Reggie-Fils Aimé’s Most Memorable Moments As Nintendo President

Today, April 15, 2019, is Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé’s last day at the company, marking the end of an era at Nintendo. Known lovingly by fans as “the Regginator,” Fils-Aimé has taken a remarkably involved role in Nintendo of America’s marketing, distribution, and localization since his arrival at the company in 2003, an active approach that few other gaming executives have managed to match. As president, Reggie has spent the past thirteen years presiding over a corporate position that usually attracts little else but ire from consumers, making his revered status within the gaming community the industry equivalent of a unicorn sighting. One of very, very few American executives who can even dare to claim to be well-liked, even Reddit’s foremost gaming community has rocketed Reggie to the site frontpage in a wholesome farewell.

Despite Nintendo of Japan being ever out of touch with Western audiences and making poor judgments at times throughout Reggie’s tenure, the man has tirelessly dedicated himself and his staff to ensuring that Nintendo games and consoles appeal to as many people as possible. Dubbed the “Reggielution,” Fils-Aimé’s work helped to create and capitalize upon global successes like the Wii and DS and calm the waters during the turbulent launch of the 3DS and lifetime failure of the Wii U, all the while maintaining a public presence that’s remained as consistent as it’s been friendly.

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As the figurehead of a regional division with minimal control over top-down decisions from Nintendo of Japan, Reggie not only rolled with the punches but actively influenced Nintendo’s worldwide strategy and image. He accomplished the former by fostering stronger communication and creative collaboration between Japanese and Western teams behind the scenes, meanwhile he most notably achieved the latter by doing what he does best: reaching out to the community. Since his public debut as a Nintendo executive, Reggie asserted himself as a capable and approachable figure, and unforgettable moments from his countless appearances at key Nintendo press events and videos have constructed the larger-than-life character that the gaming community affectionately calls one of its own. Though Reggie’s time at Nintendo is nearly at its end, read on to relive some of the most popular memes and finest moments that his career has spawned – and perhaps learn about what’s still to come.

Reggie kickstarted his career at Nintendo of America as VP of Sales and Marketing at a run, with the first words that E3 2004 attendees heard come from his mouth being, “My name’s Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about making video games.” At a time when Nintendo was viewed as too family-focused to make anything more adult than Mario and reeling from the relative failure of the Nintendo GameCube in comparison to the PlayStation 2 (which still holds the title of all-time best-selling console today), this aggressive approach was precisely what both the press and gamers needed to hear. Reassured that Nintendo wasn’t going the way of Sega with its own version of the failed Dreamcast, it was at this very conference that Reggie unveiled mature GameCube exclusives like Resident Evil 4, as well as the Nintendo DS, which went on to become the highest-selling handheld console of all-time.

Whereas 2004’s E3 presser introduced Reggie as a newcomer unafraid to come out swinging, a single, brief incident at E3 2007 solidified him into the goofy, lovable meme factory that persists to this day. Showcasing the Wii’s all-new Balance Board peripheral for Wii Fit, producer and illustrious developer Shigeru Miyamoto and translator Bill Trinen invited Reggie (now president of Nintendo of America) to test it out in front of the crowd. Appearing to suddenly deviate from the presentation script, Reggie jokingly announced, “My body is ready,” unknowingly spawning one of the decade’s most popular and influential internet memes. Embracing his online fame, Reggie has continued to reference this moment in other promotional materials, even reassuring fans that his body is still ready in his retirement announcement.

In an E3 2010 trailer for the all-new Nintendo 3DS (which Reggie also had the pleasure of announcing to the world during the same conference), Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata, the late and great CEO of Nintendo who passed away in 2015, are each literally sucked into 3DSes. After waltzing through a space strewn with various items from iconic Nintendo franchises like Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda, Reggie picks up a 3Ds of his own and laughs derisively when he finds Miyamoto and Iwata trapped in the Mario universe, running away from their own fiery creations. That is, until Bowser enters the real world and immolates Reggie’s screaming head, at which point the real, on-stage Reggie can be seen collecting himself and ditching his now smoldered jacket before moving on.

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Aware of what they and the online Nintendo fanbase had created together after 2007’s legendary “my body is ready” episode, Nintendo kicked off their first-ever Nintendo Direct in 2011 with an brand new Reggie-ism. Announcing the addition of Hulu Plus to the Nintendo 3DS’ software library, Reggie introduced the concept of Nintendo Direct in his characteristically deliberate manner (comparable to Barack Obama’s signature style of oration) before hitting viewers with a sudden, shocking curveball. Referring to those who had yet to buy into the 3DS family – which was a rather large number of gamers at the time, as the 3DS was very slow to pick up steam after a lukewarm launch – Reggie had only to ask, “What’s wrong with you?” It’s doubtful this jest pushed many 3DS units all on its own, and it certainly never took off online on the same scale as “my body is ready” had three years prior. Nevertheless, Nintendo fans were enamored with not only the phrase but the continued commitment to lighthearted, sometimes surreal humor demonstrated by Reggie and his staff.

In what may be the coolest, most over-the-top trailer Nintendo will ever release, an E3 2014 video featured Reggie and Iwata facing off in a sequence that looks as though it could have been ripped straight out of some bizarre anime about supernatural fight clubs for the corporate elite. After matching blows, their hilarious fight is revealed to be the announcement for the inclusion of the Mii Fighter character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, slated for simultaneous release just months later. Iwata brandishes a Wii U gamepad while Reggie takes up a Wii U Pro Controller, and the two show one another a bit more civility by letting their Miis do the fighting in-game. Until, of course, Iwata summons a high-level Mario AI using an Amiibo, which makes short work of Reggie and seemingly banishes his corporeal form to the Shadow Realm.

