After Dave Chappelle’s delightful “Saturday Night Live,” we hit the sack feeling marginally more accepting of the world as it is today.
Then we woke to the news that 2016 took yet another rock icon.
But as Kate McKinnon said after performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during the “SNL” opener, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”
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Here’s our look back at some of the milestones in pop culture this week:
SUNDAY: Horrors! R.I.P., singer, songwriter and producer Leon Russell. The musician collaborated with everyone from the Rolling Stones and Phil Spector to Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson. He organized and played on Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour and album, and performed at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh. More than 100 artists have recorded Russell’s “A Song for You.” He was 74.
MONDAY: Horrors! R.I.P., journalist, political analyst and newscaster Gwen Ifill. Ifill was the first African-American woman to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program with “Washington Week in Review” and moderated the 2004 and 2008 presidential debates. She was 61.
MONDAY: Horrors! R.I.P., country music singer Holly Dunn, who had a big hit with “Daddy’s Hands.” She was 59.
MONDAY: Huzzah! Disney releases the trailer for the studio’s CGI/live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson. And it’s all in perfect taste — that you can bet.
TUESDAY: Horrors! R.I.P., jazz and blues pianist and singer and songwriter Mose Allison. His songs have been recorded by the Who, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Van Morrison and Tom Waits, among many others. He was 89.
WEDNESDAY: Huzzah! Dating show star and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce picks Maya in the (waaay too long) season finale of “Catching Kelce.” The true winner? Kansas City, which was featured heavily throughout the episode, as Kelce took his dates to the Plaza, Q39, Kauffman Center, Tom’s Town and Top Golf, among other venues.
WEDNESDAY: Hmmmm. Carrie Fisher reveals she had an affair with “Star Wars” co-star Harrison Ford back during the filming of the original trilogy, though she claims not to remember too much of it because of “the brutal strength of Harrison’s preferred strain of pot.” Fisher also said in an interview with People magazine that for her return as Princess Leia in “The Force Awakens,” she was asked to lose about 35 pounds. “They don’t want to hire all of me — only about three-quarters!” she told the magazine. “Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. … They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”
WEDNESDAY: Hmmm. A&E announces “Duck Dynasty” will end after this season. That’s a fact, Jack.
THURSDAY: Hmmmm. We’re still not sure what to think of Jimmy Fallon these days, but him performing “Enter Sandman” on kid instruments with Metallica and the Roots does make life a little better.
FRIDAY: Huzzah! “Fantastic Beasts” opens. It’s not perfect, but, like Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” and Middle-Earth, we’ll take any opportunity we can to go back to the Potterverse.
FRIDAY: Horrors! R.I.P., Sharon Jones. The singer, sometimes called “the female James Brown” led the high-energy rock, soul and blues group the Dap-Kings. Jones had been battling pancreatic cancer for several years. She was 60.