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NBC to Launch a Subscription Streaming Comedy Service This Year

If you're a fan of NBC comedy offerings like SNL and The Tonight Show but don't want to bother with the trouble of owning a television or cable box, NBC has you covered: Variety reports that the network is planning to launch a comedy subscription video service sometime this year. Details on what the streaming service will offer are still slim and have yet to get official confirmation from NBC, but for about $2.50-3.50 per month viewers will reportedly have access to full episodes of The Tonight Show and SNL, with the possibility of original comedy series exclusive to subscribers to follow.

Will Forte Shares More "Second Chance Theatre" Ideas on 'Late Night'

Will Forte paid a visit to his old friend Seth Meyers last night, and the two looked back at some of Forte's cut SNL sketches — including a metal detector sketch called "Finders Keepers" and a very meta "Falconer" sketch with Rainn Wilson — to possibly revisit in an upcoming "Second Chance Theatre" segment. Meyers also played a brief clip of Forte giving a speech as his white supremacist character Hamilton at Meyers' wedding rehearsal dinner, which you can check out below:

How 'Parks and Rec' Transcended its Mockumentary Roots

NBC’s Parks and Recreation ended its seven-season run Tuesday night and will go down as undoubtedly my favorite sitcom of its era. Created as a spinoff of The Office by writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, the first season mostly mimicked that mockumentary style and even slotted in the characters in very familiar tropes created by the show from which it was spun. Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope was a Michael Scott-type — well-meaning but ultimately grating and not adored by her coworkers — and Aziz Ansari as Tom, Rashida Jones as Ann, and Nick Offerman as Ron slotted into the Jim, Pam, and Dwight roles cleanly enough, of course bringing [...]

The 'Parks and Recreation' Cast Talk the Series Finale on 'Late Night'

Last night's Late Night was an extra special episode for two reasons — not only was it dedicated to the end of Parks and Recreation with the cast, but it was also Late Night's one-year anniversary on NBC. Watch the Parks and Rec cast talk about the finale above, then check out more clips from their appearance below:

The Idealistic Legacy of 'Parks and Recreation'

Next Tuesday, when the lights go out at Pawnee City Hall, when JJ’s Diner cooks up its last waffles, when Councilman Dexhart has his final affair, when “treat yo’ self” and Galentine’s Day and Li’l Sebastian and Sweetums and “lit’rally” and the Lo-Cal Calzone Zone become but legends drifting in the Indiana wind, Parks and Recreation will vanish from the airwaves, leaving a television landscape that’s far more glum without it.

Initially something of an Office knockoff, creator Mike Schur, together with his cast and crew, quickly discovered the comedy of niceness, of people that are genuinely kind to each other and stand firmly by their beliefs. It’s a world [...]

'SNL' Review: Business as Usual with Dakota Johnson

Two weeks ago, SNL's 40th anniversary reminded us what we love about this show. The routine scrutiny fell silent at the images that once captured each generation: the classic setups like "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Nick the Lounge Singer," and "Wayne's World"; the tongue-in-cheek smugness of regulars like Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin; the moments when endearing nobodies became stars before our eyes. We can complain that SNL lacks originality, but our hearts long for the familiarity we used to have, for the days when we'd pray for Chris Farley to crash into a scene or the TV Funhouse dog to drag the show away or Tina Fey to do the news.

As SNL falls back into business [...]

Watch the Producer's Cut of the 'Parks and Recreation' Series Finale

In case Tuesday night's Parks and Recreation series finale didn't give you enough closure, NBC uploaded the full 53-minute producer's cut that includes a deleted scene with Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa, which Ben Schwartz shared on Tumblr yesterday along with a wonderful farewell message titled "Goodbye Parks and Recreation, I’ve Always Loved You." Here's an excerpt:

Last night, after 7 seasons, the final episode of Parks and Recreation aired and it hasn’t quite hit me yet that it’s all over and I’ll never play Jean-Ralphio again. It has been such an amazing, love-filled ride. I wanted to say thank you to that perfect cast, legendary writers room, brilliant [...]

Colin Quinn Thinks Bill Hader Is Too Kind to Be Trusted

Here's a clip from Colin Quinn's visit to last night's Late Night, where he and Meyers talked about his new web series Cop Show, upcoming book, some of the Oscars jokes he offered Neil Patrick Harris during Sunday's ceremony, and his stance on nice comedians: "I don't trust kind people in comedy. There's something weird about it." Unsurprisingly, this makes Bill Hader the most untrustworthy person in the world.

Chris Hemsworth to Host 'SNL' March 7th

Next month's first SNL host has been revealed. NBC announced today that Chris Hemsworth is set to host SNL Saturday, March 7th with musical guest Zac Brown Band. It will make Hemsworth's SNL hosting debut. The show returns live this week with another first-time host Dakota Johnson and musical guest The Alabama Shakes.

Amy Sedaris Shares Her Passion for Beard Wigs with Jimmy Fallon

Wearing her own custom-made wig, the wonderful Amy Sedaris visited The Tonight Show on Friday and asked Fallon to help her develop an original character for her new look. She even shared some beard wigs she made on her own from doll hair, because who doesn't love beard wigs? Watch Sedaris look back on a particularly bad date below:

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Play "Truth or Truth" on 'Tonight Show'

Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson were guests on Friday's Tonight Show, where Jimmy Fallon challenged them to a game of "Truth or Truth" and, unsurprisingly, cracked up at all of their answers. Watch another clip from the interview below, in which Abbi explains why she gets anxiety now every time she enters a Bed Bath & Beyond.

Danny Pudi to Star in NBC Pilot 'Strange Calls'

Community's Danny Pudi might return to NBC soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pudi has signed on to star in NBC's adaptation of Australian comedy-horror series Strange Calls, which the network ordered to pilot last month. Pudi will play Toby, "an affable but down on his luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly." Patrick Brammall will reprise his role from the Australian series as Sergeant Lloyd. Cougar Town's Blake McCormack will write the script, and Modern Family's Jason Winer will [...]

Taran Killam Is a Big Fan of Dakota Johnson's Dad

Dakota Johnson makes her SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC just released the first promo reel featuring Johnson and Taran Killam, who is a big fan of Johnson's father Don from his groundbreaking work on Miami Vice.

Read a New Oral History of 'Parks and Recreation'

Not long after posting a comprehensive oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Uproxx has a brand new oral history out today on the history and evolution of Amy Poehler's other famous role on NBC's Parks and Recreation, and it's a great read for fans of the show who are looking to ease the pain before tonight's hourlong series finale. Here's an excerpt from Jim O'Heir:

Sadly, pictures have hit the internet of me crying. So I can’t deny. It was rough. We all knew it was coming. But in a way, I’m glad it was because it means that it meant so much to us. It [...]