Not Ready for Primetime Players, get ready to be in prime time — in a big way: NBC announced Friday it will air a three-hour special next year in celebration of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary. READ FULL STORY
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Maya Rudolph will make her return to NBC next month with some song and sketch — not to mention, a little help from her famous friends. READ FULL STORY
One week after asking viewers to submit their own sitcom ideas, NBC is again expanded its original programming, but this time online.
Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, an online prequel in conjunction with the previously announced Heroes miniseries from executive producer Tim Kring, will be among the first series to debut on NBC.com as part of the network’s new original online video initiative announced Tuesday. Also launching is an interactive series about the super fans who wait in the Saturday Night Live standby line, Saturday Night Line. READ FULL STORY
Andrew Garfield’s got one busy weekend ahead of him.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star will be hosting Saturday Night Live on May 3, the same weekend his superhero film hits theaters. It’ll mark the actor’s SNL debut.
Musical guests Coldplay will be making their fifth appearance on the show that evening. (Do the writers dare go with any “conscious uncoupling” jokes?) Chris Martin and Co. last played SNL in 2011, when Garfield’s girlfriend and Spidey co-star Emma Stone was host.
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
It’s been awhile since NBC aired three new SNL episodes in a row — but the network announced Wednesday that after its current hiatus, the sketch show will return with a vengeance.
On March 29, previously announced host Louis C.K. will return to helm the show a second time. He’ll be joined by just-divulged musical guest Sam Smith, an English singer/songwriter whose debut album, In the Lonely Hour, will be released in the U.S. on June 17.
April 5 will see an SNL debut: Oscar nominee (and Pitch Perfect star) Anna Kendrick will host the show for the first time, with musical guest Pharrell Williams (making his first solo appearance on the show). Kendrick has several films coming out later this year, included the highly anticipated musicals The Last Five Years and Into the Woods. Williams, whose Oscar-nominated tune “Happy” is still topping the charts, released his last album, G I R L, earlier this month.
Finally, Seth Rogen will return to host for a third time April 12, with musical guest Ed Sheeran. Rogen’s comedy Neighbors, which costars Zac Efron and Rose Byrne, hits theaters May 9. Taylor Swift pal Sheeran is making his debut as musical guest; he plans to premiere the first single from his second album on SNL.
Saturday Night Live announced tonight that its next host will be a repeat offender: Louis C.K., who first hosted the sketch show in the fall of 2012.
C.K. will have his second stint as host March 29, after the program takes a two-week hiatus. No musical guest has been announced yet — unless C.K., who created, writes, directs, edits, produces, and stars in the acclaimed FX series Louie, is somehow preparing to provide the episode’s music as well. The next season of Louie premieres on FX this May.
Will Blerta return?
Lena Dunham will host Saturday Night Live March 8, NBC announced today. This will be the Girls creator/writer/star’s first time hosting the program. She’ll be joined by musical guest The National, also making their SNL debut.
After the news broke, Dunham tweeted, “Thank you for the SNL love. Dream come true. Can’t wait to debut my character “girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say”!”
SNL returns March 1 with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck.
Cecily Strong has a new desk mate.
EW has confirmed SNL head writer Colin Jost will join Strong as co-anchor of “Weekend Update” following the departure of longtime anchor Seth Meyers, who will leave to host Late Night starting Feb. 24. Meyers’ final “Update” will be Feb. 1.
After joining the staff at age 22 in 2005, Jost — a former president of the Harvard Lampoon – was named SNL’s head writer in 2012. He’s been nominated for seven Emmy Awards, taken home three WGA awards, and won the 2009 Peabody Award for his work on SNL.
Jost is also a stand-up comedian who’s appeared at the Just For Laughs festivals in Chicago and Montreal, and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. His first feature film, Staten Island Summer, is expected in 2014.
Jost is the third consecutive head writer to take over the “Update” desk, following in the footsteps of Meyers and Tina Fey.
Though the news leaked over the weekend, NBC has now officially confirmed it: Actress, comedian, and fan favorite host Melissa McCarthy will return to host SNL for a third time on Feb. 1. This will mark McCarthy’s third visit to SNL in four years; the Mike and Molly star hosted previously in 2011 and 2013. Her hosting stint comes months before McCarthy returns to the big screen in a pair of high-profile projects: St. Vincent de Van Nuys, which costars Bill Murray (opening April 11), and Tammy (opening July 2), which McCarthy co-wrote with her husband Ben Falcone. (Falcone directed the film as well.)
McCarthy will appear on SNL with musical guest Imagine Dragons. The alt-rock band, which will be making its SNL debut, is up for Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which take place Jan. 26. Imagine Dragons will perform at the ceremony as well.
Guess who’s back?
Melissa McCarthy — a fan favorite who won second place in our “Best SNL Host” poll last year — will return to helm NBC’s sketch show for the third time on Feb. 1, according to Variety. That’s the day before Super Bowl XLVIII, which this year will take place in New Jersey — less than 10 miles away from SNL‘s midtown Manhattan studio.
McCarthy previously hosted Saturday Night Live in 2011 and 2013. She currently stars on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly and can next be seen on the big screen in a pair of comedies: opposite Bill Murray in St. Vincent de Van Nuys (opening April 11) and with Susan Sarandon in Tammy (opening July 2), which McCarthy also co-wrote with her husband Ben Falcone. (Falcone directed the film as well.)
No musical guest for McCarthy’s return has yet been announced.
On November 8, New York-based comedian Kerry Coddett (pictured, left) fired shots at Saturday Night Live with an editorial published on the Atlantic‘s website. In it, she blasted the notion that the show’s cast hadn’t featured a black woman in years because — as longtime repertory player Kenan Thompson said in a widely-circulated interview last fall — “in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Coddett contended instead that SNL‘s diversity problems were endemic and ingrained. “Perhaps it’s not that black women aren’t ‘ready’ for SNL; it’s that SNL isn’t ready for a black woman,” she wrote.
Less than a month later, a rep from Saturday Night Live invited Coddett to audition for the show.
“I didn’t know anything about the audition until I got there,” she told EW in an interview Wednesday. “Going into it, I was like ‘Ha, wouldn’t it be funny if there were only black women here?’ And that’s what it was.”
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