Hump Day Update: 4/19/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer

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.

“The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” were both renewed for another season on AMC, and many actors were promoted to season regulars, proving that you don’t need to look alive, as my P.E. coach always yelled at us, to do well in life.

Coachella began this week, meaning that your wealthy friends are probably taking a second spring break out in the desert wearing culturally appropriative clothing. They also might have seen Lorde’s secret show (her first performance in two years) where she previewed her upcoming album “Melodrama” in a series of actions that feels a little appropriate for the album title and for indulging her post-teenage angst.

“SNL” returned this week before leaving again for another month, featuring the first nationwide live broadcast, Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer dressed up as the Easter Bunny explaining religion using puppets, and Harry Styles basically being himself and impersonating Mick Jagger. You be the judge of which of these was most likely to ensue a feeling of panic.

In more Coachella news, Lady Gaga also made big news by premiering her new song “The Cure,” which then turned into a pretty popular hashtag, making me and my old soul think that the 80s punk rock band was having a reunion tour. Alas, just another pop single to dance to at parties this weekend.

HBO brought “Girls” to an end this past Sunday, where fans got a flash into the future and saw which members of the girl group managed to remain friends as they finally grew up. As much as I’m glad about never having to have a discussion about Lena Dunham’s lack of pants again, these social media posts about how “this show really changed my life” from wannabe Shoshanna’s are really clogging my feed.

Just as Lena Dunham takes a break, her equally talented partner, Jack Antonoff, is back with a new Bleachers track, “Hate That You Know Me,” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, though she isn’t credited on the single. I guess living with a person who claims noteworthy third-wave feminism isn’t enough to convince Antonoff of the importance of work place equality.

On Fox’s “Empire,” buzz is swirling about whether or not Cookie and her man Angelo are going to get together or if she will stay in love with her ex-husband, Lucious, and his bad way forever. Seeing as the show is basically a nighttime soap opera, I think we all know which road she’s traveling down.

John Mayer was asked about how he felt about sharing a release date with Kendrick Lamar, saying he was too excited about the release to be bummed about missing out on the chart’s top spots. Hey, John, cheer up, you’re still “the best show I’ve ever seen – I cried” to all of my boring, suburban friends who went to see you in concert this month.

And finally, Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars” will finally be coming to an end, meaning this is the last time it will take up space on my DVR. The cast and crew sat down for a Q&A session in anticipation of the finale, where they revealed that the biggest issues they faced with the network were over characters smoking cigarettes in scenes. If only they could imagine what the Disney-owned channel would be saying if the characters were smoking something a little more adult – like they might be tomorrow on the perfect day for it (aka my birthday).

Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next week. Enjoy 4/20, NYU.


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