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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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‘SNL’: The CNN Breaking News Pregnancy Test

By | Sunday April 13, 2014 @ 3:28am PDT

Tired of CNN’s relentless breaking news alerts? Well, what if the news network got in the pregnancy test business? Instead of receiving numerous updates about the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a woman can now rely on CNN as it routinely informs her that it’s still determining her pregnancy.  Take a look at the SNL parody:

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‘SNL’: Guest Host Seth Rogen Ribs James Franco About Underage Girl Incident

By | Sunday April 13, 2014 @ 2:57am PDT

Seth Rogen — aka “Bear Man” as nicknamed by former Saturday Night Live character Vinny Veducci (Bill Hader) — marked his third guest host appearance on the NBC sketch comedy show tonight. Rogen was only 23 years old when he first hosted, and apparently he was having so much fun, it was all a blur to him. Hence, Rogen decided to chronicle his recent week at SNL in a journal.  One high point for Rogen entailed pranking James Franco by posing as a girl on Instagram. “I told him (James) I was way young. He seemed unfazed. I have a date to meet him at the Ace Hotel,” quipped Rogen in reference to Franco’s recent incident with a 17 year-old Scottish girl.  Toward the end of Rogen’s opening monologue, he got by with a little help from his friends including Zooey Deschanel, Taylor Swift and, of course, Franco. Take a look:

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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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Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost Makes His Debut On ‘Weekend Update’

By | Sunday March 2, 2014 @ 6:13am PST

It’s “a dream come true for me,” the comic says in what appeared to be a serious opening moment as he replaced Seth Meyers in the show’s spot for topical humor. The segment included a lengthy routine featuring Kenan Thompson as Charles Barkley playing straight man to Jay Pharoah as a semi-literate Shaquille O’Neal.

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‘SNL’ Alum Jim Breuer Joins AXS TV’s Comedy Series ‘Gotham Comedy Live’

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 5:57am PST

AXS TV logoSaturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer has joined AXS TV‘s weekly comedy series Gotham Comedy Live as consulting producer, and will host the show’s third-season season debut on January 9. The franchise received a 24-episode third season order. Breuer will work with the Jim Breuershow’s producers, Chris and Steven Mazzilli, Dave Goldberg and Rob Cea, on what AXS markets as the only live, uncensored and unedited stand-up show on TV. Breuer also will assist in broadening the show’s content,  and serve as the show’s spokesperson. “Not only does he have a clear grasp of what resonates with audiences today, but he represents our channel’s brand with his love and knowledge of rock music,” said Michele Dix, AXS TV’s SVP Programming and Development.

Here’s the release:
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‘SNL’ Eulogizes Blockbuster Video: Video

By | Sunday November 17, 2013 @ 2:15am PST

Even Saturday Night Live is paying respects to the soon-to-be-dead Blockbuster rental chain. In a post-Lonely Island era filmed short that aired last night during Lady Gaga’s episode, SNL bid farewell to the once-ubiquitous video store titan:

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Lorne Michaels Making Most Of Casting Controversy On ‘Saturday Night Live’

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 10:49am PST

What will Lorne Michaels come up with next in his effort to put the kibosh on the weekly casting embarrassment that is Saturday Night Live? This is shaping up as one of the NBC late-night show’s more fun seasons to watch, as Michaels alternately snarks and hand-wrings about the show’s cast-diversity kerfuffle, since announcing the latest crop of new performers.

Over the weekend Michaels made it tough for another black woman to guest-host the sketch comedy show this season, after using Scandal star Kerry Washington like a sock puppet to deliver his latest “nuts to you” response to critics. Too bad, because there’s no one on staff to play FLOTUS, Oprah, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, etc. now that cast member Kenan Thompson isn’t doing drag. Read More »

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Late Night At NBC Upfronts: Jay Leno To “Pass The Baton” To Jimmy Fallon During Winter Olympics; Seth Meyers To Start Feb. 24

BREAKING…NBC‘s Upfront presentation today officially announced that Jay Leno will end his 22-year run on The Tonight Show during the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics which start February 7th. And that Jimmy Fallon will be introduced during the second week of the Sochi games when ratings are at their highest. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said Fallon will settle into his 11:30 PM Tonight Show slot on Monday, February 24th, followed by the debut of Late Night With Seth Meyers at 12:30 AM.

