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Film Review: SNL Rightly Touts Its Influence in ‘Live From New York!’

15 June 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Love, hate or maintain indifference to it, the TV dinosaur “Saturday Night Live” has and will continue to influence American culture as long as it may reign. To celebrate its 40th Anniversary, filmmaker Bao Nguyen takes a fresh look at the iconic television show in “Live From New York!”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

To put the era in perspective, when I saw the first very first episode (October of 1975) I didn’t understand parts of it – it was unlike anything this teenager (at the time) from small-town Indiana had ever seen. A joke about two men doing a parody of the Geritol ads at the time – “my wife, I think I’ll keep her” – was light years ahead of that situation being a reality. And that is how Bao Nguyen approaches this documentary, with an eye towards how SNL broke barriers, and how it maintains a jaundiced view of the cultures, news and the world. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Live From New York! review – Saturday Night Live doc only scratches the surface

11 June 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With 40 years’ worth of material to cram in, this authorised SNL documentary leaves out the drugs and dodgy sketches in favour of a breezy, celebratory tone

On the one hand, an 80-minute documentary cramming in 40 years of Saturday Night Live (SNL) is bound to be a disappointment. There’s no way you can highlight everything. On the other, having 40 years’ worth of material and only 80 minutes to fill ensures the gag-writers and sketch comedians from Studio 8H will seem like the greatest heroes ever to walk the Earth. Director Bao Nguyen’s breezy, authorised hagiography shows how producer Lorne Michaels and his revolving staff kept their show fresh and reflective of the times. Appraising this programme in full is, in many ways, simply looking at smart people looking at the world around them. As such, Live From New York! is a nice macro view of our culture from a wash of specificity. »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Unforgettable Recast: Skeet Ulrich Is Now Carrie's Husband In Season 4

20 May 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Unforgettable is undergoing another casting change as it prepares to return, now on A&E, for its fourth season later this year.

RelatedExclusive: Revenge Alum Joins Unforgettable Season 4 as New Series Regular

Skeet Ulrich (Jericho) will play Eddie Martin, the husband of Poppy Montgomery’s Carrie, TVGuide.com is reporting. The role, first introduced in the Season 3 finale, was originally played by Michael Dempsey (Guiding Light).

The addition of Ulrich is merely the latest in a long line of casting shake-ups for the former CBS drama. Not only are Jane Curtin, Tawny Cypress and Dallas Roberts not returning as series regulars, »

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The Coneheads Are Latest ‘SNL’ Characters to Turn Up in Commercials

11 May 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” from “Saturday Night Live” were given that title because their antics were edgy and eyebrow raising. Chances are three members of the troupe will exhibit more restraint in a new home.

Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Larraine Newman will reprise their roles as the Coneheads as part of continuing efforts by State Farm to use old “SNL” characters to generate new attention for the company’s sales of insurance. The appearance of the trio, all members of the original “SNL” cast, follows State Farm’s use of the show’s Chicago Super Fans ( George Wendt and Robert Smigel), and Hans and Franz (Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon) in past commercials as part of a broader agreement with Broadway Video, the company owned by “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels that produces the latenight bastion.

“Use of these nostalgic characters really allows us to reach a bigger and broader audience, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Revenge Alum Joins Unforgettable Season 4 as New Series Regular

8 May 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

One of Nolan’s exes has landed an Unforgettable new gig.

Revenge grad E.J. Bonilla — Aka Nolan’s Season 2 love interest Marco Romero — is joining the A&E-bound procedural’s upcoming fourth season as a series regular.

RelatedUnforgettable Season 4 Shake-Up: 3 Actors Exit Ahead of A&E Relaunch

Bonilla will play Denny Padilla, a new team member at the Major Cases division and a fast-rising star within the NYPD. He’s a bit rough-around-the-edges, but with a quiet side with a gentle wit. He’s also a fanboy of Poppy Montgomery’s Carrie.

