SNL Among Shows Planning Return with End of Writers Strike Looming
The long-running sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live could be on its way to a full 49th season after the writers and the studios reached a tentative agreement to end the strike. According to Variety, the show is rumored to return on either Oct. 7 or 14, pending a vote by the WGA. The WGA negotiating group is expected to recommend the approval and send it to the WGA West Board and WGA East Council for a vote, likely scheduled for Tuesday. This could potentially lift the restraining order and allow writers to return to work as they await for the deal to be approved. Season 48 was shortened by three episodes when the writers walked out at the beginning of May. The Screen Actors Guild, however, is still on strike, and the WGA has indicated they will not return until SAG also strikes a deal.
Amazon Eyes AI with Reported $4B Anthropic Investment
E-commerce giant Amazon announced that it will invest up to $4 billion in generative artificial intelligence startup Anthropic as part of a larger strategic collaboration. Essentially, Amazon Web Services (AWS) will become Anthropic’s primary cloud provider, and Amazon is acquiring a minority ownership stake in the two-year-old AI firm. The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon is kicking off its alliance with Anthropic with an initial investment of $1.25 billion, but the $4 billion cap will likely be hit over time.
Foot Locker Gets In on Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce Buzz on Social Media
With rumors flying left and right, Taylor Swift surprised the masses Sunday when she appeared at Arrowhead Stadium to cheer on Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Donning a Chiefs jacket over a white tank with shorts, the “Tolerate It” singer rocked a pair of New Balance 550s in a red and white colorway. Swift‘s outfit left many wondering how to replicate it, so Foot Locker got in on the fun. The company “unveiled” its “Swiftie Starter Pack” on Monday, which was just a picture of the shoes Swift wore alongside Kelce’s No. 87 home jersey. We’ll be waiting on bated breath to see what the 12-time Grammy winner wears the next time she’s spotted watching Kelce and Co.
Pitch Clock Significantly Cuts MLB Game Time in 2023
Last year, Major League Baseball announced three rule changes — headlined by the pitch clock — that the league’s Competition Committee approved to help combat long-running games. Not even a full season later, the pitch clock is proving to be a resounding success. According to MLB PR, the 2021 season had 390 games that clocked in at 3 hours and 30 minutes or longer, which was the most ever. In 2022, there were 231. This season, with the new rules in place, that number has been reduced down to nine. In turn, MLB has opted to keep the pitch clock rules during the postseason games. After initial adjustments, players have seemingly gotten used to the changes throughout the season, with nearly two-thirds of regular-season games concluding sans any pitch clock infractions.
Nipsey Hussle’s Foundation Links Up with LA Marathon
Nipsey Hussle’s impact continues to be felt long after his March 2019 death. On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the late emcee’s Neighborhood Nip Foundation will join the 2024 Los Angeles Marathon as an official charity partner. Hussle‘s beloved The Marathon Clothing company will submit a team of 15 or more in the race, and all proceeds raised by each participant will go toward the non-profit. For those who cannot afford the marathon fees, the Neighborhood Nip Foundation plans to sponsor runners.
Knicks Reportedly Promoting Gersson Rosas in Front Office Move
The New York Knicks made a big front-office move on Monday, promoting Gersson Rosas to Senior VP of Basketball Operations, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Rosas had been a team consultant for the past year and now will be among the organization’s senior decision-makers. Prior to this appointment, the Colobian-born exec was previously president of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Dallas Mavericks’ GM, and a Houston Rockets executive. The Knicks are coming off their best campaign record-wise since 2012-13, making it to the Eastern Conference semifinals before falling in the postseason.