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  • The Best Pop Culture Jerks Bracket: A Winner Is Crowned

    The Jerks Bracket final can be summed up in one image:

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    That’s Shooter McGavin running off with a title that Cartman seemed to have in the bag. And this time, no one’s going to beat the ever-living hell out of Shooter—because this time, he actually won. Ladies and gentlemen, meet your champion jerk.

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    It was an astounding final between two jerks who really separated themselves from the pack over the week. In the final, Cartman opened up early leads on the website, X, and Instagram—but Cartman held on to only one of those leads.

    He ended up taking home 54 percent of the vote on the site, but with just two hours left to go in the competition, the social polls began to flip Shooter’s way. McGavin opened up a 58 percent to 42 percent lead on Instagram, while on Twitter the votes just kept trickling in. A 53-47 deficit was cut to 52-48, then 50-50, until finally things started tilting Shooter’s way.

    In the end, he obviously just wanted it more:

    After he choked away the Tour Championship in Happy Gilmore, it’s hard not to feel happy for such a superior jerk: He dominated matchups against Caillou, White Goodman, Top Gun’s Iceman, Bill Lumbergh, and Biff Tannen before squeaking this one out.

    He worked his whole life at being a jerk. He paid his dues. It was Shooter’s turn.

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    Now all those emails he was sending us about his jacket size—even though we never said we’d be giving the winning jerk any kind of trophy—look pretty cool:

    As for Cartman, you have to tip your cap to a kid who just refused to go down, even though I personally wanted him to—which is, itself, a textbook jerk move. But after winning his Final Four matchup against Larry David by one single vote, he found himself on the other end of an impossibly close matchup. All told, the final was decided by just 37 votes. If there’s one silver lining for Cartman after such a devastating loss, it’s that he’ll certainly be the no. 1 overall seed whenever The Ringer decides to do the Most Annoying Characters Bracket.

    Until then, thank you so much for voting in the Jerks Bracket throughout the week. It was the best Jerk-Off we could’ve hoped for.

  • Women’s World Cup: How to watch Australia, France, England and Colombia battle it out for a semifinal place

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    Sam Kerr will hope to star for Australia after overcoming her injury.

    Women’s World Cup 2023: Live scores, fixtures, results, tables and top scorers


    This year’s Women’s World Cup is very much reaching the business end of things, with two more quarterfinals to be played.

    Spain and Sweden beat the Netherlands and Japan respectively to book their places in the final four, but who will join them?

    On Saturday, England will hope it can recover from a disappointing performance in the last-16 to beat Colombia, while France looks to upset tournament co-host Australia.

    In the US, matches will air on your local Fox channel. You can also stream matches by signing in with your TV provider at or on the Fox Sports app. Telemundo and Peacock are providing Spanish-language coverage.

    Seven Network and Optus Sport are broadcasting matches in Australia and the BBC and ITV have the rights in the United Kingdom.

    A full breakdown of media rights holders in each country is available on the FIFA website.

    Australia faces France at 3 a.m. ET, before England plays Colombia at 6:30 a.m. ET.

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    Australia will be cheered on by thousands of home fans against France.

    The Brisbane Stadium promises to be rocking as co-host Australia takes on France.

    The Matildas have captured the imagination of their country over the past few weeks and supporters will be roaring them on once again on Saturday.

    Australia will be bidding to make history against the French as it looks to qualify for its first ever World Cup semifinal.

    The Aussies have reached the quarterfinal stages on three occasions – 2007, 2011 and 2015 – but have never made it through to the final four.

    The squad from Down Under will come against a France side which has also struggled at this stage of the tournament. Les Bleues have made it to the last eight of the past three editions, but has only gone through once in 2011.

    Should the French wish to progress, they may have to keep Australia’s Sam Kerr quiet.

    The star striker, who had been recovering from an injury, made her first appearance at the tournament during her team’s last-16 victory against Denmark and may well be fit to start on Saturday.

    “I want to be very clear here and now to say if Sam [Kerr] is fit to play 90 minutes, she is starting. That’s not even a question, and the team knows it,” Australia coach Tony Gustavsson told reporters Friday.

    “We’re talking about Sam Kerr. Whether she is ready to play 90 minutes plus extra time, that’s to be decided tonight.”

