By Rachel A. G. Gilman, Staff Writer
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.
I know many of you have been mourning the upcoming turnover of the presidential office, but don’t be too sad, because before Obama waves goodbye he’s going to throw his own miniature version of South by Southwest on the South Lawn of the White House. It will inevitably include Tim Kaine playing the harmonica and Joe Biden eating some ice cream.
Christina Aguilera covered “Uptown Funk” this week with Tommy Lee from Motley Crue for Spike’s new show “Tracks.” Sounds just like the sort of weird mix-up karaoke that you probably got into during your welcome week adventures.
In more cover news, Demi Lovato is still staying cool for the summer on her tour with Nick Jonas, and this week she stopped in Cleveland, Ohio where she surprised fans with a cover of Adele’s song “When We Were Young” off her latest album, “25.” I guess when Lovato sings about being young, she means like a few days ago, because last time I checked, 24 wasn’t exactly old.
The CW is getting ready for season three of their hit series “The Flash” in a couple of weeks, and producers have announced that the theme of this season will be “power.” I mean, seeing as that is kind of what makes super heroes super in general, I kind of thought this was the theme of every season thus far, but whatever, glad we’re all on the same page.
Nicki Minaj makes her way back into the news this week with the release of “The Pinkprint Freestyle,” where the rapper works her magic over a Young M.A. track and calling out Lil Wayne, doing an impression of M.I.A., and even sending her thoughts to Harambe. We all know that something has become way too ingrained in our culture as a sort of half-joke, half-issue when it ends up in a rap song (so please, Harambe Twitter accounts, give it up already).
NBC is reportedly in the works to produce a modern, female-led version of “Oliver Twist.” This is definitely going to be a big hit, because whenever I read a book about starving orphans, I know I’m always wishing there was just a little more lacy and definitely more breasts to spice things up.
In more NBC news, after four seasons on Lifetime, the show “Devious Maids” has been cancelled. It was produced by Eva Longoria, but she’s still going strong with that faux-“Telenovela” thing on NBC, right? Oh, wait — never mind.
The Black Eyed Peas reunited this week for a star-studded recording of the song “Where Is The Love?” in honor of the number of tragedies from this year. While the cause is great, it sort of felt like when you realize that the cool kids that went to your high school are still doing the things they did at 16 that were dumb then but only look more ridiculous now years later.
And finally, if you’re looking for a good show on television tonight that will distract you from that hard, first week of class feel with some shouting, some laughs, and probably a few tears, then I have just the thing: NBC will be airing the first ever Commander-in-Chief forum where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will share the stage for the first time. Get your popcorn ready, America (for throwing and eating).
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.