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'SNL' Review: A Season High with Woody Harrelson

For the past two years, many viewers have described SNL as being in a "transitional phase." This phase began with the departures of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg in 2012, followed by Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen in 2013, then by Seth Meyers in early 2014. The old guard was clearing out, and their replacements didn't seem up to the task of continuing that golden era. And while not all of the episodes in this interim period have been bad — in fact, many have been quite good, and the hit-to-miss ratio has remained roughly the same — SNL seemed lost in the woods, with almost weekly PR crises, [...]

'SNL' Review: Josh Hutcherson Brings the Charm

More often than not, the success of any given episode of SNL depends less on the talent of the host or the output of the writers that week than it does on how thoroughly the show's producers understand the host's abilities and how efficiently they deploy them. For example, past seasons have seen lukewarm episodes hosted by comedy greats like Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, and Ed Helms — not by the fault of the hosts or the sketches themselves, but because the producers didn't know quite how to make them shine as bright as they had as their other popular characters. Meanwhile, the show has had great success with [...]

Jason Sudeikis and Host Jennifer Lawrence Promo the First 'SNL' of 2013

After a month-long holiday break, Saturday Night Live returns to the airwaves this weekend with host Jennifer Lawrence and musical guest The Lumineers. Lawrence and veteran cast member Jason Sudeikis recorded this fun series of promos for Saturday's show, which unfortunately looks like it won't feature Bobby Moynihan. Rest in peace.

Here's a Clip of Alison Brie, Jennifer Lawrence, and H. Jon Benjamin in a Rejected Comedy Central Pilot

If you've ever wanted to see Alison Brie as a knockoff Buffy the Vampire Slayer or H. Jon Benjamin as an injured janitor, a short clip from Not Another High School Show — a rejected 2007 Comedy Central pilot from Not Another Teen Movie's Mike Bender — has been making the rounds on the internet today. A young Jennifer Lawrence also shows up near the end in a small but convincing part as a concerned high school student. (via Uproxx)

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, [...]

Jennifer Lawrence Is the Most Charming "Box of Lies" Contestant on 'Tonight Show'

Last night's Tonight Show guest Jennifer Lawrence sat down opposite Jimmy Fallon for a game of "Box of Lies," and not only did she put up a fair fight against him, but near the end the two inexplicably transform into two nerdy characters who don't understand why no one will dance with them.

'SNL' Review: Jennifer Lawrence Misses the Mark

For better or worse, SNL leaves little room for subtlety. The show’s sketches are shot like a live multi-cam sitcom, with three-wall sets, a studio audience, and no time to edit takes for comedic rhythm. It’s interesting to watch 30 Rock’s live episodes in that regard (both of which were shot in SNL’s Studio 8H). The writer-driven, single-camera comedy capitalizes on subtlety in its wordplay and reaction shots. However, in the live episodes, Tina Fey and her team had to find a way to channel that signature 30 Rock sophistication through the broad, pandering, performer-driven world of live comedy. Fey obviously is no stranger to that world, so she [...]