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    Colombia has become a popular team for the neutrals at this year’s Women’s World Cup.

    Meanwhile, there could be a potential upset on the cards in the last quarterfinal.

    Colombia remains the biggest underdog of the competition, but that won’t stop it from pushing reigning European champion England to the limit.

    The South American side has enjoyed a fairytale run at this year’s tournament – topping its group and helping to knock out Germany in the groups – and can make yet more history by progressing into the semifinals for the first time.

    To do so, though, the Cafeteras (the Coffee Growers) will have to rely on their star players – such 18-year-old Linda Caicedo – to produce a moment of magic.

    Their opponent, England, had looked imperious by the end of the group stage, but the team really struggled against Nigeria in the last-16.

    In truth, the Lionesses were very lucky to progress on penalties and will need to perform far better if they are to win a maiden World Cup title this month.

    They will also have to do so without star forward Lauren James, who is banned for two matches after stepping on Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie in the last fixture.

    James has since apologized for her actions but England will need to look for a new hero to fire it to the World Cup semfinals.

  • The Latest Migrant Battleground: NYC Soccer Fields

    For months, as New York City has struggled to find shelter for more than 50,000 migrants, Mayor Eric Adams has sought to rally residents to push Washington for more help.

    “I need you to raise your voice on the federal level,” Mr. Adams said at a town hall-style event in Manhattan Thursday night. “I need you to say, as New Yorkers, ‘We deserve to be treated better.’”

    New Yorkers have been raising their voices.

    At him.

    It seems as if every place city officials choose to house migrants draws a new backlash.

    One of the latest skirmishes is being fought on Randall’s Island, off the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where a tent complex big enough to sleep 2,000 men is being built atop four soccer fields, just as the fall season prepares to begin.

    The fields are heavily used by teams from public high schools and private leagues across the city. More than 3,000 people have signed petitions urging Mr. Adams to halt the plan.

    In an uncomfortable twist for Mr. Adams, one of the petitions has been promoted by his consumer protection commissioner, Vilda Vera Mayuga, who is also the commissioner of Manhattan’s West Side Soccer League.

    Ms. Mayuga urged league parents to sign the petition in an email on Sunday. She said that the league understood the city’s need to accommodate the migrants but that “it simply cannot be at the expense of our youth and the NYC government must make responsible decisions.”

    After Ms. Mayuga’s dual role was revealed on Thursday by the news site The City, she said in a statement that she had not signed the petition herself.

    “Anyone who knows me or my work knows the passion I bring to supporting and advocating for immigrants and it breaks my heart that, with an email, I sent a very different message,” she said.

    That same day, the agency Ms. Mayuga leads, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, was one of at least 16 to retweet a video Mr. Adams posted this week on X, formerly known as Twitter, in which he hailed New York as “a city of empathy” that would lead the nation in its efforts to accommodate those seeking asylum.

    Similarly unwarm welcomes have greeted several other migrant centers the city is building or has recently opened, including one in a recreation center at Sunset Park in Brooklyn and another in the parking lot of the Creedmoor state psychiatric hospital in Queens.

    Resistance to the Randall’s Island tents has come from many corners.

    Martin Jacobson, a New York soccer coaching legend at Martin Luther King Jr. High School whose teams have won 20 city championships, said the Public School Athletic League had 60 games scheduled this fall on fields that were now beneath the half-constructed tent complex. All are being moved, in some cases to lower-quality fields, he said.

    “Believe me, I work with immigrant kids — my kids are first-generation Americans,” Mr. Jacobson said. “I’m not against immigrants, I’m against City Hall.” He suggested that if the city wanted to put migrants on Randall’s Island, it could resurrect the tent city it had placed elsewhere on the island last fall and closed after several weeks.

    Robin Reiter, the chief executive of a physical therapy practice whose son plays football in a travel league that charges up to $1,250 per season, said that “as a taxpayer in New York and a parent of a child who uses these fields and whose friends use these fields, it’s really disruptive.”

    “Randall’s Island keeps kids off the street,” she said. “If you start expanding these cities and taking over more fields and lose their area to play, they’re going to go back to the street and that’s heartbreaking.”

