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School’s back in session, which means it’s time to hit the books again. It also means that every day, you’ll reach that point when you can’t look at your biochem notes anymore, or your writer’s block is unbearable… and that’s when Hulu is here to help.
We know you love TV and we know you love music, so we’ve partnered with Spotify to make it even easier (and more affordable!) for students to enjoy both Spotify Premium and Hulu’s Limited Commercials service, through a single subscription plan: Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu. Get Spotify Premium and Hulu for only $4.99.
At $4.99 a month (which — let’s be real — is less than the espresso you just bought), you can listen to your favorite artists through Spotify while you’re studying, and catch up on The Mindy Project and South Park while you’re taking a break. Or vice versa. Or ditch the studying altogether and just binge on Taylor Swift and Seinfeld – it’s totally up to you.
Sound like a good deal? Then here’s what you do next: Undergraduate students, enrolled in a U.S. Title IV accredited college or university, who are already a Spotify Premium for Student subscriber, should access their Spotify accounts to switch their plan to Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu. New student subscribers can visit spotify.com/us/student to learn more and sign-up.
Hope you enjoy this new combo, and if you like it, tell your friends!
Now get back to hitting those books.
New Service Allows Viewers to Stream Entire Seasons of Popular TV Shows in Under Five Minutes
SANTA MONICA, CA [March 31, 2017]— Today Hulu is pleased to announce the launch of Hu, a brand new, groundbreaking service that offers TV fans the fastest way to watch episodes of their favorite shows— all in eight seconds or less. Drawing from its vast trove of viewing data, the company has developed a patented formula to condense the most popular TV content of all time into bite-sized episodes that are perfect for today’s busy, modern lifestyles.
TV fans who wish they’d watched every episode of hits like Seinfeld, but did not have the time or attention span to make it through, can now binge watch some of the greatest series of all time in only minutes on Hu. The new service gives viewers the opportunity to catch up on series, end spoiler alerts and join in on the conversation, without spending the hundreds of hours it takes to stay in-the-know. Episodes of hit, critically acclaimed series including Seinfeld, Empire, The Mindy Project, Shut Eye and The Path are all now available to stream in eight seconds or less on Hu by visiting: www.hulu.com/hu
The launch of Hu marks a revolution for the golden age of television. Hulu’s team of engineers developed the new service based on recent scientific research that proves that there is too much TV these days, and people generally lose concentration after eight seconds – just like goldfish.
“Until now, I’ve found completing a full episode of Seinfeld a bit taxing. With Hu, I was able to watch the entire season during my morning coffee — just in time to join the fun at the watercooler,” said Jessica T., Hulu Viewer, age 24.
Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has been at the forefront of entertainment and technology. As the only streaming service that streams hundreds of thousands of hours of current season content, full libraries of hit series, films and original programming, Hulu has been a leading driver of innovation in the industry. After offering viewers with endless entertainment capabilities, the launch of Hu marks a yet another milestone in the company’s mission to redefine television by offering micro content, at a massive scale.
Hu is available to access now directly from the Hulu platform with your Hulu subscription. All series within Hu stream commercial-free, in eight seconds or less.
Hulu is a premium streaming television destination that offers hundreds of thousands of hours of the best of current season programming, premium original content, films and full seasons of hit series to subscribers with limited commercials for $7.99 per month and commercial free for $11.99 per month. Hulu is the only subscription streaming service that offers current season content from the largest U.S. broadcast networks, as well as acclaimed Hulu Originals including The Mindy Project, The Path, 11.22.63, Difficult People, the Golden Globe® nominated comedy series Casual, and the upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, Future Man and The Looming Tower. Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has been at the forefront of entertainment and technology and continues to redefine TV by connecting viewers with the stories they love.
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On this illustrious Galentine’s Day, classic ‘80s sitcom The Golden Girls returns in all its pastel glory to Hulu. Picture it: four hilarious senior ladies with dead and ex-husbands who didn’t yet have Facebook to harass their adult kids, so they spent their time dating, laughing, exchanging insults, and eating cheesecake. But how do the lives of these grandmas apply to the Millennial-on-the-Go? Since there is nary a text or a cell phone in the series, their world may seem alien, so we’ve put together this Golden Girls 101 so you can jump right in and watch all 180 episodes starting today.
Dorothy Zbornak: Acid-tongued substitute teacher from Brooklyn, who moved into the house after her husband left her for a younger woman. In terms of other sitcom foursomes, she would be a Carrie or a Hannah, but let’s be clear: she would totally make them cry.
Blanche Devereaux: The epitome of Southern Belle, this merry widow owns the house where the girls frequently hear about her libidinous exploits, both past and present. Think of her as a Samantha or a Marnie, whose men Blanche would no doubt seduce.
Rose Nylund: A grief counselor who moved from Minnesota to Miami after the death of her husband, this trusting and gullible naïf looks at the world through dumb-colored glasses and describes it with a gefuhrkenurk stable of Norwegian words. Think of her as Charlotte or Shoshana as a child. Also, we made up the word gefuhrkenurk.
Sophia Petrillo: Sicilian immigrant and mother to Dorothy, a stroke left her without the filters of polite society. With wisdom and apt insults in spades, she is both mother figure and rebellious teen of the group. She’s like the Jessa of the group, but she also alternates between the Miranda and Magda.
Miami: 1980s playground of swinging senior citizens and Don Johnson. Miami’s got style… Blue sky, sunshine, white sand by the mile. Think of it as a Southern New York.
Stan: Dorothy’s ex-husband, identified by his bad toupee and worse catchphrase, “Hi. It’s me, Stan.” He’s the Mister Big and Adam of the group. He’s also a yutz.
Shady Pines: The retirement home of terror which burned down, enabling Sophia to move in with Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose. In the realm of other foursome sitcoms, think of it as Staten Island.
Picture It: How Sophia conjures up a location and era before imparting the wisdom of her experience.
Back in St. Olaf: How Rose begins any story about her simple and bewildering hometown of St. Olaf, Minnesota.
Cheesecake: Ambrosial pastry with which all of life’s problems can be solved at the kitchen table.
The Rusty Anchor: Watering hole and pickup spot where the girls can find available suitors with dead wives and all their hair.
Lanai: It’s just a patio. That’s all.
All 180 episodes of The Golden Girls are now streaming on Hulu. Thank you for being a friend who watches it.
Alec Baldwin set the record for the most times hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend with his 17th appearance at the helm of the show. One might think that after 16 appearances, Baldwin might have run out of steam. One would be wrong.
Check out a complete recap of the episode below.
*Warning: Complete spoilers of the episode follow*
SEAN SPICER COLD OPEN
Melissa McCarthy’s impression of President Trump’s rageaholic press secretary was such a hit last week, she was back for this week’s cold open with even more ire — and a gargantuan stick of gum. In what was, no doubt, a nose thumbing at rumors that Trump was upset his press secretary was played by a woman, “SNL” also brought in Kate McKinnon to play newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
And after last week’s viral hashtag #RadicalMooseLambs, McCarthy’s Spicer busted out the dollies again to explain how threatening travelers who look like Disney’s Moana get treated by airport security. And props to the propmasters who propped up Spicer’s podium onto a hoverboard this week so McCarthy could attack the press pool in a speedier and more intimidating manner.
ALEC BALDWIN’S 17TH MONOLOGUE
How do you make your “SNL” monologue fresh when you’re hosting the show for the 17th time? You keep it simple and just make fun of yourself. For Baldwin’s record-breaking 17th monologue, he was joined on stage by 23-year-old cast member Pete Davidson who wasn’t even born the first time that Baldwin hosted. Davidson proceeded to express shock and awe as he and Baldwin looked back at photos of Baldwin’s early hosting years and Davidson pointed out how handsome Baldwin was in his younger days while he now looks like someone “who’s been soaking in water for 23 years.”
This week’s amazing commercial parody featured the classic candy company supplementing their usual Valentine’s Day heart-shaped box full of candies with a super uncomfortable and entirely inappropriate Black History Month box of chocolates. The assortment of candies were molded into the faces of heroic figures from black history including the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Cream.”
This sketch took aim at this year’s intensely politicized Super Bowl commercials, with two advertising teams battling it out to pitch their big game campaigns for Cheetos. One team went all in by sharing an ad that was a triumphant tale of illegal immigration a la the 84 Lumber commercial. They also proposed a version with a transgender Chester the Cheetah. We gotta admit we’d like to see that.
Kate McKinnon returned as the CNN-spurned Kellyanne Conway in this “Fatal Attraction” parody that had Conway stalking Jake Tapper, begging to be let back on air after being banned for fabricating “The Bowling Green Massacre.” She’s not gonna be IGNORED, you guys.
Alec Baldwin played a ruthless drill sergeant screaming at new recruits, except for one who just happens to be his big handsome son (played by Mikey Day). Baldwin can’t help but whisper encouraging comments to his progeny in between insults flung at the other young soldiers, and it’s as awkward as your mom waving at you from the sidelines on your first day of high school football practice.
ED SHEERAN PERFORMS “SHAPE OF YOU”
Nothing controversial about this performance of Sheeran’s new single “Shape of You.” We love a soulful ballad from the 25-year-old pop star, but it was nice to see him rocking out to something we could dance to.
Colin Jost and Michael Che sat back and kept letting the Trump administration do their work for them.
Our favorite joke from Che this week referred to Trump’s proclamation to the judges who slapped down his immigration ban, saying “I’ll see you in court!” Che joked:
“Trump’s the guy who gets his ass kicked in an alley and then screams ‘Let’s take this outside!’”
And on the confirmation of the controversial Jeff Sessions as Attorney General this week, Colin Jost said:
“The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Jeff Sessions as our new Confederate general. Sorry, Attorney General.”
UPDATE GUEST: ELIZABETH WARREN
Apparently, there’s no member of the current political establishment that Kate McKinnon can’t imitate. This time, she took on Senator Elizabeth Warren who was silenced on the floor of the Senate this week, and yes, she persisted.
UPDATE GUEST: GUY WHO JUST BOUGHT A BOAT
This is the first update segment we’ve seen from this year’s new cast member Alex Moffat, playing a “guy who just bought a boat.” He launches into three minutes of hilariously nauseating terminology about his Totes McGotes awesome lifestyle in a segment that has us hoping his yacht ends up lost at sea.
UPDATE GUESTS: GREG AND SHELLEY DUNCAN
Mikey Day and Leslie Jones guest star as a couple who have been experimenting with “50 Shades of Grey” style lovemaking in the bedroom, and it looks like Greg has been taking on the submissive role pretty hard due to his clearly visible injuries.
TRUMP PEOPLE’S COURT
Of course, “SNL” couldn’t let Baldwin get through an episode without performing at least one sketch as Donald Trump. In this segment, he takes his battle with the 9th District Circuit Court to the lowest court in the land—The People’s Court. And yes, he loses again.
It’s all about the guest appearances on “SNL” these days and alum Tracy Morgan popped up in this sketch as one of Beyonce’s fetal twins in the womb along with Kenan Thompson. Morgan dropped a hilarious “Destiny’s Child” diss saying that Beyonce should have no problem carrying twins since she spent 10 years carrying two grown women named Michelle and Kelly.
LESLIE WANTS TO PLAY TRUMP
In this digital short, Leslie Jones reveals that it’s been her dream to step in for Alec Baldwin in the role of our 45th president. The segment features Jones having a meltdown in creator Lorne Michaels’s office, being kicked out of 30 Rock, and then being swept away by Melania in a stretch limo. We can’t wait to see what kind of tweet this inspires.
ED SHEERAN PERFORMS “CASTLE ON THE HILL”
We loved Sheeran’s upbeat acoustic pop-rock blends this week, proving that he’s more than just a guy who writes dreamy ballads for us to slow dance to at homecoming.
“SNL” ended the night with a sketch more appropriate for a junior high school comedy show than the longest running late night comedy show on TV. It was about kids taking the annual fitness test in gym class, with one student trying to break the school record, except that when he does his sit ups, he farts. Loudly. That’s it. It’s just…a farting during sit-ups sketch. Yup. Just farting. The end.
This week’s episode of “SNL” was heavy on political commentary, with a handful of goofy concept sketches thrown into the mix for a little balance. The long-running late night comedy show proved they’ll be pulling no punches when it comes to President Trump’s administration, and they’re coming at him from every angle they can find, including inviting special guest Melissa McCarthy to step in with a groundbreaking impression of Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Check out a complete recap of the episode below.
*Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below*
OVAL OFFICE COLD OPEN
Alec Baldwin is hosting “SNL” next week, but still showed up this week to play President Trump because there was just too much material to work with. In this segment, Trump called world leaders, trashed them and their homelands, and threatened to start wars with each and every one of them.
His call to the Australian President concluded with him shouting: “No refugees! America first! Australia sucks! Your reef is failing! Prepare to go to war!”
His call to Germany’s Angela Merkel (who is clearly desperately yearning for Obama) featured the line: “Last week was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and as you know 6 million people were at my inauguration.”
He did all this with Steve Bannon—an unidentified “SNL” cast member dressed as the Grim Reaper—standing over his shoulder and egging him on. We can’t even wrap our minds around what’s going to go on next week with Baldwin hosting the full show.
KRISTEN STEWART MONOLOGUE
Stewart took the stage and opened by saying that she was there to promote her movie “Twilight” which has been available on iTunes for the last eight years. Then, she launched into ripping President Trump for the 11 tweets he posted a few years back about her breakup with then boyfriend Robert Pattinson.
“I don’t think Donald Trump hated me,” said Stewart. “I think he was in love with my boyfriend.”
Then she imagined Trump’s ire for her will likely continue because: “I’m hosting SNL and I’m like SO GAY, dude.”
She topped off her monologue by pulling a Jenny Slate and dropping the f-bomb, saying that hosting “SNL” is “the coolest f—ing thing I’ve ever done.”
The Trump administration ridicule continued with this digital short called “Welcome Video,” which was a re-edited version of the video people see when their arriving at a U.S. airport from another country. Like, HEAVILY re-edited, with an expanded list of the all-new procedures people will have to go through to get in the country and prove they’re not Muslim, including blood samples, stool samples, and full-on eating a hot dog in front of security.
“SNL” took a breather from politics for this sketch about a group of students from UConn who were now required to participate in “Dry Fridays” because they’d been busted drinking in their dorms. Everyone had pretty normal stories about embarrassing moments they’d gone through while drunk, except Kristen Stewart’s character whose behavior went way too far, including getting a “No-Hawk” (a reverse Mohawk), pounding 40 beers, getting naked, grabbing a chainsaw, and cutting down 35 pine trees.
TOTINOS WITH KRISTEN STEWART
We’ve been in love with Vanessa Bayer’s Super Bowl Totino’s Pizza Rolls commercial parodies for years and we were pretty sure she couldn’t top herself, but we were wrong. This year’s commercial featured Bayer’s character finding her true love—a French woman named Sabine played by Kristen Stewart. Bayer and Stewart proceed to have a passionate affair in the kitchen behind that couch full of Big Game-watching “hungry guys.”
SEAN SPICER PRESS CONFERENCE
This was the sketch of the night.
Former host Melissa McCarthy stepped in as a special guest star to play White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, opening by screaming: “I DON’T TALK SO GOOD!”
We honestly don’t want to take a thing away from this sketch by recapping it. We just have two words: “Radical Mooselambs.” That’s it. Just watch.
ALESSIA CARA PERFORMS “SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL”
Cara’s first “SNL” performance was flawless—evocative, emotional, and beautifully performed.
Surprise, surprise. This week’s update dove headfirst into this week’s political controversies and kept on swimming the whole way through. A few of our favorite jokes included the following:
On Kellyanne Conway’s discussion of the “Bowling Green Massacre” (an event which never happened) on MSNBC this week, Colin Jost said: “In response, Congress launched an immediate investigation into Hillary Clinton’s role in the Bowling Green Massacre.”
On Trump’s controversial travel ban, Michael Che said: “We’re learning which Muslim countries are threats and which countries have Trump hotels.”
