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.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” might be a hit show, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t boundaries to keep in place. Apparently, an upcoming episode idea where Andrew Lincoln would fight a zombie naked was turned down. I mean, not to be crude, but when you think of wrestling the undead, do you also think, “Wow, this would be better if only there was a little more nudity?” Yeah, didn’t think so.
Britney Spears celebrated her birthday this week by giving back to her fans and covering an Elvis Presley song, which she said was inspired by Madonna, who covered her song earlier in the week for World AIDS Day. I’m not sure what the hashtag #silenceequalsdeath has to do with these artists making some big publicity moves, but it sure feels a little dramatic for some ladies who want to sing out in their homes and post in on social media.
Two things that don’t usually go together are politics and Christmas carols, but two of the late night shows went there. Jimmy Fallon donned a Bruce Springsteen get-up and sang about Bob Mueller coming to town, and Stephen Colbert’s choir recited what the scandal would bring over the twelve days of Christmas. No one bothered to relate Trump to the Grinch because at least the green monster eventually finds his heart.
Demi Lovato released her music video, which feels more like a short film, for the song “Tell Me You Love Me,” which features the most complicated relationship ever, a lot of sexy lingerie, and her *spoiler alert* being left at the altar. If this is what marriage feels like, count me out.
Alec Baldwin is in conversations to be getting a talk show on ABC, which feels like a dangerous move considering every white dude in Hollywood is getting accused of sexual misconduct. If it pans out, maybe it’ll just be him sitting in the doorway of his building on University Place and asking newbie NYU students if they want their picture taken with him (news flash, no thanks).
Grammy nominations were recently released and Ed Sheeran, despite having the most played song of 2017, was no where on the list. He mused on the subject saying maybe it just wasn’t his year. Hey, remember Ed, there’s a few dimes in your pocket each time we play “Shape of You,” but nothing from another award except more crowded space in your trophy cabinet.
The cast of the “Pretty Little Liars” spin-off, “The Perfectionists” has been revealed and will include Alison and Mona from the original series, so just when these young women thought it was safe to check their text messages, I guess it’s time to guess again.
Kendrick Lamar teased that he is going to be releasing a collector’s edition of his smash-hit album “DAMN.,” where the tracks will be featured in reverse. If only I could tell my short stories backwards and call it brand new art.
And finally, ABC’s “American Housewife” has received a number of complaints with the residents of Norwalk, Connecticut for the show’s mockery of the city, and a petition was even started to stop having the city be the butt of the show’s jokes. Guess someone’s New England Clam Chowder got a little overheated over this mess.
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here again next Wednesday. Good luck surviving the beginning of finals (and for all of you Gallatin kiddos doing colloquiums, a double shot of encouragement).