Articles for Saturday Night Live Season 34

Tonight Saturday Night Live returns for yet another season.  The long-running sketch comedy series is starting with a risky choice for host, Olympian Michael Phelps.  While he certainly is one of the most recognizable faces of the summer, athletes rarely make great hosts for the sake of comedy.  But with the presidential election heating up, Saturday Night Live has more than enough material some hilarious entertainment.  Sarah Palin alone should provide fodder for several sketches.I‘ll be updating as the episode goes.  With rumors swirling that Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and even Barack Obama could appear, there should be high hopes. Read more »
Is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart the most important news show in America?  That may sound like a cynical question, but think about it.  There‘s so much competing noise these days in the cable news world that The Daily Show probably is, at least on cable, as formidable in the news world as Bill O‘Reilly or Keith Olberman.  The Daily Show has won the Emmy for Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series for five straight years.  There‘s no reason it won‘t happen again, but the competition isn‘t anything to sneeze at either.  The Emmys are only two days away, folks.  Below we‘ll take a look at the Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series category, as well as the Best Reality-Competition Series category.  Read more »
The season premiere of Saturday Night Live last week saw the so-called greatest Olympian of all time Michael Phelps hosting and, if reviews are to be believed, bombing.  Who can blame him, though?  Tina Fey‘s return to Saturday Night Live was nothing short of explosive with critics noting her spot-on resemblance of Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.  Add Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton and any mediocre hosting job will surely go unnoticed.While Fey‘s return to succeeding episodes of SNL is yet to be confirmed, tonight‘s Saturday Night Live will feature Pineapple Express star James Franco, alongside musical guest Kings of Leon.  After playing James Dean in the critically acclaimed TNT biopic, Franco most recently appeared in the stoner comedy Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen.  His upcoming works include the romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe that will bring Richard Gere and Diane Lane back together and the highly anticipated Milk with Sean Penn. Read more »
Saturday Night Live has always welcomed politicians to Studio 8H with open arms.  John McCain even hosted the late-night sketch show a few years back.  Prior to the 2000 presidential elections, both George W. Bush and Al Gore made surprise appearances.  Hillary Clinton showed up during her campaign last year, as did Barack Obama.  OK Magazine is reporting that Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin may be next.  Rumors are flying that Palin could make an appearance on Saturday Night Live as early as this weekend.  Palin‘s security team has reportedly done a thorough walk-through of the Saturday Night Live studio (though I‘m not sure why this is necessary).  Will Sarah Palin make an SNL cameo? Read more »
The skit on Saturday Night Live featuring Tina Fey as Alaska governor Sara Palin and Amy Poehler as Senator Hillary Clinton was a huge hit, to say the least.  A lot of people have commented on Fey‘s striking resemblance to the vice presidential candidate even before SNL‘s premiere two weeks ago.  When she put on that Palin dress and the spectacles, it‘s true – Fey can out-Palin Palin.Rising above the uproar, McCain Campaign adviser Carly Fiorina reportedly told NBC that the Saturday Night Live skit was “sexist,” portraying Palin as devoid of substance and Clinton as horribly disadvantaged throughout the campaign period. Read more »
Last week‘s edition of Saturday Night Live continued a so-far dream 34th season, ratings-wise, as its third episode chalked up a 46 percent increase in viewership in the same episode of last season.  According to numbers released by Nielsen Media Research, the Saturday Night Live episode that featured host Ana Faris topped all primetime telecasts on all networks during its timeslot.Saturday Night Live continued to take advantage of the public‘s interest on the upcoming elections, opening its episode with a spoof of Katie Couric‘s interview of the GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin by returning cast Tina Fey, fresh from winning another Emmy for 30 Rock.   According to a press release from NBC, these were all “designed to take advantage of intense interest in the 2008 election campaign.” Read more »
