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:
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:
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:
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.
Saturday 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 show’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:
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.
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.
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 …
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:
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:
Governor Chris Christie was kinda hilarious. Why do I think he just kicked off his 2016 Presidential Campaign on Saturday Night Live?
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:
I don’t think this even begins to demonstrate how bad this show is now: