Hump Day Update: 1/27/16

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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.

We move closer to the release of Kanye West’s newest album everyday, and this week he revealed not just his poor handwriting, but also the track listing for the February 11th release posted on Twitter. He also dubbed it “the best album of all time,” which is a big vote of confidence – who loves Kanye more than Kanye?

“The Bachelor” is back on ABC with a new man and new women. This season we’ve already had a woman get very emotional about her disproportionately large ankles and seen bachelor Ben struggle over his decision of which girl in a pair of twins he would prefer to keep on the show. In other words, it’s just continuing to strive to be relatable.

Former 1D member Zayn Malik released information about his upcoming solo career this week, revealing his album will contain a good deal of sex. You have to be careful with that stuff, Zayn – didn’t you hear your old band mate just became a daddy? By the way, congratulations, Louis Tomlinson on Sydney Rain (there likely won’t be another child in his year with the exact same name).

Rumor has it “The Good Wife” herself Julianna Margulies will be leaving the CBS drama in April along with show creators Robert and Michelle King. Not sure what the network will do if the titular character departs, especially because switching the focus to her spouse and renaming it “The Bad Husband” simply doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Madonna and Ariana Grande took to the stage together this week on Madonna’s Rebel Hearts tour to perform, both refusing to act their age. Madonna finished the performance by spanking Ariana, which was probably for the best (it’s about time someone treat Ariana like the little girl image she continues to perpetuate and sexualize).

NBC has finally found primetime success in their series of shows taking place in the windy city, and to add to this multitude, they are in the works developing “Chicago Law” (a working title) to accompany “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” and the original “Chicago Fire.” Basically, you’ll soon be able to experience all careers paths in Chicago without actually having to ever live them.

In weird collaboration of the week, Miley Cyrus is slated to star in Woody Allen’s upcoming TV series for Amazon, which as of yet is untitled despite the plan to start shooting in March. However, we do know it will be set in 1960s. Anyone else curious how Miley’s going to incorporate her twerking in with the Mashed Potato and the Twist?

It was announced this week that Shonda Rhimes will continue to dominate at ABC with another role as executive producer of an upcoming series that continues the story of “Romeo and Juliet.” Not sure why they chose Rhimes for the project since all of the best characters in that story have already been killed off.

And finally, most indecisive of the week goes to Jennifer Lopez, who after a less than impressed debut of her new NBC series “Shades of Blue” decided to go back to music again and started a stay in Vegas where she had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction. Let’s just hope she wasn’t wearing her own clothing line, because that sure would be bad advertising.

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

Rachel A. G. Gilman is a staff columnist for the Highlighter. 


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