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'SNL' Review: A Step Back with Cameron Diaz

Well, that didn't last long.

Just one week after seemingly proclaiming its transitional era to be over, SNL reaffirmed viewers' perennial skepticism with an episode that made Woody Harrelson's excellent outing look like that much more of a fluke. Cameron Diaz's hosting gig wasn't quite the disaster the show is capable of, but it exhibited all the symptoms of a bland episode that no one will remember by the end of the season: a game-for-anything host that the writers didn't know what to do with (despite this being her fourth time), a dependence on watered-down recurring bits that the actors seem to love more than audiences do, and a general miscalculation by producers on [...]

'SNL' Recap: Bruno Mars Is Quite The Charmer

We expect a lot from an SNL host.

Considering most of the people who have hosted the show over the years have had little experience with live TV sketch comedy prior to hosting, and the fact that SNL depends largely on the gimmick of forcing the hosts to play against type — James Bond as a construction worker who's clueless about women, for example — we nonetheless hold the hosts to a high standard, expecting them to out-funny the regular cast members and confining our excitement to our assessment of his or her comedic background. However, comedic background is often irrelevant to an episode's outcome. Some of the best hosts have [...]

Weird Al's "Another Tattoo" Has Already Replaced B.o.B.'s "Nothin' On You" In Your Mind

The best part about Weird Al's "Another Tattoo," a parody of B.O.B. ft. Bruno Mars' "Nothin' On You," is how your children and your children's children will mistake it for the real thing until they are in ninth grade and realize with an icy swell of horror that they have been singing the Weird Al lyrics out loud, in front of their friends, this whole time. At least the video is cool. Augenblick Studios is behind the delightful animation, which is like getting a visual sneak peek at your high school reunion.

The Best of 'SNL' Season 38

It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]

Fellow Musicians Bruno Mars and Fred Armisen Promo This Week's 'SNL'

This week's SNL host and musical guest Bruno Mars collaborated with Fred Armisen, an accomplished musician in his own right, to cut this series of promos for the upcoming episode. The show will be Bruno Mars's first time performing comedy ever, which could go either way, but Fred Armisen gracefully shifted from being a rock drummer to comedian on the very same show 10 years ago. Will Bruno Mars's transition from music to sketch comedy turn out to be as fruitful as Armisen's was? Tune in Saturday to find out! (It won't be.)

Here Is Today's SNL Musical Guest Update

Some news on SNL's musical guests for the start of this season: on October 2, Bryan Cranston gets paired with Kanye West, who very recently released a single with the lyrics "Fuck SNL and the whole cast/Tell ‘em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass/More specifically, they can kiss my asshole." A true poet, that one. Then on October 9, Jane Lynch goes up with Bruno Mars, a musician I have never even heard of but I assume will be arriving without the awkwardness of anti-SNL lyrics around his shoulders.

Checking in with 'SNL' Halfway Through Season 38

We're at a rest period in the middle of SNL's 38th season, and now seems like a good time to present all the Nate Silver-esque data I've been compiling over the past few months. Below are some stats from this season, including ratings, online views, cast member screen time, hosts, and top sketches, which will whet your appetite before the show returns on January 19.

Overall I've been pleased with this season. The departures of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg suggested the show might go through another rebuilding year, but the cast has filled in nicely, with new female cast members emerging as breakout stars, Jay Pharoah stepping up [...]

Bruno Mars is Hosting ‘SNL’ for Some Reason; Christina Applegate Is Too

The hosts for two upcoming SNL episodes have just been announced. While it’s old news that Daniel Craig is on duty this weekend with musical guest Muse, the new news is that Christina Applegate will be hosting October 13th with music from Passion Pit and Bruno Mars will be pulling double-duty as both host and musical guest on October 20th. This will be the second time hosting for Applegate; her first was nearly 20 years ago, in 1993, when she was on Married with Children. Applegate stars in the Lorne Michaels-produced NBC sitcom Up All Night, so booking her keeps things in the Broadway Video family. Bruno Mars [...]