BuddyTV isn‘t a political site, and we rarely cover anything relating to politics.  But, how could we not mention tonight‘s highly-anticipated Vice Presidential debate?  Joe Biden, Barack Obama‘s running mate, will take on media sensation Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and surprise member of John McCain‘s presidential ticket. Sarah Palin has been the source of much debate in the media ever since her surprise addition to the ticket, but the controversy has only increased since CBS aired the extended interview she conducted with Katie Couric.  The interview was a disaster of epic proportions, no matter which way you slice it.  That it came out so near tonight‘s debate has ratcheted up the anticipation for the debate and exacerbated worries on the GOP‘s side that Palin was a poor appointment by the McCain camp.  Tonight‘s debate airs on every major network save The CW at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Read more »
After a so far sterling (and very politically relevant) season, Saturday Night Live is hell-bent on taking advantage of its momentum with a packed line-up this October.  SNL‘s first three episodes saw increased interest on the November elections, particularly on Tina Fey‘s great impression of the GOP vice-presidential bet Sarah Palin.  Her interview with Katie Couric, who was also masterly done by Amy Poehler, has made the rounds on blogs and video-streaming sites.Throughout Saturday Night Live‘s three episodes in October, the long-running sketch show is going to feature three Hollywood regulars, starting with The Princess Diaries and Devil Wears Prada star Anne Hathaway on tonight‘s show.  The next episodes will feature Josh Brolin and Jon Hamm of recent Emmy winner Mad Men.  They will be joined by musical guests The Killers, Adele, and Coldplay respectively. Read more »
It‘s most difficult to deliver comic gold when both a) people are expecting something specific and b) the bar has been set very high.  Tina Fey spoofed Sarah Palin on the Saturday Night Live season premiere last month, and has now reprised the Palin role three times, despite the fact that she‘s not an actual Saturday Night Live cast member anymore.  Fey is, of course, perfect for the role.  Everyone agreed upon this before anyone even saw Fey in her Palin costume and with that baffling accent.  Fey nailed it on the premiere and, due to audience demand and Palin‘s continued presence in the media, she‘s been brought back twice more.  The cold open of Saturday‘s episode was a send-up of the Vice Presidential debate between Palin (played by Fey) and Joe Biden (played by Jason Sudeikis), with a little help from Queen Latifah (because, really, why not?).  It might have been the best Palin skit yet – check out the video below.  Read more »
Sarah Palin, Vice Presidential nominee, running mate of Senator John McCain, may soon appear on Saturday Night Live.  In a way, she‘s already left her indelible mark on the long-running sketch show.  Tina Fey, former SNL writer and cast member, has portrayed Palin brilliantly three times over the first four episodes of the new Saturday Night Live season.  Her version of Palin has brought about remarkable word-of-mouth.  The impression has become an internet and media sensation, and has helped bring Saturday Night Live its highest ratings in years.  As a result, Sarah Palin and her handlers have taken note, and are open to the possibility of Palin herself making a cameo on the series.  Read more »
Saturday Night Live, as the series is wont to do, finds itself in a renaissance.  Ratings are through the roof and the sketch comedy series has become appointment viewing in the midst of this election season.  Tina Fey‘s Sarah Palin has been an absolute gift from god for Saturday Night Live, sparking water-cooler debate across the country.  Saturday Night Live has pounced on the increased media exposure, airing four consecutive episodes to begin the season for the first time ever.  In addition, NBC has given SNL a prime-time slot this month, beginning with last week‘s Thursday at 930pm live Weekend Update special.  SNL will put on two more special Thursday episodes in the same time slot over the next two weeks.  In addition, Saturday Night Live has announced plans to launch its very own video site, featuring sketches from throughout Saturday Night Live‘s decades long history, and previously unseen skits that were cut after dress rehearsal, among other content. Read more »
The Saturday Night Live machine is taking full advantage of this contentious election season, airing an ungodly amount of new episodes since premiering its 34th season in the middle of September.  Over the next two weeks, NBC will air two new proper Saturday Night Live episodes, plus two additional prime time Weekend Update specials each of the next two Thursdays.  Tina Fey‘s portrayal of Alaska governor Sarah Palin has shepherded in SNL‘s rediscovered cultural significance, though the sketch show has always done well during politically trenchant times.  This is not a surprise – in the midst of serious and often ugly political discourse, the common man and woman needs a release valve.  We all need to laugh in the face of politics and Saturday Night Live has provided quality escapist fare in a time of need. Read more »
