On last week’s episode of Glee we were left hanging as Ryder realized that he might not be chatting with the blonde hair blue-eyed girl he thought he was. So, who could it possibly be? We break it down into five different people Ryder may actually be chatting with online!

Last week on Glee, Ryder was very clearly excited about an online conversation that was happening between him and iChat user katie_xoxo. However, by the end of the episode it was revealed that maybe Katie isn’t exactly the person we thought she was. When Ryder asked her if they could meet, we heard some keyboard typing going on in the background (see person 3 below) and an immediate logout and no goodbye from our friend Katie. For those who have seen the movie or new hit MTV series “Catfish” you probably recognize this storyline: chatting and creating a relationship with someone online without ever actually meeting them only to find out they’re not the person they represent themselves to be. There’s a lesson of acceptance in there somewhere (love the person, not their looks) but for the most part we’re all in agreement that this is actually just really creepy, right?

So, with all of our calculations and Glee’s ability to tell us what’s going to happen in a plot several episodes before it comes to light, we’ve deduced that the person with whom Ryder is chatting is one (or more) of the following people (in no particular order):

Catfish No.1 – The Librarian

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Yes, don’t rule out pedophilia here, folks! Glee has moved to 9 p.m. on Thursdays so ALL LIMITS ARE OFF! We joke about this (the librarian, not pedophilia) only because when we heard all the typing going on the first thing we see when Ryder looks around is the librarian looking down through her bifocals as if she were chatting! It had most of us laughing and just to cover our bases, we’re throwing the librarian into the mix!

Catfish No.2 – Jake

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You can’t rule out Jake amidst everything that is going on between him and Ryder. Katie randomly asked Ryder if he’s over Marley yet. Ryder paused for a second before admitting that he’s “starting to feel like maybe [he’s] kinda moved on.” Earlier in the episode Jake suggests to Marley that they “ice him out.” Marley says no, and that he can continue being pissed at Ryder but she’s not going to just shut him out of her life. Jake says, “It’s you and me against the world…especially Ryder. I mean I thought he was a good dude but…just not a friend.” We could totally see Jake setting up some sort of elaborate plan to shut Ryder out so he can be 100% certain he has Marley to himself. We don’t know the context here, but check out Marley’s freakout at Jake in the preview for next week’s episode of Glee, “Guilty Pleasures.” Does this confrontation have something to do with Jake being katie_xoxo?

Also, there’s a part of us that hopes Jake secretly wants to be Ryder’s boyfriend and this is all just setup for that!

Catfish No.3 – Unique

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Unique is probably the most convincing guess if you consider the happenings of the episode. We saw a lot of Ryder/Unique storyline. It started off with the performance (where Unique puts her hand on Ryder only to have him shy away), followed by an intervention with Artie where he tried to get the two of them to come to terms with the fact that Unique identifies as a girl, and then ultimately Ryder admitting that he doesn’t understand what Unique is going through but he supports her (followed by tears from Unique). Could we possibly have a romantic interest for Unique? Does she secretly have a crush on Ryder and doesn’t know how to deal with it considering all the confusion from this episode? Let’s face it: probably. But, remember, with Glee “anything can happen.”

Catfish No.4 – Lauren Zizes

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Remember that time Lauren came back to Glee season 4 (“Sadie Hawkins”) for a hot minute and then disappeared? We’re wondering if this was a way to remind the Glee audience that she is indeed still at McKinley, thus giving more credit to when she finally does reveal herself as katie_xoxo. With Lauren being pretty much the opposite of katie_xoxo in every physical way, we could see the revelation of the online chatter being her in an effort to maximize contrast. It’s worth noting that a lot of the storylines on the MTV series “Catfish” deal with the dramatic differences in appearance, particularly weight, from the perceived persona versus the actual person. Beiste told Lauren, Sugar and all the other wallflowers to go out and get what you want and “Always remember: the worst he could say is ‘no.'” Maybe Lauren has a crush on Ryder and took these words a little too far? We can see the Glee promo now: “In 400 weeks when Glee returns: yes, Lauren is physically very different than katie_xoxo, but her personality is the same. What should Ryder do?”

Catfish No.5 – Will Schuester

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With Finn out of the picture, Will’s going to need a new high-school-student-best-friend and since everyone, including us and Emma, can’t stand him, he has to find some way of luring Ryder in, right?! Plus you can’t get much more Catfish-themed than having your hot Internet girlfriend be your creepy choir teacher!

Who do you think the secret catfish is in Ryder’s life? Do all signs point to someone we didn’t mention? Have any dark horse contenders? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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