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Jimmy Fallon has The Roots, Seth Meyers has Fred Armisen and James Corden has just appointed Reggie Watts as his bandleader. But why does getting the right in-house band matter so much? Britt Julious explains
Late-night talkshows don’t matter, at least not how they did in the past. Television viewing culture in 2014 is radically different than it was even five years ago. Late-night shows skew to older audiences. Young people are not only less likely to watch late-night shows, they are less likely to watch regular TV in general. A recent assessment of the current late-night wars detailed the declining numbers, with Adult Swim (Cartoon Network’s late-night alter-ego) now TV’s top late-night network among adults under 50. In order to survive and thrive, network late-night shows must make progressive, albeit subtle changes to attract the younger audiences who have left them.
Jimmy Fallon started the trend. His version »
- Britt Julious
Talk about a surprising celebrity couple!Harry Styles and Kirsten Wiig were photographed getting down on the dance floor at the "Saturday Night Live" afterparty. Mr. & Mrs. Claus @harrystyles #kristenwiig A video posted by Gavin Doyle (@savethesociety) on Dec 12, 2014 at 12:31am Pst The pair even jumped up on a table to groove to "Dirty Dancing's" ("I've Had) The Time of My Life" -- and it was all caught on video and shared via Instagram. In one video, Styles grabbed Wiig by the hand and took her onto the dance floor for a sexy dance to the classic hit. The One Direction singer was one of "SNL's" musical guests on Saturday. The actress also appeared on the show, making a surprise appearance during host Amy Adams' monologue. The "Bridesmaids" star was carried on stage by a group of sexy reindeer. She then gave Amy some pointers on »
- tooFab Staff
Aired December 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
The Host: Amy Adams is here to host her way through the garland and tinsel adorned set of the show this week, and she brings an effortless, absolutely charming touch to the stage. Right from her monologue, she appears cheery and genuinely enthused about the gig, which is beneficial, because with the Christmas episode, the host runs the danger of getting overshadowed by the inevitable surprise guest appearances that will occur throughout. Sometimes Lorne Michaels and company will bring out the cream of their contacts list (see: Any time Justin Timberlake hosts) and the episode threatens to buckle under the weight of all that notoriety. And while the show does leap out the »
- Jj Perkins
Guess we know who we're inviting to our next party! After performing on Saturday Night Live, Harry Styles didn't exactly know what to expect when he headed to the show's official after-party with the cast and crew. But low and behold, guess who else was in attendance? Kristen Wiig! After making a surprise appearance during Weekend Update with Fred Armisen, the Bridesmaids star and SNL alumna decided to have a little fun with the One Direction member. Cue the music: These two are ready to dance! As soon as Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' classic hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" begins playing, the twosome immediately pump up the crowd with their »
Dr. Evil is back!Mike Myers made a very special appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, where he reprised his villainous role from the "Austin Powers" films.The actor popped up during the show's cold open, where Dr. Evil and his cat Mr. Bigglesworth interrupted "A Very Somber Christmas with Sam Smith" to address the nation.His biggest gripe: "I'm furious that North Korea and Sony Pictures have both given evil organizations a bad name."He then went on a tirade against the country and the company, dropping jokes about Kim Jong Un, Guardians of Peace, Dennis Rodman and even Myers' own bomb of a film, "The Love Guru."Myers wasn't the only "SNL" alum to stop by for the Christmas episode.Kristen Wiig crashed Amy Adams' opening monologue (for the second time!), carried on stage by a group of sexy reindeers. She then gave Amy some pointers »
- tooFab Staff
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” didn’t even get past its cold open before addressing the biggest news story in entertainment in years: The Sony Hack Attack, which led to “The Interview” being pulled from theaters.
