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6 items from 2015

CNN’s Rachel Nichols Heading Back To Espn

30 November 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

CNN’s sports reporter Rachel Nichols is returning to Espn as an anchor and reporter starting early next year, including participation in SportsCenter. Jim Miller, author of best-selling oral history Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of Espn, broke the news on Twitter this morning: Back to the Mothership: @Rachel__Nichols returning to @espn to host daily show. — James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) November 30, 2015 Nichols was a big “get” for CNN chief Jeff… »

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The 30 Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ Celebrity Impressions

13 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

- Additional research by Jim Miller (@jimmiller)

For 40 years, Saturday Night Live has dedicated itself to making celebrities look as ridiculous as possible—and we’re better people for it. From controversial politicians (Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin was a cultural phenomenon that took on a life of its own) to kooky journalists (“Baba Wawa,” anyone?) SNL has supplied its fair share of eerily accurate impersonations throughout the years. Sometimes we wonder if we’d be more informed if Dana Carvey actually did NBC Nightly News instead of Tom Brokaw. Just a thought.

Here, we’ve selected 30 celebrity impressions that represent the best of the best. A few cast members make multiple appearances—how could we pick just one Kristen Wiig impression?—and some of these characters even met their real-life counterparts at one point. (Watch President Bill Clinton meet Bill Clinton below.)

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- Christopher Rosa

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Eddie Murphy’s 10 Greatest ‘Saturday Night Live’ Characters

11 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

- Additional research by Jim Miller (@jimmiller)

The ’80s were the Dark Ages for Saturday Night Live. After showrunner Lorne Michaels left the show at the end of the ’70s, Jean Doumanian stepped in and replaced the entire cast and writing team, which ultimately caused the show to suffer and teeter on the brink of disappointment. When Doug Ebersol replaced Doumanian, the entire cast was let go again, save for two: Joe Piscopo, and the incomparable Eddie Murphy.

It’s argued that Eddie Murphy saved Saturday Night Live. The uptick in ratings that occurred after he became the show’s most used player was a testament to that. So today, as  VH1 Classic’s “SNL Rewind: 2015-1975 Mega Marathon,” airs block of Eddie Murphy’s most memorable episodes, let’s take a look back and appreciate the comedian’s greatest characters. Without them, who knows if we’d still be »

- Tara Aquino

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The 10 Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ Hosts of All Time

10 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

- Additional research by Jim Miller (@jimmiller)

It takes a special formula to make an awesome Saturday Night Live host. The person in question must be funny, yes, but also incredibly magnetic and likable. The gig is a lot harder than people think, but some stars make it seem like a walk in the park.

Everyone from Britney Spears to Josh Hutcherson has hosted SNL, but what celebrities reign supreme as the ultimate masters? Well, take a break from watching VH1 Classic‘s “SNL Rewind: 2015- 1975 Mega Marathon,” and find out which 10 candidates make cut. (Of course, it includes human beer bottle and general sunshine king Justin Timberlake.)

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin has hosted the show a whopping 16 times—the most ever—and became a member of the prestigious Five-Timers Club in 1994. Some of Baldwin’s best skits include “NPR’s Delicious Dish with Pete Schweddy” (1998), “Brenda the Waitress” (1990), and »

- Christopher Rosa

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The Top 5 Weekend Update Hosts on ‘Saturday Night Live’

1 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

-Aly Semigran; additional research by Jim Miller (@jimmiller)

Of all the positions on Saturday Night Live, sitting behind the iconic Weekend Update desk is, perhaps, the most prestigious and sought-after. Whether working solo or partnered up with an equally funny SNL co-star, the Weekend Update anchors have kept viewers informed on current events, with the added bonus of a hilarious punchline, over the past 40 years. As we celebrate the series’ anniversary, which VH1 Classic is currently honoring with its “SNL Rewind: 2015-1975 Mega Marathon,” we picked the top five Weekend Update hosts and hosting duos.

5. Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers was behind the Weekend Update desk from 2006 to 2014, both alone and with co-hosts (including Amy Poehler and Cecily Strong) making him the longest-running host on the show to date. While other memorable hosts went for snarky or biting (see: Dennis Miller), Meyers used his nice-guy charm to cut to the core »

- VH1

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The 20 Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ Catchphrases

29 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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-Aly Semigran; additional research by Jim Miller (@jimmiller)

Since 1975, Saturday Night Live has provided us with some of the best and most iconic catchphrases that have become a part our pop culture lexicon. The show has given us one-liners that went from being repeated at the watercooler on Monday mornings to something that’s become part of our daily dialogue.

Who doesn’t say they need “more cowbell” when they hear “Don’t Fear the Reaper”? Or associate Sarah Palin with being able to “see Russia from my house”? In honor of SNL‘s 40th birthday, which VH1 Classic is currently celebrating with its  “SNL Rewind: 2015-1975 Mega Marathon,” here are the 20 best catchphrases throughout the years.

For more punchline goodness, revisit Kevin Hart‘s episode of SNL featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis:

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- VH1

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