And in something a little more lighthearted and non-political, Colin Jost commented on a man busted for smuggling cocaine onto an airplane in three tuna cans by saying: “He faces 10 years in prison and the death penalty for bringing tuna onto an airplane.”’
UPDATE GUEST: DAVID ORTIZ
Kenan Thompson reprised his role as Red Sox star David Ortiz, rooting for Super Bowl contenders the New England Patriots. This segment was basically just Thompson making fun of the beloved baseball star’s accent and announcing that he’ll be cooking a penguin as part of his personal Super Bowl feast.
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD SUPER BOWL EDITION
This sketch was a chance for the “SNL” cast to bring out their favorite impressions: Kate McKinnon as Justin Bieber, Leslie Jones as Samuel L. Jackson, Kenan Thompson as Steve Harvey and Alex Moffatt as Casey Affleck, who Thompson commented looked like “the first half of a commercial for antidepressants.”
This “Meet Cute” digital short was…cute. It starred Kristen Stewart and Pete Davidson as two people who have an instant chemical attraction when they meet at a coffee shop, agree to meet for dinner that night, but exchange no identifying details about each other and where they’re going to meet. What followed was a fairly funny sequence of Stewart prepping for her big night and Davidson desperately searching the city of Manhattan for a brown-haired girl named Claire.
ALESSIA CARA PERFORMS “RIVER OF TEARS”
Fine. We’ll admit it. “River of Tears” made us weepy. We’re not ashamed.
The final sketch of the night was a take-off on Charlie and the Chocolate factory with Kristen Stewart playing Charlie who gets totally pissed off when she finds out her grandpa (Pete Davidson) hasn’t been crippled with polio all these years. He’s just old and didn’t feel like standing up. This one fell a little flat, but we’ll let it slide because this episode was so full of energy.
“SNL” returns live next week with Alec Baldwin hosting for a record 17th time and the return of musical guest Ed Sheeran.
The late night comedians mixed things up a bit this week, splitting their focus between White House controversies and this weekend’s “big game.” We’ve cherry picked the best moments so you can be well-rested. We know you’ve got a big weekend of sitting on the couch watching football and eating chips ahead of you.
Check out this week’s best late night clips
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – Puppies Predict the Super Bowl Winner
Fallon reminded us all that the most scientific way to predict any major sporting event outcome is puppies–small, fuzzy, kibble-crunching puppies. “The Tonight Show” odds makers released a gaggle of golden pooches on two bowls of food to determine who the clear winner will be in this weekend’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. See the results here:
Jimmy Kimmel Live – Lie Witness News: Supreme Court Justice Nominee Rob Kardashian
“JKL” took to the streets with the latest edition of their “Lie Witness News” segment, asking completely uninformed pedestrians for their thoughts on the completely false statement that reality star Rob Kardashian is President Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee. Seven people in a row responded with strong opinions about the assertion, one agreeing that Trump’s relationship with Blac Chyna could really help our relations with the country of China:
Late Night With Seth Meyers – Trump’s Chaotic Second Week in Office: A Closer Look
We can’t get enough of Meyers’s weekly breakdowns of the most bizarre goings-on in politics and pop culture. On Thursday night, he shed some light on Trump’s controversial immigration ban which isn’t a ban but does discriminate based on religion but totally doesn’t at all and explained how green card holders are totally unaffected by the new law except when they are. We’ll just let him explain it:
Aziz Ansari hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time with musical guest Big Sean following a tumultuous week that included the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The episode featured a pretty even mix of political content and regular old character sketches, but ended with a straight up tribute to Obama.
Warning: Spoilers for the complete episode below:
VLADIMIR PUTIN COLD OPEN
Alec Baldwin got a break from playing the newly elected President Trump this week, so Beck Bennett stepped in and gave a post-inaugural address as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin offered “comfort” to Americans who are upset by Trump’s election, letting them know he isn’t really in charge anyway–Putin is. He also offered Trump some advice on his exaggerated claims about the unprecedented number of attendees at his inauguration and suggested he make his proclamations sound slightly more realistic. “Say you’re friends with LeBron James, but don’t say you ARE Lebron James, Donald.”
Props to Kate McKinnon for playing a Russian woman who was “oh so very happy” with her life and then popped up behind Putin later in his speech with one of those very special pink hats from the Women’s March.
AZIZ ANSARI MONOLOGUE
We always love when a solid stand-up comedian takes on the “SNL” monologue. Ansari’s eight-minute set was all about Trump and the current volatile state of affairs in the U.S. following this hotly contested election. He referred to Trump as “the Chris Brown of politics.” He also addressed all those extremists who say now is the time for minorities to leave the U.S. by announcing: “Beyonce ain’t moving. I ain’t moving.” He ended by suggesting that Islamophobia could be completely cured if Muslims changed the music they’re praying to because for people unfamiliar with it, it just sounds like scary background music from “Homeland.”
BEAT THE BOOKWORM
Ansari played “The Bookworm” in this parody of one of our favorite old game shows “Win Ben Stein’s Money.” Ansari’s character was well versed in pretty much every topic you can read a book about, but got completely thrown off his game when the category “90s Pop Culture” came up.
LA LA LAND INTERROGATION
In this interrogation sketch, cops Cecily Strong and Beck Bennett interrogate Ansari for saying he thought “La La Land” wasn’t quite as brilliant as the critics said it was. They grilled Ansari on being the kind of sicko who couldn’t appreciate the beauty of this simple and moving story.
Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Trump’s campaign manager and newly appointed White House advisor in this one. During an interview with Jake Tapper, she then spaces out into a fantasy sequence where she performs her own version of “Roxie” from the musical “Chicago”—except this time it’s “Conway.” In a sexy sparkling dress, surrounded by throngs of handsome men, she danced around and celebrated leaving her humdrum life behind and diving into the world of fame.
Lisa Broderick and Jeremy Ganz will fight for their clients’ rights. Except that Lisa seems to get her clients significantly more money than Jeremy does. It turns out Lisa is indebted to Jeremy because he gave her dad a kidney, and that’s how they fell into this unlikely partnership. That doesn’t help clients like Ansari much who actually had to pay more than he got from his settlement to just get Ganz to leave him alone.
BIG SEAN PERFORMS “BOUNCE BACK”
Big Sean performed his hit surrounded by what looked like the monoliths from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and fog. This was a brilliant performance that made us significantly less creeped out by the opening scene from the Kubrick movie.
This week, it was all jokes about Trump’s new administration, the inauguration, and the women’s march. The two best jokes of the segment came from Jost, who called the inauguration concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial “the second worst performance Lincoln has ever attended.”
Jost also pointed to Obama’s last press conference as President during which he said “I think it’s going to be OK” but then pointed out “It’s going to be OK” is what George told Lenny at the end of “Of Mice and Men.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Steinbeck classic, let’s just say things do NOT work out so well for Lenny. It makes us wish we had a comforting bunny to pet right now.
UPDATE: LESLIE JONES DISCUSSES “HIDDEN FIGURES”
Jones returned to the update desk to talk about the breakout film hit “Hidden Figures” which tells the story of a group of black women who helped astronauts get back home from an Apollo mission. She said she almost didn’t watch it because she thought it was going to be “The Help in Space” but was glad she did because it highlighted unknown achievements by African Americans. She then hilariously went on to point out other under-celebrated achievements by black Americans, and, of course, referred to Jost as her “creamy slice of Provolone” cheese just to round out the piece.
UPDATE: JAKE ROCHECK
Mikey Day played Jake Rocheck in this segment, a heartbreaking figure who’s been relegated to “The Friend Zone” by his pretty friend Shannon. Rocheck talks about moving her into a new apartment, comforting her when she gets dumped by her loser boyfriends, and desperately trying to keep himself from sending her the letter he’s been composing for years professing his undying love for her. This bit spoke to anyone who can relate to being the shoulder to cry on when you’d rather be a whole lot more.
In this sketch, Aziz Ansari tries to spice things up in the bedroom with his girlfriend played by Melissa Villasenor, but things get a little awkward when she brings up some issues Ansari is uncomfortable with—like his alcoholism and low pay. The role playing just got sadder and sadder as they tried to delve into some very unsexy “Daddy” talk and really awkward student-teacher situations.
