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J.K. Simmons to Host 'SNL' January 31st

SNL just revealed its final January host. Oscar nominee J.K Simmons will make his hosting debut on January 31st with musical guest D'Angelo and The Vanguard. This week's episode will also feature a first-time host when Blake Shelton pulls double duty as both host and musical guest.

'Saturday Night Live: The Book' Is Now Available for Pre-Order

Get ready to add another title to your SNL book collection. Art book publisher Taschen announced today that a new coffee table book called Saturday Night Live: The Book is slated for a release next month, and it's now available for pre-order via Taschen's website. Described as "part encyclopedia and part behind-the-scenes tour," the book includes the following:

  • Over 2,300 images from SNL's archives, many previously unpublished
  • An illustrated breakdown of the 6-day week at SNL through the years, with an expanded section for the live show
  • Seasons reference guide with complete cast, host, and musical guest lists
  • Exclusive interview with founder and executive producer Lorne Michaels
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Kevin Hart and Aidy Bryant Share Their New Year's Resolutions in These 'SNL' Promos

Kevin Hart returns to host SNL for the second time this weekend with musical guest musical guest Sia, and NBC just released the first round of promos. Hart and Aidy Bryant share their New Year's resolutions with each other, get a little carried away in front of the camera, and fall in love with each other by the end of the clip.

Jimmy Fallon and Charlie Day Play a Game of "5-Second Summaries"

During his visit to last night's Tonight Show, Charlie Day seemed so confident he could beat Andy Samberg's record in the movie-guessing game "5-Second Summaries," but he ended up being more on par with James Franco when it came to getting the answers right. Watch a clip from Day's interview below:

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Premieres on Netflix March 6th

At TCA today, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos announced that Tina Fey's new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper is set to premiere on March 6th. Fey, Kemper, and producer Robert Carlock also spoke to critics at TCA today, and even though Fey refused to reveal some of the show's guest stars ("March 6th. You can see them all the same night"), in a new EW interview she all but confirmed that she'll appear in the show: "Uhhh, maaaaybe! The good thing is it’s on Netflix now, so you’d only have to wait one day. Fast forward through all of them and see if I appear." [...]

'SNL' Review: A New Year with Kevin Hart

A month ago, Chris Rock wrote an essay for the Hollywood Reporter about race in Hollywood, specifically mentioning a sketch he appeared in with Sasheer Zamata on SNL earlier this season as an example of normalization of black actors being able to do comedy without having to always represent the black community:

Twenty years ago when I was on Saturday Night Live, anything with black people on the show had to deal with race, and that sketch we did didn't have anything to do with race. That was the beauty: The sketch is funny because it's funny, and that's the progress. And there are black guys [...]

NBC’s Journey and Ultimate Failure to Find the Next 'Friends'

For the past few years it’s been nearly impossible to flip through the channels without stumbling upon a number of the Friends clones that have come and gone. Shows like Perfect Couples, Friends with Benefits, Partners, Friends With Better Lives, Some of My Best Friends, Undateable, and a wealth of other shows with generic titles that have failed to make a name for themselves (as well as other legitimate contenders for the “throne” such as Happy Endings or How I Met Your Mother). Now, with Friends recently added to the Netflix pantheon, and with Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc being as hot as ever (well maybe that’s not true) with [...]

SNL's Insane Season 40 Product Tie-Ins, In Order of Ridiculousness

Next month, NBC is celebrating Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary with a live anniversary special, and the network has been prepping for this television event for the past year in the form of an overload of product tie-ins, commercials featuring cast members, and enough branded SNL merchandise to make Jack Donaghy cry with joy. With the latest news that SNL will get the interactive art exhibit treatment this spring, we decided to break down five of SNL's most ridiculous promotions and tie-ins of the past year, from least to most ridiculous.

Patton Oswalt Shares His "Beyond Bombing" Standup Memory on 'Late Night'

All standups have at least one memory of bombing in front of an audience, but during last night's Late Night, Patton Oswalt shared a "beyond bombing" experience he had in Roanoke, Virginia thanks to a bad stomach flu and one rowdy man in the crowd. Watch more from Oswalt's interview below:

Patton Oswalt Explains the Story Behind His Book Jacket Photo

To promote his new memoir Silver Screen Fiend, last night Patton Oswalt was a guest on The Tonight Show and told Jimmy Fallon the story behind his selfie book jacket photo, in which he says he looks like an "83-year-old meth addict." At least that meth addict knew enough about selfies to take the photo at the most flattering selfie angle possible.

Eva Longoria Comedy 'Telenovela' Lands a 13-Episode Order at NBC

Eva Longoria is set to star in her own NBC comedy. According to Deadline, the network has given a 13-episode order to a single-cam comedy based on an idea by Longoria called Telenovela in which she will star as "an ambitious telenovela star — a character created for her — who struggles to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera." Cougar Town's Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein will serve as co-executive producers. The show is slated to premiere during the 2015-2016 TV season.

Kevin Hart, Sia, and Kate McKinnon Are Really Excited for This Week's 'SNL'

NBC just released a new round of SNL promos featuring second-time host Kevin Hart, mysteriously veiled musical guest Sia, and cast member Kate McKinnon. It's full of Sia puns, McKinnon getting concerned over Hart's warning that "you never know what could happen" during the episode, and a very ambitious guarantee from Hart at the end.

Mike Schur on the End of 'Parks and Recreation' and NBC's Thursday Night Comedies

If you've been a TV comedy fan within the past ten years, chances are that Mike Schur is behind one of your favorite shows. An original writer and producer on the American Office, Schur currently serves as co-creator of two major network comedies starring SNL alums with Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine and NBC's Parks and Recreation, which kicks off its seventh and final season tonight. Ahead of the Parks season premiere, I talked with Schur about how he approached the end of the Amy Poehler-starring show, what he thinks of the future of major network sitcoms, and what separates a successful final season from the rest.

A Family at Disneyland Thought Fred Armisen Was Rick Moranis

Portlanda stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein visited The Tonight Show last night, where they looked back at some of their favorite characters from their IFC show like the Feminist Bookstore ladies Toni and Candace. When Fallon asked them about how often fans approach them on the street, Armisen shared an interesting story about an Indian family at Disneyland who commended him for his great work on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.