    Opposition to the tents is not unanimous. On Friday, as dozens of workers hauled in building materials and the complex took shape, Luis Mendoza, a 16-year-old from the Bronx, was practicing soccer on a nearby field.

    “My parents migrated from Ecuador,” he said, “so when I hear there are refugees coming, I’m not against it, because if people were against my mom coming over when I was younger, I’d want her to have space as well.”

    One parent from the West Side Soccer League, which charges a relatively low $175 per season for a spot, was so upset by the petition that he wrote on X that he was pulling his children out.

    “When my kids are in the park playing the beautiful game with the children whose parents risked everything to escape untold horrors to come here,” wrote the man, Lucian Reynolds, a city housing official, “I’ll want to look them in the eye without shame.”

    Josie Glickman, 16, whose Hunter College High School soccer team sometimes uses the fields, said she felt that New Yorkers should be able to make sacrifices.

    “If that means that some people miss a few practices for some period of time,” she said, “I think that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to give, if it means that a lot of people have somewhere to sleep.”

    Wesley Parnell and Emma G. Fitzsimmons contributed reporting.


  • AFL Round 22: Our Insights & Selections

    AFL Round 22: Our Insights & Selections
    Our analyst is back for another week of AFL and has found some selections for you to follow.

    NORTH MELBOURNE $3.70 v ESSENDON $1.28 – Saturday, 1.45pm Marvel Stadium

    The Bombers just scraped in against the Eagles so this shapes as a winnable game for North Melbourne who are getting close to another win. They played well against Melbourne before being overrun. This shapes as an intriguing clash and a big chance for the Roos to win. Only six points separated them on June 4 at the same venue when Essendon scored goals late to win.

    SYDNEY $1.33 v GOLD COAST $3.30 – Saturday, 1.45pm SCG

    Sydney is making a last-minute push to play in the finals having won their past four matches. The Gold Coast get Touk Miller back which will make a big difference to them, and they also have a flickering hope of playing in the finals. Another close game beckons.

    BRISBANE $1.32 v ADELAIDE $3.40 – Saturday, 4.35pm Gabba

    Adelaide needs to win to keep their finals hopes alive but face a big hurdle in taking on the Lions at the Gabba who are undefeated there this year. On the flipside Adelaide have recorded only one win away from Adelaide Oval. The Lions can still finish second so they will be all stops to win.


    CARLTON $2.30 v MELBOURNE $1.62 – Saturday, 7.30pm MCG

    Match of the round with a lot at stake for both teams who the in-form sides of the competition. A loss for Carlton could scupper their plans to make the finals and one for Melbourne would be detrimental to finishing top two. On the flipside a Carlton win should guarantee September action and for Melbourne a top two position. The Dees will be keen to put the upstarts back in their place.

    WEST COAST $5 v FREMANTLE $1.17 – Saturday, 8.10pm Optus Stadium

    It’s the Perth Derby between two teams which have had shocking years. The Dockers have found form again in the past two matches with a win against Geelong at Geelong and being just beaten by the Lions. West Coast have also hit a late patch of better form with a win against the Roos and then an unlucky defeat to the Bombers.

    HAWTHORN $2.70 v WESTERN BULLDOGS $1.47 – Sunday, 1.10pm University Of Tasmania

    This game brings two teams who produced great wins last start. Hawthorn towelled up the league leaders Collingwood while the Bulldogs thrashed Richmond. The Bulldogs have the added motivation of needing to win to stay in the finals race but it’s a danger game against the Hawks in Launceston.

    ST KILDA $1.85 v RICHMOND $1.95 – Sunday, 3.20pm Marvel Stadium

    Richmond return to their hoodoo ground but they will be strengthened by the return of Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin. Richmond’s two bad recent losses have been when Martin didn’t play. St Kilda got steam rolled by Carlton in the last half. From their past seven matches there the best Richmond has achieved was a draw. An important game for both teams in terms of the finals.


    PORT ADELAIDE $1.52 v GWS GIANTS $2.55 – Sunday, 4.40pm Adelaide Oval

    This ends what is a fascinating round. The Dockers amazingly have lost their past four matches while the Giants winning streak of seven came to an end when they were defeated by the in-form Swans. The Giants play well at Adelaide Oval and need to win to stay in the finals race.

