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Deadline reports that SNL staff writer Leslie Jones has been promoted to featured player ahead of this week’s Jim Carrey show. Jones became a writer for the show following the talent search in early 2014 that resulted in the hiring of Sasheer Zamata, but her guest spots on "Weekend Update" — from her relationship advice segment on this year's season premiere to her controversial "No. 1 Slave Draft Pick” bit about slavery last May — proved that she can hold her own in front of the camera as well. Congrats Leslie! »
- Anna Silman
Gossip Girl would surely have a field day over this casting: Penn Badgley will recur on NBC’s miniseries The Slap as the 25-year-old boyfriend of Mary-Louise Parker’s character, our sister site Deadline reports.
The eight-episode mini — based on an acclaimed Australian project and written by Jon Robin Baitz (The West Wing) — is about how one man’s punishment of another couple’s child explodes into a complex family drama.
Saturday Night Live just added a new face to the cast of its 40th season. Leslie Jones is the latest lady to join the show as a full-fledged cast member after becoming a writer earlier this year. Jones first auditioned for the coveted spot last fall as one of twelve finalists, but the role was ultimately offered to Sasheer Zamata. And while Jones may not have gotten her big break right away, the comedian made an impression on showrunner Lorne Michaels, eventually making appearances on Weekend Update, Deadline reports. In addition to her new gig in front of the camera, »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
Pop quiz time! What is the probability that tonight’s episode of The Voice ended in a Steal?
b. Absolute certainty
c. Is Adam’s torso covered in tattoos?
d. “Uh-huh, this their s–t. All the girls stomp your feet like this.“
No, you are not allowed to shake a fist at my spoiler-ization down in the comments section. The Voice‘s Battle Rounds always end in a Steal, sillies!
But as much as I try to keep NBC’s reality singing competition at an emotional arm’s length during its early rounds — at least three-quarters of the time, »
"Saturday Night Live's" Leslie Jones is moving on up. The comedian, who joined the "SNL" writing staff early this year and has appeared as a contributor on the show's "Weekend Update" segment a number of times, has been promoted to full cast member, according to Deadline. This weekend's Jim Carrey-hosted episode will be her first as a featured player. Jones vied for a spot on the "SNL" cast last December during the show's much-publicized scramble to hire a black female performer, but Sasheer Zamata ultimately won out. Jones was nevertheless offered a spot on the show's writing staff, and clearly her solid "Weekend Update" contributions have won over the powers-that-be. Check out Jones' (somewhat controversial) "Weekend Update" segment from back in May: »
- Chris Eggertsen
After serving as a writer on Saturday Night Live since early 2014, Leslie Jones has been promoted to cast member. She auditioned last year for the spot that eventually went to Sasheer Zamata, and though she initially lost out, the SNL team offered her a position as a writer. Jones is the third new cast member this season, alongside Weekend Update's Michael Che, who was also a writer before being promoted to an onscreen role, and Pete Davidson. Jones has already appeared in a skit and on Weekend Update several times, but stay tuned to see more of her on the show! Until then, check her out in the clip below. »
Leslie Jones has been promoted to new cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," from her previous position in the writers' room. You'll recall that Jones was added to SNL's writing staff in January (along with Lakendra Tookes), around the same time that Sasheer Zamata was added to the show's cast after a much publicized search for a new black woman cast member (Jones and Tookes were actually amongst the many women who auditioned for the job that eventually went to Zamata, when producers held a special casting for black women actors/comedians last year). You'll also recall that, 5 months after she was hired, Jones found herself at the center of some »
- Tambay A. Obenson
To the surprise of absolutely no one who caught this during last month's season premiere, Leslie Jones has been named a castmember of Saturday Night Live. Jones started writing for the NBC sketch comedy staple in January, and, according to Deadline, was previously a finalist for a cast spot that ultimately went to Sasheer Zamata. The stand-up comedian has made multiple stops by Weekend Update, including a rather controversial bit in May when she joked that, while she may be single now, she would have been "the No. 1 slave draft pick." Amid backlash, she stood by the skit, tweeting, “I »
- Emily Blake
Saturday Night Live‘s 40th season is suddenly looking up.
Her new status takes effect with this weekend’s Jim Carrey-hosted show, reports our sister site Deadline.
Jones joined SNL‘s writing team last season, and made her first on-camera appearance via a controversial May “Weekend Update” segment about slavery.
Press Play below to watch her aforementioned relationship takedown from the season premiere.
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Live from New York, it's Leslie Jones! NBC's late-night institution “Saturday Night Live” has brought Jones aboard as a cast member, a spokeswoman for the network told TheWrap on Monday. Also see: Party Report in Pictures: Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Jon Stewart and SNL's Week Off (Photos) Jones, who joined the “SNL” writing cast early this year and has appeared on a handful of episodes, will make her debut on Oct. 25. The comedian confirmed the news via Twitter on Monday, writing, “It's official I'm a cast member!!! Get ready! Get ready!! @nbcsnl“ Also read: Seth Rogen Confronts Exec Who »
- Tim Kenneally
“Saturday Night Live” has found a new cast member in its writing staff.
Leslie Jones, who has been a writer for the show since early this year, is joining the cast, a rep for the show confirmed on Monday. She’ll begin in this role starting with this week’s Jim Carrey-hosted episode.
