Throughout the performance, Baldwin was slowly joined by members of Trump’s family and cabinet. The skit featured Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, Beck Bennett as Mike Pence, Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Cicily Strong as Melania Trump, Steve Bannon as the Grim Reaper and Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump in a surprise cameo appearance.
“I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong, but I can’t speak for these people,” said Baldwin’s Trump, pointing to the cast on stage following the song.
The performance was in reference to SNL‘s first post-election episode in November of last year. The episode featured Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton playing the song in a much more serious fashion, paying tribute to Cohen, who had passed away that week. The performance also served as a farewell to McKinnon’s Clinton character on the show.
Baldwin’s performance has led to speculation that the skit may have marked the retirement of his Trump character as well. With Alec Baldwin’s busy schedule and talk of Trump’s impeachment buzzing around, it seems to be a real possibility. “Look, I’d love to keep doing this per my availability,” said Baldwin to The Hollywood Reporter, “but I have other things I’m going to do, so I guess we’ll figure it out.”
Following Baldwin’s cold open, Dwayne Johnson, who hosted the show, half-jokingly confirmed that he would be running for president in 2020, alluding to the idea that Baldwin would be his running mate. After Baldwin graciously accepted the offer, Johnson revealed that he was actually referring to Tom Hanks, who then joined them on stage. After some witty banter and series of jokes, Johnson and Hanks finally joined hands in celebration as a “Johnson Hanks 2020” banner descended from the ceiling.
The season finale also included a silent tribute to Brad Grey, the former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, who lost his battle with cancer on May 14.
SNL also paid it’s respects to Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, who passed away on May 18. The episode ran Soundgarden’s performance on the show in a 1996 episode. Jim Carrey, who hosted the episode, tweeted this:
This is the guitar that Chris Cornell and Soundgarden gave to me the night we did SNL together. A very special man. pic.twitter.com/waPpDdOWvx
After news broke that both Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer would be leaving SNL, Sasheer Zamata also quietly left the show after the season 42 finale on May 20.
Zamata became a full-time cast member in 2014 when producers were pressured to add a black female to their roster. She quickly became a popular member of the cast known for her impersonations of Rihanna, Michelle Obama and Diana Ross.
Unlike Moynihan and Bayer, Zamata has not made a public statement on her departure from the show. She did, however, share a photo from her final episode on Instagram.
It was a very close race at the weekend box office but we have a new champion as Alien: Covenant narrowly beat Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The eighth film in the Alien franchise brought in $36 million which is a decent opening but a bit disappointing considering the last film Prometheus brought in $51 million during its opening weekend back in 2012. It will also have a tough time beating the $126 million domestic gross of Prometheus reports Box Office Mojo.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 falls to second place with another impressive weekend, bringing in $35.1 million and has now crossed $300 million domestically. It is now only $32 million behind its predecessor.
Third place was a bit of a surprise as the drama Everything, Everything brought in $12 million, which was much more than expected. Snatched dropped two spots to fourth place with $7.6 million. This will be the last week Snatched is in the top five.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul rounds out the top five with $7.2 million. The fourth film in the franchise produced the lowest opening weekend as the other three films managed to recored double digit opening weekends.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword continues to drop as it came in sixth place this weekend with $6.9 million and has yet to cross $30 million domestically. I’m very surprised this film has flopped so badly.
The Fate of the Furious brought in $3.2 million and is approaching $220 million domestically. Beauty and the Beast brought in $2.4 million and is close to crossing $500 million domestically after 66 days.
I doubt that Alien: Covenant will repeat as box office champion as the summer blockbusters really start coming with the openings of Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I predict that Baywatch will edge Pirates for the top spot.
Weekend Gross by Distributor:
20th Century Fox: $53.8 million (+31.4 percent)
Disney: $37.9 million (-29.8 percent)
Warner Bros.: $18.9 million (+3.2 percent)
Universal: $3.4 million (-2.3 percent)
Lionsgate: $1.3 million (-2.5 percent)
BH Tilt: $1.2 million (-1.4 percent)
Next week’s openings: Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
After leaving fans hanging for quite some time, NBC has finally renewed sitcom Trial & Errorfor a second season set to air this fall. The show will return in mid-season for a 10 episode run.
