It was a big week for music on TV as Beyoncé premiered her new album, Lemonade, via an hour-long film on HBO on Saturday night. It was an audacious and original move, befitting a gorgeous album that blends art forms — music videos, cinema, poetry, music, dance, photography, fashion — to create an indelible experience for the eyes and ears. Close all the tabs with the thinkpieces and just watch.
Game of Thrones took care of business in its sixth season premiere, setting up each character’s journey for the season ahead (except for a few who were conspicuously missing, like Bran). But it made sure to end on a gasp: Melisandre takes off her clothes, as Melisandre is wont to do, but there’s a twist this time — when she takes off her necklace, her body sags, and it’s revealed that she’s really a very, very old woman. Is the necklace some sort of eternal life-giver? Is she going to resurrect Jon with her magic bling? Time will tell…
Samantha Bee sticks it to the Harriet haters
“Finally, a black woman making a white man move to the back,” Bee declared in her Full Frontal segment on the Treasury Department’s decision to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill. “Once the products of America’s school system finished Googling, ‘Who is Harriet Tubman,’ they were all for it.” She went on to rip into the bigots complaining about the change in a hilarious and spot-on segment.