Hump Day Update (Special One-Time Thursday Edition): October 1, 2015

by Rachel A.G. Gilman

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Welcome back 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.

Among fall premiers this past week was ABC’s “The Middle,” where middle child Sue Heck headed off for her freshman year of college. Though there were some bumps along the road (literally and figuratively, as half the stuff in the family car fell off the roof) on her journey to move-in day, all ended well, except we were left hanging when her roommate did not show up. From personal experience, Sue, it might be best to enjoy your single while you can. If East Indiana State is anything like NYU, your freshman roommate probably won’t be your soul mate.

At this weekend’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce collaborated for the first time to duet on her song “Drunk In Love.” This was after Sheeran had already brought up Coldplay’s Chris Martin on stage with him for his own set, proving maybe Taylor Swift has nothing on her English buddy in terms of #squadgoals.

NBC premiered “Best Show Ever” this week, a game show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, to unexpected low ratings. To be fair, NBC, you kind of set yourself up with the show’s name. Like NYU freshmen wearing flannels and beanies in ninety-degree weather, it’s probably best to just act like you were being ironic.

Ariana Grande is going to do opera when she duets with Andrea Bocelli on his upcoming album. This shouldn’t be too much of a stretch since Ariana and opera singers already have one thing in common: I never have any idea what they’re talking about when they’re singing.

“Blindspot,” more successfully, made its debut on NBC. The show focuses on Jaimie Alexander’s character waking up covered in a series of intricate tattoos, which she must then decode as the clues to crimes. Funny, for most of us out there, I’d think if we woke up with new tattoos, our mystery might be closer to, “how many drinks did I actually have last night?”

One Direction released the name of their upcoming album, “Made in the AM,” as well as another single, “Infinity,” this week. Fan girls then proceeded to take over the Internet, freaking out over what they felt were hypocritical lyrics, but I felt it was refreshingly authentic. This miscommunication is pretty close to a real break-up (appropriate, since 1D is taking a break in March 2016). Stay strong, Directioners.

Speaking of bad relationships, in an interview The New York Times this week, Selena Gomez said she is glad the rest of the world is now finally seeing what she saw in Bieber all along. If what we’re now seeing is ill-fitting pants, a bad haircut, and hollow lyrics, I’m still confused, Selena.

Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens” debuted on Fox last Tuesday, finally granting the wishes of all those people out there who say, “Man, I love ‘American Horror Story,’ but I sure do wish there was more Emma Roberts being petty.” You odd balls are welcome.

And finally, it wouldn’t be Hump Day Update without a little Kanye! Lately, he’s talked of running for president in 2020, telling Vanity Fair, “I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do.” To be fair to Kanye, most of the current candidates for president could easily say the same thing.

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

Rachel A.G. Gilman is a Highlighter Staff Columnist. Email her at


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