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Bill Hader Has Trouble With His Lines on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 26th 2010 1:15AM
Bill Hader Has Trouble With His Lines on 'SNL'Comedian Bill Hader has been on 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) for many years now. He's also starred in such movies as 'Superbad' and 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall.' But even for an experienced comedian, performing on live TV can be tough. And unexpected problems occurred on the latest episode of 'SNL' when Hader started struggling with his lines.

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Ryan Phillippe on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 18th 2010 5:10PM
Ryan Phillippe, Saturday Night Live Ryan Phillippe hosted 'Saturday Night Live' this week and got to hang with Larry King, outrageous clowns, James Carville and Mort Feingold.

Hot topics covered by Seth Meyers on Weekend Update include the Iceland volcano and Pope Benedict, among other things.

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Tina Fey/Justin Bieber' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 11th 2010 3:49PM
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(S35E18) Tina Fey gives hope to all nerdy funny girls out there. You may be frumpy and strange now, girls, but all you have to do is work really hard, be yourself, create/write/star in a hit show with Alec Baldwin and become super-famous. Then you will finally be able to soothe the flame of self-hate this is currently raging within you. This is the only option to escape your ugly duckling phase. Sorry if you were convinced otherwise.

All right, seriously, this was a solid episode. It felt like Fey had a strong hand in what kind of material was being produced; most of the sketches worked very well for her. This was also the first time I had heard Justin Bieber. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

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Tina Fey on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 11th 2010 3:27PM
Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey, Steve MartinTina Fey returned to 'Saturday Night Live' last night and had plenty to say about brownie husbands, Tiger Woods, and the Oscar curse, among other things.

And apparently, she also has a thing for Justin Bieber, the musical guest this week! Somehow, the pairing of these two seems like the perfect combination.

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Jude Law on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 14th 2010 3:48PM
Saturday Night Live, Jude LawJude Law took time out from his busy Broadway and film schedule to host 'Saturday Night Live.' The show covered his 'Hamlet' audition, ex-congressman Massa's groping debacle, and the game show 'Secret Word.' And Jerry Seinfeld helped out Seth Meyers with a 'Really?' segment.

Whoopi Goldberg stopped by Weekend Update to talk about being the spokesperson for Poise pads, and Andy Samberg and Julian Casablancas teamed up for 'Boombox.'

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Zach Galifianakis on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 7th 2010 11:19AM
Saturday Night Live, Zach GalifianakisZach Galifianakis is super hot right now, and he supplied some comedy relief as host of 'Saturday Night Live' this week. He's ridiculously funny, just by showing up. In fact, some of his funniest bits on the show involved hanging out in the background of various TV shows like 'Law & Order,' '30 Rock,' and 'The Dr. Oz Show.'

The kissing family also made an appearance (at a funeral, no less), and one of our favorite talk shows, 'What Up With That?,' was back with actor Paul Rudd, as well as the always ignored Lindsey Buckingham.

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Jennifer Lopez on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 28th 2010 10:56AM
Saturday Night Live, Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez hosted 'Saturday Night Live' this week, and the bits ranged from the Telemundo Winter Olympics to an office romance to 'Undercover Celebrity Boss.'

Gov. David Paterson stopped by Weekend Update to talk about his options for the future, and Bobby was soooo excited about some new YouTube clips.

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Ashton Kutcher on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 7th 2010 2:45PM
Ashton Kutcher hosts 'Saturday Night Live'Ashton Kutcher hosted 'Saturday Night Live' last night, and the show included bits on Fox News, 'The View,' pool boys, slave boys in ancient times, a game show about 'Burn Notice,' and Liam, the Teenager Who Just Woke Up.

Oh, and there's a brand new Cialis. Now you'll never have to miss those special three-way moments that pop up unexpectedly.

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Jon Hamm on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 31st 2010 11:20AM
Saturday Night Live, Jon Hamm, 2010A clean-shaven Jon Hamm hosted 'Saturday Night Live' this week, and the 'Mad Men' star brought the laughs during his second time hosting the show -- especially as a "crazy sexy" saxophonist named Sergio.

The 'SNL' crew also took the politicians to task with bits on Obama's State of the Union speech, Sen. Scott Brown's new gig, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor's visit to Weekend Update. All that, and some Michael Bublé tunes.

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Charles Barkley on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 10th 2010 1:06PM
Saturday Night Live, Charles BarkleyNBA star Charles Barkley hosted 'Saturday Night Live' this week, with musical guest Alicia Keys. The show covered everything from the situation in Yemen to MacGruber's sensitivity training to two fantastic performances by Keys.

Nicolas Cage, Gov. David Paterson, and James Carville stopped by Weekend Update to chat with Seth Meyers, and if you're looking for an insurance company who will keep an eye on you day and night, Thomas Peepers is there to help.

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The TV Squad Podcast: Doctor Who, what to buy with holiday loot, Brittany Murphy, and more!

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 24th 2009 4:31PM
TV Squad logoMerry Christmas! In this pre-holiday podcast, Brad Trechak and Jason Hughes join me to talk about our favorite holiday episodes (think Festivus, folks), as well as the following:

  • Brittany Murphy's death and how it caused NBC to pull a SNL Weekend Update bit from a few weeks ago,
  • It's David Tennant's last days as Doctor Who, and we talk about his popular run and what's in store for his successor, Matt Smith,
  • What TV-related items you can buy with the handful of gift cards you received during the holidays,
  • How we might be watching TV during the next decade. Will the 30th season of The Simpsons be available telekinetically?
  • Ask TV Squad, Comment of the Week, our picks of the week, and more!

Run time is 1:14:14.

You can listen to the podcast below, or download from here or by subscribing to our RSS podcast feed. It is also available via iTunes. Feel free to leave us feedback in the comments or drop us a line at tvsquadpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com.

As usual, the music at the beginning and end of the podcast is "Life" by Justin Trawick. Note that we recorded the podcast on Monday, and my pick of the week -- Jay Thomas on Letterman -- has already aired. Huh. I figured they'd wait until at least Christmas Eve for that one.

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David Spade Takes A (Hollywood) Minute to Defend Tiger Woods

by Michael Maloney, posted Dec 4th 2009 4:00PM
David SpadeCelebs and the media spotlight that shine on them were skewered regularly by funnyman David Spade in 'Hollywood Minute,' a segment within 'Saturday Night Live's' Weekend Update back in the '90s.

Does Spade miss spoofing the whole celebrity machine? "I do," he told AOL during a recent set visit to Spade's sitcom 'Rules of Engagement,' which will return for its fourth season on CBS at midseason.

So what would Spade say on 'Hollywood Minute' about the whole Tiger Woods brouhaha? "I'd say, 'I saw the new US Weekly magazine poll and I think they were too tough on him," Spade deadpans. "It said, 'Should Tiger Go To Heaven?' 91 percent say no.'"

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NBC execs don't seem to know much about NBC - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 5th 2009 2:21PM
NBC logoWe just got done with the NBC executive session, where primetime entertainment head Angela Bromstad and alternative programming (read: reality) chief Paul Telegdy took the reporters questions.

Of course, many of the questions had to do with The Jay Leno Show and Ben Silverman's departure. What the gathered reporters got out of the two executives was evasiveness, referrals to other executives, and a general sense that the two of them either don't know or don't want to provide answers about their own network.

When the question of Leno and CBS's Nina Tassler's assertion that NBC would declare victory no matter what numbers they got, Bromstad tried to pass us to the session for Leno's show later in the day. Telegdy did the same. But we wouldn't let them off the hook. An example exchange, for instance, went like this:

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Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake/Ciara

by Annie Wu, posted May 10th 2009 3:32PM
SNL Digital Short: Motherlover
(S34E22) Justin Timberlake returned for his third turn as host and it was tough not to keep expectations pretty high. I mean, if an vengeful warlock were to suddenly put a crippling curse on his music career (like they do), Timberlake could definitely fall back on being a professional SNL host. Yes, this would become a real profession, just for him.

As usual, some sketches fell a bit flat, but Timberlake's over-confident, hammy swagger made things a little more interesting. This particular episode also gave us another legendary musical Digital Short with Timberlake and Andy Samberg and a couple of all-around MILFs. It's tough to top a surprise appearance by Leonard effin' Nimoy, but "Motherlover" was certainly the highlight of the evening. Here are some other notable video moments!

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Why isn't Jan Hooks famous?

by Eliot Glazer, posted May 9th 2009 12:50PM
Radner. Louis-Dreyfus. Poehler. Fey. Shannon.

jan hooks snlSuffice it to say, the number of women who became famous on Saturday Night Live before graduating to solo success is few and far between. Sure, Gilda Radner can be considered a pioneer in the art of sketch comedy. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus undoubtedly honed her comedic skills before becoming a sitcom icon on Seinfeld. And, yes, Tina Fey can easily be considered a heroine to comedy nerds everywhere who have witnessed her climb from Weekend Update anchor to Mean Girls scribe to single-handedly decimating the vice presidential chances of one certain gun-wieldin', six-pack-totin' Alaskan governor.

But, sadly, the number of men who left Studio 8 for the superstardom of Planet Hollywood (not the theme restaurant) easily outnumbers the ladies. For every Amy Poehler, there's a Will Ferrell. And a Bill Murray. And a Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler (although, to be fair, there's also a David Gary Kroeger, A. Whitney Brown, and Charles Rocket for every Melanie Hutsell, too). (And for the record, no, you shouldn't recognize those names.)

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