  • Brooks Bandits heading to Sweden to take on Europe’s best

    Published Aug. 11, 2023 6:01 p.m. ET

    The Bandits will be playing teams from Norway, Denmark and Hungary to kick off the group stage of the tournament.

    LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. — For the first time ever, the Brooks Bandits the Brooks Bandits will be taking part in the U20 Super Challenge hosted by Farjestad BK in Karlstad, Sweden.

    The Bandits also have the honour of being the first team from the AJHL to compete in the tournament.

    It’s a brand new challenge for a team running out of competition in Canada, having just won their third straight national championship in dominant fashion.

    “Obviously it’s a super exciting opportunity that being a Brooks Bandit kind of helps out. I don’t think many other people have had this chance. Just go over, make the best of it and yeah it’ll be super fun,” said Bandits defenceman, Aaron Brown.

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    The Bandits will be playing teams from Norway, Denmark and Hungary to kick off the group stage of the tournament.

    In preparation the Bandits have been on the ice and working out over the last week.

    Training so early into the off season also has players believing this will give them an edge heading into the AJHL season.

    But it’s been the trip the Sweden that’s been on everyone’s minds since it was announced just over a month ago.

    “We’ve been talking about it all week and how we’re going to go about it as we go,” said Bandits forward, Hunter Wallace. “Everybody’s new to it too so I think we’re just going to try our best. Hopefully it work out and we’re ready to go.”

    The Bandits like most junior teams are used to long bus rides, but a transatlantic flight will be a brand new challenge for the club.

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    But players feel ready for the task at hand, and are doing their best not to overthink things.

    “We’re going to try to prepare as normal as possible. I know it’s going to be abnormal going overseas and playing some international hockey. But I think it’s going to be super fun I think that’s the fun of it. Kind of adapting and learning as we go through the tournament,” said defenceman Ethan Beyer.

    Everyone headed to the tournament sees it as a business trip, and know they’re not only representing themselves but also the entire AJHL.

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    Brown said “we’re not going over there just to have fun. We’re going over there to do our best and try to win. So yeah it’ll be a good time over there but like I said, we’re going over there to do pretty well.”

    The super challenge runs from August 15th to 20th.

    The Bandits’ main training camp opens August 26th ahead of their regular season opener September 15th.

  • ‘Blue Beetle’ First Reactions Praise Latest DC Studios Film – Variety

    The first reactions to DC Studios’ “Blue Beetle,” starring Xolo Maridueña, are flying in, with early viewers calling the film a “huge surprise.” While some of the reactions quibble with parts feeling shaky or playing things a bit too silly, they mostly praise the film’s action, heart and specific touchstones to Latino culture.

    The film, which hits theaters on Aug. 18, follows teenager Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) and his encounter with an alien relic that attaches to his body, bestowing the adolescent with extraordinary powers. Blue Beetle, notably, is one of the most preeminent Latino superheroes in comic book history. The rest of the “Blue Beetle” cast is predominantly Latino, including Bruna Marquezine, George Lopez, Raoul Trujillo, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar and Belissa Escobedo, along with Susan Sarandon.

    “Charm City Kings” director Angel Manuel Soto helmed “Blue Beetle” from a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. The DC Comics film was originally slated as an HBO Max original, alongside the now-shelved “Batigrl.” Warner Bros. elected to shift to a theatrical release for the feature prior to James Gunn and Peter Safran becoming co-CEOs of DC Studios.

    The film represents the penultimate release of the current DC Studios regime, with the upcoming “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” representing the final installment before the comic book universe’s continuity reboots with Gunn’s “Superman: Legacy” in 2025. However, Maridueña and Soto have spoken openly about hopes for the hero’s on-screen future under the new regime.

    See the first reactions below.


  • How To Watch FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Quarterfinal Live – Forbes Advisor INDIA


    FIFA Women’s World Cup: Quarter-Final

    Day: Saturday, August 12, 2023

    Time: 6:30 AM ET, Saturday August 12, 2023

    Venue: ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia

    Overview: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 

    The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 saw a total of 32 top national teams belonging to five different alliances compete with each other for the reputed title of the World’s Football Champion. The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is ongoing and will finish on August 20, 2023.

    The 32 teams were divided into eight groups: Group A to Group H with each of the groups consisting of four teams. The way the World Cup works is simple: The teams compete in a single-headed round-robin format. Once all the teams play all the three games, the top two nations teams from each group qualify for the knockout stages. The teams are awarded three points for every single win, one point if the match is a draw and no point for a loss. 

    In the group stage level on points, if a country finishes with another nation then they are judged based on who has the higher goal difference. It is calculated by the goals scored minus the goals conceded. If the teams are yet not separated then the number of goals scored by a team will be placed higher in the group. 

    Below are the 32 teams from Group A to Group H:

    England vs. Colombia FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Match: Key Details

    England’s victory this weekend in the Women’s World Cup leads them to the quarter-finals to face Colombia in Sydney. On the other hand, Colombia has reached the quarter-finals for the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.

    The quarter-finals between England vs. Colombia is scheduled for August 12, 2023, on Friday at 4:00 pm IST at Stadium Australia in Sydney. Due to Chelsea winger James being suspended, England will have to play the game without her. On the other hand, Sarina Wiegman faces a strategic decision choosing between sticking with the productive formation: 3-4-1-2 against China. 

    Chloe Kelly will probably replace James and a shift to a four-man defense might see Rachel Daly moved to a forward position from wing-back. Manuela Vanegas, a Colombian defender, is all set to return to play after serving her suspension. 

    The latest odds of unexpected eliminations of Germany and the United States of America, England has gained an edge on Japan, Spain and France and surged as the new frontrunner. The Lionesses secured their position in the quarter-final by defeating Nigeria, despite the tense round of 16 matches. 

    England vs. Colombia FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Match: How To Watch 

    If you’re a hardcore football fan and wondering where you can watch FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in India, then you’re at the right place. You can watch the live telecast on the DD Sports TV channel in India and live streaming will be available on FanCode. 

    You can also watch it on Sony Six as they are broadcasting the live game in India. The viewers can stream the match on SonyLIV. Live England vs. Colombia quarter-finals is on Friday, August 11, 2023, at 4:00 pm IST. The coverage will begin at 1:30 pm IST. 

    You can also opt for VPNs to watch the live streaming on Sky Sports of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. All you have to do is subscribe to a VPN service, check for availability in your region then connect to the New York server, search for the England vs. Colombia FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Match and enjoy buffer-free streaming. Check out our article on the best VPNs. 

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Which team is leading the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023?

    As of August 11, 2023, the leading team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is Japan with 9 points. They played 3 matches and won all three with 11 goals for, 0 goals against and 11 goal difference, followed by Sweden and England, both with 9 points.

    Sweden and England both played 3 matches individually and won all three securing 9 points in total for each team. Sweden scored 9 goals in a total of 3 matches and England scored 8 goals in a total of 3 matches.

    However, after today’s quarter-final, Sweden won against Japan and qualified for the semi-final. So, that makes Sweden the leading team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

    Who won the last FIFA Women’s World Cup?

  • Funeral held for fan killed in Athens attack. UEFA President Ceferin to meet Greek PM

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A funeral service was held Friday for a Greek soccer fan killed in an attack led by Croatian supporters that has rattled European sporting officials.

    Hundreds of mourners — many wearing the black and yellow colors of the Michalis Katsouris’ team, AEK Athens — gathered outside a church Elefsina, 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Athens, clapping as his white casket was carried past them.

    The 29-year-old AEK fan died from a stab wound, and 10 others were injured when scores of Croatian supporters wielding wooden clubs and metal bats attacked bystanders outside AEK’s Opap Arena on Monday, police said.

    A Champions League qualifier between AEK and Dinamo Zagreb that was due to be held hours later was called off by UEFA, soccer’s governing body in Europe.

    UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin will visit Greece next week and plans to meet on Wednesday with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the head of the Greek Football Federation, Panagiotis Baltakos.

    Representatives of the country’s four major clubs — AEK Athens, Olympiakos, PAOK and Panathinaikos — as well as government sporting officials have been invited to attend the discussions, government officials said.

    Ceferin had been scheduled to travel to Athens to attend the UEFA Super Cup final between Manchester City and Sevilla on Wednesday. UEFA has formally requested a report on the Athens violence before considering “next steps and any potential measures.”

