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Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Lorne Michaels responds to rumors of Kate McKinnon leaving SNL after this season
"This is her last year on her contract," Michaels said on the red carpet. But he's in no hurry to see her leave. "She could stay, she'd get a lifetime contract," he added.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Kate McKinnon's current favorite SNL impression is Jeff Sessions
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Right now I like to do the attorney general, Jeff Sessions," she said on NBC's Today show. "There's this thing that I can do with my mouth that actually Mila thinks is the grossest thing," she told Hoda Kotb of her The Spy Who Dumped Me co-star, before showing off her Sessions facial expression.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, Amazon, CBS, FX, HBO, Hulu, NBC, Netflix, An Emmy for Megan, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Atlanta, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, I Love You, America, Insecure, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Killing Eve, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Modern Family, Real Time with Bill Maher, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, This is Us, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Twin Peaks: The Return, Veep, Westworld, Will & Grace, Aidy Bryant, Alec Baldwin, Alex Borstein, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Maher, Chrissy Teigen, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Freddie Highmore, Issa Rae, James Corden, Jane Lynch, Jeff Daniels, Jimmy Fallon, John Goodman, John Legend, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kit Harington, Kyle MacLachlan, Laurie Metcalf, Leslie Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Moore, Megan Amram, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Brosnahan, Samantha Bee, Sandra Oh, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Sterling K. Brown, Steve Levitan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tracey Ullman, Trevor Noah, Viola Davis, Award Shows, Emmys
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Comedians in Cars' 10th season to feature Kate McKinnon, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, John Mulaney and the return of Alec Baldwin
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix announced the official lineup for the 12-episode 10th season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which will be the first on its streaming service. Joining the previously announced Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Lewis (who taped his episode months before his death last August) are Chappelle, his Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan, Zach Galifianakis, John Mulaney, Dana Carvey, Hasan Minhaj and Brian Regan. Alec Baldwin, who already did a Comedians in Cars episode in 2012, will be the first to return to the series. Season 10 premieres on July 6.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Kate McKinnon was the most overburdened SNL cast member this season
Source: The Ringer
McKinnon has played everybody from Robert Mueller to Kellyanne Conway to Rudy Giuliani and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "All this comes on top of a burgeoning catalog of studio comedies like The Spy Who Dumped Me," says Alison Herman. "McKinnon’s film career has every appearance of a search for a star vehicle in the vein of Bridesmaids or Girls Trip to propel her to a new level of stardom, with an eye toward a presumed exit from SNL sometime in the next couple of years. After all, she’s been there since 2012."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
SNL's celebrity cameo-filled 43rd season highlights the problem of having few cast members who are stars
Source: The Atlantic
"Since the departure of its prior core group of stars (the last of whom, Seth Meyers, departed midway through Season 39), SNL has struggled to build a major identity around its newer ensemble," says David Simms. "(Kate) McKinnon, the show’s one bona-fide star, and Kenan Thompson, its longest-running cast member, are two hall-of-famers. Everyone else is a mix of solid but unspectacular performers, some of whom (like Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong) have been with the show for six years without ever quite making it their own." Simms notes that Saturday Night Live is doing fine, ratings-wise. But, he adds, "beyond the growing staleness of its Trump material, SNL struggled to really address some of the biggest news stories of the year, especially the #MeToo movement." The one standout episode was the one hosted by Donald Glover, he says. "There’s a lesson to be learned from Glover’s episode: Its distinctiveness is what made it work, and helped so many of its sketches travel online in the days following," says Simms." More often than not, SNL succeeds when its cast members and writers build up recognizable brands of humor that can recur throughout the show. That’s never been true for much of SNL’s current cast, partly because they’re not given enough air time to define themselves onscreen, and some of the longer-serving veterans may have missed their chance to do so entirely. It’s a problem the show knows that it has—and a mistake it should steer clear of when it begins its next rebuild around newer stars."
- There’s no excuse for SNL to be as stodgy and self-referentially lifeless as it was in the season finale
- Here are the 10 best sketches of Season 43
- Give it up to the SNL costume department for their fast work on the royal wedding sketch
- Was Nicki Minaj's SNL performance cultural appropriation?
