NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ 40th Anniversary Special Set

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 11:25am PDT

snl18NBC set a date for its three-hour bash — February 15, 2015 — but did not say which past and present cast members, musical guests, etc. would appear. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said the “special is just one of many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year.” Today’s announcement: Read More »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Seth Rogen As Host

By | Sunday April 13, 2014 @ 9:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

sethrogensnlLast night’s Saturday Night Live with host Seth Rogen and musical guest Ed Sheeran averaged a 3.9 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.1 in adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters. That … Read More »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ On Par With Anna Kendrick As Host

By | Sunday April 6, 2014 @ 9:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

snl_kendrick_littlemermaidBoth Anna Kendrick and last week’s Louis C.K. have received solid marks for their hosting, but Saturday Night Live‘s streak of suppressed ratings, which started with the Lena Dunham episode, continues. Last night’s … Read More »

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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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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Stay Low With Louis C.K. As Host

By | Sunday March 30, 2014 @ 9:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

snl-louisWith only five new installments of Saturday Night Live in the three months since the beginning of 2014, the late-night show has struggled to find a rhythm with viewers lately. Last night’s show hosted by Louis C.K. with musical … Read More »

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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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Anna Kendrick To Make ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut, Seth Rogen Tapped For Third Time

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 12:52pm PDT

Anna Kendrick will makeannakendrick her first appearance as host of Saturday Night Live on April 5 and Seth Rogen will return for his third stint on April 12, NBC announced today. They will follow Louis C.K., who Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Tonight Show’ With Hosts Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon Both Submitted For Consideration

Nellie Andreeva

Tonight Show Emmys Jimmy Fallon Jay LenoWith NBC’s The Tonight Show making a transition from host Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon midway through the season, both versions are eligible for Primetime Emmys. The same goes for Late Night and its incarnations hosted by Fallon and Seth Meyers. I’ve learned that both The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Emmyslogo_newand The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon are being submitted by NBC along with Late Night With Seth Meyers, Last Call With Carson Daly and the network’s venerable late-night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. NBC was in a similar situation during the 2009-2010 season when both The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, which aired through January, and Tonight Show With Jay Leno, which succeeded it, were submitted (O’Brien landed a nomination). Given the fact that Fallon just moved into Tonight Show and is looking to establish himself as host, it makes sense for him only to be submitted for that show. For Leno, this could be the last time he is up for a late-night Emmy. His Tonight Show has been nominated 10 times for Best Music, Comedy Or Variety Series, winning once. Fallon and Meyers’ previous shows, Late Night and SNL, also have been nominated in the top variety category. Read More »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Down With Lena Dunham As Host

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 11:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lena Dunham SNL RatingsThe big promo push for Lena Dunham‘s hosting of Saturday Night Live that included her appearing on NBC’s Today and Late Night With Seth Meyers did not pay off, even with Girls creator/star discussing/displaying some … Read More »

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‘SNL’: Lena Dunham Joins In Parody Of ABC’s ‘Scandal’ (Video)

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 5:35am PDT

Saturday Night Live‘s guest host Lena Dunham last night played a self-absorbed neophyte who’s overwhelmed by the competence of everyone in Olivia Pope’s crisis management firm. Sasheer Zamata mimics Kerry Washington. Here you go:

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‘SNL’: Lena Dunham Makes Fun Of Nudity On ‘Girls’ (Video)

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 5:16am PDT

Saturday Night Live has its best luck with routines in which guest hosts make fun of themselves. That was the case last night when Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s Girls, acknowledged the vigorous debate over her show’s frequent nudity. She did it in the monologue (watch below) with a familiar set-up: She says SNL‘s a place “where people respect boundaries,” and then cast members predictably don’t. She also filmed a fake trailer (also below) for a movie about the biblical story of Adam and Eve where she plays her overanxious character from Girls and Taran Killam does an overwrought parody of Adam Driver, who portrays her boyfriend on the show. Check out the clips:

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Louis C.K. To Return As ‘Saturday Night Live’ Host: Video

By | Saturday March 8, 2014 @ 11:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

With his FX series kicking off its delayed fifth season in May, Louis C.K. will make a second appearance as host of Saturday Night Live on March 29. The writer-actor-comedian first hosted the NBC late-night show in November 2012, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when highlights … Read More »

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Lena Dunham Latest Instrument In NBC’s Symphony

Late Night with Seth Meyers - Season 1 “Symphony” is NBC parent Comcast-speak for “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” It involves various properties of the company promoting each other. In the case of the star of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham‘s, the music started when the network booked the creator-writer-star to guest host Saturday Night Live for the first time, this weekend. This week, Dunham showed up on NBC’s Late Night, now hosted by former SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers, to help keep up his second-week ratings, during which she plugged this weekend’s SNL . Today, NBC News sent out info about a Dunham interview, taped for tomorrow morning, on Today – from the set of Saturday Night Live — during which she talks to Savannah Guthrie about the fact that she is hosting SNL for the first time, and her love of SNL. In the course of that conversation, which will be broadcast tomorrow, she also plugged Late Night, while answering a question as to whether she came to SNL with any sketch ideas of her own. In that conversation, which will be broadcast tomorrow, Dunham said she asked new-host Meyers for advice about pitching the SNL writers, because she “didn’t want to be the person who shows up for the first day of school with, like, all their pencils sharpened, already knowing all the answers.” Read More »

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Lena Dunham Promos ‘SNL’ Hosting Gig: Video

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 7:00am PST

Lena Dunham, self-described Saturday Night Live obsessive, will host this weekend with musical guest The National. Watch her promos here:

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‘SNL’ Ratings Average With Jim Parsons, New ‘Weekend Update’ Co-Host Debut

By | Sunday March 2, 2014 @ 8:52am PST
Nellie Andreeva

saturday-night-live-jim-parsonsLast night’s Saturday Night Live, with host Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory and musical guest Back, averaged a 4.6 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.6 among adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters markets. That was … Read More »

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For Oscar Weekend, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Riffs On The Movies

By | Sunday March 2, 2014 @ 5:51am PST

Saturday Night Live didn’t skewer the movies themselves. Instead last night’s show used them as jumping off points for wouldn’t-it-be-funny-if sketches. One imagines 12 Years A Slave auditioning white actors who were inappropriate for the roles. Another has a sour critic from an 1860s newspaper panning this year’s nominees and film classics. A third had cute kids from an acting camp playing Wolf Of Wall Street, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Her, and Dallas Buyers Club. The show also poked fun at Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres. Here you go:
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Lena Dunham To Make ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut March 8

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 8:07am PST

Rachel Antonoff - Presentation - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion WeekLena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series Girls, will be joined by The National –  making its first appearance as musical guest. Dunham hasn’t hosted Saturday Night Live before but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t a part of it. Last fall, the late-night show parodied Dunham and her HBO series with a faux promo featuring Tina Fey as new castmember Blerta from Albania. Dunham called the spoof a “true honor.” Check it out:

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Jim Parsons To Host ‘SNL’ When It Returns March 1

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 1:16pm PST

Saturday Night Live returns from its Olympics-imposed hibernation March 1, and the NBC late-night show said today Jim Parsons as host with musical guest Beck. It will mark the hosting debut for The Big Bang Theory star — sort of. Jimmy Fallon did a mean Jim Parsons imitation in … Read More »

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Fred Armisen To Lead Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’ Band

Seth Meyers tweeted out the news today that his former Saturday Night Live castmate Fred Armisen will lead the band on the new Late Night With Seth Meyers. Armisen, who plays a mean drums (check on the video below), currently stars on IFC’s sketch series Portlandia opposite Carrie Brownstein — … Read More »

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