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.
Demi Lovato was part of “In Performance at the White House” this week, where she serenaded the Obamas with a tribute to Ray Charles. I guess Lovato has decided her best career move is ripping off the music of famous African-American men… interesting, but probably better than her own stuff.
CBS made a totally unsurprising choice this week and renewed their highest rated program “NCIS” for not one but two more seasons. Looks like I will still always know where my mother is Tuesdays at 8PM every week. Hopefully Gibbs has a few rules left in him we’ve let to learn.
Flashback to 2014 just like Macklemore did this week when he and Ryan Lewis finally released their follow-up album, “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.” Most people still aren’t over the controversy he caused following his 2014 Grammy wins, but hey dude, look at the bright side: you’ve probably made enough cash to start shopping outside of thrift stores by now.
ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” continued to pull on our heartstrings this week while Shonda Rhimes showed us she really loves a good flashback. The most recent episode was filled with them to show the tumultuous relationship of April and Jackson, two doctors preparing to sign their divorce papers. So if any of you were wondering why people continue to watch Shonda’s shows when all they do is make us sad, I can’t answer that for you, but I’m addicted.
We were finally graced with the release of The 1975’s latest album this past Friday, so if you heard girls on your dorm floor freaking out that’s probably why. The band also released the music video for their song “The Sound,” where the group is shown standing in a glass box that basically looks like an Apple store. I guess they’ve officially reached the level of popularity where they can do the same thing your dad does at the mall and still be cool.
“Survivor” is still very much a thing over on CBS, and this time around it’s the brawns versus the brains (literally, that’s what the teams are called). Despite poor decisions made by the Brawn team this week, they still managed to succeed. I guess watching this show is like watching a more naked, more outdoorsy version of high school, right?
Girl group Fifth Harmony also released a music video this week for their song “Work from Home,” where they are depicted doing anything but work and being anywhere but home. You know, I’m really getting sick of the music industry setting unachievable standards: women working in construction sites simply can’t aim to wear high heels and booty shorts to their job. Sorry, girls.
Kelly Clarkson reminded us why we all once loved “American Idol” this week when she returned as guest judge and performed her heart wrenching song “Piece By Piece,” an especially poignant piece because she’s currently pregnant. The song brought all current judges to tears, though the real test would come if Simon Cowell were still around. Dampening one of those black t-shirts with some tears is really how a person wins “Idol.”
And finally, this Sunday the rich and the beautiful white people got together in the company of a funny black man to reward what were supposedly the best films of 2015 – also known as the Oscars. Regardless of who you thought should’ve won (Lady Gaga totally deserved best song), I hope we can all agree host Chris Rock was anything but funny with his Asian joke. The way to spread tolerance for one group is not by hating on another, dude. Not cool.
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.
Rachel A. G. Gilman is a staff columnist for the Highlighter.