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SNL Books Zooey Deschanel and Channing Tatum


Saturday Night Live is welcoming two first-timers — including a New Girl — to Studio 8H this February.

Channing Tatum will Step Up for his hosting debut on Feb. 4 …READ MORE

Saturday Night Live Recap: Best and Worst Sketches With Host Charles Barkley


Unfortunately for Charles Barkley, third time was not the charm.

As Barkley opened the first Saturday Night Live episode of 2012 with a dry monologue about his success with Weight Watchers, the only laughs were as he poked fun at himself — and that trend continued throughout the night. …READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO

Hot Promo: Katy Perry Readies for Her SNL Hosting Debut – Will You Watch?


Singer Katy Perry takes the reins as host of Saturday Night Live this weekend and even though she puts down the microphone this time — Robyn will be the musical guest — Perry still has something to offer in a series of new promos. READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO

TVLine Items: Maura Tierney Reports for Office Duty, Glee Project Open Casting Call and More


Maura Tierney is going back to her workplace comedy roots.

The former NewsRadio leading lady will guest star on The Office as the wife of James Spader’s character, Sabre-Dunder Mifflin CEO Robert California, Zap2it reports. READ MORE

Emmys 2011: Who Should Win Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series? Take Our Poll!


Will Jane Lynch have to take a break from Emmy hosting duties to give an acceptance speech as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series? Only time will tell. But it’s interesting to note that in three of the last four years, the statuette has been taken home by …READ MORE

Saturday Night Live with Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga: Best and Worst Sketches?

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Justin Timberlake" Episode 1598 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon -- Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC

This seems like a cowardly time to bring up my disdain for Justin Timberlake’s Saturday Night Live appearances because last night’s episode, the 36th season finale, was an obvious bomb — but oh well! The Emmy-winning ‘D*ck in a Box’ man plays the same hammy caricatures and embarrassing lovermen with every SNL hosting gig, and the result always feels more like an attempt at “cool” than “funny” to me. Even sketch cameos by …READ MORE

SNL with Ed Helms: Best and Worst Skits?

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1597 "Ed Helms" -- Pictured: (l-r) Paul Simon, Ed Helms -- Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC

SNL often feels like The Hangover Part II; fun and nervy, yes, but an unnecessary retread of ideas we already enjoyed years ago. This week was no exception, as host Ed Helms led a night of half-baked sketches and under-utilized ladies, begging the question, “What up with that?” (Yes, Kenan Thompson reiterated the sentiment in song several times.) Luckily, the best two skits of the night were undeniable successes. Let’s review: …READ MORE

SNL With Tina Fey: Best and Worst Skits?

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Tina Fey" Episode 1596 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey, Darrell Hammond -- Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC

As an unabashed Tina Fey fan, I was probably predisposed to enjoying last night’s Saturday Night Live, and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. The opening monologue — a duet between a pregnant Fey and Maya Rudolph about “uterus hogs” and what causes them (rosé wine and unprotected sex on a roller coaster, apparently)  – was more amusing than uproarious, but a couple of skits were pretty genius. My two favorites? …READ MORE

SNL with Helen Mirren: Best and Worst Skits


SNL often lures lovable hosts that it doesn’t know how to work with. Take Jane Lynch or Bryan Cranston, who led lackluster episodes earlier this season, or Helen Mirren, who spent last night’s show vacillating between exactly two types of characters: haughty Brits and vulgar battle-axes. In fact, the episode felt so procedural that it may as well have been a lost episode of Prime Suspect. I’m drawing a chalk outline around the whole thing. Let’s rack up the (very relatively) best and (very obviously) worst sketches: …READ MORE

SNL with Elton John: Best and Worst Skits?

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Elton John" Episode 1594 -- Pictured: Elton John -- Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC

For a self-proclaimed (bleep) who hadn’t been “back” to SNL since 1982, host Elton John invigorated Studio 8H with great sentimentality and sincerity last night. Sure, Horatio Sanz didn’t reappear to dress as Elton for a reunion makeout with Eminem, but it’s fair to say that special guests Carmelo Anthony (!), Jake Gyllenhaal (!!), Tom Hanks (!!!), and duet partner Leon Russell (whose snow-white beard is a waterfall of exclamation points) made up the difference. Yes, Saturday night was all right for funny — and the easiest pun in western civilization. Let’s recap the best and worst skits: …READ MORE