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Posted Sunday 12/16/18 at 3:05AM EST
SNL's Oscars host audition sketch lets Kate McKinnon's Ellen DeGeneres take a shot at Kevin Hart
Source: The Daily Beast
The Oscars audition sketch featured impressions of everybody from Hannah Gadsby to Sarah Silverman and Michelle Wolf. McKinnon as Ellen appeared for the last audition. "Hey, I’ll host the Oscars, sure,” she said. “I’ve never done anything controversial in my life, except for being gay. But people like that now, except for the guy who was supposed to host.” As The Daily Beast notes, "it was a big change from last week's show," when Michael Che defended Hart on "Weekend Update."
Posted Sunday 12/02/18 at 11:37AM EST
SNL spoofs Netflix's overwhelming number of TV shows, proposes a Saved by the Bell-themed reboot of The Crown
The Saturday Night Live video, featuring host Claire Foy, also proposed a gritty police-themed reboot of Family Matters and making the fake movies on Entourage into real films
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25AM EST
Alec Baldwin enters not guilty plea in parking space assault case
The actor was formally arraigned this morning over the Nov. 2 incident. Baldwin's attorney said there "incontrovertible video" evidence that proves his client's innocence. According to a police report, Baldwin told cops: "He's an a**hole. He stole my spot. I did push him."
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
How long can Alec Baldwin continue playing President Trump on SNL?
Can Baldwin still play the president when his real life is so messy? Baldwin has made headlines in the past week with his arrest and his ABC talk show's cancelation.
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 8:55PM EST
ABC demotes The Alec Baldwin Show to Saturdays
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Baldwin's talk show will move to a new Saturday timeslot on Dec. 8. While not an official cancelation, EW reports that ABC will be burning off already-taped episodes in its new graveyard slot. The news comes four days after Baldwin's NYC arrest for allegedly punching a man over a parking space. The Alec Baldwin Show premiered to a disappointing 2.1 million viewers on Oct. 14. EW notes that "ABC put out the news on Election Night when most news media and readers are paying attention elsewhere." Shark Tank reruns will replace Baldwin's Sunday timeslot.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Alec Baldwin denies punching a man over a parking spot after being charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment
Source: USA Today
Baldwin didn't speak to reporters following his release from the NYPD's 10th Precinct after his arrest for allegedly punching a man in a parking dispute. An NYPD spokesperson said Baldwin was given a desk appearance ticket, meaning he will go before a judge on the charges at a later date. Baldwin tweeted about his arrest, denying reports he punched a man. "Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story," he tweeted. "However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false. I wanted to go on the record stating as much. I realize that it has become a sport to tag people w as many negative... negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment." In another tweet, Baldwin added: "Fortunately, no matter how reverberating the echos, it doesn’t make the statements true." ALSO: ABC White House correspondent Tara Palmeri tweets that Baldwin once told her "I hope you choke to death" when she was on assignment outside his home as a New York Post reporter.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 3:01PM EDT
Alec Baldwin arrested after allegedly punching a driver over a parking spot outside his home
The NYPD says the actor left his victim with a swollen jaw and hospitalized following their fight outside his Manhattan home this morning, while a witness says Baldwin yelled "f*ck off" during the fight. UPDATE: ABC's The Alec Baldwin Show will still air as scheduled on Sunday, but no word on if Baldwin's Trump will appear on SNL. When President Trump was asked about Baldwin's arrest, he responded: "I wish him luck."
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 5:21PM EDT
Why are Louis CK and Alec Baldwin claiming that black people are their most ardent supporters?
Source: The Atlantic
“They tell you that when you get in trouble, you find out who your real friends are,” Louis CK reportedly said during his set Monday night at the Comedy Cellar. “It’s black people, it turns out. They’ll stick by you.” CK's comment comes weeks after Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter, "ever since I played Trump, black people love me. They love me." According to Hannah Giorgis, "that both men, white and rich and powerful as they are, would name 'black people'—that hastily aggregated monolith—as their primary supporters amid heightened critical attention is curious, but perhaps not wholly surprising. Their comments partake of a long tradition. Trotting out the proverbial black friend as evidence of one’s open-mindedness or innocence in the face of controversy is hardly new...By allying themselves with black people, at least rhetorically, both Baldwin and CK attempt to access the symbolism of victimhood: The men seem to be cashing in on black people’s oppression in an attempt to paint the group’s approval as uniquely weighty. This is manipulative, disingenuous logic. Black people, even those who might feel sympathy toward either of the comedians, do not exist as rhetorical tools to be levied in the face of criticism. Whatever black supporters CK or Baldwin may have found in the wake of their perceived missteps are not shields to be thrown up when the men do not wish to face the ire of others—or tokens to be redeemed for cultural cachet. Solidarity is a reciprocal endeavor."
