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Emmy Watch: Taran Killam on screaming in Justin Bieber's face -- it's dirty work...

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

'Portlandia' renewed for two more seasons

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:

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Jay Pharoah tweets that Jason Sudeikis is leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

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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Seth Meyers will return to 'SNL' this fall, leave for 'Late Night' in 2014

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.

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Report: Fred Armisen to leave 'Saturday Night Live'; Jason Sudeikis 'probably' out as well

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

'The Simpsons': Kristen Wiig to guest as FBI agent -- EXCLUSIVE

The Simpsons will go for laughs next season by putting on a Wiig: Kristen Wiig, the former Saturday Night Live star who returned as host on May 11, is lending her voice to an episode that is slated to air on Fox in the fall, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader exits 'Saturday Night Live'

Bill Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live after eight seasons as one of its most versatile and hilarious players. The 34-year-old actor arrived at 30 Rock in 2005 and quickly carved out a role for himself with some of the show’s most popular characters, including “Weekend Update” special guests Stefon and James Carville, and an array of oddball game-show hosts. “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader told the New York Times. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.'” READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig and Ben Affleck to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig is returning to her old stomping grounds to make her debut as host of the show on May 11, NBC has announced. Rounding out season 38 of the legendary sketch show will be Ben Affleck, who will make his fifth appearance on SNL‘s May 18 finale.

NBC has also confirmed the widespread rumor that Kanye West will make his fifth appearance as the show’s musical guest on the May 18 episode, though it remains unclear whether the rapper, who has been in Paris working on his next album, will premiere any new music. READ FULL STORY

Zach Galifianakis to host 'SNL'

The first weekend hosting slot in May for Saturday Night Live has been filled by Zach Galifianakis, who’ll be promoting The Hangover Part III, which opens on May 24. He hasn’t hosted since 2011. The musical guest will be Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men.

The news was announced during the April 13 broadcast of the show, as well as on NBC’s Twitter.

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Vince Vaughn to host 'Saturday Night Live'

The last time Vince Vaughn hosted SNL, Jimmy Fallon had just joined the show’s cast, President Clinton had not yet been impeached, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was the country’s hottest album, and “Oops! I Crapped My Pants” was still new and exciting.

Talk of how much the world has changed since 1998 is sure to crop up April 13, when Vaughn returns to host Saturday Night Live for the second time. The Wedding Crashers star will be promoting The Internship, a comedy with Owen Wilson that opens June 7. Vaughn will be joined by first time musical guest Miguel, the singer/producer whose track “Adorn” won a Grammy for best R&B song in February.

Don’t remember a young Vaughn’s first outing as SNL host? For shame! Here’s a clip of the actor encountering the lascivious Alfred Hitchcock (Darrell Hammond) in his monologue:

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Melissa McCarthy to host 'Saturday Night Live' on April 6

Lost in the excitement about Justin Timberlake’s fifth SNL outing was this nugget of news: sitcom and big screen star Melissa McCarthy will host the sketch show on April 6. Though reports speculating about McCarthy’s return to Saturday Night Live circulated last week — and EW first caught wind of it in late February — her stint wasn’t officially confirmed until Saturday’s show. SNL also confirmed that French rock band Phoenix will serve as its next musical guest.

McCarthy earned rave reviews and impressive ratings when she hosted SNL for the first time in October 2011, just a few weeks after nabbing a Best Actress Emmy for her work on Mike & Molly. Her latest film, Identity Thief, is the biggest box-office hit of the young year, with more than $116 million in grosses; the star’s next movie, a buddy-cop comedy called The Heat costarring Sandra Bullock, is expected June 28. Phoenix, too, has something major to promote: its upcoming fifth studio album, Bankrupt!, which drops April 22.

Here’s a taste of what we can expect from McCarthy’s return:

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Sears removes online ads from 'Saturday Night Live' 'Djesus Uncrossed' sketch

SNL‘s trailer for Djesus Uncrossed, a fake historical revenge fantasy starring Christoph Waltz as a vindictive Jesus Christ, is more of a Tarantino send-up than a spoof of Christianity. But that hasn’t stopped faith-based groups like the American Family Association from expressing outrage about the sketch, and as a result of their urging, one advertiser has asked its commercials be moved from online showings of Djesus. Here’s the two-minute short that has stoked so much ire:

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'Saturday Night Live' announcer Don Pardo suffers broken hip -- Report

Live, from New York, it’s… not Don Pardo, who wasn’t on hand to announce SNL‘s lineup during last weekend’s show. According to TMZ, the nonagenarian — he recently celebrated his 95th birthday — sat this week out because he’s recovering from a broken hip.

NBC declined to comment on Pardo’s health, but TMZ’s sources say he’s “doing just fine” — which should be a relief to longtime SNL fans. The iconic announcer has been reading off names for the sketch show since it began in 1975, and has missed only one year in Saturday Night Live‘s 38-season run: season 7, when producer Dick Ebersol also nixed starting the show with “Live from New York…” Thankfully, both the line and Pardo were restored for season 8 in the fall of 1982.

See the face behind the voice in this video from 2010, in which Amy Poehler and Lorne Michaels welcome Pardo into the Television Academy Hall of Fame:

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