Related: Live-Blog: NBC’s Upfront Presentation

NBC Broadcasting chief Ted Harbert kicked off the upfront by explaining the changeover with this understated description: “Things are shifting and changing in late-night.” But if any of the media buyers or advertisers in the audience thought NBC was going to candidly say why they’re taking off the network’s #1 Tonight Show host for two decades, they got a joke instead. Promising a “slight change” in late night, Greenblatt deadpanned, “I’m stepping down in 2014 and Jay Leno will be taking my job.” Later, Greenblatt offered as explanation only the ”increasingly competitive” late night landscape and that the network wanted to “pass the baton while still No. 1…” Then he launched into praise for the guy he’s replacing. ”We owe a great debt of gratitude to Jay Leno and extend Jay our sincerest thanks for an unparalleled run.” Stressing how Leno “always has … Read More »

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SNL: Justin Timberlake Hosts 5-Timers Club

By | Sunday March 10, 2013 @ 5:19am PDT

Justin Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live on Saturday, welcomed by other members of the Five-Timers Club: Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, and others:

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SNL: Jamie Foxx Spoofs Tyler Perry-Madea

By | Sunday December 9, 2012 @ 6:05am PST

This Jamie Foxx send-up of Tyler Perry in the bomb Alex Cross is deliciously mean since it’s hard for Perry to escape his Madea alter ego:

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dateline’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Fringe’ Steady

By | Saturday December 8, 2012 @ 10:09am PST

With the exception of a repeat of last week’s SNL Christmas (1.5/5) special, Friday night was light on holiday fare. At 10 PM, CBS‘ police family drama Blue Bloods (1.4/4) was down a tenth from last week but was the most watched show of the night with 11.073 million viewers. CBS also had the second and third most watched shows of the night with 9 PM’s CSI:NY (1.5/5) pulling in 9.975 million and 8 PM’s Undercover Boss (1.6/6) getting 7.939 million. CSI:NY was down from its November 30 1.5/4 rating. Undercover Boss slipped two tenths from last week’s 1.8/6, down 11% week to week. NBC’s Dateline NBC (1.7/5) was up 55% in the 18-49 demographic over last week’s 1.1/3. With 9.663 million watching on average, CBS won Friday night in terms of total viewers while NBC was tops in the 18-49.

Over on ABC, Last Man Standing (1.4/5) was down 13% from last week.  The network’s other Friday comedy, Malibu Country (1.4/5) slipped 7% from November 30. The comedies improved the hour 40% for ABC among the 18-49 compared to the same night in 2011. Like last week, ABC’s 9PM had a Shark Tank (1.5/4) repeat. At 10 PM, The Holidays Unplugged 20/20 (1.3/4) was down fourth tenths from last week’s 1.7/5. In its closing 13 episode run, Fox’s Fringe (0.9/3) was flat with its last original show back on November 16, … Read More »

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SNL Weekend Update: The Real Gov. Christie

By | Sunday November 18, 2012 @ 2:28am PST

Governor Chris Christie was kinda hilarious. Why do I think he just kicked off his 2016 Presidential Campaign on Saturday Night Live?

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SNL: Jeremy Renner Mocks ‘The Avengers’

By | Sunday November 18, 2012 @ 2:20am PST

Considering that Marvel pays its actors next to nothing, this must be ‘Hawkeye’ Jeremy Renner’s revenge. Too bad this skit isn’t more badass:

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SNL Spoofs Liam Neeson & Action Heroes

By | Sunday October 14, 2012 @ 1:15am PDT

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SNL: ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’ Cold Open

By | Sunday September 23, 2012 @ 1:57am PDT

I don’t think this even begins to demonstrate how bad this show is now:

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SNL: Weekend Update Mocks Obama On Change & Romney On Univision

By | Sunday September 23, 2012 @ 12:15am PDT

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SNL: Ann Romney (Not The Real One) Visits Weekend Update; Talks Clooney & Beyonce

By | Sunday September 23, 2012 @ 12:05am PDT

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SNL: New Obama Impersonator Cold Open

By | Sunday September 16, 2012 @ 4:14am PDT

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