In this digital short, an Uber driver and his passenger try to impress each other because they both have low star reviews. Their desperate attempts get increasingly awkward until they finally connect on a real level when they realize they both love “Black Mirror.” Of course, the driver then runs over his passenger with his car as he drives away. At least he got that five-star rating first.
Beck Bennett and Kenan Thompson play two cops busting a thug who’s hiding out at a Pizza Town restaurant after hours, but their bust keeps getting interrupted by the animatronic pizza-themed band on stage. We’ve seen this premise on “SNL” a few times before, but it was still pretty funny and that “I like that pizza, pizza” song is definitely going to be in our head all week.
BIG SEAN PERFORMS “SUNDAY MORNING JETPACK”
Big Sean slowed things down a little and performed his hit in which he “thanks God for all his setbacks” because of the person they made him now. The whole thing was so moving it made us want to run right out and make a gratitude list.
TO SIR WITH LOVE
“SNL” ended the night with Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata singing “To Sir With Love” to a photo of President Obama. It wasn’t funny, and was maybe even a little awkward because singing is not their strongest talent, but Obama fans will definitely appreciate the sentiment.
“SNL” is on break next week but will return live February 4th.
You’re surrounded by a collection of eccentric characters. Your sweet tooth is well-satiated. You’ve got a handheld recording device in one hand while enjoying a damn fine cup of coffee in the other. You might be Dale Cooper – or it’s the end of day 5 of 13 at the 2017 Winter TCAs.
For those unfamiliar, the TCAs are a roughly 2-week, biannual event where TV critics and members of the press from across the country set up shop in a hotel ballroom while major networks and streaming services present their most anticipated upcoming offerings and buzz-worthy announcements. It’s a professional love fest of all things TV, boasting panels led by celebrated creatives and big-name talent.
For anyone who has attended a TCA (on either side of the panel) they can tell you that they can be exciting but, well, rather odd. (Cue the “Theme From Twin Peaks.”) As a rule, there’s no clapping (as a courtesy so no one misses any information) and that combined with inevitable exhaustion from all-day sessions after sessions can create a somewhat awkward, sometimes somber mood surrounding what one might expect to be a non-stop entertainment fireworks show.
As the attendees for Showtime’s TCA readied to take notes for their final session of the day, a panel for the much-anticipated reboot of “Twin Peaks,” President of Programming Gary Levine made an announcement that sent a delightful murmur through the crowd. Unlisted in the day’s schedule, creator and director David Lynch was going to give a solo 15-minute Q&A.
We were forewarned that there would be very little that Mr. Lynch and the other panel members later in the session would reveal in regards to storyline or character information – only that the 18-episode opus was directed entirely by David Lynch (penned as an unadulterated “pure heroin” version of David Lynch) and that this return of “the original social media show” would reward close viewing.
In case you weren’t already on pins and needles about this return to the bucolic town, some 25 years later, here is a collection of quotes from Mr. Lynch himself that will surely get you craving cherry pie. (And yes, on his entrance, there was even some rule-breaking applause.)
On how he and Mark Frost work together:
“We work together on Skype. Mark lives in Ojai and I live in Hollywood and we Skype and write together.”
On what adjustments he had to make in directing all 18 episodes:
“It was just the same as all the others. I see it as a film, and a film in parts is what people will experience.”
On what fans should expect:
“This word ‘expect’ is a magical word. And people expect things – and their expectations are met, hopefully, when they see the thing.”
On how often he thought about the characters over the last 25 years:
“I love this world of Twin Peaks and I often thought about what might be happening. I often just remembered the beautiful world and the beautiful characters. So, it was Mark who contacted me, it was many years ago now, and asked if I wanted to go back into that world. And we met at Musso and Frank and talked and that’s what got us going again for this one.”
On this new series being labeled the “pure heroin” version of David Lynch:
“I hear heroin is a very popular drug these days.”
On the original series:
“I’ll tell you what I loved – the pilot of Twin Peaks. That for me set the tone and made the world and the characters for me. That started the thing and I felt really good about that mood and that story – those characters. Just fell in love – deep, deep love.”
On potentially disappointing fans of the original series:
“Always we’re filled with doubts.”
On how to create a TV show that’s impactful today:
“Well, you know, I don’t really think about those things. It’s always the same. The story and the way the story is told.”
On how the first series pushed against the boundaries of TV:
The pilot, I saw it as a film, I shoot it the same way, but it happened to be with these characters in this town with this mood with these sounds with Angelo Badalamenti’s great music, and lo and behold, it clicked. But I didn’t really know about television. We were just telling the story.
On how he became a story teller:
“I only wanted to be a painter and I got into film because I wanted to make paintings move. And one thing led to another.”
On the best and worst part of directing:
“There is no worst. And the best – I love every aspect – all aspects of the process. I even love preproduction.”
On the future of “Twin Peaks”:
Well, before I said I wasn’t going to revisit it – and I did – so I never say no. But right now, there’s no plan for anything more.
On what killed the original series:
“Who killed Laura Palmer was a question that we did not ever really want to answer. And that Laura Palmer mystery was the goose that laid these little golden eggs. And at a certain point we were told we needed to wrap that up – and it never really got going again after that.”
On how the original series ended:
“I always felt, even if it only happened mentally and emotionally, the story goes on.”
The new “Twin Peaks” premieres on Showtime on May 21.
The original series is currently available on Hulu.
This week’s most entertaining late night moments featured a combination of politics and playfulness, old bits and new, and one very moving piece of poetry. If you were in bed at a reasonable hour any night this week and missed out, check out our picks for the best late night clips of the week:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – Nick Offerman Recites a Poem
Feeling the winter chill? Warm up with the most emotional and profound poem about firewood we’ve ever heard, made all the more toasty by Nick Offerman’s rich, bacon-y voice. We feel like we could toast a marshmallow right over this clip and enjoy the gooey goodness:
Jimmy Kimmel Live – Lie Witness News, Trump’s First Day in Office
Kimmel has been using “Lie Witness News” for years now to interview people on the street and get their opinion on completely fabricated topics. This time, their fearless “reporter” asked pedestrians what they thought of President Trump’s first day in office, which hadn’t actually happened yet:
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah – Back in Black: The Trump Inauguration’s No-Star Lineup
No matter what your political leanings, it’s pretty hard to argue with the hilarity of Lewis Black’s “Back in Black” monologues– especially when he’s yelling at you so loud. This time the comedian ranted on the celebrity lineup for Donald Trump’s inauguration:
Late Night With Seth Meyers – Trump, John Lewis, and Russian Hacking, A Closer Look
Meyers’s “A Closer Look” segment is turning out to be one of the most cutting edge late night political commentaries on network television. There’s something almost Jon Stewart-y about it and we we like that. This week, Meyers examined the feud between President Trump and civil rights icon John Lewis:
It’s the final day of the 2017 Winter TCAs, and for the last two weeks, TV networks and streaming services have presented to the press their most exciting announcements around their upcoming seasons. Currently celebrating their most watched season in 10 years, NBC certainly didn’t disappoint in the big news department as the biannual press event came to a wrap.
Here are 7 exciting announcements that ruffled our peacock feathers:
1) The Return of “Will & Grace”
In its original 8-season run, the groundbreaking sitcom garnered a total of 16 Emmy Awards. NBC has officially announced that Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack will be back for a 10-episode reboot in their 2017-18 season. Could a 2017 reboot for “Will & Grace” mean a 2017 revival production of “Just Jack”? One can only dream.
2) Chicago Gets “Justice”
For fans of the “Chicago” franchise, Dick Wolf is bringing to life a new world in “Chicago Justice.” A 3-hour crossover event on March 1 will lead up to “Chicago Justice’s” official premiere on March 5. Wolf likened the “Chicago” franchise to the human body: if “Fire is the crotch, “P.D.” the muscle, and “Med” the heart – “Justice” is the brain.
