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‘SNL’: ‘Fox And Friends’, ‘Les Jeunes de Paris’, And George R.R. Martin (Video)

By | Sunday April 6, 2014 @ 4:21am PDT

Anna Kendrick was last night’s guest host in an episode that, per usual, was largely devoted to mocking pop culture. Here are the latest of SNL‘s recurring send ups of Fox And Friends — this time discussing climate change with Cosmos host Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Keenan Thompson) and Obamacare — its Les Jeunes de Paris fantasy dance, and a Weekend Update interview with Bobby Moynihan as Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin discussing the new season of Game of Thrones. (Two of Kendrick’s most memorable skits, the opening and Little Mermaid, are not available due to music rights.)
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‘SNL’: Louis C.K., ‘Black Jeopardy’ And Pop Icons Promote Obamacare (Video)

Louis C.K. prepares his own material, which explains why his monologue last night was genuinely funny with thoughtful jokes instead of the usual SNL opening shticks. For those who like the show’s recurring themes there’s the latest Jeopardy take off, Black Jeopardy. The cold open, supposedly about President Obama‘s efforts to promote the Affordable Care Act on social media, gave cast members an opportunity to impersonate pop celebrities.
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Hot ‘SNL’ Parody: ‘Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark’

Mike Fleming

Early this morning, Deadline ran a clip of Saturday Night Live’s fun commercial parody dealing with injury lawsuits suffered by cast an audience of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. In case you missed it, it’s worth a watch:

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‘SNL’ Features ‘Cape’ Parody, Pee-wee Short

Nellie Andreeva

Saturday Night Live last night took on the new NBC superhero drama The Cape with fake promos for other NBC series about “superheroes who get their superpowers from items of clothing,” including The Scarf, The Scrunchy and The Spanx. Meanwhile, Paul Reubens is already getting online support for a hosting gig on SNL after his turn as Pee-wee opposite Andy Samberg in last night’s digital short. Videos below:

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Big Ratings For NBC’s ‘SNL’, NFL Wild Card Games. Will That Help ‘The Cape’ Premiere?

Nellie Andreeva

Yesterday was a big day for NBC ratings-wise. The first original Saturday Night Live of the year, hosted by Jim Carrey, drew a 7.8 rating/18 share in the metered-market households, a season high for the veteran late-night sketch show and the highest rating since the big Betty White/Jay-Z episode on May 8. I personally felt Carrey’s physical comedy talents could have been put to better use with stronger material, though he made the most of what he was given with engaging performances. Below is the show’s opening skit, a Black Swan send-up. On the East Coast, SNL was delayed 15 minutes by the overrun of the Jets-Colts NBC Wild Card playoff game (20.8 overnight rating/33 share), which posted the best primetime Wild Card rating ever (The NFL became airing Wild Card games in primetime in 2002). Overall, it was the highest-rated Wild Card Saturday game in 11 years. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks victory over the New Orleans Saints earlier in the day (18.3/33) logged the best Wild Card Game 1 overnight rating in 20 years. And the two-game average was the best in 16 years. One amusing detail. While Carrey opened his SNL monologue with “How ’bout those Jets, New York?,” New Yorkers actually didn’t watch the game that much. While New Orleans and Seattle were the top 2 markets for the Saints-Seahawks game and Indianapolis was the top market for the Jets-Colts game, New York, which has the largest potential audience in the country, was only ranked 20th for … Read More »

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Gwyneth Paltrow Duets With Jimmy Fallon, Set To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Nellie Andreeva

NBC this morning announced that Gwyneth Paltrow will host Saturday Night Live on January 15 with musical guest Cee Lo Green. After Paltrow’s rendition of Green’s breakout hit, F**k You on Fox’s Glee, the two are bound to collaborate  on SNL. As a warm-up, here is another comedic duet Paltrow just did with with Jimmy Fallon on the SNL alum’s late-night show, also on NBC and also executive produced by SNL honcho Lorne Michaels. It is a take on Shazzazz’s 90′s R&B hit We Did It. Paltrow is out promoting her new movie Country Strong, in which she also sings.

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Solid Ratings For Paul Rudd/Paul McCartney On ‘Saturday Night Live’

Nellie Andreeva

Last night, NBC’s Saturday Night Live earned its highest meter-market overnight rating (5.3/13)  since the late-night sketch show’s season premiere. Last night’s holiday edition of SNL, hosted by Paul Rudd with musical guest Paul McCartney, was up slightly, by 4%, vs. the same night last year. The two Pauls had about equal presence on the show, with McCartney popping up in a number of segments in addition to performing several songs, including a heartfelt salute to John Lennon days after the 30th anniversary of his death. Here is Rudd’s opening monologue that also featured McCartney:

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Scores With De Niro

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s Saturday Night Live last night posted its best overnight rating since the season premiere. The show hosted by Robert De Niro with musical guest Diddy-Dirty Money drew a 5.0/12 in metered-market households, up 14% from the same night last year. De Niro, who was promoting Little Fockers, was joined in two sketches with co-star Ben Stiller. Here are SNL‘s WikiLeaks/TMZ-themed cold open featuring De Niro as Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai and a sketch featuring him in a drag opposite Diddy.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Premiere Up In Ratings

Nellie Andreeva

The 36th season premiere of Saturday Night Live last night averaged a 5.6 household rating/13 share in the metered markets, up 15% from last year’s season opener. The debut was also higher than the opening episode in September 2007 but couldn’t match the fall 2008 premiere (7.4/18) boosted by the interest in the presidential campaign and a skit featuring Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. Then-SNL regular Amy Poehler, who played Hillary Clinton in that famous skit, hosted the show last night with Katy Perry as musical guest. Here are videos of Poehler’s cameo-filled monologue featuring Fey, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch as well as her Really?!? Weekend Update segment with Seth Meyers.

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