The Wee Hours
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
Saturday Night Live‘s cold open this week took aim at Fox News President Roger Ailes’ widely publicized admonition to “shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually” in the wake of the Tucson shooting. Fox News all-stars like a paralyzed Greta Van Susteren and a foaming-at-the-mouth Sean Hannity inevitably struggle with the new policy. Read More
After a decent run of eccentric, often helium-voiced characters, Will Forte is leaving Saturday Night Live.
Dave Itzkoff, reporting in the Times‘ “Arts Beat”:
Will Forte, the longtime “Saturday Night Live” cast member who portrayed that incompetent adventurer, among a wealth of other eccentric characters, will not be returning to “S.N.L.” when Read More
ALBANY—Saturday Night Live has once again weighed in on David Paterson's state of affairs, with the “governor” answering questions on the Thursday evening edition of Weekend Update.
Seth Meyers asked about White House pressure not to run, which the fake Paterson—portrayed by Fred Armisen—likened to "the Pope calling a local priest Read More
Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin skits were viewed twice as many times online and via DVR recordings than in original broadcasts, according to a recent study by Integrated Media Measurement Inc. Now NBC and Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels are in talks to develop a new on-demand video Read More
During a conference call yesterday afternoon to promote the 34th season of Saturday Night Live, Grand Poobah Lorne Michaels confirmed what everyone thought two weeks ago. The show is in what Mr. Michaels termed as "on-going discussions" with Tina Fey to have her return to play Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Read More
When Jimmy Fallon takes over Conan O’Brien’s seat in 2009, he’ll have a familiar face behind the cameras to help him. His Saturday Night Live buddy Michael Shoemaker will be Late Night‘s showrunner next year.
Mr. Shoemaker ran Weekend Update on SNL when Mr. Fallon giggled his way through the segments as co-anchor. Read More
Lorne Michaels told reporters Sunday that he plans to premiere Jimmy Fallon as the new host of Late Night on the internet. He plans five or six months of webcasts prior to the 2009 debut of Mr. Fallon’s version of the show, according to TV Week.
The Observer interviewed Mr. Michaels about preparing Read More
The Huffington Post notes that NBC Nightly News had almost a million more viewers last week than the week before, putting it back on top in the ratings–and attributes the bump, plausibly, to anchor Brian Williams’ much-hyped November 3 appearance on Saturday Night Live.
The obvious lesson the networks will draw is Read More