Dr. Evil started in on the very premise of terrorism surrounding something as trivial as a movie. “It’s easy to kill a movie,” he said. “Just move it to January. »
- Jethro Nededog
I’ve covered every episode of “Saturday Night Live” for HitFix for the past five seasons, and I can’t think of a more sustained level of quality than what the show has achieved during its Fall run. We’ve had two great episodes (Martin Freeman, Cameron Diaz), one interesting misfire (Chris Rock), and then six other episodes that have all had much more positive qualities than negative ones. The current cast doesn’t have a true alpha star, but that’s worked in its favor, as the ensemble measures favorably against any in the show’s history. This season’s focus on sketches that work regardless of the current pop-culture landscape has yielded segments that provide laughs now and will stand the test of time. It hasn’t been perfect, but “perfection” isn’t the point of “SNL.” The point is to constantly innovate within its established, successful framework, »
The holidays are here, and while some would argue that this time should be spent with your family and friends, we think you should grab some coco and use this much-needed break to catch up all of the best TV shows that you keep putting off.
While the usual batch of television shows are currently hibernating in their winter hiatus, you should take advantage of the small screen slumber to get caught up on all the series that are worth watching (or even re-watching) before the new year approaches.
We at ETonline have created your ultimate guide to help you figure out which shows you need to catch up on or binge before Christmas break is over. So put on those sweatpants and blow off those family obligations because your schedule is now jam-packed with these can't miss shows…
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If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Justin & Jimmy - together again! Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon shared another sketch as kids at summer camp at Camp Winnipesaukee. This time it's 1997 and they sing "Jumper" from Third Eye Blind. They sang "Only Wanna Be With You" and "Africa" in previous camp videos. Best friends forever!
Justin wasn't even a guest on "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday. Instead, Nicki Minaj and Christoph Waltz were on the show. Nicki compared yearbook photos with Jimmy, and admitted - before she was a rapper - she used to be a bad office manager and she was a rude waitress in New York. She told the audience she probably served a »
- Gina Carbone
Mark Hamill was a little worried about sighing on to Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas. "I was nervous involving myself in this," the Star Wars legend tells me. "How can they ever top the movie? But with the animation and the songs from the Broadway show, it's like it's own animal now." This new animated adaptation (premiering tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC) stars Jim Parsons as Buddy, the role originally played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 movie. Ed Asner returns as Santa with The Big Bang Theory actress Kate Micucci as Jovie. Rounding out the voice cast are Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Armisen and Steve Higgins. Hamill plays Walter Hobbs. "The most »
If it were up to us, every season would be TV season. No more 10, 16, or 22-episode batches at a time - just 52 blissful weeks of new content from our favorite shows. But, alas, that's not how it works. We can pretend that the wait just makes us appreciate the shows more when they air, but in this world of instant gratification it really just makes us impatient. Here are 15 shows we're particularly excited/impatient/desperate to see return or premiere in 2015.
The first season of "The Walking Dead" only had six episodes, so we should be grateful to get eight episodes of Season 5 from October-November 2014 and eight more again when Twd returns from February-March. Plus, there's a "companion series" coming at some point in 2015 as well. And we are grateful - when we're not whining about the wait. How will Maggie Greene, Daryl Dixon and company react »
- Gina Carbone
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This year, celebrities stepped up their red carpet game with killer fashion, fabulous hair, and arm candy to die for. From sexy baes to best friends, and sassy grandmothers (so much cute), these A-listers knew their greatest accessories were the people they love.
2014 arm candy came in many different forms. We had power couple realness (Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made us swoon), but there were also family affairs (Bradley Cooper and his mother were precious during awards season) and Bff dates (Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss were everything at the 2014 American Music Awards). Try not to get jealous. We know, it’s hard.
Browse through our picks for the 20 best arm candy moments of 2014. Who were your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.
- Christopher Rosa
Buddy the Elf (voiced by Jim Parsons) gets into a bit of a scuffle after exposing a fake Santa Claus in the first clip and a trailer from NBC's Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, which we reported in October will debut Tuesday, December 16 at 8 Pm Et. The animated holiday special is based on the hit 2003 live action film Elf, which starred Will Ferrell as Buddy, an "elf" at the North Pole who travels to New York City to meet his long-lost father, Walter (James Caan). Along with Jim Parsons, who voices Buddy, Kate Micucci's Jovie is also featured in this new scene, a character originally played by Zooey Deschanel in Elf.
