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SNL 'Precap': 5 Sketches That Oughta Be Included in Steve Carell's Episode

SNL 'Precap': 5 Sketches That Oughta Be Included in Steve Carell's Episode
You’ll forgive us if this Saturday Night Live precap reads as if if was written in enthusiastic italics. We’re riding a little high after we correctly predicted four out of five of last week’s sketches (among them, the return of Kate McKinnon’s “Close Encounters”). Actually, we’re not riding a little high, we’re riding so high that we’re halfway to 100 percent sure we’ve also accurately guessed at least the same number of bits that’ll be included in this weekend’s Steve Carell-hosted episode. Read on, and see if you agree we’re on a roll…
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Hollywood Game Night, Little Big Shots, Timeless, America's Got Talent: NBC Teases Holiday Programming

NBC is getting in the holiday spirit. This week, the network announced their holiday programming schedule.

This season includes a holiday edition of Hollywood Game Night (December 11th at 10 p.m. Et/Pt), a Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving special (November 21st at 9 p.m. Et/Pt), and the series finale of Timeless (December 20th at 8 p.m. Et/Pt).

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20 SNL-Inspired Gifts That Won't Give You Schweddy Balls About Holiday Shopping

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20 SNL-Inspired Gifts That Won't Give You Schweddy Balls About Holiday Shopping
Saturday Night Live has always been the gift that keeps on giving. In addition to blessing the world with hilarious holiday-themed sketches, jaw-dropping musical performances, and painfully relateable skits, it also brings some of the most iconic characters and one-liners in TV history. Since most of us probably quote some of the show's most notable sketches from time to time, why not take your gift giving up a notch this year? These could work for both serious and gag gifting, and they're all guaranteed to put a smile on someone's face.

Related: Spread Christmas Cheer With These 12 Sock Advent Calendars - Starting at Just $15
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20 SNL-Inspired Gifts That Won't Give You Schweddy Balls About Holiday Shopping

Saturday Night Live has always been the gift that keeps on giving. In addition to blessing the world with hilarious holiday-themed sketches, jaw-dropping musical performances, and painfully relateable skits, it also brings some of the most iconic characters and one-liners in TV history. Since most of us probably quote some of the show's most notable sketches from time to time, why not take your gift giving up a notch this year? These could work for both serious and gag gifting, and they're all guaranteed to put a smile on someone's face.

Related: Spread Christmas Cheer With These 12 Sock Advent Calendars - Starting at Just $15
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Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For "Supergirl"

Meet The New Lex Luthor: Jon Cryer Lands Iconic Villain Role For
Jon Cryer, the Emmy-winning co-star of "Two and A Half Men," will return to primetime television to play the scheming, evil genius Lex Luthor as a recurring character on the CW series "Supergirl."

The plan is for Cryer to make his debut as Luthor in the 15th episode of the current season which airs in early January. The series switched to Sunday nights in October when it launched its Season Four storyline. The season’s sixth episode, titled "Call to Action," airs this Sunday.
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: See the Full List of Nominees

2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: See the Full List of Nominees
It's almost time for everyone's favorite season—award season, of course. The Film Independent Spirit Awards kicked things off on Friday by announcing the 2019 nominees. Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon and Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan read off the list of contenders during a live broadcast from the W Hotel. However, movie lovers will have to wait until Feb. 23 to find out who wins. The award show, now in its 34th year, will be held at the iconic Santa Monica Pier and broadcast live on IFC—so mark your calendars. To see the full list of nominees, check out the list below: Best Female Lead Glenn...
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Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider Get Ready for ‘The Other Two’

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Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider were on hand during one of the most memorable seasons in the recent history of “Saturday Night Live.” They are hoping for a repeat of sorts at Comedy Central.

When “The Other Two” debuts on Comedy Central on January 24, it won’t have impressions of President Trump or clever music videos featuring the entire female cast of “SNL,” but it will carry equally funny and bizarre elements. The comedy, the first project from the duo since they left “SNL” after serving as co-head writers during its landmark 42nd season, tells the story of a brother and sister whose dysfunction comes into crisp focus after their younger sibling becomes a YouTube sensation.

“Could you imagine if that were your brother?” asks Schneider, in a recent interview. “It all comes from there, basically.” And the siblings’ relationship mirrors some of their own friendship.

The Viacom network has
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Doc NYC Review: ‘The Orange Years’ is an Overly Ambitious History of Nickelodeon

Breaking the rules and providing kids a space to hang out and be kids, Nickelodeon proved to be a progressive network one sliming at a time. As documented in the occasionally charming yet awfully brief The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story, the experimental network was itself formed from a cable experiment in Columbus, Ohio called Qube, an early interactive video on demand service.

Directed by Scott Barber and Adam Sweeney, The Orange Years interviews players critical to the network’s success including former network president Gerry Laybourne whose vision for “Nick” included a rebranding in the style of MTV with its freeform iconic orange blob that could morph into anything. The early years proved to be rocky with the station importing and dubbing cartoons until it found success with You Can’t Do That On Television, a Canadian import that spoke directly to the network’s target demographic.