    More than 100 people — mostly Croatian nationals — were arrested after the attack and have been charged with murder, membership of a criminal gang and other offenses. Police are continuing to conduct searches in Athens and at border and transit points, looking for Croatian fans believed to have escaped arrest.

    The murder charges, applied in a blanket indictment for all the suspects, are likely to be dropped for most of the arrested fans as the investigation proceeds.

    State ERT television reported that by late Friday 12 suspects — 10 Croatians and two Greeks — had been ordered to remain in custody pending their trials. Others continued to appear before investigative judges.

    Earlier, brief clashes broke out in front of court buildings in Athens where the arrested fans were giving evidence related to the deadly violence. They had been led into the buildings in pairs and handcuffed under a heavy police escort.

    Some 200 fans of AEK gathered outside the court complex, some hurling bottles of water and other objects at police and television crews.

    No arrests or injuries were reported.

    Local authorities in Elefsina suspended several public events ahead of the funeral service in a sign of mourning. It is one of three European Union towns and cities, along with Timisoara in Romania and Veszprem in Hungary, awarded the status of European Cultural Capital for 2023.

    “The cowardly and unprovoked murder of Michalis must not and will not be forgotten,” Elefsina Mayor Argyris Economou said. “His burial place will always be here, as a symbol that reminds us all, current and future generations, of the painful consequences of fascist fan violence.”


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    Dunbar reported from Geneva, Switzerland. Lefteris Pitarakis in Athens contributed.

  • 2023 Emmy Predictions: Best Structured Reality Program

    Ever since its inaugural season was honored with the 2018 Emmy for Best Structured Reality Program, “Queer Eye” has dominated the category and shows no signs of stopping. In its quest for its sixth consecutive victory, the lifestyle series faces four shows that have each lost to it at least once before and have existed for an average of 15 years. Included among them is “Shark Tank,” which won here four years in a row before “Queer Eye” came along and ended its streak.

    Indeed, only “Shark Tank” and “Queer Eye” have triumphed in this category since it splintered off from the catch-all Best Reality Program one in 2014. The three 2023 nominees attempting to become the third series to take this specific prize are “Antiques Roadshow,” “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and “Love Is Blind.”

    In order to determine whether any show has a realistic shot at blocking another “Queer Eye” win, let’s take a closer look at each nominee. Be sure to visit our predictions center to make your own picks in this and 29 other Creative Arts Emmy categories.

    “Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
    The longest-running series in this group has been a PBS programming staple since 1997, while the BBC One show on which it is based has been on the air since 1979. Having previously earned program nominations in 2002, 2003, and every year from 2005 to 2013, it now stands with “Shark Tank” as one of only two series to have made appearances in all 10 Best Structured Reality Program lineups. During its 27th and latest season, its expert antique appraisers set up camp in five different U.S. states: California, Idaho, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Vermont.

    “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
    Having aired its pilot episode in 2006, this 37-season series has held the distinction of being the oldest one on Food Network’s docket since “Good Eats” ended its original run in 2012. More than 500 episodes in, host Guy Fieri still hasn’t run out of North American eateries to visit or restaurateurs to befriend. After initially competing for the defunct reality series award in 2013, the show earned its first five structured program nominations between 2014 and 2019.

    “Love Is Blind” (Netflix)
    Since its February 2020 debut, this series has strayed from the Netflix tradition of dropping entire seasons at once by instead distributing each new set of episodes over a three-week timeframe. Its third program nomination (following ones in 2020 and 2022) technically comes for its third and fourth seasons, which both streamed entirely within the current Emmys eligibility period. As usual, each of the newest seasons features 30 single people attempting to make purely auditory love connections that will ideally lead to marriage proposals.

    “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
    This series in which five queer lifestyle experts travel around America (and occasionally outside of it) to help people in need is based on the mid-2000s Bravo show with the same name and premise, which was initially known as “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Long before this category was established, the old series took the 2004 Best Reality Program prize and was nominated again in 2005 against “Antiques Roadshow” and eventual winner “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

    “Shark Tank” (ABC)
    Having wrapped its 14th season in May 2023, this entrepreneurial pitch series is the third longest-running of the nearly four dozen international adaptations of Japan’s “The Tigers of Money,” after the U.K. (19 seasons) and Canadian (17) versions of “Dragon’s Den.” In addition to now having been put in the running for this award 10 times, the show picked up Best Reality Program bids in 2012 and 2013, losing to “Undercover Boss” in both cases.