The series premiered in May of 2016 to an audience of 5.9 million, however viewership declined to only 4 million by the end of the first season. Despite mediocre ratings, Variety has reported that the show is a favorite of NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, which may have played a part in the show’s renewal.
The series is a spoof on crime documentaries that follows the young New York lawyer Josh Segal, played by Nicholas D’Agosto, who embarks on his first big case to defend an eccentric poetry professor who has been accused of murdering his wife.
Trial & Error also stars Jayma Mays, Steven Boyer, Krysta Rodriguez, Sherri Shepherd and John Lithgow. The entire cast with the exception of Lithgow is expected to return in season 2, according to Deadline.
The show is written by and executive produced by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller, along with producers Jeffrey Blitz, Warner Bros. Television, Barge Productions and Good Session Productions.
The season 42 finale of Saturday Night Live airing May 20 will be the last episode for two long time cast members. Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer will both be leaving the show after this season.
After nine seasons with SNL, Moynihan told E! News that he is “so scared” to leave. “It was the best. That’s all I wanted to do.”
He was known on the show for his impersonations of Chris Christie and Guy Fieri as well as recurring characters like “Drunk Uncle.”
Moynihan’s departure from the show seemed almost inevitable after CBS picked up Me, Myself & I for the fall 2017 season,a comedy series in which he is set to star. The show will follow the life of an inventor named Alex over the course of 50 years. Moynihan will play 40-year-old Alex in present day.
Me, Myself & I will also star Jack Dylan Grazer, John Larroquette, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Skylar Gray, Christopher Paul Richards, Mandell Maughan, Sharon Lawrence and Reylynn Caster.
Vanessa Bayer, the longest serving current female on SNL, will also be leaving the show, ending her seven season long run with the series. According to The New York Daily News, her contract with the show has expired.
Bayer impersonated Miley Cyrus on the show as well as the Weekend Update correspondent, Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy.
Lifetime has green-lighted the original movie Cocaine Godmother starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as drug lord Griselda Blanco.
The film will be going into production this year, says Deadline and will premiere on Lifetime sometime in 2018.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is based on the true story of the Colombian born Blanco who illegally moved to New York City at age 17 with her first husband. She quickly got involved with the local drug scene, smuggling in cocaine from Columbia and using attractive women, the elderly and children as drug mules. Blanco soon expanded her operation to Miami and grew in infamy. Her use of violence and force against competitors along with the death of her husband gave her the nickname “Black Widow.” She later moved to California to protect her family, but after being arrested and deported back to Colombia, she was eventually gunned down in 2012. Blanco was suspected of ordering the murders of over 200 people.
Cocaine Godmother was written by David McKenna and directed by Guillermo Navarro. The film is being produced by Asylum Entertainment along with Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Joan Harrison and Alisa Tager.
On the final day of upfronts it was The CW that made some major announcements with new shows and a reimagined schedule. Jane the Virgin gets bumped to Friday nights to be paired with My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend at a new time, while Riverdale moves to Wednesday with a reboot of Dynasty for a full-fledged night of drama. Replacing Riverdale on Thursday will be Arrow, while on Monday new show Valor was added to finish up the schedule.
Mid Season will bring even more new shows to the mix with Black Lightning and Life Sentence joining the lineup.
