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Why Did Christopher Meloni Leave Law & Order: SVU?

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In somewhat surprising but welcome news, Christopher Meloni is bringing Detective Elliot Stabler back to TV! But why did Meloni leave Law & Order: SVU in the first place? As speculation ramps up about the newly announced SVU spinoff that’s set to star Meloni, we’re revisiting why he left the flagship show all those years ago. Det. Stabler was one of the central characters, but as it turned out, this was most likely a case of when creativity and money clashed.

Although it was never officially confirmed, the widely accepted reason for Meloni’s departure in the first place was a salary dispute. His contract, along with that of co-star Mariska Hargitay, expired in 2011, after season twelve, meaning that he and NBC had to renegotiate and come to new terms for him to continue on with the show. As recently as 2010, TV Guide reported that both actors were among the highest-paid on TV, with salaries of approximately $395,000 per episode. During negotiations, however, The Hollywood Reporter suggested (as reported by Today) that Meloni had been offered a new contract of $8 million per year. Although that sounds like (and is) a huge salary, doing the per-episode math over a 26-episode season meant that he would be taking a pay cut to around $300,000 per episode — nearly 25 percent less than he’d been making before! With the two sides unable to come to a final agreement, Meloni instead left the show.

With little room to maneuver, the writers made an unexpected choice when writing off Det. Stabler that nonetheless meant the actor could, theoretically, return at any time. Instead of killing him off or otherwise removing him permanently, Stabler’s final storyline instead ended with him making a shocking, split-second decision. In the season twelve finale — his last episode — a gunfight erupts when a woman opens fire on criminals locked in a cell. When she aims at the detectives, Stabler shoots her to stop her, resulting in her death. When the show returned for season thirteen, it’s revealed that Stabler was first placed on administrative leave following the shooting, and instead of trying to return to work, he decides to retire off-screen.

According to initial reports from Deadline, the spinoff “revolves around the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler.” NBC has reportedly already given the show a 13-episode order. The show will still be set in New York and in the existing SVU world, meaning that there’s a possibility for Stabler to cross over to the original SVU or for other characters to cross over to the new show. It’s a reunion a decade in the making, and we can’t wait!





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Why Fans Are Upset at John Krasinski’sSome Good News Deal

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A few of John Krasinski fans feel like they’ve heard some bad news…

On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the actor’s feel-good show, Some Good News, was licensed to ViacomCBS after a “massive bidding war.”

The outlet reported that while Krasinski would stay on as an executive producer, he would no longer be anchoring the popular web series. At this time, it’s unclear exactly where the show will air.

“Wow who can believe when we started this thing together we all just wanted good news to be more fully represented in our everyday lives. And now? You quite literally ARE the good news!” 40-year-old Krasinski wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to you, SGN lives on, joining the ranks of this historic news network! See you all soon!”

But the announcement wasn’t met with entirely positive feedback. Many fans of the show—which was created to share positivity amidst the coronavirus pandemic— found the business transaction antithetical to the very spirit of the show.

And Twitter reacted swiftly.

“So he made 8 YouTube videos comprised largely of unpaid contributions from fans, sold the brand to a major conglomerate, and isn’t even going to make it anymore?” One fan tweeted. “Just cashed out? Does this rub anyone else the wrong way, kinda?”

Another fan wrote: “You are profiting off Some Good News!?! I bought you hook, line and sinker… believed you were just trying to bring goodness to light. Going from YouTube (free) to a pay service…so disappointed…sellout!!!”

“I can’t believe you sold it,” one disappointed fan tweeted. “It’s not about the good news, it’s about the profit.”

“This will lose the heart of SGN and become just another corporate money making watered down version of what it once was,” decried another.

While The Office actor hasn’t directly addressed some fans’ negative feedback, the official Some Good News Twitter account has been replying to fans with concerns.

“We are going to be free and available on multiple platforms. SGN lives on and we hope you come with us,” the show’s verified account tweeted.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Krasinski was hesitant in the face of a landslide of offers to buy the show, which rolled in shortly after its debut. Currently, Some Good News‘ YouTube channel has over 70 million views and 2.58 million subscribers.

