami head coach Dennis Erickson.
The 75-plus shows that Roku acquired earlier this year from Quibi will officially drop the name of the shuttered shortform streaming service.
“After deeply thoughtful reflection, I approached the producers some time ago asking to leave the show and they agreed — and gave my character a wonderful sendoff,” Wilson said in a statement following her final episode airing last night. “I am appreciative of them for allowing me to embody as beautiful of a soul as Dr. Mina Okafor. I would also like to thank the studio, network, cast, crew and, most of all, the wonderfully dedicated fans of The Resident for their support over the last four seasons.”
The Late Late Show host decided to call Oprah on last night's show. At first he got an automated message that started reading out the phone number, prompting him to quickly end the call. Soon after, Oprah called back. “Look at you! Hey babe,” she said. Corden then pitched her on bandleader Reggie Watts' idea that she should open a hotel called “O-tel."
The three-issue Image Comics miniseries, written by the Game of Thrones alum and writer Marguerite Bennett, whom she calls her "comic guru," follows a single mom named Maya who discovers she possesses freakish superpowers, and uses them to take on a secret cabal of human traffickers. In an interview with EW, Clarke describes the comic as a Deadpool-esque blend of "a lot of silliness" and tongue-in-cheek humor, combined with a very current feminist sensibility "explored in an extreme genre-bending atmosphere." Clarke added: "We're always calling mothers superheroes, and I'm like, what if they were? What if they legitimately were superheroes?" ALSO: Clarke seemingly confirms on her Instagram Stories she'll be part of Marvel's Secret Invasion on Disney+.
The former New England Patriots Super Bowl MVP has joined the Showtime series as part of an overall deal with ViacomCBS to produce shows, movies and documentaries.
Kardashian was responding to Nicola Coughlin, who tweeted Tuesday: "As the world’s number one @bridgerton Stan does @KimKardashian know that the Kardashians were a massive inspiration for the Featheringtons and we talked about them all the time during our fittings? Because I feel like she should know this." Kardashian responded by tweeting “WHAT?!?! I am freaking out!!!!!!" and asking “Can I please come to a fitting?!?! It would make my whole life!!!!!! I love you Lady W!!!”
The Riverdale universe alums made headlines in February after they were spotted kissing. A source tells E! News that the 31-year-old and the 51-year-old Ulrich are no longer a couple.
The Mark Burnett-produced The Big Shot With Bethenny, premiering April 29, will follow contestants as they compete to become part of Frankel's executive team.
Patton Oswalt co-created and plays the title role in the Hulu series premiering May 21. Oswalt is M.O.D.O.K., an egomaniacal super villain struggling to maintain control of his evil organization after it is bought by a multinational tech company while juggling the needs of his demanding family.
The six-part series from six LGBTQ+ directors will tell the story of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement starting with the 1950s. Pride will air three episodes per week over two weeks, starting on May 14.
Premiering May 20, Adventure Time: Distant Lands — Together Again will follow Finn and Jake as they embark on the most important adventure of their lives.