Hump Day Update: October 7th, 2015

By Rachel A.G. Gilman

Via Marisa Hagerty at
Via Marisa Hagerty at

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.

CBS debuted its newest medical drama “Code Black,” all about that terrifying thing that apparently happens in a hospital when there are more patients than doctors available. If that isn’t a good enough reason to not tune in, then how about the way they stuck an NYU Medical School grad complaining about his debt within the first ten minutes of the debut (just because it’s true doesn’t mean I want to hear about it, CBS).

Will Smith has been breathing life back into his music career lately and now announced he is pretty sure he is also going to be heading out on tour. He also said in addition to recording his new album, he’ll continue working on his acting career with new films. Looks like Smith is expanding his kingdom (shoutout to my “Prince of Bel-Air” fans).

SNL returned this week. It was a pretty strong season opener, and included a woman who continues to surprise us and makes pretty iconic style choices who stole the show. Don’t know if I’m talking about Hillary Clinton or Miley Cyrus? Neither do I.

While we’re on the topic of Miley, she’s got one big fan: John Mayer, who tweeted out a number of raves reviews about her new album being “#whackgenius.” Now, I’m not saying Mayer might’ve been mistaking Montana’s marijuana laws for Colorado’s and that could explain his reaction, but honestly, what else is there to do in Montana?

ABC’s television adaptation of The Muppets came back with poor ratings in its second week of episodes, proving that not everything vintage has the power to make a comeback. Sadly, Kermit and the gang might be forced back into our parents’ attics with bell-bottoms and lava lamps.

Another Hump Day Update favorite, Taylor Swift, caught critics’ attention this week when she reportedly bought a property next to beau Calvin Harris. If this is anything like the trajectory with her past real estate endeavors related to boyfriends, we can expect some new break-up songs in no time.

MTV’s “Faking It” paid homage to “The Breakfast Club” this week, bringing the gang of secret-keeping teens into a room together to reveal all. Now, it’s been a little while, but I don’t remember my high school problems involving my boyfriend’s dad paying me $250K to leave him alone or my dating a professional MFA fighter—just MTV setting more unrealistic goals for kids.

Justin Bieber threw some shade at One Direction this week after it was revealed both parties would be sharing a November 13th release date for their upcoming albums. The date also happens to be a Friday the 13th, so we might want to scout out our hiding places now, just incase the dueling fandoms do indeed bring on the end of the world.

And finally, speaking of fandoms, this past Saturday, alternative-rock band All Time Low was featured in the ABC Family TV movie, “Fangirl,” staring the band alongside Kiernan Shipka and Meg Ryan in a tale of a girl in love with music and film. Not only did I learn one of my favorite bands is apparently mainstream enough to have a safe for TV movie, but apparently fifteen year olds are into them. #RIP to any chance of Rachel being hip and indie.

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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