Fils-A-Mech was another result of Nintendo’s concentrated effort at E3 2014 to take Reggie’s reputation and run with it. The skit stars the cast of the Mega 64 web series and Reggie, playing an identical cyborg clone of himself called Fils-A-Mech. In a plot to infiltrate Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington ahead of the upcoming conference, Mega 64’s Rocco Botte merges with Fils-A-Mech and walks in through the front door. Things quickly go awry, however, with Fils-A-Mech’s convincing appearance getting it swept into an executive meeting, in which Botte cancels the real Reggie’s meeting with the US president in order to host that year’s nationwide Smash-Fest promotional event, disintegrating a dissenting staffer with Fils-A-Mech’s obligatory laser vision in the process. While raiding Reggie’s office, Fils-A-Mech has an accidental run-in with the genuine Reggie, but the robot preserves itself by proclaiming to be one of Miyamoto’s latest peripherals.

Nintendo’s funniest crossover of E3 2014 was by far their collaboration with the industry savvy creators of Robot Chicken, who transformed Reggie into an action figure in one of their trademark stop motion sketches. In addition to parodies of major Nintendo franchises that poke fun at Link’s contentious art styles, Bowser’s attendance of company functions despite his repeated kidnappings of Princess Peach, and the inability of Little Mac from Punch-Out!! to remove his gloves, the skit also takes a jab at the usual industry and fan responses to the company’s E3 announcements. A heckler in a press badge invariably complains about everything Reggie has to say, grumbling about “another Mario game” and demanding a new Star Fox and an English localization of Mother 3, the Japan-exclusive sequel to EarthBound. It’s Reggie that does the immolating this time around, calmly absorbing a Fire Flower, launching a fireball at the unpleasant journalist, and continuing with his announcements.

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Announcing a promotional event to accompany 2015’s E3 conference through a skit in a similar manner to Fils-A-Mech the year prior, Reggie makes the decision to bring back and compete the long-abandoned Nintendo World Championships and quits his job as president to avoid a conflict of interest. Clearly, this video has gained renewed sense of perspective with Reggie’s impending resignation in the real world, but art doesn’t quite imitate life in this case as Reggie appoints a child to take his place, rather than current VP of Sales and Marketing Doug Bowser. (Yes, his name is actually Bowser.) Reggie can then be seen incorporating a number of visually amusing Nintendo consoles and peripherals into his training regimen, including the Wii Balance Board and the ill-fated, eye strain-inducing Virtual Boy. Interestingly, the Virtual Boy was such a catastrophic failure for Nintendo at launch that this is one of a small handful of the company’s acknowledgements of its very existence in recent years.

In one of Iwata’s final appearances, the late CEO, Miyamoto, and Reggie all voice reimagined versions of themselves as Muppet-like puppets. Himself roused by a production assistant, Iwata enters Reggie’s office to discover him performing “Nintendo 64” push-ups. Joined by Miyamoto, they prepare to host the introduction to Nintendo’s E3 2015 Digital Event, but each of the company icons begin to morph into the main characters of the Star Fox franchise before they can even begin. Of course, series creator Miyamoto transforms into titular protagonist Fox McCloud, while Iwata and Reggie turn into the older, wiser Peppy Hare and brash Falco Lombardi, respectively. Playing on a running joke within the Nintendo community inspired by Peppy’s incessant reminders in Star Fox 64 that players must perform aileron rolls in order to avoid incoming projectiles, Iwata and Reggie jokingly suggest Miyamoto “do a barrel roll,” prompting the announcement trailer for Star Fox ZERO to play.

On June 11, 2015, Satoru Iwata passed away in his thirteenth year as Nintendo CEO at the tragic age of 55, shaking the gaming world to its very core. His passing came just days before that year’s E3 conference, and his absence was deafening throughout the event. That year and in those to follow, countless Nintendo studios and others within the gaming industry paid their respects to the man who revolutionized the field through in-game tributes and posthumous awards. In a heartfelt speech at the 2015 Game Awards, Reggie was able to publicly pay his own respects to the company’s most influential leader in its long history. With his characteristically unflappable composure showing cracks at times, Reggie called attention to Iwata’s meteoric rise to prominence through sheer hard work as a programmer, engineer, and creative visionary, an honorable career path that granted him unmatched leadership capability over Nintendo. Remembering Iwata as a truly unique force for good within the industry, Reggie stated, “On a personal level, he was my boss, and he was my mentor, and he was my colleague. But, most of all, he was my friend, and I’m a better person for it.”

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and so it is that Reggie’s time as President of Nintendo of America is at its close. In a video posted to Nintendo of America’s Twitter in February, Reggie extends his thanks to Nintendo fans for giving him a “Mushroom Kingdom full of incredible memories that [he] will never forget – ever.” Taking a stroll down memory lane, Reggie related how his close relationship with the Nintendo community over the years has both humbled and honored him, fondly revisiting many of the career-defining moments and jokes seen here. In this video, Reggie announced VP of Sales and Marketing Doug Bowser as his successor, ensuring everyone that Bowser will be up to the job and “probably spent too much time in front of a Donkey Kong arcade machine” in his youth. Like his predecessor before him, it’s likely that Reggie will still be involved in high-level Nintendo decisions as its Chairman of the Board, but the fact remains that Bowser has a massive pair of shoes to fill as Nintendo’s next president. However…

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According to a reputable leak, Reggie Fils-Aime intends to take one final victory lap before handing the castle keys over to Bowser. Proving that his body always ready, Reggie is apparently going to share one final Nintendo Direct with the online community to coincide with his departure. It’s still unknown what topic(s) Reggie will cover in this rumored Direct, but it’s sure to provide some sense of closure for those who have matured alongside the rapid growth of Nintendo that Reggie has helped to foster for so many years. As always, Screen Rant will keep readers up-to-date on the time and contents of the hopeful surprise Direct; however, to those less keen to hear Reggie’s final goodbyes: what’s wrong with you? Reggie also just opened a Twitter account following his retirement:

