Do 90 Day Fiance Fans Need Discovery+ to Keep Watching?

TLC’s lineup is going to be part of the new Discovery+ streaming service, including all of 90 Day Fiance and some new exclusive spinoffs.

Some fans have a lot of questions. Others are mad. And some longtime viewers are worried that they’re about to lose their favorite shows forever.

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So, what is Discovery+ exactly?

It is not, contrary to what some confused fans have assumed, some sort of premium TV channel.

It is a streaming service, just like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, DC Universe (formerly), HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and so on.

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Interested fans who want to see this content from all across the Discovery “family” of content, including 90 Day Fiance, can get Discovery+ here.

The streaming service is subscription-only; it costs $4.99 per month with ads, and $6.99 per month completely commercial-free.

Like any streaming platform, it can be watched on your computer or tablet, or on any streaming device — devices like a Roku, a Playstation console, or a smart TV.

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In general, when streaming services launch, they include a catalogue of past episodes and past seasons — more or less anything to which the parent company owns the rights.

That means that, barring some unforeseen licensing conflict, fans will immediately be able to view all past seasons of 90 Day Fiance, its many spinoffs, and Tell Alls.

But what will that mean for those who don’t get the streaming service, who continue to pay an arm and a leg for cable instead of an arm and a half for a multitude of streaming services?

When Discovery+ launches on January 4, 2021, viewers will have just seen 90 Day Fiance Season 8, Episode 5.

Some fans are genuinely fearful that Episode 6 will not air on TLC at all, but will air exclusively on Discovery+ where they cannot watch it.

Are they right to worry that they’re about to lose their favorite show?

In a word: no. Watching most parts of the franchise will be more convenient with Discovery+ … but no, they’re not going to lose the actual shows.

Though it is clear that Pillowtalk and perhaps The Other Way‘s mysteriously unaired Tell All special aren’t airing on TLC, the rest of currently running series are not following suit.

Why? Because that’s not how this works.

Pillowtalk has always been bonus content, compared by some to the Untucked episodes that followed RuPaul’s Drag Race.

A few years ago, Untucked moved from airing on cable television to airing exclusively online — even though the after-show segment contained some of the show’s most historic, eye-catching scenes.

Sometimes, aftershows and bonus content get moved to online-only to encourage viewers to use a more lucrative platform, or simply to free up time slots on the network.

But there is no reason whatsoever to believe that TLC will stop airing new seasons of 90 Day Fiance, including spinoffs like Before The 90 Days, The Other Way, and Happily Ever After?

They don’t want to lose viewers — and this franchise is one of the most popular on the planet, and has consistently received ratings in recent years trouncing more established reality series.

The goal is to attract current viewers to a streaming platform, plus new viewers who haven’t had cable for years but would love to watch the series on streaming.

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Discovery+ will be home to new original 90 Day Fiance content that will likely never air on cable.

(Never say never, though — notably, some of DC Universe’s once-exclusive programming has since gone on to air on The CW, and the niche service was so successful that it accellerated plans for HBO Max)

RIght now, the most hotly anticipated streaming exclusive on the new network is unquestionably 90 Day Bares All, hosted by Shaun Robinson. The 90 Day Bares All cast has already leaked.

Given the target demographics of the shows and other factors, including worries of streaming fatigue, some analysts are unsure if Discovery+ will be a success.

It is, among other things, a US-only streaming service — at least for now.

However, Discovery expects to net as many as 10 million subscribers — a hefty grab, but modest compared to the colossal subscriber numbers of platforms like Disney+ and Netflix. Only time will tell.

13 Most Stunning TV Deaths of 2020

With 2020 over at last, it’s time to look back at some of the biggest TV deaths of the year.

With fewer shows on the air, and many not getting to film proper season finales, there were also fewer deaths than the years before.

But that doesn’t make the final scenes for these men and women any less heartbreaking.

May they all rest in peace. Well, most of them anyway…

1. Lagertha – Vikings

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One of TV’s most popular characters was killed off in the first half of the final season of the fantasy drama.

Fans threatened producers before her death, and they continued to turn up the heat after it.

The death was the fulfillment of a prophecy, so we should have seen it coming.

2. Cody – Big Sky

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ABC marketed Big Sky with Ryan Phillipe as its male lead but delivered a stunning twist at the close of the series premiere when his character, Cody, was gunned down in brutal fashion.

It helped the show become one of the most talked-about of the year, but it’s hard not to wonder what would have happened if Cody remained a part of the drama.

3. Mary (Gamma) – The Walking Dead

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Mary became an integral part of the Whisperers arc on the AMC hit, but as it started to wind down, she was killed by Beta.

The series thrives on killing people off, but this one could have been way more satisfying had her arc reached a conclusion.

