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Tinder Is Pivoting From Dating App To Streaming Service To Help You Get Laid

May the odds and swipes be forever in your favour.

Time to add a new platform to your Netflix, Stan and soon-to-be Disney+ and Apple TV subscriptions because Tinder is going from dating app to streaming service.

According to Variety, Tinder will be releasing its own original series in October, making it the dating app’s first content offering.

Set during an impending apocalypse – presumably due to an overwhelming amount of streaming services – this new untitled six-episode series will ask the big question, “Who would you spend your last night alive with?”, and will be released for viewing on the app.

So how exactly does this work exactly since all you do on Tinder is swipe left or right?

Well the series will use a “choose-your-own-adventure” format and you’ll swipe left or right to advance the two-hour plot however you want it.

“Not you, definitely not you.”

If you’re wondering why Tinder is pivoting so wildly into the content game, it’s all to help you single folk out there get laid rather than the love of making shows. Well, sort of.

The folks behind the dating app clearly feel that the old “matching people based on interests” thing is a little old and so they’ve decided to spice things up a bit. Variety reports that Tinder intend to “create an algorithm based on how its users make decisions within the series, and then match them with romantic interests based on those choices.”

So not only do you have to take your choices seriously as you watch this series but going back and checking out all other potential endings could screw your chances of matching with someone who might be the one.

Just another layer of stress to the already stressful game that is dating.

Now Variety reports that this Tinder original series will air first on the app but producers are looking into possibly releasing it onto other streaming platforms later on so everyone can have a go at this choose-your-own-adventure story without worry about the dating aspect of it.

Don’t be surprised if this turns up on Netflix considering they already have the capability to do the choose-your-own-adventure stuff.

It remains to be seen how this all pans out but if this works as intended, at least you can legit use the icebreaker “so how would you survive a zombie apocalypse?” when meeting with a Tinder match and not have it be overly too weird.

From The Office To Gilmore Girls: When Is It OK To Reboot An Iconic TV Show?

Would I rather fear or love a reboot? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love the reboot.

It’s not news that Hollywood is going through a pretty serious bout of reboot-itis when it comes to TV shows and movies. With word (via Deadline) going around that some folks are pretty keen on rebooting The Office, it begs one important question: when is it fine to reboot or revive an iconic TV show?

The purpose of a reboot is to reinvigorate interest in a franchise that’s been gone for a while and/or has gone stale.

With The Office, a reboot simply wouldn’t work because the damn show has only been off the air for six years. That’s barely any time in the TV landscape and it simply hasn’t been gone long enough for people to miss it.

Throw in the fact that the show still being binged on by people everywhere on streaming services, the original show is still fresh in everyone’s minds so there really is no reason to bring it back just yet other than for that sweet, sweet moolah.

When it comes to revivals, these are a bit more complex yet also more flexible than a simple reboot.

Not only can a revived show pick up where it left off (or was unceremoniously cancelled) so older fans will be satisfied, but any outdated content and themes can be updated to reflect modern times in order to hook in new viewers, meaning the time spent off-air is less of an issue with a revival than it is with a reboot.

Having said all that, there’s something to be said about not touching a TV show at all and letting it go out on a high. Sometimes the magic is a one-time thing and no amount of reboots, revivals or time can recreate that. Just because it worked for one show (Fuller House) doesn’t mean it will work for another (Gilmore Girls).

The bottom line is that not everything needs a reboot or revival straight away (if at all), especially for a show like The Office that’s still in everyone’s mind. The whole starting a sentence reboot/revival while having no idea where it’s going and hoping it finds its way may work for Michael Scott but it doesn’t work for TV shows.

Oh, and if anyone decides to reboot/remake The Princess Bride, riots will happen.

Racist Comedian Gets Fired From SNL For Being Racist, Still Doesn't Get Why He Got Sacked

The bar has been lowered for non-apologies.

Saturday Night Live made history by hiring Bowen Yang, the first ever Asian cast member in the sketch show‘s history (finally), for its 45th season. But further SNL history was made when Shane Gillis was hired and fired in record time for his past racist jokes.

To recap, Gillis was announced alongside Yang and Chloe Fineman as the show’s new cast members. But in less than a day, the internet dug up a bunch of racist “jokes” and remarks he made towards Chinese people during a 2018 episode of his podcast.

In response, the “comedian” issued an “apology” on Twitter trying to justify his comments as something that “requires risks’ in his pursuit of, uh, comedy.

Unsurprisingly, the folks at SNL weren’t particularly convinced with Gillis’ “apology” and promptly sacked him, unceremoniously making him the show’s *checks notes*first SNL hire to get fired in less than a week due to racism and didn’t even get to appear on the show.

You’d think he would’ve learned something about how racism is bad and offensive after getting fired but rather than issue out the clichéd “I’m sorry, this isn’t who I am, I was young etc” apology on Twitter, he decided to go in the other direction and double down on everything while totally showing no bitterness towards SNL.

If you look up “unrepentant bonehead” in the dictionary, you probably wouldn’t find a definition but that’s what Shane Gillis is essentially.

First of all, a job on SNL can be taken away and it was.

And secondly, calling Chinese people “chinks” isn’t “comedy,” it’s just racism plain and simple. The “I’m a comedian! It’s what I do!” defence isn’t an excuse to say things like that, and the lack of remorse in his non-apology shows that he simply doesn’t understand why his comments prompted such a response and why he was sacked from SNL.

Maybe this will help make him understand: racism = bad, racism ≠ comedy.

But hey, at least Shane Gillis will forever be known as “that guy who was almost on SNL” and you can be guaranteed he’ll make sure no one forgets it when he’s doing his “risky” stand-up at random bars every weekend.

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