Here’s when to watch your shows in the fall:
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL
9:00-10:00 PM VALOR (New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH
9:00-10:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM DYNASTY (New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL
9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Night)
8:00-9:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (New Time)
9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN (New Night)
All Times ET/PT
An elite unit of U.S. Army helicopter pilots called the Shadow Raiders are sent on a top secret mission to Somalia, a mission that goes terribly awry. Only two members of the team return safely: Warrant Officer Nora Madani (Christina Ochoa), one of the unit’s first female helicopter pilots, and her commanding officer, Captain Leland Gallo (Matt Barr), while the whereabouts of their comrade Jimmy Kam (W. Tre Davis) are unknown. Now back in the U.S., Madani and Gallo are the only ones who know the truth about what really went wrong in Somalia. Nora’s boyfriend, First Lieutenant Ian Porter (Charlie Barnett), suspects she’s not telling him the full story, and Jess Kam (Corbin Reid), Jimmy’s wife and Nora’s friend, is frustrated and furious at being kept in the dark. Meanwhile Thea, (Melissa Roxburgh) the enigmatic CIA officer charged with investigating the failed mission, has her own suspicions about what occurred. With Nora still recovering from a gunshot wound suffered during the mission, the commander of the Shadow Raiders, Col. Robert Haskins (Nigel Thatch), grounds her from flying. But when it’s discovered that Jimmy is alive and being held captive by a group of ruthless terrorists, Nora is determined to join Gallo back in the cockpit to rescue their friend. As preparation and training intensify, Nora and Gallo grow closer, and soon find themselves torn between duty, honor and desire as they wonder who they can trust, and whether the secrets they’re hiding will help save Jimmy… or put them all in terrible danger. VALOR stars Matt Barr (“Sleepy Hollow”), Christina Ochoa (“Animal Kingdom”), Charlie Barnett (“Chicago Fire”), W. Trè Davis (“Shades of Blue”), Corbin Reid (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Nigel Thatch (“Selma”) and Melissa Roxburgh (“Star Trek Beyond”). From CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Bill Haber (“Rizzoli & Isles”), Anna Fricke (“Being Human”), Kyle Jarrow (“Lost Generation”) and Michael Robin (“Nip/Tuck”).
Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) is charismatic, cunning, and poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she thinks. When her father, Blake Carrington, (Grant Show) summons Fallon and her brother, Steven, (James Mackay) home to the family compound in Atlanta, Fallon is horrified to learn that the reunion isn’t to announce her promotion – but rather to make the acquaintance of their stepmother-to-be, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley). Cristal is stunning – and almost as young as Fallon, as Fallon is quick to point out – but she isn’t just some flimsy gold-digger to be scared off. Cristal is driven, principled, a savvy publicity maven at Carrington Atlantic, and she truly loves Blake. However, the wealth and privilege of the Carringtons’ world proves challenging to her, as she clashes with the staff, including Blake’s butler Anders (Alan Dale), as well as Fallon, who all make it very clear Cristal doesn’t belong. Family dynasties flow through blood, and Fallon would sooner draw blood than call Cristal “Mom.” Fallon asks Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley), the family’s chauffeur – and Fallon’s secret lover – to help expose Cristal for the fraud Fallon thinks she is. But when that backfires, and Blake chooses Cristal over his own daughter, Fallon sidles up to Blake’s biggest rival, Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke), mixing business and pleasure to seek her revenge… leaving a jealous Culhane to watch from the sidelines. While the Carringtons’ rocky relationships prove the theory that family sticks together no matter what, Cristal is reminded of exactly that when her nephew, Sammy Jo (Rafael de la Fuente), arrives with a suitcase full of secrets from Cristal’s past. Now Cristal’s carefully concealed history could bring her future crashing down – and who knows who else she might take down with her. DYNASTY stars Grant Show (“Melrose Place”), Elizabeth Gillies (“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”), Nathalie Kelley (“UnReal,” “The Vampire Diaries”), James Mackay (“The Leftovers”), Alan Dale (“The O.C.”), Sam Adegoke (“Murder in the First”), Robert Christopher Riley (“Hit the Floor”), and Rafael de la Fuente (“Empire”). From CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire, with executive producers Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl), Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl”), Sallie Patrick (“Revenge”), Esther and Richard Shapiro (the creators of the original “Dynasty”) and Brad Silberling (“Jane The Virgin”).
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
LIFE SENTENCE follows Stella (Lucy Hale), a girl who has spent the last eight years living like she was dying (because she was). Just like the “manic pixie dream girl” heroines in her favorite sappy cancer movies, Stella traveled the world, faced her darkest fears and found true love on a whirlwind trip to Paris. But when Stella finds out that her cancer has been cured, she is suddenly forced to face the long-term consequences of the “live in the moment” decisions she made, including marrying a total stranger. And if that’s not enough, she also finds out that her “perfect family” isn’t so perfect after all. Turns out, because she was dying, everyone in her life hid their problems from her. But, now that she’s well, all bets are off. Stella is shocked to learn that her parents, Peter (Dylan Walsh) and Ida (Gillian Vigman), have fallen out of love, partly because Peter spent their retirement helping Stella make the most of her final days, and partly because Ida has fallen in love with her best friend (Stella’s godmother), Poppy. Also, it turns out Stella may be responsible for the fact that her sister, Elizabeth (Brooke Lyons), gave up her own dreams to take care of Stella and start a family with her husband Diego (Carlos PenaVega), just to give her parents something positive to focus on. Then there’s Stella’s often overlooked brother, Aiden (Jayson Blair), who’s pushing 30 and still lives above the garage, sells Adderall to soccer moms and uses Stella’s cancer to guilt them into sleeping with him. And, of course, there’s her husband Wes (Elliot Knight), a handsome Londoner who she agreed to spend the rest of her life with, thinking that would only be six to eight months, tops. Now that their forever just got a whole lot longer than they were expecting, Wes begins to worry that he can’t continue to pretend to be her perfect husband for the rest of his life. With a real future suddenly in front of her, Stella’s cinematic life snaps into reality, and instead of living like she’s dying, she will have to learn to live like she’s living, and help her family and friends do the same. This multi-generational, coming-of-age story proves that we all end up living somewhere between our dreams and reality… and maybe that’s okay. LIFE SENTENCE stars Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”), Elliot Knight (“Once Upon A Time”), Dylan Walsh (“Nip/Tuck”), Gillian Vigman (“The Hangover”), Jayson Blair (“Whiplash”), Brooke Lyons (“The Affair”) and Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”). From Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Erin Cardillo (“Fuller House,” “Significant Mother”) Richard Keith (“Fuller House,” “Significant Mother”), Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs,” “Cougar Town”), Jeff Ingold (“Ground Floor”), Oliver Goldstick (“Pretty Little Liars”) and Lee Toland Krieger (“The Age of Adaline,” “Riverdale”).
Based on the New York Times bestselling fantasy novel saga by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher has been adapted into one of the most popular action role-playing video game series in recent years.
Now, Netflix has announced in a press release that the development of an English-language TV show adaptation of The Witcher has begun.
The Witcher saga focuses on monster hunters with supernatural abilities known as “witchers.”
Sapkowski himself will be working with Netflix as a creative consultant for the new series, stating, “I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing.”
The series will be executive produced by Sean Daniel, producer of The Mummy franchise and The Expanse, along with Jason Brown, who also produced The Expanse. Polish production company Platige Image will also be heavily involved. Director of the intro videos for The Witcher video games, Tomas Baginski, will direct at least one episode.
“There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre,” said Platige Image’s Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko, “it is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”
CBS has revealed it’s prime time lineup for this year’s fall season, introducing eight brand new shows alongside 23 returning ones.
Young Sheldon, the spin-off of the beloved sitcom The Big Bang Theory, will debut on Monday, Sept. 25 following the debut of season 11 of The Big Bang Theory. Young Sheldon will then move to Thursday nights for the remainder of the season.
Season 2 of the hit new sitcom Kevin Can Wait will also air on Monday nights along with Me Myself & I, 9JKL and Scorpion.
CBS is bringing back it’s drama-filled Tuesdays evenings with NCIS, Bull and NCIS: New Orleans.
The long-running reality series Survivor will kick off Wednesday nights followed by the new military drama Seal Team and the 13th season of Criminal Minds.
CBS will be hosting NFL Thursday Night Football until Nov. 2, at which time NBC will then take over. Following this switch, CBS will begin a normal prime time schedule consisting of The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Life in Pieces and the brand new drama starring Shemar Moore, S.W.A.T.
Original cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman are all returning for the revival, according to E! News. Sarah Chalke, who eventually played Becky, will also be returning to the series but in a different role.
“We’re rebooting Roseanne,” ABC president Channing Dungey said. “It is planned for the mid season. We’re still at the early stages. The Conners’ joys and struggles are as relevant – and hilarious – today as they were then and there’s really no one better to comment on our modern America than Roseanne.”
The sitcom ran for nine seasons, from 1988 to 1997. It won 17 Emmys during its run. Barr was nominated for four Emmys and won one along with a Golden Globe. Goodman had seven Emmy nominations and four Golden Globe nominations, which he won one, Variety noted. Gilbert also received two Emmy nominations for her role on the show.
Roseanne is the latest series to be brought back. American Idol, Will & Grace, 24 and The X-Files have also recently gotten reboots.