Saturday Night Live
Yesterday we found out that Lorne Michaels and Co. over at Saturday Night Live had hired Upright Citizen Brigade performer Sasheer Zamata as the first black actress to grace the cast in the six years since Maya Rudolph left the cast. We said it was an “uneasy” victory, since the call had been made under the intense amount of pressure the show’s producers were under to hire a black woman after Keenan Thompson’s interview with TV Guide, where he implied that the lack of female diversity in the cast was because there weren’t enough qualified candidates in the field. (Woof.)
It was a very blatant form of tokenism, and though it was necessary, it wasn’t sitting right. Then Saturday Night Live surprised us:
While taking lunch seems to be a dying privilege in NYC, there are still some New Yorkers who have time for leisurely midday meals. Last week, supermodel and entrepreneuse Petra Němcová invited us to lunch at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Cocina, where we chatted about her recently launched sustainable home decor company, Be The Light, which is based on her extensive global travel.
The reverberation of dinner chimes echoed through the stairwell of the Plaza as a tardy Shindigger rushed up the steps to the 28th Annual Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards on Monday evening. And there we found what we like to call a “celebrity boil,” as a multitude of cameramen and reporters Read More
The Wee Hours
NBC announced this weekend that Lindsay Lohan is to host the March 3 episode. It’ll be a big comeback episode–for Jack White, whose band broke up last year! For, you see, Ms. Lohan, a three-time host, never really left–as skits about her public persona made up a big chunk of the mid-2000s on SNL. Read More
Awards, Media Awards
John Belushi it wasn’t.
An hour after the weekly 3:30 a.m. text message spread like spitfire across New York, interns and set crew and assistants arrived at Professor Thom’s, a sports bar in the East Village, with outfits assembled and the password for the door on the tips of their tongues. They had heard stories, Read More
Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker will be honored at the Center for Communication’s Annual Luncheon on Nov. 1, according to an update on the center’s website. At the ceremony Zucker will receive the Frank Stanton award for his work in media.
Zucker’s current work in media, however, is a bit up in Read More
“My daughter is getting an award so I’m a proud duh-dee!” Paul McCartney told the Daily Transom at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s annual Forces for Nature benefit at 583 Park Avenue on Monday, March 30, where his daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney, and Discovery Communications’ CEO David Zaslav were honored for their respective environmental work. Read More
Given that Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 35th anniversary later this year, we doubt Lorne Michaels needs any advice from us about how to run a successful show. However, after watching this weekend’s mostly harmless episode hosted by the charming Dwayne Johnson—note to studios: put him in a musical comedy co-starring Anne Read More
While everyone has given credit to Tina Fey, Sarah Palin and a little something called the Presidental Election for bringing Saturday Night Live back into the realm of cultural relevancy, we happen to think NBC’s forward-thinking web strategy helped just as much. By making increasingly more skits available online, the network has been able to Read More
Q: For years now, shows like Meet the Press have been broadcasting clips of an SNL sketch, a spoof of political reality, to have a conversation with their audience about the actual political reality. How are you getting to the core ingredients of what’s going on in a way that Read More