By Rachel A.G. Gilman
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.
It was announced this week that the final season of “Parks and Recreation” will mostly take place in back-to-back airings starting in January, the exception being the hour-long finale following an episode of “The Voice” in late February. So let me get this straight, NBC: it’ll only take five weeks for you to show me a whole season of a scripted series, but more than five months for me to find out who won a reality competition show? I guess more creative work and writing time doesn’t equate to more airtime.
The latest buzz in celebrity romance is that Taylor Swift and Matty Healy (lead singer of indie rock band, The 1975) might be getting together after exchanging numbers at one of The 1975’s recent concerts. As excited as I am for T-Swift picking up a British accent and rocker fashion sense to mimic her new potential boy-toy, I’m more stoked for the possible break-up albums these two could create after the romance inevitably fizzles.
Kathy Griffin has officially been named Joan Rivers’ replacement on “Fashion Police.” Better call your plastic surgeon, Kathy, if you really want to try and fill Joan’s faux-fur coat.
Kanye West will be releasing his Yeezus Tour as a feature film. Just from the trailer, I can already tell that it’s meant to be confusing, overly experimental and artsy, and will likely offend any of you with deeply religious feeling. In other words, typical Kanye.
Will Arnett and Sean Hayes are bouncing back after the cancellation of “The Millers,” adding their names to the rotating roster set to host “The Late Late Show” in the time between Craig Ferguson stepping down and James Corden taking over in March. Was this part of their severance package, CBS? If so, it’s not much, since John Mayer is also slated to host. What’s he going to do, fill the hour show by naming every woman he’s slept with?
In fictional-late-night-television news (because apparently that’s a thing now), Lauren Graham and Ellen DeGeneres are teaming up with Liz Tuccillo, the mastermind behind the film “He’s Just Not That Into You,” for a new half-hour comedy, “Kate on Later,” about the first female late-night host on network TV. If you love “Gilmore Girls,” sappy rom-coms, and good jokes like myself, then this will likely be one you’ll want to catch when it finally comes to the small screen. Here’s to hoping someone calls Melissa McCarthy and Alexis Bledel to guest star!
Bravo premiered their first scripted series this week, a lie no one believes – we all know those housewives are fed some lines. The show is about a woman who writes successful marriage advice books but finds her own marriage going south. I’ve got two questions: 1) why is their fictitious series way more believable than any of their reality shows and 2) how did Lifetime pass up making this a movie?
And finally, with Bono still out from his bike injury in Central Park, U2 found two awesome replacements for their performance at the World AIDS Day Concert in Times Square Monday night: Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. The band cleverly dubbed themselves “U2 minus 1” for the show, but personally, I think they should’ve gone with “U2 now Born in the USA ready to play under a Sky Full of Stars.” But maybe that was a bit too wordy….
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.
Rachel A.G. Gilman is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.