Red enjoys a quiet visit with a friend (guest star LaChanze) at her home in rural America.
Red enjoys a quiet visit with a friend (guest star LaChanze) at her home in rural America.
This weekend’s Saturday Night Live episode was already fraught with controversy. Hosted by tech billionaire Elon Musk, SNL has been facing backlash for weeks now over their choice to elevate a COVID conspiracist billionaire. Then, to make matters worse, Musk — masquerading as a comedian — participated in one of the show’s more offensive sketches of the past year. In a segment called “Gen Z Hospital,” SNL attempted to make light of Gen Z slang, but what transpired was a deeply problematic routine that appropriated African-American Vernacular English, or AAVE. During the sketch, a group of friends dressed up as stereotypical Gen Zers — pastel-colored hair, over-the-shoulder fanny packs, absolutely no skinny jeans, the whole nine — were in a hospital waiting room, desperate to hear news of their “bestie” who got into a car accident while doing tricks on Instagram Live. The entire sketch then shows the cast members as Gen Zers speaking to Musk, who played the doctor (heaven forbid), in a distinct vernacular: they described their “bestie” as taking an “L,” hailing her as a “real one,” and then managed to shove the phrases “bro,” “bruh,” “no cap,” “stan,” “go off, king,” “sis,” and “cuh” into a matter of minutes. When their bestie died, the sketch ended with an “iconic” Supreme-branded urn, memorials given in the “It’s the __ for me” format, and a group selfie. Of course, the writers of this sketch saw this as a fun exercise in mocking an entire generation, but what they did was rebrand AAVE as Gen Z slang, and this did not go over well — particularly with Black people online. “Love the relabelling of AAVE and a few assorted BLACK LGBTQ+ phrases as ‘Gen z’ speak,” one Twitter user wrote on Sunday. “Love to see the erasure in real time.” AAVE — a vernacular rooted in African and Caribbean Creole English dialects — was created in Black communities that were enslaved generations ago as a means to communicate with one another. Some words, like “lit,” “bae,” and “slay,” have managed to enter the mainstream, often because they are popularized by Black musicians. And while appropriation of these terms has become so widespread, it’s entirely different when a for-profit platform that reaches millions of people across generations uses an entire language for comedy. “This is why black people (AA) want to gatekeep aave,” another person tweeted. “Aave isn’t some funny internet language created by some teens on TikTok nor is it slang, it’s a whole dialect with its own rules. Black people have been literally speaking like this during slavery of course-more words have been added and changed but still aave is apart of black culture.” For as long as AAVE has been co-opted by the internet — specifically by white communities, both queer and cis — Black history continues to face erasure. “Sis” and “fam” and “cuh” are not terms that originated on TikTok for white people to appropriate in jokes. These words and phrases came from a history of resistance. And Black people were criticized for generations for not using “proper” English until people on the internet adopted our language. The origins of our language are being steadily erased, quickly stolen, and co-opted for mainstream comedy. AAVE has been repackaged as cute. But attributing AAVE to an entire generation of young people — over and over again — will continue to hurt Black communities in this country. SNL has yet to make a statement regarding their use of AAVE. Neither has Elon Musk, who participated in the sketch. But, does this really surprise anyone? After all, they once had a noted racists host the show, too. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Pete Davidson Doesn't Get All The Elon Musk DramaSNL Shouldn't Be A Playground For BillionairesShane Gillis Will Not Join SNL
Michael Che is addressing the controversy surrounding one of his sketches that aired this past weekend on SNL.
