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Regina King began acting in the ‘90s, starring in John Singleton’s iconic films “Poetic Justice” and “Boyz n the Hood.” Today, she’s sweeping awards for her performances in “American Crime” and “Watchmen.” In 2020, the actress made her feature directorial debut with “One Night In Miami,” proving that her talents extend behind the camera.
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The Writers Guild of America and William Morris Endeavor have agreed to postpone their upcoming federal trial until February 2022 as the two sides continue to work towards a deal to sign a franchise agreement that will allow the Hollywood agency to represent writers again and end an industry dispute over packaging fees and agency-affiliated production companies that dates back to 2018. In court documents obtained by TheWrap, attorneys for both sides filed a request to push back the trial six months from its previous trial date of August 24. The trial stems from a lawsuit filed by WME, CAA, and UTA last summer accusing the Writers Guild of participating in an illegal boycott by having its members terminate their representation with any agency that does not agree to phase out packaging fees, payments from a studio to an agency in exchange for packaging talent on a project that have been called a conflict of interest by the WGA. Since then, every agency except WME has signed a franchise agreement requiring them to phase out packaging fees by June 30, 2022; including CAA and UTA, which have withdrawn from the lawsuit. The major sticking point between WME and WGA is the agency’s controlling interest in affiliate production studio Endeavor Content. The franchise agreement requires agencies and any private equity firms that own those agencies, such as WME’s equity owners Silver Lake, to hold no more than a combined 20% share in an affiliate production studio. The two sides have been at odds over how the agency should adhere to this rule, leading WME to request federal judge Andre Birotte Jr. to order the guild to end the boycott. Birotte refused, saying that federal law prohibits judges from intervening in non-violent labor disputes. Pamela Chelin contributed to this report. Read original story Writers Guild, WME Postpone Trial as Franchise Agreement Talks Continue At TheWrap
Robert Rodriguez will look to re-imagine the “Spy Kids” franchise of family films, teaming with Skydance Media, which optioned the rights to the trilogy of films, and Spyglass Media Group, which owns the franchise. Rodriguez will write and direct the new film, and like the original series, the new “Spy Kids” movie will focus on a multi-cultural family of international spies. The original film from 2001 was a critical and box office success, grossing $147.9 million worldwide and starred Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino alongside its young stars Alexa PenaVega and Daryl Sabara. The franchise became so popular it spawned three more sequels, all of them directed by Rodriguez, and as a whole the films grossed over $550 million at the worldwide box office. Also Read: 'We Can Be Heroes' Sequel in the Works After Original's Big Debut Spyglass owns the “Spy Kids” franchise. Skydance will serve as the lead studio and oversee development and production. Spyglass’ Gary Barber and Peter Oillataguerre will executive produce. Rodriguez is represented by WME and his attorney Craig Emanuel. Deadline first reported the news. More to come… Read original story ‘Spy Kids’ Reboot in the Works From Robert Rodriguez, Skydance and Spyglass At TheWrap
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Anheuser-Busch recently announced its Super Bowl plans, and one of its beloved beer brands will be absent from the big game. In order to raise awareness for the COVID-19 vaccination effort, Budweiser will forgo its national advertising spot during the broadcast for the first time in 37 years.A 30-second Super Bowl ad cost $5.6 million in 2020, according to CNBC. Spots for this year's Feb. 7 broadcast are slightly cheaper—only $5.5 million. The money that would have went toward a Budweiser ad will instead be reallocated to support awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine all year long, Anheuser-Busch said in a statement. (Related: The Saddest Restaurant Closures In Your State.)But other beverages under the Anheuser-Busch umbrella will be featured in four minutes of air time, as well as a corporate spot focusing on the beverage giant's role in recovery efforts."A key learning from 2020 is that we must prioritize humanity and purpose," Marcel Marcondes, the U.S. CMO of Anheuser-Busch, said. "So you'll see us show up differently at the Super Bowl this year, starting with a bold commitment from Budweiser, alongside spots from Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois that provoke us to think about what matters most in life, as well as Bud Light who is celebrating all of their legends in an epic spot."This isn't the only company scrapping commercial plans for this year's NFL championship. Pepsi is also forgoing a minute or less ad to focus on its 12-minute halftime show featuring The Weeknd, which Matt Voda, CEO of marketing company OptiMine, calls interesting."This way, they get the best of all outcomes: they avoid the risks of striking the wrong tone with poorly executed spots, they still get the awareness-generating boost from sponsoring the halftime show, and their brand can be all about the party," he says. "That's a smart move. Pass the nachos!"To get all of the latest grocery store news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!
