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The Tribeca Film Festival opened on Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre with an odd pairing: the premiere of the 40th anniversary “Saturday Night Live” documentary “Live From New York!” followed by a short concert from Ludacris, who had nothing to do with the movie.
The film features interviews from four decades of “SNL” cast members and hosts, including Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who called “SNL” a “sexist institution” onscreen) and Molly Shannon, all of whom were suspiciously absent from the festivities. Former vice-president Al Gore is also interviewed in the doc, talking about how he found Darrell Hammond’s impersonation of him funny during the 2000 election.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Unforgettable is officially saying goodbye to three cast members as it inches closer to its Season 4 reboot on A&E.
A Sony insider confirms that Jane Curtin, Tawny Cypress and Dallas Roberts will not return as series regulars, although Roberts is slated to make two guest appearances early in Season 4. (Fyi: When CBS axed the series, many of the actors’ deals lapsed, and some have moved on to other gigs.)
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The show is currently casting three new regulars (including a new detective and medical »
Ever since the start, "Saturday Night Live" has given us bold, weird character actresses who seesawed between deadly one-liners and powerful impersonations. Gilda Radner charmed you with insanity. Jane Curtin jarred you with sarcasm. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nora Dunn, and Jan Hooks balanced goofy caricatures with serious thespian chops. But when Molly Shannon joined "SNL" 20 years ago in February of 1995, a new wave of female characterizations began on Lorne Michaels' revue: Suddenly women could be the zaniest, ballsiest performers in the entire telecast -- and with the biggest grins on their face, to boot. Shannon was joined in the cast by Groundlings loon Cheri Oteri later in 1995; Northwestern alum and onetime violin prodigy Ana Gasteyer came in '96. The trio found inventive ways to mock new distaff phenomena in pop culture like "The View" and Lilith Fair while injecting carnality, cool intelligence, and even scariness into familiar "SNL" roles for women. »
- Louis Virtel
What is it about "Clue"? Thirty years after the kooky non-hit murder mystery left theaters (along with its three original endings), it's become as much of a cult phenomenon as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Tim Curry's other mansion romp with a delirious lineup of characters. Don't believe me? Until Paramount stepped in to protest, La's NuArt Theatre conducted "shadow cast" screenings of "Clue" featuring costumed cast imitators who mimed the movie in front of the projection. That's a next-level tribute. Based on the Parker Brothers board game, "Clue" is a whodunit in a very traditional sense. It is literally a dark and stormy night, there is literally a butler who might've done it, and there are Agatha Christie-type explanations for the homicides at the end of the movie. So why is it beloved? That answer, unlike the culprit of the movie's seven murders, reveals itself quickly: "Clue »
- Louis Virtel
Following back-to-back recurring turns on TNT’s Major Crimes and FX's Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story, Malcolm-Jamal Warner is returning to his comedy roots with a co-starring role opposite Rob Riggle, Sarah Chalke, Merrin Dungey and Jane Curtin in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot 48 Hours 'Til Monday, written/exec produced by Charlie Grandy. 48Hours, from Universal TV, chronicles husband and father of three Charlie's (Riggle) desperate struggle not to let every… »
Chalke will star opposite Rob Riggle in the Fox family comedy pilot “48 Hours ‘Til Monday,” our sister site TVLine reports.
The actress, who currently has a recurring role on Rainn Wilson’s crime dramedy “Backstrom,” will play Kelly Bishop, Riggle’s wife and mother to their three children. Her character struggles with the realities of being a stay-at-home mom after quitting her job as a TV news producer, while Riggle plays Charlie — a man desperate to make the best of his weekends.
The series from Universal Television comes from “The Mindy Project’s” Charlie Grandy, who wrote the pilot and will also serve as exec producer with Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan (“Manhattan Love Story”).
- Maane Khatchatourian
If all goes well, Sarah Chalke will be working for the weekend this fall.
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Chalke is playing Riggle’s wife Kelly Bishop, a former TV news producer who quickly discovers that managing a home — especially one that comes equipped with three children — is far more “exhausting, time-consuming and frustrating” than the job she left behind. »
My fellow Americans, we received some devastating news this week, courtesy of Fox’s Empire: We are all just Boo-Boo Kitties, chasing our tails and kidding ourselves that we’ll ever keep it as real — or as tight — as Cookie Lyon.
I mean, try this one on for size: Ex-con Cookie walks into a celebrity soirée, spies her barely-legal rapper son with the fortysomething girlfriend he refers to as “Mama,” and begins throwing shade like a bamboo umbrella.
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“I’m not one of your jailbird mates, »
After Monday’s time-warp of a Sleepy Hollow season finale, star Tom Mison has a somewhat startling idea for the direction in which he’d like to take Ichabod, should the bubble series return for a third season.
(Keep in mind, [Spoiler Alert!] Capt. Crane watched his son die in the season’s penultimate hour, then was involved in — though not directly responsible for — his witchy wife’s demise in the finale.)
“I’d like to see him put on a really big grin, have »
The man who did Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice is teaming up with a legendary Weekend Update anchor to do a show about a husband/father trying to ensure his family has fun weekends. Rob Riggle plays the father figure in this 30-minute single-cam sitcom, and Jane Curtin plays his lax, live-in mother-in-law. Sounds kind of like a mix of Everybody Loves Raymond and Liar Liar, but it'll be called 48 Hours Til Monday. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Monday’s Sleepy Hollow Season 2 finale.
Ding dong , the witch is dead.
Sleepy Hollow‘s fast-paced second season-ender was, for most of the hour, a mirror of the series premiere — but with Abbie the woman-out-of-time and Ichabod the skeptical authority figure.
The Witnesses’ chemistry, however, remained the same.
