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Here's the First Trailer for 'Parks and Rec's Final Season

Parks and Recreation returns to NBC for its seventh and final season on January 13th, and the network released the first trailer today featuring the Pawnee gang in the year 2017. Apparently in only two years we'll be overtaken by drones and the undeniable charm of Johnny Karate.

'SNL' Review: Martin Freeman Comes Bearing Gifts

While watching this weekend's SNL hosted by first-timer Martin Freeman, I couldn't help but wonder what the show's original head writer Michael O'Donoghue might have thought of an episode that turned the recently released CIA torture report into jokes about autocorrect and Time Warner Cable, all while tens of thousands of people crowded the length of Sixth Avenue just outside the 30 Rockefeller doors in protest of police brutality and racism. Fans who abandoned SNL back in the '80s will be the quickest to point out that the show's satire hasn't had any edge since O'Donoghue left, but those of us still who still watch regularly know that [...]

Watch the Newest Cut 'SNL' Sketch "100 Greatest Guys"

SNL uploaded a new pretaped sketch today that was cut from James Franco's episode called "100 Greatest Guys," a parody of VH1 countdown shows featuring Kyle Mooney, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Beck Bennett, Kenan Thompson, and Vanessa Bayer as a varied group of entertainment experts providing commentary on the great guys to top out their definitive list. Check out the other sketch cut from Franco's episode "Morning News" here.

Watch 'SNL's Cut Ferguson Sketch About a St. Louis Morning Show

If you thought SNL dropped the ball this week by opening with a silly Al Sharpton sketch instead of something that more directly tackled the Eric Garner grand jury decision in New York, check out this sketch "Morning News" that, like a lot of other weird and great sketches this season, was cut for time. Whether you see "Morning News" as a hilariously awkward take on the events in Ferguson or a very meta look at SNL's recent discomfort with covering politics, one thing's for sure: It's definitely better than a joke about Al Sharpton's inability to pronounce the word "dubious."

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 [...]

James Corden and Seth Meyers Talk All Things Late Night

Here's a clip from James Corden's visit to last night's Late Night, where he and Meyers chat about being future late night competitors and how Meyers was the very first person to call him after the big announcement. Corden's turn at Late Late Show begins March 23rd with band leader Reggie Watts, so he still has a couple months to fix that tightness in his chest. Watch more from the interview below:

NBC Kills Its Thursday Night Comedy Block, Sets March Premieres for 'Undateable' and 'One Big Happy'

NBC's Thursday night comedy block is officially dead. The network announced its midseason schedule today, which includes drama-filled Thursday nights and two multi-cam comedies set to premiere on Tuesday nights. Bill Lawrence's new sitcom Undateable will return for a second season on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:00pm followed by the series premiere of the Ellen DeGeneres-produced One Big Happy. NBC's other recent comedy hit Marry Me recently landed an expanded season order and will return "later in the season," though an exact date has not yet been announced.

Kate McKinnon and Martin Freeman Have a Tea Party in These 'SNL' Promos

Martin Freeman makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend with musical guest Charli XCX, and NBC released the first round of promos today featuring Freeman, Kate McKinnon, a very British tea party, and some important Hobbit questions from Jay Pharoah.

'SNL' Review: James Franco Delivers in an Episode That Doesn't

Let's face it: over the 40 years SNL has been on the air, the majority of its sketches have not made us laugh. For every "Cowbell," there are a dozen forgotten flat-liners you'd never see on the "Best of Will Ferrell" DVD. At best, the show can hope for a 1:1 hit ratio. That's not meant as a knock against SNL, but as an acknowledgement of its difficulty level. By now, we've gone through enough behind-the-scenes documentaries and oral histories to appreciate the show's demanding six-day production period and the risks of live broadcasts. Regular viewers accept a mixed bag as par for the course.

This season has served as evidence of that inconsistency. SNL has produced some real [...]

Jack McBrayer Is Really Excited About James Franco's 'SNL' Promos

James Franco is returning to host SNL for a third time this weekend, and NBC just released his promo reel featuring Cecily Strong, holiday cheer, awkward gift-giving, experimental film techniques, and a special appearance by the one audience member who never leaves Studio 8H, Jack McBrayer.

Amy Adams and Taran Killam Get Into the Holiday Spirit in These 'SNL' Promos

SNL's final episode of 2014 airs this weekend with host Amy Adams and musical guest One Direction, and NBC released the first round of promos featuring Adams and Taran Killam catching some holiday spirit thanks to some imaginary snow and the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

Watch Steve Carell and The Ragtime Gals Sing "Sexual Healing" on 'Tonight Show'

Nothing warms a cold December day like a ragtime tune, and during last night's Tonight Show, Fallon and his barbershop quartet The Ragtime Gals delivered their own take on Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" with a little help from the one and only Steve Carell.

Ten Weird, Wonderful, and Recently Cut 'SNL' Sketches

Earlier this week, SNL released the newest "Cut For Time" sketch "Morning News," a risky but welcome take on the recent events in Ferguson that calls out Saturday's lukewarm cold open starring Kenan Thompson as a bumbling Al Sharpton for what it is: a missed opportunity to tackle even the most tragic political news in the sketch comedy format. Since last season, NBC has been regularly uploading SNL sketches that didn't make it to air, and for fans who love fresh, innovative, and often bizarre premises, these lost sketches are a welcome reminder that SNL is still capable of delivering original ideas that are weird as they are hilarious — just [...]

Sasheer Zamata Talks Improv, Dance Moves, and Her Nicki Minaj Impersonation

Over the weekend, SNL released a new installment of "AskSNL" featuring cast member Sasheer Zamata, who shares her favorite food and dance moves, offers some advice for aspiring improv students, and reveals that she'd really like to get her Nicki Minaj impersonation on the show even though all the opportunities in last week's SNL went to the real Nicki Minaj.