Plano, Texas–based buffet pizza chain Cici's is going bankrupt. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday with a pre-approved sales deal which will see the chain bought by its primary lender, B&G Investors.Just a decade ago, Cici's operated more than 650 locations and had ambitious plans to open another 500 restaurants in the following decade. Instead, its footprint dwindled down to just over 300 locations, which is what the chain currently operates along with its franchises across 26 states. (Related: The Saddest Restaurant Closures In Your State.)The buffet restaurant, which is home to bottomless pizza, pasta, salad, and dessert, had slowly been squeezed out by larger competitors which were better prepared to meet the demand for digital ordering, delivery, and takeout services, according to the court filing.Once the pandemic hit, buffet-type restaurants proved to be particularly vulnerable due to the open nature of their food displays and self-serve lines which don't allow for proper social distancing, adding to the company's declining sales. The mandated dining room closures "significantly disrupted Cici's restaurant operations and severely limited customer demand," as the vast majority of the chain's pre-pandemic sales came from their dine-in operations.B&G Investors is acquiring Cici's alongside its $82 million debt, and will provide the chain the necessary financing to see it through the bankruptcy process, which is supposed to be completed by March. The company itself owns 11 restaurant while the rest are owned and operated by franchises, which are not part of the bankruptcy filing.Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
With the arrival of 2021 has come the premieres of many new and returning broadcast TV shows that normally would have been part of networks’ fall slates if it weren’t for the pandemic. The new year’s start also means we’ll begin to see more announcements about which series will be renewed, canceled and ordered for the 2021-2022 broadcast season. But with production delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, broadcasters are faced with some unprecedented problems while making these annual decisions over the coming months. Below is every scripted show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far for the 2021-2022 broadcast TV season, along with those still awaiting their fates. Also Read: 'Fantasy Island' Reboot Ordered at Fox Check back with TheWrap regularly for updates. NBCRenewed Series: “The Blacklist,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.” (entire “Chicago” franchise renewed for two more seasons each), “Law & Order: SVU” (renewed through Season 24), “New Amsterdam” (renewed through Season 5), “This Is Us,” “Transplant” Canceled/Ending Series: “Connecting,” “Superstore” Series Awaiting Decisions: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Good Girls,” “Manifest,” “Mr. Mayor,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Debris,” “Kenan,” “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” “Young Rock” Newly Ordered Series: “American Auto,” “Grand Crew,” “La Brea” AMERICAN AUTO Genre: Comedy (single-cam) Studio: Universal Television Production companies: Spitzer Holding Company, Kapital Entertainment Writer/EP: Justin Spitzer (“Superstore”) Director/EP: Jeff Blitz (pilot) EP: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor Cast: Ana Gasteyer, Jon Barinholtz, Harriet Dyer, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White and X Mayo Logline: Set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit where a floundering group of executives try to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry. GRAND CREW Genre: Comedy (single-cam) Studio: Universal Television Writer/EP: Phil Augusta Jackson (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) EP: Dan Goor Director/Co-EP: Mo Marable (pilot) Cast: Echo Kellum, Justin Cunningham, Carl Tart, Aaron Jennings and Nicole Byer Logline: A group of Black friends unpack the ups and downs of life and love at a wine bar. LA BREA Genre: Drama Studio: Universal Television Production company: Keshet Studios Writer/EP: David Applebaum (“NCIS: New Orleans”) EP’s: Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Ken Woodruff Cast: Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki and Chiké Okonkwo. Additional cast will be announced shortly. Logline: When a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part of the family finds themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home. Also Read: 'Superstore' Spinoff 'Bo & Cheyenne' in Development at NBC ABCRenewed Series: N/A Canceled/Ending Series: “Stumptown,” “United We Fall” Series Awaiting Decisions: “A Million Little Things,” “American Housewife,” “Big Sky,” “black-ish,” “Call Your Mother,” “The Conners,” “For Life,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “mixed-ish,” “The Rookie,” “Station 19” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Home Economics,” “Rebel” Newly Ordered Series: “Women of the Movement,” Untitled Alec Baldwin-Kelsey Grammer Comedy Also Read: Ray Fisher Joins ABC's 'Women of the Movement' Limited Series FoxRenewed Series: “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy,” “The Great North,” “The Moodys” Canceled/Ending Series: “Filthy Rich,” “Last Man Standing,” “Next” Series Awaiting Decisions: “9-1-1,” “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Bless the Harts,” “Call Me Kat,” “Duncanville,” “Prodigal Son,” “The Resident,” “The Simpsons” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Housebroken” Newly Ordered Series: “Fantasy Island,” “This Country” CBSRenewed Series: N/A Canceled/Ending Series: N/A Series Awaiting Decisions: “All Rise,” “B Positive,” “Blood & Treasure,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “Bull,” “Evil,” “FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” “MacGyver,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The