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Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden

Vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is slated to travel to Texas on Friday as recent polls have shown former Vice President Joe Biden closing in on President Trump in the Lone Star State.



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Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden

The Cook Political Report, an election handicapper, moved the presidential race in Texas from “lean Republican” to “toss up” on Wednesday.

In addition, a poll released Thursday by UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion showed Trump and Biden statistically tied in the state, with Trump garnering 48 percent support and Biden garnering 47 percent support.

The president won Texas against Hillary Clinton in 2016 by about 800,000 votes.

The California senator will travel to Fort Worth, McAllen and Houston in a final push to flip the historically red state four days before Election Day, according to a press release from the campaign.

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Harris will participate in voter mobilization event with former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) in McAllen during the day.

She is also slated to attend voter mobilization events in Fort Worth and Houston later on Friday.

Fort Worth’s Tarrant County was the state’s most populous county that Trump won in 2016, though Republican Sen. Ted Cruz narrowly won in Tarrant during his 2018 reelection bid against O’Rourke.

Biden’s campaign is eyeing Houston’s Harris County for a potential victory, which has become more Democratic in recent years and has already cast 1.1 million early ballots, the Texas Tribune reported.

Harris’s deployment to the state is the latest sign that the Biden campaign believes the state is in play for Democrats with less than a week to go before Nov. 3.

Abhi Rahman, communications director for the Texas Democratic Party, said, “Harris visiting this close to the election is a game-changer and exactly what Texas Democrats need to get us over the top,” local NBC affiliate KXAN reported.

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Oil show cancellation is latest hit for hotel industry

Every other year in October, hotels in Midland and Odessa are fully booked during the week of the Permian Basin International Oil Show. But this year, as was the case with most major events, the oil show was canceled, adding to the “double whammy” hotels were already facing from the pandemic and lower oil prices.

That combination has led to hotels in the Permian Basin faring “substantially worse” than hotels across Texas, where there’s been a statewide revenue drop of 64 percent, according to Keith Dial, partner and regional sales director at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Midland Plaza.

By the time the oil show’s executive committee announced in July that the show would be postponed until October 2021, hotels had already been suffering from four months of cancellations and losses. News of another cancellation didn’t come as a shock, Dial said.

But while the oil show is one of the biggest events of the year for hotels, Dial said it doesn’t usually make or break the entire year in the way many people think.

“In a boom year, it’s kind of like just a flutter, because we’re busy all the time in a boom year,” he said. “But in a year like this, it would have substantially helped in the month of October.”

Hotels earn about a third more revenue during the week of the oil show compared to the rest of the year, according to Dial. However, what has hurt hotels in Midland more than the cancellation of any one large event is the cancellation of conferences, weddings and other smaller events that has been occurring since March, he said.

And more than any events being canceled, what has devastated Midland’s hotel industry is the loss of the “Monday through Thursday” crowd who fly in from Houston, Dallas or other energy centers to work in Midland for a couple days.

“Everyone’s bread and butter is that day-to-day — one or two nights or three nights from an individual or company business that comes in very steadily over the course of a year,” Dial said. “That’s where you survive in this economy.”

Dial said events such as the oil show are “gravy” on top of steady bookings throughout the year during a good year, and that stability is what’s missing as oil prices remain low and less activity in the oil field translates to fewer people traveling for work.

He estimated that about a third of the staff at the Midland DoubleTree has been furloughed, and those who have returned to work have reduced hours because there’s not enough to do.

“We’d love to see them back being able to work full-time and take care of their families, and hopefully, we’ll get there,” he said. “I really hope we get there before the end of the year but you’ve just got to look at that realistically, and it doesn’t look like that – not until this vaccine comes along and gets some distribution and people start traveling again.”

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Family Vacation’ Fans Worry Nikki Hall Is Trying to Replace Snooki on the Show

The Jersey Shore may never be the same. Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino will all be back on MTV this November when season 4 of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation premieres. So will Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Deena Cortese, and Angelina Pivarnick. But Jersey Shore icon Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has skipped out on the show, citing family obligations. Her absence means some viewers don’t have high hopes for the new episodes. A few are even worried that someone might be trying to replace her.  

