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‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Saddest Splits Ever: Krystal & Chris, Derek & Taylor & More

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Although many have found love in paradise, not ever ‘BiP’ couple could last. We’re looking back at some of the saddest, most shocking breakups in ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ franchise history.

Just like every rose has its thorn, ever new season of Bachelor in Paradise has a couple or two whose love cannot stand the test of time. Over the course of six seasons there have been plenty of roses handed out, tons of drama to go around, and lots (and we mean lots) of tears. With the series currently on hiatus, it’s time we relive some of those dramatic moments, some of which happened off camera.

While plenty of couples have found love on the Bachelor adjacent franchise, others weren’t so lucky. Some of the series’ saddest splits took place on screen, while others happened when the camera’s stopped rolling. Let’s take a look back at Bachelor in Paradise‘s saddest breakups.

Krystal & Chris

Krystal Nielsen and Chris Randone seemed like a match made in Bachelor Nation heaven. During their respective stints on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin‘s seasons, respectively), they were both made out to be the villain. Upon their arrival to the shores of BiP, Chris was immediately drawn to fitness instructor Krystal. After a date or two with other contestants, the pair went steady throughout season five. By the finale, they became engaged and exchanged ‘I dos’ the following season in front of Bachelor Nation alum, their friends, and family!

Unfortunately, the two sparked split rumors by February 2020, and after months of coming to terms with their relationship, Krystal and Chris made the difficult decision to divorce. The news shook Bachelor Nation to its core, especially considering that the couple had surpassed their one-year anniversary.

Demi & Kristian

One couple who surprised devoted fans of BiP was Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggarty. Initially, Demi was coupled-up with fellow season six contestant Derek Peth, but throughout filming, she continued to have conflicting feelings. Demi was coming to terms with her own sexuality, and had strong feelings for Kristian, whom Demi had met after appearing on Colton Underwood‘s season of The Bachelor.

Eventually, production decided to step in, and brought Kristian onto the beach. Demi made the difficult decision to pursue her relationship with Kristian, breaking up with Derek in the process. By the end of the season, Demi and Kristian shared one of the most endearing proposals in the show’s history. But their engagement came to an end by October 2019.

Derek & Taylor

Before returning to the shores of BiP for season six, Derek Peth became engaged to Taylor Nolan. The fell for one another during the fourth season of the spinoff series. The two hit it off and sparks flew. However, there was (dramatic pause) trouble in paradise. Derek didn’t propose to Taylor by the end of filming. He did, though, have a surprise for her at the reunion show.

During the live reunion special in September 2017, Derek got down on one knee and proposed to Taylor in front of the audience! Taylor accepted and it seemed like they finally had their happy ending. Sadly, Taylor and Derek called it quits by June 2018, close to one year after they got engaged.

Katie & Chris

It seemed like Chris Bukowski had finally met his match when he met Katie Morton on the sixth season of BiP. Chris was a veteran of the Bachelor franchise and its adjacent shows! He had gotten into relationships, broken up, and seemingly come back for more on The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, and the sixth season of BiP marked his fourth appearance on the spinoff! Katie, however, had only been on Colton’s season of The Bachelor.

When the two met, they were drawn to one another, remaining steady throughout the series — save for one date that Chris went on with another contestant, solidifying that the woman he wanted was Katie. Although Chris did propose to Katie by the end of the show, they admitted during the reunion special that their romance was still on the rocks. They made an effort to push one another and work on their communication skills, but the pair inevitably called it quits by December 2019.

Joe & Kendall

This one really hurt for Bachelor Nation. Throughout the fifth season of BiP, it was so clear that Joe Amabile, aka “Grocery Store Joe,” was head over heals for Kendall Long. After one date with another contestant, Kendall finally saw how much Joe cared about her, and the two went steady throughout the season. However, during a serious discussion when Joe teased possibly proposing to Kendall by the end of the show, Kendall got cold feet.

Joe left in huff, and Kendall followed him. As fans learned during the reunion special, Kendall actually fly to Chicago, Joe’s hometown, to discuss their relationship. They announced that they were, indeed, back together at the reunion special and couldn’t have looked happier. Between spending time together in Los Angeles, and flying back to Chicago, though, it was becoming a lot for the fan-favorite couple. They called it quits in January 2020, leaving many a BiP fan heartbroken.

Colton & Tia

After sharing with Becca Kufrin that she had gone on a few dates with Colton Underwood before Becca’s season of The Bachelorette filmed, it seemed like the stars finally aligned for Tia Booth on the shores of BiP. During the fifth season of Paradise, Tia and Colton finally got together. They went on dates, danced through the streets and everything seemed like it finally clicked for the pair.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to last. In front of all of Bachelor Nation, Colton and Tia tearfully broke up on the beaches of Paradise. It was an incredibly emotional moment, one that was topped off when the two saw each other again at the reunion special — where Colton debuted as the new lead of The Bachelor. Although their split was heart-wrenching, they seemed to be on good terms, with Tia wishing the former football star all the best.

Amanda & Josh

For many fans of Bachelor in Paradise, it almost seemed like this relationship was doomed from the start. Josh Murray and Amanda Stanton met on the third season of BiP and the sparks flew. Although there was some major shade directed at Josh, who was the winner of Andi Dorfman‘s season of The Bachelorette, Amanda and Josh somehow pulled through it and eventually got engaged by the end of the show!

It immediately became clear to Amanda, however, that things were not going to work out between them. The two had a volatile split, levying insults at one another and ending up on totally bad terms. Amanda went on to appear on the fourth season of BiP but quit by week four.

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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