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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 Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Single Parents doesn't break new ground with its easily predictable jokes
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The ABC comedy that New Girl's Liz Meriwether created with her colleague JJ Phlbin has a whiff of overfamiliarity, like all network shows, says Tim Goodman. "Very few series know how to really be great in this genre — Amazon's Catastrophe is a brilliant example of how to do it with originality — but Single Parents feels like a comedy that goes for simple snark and believes it's a little more clever than it really is, but then had a bunch of network notes stuck to it about softening those right angles," he says. "The result is a kind of paint-by-numbers approach meant to be, uh, different? All the parents here are single — how they got that way isn't really confusing but neither is it really interesting."
- Two things work to Single Parents' advantage: Its formula and characters, despite an imperfect pilot
- The pilot is bogged down in haggard-parenting gags that are older than Hulu and Netflix lifespans combined
- It’s refreshing to see a comedy that acknowledges a different experience than most hangout sitcoms do
- Taran Killam immediately has the great sitcom dad thing locked down
- Leighton Meester says playing a mom gives her "room to have a little bit more depth"
- Creators Liz Meriwether and writer JJ Philbin explain how Single Parents came out of the New Girl writers' room
- Why did it take Killam so long to star in a TV show after leaving SNL?
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
SNL alum Taran Killam has essentially emerged the No. 1 superfan of the Los Angeles Rams
The star of ABC's Single Parents, who recently visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! in a Rams blazer, spent $60,000 on two seat licenses for the Rams' new stadium. He's also interviewed the team's brass for a pre-draft party. Killam isn't a longtime Rams fan. He just decided that he'd devotedly follow the first NFL team to return to Los Angeles.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Hannah Simone to reunite with New Girl pals on Single Parents
New Girl's Liz Meriwether and JJ Philbin, who co-created the ABC family comedy, have enlisted Simone to join the series. She'll also reunite with New Girl vet Taran Killam, playing his character's love interest.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Documentary Now! is doing its first musical episode, featuring John Mulaney and Taran Killam
The IFC mockumentary series will return with Original Cast Album: Co-Op, a parody of D.A. Pennebaker’s 1970 documentary Original Cast Album: Company, which followed the overnight cast recording of the Stephen Sondheim Tony Award-winning musical. Documentary Now! returns in February for "Season 52."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
ABC picks up Single Parents comedy starring Leighton Meester and Taran Killam
They'll be joined by Brad Garrett, Kimrie Lewis and Jake Choi in a single-camera comedy about a group of single parents who help each other raise their 7-year-old kids.
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 2:13PM EST
ABC's Single Parents comedy pilot will star Leighton Meester, Taran Killam and Brad Garrett
The respective alums of Gossip Girl, Saturday Night Live and Everybody Loves Raymond will each play a single parent in the single-camera comedy revolving around three single parents from New Girl creator Liz Meriwether and JJ Philbin.
Posted Tuesday 10/24/17 at 1:45PM EDT
Taran Killam says his attack on SNL's Donald Trump episode isn't “necessarily a critique of the show"
Source: Rolling Stone
“But boy,” the ex-SNL star tells Conan O’Brien, “it's really hard to have played a part in … offering a platform for, promoting for someone who I find I'm constantly disappointed in."
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 1:55PM EDT
Taran Killam agrees that getting dumped from SNL was a blessing in disguise
Source: The Daily Beast
Killam says “it certainly worked out to my benefit” that he was axed from Saturday Night Live before last season, as it gave him the chance to devote time to post-production on his new film with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Killing Gunther, which was filming when he was informed he wouldn’t be back. Killam also got the once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the cast of Hamilton. “Without a doubt. Definitely, definitely,” he said when asked if it was a blessing in disguise. "When a divine entity closes a door, a window opens. And certainly I had multiple open windows. And a set of French doors.”
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 1:40PM EDT
Taran Killam says of SNL taking on Trump: “It certainly feels like there's some hypocrisy there”
The former Saturday Night Live star, who previously expressed how unsettling it was for Donald Trump to host as a presidential candidate in 2015, was asked by NPR about the show now being the voice of the opposition: “It certainly feels like there's some hypocrisy there," he says. "I guess you could say, ‘Oh, they're righting wrongs.’ And I don't even think it's righting wrongs. I think the show tries to — and in particular, Lorne's outlook is — play to both sides. Play to the masses, play to whatever the popular opinion is. But, boy, they could definitely mine some comedy out of owning up to it, huh?”