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2019-04-15 06:04:56

Phillip Tinner

Disney Plus Orders Gina Rodriguez’s Diary of a Female President

New streaming service Disney Plus has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Diary of a Female President, a TV show about a 12 year-old Cuban-American girl with ambitions to become the President of the United States. The series will be written by Ilana Peña, one of the writers for The CW’s comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Disney may be dominating the movie market (and set it dominate it even further once its acquisition of 21st Century Fox closes), but entering the field of on-demand entertainment streaming is a challenge. While Disney is set to have a majority stake in Hulu, there’s still Netflix and Amazon Prime to contend with, both of which have an extensive library of original and exclusive content. So, when Disney+ launches this year, it will need to have some great shows lined up.

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Now, Deadline reports that Disney+ has added another show to the slate. Diary of a Female President is about an ambitious and precocious 12 year-old, told from the point of view of her diary “as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.” The series was created by Peña, who will also be the main writer, and produced by I Can and I Will, the production company founded by Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, as well as CBS TV Studios. Robin Shorr (The Carmichael Show) is also onboard as showrunner.

The timing of this deal works out well for Peña, as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is currently airing its fourth and final season. That show is about a successful lawyer with unaddressed mental health issues, who spontaneously decides to move from New York City to West Covina, California, in pursuit of an old boyfriend she had as a teenager. Created by and starring Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend achieves a delicate balance between making the audience root for its protagonist while also acknowledging how horrifying and selfish some of her actions are, so Peña clearly has a talent for writing complex and flawed characters.

Rodriguez will also have more time to devote to Diary of a Female President soon, as Jane the Virgin is gearing up for its fifth and final season. That show stars Rodriguez as a romantic and virginal twenty-something who becomes pregnant after accidentally being artificially inseminated by her doctor.

Among the other shows coming to Disney+ are several set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including a series about Scarlet Witch and Vision, another about Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and a show about Thor’s mischievous brother, Loki. There’s also The Mandalorian, a series set in the Star Wars universe, which will star Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano. We’ll bring you more news about Diary of a Female President and these other shows as it becomes available.

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2019-01-31 08:01:41

Black Panther 2 Moving Forward With Ryan Coogler Set to Write & Direct

Ryan Coogler is confirmed to return to write and direct Black Panther 2. Marvel Studios found massive success earlier this year with the launch of Black Panther. It was the first MCU movie to star a person of color in Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The movie featured almost an entirely black cast and wound up receiving rave reviews, in addition to earning over $1 billion at the box office.

Due to the success, there’s been heavy speculation about the status of a sequel. There’s been no official word from Marvel Studios about where the movie stood, let alone the status of the film’s cast. However, the biggest focus for many was whether or not writer-director Ryan Coogler would return.

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THR has now confirmed that Ryan Coogler is indeed returning to Wakanda. They’ve confirmed that he’ll write and direct Black Panther 2 for Marvel Studios. Production is currently expected to get started in late 2019 or early 2020.

Coogler returning to direct Black Panther 2 has been expected for some time, but now it is nice to finally have the confirmation that he’s returning. He’d signed up for other projects since Black Panther hit theaters, so he took his time deciding to return to Wakanda. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said he wanted Coogler to make the sequel. They’re doing just that with this announcement, as they may have wanted to get the sequel moving even quicker because of just how big of a hit the original was.

Now that Coogler is locked in for Black Panther 2, the hope to shoot the sequel in late 2019 or early 2020 will depend on a few things. The first will be Coogler finishing the script and getting it into the proper place to actually start production. Feige previously said they have a “pretty solid direction” for the sequel’s story, so this may just be a matter of Coogler putting pen to paper. The other major step that will need to be completed is actually aligning the franchise’s multiple stars’ busy schedules. Boseman is continuing to take on new projects, while breakout cast members like Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have also continued to book future movies.

Although Marvel has yet to confirm Coogler’s return or even that they’re making Black Panther 2, the longterm planning on their part clued many in on this timetable for the sequel. They previously dated untitled Marvel movies into 2022, and the February 2021 release date was quickly pointed to by many as Black Panther 2‘s likely landing spot. This reported production schedule should only reaffirm that belief. Of course, Marvel doesn’t plan on announcing any of their future projects officially until after Avengers 4 hits theaters, so it may still be several months before Coogler’s involvement and Black Panther 2‘s release date become officially official. But for now, his involvement has been confirmed by several sources and is a great step forward for the sequel.

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Source: THR

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2018-10-11 01:10:10 – Cooper Hood

Showtime Orders Season 2 Of Jim Carrey’s Kidding

Just a few weeks after its series premiere, Showtime announces that it has renewed Kidding, the fascinating tragicomedy starring Jim Carrey. In addition to Carrey, the series also features the likes of Catherine Keener, Judy Greer, and Frank Langella as members of the Piccirillo family, ostensibly the people caught in the orbit of the national treasure that is Carrey’s Jeff Pickles, aka Mr. Pickles, the beloved children’s entertainer who happens to be going through a massive existential crisis at the moment, as he struggles with the grief over losing a child and seeing his home life disintegrate as a result. 

While that might not sound like the typical kind of comedy Carrey is known for, it does strike a chord similar to his work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with acclaimed director Michel Gondry, who is an executive producer on Kidding and also directed the pilot episode. The result is a show with a lot of emotion, a dark sense of humor, and that takes place in a slightly heightened world. It all adds up to one of the more unique series on Showtime right now. 

