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Lena Dunham, start and creator of HBO's "Girls," finally has her "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig lined up: March 8. (Does this mean she's finally made it?") And for her maiden voyage, she also has a pretty good band: The National. Their "Trouble Will Find Me" of last spring was a big deal, and they now have a documentary coming up -- "Mistaken for Strangers" -- that will have a theatrical release in March.
Seth Meyers' new "Late Night" — unsurprisingly named "Late Night with Seth Meyers" — arrives Monday, or to be precise, early Tuesday. Those are the facts — but what are the other facts?
We're all friends here, right? So let's be honest: Who knows. There's nothing to see yet, but there are still some givens. It will be amusing — Meyers is one of TV's most gifted comedy writers — and it will...Read more »
Seth Meyers ended a 12-year career on "Saturday Night Live" last night that never yielded a single character but -- instead -- some of the best years of the show's life, and an outstanding run as "Weekend Update" anchor.
(As head writer, Meyers is something of a human iceberg -- most of his work has lain hidden under the surface, where so much of the show's creative resurgence of the '00s took place.
He will be missed, and he was a huge part of this classic's history. Now he's moving on to "Late Night," where he will start shortly.
Here's the farewell from last night, and -- of course -- when one does one's leave-taking from "SNL" one is fully expected to be confronted by people from one's past, and his final "Weekend Update" did not disappoint.
And this obvious note: Meyer's departure is the first domino in a series to fall in NBC's late night overhaul, which will see the departure of Jay Leno next Thursday and the arrival of Jimmy Fallon on Feb. 17 to "The Tonight Show."
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"Saturday Night Live" newcomer Sasheer Zamata didn't have a lot to say last night but her presence -- altogether now everyone in helping me complete this cliche! -- spoke volumes.
These are the volumes she spoke: First black female cast-member in years, breaking the strangest most inexplicable casting drought on any major series in memory, and proving that even in brief fleeting memorable appearances, she's good.
Very good perhaps, but that will unfold in the future. But for now, great start to hopefully a glorious career.
Especially shrewd about this major -- and symbolic -- cast addition was the way it was handled last night: Zamata arrived on an above average edition of "SNL" (returning after the winter break) hosted by an above-above-average host.
Drake was one of those hosts who could do it all and did, plus there's a memorable digital short with Drake that's ensured a web life, which means this newcomer (her last name is pronounced Za-MAY-ta by the way) is now ensured a web presence, too.
Not just shrewd but smart.
Her first words on the show were "Mazel tov." Yup, Mazel Tov, Sasheer.
Take a look at a couple of representative moments, if you have not yet seen. (Newsday app readers please head over to Newsday.com/tvzone to take that look)
Melissa McCarthy is a gifted comic actress who tends to reveal her many gifts when she is on "Saturday Night Live." So good news: She's back on the show. For the third time. She'll host the Feb. 1 edition, with musical guest Imagine Dragons. (No movie to promote that I am aware of but she did just win a People's Choice Award...and, "Mike & Molly" is still kicking around...)
Sasheer Zamata, a graduate of New York's Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, has been named "Saturday Night Live's" newest cast member.
But that's not the big news. That would be this: She's black.
New Yorker Zamata becomes only the fifth African-American female cast member on the show over its 39 seasons -- a blind spot that was widely noted (and criticized) before the...Read more »
"Saturday Night Live" would have been cr-raazy not to revisit in some form Thursday's stunning ratings success of "The Sound of Music," which appeared on the very same network, even cr-raazzzier not to deploy some classic characters from "SNL" past.
It did all that — and more — in the first six minutes of last night's Paul Rudd-hosted edition. Watch this and you will be a) Offended. b) Amused, and will even laugh. c) Offended, be amused, and will laugh. (Trifecta!)
Clearly this all came together long ago — not some quick hash-out on Friday before the show. Or maybe not. Maybe this all did come together in 24 hours. No reason why not. See if you can guess who plays who — two Long Islanders, as well. (Give up? Kate McKinnon, as Maria; Kristen Wiig, as Denise von Trapp), and Fred Armisen as Lawrence Welk.
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On the eve of his momentous transition from 12:30 to 11:30, Jimmy Fallon is about to get plenty of attention, and it begins Dec. 21, with his second-time host stint on "Saturday Night Live." Justin Timberlake is musical guest, and you already know about the long and memorable Fallon/Timberlake association. (Oh, and Kings of Leon is musical guest on the 14th.)
Here's the line from...Read more »