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2017 in review: Most-binged Netflix shows

In 2017, Netflix users around the globe consumed more than 140 million hours of Netflix per day, the streaming service announced in a news release Monday.

The company identified the year’s notable global trends about what users watched.

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It found that the biggest streaming day of the year was Jan. 1, Mexico had the most Netflix members tuning in per day and one Netflix user watched “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” 365 days in a row.

» RELATED: About 37 percent of Netflix viewers binge-watch at work. Do you?

Netflix also split consumer habits for TV shows into four categories: “the shows we devoured” for the most-watched shows for more than two hours per day, “the shows we savored” for the most-watched shows for less than two hours per day, “the shows that got us cheating” for the most shamelessly watched ahead of a significant other, and “the shows that brought us together” for the most-watched shows seen together as a family.

The service uncovered the numbers by analyzing average daily viewing hours per member between Nov. 1, 2016, and Nov. 1, 2017. The data only included new Netflix original shows that launched between those dates.

Results for the third and fourth categories are based on more than 60,000 survey responses from Netflix members between Oct. 24-30, 2017. According to Netflix, the sample is representative of adults watching TV shows as a couple with their families in 32 countries.

» RELATED: ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 officially coming to Netflix

When it came to the most-devoured Netflix show of 2017, the true crime series “American Vandal” came out on top, followed by the Brazilian thriller series “3%.”

“Stranger Things” earned top honors for bringing families together and ranked third for shows that got people cheating.

Here are the top 10 Netflix shows for each category:

The shows we devoured in 2017

  1. “American Vandal”
  2. “3%”
  3. “13 Reasons Why”
  4. “Anne with an E”
  5. “Riverdale”
  6. “Ingobernable”
  7. “Travelers”
  8. “The Keepers”
  9. “The OA”
  10. “The Confession Tapes”

The shows we savored in 2017

  1. “The Crown”
  2. “Big Mouth”
  3. “Neo Yokio”
  4. “A Series of Unfortunate Events’
  5. “GLOW”
  6. “Friends from College”
  7. “Ozark”
  8. “Atypical”
  9. “Dear White People”
  10. “Disjointed”

The shows that got us cheating in 2017

  1. “Narcos”
  2. “13 Reasons Why”
  3. “Stranger Things”
  4. “Orange is the New Black”
  5. “Sense8”
  6. “Black Mirror”
  7. Marvel's The Defenders”
  8. “Marvel's Iron Fist”
  9. “Ozark”
  10. “MINDHUNTER”

The shows that brought us together in 2017

  1. “Stranger Things “
  2. “13 Reasons Why”
  3. “A Series of Unfortunate Events”
  4. “Star Trek Discovery”
  5. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”
  6. “Riverdale”
  7. “Fuller House”
  8. “Chef's Table”
  9. “Atypical”
  10. “Anne with E”

‘DWTS’ alums Kym Johnson, Robert Herjavec expecting twins

Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec are expanding their family two times over.

On Monday, the former “Dancing With the Stars” partners announced Johnson’s pregnancy with an Instagram post of an ultrasound photo featuring one of their babies flashing a thumbs-up.

As it turns out, there is another baby on the way as well. 

“We waited so long that we decided to double up!” the pair told People. “We are very grateful for the blessing of twins.”

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Johnson, 41, and Herjavec, 55, were paired up on the 20th season of the hit reality dancing competition in 2015, and continued to date after they were eliminated from the show in sixth place. They announced their engagement in March 2016 and tied the knot in Los Angeles in July.

The twins will be the couple’s first children together. Herjavec, a businessman and investor on “Shark Tank,” is father to three children from his previous marriage

The couple will be joining the ranks of fellow celebrities who’ve recently welcomed twins, including George and Amal Clooney and Beyoncé and Jay Z.

First lady hopes giving spirit continues through holidays

Melania Trump said Wednesday at a holiday toy drive sponsored by the military that she hopes the giving spirit that Americans displayed during a season of devastating hurricanes will continue over Christmas and into the new year.

She said the holidays are about family, service and gratitude — not gifts.

The first lady accompanied President Donald Trump on several trips to survey hurricane damage in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and he has said she was deeply affected by what she saw. Last week, the first lady returned to Corpus Christi, Texas, with Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, to follow up on recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey flooded the region in late August.