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Showtime announced the news today in an official press release that included a statement from Gary Levine, the network’s president of programming. Levine said: 

“KIDDING has established itself as one of the most endearing and inventive shows on television. I feel like I have been watching Mr. Pickles my whole life, and I look forward to being entranced by his unique blend of hilarity and heartbreak in season two.”

The news comes shortly after the network axed I’m Dying Up Here, the ’70s-set stand up comedy drama, on which Carrey served as an executive producer. With that series lasting only two seasons, and with the continuation of network’s long-running Shameless now in question, following the planned departures of both Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan (Gotham), Showtime is in a position where a series like Kidding – i.e., one with big stars – could become a key part to the network’s future success. While it’s questionable whether or not the fates of those other two series played a role in Kidding being renewed for season 2 or not, it certainly seems as though the fascinating, melancholic series could be an important part of Showtime’s lineup for quite some time. 

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2018-10-10 02:10:38 – Kevin Yeoman

The Disney-Fox Deal Will Close January 2019

The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox’s major merger is coming together faster than anticipated and will now officially be completed on January 1, 2019. Fox has plenty of success over the years through a variety of media outlets, but determined they could not properly compete in the movie and TV space. They looked to sell these branches of the company and quickly found Disney to be their preferred buyer. Comcast attempted to pull the deal out from under Disney’s reaches, but simply made them pay them pay $71 billion for Fox’s assets instead of the initial $54 billion bid.

There has been plenty of resistance to the deal because of the monopoly Disney continues to grow and the job losses that will come from it. From Disney’s perspective, they view the Fox acquisition as a great way to enhance their library of content prior to launching their own streaming service late next year. Throughout the process, it was anticipated that summer 2019 would be when the deal would close, but it’ll actually be much sooner.

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Variety shared the news that 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice told Fox employees the merger will be “ready to close” on January 1, 2019. This effectively means that 2018 will be the final year for this current look of Fox and moves up the timeline for the merger as a result.

Disney and Fox shareholders officially approved the terms of the merger back in July, less than a month after the Department of Justice approved the deal on their own. The studios have since been seeking approval in various countries around the world, while also figuring out the new hierarchy of Disney in a post-merger landscape. For Rice’s part, he’s joining Disney as a top TV executive. Disney recently made several of these types of moves official, while other executives have already found jobs elsewhere for when the merger closes.

The accelerated timetable of the deal comes after reports that a late 2018 finalization could be possible. They will miss this mark by a day it appears, as both studios now hope to become one at the turn of the calendar year. This is all barring some unforeseen mishap with the deal, but considering how well the deal has gone so far, it is difficult to imagine anything coming up now that would hinder them from completing the deal on Jan 1. After all, Rice told this to all of Fox’s current employees in a town-hall setting at their Los Angeles studio, so they must be confident that this date will stick. How quickly changes, such as cancellation of some projects or Marvel Studios’ plans for the X-Men, are made from then on remain to be seen. But, we do at least now know when the merger will be completed.

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Source: Variety

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2018-10-10 01:10:31 – Cooper Hood

Roger Ailes Movie Dropped By Annapurna Shortly Before Production

Annapurna Pictures drops director Jay Roach’s untitled film about former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, just weeks before it was set to begin production. The studio had been developing the project, which chronicles the sexual harassment allegations against Ailes, for quite some time – recruiting an all-star ensemble cast to boot.

Earlier this year, Charlize Theron signed on to portray former Fox reporter Megyn Kelly, and it was only a couple of months ago John Lithgow was cast as Ailes. Other prominent thespians involved include Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, giving the film a tremendous amount of clout and prestige. Particularly in today’s climate, the Ailes movie seemed like the socially relevant film any studio would love to have on their slate, but Annapurna has to pass on it at the last minute.

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THR reports Annapurna dropped the Ailes film, with the official reasoning unknown. Some sources claim there were budgetary concerns, but that isn’t confirmed. It’s worth mentioning the project hasn’t been scrapped, and is now on the lookout for a new home. Per Variety, Focus Features may wind up distributing it.

The reported budget for the Ailes movie is roughly $35 million, which is a relatively small amount by Hollywood standards. However, Annapurna is going through quite a rough period. A separate Variety report stated Annapurna President of Film Chelsea Barnard is leaving her position as the studio also let go of the upcoming The Hustlers at Scores, which stars Jennifer Lopez as a stripper out for revenge. THR also notes the studio is hurting financially, which would explain their decision to drop two high-profile films. Last year, the indie house got in the business of distributing their own movies – an endeavor that likely hasn’t gone as well as they’d hope. To date, their biggest hit as a distributor is Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake, which earned $41.4 million worldwide.

Hopefully, Annapurna is able to find its footing soon, as it still has plenty of noteworthy films on deck. As of now, they’re distributing two of this year’s biggest Oscar hopefuls in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and Adam McKay’s Vice and handling the Stateside release of Bond 25. That’s a fairly tall order, particularly for a studio trying to keep its head above water. It would be a sad day for the film industry if Annapurna ends up going under, so ideally studio founder Megan Ellison will be able to work some magic and get things back on track. In the meantime, they desperately need Vice (receiving a wide release on Christmas) to be a hit this holiday season.

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Source: THR, Variety [2]

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2018-10-09 04:10:51 – Chris Agar

15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped)

There are many forms of entertainment, but television is one of the most popular. Watching TV has been a popular pastime ever since the television was created in 1927. Programs can often bring families together or can even give people an escape from reality while they binge-watch their new favorite show. People used to have to pay for cable to watch their favorite shows, but now, watching TV is easier than ever with the mass amount of streaming services that have become available, such as Hulu and Netflix.

Some of the best shows are even exclusive to streaming services such as these. Even YouTube has expanded to include TV shows that come in a variety of genres. Needless to say, there is now a seemingly endless amount of programming that will entertain anybody and everybody.

