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Andrew Garfield, Coldplay swinging by 'Saturday Night Live'

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.

Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen to host 'Saturday Night Live'

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.

Louis C.K. to host 'Saturday Night Live' again

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.

'Late Night With Seth Meyers': Fred Armisen to 'curate and lead' house band

Seth Meyers has just tweeted the first photo of his upcoming talk show’s 8G Band, a.k.a. the Roots to his Jimmy Fallon. Spy any familiar faces?

That’s right — Meyers’ old SNL pal Fred Armisen, an accomplished musician who began his showbiz career as a drummer for a punk group (and, uh, the Blue Man Group), will serve as the frontman for Meyers’ Late Night band. Meyers says Armisen will both “curate and lead” 8G, even when the quirky comedian is busy with his own IFC comedy series, Portlandia:

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'SNL' taps Colin Jost to succeed Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' co-anchor

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.

Melissa McCarthy to make 'Saturday Night Live' return Feb. 1

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.

Report: Melissa McCarthy to host 'SNL' for the third time

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.

'Saturday Night Live': Inside its search for black female voices

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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'SNL' adds LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones to writing staff

More signs of progress at Saturday Night Live: EW has confirmed that the sketch show has added comedians LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones to its writing staff. Their hiring comes two days after SNL announced that New York-based comedian Sasheer Zamata will be the show’s newest featured player. All three women are black — a rarity for SNL, which has featured just four black female cast members in its 39-year history. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

Tookes (pictured at right), a former news reporter, was one of the 11 black women who auditioned for SNL during a secret showcase held in Los Angeles last December. She’s trained at Improv Olympic’s iO West theater. A character reel posted on YouTube shows her performing impressions of celebrities like Oprah, Paula Deen, and Nicki Minaj.

Jones is a veteran comedian and actress who has opened for Jamie Foxx and appeared on programs including Showtime at the Apollo, Chelsea Lately, Mind of MenciaGirlfriends, and Problem Child, an hour-long Showtime special. She auditioned at SNL‘s secret New York showcase in December.

Though the show currently has no plans to feature Tookes or Jones onscreen, that could easily change: Several past cast members, including Jason Sudeikis and Tina Fey, started out as writers before transitioning to on-camera work. And just this year, longtime writer Mike O’Brien was brought into the show’s cast as a featured player.

'SNL' to welcome new cast member Sasheer Zamata this month

The search is over!

EW has confirmed that Sasheer Zamata, a New York-based comedian, is joining the cast of Saturday Night Live when the show returns from hiatus January 18. Zamata will be the first black woman to appear regularly on SNL since Maya Rudolph left the series in 2007.

Her casting marks the end of a hunt that began after SNL was criticized for its lack of diversity last fall, when executive producer Lorne Michaels welcomed six new featured players to the show — five of whom were men, and all of whom were white. That criticism, along with widely panned remarks made by longtime cast member Kenan Thompson in a TV Guide interview (“Like in auditions, they just never find [black women] that are ready”), led Michaels to pledge to add a black woman to the cast by January 2014. (Interestingly enough, Zamata was not among the 11 black women who tried out for SNL in a semi-secret audition held in Los Angeles this past December — though she and auditioner Nicole Byer are friends who collaborate on a UCB web series.)
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'Late Night with Seth Meyers' promo: Guess who's not ready for airtime? VIDEO

SETH-MEYERS

@LateNight Seth hasn’t tweeted once yet. latenightseth.tumblr.com has been reserved, but bears no posts. Yet there is evidence online that Seth Meyers will, in fact, take over Late Night this February — thanks to a brand-new YouTube account, which recently posted its very first video: a bouncy promo for Meyers’ new show.

Turns out those empty social media accounts are thematically appropriate: The gist of Meyers’ first promo is that his show really isn’t ready for air. (That seems about right; Meyers said in the most recent issue of Time that he still doesn’t know if he’s going to feature a band or a DJ.) The clip shows Meyers leaving the set of SNL, then offering to take viewers on a tour of his new digs, which happen to be just “30 feet” away from his old studio. Once he arrives, though, Meyers finds a room filled with equipment — nowhere near in shape for a late night broadcast. It’s funny ’cause it’s true!

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Drake to host 'Saturday Night Live' in January

2014′s first SNL host? That’d be Aubrey Graham, better known by the mononym Drake — at least, to those who aren’t familiar with his work on Degrassi.

During tonight’s episode, NBC revealed that the Canadian rapper-slash-actor will be Saturday Night Live‘s host and musical guest on January 18. Drake has one SNL appearance under his belt already; he served as musical guest opposite host Anna Faris in 2011. His latest album, Nothing Was the Same, dropped in September.

Jon Hamm interviews Ellie Kemper, imagines her future 'SNL' debut

When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over Entertainment Weekly for this week’s issue, they made sure to slip in a little self-promotion (what did you expect from those broads?). Aside from the duo’s gig hosting the Golden Globes, Fey’s next big project is a fall sitcom starring Ellie Kemper, written and produced with her 30 Rock collaborator Robert Carlock, so Fey wanted to shine a spotlight on the Office alum. She did it in typically fun fashion, asking Jon Hamm — Kemper’s onetime drama teacher — to interview the actress for the issue.

Yup, you read that right: After graduating college, the Mad Men star returned to his St. Louis prep school to teach drama, and one of his ninth-grade students happened to be the future funnywoman. When she moved to Los Angeles, Kemper cold-called her former teacher, by then already a TV star, and he helped her network and came out to see her one-woman comedy show. Things have clearly worked out for the Missourians — they even starred together in 2011′s Bridesmaids — and their familiar rapport throughout the half-hour conversation was delightful.

You can check out this week’s issue for more of their chat, but this tidbit — in which three-time Saturday Night Live host Hamm jokingly plots out Kemper’s Studio 8H debut — was a highlight.
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