The rumors can end now.  Sarah Palin, the real one, will be appearing on Saturday Night Live.  This piece of news was broken, interestingly enough, by Senator John McCain during his contentious interview held last night with David Letterman.  Palin‘s spokesperson later confirmed that the Alaska Governor will appear on Saturday Night Live this Saturday, but offered no details about the appearance.  Also unknown is whether or not Tina Fey will appear alongside Palin as Palin, or whether Tina Fey will be on the show at all.  Regardless, the rumors can be put to rest.  Sara Palin, the real one, will be on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Read more »
Saturday Night Live has always been a hot-bed for politics. In the last year, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have all appeared on the show, and last night, all eyes turned to SNL when vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin made not one, but two cameo appearances. Viewers have fallen in love with Tina Fey‘s impression of Palin, and the governor had one of two choices: ignore it, or get in on the joke.Without a doubt, Palin was in on the joke. In her first appearance on the show, she was hilarious mistaken for Fey by 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin, who proceeded to read off a list of reasons he was offended that the real Palin was allowed to be on the show. Upon learning he was actually talking to the real Palin, he said she‘s a lot hotter in person. To her credit, Palin got in a good jab, naming born again minister Stephen as her favorite Baldwin. Read more »
Sarah Palin finally appeared on Saturday Night Live a couple nights ago.  Not only did she make a cameo in the Cold Open, she returned later on during Weekend Update.  The results were mixed.  Palin herself wasn‘t given much responsibility.  She read a few lines, didn‘t have to say anything funny.  The professionals took care of that.  The episode itself was pretty middle of the road for Saturday Night Live; some laughs, some flops, easily DVR-able.  But, the Palin stuff is what we‘re supposed to talk about, so let‘s.  Isn‘t it funny that we more or less force our political figures to be in attendance when we make fun of them?  Sarah Palin, a serious candidate for public office, was lambasted to her face on Saturday by professional satirists.  She took it like a champ, I suppose, but I can‘t imagine it was much fun, no matter how often Palin was assured that the whole venture was harmless. Read more »
Now that Sarah Palin has made her buzz-worthy appearance on Saturday Night Live, it‘s time for the next rumor to come along.  Saturday Night Live has always been a desired destination for political candidates, especially during the stretch run f the election season.  Back in 2000, both Al Gore and George W. Bush made cameos on the last SNL episode before the election.  Lorne Michaels recently stated that he expects all of the candidates to make an appearance before polls open.  The rumors permeating some political blogs these days is the Democratic candidate Barack Obama will make an appearance on the final Saturday Night Live before the election on Saturday, November 1, in an episode hosted by well-known Democrat Ben Affleck.  Are there any truth to these rumors? Read more »
What Lorne Michaels wants, Lorne Michaels gets.  Saturday Night Live is an exhausting show to produce, and never in its three-decades-plus history has a cast had to work as hard as the current one has this month.  Never, not even close.  Putting on a weekly 90-minute sketch comedy show is hard enough.  Adding an extra half-hour each week is even more taxing, but when you add in the extra pressure of extreme media scrutiny and the expectation of constant hilarity, the work that this Saturday Night Live cast has done is astonishing.  The fact that Tina Fey, who already works extremely hard on her own show 30 Rock (which she stars in and is the head writer for), has now portrayed Sarah Palin on four separate occasions, you know that Lorne Michaels has some pull.  Fey does owe Lorne a lot – he made her SNL‘s first ever female head writer, and brought 30 Rock to the air.  Still – SNL is squeezing every last bit of juice from the Sarah Palin phenomenon that they can.  And, what can I say?  It‘s been a lot of fun. Read more »
Right now is a great time to be a guest on Saturday Night Live.  The sketch comedy series is currently receiving some of the best ratings of its lengthy career, in part thanks to the election season and Tina Fey‘s Sarah Palin impersonation.  Saturday Night Live is appointment viewing, a water cooler show for this election season.  There will be two more new proper Saturday Night Live episodes before the election.  This Saturday, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm hosts with musical guest Coldplay.  The week after, on November 1, three days before the general election, Ben Affleck hosts.  The musical guest?  None other that American Idol winner David Cook.  He will, for the first time, perform songs from his new album.  Read more »
On the same weekend that Jon Hamm delivered a hilarious turn as host of Saturday Night Live, the critically beloved Mad Men wrapped up its phenomenal second season.  One of Hamm‘s memorable SNL skits had him doling out advice on how to pick up women while in character as Don Draper, but on Mad Men, Draper‘s love for the ladies nearly destroyed his marriage.  By the end of Sunday night‘s finale it appeared that Betty was finally willing to forgive her husband for his indiscretions, but can their marriage survive?  We‘ll have to wait until season 3 to find out. Read more »
