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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 [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Michael O'Donoghue (1975)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 39 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.

It's been almost twenty years to the day since the death of Michael O'Donoghue, one of comedy's darkest, most demented figures and a major creative force behind National Lampoon magazine and SNL during their formative years. Dennis Perrin's 1998 biography of O'Donoghue attributes a quote to him: "Making people laugh is the lowest form of comedy." Indeed O'Donoghue's highest comedy goal, also in his own words — once [...]

NBC Cancels Freshman Comedies 'A to Z' and 'Bad Judge'

Two of NBC's new comedies will not be continuing into second seasons. Deadline reports that both the romantic comedy A to Z and Gary Sanchez-produced Bad Judge have been canceled by the network, though they will finish their 13-episode seasons in the 9:00 and 9:30pm time slots. NBC reportedly plans to replace the time slot with hourlong drama The Blacklist after the Super Bowl, so hopefully you weren't anticipating a revival of NBC's once-great Thursday night comedy block just yet.

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:

Cecily Strong Tells Seth Meyers She's Haunted on 'Late Night'

Last night's Late Night included a mini Weekend Update reunion between Seth Meyers and guest Cecily Strong, who told Meyers all about her recent discovery that if she doesn't stay in the white light of God, she'll keep bringing ghosts back to her apartment. Watch more from her interview below:

NBC Orders a Multi-Cam Pilot Starring Jerrod Carmichael

NBC has been developing a comedy from standup Jerrod Carmichael for almost a year, and THR reports that they've handed him a third pilot order for the project. Written by Carmichael and Nick Stoller (Sex Tape, Undeclared, director of Neighbors), the untitled multi-cam pilot is inspired by Carmichael's life and standup. The current version has been extensively reworked since its first and second incarnations in December and June, though no more plot details have been revealed yet. Aside from writing and starring in the pilot, Carmichael will also serve as a co-executive producer on the project alongside Stoller.

'SNL' Review: Chris Rock Underwhelms

Wherever you stand on SNL, it's safe to say that season 40 has shown a noticeable step forward in quality from last season (regardless of lower ratings and the ever-present hate in many corners online). One of the reasons for this improvement has been the fact that all five of this season's hosts have been performers known for their work in comedy. Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, and Chris Pratt are all stars we're accustomed to laughing at, so we don't have to deal with that annoying "faculty follies" effect the show tries to employ with athlete or musician hosts.

And yet, not every comedian's humor translates to SNL, and [...]

'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:

Simon Rich Shares His Favorite Never-Aired 'SNL' Sketch on 'Late Night'

Former SNL writer and creator of upcoming FXX show Man Seeking Woman Simon Rich was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he shared his favorite never-aired sketch written with John Mulaney and Marika Sawyer — a Baby-Sitters Club parody starring Fred Armisen as the club's newest 65-year-old Filipino member. If "Second Chance Theatre" ever returns to Late Night, this sketch should be at the top of the list for consideration.

Cameron Diaz to Host 'SNL' November 22nd

SNL just added another returning host for this season. THR reports that Cameron Diaz is officially set to host SNL's Thanksgiving episode on November 22nd with musical guests Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. This will make Diaz's fourth hosting stint — she previously hosted episodes in 1998, 2002, and 2005. Prior to Diaz, Woody Harrelson will host on November 15th with musical guest Kendrick Lamar.

Check out one of Diaz's most memorable sketches from '98 "Jingleheimer Junction" below: