Donald Glover Helps ‘Saturday Night Live’ Bag a Ratings Boost

In a rare feat, this weekend's Saturday Night Live was thoroughly watchable from beginning to end. That was in large part—or better yet, the largest possible part—due to host and musical guest Donald Glover.

In fact, according to a Deadline ratings report published Sunday, the Glover-hosted episode gave the weekly NBC sketch series a boost. The episode, the first new SNL since April 14, bagged a 4.1 Live/same day rating and a 1.8 in the 18-49 age demographic. That's up from the previous new episode, which earned 3.9 and 1.7, respectively. For more on what, exactly, these numbers mean, click here.

The same night as his double-duty SNL takeover, Glover surprise-released a new Childish Gambino track titled “This Is America.” The song's official video, directed by Atlanta's Hiro Murai, will quite realistically go down as this year's defining piece of art.

Next for Glover, who's rolling out the last two episodes of Atlanta's second season in the coming weeks, is Solo: A Star Wars Story. Glover's take on a young Lando Calrissian is joined by Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and replacement director Ron Howard.

 

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On the Gambino side of things, don't ruin your whole year by skipping out on his upcoming tour with Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples. It'll be worth whatever you have to spend to get in the door.

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Jenna Fischer Reveals What Pam Told Michael During ‘The Office’ Goodbye

It's been seven years since NBC aired The Office's “Goodbye, Michael” where Dunder Mifflin boss, Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell) left the show.

In the episode, the cast got together to say bye to their boss, but one person was missing—Jenna Fischer's Pam, who worked as Scott's secretary for six years. (She was out running an errand and thought Michael was leaving the following day.) Luckily, her TV husband, Jim, drove her to the airport before he left. But diehard Office fans never got to hear what Pam said to Michael. Now, Fischer reveals she wasn't talking to Michael at all. Instead, she had a message to Steve.

“That was me talking to Steve. I told him all the ways I was going to miss him when he left our show. Those were real tears and a real goodbye,” said Fischer to Instagram followers, according to Mashable. “That was a really emotional scene.”

We're not crying, you are! Of course, this wasn't the last time we saw the Dunder Mifflin boss. He later returned for the 2013 finale to wed his employees, Dwight and Angela.

On Instagram, Fischer also shared her favorite episodes in the series. “I just watched 'Branch Wars' from Season 4 and I was kind of loving it,” she said. “But my ultimate favorite is 'Dinner Party.'”

Catch the heartfelt scene below.

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Russell Westbrook’s Game 4 Incident Could Lead to Game 5 Suspension

As if the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't in enough trouble following a 113-96 Monday night defeat that has them facing a first-round out, they now could be without Russell Westbrook for Wednesday night's Game 5.

According to KSL's Andy Larsen, referees were not allowed to talk about a contentious sequence of events that occurred in the fourth quarter of Monday's Game 4, because the NBA's disciplinary committee was reviewing it. Those events began when Utah's Rudy Gobert was fouled in the groin by OKC's Raymond Felton in a game that was already plenty heated. After that foul, Westbrook, who was waiting to check in at the scorer's table, walked onto the court to confront Gobert.

Here's video of the nut-shot, and the post nut-shot altercation:

As Larsen writes, the league's question appears to be, “was Westbrook waved on the court by the officials or was he leaving the bench area to participate in an altercation?” If it was the latter, Westbrook could be saddled with a suspension for Wednesday's do-or-die contest.

NBC's Dan Feldman pointed out that Thunder teammate Steven Adams was also awaiting entry into the game at the scorer's table, which could hurt Westbrook's case. In either event the NBA would have to make their judgment quickly, as Game 5 will take place Wednesday night in Oklahoma City at 9:30 ET.

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Hulu and Spotify Bundle Will Save You $5 a Month

Hulu and Spotify are teaming up to give users a package deal. Instead of paying $7.99 for Hulu's limited commercials plan and $9.99 for Spotify Premium, the company's ad-free plan, users can now pay $12.99 per month for both. That equals $4.99 in savings for users who are currently paying for both services separately. 

