Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
SNL ends the season with a Sopranos finale homage and numerous celebrity cameos
Saturday Night Live's Season 43 finale was even more star-studded than the Stormy Daniels episode two weeks ago. It began with a cold open homage to The Sopranos' 2007 series finale, featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro reprising their roles as Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller. Then, in a monologue that addressed criticism that the show has become too dependent on celebrity cameos, Tina Fey interacted with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan and recent host Donald Glover, whom Fey hired to write for 30 Rock. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Goodman also made cameos. So did Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who appeared in a "Mean Girls" sketch, and who has worked with his wife as a composer on 30 Rock, SNL and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Watch Tina Fey give a 360-degree YouTube tour of the SNL studio
- SNL spoofs Dick Wolf's NBC Chicago shows with "Chicago Improv" sketch
- Fey revived her Sarah Palin impression late in the show
- Watch Nicki Minaj perform with Fey in "Friendship Song" sketch that was cut for time
- Aidy Bryant portrayed the Oakland BBQ woman, who has become an internet meme
Royal Wedding was a tremendous TV experience: "How long has it been since we’ve watched live TV that was this giddy, this besotted?"
"Did we even realize how much we needed this: the predawn escape to Fairy Tale Land, the sneaking out of bed to let indifferent spouses snooze?" says Hank Stuever of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding that was shown live on a number of networks. He adds: "Usually it’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders scowling at us, followed by pundits scowling some more, with TV anchors whose heads shake permanently back and forth in exasperated surrender. Even the awards shows lately have been fraught with careful messaging. But on Saturday, from network to network, coverage of the royal marriage of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle was technically flawless, surprisingly thoughtful, happily effervescent and unabashedly over the top. The combined force of it briefly created a safe space for dreamers and optimists, whether a viewer opted for the pure dosage of the BBC feed (on PBS and BBC America), or for something more pedestrian."
- Twitter outshined TV: "The television coverage suggested an industry that has lost its monopoly on the international conversation"
- The wedding "was admittedly a wonderful — and charmingly made-for-TV — diversion" from the bad news in the U.S.
- Oprah Winfrey attended the wedding, as did Prince Harry's friend James Corden
- BBC trolls Trump over inauguration crowd size in a royal wedding tweet
- Watch Bishop Michael Curry's electrifying speech that was the talk of the wedding
- SNL spoofed the royal wedding with a Prince Harry reception video and Kenan Thompson as Bishop Curry
- Kristen Wiig crashed HBO's Cord & Tish royal wedding coverage as "Sir Albert Langham-Kingsley"
- Watch Suits superfan Cord join Tish in gushing over the royal wedding
- How a British newspaper covered America's TV coverage of the royal wedding
- Suits creator Aaron Korsh tweeted: "Just a little stroll in the countryside. No reason. Just felt like coming England"
- "Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!" tweeted Suits' official Twitter account
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Jimmy Kimmel addresses the Santa Fe High School shooting in a cold open to his show
Kimmel somberly addressed the Santa Fe shooting separately from his show in a three-minute cold open Friday night, airing before his usual Jimmy Kimmel Live! opening credits and possibly filmed without his studio audience. Kimmel later referenced the Santa Fe shooting in his monologue, so Friday's show wasn't pre-taped before the tragedy. (Kimmel doesn't usually tape on Fridays, but he did a special Friday show because he was away for ABC's upfronts in New York City on Monday and Tuesday.) “Once again our leaders are sending their thoughts and prayers,” said Kimmel said. “President Trump said he is ‘with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic hour and will be with them forever’ — except for when it comes time to do something, then he will not be with them — and neither will any of the Congresspeople or governors who don’t ever do anything because they’re fearful that it will hurt them politically.”
Skeet Ulrich reveals he's had to deal with an "internet stalker/troll," denies he's dating Riverdale co-star Vanessa Morgan
Ulrich addressed "a couple of things" in a comment on his Instagram account, including debunking a rumor that he's dating co-star Morgan after it appeared she was living at his home while she was looking for a new place. Ulrich also wrote: "I have had an internet stalker/troll for far too long now. She has cost me thousands of dollars and lawyer's fees and time spent with law enforcement to try to stop her behavior. She has even threatened to send people to my house."
Food Network's Ginormous Food host raises eyebrows with his Twitter jokes about blacks, Jews, Muslims
According to Deadline's Bruce Haring, comedian Josh Denny "veered between bits that seemed to be taken from a gonzo stand-up comedy routine designed to outrage and provoke, to seemingly trying to engage his audience in dialog about deeper issues. If his goal was attention, he certainly achieved it, setting off a tweetstorm and calls for professional retaliation against him."
Ann Dowd responds to Michelle Wolf comparing Sarah Huckabee Sanders to her Handmaid's Tale character
At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf compared the White House press secretary to Aunt Lydia. But Dowd thinks Sanders is even worse, telling the Los Angeles Times (via Indiewire): "From my experience, Lydia is a straightforward person with a low tolerance for confusion and nonsense. Had she been offered the job of press secretary for the present administration, she most likely would have turned it down. Also, Lydia has the comfort of believing that everything she says and does is in service to God. Ms. Sanders has no such luxury.”
Preacher teases Season 3
Check out the AMC series' "Angelville" teaser.
- SNL ends the season with a Sopranos finale homage and numerous celebrity cameos