Spanning the
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TVLine Items: Syfy Delivers Alien News, Mma Vet to Star Wars Series and More

Bleep-blorp! Syfy announced on Thursday that it has ordered to series Alien News Desk, a weekly, animated late-night series.

Set to debut in early 2019, Alien News Desk will feature the voices of Will Forte (as news anchor Drexx Drudlarr) and fellow Saturday Night Live vet Heidi Gardner (as co-anchor Tuva Van Void), and deliver “up-to-the-minute news and commentary about the universe’s most baffling species — the inscrutable humans of Planet Earth.”

SNL boss Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer alongside SNL producer Erik Kenward and Weekend Update head writer Dennis McNicholas, who is Alien News Desk‘s showrunner.

Ready
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Omg, Ariana Grande Just Debuted Dramatic New Haircut After Pete Davidson Split

Omg, Ariana Grande Just Debuted Dramatic New Haircut After Pete Davidson Split
Ariana Grande to her ponytail: ''Thank U, Next'' Ariana is reinventing herself following her recent split from Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson. The singer debuted a fresh new hairstyle on Friday afternoon by sharing a photo of herself on Instagram, with bunny ears of course. While the lack of her signature ponytail was glaringly obvious, Ari wanted her fans to know she still has her eyebrows, even though it may not look like it. "this filter took my eyebrows away but i promise they're there," she said.  The 25-year-old has been all about self-care since she and Pete shockingly called off their engagement in October. Then, just days later she released her...
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Alien News Desk: Syfy Announces Animated Topical Series

Joseph Baxter Nov 15, 2018

Syfy takes a topical plunge with the announcement of Alien News Desk, an animated satire series from SNL’s Lorne Michaels.

Alien News Desk, a developing animated satire series, is set to serve as cable outlet Syfy’s foray into the literal fake news game. The series is pretty what the title implies, set to showcase a topical news broadcast delivered by extraterrestrial anchors. Moreover, it will be produced under the purview of a key visionary of satirical news in Saturday Night Live creator/perennial maestro Lorne Michaels.

Syfy has officially announced Alien News Desk, confirming an order for 12 episodes of the 30-minute series, set for a debut sometime in early-2019. With the presence of SNL’s Michaels, a pair of alumni from that series have been tapped as the lead voicers in Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) and Heidi Gardner (Life of the Party). They will headline,
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Betty White, Rita Moreno, Byron Allen Among Natpe Tartikoff Honorees

Natpe’s annual half-dozen recipients of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards in 2019 will include actors Betty White, Rita Moreno and Henry Winkler as well as industry notables Byron Allen, Bob Greenblatt and Mara Brock Akil.

The 16th annual Tartikoffs will be handed out at Natpe’s conference in Miami in January. They are named for the late NBC Entertainment chief who assembled the network’s top-rated programming lineups in the 1980s.

Conference organizers said the award recipients are recognized “for exhibiting their extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through their diverse work in being a part of the creation and distribution of content for the world’s traditional and digital marketplaces.”

Moreno is an “Egot” winner as well as a Kennedy Center honoree who stars in Netflix’s One Day at a Time. White, 96, is a seven-time Emmy winner whose career resurgence this decade has
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Syfy Orders ‘Alien News Desk’ Series From ‘SNL’ Team In Original Animation Push

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Exclusive: Syfy has given a 12-episode order to Alien News Desk, a weekly half-hour topical animated series starring Will Forte and Heidi Gardner. The show, which will debut in early 2019, marks Syfy’s first original late-night animated series.

Alien News Desk has a strong Saturday Night Live pedigree. In addition to current SNL cast member Gardner and former star Forte voicing the two leads, SNL boss Lorne Michaels executive produces alongside SNL producer Erik Kenward as well as SNL: Weekend Update head writer Dennis McNicholas, who serves as showrunner.

Alien News Desk is set in an extra-terrestrial newsroom that covers up-to-the-minute news and commentary about the universe’s most baffling species – the inscrutable Humans of Planet Earth. Hosted by animated is the universe’s real news – give or take a few intergalactic translation errors.

Forte will voice news anchor Drexx Drudlarr alongside co-anchor Tuva Van Void (Gardner) in Alien News Desk,
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Syfy Pushes Into Animation With Series From 'SNL' Veterans

Syfy is getting in the animation game with Alien News Desk, a weekly late-night series from a team of Saturday Night Live veterans.

The show, scheduled for a 12-episode run premiering in early 2019, marks the cable channel's first original late-night animated series. Former SNL regular Will Forte and current castmember Heidi Gardner will voice the two main characters, extraterrestrial news anchors Drexx Drudlarr and Tuva Van Void. They will provide topical commentary on the universe's most baffling species: humans.

