Plus three other things we love in pop culture this week
Following a successful turn on the big screen (Trainwreck, the film she wrote and starred in, grossed $110 million domestically), comedian Amy Schumer returns to TV for the fourth season of her hit Comedy Central series. The season features guest performances from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rachel Dratch, Missi Pyle, and more, all performing in sketches that show off Schumer’s signature brand of feminist humor (plus plenty of jokes about lady parts).
Inside Amy Schumer airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.
Beyoncé surprised fans with yet another unorthodox album release, dropping her sixth studio set, Lemonade, after airing music videos for each of its tracks as a 60-minute short film on HBO. The album features numerous samples and appearances from the likes of Jack White, James Blake, and The Weeknd, but “Freedom” (featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar) stands out as a potential song of the summer. With lyrics like “I break chains all by myself / Won’t let my freedom rot in hell,” the track stands on its own as a rousing empowerment anthem amid a collection of the singer’s boldest work to date.
“Freedom” and its parent album, Lemonade, are available now on iTunes.The Real Housewives of New York City
It’s hard to believe The Real Housewives of New York City has been airing for almost a decade, but the ladies of the Big Apple are still going strong on the series’ eighth installment. Like placing a new fish into a well-populated aquarium, the series slowly lowers new cast member Jules Wainstein into the contentious waters already inhabited by familiar faces like Ramona Singer, Countess LuAnn, Bethenny Frankel, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, and Dorinda Medley. The fireworks have already begun on season 8, as the series’ seven leading ladies make waves that could carry well into another decade of episodes.
The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.2 Dope Queens
Actress and TV personality Jessica Williams (The Daily Show) joins writer and actress Phoebe Robinson (Broad City, White Guy Talk Show) for a new weekly podcast from WNYC that, according to its official site, tackles everything from “sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other sh–.” With episode titles like “Thank You, Harriet Tubman” that feature descriptions like “Phoebe and Jessica make a jaw-dropping case for reparations, then go trolling for peen,” 2 Dope Queens is an edgy, fiercely original podcast featuring a fresh take on pop culture, current events, and more.
Following high-profile screenings at major international film festivals, Luca Guadagnino’s rollicking drama A Bigger Splash is finally make its theatrical debut in the U.S. The film stars Tilda Swinton as a David Bowie-esque rock star vacationing on a remote island with her much younger boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) when an unexpected visit from a familiar face from her past (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson) spices things up. The film was nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion — the Venice International Film Festival’s top honor — ahead of screening at the London Film Festival to positive reviews.
A Bigger Splash hits theaters May 4.