True, most of their names have been floating around the Internet since August. But today, it’s official: Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season will feature the debut of half a dozen new cast members, including one longtime SNL writer, one skilled impressionist, and one very familiar face — provided you don’t fast-forward through commercials. Here’s the announcement, straight from the peacock’s mouth:
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Saturday Night Live castmember Cecily Strong will co-anchor Weekend Update with Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels revealed to the New York Times.
Strong, who joined SNL at the start of last season, has made a name for herself with her Update segment “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party” and her “glamorous” commercials with Vanessa Bayer for Moet and Hermes.
“Cecily, from the first show, was right there,” Michaels told the Times. “She exploded.”
There has been a lot of speculation around the Weekend Update desk recently, since Meyers is leaving SNL soon to take over Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night. It remains to be seen whether Strong earns the solo gig once Meyers exits.
Other news revealed in the NYT report includes the new castmembers — and one featured player who will be a writer full-time this season.
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So much for those Lindsay Lohan rumors.
No, the star of 2004’s Mean Girls will not return to host Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season premiere. Instead, the venerable sketch show will give viewers the writer of Mean Girls: Tina Fey, erstwhile 30 Rock star, onetime SNL head writer and frequent SNL guest. This will be Fey’s third time hosting since leaving the comedy series in 2006.
Fey will be joined by Arcade Fire when the show premieres on Sept. 28. The Canadian rockers are also third-time guests of Saturday Night Live, performing twice as musical guest and once to help the show’s cast and crew say goodbye to Kristen Wiig.
This afternoon, NBC also announced hosts and musical guests for two more upcoming episodes of SNL. Professional provocateur Miley Cyrus will serve as host and musical guest on Oct. 5, while Bruce Willis will host on Oct. 12 with musical guest Katy Perry.
Both Cyrus and Willis have hosted the show once before — Cyrus in 2011 and Willis in 1989 (three years before Cyrus was born). Perry last appeared on the show as host in 2011.
The times are a’changin’ at Saturday Night Live. Jason Sudeikis recently confirmed his exit from the show — joining fellow vets Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, both of whom said their goodbyes during May’s season finale. And that’s not the last of it: When Seth Meyers jumps ship in 2014 to prepare to take over NBC‘s Late Night, SNL will lose not only a longtime cast member (and Weekend Update anchor), but also its head writer since 2006.
It’s a lot for one show to handle all at once — especially coming just a year after cast MVP Kristen Wiig and Digital Short mastermind Andy Samberg (along with the rest of his Lonely Island crew) stepped away from SNL as well.
After the dust settles and Meyers finally says his last goodbye, SNL‘s cast will only boast one person who’s been around since before the Bush administration’s final days: Kenan Thompson, a former child star who joined the show in 2003. Add on the five years he spent performing on Nickelodeon’s All That, and Thompson has been doing televised sketch comedy even longer than Darrell Hammond — who stuck around Studio 8H for 14 seasons, making him the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Live history.
The Devil, Joe Biden, and the last remaining A-Hole are officially exiting SNL.
In a Late Show interview that will air on CBS tonight, Jason Sudeikis confirmed what most fans of the show had already assumed: that after 10 years, his time on NBC’s sketch show is finally coming to an end.
“A person can go as long as they want — I mean, Lorne’s been kicking butt at it for 33 out of the 38 years,” Sudeikis told David Letterman. “But me, yeah, no — I’m definitely done.”
“Really? You’re leaving?” Letterman asked.
“Yeah, I’m gonna leave. Yeah, I’m not coming back next fall,” replied Sudeikis.
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As it turns out, parties at Jon Hamm’s house are just as awesome as you’ve always dreamed they would be. “It was just like, really crazy famous people everywhere,” Bill Hader says, describing a shindig that the Mad Men star hosted after emceeing the ESPYS last night.
“For about an hour, it felt like a Vanity Fair Oscar party: ‘Oh, there’s Tom Cruise talking to Ben Affleck, and there’s Eric… Schmidt. You know?” Hader says, laughing. (No, we do not know.) “And you’re just kind of hugging the food area, standing there with some hors d’oeuvres, just like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a lot of people here.'”
As the father of two young kids, Hader is usually a homebody — but he attended the post-ESPYS party yesterday on a whim: “I was like, ‘I got nothing. I don’t have to wake up early tomorrow.'”
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In case it wasn’t clear from the sweet sketch that closed out the show this year: Yes, Fred Armisen really is leaving Saturday Night Live. And he kind of figured you knew that already.
“I think it’s clear,” the comedian told Splitsider in a new interview when asked if his exit was official. “I didn’t do any kind of official announcement, but I really felt like it was obvious” after Armisen’s last sketch, in which he sang an evocative tune as punk rocker Ian Rubbish. Armisen called the segment “a love letter to all the music I grew up with, and also to my friends and to SNL and to Lorne [Michaels] and to the cast.”
Armisen said that leaving the show after 11 years “felt very natural,” partially because so many of its most senior cast members — including Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Bill Hader — had either left the previous year or were set to step down this past May. And then there was Portlandia, Armisen’s IFC sketch series: “Portlandia started to pull me away more and more, schedule-wise, and I just felt like it’d be nice to focus on it a little more and go into the fall a bit more with shooting,” he explained.
A Mormon church-owned NBC television station in Utah plans to begin showing first-run Saturday Night Live episodes this fall after years of refusing to air the sketch comedy show.
The decision is part of the station’s plan to make the lineup stronger and improve its relationship with NBC, said Tami Ostmark, KSL-TV’s vice president of marketing, research and promotion.
KSL is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has not aired certain shows over the years due to content it deems inappropriate. But Ostmark says content was never the issue with SNL. She says the station didn’t want to bump a popular sports show that aired at the same time.
New episodes of SNL will air at 10:30 p.m. Saturdays on KSL starting Sept. 28, Ostmark said. The station has been airing re-runs for the past year at an earlier time slot Saturday evenings.
NBC said in a statement that it’s pleased KSL will air the 39th season of SNL, adding that it values its partnership with the Utah affiliate.
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Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.
Since joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2010, Taran Killam has established himself as a versatile breakout for his commitment to everything from late-night Robyn music video re-recations to bizarre, dance craze-inspiring digital shorts, even Romney son impersonations. But Killam particularly enjoyed seeing a character he developed four years ago at Los Angeles’ comedy troupe The Groundlings making it to air this season. “[It's] been affectionately referred to as ‘The Glice Sketch,'” he says, “I play sort of an overbearing, protective brother. He doesn’t feel great about himself, so he does everything in his power to humiliate his sister’s new boyfriend” — played by Justin Bieber.
Killam’s character’s humiliation tactics included plenty of mocking wordplay and outright yelling in Bieber’s face for a no less than five minutes in front of an audience of millions — causing the pop superstar to barely contain his laughter mid-sketch. Killam tells EW how “The Glice Sketch” gave him new opportunities at SNL, discusses the show’s recent cast shake-ups, and shares a few memories from the show’s storied after parties. READ FULL STORY
The dream of the ’90s is still alive! IFC has renewed Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, for two more seasons. Season 4 will begin in early 2014 and season 5 is scheduled for early 2015. Each season has a ten-episode order.
In a press release, the president and general manager of IFC Jennifer Caserta said, “Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local agriculture, underemployment, avian crafting, gender politics, intense bicycle messengers and so much more. We can now celebrate two more seasons.”
Armisen recently said goodbye to Saturday Night Live singing a song he wrote called “It’s a Lovely Day” that ended “It’s been all right, I’ve had a lovely night with you.”
Watch a classic Portlandia season one clip below:
Saturday Night Live might need to find a new Devil for next season.
After Saturday Night Live‘s finale publicly bid farewell to both Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, some fans thought that meant Jason Sudeikis would in fact be returning. But according to a since-deleted tweet from cast member Jay Pharoah, that might not be the case. “Hader, Armisen & Sudekis the talent of those three and just them as people in general will be missed but we will be strong and carry on..” Pharoah wrote yesterday (captured by Splitsider) before deleting the message.
A rep for Saturday Night Live and Sudeikis did not immediately return EW’s request for comment.
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Who will replace Seth Meyers at Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update desk? We’ll have to wait at least until January to find out. Meyers explained on the Today show this morning that he plans to return to SNL this fall, continuing to anchor Update through the end of 2013.
“I just am nowhere near emotionally ready for Saturday to be my last show,” the comic explained to Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie in a voice that sounded choked with emotion. (In reality, Meyers is just nursing a particularly nasty cold.) SNL‘s most devoted fans probably feel the same way, especially if Saturday marks the exit of Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis as well as Bill Hader — the only cast member who is confirmed to be leaving the show.
Looks like the 2013-2014 television season will be a rebuilding year for SNL.
An unnamed source at NBC has confirmed to the New York Post that longtime castmember Fred Armisen has decided to exit the sketch show after 11 seasons. That same source tells the Post that SNL veteran Jason Sudeikis will “probably” leave the show as well this year. NBC had no comment, and reps for Armisen and Sudeikis didn’t immediately respond to EW’s inquiries.
It would hardly be a shock if these exit rumors turn out to be true. While Armisen was once a dominant presence on Saturday Night Live, his appearances on the show have grown less frequent since he began devoting himself to his own sketch series, IFC’s Portlandia, in 2010. And Sudeikis has been pondering leaving the show for nearly a year. READ FULL STORY
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