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Tina Fey's SNL Monologue Is So Full of Celebrity Cameos, We're Seeing Stars

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Tina Fey's SNL Monologue Is So Full of Celebrity Cameos, We're Seeing Stars
Welcome home, Tina Fey! It's been 20 years since the 48-year-old comedian started at Saturday Night Live, and on May 19, she hosted the show for the sixth time. The show's season finale also happened to fall close to Tina's birthday, May 18, and she was allowed to do "whatever she wanted" for her monologue. So she decided to take some totally random, absolutely unplanned, definitely not planted questions from the audience.

The questions casually came from audience members such as Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anne Hathaway, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Robert De Niro, and Donald Glover. Plus, an old friend came out to wish Tina a happy birthday on stage at the very end. Watch the star-studded Q&A above, and then be sure to check out SNL's hilarious royal afterparty from the same episode.
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‘Big Mouth’ Adds Two New Cast Members for Season 2 — First Look

‘Big Mouth’ Adds Two New Cast Members for Season 2 — First Look
The Hormone Monsters have some company. Nick Kroll announced Monday night at the Netflix FYSee event that “Big Mouth” would be adding two voices to its roster for the upcoming Season 2.

Gina Rodriguez will be playing Gina (pictured above), a soccer player on Missy and Jessi’s team. Rodriguez’s upcoming Netflix slate already has includes a previously announced Carmen Sandiego feature film.

Also joining the ranks of the mythic on “Big Mouth” is David Thewlis, who will be voicing The Shame Wizard, which the official press release describes as “the Hormone Monster’s mortal enemy who haunts the kids, stoking their deepest shames.” (Thewlis last played a scary mystical creature with terrible teeth on Season 3 of “Fargo.”)

No word yet on a release date for Season 2, but the stellar cast from the show’s first 10 episodes — Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen,
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The 20 Best Sketches of ‘SNL’ Season 43 Ranked (Photos)

The 20 Best Sketches of ‘SNL’ Season 43 Ranked (Photos)
“SNL” Season 43 brought back fan-favorite Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump, and added a bunch of surprise star gusts to episodes as other members of his administration. But “Saturday Night Live” hasn’t just been great at the politics — there are have been a lot of hilarious parodies, send-ups and downright weird sketches along the way as well. Here are the best sketches of the season so far.

20. The Day You Were Born

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Amy Schumer plays a mom telling her fictional son the saccharine story about the day he was born — but flashbacks to the actual day so how horrific it really was. The sketch honors moms by hilariously showing just how tough they have it. Watch the sketch here.

19. Sitcom Reboot

John Mulaney plays the showrunner of an ’80s sitcom that gets a second life thanks to Hollywood’s hunger for reboots. Trouble is,
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Season Finale Was Just ‘Toit’ Enough to Serve as Series Finale Too (Commentary)

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Season Finale Was Just ‘Toit’ Enough to Serve as Series Finale Too (Commentary)
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”s Season 5 finale, “Jake and Amy.”)

No one is happier than us that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was picked up for a sixth season by NBC. Nobody. But if (and we do mean only if) the comedy hadn’t been revived just 24 hours after being canceled by its current network, Fox, earlier this month, we would have survived because Dan Goor & Co did such a great job with the Season 5 finale.

“Nine-Nine” aired its fifth-year closer, “Jake and Amy,” Sunday night, which centered around the titular couple’s nups — the toitest you’ve ever seen. Yes, going out with a wedding would have been a super cliche move, and Goor said in recent interviews that it was not his plan for how to end it all (as he was hoping against hope the show would be renewed). But the
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Tina Fey’s ‘SNL’ Monologue Features Cameos by Jerry Seinfeld, Anne Hathaway, Benedict Cumberbatch, and More — Watch

Tina Fey’s ‘SNL’ Monologue Features Cameos by Jerry Seinfeld, Anne Hathaway, Benedict Cumberbatch, and More — Watch
Does “Saturday Night Live” feature too many celebrity cameos these days? That was the question at the heart of Tina Fey’s monologue last night, which happened to feature cameos from Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Rock, Anne Hathaway, Fred Armisen, Donald Glover, and Robert De Niro. As you might imagine, it was a lively conversation.

Seinfeld shows up first, as Fey decided to allow audience members to ask questions and he’s the first to raise his hand. “Do you think the show has too many celebrity cameos these days, because I’m worried the cast isn’t getting a chance to grow,” he says. Fey agrees, and for a moment it appears as though her next question will be from current cast member Beck Bennett — but then she reveals she was actually calling on the person behind him, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Then come Chris Rock, Robert De Niro (who
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'SNL': Watch Tina Fey Reprise Sarah Palin Impersonation

'SNL': Watch Tina Fey Reprise Sarah Palin Impersonation
Tina Fey revived her Sarah Palin impersonation for a Saturday Night Live musical number that reunited some of Season 43's Trump White House characters.

