For the past two weeks, Kimmel has invited federal employees each night to do odd jobs. They've included a TSA agent, a U.S. Forest Service firefighter, a USDA safety inspector, an air traffic controller, a NASA engineer and a prison guard. "This isn’t just Kimmel goofing around," says Marissa Martinelli. "With each guest, he makes a pointed statement about how essential their role is for the country to function." There's another advantage to Kimmel's stunt: "It humanizes the people who are impacted by the shutdown, hundreds of thousands of whom are now working without a paycheck," says Martinelli, adding: "Whether Trump is watching or not, Kimmel is hitting him where it hurts: his so-called populist appeal. The shutdown is already costing Trump the support of his strongest supporters, white Americans without college degrees, and Kimmel is taking advantage by deploying his own everyman persona, using common sense, basic compassion, and a let’s-grab-a-beer ease to transcend political ideology, as he’s done in the past with health care." ALSO: Stephen Colbert is selling mugs to benefit furloughed government workers.
Star Trek: Discovery returned Thursday night amid plans for a slew of new Star Trek series, including spinoffs starring Patrick Stewart and Michelle Yeoh, two animated series and Short Tracks. Despite all the Star Trek series, CBS All Access is still promising restraint to avoid overexposure. “There’s no benefit to just pushing out into the marketplace tons of Star Trek content. That’s not our intention,” says Julie McNamara, CBS All Access' executive vice president of original content. “We’re looking to mine it wisely and effectively.” She adds: "In an ideal world, Star Trek fans would be interested in great Star Trek shows that could be a variety of talent and subject matter. They have to real right, and the timing has to feel right.”
During a standup set Wednesday, Chappelle discussed the fallout with R. Kelly from his "Piss On You" sketch that fellow Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan discussed earlier in the week. "We was in Chicago at a Common show and his goons bust in my room," Chappelle said. "I don't know if they was his goons but they sure did like him. 'He said, "How are you gonna do the video of me peeing on (girls) like that?"' … and I said, ‘How you gonna do the video?'"
The unauthorized The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody, premiering in February, is described as “a hilarious romp through past, present and future” that “spoofs the gang at their best, their worst, their most musical and at their absolute wildest.”
“I kept that statue," Harington said of the statue featured in the new Game of Thrones promo. "You know, the one in the crypt. I kept it, they sent it to my house. So I’ve got it in my shed. How sad is that? I was the only one who kept their statue that’s how narcissistic I am.” ALSO: Sophie Turner wasn't allowed to wash her hair while filming Game of Thrones.
Artist Bob Jacobson's painting even includes a character who appeared in last week's episode.
The backstory of Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller's characters were finally addressed in Thursday's episode. “There were several ideas,” says co-creator Dan Goor, adding that the episode "felt very true to their characters." Blocker, meanwhile, noted that he and Miller didn't think their characters would ever become front and center. “We weren’t regulars in the beginning,” he said. “They didn’t know whether this was going to work or not, nor did we. We were just thrilled every week we got asked to come back.”
The 29-year-old Fatima, who is facing a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer, was surrounded by her castmates for what was called a "bittersweet reunion."
It was revealed earlier this week that the second lady got a new job teaching art at a private Christian school that could refuse admission or discontinue enrollment if a student or parent's behavior supports or condones "homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity. In response, The Trevor Project sent 100 copies of Last Week Tonight's A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. The copies of the book, about a gay bunny, came with a "heartfelt note" urging the school to change its student and employee policies.
A new study has found that the two most populous states, California and Texas, share the same favorite show on Netflix: Jane the Virgin. Stranger Things, meanwhile, was No. 1 in Utah and Colorado, while Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad were predictably tops in New Mexico.
Turns out Samberg's long hair during his first season on Saturday Night Live in 2005 was even longer. “If you see pictures of me in the beginning of SNL, my hair was insane — and it was worse before I started,” Samberg tells Today. “That was the cut-down, and Lorne did ask me in that meeting, ‘Would you be willing to cut your hair?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah! I’ll shave my head. I’ll do whatever you want.'”
Bublé was trying to prank shoppers while working as a cashier, but it was him who was left surprised when the Modern Family star and his girlfriend showed up at his register. ALSO: Bublé is starring in a Super Bowl ad for Bubly sparking water.