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Bill Murray’s Best ‘SNL’ Sketches

NBC confirmed this week that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will kick off Saturday Night Live’s 40th season as the series’ host. Rumors have been swirling about other potential hosts for the upcoming season, including a report that Bill Murray could make his return to Studio 8H for the first time in 15 years. Murray joined the SNL cast in 1977, lasting three seasons, and he’s a member of the show’s Five-Timers Club. Until the rumor is proven true or false, we’ll be wringing our hands in anticipation of a Murray/SNL reunion — so here are ten of Murray’s greatest moments on the series to tide us over until… Read More

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Getting Cecily Strong Off the ‘Weekend Update’ Desk Is a Good Thing

The New York Times broke the story last night that Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update will have a new co-anchor for the show’s 40th season: Michael Che, the New York-based comic who worked on the SNL writing staff for a year and will be returning to 30 Rock after a short stint as a Daily Show correspondent. The hire is both a natural fit and a significant step forward for the long-running segment; Che’s worked closely with co-anchor Colin Jost in Jost’s capacity as co-head writer, and he’ll also be the first black cast member to man the Weekend Update desk. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Chris Pratt Hosts ‘SNL’ Premiere, ‘Veronica Mars’ Spinoff Trailer

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: new writers at SNL, a new (and final) season of Nurse Jackie and what happens when you put a Republican and a Democrat on a desert island? … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ABC Announces Fall Premieres, New ‘Gotham’ Teaser

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, ABC announces premiere dates for its fall slate, Saturday Night Live announces firings, and Syfy premieres a trailer for 12 Monkeys. … Read More

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Tina Fey’s Best ‘SNL’ Moments

There ain’t no party like a Tina Fey party, ’cause a Tina Fey party is mandatory. Happy birthday, Tina Fey! We hope the actress and comedian is celebrating her entrance into this world with night cheese, sandwiches, and pizza like a grown-ass woman. In honor of the occasion, we’re revisiting some of Fey’s greatest SNL moments, as the NBC series wrapped its 39th season in the wee hours of the morning. These are just a few of her funniest appearances. Let us know your favorites, below. … 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 Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Charlize Theron

Welcome back to SNL, Charlize Theron. It’s only been almost 14 years since we last saw you at Studio 8H. The Monster star is known for her dramatic parts, but her comedic role as a stunted writer in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult was convincing, impressive, and hilarious — despite her nauseating character’s antics. We hope to see similar comedic subtleties in her performance tonight. Next week, Andy Samberg returns to his stomping ground to close out the show’s 39th season. For now let’s indulge in a little Theron gone wild. … Read More

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Leslie Jones’ ‘SNL’ Monologue Wasn’t Funny, But It Wasn’t Offensive, Either

On the May 3 episode of Saturday Night Live, during the Weekend Update segment, new-ish writer Leslie Jones delivered a monologue loosely based around the news that Lupita Nyong’o was named People magazine’s “Most Beautiful Person.” It started off as a riff on the changing standards of beauty — specifically, black female beauty — but then became something of a stand-up set that was full of slavery jokes. As expected, the Internet backlash was swift. There were angry tweets directed at Jones; angry tweets directed at Saturday Night Live; angry tweets directed at other angry tweets; pieces analyzing, criticizing, or defending Jones’ jokes; Jones using her Twitter to defend herself, and so on. It’s an intense, and ongoing, backlash — but let’s get real: it’s a little too much. … Read More

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