NBC 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:
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.)
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.
With 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 and 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.
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:
“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.”
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:
Lena 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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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 — …