The Conners is staging an emotional family reunion. TVLine can exclusively reveal that former series regular Maya Lynne Robinson, who played DJ’s wife Geena in Season 1 of the Roseanne offshoot, will reprise her role in the Season 3 finale (airing Wednesday, May 19 at 9/8c). Geena was redeployed to Afghanistan between Seasons 1 and 2, after […]
Mike Baxter is losing someone — or rather, something — near and dear to his heart in Last Man Standing‘s one-hour series finale. Airing Thursday, May 20 (Fox, 9/8c), the Fox comedy’s farewell features the return of Kaitlyn Dever as youngest daughter Eve. She appears via FaceTime as Mike gathers everyone for a memorial service… for his […]
Hallmark Channel’s flagship series When Calls the Heart wrapped its eighth season tonight with a Season 9 renewal. The announcement was made by series star Erin Krakow following the Season 8 finale. (You can watch it below) Eight seasons in, When Calls the Heart remains a strong ratings performer for Hallmark Channel. Its most recent […]
TheWrap’s got your comprehensive list of which scripted series made the cut and which didn’t We’re right in the thick of the traditional window during which broadcast TV networks reveal which series will be renewed, canceled and ordered for the next season. But with ongoing production issues due to the coronavirus pandemic, broadcasters are faced with some unprecedented problems while making these decisions for the their 2021-2022 slates. Below is every scripted show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far for the 2021-2022 broadcast TV season, along with those still awaiting their fates. Check back with TheWrap regularly for updates. NBCRenewed Series: “The Blacklist,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.” (entire “Chicago” franchise renewed for two more seasons each), “Kenan,” “Law & Order: SVU” (renewed through Season 24), “Mr. Mayor,” “New Amsterdam” (renewed through Season 5), “This Is Us,” “Transplant,” “Young Rock” Canceled/Ending Series: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Connecting,” “Superstore” Series Awaiting Decisions: “Debris,” “Good Girls,” “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” “Manifest,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: N/A Newly Ordered Series: “American Auto,” “Grand Crew,” “La Brea,” “Law & Order: For the Defense,” “Ordinary Joe” ABCRenewed Series: “Big Sky,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19” Canceled/Ending Series: “Stumptown,” “United We Fall” Series Awaiting Decisions: “A Million Little Things,” “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “Call Your Mother,” “The Conners,” “For Life,” “The Goldbergs,” “Home Economics,” “mixed-ish,” “Rebel,” “The Rookie” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: N/A Newly Ordered Series: “Women of the Movement“ FoxRenewed Series: “Bob’s Burgers,” “Call Me Kat,” “Duncanville,” “Family Guy,” “The Great North,” “The Simpsons” (for Seasons 33 and 34) Canceled/Ending Series: “Bless the Harts,” “Filthy Rich,” “Last Man Standing,” “Next,” “Prodigal Son” Series Awaiting Decisions: “9-1-1,” “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “The Moodys,” “The Resident” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Housebroken” Newly Ordered Series: “The Big Leap,” “The Cleaning Lady,” “Fantasy Island,” “Monarch,” “Our Kind of People,” “Pivoting,” “This Country” CBSRenewed Series: “Blood & Treasure” (renewed for Season 2 in 2019) “Blue Bloods,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “Bull,” “The Equalizer,” “Evil” (renewed for Season 2 in 2019),”FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” “Magnum P.I.,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Neighborhood,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Young Sheldon” (renewed for Seasons 5, 6 and 7) Canceled/Ending Series: “MacGyver,” “Mom,” “NCIS: New Orleans” Series Awaiting Decisions: “All Rise,” “B Positive,” “Clarice,” “SEAL Team,” “The Unicorn,” “United States of Al” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: N/A Newly Ordered Series: “CSI: Vegas,” “FBI International,” “Ghosts,” “NCIS: Hawaii” The CWRenewed Series: “All American,” “Batwoman,” “Charmed,” “Coroner,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “DC’s Stargirl,” “Dead Pixels,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “In the Dark,” “Kung Fu,” “Legacies,” “Nancy Drew,” “Riverdale,” “Roswell, New Mexico,” “Superman & Lois,” “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” “Walker” Canceled/Ending Series: “Black Lightning,” “Burden of Truth,” “Pandora,” “Supergirl,” “Trickster” Series Awaiting Decisions: “Bulletproof” (U.K. acquisition that is very unlikely to return due to accusations made against star Noel Clarke), “Devils” (Italian acquisition), “The Outpost” Series That Haven’t Premiered Yet: “Republic of Sarah” Newly Ordered Series: N/A Read original story 2021-22 TV Season: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered – So Far (Updating) At TheWrap
