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Netflix's Sex Education Looks Like It'll Be Your New Comedy Favorite. Otis Milburn's life is anything but ordinary, considering his mother, Jean, has no problem confronting him about his staged masturbation scenes. And it gets even stranger when he becomes his school's own (unofficial) sex therapist in Netflix's new coming-of-age series Sex Education. In the new series, viewers will meet Dr. Jean Milburn (Anderson), a sex therapist, and her son, Otis (Butterfield), a high schooler and amateur sex therapist. Otis begins dolling out advice to his classmates -- in exchange for money -- and what happens next is typical teen comedy. And we mean that in the best way possible. Problems he encounters are out of control pubes, an addiction to "wanking," genital size-related confidence issues, and so much more. "You can't choose who you're attracted to. You can't engineer a relationship. You are who you are. Don't let anyone take that away from you," Otis says in the trailer. Sex Education looks like Netflix's next young adult hit. The series, which hails from creator and showrunner Laurie Nunn, also stars Emma Mackey, James Purefoy, Ncuti Gatway, Connor Swindells and Kedar Williams-Stirling. "The show is a funny, heart-warming and utterly cringe-worthy look at teenage sex, love and identity. It's a contemporary British love-letter to the American high-school TV shows that so many of us grew up loving. It takes the familiar tropes of the genre and pushes them into new and current territory, telling a nostalgic coming of age tale from a different perspective," Nunn said. The hook of a teen sex therapist quickly opened up doors for the writers, Nunn said. "What started as an interesting hook for a comedy show about teenagers, quickly progressed into an opportunity to deal with often unspoken and difficult issues concerning early sexual experiences, the painful reality of puberty and the urgent need for inclusive sex education," she said. Sex Education premieres Friday, Jan. 11 on Netflix. (Eonline)

There's nothing true about the life these Kardashian wannabes are living with fake butts and lip injections ... but that's exactly what MTV's tackling when it reboots "True Life." The new franchise -- dubbed "True Life/Now" -- will tackle obsessions in several directions ... starting with "Obsessed with Being a Kardashian." TMZ's obtained a preview of the first episode ... which follows 3 subjects on their quest to look like a famous K. Check out the clip ... there's truly no such thing as pushing the limit. Future episodes will tackle obsessions with the perfect booty, looking like a Snapchat filter and avenging revenge porn. Wild stuff. "True Life" was a huge hit for MTV after it premiered in March 1998 ... winning an Emmy in 2009. Though it was never officially canceled, no new episodes have aired since June 2017. "True Life/Now" premieres Wednesday at 10 PM on MTV. (TMZ)

TV Ratings: New Year's Eve Broadcasts Fall, ABC Stays Dominant. ABC leads the way per usual but is down by double digits from a year ago. The New Year's Eve countdown shows on ABC, Fox and NBC all suffered year-to-year declines Monday night. As usual, ABC's New Year's Rockin' Eve led the way. The primetime portion of ABC's telecast averaged a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.92 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. and a 3.5 and 11.47 million from 10 to 11 p.m. For all of primetime, the network is down 30 percent versus New Year's Eve in 2017 (2.6 versus 3.7) and 25 percent in viewers (9.1 million versus 11.21 million). The 2017 Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve hit a multiyear high, as bitterly cold weather in much of the country kept more people inside and watching TV. Monday's broadcast came in a little ahead of 2016's (2.5, 8.26 million). NBC averaged 1.1 among adults 18-49 primetime with A Toast to 2018! and NBC's New Year's Eve; Fox's New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey delivered a 0.9 in primetime. CBS (0.4) and The CW (0.2) aired reruns. ABC's dominance extended into late night, where all three networks were also down. New Year's Rockin' Eve drew an 8.3 household rating in metered markets and a 6.5 in adults 18-49 for ABC, off 26 and 22 percent, respectively, versus 2017 numbers. NBC (4.8 households, 2.7 in 18-49) slipped 8 percent versus its last New Year's Eve special in 2016, and Fox (3.8 households, 3.0 in 18-49) came down 22 percent in households and 14 percent in the demo. Dick Clark Productions, which produces New Year's Rockin Eve, is a division of Valence Media, which owns The Hollywood Reporter. (Hollywood Reporter)

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