Neighborhood,” “SEAL Team,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Unicorn,” “Young Sheldon” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Clarice,” “The Equalizer,” “United States of Al” Newly Ordered Series: N/A The CWRenewed Series: N/A Canceled/Ending Series: “Black Lightning,” “Supergirl” Series Awaiting Decisions: “All American,” “Batwoman,” “Bulletproof,” “Burden of Truth,” “Charmed,” “Coroner,” “Dead Pixels,” “Devils,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “In the Dark,” “Legacies,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Nancy Drew,” “The Outpost,” “Pandora,” “Riverdale,” “Roswell, New Mexico,” “DC’s Stargirl,” “Trickster,” “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” “Walker” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Kung Fu,” “Republic of Sarah,” “Superman & Lois” Newly Ordered Series: N/A Read original story 2021-22 TV Season: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered – So Far (Updating) At TheWrap
YouTube on Tuesday said it was extending its suspension of former President Donald Trump’s account. The Google-owned company isn’t offering a timeline on when Trump could possibly return to the world’s biggest video site, instead saying he’ll merely “remain suspended” for the time being, according to CNET, the first outlet to report the news. “In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended,” YouTube said in a statement to the outlet. “Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments.” That wording echoes YouTube’s reasoning for suspending Trump’s account earlier this month, about a week after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. YouTube initially suspended Trump for a minimum of seven days and extended its suspension once already last week. Trump’s removal from YouTube came as he was kicked off several top tech platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. Also Read: Tucker Carlson Suggests Baseless Joe Scarborough Murder Accusation Might Have Merit (Video) Trump is currently barred from posting to his official YouTube channel, and users are also unable to comment on his posts. For an in-depth conversation on whether Big Tech made a wise decision in taking down Trump’s accounts, be sure to check out TheWrap’s Tech Talk podcast, which recently discussed the topic at length. Read original story YouTube Extends Trump Suspension Over ‘Ongoing Potential for Violence’ At TheWrap
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Of all the dangerous misinformation circulating last year about how to stop the coronavirus, one came straight from the top, and still has Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, shaking his head with worry. "Absolutely, this is not what you want to do," Fauci told CNN's Erin Burnett last night. Read on for his full warning—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. Dr. Fauci Warns of Inhaling or Ingesting DisinfectantsAt one point last year, then-President Donald Trump suggested disinfectant could kill the virus in your lungs. "I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute," he said at a press conference, addressing scientists and Dr. Deborah Birx of the Coronavirus Task Force. "And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it'd be interesting to check that, so that you're going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.""I just said, Oh my goodness gracious. I could just see what's going to happen," says Dr. Fauci when asked of the remarks. Fauci was not in attendance at the time. "You're going to have people who hear that from the president. And they're going to start doing dangerous and foolish things"—in fact, calls to poison control rose after Trump's remarks, with the CDC describing "a sharp increase in calls to poison centers related to exposures to cleaners and disinfectants…""Which is the reason why immediately those of us who were not there, said, this is something you should not do. Be very explicit. The CDC came out, I think the next day and put in one of their publications: 'Do not do this.'" The CDC, describing "knowledge gaps," said "COVID-19 prevention messages should continue to emphasize evidence-based, safe practices such as frequent hand hygiene and frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces. These messages should include specific recommendations for the safe use of cleaners and disinfectants, including the importance of reading and following label instructions….""I got asked on a number of shows, certainly on CNN. And I said, absolutely, this is not what you want to do," said Dr. Fauci.Birx, for her part, had her reputation sullied after the incident, because she did not refute Trump forcefully. "Some people felt you became an apologist for President Trump," CBS' Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation told her in an interview that aired Sunday. "They look at that moment in the briefing room, you know the one I'm talking about, when he came out and he talked about injecting bleach and you were sitting there and he looked at you and he asked about ultraviolet light and heat —""He was not speaking to me," answered Birx. "He was speaking to the DHS scientist that was two seats over from me that entire time. When he finally turned to me and said, is it a, could this be a treatment? I said, 'not a treatment.' You can look at the transcripts. 'Not a treatment.' That dialogue was between the president of the United States and a DHS scientist."RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. FauciHow to Stay Safe During This PandemicThe CDC advises that, when it comes to disinfectants, you always read instructions, wear protective gear and do not mix chemicals. Obviously, do not ingest or inhale them. And follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
