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Some of NBC's shows have done well while others have really struggled. Which will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned!
There's lots of data that NBC looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but the ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows are doing »
In a message on her Instagram page, Strong assured fans that she’s not the least bit angry about Lorne Michael’s (seemingly unpopular) decision. Quite the contrary, in fact.
“I don’t see this as me leaving Update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I’m better at,” she wrote. “And now I get to »
Famous for ambushing New Yorkers on the street with surreal quizzes, Eichner played “Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?” with the host, challenging him to determine on the spot if Pilot Inspector, Thunder Gulch, Moxie CrimeFighter, Little Pixie Frou-Frou and more are the names of celebrities’ children or horses that have won the Kentucky Derby.
Though they ran out of time, the two finished the list of names and went on to play “Dead or Boring,” where Letterman guessed if a celeb was dead or Eichner found them boring.
Letterman opened the segment saying that he wanted to play a game with Eichner “where you scream at me,” and the two ultimately ended up yelling at each other.
Eichner also took the opportunity to »
- Shelli Weinstein
Hello, "Douchemaster McChest" ... his words, not ours. Chris Pratt took to Twitter on Thursday to share his first-ever headshot from 2000 -- and it's definitely a different look for the hunky actor.In the pic, a then 21-year-old Pratt is sporting an unbuttoned white Polo shirt and bleached blond hair as he smolders at the camera.The 35-year-old "Guardians of the Galaxy" star was well aware of the cheesiness factor, writing, "The name's Douchemaster McChest ... You're welcome."While the actor may look like your average pretty boy in the vintage snap, this seems to be taken around the same time he lived in a van in Maui before he made it in Hollywood.Pratt moved to Hawaii at age 19, having dropped out of college after one semester and taking up a friend’s offer of a one-way to ticket to the island. 'It’s a pretty awesome place to be homeless, »
- tooFab Staff
The fall TV season may be upon us, but many of our go-to shows for laughs won’t be returning until 2015, or ever. Don’t despair, fans of Broad City, Parks and Recreation, Archer, the dearly departed Enlisted, and other comedies — Vulture has your back. These humorous books should help with your grief over canceled sitcoms or tide you over until your favorite funny characters return.For Fans Of Parks And Recreation Moo, by Jane Smiley In this campus satire about a midwestern land-grant university, the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of A Thousand Acres captures the same earnest goofiness on which Parks & Rec thrives. Though Smiley, as a former academic, is an expert at peeling back layers of bureaucracy to show the absurdity underneath, she also treats her characters — school administrators, professors, students, and even the occasional pig — with real warmth. For Fans Of Portlandia Metropolitan Life, by Fran Lebowitz »
- Ester Bloom
Well this is a side of Chris Pratt we've never seen before! In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, the 35-year-old Parks and Recreation star shared his first ever acting headshot on Twitter. In the "circa 2000" pic, a then 21-year-old Pratt gazed intensely at the camera while wearing an unbuttoned white button-down shirt, looking a little too serious for his own good. The Guardians of the Galaxy star was well aware of the cheesiness factor, though. "The name's Douchemaster McChest," he joked of the vintage shot, adding wryly, "You're welcome." Don't be fooled by the bleached blond locks in that headshot though—Pratt didn't break into the business as some pampered »
Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update desk is getting another makeover.
In its second iteration since Seth Meyers left the NBC sketch series last winter to host Late Night, Weekend Update as Season 40 opens will be cohosted by SNL scribe/sometime Daily Show correspondent Michael Che and… second-year newsreader Colin Jost.
The network TV season doesn't officially start until September 22, but fall TV is already here. "Boardwalk Empire" and "Sons of Anarchy" came back earlier this week, Fox is doing a few premieres next week, and all but a handful of notable summer series are either over or (in the case of a few Sunday night dramas) will be over by the end of the month. This is, as you may have gathered from skimming Fienberg's annual Take Me to the Pilots series of not-reviews, not the most exciting fall for new series — or, at least, for new pilots. (As I discussed a few years back, TV criticism at this time of year is as much voodoo as it is actual analysis, as you have to guess which pilots are representative of what's to come, which shows might get better, and which shows might get worse.) There aren't a ton of genuinely awful shows, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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.
