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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 hosts the first of the three back-to-back shows on March 29. Oscar-nominated Kendrick (Up In The Air) will be joined by seven-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams, who is making his first solo appearance on SNL as musical guest. Williams also received an Oscar nomination for his song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. Kendrick will next be seen in the feature Happy Christmas slated for release later this summer. Rogen will be joined on the April 12th show by Grammy-nommed British phenom Ed Sheeran, who will be making his SNL musical guest debut. Rogen will next be seen in Neighbors, which hits theaters on May 9. Rogen last hosted the NBC late-night show in 2011.

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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 of her signature nudity on the late-night sketch show. Last night, the Dunham-hosted SNL with musical guest The National averaged a 4.1 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.1 in adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters. That was down 11% in households and down 19% in 18-49 from last week’s show hosted by Jim Parsons. These are SNL‘s second-lowest results of the season in both households and 18-49.

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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 included this spoof of Louie featuring Louis CK as Abraham Lincoln. Check it out:

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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 down from SNL‘s last original on Feb 1, which featured guest Melissa McCarthy and Weekend Update‘s Seth Meyers’ farewell (5.4, 2.9) but was about average for the season. (The two SNL episodes before the Feb. 1 one, posted 4.8/2.6 and 4.7/2.7). On the East Coast, last night’s SNL, which marked the debut of new co-host Colin Jost, was delayed by 10 minutes by hockey overrun.

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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 the winter finale in December. This is what Parsons will have to compete with when it’s his turn: Should we take bets if he gets to rebut the new Tonight Show host?

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

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 1:58pm PST

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 — another musician who fronted the excellent rock band Sleater-Kinney. She’s not in Meyers’ shot of his new band from his show’s Twitter feed but here’s hoping she’ll sit in at some point. As for Armisen, he “will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia”, Meyers wrote. Meyers’ Late Night debuts February 24:

 

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Seth Meyers Says Goodbye To ‘SNL’s Weekend Update: Video

By | Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 1:31am PST

Seth Meyers SNLSaturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers bid farewell to his Weekend Update desk ahead of his move to Late Night, where he’ll debut as host February 24. Meyers was handed the baton – rather, the pickle – last week by Jimmy Fallon. His first slated Late Night guest, ex-Weekend Update co-anchor Amy Poehler, stopped by for the occasion along with fellow alumni Bill Hader (as Stefon) and Andy Samberg in the episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy, who made her third visit to SNL.

Related: Seth Meyers Lines Up First ‘Late Night’ Guest, Sets ‘Weekend Update’ Exit

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings On Par With Host Jonah Hill

By | Sunday January 26, 2014 @ 9:16am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Saturday Night Live, with host Jonah Hill and musical guest Bastille, averaged a 4.8 household rating in Nielsen’s metered markets and a 2.6 in adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters last night. That was in line with last week’s show with host/musical guest Drake (4.7, 2.7). In one of the show’s standout skits, Kate McKinnon’s disgruntled Russian woman Olya commented on the Winter Olympics coming to her country.

Related: Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Jonah Hill On SNL

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Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Jonah Hill On ‘SNL’: Video

By | Sunday January 26, 2014 @ 5:41am PST

Saturday Night Live used two of its favorite routines for guest host Jonah Hill‘s monologue last night: phony questions from the audience, and Hill feigning surprise when his The Wolf Of Wall Street colleague Leonardo DiCaprio made a cameo appearance. More schtick than jokes, of course. Hill also starred in a parody trailer of the movie Her, which SNL envisioned as a gay relationship. This was Hill’s third time hosting the show. Here are the clips:

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Colin Jost To Succeed Seth Meyers As ‘Weekend Update’ Co-Anchor On ‘SNL’

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 9:50am PST
Nellie Andreeva

colinjostEXCLUSIVE: Lorne Michaels has picked Seth Meyers‘ successor behind the Weekend Update desk of Saturday Night Live. In an SNL tradition, it is NBC sketch show’s head writer Colin Jost, who will join Cecily Strong as co-anchor on March 1. Meyers’ SNL farewell is slated for February 1. Jost was one of the youngest writers ever to join SNL in 2005 when he was 22 — fresh out of Harvard where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon. He was named head writer in 2012. Jost is the third consecutive SNL head writer to take on an Weekend Update co-anchor role following Tina Fey and Meyers. Some of the recent viral sketches he has meyersstrongweekendwritten on the show include the We Did Stop music video about the government shutdown featuring Miley Cyrus and the 50 Shades Of Grey screen test. He also has written for recurring characters on Weekend Update including Drunk Uncle, The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party (who was plated by Strong) and Second-hand news correspondent Anthony Crispino.
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Jost has shared in SNL writing staff’s three WGA Awards, a Peabody Award, and eight Emmy nominations. He has performed stand-up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, and the Just for Laughs comedy festivals in Montreal and Chicago. Jost, repped by CAA and 3 Arts, also wrote and co-stars in the upcoming Paramount movie Staten Island Summer, based on his days as a lifeguard. Read More »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Solid With Drake As Host

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 11:16am PST
Nellie Andreeva

DRAKE-SNLJimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are a tough act to follow. Saturday Night Live‘s first show after the highly rated holiday episode toplined by Fallon and Timberlake posted a 4.7 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.7/11 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. The show, with host/musical guest Drake that introduced new cast member Sasheer Zamata, was expectedly down from the Fallon/Timberlake juggernaut, which posted two-year highs (6.3, 3.9). But it tied the second highest 18-49 LPM rating for SNL this season, and its household tally was average.

Related: Sasheer Zamata Debuts On ‘SNL’: Video

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