The deal is currently only available to users who are already paying for Spotify Premium, while the rest of us will have to wait until the summer to hop on board. Hulu is also letting Spotify's premium users sign up for a 99-cent promotion to try out its limited plan for three months.

This isn't the first time the two companies have joined forces. Last year, they introduced the same deal geared towards students, who were offered both services for just $4.99 per month. The bargain proved so popular that the two tech giants decided to make a similar offer to the public at large.

“Based on the outstanding performance of the Spotify and Hulu student package, it’s clear that consumers love to combine their music and television experiences together,” said Tim Connolly, SVP, Head of Distribution and Partnerships at Hulu. “Hulu and Spotify are brands that are defining how fans connect with entertainment in the future, and we are excited to expand our partnership to bring this combined package to all existing and new Spotify Premium subscribers.”

If users decide to opt in, they'll gain access to ad-free streaming with access to over 40 million songs on Spotify, as well as 75,000 TV shows and movies on Hulu. Among them are original titles like The Handmaid's Tale and Marvel's Runaways, as well as well as network series like NBC's This is Us, FX’s Atlanta, and entire back catalogs of classics like Lost, ER, Seinfeld, Full House, and Family Matters.

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Cardi B Is Cardi Boseman in ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promo

Saturday Night Live is watchable this weekend for two undeniable reasons: Cardi B and Chadwick Boseman.

Late Thursday night, NBC did that thing they always do where they have the current week’s host and musical guest stand in front of a camera with an SNL cast member. Much like Cardi and Chadwick's presence on this weekend's new episode makes it watchable, so too does their presence in this batch of promos. See for yourself below:

Cardi's expertly timed SNL appearance arrives amid Invasion of Privacy mania. The album, Cardi's studio debut, dropped Friday and will undoubtedly open at the top of the Billboard 200. The record avoids the arguably overpacked vibes of recent high-profile releases by keeping the experience at a concise 13 tracks. Migos, Chance the Rapper, SZA, 21 Savage, and J Balvin are among the features.

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Boseman is fresh off the massive success of Black Panther, which just last month was designated the most tweeted about movie in history. Thankfully, Ryan Coogler's Marvel smash will soon kick Titanic out of the coveted Top 3 Biggest Movies Ever club. As of Tuesday, the film had bagged just over $650 million in the U.S. and was less than $7 million away from taking the No. 3 spot from the—let's face it—extremely overrated James Cameron ship-sinking romp.

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Malcolm Butler Says He Almost Confronted Bill Belichick in the Middle of the Super Bowl About His Benching

Roughly two months after his Super Bowl benching, ex-Patriots turned Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler is still wondering what the hell happened. He admitted as much to Sports Illustrated during a recent interview where he talked about playing zero snaps in the biggest game of the season just two weeks after playing every snap in the Patriots' 24-21 AFC Championship Game win over the Jaguars. In addition, Butler stated that he considered asking head coach Bill Belichick mid-game about the snub but ultimately decided against it (no doubt to the chagrin of NBC executives looking for plotlines to talk about).

“There was times when I was on the sideline and I just wanted to go up and say to Belichick or [defensive coordinator] Matt Patricia and just say, ‘Is this how we’re gonna end this?’” Butler said. “I grew up in the Patriots system and I’m a man of God. I respect my authority and I just couldn’t ask them for something they didn’t want to do. I just was doing my job. I was close to going up there and saying what I wanted to say to Matt or Belichick, but I just stayed in my lane and just did my job. And I really wanted to go ask him, but I didn’t.”

Because it's not the way he does things (at all, really), Belichick still has not explained Butler's benching outside of saying it was a “coach's decision” unrelated to disciplinary issues. However, rather uncharacteristically, Belichick did say that there could've been a “much longer discussion” over Butler's benching but failed to elaborate because, again, that's how he does things. Given his track record, it does seem a little weird to be questioning him, but that's how it goes, especially when your defense gets humiliated by yielding 41 points in a loss.

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