The Denny character is one of three »

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10 awesome feminist comedy sketches

27 April 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Every time Amy Schumer comes out with a new sketch, it's impossible not to think about how necessary it is that a female standup comic has the platform on Comedy Central to be as irreverent, truthful, and damning as she wants. It wasn't so long ago that females in sketch comedy were reduced to one-note roles. (Check out "Laugh-In" sometime and note how many times the point of a bit is "Oh, Goldie. Such a space cadet.") We picked ten examples of feminism in sketch comedy dating all the way back to the heyday of Carol Burnett. Comb the hair on your Asian-American doll and enjoy. 1. Carol Burnett is "movie star crazy" One of the enduring treats of "The Carol Burnett Show" is the feminist undertones in many of her sketches. The fact that she's so outlandish and having so much fun is a triumph in itself, but in this sketch, »

- Louis Virtel

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Tribeca Opens with ‘SNL’ Doc, Awkward Ludacris Concert

16 April 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

The smattering of current “SNL” cast members in attendance included Beck Bennett, Bobby Moynihan, Leslie Jones, Sasheer Zamata and Kate McKinnon, as well as executive producer Lorne Michaels »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Unforgettable Season 4 Shake-Up: 3 Actors Exit Ahead of A&E Relaunch

14 April 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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.)

Related2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

The show is currently casting three new regulars (including a new detective and medical »

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The Perfect Cheer: How Ana, Cheri, and Molly made 'SNL' awesome again

2 April 2015 5:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Flames on the Side of My Face: A Tribute to the Women of 'Clue'

7 March 2015 2:09 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner Cast In Fox Comedy Pilot ’48 Hours ‘Til Monday’

2 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Following back-to-back recurring turns on TNT’s Major Crimes and FX's Sons of Anarchy and American Horror StoryMalcolm-Jamal Warner is returning to his comedy roots with a co-starring role opposite Rob RiggleSarah 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… »

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‘Scrubs’ Alum Sarah Chalke to Star in Fox Comedy ’48 Hours ‘Til Monday’

28 February 2015 12:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scrubs” alumna Sarah Chalke has landed another comedy.

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.

Jane Curtin, as Kelly’s chain-smoking mother Louise, and Merrin Dungey, as her frenemy Candace, round out the cast.

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”).

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Pilot Scoop: Scrubs' Sarah Chalke to Co-Star in Fox's 48 Hours 'Til Monday

27 February 2015 4:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If all goes well, Sarah Chalke will be working for the weekend this fall.

The Scrubs alumna has been cast opposite Rob Riggle in the Fox comedy pilot 48 Hours ‘Til Monday, TVLine has learned, which follows one husband’s goal to live every weekend to the fullest.

RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

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. »

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Empire Recap: Break a Legacy

25 February 2015 10:54 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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.

RelatedEmpire Post Mortem: Ep Talks Lucious’ Confession, Andre’s Collapse and That Omg End-of-Episode Hook-Up

“I’m not one of your jailbird mates, »

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Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison Talks Ichabod's 'Stiff Upper Lip,' Hopes for a Chance to 'Be Brilliant' in Season 3

24 February 2015 8:33 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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.)

Related Exclusive Sleepy Hollow Post Mortem: Ep Talks [Spoiler]’s Death, Missing Horsemen and That Crucial Selfie

“I’d like to see him put on a really big grin, have »

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Rob Riggle, Jane Curtin Co-star in Fox Comedy 48 Hours Til Monday

24 February 2015 12:01 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Sleepy Hollow Finale Post Mortem: Ep Talks [Spoiler]'s Death, Missing Horsemen and That Crucial Selfie

23 February 2015 6:59 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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, »

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Rob Riggle To Topline Fox Pilot ’48 Hours ‘Til Monday’, Jane Curtin To Co-Star

23 February 2015 6:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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… »

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Rob Riggle and Jane Curtin to Co-Star in Fox Comedy Pilot ’48 Hours Til Monday’

23 February 2015 6:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rob Riggle has been cast in the lead role of Fox’s pilot “48 Hours Til Monday,” alongside “Saturday Night Live” alum Jane Curtin, Variety has learned.

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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Emmy Winner Jane Curtin Boards Fox's 48 Hours 'Til Monday Comedy Pilot

23 February 2015 6:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fresh off her wonderfully received Saturday Night Live anniversary special appearance, two-time Emmy winner Jane Curtin has been tapped to crack wise on the Fox pilot 48 Hours ‘Til Monday.

RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

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 »

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