HBO is in development on a limited series based on the third season of Sarah Koenig’s podcast “Serial,” with LeBron James among the executive producers. The series will examine the criminal justice system at work in Cleveland, Ohio. Following a young cop and the man he’s accused of beating, it illuminates the deeply flawed inner workings of a middle-American courthouse and how the system impacts every person it touches: cops, lawyers and citizens accused of and victimized by crimes. James is a native of nearby Akron, Ohio, and played 11 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Shola Amoo will write and direct the series, with Koenig executive producing as well. Other executive producers include Emmanuel Dzotsi and Alissa Shipp of Serial Productions, Maverick Carter, Kary Antholis for Crime Story Media and Eric Oberland and Jamal Henderson from The SpringHill Company. Also Read: Warner Bros Denies 'Harry Potter' TV Spinoff in the Works at HBO Max The “Serial” podcast became a hit in 2014 when Koenig dove into the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the murder of Hae Min Lee; he has maintained his innocence. “Serial” brought international attention to the case and in 2016, a Maryland judge vacated Syed’s conviction and ordered a new trial. However, that was overturned by a Maryland appeals court in 2019. Syed was the subject of the 2019 HBO documentary “The Case Against Adnan Syed.” Read original story HBO, LeBron James to Develop ‘Serial’ Podcast Season 3 Into Limited Series At TheWrap
A24 has teamed up with Amy Adams and her Bond Group Entertainment banner to adapt Anna North’s recently published novel “Outlawed” for television, the company announced Tuesday. The book, which debuted at No. 6 on the New York Times bestseller list earlier this month, is described as a “feminist Western novel” that follows a young midwife through “her initiation into the notorious Hole in the Wall gang and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.” Adams will executive produce the adaptation alongside Stacy O’Neil of Bond Group. Kate Clifford will serve as a co-producer. Also Read: Brendan Fraser to Star in Darren Aronofsky's 'The Whale' at A24 The project is the latest book-to-series adaptation for Bond Group, which previously produced HBO’s “Sharp Objects” limited series, in which Adams also starred. The company is also developing an adaptation of the YA fantasy novel “Willa of the Wood” with Entertainment One and is in pre-production on “Kings of America” for Netflix. For A24, “Outlawed” joins a rapidly growing TV slate which includes current series “Euphoria” for HBO starring Zendaya, “Ramy” at Hulu, the Showtime comedy series “Moonbase 8” starring Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, and John C. Reilly, and the forthcoming Joseph Gordon-Levitt Apple series “Mr. Corman.” Read original story Amy Adams Teams With A24 to Adapt Anna North’s ‘Outlawed’ for TV At TheWrap
NBC has renewed “The Blacklist” for a ninth season, the network announced Tuesday. The James Spader-led drama is currently airing its eighth season, with the upcoming Jan. 29 episode set to finally reveal the top name on Raymond Reddington’s infamous blacklist. The COVID-delayed eighth season debuted in November, with just two episodes airing before the show’s midseason hiatus. According to Nielsen, those first two episodes averaged a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Also Read: 'The Blacklist' Creator on N-13 Mystery, Fall-Finale Murder That Will 'Redefine Everything' In addition to Spader, the series also stars Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq, Laura Sohn and Harry Lennix. In an interview with TheWrap late last year, series creator Jon Bokenkamp teased what’s to come in the rest of the season. “It’s interesting, after seven years I think that one of the most important people in Liz’s life is Ressler,” he said. “They really do care about each other — and, after all they’ve been through as partners, how could they not? That relationship is evolving and will continue to evolve this season. I don’t want to give anything away, but that relationship — it’s going to get complicated very fast.” Bokenkamp executive produces the series alongside John Eisendrath, John Davis, John Fox, James Spader, Lukas Reiter, Laura A. Benson, Daniel Cerone and Sean Hennen. “The Blacklist” is a production of Davis Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios and Universal Television. Read original story ‘The Blacklist’ Renewed for Season 9 at NBC At TheWrap
Veteran producer Khaliah Neal is joining Melina Matsoukas and her company De La Revolución Films as head of TV and film, Matsoukas announced today. The appointment follows Matsoukas signing a first-look feature film deal with MGM. “Khaliah is the future,” Matsoukas said in a statement. “With an incredible eye for talented, diverse and artful voices, she has been able to develop and produce stories that push the culture forward. I am thrilled to have found a partner that is dedicated to creating change within the industry.” Also Read: 'Queen & Slim' Director Melina Matsoukas Signs First Look Deal With MGM “Melina is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today and I’m so incredibly thrilled about this collaboration,” said Neal. “We have a shared passion for telling stories that provoke thought and add meaningful commentary about the world we live in.” Neal, a graduate of Howard University, most recently serves as a film and TV executive at Michael B. Jordan’s company Outlier Society. She produced Joe Talbot’s Sundance-winning first feature “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” alongside Plan B and distributed by A24. She also produced “25 to Life,” a Ford Foundation and Sundance lab supported