Drake is once again going to both serve as the host and the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Expect the hip-hop star—who just released his fourth album Views—to toggle back and fourth between his self-aware, living meme persona and critically acclaimed artist, in a way few people not named Justin Timberlake can. Discuss
Four megachurch pastors are headed to network television this summer. Fox will air a test run of a new talk show series in New York and L.A. on local networks it owns, which will be hosted by Lakewood Church’s John Gray, The House of Hope’s Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr., God Seekers Church’s Orrick Quick and Empowerment Temple AME’s Dr. Jamal Bryant.
The Preachers is being executive produced by The View’s co-creator, Bill Geddie, who told Deadline, “After The View, I figured I’d never do another panel show, but these preachers knocked me off my feet. They’re not just another set of talking heads yakking about the events of the day; they bring real-world experience as pastors and counselors.” You can see an interview with "the preachers" below. Discuss
Scientists at the University of Oxford have confirmed what anyone hanging out at Central Perk has long known—having friends is better than some painkillers at making you feel better. According to the new research, published in Scientific Reports, individuals who have lots of close friends have higher pain tolerances than people who don’t, and being around them provides a more-powerful-than-expected endorphin rush. Researchers explained to The Telegraph,
One theory, known as 'the brain opioid theory of social attachment', is that social interactions trigger positive emotions when endorphin binds to opioid receptors in the brain. This gives us that feel-good factor that we get from seeing our friends.
The endorphin effect is so intense, that the team found that being with a friend group is a more effective painkiller than morphine itself. The only other treatment that comes close, is putting The Rembrandts' “I’ll Be There For You” directly into your ears. Discuss
Good grief. The Peanuts gang is headed back to television. A new series of vignettes starring Charlie Brown and his lovable gang of suburban friends will air on the Boomerang network, starting on May 9. The shorts were created by Normaal Animation of France in the lead up to the recent Peanuts movie, and have already aired in Europe. But, unlike the recent film adaptation, the TV series isn’t in the new CGI-style. Instead, they use watercolor renderings that resemble the comic strip’s original look. Discuss
Fans of the real-time action series 24 have reason to be excited. Variety is reporting that Fox has officially placed an order for 24: Legacy, a spin-off of the national security series. Though the new series will play out in the same style as the original, it won’t feature long-time star, Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. Instead, the new show will center on a character played by Corey Hawkins (Heath in The Walking Dead, Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton), as a war hero who returns home to fight terrorism. The 12-episode season will air next year. Discuss