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi quit ‘Jersey Shore’ 

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Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Deena Nicole Cortese, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Jersey Shore made Polizzi a star, but the one-time party girl has settled down in recent years. Now married with three kids, she says she’s outgrown the show’s drama — and the drinking.

“I have to do something more positive and fun with my life,” she said in a YouTube video she posted in August. 

When Polizzi announced her decision to quit filming in December 2019, she also said she wanted to spend more time with her children. “I don’t like partying three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore. I want to be home with the kids,” she explained on her podcast, It’s Happening With Snooki & Joey.   

“At 32 years old and with three kids, if I’m doing a reality show I just want it to be fun and light-hearted, and lately it’s not like that and the show is getting so dramatic,” she added. 

‘Jersey Shore’ won’t be the same without Snooki, fans say 

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Fans have known for months that Snooki wouldn’t be returning for another season. Still, it was a shock not to see her in the first trailer for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 4, which MTV released on Oct. 26. Fans couldn’t help but comment on Snooki’s absence, with several arguing that the show wouldn’t be the same without her. 

“The vibe is just starting to change so much,” one person commented on Instagram.

“I don’t think I can watch without snooks,” another wrote.  

Is Pauly D’s girlfriend Nikki Hall trying to replace Snooki? 

Snooki isn’t on the upcoming season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, but there is a fresh face on the show. Pauly D’s girlfriend Nikki Hall (from Double Shot at Love) will be making an appearance. The two can be seen kissing in the teaser for the show. 

While some fans are eager to see Hall join the Jersey Shore gang, others are skeptical. 

“Please Take Nikki out and put snookie back in!” one person commented when Farley shared the trailer on Instagram. 

Some thought Hall hadn’t “earned” her spot on Jersey Shore, unlike The Situation’s wife Lauren Sorrentino. 

“Lauren took 10 years to make [it] onto the team and she is married to Mike,” someone wrote. “Nikki

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How The Pandemic Actually Helped This Travel Show

HGTV saw an immediate ratings bump when the stay-at-home orders began this Spring and it’s no surprise that it was followed by a mass exodus from major cities. Americans have been leaving big cities in droves the past six months in search of space, fresh air and a new start. This combined with a major case of wanderlust around where they should call home (and the office), now that many working professionals can do their jobs done from almost anywhere, has so many people itching for content to satisfy their daydreams. Armchair travel is not going away anytime soon and this whole situation has actually been a blessing in disguise for some in the industry.

A collective interest in both dream destinations and leaving small big city apartments has been a boon for an NBC travel and lifestyle show from Boston, Luxe Life with Derek Z, which has taken the show to some exciting places since the world went remote. Typically, the show’s host, Derek Zagami, would be filming at local dream homes and hotel suites in the New England area. However, now due to his whole world going virtual, he has taken the show to new heights.

“Content creation in TV has made a major shift since this pandemic started and this shift has actually been positive for me. I say that because we are now able to bring [our viewers] creative and high-quality shows right from our homes. I film on a green screen in my living room and get to tour some of the most luxury homes and destinations in the world.” Says host of Luxe Life with Derek Z, Derek Zagami. Zagami is getting access to places that he never would have been able to have on the show before due to travel costs and logistics. But now he is able to bring this new dimension to his content. “The key positive about taping Luxe Life with Derek Z during the Pandemic is that we now have access to places we would have never been able to film. It’s such a fun experience bringing the viewers along with me as I see these places for the first time virtually and we all get that VIP tour together.” He comments. Luxe Life airs on NECN and NBC LX’s ‘CURRENT’.

Zagami has been bringing his viewers on tours of everything from lavish mountain homes in Colorado to mansions in Malibu and much more. This virtual programming trend has taken over not only the entertainment space, but also the cultural. We’ve all heard about museums offering virtual tours and other experiences over the past few months as well. These offerings are not only fun, they are also educational, which has created another bit of silver lining to the current situation. Leveling the playing field in who gets access to world-class cultural experiences is certainly a positive.