Musk had absolutely nothing to offer except a marketing boost – he failed to land even a single joke There were any number of reasons to be angry about “SNL” tapping Elon Musk to host, including plenty of solid ethical and moral ones. Like the time he mocked people’s gender pronouns. Or that time he publicly threatened labor organizers at Tesla. Or any of the other many reasons. But on top of those things, there was another big reason that you might think would be important to the powers that be at “SNL.” Elon Musk isn’t funny or entertaining in the least. Sure, you could make an argument that Donald Trump was worse. From a moral standpoint, it’s hard to be worse than the guy who may end up causing the end of American democracy. There never has been and never will be a good reason for Trump’s “SNL” gigs — especially the one in 2015 when he was a presidential candidate. But at least Trump, if you can make yourself forget how terrible he is as a person, is such a clown that he’s got some level of entertainment value. He might be one of the worst people who’s ever lived, but at least he isn’t boring. And he undeniably has the personality of an entertainer. Elon Musk doesn’t have that. Nope. He’s just a black hole of fun, without a shred of charisma, and he delivered a performance that’s on the level of what you’d expect to see in a middle school play. The perfect illustration of Musk’s ability to suck all the fun out of every “SNL” sketch he participated in came midway through the episode. There was a digital short about a crime drama set in Pennsylvania that, like HBO’s new Kate Winslet series “Mare of Easttown,” is promoting its use of “authentic” regional accents. It’s a pretty funny bit, thanks in large part to the fact that it has very little Elon Musk in it. But I guess they couldn’t leave him out completely — he popped up at the very end, immediately deleting any momentum and goodwill the sketch had built up, bringing the whole thing to an awkward standstill. At that moment, it felt like I was staring into the abyss. I’ve embedded that sketch below. Just look at it. I’ve seen a lot of bad “SNL” over the years, both during the five years I’ve covered the show here at TheWrap and in the many years I watched before that. There have been plenty of bad episodes with good hosts, good episodes with bad hosts and of course good episodes with good hosts. This episode, though, felt like a bad episode with a bad host. Aside from that amusing digital short, there wasn’t a lot of good material here. A good host could have salvaged it. Elon Musk rushed through every single line so that it was hard to even understand what he was saying half the time, slipping from one accent to another seemingly without realizing he was doing it, and generally just being dramatically out of his league among the “SNL” cast members. And he was never even once funny. Not that he’s the first “SNL” host to not be funny, of course — the long history of non-entertainers hosting is full of them. But usually when the host is bad at it, “SNL” will attempt to minimize their presence, even leaving them out of some sketches. But Elon Musk’s presence didn’t feel like it was mitigated at all. This episode used him the way it would use a good host: As much as possible. And I think that’s why this one felt particularly awful. Am I letting my personal feelings about Elon Musk color my evaluation of his “SNL” gig? You bet. I have to watch this show every week whether I like it or not. I wasn’t happy when they announced he would host. But I’m much more unhappy as I think back on the 90 minutes of Elon Musk failing to land even a single joke that I will never get back. If I’m lucky enough to have a death bed, I bet this “SNL” episode will pop into my head. I could have spent this time doing literally anything else. But I didn’t do anything else. I watched Elon Musk embarrass himself over and over again in the name of “entertainment.” And that’s something that’s gonna haunt me. Read original story Elon Musk Was the Worst ‘SNL’ Host Ever (Commentary) At TheWrap
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This appears to be the first time that the Tesla (TSLA) and SpaceX CEO has publicly said he is on the autism spectrum. The American Psychological Association actually folded Asperger’s under the autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD) umbrella in 2013.
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The doctors are in — and they’re staying put for another year. In the wake of Grey’s Anatomy leading lady Ellen Pompeo inking a new contract to continue playing Meredith Grey for at least another year, ABC has renewed the top-rated medical drama for an 18th season (sans longtime cast member Jesse Williams). Additionally, the network on […]
Kat’s Cat Café will remain in business, albeit under new management. Fox has renewed the Mayim Bialik comedy Call Me Kat for Season 2, it was announced Monday. TVLine, meanwhile, has confirmed that Darlene Hunt will not be returning as showrunner. The search for her replacement is underway. Call Me Kat closed out Season 1 […]
Live from Newsmax, it's ... a call-out! David Litt, former speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, called out Newsmax on Monday for pushing false claims about the 2020 presidential election — while live on Newsmax. He unexpectedly got his dig in during a segment where he was asked to talk about Elon Musk hosting Saturday Night Live over the weekend. "What happened on SNL this weekend was that people made stuff up and then said it on television like it's true," Litt said. "And that actually happens pretty frequently in American TV. For example, in 2020, Dominion Voting Systems sued Newsmax over its false claims about election fraud. Newsmax was lying to its own viewers, and Newsmax had to settle that lawsuit." In April, Newsmax apologized to an employee of Dominion Voting Systems about its false claims about the 2020 presidential election and reportedly settled a defamation lawsuit. "So actually, I just need to check in," Litt said on Newsmax. "Are you still telling that lie, or are you telling new lies?" Newsmax host Rob Finnerty was clearly caught off-guard, asking Litt, "Do you want to talk about something completely non-related and try to catch me on a Monday morning totally off topic, or do you want to talk about Elon Musk?" The answer was evidently the former, as Litt continuously pivoted away from SNL to instead slam Newsmax, eventually getting dropped from the air after asking, "Did Dominion Voting Systems have any impact on the 2020 election?" It's not often you see what's essentially a prank call via a live cable news guest, but check out the moment below. Newsmax anchor: What happened on SNL?@davidlitt: "People made stuff up, then said it on television like it's true, and that actually happens pretty frequently on American TV. For example, in 2020 Dominion voting system sued Newsmax over its false claims about election fraud..." pic.twitter.com/ealyHGdGlM — Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) May 10, 2021 More stories from theweek.comFDA authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 to 155 scathingly funny cartoons about anti-vaxxers jeopardizing herd immunityDoomsday for bad bosses
In the Last Man Standing series finale, consisting of two episodes — “Baxter Boot Camp” and “Keep on Truckin'” — and airing Thursday, May 20 (at 9/8c), “Mike teaches Kristin about work/life balance, as Vanessa and Mandy school Jen on camping,” according to Fox. Meanwhile, “Ed asks Kyle how to get into heaven.” Then, “after Mike’s […]
After news broke that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck spent a weeklong vacation together, sources exclusively tell E! News how Alex Rodriguez is processing their reunion.
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Tawny Kitaen, the actress and model known for her appearances in a series of Whitesnake videos and for her co-starring role in the 1984 comedy "Bachelor Party," died Friday morning at home in Newport Beach, California. The Orange County, California, coroner's office confirmed the news of Kitaen's passing, although her cause of death hasn't been revealed. Kitaen appeared on the front cover of Ratt's 1983 self-titled EP and 1984 full-length debut album, "Out of the Cellar," while she was dating Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby.
