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.
Will Forte is set to star in Fox’s midseason comedy Last Man on Earth, but he’ll crack wise on another one of the network’s comedies even sooner: The SNL alum will voice a character on a fall episode of The Simpsons. READ FULL STORY
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
The Daily Show has hired another correspondent in the wake of John Oliver’s exit.
Saturday Night Live writer and standup comic Michael Che will join the Comedy Central series in June after he finishes his stint at SNL. The hire follows the exit of Oliver, who launched his new HBO talk show, Last Week Tonight, on Sunday. The Daily Show also recently added Jordan Klepper last March.
Che is an NYC standup comic who joined the SNL writing staff last fall. Che started doing standup in 2010, and since then has won New York’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition, appeared on CBS’ Late Show, and was a regular on VH1’s short-lived Best Week Ever reboot. He’s been writing for SNL since 2013.
Here’s Che on Late Show: READ FULL STORY
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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