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The inspiration behind TV’s creators

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. –– Did you ever wonder where the creators of TV shows get their ideas? Some of them are adapted from books like "Game of Thrones" or "The Handmaid's Tale." Others are American versions of foreign shows like "The Masked Singer" and "Jane the Virgin." Still others are inspired by their families like "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The Goldbergs." But most of them rise from the fertile minds of the creators and are triggered by a variety of events.

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Sharon Van Etten changes the psychology of her songwriting on ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’

Referencing a few of her favorites in Margaret Cho, Todd Barry, Nate Bargatze and Amy Sedaris' twisted Comedy Central series "Strangers With Candy," she notes she was a regular visitor to the Comedy Cellar, which was around the corner from her apartment in Manhattan. Perhaps as a result, shortly after sitting for a recent lunch at a greenhouse-like restaurant atop her hotel in Koreatown, Van Etten quickly changes the subject to the waiter.

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Book review: ‘Slayer,’ teen-friendly series picks up where ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ left off

Parents need to know that "Slayer" is the first book from the world of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series and movie written by longtime Buffy fan/bestselling author Kiersten White ("And I Darken" trilogy). It helps to have watched the TV series to keep up with some of the characters and lore that pop up throughout the story. Expect demon-against-Slayer violence with many demons ending up dead (some by decapitation). Humans who die do so more quietly, in their sleep. Trauma from the past bubbles up often: the loss of a father and many family friends, a house fire, a girl whipped by her own mother. Caged demons are tortured, with one slowly skinned alive. Other mature content stays pretty mild: a bar scene with some beers, some minor swearing, a couple of kisses, straight and LGBTQ. When the main character, Athena, discovers she has supernatural abilities as a Slayer, she doesn't forget that she's always been a healer and protector. She tries to find a way to be both.

Ever wonder why we make New Year’s resolutions?

Many people make New Year's resolutions every year but very few stick to them. Humans have been making New Year's resolutions for thousands of years. Find out where they originated.