Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:47PM EST
Pete Davidson may be the most unlikely star player in SNL history
Davidson is one of the most unique cast members in Saturday Night Live history because while he's become its most talked-about player, he's not very good on the show, says Eric Harvey. "He can’t do impressions, his attempts at Digital Shorts are weak tea compared to the (admittedly high) standards set by Lonely Island, and the closest he’s come to a breakout character is his monosyllabic pool-boy homewrecker," says Harvey. "He does play a solid sideman—word to Uncle Butt—and makes his mark as a frequent in-sketch breaker." Even Davidson has admitted his SNL shortcomings, telling Variety: “I’m not good at sketch comedy. I don’t know how to do that, or write it.” "In spite of all this, he’s taken over Season 44 because of 'Weekend Update,'" says Harvey. "While last season’s SNL energy was focused on the show’s Trump-themed cold opens, this year has thus far revolved around the personal life of the show’s coolest cast member," thanks to his engagement to Ariana Grande over the summer and his more recent Dan Crenshaw controversy. Harvey notes that SNL cast members rarely become bigger than the show. And when they do, they usually leave. "All this means that for much of this season, the show—and maybe more importantly in 2018, the post-show coverage—has revolved around Pete Davidson," says Harvey. "And not Pete Davidson, the sketch performer: Pete Davidson, the persona. It’s hard to predict where Davidson might go from here; maybe by the end of the season, Davidson will join Eddie Murphy as the only current cast members to host Saturday Night Live."
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George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards book series is set to become a Hulu TV universe
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The streaming service has begun working on two shows that would share a universe based on Martin's Wild Cards book series, with writer Andrew Miller penning both series. The Wild Cards franchise is, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "a shared universe of anthologies, mosaic novels and stand-alone stories written by a collection of authors and edited by Martin and co-editor (Melinda) Snodgrass." The first book was published in 1987, with 27 total books released so far. The book series explores the aftermath of an alien virus, called the "Wild Card" virus, released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90 percent of those it infected.
Black-ish had access to nearly all of Prince's song catalog for its tribute to the music icon
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Stephen Colbert tops Jimmy Fallon in the key ratings demo
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Patricia Cornwell is developing NBC crime drama series Red Stick
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 announces its "Turkey Day" marathon plans
Source: Bleeding Cool
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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Cagney & Lacey stars Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly reunite
Source: TV Insider
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