Much like movies, there are a wide variety of TV shows and genres to pick from. TV networks seem to come out with a variety of different shows each year including sitcoms. While a network might release a few different sitcoms each year, a lot of them seem to flop and be forever forgotten by viewers. Other sitcoms stick around for several years resulting in many seasons worth of laughs.

Some of these shows have stuck around longer than they probably should have, but others were so terrible that they were canceled after only one season.

 Here are the 15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped). 

30 Massive Hit: The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory may have not launched any of the main actors acting careers, but the show certainly boosted them into the spotlight. The Big Bang Theory came on the air in 2007 thanks to creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The show centers around a group of geeky and socially awkward friends who hang out with a waitress named Penny.

The show has become incredibly popular during its twelve seasons on the air, with many celebrities making cameos on the show.

The Big Bang Theory became so popular that it even received a spinoff about a young Sheldon Cooper.

29 Flopped: Caveman

The Cavemen were a popular marketing image used by the auto insurance company GEICO starting in 2004. While people don’t see a lot of the Cavemen anymore, they used to be incredibly popular. ABC thought they were so popular that they should launch a sitcom featuring the GEICO Cavemen.

The show was a massive failure with viewers and critics and was therefore canceled after one season. Thirteen episodes were created for the first season; however, only six of them aired in the U.S. Caveman was such a flop that it didn’t even get a DVD release to try and make some money back. 

28 Massive Hit: Friends

Friends was a massive win for NBC and ran for ten years from 1994 to 2004. The show just follows the lives of six friends living in Manhattan, but many people loved the idea of the show.

Friends was, and still is, adored by fans and critics. The show even landed the #24 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series. The sitcom did a lot for all of the actors involved in the series, but is often considered a turning point for Jennifer Aniston’s career. 

27 Flopped: Ferris Bueller

John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starring Matthew Broderick was a hit back in 1986. Fans still love the movie to this day and even launched a “Ferris Fest” in Chicago to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie. While the film was successful, the TV series was not.

The show titled Ferris Bueller followed Ferris and his friends’ everyday life at high school. What made the first movie fun was that Ferris wasn’t in school, but NBC apparently didn’t get that since they picked up the series in the ‘90s. The show didn’t bring back any of the original cast members and ended after one season. 

26 Massive Hit: That ‘70s Show

When That ‘70s Show first came on the air, there was no guarantee that the show would succeed. The show starred primarily new young actors, with little to no acting experience. That ‘70s Show was even the very first acting job for Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, and Laura Prepon. Thankfully, the risk paid off for Fox and became a massive hit.

The series lasted for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. Besides, Kutcher, Grace, and Prepon, the show also starred Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, and Wilmer Valderrama. The cast did a phenomenal job for a total of 200 episodes, and then went on to have even more enriching careers in Hollywood. 

25 Flopped: That ‘80s Show

While That ‘70s Show was a massive hit, the success could not be repeated for That ‘80s Show. Even when Fox was still broadcasting new episodes of That ‘70s Show, they created a show about the ‘80s in 2002.

The show isn’t a direct sequel to the first show and the only way it connects to That ‘70s Show is that the main character, Corey Howard, is supposed to be Eric Forman’s cousin.

The show was created because of the popularity of That ‘70s Show, but people just weren’t interested in another show about a different decade. 

24 Massive Hit: The Office

The original The Office debuted on the BBC in 2001 and only stuck around for two seasons and a Christmas special. The concept for the show, however, was adapted eight different times for countries across the world.

One of the more popular versions of The Office came in 2005. The show starred Steve Carell as Michael Scott and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert. These two men have probably had the biggest career after the show ended, but the entire cast made a memorable group of characters that kept fans laughing for nine seasons. 

23 Flopped: George

George Foreman may be known for his impressive boxing career or even the famous George Foreman Grill, but he also got his own TV show in the ‘90s. The show ran for ten episodes, only nine of which actually ended up on the air. The show starred Foreman as a retired boxer who took care of troubled kids after school.

While Foreman’s show may have flopped, there is no doubt denying he was an impressive boxer especially since he won a gold medal in the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics. 

22 Massive Hit: How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother was a romantic comedy that aired on CBS from 2005 to 2014. The show centered around Ted Mosby, who would narrate the adventures that led up to him meeting his wife.

Apart from Ted, played by Josh Radnor, the series had several other memorable characters played by Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan. While the majority of the series was met with critical acclaim, the final two seasons are often criticized for the way it wrapped up the show. A spinoff titled How I Met Your Dad or How I Met Your Father have been in development before, but the spinoff has had some trouble taking off. 

21 Flopped: 1600 Penn

NBC has had some hits over the years, but 1600 Penn was not one of them. The series was about a dysfunctional family who lived in the White House with their father.

Bill Pullman played the President of the United States starring alongside with Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, and Martha MacIsaac. The show ultimately didn’t do well with critics who slammed the show for having too many sitcom stereotypes and being a failed parody attempt of The West Wing. The show was canceled after one season and people aren’t really begging NBC to bring it back. 

20 Massive Hit: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

There has always been an abundance of cop dramas on TV, but not as many cop sitcoms. Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars the singer of the comedy band The Lonely Island Andy Samberg, as well as Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, and Stephanie Beatriz.

In May, Fox decided to cancel the show, but the very next day, NBC picked it up and renewed it for a sixth season.

So far, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has won two Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been nominated for several other awards.

19 Flopped: Dads

The show Dads was created by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and premiered on Fox in 2013. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi starred as two video game developers whose fathers move in with them. Not only was the show canceled after only one season, but it also got ripped apart by critics.

The series became known for depending on offensive gags to get laughs and having an array of unlikable characters. Along with Green and Ribisi, Brenda Song and Vanessa Lachey had recurring roles on the show.