The comedian was a contender in the search for a new cast member last fall. The spot went to Sasheer Zamata, but producers decided to bring Jones on as a writer.
Viewers may recognize Jones from her appearances on Weekend Update, including one in the 40th season premiere, proving her onscreen chops. She also starred in her own comedy special, “Problem Child, »
- Alex Stedman
Saturday Night Live has added a new castmember. Leslie Jones has been promoted to a member of the main cast on NBC's long-running late-night sketch comedy series, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. She will begin this Saturday when Dumb and Dumber To star Jim Carrey returns to host. Read more Chris Rock and Prince Set for 'Saturday Night Live' The actress-comedian, who in January started as a writer on SNL, has been featured on Weekend Update numerous times since joining the program, most recently appearing on Bill Hader's Oct. 11 episode. Jones was among the original comedians being considered
- Philiana Ng
Adam McKay is certainly one of the most talented people working in the comedy genre today, with a career that goes back to his days as head writer on SNL and includes writing and directing evergreen comedies like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers. Recently, though, McKay has shown an ambitiousness that sees him branching out into different avenues. He tackled his first sequel with the absurdly funny Anchorman 2, he worked with collaborator Paul Rudd to rewrite Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero film Ant-Man, and his next film may seem him taking on dramatic material. Steve recently sat down with McKay in anticipation of the upcoming short film series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, and during the course of their conversation he provided updates on a number of upcoming projects. He revealed that his Uptown Saturday Night remake is not going forward, but said »
- Adam Chitwood
Disney Channel mega-star Bella Thorne, last seen in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, has joined the voice cast of the animated foosball comedy Underdogs for The Weinstein Company.
Hitting theaters in April of 2015, Underdogs is an Argentine-Spanish family film from director Juan José Campanella that follows the adventures of a Foosball table that magically comes to life. One of the players must defend his hometown and his girlfriend from a nefarious soccer player, with the animated adventure undergoing a more Hollywood-style revision.
The recently announced American cast also includes pop star Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Katie Holmes (The Giver), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles).
Underdogs is not only undergoing an American cast update, its also getting a dialogue retooling as well, »
Most people already know that Amy Poehler is wickedly funny, but with her new book, Yes Please, more people will get to discover all the amazing other facets of the SNL alum and Parks and Recreation star: the feminist, introspective, inspiring, vulnerable, empowering ones. Yes Please, out on Oct. 28, is a welcome mishmash of anecdotes, memories, essays, and advice. Here's a selection of some of the most unforgettable quotes from Amy inside its pages. On Growing Up and Aging "Keep your virginity for as long as you can, until it starts to feel weird to you. Then just get it over with." "Once a woman turns 40 she has to start dealing with two things: younger men telling her they are proud of her and older men letting her know they would have sex with her." "Fighting aging is like the War on Drugs. It's expensive, does more harm than good, »
American Music Awards sources are saying they never wanted Sinead O'Connor to stand alongside Pope Francis on their show ... they say she was the one pushing for the appearance.Sources close to the production tell TMZ ... it was actually Her team who contacted the AMAs ... but having Sinead end her Pope beef during the show was Never discussed.We're told show producers were interested in Sinead being on the show ... but they say her claims »
- TMZ Staff
Fox giveth, and Fox taketh away: After the network gave a surprising full-season pickup to freshman drama "Gotham" last week, it's now cut the episode order of fellow new show "Mulaney."
Originally slated for 16 episodes, "Mulaney" will now only get 13. That's a bummer for the comedy, starring former "Saturday Night Live" writer John Mulaney, which has also seen its ratings fizzle since its less-than-stellar debut on October 5.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the series had just finished production on its 13th episode when the order cut news was handed down, though the show was gearing up to film its 14th. Since the 13th installment will now be the season -- and possibly the series -- finale, it looks like some reshoots may be in order. (Though nothing on that front has been confirmed.)
"Mulaney" has had an odd trajectory from the start, beginning its life as a pilot that was passed on by NBC, »
- Katie Roberts
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Sinead O'Connor has gone on an epic rant against Dick Clark Productions and the American Music Awards after they allegedly wanted her to appear at this year's show with none other than Pope Francis. According to the controversial singer, "it was decided that it would be 'A great hook' to ask Pope Francis to appear with me." Yes, you read that correctly. Dick Clark Productions allegedly wanted the woman who once ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul on "Saturday Night Live" to now perform on live television with the current pope. »
- Shari Weiss
A longtime “Late Show With David Letterman” cue card writer has been fired after physically assaulting a staff writer and insulting Letterman, according to the New York Post.
Tony Mendez, 69, whom regular viewers may recognize from the occasional shot on the show, had an argument with Letterman and staff writer and 15-time Emmy nominee Bill Scheft on Oct. 8 over changes to cue cards.
As they were discussing the changes in Letterman’s dressing room, Scheft reportedly interrupted Mendez, who yelled, “I know what I’m doing! Get off my back.”
Letterman then accused Mendez of having a sour disposition, which Mendez did not take well to.
“You’re the one who has the sour disposition, motherfucker,” he responded.
Mendez, who had worked on the show for 21 years, went home overnight following the argument. When he came back the next day, however, he grabbed Scheft by his shirt and pushed him against a wall. »
- Alex Stedman
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