Because I don’t already have enough on my plate, I’ve decided to teach a course next semester at a local college. This used to be not only my bread and butter but my chosen career until I burned myself out, dropped out of grad school, and started working a regular 9-5 gig. It was the right choice and while I have no desire to finish up my PhD, the lure of teaching introduction to American government at this time was too interesting an opportunity to turn down. And, of course, the extra stew will come in handy now that I have car payments to make. Thankfully I’ve taught this class over 20 times so while I haven’t had a class since 2007, the prep work should be fairly minimal as I just have to update my lecture notes. At least that is what I keep telling myself.
So while I get caught up on all that has changed in American politics in the last decade (it’s been quiet, right?), get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you may have missed with this week’s roundup.
- Sophie Turner confirms that Game of Thrones won’t return until 2019.
- Season eight of Game of Thrones will introduce new locations, so begin your speculation.
- Stranger Things also likely won’t be returning until 2019 either, so I’m not really sure what the point of 2018 is.
- A second season of Big Little Lies is officially happening. I’m still not on board with this.
- Now apparently Jeffrey Tambor is not quitting Transparent.
- Netflix has renewed The Punisher for a second season.
- Mr. Robot will be back for a fourth season.
- CBS All Access has ordered a The Twilight Zone revival from Jordan Peele.
- Michael Che and Colin Jost named the new co-head writers of SNL. Che will be the first person of color to hold this position.
- FX is developing a TV series based on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale.
- Estelle Parsons and Sandra Bernhard will reprise their roles in the Roseanne revival.
- Lena Waithe is headed to Dear White People.
- Alexander Payne is developing a series for Showtime.
- Netflix has revealed the new cast for their Queer Eye revival.
- She-Ra is getting a Netflix reboot.
- The Good Fight gets a season two premiere date on CBS All Access.
- Alice Cooper to appear in NBC’s live production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
- A Slaughterhouse-Five TV series is in development.
- Boss Baby is getting a Netflix series.
- A ranking of every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
- Alan Sepinwall, one of my favorite critics, picks his top 20 series of 2017.
- America’s Next Top Model will have a crossover with RuPaul’s Drag Race.
- Oprah sold the majority of her OWN network to Discovery.
- The Hulu original series Battleground will get a second life as a podcast.
- TBS has landed the syndication rights to Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- Joey Lawrence indicates that a Blossom reboot is being discussed.
- The New Jersey strip club Satin Dolls, which was a stand-in for the Bada Bing! on The Sopranos, is being shut down.
- Get busy watching – Netflix is removing every episode of Lost and Law & Order: SUV come January.
- Quentin Tarantino won’t write the Star Trek movie that he’s working on, but it will be R-rated.
- Patrick Stewart is up for reprising his role of Captain Picard – but only for Tarantino.
- Ryan Reynolds will play the title character in Detective Pikachu.
- Carrie Fisher’s beloved dog Gary has a cameo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
- Jennifer Lawrence to star in the true-crime drama Burial Rites.
- Seth Rogen to play Walter Cronkite in a new drama.
- Both Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Hamm are rumored to be up for taking over Batman from Ben Affleck and I am 100% behind either choice.
- Tom Hardy shares some plot details for Venom. Woody Harrelson may join the cast.
- Kurt Russell will play Santa in a movie for Netflix.
- The least popular Star Wars character is not Jar Jar.
- Steven Caple, Jr. will direct Creed 2 instead of Sylvester Stallone.
- The Pet Semetary remake is eyeing a 2019 release date.
- David Bautista to star in the action-comedy Stuber.
- Bohemian Rhapsody has found a director to replace Bryan Singer.
- Courtney B. Vance will join Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges in Ben Is Back.
- The Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie will hit theaters in 2019.
- GQ offers their best movies of 2017.
- Night of the Living Dead is getting a VR remake.
- Louis C.K. has bought back the rights to his scrapped film, I Love You, Daddy.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:
- The international trailer for Black Panther:
- Ready Player One:
- 15:17 to Paris:
- The second season of Jessica Jones:
- Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time:
- The Last Five Years:
- The Terror:
- The Clapper:
- Maze Runner: The Death Cure:
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
- Insidious: The Last Key:
- A teaser for the WarGames reboot:
- Death Standing:
- Homeland, season 7:
- The Detour, season 3:
- Here is the new class of inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Vulture takes on the task of ranking all 218 U2 songs.
- Is there a Destiny’s Child reunion brewing?
- Jack White announced a new album. Hooray!
- Kesha and Macklemore are going out on tour together.
- Even without an album, Diddy tops the list of the highest-paid musicians of 2017.
- Mashable picks its favorite albums of 2017.
- Pedro The Lion have reunited and are going out on tour.
- Mark Boone Junior and his pet chicken appear in a Sweet Apple video.
- NPR shares their picks for the 50 best albums of 2017.
- Hamilton has opened in London – I wonder how they will feel about the depiction of King George.
- Spamilton is closing in NYC, but a U.S. tour is in the works.
- Alec Baldwin may take his Trump impression to Broadway.
- A Temptations musical eyes a Broadway run.
- Vulture rounds up the 10 best books of 2017.
- Huffington Post offers their picks for the best fiction books of 2107.
- Rick and Morty comic books are on their way.
- Ernest Cline is working on a sequel to Ready Player One.
- Here are the 2018 Golden Globe nominees.
- The 2018 WGA Award nominees have been announced.
- Check out the 2018 SAG Awards nominees.
- Ava DuVernay will receive the Producers Guild’s 2018 Visionary Award.
Odds and Ends
- This week in sexual assault/harassment allegations: Mario Batali, Bryan Singer (surprise, surprise), Dustin Hoffman (again), Larry King
- Netflix has fired the executive who said the company didn’t believe the rape allegations against Danny Masterson.
- Charlie Sheen to sue the National Enquirer over their story that he raped Corey Haim.
- Hannibal Buress was arrested for disorderly conduct.
- Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme apologized for kicking a photographer.
- Fergie discusses her meth addiction.
- R. Kelly’s home in Atlanta was burglarized.
- Making a Murder’s Brandon Dassey’s confession has been upheld by a federal judge.
- Beyoncé put the kibosh on a Brooklyn Brewery that released a “Bieryonce” beer. I’m still hoping to snag a can.
- Disney and Fox are looking to merge.
- The Rock and his partner Lauren Hashian are expecting a little girl.
- John Stamos and fiancé Caitlin McHugh are expecting their first child.
- Honey Boo Boo’s sister Pumpkin gave birth to her first child.
- James Corden and wife Julia Carey welcomed a baby girl.
- Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things’ Nancy and Jonathan) are officially a couple IRL.
- Stephen Tyler has opened a home for abused girls.
Mashups and Supercuts
- Lin-Manuel Miranda performs Hamilton in three minutes:
- A bad lip reading of Stranger Things:
- Christmas Carpool Karaoke:
- The cast of Netflx’s One Day at a Time reboot recreate the opening credits of the original show:
- Call Me By Your Name meets Monsters University:
- Star Wars characters sing “MMMBop”:
Chance the Rapper does the weather for WGN:
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! presents “Lannister on the Bannister”:
- Peanuts meets Riverdale on The Tonight Show: