"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 [...]
Last month, Netflix made a surprise move when they grabbed Tina Fey's in-the-works NBC sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper. Speaking to Vulture, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed how exactly the series made the jump from network to streaming in just four days and also dropped some hints about what we can expect from the show when it premieres in March. Here's how he broke down the agreement between NBC and Netflix to give Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a new home:
And this was a strange opportunity where, usually when shows don’t make it, sometimes it has very little to do with the quality and [...]
There have been a ton of open late night hosting gigs on the major networks recently between The Tonight Show, Late Night, Late Show, The Late Late Show, and next year's Late Late Show guest host lineup, and NBC is attempting to bank off of late night's most glaring problem in the form of a sitcom starring Lauren Graham. Deadline reports that the network has given a script commitment to a single-camera comedy called Kate On Later. The half-hour series is co-written by Graham and He's Just Not That Into You's Liz Tuccillo and produced by Ellen DeGeneres's A Very Good Production and follows Graham as Kate, [...]
Back in March, SNL alum Jason Sudeikis told Seth Meyers all about "Juggling Flyer," one of his favorite sketches that never made it to air. It's been a long wait, but Late Night finally returned with a new installment of "Second Chance Theatre" last night, and with help from Fred Armisen, Mike O'Brien, and some Late Night writers, Sudeikis turned his long lost sketch into a reality.
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.
After three and a half years and over 120 SNL cast member profiles, it's time to end this column the way it began — by highlighting one of my favorite women to ever call SNL home. She's best known for her time on SNL and 30 Rock, but for America's many young women who consider themselves awkward, frumpy comedy nerds, Tina [...]