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Emma Stone, Jason Segel, Charlie Day Book 'Saturday Night Live' Hosting Gigs

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 12:30PM
Emma Stone, Jason Segel, Charlie Day SNL'Saturday Night Live' is bringing in Emma Stone, Jason Segel and Charlie Day for sweeps.

Day, star of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' makes his hosting debut on Sat., Nov. 5 with musical guest Maroon 5. This is Maroon 5's third appearance on the show.

On Nov. 12, Stone makes her second appearance as host. Coldplay will make their fourth appearance on the show was 'The Help' star's musical guest.

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Was 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' Funny or Racist on 'SNL'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 1:15AM
Anna Faris, 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' - 'Saturday Night Live''Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) continued its streak of less-than-stellar episodes in this new season, though there were still a few memorable sketches in this week's installment with host Anna Faris.

Certainly one of the most potentially controversial was the 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' college-based talk show. It was a clear send-up of Japanese stereotypes, but it was also incredibly self-aware.

In fact, Jason Sudeikis was on hand seemingly just to tell us that this was a borderline-racist interpretation of a small sect of Japanese culture. Kind of makes you wonder if they put that character in there to minimize the chances of people being offended.

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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' Spoofs Hank Williams Jr.'s Appearance on 'Fox & Friends' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 2:00AM
Ben Stiller, 'Saturday Night Live'On the one hand, 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) was talking about the steroid problem in baseball, which felt a little dated -- even if it was tied to a 'Moneyball' sketch. But then, on the other hand, they jumped right into a sketch about Hank Williams Jr.'s controversial appearance on 'Fox & Friends.'

It's when 'SNL' can react with immediacy that we often get our best satire, and Jason Sudeikis was certainly ratcheting up the crazy as Williams. The premise was that he was back to apologize, but he had a media spokesperson on hand, played by Ben Stiller, to help him and to really say the whole incident was Fox News' fault for inviting Williams on to talk politics in the first place.

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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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Melissa McCarthy Was Willing to Get Dirty for 'SNL' Debut (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 3rd 2011 1:00AM
Melissa McCarthy, 'Saturday Night Live'Say what you will about the writing quality or caliber of sketches on 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC), but there is no denying that Melissa McCarthy gave as committed a performance as we've ever seen.

In some cases, she carried the laughs almost entirely by herself. She tackled physical comedy, like throwing herself down a flight of stairs multiple times, and wasn't afraid to get dirty, like in her explosive performance in the Hidden Valley Ranch sketch.

Her character was so eager to be the best taste-tester, that at one point she exploded an entire bottle of the dressing all over her face and chest, and just kept eating it and going on. To their credit, no one broke character during this hilarious moment, which was easily a highlight of the night.

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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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Just How Excited is Melissa McCarthy About Hosting 'SNL'? (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 30th 2011 7:50AM
Melissa McCarthyFresh off of her Emmy win 'Mike & Molly' star Melissa McCarthy's all set to host this week's 'Saturday Night Live.'

And she's really, really excited about it.

After the jump check out the hilarious promo featuring McCarthy, her 'Bridesmaids' co-star Kristen Wiig, and this week's musical performers, Lady Antebellum.

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Who Scored Big in Week 1 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Sep 26th 2011 1:20PM
Kristen WiigThe first week of 'Saturday Night Live' is in the books, which means it's once again time to go to the Relevancy Poll to see who's getting the most out of their airtime. (The final results of last year's poll are over here.) Host Alec Baldwin dominated the smaller sketches, and with a plethora of ensemble sketches (three in all), at least so far, it's hard to get a true gage on how things will play out in the cast. Though we did get a sense that Kristen Wiig seems to be back in full force -- after what could be considered a year off to finish and promote 'Bridesmaids'-- and that Jay Pharoah is still in the doghouse. Off to the poll:

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Ben Stiller, Anna Faris Book 'Saturday Night Live' Hosting Gigs

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 26th 2011 11:45AM
Ben Stiller, Anna FarisBen Stiller and Anna Faris will host 'Saturday Night Live' this season.

Stiller appeared as a featured performer in 1989. This is his second time hosting the show. He'll host the Oct. 8 show with Foster The People as the musical guest. Stiller is promoting his newest film, 'Tower Heist.'

On Oct. 15, Faris will take to studio 8H for the second time.

Drake will make his 'SNL' debut as the musical guest for Faris' show.

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Steve Martin Crashes Alec Baldwin's Record-Setting 'SNL' Hosting Stint (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 3:00AM
Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin, 'Saturday Night Live'When it was realized that Alec Baldwin hosting this season premiere of 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) would give him the all-time hosting record over Steve Martin, we all assumed that Martin would make an appearance. The question was how and when.

Well, he showed up right away, during Baldwin's monologue touting his 16th time hosting. Martin was surprisingly gracious, and only wanted to make sure Baldwin wasn't using any performance enhancing drugs.

So they staged a fake drug test, with Martin analyzing Baldwin's urine by swishing it in his mouth -- he only detected Cialis. It was a fun bit, but much tamer than perhaps we would have expected. No jealousy or bitterness from Martin? We did, however, love when he asked surprise guest Seth Rogen if his being there counted as hosting. It doesn't.

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Hear Alec Baldwin's Censored Rupert Murdoch Joke in This Week's 'Saturday Night Live' Promos (Sort of)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 23rd 2011 5:30PM
Bill Hader, Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin was supposed to play the part eventually portrayed by Leonard Nimoy in last Sunday's Emmy Awards opening skit, but the actor dropped out when Fox decided to censor his joke about Rupert Murdoch and News Corp's wiretapping scandal.

Thankfully, Bill Hader asked Baldwin about the zinger in the promos for this week's Season 37 opener of 'Saturday Night Live,' and you can hear it below ... sort of.

You should know that Baldwin is so ready for his record-making 16th hosting gig that he arrived prepared with a brand-new Trapper Keeper. Eeee!

Watch the promos below, and don't forget to come back Sunday for Mike Ryan's scorecard of the 'SNL' Season 37 premiere.

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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.

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