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James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams to close out 'SNL' year

James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams will be the final three Saturday Night Live hosts of the year, NBC announced Thursday. Franco will host the Dec. 6 show with Nicki Minaj as musical guest.

The following week, Hobbit and Sherlock star Freeman will be accompanied by Charli XCX. Adams will host the final show before Christmas Dec. 20 with musical guest One Direction, so look out for screaming teens around 30 Rock that week. READ FULL STORY

Cameron Diaz set to host 'Saturday Night Live' in November

In advance of her turn as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Cameron Diaz will have another go at hosting Saturday Night Live. READ FULL STORY

Chris Rock's episode of 'Saturday Night Live' marks ratings high

Chris Rock might not have been the best host this time around on Saturday Night Live, but ratings-wise, he brought viewers in: The evening’s audience was bigger than it has been since the show’s Feb. 1 episode when Melissa McCarthy hosted.

Besides scoring the show’s highest ratings in metered-market households since that McCarthy episode, the show also ranked high in the target 18-49 demographic, bringing in more viewers than it has since Jim Parsons’ March 1 episode.
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Jim Carrey introduces us to his 'girlfriend' in new 'SNL' promos

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Promos are out for this week’s Saturday Night Live with host, Jim Carrey, and musical guest, Iggy Azalea. The videos show Carrey, who is hosting for the third time, and Aidy Bryant, who are apparently dating now. Carrey, for example, treats viewers to one of his world-famous impressions, this time with Bryant as his subject. Oh, and did we mention this is the Halloween episode? Carrey dons a Jason-esque mask, knife in hand. Other frights are in store. Watch the promos here, if you dare:

Jim Carrey to host 'SNL'

Jim Carrey is set to host Saturday Night Live Oct. 25 ahead of the Nov. 14 release of Dumb and Dumber To (the sequel to 1994’s Dumb and Dumber). “Fancy” rapper Iggy Azalea will be the musical guest. READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader finds out what he's missed at 'SNL' in new promos: diversity

Bill Hader is returning to Studio 8H this weekend to host Saturday Night Live, and in the promos for the show, he asks Kenan Thompson what he missed.  READ FULL STORY

Sarah Silverman's 'SNL' promos are filled with lies

Sarah Silverman’s return to her SNL roots has been 20 years in the making, but it’s clear that she still has a sense of humor about her short-lived stint on the show.

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Bill Hader discusses 'SNL' newbie Pete Davidson, his own hosting debut

Over the weekend, all SNL-conscious beings were alerted to the presence of Pete Davidson, who made a big first impression during his first night on the show. And while we already know a fair amount about the 20-year-old Staten Island native, this morning Bill Hader—the alum who’ll be returning as host Oct. 11—told us a little bit more about Davidson’s SNL origin story.

“Pete Davidson—he’s in the movie Trainwreck,” Hader said, referring to the upcoming Judd Apatow-directed, Amy Schumer-starring comedy. “He has a small part in it. I told Lorne Michaels about him, said he was really funny. And then they auditioned him for a piece, and Lorne called me to say Pete got the show. I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s wonderful!'”

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Poll: What's your pick for the best 'Saturday Night Live' sketch?

You’ve seen our picks—and now it’s your turn to decide the best of the best.

Are you wookin’ pa nub in all da wong paces, partying on, or begging for more cowbell? Do you have a softer spot for Gherahld Fhhhhord or Blaaarrrfingar? Can you see Russia from your house, or spy Colonel Angus approaching the plantation, or fit everything you need in your very own lockbox? Do you drive a Dodge Stratus?!

If so—or even if you’re like, really into “The Denise Show” for some reason—make your voice heard by voting below. And hey, if you’d like to fight for a sketch that didn’t make the cut, that’s an option too. READ FULL STORY

These are the best sketches from each season of 'Saturday Night Live'

Before we begin, an explanation: This is not a list of the 39 best SNL sketches of all time.

Any institution that lasts as long as Saturday Night Live has—and that experiences as much cast and writer turnover as Saturday Night Live does—will necessarily have stronger years and leaner years. In SNL‘s case, the difference between eras can be especially stark; you’re more likely to laugh at a meh John Belushi sketch than you are at even the finest display of Charles Rocket’s talents. Given that fact, it’s easy for a simple “best sketches ever” list to focus only on the best-known work of SNL‘s biggest stars (your Will Ferrells, your Eddies Murphy) while totally ignoring its less memorable seasons—which also means that such a list won’t really provide an overview of the show’s long, tangled, uneven history.

Thus this: In honor of the show’s upcoming 40th season, EW‘s team of SNL experts has assembled an inventory of each individual season’s best sketch. You’ll find many familiar picks below, as well as more obscure selections—and, perhaps, the absence of a few sure things. (There’s no “Celebrity Jeopardy,” for example, both because those sketches aired during a particularly fertile period—how can you pick even Turd Ferguson over “More Cowbell”?—and because we included one of them in a magazine feature called “Build a Perfect SNL Episode.”) Scroll through—and don’t forget to vote for your favorite one by 5 p.m. ET Sept. 26 at our poll here.

Season 1, 1975–1976
“Word Association,” Dec. 13, 1975
What kind of janitorial company gives job applicants a racist psychological test? The one Saturday Night Live invented for one of the most audacious two-minute segments in TV history. Even nearly 40 years later, Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor’s tense pas de deux (“Jungle bunny!” “Honky!”…”N—–!” “Dead honky!”) is just as sharp as it was in the ’70s—not to mention every bit as uncomfortably funny. READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader returning to host 'SNL' on Oct. 11

Bill Hader is returning to his roots.

The comedian, who can currently be seen channeling his dark side on the big screen in The Skeleton Twins, will host Saturday Night Live‘s Oct. 11 show with musical guest Hozier, NBC announced today. This is Hader’s first time as a host; one can only hope he’ll tap into the deep reservoir of characters and impressions he accumulated during his eight years on the show. And, yes, fingers crossed for Stefon. (Though, can he recapture the Stefon magic as a host? And without Seth Meyers at the Update desk?)

SNL’s 40th season premieres Sept. 27 with Chris Pratt as host and Ariana Grande as musical guest.

Cecily Strong is happy for her 'Weekend Update' replacement. Really

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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'Saturday Night Live': Noel Wells and John Milhiser are also out

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

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