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Report: Abby Elliott is leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

Another one bites the dust?

Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg revealed this spring that they will not return to Studio 8H for Saturday Night Live‘s upcoming 38th season. Their costar Jason Sudeikis has indicated that he may leave the show as well. Now one more SNL cast member is reportedly out: Abby Elliott has told Splitsider that she is also leaving the late night comedy showcase. READ FULL STORY

Olympic stars head to late-night: Let the (talk-show) games begin!

Two weeks ago, you hardly knew Ryan Lochte, and you most likely would’ve walked right past Missy Franklin and Gabrielle Douglas without flinching unless they were wearing gold medals around their necks. But the Olympics have made them huge celebrities — albeit the rare breed of celebrity that only blooms once every four years. But before they begin to wilt in the shade, you can expect to see them take their victory laps on the talk-show circuit, beginning tonight. Douglas will sit down with Jay Leno, while David Letterman welcomes decathlon champ Ashton Eaton. The entire women’s gymnastics team will visit Letterman tomorrow, and Leno will host Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte later this week.

For these athletes, these close-ups are almost as crucial as their Olympic performances themselves, for America is now watching to see if their favorite Olympian has the aura and magnetism to appear in lackluster movies, dance in a reality show contest, or become a morning-show correspondent. America truly loves its heroes.

For an entire TV schedule of gold-medal guest stars, click below: READ FULL STORY

'The Daily Show' snags Robert Pattinson's first post-KStew appearance

Sorry, Good Morning America: You just got scooped by Jon Stewart. EW has confirmed that Monday’s episode of The Daily Show will feature a guest appearance by Robert Pattinson — the actor’s first talk show visit since the world learned his girlfriend, fellow Twilight star Kristen Stewart, had cheated on him with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Pattinson is also scheduled to appear on GMA on Aug. 15, two days after he chats up Stewart.

In both appearances, Pattinson will be promoting Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel. The film will premiere in theaters Aug. 17. The actor previously visited The Daily Show in March 2010.

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ESPN takes a swing at late-night with social-savvy 'UNITE' -- EXCLUSIVE

The late-night landscape is about to receive a jolt of testosterone. On Aug. 27, ESPN will plant its flag with UNITE, a 60-minute entertainment show geared towards the college-aged male sports fan. Airing each weeknight at midnight on ESPNU, the new program aspires to bring a focus on social media to the sports-viewing experience. “The way that we consume sports television is different than it was 15 years ago — than it was two years ago,” says Yaron Deskalo, UNITE‘s coordinating producer. “Our audience already knows the headlines before they tune in, so they are no longer tuning in at midnight to wait 20 minutes to watch a 45-second highlight. What we need to do to be successful is to find the social conversation in these events, to find that little nugget that will keep people around.” READ FULL STORY

Arsenio Hall returning to late night

CBS Television Distribution is hoping a blast from the past can add some flavor to the late-night lineup.

The company has tapped comedian Arsenio Hall to develop a syndicated late-night talk show, set to debut fall 2013.

Tribune Broadcasting will partner with CTD for the project. Hall’s last late-night talker, The Arsenio Hall Show (1989-1994), was produced by what later became CTD.

Most recently, Hall was seen on Celebrity Apprentice, where he walked away victorious, beating out former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken.

Jimmy Fallon returns to 'Downton Sixbey' tonight -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Downton Abbey addicts going through withdrawal will get a fix tonight as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon premieres the second episode of its spoof series, Downtown Sixbey. A.D. Miles returns as the Dowager Countess, Fred Armisen is back as Lady Edith, and, of course, ?uestlove remains the heir. But, we’re told to expect new guest stars. Watch an exclusive tease below. READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien making first Letterman visit in 13 years

Conan O’Brien, who once replaced David Letterman as host of NBC’s Late Night and later went head-to-head with his idol during his short stint as host of the Tonight Show, will visit Letterman’s CBS program on Thursday night. It will be the first time the now-TBS late-night host has guested on Letterman’s program in 13 years. Both men, of course, famously lost very public battles with Jay Leno, who ultimately edged Letterman to succeed Johnny Carson as host of the Tonight Show in 1992 and then returned to the late-night showcase after O’Brien failed to generate high-enough ratings.

