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'SNL' Review: A New Hope with Chris Pratt

The seasons have certainly changed at Saturday Night Live. The show's 40th season began with an episode that hardly resembled a season premiere, with little pomp or circumstance over SNL's impressive four-decade lifespan, and in its place a straightforward night of comedy that reflected a show well adjusted to its new lineup. Nerves did occasionally get the better of the performers — especially first-time host Chris Pratt, who coasted on his signature goofy charm, flashing that Andy Dwyer "oops" face a few times – but overall the episode charged forward with a leaner (and more colorful) cast, and a greater confidence in its sense of humor.

We aren't out of the woods just yet, though. SNL's live sketches suffer [...]

Colin Jost Addresses Weekend Update Criticism, Insists He'll Be Funnier Next Season

The New York Post ran a brief interview with SNL head writer and not-so-well-received Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost over the weekend, and aside all but confirming that he's set to return to the Update desk next season, he addressed some of the criticism that's come his way since he joined the cast back in March.

On juggling the Update gig with his job as head writer:

Even when you have two or three [new people], it's challenging. You want to learn their voices so you can write for [them]. When you have so many people … you don't get as much time to spend with the [...]

Cecily Strong and Colin Jost Tell 'The Wall Street Journal' About Their Plans for Weekend Update

"But I think now we all would like, I think, something Colin and I talked about, to sort of integrate Update back into the show. And we have a really great new writer, my friend Katie Rich, from Chicago. I used to understudy her. She's got such a great personality and she's getting our nerdy little sweet Update guys out of their shell and letting the two meet. It's almost like you want them to have a mixer: 'Update, meet SNL.'"

- Cecily Strong in a joint interview with Colin Jost for The Wall Street Journal, in which the Weekend Update co-anchor hints at the segment's evolving relation with [...]

'SNL' Review: Jonah Hill's Award-Worthy Performance

Anytime I begin to think Jonah Hill might be overrated, I only need watch him host SNL. Yes, it's still pretty weird to think that the guy from Superbad has spent the last few years scoring Oscar nominations and hanging out with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Martin Scorcese. And it's easy to say the industry might be a little too infatuated with a comedy star who can surprise with a nuanced performance in a movie academy voters actually care about.

But then Jonah Hill comes back to host SNL, and suddenly it makes sense. Not only is the guy the real deal — he seems like a delight [...]

Jim Gaffigan and Kate Walsh Join Lorne Michaels's New Comedy 'Staten Island Summer'

Lorne Michaels is rounding out the cast for a new movie he's producing, called Staten Island Summer. Jim Gaffigan and Kate Walsh are the latest to sign on to the project, THR reports. The film follows best friends Danny (Graham Phillips, The Good Wife) and Frank (Zack Pearlman, The Inbetweeners) as poolside lifeguards the summer after high school graduation, with the former about to attend Harvard and the latter unsure of where to go in his life. Gaffigan and Walsh are playing Danny's parents. Staten Island Summer is being directed by Rhys Thomas, a longtime producer/director of SNL shorts and video segments who recently helmed Bill Hader's Stefon farewell, and the script [...]

What to Expect From 'SNL' Season 40

SNL returns for its 40th season this Saturday, with host Chris Pratt, musical guest Ariana Grande, and pretty much the same cast — minus a handful of people we rarely saw in sketches anyway. Following a lackluster season, Lorne Michaels is now sticking with the tools he's got, replacing five departing cast members with only one newcomer — standup Pete Davidson — and promoting writer Michael Che to co-host Weekend Update. Meanwhile, Colin Jost will remain at the desk after taking on the job last February. It's a conservative approach, compared to last year's throw-everything-against-the-wall casting strategy, which resulted in a cast so overpopulated that some remained literal faces in the crowd at the season's [...]

Breaking Down Each Cast Member's Contribution to 'SNL' Season 39

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here, we look at the performers that make up SNL's current cast, including their overall contributions to the show, memorable roles, relative screen time, and prospects for returning next season.

SNL's 39th season was a crowded one. Record-breaking crowded, even. Six new hires, plus a seventh midseason, rose the total to 17, making the current cast the largest SNL has seen during its entire four-decade run, topping even the infamously bloated 1990-1991 season. That season only had [...]

'SNL' Review: Lena Dunham, Guest Stars, and Lots of Impressions

This time last year, Megh Wright and I compiled a list of 10 first-time SNL hosts we'd like to see someday. The list included Stephen Colbert (right?) and the now-sadly-late Philip Seymour Hoffman, but decidedly not Lena Dunham. She was one of the first people we discussed, and we both agreed to pass over the Girls creator/star in favor of figures who might make better hosts. I told Megh then that Dunham would be a person people like us would want to see host, but by the time the episode started, we'd quickly realize, "Oh, this wasn't as good an idea as we thought." Dunham doesn't strike me [...]

An Introduction to 'SNL's New Cast Member and 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchor, Colin Jost

Earlier today, Saturday Night Live announced that one of the show's head writers, Colin Jost, will be joining the cast in March and taking Seth Meyers's place as "Weekend Update" co-anchor alongside Cecily Strong. Jost, a Harvard graduate and former president of the Harvard Lampoon, has been working on SNL for years. He started as a writer in 2005 and was promoted to being one of the show's head writers in 2012. Jost is also a busy standup. He's opened for Seth Meyers frequently and has done standup on shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. Jost also recently wrote his [...]

'SNL' Co-Head Writer Colin Jost to Write and Act in Lorne Michaels-Produced Comedy 'Staten Island Summer'

Lorne Michaels is producing a new movie scripted by Colin Jost, who's been writing for SNL since 2005 and serving as co-head writer with Seth Meyers since the start of last season. Deadline reports that it's called Staten Island Summer, following two poolside lifeguards who just graduated from high school: one named Danny who's off to Harvard in the fall, and another named Frank who's unsure of what to do with his life. Jost was born and raised in Staten Island, where the movie is set.

The movie will be directed by Rhys Thomas, a longtime producer/director of SNL shorts and video segments who recently helmed Bill [...]

'SNL' Firing New Cast Members Displays a Show Still Deeply In Transition

Word has come down this week that SNL cast members Noël Wells, John Milhiser, and Brooks Wheelan have been let go from the show after one season, with Nasim Pedrad also leaving to work as a regular on Mulaney (a move that has long been anticipated) and Mike O'Brien's status currently in talks. Their departures don't come as too huge a shock — as we recapped at the end of last season, the three saw little screen time and had few memorable moments during the season. And while it must come as a disappointment to those actors and their fans, let's not forget that at least a third of everyone [...]

The 24 Best Sketches of 'SNL' Season 39

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here we recall some of our favorite sketches from the season — both live sketches and videos.

Season 39 of SNL certainly hasn't been the most popular among viewers, with its first half bogged down with criticism over the lack of diversity in the cast, and its second half attacked (often unfairly) for uneven writing under new head writer Colin Jost. Even though the show hired Sasheer Zamata (along with two black female writers), and the script [...]

'SNL' Review: Jim Parsons Broadens His Range to Nerdy Guy

The alternative comedy scene has never been very kind to Jim Parsons. He's best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory — the current leader of the pack of broad, Chuck Lorre sitcoms that are dismissed by critics and comedy snobs but beloved by industry insiders and pretty much everyone else across the country. To comedy nerds, Parsons is the ever-popular prom king who's not in any of our classes: "Who the hell is this guy, and why do people love him so damn much?" He has been showered with Emmys (winning for lead actor in 2010, 2011, and 2013), beating out Steve Carell in his final [...]

Colin Jost Will Replace Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchor on 'SNL'

With Seth Meyers leaving Saturday Night Live next month to take over NBC's Late Night, his spot as "Weekend Update" co-anchor is up for grabs. SNL's head writer, Colin Jost, has been named as Meyers's replacement, THR reports. Meyers's last episode will be February 1st, while Jost will take over as co-anchor alongside Cecily Strong on the following episode, after the Winter Olympics on March 1st. Strong was added as Seth Meyers's co-host in the fall to help with the transition and to make it a double-anchor segment again.

Jost is the eighth new cast member to be added to SNL this season, following Beck [...]