"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon opened up his suggestion box to find a query from a fan asking him to challenge someone to a race using a beer cooler scooter -- literally, a motorized scooter built from a cooler. Fallon brought in Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson for the bit, and offered him a beer helmet for protection, though Johnson was eager to get the race over with. "I just can't wait to ... see what's inside the cooler," he told Fallon.
Another suggestion box question from a college freshman sought advice for school, which Fallon said he didn't feel qualified giving. Instead, he called upon "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman, »
- Katie Roberts
Very excited to announce our season premiere on Sept 27th will be hosted by Chris @prattprattpratt with music from @ArianaGrande!! #SNL40 — Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) September 10, 2014 Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), who starred in Marvel's smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy and will also star in next summer's blockbuster Jurassic World, has been announced as the host for the season premiere of the 40th season of NBC's Saturday Night Live. The episode will air September 27th and will mark Pratt's first appearance on the show. You can check out Pratt's reaction to the news along with SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan's response below: Hosting SNL! That was high on the bucket list! Right up there with hunting human. Hey @bibbymoynihan Are you a fast runner? — chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) September 10, 2014 @prattprattpratt No. But I can catch an arrow from a crossbow at a hundred yards so.... Let's do this thing. »
Saturday Night Live‘s 40th season is set to kick off on September 27th, and while we still don’t know for certain how the show will replace the legendary Don Pardo, whether there will be additions to the cast (last year’s freshman class was announced less than two weeks prior to the premiere) or more subtractions (we never did hear if Mike O’Brien survived the show’s mid-summer purge), we do know now that Chris Pratt will host the season premiere.
- Jason Tabrys
Matthew Weiner of Mad Men fame is coming you way with his feature film writing/directing debut, Are You Here. The bizarre-sounding story is brought to you with a cast you might expect isn’t difficult for someone with Mad Men under his belt to get into his film.
Ben (Zach Galifianakis) inherits a sizable fortune when his father dies, despite the fact that Ben lives off-the-grid and had been estranged from his father. Steve Dalls (Owen Wilson), a womanizer and local television personality, is a friend of Ben’s, and decides to join up with Ben to fight the legal battle brought by Ben’s sister (Amy Poehler), but there’s a lot more going on than that. Check the trailer below for more of an idea of the ins and outs of friendship that are explored in this one.
The comedy certainly has the talent, including an impressive supporting cast, »
- Marc Eastman
Fresh off his success as leading man in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Chris Pratt will kick off the 40th season of “Saturday Night Live” as host, with Ariana Grande joining him as musical guest on the Sept. 27 premiere, NBC announced Wednesday.
The announcement of Pratt’s hosting gig comes as little surprise, seeing how Disney’s “Guardians” is still ruling the box office. Coming up, he has the final season of “Parks and Recreation,” “Jurassic World” and a “Guardians” sequel, while Grande recently released sophomore album “My Everything.” It’s the “SNL” debut for both Pratt and Grande.
It marks a return, however, for Silverman and Maroon 5. Silverman was a cast member for the 1993-1994 season, though this will be her first time hosting, and Maroon 5 has appeared on the show four times before. »
- Alex Stedman
Saturday Night Live is kicking off its 40th season with one heck of a pairing. It was just announced that Chris Pratt is locked to host the very first episode of the season and that Ariana Grande will be the musical guest. You really can’t get much bigger than that right now. Pratt is the star of the top-grossing movie of the year (domestically), Guardians of the Galaxy, and he’s also in one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2015, Jurassic World. Even though Grande’s Disney show Sam & Cat just got cut, it’s probably because she’s moving on to bigger and better things now. Her song “My Everything” is currently #1 on the Billboard 200 and she’s also #1 on the Artist 100 as well. Hit the jump for more on what’s coming up on SNL. After Pratt and Grande’s season opener on September 27th, Sarah Silverman »
- Perri Nemiroff
"Saturday Night Live" will launch its historic 40th season in high style with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande. The season will begin September 27. "Parks and Recreation's" Pratt became a major star this summer thanks to Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," and he'll lead the ensemble cast of 2015's "Jurassic World." The episode will mark Grande's debut as musical guest, after ruling the summer charts with a string of hits from her album "My Everything," as well as a guest spot on Jessie J's "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj. Meanwhile, the October 4 episode will be hosted by recent Emmy winner and "SNL" alum Sarah Silverman. She was a writer and featured player for the show's 1993–94 season, and this will be her first time as host. Maroon 5 will return for their fifth appearance as musical guest on the episode, riding high on singles "Maps" and "Animals, »
- Dave Lewis
Chris Pratt, who charmed the nation this summer thanks to his French braiding skills and his turn in Guardians of the Galaxy, will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, NBC announced Wednesday. Ariana Grande will be the musical guest. Sarah Silverman will host the second show of the year, alongside musical guest Maroon 5. Both Pratt and Silverman will make their hosting debuts, though Silverman was a writer and featured player on the show during the 1993-94 season, and was fired after that one season. “You know, Saturday Night Live, I was a kid—I was not yet defined as a comedian, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Saturday Night Live's 40th Season starts with Chris Pratt taking the 8H stage as host.  The Parks and Recreation actor starred in this summer's box office smash Guardians of the Galaxy and will be seen in the upcoming film Jurassic World.
Ariana Grande will make her SNL musical guest debut. Ariana Grande is currently sitting at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart with her album "My Everything," a year after her major label debut "Yours Truly" topped the chart.
On October 4, Sarah Silverman will return to 8H for her first time as host.  Taken from Sarah Silverman's Emmy-winning HBO special, her comedy album "Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles" is due out September 23.
Maroon 5 returns for their fifth appearance as musical guest on October 4.  The Grammy Award winning group's latest album, "V," has already sparked hits including "Maps" and "Animals."
'Saturday Night Live' has landed two huge breakout stars for their season premiere.
Saturday Night Live has landed the biggest breakout stars of 2014 for their season 40 premiere.
On Sept. 27, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt will host the show, while Ariana Grande will be his musical guest. This will be Pratt's first time hosting, and the 21-year-old "Problem" singer's first time performing on SNL.
Video: Chris Pratt Braids an Et Intern's Hair Perfectly
After the Parks and Recreation star's big debut, Emmy winner Sarah Silverman shows up with Maroon 5 for the Oct. 4 show. Silverman was on SNL's staff from 1993-1994, but this too will be her first time ever hosting.
The 40th season of the iconic show will be celebrated on NBC with a live three-hour special on Feb. 15, 2015. Past and present cast members are said to be making an appearance.
Do you think Pratt and Silverman are good choices to guest »
This season marks Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary on the air, and it's chosen none other than Chris Pratt to host the premiere! Pratt has always been funny, but he pretty much catapulted to fame this Summer after starring in Guardians of the Galaxy. Alongside him will be musical guest Ariana Grande, who has been one of the Summer's biggest musical standouts. We've got our fingers crossed for a Parks and Recreation spoof on Sept. 27 - what are you hoping to see? »
Saturday Night Live is opening its 40th season with the star of summer's biggest blockbuster. Guardians of the Galaxy's Chris Pratt will take the stage at Studio 8H as host of the Sept. 27 season opener. Pratt also co-stars on NBC's Parks and Recreation and will next be seen on the big screen in Jurassic World. Ariana Grande, whose latest album, My Everything, debuted at No. 1, makes her SNL debut as the episode's musical guest. Sarah Silverman, whose comedy album Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles drops on Sept. 23, returns for the first time as host on the
- Philiana Ng
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