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Jimmy Fallon Hosting 'Saturday Night Live'

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 22nd 2011 12:15PM
Jimmy FallonTalk about planning ahead -- Jimmy Fallon is returning to his alma mater 'Saturday Night Live' in December as host for the very first time. Then again, the show kind of predicted this back in 1998 (read on for the explanation).

Although the late night host has dropped by many times as a special guest in the occasional skit, he's never actually hosted the show on which he was a cast member for six years, from 1998 to 2004.

"I've never forgotten where I came from," Fallon said in a press release. "That's why I'm so incredibly honored to be hosting the 'Saturday Night Times' program December 17th on HGTV."

He also reacted to the news on Twitter, saying "I'm incredibly honored to be heading back to 8H where it all started. And by 'it' I mean Will Ferrell's awesome movie career."

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'Sex and the City' Might Head Back to TV, 'Radiohead' to Play 'SNL' Season Premiere and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 15th 2011 11:45AM
Sex and the CityAfter the second 'Sex and the City' movie turned out kind of horribly (don't argue, you know deep down it's true), all 'SATC'-related attention turned toward the rumored prequel movie, which would star anyone from Blake Lively to Elizabeth Olsen, depending on which article you read.

Now, the latest 'SATC' buzz is saying the show could return to its original medium -- television.

According to Britain's Daily Mail (via Vulture), Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha could return for a seventh season of the hit series.

A source told the paper, "Ultimately Darren Star -- the man who created the hit series -- will have the overall say, but everyone is agreed a TV show is the direction they want to take the franchise in."

As with all 'SATC' rumors, we're not holding our breath.

In other TV news ...

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Adam Levine Confirms New Karaoke Bar Sitcom, Performs With Maroon 5 on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 5th 2011 2:15PM
Matt Lauer and Adam Levine on 'Today'Adam Levine's television career began with a guest spot on 'Saturday Night Live,' and continued with a judging spot on 'The Voice.' Now the Maroon 5 lead singer is adding the "executive producer" title to his TV resume. On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) Levine talked about a new sitcom pilot he's working on for NBC, and performed with Maroon 5.

Though he was initially reluctant to share details, Matt Lauer got Levine confirm that the pilot had been bought by NBC, and that the show will be set in a karaoke bar. Will Levine appear in the show? "Perhaps," said Levine. "I've not decided yet, Matt Lauer."

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Alec Baldwin Breaks 'SNL' Record by Hosting Season 37 Premiere

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 3rd 2011 5:00AM
Alec BaldwinHis Schweddy Balls are already the stuff of legend, and now 'Saturday Night Live' frequent flyer Alec Baldwin is set to break the long-running show's hosting record.

Baldwin is currently tied with Steve Martin for the 'SNL' record after he hosted the show for the 15th time last year. However, executive producer Lorne Michaels told reporters that Baldwin is now set to break Martin's record by hosting the Season 37 premiere in the fall.

'Mike & Molly' star Melissa McCarthy is lined up to host the second episode of the new season.

Baldwin pulls double duty as the star of Michaels' other NBC show, '30 Rock,' which is, of course, a fictionalized version of 'SNL.'

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Andy Samberg On Staying Alive as Shark Week's Chief Shark Officer (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 29th 2011 9:05AM
Andy Samberg, Shark WeekAndy Samberg has a lot of weight on his shoulders as Shark Week 2011's Chief Shark Officer. But, just how did the 'Saturday Night Live' funnyman get this "jawesome" gig?

"I think I'm Chief Shark Officer for obvious reasons," Samberg said. "I love sharks, I'm a really bad swimmer, Justin Timberlake passed. What else? Mainly the third one."

In the exclusive video interview below, Samberg, while soaking wet and standing in the ocean, details his experiences as Chief Shark Officer.

"The worst thing about being Chief Shark Officer is that I had to go to the Bahamas! It doesn't smell like whiz or homeless people anywhere here," he joked. "I'm just so homesick. It's going to be so sucky when I have to go back."

