We are in a strange era of television with networks reviving beloved shows like The X-Files and, uh, Full House, and developing sequel TV shows for the kind of movies you never really thought needed a sequel — like Training Day and Limitless (though the latter seems to be doing okay). The latest movie to get its own baffling TV follow-up is Cruel Intentions, the 1999 thriller that weirdly spawned a few direct-to-video sequels already.
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Back in those optimistic days of 2015, SNL made a trumpeting announcement that Taran Killam would succeed series vet Darrell Hammond under Donald Trump’s famous hair, though the impression seemed to have been retired with the presidential candidate’s actual hosting. Hammond has resumed the role ever since, with Killam shifting into the role of Texas senator Ted Cruz, though it seems SNL had in mind to tap Jimmy Fallon’s Trump impression in December, before returning the role to Hammond.
Oh, what fortuitous timing be this. Just days before February, SNL has set its second host of the 2016 month behind Larry David, as Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon’s fellow Ghostbuster Melissa McCarthy will return to take the stage, with none other than Kanye West bringing up the rear.
It’s been some time since we learned NBC would replace the unendingly topical Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and at last we know how the rest of the series will shake out. In addition to moving to California, Season 8 will feature guests the likes of Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba, Warren Buffett, and so many more.
Seinfeld creator Larry David’s SNL cameos as Bernie Sanders (or just plain heckling Trump) have been a highlight of Season 41, and the next step is more than prettay, prettay, prettay good. David will make his hosting debut on February 6, joined by musical guest The 1975.
The moment Adam Driver was announced as the first SNL host of 2016, we knew a Star Wars: The Force Awakens sketch would be coming, and the NBC mainstay didn’t disappoint. Spoofing Undercover Boss with Kylo Ren was delightful, but who knew Driver had such a tough time keeping a straight face? Watch this SNL behind-the-scenes video to see for yourself.
A few short weeks ago, the world gathered in celebration at NBC’s suggestion that Heroes Reborn might represent the franchise’s end, with no plans to continue any subsequent seasons. Now, millions of voices suddenly cry out in terror, as creator Tim Kring threatens a “future volume” of Heroes, with NBC’s support.
Last week’s 2016 SNL premiere with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Adam Driver proved every bit as delightful as we’d hoped, but will Ronda Rousey pack the same punch? The Furious 7 star’s first official promos have arrived, as Rousey predictably overpowers Beck Bennett and pretty much anyone in New York.
Netflix has made no secret of how secret they keep any sort of “ratings” data for their original programming, a constant source of frustration to networks still under the Nielsen model, itself no longer a valid measurement of a given show’s audience. Now, NBC claims to have gotten a bit of payback, utilizing some unique approaches to measure Netflix’s overall viewers, and suggesting it on par with broadcast.
There’s no easy way to break this to you, so we’ll lay it straight: Heroes Reborn will not return for Season 2. In related, and equally breaking news, Heroes Reborn was still on the air. In 2016. No, really! Come, join us in our dumbstruck eulogy.