We can expect the 30+ characters from across the franchise to pop-up into “Justice” throughout the series and more crossover episodes overall (or as Wolf put it, “ratings crack.”)
3) John Lithgow’s Return to Comedy Television
John Lithgow will be starring in the brand-new real crime spoof “Trial and Error” about an eccentric man accused of murdering his wife. The ensemble comedy is shot a la multi-cam documentary, wrapping up this murder mystery within the 13-episode arc. Also starring Nick D’Agosto, Sherri Shepherd, Jayma Mays, and Krysta Rodriguez, the producers hope that each returning season will present a new case tackled by the lovably oddball cast of characters.
4) “This Is Us” Renewed Through Season 3
President of NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke announced that the breakout hit will be renewed for two more seasons, with a minimum of 18 episodes per season. With emotions already running high (the cast members on the panel were only told 5 minutes before this news was announced to the press) a sneak clip from the upcoming episode featuring Golden Globe nominee Chrissy Metz had members on both sides of the panel wiping away tears.
When asked about the tremendous success of the pilot, creator Dan Fogelman jokingly credited it to Milo Ventimiglia’s bare rear end in the opening sequence (or as actor Chris Sullivan put it, “This Is Ass.”)
5) Jennifer Lopez
She’s executive producer and star of “Shades of Blue” (returning for its second season on March 5), she has her residency in Vegas – and she’s a mom. If that wasn’t enough, she and her producing partner brought forth to NBC their next live musical event, “Bye Bye Birdie.” Not only will she be producing this show, she will be playing the role of Rosie, originated by Broadway legend Chita Rivera and later by Janet Leigh in the movie. Is there anything J. Lo can’t do? Nope. And it seems she’s doing it all in 2017.
6) DC Comic’s First Comedy
From “The Office” and “Parks and Rec” to “Superstore,” NBC is famed for its iconic workplace comedies. “Powerless” takes it one-step further by plopping it into the DC universe, or more specifically, a security products company owned by Wayne Enterprises. Led by Alan Tudyk, Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and Christina Kirk, this half-hour comedy takes loving jabs at the infamous franchise, making heroic promises for a hit amongst comic book aficionados and comedy lovers alike.
7) Tina Fey’s New Comedy Starring Andrea Martin
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield’s “Good News” will star SCTV alum and comedy legend Andrea Martin as a meddling mother who takes an internship at her daughter’s work. Two words. Yes, please. And if that wasn’t enough, the on-camera talent for the news program within the show are played by comedy veteran John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie, who, despite being new to scripted television, was praised by Tina Fey for her natural comedic chops. “Good News” premieres April 25 on NBC.
“Saturday Night Live” returned this weekend with the first new episode of 2017 featuring host Felicity Jones and musical guest Sturgill Simpson. Jones was fresh off her box office win in “Rogue One,” but learned that live comedy takes a whole different kind of force to pull off.
WARNING: Complete spoilers for the entire episode ahead
DONALD TRUMP PRESS CONFERENCE COLD OPEN
“SNL” brought back Alec Baldwin for one more Trump impression before the inauguration. The sketch was an interpretation of the President-elect’s recent press conference and featured Baldwin saying that Ben Carson, Trump’s pick to head up HUD, is “going to be the best brain surgeon to ever run the housing department.” Hat tip to Kenan Thompson for his Steve Harvey cameo.
FELICITY JONES MONOLOGUE
Felicity Jones started her monologue out on a shaky foot, awkwardly racing the through cue cards without much regard for comic timing until a Tina Fey hologram appeared and pretty much fixed everything. It’s totally understandable, Felicity. Everyone needs some Jedi master guidance when they’re learning something new.
This parody of “The Bachelor” featured Beck Bennett as “Nick” aka “The Beard Hunk.” It really turned out to be a showcase for “SNL’s” female cast members who each offered their own unique interpretation of a desperate contestant in search of a rose, interrupting each other with the line “can I steal him for a sec?”
SHONDRA AND MALIK
Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones delved into some digital video this week with a gritty look at two drug dealers fighting over territory. The comedy kicked in when Kenan’s character Malik tossed a threatening message at Shondra (Jones), then got in his car, and couldn’t get it to start.
Felicity Jones plays nurse to a 106-year-old theater donor who makes a scene at the opening night of the latest play because—well—because he’s old. He can’t hear the lines the actors are exchanging five feet away from him, he’s messy when his nurse tries to feed him, and he flops around like a fish when she tries to change his medical socks at the height of the scene. We’ve got to admit this one was painful to watch and felt like it just devolved into some stereotypical jokes about the elderly.
THE PRINCESS AND THE CURSE
Then it was time for a fairy tale break. Felicity Jones played a princess cursed at birth and terrified to reveal her horrible secret to the Prince whom she loves. After he swears to love her no matter what, she reveals that after dark she gains 15 pounds, and he admits there’s no way he can get on board with that. It was a funny premise but not quite funny enough to justify how long this sketch went on.
SUSAN B. ANTHONY
The women of “SNL” got another sketch this week—featuring a group of them touring the Susan B. Anthony house and then summoning the spirit of the suffragette right into the room. Then, after a tender #YesAllWomen moment, the modern day ladies went back to arguing about stuff like how to VenMo each other cab fare and where they were going to stop for food before that long annoying train ride home. Anthony tries to interrupt them with more inspirational women’s quotes, but these ladies have the attention span of goldfish and blow her off. We felt a little sad for the Susan B. Anthony character in this one.
STURGILL SIMPSON – ‘KEEP IT BETWEEN THE LINE’
Country singer Simpson and his band filled Studio 8H with pure energy with his hit “Keep It Between the Lines.”
Michael Che and Colin Jost continued relentlessly roasting the President-elect this week with jokes about Trump’s latest controversies with appointees and some less than sanitary allegations about goings on in a Russian hotel room.
PETE DAVISON’S FIRST IMPRESSION
In a segment that reminded us a little bit of David Spade’s old “Hollywood Minute,” Davison ran through each of Donald Trump’s cabinet picks and shared his brief and (sometimes) hilarious first impressions of each one.
BECK BENNETT TALKS ABOUT HIS MUSIC CAREER
With a swept aside ‘do and a jacket with a lot of zippers, and talks about how his music career is blowing up right now and then gives the audience a sample of his not so great music. He’s a lot like your friend who really thinks he can sing, and there’s nothing anyone can do to convince him he’s wrong.
This one is basically just a discussion of a groundbreaking new film called “Hot Robot 3: Journey to Boob Mountain” and the actors in it who take themselves and their work very seriously.
STURGILL SIMPSON PERFORMS “CALL TO ARMS”
Another solid performance from Simpson, showing that he’s got some major chops when it comes to live performance.
The episode ended on an awkward night at a corporate retreat when the hosts let the guests provide the entertainment and tell their favorite jokes. All the seemingly polite women in the audience make lewd jokes about women who are “loose” in their lady parts.
“Saturday Night Live” returns live next week with host Aziz Ansari and musical guest Big Sean.
All of our favorite late night shows returned this week to kick off the new year with movie stars, political stars, and musical performances that were way better than getting a good night’s sleep. Take a look at our picks for the best late night clips of the week.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Stevie Wonder Serenades Michelle Obama
After an emotional goodbye speech from her husband, the First Lady appeared on Fallon in a nonpartisan lovefest that featured a giddy serenade from superstar Stevie Wonder featuring his hits “Isn’t She Lovely” and “My Cherie Amour.” We dare you to try to not sing along.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Seth Interviews Kellyanne Conway
Meyers has been openly critical of President-elect Trump which is part of why it was such a coup for him to interview Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Meyers launched into a 13-minute interview of Conway including questions about the newly released Russian hacking revelations. Meyers managed to stay funny while conducting a legitimately insightful political interview. We feel like this kid’s got a real future.
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Debut ‘CHiPs’ Trailer
Shepard and Pena arrived on motorcycles to promote their new film based on the classic 70s show “CHiPs.” OK, so the motorcycles were being dragged by propmasters because those things are super hard to actually drive, but we’d still pull to the shoulder to let these comics cruise on by. They also debuted the trailer for the film which looks way funnier than getting a ticket for an illegal U-turn.
