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The Lovefest Between David Zaslav and Casey Bloys Has Only Just Begun

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Hepburn and Tracy. Taylor and Burton. Newman and Woodward. These are Hollywood’s most revered relationships, but after listening to Warner Bros. Discovery’s pivotal earnings call yesterday afternoon, it’s high time to add another pair to the list: David Zaslav and Casey Bloys.

After a furious few days of headscratcher business decisions (like tossing the $90MM Batgirl in the dumpster) and wild rumors about the future of HBO Max, WBDisco CEO David “Zas” Zaslav spoke to the investment community yesterday afternoon about his company’s second quarter earnings, but more importantly, the future of the newly merged company he’s in charge of. The big news coming out of the call was that HBO Max and discovery+ will be combining into an as-yet-to-be-named single service come Summer 2023, but Zaslav saved his most resplendent words of praise for Casey Bloys, the HBO executive who has been in charge of the network’s programming over the last few tumultuous years since the AT&T telephonies kicked then-HBO CEO Richard Plepler to the curb.

Back on July 18, Zas awarded Bloys with a new contract, ensuring he spends the next 5 years with HBO and anointing him with the title of Chief Creative Officer, but pointedly did not release a statement trumpeting the move. Although financial terms were not disclosed, we can only assume that everyone was pleased as punch with the arrangement, as the two showed up giddy as a couple of schoolboys at the House Of The Dragon premiere in Los Angeles on July 27, posing for pictures on the red carpet together like BFFs.

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David Zaslav (L) and Casey Bloys (R), bask in each other’s glow at the House Of The Dragon premiere in sunny Los Angeles on July 27, 2022.Photo: FilmMagic for HBO

On yesterday’s call with a bunch of institutional investors who care more about EBITDA than Emmys, Zas couldn’t resist the urge to set aside his insights into ARPU and D2C to gush about his new number one boy (as Logan Roy might say). He mentioned “Casey” by name six different times during the presentation, each time with the admiration of a proud papa. Sounding a bit like Stefon, Zas began by saying “HBO Max has never been hotter,” before later lavishing Casey with praise, stating that Bloys is leading “the best team in the business,” before bragging that he “locked up Casey for the next 5 years … and we hope longer.” He also seemed impressed by “the culture and the taste of Casey,” and the fact that Casey and his team “not only read the scripts, but they fight with all their creatives to make the content and storytelling is as strong as possible.” (Take that Netflix, with your famously hands-off development process!) At one point, he even described Casey as “a unicorn,” which made us really wish we were privy to Zas’ notebooks; we’d die to see the doodles he makes in the margins during his “weekly meetings on the lot” with Casey!!

All kidding aside, Bloys has truly shepherded a dynamic slate of television series during his career at the Home Box Office, especially since he’s been leading the charge in the wake of the disastrous AT&T merger. Under his leadership, the HBO and HBO Max team secured an industry-leading 140 Emmy Nominations for 2022, produced critical and commercial hits (Euphoria! Watchmen! Mare of Easttown! Hacks! Succession! I could keep going!), and navigated the treacherous waters of figuring out how to keep the Game Of Thrones franchise humming (House of the Dragon is landing later this month). Casey’s stewardship of “one of the great crown jewels” (another moment of pure Zas energy!) of the entertainment industry makes him the kind of guy that a kingmaker CEO like Zas wants to “lock up,” Rapunzel style, for years and years to come.

While the future of direct-to-streaming movies at HBO Max looks deader than Hodor, one thing is certain: The love affair between Zas and Casey, to borrow a phrase from The Carpenters, has only just begun.

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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.”
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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.

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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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