Can’t Stop Watching: Kerry Washington’s Pregnancy, HBO’s Moms Mabley Tribute, ‘Almost Human’ 8-Minute Promo & More

by | October 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, HBO, Saturday Night Live, Watch What Happens Live

Kerry Washington arrives at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kerry Washington is pregnant! Duh! Like, we didn’t already know. This news is something Black Twitter and urban social media sites have been buzzing about for months and I even mentioned a few weeks ago (remember her “Good Morning America” pregnancy fake-out, LOL?). A friend of the 36-year-old actress tells Us Weekly that the “Scandal” star and her hubby of four-months, San Francisco 49ers’ Nnamdi Asomugha, are expecting their first child. Last night, as I watched a promo for her upcoming “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut, wondered, how will they work around her pregnancy? I mean, it’s not like she’s at home on “Scandal”where camera shots can be manipulated; she would be before a live audience on “SNL” participating in various skits sure to out her.  And then to have to explain to the cast and crew why her stomach can’t be shown— argh, it would’ve been a nightmare and the news would’ve leaked. Yep, having  the news revealed today avoids such headaches. Honestly, it seems that the private Washington had been teasing the media and “Scandal” fans by wearing roomy, belly-masquerading ensembles but neither confirming nor denying the preggers talk (there were murmurs she was toting around her toy pooch as a decoy.). People didn’t expect her to rub her belly onstage but felt they were owed an explanation. There are even those who are hoping this baby is an Olitz lovechild, you know, conceived from a lusty union between her “Scandal” character Olivia Pope and the fictional President Fitzgerald Grant. Ah, stans, you gotta love ‘em.  Anyway, Kerry, you’re going to be a mommy, and I wish you much success because parenthood is no joke. I know, I’m an aunt watching from the sidelines. Read more about her good news here. And if you want to see more Olitz, watch ABC’s “Scandal” here.

Since we’re talking about Washington and she’ll be in the headlines for days to come given her pregnancy, “SNL” appearance and of course, “Scandal,” I figured I’d share my 2 cents about the “SNL” promo featuring her and show regular Taran Killam. When I initially watched it, I was like, meh. I admit, it was nearing midnight, and because of this, I decided to re-watch the 3-minute video that features several 20-30 second promos for the episode. A couple were funny. I just hope Saturday’s sketches are even funnier. And Eminem will be the musical guest. That should be fun.  “SNL” airs at 11:30 p.m. EST Saturday on NBC.

“SNL” promo with Kerry Washington and Taran Killam

Speaking of black women and comedy … I think it’s awesome that Whoopi Goldberg is directing and producing an HBO documentary on the legendary black female comic, Jackie “Moms” Mabley. My father has her records and my parents would listen to them when we weren’t in earshot. She died at age 81 in 1975. “Moms Mabley has been a huge inspiration to me and so many others, but not a lot of folks outside of the comedy world know about her legacy,” said Goldberg in a statement. “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” airs at 9 p.m. EST on Nov. 18. Read more here. Also airing that night is the second-part of Fox’s “Almost Human” two-night season premiere. The J.J. Abram’s futuristic cop show stars Michael Ealy as Dorian, a human-like android partnered with Det. John Kennex, played by Karl Urban. As I type this, another Fox buddy cop series came to mind,  “Alien Nation.” Fox has released an 8-minute preview from the first episode, which you can watch here. John Larroquette of “Night Court” fame has been added to the cast. If you want to know more about Ealy, watch him dish on “The Ellen DeGeneres” show here. Oh, and did you hear that “The View” co-host Jenny McCarthy is “scared of Oprah?” She visited “Watch What Happens Live” last night, telling host Andy Cohen that “I did a deal with her for five years, but we, we kinda shook hands. I would be scared she would beat me up.” I remember hearing news of this show and then *poof* nothing. McCarthy, girl, didn’t you learn from Iyanla Vanzant? And you went to Barbara Walters,’ too? Seriously, if McCarthy honestly felt that the deal wasn’t right for her, then she did the best thing by walking away. She landed on her feet with “The View.” Read more here and watch her explanation here.

On my watchlist tonight? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On”A Demand
“American Horror Story: Coven”: I’ve been riding with Ryan Murphy’s show so far but last week’s scene with Gabourey Sidibe’s character making love to the homemade Minotaur was … too many things. It airs at 10 p.m. tonight on FX. [Watch here]
“Revolution”: I got behind watching this but am catching up online via XFINITY. It airs at 8 p.m EST tonight on NBC. [Watch here]

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Chris Brown checking into a anger-management rehab facility (I hope he can get it together. Seriously.).
NOT: The fight that Chris Brown event got into a brawl that landed him before a judge all because someone wanted to take a picture with him (Chris, sweetie, you can’t punch someone for this.).

HOT: Beyonce’s mama Tina Knowles and her date actor Richard Lawson at the 2013 Angel Ball (I thought he was cute since seeing him on “V” back in the day.)
NOT: The Chicago Bulls 12-point loss to the Miami Heat (I’m still very hopeful the Bulls will lay it on the Heat in the games to come.).

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