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Michelle Obama to Guest Star on 'Nashville'

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The First Lady is adding another TV credit to her resume. Michelle Obama will be making an appearance this spring in an upcoming episode of the ABC drama Nashville, the Associated Press reports.

 Watch Michelle Obama Demonstrate 'The Evolution of Mom Dancing' With Jimmy Fallon

Obama will guest star as herself alongside American Idol's Kellie Pickler in an episode titled "All or Nothing With Me," set to air on May 7th. The episode will find Rayna James (Connie Britton) enlisting the First Lady and Pickler to help host a »

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Saturday Night Live Plans 40th Anniversary Celebration

19 April 2014 4:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Look at the current landscape of American comedy in TV and film, and you will see an institution that has been shaped, molded and influenced by one show more than any other, for 39 years. Saturday Night Live has consistently proven itself to be the training ground for some of the best writers and performers in the business today, and it is preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Created by Lorne Michaels, and developed by Dick Ebersol (previously NBC’s Vice President of late-night programming) in 1975, Saturday Night Live is the late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show that was designed to parody culture and politics with a repertory cast, celebrity guest hosts and a musical guest performance each week. It is one of the longest-running network TV shows in America, with a bulging trophy cabinet that includes 36 prime-time Emmys, 3 Writer’s Guild Association awards and a Peabody. In 2012, it »

- Sarah Myles

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'Saturday Night Live': Three-hour 40th anniversary special set for next year

18 April 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Not Ready for Primetime Players, get ready to be in prime time — in a big way: NBC announced Friday it will air a three-hour special next year in celebration of Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary.

The live special honoring the late-night sketch series will air from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2015, and promises to feature past and present cast members, in addition to special and musical guests. The line-up of performers has not been solidified yet, though it’s likely to be impressive, given the mass of comedic talent that has passed through Studio H in Rockefeller Center. »

- Dan Snierson

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'Saturday Night Live' sets 40th anniversary celebration for February 2015

18 April 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You thought that maybe "Saturday Night Live" was going to ignore its 40th birthday? NBC announced on Friday (April 18) that "Saturday Night Live" will celebrate its Ruby Anniversary next February with a three-hour orgy of clips, guests and back-patting.  Set for Sunday, February 15, 2015, the "Saturday Night Live" anniversary special will feature past and present cast members, as well as musical guests from the show's lengthy run. NBC will milk many months of coverage for the special by parsing out announcements over the next several months. One thing we can say for sure? Generallissimo Francisco Franco will not be there. He's still dead. “‘Saturday Night Live’ is an institution unlike anything else in television history,” blurbs Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “The many brilliant ‘Not Ready for Primetime Players’ over the years is a who’s who of film and television comedy for the last two generations. The roster includes everyone »

- Daniel Fienberg

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NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ 40th Anniversary Special Set

18 April 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC set a date for its three-hour bash — February 15, 2015 — but did not say which past and present cast members, musical guests, etc. would appear. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said the “special is just one of many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year.” Today’s announcement: “‘Saturday Night Live’ is an institution unlike anything else in television history,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “The many brilliant ‘Not Ready for Primetime Players’ over the years is a who’s who of film and television comedy for the last two generations. The roster includes everyone from the iconic first cast in 1975 to household names ranging from Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, and Adam Sandler, to Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers — to name only a few. This brand, which is still one of the highest-rated comedies on television, »


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Jimmy Kimmel Hits Season High & Tops Late Night With ‘Scandal’ Finale Show

18 April 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Over at ABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live! this morning they’re likely celebrating with two words: “Scandal!” & “Victory!” For the first time since Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show this year, the other Jimmy was the King of Late Night thanks to his Scandal Season 3 finale-themed show — though NBC’s and CBS’ late-night shows were repeats. In metered-market household results, Kimmel drew a season-high 3.4/8 rating. That beat The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s 2.1/5 and Late Show With David Letterman‘s repeat, which drew a 2.1/5. Among adults 18-49 in the 25 Lpm market ratings, Kimmel had a 1.4/6 to Fallon’s 0.8/4 and Letterman’s 0.4/2. Last night’s Tonight Show replayed its February 20 show with First Lady Michelle Obama and Will Ferrell as guests. Other than Thursday’s show, Jkl has been in repeats all this week. Last night’s result actually is the best Jkl has done since the show’s »


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Documentary Community Embraces Tribeca Fest

16 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentaries “Street Fight,” “Jesus Camp,” “Which Way Home” and “Taxi to the Dark Side” have two things in common: Oscar nominations (which “Taxi” would go on to win) and world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival.

It’s no secret the majority of docs that garner Academy recognition debut at Sundance or Toronto. But in recent years Tribeca has stepped up its game and become a top-tier doc showcase.

Since 2010, five Tribeca doc debuts — “Under Our Skin,” “Soundtrack for a Revolution,” “Semper Fi: Always Faithful,” “Bully” and “Which Way Home” — made the Oscar shortlist.