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas combines the humor and spirit of both the beloved 2003 holiday film, which drew glowing reviews and earned $173 million at the domestic box office, and the hit Broadway production. The special is an all-new retelling of »
Did you hear the one about the theoretical physicist who became a jovial elf? Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, 41, of The Big Bang Theory will lend his voice to Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas for NBC this month. Based on the 2003 film Elf that starred Will Ferrell, the hour-long claymation special follows Buddy (Parsons) as he travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew he had. The special that features nine new songs also includes voiceover work by Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins. »
We got the “itis”!The best city in the USA is back on IFC with comedy curators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Portlandia is back for a fifth season with all-new adventures that delve deeper into the lives of the characters we’ve grown to know and love.Armisen was recently featured tooling around Portland with Jerry Seinfeld for his webseries.Guest stars this season include Seth Meyers, Justin Long, Paul Reubens, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and more. Not feeling so hot? Worried you’ll come down with something before the holidays kick into high gear? Get to the bottom of your ailments— Portlandia style! […] »
- April Neale
TV Picks: Jerry Seinfeld and his special guest Fred Armisen cruise over to Portland’s Coava in a 1965 Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850 for some coffee.Seinfeld loves Portland. Seinfeld loves comedic”assassin” Carrie Brownstein, the other half of IFC’s awesome comedy “Portlandia.” Keeping Portland weird, this great coffee town was the cozy setting for Seinfeld to extol the weirdness of Swedish carmaker Saab too, as the episode focuses on the work of Armisen and the three cylinder “no fat no nonsense” vintage green Swedish car’s unique attributes. Each week Jerry Seinfeld takes a friend for a drive in a classic car […] »
- April Neale
Happy holidays! Sleater-Kinney have a present for you. The fab trio are back with "Surface Envy" - the second track from their forthcoming studio album "No Cities to Love" - and dammit, this song is good. I was a little mixed on "Bury Our Friends," but my faith has been restored with this full-on rock assault. Corin Tucker's howling vocals are in fine form, and that Carrie Brownstein guitar riff just stabbed me in the eye. Give it up, they've still got it. "Surface Envy" (which you can stream below) was unleashed at the end of the group's Reddit Ama earlier today, during which a few other interesting tidbits were revealed: 1. Brownstein's "Portlandia" co-star Fred Armisen offered to be their roadie. (Hehe.) 2. They were going for an "edgy immediacy" with "No Cities'" sound. 3. They've always wanted to cover Devo. 4. Drummer Janet Weiss is the band's "setlist guru." 5. The band's »
- Chris Eggertsen
Seth Meyers gave Jason Sudeikis the chance to get his beloved, never-aired Saturday Night Live sketch about the humiliations of a juggling lessons peddler on the air as part of Late Night's "Second Chance Theatre" Tuesday. Sudeikis had discussed his love for "juggling flyer" on an earlier episode of Late Night in which Meyers said the sketch is "just historic upstairs." In it, Sudeikis plays a suspenders-wearing man who becomes enraged with the patrons of a coffee shop after realizing that no one has pulled any of the tabs from his flyer for "jugging lessons." The sketch is a little long, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Seth Meyers unveiled the second installment of "Second Chance Theatre," in which axed SNL sketches get a mulligan, last night on NBC's Late Night — and thank God, because the absurdity and success of Jennjamin Franklin was starting to get lonely. As Meyers puts it, this latest almost-forgotten sketch features a "young dreamer who yearns to bring joy and happiness to people's lives, while also teaching them a little something in the process." It's called "Juggling Flyer," and it stars Jason Sudeikis, with a little help from Mike O'Brien, Fred Armisen, and the rest of the Second Chance Players. The skit builds slowly, but funnily, and then after a line hiccup near its latter half, gives way to some fine improv magic. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
This charming indie rom-com stars Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace and Zoe Kazan as Chantry, two platonic friends who maybe, kinda sorta want to be more than friends. At least Wallace does; Chantry is in a long-term relationship, and Wallace has convinced himself being "just friends" is better than not having Chantry in his life at all. Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis co-star as Wallace's best friend and his new girl; together, their newfound lust (or it is love?) is hilarious and unstoppable.
- Jenni Miller
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