Hump Day Update: 11/23/2016

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.

CBS decided not to order more episodes of their latest medical drama “Pure Genius” and will only air the remaining 13 episodes that they have taped. This doesn’t mean that the show is technically cancelled, but it’s sort of like when that cute guy says he wants to hang out but doesn’t give you a time to do so: it could pan out, but don’t hold your breath.

Adele finished her world tour this week by announcing that she was ready to take a break for a couple of years and also that she would next see her fans when she had a baby. Without reading too much into this statement, let’s just mourn the fact that we’re not going to have any new songs to cry our hearts out to for a couple of years (and in this political climate, we’ll inevitably need them).

NBC’s “SNL” decided to bring back Donald Trump to their repertoire this week when Alec Baldwin put on the wild wig again and poked fun at our president-elect’s surprise at how much goes into running the country. Like a true adult, the real Trump tweeted about the performance and his disapproval, but hey, you’re not making real art unless you’re offending someone.

The AMAs this week had a little bit of everything, from One Direction’s Niall Horan making his solo debut, to Green Day leading an anti-Trump protest during their performance, and even Halsey and the Chainsmokers reuniting to show the chemistry goes beyond music video reality. Basically, their marketing department understood diversity better than anyone in our president-elect’s new cabinet does.

“How To Get Away With Murder” on ABC finally revealed in the winter finale who has been under the sheet this entire season as producers shared why it was a difficult decision and fans speculated on what’s next following yet another murder. However, kind of like the guy who still doesn’t know who won the election, I haven’t watched the episode on my DVR so NO SPOILERS!

In more political-esque news, Vice President-elect Mike Pence came to New York City for a performance of the Broadway-hit Hamilton, where the cast read him a message about their hopes for his work in the White House and the crowd booed. Hey, now he at least knows how it feels to be anything but a white man in this country.

James Corden has been chosen as the host of the 2017 Grammy awards and proved his worthiness with a sing-a-long with Anna Kendrick this week on “The Late, Late Show” on CBS. Former host of the awards show, LL Cool J, responded with, “Yeah, that’s cool, but have you seen me host ‘Lip Sync Battles?’”

Former Disney darling Bridgit Mendler released two new music videos this week for songs, including one for the song “Library” where she sings in the book-laden location and no one notices. I mean, a bunch of NYU kids are usually doing the same thing in Bobst daily and we just treat it like a free concert, so…

And finally, to celebrate Thanksgiving, PBS will be airing a reboot of “Anne of Green Gables,” Starring Martin Sheen and Ella Ballantine, which is being marketed as something the whole family can enjoy. Well, it is true that the most discriminated group of white people out there probably are red headed girls — no one can argue about that.

Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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