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Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
NBC boss: "We want to make it feel like SNL has hijacked the Emmys"
"Weekend Update" anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost are hosting the Emmys, but they won't be the only SNL stars up on stage in September. "We're going to have appearances from some of the other castmembers and shoot some video like they do on SNL," says NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. "Lorne (Michaels) hasn't produced an Emmy show since the '90s, and I was at Fox as a young executive when he did. It was a complete change of pace for the show." As for whether Alec Baldwin should be back on SNL as President Trump, Greenblatt says: "I can't imagine somebody else doing it at this point, but that's something for Lorne to handle."
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Debra Messing, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Megan Mullally, Michael Che, Retta, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
NBC taps SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che to co-host the Emmys
The "Weekend Update" co-anchors will co-host this year's ceremony and their boss Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer, NBC announced this morning. This is a change for NBC as the network's four previous Emmy broadcasts have been helmed by the host of Late Night (Seth Meyers in 2014, Jimmy Fallon in 2010, Conan O'Brien in 2006 and 2002). “We’re proud to be the first duo hosting the Emmys since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce, and somehow that’s a real fact," Jost and Che said in a statement, alluding to the 1999 Emmy awards. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added: “Along with surprise appearances by other cast members of Saturday Night Live, I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time.”
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
Ellen teases Scarlett Johansson by showing her Colin Jost's shaggy, bearded SNL past
When Ellen DeGeneres showed Johansson an old picture of her "Weekend Update" boyfriend with John Mulaney, she responded: “I mean, I can’t un-see it now. Oh no. I can’t say that’s an image that I’ll ever forget," adding jokingly: “That’s the (one) I’ll always remember him by now we’re broken up.”
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson make their red carpet debut
The SNL "Weekend Update" co-anchor and the SNL Five-Timers Club member walked the red carpet together on Monday night for Avengers: Infinity War. They've been reportedly dating for almost a year.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Lorne Michaels is producing a film starring SNL-ers Leslie Jones and Colin Jost
Jones and Jost are bringing their "Weekend Update" flirtation to the big screen in the movie Baby Nurse.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
SNL's "Diner Lobster" sketch recalled the show's glory days
John Mulaney and Colin Jost wrote the Les Miserables homage in 2010, but it never made it to air previously because it was too complicated to produce. "It was a hilarious mix of a specific New York City observation (the endless length of diner menus) and theater marginalia," says David Sims, "a quality the sketch shared with another of Mulaney’s recent hits, the stage show Oh, Hello (performed in collaboration with the comedian Nick Kroll). Most of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live had the same niche feeling; the episode was filled with densely plotted sketches aimed more squarely at comedy nerds."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
SNL's Colin Jost has a bearded past
John Mulaney's throwback photo of the Saturday Night Live cast and writers a decade ago posing as the cast of Mad Men is causing a stir for revealing the "Weekend Update" co-anchor sporting a "JostBeard" back when he was just a writer. ALSO: Mulaney's Mad Men photo, annotated.
Posted Sunday 1/14/18 at 1:04PM EST
Sam Rockwell let an F-bomb slip on SNL, while NBC allowed an uncensored “sh*thole” in certain parts of the country
The accidental F-bomb came when an in-character Rockwell said, “You can’t be this f*cking stupid” during a PBS kids show sketch. Meanwhile on “Weekend Update,” Colin Jost tackled President Trump’s reported “sh*thole” comment, saying: “S-holes – that’s what NBC asked us to say, by the way, even though the president can say sh*thole. Oops.” Apparently both expletives aired uncensored in the Eastern and Central time zones. But in the Pacific and Mountain time zones — where SNL airs live in primetime — they were censored. (Rick Ludwin, the longtime former head of NBC late-night, tweeted: “Have been multiple audio drops in the West Coast #SNL live (but digitally delayed by a few secs) feed, which airs before 10pm.”
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 7:20AM EST
Michael Che reveals the 2012 text message Colin Jost sent inviting him to apply to SNL
“I was wondering if you had any interest in submitting to SNL as a sketch writer,” Jost wrote his future Weekend Update partner in August 2012. At the time, Jost was Saturday Night Live's co-head writer with Seth Meyers.
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 11:28AM EST
SNL’s ice skating sign-off showed Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson holding hands
Johansson visited her boyfriend at work at Saturday Night Live, and also got to reprise her role as Ivanka Trump.
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 2:42AM EST
Why SNL's decision to name Michael Che and Colin Jost co-head writers is baffling
Last season was a triumph for Saturday Night Live, but head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider exited over the summer. Now SNL is returning Jost to a head writer position, which he abruptly stepped down from in 2015. “Replacing Kelly and Schneider with Jost and Che seems like a further pivot away from the writing that made last season of SNL feel so fresh,” says Joanna Robinson. “To distance oneself from a highly-acclaimed, award-winning tone is a baffling choice, but Lorne Michaels has proven us all wrong before.”
Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 5:50PM EST
SNL promotes Michael Che and Colin Jost to co-head writers
The “Weekend Update” co-hosts will now become two of four head writers, joining Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker.
Posted Sunday 12/03/17 at 12:46PM EST
SNL briefly touched on Matt Lauer’s firing
The former Today anchor is the third person with a connection to Saturday Night Live to be accused of sexual harassment, following Louis CK (host of last season’s finale) and Al Franken. According to IMDb, Lauer has made two SNL cameos and co-hosted the 2015 Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Red Carpet Special. In addition, Lauer has played himself on five episodes of the Lorne Michaels-produced 30 Rock. Lauer’s firing was alluded to in the cold open which featured a visit from the ghost of “Billy Bush.” On "Weekend Update," Colin Jost and Michael Che each got in a joke at Lauer’s expense, one mentioning Ann Curry and the other referencing Lauer’s alleged sex toy. ALSO: Why SNL’s “Welcome to Hell” sexual harassment music video was so surprising.
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 9:24PM EST
Go behind the scenes of the SNL cast members' writers' strike show from 10 years ago
A bearded Colin Jost with an emo haircut joined Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, Fred Armisen and other Saturday Night Live stars backstage of their special performance during the writers’ strike at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Late Night producer Mike Shoemaker shared the video from Nov. 17, 2007.