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Ben & Jerry's Readying a 'Saturday Night Live' Flavor?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 14th 2011 11:00AM
Saturday Night Live, Schweddy BallsThe famous 'Saturday Night Live' 'Delicious Dish' sketch with Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer and Alec Baldwin is rumored to become a Ben & Jerry's flavor just in time for the holidays. Nothing says Christmastime like Schweddy Balls!

Gasteyer let the news slip during a recent interview with NY1. "[The sketch] has this crazy, massive popularity that's kind of had a half life since I left the show," she said. "Ben & Jerry's is coming out with a Schweddy Balls ice cream for Christmas this year."

According to Gothamist, a Ben & Jerry's representative wouldn't confirm or deny the news, citing the desire for an element of surprise.

'SNL' veteran Jimmy Fallon recently got his own Ben & Jerry's flavor. Comedian Stephen Colbert and musician Willie Nelson have also received that honor.

Watch the iconic 'Saturday Night Live' sketch below.

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Jimmy Fallon and Gilbert Gottfried Revisit an Old 'SNL' Impression (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 27th 2011 7:50AM
Gilbert Gottfried on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'Controversial comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried stopped by 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) and found himself on the receiving end of a joke.

Jimmy Fallon revealed that for his first-ever appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' he had to impersonate Gottfried taking part in an episode of 'Hollywood Squares' that was supposedly being taped during an earthquake.

In the sketch, the celebrity contestants, true pros that they are, continue to play the game despite horrific injuries and falling masonry.

Gottfried said Fallon's impression was so accurate that he saw the show on a screen as he was walking through Times Square in New York City, "and I thought, 'Is that me? I don't own that jacket!'"

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Justin Timberlake Channels Mozart, Mocks Himself in Unaired 'SNL' Skit

by Jean Bentley, posted May 23rd 2011 11:30AM
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night LiveIf you'd like to watch Justin Timberlake make fun of himself with an on-and-off fake German accent, you should probably watch this unaired skit from this weekend's 'Saturday Night Live' season ender.

Things touched upon in the five-minute clip: musicians-turned-actors, similarities between 'No Strings Attached' and 'Friends With Benefits,' the 'Mickey Mouse Club' and those black-framed "take me seriously" glasses.

Watch after the jump, and tell us: Shouldn't this have aired instead of the tired Kristen Wiig game show sketch?

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'SNL Digital Short': '3-Way' With Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Andy Samberg (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 23rd 2011 4:14AM
Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga, 'Saturday Night Live'When Justin Timberlake was announced as the host for the season finale of 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC), we suspected there was a chance for a recurrence of the characters he and Andy Samberg made famous across two 'Digital Shorts.'

What we didn't expect was that not only would they be joined by their recent lovers from the 'Motherlover' short, Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson, but that musical guest Lady Gaga would join them in the song and the gag.

The new premise finds our favorite out-of-fashion mack daddies leaving their motherlovers behind to foray into the next frontier in lovemaking. "3-Way (The Golden Rule)" followed they boys on a sexual adventure with Gaga and one another -- It's okay, because it's not gay when it's a three-way.

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Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga Shine in the 'Saturday Night Live' Season Finale

by Joel Keller, posted May 22nd 2011 12:00PM
Last night, 'Saturday Night Live' aired its 36th season finale, and the writers and producers saved one of the best episodes of the season for last.

Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga on the season 36 finale of 'Saturday Night Live'
The presence of perennial favorite host Justin Timberlake gave the writers license to bring back characters that are very familiar to regular 'SNL' watchers. It's the ultimate sign that Timberlake is quickly becoming this generation's version of 'SNL' hosting stalwarts Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

But added to the mix was the presence of Lady Gaga, who not only performed two songs, but did a fine job in a number of sketches, as well. Do we have a new recurring host in the making?