It‘s only fitting that Amy Poehler gave birth to her first child on a Saturday.  The actress and comedian has been perhaps the biggest star in the post Will Ferrell-era of Saturday Night Live, and maybe the best female cast member in the long history of Saturday Night Live.  It was merely a testament to her talent and tireless effort on the show that she continued to work in the high-stress environment of live television up until the day she gave birth.  She was supposed to be on Saturday‘s episode of Saturday Night Live, but when Poehler went into labor, the writers had to scramble to re-write parts of the show (they had to cut a Bronx Beat sketch with the returning Maya Rudolph), and Seth Myers had to read the fake news on Weekend Update all alone.  Though there were no special political guests, the Jon Hamm-led episode was solid enough, and worthy of the large audience that Saturday Night Live continues to accrue during this election season.  Read more »
Amy Poehler is gone from Saturday Night Live.  Poehler gave birth to her first child on Saturday and missed the live broadcast of Saturday Night Live in the process.  She stated soon after her pregnancy was announced last summer that, once her maternity leave was over, she would not be returning to Saturday Night Live.  Instead, Poehler will get to work on an NBC sitcom produced by the head writers of The Office, Greg Daniels and Michael Schur.  While details of that venture do not yet exist, Poehler‘s departure leaves some pretty big holes in the SNL cast, most notably her position as co-anchor of Weekend Update.  So, who will replace Poehler on Weekend Update? Read more »
John McCain is following in his running mate‘s footsteps.  Tomorrow, on a brand new Saturday Night Live, McCain will make a cameo.  The news comes this morning.  It was widely rumored that McCain‘s opponent, Barack Obama, would be the one to make a cameo on Saturday Night Live this weekend.  This being the case, this announcement of McCain‘s involvement is something of a surprise.  It wouldn‘t be shocking either, then, if it was announced later today that Barack Obama will also make an appearance on SNL tomorrow night.  When Sarah Palin made her highly-publicized guest appearance on the sketch comedy series a couple weeks back, the show garnered its highest ratings in fourteen years.  Only days away from the general election, Saturday‘s episode will surely bring in a healthy audience, though perhaps not as big as the Palin episode. Read more »
If you still haven‘t come up with a good outfit to go trick-or-treating in this year, BuddyTV offers our top 10 suggestions for TV-related Halloween costumes.<<PREVIOUS     |     NEXT>>It‘s easy to predict Sarah Palin will be the most popular Halloween costume of the year, so if you want to be original, don‘t do it. However, the best part is that a Palin costume is as easy as 1-2-3. First, put your hair up. Second, put on a pair of glasses. Third, spend $150,000 on a red pant suit. If you want to be truly original, when people ask who you are, don‘t say Sarah Palin, say that you‘re dressed up as Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. Read more »
Just in time for the election, BuddyTV brings you our list of the 15 worst politicians from TV.<<PREVIOUS   |   NEXT>>It‘s a mystery why Tim Calhoun thinks it‘s a good idea to run for president. By his own admission, Calhoun has been to jail on over two dozen occasions, is a voracious reader of child pornography, hates dwarfs and Mexicans, and has fathered numerous illegitimate children, despite being mostly gay. Though Saturday Night Live gives Calhoun a platform for his horrible and disturbingly worded thoughts, he has not held any office that we know about. Which is a good thing for everyone. Read more »
No, Lil Wayne is not dead.  Contrary to reports that he was shot and found dead, the 26-year-old rapper is alive and well.  Word on the street was that Lil’ Wayne, who is also known as Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. in real life, was killed from a gun shot over the weekend in a gang feud.Wayne, who opened the 34th season of Saturday Night Live with Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps, has a history with guns.  In fact, when he was 12 years old, he accidentally shot himself in the chest with a .44 caliber. Read more »
John McCain made his appearance on Saturday Night Live last night.  He did a fine job, taking good-natured jabs at his campaign and looking a lot more like the guy who hosted Saturday Night Live in 2002 than the angry campaigner we‘ve seen these last few months.  John and wife Cindy appeared on the show‘s Cold Open in a mock QVC infomercial.  Later, McCain appeared on Weekend Update in a piece lampooning his Maverick persona and his desperate campaign tactics as the election nears.  John McCain‘s appearance helped SNL garner its second-highest rated episode in the last decade, trumped only by Sarah Palin‘s episode a couple weeks back.   Read more »