4. Kenny – Killing Eve

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Killing Eve’s uneven third season kicked off with the death of fan-favorite Kenny, leading to a string of “Oh, my god. You killed Kenny” memes.

The creative decision was not a good one, but at least it sent Carolyn spiraling like never before.

5. Bonnie – How to Get Away With Murder

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Bonnie endured so much trauma that it was inevitable she would perish at the final hurdle.

Frank’s death was predictable because of his past, but there was hope that Bonnie would pull through.

6. Justin – 13 Reasons Why

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Justin’s tragic death felt like 13 Reasons Why choosing to go out with its final season in shocking fashion.

He was diagnosed with AIDS in the series finale, and died shortly after.

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19 TV Cancellations That Cut Deep in 2020

2020 was a rough year for television.*

(*And, of course, for humanity at large.)

With COVID-19 shutting down production early, the virus also led to some stunning cancellations.

No shows were safe as networks axed previously-renewed shows… and made some downright bizarre decisions.

Some of the most popular prrograms were cut short, without so much as a conclusive goodbye, even after years on the air.

Below, we’ve rounded up the cancellations that cut deep in 2020…

 

1. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix

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This beloved series was filled with the twists and turns you’d expect from the people that brought us Riverdale.

It was also relatively early into its run when Netflix announced that it had been canceled and that the fourth season would be its last.

2. Stumptown – ABC

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This Cobie Smulders-led mystery drama was picked up for a second season … but then it all came crashing down.

ABC announced months later that it had canceled the show due to COVID-19.

Given that the show didn’t have high ratings, we’re going to suspect the network had a change of heart and used the pandemic as an excuse.

3. Katy Keene – The CW

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This high-fashion fairytale starring Lucy Hale, who can’t seem to catch a break these days, was canceled after its first season.

As a Riverdale spinoff, it was set to be a big hit, but it went largely ignored.

We’re not entirely surprised. We’ll say that much.

4. L.A.’s Finest – Spectrum/FOX

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It wasn’t the best show, but it was a lot of fun.

Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union played cops in the Bad Boys spinoff, and now we’ll never know what happens next.

5. One Day at a Time – Netflix/Pop

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All hope seemed lost when Netflix canceled the show after three seasons … until Pop TV swooped in to save it.

To the surprise of many, Pop canceled it again halfway through its fourth season.

6. Shameless – Showtime

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While the conclusion of Shameless was framed as a mutual decision by Showtime, people close to the show have maintained that Showtime said they would not be picked up for a 12th season.

It’s unfortunate because the series has been languishing with terrible storylines, but with the Gallaghers facing COVID, it has reinvigorated the series.

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19 Worst TV Shows of 2020

We think it’s fair to say that we can all agree on one thing:

2020 sucked.

Big time.

But more people were at home than ever, meaning that more people were watching television.

Unforunately, many of them may have been watching the television shows below… to which we only have one thing to say:

We’re so verry sorry. These programs were awful.

1. 13 Reasons Why – Netflix

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The pain is finally over.

13 Reasons Why took its final breath in 2020, and it was somehow more absurd than the second and third seasons.

We’re not quite sure what the creative minds behind the show were going for, but what we got was an offensive final season that derived further from what made the show so good in its first season.

No, we won’t miss it.

2. Riverdale – The CW

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This comic book adaptation made a splashy debut in 2017.

Armed with a compelling murder mystery, and all the teen drama you could handle, it was worth watching.

But the quality got worse as the years continued.

You know the show has jumped the shark when a villain tries to escape in a self-made rocket.

3. Raised by Wolves – HBO Max

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Ridley Scott’s foray into TV was a meandering mess.

The characters were devoid of emotion, and the overall series was filled with action but somewhat empty.

To add insult to injury, it’s coming back for a second season.

4. The 100 – The CW

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The 100 was built on the bond between Clarke and Bellamy, so forgive us for writing the show off the moment Clarke killed Bellamy.

This is the same show that killed Lexa off only a few years before necessarily, but at least the finale managed to pay tribute to Lexa.

The final season was filled with big ideas, but not one of them managed to stick. An unfortunate way to go out for a decent sci-fi drama.

5. Empire – FOX

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This once hot drama fell apart long before it’s final season, but a murder mystery featuring the deaths of Cookie and Lucious was the focus of the final episodes.

We’re sure you can understand that fans are mad because FOX didn’t let the show return to production after it was shut down due to COVID-19.

We will probably never know how the series was supposed to end.

6. Space Force – Netflix

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With The Office and Friends off Netflix, the streamer thought a show featuring comedy greats such as Steve Carrell and Lisa Kudrow would be a draw with viewers.

The only thing funny about the show was just how badly it was written. Unfortunately, it will take flight for a second season in 2021.

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