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NBC’s Love Actually sequel finds love for Laura Linney, burns Piers Morgan

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The Love Actually sequel, Red Nose Day Actually, finally aired in the U.S. last night as part of NBC’s Red Nose Day Special, and it provided a variety of sweet codas for the various characters, as well as one merciless Piers Morgan burn. To that latter point, the short reunion ends with Hugh Grant’s Prime Minister—who, yes, somehow got re-elected all these years later—giving a press conference where he talks about the state of he world. “And it’s not just in politics that things are tough,” he says, joking. “Usain Bolt has run his last Olympics, the Harry Potter films are finished, Piers Morgan is still alive.”


Naturally, because this is Love Actually, the PM eventually stops with the jokes and ends on a positive note about how the charity event Red Nose Day, dedicated to helping children in need, demonstrates how humanity is really good. As for the others, the most notable way in which this follow-up alters the events of Richard Curtis’ film is that Laura Linney’s Sarah finally finds love—not, alas, in the form of Rodrigo Santoro, but rather in McDreamy himself, Patrick Dempsey. Elsewhere, Andrew Lincoln’s Mark remains annoyingly committed to cue cards, but ended up marrying Kate Moss; Colin Firth’s Jamie is still struggling with his Portuguese; and Bill Nighy’s Billy Mack remains the best.

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