I can win over most of you with five words about this week: Game of Thrones is back. But if that’s not enough for you, we’ve also got a new Bill Murray film in theaters, a funny new read, and the start of the 25th season of MTV’s The Challenge. Let’s just say you’ve got a diverse and very interesting week of pop culture ahead of you. Here’s what your schedule looks like this week:
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On the Anna Kendrick-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live last night, the program once again ran a spoof Fox News Fox & Friends segment.
As has become the standard, the end of the sketch featured a list of corrections from earlier in the broadcast. Check them all out below. READ FULL STORY
Get ready for SNL: The Musical.
The host: Anna Kendrick, who snagged an Oscar nomination for Up in the Air but is probably known best for crooning without accompaniment — unless you count a little cup percussion — in Pitch Perfect. Sondheim-lovers of a certain age may also remember the actress’ film debut as Fritzi, the most conniving girl at theater camp – and real Kendraholics know that even before that, at the age of 12, Kendrick was nominated for a Tony for her work in Broadway’s High Society (a musical adaptation of The Philadelphia Story).
Long story short: The lady can and will be singing tonight, maybe just in her monologue, possibly from the moment the cold open begins all the way to the end credits.
Ron Swanson basically is Nick Offerman, the actor who portrays the old-school bureaucrat on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. From their shared talent for woodworking to a mutual appreciation for simple living, the two have much more in common than impressive facial hair. Offerman once again proved this point in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Friday, held to promote the April 10 episode of Parks and Rec, which he directed. Here’s what we learned:
Bo Burnham, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and Sam Elliott guest star in the episode.
“Through mere luck of the draw, I was handed an incredible episode, in story and location and guest stars,” Offerman wrote, admitting that he is “openly in man-love” with Elliott, who is reprising his role as grizzled hippie Ron Dunn. “Some BIG s–t goes down in this ep, and Adam [Scott] plays one of the most hilarious and original drunks I’ve ever seen.”
And though he enjoyed his time behind the camera, Offerman says he’s an actor at heart. “I will always prefer the actual clowning in front of the camera, as ‘falling down’ seems to be the arena in which I display the most acumen,” he wrote.
The man knows his whisky.
A fan asked if Offerman had ever tried Balvenie Doublewood 17 year old scotch. Of course he had! READ FULL STORY
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to retiring Late Show star David Letterman with an homage to one of the comedy legend’s most iconic bits: The Top 10 List.
Fallon called his late-night competitor “one in a million” before delivering the sendup, The Top 10 Reasons Why David Letterman Is Retiring, which includes:
10: Wants to quit while he’s still able to compete on Dancing With the Stars.
9. Made millions selling crack to Rob Ford.
8. Time slot was getting too “Jimmyesque.”
7. He’s not retiring — he’s “consciously unhosting.”
6. Stop! Hammock time!
5. Hillary/Letterman 2016!
4. After 31 years, finally got through to the Obamacare website!
3. One word: E-loprah
2. Jay Leno needs a partner for next season’s Amazing Race.
1. Jimmy Fallon is stealing his bits.
The Voice’s Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher took a break from their coaching duties to treat a room of about 150 guests at Los Angeles’ Sayers club to a private concert, and EW was lucky enough to score a seat at the intimate soiree. READ FULL STORY
Lately, Jennifer Morrison spends her Sunday nights fighting off fairy tale villains on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. But when she’s not playing tough bailbondswoman-slash-princess Emma Swan, she’s probably groovin’ to some Vanilla Ice while wearing LA Lights and solving a Rubik’s Cube. Or something.
Point is, girlfriend has a weakness for the days of side ponytails and President George H.W. Bush. You’ll learn as much by watching her Pop Culture Personality test, in which Morrison gushes about her first celebrity crush, her karaoke guilty pleasure (hint: you can expect to hear it in a mall), and the movie she can quote start to finish. All in all, it’s totally awesome:
From the moment that David Letterman announced that he was retiring from his record-setting stint as the host of the Late Show, people have been speculating about what this could mean, us included. Will this be Jon Stewart’s chance? Or perhaps this is the time for a woman to take over the world of late night?
But as much as we can speculate, nobody at this point has much to go on. Turning to the professionals, we let the oddsmakers at Brovada tell us who they think will replace Letterman as host of the Late Show. Here are the odds they gave us:
Stephen Colbert: 3/1
Craig Ferguson: 7/2
Chelsea Handler: 5/1
Conan O’Brien: 6/1
Jon Stewart: 7/1
Jerry Seinfeld: 9/1
Neil Patrick Harris: 15/1
Louis C.K.: 15/1
Chris Rock: 20/1
Tina Fey: 33/1
Ellen DeGeneres: 33/1
Howard Stern: 40/1
Alec Baldwin: 40/1
Jay Leno: 50/1
What do you all think of those odds? Is Stephen Colbert sitting comfortably at the top of your list as well? Sound off in the comments below!
Game of Thrones is back, guys! All week long, EW’s James Hibberd has been providing round-the-clock coverage of the return of HBO’s somewhat popular fantasy mega-saga, which means you should just about be ready for the season 4 premiere. The players have changed a little bit in the wake of last season’s bloodbath, but the continent of Westeros remains a disputed territory. READ FULL STORY
Our TV week is bookended by sitcom goodbyes. It began with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother; it concludes with the capper to Raising Hope, tapping out tonight with back-to-back episodes, including one cheekily entitled “How I Met Your Mullet.” Created by Greg Garcia, who also gave us My Name Is Earl, the four-season-running Raising Hope was a sweet-and-salty sitcom about the daffy-dumb Chance clan — Virginia, the responsible materfamilias (Martha Plimpton); Burt, the air-headed dad (Garret Dillahunt); Jimmy, the teen-son-turned-teen-father (Lucas Neff); and Maw-Maw, the cracked and coarse grandma (Cloris Leachman) — collectively raising the titular babe, and was always a big-hearted, absurd amusement. One of its best episodes was the season 4 premiere, which featured Jeffrey Tambor as Virginia’s deadbeat dad, a self-centered gay man who skipped town because of perceived bigotry that was actually all in his head. The series finale sees the return of Tambor, with a story that thematically brings the series full circle. READ FULL STORY
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