A mixture of happy and sad news about Saturday Night Live
today, as we learn that alum Amy Poehler will host the season opener and that the show will not renew Jenny Slate's contract for a second season.Entertainment Weekly reports
that Poehler will host the September 25 premiere with musical guest Katy Perry. This news is bittersweet if you're a Parks and Recreation
fan like me, since we won't see Poehler return as Leslie Knope on season 3 until mid-season, bumped for now from the NBC Thursday night lineup for newbie sitcom Outsourced
. But some Poehler is better than none Poehler, as I always say. (Starting now.)
veteran that she is, it's interesting that Poehler will help kick off the show's 36th season, given all the new blood they're bringing in. According to a source at the New York Times
, Jenny Slate (who became well-known for accidentally dropping an F-bomb on the SNL premiere last season) will not return in the fall. Instead, four new performers are being brought in to round out the cast:
Taran Killam, who has appeared on Mad TV
and Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N
as well as Scrubs
and How I Met Your Mother
Brittain, from the iO Improv Theater in Chicago; Vanessa
Bayer, also of iO in Chicago; and Jay Pharoah, a comedian and
impressionist. (Want to see just how many
impressions he can do? To the YouTubes!
She didn't have much time to stretch her sketch-comedy legs for the nation, but this comes as unfortunate news for fans of Slate's quirky characters and hilarious range of voices, most notably combined in her recurring role as saleswoman Tina-Tina Chaneuse.
If there's a silver lining here, perhaps it's that her absence means that Slate will now have more time to make adorable viral videos like last month's "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On."
If you haven't seen it yet, it's bound to be the cutest thing you'll watch today, in large part thanks to Slate's writing and voicing talents.
And as we lamented and memorialized last week
mainstay Will Forte will mainstay no more: He's leaving before the fall premiere to pursue other projects.
Also on the docket as hosts for the upcoming SNL
star Jane Lynch and Breaking Bad
's Bryan Cranston. They'll both host sometime in October.
(Image courtesy of NBC)