18 Massive Hit: Modern Family

Modern Family is about three different families living in Los Angeles. Much like The Office, Modern Family was created as a mockumentary type sitcom. The series was created in 2009 and is still running on ABC. The show has won an impressive 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, which is partly because of the incredible cast.

Actors such as Ed O’Neil, Sofía Vergara, Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet are some of the many talented people in the cast. While the series has been a massive hit so far, there are rumors that the show could be ending after season 10. 

17 Flopped: My Big Fat Greek Life

It isn’t every day that a romantic comedy will spawn its own TV show, but it certainly happens. My Big Fat Greek Wedding came out in 2002 and starred Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.

The movie revolved around the struggles that Vardalos’ character Toula had by marrying someone who wasn’t Greek. The TV series took place after the first film and starred Vardalos, but Corbett did not return. At first, the series had incredible ratings, but by the second episode, people had started to tune out, which led to CBS canceling the show. 

16 Massive Hit: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by Rob McElhenney in 2005 and is currently still running on FXX. The comedy is about five friends who run an Irish Bar in Philadelphia. McElhenney stars in the show alongside fellow comedians Charlie Day, Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, and Glenn Howerton. The show began with low ratings, which is why FX forced the show to add a big name actor.

Devito was added to the cast and they haven’t looked back since. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has received critical acclaim since the beginning, and now thirteen seasons later, it has become one of the longest-running live action comedies ever. 

15 Flopped: Joey

Many fans were disappointed to see Friends go off the air in 2004. While most of the cast moved on to other acting roles, one friend stuck around to try and get more laughs for NBC.

After Friends ended, Matt LeBlanc played Joey Tribbiani in the spinoff show titled Joey.

The show saw Joey move on with his life and try to make it big in Hollywood as an actor. The show couldn’t live up to the success that NBC saw with the first series and it was ultimately canceled after two seasons. 

14 Massive Hit: Arrested Development 

Arrested Development has been bringing on the laughs ever since the first episode aired in 2003. The show originally ran for three seasons on Fox but was then later picked up by Netflix. Netflix released season four in 2013 and the first half of season five this year.

The show truly has an ensemble cast, including actors Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, and Will Arnett. Tony Hale and David Cross also have the fan-favorite roles of Buster Bluth and Tobias Fünke. The entire series can be found on Netflix. 

13 Flopped: Bad Judge

While shows like Judge Judy or The People’s Court may be hilarious already, NBC set out to make an actual sitcom about a judge in 2014.

Kate Walsh stars as Judge Rebecca Wright, who works at the Los Angeles County Circuit Court by day, but is a party animal by night. NBC canceled the show before the season had even gotten halfway through, although the rest of the series came on the air as planned. Most people gave the show negative reviews, mainly criticizing Walsh’s performance and the fact that the show just wasn’t funny. 

12 Massive Hit: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation, or simply Parks and Rec., was a massive hit for a couple different reasons. Not only was the show a sitcom, but it doubled as political satire and a mockumentary.

The show ran for a total of seven seasons, but for many people, that wasn’t enough. Parks and Rec. had an incredible cast and memorable characters that only got more hilarious as the series continued. This show most notably included Chris Pratt who has recently blown up in Hollywood, starring in many massive summer blockbusters. 

11 Flopped: Mulaney

John Mulaney is no doubt a funny guy. He is a stand-up comedian and even wrote on Saturday Night Live; however, the sitcom he created in 2014 couldn’t grab people’s attention. The show starred Mulaney himself as a comedian in New York. However, people were concerned about the show before it even came on the air.

The show had an obvious resemblance to Seinfeld and concerns were solidified when the show premiered. With Mulaney doing poorly with critics and with not a lot of people tuning in, the show was canceled after only one season.

10 Massive Hit: Community

Community’s premise centers on Jeff Winger, who is a lawyer who lied about having a bachelor’s degree and is forced to attend a community college. Community lasted for six seasons, five of which aired on NBC and the last on Yahoo! Screen.

The show became a massive hit not just because of the impressive writing team, but because of its cast.

Veteran comedian Chevy Chase stars in the show alongside actors like Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, and Donald Glover. The show also succeeded by parodying several television and movie clichés. 

9 Flopped: Rob

Some actors have a certain time in the spotlight before they fall out of it completely. Fans have seen this happen with Adam Sandler, despite his attempt to stay relevant, and also with his friend and co-worker Rob Schneider.

Schneider attempted to make a sitcom back in 2012 simply titled Rob and CBS actually picked it up. The show focused on Rob, a former bachelor who works as a landscape architect with OCD and who recently got married. Rob was canceled after eight episodes once the show was flooded with horrible reviews pointing out the show’s use of Mexican stereotypes and the weak supporting cast. 

8 Massive Hit: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Before Will Smith was a massive Hollywood star, he starred in a show on NBC called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show was a huge hit and spawned a total of six seasons and 148 episodes. Will Smith starred as a fictionalized version of himself who goes to live with his Aunt and Uncle in Bel-Air after he gets into one little fight and his mom gets scared. We all know how the rest of the story goes.

Besides Smith, the show is known for the talented cast members, the unique story, and the wide range of celebrity cameos.

7 Flopped: AfterMASH

After the show M*A*S*H ended, CBS came out with AfterMASH. Adequately titled, AfterMASH centered around Colonel Potter, Sergeant Klinger, and Father Mulch who end up in a veteran’s hospital after the Korean War ended.

While M*A*S*H did quite well for the eleven seasons it was on the air, AfterMASH only lasted two seasons before getting canceled. AfterMASH just couldn’t capture what made the first show great, but that didn’t stop CBS from trying again. The TV network would try again in 1984 with WALTER, but thankfully that show didn’t even get picked up. 

