Hump Day Update: 2/24/16

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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.

Zayn Malik is rolling along strong with his solo career, debuting a new song from his forthcoming album “Mind of Mine.” Many have stated that the album artwork greatly resembles that of Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III.” Well, if you’re trying to pull yourself far, far away from your One Direction roots, then Lil Wayne is a safe bet.

NBC announced the premier date for “Hairspray: Live!” which is being looked at as its response to Fox’s success with “Grease: Live” a few weeks back. I guess the struggling network finally figured out people prefer to watch a show they’re actually familiar with (who would’ve thunk it?).

ABC made the decision to let go of one of their leading men, Paul Lee, this past week after he became too associated with favoring serialized dramas for the network. You can bid adieu to Lee by watching some of his biggest success stories (the entire ABC Family network, Shondaland, the “Bachelor” spin-offs) and flops (anyone else remember the two week mess that was “Work It”?).

Because they weren’t busy enough already preparing for their live episode, “The Simpsons” released an online-only clip this week where Marge and Homer think about what the 2016 Presidential Candidate race would be like if all of the candidates got along (spoiler alert – it involves James Taylor music!). The very funny segment includes actual quotes from the 2016 hopefuls, because we all know their words are funny enough on their own without embellishment.

“Girls” premiered this week for its penultimate season (thank God), and it looks like the characters may finally be pulling themselves together. Hannah (Lena Dunham’s character) is learning how to have a successful relationship, Marnie (Alison Williams) is acting like a spoiled brat, and Adam Driver’s character Adam is becoming a successful actor. As always, “Girls” steps outside but leans right up against the box.

And finally, there is a petition to have the antihero “Deadpool” host “SNL” where over 52,000 supporters have signed. The last time there was a serious petition, it was for Betty White to host. Well, both characters have a completely inappropriate sense of humor, so fingers crossed.

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

Rachel A. G. Gilman is a staff writer for Washington Square News.


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