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Alison Rich Hired as a Writer at 'SNL'

The debut of Saturday Night Live's 40th season is just around the corner, and the show has hired a new writer to its staff with the addition of Alison Rich. Rich got her start at UCB in New York, won the UCB NBC Diversity Showcase in 2012, and recently moved to Los Angeles to perform in the CBS Diversity Showcase as well as on the UCBLA Maude Team Tut. She also won the IFC "Out of the Box" development deal at the New York Television Festival last year for her web series Incognito co-created with current Late Night writer Andrew Law, and she appears in the upcoming Elizabeth [...]

Chris Hardwick Offers Some Honest Advice on Love, Health, Grandmas, and Murder

@midnight host Chris Hardwick had the honor of fielding some questions for Tonight Show's "Unqualified Advice" segment, which resulted in some timeless advice on hard-hitting topics like going to school, curing a cold, getting a promotion, not murdering your boss, and dealing with a grandmother who has a hoarding problem.

'The Tonight Show' Got a Bunch of Local NBC Anchors to Deliver Happy News Stories

Everything in the news lately has been a downer, but The Tonight Show decided that the best way to combat an overload of negative news is to make up some fake good news. The result is "I've Got Good News and Good News," which enlists a bunch of local NBC news anchors to warm your heart with stories about friendly ghosts, dance parties, turtles, and happy balloon rides into the sunset.

Read Some New Excerpts from the Updated 'Live from New York' Book

The new and extended version of Tom Shales and James Miller's SNL oral history book Live from New York isn't out until September 9th, but in the meantime THR has released a few exclusive excerpts from the book all about the show's more recent political satire, from how Tina Fey's Sarah Palin was born to why Robert Smigel's last TV Funhouse segment was rejected to Fred Armisen and Jay Pharoah's Obama impersonations. Here's Horatio Sanz on the opposing political sensibilities of former head writers Jim Downey and Seth Meyers:

I don't think the show itself has ever let its freak flag fly in the last 20 [...]

Don Pardo, the Iconic Voice of 'SNL,' Dies at 96

The iconic voice of Saturday Night Live has passed away. News broke last night that Don Pardo, who worked as SNL's announcer since the show's debut in 1975, died in his home of Tucson, Arizona at the age of 96. Pardo's voice is synonymous with SNL's opening credit sequence, and Lorne Michaels told the New York Times that "every year the new cast couldn't wait to hear their name said by him." When asked what SNL will do without Pardo, Michaels said: "I don't know what I'll do. It won't be the first time I've thought of it, and I've never had an answer."

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Last Night's Emmy Awards Scored the Second Highest Ratings in Eight Years

The ratings for last night's Emmy Awards are in, and Seth Meyers's turn at the hosting gig raked in a big audience. A total of 15.6 million viewers watched the live ceremony on NBC, making it the most-watched night on network TV since the Oscars in March as well as the highest viewed Emmys in the last eight years, second only to last year's ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris that aired in September on a Sunday night with an NFL lead-in. Neither have met the 16.2 million viewer audience of the 2006 Emmys toplined by multiple-time host Conan O'Brien, the true king of the awards [...]

Rachel Dratch and Megan Mullally Will Appear in the Final Season of 'Parks and Rec'

Parks and Recreation's next season will be its last, and the show is lining up some special guest stars. Entertainment Weekly reports that Amy Poehler's fellow SNL alum Rachel Dratch has signed on to appear in at least one episode "with a potential to return," but details on her role are being kept under wraps. This news follows EW's earlier update that Natalie Morales and Megan Mullally are set to return for the final season as well; Mullally will return as Tammy 2 during the season's second episode, while Morales will return as Tom's ex-girlfriend Lucy in multiple episodes. While you're waiting for Parks and Rec to [...]

Please Enjoy the Season 6 'Parks and Rec' Gag Reel Starring Li'l Sebastian

Production has begun on the seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation, but before you get too sad to see the last survivor of the once-great NBC Thursday night comedy lineup fade into TV history, here's a nearly ten-minute season 6 gag reel starring Pawnee's beloved mini-horse Li'l Sebastian.

Jimmy Fallon Plays 'GoldenEye 007' with Pierce Brosnan

One of Jimmy Fallon's childhood dreams came true last night when he got the opportunity to play everyone's favorite Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye 007. It turns out that Brosnan is really more of a karate chop guy than a gun guy.

'Last Comic Standing' Winner Rod Man Does Standup on 'Tonight Show'

Last Comic Standing's 100-comedian 13-episode run ended last night, and Los Angeles-based comedian Rod Man walked away with the coveted title and a same-day standup appearance on The Tonight Show, in which he covers the show's not-so-diverse audience, public restroom water restrictions, immigration reform, and his feelings on self-checkout lines.

Saturday Night's Children: Alan Zweibel (1979-1980)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

There are many paths to getting hired on Saturday Night Live, but Alan Zweibel — who served as an original writer in 1975 and spent a portion of the fifth season credited as a featured player — had one all his own. Zweibel struggled as a young joke-seller before finding the perfect comedy collaborators on SNL, giving way to some of the most [...]

Darrell Hammond Says He'd "Be Honored and Thrilled" to Take Over Don Pardo's 'SNL' Duties

In the wake of iconic SNL announcer Don Pardo's passing, the show now has the tall order of hiring a replacement to announce the cast's names at the start of each episode. While Pardo's timeless voice and presence can't be replicated, longtime cast member Darrell Hammond has come pretty close while filling in for him on several occasions and recently spoke to Grantland all about working with Pardo over the years and whether he'd consider taking over the job. Here's what he had to say about developing his Pardo impression:

I had a couple problems with it: The first is the strength of his voice. I remember [...]

NBC Cancels 'Working the Engels' Starring Andrea Martin

Not even two months after premiering on NBC, Canadian import Working the Engels has been canceled. THR reports that the family comedy starring Andrea Martin and Kacey Rohl — which was given a straight-to-series order last year and featured Martin's fellow SCTV alums Martin Short and Eugene Levy in recurring roles — will not have a second season on the network. Working the Engels  was replaced on NBC's lineup with Greg Poehler's Welcome to Sweden after slipping in the ratings. The series originally premiered on Canada's Global TV back in March and was canceled after all 12 episodes aired. Only five episodes have aired on NBC.

What's So Special About 'The Richard Pryor Special'?

There's a famous story about The Richard Pryor Show — as Richard Pryor's star was rising in Hollywood in the 1970s, NBC commissioned the man to make a 10-episode sketch program to be broadcast in prime time. Family-friendly viewing not being Pryor's first priority, he clashed with the censors again and again until finally they let him off with only four episodes. These four episodes are still credited with an enormous influence over the genre of TV sketch comedy — directly cited by future blockbusters such as In Living Color and Chapelle's Show — and launching the careers of several performers, including the late Robin Williams in one of his [...]