Saturday Night Live has presided over a full-out comedy blitz during the last two months of the political season.  Ever since the 34th season of the sketch comedy series premiered in mid-September, the political coverage has been second to none.  It has revitalized Saturday Night Live, bringing in the show‘s highest ratings in a decade and inducing political debate throughout the country.  Now that Election Day is finally here, we thought it‘d be a good time to look at the best sketches that Saturday Night Live has brought us during this exciting election season.  For each entry on the list, you can click on the link and watch the video of that skit.  Read more »
The euphoria has not subsided.  If you consider yourself a political junkie, yesterday was your Super Bowl, with the added bonus that you get a lot more than a trophy if your team wins.  Talking to my friends, perusing the internet, reading the paper, that was the overwhelming feeling: We Won.  Even those people my age who were McCain supporters can‘t deny it.  The young people finally have their president.  The under thirty vote went to Barack Obama at a 66-32 percent clip.  That is an absolute thrashing.  I can‘t tell you how many people I know who grew up in Republican households who, for the first time in their lives, tossed aside the ideologies of their parents and voted Obama.  Facebook has turned into a forum of celebration, status updates universally proclaiming victory on a grand level.  Yesterday was one of those days that comes along only a few times in your lifetime where hyperbole is not possible.  Try as some might, what happened last night can‘t be over-stated.  Read more »
Lorne Michaels, in the wake of Amy Poehler‘s departure, has acted quickly.  Late last night, it was reported by a variety of sources that Saturday Night Live has hired two new female cast members, Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins.  An official announcement from NBC and Saturday Night Live is expected later today.  Elliott is a notable hire, in that she is the daughter of comedian and actor Chris Elliott, who himself was a cast member on SNL for one year in the mid-nineties, making Abby the first ever second-generation cast member on the series.  Saturday Night Live returns with its first post-election episode this Saturday, with host Paul Rudd and musical guest Beyonce.  There‘s no official word on whether Watkins and Elliott will make an appearance this weekend.  Read more »
Saturday Night Live returned to air on Saturday with its very first new post-election episode.  Ratings are expected be down considerably since the last new episode, which aired two days before the presidential election.  This will not be a surprise, nor a disappointment.  The question was whether Saturday Night Live would build on its election momentum and continue cranking out quality episodes.  If Saturday was an indication of what the series will bring to the table going forward, things are looking good for the long-running sketch show.  Paul Rudd presided over a solid, if not spectacular, ninety minutes of television, with special guest Justin Timberlake on hand to ensure some day after buzz.See Also:Ten Best ‘Saturday Night Live‘ Sketches of the Political SeasonSaturday Night Live: Analyzing Sarah Palin‘s AppearanceSaturday Night Live: Best Tina Fey Clips on ‘SNL‘ Read more »
So, Amy Poehler finally left Saturday Night Live.  Admittedly it was weird seeing her perform while pregnant—at the back of my head, I go, “shouldn‘t you be resting or something?”—but it was weirder seeing nothing of her on her supposed last episode as a member of the SNL cast.  She had just given birth three weeks ago, and while I understand the need to give the mother and child a rest, I was expecting some sort of farewell to Poehler in the last episode.  Instead, we got Seth Meyers doing “Weekend Update” solo for a second straight week, and nothing more.But the past is the past, and I‘m sure Poehler is happy with her newborn son, her seven years on SNL and her reported upcoming project, courtesy of writers from The Office.  With her departure comes the entry of two new cast members, Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins, both of whom come from very different backgrounds.  As earlier reported, Elliott is new to the comedy field, although she‘s trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, which Poehler started.  She is also a second-generation SNL cast member—gasp, we can say that now?—being the daughter of Chris Elliott, who was part of the 1994-95 season.  Watkins, on the other hand, comes to the show with more experience, having trained at both the Brigade and the Groundlings, otherwise known as the home of many renowned SNL stars like Will Ferrell and Phil Hartman.  It also doesn‘t hurt that she‘s had a few television roles, like a recent turn on The New Adventures of Old Christine. Read more »
