OMG Y'ALL BEYONCE REALLY IS PREGNANT (AGAIN). There have been rumors she might be, especially after she unexpectedly had to cancel one of her tour dates due to "exhaustion," which loosely translates to "something we don't want to say" in celebrity world.
But I was skeptical because I thought it was kind of poor timing given her Mrs. Carter World Tour. Also I expected to receive a personal phone call announcing the news, were it true.
Neither Jay-Z nor Beyonce have officially confirmed that this is true. It's all still speculative, but E! claims it has "multiple" sources saying Baby Number 2 is totally happening. While I'm usually pretty against believing rumors that only credit anonymous sources, I sort of believe it this time because Jay-Z and Beyonce are the same people who never even confirmed they were a couple until after they were married.
Do you think she's pregnant? If so, what do you think that'll mean for her tour? And do you think she'll announce it as adorably as she did with Blue Ivy (see video above)? I'm holding out for some kind of Beyonce parade where the final float is actually a ginormous 50-foot balloon of Beyonce's likeness with a pregnant belly.
The following is a guest post by Chris Jones.
Count another bastion of major network television among the endangered species. CBS and Turner Sports recently announced that TBS will broadcast the NCAA men’s basketball tournament semifinal games in 2014 and 2015. The Final Four always had been broadcast on major network television prior to the latest agreement.
The Final Four joins “Monday Night Football” and the college football bowl system (minus one game in 2012) that have made the transition to cable (or satellite) television. According to Sports Illustrated, cable subscription fees are the underlying factor that several major sporting events are cutting ties with the Big Four television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox). Those over-the-air networks don’t charge viewers broadcast fees.
Since I talked about "The Office" finale at length already, I won't include that in this week's post. But just know this: OMG. In addition to "The Office," we'll also say goodbye to an SNL cast member; the cutest graduate said goodbye to college; and Barbara Walters says goodbye to television.
Bill Hader leaves SNL
This week, Bill Hader announced that Saturday's SNL episode will be his last. His decision to leave the show follows that news that Seth Meyers will be leaving Weekend Update to take over Jimmy Fallon's late-night hosting gig. Hader told the New York Times, "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point." For eight years, Hader played characters like the smarmy game show host; Herb Welch, a not-so-great reporter; and, of course, Stefon, a frequent Weekend Update guest who gave tips for the hottest spots in NYC, usually in the form of nightclubs that were so bizarre Hader couldn't stay in character. (See a mash-up of great Stefon moments in the video.) Mostly, Bill Hader was one of those SNL members who seemed like he'd be on the show forever. And we kinda liked it that way.
After spending 2012 away from the stage, Michael Buble is back with a new tour in support of his latest album, To Be Loved, and initial onsales are this Friday and Monday. The ever-popular Buble will visit 40 cities on this tour, including stops in Indianapolis, IN; Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, NC; and San Diego, CA. The tour's U.S. concerts are scheduled to begin on September 7 at Chicago's United Center. They will end on November 30 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
Released on April 22, To Be Loved has proven to be yet another hit, debuting at the top of the Billboard 200. This is Buble's fourth straight album to do so. It also debuted at number one in Buble home country Canada, the fifth time it has done so there.
Other onsales this week include Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Tour, which has another seven concerts on sale this Friday. If your city isn't up this week and hasn't gone up yet, never fear as there are more onsales next Friday, May 24. Also, Christmas has come early for fans of the Radio City Rockettes. You didn't misread that — all 200+ Radio City Christmas Spectacular shows are onsale this coming Tuesday, May 21.
Finally, the Backstreet Boys are back. As we reported earlier this week, they're following up on their successful tour with New Kids on the Block in 2011 with their very own 25-date tour during the second half of the summer. The In a World Like This Tour will begin on August 2 at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago and end on September 8 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA. Jesse McCartney and Jersey Shore's DJ Pauly D will join them. Initial onsales are on Friday and Saturday.
The series finale of "The Office" airs tonight after nine seasons and all I want is for Michael Scott to return. Listen, I stuck with the show after he departed. I stuck with the show through endless Jim/Pam will-they-won't-they moments. I stuck with the show when Robert California drove me totally crazy. (Sorry, Robert California fans.) And now all I ask is for Michael Scott to come back one more time to bid the series adieu.
But everyone has been saying it's not going to happen. In an effort to quell any disappointment (and Hulk-like rage) I may feel if that turns out to be true, I keep trying to nonchalantly tell myself he won't show up. No big deal, I think, who needs him anyway?
Me, that's who, because I really, really, really want him to be on tonight's show. It won't feel like a final goodbye without him! So I've spent the last few weeks arguing with myself over whether Steve Carell will make an appearance. Will he? Won't he? Well...
Reasons Michael Scott WILL NOT return
Execs have denied Michael Scott will be in the finale. The cast, writers, and producers have been firm about this. They've maintained this for months, possibly longer, and urged us all not to count on it happening. NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said "[T]he decision would be compromising his schedule."