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Darrell Hammond named Don Pardo's replacement on 'Saturday Night Live'

Darrell Hammond appeared on "Saturday Night Live" from

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Darrell Hammond, the veteran "Saturday Night Live" cast member whose world famous impressions have ranged from Donald Trump to Bill Clinton, will soon fill one of TV's most iconic roles -- as the man who will replace Don Pardo. 

The news broke earlier Thursday morning, on USA Today's website, and "The Today Show" just confirmed the appointment. Hammond, 58, will become the voice of "SNL" when the new season begins -- a job that essentially means the recitation of cast members' names at the show's open, along with various other in-show announcements throughout. Pardo, who died recently at the age of 96, held the job of announcer for 39 seasons; the baton, so to speak, will be handed to Hammond for the 40th which begins Sept. 27.

Hammond's appointment was certainly expected -- he's almost literally part of the set at Studio 8H: A nearly continual presence there for many years, and where he set the record for the longest tenure of any repertory player (14 seasons) when he left at the end of the 34th season. Hammond, arguably, was the best-known cast member of the '90s.

Bill Hader - maybe Stefon - back to 'SNL' Oct. 11

Bill Hader (2005-13): Notable characters include flamboyant "Weekend

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Bill Hader - gone from "Saturday Night Live" since 2013, and yes, the absence has been keenly felt - is coming home, for a day.  He'll host the Oct. 11 edition of "Saturday Night Live," with Hozier as musical guest. Hader has had a successful post-"SNL" run, currently starring in the well-reviewed "The Skeleton Twins," with Kristen Wiig, Ty Burrell, and Luke Wilson. Will Stefon make an appearance on Oct. 11? (Please . . . do we really have to ask?) 

'Joan Day' celebrates Joan Rivers on E! Friday

E! will devote its entire schedule to Joan

E! will clear its decks Friday to devote a full day of programming to Joan Rivers, the network just announced. It's been dubbed "Joan Day," and the news release does indicate All-Joan-all-the-time. It starts at 7 a.m.

 To the news release: 

E!’s “Joan Day” programming will include an all-day marathon that showcases some of Joan’s best jokes from “Fashion Police” beginning at...

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Craig Ferguson to Seth Meyers: You will go 'crazy'

Craig Ferguson at the Cool Comedy's Hot Cuisine

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Craig Ferguson exits "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in early December, and so it is not too early to begin the eulogies: His has been one of the better runs in all of late-night TV history — which is something probably only truly ardent fans have come to appreciate.

Even CBS hasn't paid much attention to it, bestowing the occasional promotion to announce that it's even on the air (apparently...

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Key & Peele explain their name game on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, shown here portraying

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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele — among two of the funniest people on the planet (excepting their extended cameo on "Fargo") — were on Tuesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (the host of which is also funny) to answer various questions about their long and fruitful collaboration.

Among these questions: Where did the name bit come from, exactly? It's the famous and hugely popular sketch in which...

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'Royal Pains'' Mark Feuerstein joins 'Nurse Jackie's' final season

ROYAL PAINS -- "Lawson Translation" Episode 503 --

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Mark Feuerstein (you perhaps know him best as Hank Lawson of "Royal Pains") is joining the seventh and final season of "Nurse Jackie." And just to quickly clarify: He remains with "Pains" (a big hit for USA), while this role will essentially be confined to six episodes. Here's what Showtime is saying: 

"Feuerstein will play Barry Wolfe, a high-powered, cutthroat lawyer who will represent Jackie as she pieces her life back together following her arrest last season."  

Tony Shalhoub, as you may also know, has also joined "Jackie" -- currently in production -- so the final lap is looking more and more interesting. "Jackie," as you know, is chock full of terrific New York actors, of which Feuerstein is one.

'How I Met Your Mother' to give away set props

Josh Radnor as Ted, and Cristin Milioti as

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In what may be the mother of all TV tchotchke giveaways, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment said it will give fans essentially everything from the set of "How I Met Your Mother." That would - yes - include the bar at MacLaren's. A Tumblr website for this sweepstakes has been launched -  HIMYMProps.com - and the pretext appears to be raw promotion - the boxed set is out in a...

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Barbra Streisand, Jimmy Fallon sing medley duet on 'Tonight Show'

Barbra Streisand and Jimmy Fallon sing a duet

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After a 50 year absence -- or specifically, 51 year absence -- from "The Tonight Show," Barbra Streisand returned Monday night in a way that would only be logical for the current host, Jimmy Fallon: to sing a medley duet with him.

And it worked for the most part.

The interview itself? Both disappointing and fascinating. Fascinating, as a unique thing in an of itself, which is to say:...

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Michael Che named new 'Saturday Night Live' 'Weekend Update' anchor

Michael Che, former "SNL" writer and correspondent with

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Michael Che was named "Saturday Night Live" "Weekend Update" on Thursday, and -- just like that -- he's about to become one of the most famous comics in the world.

But who is he? Where did he come from? And how did this happen so suddenly?

Che replaces Cecily Strong, in the role only one season, who, according to The New York Times (through which the appointment was announced late Thursday),...

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Barbra Streisand on 'Tonight Show' Monday

Barbra Streisand is a Brooklyn native. (March 7,

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Barbra Streisand will conduct her first interview on "The Tonight Show" in 51 years -- that's right, 51 -- on Monday, NBC said Thursday.

The entire edition of "Tonight" with Jimmy Fallon will be devoted to Streisand, who last appeared on the show on March 3, 1963. She is also promoting her new album, "Partners," which arrives on Tuesday. On the album, she performs duets with a wide range of artists, including Billy Joel, Blake Shelton and Stevie Wonder.

Streisand is hardly averse to talk shows (she was on "Today" earlier this year). She has made rare, and extremely brief, appearances on other late-night shows, too -- including a cameo on "Saturday Night Live" in 1992, and "Late Show with David Letterman" in 1994.

She also appeared on a 1993 New Year's Eve edition of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," which commemorated her first paid concert in 22 years, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. She was not interviewed on that particular edition, however.

So what's kept Streisand away from the "Tonight" couch for more than half a century?

"There is no reason," Ken Sunshine, her longtime spokesman, said Thursday. "She does precious little media to promote her projects," adding "she hasn't done much print, hasn't done TV overall, but when she does, it's pretty special. As I've said before, less is more has worked really well. But Monday is exciting because of how long it's been."

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