Tim McGraw, sir, you are going bald.  It‘s OK.  No one will judge you.  You‘re famous already, you have a hot wife and you have a loyal fan base.  The skull cap is unnecessary.  Embrace it, Tim.  Be one with your hairline. Everything will be OK.  Stop fighting the inevitable.Now that I have that off my chest (and this had been festering since Saturday night), we can move on to the Saturday Night Live festivities of this past weekend.  The aforementioned country star Tim McGraw was the host, with musical guests Ludacris and T-Pain, featuring T-Pain‘s grill.  It was the last episode for a couple of weeks, and I thought it was better than average, with mostly funny skits across the board. See Also:Ten Best ‘Saturday Night Live‘ Sketches of the Political SeasonSaturday Night Live: Analyzing Sarah Palin‘s AppearanceSaturday Night Live: Best Tina Fey Clips on ‘SNL‘ Read more »
Just in time for the holidays, Saturday Night Live will be releasing Saturday Night Live- The Complete Fourth Season DVD on Tuesday, December 2.  Fans can relive the comedy antics brought by directors Aviva Slesin, Christopher Guest, Claude Kerven, Mike DeSeve, Robert Smigel, and innovative sketch-comedy creating hits such as The Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd), Nick the Lounge Singer (Bill Murray), and many more.The fourth season of Saturday Night Live, which ran from 1978 to 1979, featured classic performances from hosts Fred Willard, Carrie Fisher, Kate Jackson, Milton Berle, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Elliott Gould, Frank Zappa, Gary Busey, and Walter Matthau.  It also showcased some notable musical guests, including Peter Tosh, Mick Jagger, The Doobie Brothers, Bette Midler, Talking Heads, Devo, Van Morrison, Grateful Dead, Rickie Lee Jones, James Taylor, and the legendary Rolling Stones playing live from studio 8H. Read more »
Most people associate Tina Fey for her hilarious impersonations of Sarah Palin and her work on 30 Rock, a sitcom loosely based on her experiences at Saturday Night Live.  But there‘s so much more to the 38-year-old comedian.  Fey tells it all in Vanity Fair‘s January issue, where she also appears on the cover.As a writer, comedian, actress and producer, Fey has won five Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.  After serving as writer on Saturday Night Live in 1997, she was eventually promoted to the position of head writer in 1999 and was added to the cast of the sketch comedy program in 2000. She left Saturday Night Live to create her own television series called 30 Rock, where she plays Liz Lemon, the head writer of a fictional sketch comedy show.  Though the sitcom struggled in the ratings for two years, it was deemed a critical success, winning seven Emmy‘s last fall and catapulting Fey into red-hot territory. Read more »
Saturday Night Live, coming down off the mind-blowing high that was the 2008 election season, returns with the first of its final two new episodes of the year on Saturday night.  Tomorrow, actor John Malkovich will host Saturday Night Live for the third time in his career.  Malkovich is coming off roles in two high-profile films – The Coen Brothers‘ Burn After Reading and Clint Eastwood‘s Changeling.  The musical guest will be T.I.  A week from tomorrow, on Saturday, December 13, Hugh Laurie (House) will host SNL for the second time, and will be joined by mega-star Kanye West as musical guest.  Read more »
Amy Poehler came back to Saturday Night Live after all.  It wasn‘t completely unexpected, as word had leaked earlier in the day that Poehler would be returning for one more episode before traipsing into the merry land of prime-time television.  Poehler led off the cold open reprising her most famous impersonation with Hillary Clinton, and then took back her post on Weekend Update for, likely, the final time.  However, her return was overwhelmed by another of Saturday Night Live‘s soon to be viral sensation Digital Short.  If you thought “D*** in a Box” was racy, Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island co-horts have considerably upped the ante with their newest creation, "J*** in My Pants."  Be warned – the below videos may not be appropriate for all ages. See Also:Ten Best ‘Saturday Night Live‘ Sketches of the Political SeasonSaturday Night Live: Analyzing Sarah Palin‘s AppearanceSaturday Night Live: Best Tina Fey Clips on ‘SNL‘ Read more »
The Lonely Island, the comedy trio composed of Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg and his writing buddies Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, has inked a deal with Universal Republic to release their unabashedly raunchy debut album called “Incredibad.”  Set for release on February 10, the CD includes the first single "Ji-- in My Pants," which premiered as a digital short on last weekend‘s Saturday Night Live. Meant to make fans laugh, the album features a mix of songs made famous in digital shorts on Saturday Night Live over the years, including prior internet sensations such as "D*ck in a Box" with Justin Timberlake, "Iran So Far" with Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine and "Lazy Sunday," just to name a few. Read more »
