Lorne MichaelsLatest News and Opinion
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
Lorne Michaels made a bad SNL editorial decision cutting a "brilliant" Full House spoof
Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett's "cut-for-time" sketch mocking a terrible March 1994 Full House episode was released on YouTube Sunday, but it really should've been part of the show. Mooney and Bennett's sketch showed just how bad 1990s television could be. As Matthew Dessem put it, Michaels "botched" the decision by putting online instead.
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
Why Dan Crenshaw was worthy of an SNL apology: He belonged to a powerful group
Source: The Washington Post
It's all about power dynamics, says Helena Andrews-Dyer. "Who gets an apology and who doesn’t may say more about society than the 'sorry' itself," she says. "Veterans with battle wounds. Yes. Apologize! Black Mississippians reminded of their state’s history of lynchings. Not so much. A former intern hung out to dry for an affair with a U.S. president. Eh. She should probably just get over it already. The running theme here is that the powerful in any given formula offer amends only to those they deem worthy." Andrews-Dyer adds: "That brings us back to Crenshaw (R-Tex.) and Davidson — the most recent and succinct example of the apology dynamic playing out along scripted lines. Davidson is a big-time famous person (maybe you remember his ex-fiancee Ariana Grande) who picked on a lesser-known person in a bad joke about his disability. But while Crenshaw himself may not have been especially powerful, he was part of a powerful group: Just about everybody was offended for him because he was straight out of central casting for an American hero (though the congressman made it a point to say he wasn’t offended). So there was no questioning that Crenshaw was worthy of an apology. It was a matter of when, not if. And it came in a big way, live on Saturday night."
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Posted Thursday 11/15/18 at 1:35PM EST
Syfy orders its first original late-night series: Animated Alien News Desk starring Will Forte and Heidi Gardner
SNL boss Lorne Michaels is producing what will mark Syfy's first original late-night program, with current Saturday Night Live cast member Gardner teaming with SNL alum Forte playing alien TV news anchors. Former SNL head writer Dennis McNicholas will serve as showrunner on the comedy that, according to Deadline, "is set in an extra-terrestrial newsroom that covers up-to-the-minute news and commentary about the universe’s most baffling species – the inscrutable Humans of Planet Earth. Hosted by animated is the universe’s real news – give or take a few intergalactic translation errors."
Posted Sunday 11/11/18 at 4:43AM EST
SNL brought on Dan Crenshaw so Pete Davidson could apologize for mocking his war injury
Source: The Daily Beast
The former Navy SEAL and recently elected U.S. representative, who lost his right eye to an IED attack in Afghanistan, made a surprise appearance on "Weekend Update" to receive Davidson's apology -- and to roast him. “In what I'm sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said before Crenshaw appeared. “I made a joke about Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize.” When Crenshaw appeared, Davidson said: “I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero and he deserves all of the respect in the world. And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day the left and the right finally came together to agree on something: that I'm a d*ck.” Crenshaw responded with "apology accepted," and then his phone started playing an Ariana Grande song. “Oh, do you know her?” Crenshaw joked. After a few more roast jokes, Crenshaw became serious, in honor of Veteran's Day said "there's a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another." Crenshaw also acknowledged Davidson's father, Scott Davidson, a firefighter who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. “And never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete's father,” Crenshaw added. “So I’ll just say, Pete, never forget.”
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 5:55PM EDT
SNL boss Lorne Michaels donated $5,000 to Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter reports of Michaels' donation in a story about how Hollywood moguls overwhelmingly give to Democrats. The story comes six days after Cecily Strong skewered Collins in her portrayal on last week's Saturday Night Live after the Maine senator voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Hollywood Reporter story also comes days after former cast member Taran Killam said Michaels made the SNL writers go easy on Donald Trump in the months before he hosted the show as a presidential candidate in 2015.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 4:00PM EDT
Taran Killam: Lorne Michaels essentially told SNL writers to go easy on Trump, says the show became a “competitive, exhausting environment" after Seth Meyers' departure
The Single Parents star says in fall 2015 -- in the months before Donald Trump hosted -- Michaels urged the Saturday Night Live writers to make him likable in parodying the then-presidential candidate. “Lorne was being so specific about what we could and couldn’t say about him, and he was dictating a lot of the settings,” Killam says on Matt Gourley's I Was There Too podcast, according to Vulture. Killam adds: “When Seth Meyers left the show, the dynamic changed quite a bit. He was the last person there who I witnessed really collaborate with Lorne, as opposed to just kind of do what Lorne says." Killam adds that SNL after Meyers had more pretaped sketches and the general vibe of the show was “less of a happy place to be” and more of a “competitive, exhausting environment.”
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Meg Ryan may star in an NBC comedy she's producing with Lorne Michaels
Ryan and Michaels are teaming up for The Obsolescents, written by Andrew Gottlieb, which takes place in a New Jersey suburb where the facade of peace and civility is disrupted by the shocking death of a long-time Township Council member. If Ryan does end up starring, it would be her first TV series regular role since the short-lived 1985 ABC western Wildside.
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Kanye West: Lorne Michaels promised I would host SNL this season
West returned to TMZ Live today to explain his unaired pro-Trump SNL rant and the alleged bullying he encountered on the show. He also said: “Now, Lorne has promised me to host this year. I do feel a bit slighted that I have not hosted SNL because it’s going to be lit! When we did the Lil Pump thing, I feel that I’m missing my calling a little bit. I’m so funny!” Despite being a six-time musical guest, West has never hosted Saturday Night Live.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
Saturday Night Live is way more fun if you watch it like a sport
"Comedy isn’t a sport, but you sure can follow Saturday Night Live as if it were. And doing so will make you enjoy it so much more," says Jesse David Fox. "You’re probably drawing the parallels already. Each sketch is an inning, quarter, or period in a game. Each episode is a game in a season. Season and season are the same word. The cast members (and the writers) are the players on a team, each with a different skill set and talent level. Lorne Michaels is like a fusion of a coach, general manager, and commissioner. It’s easiest if you don’t get wrapped up trying to apply the idea to one specific game and instead just think of it as its own abstract hybrid of a team/individual sport." Fox adds: "Especially when you watch Saturday Night Live live, a given sketch similarly operates through anticipation, resolution, and occasional surprise. SNL, like sports, has extra oomph in the 'don’t know what will happen next' category, because it literally hasn’t happened yet. For SNL, this means watching a sketch as both a piece of comedy and feat of human performance."
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
SNL got Kanye West to replace Ariana Grande after she dropped out of the season premiere
Source: Us Weekly
“We had Ariana drop out for emotional reasons two days ago,” Lorne Michaels said on SNL historian James Andrew Miller's Origins podcast, which was taped earlier this month but released on Thursday. Saturday Night Live announced Adam Driver as host and West as musical guest on Sept. 17. "Kanye stepped up, and he’ll be there," Michael said. "So, the reach of the show and the number of people who will step forward is now somehow now, I think, probably at its peak.” A source tells Us Weekly, however, that while there were discussions about having the singer perform during the upcoming season, she was “was never booked to perform during this weekend’s premiere.” Grande has been dating SNL cast member Pete Davidson since May. ALSO: How will SNL cover the Pete Davidson-Ariana Grande romance?
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 3:50PM EDT
Kenan Thompson could exit SNL with an NBC single-dad comedy
Thompson and Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels are re-teaming on Saving Larry, a single-camera comedy in which the longtime SNL cast member will play a father who has to serve as both mom and dad to his kids after their mother dies -- with his father-in-law "hovering over him." Deadline reports Saving Larry is "one of the biggest deals for a comedy project so far this season" at NBC, and that Thompson "would likely leave (SNL) — at least as a full-time cast member — should Saving Larry goes to series as the two would difficult to juggle." Michaels will serve as executive producer of Saving Larry, with Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke writing the potential series. Thompson is entering a record-setting 16th season on SNL. This isn't the first time Thompson and Michaels were attached to an NBC family sitcom project. In 2012, Michaels developed a Thompson multi-generational family comedy from recent SNL head writer Bryan Tucker. That project only had a script commitment.
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 Wednesday 9/19/18 at 2:34PM EDT
Chevy Chase bashes SNL again: "I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low"
Source: The Washington Post
After criticizing the way Saturday Night Live stars say "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night" is currently said on Norm Macdonald Has a Show, the 74-year-old Chase complained to The Washington Post that SNL has gone downhill since Season 2. “First of all, between you and me and a lamppost, jeez, I don’t want to put down Lorne (Michaels) or the cast, but I’ll just say, maybe off the record, I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low," he said. "I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f*cking believe it," he added. “That means a whole generation of sh*theads laughs at the worst fucking humor in the world. You know what I mean? How could you dare give that generation worse shit than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts.” Chase also had negative things to say about SNL legends Tina Fey, "just not funny" Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy and Kristen Wiig. “I liked her a lot," he said of Wiig. "She had two things going for her. She had clear-cut chops, and she was pretty, too. But what happened to her? Where did she go?” ALSO: Chase responds to Donald Glover's accusation he cracked racial jokes on the set of Community.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Maybe the Emmys should adapt the "Popular Award" that the Oscars proposed
Sure, a hit show like Game of Thrones won the top drama award last night. But as Peter Rubin points out, "trophy after trophy went to the most prestigious of prestige TV: Netflix's Queen Elizabeth II bio-series The Crown; FX's Cold War domestic espionage cat-and-mouse The Americans; Amazon's upstart comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; HBO's ... everything. No question, these were deserving shows and performances. Henry Winkler? Still a treasure, even if his Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award for Barry came at the expense of Atlanta's far more deserving Brian Tyree Henry. Meanwhile, some of the television series I've had the most conversations about it—the good kind, the morning-after-Slackathon kind, the "oh, you've gotta watch this" kind—got overlooked... All of which makes me wonder if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences might have been on to something with its proposed-then-scrapped idea to introduce a 'outstanding achievement in popular film 'Academy Award category—not for the Oscars, but the Emmys."
