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Posted Thursday 1/17/19 at 1:18PM EST
Frankie Shaw discusses her SMILF misconduct controversy with Seth Meyers
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I went from making short films in my basement to running a crew of over 215 people and there are a lot of lessons along the way," Shaw said on Late Night, echoing earlier comments on the Today show. "I’m right now thinking of a better structure for communication and how to delegate more and have a team around me and thinking about how everyone can feel seen and heard, essentially.” Meyers responded: “I hope all networks take this as an opportunity to be like, ‘Oh, we have to make sure that people who are in charge understand that responsibility."
Posted Saturday 12/15/18 at 12:22AM EST
Seth Meyers writes a plea to "Save Detroiters"
The Late Night host, writing for Vulture, calls the canceled Comedy Central series -- co-created and co-starring his former SNL colleague Tim Robinson -- "the most brilliantly stupid show on TV." Meyers writes: "There are so many wonderful comedies on television today. Shows that present new and interesting perspectives and make you think about the world in ways you never have before. Detroiters was not one of those shows. Detroiters was an old-school cackler. The only thing it ever made me think was, 'I can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard at a television show.'"
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:14PM EST
Authors have found a home on Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers' late-night shows
Source: The New York Times
Novelists and other book authors used to have The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose, The Tavis Smiley Show and The Colbert Report as book-friendly late-night destinations. But Stewart retired and Colbert moved to CBS, where he mostly welcomes celebrity authors. Meanwhile, Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley were taken down by sexual harassment scandals. That leaves Trevor Noah's Daily Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers as the primary options for authors to promote their new books. “I’ve tried to build upon the legacy I’ve inherited from Jon by trying to find more diverse voices, and trying to find more writers who may not be the best-selling writers who we were already interviewing,” Noah says of hosting authors on The Daily Show. Meyers adds: "As much as I love having Stephen King or Jonathan Franzen or George Saunders, we also saw it as an opportunity to have diverse writers and writers who are publishing their first or second novel, because this will probably mean more for them than people who are already established."
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 1:04PM EST
Documentary Now!'s homage to Original Cast Album: Company will be available on vinyl
IFC plans to release a vinyl pressing of the six full original songs from the episode “Original Cast Album: Co-op," which pays homage to D. A. Pennebaker's 1970 documentary. John Mulaney, who stars on the episode, wrote the lyrics with co-creator Seth Meyers.
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
Seth Meyers recalls being embraced by fellow SNL New Hampsherites Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman
The Late Night host recalled his first encounters with Sandler and Silverman in a lengthy Twitter thread after watching Sandler's new Netflix special 100% Fresh and seeing Silverman Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony. "The purpose of this thread (my first by the way) is to let anyone who is a fan of Adam or Sarah know that they are good people," tweeted. "And not just to me. All I have ever heard about them since the first time I heard their names is that they were good people."
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 9:55AM EST
TV news played it safe on election night until Fox News declared Democrats' House victory
Source: The New York Times
NBC News, CNN, ABC News and other news outlets seemed wary of declaring victory for the Democrats in retaking the House of Representatives. "Then blue-state redemption arrived from an unlikely source: Fox News," reports The New York Times. "In an aggressive call on a night when many television networks played it safe, Fox News was the first major news organization to project that the Democrats would retake control of the House of Representatives, dealing a blow to the channel’s most famous viewer, President Trump...About 50 minutes after Fox News’ call, NBC News followed suit. CNN did not weigh in with a definitive projection on the House until 11 p.m." This year, the Big Three broadcast networks devoted much more time to covering the midterms. As The Times notes, "ABC, CBS and NBC allotted a supersize block of time — three hours in prime time — to feed viewers’ appetite for political news. Usually, midterms only merit an hour of coverage on the Big Three broadcast stations, usually starting at 10 p.m. Cable news networks, whose ratings now regularly beat rival channels like ESPN, constructed glossy new sets for the occasion; Fox News, for instance, built a hub outside its studio on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan."
- Sean Hannity was noticeably absent from Fox News' election coverage after appearing on stage with Trump
- CNN had the best presentation on election night
- Beto O'Rourke dropped the F-bomb on live TV while giving his concession speech
- Ted Cruz's victory prompted Stephen Colbert to break the glass for his "emergency drink"
- Seth Meyers had a more upbeat election night reaction compared to two years ago
- Olivia Wilde's mom loses Congressional race to an alleged "devotee of Bigfoot erotica"
# TOPICS: 2018 Midterm Elections, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Beto O’Rourke, Chris Wallace, Olivia Wilde, Sean Hannity, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Ted Cruz, Cable News, Late Night, Trump Presidency
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Seth Meyers blasts NBC for airing "racist" Trump campaign caravan ad
Source: The Daily Beast
The Late Night host took his network to task for showing the Trump midterms commercial during Sunday Night Football. “Any network should have seen it for what it was and turned it down right away, but unfortunately, not every one did," Meyers said on Monday's Late Night. He added: “You couldn’t find anything else to fill thirty seconds of ad time during a game between the Patriots and the Packers? I mean, hell, just give us a livestream of Tom Brady on the sidelines in that giant coat!”
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Seth Meyers plans to basically wing it with his live Late Night election night broadcast
Source: Vanity Fair
Tuesday will mark the first time Late Night has gone live for election night. Meyers did live shows for the presidential conventions in 2016. “The difference between a convention and an election night is conventions don’t end with a new reality as much as elections do," he says. ALSO: Stephen Colbert is already freaking out over the election results on the eve of the midterms.
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
Samantha Bee celebrates Halloween by brewing man parts in a witches' cauldron
Source: ET Canada
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble,” Bee and fellow Full Frontal colleagues Ashley Nicole Black and Allana Harkin chanted while they dropped man parts in a cauldron. The rest of the Halloween Full Frontal episode was "actually an all-boo episode because nothing is scarier than our current reality,” Bee said. “We’ll be checking in on America’s horrifying history of antisemitism and, though it is Halloween, we’ll be covering the white supremacists who choose to wear their sheets year round.”
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Busy Philipps welcomed to late-night by Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee
Busy Tonight's premiere episode also showed Jimmy Kimmel giving her a "gift," while Conan O'Brien sent a special surprise from his show.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Baltimore Police union slams SNL's "grossly inapt portrayal"
Source: The Baltimore Sun
Last week's "Traffic Stop" sketch featuring Ego Nwodim and Leslie Jones as Baltimore Police officers who stop and flirt with Seth Meyers' drunk driver character didn't go over well with the Baltimore Police union. “Many of our members, especially our younger ones, are struggling with their choice of career and we are losing good and credible members daily," Lt. Gene Ryan, the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, wrote in a letter to Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels on Wednesday. "It is a difficult time in Baltimore and to portray our brave, hard-working members with such an inappropriate manner is very unfortunate."
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 Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Recalling Seth Meyers' best SNL moments
As the Late Night host returns to Studio 8H to host Saturday Night Live for the first time, Vulture looks back at Meyers' best writing and acting performances from his 2001-14 stint the NBC variety show. ALSO: Ranking every SNL movie from Coneheads to Wayne's World.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 4:00PM EDT
Late Night with Seth Meyers will go live on on midterm election night
Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show will be pre-empted on election night, so Meyers' lead-in will be news coverage of the midterms. Meyers will be joined on Nov. 6 by MSNBC's Chris Hayes. Writer Amber Ruffin will also do a live version of her regular segment, “Amber Says What." ALSO: Watch Seth Meyers' SNL promo.
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.”