Hump Day Update: November 11th, 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.

Shonda Rhimes revealed this week that she based the “Grey’s Anatomy” character of Cristina Yang off herself and that she helped the writer when she was in bad times. When Rhimes saw herself in a brighter place, she said it was then time to let go of Yang. That’s great, but it still doesn’t mend my broken heart over losing McDreamy last season.

Last Wednesday, the CMAs took over ABC, and it was a whole lot of crazy beyond Carrie Underwood’s fifty dress changes and Brad Paisley’s stripping. Awkwardness ensued, as it was the first awards show without Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert by each other’s sides (instead on opposite sides of the room). Oh, and if that weren’t weird enough, Fall Out Boy performed. “Nashville” wasn’t on, but the country drama was still delivered.

NBC made a lot of interesting program renewal choices this week, and also released the first trailer for the upcoming cop drama “Shades of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez as a dirty policewoman who can frequently be seen frolicking in her lingerie. So I guess she’s still Jenny from the block, she’s just protecting the block now as well as owning it.

Despite releasing their new album at the end of this week, One Direction is set to take their break after a very busy four years. This week, they revealed their plans for their time off, which include Louis eating lots of junk food and helping out Simon Cowell on the “X Factor” and Harry catching up on “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Most intriguing, though, was Niall, who plans to go brunette and backpack across Australia (and if you need a buddy, I am totally available, Niall!).

The Discovery Channel bid a fond farewell to “Myth Busters” as they announced their plans to cancel the series this week, which has run for fourteen seasons. Not sure how we’re now left to figure out whether or not we can eat Poprocks and drink Coke and still survive, but hopefully we’ll manage.

Nicki Minaj has been totally absent from social media for the past week, which has ironically caused quite a stir on social media. Theories or what she could be up to range from possibly working on new music, binge watching Netflix, and my personal favorite, making actual contact with humans in person for a change.

On “The Big Bang Theory” this week, things got very mature when the gang found out about Sheldon’s plan to propose to ex-girlfriend Amy (which he went to attempt again to no avail) and Howard and Bernadette’s opposing feelings about having children. So, nerds out there, it does get better, but it might not stay that way.

By this point, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” dance has been turned into countless memes and parodied by nearly everyone. Well, Drake was grooving again this week, seen courtside at an L.A. performing the “Call Me” move from his video when the song came on during the game. Perhaps next he’ll join forces with fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepson to do a terrific “Call Me Maybe” mash-up, since he’s got the dance down!

And finally, speaking of those who have parodied Drake, “Saturday Night Live!” saw its biggest ratings since 2012 when Republican Presidential Candidate played host this week. Say what you want about the Donald, but he always brings in the big audiences. People simply can’t resist watching an ass on TV.

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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