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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘As The Crow Flies’ On Netflix, A Turkish Drama About A Young News Intern’s Ambition And How It Turns Deadly

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Ah, blatant careerism. It’s a topic that seems to be something that TV writers love to tackle on their shows. A new series from Turkey shows that, in the entertainment and news industry, such careerism isn’t limited to the U.S.

Opening Shot: A birdhouse in a tree. Then we go inside the well-appointed house and see a pencil skirt laid out on the bed. A cat crawls around.

The Gist: As we pan around, we see evidence of a struggle: Broken glass, blood spatters. It’s the house of Lale Kiran (Birce Akalay), one of Turkey’s best-known TV news personalities. As the cat stalks around, we get flashes of the fight that made this mess. Then we see a woman’s body on the ground; the cat licks her ankle.

Flashing back, Lale gives a guest lecture to a journalism class. One of the students, Asli Tuna (Miray Daner), finagles her way into the bathroom when Lale goes in, and gushingly tells her that she’s admired Lale since she was a kid. Lale is dismissive, saying “Chase after the news, not people.” That one exchange sets Asli’s determination to take Lale’s job in motion.

She uses her ability to manipulate social media to fake an invitation to an intern interview invitation to the network where Lale works. She then takes some tidbits from Instagram to “run into” editor-in-chief Müge Türkmen (İrem Sak) and claim that she’s the new intern.

Meanwhile, on Lale’s show The Other Side, she and Kenan (İbrahim Çelikkol), the show’s producer and an ex from the beginnings of their careers, have to deal with a disgruntled factory worker who is brought in studio for an interview and ends up holding Lale at gunpoint on live television. Lale’s husband Selim (Burak Yamantürk) puts the blame square on Kenan for keeping the cameras on in a desperate attempt to get ratings. But Kenan also knows that, while the Gen Xers like him and Lale are in charge, the millennials and zoomers who know how to manipulate social media, they’re going to have to use as many tricks as they can to stay relevant.

After witnessing the hostage drama unfold in front of her, Asli, resentful of the attention Lale is getting, uses fake Twitter accounts to start drumming up a backlash, saying it was all staged.

As The Crow Flies
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What Shows Will It Remind You Of? As The Crow Flies feels like a Turkish version of the recent Roku Channel reboot Swimming With Sharks. In fact, the first episodes of both feel like they hit the same beats.

Our Take: Written by Meric Acemi and produced by Ay Yapım, As The Crow Flies (original title: Kus Uçusu) wants to be smart, but it just turns out to be melodramatic in an eye-rolling way, from the intrusive narration that is filtered through the first episode to the ridiculous machinations of both generations of characters.

The logline of the show is that Gen X is being usurped by the next generation, who uses all the shortcuts they have learned in order to get ahead. But this feels more like a stalker story than anything else. Danner is able to show that Asli has both a misplaced obsession with Lale as well as a desire to take her place. But the way she goes about it goes well beyond blatant careerism, and borders on sociopathic methods.

She has fake social media accounts that she uses to comment on IG selfies and to foment a backlash against Lale. She seems to be able to not only outsmart the older people at the network but her fellow interns. She lies her way into the internship and will likely lie her way into Lale’s orbit. And it seems that her lying will become physically dangerous to Lale and others. To portray it as a generational thing seems disingenuous; we don’t know of any millennial or zoomer who has “finstas” for any other reason than to evade detection from parents or other family members.

If you take the generational issue out of play, then the insane hostage situation that Asli experienced wouldn’t have been needed. It takes up far too much of the first episode, and it feels like it comes out of more of a telenovela writer’s playbook. Then you have the aforementioned intrusive narration, where the narrator keeps talking about the bird being able to trick the lion, and you have a show that pushes viewers away instead of drawing them in.

Sex and Skin: None in the first episode.

Parting Shot: Asli has a self-satisfied smile after she sees #scam top Twitter’s trending list.

Sleeper Star: To be honest, no one really stands out in the first episode.

Most Pilot-y Line: The employee giving the new interns an orientation tells them never to go into Lale’s office, “Even if someone sets you on fire and your only means of survival is in there.” Oy.

Our Call: SKIP IT. As The Crow Flies has a sledgehammer-level of subtlety when it comes to examining what people of different generations do to get ahead. And it refuses to acknowledge that it’s really a stalker story more than anything else.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting and tech, but he doesn’t kid himself: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, VanityFair.com, Fast Company and elsewhere.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

Bagged Tags

The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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