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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 [...]

FX Orders a Pilot Created by 'SNL's Simon Rich, Produced by Lorne Michaels

Former SNL writer Simon Rich has sold a half-hour comedy pilot to FX, with Lorne Michaels attached to produce via his company Broadway Video, Deadline reports. The pilot is called Man Seeking Women, and it's based on Rich's book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia) will be directing the pilot, which is described as a sweet, surreal look at dating in New York City. Rich, a former Harvard Lampoon editor, became one of the youngest-ever writers for Saturday Night Live when he was hired at age 23 in 2007. He spent four seasons there before transitioning into a writing job at Pixar. The Last Girlfriend [...]

It's Official: Seth Meyers Will Take Over NBC's 'Late Night' in 2014

With Jimmy Fallon's impending takeover of The Tonight Show set for next February, Seth Meyers has been considered the frontrunner to be the new host of NBC's 12:35am show, Late Nightfor months now. NBC made Meyers's new job official yesterday when they announced him as the fourth host of Late Night.

Bill Carter at The NY Times has some new info about the transition:

  • Meyers is expected take over Late Night, like Fallon and Tonight, around the time of NBC's Winter Olympics coverage in February.
  • Meyers will stay on SNL through the fall season and will most likely leave at midseason in December to start working [...]

Inside the 'Wayne's World' Reunion Panel

The Academy of Arts & Sciences held a Wayne's World reunion panel following a screening of the movie last night in LA, with stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey present to celebrate the film's 21st anniversary. Joining Myers and Carvey at the panel were Wayne's World villain Rob Lowe, director Penelope Spheeris, producer (and Academy president) Hawk Koch, and producer Lorne Michaels. Tickets to the event sold out in 90 seconds.

A lot of news outlets have been incorrectly reporting that Myers and Carvey ended a longstanding feud to appear at the panel together last night, but that's not really the case. Things have been [...]

The Kids in the Hall's Kevin McDonald Is Guest Writing at 'SNL'

Saturday Night Live has featured some impressive guest writers this season, like Michael Che and Chelsea Peretti, and now, Kids in the Hall alum Kevin McDonald has joined SNL's writing staff as a guest writer. McDonald will be writing on the next two episodes, hosted by Melissa McCarthy and Vince Vaughn, respectively. Monica Padrick (MTV's Skins and The Inbetweeners) is also serving as a guest writer on these two shows. McDonald's most recent writing credit was on the 2010 CBC miniseries The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town. He's the third member of The Kids in the Hall to write for SNL, following Bruce McCulloch [...]

A Bunch of 'SNL' Cast Members Share Their Audition Stories with 'The New York Times'

David Itzkoff of The New York Times has an excellent new piece out today called "The God of SNL Will See You Now," in which 22 past and present SNL cast members, including Will Ferrell, Chevy Chase, and Kristen Wiig all tell their nerve-wracking audition stories. From waiting for hours in Lorne Michaels's office (Fallon: "I was sitting there with Lorne’s assistant for three hours, and I’m like, 'Whenever he’s ready, I’m here.' And she’s like, 'You know, Chris Farley waited for eight hours.'") to auditioning in 30 Rock to zero laughs (Ferrell: "There’s a point where I’m rolling around on the ground, in complete silence, playing with cat [...]

HBO Orders a Pilot from Lorne Michaels and 'Jimmy Fallon' Writers

Lorne Michaels is looking to expand his TV empire even further. Deadline reports that HBO has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy executive produced by Michaels that will be written by and star Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer/performers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. The untitled pilot will star Riddle and Salahuddin as two 30-year-old reporters trying to make it in Atlanta. Fallon viewers may know Salahuddin for playing the character Milky Jay on the show. The duo also created the popular segment "Slow Jam the News." This is Lorne Michaels's second HBO pilot in development right now, joining People in New Jersey, from Girls writer Bruce Eric [...]

NBC Passes on 'Mulaney'

Following a flurry of sitcom cancellations, NBC has opted not to pick up the pilot for SNL writer/stand-up John Mulaney's new sitcom Mulaney. An ensemble multi-camera show staring Mulaney, Martin Short, Elliott Gould, SNL's Nasim Pedrad, and stand-ups Griffin Newman and Seaton Smith and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Mulaney seems like a slam-dunk on paper. I attended the pilot taping, and it was super funny, so it comes as a huge disappointment that NBC opted not to pick up the show. The pilots they did pick up had better be good.

Lorne Michaels Isn't Leaving 'SNL' Anytime Soon

"I’ll do it as long as I possibly can," said longtime SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels about his future with the show at a Radio and Television Society luncheon yesterday. He added, "I think that there will be a day when I’ll look at it and say I don’t have the edge I used to." SNL's current and previous head writer, Seth Meyers and Tina Fey, have each said recently that the long-running, iconic sketch show should end when Michaels eventually chooses to retire.

At the event, Michaels barely spoke about Jimmy Fallon's impending takeover of The Tonight Show, which he will produce. He only commented on [...]

Lorne Michaels, D.L. Hughley, 'Girls,' and 'Louie' Win Peabody Awards

The winners of the 2013 Peabody Awards, given for excellence in radio and TV were just announced, and Lorne Michaels, Louie, Girls, and D.L. Hughley's Comedy Central special The Endangered List all scored prizes. Lorne Michaels's award is a rare achievement in that the Peabody Awards rarely recognize individuals and give the majority of their accolades to TV shows or specials, but if anyone deserves it, it's the guy who simultaneously produces SNL, 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Portlandia. Portlandia was one of last year's Peabody winners alongside Parks and Recreation and The Colbert Report, two rare top-notch TV comedies that Lorne Michaels doesn't [...]

'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 [...]

Why NBC Will Regret Not Picking Up 'Mulaney'

Late Friday afternoon, NBC announced that it has declined to pick up John Mulaney's sitcom, Mulaney. It was a surprising move, given that the highly anticipated and already buzzy show had Lorne Michaels as a producer and an incredible cast. Having seen a version of the script, and based on Brad's on-the-scene reporting, I can say that it was a good pilot and that the series had enormous potential. It's a shame that it won't be on NBC's schedule this fall. But in the long run, what NBC will really regret is not just picking up the show Mulaney, but adding John Mulaney to its primetime ranks.

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Watch the 'Wayne's World' Reunion Panel

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunited for a Wayne's World panel in LA this week, with Lorne Michaels and Rob Lowe also joining them, and here's video of that very panel for those of us who weren't there in case you want to see it or have to lie about being there as an alibi.

Lorne Michaels to Host a 'Wayne's World' Reunion Panel with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey

The Wayne's World gang is getting back together. But don't get too excited, it's just to talk about the movie, not to make another one. THR reports that Wayne's World producer Lorne Michaels will host a reunion panel at LA's Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences following a screening of the film on April 23rd. Joining him will be stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey and director Penelope Spheeris. Spheeris had a falling out with Myers after he banned her from directing the sequel for ignoring his editing suggestions, but everything is patched up now. Spheeris tells THR, "We're all getting too old to be pissed. Wayne's [...]