My Friday Five: On Apple, ‘Idol’ Finale & A Final Bow For ‘Rise’

1. Apple Coming to the Triangle? 

Could Apple be heading to Research Triangle Park? News broke this week that this could very well be the case, as sources say a North Carolina campus for the tech giant is imminent. If it happens, Apple would reportedly invest $1.5 to 2 billion and an estimated 10,000 jobs could come to the Triangle. I guess time will tell.

2. Idol Finale

We’re here! The two-part American Idol finale will begin Sunday on ABC. Country crooner Caleb Lee Hutchinson, soulful vocalist Gabby Barrett, and indie songstress Maddie Poppe will battle it out for America’s vote. Who will win? Well, my pick is Maddie. She’s been one of my favorites since the start of the season, mainly because of her originality and stage presence. Each of her performances has been brilliant and I’m sure it’ll be much of the same on the finale.

3. Rise Cancelled

NBC broke hearts yet again with the decision to cancel its musical drama series Rise this week. Of course, I was not happy about it (hence why I’m writing this) as the show was really a breath of fresh air from other shows out on television. It deserved another season or, at the very least, an additional episode to wrap things up. There were so many questions left from what is presumably the series finale. Many fans (yours truly included) have taken to social media to express their frustration with the show’s demise. I also sent a message to Netflix asking for the streaming service to pick up Rise. I doubt it’ll happen but you never know. 

4. Coastal Division Champs

For a second straight season, UNC Baseball is the Coastal Division Champion! The Heels, by virtue of its win against Virginia Tech and Duke’s loss to Georgia Tech on Thursday, claimed the division title. Up next are a couple more games against the Hokies to finish out the regular season and then the ACC Baseball Championship.

5. In the Heights Film Update

The highly-anticipated In The Heights  film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award winning musical has found a new home. Warner Bros. just won a bidding war for the rights to the film, after it was freed from The Weinstein Company amid sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The film’s future has been up in the air since, that is, until this news. And boy am I happy about it!

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