6 Massive Hit: The Middle

The Middle was just an average show about a lower middle-class family, yet it still became a massive hit. The series was created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who previously worked on shows like Roseanne and Murphy Brown.

The show was praised for accurately capturing the lives of a middle-class family while still delivering a hilarious story and unique characters. The Middle lasted for nine seasons before going off the air this year. While the show might be over, a spinoff revolving around Eden Sher’s character Sue Heck is currently in the works. 

5 Flopped: Angel From Hell

Those who don’t remember the sitcom Angel From Hell will be forgiven since the show wasn’t really anything to write home about. In the show Angel From Hell, Jane Lynch stars as a guardian angel for a girl named Allison, who was played by Maggie Lawson.

The show came after Lynch starred in the massively popular Glee, yet Angel From Hell didn’t get as big of a fan base.

The show was canceled by CBS after only five episodes at the beginning of 2016. While CBS didn’t initially air the remaining eight episodes, the rest of the season was released starting in July 2016. 

4 Massive Hit: Two and a Half Men

Even though Two and a Half Men often got mixed reviews, it was still a massive hit for CBS. The show ran for twelve seasons before going off the air, but the show started with Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, and a young Angus T. Jones.

There was a lot of drama surrounding the show, especially after Sheen’s crazed antics, but the show continued never the less. After a feud with show co-creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen was replaced on the show with Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher stayed on for the rest of the series until the show ended in 2015. 

3 Flopped: I Hate My Teenage Daughter

Another one of Fox’s TV shows that flopped was called I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The show was about a pair of moms, played by Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran, who began to notice that their daughters were turning into the kind of teenagers who had bullied them in high school.

The show began its thirteen episode run in November 2011 and ended it in May 2012. After Fox decided to cancel the show, the remaining six episodes were never released in the U.S., but based on viewership, nobody was really watching anyway.

2 Massive Hit: Seinfeld

Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the show Seinfeld began in 1989 and lasted for nine seasons. The show was about a fictionalized version of Jerry Seinfeld who lived in New York and spent time with his friends. The show is often called one of the greatest sitcoms ever made and even landed the #2 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series.

Many shows have since tried to copy Seinfeld’s success, but none have been as original as this NBC hit. 

1 Flopped: My Mother the Car

As strange as it sounds, My Mother the Car was an actual sitcom back in the ‘60s. The show follows David Crabtree, who purchases a car that happens to be a reincarnation of his mother who passed away.

The show aired on NBC and starred Dick Van Dyke’s little brother Jerry, but even the Van Dyke gene couldn’t save the show. My Mother the Car was as strange as it was horrible, and not very many people cared for the show. NBC decided to cancel the program after just one season. 

Are there any other sitcoms that should have made the list? Sound off in the comments!

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2018-10-07 04:10:06 – Christopher Fiduccia

Hillary Clinton’s Madam Secretary Cameo, New Details Revealed

Hillary Clinton will be appearing on an upcoming episode of Madam Secretary, and details have been released ahead of the season 5 premiere. The CBS political drama stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst who assumes the position of Secretary of State following the mysterious death of her predecessor. The series, which is executive produced by Lori McCreary, has drawn generally positive reviews and has commented on many of the real-life issues facing the U.S. government.

Though Leoni’s Secretary McCord has been compared to Clinton, the 2016 presidential candidate has not appeared on the series before now. Madeleine Albright, who held the position of Secretary of State under Clinton’s husband’s administration, appeared in a season 2 episode of the series. It was first announced in July that Albright, Clinton, and another former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, would make an appearance in this episode. Now, just days before the premiere, some insight into what went on behind-the-scenes has been shared.

Related: ‘Madam Secretary’ Series Premiere Review

TVLine reports that, during a set visit last month, McCreary and stars Keith Carradine and Erich Bergen revealed what it was like to have Clinton and the other former Secretaries of State on set. McCreary recalls that the politicians were giving with their “time and energy,” adding “it was really an honor that they would spend their time with us.” Carradine, who stars on the show as U.S. President Dalton, shared a funny moment with Clinton, in which she referred to him as “Mr. President.” In fact, he says that all of the Secretaries of State referred to him as such, noting their “spirit of play” on set.

But possibly the most intriguing anecdote comes from Bergen, who plays Blake Moran, personal assistant to Secretary McCord. Bergen has a background in musical theater, which also happens to be a passion of Clinton’s. While chatting with the politician on set, Bergen learned that she knew of his role in the show Waitress, and told him she “was a big fan of Smash,” a musical drama that aired on NBC and was canceled after just two seasons.

Though this is Clinton’s first time on this particular show, it’s not her first time playing a version of herself on T. In fact, it’s not even her first time this year. In the first episode of the revival of Murphy Brown, Clinton shared a moment with the eponymous journalist, making a joke about her emails. The episode also featured a fake Twitter conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump. And, in 2016, Clinton made a brief appearance on Broad City, taking a selfie with Abbi and Ilana at her campaign headquarters in New York.

More: Murphy Brown Revival Premiere Includes Hillary Clinton Cameo

Madam Secretary season 5 premieres on Sunday, October 7 on CBS.

Source: TVLine

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2018-10-05 06:10:30 – Becca Bleznak

Dark Phoenix NYCC Footage Description: How Jean Grey Becomes Phoenix

Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, screens the first continuous footage at New York Comic Con 2018 – we offer a full description of the sequence that was shown. Dark Phoenix is ultimately the culmination of the rebooted X-Men franchise, which kicked off with X-Men: First Class. But, since X-Men: Days of Future Past united the timeline with that of the original trilogy, all of Fox’s Marvel movies exist within the same continuity.

