Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli’s general manager, took to Japanese television today to announce a “brief pause” for their animation feature film department amid rumors of a closure.

Update: A better translation of Suzuki’s comments have been published by AnimeNewsNetwork (via /Film) and offer a little more detail on their current plans. “On what to do with Studio Ghibli’s future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever,” he said. “However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here.”

A previous version of this article based on a different translation indicated that the studio was closing for good.

Rumours of the Japanese animation studio’s closure have been circling the internet for the last couple of years, but a report from a Ghibli insider to Japanese website News Café made it appear as though that closure would be imminent. This rumour has now been confirmed by the general manager of the studio.

Studio Ghibli has been responsible for many beloved animated movies, not limited to Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, and Howl’s Moving Castle. But they made no secret about the fact that in recent years they have been struggling financially, with their most recent movies failing to make a profit for the studio. The Tale of Princess Kaguya, released in 2013, made 5.1 billion yen, and was considered a flop by the studio due to the costs of the production.

Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, retired last summer and handed the reins over to Toshio Suzuki — the latter gave up producing films to become the general manager.

The studio will now move on to managing their trademarks and copyrights, with a smaller staff, but will reportedly be keeping the option open to freelance out for any new, viable projects — as they used to prior to Porco Rosso. The full-time staff responsible for producing their feature films will presumably be let go.

When Marnie Was There, their latest film, is based on the novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson. The plot follows a sickly girl called Anna as she strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Marnie, while she recuperates at a seaside town. It was released on July 19 in Japan. There is no word yet on a U.S. release date.

Thanks to Catsuka for the news, and translation.

Summer is only just getting started, but it’s never too early to start clearing your calendar app to make room for Fall 2016 TV premiere dates.

Over the past couple of weeks the Big Five networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, CW) have released their Fall 2016 TV schedules, revealing when your favorite shows will be returning later this year. With the last of the Big Five unveiling their schedule on Tuesday, June 28, we knew it was time to put together one master calendar detailing all of the Fall 2016 TV premiere dates.

To make this easy to browse, we’ve broken down the premiere dates by network.

Fall 2016 TV premiere dates


Monday, September 19
8 pm Gotham
9 pm Lucifer

Tuesday, September 20
8 pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30 pm New Girl
9 pm Scream Queens

Wednesday, September 21
8 pm Lethal Weapon
9 pm Empire

Thursday, September 22
8 pm Rosewood
9 pm Pitch

Friday, September 23
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen
9 pm The Exorcist

Sunday, September 25
7:30 pm Bob’s Burgers
8 pm The Simpsons
8: 30 pm Son of Zorn
9 pm Family Guy
9:30 pm The Last Man on Earth

The CW

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Tuesday, October 4
8 pm The Flash
9 pm No Tomorrow

Wednesday, October 5
8 pm Arrow
9 pm Frequency

Thursday, October 6
8 pm iHeartRadio Music Festival — Night 1

Friday, October 7
8 pm iHeartRadio Music Festival — Night 2

Monday, October 10
8 pm Supergirl
9 pm No Tomorrow (special encore)

Thursday, October 13
8 pm DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
9 pm Supernatural

Monday, October 17
9 pm Jane the Virgin

Friday, October 21
8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm Crazy Ex-Girlfriend


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Note: Some dates shift after football is out of the way (as noted with “Regular time slot premiere”).

Thursday, September 8
8:30 pm Sunday Night Football

Sunday, September 11
8 pm Football Night in America
8:30 pm Sunday Night Football

Wednesday, September 14
10pm Blindspot

Monday, September 19
8 pm The Voice
8:30 pm The Good Place

Tuesday, September 20
8 pm The Voice
10 pm This Is Us

Wednesday, September 21
8 pm Blindspot (Regular time slot premiere)
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Chicago P.D.

Thursday, September 22
8 pm Superstore
8:30 pm The Good Place (Regular time slot premiere)
9 pm Chicago Med
10 pm The Blacklist

Friday, September 23
8 pm Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon
10 pm Dateline

Monday, October 3
10 pm Timeless

Tuesday, October 11
9 pm This Is Us (Regular time slot premiere)
10 pm Chicago Fire

9 pm Grimm


Note: Some dates shift after football is out of the way (as noted with “Regular time slot premiere”).

Thursday, September 15
7:30 pm Thursday Night Football Pre-Game Show
8:25 pm Thursday Night Football (Denver @ Kansas City)

Sunday, September 18
8:30 pm: Case Closed (JonBenet Ramsay, Part 1)

Monday, September 19
8 pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30 pm Kevin Can Wait
9 pm Case Closed

Tuesday, September 20
8 pm NCIS
9 pm BULL
10 pm NCIS: New Orleans

Wednesday, September 21
8 pm Survivor
9:30 pm Big Brother Finale

Friday, September 23
8 pm Macgyver
9 pm Hawaii Five-0
10 pm Blue Bloods

Saturday, September 24
10 pm 48 Hours

Sunday, September 25
7 pm 60 Minutes
9 pm Case Closed

Monday, September 26
9 pm Presidential Debate

Wednesday, September 28
9 pm Criminal Minds
10 pm Code Black

Sunday, October 2
8 pm NCIS: Los Angeles
9 pm Madam Secretary
10 pm Elementary

Monday, October 3
9 pm Scorpion

Monday, October 10
9 pm Two Broke Girls

Monday, October 17
9:30pm The Odd Couple

Monday, October 24 (Regular time slot premiere)
8 pm Kevin Can Wait
8:30 pm Man With a Plan
9 pm 2 Broke Girls
9:30 pm The Odd Couple
10 pm Scorpion