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Eli Manning and Lorne Michaels talk Chris Farley, living up to Peyton, and why athletes make good 'SNL' hosts

Don’t expect to see a Football Cops sketch on Saturday Night Live this weekend. While New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (pictured, with SNL cast member Kenan Thompson) is hosting the show, his brother Peyton won’t be making a cameo.

Then again, Eli might prefer being the only Manning onscreen. During a conference call this afternoon, the athlete revealed to reporters that he was first approached about hosting SNL right after leading the Giants to Super Bowl victory in 2008. But Manning turned down that initial offer: “Peyton had done it so well the previous year,” he explained. “I kind of wanted to keep working on my football, and I hadn’t really proven myself as well as I wanted to.”

After clinching a second NFL championship, Manning changed his tune. Now the good-natured football star is ready to show the world what he can do on live TV — and SNL czar Lorne Michaels is confident that Eli is up to that challenge. “I think he’s both charming and radiates a certain kind of intelligence,” Michaels said during the call. “You sort of believe that he doesn’t take himself that seriously.” And being able to engage in self-parody is crucial for any SNL host — especially one who’s not a performer by trade.

According to Michaels, though, athletes are better suited for the rigors of Saturday Night Live than a layperson might suspect. READ FULL STORY

President Obama will be on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' April 24

Even though Jimmy Fallon was embarrassingly bested by President Barack Obama’s wife Michelle during a fitness contest back in February, he’s not holding any grudges against the First Family. Fallon tweeted earlier this morning, “The President of the United States!?!?! @BarackObama see you Tuesday!!! #obamaonfallon.” No word on whether he’ll address Ted Nugent’s recent run-in with the Secret Service, but you can imagine how he might react by checking out the Obama expressions clips in Late Night‘s archive of Obama videos.

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Eli Manning to host 'SNL' on May 5

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will host Saturday Night Live on May 5, with musical guest Rihanna. Eli, known for his love of Seinfeld, made an appearance on the show when his brother Peyton hosted SNL in 2007, so fingers crossed Peyton will return the favor. Football Cops 2? READ FULL STORY

FX books late-night show from Chris Rock

FX is getting into the late-night business with Chris Rock. The network just announced that it bought six installments of a new half-hour series from Rock that will star standup comedian W. Kamau Bell (pictured).

Set to bow this summer, the show will “dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex in a weekly half hour.”

“Kamau is a tremendous young comedian who has a very smart and sharp take on life,” said Exec VP of Original Programming Nick Grad in a statement. “Working with Chris will only bring out the best of his talents.”

Bell is considered a socio-political comic and is a founding member of the comedy group Laughter Against the Machine. His recent stand-up album, Face Full of Flour, was named one of the top 10 best comedy albums by iTunes and Punchline Magazine.

FX now has eight original comedy series bowing this year: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Archer, Louie, Wilfred, Unsupervised and Strangely Uplifting from Russell Brand.

Michelle Obama to appear on 'Letterman'

Michelle Obama is bringing her chic style and master push-up skills to late night next Monday. FLOTUS is set to appear on Late Show With David Letterman on March 19. She will touch on her plans to mark the one-year anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative. Spearheaded by the first lady and Vice President Joseph Biden, the program stresses the struggle of military families and encourages Americans to help out.

This is Obama’s first time on the Late Show but it isn’t her first foray in the late night television. She dropped by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to dish about the President’s favorite cake (red velvet) and Malia’s first cell phone. She also took on Jimmy Fallon in a fitness competition for the Let’s Move! initiative on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon back in February.

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TBS extends 'Conan' through 2014

Conan O’Brien’s late-night talkshow has been extended by TBS through April 2014, the network announced today. “We are proud to be in business with Conan O’Brien for the long run,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Night after night, Conan and his team have put together terrific shows that draw a young and fiercely loyal audience. As if that weren’t enough, they have also built a dynamic online presence that keeps fans engaged like no other show in late night.” READ FULL STORY

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