"On a personal note, as my first year as first lady comes to an end, I have had the privilege to witness the spirit and resilience of so many people in our country," Mrs. Trump said during brief remarks at the drive for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. "After this year's devastating hurricane season, I hope everyone watching at home will consider giving back through programs like Toys for Tots."

She recalled her visits to survey hurricane damage and urged people to extend their generosity.

"I've seen people from all over our great nation pitch in to help those who lost everything, and I want to challenge people to continue with that giving spirit over Christmas and in the new year," the first lady said inside a warehouse at a Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

"It is my hope that during this holiday season people will remember it is not about gifts. It is about family service and gratitude. We must continue to look out for and help each other," Mrs. Trump said.

She then invited several dozen children from military families to help her sort toys. Within minutes, they cleared a large table that had been stacked with dolls, board games, toy cars and trucks, and other items, depositing them into large bins labeled "Boy," ''Toddler" and "Girl."

The first lady and one young girl exchanged a high-five after Mrs. Trump guided her to the bins. She also sat with kids and made construction-paper cards to go with the gifts that will be distributed throughout the Washington area.

Since its inception in 1947 and through last Christmas, Toys for Tots has distributed 550 million toys to 250 million children across the country, said Lt. Gen. Rex McMillan. The goal this year is to collect about 7 million toys for between 3 million and 4 million kids, he said.

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Costas wins Hall's Frick Award for baseball broadcasting

As a boy, Bob Costas took a cross-country drive with his dad, delighting in spinning the radio dial and listening "through the crackle and static" to broadcasts from far-flung ballparks.

He pulled in the big stations — WJR in Detroit, KDKA in Pittsburgh, WBAL in Baltimore and beyond — mesmerized by the games.

And the great voices that called them.

On Wednesday, Costas joined their rarefied air. Familiar to fans for four decades, he won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence.

"Even if you're coming off the bench, you're on the same team as Jack Buck, Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell, Red Barber, Harry Caray and Mel Allen," he said, naming a few famed announcers.

The honor was announced at the winter meetings. A 28-time Emmy Award winner who's called the Olympics and several other sports, the 65-year-old Costas said he was humbled by the award.

"Because of my love of baseball and because of the other names that (won the Frick Award), this is at the top of the list," he said on a conference call. "No disrespect of all the other awards, because they all mean a lot to me, but this means the most."

Mixing history, anecdotes and analysis, Costas is popular with viewers and listeners, using his words to paint pictures from the parks.

"For almost 40 years, Bob Costas has presented an incredibly thoughtful and informed voice on every game he calls for NBC, The Baseball Network and MLB Network," Hall President Jeff Idelson said.

"But it's Bob's pure affection for baseball that has made him a national treasure. From the first day he entered our living rooms, Bob became one of the national pastime's greatest friends," he said.

Said Costas: "It's always been my favorite sport to broadcast."

In fact, his passion is so strong that many years ago, his name was floated as a possible candidate to become the baseball commissioner.

Costas has long carried a 1958 Mickey Mantle card in his wallet, a nod to his boyhood hero, the star whose games he listened to on his transistor radio growing up in New York. They eventually became friends, and Costas delivered the eulogy at Mantle's funeral. Costas later did the eulogy for Cardinals great Stan Musial.

Costas also calls St. Louis home, dating to his days at KMOX radio and his time doing play-by-play for the Spirits of St. Louis in the American Basketball Association on KMOX-AM.

He didn't do baseball then — the Cardinals had the revered Jack Buck at the microphone — and Costas said he soaked up those broadcasts.

Costas' first chance to baseball came after he moved to NBC. And a lucky break let him get on the air for the first time.

He was assigned a Saturday game at Yankee Stadium on the final weekend of the 1980 season, working with Bobby Valentine. But there was a catch to that Tigers-New York tilt on NBC: It was the backup game, meaning it would only be seen if the main game didn't get on the air.

In fact, he said the featured game was delayed for four hours by rain, so Costas made his big league broadcasting debut.

"I'm sure there was some fan in Tacoma scratching his head and wondering who the hell is this kid doing this?" Costas said, laughing.

Over the years, Costas has handled play-by-play and pregame assignments at the World Series, postseason and regular season. He's called games and been a documentary host for the MLB Network for nine seasons, and praised John Smoltz, Jim Kaat, Tony Kubek, Bob Uecker and others he's worked with throughout his career.

Costas was a first-time candidate among eight broadcasters on the Frick ballot for their work on a national level.

