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Justin Timberlake Books 'Saturday Night Live' Finale Hosting Gig

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 20th 2011 10:05AM
Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake is returning to 'Saturday Night Live.' Yep, the multi-talented singer/actor/comedian responsible for 'D*ck in a Box' -- who has won two Emmys for his appearances on the show -- will host the finale on May 21.

According to our friends at The Huffington Post, 'Saturday Night Live' made the announcement to a fan on Twitter.

A fan tweeted "I didn't realize that @nbcsnl isn't back until May 7th!!! What am I going to do!? Is Tina Fey the season finale!? #SNL #aaahhhh."

The show responded, "Nope! We have Timberlake after that!" However, the tweet has since been deleted.

According to the New York Post, Lady Gaga will be the musical guest. This is Gaga's second time on the 'SNL' stage, her first appearance was in October 2009.

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Helen Mirren on 'Saturday Night Live': How'd She Do?

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 10th 2011 12:15PM
Helen Mirren, SNL, Saturday Night LiveLast night, 65-year-old Helen Mirren took the Studio 8H stage as one of the oldest 'Saturday Night Live' hosts in history alongside musical guests the Foo Fighters . (Though she is just one year older than last week's host and musical guest, Elton John.)

The Oscar-winning actress proved she was game for anything, with skits about Mary Shelley, strip clubs and taxes. Plus, she let Nasim Pedrad touch her breasts.

How did the Dame stack up against her fellow hosts this season? Check out a few of last night's skits and weigh in after the jump.

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Elton John and Tom Hanks as Knights of the Realm on 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 4th 2011 1:06AM
Elton John & Tom Hanks, 'Saturday Night Live'In a rather silly sketch, even by 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) standards, the British Knights of the Realm are assembled to fight a dragon that's attacking London. Long ago, knights did just this sort of thing, but now their numbers include actors and other celebrities.

Which is how Sir Elton John found himself presiding over the likes of Sir Michael Caine (Tom Hanks), Sir Bono, Sir Mix-a-Lot -- get it!? -- and Ringo Starr. Actually, Ringo Starr hasn't been knighted which is a recurring theme of the sketch.

Within the context of the story John was able to poke fun at Sting's alleged prowess and longevity in the bedroom and even Bono's disastrous stage production.

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'Saturday Night Live' - Elton John Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Apr 3rd 2011 10:30AM
Elton John hosted 'SNL' on April 2, 2011
['Saturday Night Live' - 'Season 36, Episode 18']

I'll be honest, I was not aware that Elton John was still alive. But since dead people don't host late night television variety shows -- they do go to parties in sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts -- we were treated to a night of music and reverie.

It's always interesting when someone like Sir Elton hosts. He is certainly a musical and pop-cultural icon, but is he funny? If anyone saw his 2001 Grammy performance with Eminem, you know he has the potential to be hilarious. In the end, though, it shouldn't matter who the host is. It's the job of the writers and performers to pinpoint the host's comedic strengths and weaknesses, and to exploit them to the fullest. The best athletes make their teammates better. The best teachers make their students better. The best writers should make Elton John better.

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The 10 Funniest Women in 'Saturday Night Live' History

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 18th 2011 1:00PM


Before Women's History Month ends, we at TV Squad want to add to our countdowns of the 100 most memorable female characters in TV history and the 16 most accomplished real women currently on the tube by giving a shout out to the funniest women of 'Saturday Night Live.'

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Zach Galifianakis Dresses Like Annie for an Epic Musical Performance on 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 13th 2011 11:28PM
Zach Galifianakis, 'Saturday Night Live'The success of any given episode of 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) often rides on how funny its host is. Thus, there were high hopes for this week's installation, featuring the second hosting spot for funnyman Zach Galifianakis.

Galifianakis proved he was ready to do anything for a laugh when he stripped down during his monologue to reveal Annie's classic red and white dress as he burst into the little red-headed girl's signature song, 'Tomorrow.'

He was accompanied by an easel sporting a notebook of pre-written messages that he tore off as he went along. It was a surreal moment that reminded us of INXS's 'Mediate' video. But it's the seriousness with which Galifianakis tackles these moments that makes them so hilarious.

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'Saturday Night Live' - Zach Galifianakis / Jessie J Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 13th 2011 11:00AM
'Saturday Night Live' - Zach Galifianakis / Jessie J Recap['Saturday Night Live' - 'Season 36, Episode 17']

You can count on Zach Galifianakis to bring his own peculiar take on humor when he hosts 'Saturday Night Live,' a humor that seems to embrace the live and unpredictable nature of the show. Not many other hosts carry with them the reputation or the chops to bring the element of "anything can happen" back to the forefront, and it's what I enjoyed most about this episode.

Even if that "anything" turns into "nothing," we still watch the show with a different kind of anticipation that can help make every sketch just a smidge funnier. In this, his second hosting stint, Zach Galifianakis put out pretty much what I expected: an unwavering commitment to his comedic ideals, enough awkward pauses to keep us from getting too comfortable, and a Hoobastank reference.

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'Saturday Night Live' - Miley Cyrus / The Strokes Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 6th 2011 1:00PM
Miley Cyrus Saturday Night Live['Saturday Night Live' - 'Season 36, Episode 16']

Miley Cyrus has finally put the icing on the "I'm all growed up" cake. Like Britney Spears before her, she spent most of her life creating a likeable, wholsome image of herself to sell to parents -- only to have that image systematically dismantled by a culture that builds people up so we can eventually make them shave their heads and dance on poles just to feel alive. While Miley's recent public shortcomings may seem like Britney-lite, her hosting gig could be as significant.

'Saturday Night Live' can do wonders for a person in Miley's situation. What better way to announce yourself to adulthood than by shooting a digital short in which you beat the crap out of Carly from 'iCarly,' then make out with her a little? There is none, as far as I know. Being able to make fun of yourself is the key to being a quality host, and it can go a long way toward ingratiating you in the eyes of a discerning public ... and that's, pretty cool.

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Miley Cyrus on Mustaches and Facing Off Against Vanessa Bayer's Miley Impression on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 4th 2011 4:28AM
Miley Cyrus talks 'SNL' and Vanessa Bayer, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'If you've ever wondered what Miley Cyrus would look like with a sweet mustache, well you're a little weird. Nevertheless, 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) has you covered, as both she and Jimmy Fallon were sporting fake mustaches, and having a lot of fun trying them on.

Finally they decided on the appropriate facial hair for the actual interview and Fallon talked to Cyrus about her forthcoming appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.' Particularly because new featured player Vanessa Bayer has a recurring caricature of Cyrus that's become popular on the show.

Cyrus shared a surreal moment they had in the pitch room of the show when Bayer got up to speak. Cyrus said to Bayer, "Wait, you play me on TV."

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Miley Cyrus Thinks Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' Is 'Pretty Cool' in New Promos

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 2nd 2011 2:30PM
Miley Cyrus, Saturday Night Live, SNLMiley Cyrus is hosting 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend, and naturally she thinks it's going to be "pretty cool." She even says so in these new promos for the show.

You know what that means? Twice the Miley on 'The Miley Cyrus Show' skit!

Watch Miley and Keenan Thompson play with a sound board in these actually quite humorous promos for Saturday's show, which will also feature musical guest The Strokes. Miley seems pretty playful, and game to make fun of herself. Good! If only she had done the promos with Vanessa Bayer instead.

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Elton John to Host 'Saturday Night Live' in April

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 28th 2011 10:30AM
Elton John to Host 'Saturday Night Live'Sir Elton John is returning to 'Saturday Night Live' for the first time in close to 30 years. However, the musician won't just be the musical guest -- he'll host the April 2 show too.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, John will perform with Leon Russell in the spring show.

The announcement came during John's annual Oscar bash benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. At the party, a VIP package for two to SNL's April 2 show and cast after party went to a winner with a $75,000 bid.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Jason Sudeikis Tease Rookie All-Star Blake Griffin for Being a Clipper (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 18th 2011 3:48AM
Jason Sudeikis, Blake Griffin, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Blake Griffin is having an amazing rookie season in the NBA. After losing last year to an injury, he's come out and is setting rookie records that have stood for more than a decade and was named to the NBA All-Star Game as a Western Conference reserve.

But that's not what Jimmy Kimmel wanted to talk about on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC).

His focus was on the fact that Griffin plays for the beleagured Los Angeles Clippers.

"Would you rather be on the Lakers?" he asked him. Griffin was clearly nervous and uncomfortable at the constant badgering, so went for the safe route of staying mostly quiet.

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'Saturday Night Live' - Russell Brand / Chris Brown Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 13th 2011 4:00PM
Russell Brand, Saturday Night Live['Saturday Night Live' - 'Season 36, Episode 15']

One is a fluke. Two is a coincidence. But three solid episodes of 'Saturday Night Live' in a row is straight-up legendary. Jesse Eisenberg and Dana Carvey did their jobs, and it was up to Russell Brand to bring his European game to the states and light it up.

I had all the confidence in the world that he would, if nothing else, mix things up. He has somewhat of a bad boy lothario reputation, which isn't easy for British dudes to pull off with the accent and the tea and the blacksmiths.

Sometimes it takes a host like Brand to remind us all that we're watching live television. He brings with him a "what's he going to try to get away with" aesthetic that can either work hilariously or feel unbearably forced. I could only hope it was the former.

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Russell Brand Is Secretly American in 'Saturday Night Live' Promos

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 11th 2011 4:00PM
Russell Brand, Andy Samberg, Saturday Night LiveBritish comedian Russell Brand is scheduled to host 'Saturday Night Live' tomorrow night, but thanks to his promos for the show, we're seriously wondering if he's really British at all.

When cast member Jason Sudekis reminds Brand that SNL takes place in New York, not London, the funnyman drops his accent. Or does he put on a different one? The world may never know.

In the second batch of promos, cast member Andy Samberg tries his hand at the Queen's English. (Apparently, he's actually from Worstershire ... like the sauce.)

The musical guest tomorrow night is Chris Brown.

After the jump, watch more jokes about accents than we ever expected for one week of SNL.

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Adam Sandler's Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Hits

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 9th 2011 9:00AM
Adam SandlerSome viewers might have remembered him as one of Theo's high school pals on 'The Cosby Show,' from appearances on 'Showtime at the Apollo' and the MTV game show 'Remote Control' or even from his small part as a drug dealing teen in the 1990 'Afterschool Special' episode 'Testing Dirty.'

But for most fans, Adam Sandler officially entered the TV landscape 20 years ago -- on Feb. 9, 2011 -- when he made his debut as a featured player on 'Saturday Night Live.'

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