Thursday, October 27 (Regular time slot premiere)
8 pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30 pm The Great Indoors
9 pm Mom
9:30 Life in Pieces
10 pm Pure Genius


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Monday, September 12
8 pm Dancing with the Stars

Sunday, September 18
8 pm 68th Emmy Awards

Tuesday, September 20
8 pm Dancing with the Stars Results Show
10 pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Wednesday, September 21
8 pm The Goldbergs
8 pm Speechless
9 pm Modern Family
9:30 pm black-ish
10 pm Designated Survivor

Thursday, September 22
8 pm Grey’s Anatomy
9 pm Notorious
10 pm How to Get Away with Murder

Friday, September 23
8 pm Last Man Standing
8:30 pm Dr. Ken
9 pm Shark Tank

Sunday, September 25
8 pm Once Upon A Time
9 pm Secrets and Lies
10 pm Quantico

Sunday, October 2
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos

Monday, October 3
10 pm Conviction

Tuesday, October 11
8 pm The Middle
8:30 pm American Housewife
9 pm Fresh Off the Boat
9:30 pm The Real O’Neals

Don’t see your favorite show? So long as it wasn’t canceled (and quite a few were!), it’ll be returning in the midseason (meaning early 2017).

Happy Heterosexual Pride Day! Wait, what?

Something weird happens every time society tries to celebrate the historically downtrodden. Every year on International Women’s Day, there’s a predictable chorus of “But when is Men’s Day?!” And every year, patient souls have to explain that every day is Men’s Day. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Same goes for Pride, the annual, worldwide celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. It shouldn’t need to be said that non-heterosexual individuals have been subjected to a variated blend of persecution, mockery and dismissal since humans gained the capacity for cruelty, and we’re still a long way from the tolerance that any minority might rightfully demand in our supposed ‘modern’ society.

So there’s Pride, all over the world. Parades, movements, campaigns, and other attempts to celebrate and normalize non-straight sexualities. It’s wonderful.

Which is why #HeterosexualPrideDay, the hashtag that incomprehensibly climbed to the top of the Twitter trends on Wednesday morning, is ridiculous. Heterosexual Pride Day, which is actually a real thing, demands “equality” for straight people as though heterosexuality, the default, universally accepted sexuality, is somehow threatened for the sole reason that it’s no longer the only accepted sexuality. Adding insult to injury, it falls on 29 June — the second-to-last day of Pride Month.

Well, whatever. Maybe for a few minutes the hashtag served its actual purpose, but ever since then it’s been overrun with hilarious dismissals or mockeries by those who actually understand that ‘Pride’ is a term meant to combat the ‘shame’ the bigots try to use to repress this community.

Pride is for the oppressed. Not for the ones who oppress, nor for the ones who already have the freedom to love whom they choose to love.

So let’s celebrate #HeterosexualPrideDay the only way that actually makes sense — by laughing at it:

And, in case the message wasn’t clear, let’s finish on a slightly more somber note:

So… happy not-a-thing day, everyone! And more importantly: Happy actually-a-thing, a.k.a. Pride Month.

AHS social media may be updating their avatar, and actors may be confirming their involvement, but we still know next to nothing about season 6.

An odd move was made by the FX series’ social media team. Typically lagging when it comes to updating their internet presence, AHS has updated their Twitter header and avatar to reflect the uncertainty of season 6.

Ryan Murphy remains tight-lipped on season 6’s theme, filming location, and major ensemble announcements. Luckily for those who simply can’t wait any longer, some of the series’ past stars are too excited to keep their involvement to themselves. Earlier this week a recent addition to the AHS: Hotel cast, Cheyenne Jackson, confirmed that he will be returning to the series in an interview with Out. Earlier this year, Lady Gaga also confirmed that she would return.

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The lack of hype surrounding season 6 is refreshing and a great way to subvert expectations for the impending installment. We all know what happened after AHS: Freak Show killed off Twisty the Clown in the fourth episode after months of teasing the “most terrifying clown” in existence — yes, I am still very bitter about this particular plot point.

The floundering stories of seasons 2-5 left a lot to be desired from the series. Hotel wrapped up quite nicely in the final two episodes, but it was littered with far too many actors and storylines to feel complete in any sense. This has remained an unresolved issue since Murder House. Less is more for AHS and the sooner the stories scale back, the better.

For all we know, at this juncture Ryan Murphy could actually be sitting on the next great idea. Let’s hope his mind is not too scattered with the second seasons of both Scream Queens and American Crime Story to pay a proper amount of attention to AHS.

Do you have any theories of who or what to expect from season 6? Last we heard from the co-creator was at Paleyfest where Murphy suggested that two ideas were in the works and could possibly involve children again.

AHS season 6 is expected to return to FX fall 2016.