"Here's a refresher: I was the first female on a Republican presidential ticket and now I get paid to tweet for Bass Pro Shops," Fey's Palin, one of SNL's most savage political impersonations, said. "Take it from me, politics is a wild ride. One minute you're on top and then you're gone in the blink of a Scaramucci."

In addition to Fey's former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Tina Fey’s Finale Addresses the Season’s Issues but Also Doesn’t Care

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Tina Fey’s Finale Addresses the Season’s Issues but Also Doesn’t Care
The thing to understand about Tina Fey as an “SNL” host is that while she has her fingerprints on some truly brilliant comedy (both in the TV and film realms), her tenure on the show as a cast member wasn’t about being the star of the show. She’s not a Kate McKinnon or a Cecily Strong or an Aidy Bryant, she wasn’t a Kristen Wiig or an Amy Poehler or a Maya Rudolph. In fact, back when she hosted “SNL” in 2013, her monologue joked about the fact that she had no recurring characters. She, of course, became the face of Weekend Update with Jimmy Fallon and then Amy Poehler, but Fey’s existence as a talent was never as the star until her host/guest appearances (like as Bedelia’s mother or especially as Sarah Palin). Because she’s “just… pleasant.”

So the expectation, unlike with other hosts,
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Video: Tina Fey's Sarah Palin Sings 'What I Did For Love' from A Chorus Line on SNL

Tina Fey hosted last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, and in doing so, she brought back her iconic portrayal of Sarah Palin. In a sketch last night, Fey's Palin sang 'What I Did For Love' from A Chorus Line, alongside Sarah Huckabee Sanders Aidy Bryant, Kellyanne Conway Kate McKinnon, Michael Wolff Fred Armisen, Stormy Daniels Cecily Strong, Rex Tillerson John Goodman and Omarosa Manigault Leslie Jones.
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SNL Finale Highlights: Tina Fey Spoofs Mean Girls Musical, Royal Wedding

SNL Finale Highlights: Tina Fey Spoofs Mean Girls Musical, Royal Wedding
Despite a valiant effort from returning host Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live‘s 43rd season went out with (mostly) a whimper.

Following a lackluster (and dated!) Sopranos-themed cold open, SNL rebounded with Fey’s star-studded monologue, which featured cameos by Jerry Seinfeld, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Donald Glover, Chris Rock, Benedict Cumberbatch, Fred Armisen and Tracy Morgan. The sharp, resonant bit poked fun at the show’s preference for using big-name guest stars instead of its own cast members.

Weirdly, the underwhelming episode picked up steam in the last half-hour…

Best: Sarah Palin Advice

Fey reprised her role as the former VP candidate,
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‘SNL': Tina Fey Returns as Sarah Palin to Sing Advice to Trump and Friends (Video)

‘SNL': Tina Fey Returns as Sarah Palin to Sing Advice to Trump and Friends (Video)
Tina Fey brought back one of the audience’s favorite characters from her days on “SNL” – former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

During her turn as host of the Season 43 finale, Fey’s Palin turned up in the Oval Office, taking the opportunity to warn former and current figures in Donald Trump’s White House that fame can be fleeting.

“It’s me, the ghost of Sarah Palin,” Fey’s Palin said. “No, I’m just kidding, but you had to think about it, didn’t you? Here’s a refresher: I was the first female on a Republican presidential ticket, and now I get paid to tweet for Bass Pro Shop.”

Also Read: 'SNL': Baldwin's Trump Celebrates the Anniversary of the Mueller Investigation with a 'Sopranos' Parody (Video)

Palin went on to warn the members of the Trump administration that political fame can be fleeting.

You can watch
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Finale: Tina Fey Reprises Sarah Palin Role (Watch)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Finale: Tina Fey Reprises Sarah Palin Role (Watch)
Tina Fey hosted the May 19 season finale of “Saturday Night Live” and reprised her role as Sarah Palin in a sketch about the ghosts of the White House’s past.

“I was the first female on a Republican presidential ticket and now I tweet for Bass Pro Shops,” she said. “Take it from me, politics are a wild ride. One minute you’re on top and then you’re gone in the blink of a Scaramucci.”

Fey’s Palin came with a message for everyone in Trump’s White House: “Enjoy your moment,” she said. “Who knows how long it’ll last.
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‘SNL’ Finale: Tina Fey Takes Questions From Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Donald Glover (Watch)

‘SNL’ Finale: Tina Fey Takes Questions From Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Donald Glover (Watch)
Tina Fey hosted the May 19 season finale of “Saturday Night Live” and she brought some of her famous friends with her.

For her opening monologue, the former “SNL” writer and actor said she was told she was allowed to do anything because it was her birthday yesterday, and what she wanted to do was take questions from the audience.

The first one was from Jerry Seinfeld, who asked her if she thought the show had too many celebrity cameos of late. (Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro had returned just minutes before for the cold open.)

“I’m worried the
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season Four Trailer Released by Netflix

"I'm not an Eeyore; I'm a Pooh!" Netflix has released a new trailer for the fourth and final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.The comedy centers on Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), a young woman who moves to New York City after being rescued from a doomsday cult. The cast also includes Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, Fred Armisen, and Mike Carlsen.Read More…
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‘That Summer’ Film Review: Little Edie at Grey Gardens, Before ‘Grey Gardens’

‘That Summer’ Film Review: Little Edie at Grey Gardens, Before ‘Grey Gardens’
Grey Gardens,” the 1975 documentary about “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Beale, two reclusive relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy, has become an uneasy sort of classic, spawning both a 2006 Broadway musical and a 2009 TV movie.

Albert and David Maysles, who directed “Grey Gardens,” had originally been hired as technicians by Lee Radziwill, Jacqueline Kennedy’s sister, who sought to make a film about memories of her father, “Black Jack” Bouvier. Radziwill wanted to interview Big Edie and Little Edie about Bouvier, and they shot four reels of footage before the project was abandoned and the Maysles brothers took over.

That Summer” unearths or exhumes that original footage, and it is padded out by a prologue and conclusion with the artist Peter Beard, who had accompanied Radziwill on her initial trips to Grey Gardens, the crumbling estate that Big and Little Edie had occupied in isolation for 25 years.

Also Read: 'Grey Gardens
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Final Space: Is the TBS TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch How long can Gary keep Mooncake safe from the nefarious Lord Commander? Has the Final Space TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on TBS? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Final Space, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? A TBS animated comedy, Final Space stars creator Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny, David Tennant, Tika Sumpter, Steven Yeun, and Coty Galloway. The serial sci-fi sitcom centers on Gary (Rogers), who has been serving out a prison sentence on the Galaxy One, for the past five years. While working off his crimes, Gary meets a green alien, Mooncake (also voiced by Rogers).
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 Trailer (Watch)

TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 Trailer (Watch)
In today’s roundup, “Luke Cage” Season 2 released a trailer and TBS renews animated comedy “Final Space

Casting

Osy Ikhile has been cast as a series regular on the upcoming Amazon series “The Feed,” Variety has learned exclusively. Ikhile’s past credits include the critically-acclaimed “Black Mirror” episode “USS Callister” and the mini-series “Childhood’s End.” He has also appeared in films like “The Legend of Tarzan” and “In the Heart of the Sea.” He is repped by Thruline Entertainment and the Curtis Brown Group.

Dates

HBO will premiere the documentary “Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram” in fall 2018. The
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Final Space: Season Two Renewal for TBS Animated Comedy Series (Olan Rogers Vid)

Turner is saving a space for Gary and Mooncake. Olan Rogers' Final Space TV show has been renewed for a second season on TBS. Below, watch a short documentary on the series, from its creator and star. A TBS animated comedy, Final Space also stars Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny, David Tennant, Tika Sumpter, Steven Yeun, and Coty Galloway. The serial sci-fi sitcom centers on Gary (Rogers), who has been serving out a prison sentence on the Galaxy One. While working off his crimes, Gary meets a green alien, Mooncake (also voiced by Rogers), but doesn’t realize his cute little buddy is a planet destroyer. Meanwhile, the evil Lord Commander (Tennant) is hot on his trail. Read More…
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TBS Renews Conan O'Brien-Produced Animated Comedy 'Final Space'

TBS is going back to Final Space.

The Turner-owned cable network has handed out a second-season renewal for the animated comedy.

Created by Olan Rogers, TBS says the comedy ranks as its youngest-skewing original series.

Final Space started as a seven-minute pilot presentation and, the cabler says, has reached 20 million viewers across TBS' linear, VOD and digital platforms after the show's initial bow on Reddit.

The series is exec produced by Rogers and Conan O'Brien's Conaco banner, New Form and Turner's Studio T. Rogers led the season one voice cast that also featured Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny,...
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Is the Netflix TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

Vulture Watch  Will Kimmy Schmidt remain unbroken? Has the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? Streaming on the Netflix paid subscription platform, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, Fred Armisen, and Mike Carlsen. Along with three other women, Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) was held by Indiana doomsday cult leader, the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Hamm) for fifteen years. Upon her release, she's interviewed by Matt Lauer on Today. Resolving to reject the "victim"
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Network: Netflix. Episodes: 52 (half-hour). Seasons: Four. TV show dates: March 6, 2015 — Tbd. Series status: Ending. Performers include: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, Fred Armisen, and Mike Carlsen. TV show description:This off-beat, single-camera comedy series kicks off in 2014, when authorities free four young women from a doomsday cult in Durnsville, Indiana. The Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Hamm) held Kimmy (Kemper), Cyndee (Sarah Chase), Gretchen (Lauren Adams), and Donna Maria (Sol Miranda) in an underground bunker for fifteen years and convinced them they were the sole survivors of the apocalypse. Read More…
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