The final new “Saturday Night Live” episode of 2016 aired this weekend hosted by “Manchester by the Sea” star Casey Affleck with musical guest Chance the Rapper. Check out our full recap below.
WARNING: Complete spoilers for the entire episode ahead
Trump Christmas Cold Open
Alec Baldwin returned to play President-elect Trump once again. This time he was joined by special guest John Goodman playing Secretary of State pick Rex Tillerson, who showed up after a shirtless Vladmir Putin (Beck Bennett) slid down the chimney Santa-style and gifted Trump an Elf on the Shelf that was clearly embedded with a surveillance camera. We can’t wait to see what “SNL” does with Trump’s inauguration next month.
Casey Affleck Christmas Monologue
Baldwin and Goodman also made cameos during Affleck’s monologue, which seemed a bit scattered all around. Affleck joked about how depressing his new movie “Manchester by the Sea” is and did a couple of song fakeouts before welcoming Black Santa to the stage for…well…we don’t know why. This monologue almost felt like something the writers put together at the last second when something more elaborate fell through.
Tonight’s commercial parody was Boston born and bred, featuring Casey Affleck as a faithful Bostonian local who lives for his Dunkies. We hope this sketch was as funny to the rest of the country as it was to those of us who spent our formative years in Beantown.
Fred Armisen guest starred in this sketch featuring Beck Bennett as a robot at the 2016 Microsoft Tech Expo. Oh, and he’s a gay robot. And he likes talking about sex with men. And how their bodies look. Casey Affleck played an audience member who questioned why the robot’s sexuality was such an important part of its identity, and then Affleck gets labeled as a homophobe.
Kenan Thompson and musical guest Chance the Rapper delivered a brilliant farewell to President Barack Obama with this music video “Jingle Ba-rack” which included Casey Affleck as a breakdancing Jesus. Among other things, the duo encouraged us all to injure ourselves while Obamacare is still in effect and exchange the very dope gift of legal weed this holiday season. A new classic “SNL” Christmas sketch is officially born.
Remember last year’s epic “Close Encounters” sketch about alien abductees including a chain smoking Kate McKinnon who had a less than spiritual experience with her kidnappers? She and her fellow “regular Americans” were back to discuss what it was like to come face to face with the real Santa Claus. Actually, Cecily Strong and Casey Affleck got to meet Santa and McKinnon was swept away by a terrifying mythical creature named Krinklemouse.
Chance the Rapper Performs “Finish Line/Drown”
We thought Chance nailed his performance, but we were also mesmerized by the utter festiveness of his bright red woolly overalls, so we’ll just let you decide.
Colin Jost and Michael Che clearly consider a Donald Trump Presidency to be a true holiday gift from the universe, as they continued to rip the soon-to-be Commander in Chief at every turn. Our favorite joke came when Jost announced that Trump had just appointed Kanye West to be Secretary of Humbleness.
Update Guests: Vladimir Putin’s Best Friends from Growing Up
Yes yes yes yes YES. We absolutely adore Vanessa Bayer and Fred Armisen’s “best friend” characters who praise their childhood buddies in one breath and then quietly gossip about them in the next. This time they were praising their longtime friend Vladimir Putin and then whispering about how cheap he was at his Christmas party this year.
New York Now
This talk show segment featured a spotlight on a local Christmas pageant called “Silent Night, Hilarious Night”—a retelling of the birth of Jesus jam-packed with super corny puns and prop comedy gags. We’ll admit that we did chuckle a few times during this sketch, but it also seemed like a way for the writers to just get away with writing really terrible Christmas jokes.
This takeoff on “Love, Actually” starred Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, begging one of the electoral college voters to cast her ballot for literally anyone except Donald Trump by showing up at her door and flashing her a series of posterboard messages. It was funny, actually.
Chance the Rapper Performs “Same Drugs”
For his second song, Chance the Rapper dazzled us with a tender and emotional piano performance. He was so relaxed and poised it made us forget the incredible pressure he was under to perform live for a few million people. Well done.
Mrs. Claus and the Elves
Mrs. Claus (Aidy Bryant) had to put up with some seriously naughty little elves (Kenan Thompson, Casey Affleck and Vanessa Bayer) who wanted to be sexually punished for forgetting to put her Christmas quiche in the oven. We hope these aren’t the same elves that put together our kids’ toys this year because we’re a little creeped out.
The last sketch of the night was about some very nice, fairly passive guys who got into a knife fight over Vanessa Bayer at a bar. The rest of the patrons proceeded to adopt their self-deprecating tone while they broke up the fight, called 911, and then treated Casey Affleck for his injuries. This was an attempt at a group character sketch that didn’t quite hit the mark, but hey—it’s the holidays—we still love these people and would have them over for eggnog.
The lights shine brightest in the dark of night. That’s why late night TV remains such a cornucopia of amazing comedic moments, powerful interviews, and thoughtful political commentary. If you spent 2016 getting an appropriate amount of shut eye, you may have missed some of the greatest TV moments of the year. We’re pleased to make you whole again with this list of our picks for the 10 Best Late Night Moments of 2016:
1. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel Perform “Beast of Burden”
Fallon kicked off 2016 with a rousing duet of the Rolling Stones classic “Beast of Burden” with iconic singer/songwriter Billy Joel. We’re not too blind to see this clip—over and over again.
2. Late Night With Seth Meyers: “Boston Accent” – The Trailer
Seth Meyers and the “Late Night” team don’t do a ton of sketches, and they do even less digital shorts. This year’s brilliant “Boston Accent” is a sign that that needs to change in 2017. This clip makes us want to drive straight to Worcester then bang a u-ie back over to Taunton, blow donuts in a parking lot and then do 80 on the 95 all the way back to Weymouth.
3. Jimmy Kimmel Live: President Obama Reads “Mean Tweets”
Kimmel’s running bit of having celebrities read mean tweets about themselves reached a new level of amazingly awkward when President Barack Obama confronted his Twitter haters face on.
4. The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: The Tomi Lahren Interview
Noah finally truly showed off his interview chops in this 11 minute throw-down with conservative host Tomi Lahren as she takes on the Black Lives Matter movement.
5. The Graham Norton Show: Carrie Fisher Talks About Her Affair With Harrison Ford
Apparently, he wasn’t such a scruffy looking nerf-herder after all. Carrie Fisher opened up about her torrid three-month affair with Harrison Ford during the filming of the original “Star Wars.”
6. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Ben Stiller’s Female Viagra Ad
Ben Stiller isn’t just a great actor, he’s a great spokesman—and he proved it with this fake ad for Female Viagra on Fallon.
7. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Morgan Freeman Narrates Pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard
What looked like everyday folks meandering down Hollywood Boulevard became the most moving scene since “The Shawshank Redemption” finale thanks to some smooth voiceover work from Morgan Freeman.
8. Late Night With Seth Meyers: Seth and Leslie Jones Watch “Game of Thrones”
Just when we thought “Game of Thrones” couldn’t get any more enthralling, we learned what it would be like to watch it while sitting next to Leslie Jones. We hope winter never comes. We’re happy right here.
9. The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Consuming News from Inside Your Bubble
Before the election actually went down, Noah gave us a bit of warning that things might not shake down exactly as expected by highlighting the fact that liberals and conservatives are both getting very one-sided sides of the political stories of the day.
10. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Patton Oswalt Speaks on Dealing With His Grief
Not every late night moment makes us laugh, and that’s OK. We’ve always loved Patton Oswalt for his sense of humor, but we came to love him even more this year when he became open and honest about his deep sense of grief over the loss of his wife. Hats off to the comedian for keeping it so very real.
‘Tis the season for staying up past our bedtimes. And ’twas the week for our favorite late night shows to feature some fabulous celebrity interviews and bits as well as some epic “Year in Review” segments.
