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Who Scored Big in Week 9 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Dec 12th 2011 1:00PM
Kristen Wiig had a great week. It's not going to come as too much of a surprise to anyone that she's at the top of the list this week. The problem is, when Wiig excels, the rest of the female cast suffers. That's just the way it seems to be. This problem is heightened when there's a female host – in that since the Tina Fey era, it's not exactly like it's been easy to get airtime as a female cast member (sans Wiig). So add one more female to the equation as a host and, well, you'll see.

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Who Scored Big in Week 8 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Dec 5th 2011 12:45PM
The interesting thing about "Coach Bert," the best sketch this past Saturday night, was that no cast-member really stood out – at least as far at the Relevancy Poll is concerned. The concept and the writing were perfect, but it was played so straight, other than Buscemi, it's hard to remember who was even in the sketch. One of the lesser sketches of the night, "Miley Cyrus Show," was all about Vanessa Bayer. And to Bayer's credit, having a recurring sketch as popular as "Cyrus" is quite the coup. So, sorry Taran Killam, you were great in "Coach Bert," but it doesn't help you much around these parts. And so it goes with the Relevancy Poll...

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Who Scored Big in Week 6 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 14th 2011 1:15PM
The reason that Emma Stone is such a good host is that she could easily be a cast member. The sketches don't have to feature her; she can just blend in and play a supporting character. In other words: she doesn't have to be the center of attention. Because of this, it leads to a show in which the cast can really shine. And, collectively, they did! But there were a few that had really standout weeks, including our surprise winner...

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Who Scored Big in Week 5 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 7th 2011 12:45PM
For whatever reason, I had a feeling that Saturday night's show was going to be one of the better efforts of the season. Maybe I'm psychic! (Unfortunately, I'm not psychic.) Too often, when making 'SNL' predictions, the discussions break down into either, "Well, he's funny," or, "She was great in this movie, ergo, she will be a terrific 'SNL' host." (For the record, I may be the only person alive who instigates these type of discussions.) Here's really the most important intangible of being a great 'SNL' host: playing well with others. Charlie Day played well with others. So much so that everyone got themselves into the act this week, which, with a cast this big, is rare. But that's what made it good! So, with that, on to this week's slightly crowded Relevancy Poll...

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Mark Consuelos Joins 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' Donal Logue Goes West and More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 6:00PM
Mark Consuelos I Hate My Teenage DaughterMark Consuelos has booked a multi-episode arc on Fox's 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Consuelos will appear in at least two episodes as a new love interest for Jaime Pressly's main character.

Consuelos will play Spanish teacher Carlos Castillo who asks Pressly's character on a date after she enrolls in a community college course. 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' premieres Wed., Nov. 30 at 9:30PM on Fox.

In other casting news ...

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Who Scored Big in Week 3 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 10th 2011 1:00PM
The quality of Saturday's show aside, this was the first week that really allowed the cast to be featured on the front lines. Which, yes, lead to a few shakeups in the Relevancy Poll. It is striking, though, to watch the differences in airtime that featured players Taran Killam and Paul Brittain have been receiving. Both guys seem extremely talented, yet Killam is getting more time than even a lot of the full-time cast members are while, at the same time, we are starting to worry about Brittain's future on the show.

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'SNL' Scorecard: With Ben Stiller's Show Being This Bad, It's No Wonder Why Eddie Murphy Didn't Show Up

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 9th 2011 2:00PM

'Saturday Night Live' did itself such a disservice by not immediately squashing the rumors of an Eddie Murphy appearance on last night's show. As we pointed out on Wednesday: this was most likely never, ever going to happen. But it would have been really fantastic if it had – and that's the problem: Anything less than an Eddie Murphy cameo is going to be a letdown. (And it doesn't help when the show is as lackluster as last night's Ben Stiller hosted effort.) I mean, Hugh Jackman showed up. From all accounts, people like Hugh Jackman. He's one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Do you know who Hugh Jackman isn't? Hugh Jackman isn't Eddie Murphy. Hugh Jackman isn't a guy who has openly despised the show that made him famous and then gave the world a glimmer of hope this week that this feud may be coming to an end. A world where 'SNL' and Eddie Murphy are on good terms is a world that I want to live in. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world. We live in a world that teases us with the hope of that world – and, sadly, that's a kinda dickish world to live in. On to the scorecard...

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Who Scored Big in Week 2 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 3rd 2011 10:30AM
Even though the results were disappointing, this week's 'SNL' was, again, very host-centric – meaning there wasn't a ton of lead-role airtime to go around for cast members. Though, Jay Pharoah managed to get his first sketch of the season on the air, while poor Paul Brittain was nearly shut out. But who leads the poll after the second week of the season? A show hosted by 'Bridesmaids' star Melissa McCarthy? It should be no surprise that the top spot goes to...

