Hump Day Update: November 18th, 2015

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.

The Dixie Chicks announced they are reuniting and will be headed on tour in 2016, their first in the U.S. for nearly ten years, so everyone get ready for millennial girls breaking out their cowboy boots this summer and drunkenly arguing with you about who originally sang “Landslide.”

On CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the man himself ran a segment where he questioned the different nudities in art, trying to determine which pieces were highbrow and which were only used for high pleasure. It’s basically the same argument every art history class here at NYU has on a daily basis.

In more CBS and “The Late Show” news, the network, which is airing the Super Bowl this February, will follow up the big sports event with an episode of Colbert’s talk show, hoping that it will help to boost the show’s ratings (Fallon has consistently been beating Colbert). I guess it’s nice to be popular, even if your popularity will stem from drunken guys who are too lazy to change the channel.

There is more buzz around Adele’s upcoming album, “25,” especially after she spoke of another track on it addressing her ex-boyfriend and his new love. However, she insists that “25” is more of a “make-up” record, which is kind of a bummer. It’s never as fun to sing those songs into a hairbrush while angrily dancing around your room.

NBC announced this week for their plans to reboot “Law & Order,” because apparently the network can’t survive solely on ratings from “The Voice.” Some of the original cast members will be returning to the series, probably because their residual checks from syndication episodes just aren’t cutting it anymore.

Both Justin Bieber and One Direction released their albums this week. Perhaps a response to One Direction’s Liam Payne announcing the group’s break will now be two years long rather than just one, 1D took a backseat to Bieber on the charts. Looks like Bieber’s fans were right there when he needed them this weekend.

You’re not the only one prepared for winter break. ABC revealed its winter line-up this week, which includes a second season for the medieval comedy “Gallavant” and premiers for shows such as “MY DIET IS BETTER THAN YOURS.” Sounds like the network is doing what a lot of us do on winter break: try out weird things, so just in case they don’t work out you have time to forget about them by spring.

Demi Lovato created Internet buzz when she performed numerous covers this weekend, including the work of Adele, James Blunt, Lil Wayne, and Kelly Clarkson. Lovato spoke of her love of the artists she covered, perhaps hoping it would cover up how she doesn’t have any of her own original songs to sing that will excite the crowd as much.

And finally, in light of the recent attacks on Paris, I’d like to end this week on a serious note. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who lost loved ones in the attacks, and I hope everyone can support the city in whatever way they need it at this time. Who would’ve thought John Lennon’s “Imagine” would still be so relevant more than forty years later? Listen to it for me this week. Let’s spread its message.

Have a good week, everybody. I’ll see you back here next Wednesday.

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


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