Check out our picks for this week’s best late night moments:
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – Clip of the Year
There’s an amazing team of viral video geeks on the “JKL” staff who spend their year deep diving into the interwebs to find the most wonderfully weird clips of the year. Wednesday night, Kimmel revealed the team’s picks for the best clips of the year and named a big winner:
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” – 2016 Year in Review
On the final new episode of 2016, Noah and “The Best F#@king News Team Ever” took a look back on a year that brought us Brexit, the Olympics, national anthem protests, and what may go down as the wildest Presidential election in American history. Relive the epic saga that was 2016 here:
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – Air Guitar Battle With Michael Fassbender
Who knew Jimmy Fallon and Michael Fassbender were such amazingly talented fake musicians? The late night host and the star of “Assassin’s Creed” showed off some serious pantomime shredding skills on Tuesday night. And they sounded pretty good too:
“Late Night With Seth Meyers” – Mindy Kaling Explains Why Seth’s Dog Couldn’t Star on Her Show
We’ll admit it. We have a weakness for Ms. Kaling, in part because her show is featured on this really amazing streaming TV service called Hulu that you may have heard of. We also love this interview clip where she celebrates her 100th episode and explains why Seth Meyers’s dog didn’t book a major guest starring role.
It’s the season for giving– and receiving, so a select group of members of Hulu’s editorial and social media teams decided to exchange gifts. Not with each other. That would be super boring. We’re exchanging gifts with our favorite TV characters instead. Check out what we gave and got from our favorite fictional loved ones this year:
Martin Moakler, Social Media Community Manager
CHARACTER: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
WHAT I GOT HIM: In a year that left many of us mentally exhausted, one dog wasn’t afraid to stand up on all fours to the myriad presidential candidates, their throngs of supporters, and the whole political circus that enabled them. When the media was satisfied with lies, Triumph had the conviction to show the candidates a little backbone (even if it was only a hand up his butt) and say to them everything we would say if we were controlled by an Emmy-winning writer. And did we mention he was freaking funny? So what do you get this most noble of Puppet Americans? A couple of Cuban cigars… For him to poop on.
WHAT HE GOT ME: A surprise in my shoe
Richard Ogawa, Editor
CHARACTER: Bubbles from “The Powerpuff Girls“
WHAT I GOT HER: What do you get one-third of a crime-fighting super force, especially if she’s animated and a pre-teen? Well, being labelled the “baby” of the group, we know Bubbles has gone through her share of feeling less-than. That’s why we decided to get her a name plate. Because anyone with importance has one. And whenever she looks at it, she’ll instantly be reminded that she indeed deserves the respect she demands. We also got it bedazzled. Hard core.
WHAT SHE GOT ME: A crayon drawing of all of us taking on Mojo Jojo.
“Powerpuff Girls” clips and full episodes are only available to Hulu subscribers. Maybe it’s time you treated yourself to the gift of puff by subscribing to Hulu? We’re just saying: Subscribe here ____________________________________________________________________________
Jessica Tardif, Editorial Coordinator
CHARACTER: Jack and Rebecca Pearson from “This Is Us”
WHAT YOU I GOT THEM: Through all the heartbreak, tears, and sweet moments, it’s easy to forget that having triplets isn’t always so glamorous (Milo and Mandy make it look good). So, this holiday season I’m gifting Jack and Rebecca a couple hours of babysitting time – this way the power couple of Fall TV can have a well-deserved date night out. Three rambunctious kids? Wish me luck.
WHAT THEY GOT ME: A screener to the next episode or scratch that, the rest of the season. I. Need. To. Know. What. Happens.
Liz Brown, Editor
CHARACTER: George Costanza from “Seinfeld”
WHAT I GOT HIM: A wearable hot water bottle to prevent shrinkage while swimming, a gift certificate to the shrimp of the month club (the ocean will never truly run out), and a homemade plate of clams casino (chef recommends!) All gifts will, of course, be delivered on Festivus, December 23rd between the Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances.
WHAT HE GOT ME: I was fortunate enough to receive two gifts from Mr. Costanza– a white cashmere sweater with a red dot on it, and an index card stating that a donation had been made in my name to something called “The Human Fund.”
Sheila Dichoso, Senior Editor
CHARACTER: Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear from “We Bare Bears”
WHAT I GOT THEM: These cute and clueless bears and their attempts at integrating with the human world are supes adorable. They love anything trendy and cool like Airbnb, Snapchat, farmer’s markets, and food trucks. So what to get them this holiday season? The hottest hipster items of the year, of course. I’m giving them: bear-sized burritos, Aesop soap, and a monthly rotating selection of craft beer.
WHAT THEY GOT ME: Bear stack training
Well, that was fun. We’re really looking forward to running into everyone in the “Returns and Exchanges” line in early January.
While many folks may be happy to leave this year behind, we can’t abandon 2016 without acknowledging some of our favorite television moments in music and dance. We won’t judge if you suddenly feel an unstoppable urge to… get down!
1. US Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez’s Foxtrot/Argentine Tango fusion dance with partner Val Chmerkovskiy during the “Dancing With the Stars” finale earned a perfect score and helped seal the deal for the pair’s Season 23 victory.
2. The Go-Go’s went on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and rocked their hit classic “We Got the Beat” to promote their farewell tour – and the song’s 35th anniversary.
3. Ashanti and Ja Rule brought the house down at “Showtime At The Apollo” with a special performance of their latest collaboration, “Helpless” – now out on “The Hamilton Mixtape”.
4. Jimmy Fallon lived out a dream performing The Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” with Billy Joel on “The Tonight Show”. Jimmy’s always happy, but you can tell this was a special one for him.
5. Music titans Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar teamed up on the exceedingly catchy “Don’t Wanna Know,” which they broke out at the AMAs. No disrespect to Adam Levine, but Kendrick’s presence stole the show.
6. Another epic AMA performance – this time straight out of the jungle from respective queens of pop and hip-hop, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.
7. Vanilla Ice got a surprise visit from former Texas Governor Rick Perry during his live performance of “Ice Ice Baby” on “DWTS”.
8. “So You Think You Can Dance”’s winner Kida and his partner Fik-Shun popped and locked their way into America’s hearts with this impressive showing.
9. On behalf of Team Alicia, 17-year-old Wé McDonald absolutely crushed her rendition of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” on “The Voice”. Now those are some serious pipes.
10. That lucky devil Fallon just has all the fun. This time, he helps lead a classroom instrument rendition of “Enter Sandman” – with The Roots and Metallica.
“Saturday Night Live” is the longest running sketch comedy and variety show in United States history for a reason. “SNL” has provided political commentary, pop culture satire, and musical performance that reflect and shape the way we perceive. 2016 was a tumultuous year, but “SNL” has held fast to their commitment to make us laugh at ourselves, and cry a little too when we really needed it.
Check out our picks for the Best “Saturday Night Live” moments of 2016:
1. Bern Your Enthusiasm
When Larry David stepped in to take on the role of Bernie Sanders on “SNL” back in 2015, the candidate’s political revolution turned into a comedy revolution as well. By February 2016, the imitation had become so iconic that it landed David a gig as host and birthed one of the best sketches of the year. “Bern Your Enthusiasm” is a reimagining of David’s hit series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but this time it features Bernie Sanders as a gaffe-happy, germaphobic, social inept Presidential candidate. The sketch also featured amazing cameos from the rest of the cast playing “CYE” supporting characters:
2. Farewell, Mr. Bunting
When Fred Armisen hosted the Season 41 finale back in May 2016, we remembered exactly why he became one of the show’s superstars when he was a member of the cast. While this entire episode was brilliant, our favorite sketch was the “Dead Poet’s Society” parody called “Farewell, Mr. Bunting.” The digital short was 3 minutes of set-up for 20 seconds of joke at the end and we’re pretty sure it’s the best time investment we’ve made all year.
3. Black Jeopardy With Tom Hanks
The greatest gifts “Saturday Night Live” ever gives its viewers are those moments when we don’t see the punchline coming. When the “Black Jeopardy” sketch kicked off featuring Sasheer Zamata, Leslie Jones, and a very folksy Tom Hanks in a Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” hat, it was obvious that the Hanks character would be portrayed as completely out of his element. When it turned out that he was great at “Black Jeopardy” and actually legitimately in touch with the culture, it was one of those delightful happy comedy surprises we wish writers could come up with more often.
4.Haunted Elevator (featuring David S. Pumpkins)
Tom Hanks made our list twice this year which is no wonder. He’s been called on to host the show 8 times for a reason. We knew his October 2016 appearance would birth some new classic sketches, but no one could have predicted the popularity of awkward off-brand horror ride star David S. Pumpkins. Hanks starred as a skeleton spanking, totally unscary but undeniably hilarious nonspecific Halloween character in this sketch that will stand the test of time on wonderful weirdness points alone.
5. Dave Chappelle’s Opening Monologue
The fact that Dave Chappelle returned to TV at all after a 10-year hiatus was amazing enough. The fact that he strolled out on stage and absolutely crushed it with 10 minutes of stand-up comedy after being out of the limelight for so long felt like watching Babe Ruth come out of retirement and hit a grand slam on his first pitch.
6. Walking Dead’s Chappelle Show
Yes, Chappelle also scored two spots on our “Best of SNL 2016” list. The gruesome “Walking Dead” season premiere was still fresh in our minds when Chappelle decided to do a mash-up of the episode and some of his most beloved “Chappelle’s Show” characters. We know “Chappelle’s Show” is never coming back, but seeing this sketch was like getting to talk to a long lost best friend one last time—and then see them get their head smashed in—but in a funny way.
7. Game of Thrones: Jon Snow
“SNL” tapped in to exactly how everyone feels about “Game of Thrones” with this sketch starring host Brie Larsen that focuses on the way “GoT” writers and directors drag out every possible moment in the show for an unbearable amount of time. We thought we were the only ones who felt this way. We felt so alone, and this “SNL” sketch embraced us like Khaleesi cradling a baby dragon.
8. Fred Armisen Remembers David Bowie
Sometimes “SNL” isn’t about the laughs. It’s about helping us feel connected when something tragic happens. When David Bowie died in January, it was like the world got quiet for a second because we could all finally agree on something: a genius had passed. Fred Armisen made a special appearance on the “SNL” following Bowie’s death, gave voice to the way in which so many fans were affected by Bowie’s greatness, and introduced a classic clip from the Thin White Duke’s 1979 appearance.
9. Election Week Cold Open
“SNL” got blatantly partisan when Kate McKinnon appeared as Hillary Clinton in the cold open directly following the election and somberly performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” just a few days after the singer-songwriter’s death. While it was pretty clear that “SNL” writers and performers were making a political statement about their disappointment over the outcome of the election, even Trump supporters would have to admit McKinnon’s portrayal of a defeated political warrior was both powerful and memorable.
10. Thanksgiving Parade
“SNL” alumna Kristen Wiig returned as host in November 2016, reprising several of her recurring characters, but also killing it in her newfound role of a giant Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade version of Madeleine who creepily stares in a family’s window as she’s dragged down the street.
It’s funnier if you watch it. Trust us. It’s a visual gag. Just look:
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As 2016 draws to a close, we thought we’d take a moment to look back and on the biggest news stories of the year. There were heroic victories in the worlds of sports and science, heartbreaking tragedies both at home and abroad, and what will surely go down as one of the most dramatic elections in the history of the United States.
Revisit the 10 Biggest News Stories of 2016 below:
1. Donald Trump Wins the Presidency
While there was plenty of debate before the election, there’s not much room to debate that the number one story of 2016 is Donald Trump putting the pollsters and pundits to shame and pulling out a Presidential election victory that almost no one anticipated.
Another unexpected political victory came in June 2016 when 52% of voters cast their ballots for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.
3. Orlando Nightclub Shooting
On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded by a shooter at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The tragedy is the deadliest single shooter incident and most violent attack on the LGBT community in United States history.
4. Chicago Cubs Win the World Series
After a 108-year drought, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series Classic in one of the most exciting battles in the history of baseball. The series went all the way to Game 7 and then ended with a finish so dramatic it almost felt like it was Hollywood-engineered, replete with a rain delay, extra innings, and a weeping Bill Murray.
5. Brussels Terror Attack
In March 2016, three suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack in Brussels, Belgium that took the lives of 32 people and injured 300 more.
6. Rio Olympics
For two inspiring weeks, the Rio Olympics allowed the world to come together and celebrate the exceptional grace, strength, speed, and beauty of the greatest athletes on the planet.
7. Dallas Police Shootings
In July 2016, five Dallas police officers were killed and nine were injured by a shooter who was reportedly angry about the series of deaths of young black men killed by police.
8. Zika Virus
In January 2016, the CDC released an international travel warning for Central and South America due to an outbreak of the mosquito transmitted Zika virus. The outbreak was of special concern to pregnant women because of reports it could cause complications to babies’ brain tissue.
9. Juno Enters Jupiter’s Orbit
NASA marked a major victory when the Juno spacecraft, which was launched five years ago in 2011, reached Jupiter and entered the planet’s orbit. Juno was launched to gain insight into the red planet’s atmosphere, gravity field, formation history and more.
10. Standing Rock – The Dakota Access Pipeline
While discussion of the election burned up every available moment on the network and cable news channels, a powerful, but widely unreported, movement was growing in North Dakota as member of the Sioux Native American tribe took a stand against forces planning to lay an oil pipeline near their water supply and sacred burial grounds. In December 2016, the development of the pipeline was stopped indefinitely.
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Let’s be honest. It’s been a tough year for the fabulously famous. In celebrity news, 2016 will go down in history as the year that the world lost some of its most beloved artists, saw breakups of some of Hollywood’s most revered couples, and watched scandal eclipse some of its biggest stars. Don’t let this superstar year-in-review get you too down, though. There were still some bright spots.
Check out our picks for the biggest highs and lows in the world of celebrity news for 2016:
David Bowie Dies
The 69-year-old rock icon passed away in January after a quiet 18-month battle with cancer. His death came just two days after the release of his newest album “Blackstar” and shocked the world who had hoped to keep hearing new material from the Starman for many years to come.
In April 2016, the music world was dealt another major blow when 57-year-old funk-pop-rock superstar Prince passed away due to an accidental overdose of the pain medication fentanyl.
In September 2016, Hollywood royalty Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced they were headed for divorce after more than ten years together, two years of marriage, and six children.
Kim Kardashian West Robbed in Paris Hotel
In October 2016, the TV personality was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room when five attackers gained access to her hotel room and stole a reported $10 million worth of jewelry.
Kanye West Hospitalized
Things just kept getting harder for the Kardashian clan when Kanye West was hospitalized for psychiatric reasons in November 2016 after erratic behavior at his home.
Ryan Lochte’s Rio Robbery Fakeout
Ryan Lochte went from swimming superstar to international pariah when it was revealed that the robbery he reported being a victim of during the Rio Olympics never really happened. Lochte quietly left Brazil and returned to the US while the investigation continued and was then confronted about the incident during an awkward moment during a live taping of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Shannen Doherty’s Cancer Battle
The star of shows like the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed” faced a real-life drama when she revealed that her breast cancer had spread to her lymphatic system this year. Doherty has been open about her battle, sharing her struggle with radiation treatments and a mastectomy with followers and fans.
Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Call Off Engagement
The Mother Monster was supposed to be off the market for good after her engagement to actor Taylor Kinney, but the couple announced the nuptials were off back in July.
Enough of the death, divorce and darkness. Let’s take a breath and take a moment to look on the bright side. Check out a few celebrity high points from 2016 here:
Jamie Foxx Saves Man from Burning Vehicle
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx kicked off the year with a bright spot when he saved a man from a burning car back in January. Maybe it’s time for yet another “Superman” remake with this guy.
Prince George Greets Obama in a Stylish Robe
Nothing cheers us up like imminently cherubic Prince George. One of our favorite celebrity moments of the year came when the 3-year-old royal stayed up past his bedtime to greet President Obama while wearing a very stylish and insanely adorable luxury robe.
Mila and Ashton Welcomed Baby #2
The “That ‘70s Show” co-stars welcome their second child in November 2016, Dimitri Portwood Kushner.
Dream Kardashian Is Here
If anyone was worried about running low on Kardashians, there was more good celebrity news this year when Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna welcomed Baby Dream in November.