Earlier this year, Saturday Night Live saw some of its biggest ratings in recent seasons with Tina Fey‘s portrayal of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and cast member Amy Poehler‘s impersonation of Sen. Hillary Clinton.  But last weekend‘s episode stirred quite a lot of negative buzz.  In the “Weekend Update” portion of the show, Fred Armisen portrayed a lispy Gov. David Paterson who often looked in the wrong direction and mistakenly walked in front of the camera when it was not his turn to speak."Come on, I‘m a blind man who loves cocaine who was suddenly appointed governor of New York. My life is an actual plot from a Richard Pryor movie," Armisen said in the skit. Read more »
Bristol Palin gave birth to her first child on Saturday in Palmer, Alaska.  Bristol, 18, and her pregnancy became a political talking point throughout the election season.  Her mother, Sarah Palin, of course, was a VP candidate, and Bristol‘s pregnancy came out of wedlock.  The baby boy was named Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston and is said to be healthy as can be.  The father, Levi Johnston, is currently studying to become an electrician.  Reports from the campaign insisted that Levi and Bristol, who have been dating for three years, intend to get married.  No wedding date is currently set, though plans are to get married in 2009.  From Bristol to Palin: 17 Infamous Teenage Mothers Read more »
Last year‘s Saturday Night Live may have been all about Tina Fey but Neil Patrick Harris may just steal the show in 2009.  The 35-year-old comedian will be ringing in the New Year as the host of the NBC sketch variety show scheduled to air this Saturday, January 10.Harris‘ prominent roles in his career include the title character of Doogie Howser, M.D., Col. Carl Jenkins in Starship Troopers, Dr. Horrible of the web series Dr. Horrible‘s Sing-Along Blog, the fictionalized version of himself in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its sequel Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and his current work as the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother.  On the CBS sitcom, he recently earned a 2009 Golden Globe nomination and two consecutive Emmy award nominations.  He was also named one of the “Entertainers of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly.  Read more »
Every year, the Peabody Awards honor excellence in television, and this year’s recipients represent a broad range of genres. From news to satire, from the Olympics to a period miniseries, from sci-fi to animation, the Peabodys are honoring a little bit of everything.The winners this year include the time-traveling exploits of Lost, the majesty of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, HBO’s wild Entourage, AMC’s quietly beautiful Breaking Bad, the political sketches from Saturday Night Live, and everyone’s favorite video sharing outpost, YouTube. Read more »
NBC unveiled their slate of programs for the 2009-2010 season this morning.  Six new pilots were picked up (two comedies, four dramas).  NBC failed to concoct an actual day-by-day schedule for the Fall - they are expected to release that schedule within a couple of weeks.  Not mentioned during NBC‘s announcement this morning were the likes of Chuck, Medium, My Name is Earl, Law & Order and Life.  Some of those series could get picked up for mid-season.  As of right now, the fall schedule looks filled to the brim, especially when you consider that Jay Leno‘s new show will be taking up five hours of prime-time per week.  For Chuck fans, the wait continues, although the forecast isn‘t terribly bright.  Shows picked up for next season include Parks and Recreation, Southland and Heroes.  NBC has also ordered six more episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday for the Fall.  Here‘s a rundown of the six new shows from NBC: Read more »
While the 2008 presidential elections is long done and Obama has already assumed office, NBC bigwigs still feel that the news is still hot ticket, as they order at least six and as many as thirteen primetime editions of Weekend Update, one of the more popular segments of Saturday Night Live.  The peacock network produced special primetime editions of Update last season during the campaign period, the weeks leading to the November polls, all to excellent ratings.NBC announced recently that it will produce half-hour specials to air most likely on Thursday night, similar to last season‘s schedule.  This will be the first time the Weekend Update specials will be a weekly part of NBC‘s fall schedule even on weeks when Saturday Night Live is not in production.  Read more »
After its initial announcement last month about the shows it would pick up, today NBC revealed its official 2009-2010 schedule and also made several official cancellations.My Name is Earl and Medium are both gone, though there are possibilities that both shows could be picked up by rival networks.  For My Name is Earl, it‘s especially difficult since the season ended with a cliffhanger.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW Read more »

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