After the jump, we'll give you a selection of videos from last night's finale. In the comments, give us your thoughts on how JT and Gaga did on the show.

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Justin Timberlake Lends Lady Gaga Some Clothes in New 'Saturday Night Live' Promo

by Jean Bentley, posted May 20th 2011 4:00PM
Saturday Night Live, Lady Gaga, Justin TimberlakeThis weekend, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga will team up for the most epic 'Saturday Night Live' season finale in recent history.

Timberlake is no stranger to the 30 Rock studio, having racked up 11 previous host/guest/cameo appearances over the past 11 years. Gaga's also an 'SNL' vet who made her debut in 2009 alongside Ryan Reynolds.

Watch the two superstars team up to tease Saturday's show in NBC's latest promo.

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Cut Skit From Ed Helms' 'SNL' Gig Makes it onto 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 19th 2011 5:48AM
Ed Helms & Taran Killam, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Fans of 'Saturday Night Live' know that not every sketch makes it onto the live show. Several are cut even just before they go to air, having survived through the dress rehearsal.

Because of this, there is tape of most of these cut sketches, and 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) had one from the most recent episode, hosted by Ed Helms.

While the final product was an uneven mix of funny moments and awkward sketches, it's hard to say which category this new sketch would have fallen into. The idea of a compilation of songs to deter kids from having sex on prom night is filled with comic potential.

Helms and Taran Killam were great on the vocals, and the bit of song they performed as the Buchanan Brothers was certainly disturbing enough to turn off all of us, but could it have sustained a full sketch? We actually think it could have.

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Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Are the Real Ambiguously Gay Duo on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 15th 2011 11:55PM
Jimmy Fallon & Jon Hamm, 'Saturday Night Live'Robert Smigel's signature creation returned to 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) with another installment of 'The Ambiguously Gay Duo.' But this time, he took the superhero buddy parody to the next level with a "flesh ray" that turned the entire cast into live-action.

The story was as you'd expect, but made even funnier when you replace the animated Ace and Gary with Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon respectively. The costumes, stretching and innuendo were even funnier.

The pair were joined by Steve Carell as Bighead, Stephen Colbert as Dr. Braino, Fred Armisen as Lizardo and Ed Helms as a Two-Face inspired villain. We loved the fight scene between the Duo and the henchmen, but not nearly as much as their "good stretch" with the super-villains looking on.

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Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Team Up for Live-Action 'Ambiguously Gay Duo' on 'SNL'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 15th 2011 11:30AM
Ambiguously Gay Duo, Jimmy Fallon, Jon HammIt's been almost four years since we last saw crime-fighting duo Ace and Gary stop a bad guy with a slew of unintentional sexual innuendos on 'Saturday Night Live.' But last night, during the Ed Helms-hosted penultimate episode of season 36, the Ambiguously Gay Duo returned in a very special installment of Robert Smigel's Saturday TV Funhouse.

The cartoon started out normally, but halfway through turned from animation to live-action, with former 'SNL'-er Jimmy Fallon and frequent 'SNL' host Jon Hamm playing the flesh-and-blood superheroes. Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, who originally voiced the caped heroes, played the live versions of Brain-io and Big Head, with Ed Helms and Fred Armisen as two of their evil counterparts.

Watch the skit after the jump, and tell us: What did you think of the live-action Ace and Gary? What about the rest of last night's 'SNL'?

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Kristen Wiig Shows Fear During Encounter With Elisabeth Hasselbeck (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 13th 2011 1:45PM
Kristen Wiig Shows Fear During Encounter With Elisabeth HasselbeckBackstage at 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), Elisabeth Hasselbeck complimented Kristen Wiig's portrayal of her on 'Saturday Night Live.' But, perhaps afraid of incurring Hasselbeck's wrath, Wiig denied that it was ever her.

"I love how you play me on 'SNL,'" said Hasselbeck. "You're great."

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