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'SNL' Scorecard: Was Melissa McCarthy Even Given a Chance?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 2nd 2011 1:55PM

Someday Melissa McCarthy will be a good 'SNL' host. Her name will be mentioned alongside recent 'SNL' hosting phenoms like Jon Hamm and Justin Timberlake. Hell, if given some better than average material last night to back up her deliveries, we may already be mentioning her name as part of this class. Unfortunately, McCarthy did what she could with a writing staff that seemed to take the week off from writing anything interesting and, instead, just gave her a few sketches that resembled poor man's clones of 'Bridesmaids.' To be fair, this was probably to be expected with her first outing immediately following her breakthrough comedy role. But, now that this is out of the way, hopefully, next time, the writing staff will giver her more things to do than pour food on her head and have her fall down a flight of stairs. Alas, on to the scorecard...

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Scrubs: My Happy Place

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2009 5:01AM
Zach Braff(S08E04) This was the better of the two episodes tonight, for a couple of reasons. One, we figured out why Kelso continues to hang out at Sacred Heart, and it's not for the free muffins at Coffee Bucks. But mostly, it's because we had a J.D. / Elliot relationship episode that was actually treated with subtlety and maturity.

This is a relationship that's been as maddening as any that's been on TV, mainly because of all the artificial blockades Bill Lawrence and his writers kept throwing in their way. Lawrence himself told me and others that he never wanted the relationship to become a focal point of the show. But by constantly trying to get away from it they did the exact opposite, giving the 'shippers as much to talk about as those that just liked the comedy and the stories about the hospital.

What I'm saying is: if J.D. and Elliot had the conversation they had tonight sometime during season three, all of that crap would have been avoided.

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Nobody's Watching gets a haircut - VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 24th 2006 1:14PM

Nobody's Watching gets a haircut.What would Christmas be without a new video from Derrick and Will (Taran Killam and Paul Campbell) of the pilot-turned web sensation-turned television show (one day) Nobody's Watching. This time around Derrick gets a haircut. But not any haircut. No, this cut is in the style of a favorite sitcom character, chosen by visitors at the guys' official website.

The character chosen? I'll give you a hint: Ha! I kill me! Okay, that may be a bit obscure. The favorite sitcom character chosen was Alf, who had a hit show back in the late 1980's. Derrick not only gets his hair cut in the style of Alf, but he hair that is cut gets pasted on his eyebrows to give him that fluffy, alien puppet look.

Anyway, you can see the haircut in all of its glory after the jump.

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Those wacky Nobody's Watching dudes appear on Scrubs

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 9th 2006 2:01PM

Nobody's Watching on Scrubs

When are these guys going to get their own show? Yes, Taran Killam and Paul Campbell, the stars of the pilot-turned web sensation-turned television show Nobody's Watching have surfaced once again. This time around they appeared on Thursday night's airing of Scrubs, which was created by Bill Lawrence, who happened to produce the pilot-turned web sensation-turned television show Nobody's Watching.

However, if you blinked you may have missed them. So, we've provided a screenshot just to show you where they appeared. They are standing right behind J.D. and Kim in the scene right before those two wacky kids jumped into the supply closet to see if they were sexually compatible. Um, I'm talking about J.D. and Kim, not Taran and Paul. Although, that would be an interesting twist to Nobody's Watching.

[Thanks to reader Harry for the tip]

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Nobody's Watching: Ten Years of Friends in 90 Seconds

by Keith McDuffee, posted Nov 20th 2006 11:02AM
We've got an exclusive new video from the guys of Nobody's Watching for you, hot off the presses. Well, hot off the camera. Or video recorder. Or whatever.

This time Will and Derrick are giving us a 90 second look at a full ten seasons of Friends; who needs that big honkin' box set?

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Nobody's Watching Lost - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 27th 2006 12:22AM
First we gave you the preview, now here's the real thing. Derrick and Will of Nobody's Watching put all other Lost fans to shame in their latest video below. Can you spot the special guest they were able to score? If you guessed Jorge Garcia, I feel sorry for you.

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Candy corn + root beer = another Nobody's Watching short -- VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 24th 2006 12:14PM

Nobody's Watching and the MentosThe stars from Nobody's Watching, the pilot, turned YouTube posting, turned NBC show, are back. This time around they spoof one of the staples of the ever-growing video posting site.

If you were ever a visitor to YouTube you have probably seen one of the seven thousand videos that show what happens when you add Mentos to a bottle of Diet Coke. Not to spoil the surprise, but you get a Diet Coke fountain (don't ask me the science behind it. I did poorly in Chemistry; hence the reason I'm a writer.). Well, Taran Killam and Paul Campbell, the stars of Nobody's Watching, have taken it a few steps further and experimented with other combinations of food added to beverages. For instance, mixing Sweettarts with Sprite produces a baby chicken. Go figure. And, when they mix something like a Mike & Ike (the actual name of the candy escapes me) with a carton of milk they get transported to a leather bar. Wow, I probably don't want to try that experiment!

The best combination they work with is the first one where they add a candy corn to a one-liter bottle of root beer. I don't want to ruin the results because they are a bit surprising. You can watch all of the experiments after the jump.

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