    So, what will win the 2023 Emmy for Best Structured Reality Program? Since its team of six panelists missed out on a Best Reality Host nomination for the first time in four years, it’s especially unlikely that “Shark Tank” will make a comeback in this category. In fact, the only show in this lineup that did receive a 2023 hosting bid is “Queer Eye,” which seems to have benefitted from such recognition over the past three years, although its starring quintet have never won.

    Fieri’s show’s resurgence should give predictors pause, but it still doesn’t pose much of a threat, and neither does “Antiques Roadshow,” which has had three times as many chances to win but has always failed. At this point, it’s extremely safe to say that the “Queer Eye” winning streak will only conclude once the series itself is over or when a completely new show swoops in and steals its thunder.

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  • Latest Deadline in Bitcoin-ETF Race Looms

    (Bloomberg) — The latest deadline in the race for a Bitcoin ETF approval is just around the corner, and many market-watchers expect fans to be disappointed if regulators punt on making a decision.

    The US Securities and Exchange Commission is set to make a ruling on the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF application by Sunday, Aug. 13, according to a tally kept by Bloomberg Intelligence, the latest in what could end up being a string of resolutions given the slew of other applicants trying for such a product.

    An ETF that invests directly in Bitcoin hasn’t been authorized in the US, though recent hype around the potential approval of one has whipped the industry into a frenzy. 

    Still, even if a green-light could come later on, many don’t expect a decision just yet. Cathie Wood, the founder of ARK, herself said that the SEC may bless multiple spot-Bitcoin ETFs at the same time, reversing an earlier view that her firm would be first in line to get approval.

    “In our view, the odds of an ARK/21Shares Bitcoin ETF approval this week are very low. We are fully expecting a delay decision from the SEC on Friday,” said Bloomberg Intelligence ETF analyst James Seyffart. “The market and most people are not expecting anything crazy. I believe it’s consensus opinion that this will be delayed. It’s just the norm and nothing has happened that indicates they would break from the norms.”

    A number of issuers have filed applications for spot-Bitcoin ETFs, which, if launched, would be the first of its kind in the US. The SEC has rejected all former such attempts. But excitement around the potential for it has in the past — as it has now — helped push crypto prices higher. Bitcoin rallied in June when BlackRock Inc. kicked the race into high gear with its application, though prices have been more subdued since then. The coin is currently trading around $29,400, a level it’s been hovering at for weeks, though it briefly climbed above $31,000 at one point. Bitcoin traded at a record high of almost $69,000 in late 2021.

    Read more: Why Crypto Is Counting on Spot Bitcoin ETFs: QuickTake

    21Shares had submitted paperwork for a spot fund in April. K33’s Bendik Schei and Vetle Lunde agree that “a postponement remains the most plausible outcome,” in the 21Shares decision. The pair added that past cases suggest the SEC will delay making a decision. 

    Though the SEC has rejected prior attempts, some see this time as being different given BlackRock’s role in the fight to get one green-lit. The fresh effort has emboldened a number of issuers to also file for Ether-futures-based funds — as well as pushed some to try for a Bitcoin-Ether-futures hybrid — something that also doesn’t yet trade in the US. 

    Roxanna Islam, associate director of research and head of sector and industry research at VettaFi, says that looking at the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) could be a good proxy for what the market is expecting on the spot-fund decision front. Grayscale has sued the SEC for rejecting its ETF conversion application.

    “We’ve already seen a slowdown in the narrowing of GBTC’s discount as a sign that the market is not expecting an immediate approval in spot Bitcoin ETFs,” she said, referring to its discount to its underlying holdings, which is currently hovering around 25%. “I think the earliest a spot Bitcoin ETF could be approved is closer to the end of the year after the SEC makes a decision on Grayscale’s case, which could then set off a chain of approvals across other spot ETF filings.”

    –With assistance from Katie Greifeld.

    ©2023 Bloomberg L.P.


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