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Stephen Merchant Tells Jimmy Fallon About His Brush with Ebola in Norway

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show with guest Stephen Merchant, who tells Fallon about his recent guest spot on a late night show in Norway in which he was a guest alongside a novelist, a brain scientist, and a woman recovering from Ebola. Thankfully Merchant survived the ordeal.

Watch Two Cut 'SNL' Sketches About Twitter and Dancing Robots

SNL released two sketches today that were cut for time from last weekend's episode hosted by Woody Harrelson, and they're a delightful mix of fun and weird. Check out the above sketch "Tweet" starring Aidy Bryant as a woman celebrating her 10,000th tweet (with cameos by Edward Norton and God) above, then click through to watch "Pentagon Presentation" featuring Cecily Strong as a dancing robot.

Looking Back at the Nine 'SNL' Players Who Left Us Too Soon

When Jan Hooks — SNL cast member from 1986-1991 — died at the age of 57 last month, the show truly lost one of its stealthy greats. Like frequent sketch costar Phil Hartman, Hooks's incredible talent didn't need to call attention to itself, so it's only now, in hindsight and reruns, that the full measure of her brilliance is beginning to be calculated. Since SNL debuted in 1975, over 140 players have been in the cast, and nine have passed away from illness, drugs, or violence. Whether they leave us as beloved superstars with promising careers ahead of them or underappreciated and semi-forgotten talents with few recent onscreen [...]

'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, [...]

Woody Harrelson and Taran Killam Get Emotional in These 'SNL' Promos

Woody Harrelson returns to host SNL this week for the first time in over 20 years, and NBC just released the first round of promos with Harrelson and Taran Killam that features both men looking back on their many emotional '90s memories (or lack thereof). Check out another round of promos below:

Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, and Jon Hamm Will Show Up in the Final Season of 'Parks and Rec'

NBC's Parks and Recreation is gearing up for its grand finale, and some old friends are set to show up throughout the season. In addition to previously announced guest stars Megan Mullally, Rachel Dratch, and Werner Herzog, Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are confirmed to make a one-episode appearance next season reprising their roles as Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins. "We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time. We didn’t get everybody we wanted, because some people had other obligations," Mike Schur told TV Line . "But a lot of the people we were hoping to see one more [...]

Lorne Michaels Talks All Things 'SNL' with Bill Simmons

"The joke I used to do is I'd say 'You know, there will be a time when I realize that it can't be as good as it used to be, and that I don't have the focus or the passion to do it in the same way, and that the quality will suffer, and then three years after that I'll leave.'"

- Lorne Michaels comments on his SNL departure plans in an in-depth podcast interview with Bill Simmons, which covers everything from the creation of SNL to the early '80s years to Michaels's thoughts on recaps and reviews in the internet age.

Cameron Diaz and Bobby Moynihan Buddy Up in These 'SNL' Promos

Cameron Diaz is hosting SNL this week for the first time in nearly ten years with musical guests Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. NBC just released the first round of promos today featuring Diaz and Bobby Moynihan, who may or may not have rewritten some of the cue cards in crayon.

NBC Is Developing a Multi-Cam Cruise Ship Comedy 'Port of Miami'

NBC is setting out to sea for a brand new sitcom. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to a multi-cam comedy called Port of Miami from former Home Improvement showrunners Matt Williams and David McFadzean. The series will take place on a Miami-based cruise ship and follow "an unmotivated white bartender who works with a variety of international employees, all of them aggressively seeking the American dream and incredulous that he is content to mix drinks, chase women and settle for less." No cast has been announced yet, but Mark Perez (The Country Bears, Accepted) will pen the script, which is described as "Cheers [...]

NBC Orders Five Additional Episodes of 'Marry Me'

Good news for one of this season's new comedies: Not long after canceling A to Z and Bad Judge, THR reports that NBC has ordered five more episodes of its freshman comedy Marry Me from creator David Caspe. This brings Marry Me's debut season order up to 18 episodes, though it's unknown yet whether NBC will eventually expand it to a traditional 22-episode season. Starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as an engaged couple, Marry Me is one of the few new comedies to fare well with both critics and ratings this year and benefitted greatly from having The Voice as its lead-in for its first two [...]

James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams are 'SNL's December Hosts

Saturday Night Live just announced its hosts for December. The Wrap reports that James Franco will host for the third time on the December 6th episode to promote his new movie with Seth Rogen The Interview with musical guest Nicki Minaj, while Martin Freeman will make his hosting debut on December 13th with musical guest Charli XCX. SNL's Christmas episode on December 20th will be hosted by Amy Adams with musical guest One Direction. Adams last hosted back in 2008.

Bill Cosby Loses Netflix Standup Special and NBC Sitcom Amid Multiple Rape Allegations

Bill Cosby has been at the center of an increasing number of rape and sexual assault allegations over the past few weeks (you can find detailed timelines here and here), and the story keeps getting uglier. While these claims are far from breaking news — some go back to a 2006 lawsuit involving 14 women (13 anonymously agreed to testify, but the case settled out of court) — more women have come forward since a Hannibal Buress joke calling Cosby a rapist went viral last month and Barbara Bowman, one of the anonymous women from the 2006 case, wrote an article for The Washington Post [...]

Conan O'Brien Drags Producer Jordan Schlansky Along to a Coffee Tasting

Conan O'Brien recently made a trip to Intelligentsia Coffee in Los Angeles to learn more about the world of coffee, and he decided to bring self-proclaimed coffee expert, Conan producer, and emotionless robot in disguise Jordan Schlansky along for the ride. Schlansky doesn't hold back about expressing his lack of respect for the American coffee scene, but that doesn't stop O'Brien from enjoying what is otherwise a wonderful learning experience.

Jack McBrayer and Seth Meyers Talk Chicago Improv, Auditioning for 'SNL,' and More

Here's a clip from Jack McBrayer's visit to last night's Late Night, where he talked about his new Adult Swim show with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, looked back on his days improvising with Seth in Chicago, confirmed the fact that Lorne Michaels has a Kenneth the Page bobblehead doll on his desk, and remembered the day he auditioned for SNL, which happened to be the same day as Meyers. Watch more from McBrayer's interview below: