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Rachel Lindsay Goes Horseback Riding With One Of Her Bachelorette Men

Rachel Lindsay is diving into The Bachelorette life headfirst. The newest star of the dating show is just over a week into her journey to find her future husband among two dozen eligible bachelors, and it looks like she's taking the whole thing in stride. Lindsay's season began filming earlier this month. On Thursday, Lindsay was seen on a romantic horseback riding date with one of her 25 potential baes. The couple was spotted riding around Beverly Gardens Park in Beverly Hills atop two beautiful brown horses. And both parties look like they're having the a fantastic time horsing around together. Besides the giant smiles on their faces, the cutest part of the photo is their matching white cowboy hats.In addition to practicing her equestrian skills, Lindsay has been enjoying the crucial make-out element of the show. The 31-year-old attorney hailing from Dallas, Texas stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week for a group date with a few of the lucky guys vying for her affections. The audience (briefly) met Dallas Native Fred; bilingual Alex; Peter from Wisconsin; and, somehow, three dudes hailing from Florida: Jonathan, Brian, and Willie G. (by way of New York City)."So have you kissed anybody yet?" DeGeneres asked. “I have,” Lindsay replied. “He initiated. It was completely unexpected. I know this sounds cliché, but it totally swept me off my feet. It was good!” Here's looking forward to a season full of good dates and even better kisses.The Bachelorette premieres on ABC on May 22 at 9 p.m.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Joey Could Have Looked VERY Different On FriendsRiverdale Isn't Ruling Out That Zombie TheoryKendall Jenner Gave The Scary Details Of Running Into Her Intruder

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Joey Could Have Looked VERY Different On Friends

It's impossible to imagine anyone other than Matt LeBlanc playing the Joey Tribbiani we know and love. LeBlanc perfectly captured the well-meaning, but often-clueless, actor and all his quirks. A Knicks superfan, an Italian with a neverending appetite, and an avid Baywatch viewer — LeBlanc captured all of Joey's quirks. It seems like no one else could do Joey justice — but LeBlanc almost didn't get the role.According to a new report from Esquire U.K., Vince Vaughn almost starred in the NBC sitcom. Ultimately, casting director Ellie Janner turned Vaughn down in favor of LeBlanc, though. (Apparently, they did tell Vaughn he was "tall, handsome, and a good actor," though, so it looks like there are no hard feelings about the show.) Vaughn then went on to star in 1996's Swingers after losing the part.Interestingly, that's not the only connection between Friends and Swingers. Marie Claire U.K. reports that Jon Favreau almost played Chandler, but he turned the Friends role down to focus on the movie instead. Favreau is still part of the Friends universe, though — he guest-starred in the show's sixth season as Pete Becker, Monica's (extremely) wealthy boyfriend.Marie Claire also dropped several other facts about what the show might have been. Apparently, REM's "Shiny Happy People" was almost the theme song, in place of "I'll Be There For You." If that's not weird enough to think about, there's also the fact that none of the cast liked the new song. "No one was really a big fan of that theme song," Aniston said in an appearance on The One Show last year. "Dancing in a fountain felt sort of odd, but we did it."And even though we've heard this one before, it's always a surprise to remember that Courteney Cox was originally considered for the role of Rachel, before being cast as Monica. Let's just take a moment to appreciate the Friends we did end up with — Cox and LeBlanc were perfect for their roles.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Rachel Lindsay Goes Horseback Riding With One Of Her Bachelorette MenRiverdale Isn't Ruling Out That Zombie TheoryKendall Jenner Gave The Scary Details Of Running Into Her Intruder

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Riverdale Isn't Ruling Out That Zombie Theory

Riverdale is no stranger to horror: the pilot episode ended with the body of a murdered Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines) washing up on the edge of Sweetwater River. There have been countless theories about the nature of the killing, which occurred after Jason was tied up and tortured for days, but one particularly popular theory suggests that Jason's captors had a very good reason for keeping the Blossom boy sequestered: Jason had become a zombie. Fans have noticed Easter eggs that suggest Riverdale might ultimately morph into a television version of Afterlife With Archie, a comic in which Archie and the gang fight off a zombie apocalypse that Sabrina, the teenage witch, accidentally causes. (Yes, really.) Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa just so happened to write that comic himself, and now, he's teasing that fans might not be very far off in their zombie predictions after all. Gulp.In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that there actually was a plan to do Afterlife With Archie, the television series, and that it was an idea "everybody was passionate about." Ultimately, however, The CW series morphed into something a little more Dawson's Creek than Walking Dead. While we're more concerned with Archie's (K.J. Apa) love life and blossoming music career than, say, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) turning into a walker, things might not stay that way. Aguirre-Sacasa told EW:"It’s funny, when Greg Berlanti — who of course is the godfather of all these shows and my boss — and I were talking about possibly doing Afterlife with Archie, or introducing the character of Sabrina, I said, 'Yeah, but we can’t just suddenly have magic and supernatural elements on the show,' and Greg, without missing a beat, said, 'Of course you can.' I was like, 'Wait! Yeah, we can.'"He then added this tidbit of information that certainly makes a zombie apocalypse seem plausible:"There will definitely be a very strong, bold genre statement [in the finale]. If season 1 is a murder mystery, it won’t necessarily be another murder mystery. We’re telling, for us, kind of the best version of a murder mystery: Who killed Jason Blossom? So whatever twist in genre element that we add in season 2, it’s going to be different from that and probably, I think, it’s going to make people go, 'They’re not really doing that, are they?'"It might seem strange for Riverdale to add a magical horror element when we've spent the first season comparing it to Gossip Girl, but Riverdale wouldn't be the first series to surprise us with a supernatural element late in the game. Twin Peaks — a series also about the murder of popular teenager — famously solved its own mystery by incorporating a demonic force into the storyline.Sure, Riverdale turning its beloved characters into brain-eating monsters might seem crazy now, but...well, why not? I'm all for this series turning the teen drama on its head...even if it means turning the teens into zombies. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Rachel Lindsay Goes Horseback Riding With One Of Her Bachelorette MenJoey Could Have Looked VERY Different On FriendsKendall Jenner Gave The Scary Details Of Running Into Her Intruder

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Kendall Jenner Gave The Scary Details Of Running Into Her Intruder

2016 was a difficult year for the Kardashians. While Kim was recovering from the trauma of the Paris robbery, Kendall Jenner was in court after reporting an alleged stalker to the police. Although 25-year-old Shavaughn McKenzie was acquitted for stalking, he was found not guilty for trespassing, and Kendall finally opened up about what exactly went down in this sneak peak of an upcoming episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians."I had someone break into my house," the 21-year-old tells mom Kris and Scott Disick. The experience completely changed the way she sees the world. For instance, she's so much more on edge.“I used to be the one who was so independent,” she says in the clip. “I was always kind of by myself, in a good way — but now it’s fully flipped.”It's all thanks to one particularly chilling incident that happened when she was driving home.“I came home one night and there was a guy sitting on the side of my street,” she explains. “I was like: ‘That’s so weird.’ He just looked like a homeless man. So I drove around and I went into my house and I watched the gate close."She didn't think anything of the man until she turned off her car. "I’m about to open my door and I look in my rearview mirror and he was standing like right there," she says. "I just saw his figure."The man approached the car, insisting on talking to the model."And I was like: ‘No, you need to leave!’" she remembers, getting emotional. “I called one of my friends immediately — I’m sobbing, crying. He’s at my window, banging on my window screaming at me. I finally start backing out and I get to my gate, the gate opens and I get out and all of a sudden he starts running after me."Luckily, her friends arrived and helped keep the man on the curb until the police arrived. Kendall later got a restraining order against McKenzie. In the upcoming episode she prepares for court, where her fears are hopefully put to rest.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJi1MVukBR8]Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Rachel Lindsay Goes Horseback Riding With One Of Her Bachelorette MenJoey Could Have Looked VERY Different On FriendsRiverdale Isn't Ruling Out That Zombie Theory

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Why Everyone Needs Grace & Frankie's Yam Man In Their Lives

I’m the first to admit that my favorite show is about two septuagenarian best friends living in a plush beach house in California. But when Grace and Frankie, a Netflix Original, burst into my millennial life, I surely wasn’t the show’s target demographic.It was May of 2015. New York was sweltering, and I was moving out of my junior year college single. My room, stripped of posters and ephemera, seemed more like a cell than the home I’d woven together with thumb tacks, bookshelves, and Christmas lights. And so, sitting on my bare bed while the fan blared, I turned on Netflix to drown out the sense of time passing and adulthood coming one year closer.Around that time, Grace and Frankie was Netflix’s newest original to drop. Being too lazy to browse the backfiles of Netflix for a movie, I gave the show a shot. It was starring Lily Tomlin, anyway, queen of sassy grandmas — so how bad could it be?Jane Fonda as Grace (left) and Lily Tomlin as Frankie (right) on Grace and FrankieMelissa Moseley/Netflix In the show, Grace and Frankie’s lives are sent reeling when their husbands announce they’re leaving them — for each other. Following the shocking change, the uptight, country-clubbing, martini-sipping Grace (Jane Fonda) and the freewheeling artist Frankie (Lily Tomlin) move in together, despite the fact that they’d been lifelong nemeses.Pretty juicy premise, sure. But it was the the execution, not the premise, that made me fall in love with Grace and Frankie, whose third season premieres today on Netflix.So, what was it that made me love Grace and Frankie? Was it that co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda inhabit their roles so convincingly and hilariously? Was it because Grace and Frankie takes people of all ages seriously, and doesn’t subscribe to the “TV land” philosophy that you stop being interesting when you stop being young? Was it because the show carries each character, so gracefully, through the ups and downs of a life change?Possibly all of those things. But it also may have been because of the presence of the Yam Man, the greatest guy on TV.But let me back up. Frankie, Earth goddess, painter with a messy studio in her garage, freewheeling champion with a heart of gold, starts a friendship with her yam supplier. In her free time, she begins to manufacture yam-based lubricant to support her and Grace’s burgeoning sex lives. She enlists Jacob, the yam farmer at the farmer’s market, as her supplier.Grace is Frankie’s opposite, but in many ways, so is Jacob. Steady, even-keeled, and patient, Jacob is a dramatic foil to Frankie's wildly scatterbrained ways. And yet Jacob immediately is charmed by her open, childlike nature, and flirts with her from episode one on.We can use Frankie’s receptiveness to Jacob as a barometer for her growth after her divorce. After spending decades married, Frankie’s unable to read romantic signals. She flakes on Jacob, and he’s hurt.Ernie Hudson as Jacob (right) and Lily Tomlin as Frankie (right) on Grace & FrankieMelissa Moseley/NetflixBut Jacob, since he’s the best character on TV, is patient until she’s ready. And then, once she’s ready, what a guy he is! He cooks a feast. He opens up about his past as a lawyer, and his dreams for a simpler life on a farm. He meets her kids. He carries a drunken Grace up to her bedroom and puts her to sleep. He’s playful, kind, and understanding. He embodies that happiness, after trauma, is possible.Grace and Frankie is a show about second chances. And the best part is, everyone character on the show gets one. Jacob is Frankie’s. And I, struggling junior lost in the cosmos, knew I'd have a million more chances (and hopefully one good yam man) to come.When it comes to Grace and Frankie, Jacob’s just one example of how well written and fundamentally appealing the show’s cast of characters is. Sure, he just may be my favorite. If you don’t watch Grace and Frankie, you’ll never find out who will be yours.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KRIMhehOLs]Season 3 on Grace and Frankie premieres March 24 on Netflix.Read These Stories Next:The Viral Words You Need To KnowHappy Songs That Will Instantly Put You In A Good MoodSick Of TV? These Shows Will Get You Addicted All Over AgainLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Rachel Lindsay Goes Horseback Riding With One Of Her Bachelorette MenJoey Could Have Looked VERY Different On FriendsRiverdale Isn't Ruling Out That Zombie Theory

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Scandal Might Be The Greatest Love Tragedy Of All Time

Scandal is back. And by that I mean that my strange desire to never watch the show again has lifted. Last night’s episode was the espionage thriller that I’ve been missing for over a year. Olivia’s slightly fanatical sense of patriotism has her on a mission to kill her father, but Huck must convince her that Rowan isn’t that bad and had completely valid reasons for assassinating the president-elect. No big deal. Running parallel to this story is the show’s commitment to welcoming spring by spritzing some love into the Scandal air, even if it is extremely misleading.Charlie and Quinn are inseparable, even as they bicker. Huck has once again fallen for an unsuspecting angel of a brunette, whose helplessness has drawn him in. Rowan is very much upset about the loss of his rekindled grad school fling with Sandra, even if he did shoot her in the head last week. But Scandal is no fan of the love story and there hasn’t been a single coupling on the show that is sane, healthy, or even safe. Scandal could put Romeo & Juliet to shame in terms of making love suck.In addition to Rowan killing his love interest, Charlie and Quinn have also tried to take each other out in past episodes. Not even the affable David Rosen has been able to escape the burn of a deceitful lover thanks to Elizabeth North. Cyrus Beene nearly had his ex-husband killed before James was actually murdered; and Beene's current man was paid to marry him. Jake seems to despise the wife who was arranged for him. Fitz and Mellie are divorced for obvious reasons (hi, Olivia), and Abby is too power hungry to love anyone right now. Not even Olivia’s love for her father is admirable. She’s willing to kill him at the slightest provocation, and still feels conflicted about his true intentions. As a result, Rowan’s love for Olivia — his daughter truly is the only person he actually cares for — is in vain, which is kind of karma for his being a generally horrible person.And then there is Huck — a troubled soul, but likely the only one who is fully committed to connecting with another person and being a better human being. His quest for love has been led to nothing but disappointment, despair, and death. His ex-wife Kim thinks he’s a lunatic and avoids him at all costs, not even allowing him to see his son. His ex-girlfriend Becky killed Huck’s fake family and then tried to kill the president. And when he and Quinn tried to date, he ended up pulling out a couple of her teeth with a pair of pliers.Scandal will not make you believe in the power of love. In fact, it will have you side-eying the person you go to bed with in the first 15 minutes. So don’t be fooled by the lusty sex scenes. It’s a trap. On Scandal, love is the greatest tragedy.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Rachel Lindsay Goes Horseback Riding With One Of Her Bachelorette MenJoey Could Have Looked VERY Different On FriendsRiverdale Isn't Ruling Out That Zombie Theory

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Is This The Beginning Of A Grey's Anatomy Love Triangle?

Things just got a lot more complicated for Meredith Grey. The Grey's Anatomy character, who fans have followed for over ten years, might find love again — we're just not sure with who. On Thursday's episode, “Till I Hear It From You,” things heated up between Meredith (played by Ellen Pompeo) and love interest Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson). While the duo took the next step in their relationship, there's one thing they're forgetting: what about Alex?"We have been going around and around with this for months," Nathan tells Meredith. Later in the episode, he catches her after surgery to make a final plea. While he can't think of one reason for Meredith to return his feelings, he can't deny that he has them."I don’t have a good reason for you to like me," he says. "I didn’t even try to like you. I didn’t want to and I certainly don’t want to think about you all the time.""Okay, so you should ask me out to dinner," Meredith replies.But there was a moment between Alex and Meredith earlier in the show that has fans equally riled up."You should be picky about sex," Alex tells Meredith in response to her confusing feelings towards Nathan. "You’re hot."Justin Chambers, who plays Alex on the show, added fuel to the Alex-Meredith fire over the weekend when he spoke about the two friends at PaleyFest in Los Angeles."I think anything is possible," he said. "I think friends can become lovers like that, that’s possible too."While he did admit it could be a little weird for them to make the transition from platonic friends to romantic partners, it's not unheard of."Nobody knows how things go, you know?" he said. "I was friends with my wife before we started dating."Whoever Meredith ends up with, it's safe to say it'll be a bumpy road to find them.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Rachel Lindsay Goes Horseback Riding With One Of Her Bachelorette MenJoey Could Have Looked VERY Different On FriendsRiverdale Isn't Ruling Out That Zombie Theory

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Why Late Night With Seth Meyers Is A Win For Women

It's a truth universally accepted that the late night comedy scene is inhabited largely by men. Ask any passerby — as one does — what hosts they can recall, and they might rattle off names like Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, or the newly minted host James Corden. A particularly political passerby might mention Samantha Bee, the former Daily Show correspondent currently dishing truth on TBS. Headlines about the fabled “late night wars” dissect the status of various white men in comedy; is Seth Meyers gaining on Jimmy Fallon? And how did Stephen Colbert suddenly come into his own? And let us not forget the 2015 Vanity Fair comedy spread that featured men, men, and more men.We are under no illusion that the comedy scene, or at least the late night version of it, can’t escape its masculine reality. But in one far-flung corner of the world, things are actually looking up despite appearances. Late Night with Seth Meyers is helmed by a man. (His name is Seth Meyers, in case you couldn’t tell.) But the show is filled with women and comedy that supports women, proving that a man at the helm does not necessarily beget a sausage-filled show.When Seth Meyers first started his run as late night host in February, he was largely seen as too quiet for late night. Whereas former Late Night host Jimmy Fallon commanded the stage with larger-than-life goofs, Meyers took a back seat. Critics seemed to agree that Meyers, who emerged from that comedy petri dish called Saturday Night Live, was stuck in his SNL persona. The Hollywood Reporter commented at the time that “his monologue was staccato and hit and miss — sounding more like his ‘Weekend Update’ bits rather than a real monologue.” The same review notes that Meyers looked “lost a bit in the spotlight as expected.” Meyers’ seeming ability to disappear was seen as a disadvantage. He wasn’t a big personality, which meant he couldn’t steer this late night ship. This ailment, though, proved to be the show’s greatest strength. When Meyers takes a back seat on his own show, he allows the rest of the staff to shine — which means the women have a platform.It’s not just about hiring more women in the writers’ room — it’s about lending women a platform, no matter how many of them they are.When the show first started in 2014, three of the 12 writers were women. The writing staff has shifted in the years since, but the ratio remains the same. Today, the show counts three women among its writers: Jenny Hagel, Amber Ruffin, and Allison Hord. In terms of the late night comedy scene, this is fairly standard. Of the 21 writers involved in The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, five are women. Some shows lag behind this average: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert began its run with two women and 17 men in the writer’s room. (It should also be noted that Colbert’s show fumbled for ratings for its first year and a half.) In terms of hiring, the show is on par with the rest of the comedy scene. This seems to be an unshakeable status quo for now: Male writers greatly outweigh women writers. Let me say first that late night comedy absolutely needs to make it a mission to hire more women writers. Late Night With Seth Meyers should have more than three women in its talent bucket. However, this show in particular showcases its female writers in a way that proves an intent to support women. It’s not just about hiring more women in the writers’ room — it’s about lending women a platform, no matter how many of them they are.This is where Late Night With Seth Meyers truly succeeds. Meyers is great at blending into the scenery, which means his women writers can take the lead. Case in point: The recurring bit titled “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell.” The monologue-style bit is just as it sounds: a round-up of jokes about people of color, women, and LGBTQI issues. There’s humor to be mined in these communities, but Seth Meyers is not the guy to tell these jokes. Instead, writers Jenny Hagel and Amber Ruffin take the lead. The bit begins the same way every time:“I’m Black,” Ruffin says by way of introduction.“And I’m gay,” Hagel adds.“And we’re both women,” Ruffin points out. (At this point, Meyers usually add helpfully: “And I’m not.”)Meyers then lobs the duo a premise, and they provide the punchlines. (An example from the show’s February 28th episode involved ABC’s introduction of the first Black Bachelorette. “If I wanted to watch a Black woman who can choose between any white man she wants, I’d just look in the mirror,” Ruffin said.) The segment has proved to be incredibly popular. Scroll through the wasteland that is the YouTube comments section and you’ll find almost universal adoration of the series. One commenter noted rather plaintively on the most recent segment, “It's always nice to get 4 minutes and 42 seconds where you can just laugh and completely forget that the country is falling apart.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEL1RRojK_Y]“Jokes Seth Can’t Tell” aside, Meyers regularly features his female writers in a non-tokenized capacity. Ruffins has a bit devoted to pop culture called “Amber Says What?” In January when the Women’s March loomed, the three female writers performed a segment titled “Late Night Writers Can’t Agree On The Women’s March.” Hagel and Ruffins were joined by Hord, the other female writer, in a discussion of the March and its intentions. The result: Comedy that focused only on the female viewpoint.This isn’t to say that other late night shows haven’t made efforts toward similar bits. James Corden aired a sketch on International Women’s Day in which his show couldn’t begin because the women who worked on it were all striking. In this bit, though, Corden is delivering the lines and delivering the women-focused comedy. Corden’s show is also largely about the guests. His most famous segment, “Carpool Karaoke,” relies entirely on the celebrity guest. Other shows rarely highlight the writer at all — in these shows, the host owns the spotlight. Jimmy Fallon reads thank you notes and plays games like “pup quiz,” which involves fluffy puppies and a celebrity guest. Stephen Colbert relies on his astute political commentary — much as he did in his long-running show The Colbert Report.If these late night hosts want to be allies to women in the comedy community, they’ll give the women around them a megaphone.To be fair, this is how late night shows operate. The host is a one-man band, playing both straight man and crazy man, hitting punchlines and providing set ups. Meyers has his fair share of these bits as well — his series “A Closer Look ” receives the most views on the show’s YouTube channel. The issue with this formula is that it allows for only one perspective: the host’s.As we like to say at Refinery29, the “woke bae” should come to the party, but he can’t host the party. R29’s Elizabeth Kiefer noted that “a good guest — a good ally — amplifies the concerns of the people to whom a cause actually belongs.” If these late night hosts want to be allies to women in the comedy community, they’ll give the women around them a megaphone.Late Night With Seth Meyers has done just this. The host gives way to women writers so that they can elaborate on the issues that matter to women. Moreover, if the late night community wants to someday have a woman at the helm of one of these long-standing shows, it needs to give women a chance to prove their hosting chops. Amber Ruffins’s segment “Amber Says What?” could someday earns her a late night television show of her own.Pictured: Michelle Wolf performing stand-up on "Late Night With Seth Meyers." Photo: Courtesy of NBC.Already, Late Night With Seth Meyers has proved to be a launching pad for women. Comedian Michelle Wolf started as a writer on the show in 2014. During her tenure, she performed in several recurring bits, one of which involved a lascivious grown-up Orphan Annie. In 2016, she left the show to be a correspondent on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. At this rate, her career is heading towards a show of her own. (She already has a streaming series on Comedy Central called Now Hiring With Michelle Wolf.) The show may not have a bevy of women in its writers room, but it knows what it has to do to fight the good fight: get those women out in public. Prove that women can galvanize an audience’s interest.Late Night With Seth Meyers is these days one of the more well-regarded late night shows. The proof is in the numbers. The New York Times noted that the show had more than 1.6 million nightly viewers at the end of 2016 — the profile attributed this success to Meyers’s take on the 2016 election. Yes, Meyers performed, and still performs, excellent coverage of the current political morass. In part, he was able to do so because he gave women a voice. The 2016 election was a vision of intersectional politics. A white, cisgendered male cannot fully comment on the election. Late Night With Seth Meyers is a win for political commentary. It’s a win for comedy. But most importantly — at least to me — it’s a win for women in comedy.Read These Stories Next:Happy Songs That Will Instantly Put You In A Good MoodCelebs You Should Be Following On InstagramExactly What Women Spend To Compete On The BachelorLike what you see? 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‘Criminal Minds’ Actor Thomas Gibson Suffers Defeat in Fight Over Ex-Manager’s Commissions

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The Handmaid's Tale Trailer Will Chill You To Your Core

The first full-length trailer for Hulu's upcoming series The Handmaid's Tale has dropped, and it's a positively nightmarish two-minute watch that has us salivating for the timely series' premiere. The drama, based on the bestseller by Margaret Atwood, is set in a post-America dystopian society under the rule of cult-like authoritarian regime. The fundamentalists took power in a sickeningly patriarchal effort to to restore humanity after most women become infertile. In this world, women are commodities, and their bodies — especially the few remaining fertile ones — belong to the state.In the disturbing preview, we meet Offred (Elizabeth Moss), a member of the Handmaids class, whose duty is sexual servitude to their masters, the Commanders, whose wives are infertile. Offred had a different name and a daughter before everything changed, the memory of whom keeps her alive — along with the relationships she carefully forms with fellow handmaids played by the likes of Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley.The natural disasters and social breakdowns that preceded the society's descent are only alluded to in this clip. But, as faraway and wild as this terrifying future seems, it becomes clear in just the first few seconds how sickeningly relevant the themes of the show are: the chaos that ensues when governmental order breaks down, democracy dies, freedoms are curtailed, terrorism threatens our safety, women are stripped of their rights and liberties, and humanity faces major existential threats. Any of those things sound familiar? Yeah, this one's going to be required viewing.The Handmaid's Tale premieres on Hulu on April 26.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJTonrzXTJs]Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Jared Padalecki Almost Wasn't Dean ForesterThe Line FOX Didn't Want You To Hear On Shots FiredWhat We Know About Game Of Thrones Season 7 So Far

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