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  • “Saturday Night Live” to celebrate 40 years with 3-hour live special

    SNL 40Turning 40 is a big milestone for anyone. However, it’s equally special for a TV show considering rarely one can say it’s been on the air for that many seasons. With the exception to news programs and sporting events, Saturday Night Live is hands-down one of the longest running TV shows we have. Premiering October 11, 1975 from Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center in NYC.

    Next season SNL will celebrate its 40th and they plan on throwing a three-hour live special party to commemorate the event. The special is scheduled to air on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 and will include a huge reunion of former cast members and musical guests from the last 40 years. While the list of those participating in the reunion has not been revealed expect names to be announced in the coming months. Read More

    Maya Rudolph’s variety show special, ‘The Maya Rudolph Show’ gets premiere date

    Maya RudolphNBC has been developing a new variety show for Maya Rudolph ever since her sitcom Up All Night crashed and burned a few years back. Now the network has announced that the The Maya Rudolph Show, a variety special will premiere on Monday, May 19th at 10pm.

    Rudolph will host an hour and be joined by a slew of celebs including some of her SNL alums Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, and Chris Parnell. In addition Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Kristen Bell are slated to appear. Raphael Saadiq is said to be the house bandleader and Janelle MonĂ¡e will be the musical guest.

    As expected, Lorne Michaels will executive produce the hour long special. Depending on how ratings/response is for the special, the show could become an ongoing series.

    Andrew Garfield to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ on May 3rd

    Andrew GarfieldThis weekend NBC announced that Peter Parker himself, Andrew Garfield will host the next episode of SNL with musical guest Coldplay on May 3rd. This is Garfield’s first time as the show’s host. It will also be opening weekend of the second installment of The Amazing Spider-Man which Garfield also plays the title role. Coldplay will be returning to the show for the fifth time to teach us about things like conscious uncoupling.

    Seth Rogen hosted Saturday Night Live, there were guest stars and fart jokes

    Seth Rogen SNLSeth Rogen returned for another hosting session of Saturday Night Live. An episode that can only be described as weird and uneven. This back half of this season of SNL has really started to focus on weird rather than totally funny. Rogen’s episode should’ve flown high (see what I did there?) but was mostly failures. The always solid Weekend Update was ho-hum and led into a second half of an episode that really wasn’t worth the time to watch.

    Rogen isn’t a very musical guy so this episode contained virtually none what last week had, but that also allowed for the next day internet crowd to see more of the episode than they did last week. He’s a fun gentlemen and provides for fun times usually but this episode wasn’t really something I’d put in the “win” column. Weed jokes or not. Read More

    Here’s time-lapse footage of all the set changes in an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’

    Ever wondered how Saturday Night Live handles all of it set changes in Studio 8H over the course of one live show? Well, here’s your answer. SNL put together a time-lapse clip from it’s most recent Anna Kendrick-hosted episode allowing fans to see just how it works. Most of the show’s action takes place on the main stage and stage left while the area reserved for the band performances remains unused for pretty much only the band performances. When the room gets dark, a pre-recorded sketch is running.

    Anna Kendrick hosted Saturday Night Live for a night of dancing and singing about dongs

    Anna Kendrick SNL bumpersWhat’s not to like about Anna Kendrick? She’s clearly the theater geek from High School that never really gave that big an eff about the drama and would blow off class with to smoke cigarettes with you; an anti-Rachel Berry if you will.

    With that being said, her debut on Saturday Night Live was destined to be chock full of musical numbers that show off her talent and her charm. Singing and dancing were the mood of the evening. But it definitely ran the gamut of subject matter, from Disneyfied monologues to songs about dongs. I’ll call it a win since we saw a Good Neighbor sketch early in the show and Kendrick was great throughout the evening. Though at times when the writing wasn’t the strongest, charm pulled out the win. Read More