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel Live! animates The Alec Baldwin Show
See a clip from Baldwin's interview with Robert De Niro animated with motion graphics.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 4:02PM EDT
The Alec Baldwin Show debuts to terrible numbers
About 2.71 million watched Baldwin's new talk show, making it Sunday's lowest-rated program. ALSO: Baldwin's show is fine, but it failed to distinguish itself from typical late-night TV interviews.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
SNL's President Trump-Kanye West cold open was essentially done before
Source: The Atlantic
Back in January 2016, when Darrell Hammond was Saturday Night Live's Trump, Tina Fey appeared as Sarah Palin giving a speech while Hammond's Trump delivered an inner monologue to the camera. SNL essentially repeated the sketch with its spoof of West's visit last week to the Oval Office. "Though the sketch drew some facile comparisons between West and Trump’s ways of thinking, it ended up making Trump seem extremely self-aware, a tough satirical point to land," says David Sims. "The jokes also leaned on lazy, stigmatizing punchlines about mental illness. Combined with last week’s portrayal of the Senate as pumped-up and triumphant, so far SNL hasn’t done much to actually skewer the people in charge of the country. Indeed, the program could learn a few lessons from (host Seth) Meyers, whose talk show Late Night delivers incisive, witty commentary on the administration almost every night with its 'Closer Look' segment."
- SNL failed to make Kanye West's Oval Office remarks weirder than they already were
- Jonah Hill will join the Five-Timers Club when he hosts SNL on Nov. 3 with musical guest Maggie Rogers
- SNL ratings rebound with host Seth Meyers
- Alec Baldwin made fun of his "black people love me" comments in his Trump cold open
- Kenan Thompson revived his Bill Cosby impression for a prison-set sketch
- Twitter was upset that Bill Hader's Stefon didn't reunite with Meyers
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
Alec Baldwin can barely conceal his disdain for Stephen Colbert
In a Hollywood Reporter profile, Baldwin doesn't explicitly say he hates The Late Show host, but he went into detail on how he couldn't stand Colbert asking him last year about a run-in with the paparazzi. “I thought to myself, ‘Oh no, oh no, let’s not get into psychoanalyzing me, because I don’t think you’re qualified,'” Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter. “And you’ve just reminded me, in the briefest way, why I didn’t do the show all these years.”
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Alec Baldwin criticized for saying "ever since I played Trump, black people love me"
"I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off, but...ever since I played Trump, black people love me," Baldwin says of his Saturday Night Live role in a The Hollywood Reporter cover story profile. "They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy. I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.''" His comments were met with skepticism on Twitter, with one person saying: "the only black person Alec Baldwin has in his contacts is Tracy Morgan and even they haven’t spoken since 30 Rock ended." ALSO: The Alec Baldwin Show reveals its guest list, starting with Robert De Niro and Taraji P. Henson on Sunday's premiere.
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Alec Baldwin says he'll be back on SNL as President Trump, but "not a whole lot"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I have fun doing it, no doubt about that,” Baldwin said on SNL historian James Andrew Miller's Origins podcast. “I have fun being around (the SNL team). I can’t say it’s a lot of fun trying to fabricate this kind of Trump that I thought of, but it is fun being around them. They are all old and dear friends of mine, and I love going there. When the show is good, there is nothing like it. But for me, I think I’m going to do some of it, but not a whole lot, not a whole lot.” He added: "I also think, and this is critical, there is a lot of fatigue here.”
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Alec Baldwin mulls quitting Twitter around the time SNL returns
"I am contemplating deleting this account, and all of my associated accounts beginning October 1, 2018. Will you follow me on Instagram?" Baldwin tweeted this morning, without giving a reason for why he would leave. Saturday Night Live usually returns around Oct. 1, so Baldwin might give up Twitter around the time of the season premiere.