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# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Angela Bassett, Glenn Weiss, Henry Winkler, Lorne Michaels, Omarosa Manigault, Ryan Murphy, Award Shows, Diversity, Oscars
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Emmys became a bloated SNL episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lorne Michaels decided to turn the entire Emmys telecast "over to Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night Live-adjacent personalities in a way that no single show has ever dominated the Emmy proceedings in my lifetime," says Daniel Fienberg. The SNL bloat could be seen with longtime cast member Kenan Thompson being part of the beginning and the ending of the show. "Heaven knows I'm an appreciator of Thompson and his marvelous SNL legacy and his impressive pre-SNL legacy, but there's a statement you're making when you have Kenan Thompson present for outstanding drama series and it's something along the lines of, 'The history of television is, for tonight, all about just one show," says Fienberg. He adds: "Imagine CBS using its platform a decade ago to only let various cast members from CSI and its respective spinoffs present. Or ABC doing an Emmys telecast in which each award is presented by somebody from the Bachelor franchise. This was a bad look for NBC and for Michaels, and it'd be hard to begrudge any future network in this Emmys rotation thinking that skipping NBC talent for presentations would be fair play."
- UPDATE: 70th Primetime Emmys hit a new ratings low, based on early numbers
- A cringey, tone-deaf embarrassment and an enraging slog: This was the worst-produced awards show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars
- The Emmys joked about TV's lack of diversity, and then demonstrated it by handing out 22 of 26 awards to white nominees
- Michael Che and Colin Jost had the energy of two students giving a dutiful book report: Their jokes suggested they barely watched TV, and they looked like they'd rather be anywhere else
- It seemed like every presenting pair would've made better hosts than Che and Jost
- Opening "We Solved It" number upstaged hosts Che and Jost, making them uncomfortable, unfunny afterthoughts
- There should've been some award show chaos -- instead, Che and Jost took these crazy times and turned them into something humdrum
- Perhaps what was most admirable about the telecast was how little Trump came up
- It's remarkable that an Emmy ceremony that emphasized diversity awarded statues to shows that barely addressed race at all
- Honorees created moments that felt bigger than the show encasing them, from Henry Winkler to Thandie Newton
- Emmys steering clear of overt political gestures was a welcome change from last year
- Netflix topped all networks with five Emmy wins Monday night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel led all shows with five wins
- Overall, HBO and Netflix tied with each taking home 23 Emmy awards this year
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss on his surprise Emmy proposal: I expected the Emmys director to cut me off and play me out
- Glenn Weiss considered warning the Emmys director about his proposal -- but the Emmys director was a rival in his category
- NBC's SNL and ABC's Oscar ceremony were the only broadcast winners Monday night
- John Oliver weighs in on Emmys ignoring Trump: “In the drinking game, I think we’re just trying to keep America sober"
- RuPaul wasted his RuPaul’s Drag Race historic Emmy victory by focusing himself instead of the LGBTQ community
- Atlanta was completely shut out as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated the comedy categories
- Emmy winners (The Americans) and losers (Emmy bits)
- More winners (old people) and losers (the loudest crowd in recent memory)
- Darren Criss' lead actor in a limited series victory marked the second year in a row that an actor of Asian descent won in the category
- Hannah Gadsby nearly stole the show with her one minute of Emmys glory
- Emmys bleeped out Thandie Newton saying "I am so f*cking blessed to work with the people I have gotten to work with"
- Six of the most awkward moments: From the silences to Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph's awkward bit
- Donald Glover's Atlanta character Teddy Perkins was spotted in the audience -- played by SNL alum Jay Pharoah
- Henry Winkler and Ron Howard had a Happy Days reunion in the audience
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, NBC, Netflix, Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Colin Jost, Darren Criss, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, Henry Winkler, John Oliver, Lorne Michaels, Michael Che, RuPaul Charles, Thandie Newton, Award Shows, Diversity, Emmys, Ratings