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Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
Jonah Hill's SNL "Five-Timers Club" sketch made a cringe-worthy mockery of sexual harassment
The sketch featuring Hill, Tina Fey, Candice Bergen and Drew Barrymore "is not only capped by a sexist joke about the women redesigning the jackets to look like fitted blazers, but it’s full of punchlines that make a mockery of serious allegations of sexual harassment," says Meghan O'Keefe. She notes that this is the second tone-deaf SNL guest spot for Fey in recent years, following her controversial Weekend Update Charlottesville sketch in the summer of 2017.
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
Why Busy Philipps decided to do a talk show, and why Tina Fey came on board as executive producer
Source: The New York Times
“Years ago, people had floated the idea of me doing a talk show, and I always sort of railed against it because I felt like I’m an actor, and that’s what I love,” says the former Cougar Town and Freaks and Geeks star, who has found a second wind on her sitcom-like Instagram Stories. But at some point, she said, “you have to lean into” what you’re good at. “Not that I’m not good at acting. I think I am, but it’s just so hard to do," says Philipps, whose four-night-a-week E! talk show Busy Tonight launches Sunday. Fey came on board after casting her on an unsuccessful sitcom project last year. Phillips is “so warm and instantly likable and refreshing when you talk to her,” Fey said. “I always sort of gravitate toward things that I myself would be interested in as a viewer. I felt like her presence is funny, natural and positive in a way — she’s not shying away from talking about difficult things in her life, or in the world.”
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 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 Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Tina Fey pitches a Liz Lemon-Leslie Knope spinoff of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation
"Amy's willing to do a Parks & Rec reboot," she told Entertainment Tonight on the Tonys red carpet, referring to Amy Poehler. "Maybe we should just do a Liz Lemon, Leslie Knope spinoff."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban were perfect hosts for the Tonys with their infectious energy
Source: The A.V. Club
"Bareilles and Groban were great anchors throughout the evening, popping up every so often to provide a sense of continuity without eating up too much screentime," says Caroline Siede. "They made fun of their particular musical niches (music you’d hear in a Starbucks, songs you’d put on a mixtape labeled 'emotional'), and delightfully underplayed the visual gag of appearing in each other’s most recent Broadway costumes. Not everything they did worked (their Sia-themed lament about Broadway’s grueling schedule felt a little undercooked), but kudos to Bareilles for earning one of the biggest laughs of the night just by acknowledging a technical timing snafu."
- Bareilles and Groban were just the right palette cleanser after Kevin Spacey hosted last year
- Barreilles and Groban kicked off the ceremony with an ode to the "losers"
- Watch the Parkland school shooting survivors give an emotional performance of "Season of Love"
- Tina Fey was perhaps the night's biggest snub of the night after CBS moved her category to primetime
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 Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
SNL ends the season with a Sopranos finale homage and numerous celebrity cameos
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Saturday Night Live's Season 43 finale was even more star-studded than the Stormy Daniels episode two weeks ago. It began with a cold open homage to The Sopranos' 2007 series finale, featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro reprising their roles as Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller. Then, in a monologue that addressed criticism that the show has become too dependent on celebrity cameos, Tina Fey interacted with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan and recent host Donald Glover, whom Fey hired to write for 30 Rock. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Goodman also made cameos. So did Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who appeared in a "Mean Girls" sketch, and who has worked with his wife as a composer on 30 Rock, SNL and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Watch Tina Fey give a 360-degree YouTube tour of the SNL studio
- SNL spoofs Dick Wolf's NBC Chicago shows with "Chicago Improv" sketch
- Fey revived her Sarah Palin impression late in the show
- Watch Nicki Minaj perform with Fey in "Friendship Song" sketch that was cut for time
- Aidy Bryant portrayed the Oakland BBQ woman, who has become an internet meme
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon unveiled a ridiculous "What's Behind Me?" game for Tina Fey
Check out the weirdest late-night game you'll ever see. ALSO: Fey shared with Fallon her SNL sketch ideas.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Tina Fey and Rachel Bloom are changing the way female comics engage with "male gatekeepers"