We’ve been wondering what Avengers 5 will be about and when it’ll be released since the moment Steve Rogers had his dance with Peggy Carter at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Marvel has yet to reveal anything at all about the next major Avengers installment. The studio announced the first films and TV shows from the MCU’s Phase 4 a few months after the Endgame premiere, but it didn't disclose any future Avengers projects. We explained at the time that Marvel will not just dump its most lucrative franchise, especially now that Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool are available for fabulous team-ups. But Marvel has to introduce plenty of new superheroes and add new Avengers team members before it can announce an Avengers 5 release date. The same goes for villains — we need scary new threats like Thanos. Since then, we've heard all sorts of rumors and reports about Marvel’s Avengers plans. The studio has already warned that Avengers 5 will not have the same scope as Endgame, teasing that it hopes it’ll be able to offer a similar movie down the road after a massive buildup. But Avengers 5 might be a sort of reboot because so many original Avengers will be replaced. It’s mid-2021 and Marvel hasn’t gotten around to making Avengers 5 announcements. The pandemic didn’t help, as Marvel postponed all of its Phase 4 movies by more than a year. But we now have a brand new Avengers 5 rumor that tells us the film is already “on the board,” and teases a potential launch timeframe. Marvel ran an excellent teaser video a few days ago, reminding fans of some of the most iconic moments in the MCU so far and teasing the films that are coming soon. Marvel showed footage for Eternals for the first time, revealed the titles for the Black Panther and Captain Marvel sequels, as well as release dates for Ant-Man 3 and Guardians 3. Here’s another reminder of Marvel’s MCU movie schedule through 2023: 2021: July 9th: Black Widow September 3rd: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings November 5th: Eternals December 17th: Spider-Man: No Way Home 2022: March 25th: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness May 6th: Thor: Love and Thunder July 8th: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever October 7th: UNTITLED MARVEL PROJECT November 11th: The Marvels 2023: February 17th: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania May 5th: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 July 28th: UNTITLED MARVEL PROJECT November 3rd: UNTITLED MARVEL PROJECT YouTuber John Campea talked about Marvel’s teaser, wondering why some of the titles we already know are in the making have not been shown in the clip. The list includes Fantastic Four, Deadpool 3, Blade, and X-Men projects. The first Fantastic Four film was at least teased in the video. We expect it to drop in July 2023, according to previous rumors. Campea reached out to an unnamed person who is supposedly familiar with Marvel’s plans, and he received this answer: It's basically the same reason Avengers 5 and Eternals 2 weren't announced. They were only announcing those films up to 2023 that have verified release dates. There are over 20+ projects on the board. If genuine, the answer implies that Fantastic Four will be released by the end of 2023, which is already great news. It also tells us that Eternals will have a sequel at some point in the future. But the most exciting detail concerns the Avengers. If this is accurate, the next movie in the franchise will not launch any earlier than 2024. This gives Marvel plenty of time to prepare the audience for an Avengers team-up that might be unlike anything we’ve seen so far. As a reminder, Black Widow, Iron Man, and Steve Rogers are gone for good. Thor and Hawkeye might also retire soon, and their replacements are expected to be introduced in upcoming Marvel projects. Also exciting is the fact that Marvel has more than 20+ projects “on the board.” Considering the answer above is related to Marvel’s promo clip and that clip was an ode to watching Marvel movies in theaters, these 20+ projects must be movies. The list above only includes 13 projects, which means Marvel has some big plans for the near future, having mapped the MCU’s next phases several years in advance. That’s not exactly a surprise, as we already know that Kevin Feige and Co. plan out several years of Marvel adventures when deciding the MCU’s fate. That’s the only way to make these films intertwined and ensure they contain the necessary hooks that tie them to the bigger MCU storyline. As always with rumors, nothing is confirmed at this point. But if we don’t see an Avengers 5 announcement soon, it might be because the film is still several years out. Campea's full video is available below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhPoUkrZgq4
Miley Cyrus was a lady in red for her appearance on "Saturday Night Live."
Sunday’s special Mother’s Day edition of American Idol definitely lived up to its name, as two fan-favorite singers were dealt a mother of a blow. Plus, the Top 7 performed songs by Coldplay — the unofficial band of mothers everywhere! As always, let’s begin with the results. Once America’s votes were tallied, Arthur Gunn and […]