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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 [...]

Watch the Pilot for the Rashida Jones-Created NBC Comedy 'A to Z'

Back in January, NBC announced they had ordered a romantic comedy series from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack called A to Z, and NBC has released the full pilot episode online ahead of its October 2nd premiere. The show stars Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman as a couple who meet as a result of a tech glitch at the internet dating company where Feldman's character works. Keep an eye out for special guest appearances by fake versions of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Emoji.

Watch Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, and Seth Meyers Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show, in which Jimmy Fallon takes a few minutes to remember the great Robin Williams and do a quick impersonation of his hero. Click through to watch Conan O'Brien and Seth Meyers both take time out of their late night shows to salute Williams.

Grown-Up Annie Pays Seth Meyers a Visit on 'Late Night'

Late Night writer Michelle Wolf made an appearance as the show's favorite orphan Grown-Up Annie last night, and as usual, things aren't going very well for her. Either way she's got a great attitude about life, many ways to self-medicate, and her very own strip club, so hopefully she'll catch a break from her bad luck any day now.

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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Brooks Wheelan Talks About His Hiring and Firing from 'SNL'

"I feel like I was hired because they hired so many new cast members, and I feel like I was let go because they hired too many new cast members. So I can't really fault them. That's part of the reason I was there and that's part of the reason I was let go. … They do their own stuff and they clearly know what works."

- Standup Brooks Wheelan discusses his recent firing from SNL in a new interview with The Wrap, in which he says he's looking forward to living a more "Forrest Gump life."

Will Arnett Confirms More 'Arrested Development' on 'The Tonight Show'

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show with guest Will Arnett, who generously gives Fallon a bottle of rosé wine that he found, discusses Netflix's cyborg head honcho, and addresses the recent update that there's more Arrested Development on the way: "It's gonna happen. We don't know when, but it is gonna happen."

The Season 5 'Community' Blooper Reel Has Sexy Cats, Sexy Lions, and Plenty of Dancing

The wait until the sixth season of Community will last until at least after Christmas, but in the meantime you can check out this six-minute video of bloopers from the show's final season on NBC, which features references to both a sexy cat and a sexy lion, tons of F-bombs, and a heartwarming dance montage.

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: Tom Davis (1977-1980)

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.

Whether it's John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Mitch Hedberg, or this week's tragic loss of Robin Williams, the world of comedy has a long history of assigning instant legend status to beloved comedians who die too soon. Maybe it was because he was more of a writer than SNL cast member — or that he was the lesser-known half of recurring SNL duo Franken [...]

NBC Adds a Lady Boss Comedy by Hilary Winston

Former Community and Happy Endings writer Hilary Winston has sold another comedy series to a major network. In addition to her short-lived CBS show Bad Teacher based on the 2011 movie of the same name, Deadline reports that NBC has bought a single-cam series from Winston based on her Playboy column "When Your Boss Has a Vagina." The show centers on "a fratty corporate office that gets polarized along gender lines when a new boss comes to town — a lady boss." Winston will also serve as executive producer alongside Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon, who is also attached to direct.