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The It List: New true-crime series revolves around dark side the Chippendales, ‘The Wonder Years’ reboot features a Black family, Ariana Grande joins ‘The Voice’ and the best in pop culture the week of Sept. 20, 2021

The It List is Yahoo’s weekly look at the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. Here are our picks for Sept. 20-26, including the best deals we could find for each. (Yahoo Entertainment may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page.) STREAM IT: Curse of the Chippendales tells the phenomenon’s tales from the dark side

The story of Chippendales — the popular male strip shows — even began badly, as the audience learns in the first episode of discovery+’s four-part docuseries that’s packed with previously unseen photos and video footage, as well as interviews with the players. Bruce Nahin, the former lawyer for the show — who explains how he became involved in the exclusive clip above — recalls in the first episode that the act was the idea of Canadian businessman Paul Snider. You might recognize the latter as the man who would soon infamously kill himself and Dorothy Stratten, his estranged wife and the 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year. “He pitched us the idea of having a strip show,” Nahin said of Snider, “because he had gone to a male strip show in Canada somewhere.” Snider was even responsible for the dancers wearing cuffs and collars. He was inspired by Hugh Hefner’s bunnies. While Chippendales did take off, everything did not go smoothly, beginning with the company’s relationship with Snider. He soon became “intolerable,” as Nahin puts it: “He was drinking, he was arrogant, he was doing too many drugs. He really thought that he was Chippendales.” Official co-founder Steve Banerjee soon parted ways with Snider, but, tragically, the world never heard about him again. “At the time,” Nahin said, “I had no idea that this was only the beginning of a series of tragic misfortunes that would come into our lives.” — Raechal Shewfelt

Curse of the Chippendales is available Friday, Sept. 24 on discovery+. STREAM IT: See Michael Keaton get back into Batman shape for the action thriller The Protégé

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