In its eight episode run, Some Good News had a bounty of viral moments, like Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt surprising healthcare workers, reuniting the cast of The Office for a wedding ceremony and recruiting Billie Eilish and the Jonas Brothers for a virtual prom. Krasinski even convincedBrad Pitt to report the weather.

While many fans have jumped to conclusions about the currently undisclosed finances of the Some Good News deal, many are hoping Krasinski will announce that profits will go towards COVID-19 relief efforts.





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Music & The Spoken Word: Memorial Day Special – Live Stream May 24, 2020

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Music and the Spoken Word broadcast with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

View the individual tracks here:

1. The Star-Spangled Banner
2. Because of the Brave
3. America the Beautiful
4. The Washington Post (Organ Solo)
5. This Is My Country
6. The Pledge of Allegiance
7. The Emblem of the Land We Love (Spoken Word)
8. On This Day
9. A Tribute to the Armed Services

The Emblem of the Land We Love

The flag of the United States has flown on the earth and the moon, on the home front and the battlefront, in conflict and in peace. Something stirs within us when we see this red, white, and blue “emblem of the land [we] love, the home of the free and the brave.”

For many of us, that stirring is especially deep when we remember those who have died defending what that flag represents. As one unknown patriot wrote, “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” Today we honor the heroic men and women throughout history who have defended our nation. Without their sacrifice, the flag would be little more than a colorful piece of fabric. Because of their sacrifice, the flag continues to proclaim to all the world the principles of freedom, equality, liberty, and justice for all.

Of course, we all know that no nation is perfect. And yet our love and respect for our country seems to deepen as we work to overcome our shortcomings and mistakes, past and present. What makes any country great is the principles of its founding, its boundless potential, and its constant striving to live up to both.

The same is true of each of us. After all, a country is made up of individuals—all less than perfect and all with great potential. In a sense, each of us is, like our beloved flag, an emblem of this land we love. Our country is only as strong as each individual who serves and sacrifices for its core institutions: for the home and the family, for neighborhoods and communities, for church and state.

And so this Memorial Day, when we see the flag of freedom wave, let us remember what it represents—not just a land but a people. It waves for the sons and daughters who gave their all. It waves for the promise of liberty they died to protect. It waves for every patriot who has made this country the land we love. We honor their memories, this day and always.

Episode 4680. Aired May 26, 2019. Rebroadcasted May 24, 2020, Broadcast Number 4732.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Celebrate 6 Years of Marriage

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KimYe are celebrating another year of marriage. 

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wed six years ago today and they have “forever to go,” wrote the mother-of-four on Instagram in an anniversary post. 

“Until the end,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star added, alongside two throwback pics of the couple. 

The KUWTK star also shared a couple of snapshots of her wedding day on her Instagram Stories with the same heartfelt caption. The Kar-Jenner clan matriarch Kris Jenner also took to her Instagram to wish the couple a happy anniversary, “Happy Anniversary to these two!!! I love you guys!!!!! ❤️❤️ @kimkardashian #KanyeWest.”

As fans may recall, the two said “I Do” in a lavish wedding at the historic Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. 

The couple was joined by their closest family and friends as well as their eldest daughter, North West.  

Since then, the two have proved time and time again that they’re head over heels for each other. 

In a 2013 interview for BBC, Kanye gushed about Kim giving him “everything.” He said, “Family time—it’s what Kim gave me. She gave me everything. She gave me a family. She gave me a support system.” 

The two have gone on to welcome three more children to their family: Saint WestChicago West and Psalm West

Ahead of popping the big question to Kim, Kanye gushed about his future bride to be. 

“I’m so happy to be with her, to live this life together, and—with our relationship with God—to be able to live forever in heaven together,” the 42-year-old 808’s & Heartbreak artist said. “And also to raise a strong family that communicates truth and beauty, and we have a good time while doing it by just being creative…I love that fact that God has put her in my life—every single day.”

Scroll through our gallery below to relive KimYe’s beautiful wedding album! 

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Kanye West, Rich Wilkerson Jr.

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