- Kate McKinnon is glad to walk you through her SNL work, but she explains why she won't discuss her personal life
- Watch McKinnon "trash" a hotel room for GQ
- Read a history of SNL's Jeopardy! sketches
- Pete Davidson is "casually dating" former SNL musical guest Ariana Grande
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Vanity Fair isn't laughing at GQ mocking its Photoshop fail
Source: Page Six
GQ unveiled the cover to its annual comedy issue this morning featuring Sarah Silverman, Issa Rae and Kate McKinnon each sporting extra arms and legs, poking fun at Vanity Fair's cover earlier this year that gave Reese Witherspoon three legs and Oprah Winfrey three arms. According to Page Six, "Condé insiders say Vanity Fair execs are furious — because GQ apparently didn’t give them any advance warning about the hilarious spoof."
Posted Sunday 5/06/18 at 2:49AM EDT
Stormy Daniels crashes star-studded SNL cold open
Source: The Daily Beast
Ben Stiller, Jimmy Fallon, Alec Baldwin, Martin Short, Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon (making her debut as Rudy Giuliani) were all overshadowed by Daniels, who conversed with Baldwin's President Trump by phone. “Sorry Donald, it’s too late for that,” said Daniels when Baldwin's Trump offered to rekindle their alleged affair. “I know you don’t believe in climate change, but a storm’s a-comin’, baby.”
- Stormy Daniels' cameo recalled Monica Lewinsky's SNL appearance in 1999
- SNL takes on Kanye West's tweets with A Quiet Place spoof
- Pete Davidson roasted Michael Che and Colin Jost for hosting the Emmys, calling them a "less entertaining version of Riggs and Murtaugh"
- In his monologue, host Donald Glover recalled auditioning twice for SNL
- In fact, Glover and previous host John Mulaney auditioned for SNL on the same day in 2008 (along with T.J. Miller and Nick Kroll)
- Glover plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in "Cut for Time" sketch
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?
Source: Vanity Fair
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 Wednesday 3/21/18 at 5:38PM EDT
Kate McKinnon and Ellen DeGeneres propose a Bachelor spinoff focusing on the traumatized cameramen
McKinnon and Mila Kunis were on Ellen talking about The Bachelor when McKinnon did an impression of what it must've been like capturing the Arie-Becca breakup for the cameraman, whom she named "Josh." "That's a really good show," DeGeneres said in response. "The other side of it, seeing the camera men. The camera men respond to what's happening on The Bachelor is a show." ALSO: Check out Becca Kufrin and her men filming The Bachelorette at a trampoline park.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 5:55AM EST
SNL’s Jack & Sonya “Commercial Shiot” sketch was based on a real-life couple
Source: KTHV-TV Little Rock
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Ruth Bader Ginsburg loves Kate McKinnon’s SNL impression of her
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I liked the actress who portrayed me,” the U.S. Supreme Court justice said to NPR’s Nina Totenberg while promoting the new documentary on her life at Sundance. “And I would like to say Gins-Burn! sometimes to my colleagues.” ALSO: McKinnon’s Robert Mueller impression was so impressive.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 4:02PM EST
Jessica Chastain takes on Kate McKinnon in her first SNL promo
Chastain is “not here to make friends” during her first week at Saturday Night Live.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
Here are 13 women who could’ve hosted the Golden Globes instead of Seth Meyers
Source: Fast Company
In response to Forbes praising Meyers as “a feminist host" for the Globes, Fast Company offers a rebuttal, arguing that top female stars like Kristen Bell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones could’ve easily hosted next year’s Globes.
# TOPICS: Amber Ruffin, Andrea Martin, Chrissy Metz, Debra Messing, Ellen DeGeneres, Jenny Hagel, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Mandy Moore, Megan Mullally, Meghan Markle, Mindy Kaling, Seth Meyers, Golden Globe Awards, Lists, Women and TV
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 1:46PM EST
CBS Diversity Showcase is accused of being a “racist mess”
The program aimed at giving more opportunities to minorities and members of the LGBTQ community “often leaves participants feeling dejected and bullied at the hands of leaders they say view them stereotypically and insist that their work revolve around outdated racist, gender-based, or homophobic tropes,” reports Maria Elena Fernandez. The program has had success with people like Kate McKinnon, Tiffany Haddish and Randall Park, yet Fernandez reports that the program that the showcase “repeatedly defied the program’s primary purpose.”