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Grammys: Tina Fey vs. Betty White!?

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 1st 2011 12:10PM
Tina Fey Betty White GrammysThe Grammys have always put some of our favorite artists up against one another, but the latest batch of nominations is giving us one very epic battle: Tina Fey vs. Betty White. Say what!?

Both funny women have been nominated for Best Spoken Word Album, Fey for her reading of 'Bossypants' and White for 'If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't).' We can't wait for the (hopefully) hilarious split-screen reactions from the actual ceremony.

White and Fey aren't the only TV stars to pick up nominations.

Seth MacFarlane picked up a few noms, one for the 'Family Guy' original song 'Christmastime Is Killing Us' and another Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Over in the Best Comedy Album category, Kathy Griffin, Louis C.K. and Lonely Island are up against one another.

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NBC, Andy Samberg Sued Over 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 8th 2011 12:05PM
Andy SambergA St. Louis-based production team has filed suit against 'Saturday Night Live' star Andy Samberg, NBC Universal, Universal Republic Records and Lonely Island over two sketches they claim to have had a hand in creating.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Aleric Banks and Monique Hines said they created the music that formed the basis for 'SNL' skits 'Shy Ronnie' and 'Like a Boss.'

The duo, who go by the name StarStrukk Productions, said they had a connection to Samberg and submitted music prior to the release of the first Lonely Island album. The tracks were reportedly used with Lonely Island adding lyrics over the copyrighted master recordings.

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Andy Samberg Plays an Obnoxious Park Ranger on 'Parks and Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 18th 2010 11:37PM
Parks and Recreation, Andy SambergWe'd like to be Andy Samberg when we grow up. Not only does he get to do cool digital shorts like 'I'm on a Boat,' and 'D*ck in a Box,' but between his 'Saturday Night Live' gig and Lonely Island peeps, he's really well connected.

You can just tell his stint as an obnoxious park ranger on pal Amy Poehler's 'Parks and Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC) must have been a blast. "Have you seen 'Avatar'?! I never saw 'Avatar'! I wanted to read the book first!"

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Daily Show: August 7, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 8th 2007 12:46AM
Andy SambergAchtung! A quick message before the actual review... Those of you who haven't read the comments to Brigitte's "TV Squad Daily" posts, you must do so, because, well, you'll see when you get there. Those of you who already do read the comments may have noticed that a very common typo in her Monday post prompted a weird "John" vs. "Jon" discussion among the readers. Here's the thing: do you all pronounce "John" and "Jon" differently? I've never consciously made a distinction between the two and now I feel bad for calling myself a Jon Stewart fan. Please excuse me as I silently weep in a corner.

Okay. Moving on.

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Comic-Con: Paramount Pictures Panel Report

by Julia Ward, posted Jul 27th 2007 3:39AM
Sylar and Spock

Alright, kids. The Paramount panel. This is what Comic-Con is all about - big, marketing juggernauts produced by massive corporations. I'm sure a handful of indie comic producers turn in their graves at the thought of what Comic-Con has become, but you can't deny that it's all about the passion. There's something beautiful and deeply sincere about true fans connecting with the creators of their obsessions. The love of good storytelling and making life more bearable through sharing in an aesthetic experience can't be besmirched by even the crassest of capitalist gestures, and there's free stuff. Nothing wrong with that.

The Paramount panel was loaded with tidbits - mostly for the film, not TV, buff. (You can check out TV Squad and Cinematical scribe Kevin Kelly's live blog from this afternoon's event here.) However, some of our TV friends have made the jump to the big screen - SNL's Andy Samberg, Alias and Lost creator J.J. Abrams and Heroes' Zachary Quinto.

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Saturday Night Live: Zach Braff/Maroon 5 (season finale) - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted May 20th 2007 12:25PM
Braff and Maroon 5(S32E20) I'm not a crazed Zach Braff fan, but I'm familiar enough with his work on Scrubs and Garden State. As the weird fantasy sequences in Scrubs have shown, Braff and the bizarre totally work. So, I was disappointed that he didn't play any outrageous characters in this episode. He was always playing some version of himself. Even in the "Prom Committee" sketch, when he had the chance to portray some completely out-there character, he played the Garden State kid with the Natalie Portman headphones. Oh, well. At least he didn't blatantly stare at the cue cards all night.

Also, there was so much Maya Rudolph love in this episode, it sort of felt like she was hosting. I wonder if this is a sign that she's planning on leaving after this season? This then leads me to wonder if Darrell Hammond, who only appeared two or three times in this episode, is ever going to leave.

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Saturday Night Live: Peyton Manning/Carrie Underwood - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 25th 2007 12:32PM
Peyton and Carrie(S32E16) I know nothing about football. I know nothing about Peyton Manning. He's an athlete, right? Okay. I didn't expect much from him, since the majority of sports-related guests of the past have done poorly. To my surprise, Peyton did relatively well. I think this was partially due to the fact that the writing did not demand too much from him. Although this was a smart move to not make Peyton look like an idiot, it resulted in a mediocre episode.

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Saturday Night Live: Forest Whitaker/Keith Urban - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 11th 2007 12:31PM
Forest Whitaker and Keith Urban(S32E13) I'm not very familiar with Forest Whitaker's work, but I'm well aware of his new-found status as one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. He recently won multiple awards for his performance in The Last King of Scotland, so I knew that he could act. Whitaker didn't do such a spectacular job on SNL. He was good, yeah, but not spectacular.

However, the writing this week was really something else. It was a lot weirder than usual, I thought. For the most part, I liked it. I see that they've cut down on a lot of the more formulaic recurring character sketches, which is a massive improvement. Plus, none of the those recurring sketches are accompanied shitty little theme songs! Remember the days of "Debbie Downer" and "Carol"? Thank goodness those are over.

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Lonely Island boys' hits in LP form

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 21st 2006 9:30PM
The Lonely IslandThe guys from the Lonely Island comedy troupe have been three of the most important additions to the Saturday Night Live family in a very long time. Andy Samberg is now one of the most recognizable faces on the cast, and Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer have lent their writing expertise to some of the most famous sketches of the past few seasons. For example, the "SNL Digital Shorts", like the wildly popular "Lazy Sunday", were these boys' doing.

Well, it sounds like the guys are thinking about putting their talents to LP form. Samberg recently said that they'd like to try to create an entire album of their now-famous style of hip-hop knock-offs. I'm not sure if I'd jump at the chance to buy a collection of songs like "Dick in a Box", but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't think about it.

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Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 17th 2006 9:02AM
Justin Timberlake(S32E09) Justin Timberlake's first hosting gig was absolutely fantastic, so I had high expectations for this episode. Although it wasn't as funny as his first time, I was still very pleased with the result. Actually, Timberlake was better than most "proper actor" hosts. I have a feeling that he'll be returning to host many more times in the future. The man's already established a few recurring characters and I can see him becoming an SNL favorite. Look out, Alec Baldwin, JT's on his way.

I was kind of surprised that there was no sketch, let alone mention, of the crazy overuse of the phrase "I'm bringing sexy back" and every imaginable variation of it. Heck, Timberlake didn't even perform it. Perhaps it was for the best, because I know "SexyBack" would have been stuck in my head for another ten weeks or so.

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