Most recently within the mainline X-Men movies, X-Men: Apocalypse introduced a younger team of heroes, who now return for Dark Phoenix. The movie adapts the fan-favorite Dark Phoenix Saga storyline from the comics, which was last brought to life in X-Men: The Last Stand – though the movie wasn’t well received by critics or fans. For this film, longtime X-Men movie producer Simon Kinberg takes the helm, directing Dark Phoenix. In order to promote the summer 2019 release of the latest X-Men installment, Kingberg appeared on a Fox NYCC panel along with producer Hutch Parker and stars Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan. During the panel, Kinberg and Parker debuted the first continuous footage from Dark Phoenix from early on in the film, though not the very beginning of the movie.

Related: How Old The X-Men Are Supposed To Be In Dark Phoenix

In the Dark Phoenix footage, the X-Men are an established team at this point in time and when the NASA space shuttle Endeavor gets knocked off course in space, the United States President calls Professor Charles Xavier – on an X-Men branded landline phone – in order to receive the team’s help. While Hank McCoy is doubtful the X-Jet will be able to get to space, and voices these concerns to Professor X, the team ultimately goes on the rescue mission, as lead by Raven (who has reservations of her own that Jean Grey asks her about).

Once in space, Raven directs the other members of the team on how to use their powers to save the NASA shuttle crew from where their ship is trapped spinning nearby a red-orange energy mass. Cyclops uses a weapon specially fitted on the X-Jet for his powers to blast the shuttle and make it stop spinning, then Nightcrawler transports Quicksilver inside the shuttle to rescue the crew (it’s reminiscent of the previous X-Men movies’ Quicksilver scenes but much shorter) all while Storm plugs holes in the shuttle’s hull with ice. Although, the X-Men are able to save the shuttle team, their captain gets left behind. Raven wants to cut their losses since the energy mass is about to emite deadly solar flares, but Professor X demands the team leave no one behind. So Nightcrawler transports Jean to the ship, where she holds it together while he retrieves the human captain.

However, Nightcrawler doesn’t make it back to Jean in time, and he’s only able to get the human to safety, leaving Jean behind in the shuttle when it’s hit by the solar flare. Jean absorbs the energy from what’s described as a solar flare. Then, another flare threatens the X-Jet, but Jean manages to redirect it, and absorbs the second flare as well. While Jean is absorbing the energy, the scene briefly cuts to Professor X in Cerebro feeling through Jean’s mind what’s happening. Once she’s absorbed all the energy, Nightcrawler recovers her and it’s clear the X-Men believe her to be dead, but Jean is still alive. The X-Men take her home, where she says she’s fine. After the mission, Raven and Professor X get into an argument about taking too many risks to save humans. He says mutants are “one bad day away” from being hunted again and that the X-Men being a beacon of good is important to keeping mutants safe. Raven ends the argument by dropping a few zingers about how the women on the team are always saving the men and maybe Professor X should change the team name to “X-Women.”

Altogether, the scenes showcase a fully realized X-Men team and how exactly Jean becomes the Phoenix, though none of the footage revealed what comes next for the group. Those on the panel discussed the “splintering” of both Jean Grey and the X-Men team as a whole, so viewers can expect the movie to play up the more dramatic elements of the Dark Phoenix Saga storyline. But, as evidenced by the footage that screened, Dark Phoenix will also include plenty of science fiction elements. Still, whether it’s ultimately a better adaptation of the comic story remains to be seen when Dark Phoenix hits theaters next summer and fans can see for themselves.

Next: Why Dark Phoenix Isn’t Being Made Into an MCU Film

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2018-10-05 05:10:59 – Molly Freeman

Marvel Studios Co-President Doesn’t Understand that Avengers 4 Photo Either

It turns out that Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito is as puzzled by the Avengers 4 photo posted by the Russo Brothers as fans are. After the two directors posted a cryptic black and white photo from the set of the movie – which some fans have suggested might reveal the official Avengers 4 title – he publicly stated that he doesn’t understand what it means.

In anticipation for the fourth Avengers movie releasing next spring, Joe and Anthony Russo surprised their fans with a photo featuring Joe alone on the set of the movie, working on his laptop. They posted the photo onto their shared Twitter account with the caption, “Look hard.” This prompted eagle-eyed fans to visually dissect the photo for any clues. Some believe that the directors were merely trolling fans, insinuating that certain fans may read too deeply between the lines, while others have discovered everything from objects that look like the letter “A” (referring to the official Avengers logo) to potential subtitle theories. As it so happens, one of Marvel Studios’ own co-presidents is as unsure as everyone else, suggesting that the photo may be the product of lighthearted trolling after all.

Related: Everything We Know About Avengers 4’s Reshoots

D’Esposito tweeted about the photo on his official account, saying, “I’m looking hard but cannot figure out what’s in the photo. And @Russo_Brothers won’t tell me.” However, assuming the Russo Brothers are just toying with fans, D’Esposito may well be in on it, too. It’s almost customary to surround a major tentpole movie like this with ambiguity, and D’Esposito chiming in might simply be another way to stir the pot.

Just a few months ago, the Russo Brothers trolled fans by posting a fan-made poster for Avengers 4 that replaced every character on the Avengers: Infinity War poster with Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. So, they’re certainly not above having some fun with fans amid all the endless speculation. This recent photo may be just another example of keeping audiences on their toes, even when there’s not much (if anything at all) to latch onto.

As for D’Esposito, given that the higher ups of any studio would certainly be in the know on any decision made for a film, major or otherwise, it’s very unlikely that whatever clues or information may be in the photo (if there are any at all) don’t refer to something D’Esposito doesn’t already know. However, that doesn’t count out the fact that the Russo Brothers aren’t still hiding something, whether it’s the title or not.

More: When The Trailers For Marvel’s Upcoming Movies Will Release

Source: Louis D’Esposito [via ComicBook]

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2018-09-21 01:09:26 – Danny Salemme