Among the others considered by a 15-member panel were Al Michaels and Joe Buck, along with Hall of Fame players Joe Morgan, Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese. Costas said they all were equally deserving of the award.

Costas will be honored on July 28 during induction weekend at Cooperstown, New York.

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’Full House’ star John Stamos announces he’s finally going to be dad in real life

John Stamos not only has a wedding to look forward to --he’s also going to be a dad in the next year.

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Stamos and his fiancée, Caitlin McHugh, are expecting their first child.

The “Full House” actor said that he had talked with McHugh about adding to their family, People reported.

His announcement is the subject of the magazine’s cover story this week.

Stamos and McHugh became engaged in October, The Los Angeles Times reported.

He popped the question at Disneyland and created a video of romantic Disney and Pixar moments -- ending with “The Little Mermaid” -- pushing the actor to “just ask the girl.”

“The [pregnancy] happened. Then I said, I better have a ring on her finger because it’s the right thing to do, and I wanted to marry her anyway,” Stamos told People in its exclusive interview. “So I called her parents to ask, and it was like, ‘You better!’”

Stamos told People that he’s been practicing at being a dad for a long time on television, and that he’ll just copy what he did on “Full House” and use it in real life.

 

Biden consoles daughter of ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain

Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to console the daughter of ailing Sen. John McCain after she began crying while discussing her father's battle with brain cancer on ABC's "The View."

Meghan McCain, a panelist on the program, told Biden on Wednesday she hadn't been able to get through his new memoir, "Promise Me, Dad," which centers on the 2015 death of his son, Beau, from an aggressive tumor called glioblastoma. Doctors diagnosed John McCain, an Arizona Republican, with the same type of tumor this past summer.

"I think about Beau almost every day and I was told that this doesn't get easier but that you cultivate the tools to work with this and live with this," Meghan McCain said, her voice breaking. "I know you and your family have been through tragedy I couldn't conceive of."

Biden, who served with John McCain in the Senate, stood up and moved from his seat on the set to sit next to her and hold her hand. He told Meghan McCain not to lose hope and that a medical breakthrough is possible.

"And it can happen tomorrow," Biden said, adding that if anyone can beat brain cancer, it's John McCain.

McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman, has missed several votes in the Senate this week and didn't attend a White House ceremony held Tuesday for President Donald Trump to sign the annual defense bill into law. The sweeping policy measure has been a major achievement of McCain's for years.

A statement issued late Wednesday by the senator's office said he's at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland receiving treatment for the "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy." He looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible, the statement added.

Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, a longtime McCain friend who was his congressional chief of staff in the 1980s, said he talked to McCain this week and he seemed very weak.

"These treatments are very tough on people and he's just dealing with the byproduct of the treatment," Woods said Wednesday. "Hopefully he's going to get on top of this part of it and get some rest and come back stronger than ever. That's our hope."

Now in his sixth Senate term, McCain, 81, underwent surgery in mid-July to remove a 2-inch (51-millimeter) blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. He rebounded quickly, however, returning to Washington and entering the Senate on July 25 to a standing ovation from his colleagues.

In a dramatic turn, he cast a deciding vote against the Republican health care bill — a move that drew the wrath of President Donald Trump and conservatives. McCain's vote scuttled the seven-year effort by the GOP to dismantle much of President Barack Obama's health care law.

But McCain's condition has appeared to worsen in recent weeks. He suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, forcing him to wear a walking brace. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair with members of his staff pushing him where he needed to go.

As a Navy pilot, McCain lived through a July 1967 fire that killed 134 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. The following October, his plane was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi. He spent more than five years as a prisoner of war. McCain also has survived several bouts with melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer.

Biden, 74, considered a run for the Oval Office in 2016, but decided against it, later citing the trauma of his son's death keeping him from the race. During his appearance on "The View," Biden, a former Democratic senator from Delaware, recounted his long friendship with John McCain and how McCain had befriended Beau many years earlier when he served as a Navy liaison officer to the Senate.

Biden also laughed while remembering their political clashes, with the two Senate heavyweights going toe to toe.

"Her dad goes after me hammer and tong," Biden told the audience. But he also said that, even now, if he called John McCain and asked for help, he'd be there for him.

Meghan McCain thanked Biden later, tweeting she had no words to convey her "immense gratitude."

"Your strength, hope and fortitude are an inspiration to me and so many others daily," she wrote.

