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Hello! Welcome to your daily roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.
If you know anything about “The Walking Dead,” you know that the show has been teasing the demise of its hero, Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln), for what feels like several lifetimes. Last night it all went down — except that it didn’t really. The Times’s TV editor, Jeremy Egner, spoke to Lincoln about what’s next. Did you watch last night’s episode? I would love to know what you thought of the big reveal. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What’s happening with Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson now?
Hasn’t he been making jokes about her on “Saturday Night Live”? Well, in the teaser for Saturday’s show he asked the musical guest Maggie Rogers to marry him. But then during the episode, he said the breakup with Grande was “nobody’s business.”
Oh. Seems like a change of heart? Mmhmm. Grande’s reaction to the teaser may have played a role.
What was her reaction? She did not seem happy, tweeting (and then deleting) that “for somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh.” She also released a new song called “Thank U, Next” half an hour before “S.N.L.” aired.
Did the song mention Davidson? Yep, along with all the other relationships she’s had in the public eye.
2. Spice up your life, people of Britain
The Spice Girls are reuniting for new shows! Without Victoria Beckham, and only in the U.K., but still. I’m treating this, and the cheesy announcement video they posted, as a win. (Mel B’s Halloween costume also deserves a mention.)
3. Mac Miller’s cause of death
The 26-year-old rapper Mac Miller suffered an accidental fatal overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol in September, a toxicology report found. “The involvement of fentanyl,” writes Joe Coscarelli, “puts Miller in the company of other musicians like Prince, Tom Petty and Lil Peep, all of whom died from an accidental overdose involving the drug in recent years.”
4. Freddie reigns supreme
“In the end, the words ‘Freddie Mercury biopic’ were all prospective ticket buyers needed to hear,” writes Gabe Cohn. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was panned by many critics, but that didn’t stop it from topping the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $122.5 million worldwide — not bad for a film that cost about $52 million to make.
5. Talk shows for the streaming age
“Of all the formats native to television, the late-night talk show may be the one most bound to the structure and conventions of old-fashioned TV,” writes the TV critic James Poniewozik. And yet, E! recently launched “Busy Tonight,” with the actress Busy Philipps, and “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” started on Netflix last month. Poniewozik sees both as possible directions for the talk show in our age of streaming and social media.
6. Let your petty flag fly
Is there anything more comforting than hearing about other people’s pettiness? I love Topic’s Petty Hall of Fame, which runs down acts of “being the most” from Henry VIII to “Real Housewives.” The section on pettiness in entertainment includes some gems.
See you next time!
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