This year, the fest introduces 12 docs via its World Documentary competition. These include “1971,” a pre-WikiLeaks story about Vietnam-era activists; “Misconception,” a look at the consequences of population growth; and “Regarding Susan Sontag,” focusing on the seminal cultural critic and writer.

Frederic Tcheng’s “Dior and I,” about Raf Simons’ first collection as the fashion house’s artistic director, »

- Addie Morfoot

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Bill O'Reilly: 'Very, Very Tough' for Colbert to Beat Fallon, Kimmel

16 April 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bill O'Reilly thinks Stephen Colbert has his work cut out for him when he takes over for David Letterman in 2015. The Fox News host, who recently called Colbert "a deceiver," said on Wednesday's The View that the comedian will have trouble shedding his faux-conservative persona for CBS and beating his broadcast competitors Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Photos: Stephen Colbert's Career in Pictures "In order for Colbert to succeed, he's got to be better than [Fallon and Kimmel]. His show's got to be better," O'Reilly explained on The View. "That's going to be very, very tough

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- Hilary Lewis

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Five Potential Replacements for Stephen Colbert

16 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chances are you’ve all heard about the news that longtime Comedy Central host and correspondent Stephen Colbert is leaving the network to take over for longtime late-night host, David Letterman. While CBS hiring Colbert shakes up the airwaves and is a major splash in reply to NBC bringing on the younger, fresher Jimmy Fallon to [&hellip

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- Nick Dimengo

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FX Pulling Out Of Late-Night For Now; John Landgraf On Strategy & Chelsea Handler

15 April 2014 8:17 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

At FX‘s upfront presentation last spring, Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell was a central piece as the late-night show was envisioned as a potential cornerstone for the new comedy-centric network Fxx. But, facing stiff competition from broadcast and cable, the Chris Rock-produced show didn’t transition well to the new network after its solid original run on FX, leading to its cancellation. That followed the demise of FX’s other late-night effort, Brand X With Russell Brand. At FX’s upfront presentation last week, there was no mention of late-night. Instead, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said announced that FX and Fxx will be doubling their primetime original output from 11 to 20 series during the next year. That involves the relocation of resources to primetime as the network is retreating from late-night, at least for the foreseeable future. “There is less interest in late-night, and that is in »


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Stephen Colbert to Usher in Younger Audiences to CBS Latenight

15 April 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

During this year’s Super Bowl telecast, Stephen Colbert held forth in a glitzy commercial, and proved himself to be quite the pistachio salesman. Soon, he’ll have a bigger nut to crack.

At some point in 2015, Colbert will inherit the desk at CBS’ “Late Show” from David Letterman — and take on the burden of helping the Eye poke its rivals in the latenight wars.

He’s getting a delayed start in the race against his primary competition on NBC and ABC, but he enters with two key advantages: a strong following among young men, and a track record of weaving successful (and funny) brand integrations into his show.

Colbert’s segue to CBS completes the youth movement in latenight sparked in early 2013 by ABC’s decision to move “Jimmy Kimmel Live” up to the big leagues of the 11:35 slot in early 2013. NBC countered by installing Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” in February. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Jimmy Fallon, ‘Tonight Show’ Staff Sing Thanks to YouTube Subscribers (Video)

14 April 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon is never one to shy away from a musical performance, and his latest YouTube video is no exception.

To celebrate reaching 3 million YouTube subscribers, Fallon grabbed a guitar and led the entire “Tonight Show” staff in a rendition of Ritchie Valens’ iconic “La Bamba.”

“That is incredible. We appreciate every single one of you taking the time to watch our videos,” an excited Fallon says in the video before breaking into song.

In addition to coming out on top in the latenight ratings game, Fallon and his team have consistently posted clips and full episodes on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” YouTube channel.

This week, NBC will re-air each of the show’s premiere week episodes,which marked the franchise’s most watched week in 20 years.


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Jimmy Fallon Serenades YouTube After Reaching Three Million Subscribers

14 April 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

In case you still aren't convinced that Jimmy Fallon pays close attention to YouTube, take a look at his latest video. The Tonight Show host has thanked his YouTube fans for helping his channel reach three million subscribers by bringing together his cast and crew for a rendition of "La Bamba". At the beginning of the video, Fallon addresses his YouTube subscribers. "That is incredible," he exclaims. "We appreciate every single one of you taking the time to watch our videos. Three Million!" He then launches into a rousing musical number with some help from The Roots, announcer Steve Higgins, and the rest of his Tonight Show crew. Fallon's big social media presence was a major part of his appeal as the host of NBC's Late Night, and he has successfully carried over that online savvy to The Tonight Show. In less than two months since his first Tonight Show episode, »

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Did Seth Rogen play it too safe? -- Vote

14 April 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Perhaps Seth Rogen’s latest Saturday Night Live episode wasn’t especially inspired: it opened with the requisite weed jokes, made fun of his oft-imitated laugh, and leaned on some unnecessary celebrity cameos. But if you love Rogen’s slacker comedy, maybe that was exactly what you tuned in for. At least he didn’t tap dance or juggle torches to prove that he’s not just a funny guy.