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Associated Press writer Bob Christie in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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Show about viral video judge gets national syndication deal

A TV show featuring an 81-year-old municipal court judge in Rhode Island who has made a splash on social media is going national.

The producers of the local show "Caught in Providence" have struck a deal with FOX Television Stations to air the show in major media markets starting next fall.

The show is filmed in the courtroom of Judge Frank Caprio, who presides with humor and compassion as people dispute their tickets for red-light running and expired parking meters.

Clips from the show have had more than 1 billion views on social media.

Caprio will not be paid for the deal.

His brother, Joseph, runs Citylife Productions, which has produced the show for over two decades. It recently struck a deal with Debmar-Mercury to co-produce the syndicated show.

Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to nightmare on 'Frida'

In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida," into a nightmare after the actress refused Weinstein's relentless advances.

"For years, he was my monster," Hayek wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday by The New York Times.

Her refusals — of massages, showers and sex — enraged him, she wrote. "I don't think he hated anything more than the word 'no,'" wrote Hayek.

Hayek, who regularly starred in films released by Weinstein's Miramax in the 1990s, credited Weinstein with helping her start her career. But she said that the movie mogul would turn up at her door "at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location."

When Hayek brought "Frida," which she was producing, to Miramax to distribute, Weinstein made outrageous demands as payback. Hayek said he insisted on rewrites, more financing and, most heinously to her, a sex scene with full frontal nudity. He even threatened to kill her, she said.

In order to finish what was a labor of love for Hayek, she agreed. But she said she had a nervous breakdown while shooting the scene. "My body wouldn't stop crying and convulsing," wrote Hayek.

"It was not because I would be naked with another woman," she wrote. "It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein."

Even still, Weinstein initially refused to give the movie a theatrical release. He eventually relented after pressure from director Julie Taymor and Hayek. It went on to gross $56.3 million worldwide and land six Oscar nominations, winning two.

In a statement through a spokesperson Wednesday, Weinstein denied Hayek's depiction of their relationship and said the battles on "Frida" were "creative friction."

"All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired," said the statement.

"Mr. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming," read the statement. "However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush."

Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, and numerous women have said he raped them. Weinstein, who is currently under investigation for sexual assault in four cities, has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

"Why do so many of us, as female artists, have to go to war to tell our stories when we have so much to offer? Why do we have to fight tooth and nail to maintain our dignity?" concluded Hayek in her op-ed. "I think it is because we, as women, have been devalued artistically to an indecent state, to the point where the film industry stopped making an effort to find out what female audiences wanted to see and what stories we wanted to tell."

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This story has been corrected to fix typo in 5th paragraph to make "threatened."

Train collides with semi carrying frozen meat in Lakeland

(Photo: Twitter, Fox 13)

Well that’s interesting way to start the day. Thankfully, nobody was hurt this morning when a semi carrying a huge amount of assorted frozen meats from Colorado Meat and Seafood Company was basically sliced in half when it stalled on train tracks in Lakeland. Fox 13 reports that the driver left the vehicle and attempted to call CXS and warn them of the issue but it was unsuccessful.

The stranger part of this story is what happened after the crash. As neighbors caught wind (literally, the air smelled like bacon) of the crash they started showing up to grab what they could! Racks of ribs, pork, chicken, the works. Lakeland authorities allowed it to continue for a little while before they had to continue with the cleanup.

Honestly, I can’t blame them. It’s the holidays who wouldn’t like to have that delicious full rack of ribs on the table for their family. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Although most of the food was still wrapped and frozen, it was made clear that those who took items did so at their own health risk.

"I gotta be honest, it smells like bacon." – @seguifox13 on the Lakeland semi v. train collision. Full story: https://t.co/ukr5xcQlSh pic.twitter.com/ciT3eT3DPE — FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) December 13, 2017

Lionsgate giving global run to Boston Marathon documentary

The first feature-length documentary about the Boston Marathon is getting a global run.

Lionsgate said Tuesday it has released "Boston" in 96 countries. It says the Jon Dunham film is also now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and other platforms.

Matt Damon narrates the movie, which explores the colorful 122-year history of America's most celebrated footrace. It premiered last April in Boston.

The film describes the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) race's humble beginnings in 1897, when just 15 athletes ran, to its current place atop the sport's pantheon.

It touches on the 2013 bombings near the finish line that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others, but the attack isn't the focus.

Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal wrote the score for the movie.

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