Fey's recent appearance on David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Bloom's recent interview conducted by Marc Maron on his WTF podcast were remarkable, says Lili Loofbourow, because both interviews felt "thrillingly blunt." "Real cultural transformation is as laggy as its effects are subtle and hard to name, but the novelty is this: Neither Fey nor Bloom court Letterman’s or Maron’s approval," says Loofbourow. "In fact, Fey repeatedly rejects it. When Letterman raises Fey’s controversial August 'sheet-caking' bit (from SNL) and tries to declare it a success, she doesn’t let him, implicitly rejecting the authority he (just as implicitly) claims to pronounce her comedy good or bad. Both women are affable and funny interviewees, but when it comes time to indulge in the tired mutual-approval party these comedy chats so often become, Fey and Bloom refuse to participate. 'Well, dig into that. Why?' Bloom replies when Maron says he considers Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a 'guilty pleasure.' After describing for him plot points (including a suicide attempt) that Maron knew nothing about, Bloom pleasantly observes that shows written by and starring women tend to be dismissed as fluff—even after Maron, thinking aloud, admits he hadn’t thought the phrase through. It’s a small thing, but if you know the codes of etiquette these women operate under—and carefully dissect in their comedy—it’s pretty wild." ALSO: Tina Fey pitches Nicki Minaj a sketch idea in SNL promo.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
Tina Fey's SNL promo takes her on an animated journey through her career
"I'm back at 30 Rock and couldn't be more excited. Thanks Lorne," Fey says in her promo.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Former Late Night writer: David Letterman's explanation for not hiring women was a "master class in distortion"
Source: The Cut
Letterman co-created his NBC Late Night show with a woman, his then-girlfriend Merrill Markoe, who served as the original head writer and was responsible for many of its innovations. Yet in 33 years as a late-night host, he mostly avoided bringing in female writers. Nell Scovell, who became the second female Late Night writer when she was hired in its ninth season, dissects Letterman's recent explanation to Tina Fey on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on his lack of women writers, and finds a straw-man argument, scapegoating, obfuscation and nonsense. Scovell, the author of a recent book on her experience as a female TV writer, writes: "After creating a straw-man argument that women just weren’t interested in working on an award-winning TV show, Letterman sets out to further absolve himself of guilt." Scovell also contacted Markoe, asking why "she may have slipped Letterman’s mind." Markoe wrote back, “Because we were having sex, maybe he remembers me as an intern.”
# TOPICS: David Letterman, Netflix, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Merill Markoe, Nell Scovell, Tina Fey, Late Night, Women and TV
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
NBC cancels Great News after two seasons
The TV news workplace comedy from Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield averaged three million total viewers in its sophomore season.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
Tina Fey calls out David Letterman's lack of female writers on his late-night shows
On the new episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Letterman acknowledged the criticism that he lacked females in his late-night writers' rooms. Letterman said people would ask "why don’t you have women writers? And the best I could come up with was ‘I don’t know.’ I didn’t know why there weren’t women writers. There was no policy against women writers. I always thought, ‘Well, geez, if I was a woman I’m not sure if I would want to write on my nickel-and-dime, dog-and-pony show anyway because we’re on at 12:30.” Fey responded: “Yeah, well, we do want to write on it, though," which resulted in cheers from the audience. “That is my ignorance, and I feel bad for that,” Letterman replied. Meanwhile, former Late Night with David Letterman writer Nell Scovell tweeted that all five of Letterman's Netflix executive producers are male. ALSO: Fey tells Letterman she regrets her much-criticized SNL Charlottesville sketch.
# TOPICS: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Netflix, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, Nell Scovell, Tina Fey, Late Night, Women and TV
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 6:07PM EDT
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to end after Season 4, with plans for a movie finale
Netflix today released a Mary Tyler Moore-themed teaser for the Ellie Kemper comedy's fourth season, which is set to be its last. According to Deadline, co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are planning to write a movie to bring Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to an end, with Netflix and producer Universal Television in negotiation on wrapping up the series. Season 4 is currently filming and will be released in two parts, consisting of six episodes available on May 30 and seven to be released at a later date.