Voters in our ongoing third annual Mr. Saturday Night contest will have to decide whether Rogen played it too safe for a guy who was hosting for the third time, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Conan 'Weirdly Out-of-Touch' at MTV Awards

14 April 2014 7:49 AM, PDT | | See recent newser news »

Remember when Conan O'Brien seemed like the coolest, hippest guy in late night, back when the youngsters were rooting for him over Jay Leno? Well, those days are over, at least according to Daniel D'Addario. While hosting the MTV Movie Awards last night, O'Brien "seemed weirdly out-of-touch," D'Addario writes on Salon, "straining to please an audience he couldn’t possibly understand." D'Addario compares O'Brien to a dad awkwardly trying to fit in with his kids. Though Conan once occupied the center of "the network-tv conversation," he's "now almost entirely outside" of it, watching Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert "[rise] »

- Evann Gastaldo

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“Warehouse 13″‘s Final Episodes, Don’t Expect Benedict Cumberbatch on “Doctor Who” and “Sharknado 2″ Seeks Crowdfunding

14 April 2014 4:38 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


One common trait to new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and his future Late Night competitor Stephen Colbert‘s history as late night hosts — they both have made several can’t-miss musical moments, like Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” performed with toy instruments, Stephen’s Daft Punk-free Daft Punk performance or that time Taylor Hicks performed “Friday” with both Stephen and Jimmy.

Meanwhile, Splitsider looks at four directions Comedy Central will likely pick for a Colbert Report replacement. My dream sees Comedy Central managing to lure the hilarious No, You Shut Up! away from Fusion. (Let me remind you, this is a show where Paul F. Tompkins and Muppets — Muppets! — parody Crossfire. If the clips available are a good representation, it would fill that Colbert Report-sized hole nicely.)

They know how to be fun, fun, fun fun.

Benedict Cumberbatch told fans in Australia that he has »

- Lyle Masaki

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

13 April 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A recap of Deadline’s top TV stories this week: Stephen Colbert Named CBS’ New ‘Late Show’ Host By The Deadline Team A week after David Letterman announced his retirement, CBS has named his successor. Stephen Colbert has inked a five-year deal to take over Late Show, a move that is effective as soon as Letterman officially steps aside from the late-night show he has headlined since its launch on CBS in 1993. Related: NBC’s Jimmy Fallon And Seth Meyers Welcome Stephen Colbert To ‘Late Show’: Video Moonves Takes A ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Victory Lap Stephen Colbert Does Not Envy Whoever Replaces David Letterman (Video) David Letterman On Stephen Colbert’s Hire CBS’ Late-Night Drama Not Over Yet Despite Practically Perfect Stephen Colbert Hire By Lisa De Moraes CBS’ announcement today that Comedy Central rock star Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman as host of its late-night »


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Box office report: 'Captain America' fights off competition with $41.4 million weekend

13 April 2014 9:39 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Captain America: The Winter Soldier warded off newcomers this weekend and remains king of the hill with $41.4 million in its second weekend of release. The Marvel actioner dropped just 56 percent from its opening weekend and the film’s domestic total now stands at $159 million — close to 90 percent of the lifetime gross of the original, thank you very much — with global receipts already pushing $476.7 million.

Despite a Friday night win, that meant Rio 2 had to settle for second place with $39 million ($125.2 million overseas). The 3-D animated sequel tells the story of Blu, Jewel and their kids adjusting to life in the Amazon. »

- Karen Valby

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Watch Out, Jimmy Fallon: Stephen Colbert Can Sing (and Dance), Too!

13 April 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jimmy Fallon joked on Twitter that Stephen Colbert will need to change his first name to Jimmy when he joins the ranks of late-night talk show hosts next year, but he might not be smiling once the Colbert Report star settles into David Letterman's chair. That's because Fallon is not the only triple threat in town - Colbert (who will be ditching his ultraconservative alter ego when he takes on the new gig) has some serious singing skills. We're talking Broadway serious. Here's Colbert on stage at the Lincoln Center in N.Y.C. in 2011 with Neil Patrick Harris in Company (and yes, »

- K.C. Blumm

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Recap: Saturday Night Live with Seth Rogen and Ed Sheeran

12 April 2014 8:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s almost five years to the day that Seth Rogen last hosted “Saturday Night Live.” (Somewhat amusingly, his “Neighbors” co-star Zac Efron hosted the very next week.) Meanwhile, over the last five episodes, “SNL” itself has survived a rather rocky start to the post-Seth Meyers Era with a string of solid albeit non-classic episodes after the Jim Parsons-hosted debacle. Heading into its final break of the season, it will be interesting to see if the show ends on an upswing or downswing heading into the final stretch of this flawed yet fascinating season. As always, I’ll be liveblogging, assigning grades to each segment. As always, those grades are designed in a lab to make the maximum number of people on the internet angry. They couldn’t possibly be an inherently imperfect way for one person to sum up his or her thoughts about a sketch comedy show in real time. »

- Ryan McGee

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