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“SNL” is back, now in its 46th season. The most recent new episode, which aired on November 7, was hosted by Dave Chappelle, with the Foo Fighters as the musical guest. The cold open saw Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph take the stage as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, respectively, to gloat about Biden’s decisive election victory over Donald Trump. And yeah, Alec Baldwin showed up as Trump to play piano and sing a very sad version of “Macho Man” by the Village People.Along with Jim Carrey joining up to play Joe Biden, Alec Baldwin is once again playing Donald Trump in season 46 of “SNL.” This is the fifth season in which Baldwin will play Trump. In season 45 he made eight total appearances across the 18 episodes of the shortened season — including in two of the three quarantine episodes.Even with it looking like Trump is on the way out we probably shouldn’t expect Baldwin to go away completely just yet — since Trump isn’t actually leaving office until January, and he’s continuing to protest his own election failure in the meantime.Also Read: 'SNL' Celebrates Biden's Victory, Baldwin's Trump Sings 'Macho Man' Sadly (Video)And the good news for those who have enjoyed Carrey as Biden is, well, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of him over the next four years.And the same goes for Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris this season. The former “SNL” cast member should be around a lot this year, and I think that’s something just about everybody who watches the sketch show can get behind.This week, on Saturday, Nov. 28, there WILL NOT be a new episode of “SNL.” The show started season 46 with six straight new episodes, and now it’s time for a few weeks of break.It’s actually extremely rare for us to get more than three “SNL” episodes in a row without any breaks, but the election was obviously a special circumstance. But the show will return on December 5, when it’ll be hosted by Jason Bateman.There are, as is usual for off weeks, two reruns on Saturday night. The first, at 10 p.m., is the season 22 episode that was hosted by Phil Hartman, with Bush as the musical guest. Then, as is standard, there’s be a rerun from this current season at 11:30 — this time it’s the episode hosted by Issa Rae, in which Justin Bieber served as the musical guest.Also Read: 'SNL': Adele Can't Stop Cracking Up at Kate McKinnon Saying 'Tribesmen' (Video)You can be pretty sure this season of “SNL” be very political for the full stretch. This is an election year, and an impossibly hectic one at that, so it’s been hard for any of us to think about anything other than politics. And, well, not many folks are really expecting things to calm down all that much even now that we’re past Election Day.The premiere episode came out hard with political commentary, with the debate cold open, a very political monologue from Chris Rock, and a stunned discussion of Trump’s COVID-19 infection from Michael Che on Weekend Update.And “SNL” hasn’t slowed down with its political content, with each cold open in season 46 being about the election. After that debate sketch in the premiere, we got two other debate sketches, one for the VP candidates and one other for the presidential candidates, as well as one about the dueling town halls from when Trump was infected with COVID-19 and refused to submit to safety measures.Also Read: 'SNL' Cold Open Gives Alec Baldwin's Trump Town Hall the Wrestlemania Treatment (Video)“SNL” tried to drift away from that political focus during season 44, but certainly didn’t shy away from politics in season 45 — a season in which the actual Elizabeth Warren popped up to play herself in a sketch.The renewed focus on politics in season 45 was not just about mocking Trump, but also lampooning the circus that was the run up to the Democratic primaries. Not that the sketch show has in any way shied away from mocking Trump. The impeachment has certainly been a common topic for cold open sketches this season.There was the one where Baldwin’s Trump went through his contacts list trying to find a fixer who could make the impeachment stop, ending with a call to Liev Schreiber playing himself — Trump thought his character Ray Donovan, a fixer on the eponymous Showtime series, was actually a real person.There was also that one where “SNL” sent up the impeachment hearings by doing a “Days of Our Lives” parody that starred Jon Hamm.As for the madness with the Democratic primary, we had numerous big cameos in the debate sketches in season 45. The show tried out multiple different Joe Bidens last year, with Woody Harrelson taking up the role a couple times and Jason Sudeikis giving it a shot as well.They also brought in many other celebs to play other candidates in the Dem primary, including Lin-Manuel Miranda as Julian Castro, Larry David as Bernie Sanders, Rachel Dratch as Amy Klobuchar, Fred Armisen as Michael Bloomberg, and Will Ferrell as Tom Steyer. Maya Rudolph also played Kamala Harris a few times, and it was only natural that they’d keep her around for season 46.That’s a lot of cameos, and “SNL” actually managed to jam nearly all of those folks into a single sketch — a 12-minute debate parody from a late November episode. Miranda did not appear in that one, but he had previously popped up as Castro in October in a parody of the Democrats’ LGBTQ town hall that was moderated by Billy Porter in character as himself.Read original story Is There a New ‘SNL’ Episode Airing This Week? At TheWrap
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A contract deadline between Dish Network and Nexstar Media Group is approaching this Wednesday, and Nexstar is warning that millions of subscribers could lose access to programming including NFL games and local news if a deal is not met.Nexstar is the owner of cable network WGN America along with dozens of local TV networks and also is a major broadcasting partner for CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. The company is negotiating with Dish over a new contract to replace the one signed in 2016.Also Read: Dish Network Lost Record 413,000 Paid Subscribers in Q1“Since July, Nexstar has been negotiating tirelessly and in good faith in an attempt to reach a mutually agreeable multi-year contract with Dish, offering Dish the same fair market rates it offered to other large distribution partners with whom it completed successful negotiations in 2019 and 2020,” Nexstar said in a news release today.“Despite generating nearly $11 billion in revenue during the first nine months of this year and completing a billion-plus dollar acquisition of a wireless company, Dish has proposed rates that go significantly backwards and, in addition to risking the removal of Nexstar’s local broadcast stations, is threatening to also drop Nexstar’s cable network, WGN America, from its system.”Also Read: Sinclair Settles Lawsuit Over Scuttled Tribune Takeover, Will Pay Nexstar $60 MillionDish has been known for tough negotiations with networks over carriage deals, dropping HBO and networks owned by Sinclair after stalled negotiations with those companies while other networks like Univision were reinstated after months of holdouts. Dish says that Nexstar is “trying to strong-arm companies like Dish to pay outrageous rates and force unprecedented increases onto customers” and “trying to use its market power to demand unreasonable rate increases while intentionally using millions of Americans as pawns in their negotiations.”The deadline for a new contract is 8 PM ET on Wednesday, Dec. 2.Read original story Nexstar Warns of Dish Network Blackout as Contract Deadline Approaches At TheWrap
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TheWrap looks at the 6 top-grossing holiday shock-fests8\. Silent Night (2012) Opening: $9,779 Cumulative: $14,567Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King and Donal Logue star in the film about a murderous Santa who picks off people one by one.7\. Better Watch Out (2016) Opening: $12,569 Cumulative: $20,369Olivia DeJonge plays a babysitter who must protect a 12-year-old boy after a home invasion while his parents are out at a holiday party.6\. “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” (2010) Opening: $9,281 Cumulative: $236,347The film follows a group of people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus.5\. “Anna and the Apocalypse” (2018)Opening: $52,588 Cumulative: $493,877 (as of Dec. 20, 2018)In this comedic musical with grossout touches, a teenager and her friends ward off the zombie apocalypse when it comes at Christmas-time.“Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984) Opening: $1.4 million Cumulative: $2.5 million4\. “Black Christmas” (2019) Opening: $4.2 million Cumulative: $7.2 million (as of Dec. 22, 2019)A second remake of a 1974 Canadian film, starring Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue and Brittany O’Grady, this slasher film about sorority sisters fighting off a stalker takes a stab at feminist themes.In the slasher film, a young boy loses his parents and years later becomes a spree killer in a Santa costume.3\. “Black Christmas” (2006) Opening: $3.7 million Cumulative: $16.3 millionMichelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert and Katie Cassidy star in the slasher film about sorority girls getting murdered one by one.2\. “Krampus” (2015) Opening: $16.3 million Cumulative: $42.7 millionA boy in a dysfunctional family turns his back on Christmas — and accidentally unleashes a demon force as a result.1\. “Gremlins” (1984) Opening: $12.5 million Cumulative: $148.2 millionThe movie follows a young boy who breaks rules and unleashes a horde of mischievous monsters.Read original story 9 Christmas Horror Movies That Scared Up Box Office, From ‘Gremlins’ to ‘Black Christmas’ (Photos) At TheWrap
