It’s hard to know what to make of this trailer, evidently for an upcoming TV show called So You Think You Can Preach. As the name would suggest, the reality competition would feature amateur preachers delivering sermons in front of judges, ultimately attempting to win a cash prize of $25,000, a new car and a “Lifetime Opportunity Preaching at two or more Mega Churches across America.” According to The Christian Post, no network has signed on to air the show, though, on the show's website, the organizers appear to be receiving applications from, ah, contestants(?) and will be holding auditions in October. If the YouTube comments are any indication, though, the concept isn’t exactly being received well in ministry crowds. Discuss
The Walking Dead has spawned a monster hit. The zombie TV show's spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead, drew the biggest audience ever for a cable series premiere, with more than 10 million viewers. The show tells a parallel survivor story during the same zombie outbreak featured in the original AMC hit. In a statement, the president of the network said, “We are releasing these live/same day ratings because Fear the Walking Dead delivered record-breaking numbers that are all the more special in this era of time-shifted viewing and audience fragmentation.” In other words, despite DVR and Netflix, Fear the Walking Dead still managed to be a massive, old-school-style TV hit. Discuss
CBS just released the lineup for the first week of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which premieres Tuesday, Sept. 8. We previously mentioned George Clooney and Jeb Bush, and the rest of the week looks just stellar.
—September 8: George Clooney and Jeb Bush, with music by Jon Batiste and Stay Human
—September 9: Scarlett Johansson, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, with music (and interview) by Kendrick Lamar
—September 10: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, with music by Toby Keith
—September 11: Amy Schumer and Stephen King (that combo makes sense, right?), with music (and interview) by Troubled Waters. Discuss
Tracy Morgan is returning to Saturday Night Live in what will be his first performance since getting into a horrific car accident last summer. On Oct. 17, the former SNL cast member will return to the NBC studios' stage, joining a list of season 41 hosts that also includes Amy Schumer and Miley Cyrus. Morgan was badly injured and spent two weeks in a coma after the limo van he was a passenger in was struck by a Walmart semi-truck on the New Jersey Turnpike last June. One of the passengers was killed and several others injured. Discuss