documentary feature that premiered at the 2014 American Black Film Festival and won the CNN Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Also Read: Michael B Jordan's Production Company Outlier Society Inks First-Look Deal With Warner Bros In television, Neal’s credits include serving as co-executive producer of “P-Valley,” the television series created by playwright Katori Hall. At Outlier Society, Neal was involved in scripted development, including for the upcoming AMC series “61st Street,” created by Peter Moffat with Courtney B. Vance as the star. Neal has produced the short films “X” AND “French Fries,” the directorial debut of showrunner Janine Sherman Barrios. The shorts were part of Refinery29 and TNT’s “Shatterbox” anthology series created to empower women filmmakers. The series premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Read original story Veteran Producer Khaliah Neal Joins De La Revolución Films as Head of Film and TV At TheWrap
Up until this point, scientists and health experts alike have reassured the public that it's highly unlikely to contract COVID-19 through food or beverage. Now, new research suggests that some people may be at higher risk of becoming infected with the virus after swallowing something that's contaminated. A new study that is set to debut in the journal Gastroenterology this spring suggests that people with a common disorder called Barrett's esophagus, which is a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), could potentially contract the virus through food. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)"There is no evidence yet that people with Barrett's esophagus have higher rates of COVID-19 or are at any greater risk, but part of the reason is because that hasn't been studied," Jason C. Mills, MD, PhD of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and senior investigator of the study said in a statement. "Now that we've connected these dots, it may be worthwhile to look and see whether people with Barrett's have higher rates of infection."In some people, the development of Barrett's esophagus may precede adenocarcinoma, which is a type of cancer that forms in the lower esophagus. In recent years, rates of adenocarcinoma have increased, especially in white males, according to The Oregon Clinic.How might someone with Barrett's esophagus contract COVID-19 through food?In a healthy person, it's believed that even if food and drink were to contain viral particles of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the infectious disease, COVID-19), stomach acid would quickly neutralize it. However, those who have gastric reflux may suffer from long-term damage to the esophagus, as stomach acid routinely backs up into it. About one in five people have reflux disease, which causes symptoms such as heartburn.Over time, and in some people with GERD, cells in the esophagus can change and begin to resemble intestinal cells. Here's where the gateway to infection may come into play. Intestinal cells have receptors that are capable of binding to the novel coronavirus, which led the researchers to believe that the cells lining the esophagus in those with Barrett's could also develop these receptors.Then, by eating or drinking something that was contaminated with active, viral particles the receptors could, in theory, bind to the virus and infect the person."You can imagine that if someone already has low levels of the virus in their respiratory tract, that individual could swallow some respiratory secretions, and the virus could infect cells in the esophagus to make them sicker that way," Ramon U. Jin, MD, PhD, the paper's co-first author and a clinical fellow in the Division of Medical Oncology who studies Barrett's esophagus said in the press release.What did this study reveal?The researchers analyzed tissue from 30 patients with Barrett's esophagus. What did they find? Each tissue sample had receptors for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, something that normal esophagus cells lack.The scientists then built mini esophagus organs using these tissue samples and others in dishes, with cells sourced from both healthy people and those with Barrett's esophagus. Sure enough, the virus was able to bind to those receptors and infect the mini organs made from the tissue and cells of someone with the condition.How did the connection between Barrett's esophagus and COVID-19 come about?Jeffrey Wade Brown, MD, PhD—an instructor in medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, and the other co-first author of the study—explains that he and his colleagues in the Mills Lab at the Washington University School of Medicine study how cells' identity changes after injury. These changes are often referred to as metaplasia among the scientific community, and they also tend to signify precursors to cancer.Other researchers at the university had already found that intestinal cells isolated in a dish were susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2. So, this prompted Brown and his colleagues to wonder if the intestinal cells (which resulted from metaplasia) in those with Barrett's esophagus would then cause these patients to be more susceptible to infection."The biggest takeaway from our work is that we have potentially identified people, those with Barrett's esophagus, who might be more susceptible to infection by SARS-CoV-2, because they might be affected by swallowing virus—not just breathing it in," Brown tells Eat This, Not That!"Future studies using data from large patient populations will be needed to confirm our suspicion that patients with Barrett's esophagus are at higher risk of either developing the disease or have a more severe form of disease than the general population."For more, be sure to check out This Unexpected Vitamin May Help Weaken COVID Symptoms.