The 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was a welcome — but atypical — sight. Though no crowd could be in attendance, 20.7 million TV viewers tuned in from 9 a.m. to noon, when it averaged a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.Those numbers made the Thanksgiving parade NBC’s highest-rated and most-watched entertainment broadcast of 2020.The parade had 4.7 million YouTube streams, NBC said. An encore presentation of the parade got 3.5 million TV viewers and had a 0.9 rating in the key demo.Also Read: 3 Series Each Broadcast Network Is Most Thankful for This (Weird) TV SeasonThe year-ago 2019 parade, when people were still allowed to congregate in the New York City streets (and around Thanksgiving tables, for that matter) scored 22.11 million total viewers, the annual event’s smallest TV audience since 2008 (21.69 million viewers). This year’s eclipsed that mark (in the wrong direction).See how the previous dozen Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades have fared here. In 2013, the parade topped 25 million viewers, the largest sum of this grouping.The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a consistent and reliable ratings hit for NBC. The Manhattan march was last below 20 million total TV viewers back in 1996.Also Read: Will Crowd-Free Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Still Gobble (Gobble) Up TV Viewers?The 2020 National Dog Show followed Santa Claus’ parade arrival, and fetched 11.3 million total viewers to go along with its 3.4 demo rating from noon to 2 p.m. Good dogs.While the parade and dog show both scored big audiences, NBC suffered a tough (ratings) break later on Thursday. Due to COVID-19 running rampant within the Baltimore Ravens organization, last night’s primetime NFL game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed until Sunday afternoon. It’s now been postponed again until Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That initial postponement off turkey day likely cost NBC 20 or so million viewers — at least, temporarily. Tuesday night should have a nice haul.An encore of the National Dog Show in the football game’s place received a 0.6 rating and 3 million viewers last night. Happy (enough) Thanksgiving, NBC.Read original story Crowd-Free Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tops 20 Million Viewers At TheWrap
After spending much of the year taping his weekly HBO show from his home due to the coronavirus, Bill Maher returned to his L.A.-based studio in September — though with a limited studio audience and live guests who were kept at least six feet apart from each other.The comedian spent much of the fall railing against President Donald Trump — and touting his prescient predictions that the Republican would refuse to concede the election even if he lost (as he did, decisively) or voluntarily leave the White House.In his Nov. 20 episode — his last new episode of 2020 — he touched on a related subject: What to do about Trump’s supporters who, for now, seem intractably unwilling to accept that Joe Biden defeated their candidate and will take office in January despite the Trump campaign’s many so-far-unsuccessful legal challenges.Also Read: Maher Says Trump's MAGA Cult Should Be Deprogrammed the Same Way NXIVM Was (Video)In his “New Rules” segment, Maher suggested taking a page from the NXIVM cult scandal and the story of how actress Catherine Oxenberg managed to save her daughter, India, from it, and “‘hate the cult, love the cultist.'”“She didn’t scream at her daughter that she was stupid. She didn’t cut her off. She just kept trying to remind her of who she used to be,” Maher said. “I think we need to try that on QAnon. You know, the ones who believe that rich liberals are running a massive pedophile ring and eat babies and in some cases are really lizard people wearing a human mask. And they were sure that Trump was going to win re-election.”“Understand they have been through a traumatic event. Their savior, their strongest, smartest, manliest hunk of a leader who ever lived just got his ass kicked by the 2,000-year-old man. So don’t gloat, don’t even try to argue, because arguing with cult people only makes it worse,” Maher said. “If there’s hope, it’s not in any of the words that were communicated. It’s in here,” referring to her heart.Maher signed off for the year with that truly heartfelt commentary — but promised to return in January. On January 17, in fact, just ahead of the swearing-in of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.Read original story Is There a New Episode of Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ Airing This Week? At TheWrap
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