Hump Day Update: November 5, 2014

By Rachel A.G. Gilman

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Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news.

Almost every talk show indulged in Halloween this Friday: “The Today Show” robbed the “SNL” closet to portray some iconic characters; Kelly Rippa and Michael Strahan on “Live” dressed up as zombies, “Downton Abbey” characters, and Taylor Swift (oh my!). The most popular costume, however, was George Clooney and his wife, Amal, proving that even celebrities with hair and make-up staff found it easier to throw on a suit and put some talcum powder in their hair (I’m looking at you, George Stephanopoulos).

Speaking of Taylor Swift, if you were worried that she would fall out of the news after “1989” dropped, fear not! The singer created buzz this week again when she removed all of her music from the streaming website Spotify. If you were hoping to listen to her new album without having the shame of seeing an iTunes receipt from it, you’re out of luck.

More television cancellations rolled in this week. NBC gave the boot to “A to Z” and “Bad Judge,” surprising no one. Having the two back-to-back was a bit of a scheduling flop from the start: those who laugh at a raunchy judge doing every illegal thing in the book probably aren’t the same crowd who enjoy a too-sappy-for-its-own-good romance.

And in case you were watching (which the ratings suggest you probably weren’t), the cancellation curse also hit Fox’s new reality series “Utopia” about people living in a makeshift society – otherwise known as a really unpopular, bad rip-off of “Survivor.”

A show that healthily returned this week was CBS’s “Elementary,” where Sherlock Holmes had a new crime partner from London, Kitty Winter. It’s a good thing that Watson took ownership of Holmes’s pet turtle, Clyde, at the end of last season, because I’m not certain how well turtles and cats cohabitate.

Nicki Minaj released the cover artwork for her upcoming album, “The Pinkprint,” set to be released this December. She showed a lot less skin than she did for her single “Anaconda.” The simple fingerprint in a pile of pink glitter might suggest that Miss Minaj has run out of sexy body parts to show off, but we all know better than to assume that, don’t we?

On his CNN show, Anderson Cooper mocked Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan for posing with his cats on the front of “PAWS Chicago Magazine.” I’m not sure Cooper has the privilege to mock anyone after his unforgettable laugh-attack of 2011 over potty humor. At least Corgan is looking silly for a good cause, Anderson.

Saving this week’s “SNL” from Chris Rock’s touchy comments about the Boston Marathon and the World Trade Center was Prince’s eight-minute long set of new songs from both records he’s released this year, “Art Official Age” and “Plectrumelectrum.” Though I didn’t know any of Prince’s new music, I would’ve let him carry on for a little longer if it meant I wouldn’t have had to listen to Michael Che mess up reading his cue cards again during Weekend Update.

And finally, “The Voice” began its live shows this Tuesday after finally finishing up battles rounds, hoping viewers would tune in to hear Pharell’s “big secret.” Anyone else hoping that it’s a sequel to “Happy” – maybe a song called “Sad”?

Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.

Rachel A.G. Gilman is a staff writer. Email her at music@nyunews.com.

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