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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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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Andrew Garfield

We’re in the homestretch of SNL’s 39th season, and the series makes a lively return with Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield. Real-life girlfriend and Spidey co-star Emma Stone has hosted the show before, but this will be our first opportunity to see what kind of comedic chops Garfield has to offer. The Social Network actor seems ready for anything and is quite likable. The featured players take a backseat in the episode, and SNL invites some new talent to the “Weekend Update” segment. The series has had weeks to refresh its repertoire, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a few familiar faces. See what risks paid off, and what didn’t, below. … 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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St. Vincent to Play ‘SNL’ Season Finale

St. Vincent will play Saturday Night Live‘s season finale on May 17, according to a press release. The episode will… Read More

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