And we just had our third week in a row of “no duh” eliminations – we knew it, the stars knew it, everyone knew it. To the surprise of no one, former Bachelor, Sean, and Peta were eliminated in the quarterfinals, coming in sixth place. Like I said yesterday, this was obviously going to happen, so Peta gave Sean two spectacular routines to do yesterday. Sean’s success at dancing them was questionable, but they were great performance pieces. I love Peta’s honesty – in the “Walk Down Memory Lane” video package after they’re eliminated, she straight up says “I thought he’d be going home in the first four weeks.” If we’re being honest, most seasons he would have.

How did Sean stack up against our other former Bachelor, Season 10’s Jake Pavelka? Sean actually did better! Jake and Chelsie came in seventh, one rank lower than Sean. Of course, Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft just won the All-Star Season, so she gets the title of most successful Bachelor-associated person on DwtS. Peta, meanwhile, equals her run from last season, where she placed sixth with Gilles Marini.

I have some fun trivia for you: as of this week, Derek has surpassed Cheryl as the pro with the most quarterfinal appearances (he’s made it ten times, Cheryl has made it nine times). And Karina catches up to Maks for third place, with eight quarterfinal appearances.

Next week, Derek will tie Cheryl for the most semifinal appearances, with nine each. Mark will tie Maks for the runner-up spot, with six semifinal appearances each. We’ll have to wait and see if either Mark or Derek can get into the finals a sixth time to tie Cheryl’s record there (my guess is they both will).

In an attempt to make the hierarchy of the remaining dancers less obvious, this week we got no official Bottom Two. Trying to mess with us, Ingo and Kym were declared safe early on, while Kellie and Derek were “in jeopardy.” Um, yeah, right. Did anyone believe for a hot second that they’d be eliminated? Me neither. This all had the opposite of the intended effect – once Ingo was declared safe, it became obvious that Sean would be going home. Jacoby and Karina joined them in the “may or may not be the bottom two.”

The encore went to Zendaya for her perfect Trio Salsa, which was just as much fun the second time around. We got a recap of last night’s insanity, and heard Len’s arguing much clearer; what he actually told Bruno is, “You’ve got your vocal cords up your arse!” And while Len was way out of line yesterday, he kind of has a point there.

It was also revealed what dances Twitter decided the couples would be performing next week. Alas, we will never see Sean and Peta’s Disco routine. Kym was petrified of getting Hip-Hop, but Zendaya and Val got it instead. Now, I don’t usually grouse about this, but in what world is it fair for Zendaya to dance hip-hop when that’s her career? If you want to tell me that although she’s a dancer, she has no ballroom experience, then fine… but her dancing hip-hop is patently unfair. And there might be some backlash for that.

The results show was jam-packed with performances. Jason Derulo and Emeli Sande both performed. Derek did a Macy’s Stars of Dance thing where he was dancing in a room the size of a cruise cabin (the cheapest ones that I always stay in). The twist was that the entire room was rotating, so it looked like Derek and his partner were dancing on the walls and the ceiling. It was cool, but the best performance of the night had to be Ingo’s son, Peanut, having a ball with the entire cast (also, there was a shot of Len wearing flip-flops… an image my mind can’t reconcile).

Now, those of you who are attentive will doubtless notice something weird going on. We have five couples going into the semifinals, with no dramatic monologues about a double elimination. This has been bugging me for the past few weeks, but I assumed there’s be a double elimination eventually. However, Entertainment Weekly revealed in their recap of yesterday’s show that this season, THE FINAL WILL HAVE FOUR COUPLES!!!

Take a moment to process this.

I’m furious over this – I’ve spent the past eight weeks harping on about the Final Three, as everyone has since the dawn of DwtS. And now, out of the blue, that all changes… without any dramatic video packages talking about how this changes everything! How could they? I guess they don’t want the final to just be the obvious three girls that everyone predicted in Week 1, but that’s no excuse. Humph.

Did the right couple go home? Will Ingo somehow unseat Jacoby next week for a spot in the final? And can you reconcile with the idea of a four-person final?

Quiz: Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

You go, Glen Coco!

Let’s play! Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

Play Mean Girls in the Episode app today!

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

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“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30