Andy Samberg

James Franco’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Documentary Isn’t James Franco-y Enough

James Franco constantly gets bored and switches careers, always moving on to gleefully experiment with (and sometimes destroy) a different job: painting, writing, teaching, and so on. This week, James Franco is a documentarian. Well, technically, James Franco was a documentarian in 2008 when he filmed a short for an NYU film class in which he went behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live. The project was later expanded into a feature-length film and is finally available for public viewing with its debut on Hulu Plus today. The end result is strange in that it’s not strange. Saturday Night isn’t very James Franco-like; instead, it’s a straightforward and simplistic documentary that tells us a lot of what we already knew.  … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg joins tonight’s SNL cast to say goodbye to the 39th season. It’s a somewhat unusual choice in that Samberg was never a strong live performer during his stint on the series. More importantly, however, he introduced an era of “Digital Shorts,” beloved for their big production values, surreal effects, and celebrity cameos. It was a smart way to bring SNL up to speed in the Internet age, keeping it relevant, giving viewers an opportunity to tap into the spirit of the series on their own time. As we leave 39 behind, it’s still unclear who will be checking out (Nasim Pedrad will be busy with FOX sitcom Mulaney this fall) and which featured players will continue on (did any of them really get enough screen time?). The future is uncertain, but let’s leave those worries behind as we conclude another wildly uneven season with (hopefully) a few laughs. … Read More

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The 25 Best Cop Shows of All Time

It’s a big day for fans of ’80s television, cop shows, and, basically, things that are good: after first and second season releases that ended in 2006 and never resumed, the pop culture saviors over at Shout Factory have stepped up with a massive, full-series DVD box set for Hill Street Blues, the ground-breaking dramatic series that continues to influence quality television to this very day. And while it’s easy enough to earmark Hill Street as one of the best police series of all time, how do all those perp-chasing, car-crashing, rule-bending, good-cop-bad-cops actually stack up against each other? … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Rob Lowe Remembers the ’90s, Andy Samberg Returns to ‘SNL’

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Meg Ryan joins How I Met Your Dad, Andy Samberg returns to Saturday Night Live, and Ellen DeGeneres gets a design show. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Forget Andy Samberg: Andre Braugher Is ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s’ Secret Weapon

Last night, on Fox television, a comic star was born. This is not some young up-and-comer, fresh from the nightclub circuit or improv scene; Andre Braugher is 51 years old, and not exactly known for being funny. For six years, he was doing (bar none) the best dramatic acting on television, as Detective Frank Pembleton on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Streets; he continued doing fine character work in films like Primal Fear and Frequency and on failed but interesting television shows like the medical procedural Gideon’s Crossing and Ray Romano’s Men of a Certain Age. Little on his résumé would indicate a hidden comic genius. But as Captain Holt on the new Andy Samberg cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he proves what countless dramatic actors have discovered before him: that the key to being funny is to play it absolutely straight. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, TV gears up for fall with a few much-anticipated returns, one bittersweet goodbye, and an uneven comedy special with one serious high point. … Read More

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Fall TV Preview: New Shows To Try This Fall

Times are tough in network television, kids. Ideas are hard to come by, and decent scripts even harder. Prestige cable and Netflix are making everybody nervous, and goddammit, Time Warner doesn’t even carry CBS anymore. The scrambling is evident in the sheer number of bad pilots which the networks put up this season. There are shows that think that putting a family in a bunch of matching sweaters is “so 1980s,” and others that think “We Are Men” counts as a witticism about the state of the single father. Le sigh. … Read More

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