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Mario Lopez Will Be Playing a Sexy Colonel Sanders In An Upcoming Lifetime ‘Mini-Movie’

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Lifetime may be known for its soapy melodramas and corny true crime thrillers, but it looks like the network is now expanding into previously uncharted territory.

On Monday, the network announced that it would be premiering a “mini-movie” on December 13th starring Mario Lopez. Nothing unusually there, right? Wrong. The catch is: Mario Lopez will be playing a sexy, Latino version of Colonel Sanders. Yes, as in the founder and spokesperson of KFC.

The Lifetime movie is called “A Recipe for Seduction” and will be presented in partnership with KFC.

Yes, this is real life. No, this not a drill.

According to the Lifetime website, the movie’s “plot” will go as follows: “As the holidays near, an heiress (played by Bosch alum Justene Alpert) contends with the affections of a suitor handpicked by her mother. When the handsome chef (Mario Lopez) arrives with his secret recipe and a dream, he sets in motion a series of events that unravel the mother’s plans.”

Sounds juicy (pun intended).

Oddly enough, this won’t be the first time that KFC has enlisted an unexpected person to play the illustrious Colonel Sanders.

The fast-food chain has a long-running gimmick of casting celebrities to play the coveted role of Colonel Sanders in advertisements and promotions. They have previously enlisted stars like Rob Lowe, Jim Gaffigan, and even Reba McEntire.

According to their respective press releases, both Lifetime and KFC seem pumped by this opportunity.

“Why not fill some of your time at home with a suspenseful drama and the comfort of our world-famous fried chicken? ‘A Recipe for Seduction’ is a perfect excuse to curl up at home and escape to your own happily ever after,” said KFC chief marketing officer Andrea Zahumensky.

Lifetime was similarly effusive. “Through a terrific cast, and with a wink to the unique sensibilities celebrated in Lifetime movies, this co-production spotlights each brand’s POV and marries them in a fun and authentic way,” (….whatever that means) said A+E Network’s EVP of Sales.

Naturally, the internet was equally intrigued and perplexed by this bizarre project.

The Twitterverse was abuzz with hot takes.

This person couldn’t tell if Lifetime was making fun of itself, or if we are making fun of Lifetime…

It’s official. We’ve moved into a post-satire era. Reality is now stranger than fiction.

This person chalked up this news to: 2020 gonna 2020.

Honestly, nothing can surprise us at this point.

This person was wondering if Lifetime had blackmail on Mario Lopez.

The most likely answer: a lot of money. Like, a yacht’s worth of money.

“A Recipe for Seduction” will air on Lifetime this Sunday, December 13th at noon EST. Get the popcorn ready! Or should we say…popcorn chicken?

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Georgia Woman Poses As an FBI Agent to Try and Get Free Chick-Fil-A

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Georgia Woman Poses As an FBI Agent to Try and Get Free Chick-Fil-A

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Chick-Fil-A is the fast food restaurant with arguably the largest cult following the United States (yes, including you, In-N-Out). Not only do the employees serve the juiciest fried chicken and the tastiest lemonade (and don’t get us started on the waffle fries!), but they do so with a perpetual smile on their faces. No matter how many extra sauces you request, you’ll never get any snark or pushback. You’ll always get a “My pleasure,” though.

Recently, however, one woman’s devotion to Chick-Fil-A went a little too far.

According to The Smoking Gun, 47-year-old Kimberley Ragsdale wanted free Chick-Fil-A so badly that she impersonated an…FBI agent.

You read that right. While we don’t know how being an FBI agent would automatically entitle you to free Chick-Fil-A, we respect this woman’s creativity.

The story goes as follows: last Thursday, police received a call from a Chick-Fil-A in Rockford, Georgia alleging that there was a “suspicious person” at their location who was “identifying themselves as a federal agent to try and get free food.”

When cops got to the scene, they found Ragsdale parked in the location’s parking lot in a white van. The police officer then asked Ragsdale if she had been identifying herself as an FBI officer. She admitted but also continued to insist that she was, indeed, a federal officer. When the police officer asked her for her badge, Ragsdale claimed that she did not have a physical copy of her credentials, only an “electronic” one. For some reason, this explanation didn’t sit right with the police officer.

Ragsdale was then removed from the vehicle at which point, according to the police report, she began to “talk into her shirt like she was talking into a radio,” asking for backup.

Spoiler alert: the backup never came. Because the backup never existed.

After she was taken away, a Chick-Fil-A employee told an officer at the scene that Ragsdale had been coming to the location “or several days saying she worked with the FBI and requested free food.”

Ragsdale was booked with impersonating a public official. No word on whether she was also charged for the free meal she received.

Naturally, this bizarre story set the Twitterverse abuzz.

Chalk it up to Chick-Fil-A’s near universal appeal, but this incident quickly made national headlines. People had a lot to say.

Of course, people saw this story as an opportunity to bust out their favorite memes.

This woman may not have been a criminal mastermind, but her goal was relatable. Who among us hasn’t craved Chick-Fil-A at any cost?

This person asked a question we’ve been wondering since we originally saw this story:

And she would’ve gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids.

And if the FBI *does* get free Chick-Fil-A, then they should definitely put that in their recruitment literature.

Honestly, if this is the case, please point us to the nearest recruiter for the FBI.

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The Trailer For the ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Just Dropped and Slater Is Front and Center

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The Trailer For the ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Just Dropped and Slater Is Front and Center

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The trailer for the “Saved By the Bell” reboot dropped on Tuesday and it actually looks…good? We’re so excited, we just can’t hide it. The series has long been in the works, with the reboot being announced all the way back in September 2019.

The reboot will revolve Zack Morris (who is now a California governor) after he “gets into hot water” after he closes a bunch of low-income high schools. Governor Zack’s brilliant idea is to send the kids affected by the school closures to the “highest performing schools in the state”, which naturally, includes Bayside High. According to the synopsis, “the influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.” We never imagined “Saved By the Bell” tackling class-conflict before, but hey! Weirder things have happened in 2020.

Much of the original cast is slated to appear, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessica Spano, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, and of course, Mario Lopez in the legendary role of Slater. Thankfully, Slater appears like he will be in the show quite a bit, playing a coach to the high school students (why aren’t we surprised?).

In addition to the original cast, it looks like the series has also added a bunch of new characters to flesh out the new series. One of those characters will be “Mac Morris”, Zack Morris’ mini-me son. And judging by the trailer and promotional materials, the show’s lead will be a Latina character named Daisy, played by newcomer Haskiri Velazquez.

Lopez has been vocal about his excitement for the reboot, recently telling Women’s Day that the reboot is “much funnier, to be quite honest.” “It’s got a different look and feel and much more mature ‘Saved by the Bell’,” he explained. “But I think they [struck] a good balance with this nostalgia in the new version.” He also teased that he might “bring back the mohawk,” but it appears we weren’t that lucky.

And now that we saw the trailer, we have to agree with Lopez. The new series appears to be a sort of tongue-in-cheek meta-commentary on the cheesiness of the original ’90s series. The plot device of the “outsiders” (i.e. lower-income students) coming into Bayside High is genius. It means the show can be cheesy and over-the-top while poking fun of it’s self in a self-aware way. In other words, it’s the best of both worlds.

The series is set to premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 25 on NBC’s streaming service Peacock.

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