The similarities ended, though, when Mills thwarted Mrs. Crane’s attempts to rewrite history (read: kill Ichabod and leave him dead this time) and restored both of the women to the present day — where Katrina promptly tried to kill Abbie, tussled with Ichabod and wound up dead, »
Rob Riggle is set as the lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot 48 Hours 'Til Monday, written/exec produced by Charlie Grandy. Also cast in the project, from Universal TV and Tbd Prods., is Jane Curtin. 48 Hours chronicles husband and father of three Charlie’s (Riggle) desperate struggle not to let every weekend go completely to hell. Curtin, repped by ICM Partners, will play Charlie’s cigarette-smoking mother-in-law, Louise, who, along with her husband, lives in… »
The single-camera, 30-minute sitcom follows a husband’s “desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell.”
Riggle will play said husband, Charlie Bishop, described as an energetic, over-committed, yet blindly confident father of three kids who’s happily married to his wife Kelly. At work all week, Charlie relies on weekends to reconnect with his family and be a hands-on father, unlike his own growing up.
Curtin will play Riggle’s mother-in-law, Louise McGill, a wry and fun cigarette-smoking mother, who lives at the home of her grown daughter Kelly (yet to be cast) and her husband Charlie (Riggle), along with her own husband Doug (yet to be cast). Forced to babysit, Louise (Curtin) has a relaxed attitude toward raising children, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Penned by onetime SNL scribe Charlie Grandy (who most recently has written for The Mindy Project), the single-camera comedy follows one husband’s (Rob Riggle) desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell. Because apparently that’s the premise for a TV series.
Curtin will play Louise, the aforementioned husband’s mother-in-law, who »
“Saturday Night Live” veterans Rob Riggle and Jane Curtin joined Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot “48 Hours ‘Til Monday.” Riggle stars as Charlie Bishop on the series, which chronicles one husband’s desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell. Curtin plays Louise McGill, grandmother to Charlie’s three children. Both actors will be series regulars, should the comedy go to series. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 Charlie’s character is described as an over-committed yet blindly confident father who is happily married and the father to three kids. At work all week, Charlie relies on »
- Travis Reilly
February is known as a sweeps month of major events, with the Super Bowl, Grammys and Oscars annually making life difficult for the competition on their respective Sundays. This year, NBC filled out the month’s other Sunday very nicely, as its “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” delivered near-Grammy numbers itself and almost single-handedly carried the network to a weekly victory in young adults.
The Peacock was running fourth in the 18-49 demo until Sunday night’s special but ended up winning with a 2.1 rating, followed by ABC (1.7), CBS and Fox (both 1.5) Univision and TNT (both 1.0), according to Nielsen estimates for the Feb. 9-15 frame. CBS rolled in total viewers, this time by about 1.5 million over runner-up NBC (9.3 million vs. 7.8 million).
The first full week of the February sweep, meanwhile, saw some strong performances in syndication (see below), with “Wendy Williams” and “Dish Nation” setting series highs and several entertainment magazines hit season bests. »
- Rick Kissell
NBC aired the three and a half hour 40th Anniversary special for their beloved late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live last night, and it was surely an affair to remember, with memorable appearances by comedians who got their start on the show, such as Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kicked off the show with a memorable cold open, which is just one of many video highlights you can watch below, in case you missed the special or just want to relive it all over again.
Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special was watched by 23.1 million viewers last night, making it the network's most-watched primetime program in over 10 years, excluding post-Super Bowl programs. The ratings were the highest since the 2004 series finale of ER, which was watched by 23.9 million viewers. Also, excluding the Super Bowl and major awards ceremonies, »
Saturday Night Live paid tribute to a number of iconic characters on its 40th anniversary special, and "Weekend Update" totally owned the stage. Emma Stone played Roseannadanna, the character originated by Gilda Radner, Edward Norton played Stefon (to perfection), and Melissa McCarthy stood in for the late Chris Farley as Matt Foley, his famously angry character. Did I mention Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jane Curtin were staffing the desk? Don't worry - Seth Meyers made an appearance, too. Check it out below, and take a look at Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's cold open, plus the return of "The Californians." Emma Stone as Roseannadanna: Edward Norton as Stefon: Melissa McCarthy as Matt Foley: Tribute to Chevy Chase: »
Last night's three-and-a-half-hour 40th anniversary special of "Saturday Night Live" was absolutely not short on content. Hell, it wasn't "short" on anything. As fun as some moments were, be it for nostalgia or timing, two actual new sketches rose above the rest. "Celebrity Jeopardy" has always been a fan favorite and for good reason: Will Ferrell's straight-man version of Alex Trebek is one of his most comical characters, and the talented cast's ability to riff on various mockable celebrities make Trebek's pain our pleasure. As for Weekend Update, everyone has their favorite host, but it would be hard to argue the consensus vote didn't lie with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, two talents so in demand we've got them hosting award shows in their spare time. Throw in Jane Curtin for "Weekend Update" and add a rotating guest panel to "Celebrity Jeopardy," and "SNL 40" has two bits all its own to celebrate. »
- Ben Travers
Sunday night’s three and a half hour Saturday Night Live special for their 40th Anniversary, if you managed to watch the whole thing, was a bit like sitting through an awards show, and will be a good primer before the Oscars next Sunday (ugh). Three hours before we finally get Wayne’s World? A seemingly endless Californians sketch? And Eddie Murphy, who made his momentous return to SNL but talked less time than Chris Rock and may as well have just quoted Marshawn Lynch? Like any episode of SNL, it was filled with highs and lows and reminders that the show used to be great in individual moments across 40 years.
And in perfect SNL fashion, the show has always been more fun to watch online the next Monday anyway. Here were some of the highlights from the full show.
- Brian Welk
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