On Tuesday, news broke that comedian Michael Che, formerly of The Daily Show, will be replacing Cecily Strong as co-anchor of Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update. For a few days, Strong stayed silent about the decision before taking to Instagram to share her thoughts.
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And two more bite the dust: A source confirms to EW that Saturday Night Live has elected not to renew the contracts of Noël Wells and John Milhiser, both of whom joined the sketch show last fall as featured players. Deadline first reported the news.
Word of Wells and Milhiser’s oustings comes one day after another former featured player, Brooks Wheelan, announced his own exit from the show in an irreverent tweet (“Fired from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”).
Milhiser’s booting shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who kept up with SNL last season; the New Jersey-born comedian got a minimal amount of screen time throughout the year, performing just a handful of impressions (including Jon Cryer and Matthew McConaughey) and a single recurring character (if “student in three Shallon sketches” even counts). The departure of Wells, the only new female cast member to join the show last fall, is slightly more surprising (Sasheer Zamata didn’t join the show until January). Since SNL will presumably lose Nasim Pedrad to the Fox sitcom Mulaney in September, it seemed as though Wells, who specializes in impressions (Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Stewart, Lena Dunham), may have been kept around to help fill Pedrad’s old spot. READ FULL STORY
Live from New York, it’s… well, not Brooks Wheelan. Not anymore.
Sources confirm to EW that Saturday Night Live newbie Wheelan, who joined the cast in September 2013 as a featured player, will not be returning for SNL‘s upcoming 40th season. In fact, Wheelan himself broke the news on Twitter:
Had a blast and loved every second of it. I’m totally honored to be able to make this next joke… FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!
— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) July 14, 2014
Though Wheelan joined the cast last season alongside a slew of other new hires, viewers noticed that the comedian suffered from a significant lack of screen time as the season wore on (other new cast members Beck Bennett, Mike O’Brien, and Kyle Mooney appeared to earn more).
SNL had no comment about the Wheelan news.
Leading up to the June 20 deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots,is featuring interviews with some of the people whose names we hope to hear when nods are announced on July 10.
In a season of memorable SNL moments, it was surprisingly easy for EW’s staff to agree on a favorite: the ridiculously funny and all-too-real music video “(Do It On My) Twin Bed.” The standout short landed a spot on EW’s list of the 50 Best TV Scenes of the year, earning a prime slot at No. 14.
The December Digital Short was a season highlight, and not just because it was the first music video featuring all the women of SNL. Maybe it was the fact that we’ve all sort of been there and, well, done that. Or perhaps it’s due to the inclusion of the cast’s embarrassing yearbook photos, or Jimmy Fallon’s glorious rap breakdown. There was so much to love that we went straight to Aidy Bryant to chat about the conception of the song and whether she’s still rocking those seventh-grade overalls. READ FULL STORY
Lorne Michaels says that Saturday Night Live can expect cast changes before its 40th season begins in September. In an interview with Deadline, the creator and longtime executive producer of NBC’s late-night sketch show said, “We’re still in the middle of rebuilding. So there will be changes this year.” READ FULL STORY
It seems we won’t be seeing Nasim Pedrad’s Kim Kardashian adjusting to married life.
At an ATX Television Festival panel over the weekend, Pedrad said she didn’t think she’d be returning to Saturday Night Live in the fall. This announcement isn’t exactly unexpected; Pedrad plays a lead role on the highly anticipated upcoming Fox comedy Mulaney, and she appeared to have reduced screen time on SNL‘s recently wrapped 39th season.
“I haven’t heard any official word so far, but I love this show so much,” the actress said of Mulaney, according to Buzzfeed. “I have an apartment in L.A. and, as far as I know, I’m in L.A. now.”
Pedrad just completed her fifth year on SNL. A rep for the show said no casting decisions have been made at this time.
Don’t expect to see Adam Sandler return to helm Saturday Night Live anytime soon. The Blended actor recently took time off, apparently from a pick-up basketball game, to visit Norm Macdonald on his video podcast. There, the two SNL alums briefly discussed their years on the NBC late-night show. “Why won’t you host the show?” asked Macdonald, who was famously fired by NBC exec Don Ohlmeyer in 1998 — reportedly in part because of his Weekend Update jokes about O.J. Simpson.
“Why should I?” responded Sandler, who himself was forced off the show in 1995. (Don’t cry for him; Billy Madison came out that same year.) “I don’t know how good it would be. I’m slow now.” READ FULL STORY
Song. Dance. Sketch. These are three things that Maya Rudolph is planning to bring back to prime time — along with a good time. The Maya Rudolph Show, a variety special that airs May 19 at 10 p.m. on NBC, will take the Saturday Night Live vet to familiar places with familiar faces: SNL alums Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, and Chris Parnell, along with Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, and Craig Robinson, are among the featured guests. (SNL overlord Lorne Michaels is serving as executive producer.) It’s a chance to reunite with some old pals but also bring back a piece of a different past. “They always show those Carol Burnett specials, and I always really responded to the familial aspect of it and how much fun they were having, which is what I miss more than anything about SNL — my friends and laughing,” she says. Pick up a copy of Entertainment Weekly with The Normal Heart on the cover to read all about her retro-reboot — and scroll down for some bonus quotes from the self-described “two and three-quarters threat.” READ FULL STORY
Fox has faith in John Mulaney.
The network has its extended its order for Mulaney, the sitcom starring the Saturday Night Live writer, from 6 episodes to 16. The comedian tweeted about the news early Wednesday morning:
FOX made this a great night by picking up my show “Mulaney” for 10 more episodes. I am thrilled. Sincerely. Call me with any questions.
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) May 7, 2014
An officer and a gentle-lady have signed on to helm the final two episodes of Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season.
On May 10, Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron will return to Studio 8H to host SNL for the second time. She’ll be joined by The Black Keys, making their third appearance on NBC’s long-running sketch show. Theron can next be seen co-starring opposite Seth MacFarlane in the Western spoof A Million Ways to Die in the West, which opens May 30; The Black Keys will release their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, on May 12. READ FULL STORY
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
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
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