Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/26/23

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Will they finally leave? (CREDIT: Terence Patrick/Netflix)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
The Little Mermaid (Theaters) – I’ll check it out.
The Machine (Theaters) – Based on a viral stand-up bit.

TV
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Season 3 (May 30 on Netflix)
Nancy Drew Season 4 Premiere (May 31 on The CW) – Final Season Alert!

Music
-Sparks, The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte

Sports
-2023 French Open (May 28-June 11 on NBC, Peacock, and Tennis Channel) – Nadal won’t be playing 😦
-NBA Finals (Starting June 1 on ABC)

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/19/23

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Clone it up! (CREDIT: HBO Max/Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Fast X (Theaters)
Sanctuary (Theaters)

TV
Beat Shazam Season 6 Premiere (May 23 on FOX) – Nick Cannon steps in for Jamie Foxx.
Clone High Reboot Premiere (May 23 on Max) – Remember when this was on MTV back in the day?
Don’t Forget the Lyrics Season Premiere (May 23 on FOX)
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai Series Premiere (May 23 on Max) – Animated Gizmo.
American Born Chinese Series Premiere (May 24 on Disney+)
The Flash Series Finale (May 24 on The CW)
The Prank Panel Series Premiere (May 24 on ABC) – Knoxville, Andre, Sidibe.

Music
-Graham Nash, Now
-Kesha, Gag Order
-Paul Simon, Seven Psalms
-Sufjan Stevens, Reflections
-Yes, Mirror to the Sky

Sports
-Preakness Stakes (May 20 on NBC)

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/12/23

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Hear them now, believe their podcast later. (CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Fool’s Paradise (Theaters) – Charlie Day’s directorial debut.
It Ain’t Over (Theaters) – Yogi Berra documentary.
Hypnotic (Theaters)
Knights of the Zodiac (Theaters) – Based on a manga.

TV
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 8 Premiere (May 12 on Paramount+)

Music
-Alison Goldfrapp, The Love Invention

Podcasts
The Lost Hans & Franz Movie (Debuts May 17)

Sports
-NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament (May 12-28 on ESPN, ESPNU, and ESPN+) – I probably won’t be following the men’s tourney this year since neither Loyola nor Rutgers made it.
-PGA Championship (May 18-21 on ESPN and CBS)

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Non-Review: Pete Davidson/Lil Uzi Vert

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Strike! (CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot)

The 19th episode of the 48th season of Saturday Night Live was supposed to air on May 6, 2023, with host Pete Davidson and musical guest Lil Uzi Vert. But alas it’s been canceled due to the Writers Guild of America strike. I would’ve been using this space to review that episode, so instead I’ll voice my support for the writers, who as far as I can tell just want to be compensated fairly.

Two other episodes were also booked for later this May, with hosts Kieran Culkin and Jennifer Coolidge, and musical guests Foo Fighters and Labrinth. Those look like they’ve been canceled as well, so the Ana de Armas/Karol G episode appears to now be the de facto season finale.

I’ll have more to say about the best of the entire season soon. But in the meantime, here’s my message for the showbiz industry: please don’t make any more new SNL (or any new TV in general) until the writers are treated with a little more respect!

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/5/23

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Much Mayhem, Many Muppets (CREDIT: Mitch Haaseth/Disney)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 (Theaters)

TV
-2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards (May 7 on MTV) – Hosted by Drew Barrymore!
Jeopardy! Masters (Premieres May 8 on ABC) – Some recent great champs offer some more questions.
The Game Show Show Docuseries Premiere (May 10 on ABC) – A 4-part series chronicling quizzes and challenges.
The Muppets Mayhem Series Premiere (May 10 on Disney+) – Dr. Teeth is front and center.

Comedy
Hannah Gadsby: Something Special (May 9 on Netflix)

Music
-Atmosphere, So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously
-Brian Eno and Fred Again.., Secret Life
-SBTRKT, The Rat Road

Sports
-Kentucky Derby (May 6 on NBC)

 

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/28/23

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CREDIT: Peacock/Screenshot

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (Theaters)
Big George Foreman (Theaters) – I like sports, and I don’t care who knows.
Peter Pan & Wendy (April 28 on Disney+) – I wish this were coming out in theaters, though.
Polite Society (Theaters)
Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary Re-Release (April 28-May 4 in Theaters)

TV
The Goldbergs Series Finale (May 3 on ABC)
Bupkis Series Premiere (May 4 on Peacock) – Joe Pesci plays Pete Davidson’s grandfather.
The Other Two Season 3 Premiere (May 4 on HBO Max)

Music
-Neil Gaiman, Signs of Life
-The National, First Two Pages of Frankenstein
-Bebe Rexha, Bebe
-Jessie Ware, That! Feels Good!

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/21/23

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Ring Ring! Ring Ring! (CREDIT: Prime Video/Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Chevalier (Theaters)
Evil Dead Rise (Theaters)
Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant (Theaters)
Judy Blume Forever (April 21 on Amazon Prime)

TV
Dead Ringers Miniseries Premiere (April 21 on Amazon Prime) – Based on a movie, based on real doctors.
The Late Late Show with James Corden Series Finale (April 27 on CBS) – Technically it will be early Friday morning when the finale starts airing. A primetime special will also air a few hours earlier.

Music
-The Mars Volta, Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazón
-Rodrigo y Gabriela, In Between Thoughts…A New World
-The Smashing Pumpkins, Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts

Revisión de SNL loco de Jeff: Ana de Armas/Karol G

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Captura de pantalla de la promoción de SNL (CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot)

I am writing to you in the midst of an unusually hot April stretch for New York City. It started out dry, but at the moment the humidity’s been trending up. And I just cannot abide that. Spring weather is famously pleasant for its lack of humidity! Ay-yi-yi!

Nonetheless, I shall plow ahead and review the April 15, 2023 episode of Saturday Night Live. Since the host was Cuban-born Ana de Armas and the musical guest was Colombian-born Karol G, I shall translate the names of each sketch and musical performance into Spanish. (Although in some cases, translation won’t be necessary!)

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/14/23

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This looks cool. (CREDIT: Paramount Plus/Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Beau Is Afraid (Limited Theaters, Expands April 21)
The Pope’s Exorcist (Theaters) – Horror Completism
Renfield (Theaters) – Cage & Hoult

TV
Rugrats Reboot Season 2 (April 14 on Paramount+)
Barry Season 4 Premiere (April 16 on HBO) – Final Season Alert!
Beavis and Butt-Head Season 10 (or Reboot Season 2) Premiere (April 20 on Paramount+) – This DOESN’T suck!

Music
-Ann-Margret, Born to Be Wild
-Feist, Multitudes
-Metallica, 72 Seasons

Sports
-Boston Marathon (April 17 on ESPN)

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Molly Shannon/Jonas Brothers

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She’s more than 50! (CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot)

Here’s the good word: in April 2023, Molly Shannon returned to her Saturday Night Live stomping grounds to host the show. She’s done this before, and we’re glad to have her back. Unlike Molly, the Jonas Brothers were never SNL cast members, but like Molly, they have previously appeared on the show prior to this episode.

Since this episode aired on Easter Weekend, I will be resurrecting my reviewing method for the first episode of this season, in which I used one (1) word per sketch.

I watched much of this episode with my family – it was Easter, after all!

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