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Stay at the Luxury Hotel Where ‘The Great British Baking Show’ Was Shot

What 2020 championship season successfully navigated the Covid Era by requiring participants to live and compete in a rigorously maintained social bubble?

If you said the National Basketball Association, your answer is only half-baked.

Yes, the NBA hunkered down in an isolated community at Walt Disney World in Florida. But the contestants on the U.K.’s The Great British Bake Off, known in North America for obscure legal reasons as The Great British Baking Show, also spent their season in a bubble.  

Usually, the easy-to-watch show (don’t worry—there are no spoilers here) is set in a temporary tent on the grounds of Welford Park near Newbury, a 50-minute train ride west of London and not far from Downton Abbey‘s Highclere Castle. During normal seasons, contestants go about their regular lives during the weekdays and commute to the tent for tapings on weekends.

After 11 seasons, the show has become a pop culture institution in the United Kingdom, and producers felt it was crucial to keep baking and carry on, pandemic notwithstanding. 

So they moved the set to the grounds of Down Hall Hotel & Spa, a gorgeous Victorian-era luxury retreat on 110 acres about 33 miles northeast of London. Instead of taping on weekends over the autumn, everyone involved with the show—cast, crew, judges—lived and cooked at the hotel in late summer.

For six weeks, cast and crew never went home, agreeing to regular viral testing and no outside contact. Each episode was shot over two days, followed by two days off, so the entire season was recorded much faster than usual, and with much more day-to-day intimacy between the participants.

The judges, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, had separate dining facilities from the contestants. Whenever a baker earns the rare compliment of a Paul Hollywood handshake this season, rest assured there was a team of health experts behind the camera ensuring that all shaken hands were well sanitized.

The show is currently airing on Channel 4 in the U.K. and streaming in the United States on Netflix. On screen, viewers see no evidence of the complexity and intensity of the production measures happening behind the scenes other than when, on one recent episode, a baker’s children appeared to congratulate them for a success. Normally, children remain back at home.

Fans of the baking competition weren’t previously able to stay overnight at the show’s home. But in a 2020 twist, TV’s endearingly bready tournament has unexpectedly given rise to England’s newest tourist attraction.

On your next trip to the United Kingdom, you, too, can stay at Down Hall (not to be confused with Down House, where Charles Darwin lived—but you can visit there as well). 

The 98-bedroom Down Hall lies near the village of Bishop’s Stortford, which dates to Roman times at least. The hotel’s building replaced an earlier Tudor edifice in the 1860s. But unlike Downton‘s Highclere, the ruling family was unable to keep it going in changing times, so the estate was sold years

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NBC To Show ‘Parks And Recreation’ Reunion To Raise Money For Coronavirus Relief

A special “Parks and Recreation” reunion will be arriving April 30 on NBC.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reunion will follow Leslie Knope as she remains “determined to stay connected with her friends and colleagues during a time of social distancing.” THR reported the main cast members will all be in the reunion, including Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman. (REVIEW: William Finds His Purpose In The New ‘Westworld‘ Episode ‘Decoherence,’ Maeve Is On The Warpath Against Dolores)

The reunion will raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. State Farm, Subaru and NBCUniversal have all agreed to pitch in money to help in the relief efforts.

You can watch Amy Poehler break down the situation below.

This is a genius idea by NBC. “Parks and Rec” is one of the greatest shows ever made and there’s no doubt about that at all.

It’s right in the tier below “The Office” and “Always Sunny.” It’s withstood the test of time, has millions of dedicated fans, gave the world Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson and introduced us to Chris Pratt.

It’s one of the most inspiring and uplifting shows you’ll ever find. Now, we’re getting a special reunion episode when we need it more than ever.

This upcoming Friday, we’ll return to Pawnee for a special shot in the actors’ homes. It’s a unique situation, but I think it’ll be very entertaining.

Make sure to tune in April 30 on NBC! It should be a hell of a fun time.

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