Plus four other things we love in pop culture this week
TV shows like Veep and House of Cards offer entertaining looks at the lives of fictional politicans, but the new documentary Weiner gives us a look at the real thing. Following a well-documented sex scandal that involved the former member of the U.S. House of Representatives sending a nude photo of himself to a woman on Twitter, the Weiner crew was granted unprecedented access to the politician’s life. With its darkly humorous approach as it chronicles Anthony Weiner’s attempted comeback as he ran for the office of New York City mayor in 2013, the film wowed audiences (and the competition jury) at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won the Grand Jury Prize: Documentary award shortly after it was acquired for domestic distribution by Sundance Selects.
Weiner hits theaters on May 20.
After failing to find love on the 20th edition of The Bachelor, Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher is returning to ABC for another round of matchmaking. A group of 26 men will compete for Fletcher’s heart, including a former professional football player, an Afghan war veteran, a firefighter, and a single dad who also runs a chain of clinics for erectile dysfunction.
The Bachelorette‘s 12th season premieres Monday, May 23 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Despite the sadness that looms over our post-Downton Abbey world, there is hope that Julian Fellowes’ latest TV project, Doctor Thorne, can fill the void. Debuting May 20 on Amazon Prime, the series revolves around a penniless woman who, in 1850s Britain, grows up under the care of her uncle, Doctor Thorne, though financial complications threaten to muddy relationships at the Greshamsbury Park estate, where she spent years coming of age. As issues of finances, class, and romance bubble up, Doctor Thorne is a welcome return to period drama for Fellowes, featuring a cast that includes Alison Brie, Tom Hollander, and Ian McShane.
As the first woman to have each lead single from her first three albums debut within the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, Ariana Grande storms back onto the music scene with the release of her latest LP, Dangerous Woman. Preceded by the hit single of the same name, the album sees the 22-year old singer and actress pairing her silky smooth vocals with arena-ready production from hitmakers like Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Ali Payami, and Ilya Salmanzadeh, and guest appearances from Macy Gray, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne. Including an eclectic mix of slinky R&B cuts (“Let Me Love You”), bass-heavy bops (the Future-featuring “Everyday”) and heavenly pop bangers (“Into You”), Dangerous Woman proves that, only three albums into her career, Grande is in it for the long run.
Dangerous Woman will be released May 20.
Who’s that girl? The one with that song? The one who’s dating that other singer? The Who? Weekly podcast is here to answer all of your pop culture questions, as long as they pertain to those B-list singer/actress/model/socialite/fifth-tier members of Taylor Swift’s Girl Squad you can’t quite remember the names of. The podcast covers multiple relatively unknown celebrities from week to week, hitting topics such as “Which recent Oscar-winner is still Who (and dating one, too)?” and a recurring segment called “What’s Rita Up To?” in reference to perennial what’s-her-name, Rita Ora.