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Former 'SNL' Writer Cindy Caponera on Molly Shannon: "She Was Scrappy and Relentless"

"Molly's path to SNL was impressive. She was scrappy and relentless. She did these crazy one-woman shows, and in between shows she would gather lists of names and phone numbers to ensure that when she did the next show she would have a full house. Again, pre-social media—that means thousands of tiny pieces of paper and business cards. She performed on these little stages in Santa Monica—climbing the rafters in characters she'd created. I'm still not sure how Lorne even found her."

- Former SNL writer Cindy Caponera looks back on Molly Shannon's stint as a cast member and the creation of her "licensed joyologist" character Helen Madden in [...]

Molly Shannon to Star in a Fox Comedy Created by Kids in the Hall's Bruce McCulloch

Fox is developing a new comedy for the 2014-15 season that Molly Shannon would potentially star in and produce, with the script coming from Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch, who will also serve as showrunner, Deadline reports. The untitled comedy follows a professional woman named Fiona (Shannon) in conflict with her pregnant daughter, who lives with her. Shannon and McCulloch previously worked together on the SNL spinoff movie Superstar, which she starred in and he directed. Recently, Shannon has been keeping busy with recurring roles on Enlightened, Raising Hope, and HBO's upcoming Getting On, while McCulloch recurred on the Netflix revival of Arrested Development and starred in/co-wrote [...]

Molly Shannon Stays Up All Night

It's not the Jeannie Darcy pilot we've all been praying for, but it'll do. It'll do. TV Guide reports that Molly Shannon joins Up All Night in the possibly reoccurring role of Nancy, a single mom and "incompetent associate producer" employed by former SNL co-star Maya Rudolph's pseudo-Oprah talk show host. Sure, Mary Katherine Gallagher-type mood swings seem like a fitting character choice for this role, but I'm hoping Shannon goes full-on Year of the Dog. One minute she's mumbling an apology into her sweater, the next minute she's lunging at John C. Reilly with a hunting knife. John C. Reilly can cameo!

HBO Picks Up Molly Shannon's Ex-Nun Comedy

Molly Shannon and former Simpsons writer/producer Tim Long just had a new show picked up by HBO: The untitled comedy would star the Saturday Night Live alumna as a nun who makes the difficult decision to leave the convent and confront life in the outside world. Shannon's character became a nun after getting her heart broken at 18. Now she is an utterly innocent woman in her early 40s who has never had sex and has to discover the modern world in all of its tawdriness.

Paul F. Tompkins Cast in ABC Pilot with Molly Shannon

Paul F. Tompkins and Molly Shannon are on track to becoming network comedy's coolest new couple. According to THR, Tompkins has been cast to star opposite Shannon in the untitled single-camera ABC comedy created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan formerly called Bambi Cottages. Tompkins will play an overworked father who moves with his wife and six kids from the city to New Hampshire to run a group of tourist cottages. Here are some more details on Tompkins's character:

Tompkins will play the charming and likable Teddy, who describes himself as a dreamer — and there's little that can quash Teddy's child-like optimism and lively spirit. He [...]

'Cracking Up': The Show That Made Mike White Crazy

It's a story as old as time and one that sadly continues to be relevant, usually on network television: a well meaning individual has a perfectly sculpted vision of a great television show in his or her mind. Then several evil network executives destroy that beautiful, untainted concept with copious notes that will turn that "artist friendly" idea into the first show in history to appeal to every human being in the world. It will also make somewhere in the vicinity of ten billion dollars. It pisses off the creator, and usually the project never sees the light of day, and possibly dreams of cable pastures fill the brain. [...]

Ben & Jerry's Serves Up a Heaping Mouthful of Schweddy Balls

We've all imagined having a mouthful of Schweddy Balls at some point or another, and now 11 years after the fact, Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls flavor is making that dream a reality. "The name is irreverent," needlessly explains Ben & Jerry's spokesman Sean Greenwood. "But we've always been about having some irreverence and having some fun … We're not trying to offend people. Our fans get the humor."

Based on The Delicious Dish Christmas skit that aired on SNL December 12, 1998, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon and, of course, Alex Baldwin's Pete Schweddy will be memorialized in a limited run of the flavor, which will be [...]

Molly Shannon to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot from 'Happy Endings' Writer

Molly Shannon is taking her first regular TV job in years. She's been cast as one of the leads in an untitled ABC sitcom pilot that was created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan, THR reports. The comedy, which has a working title of Bambi Cottages, follows a father who, sick of his teaching job, moves his wife and six kids from a big city to New Hampshire where they run a set of cottages for tourists. Shannon will play Cathleen Burke, the wife and mother who's caught off-guard by her husband's decision but decides to go along with it. The pilot, one of two Brian Gallivan [...]

'Enlightened' Season 2 Review: It's 'The Wire,' But Funnier

Something like a little less than one month ago, Patton Oswalt began to tweet his effusive praise of a show very few people had heard of. Like a virus, more and more people on Twitter began to speak the world of it, suddenly discovering that the half hour after Girls Sunday nights on HBO wasn't a test pattern, a talk show talking about Girls that just ends up being a conversation about Lena Dunham, or even a classic episode of Arli$$. Instead, they found a challenging, uncomfortable, intelligent, incredibly nuanced work that wasn't The Wire that is categorized as a "comedy," and featured a bunch of talented comedic actors. [...]

Saturday Night’s Children: Molly Shannon (1995-2001)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 35 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

An overload of male legends like Hartman, Farley, Myers, Sandler, and Carvey made female comedy dominance next to impossible on early to mid-90s Saturday Night Live, an era when the show was more than happy to use Sandler, Farley, and Spade in drag as the Gap Girls or Carvey dressed up in another Church Chat sketch rather than actual women. It wasn’t until the [...]