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SNL’s Trump Has a Kanye Revelation

Faced with the target-rich environment that was the week in news, Saturday Night Live opened with Kanye West’s lively Oval Office meeting with President Trump, with Alec Baldwin returning for the first time this season as the commander in chief, reports the New York Times. “Thank you all for joining us today for this important discussion,“ Baldwin intoned in the Cold Open. “It’s in no way a publicity stunt. This is a serious private conversation between three friends, plus 50 reporters with cameras.“ As Chris Redd’s Kanye pontificated about the murder rate, Baldwin drifted to an internal monologue, thinking, “This guy can talk. He doesn’t stop. He doesn’t listen to anyone but himself. Who does he remind me of?“ Then: “Oh my God, he’s black me.“ SNL alum Seth Meyers guest-hosted, and gave his own Kanye anecdote, while Paul Simon was musical guest. Video highlights in the gallery.

SNL: GOP Celebrates Making ‘Women Real Worried Today’

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice on Saturday Night, and Saturday Night Live wasted little time in kicking off its latest episode with an imagined celebration of the Senate Republicans (and Democrat) who put him on the bench, reports the Washington Post. As Heidi Gardner’s Dana Bash reported from the GOP locker room, noting that a lot of pacemakers were “being put to the test,“ a parade a jubilant senators had words for the camera. A sampling, also via NPR:

  • Kate McKinnon as Lindsey Graham: “We made a lot of women real worried today, but I’m not getting pregnant so I don’t care!“
  • Beck Bennett as Mitch McConnell: “Republicans read the mood of the country and we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh. Everyone’s pumped—from white men over 60 to white men over 70.“
  • Cecily Strong as Susan Collins: “The last thing I wanted was to make this about me. That’s why I told everyone to tune in at 3pm. So I could tell all my female supporters: Psych!“ Further, “Listen, I think it’s important to believe women, until it’s time to stop.“

Over on the losing side, Alex Moffatt played Chuck Schumer, saying, “The Dems lost another one. We thought this time would be better than the Anita Hill hearing because Dr. Ford was white, but turned out Brett Kavanaugh was white, too.“ The show was guest-hosted by Awkwafina, with Travis Scott as musical guest. More video highlights are in the gallery.

Jeopardy Contestants Apparently Don’t Play Video Games

It was the end of a round of Jeopardy and none of the questions in the “Video Games” category had been attempted. When the contestants had no other choice than to give those questions a try, the reason why became clear. In what GameSpot calls a “cringe-worthy” and “hard-to-watch clip,“ the players struggle to get the right answers—or even to answer at all—as host Alex Trebek lobs questions about Fortnite, Skyrim, and more. “They saved the category for last for a reason, and by the last two clues they had the good sense to not even try to guess,“ Digg notes.

There’s a New President in House of Cards Trailer

The latest House of Cards trailer confirms it: Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood has become president and Frank Underwood is dead in the wake of Kevin Spacey’s departure from the Netflix series. “The reign of the middle-aged white man is over,“ Claire declares in the trailer for the sixth and final season, which premieres Nov. 2, Mashable reports. “That’s right, Claire’s gone gangster,“ Vulture proclaims. (Watch the first teaser below.)

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