"The expansion into original animation and late night marks the next step in the evolution of Syfy and builds on ...
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SNL Video: 'Serious Actor' Steve Carell Studies Up for His Return to Comedy

SNL Video: 'Serious Actor' Steve Carell Studies Up for His Return to Comedy
Steve Carell will pay Studio 8H a visit when he hosts Saturday Night Live on Nov. 17 — but judging by the sketchfest’s newest promo, Carell’s comedy skills are a little rusty.

In the teaser embedded above, SNL cast members Aidy Bryant and Chris Redd ask Carell if he’s ready to return to comedy, given that his post-Office career has consisted mostly of dramatic, “serious actor” films.

“I wouldn’t worry, because an actor prepares, and I am an actor,” Carell assures the pair, before embarking on an intense regimen of practicing funny accents, writing down (and immediately throwing
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Steve Carell Might Be a Little Too Serious for ‘SNL’ These Days (Video)

Steve Carell Might Be a Little Too Serious for ‘SNL’ These Days (Video)
Steve Carell is a serious actor now. Have you seen “Beautiful Boy”? He might get an Oscar he’s so serious. So serious, in fact, that the “Saturday Night Live” cast has some reservations about letting him take over hosting this weekend.

“You’re kind of a serious actor now, are you ready to do comedy again?” Aidy Bryant asks Carell in a new promo. No, no, “The Office” alum has got this. “I wouldn’t worry, because an actor prepares, and I am an actor,” he says.

Carell then hauls himself up in his dressing room to get back into the comedic mindset. He does this by reciting lines from “Taxi Driver” and “Midnight Cowboy,” diving into a copy of “Re-Learning Comedy for Dramatic Actors,” and tearing up pages of notes.

Also Read: Steve Carell to Return as 'SNL' Host for the Third Time

Finally, his “instrument” is ready
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Watch: Steve Carell Tries to Be Funny Again in ‘SNL’ Promo

Steve Carell is the host of Saturday Night Live this weekend, but he’s having a bit of trouble finding his funny bone again in the delightful promo for the episode. If you don’t count the Despicable Me films, it’s been five years since Carell starred in a fully fledged comedy—the outlandish Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The actor has instead been stretching his dramatic chops to incredible results in films like Foxcatcher, Last Flag Flying, and most recently Beautiful Boy, which is what he’s promoting on SNL in addition to his upcoming turn as Donald …
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Steve Carell Preps For Return To Comedy In ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promo

Steve Carell Preps For Return To Comedy In ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promo
Rest assured, “serious actor” Steve Carell is ready to be funny again. Former The Office star Carell tells Saturday Night Live castmembers Aidy Bryant and Chris Redd he is totally prepared to step back into comedy as he readies for his upcoming hosting gig on SNL.

“You’re kind of like a serious actor now. Are you ready to do comedy again? Cause this is a comedy show,” questions Bryant in a new promo.

“Well, Aidy, I wouldn’t worry because an actor prepares and I am an actor,” he replies.

Cut to Carell deep in prep, writing notes which he quickly rips up in frustration, practicing impressions, including one from Midnight Cowboy, trying out accents and reading Re-Learning Comedy for Dramatic Actors. After his exhausting workout, he returns to Bryant and Redd, announcing that he believes his “instrument” is ready.

Good news for Bryant and Redd,
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NBC Unwraps A Sleigh-ful Of Holiday Specials

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season, and NBC has scheduled a Santa bag full of programming goodies that applies even to those on the naughty list. Among this year’s offerings are movie and toon classics, parades and dog shows, game shows and a series finale and a pair of themed Saturday Night Live specials.

Here is a rundown of NBC’s holiday plans, with synopses from the network:

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Hollywood Game Night

Celebrities will partake in such games as “Block This Way,” “Four-Letter Words,”’ “Popped Quiz,” “Back to Back” and “7 Seconds of Fame.”

A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving (9-11 p.m.)

All-things Thanksgiving going back through the 44 seasons of “SNL.”

Thursday, Nov. 22

Macy’s 92nd Thanksgiving Day Parade (9 a.m.-12 p.m.; repeat 2-5 p.m.)

With 24 million viewers, last year’s parade was
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NBC Sets Holiday Specials Schedule: ‘Ellen’s Game of Games,’ ‘Deal or No Deal,’ ‘Agt’ (Exclusive)

NBC has made a list — and checked it twice — for all of its upcoming holiday specials, and TheWrap has the exclusive details on the broadcaster’s seasonal-programming slate.

The lineup includes annual staples, like the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” a broadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the “National Dog Show,” along with new additions like the highly-anticipated “Timeless” series finale, holiday editions of “America’s Got Talent” and “Ellen’s Game of Games,” and a little fun from an “Agt” alum with “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas.”

Also among NBC’s offerings are the previously-announced “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy” and a special episode of “Deal or No Deal,” which will air two days before the series makes its return to television on CNBC.

Also Read: 'A Legendary Christmas': Stevie Wonder, Kenan Thompson, Zach Galifianakis Join NBC Special (Exclusive)

And for everyone who likes consistency in their Christmas TV programming,
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