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Adam Scott and Joe Mande Are Developing a Marijuana Dispensary Comedy for NBC

Parks and Rec's Adam Scott and Joe Mande are teaming up for a brand new NBC comedy. Deadline reports that the pair are developing a show for the network called Buds, which follows a marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colorado. Mande will write and serve as an executive producer alongside Scott via his production company Gettin' Rad.

John Oliver Thinks a Jon Stewart Hologram Should Take Over 'Daily Show'

John Oliver was a guest on last night's Tonight Show, where he and Fallon talked about his double-season Last Week Tonight renewal and who he thinks would make the best Daily Show host when Jon Stewart leaves. Watch more from the interview below:

'SNL 40' Review: The Stars Come Home

After 40 years, Saturday Night Live may be the only remaining "watercooler comedy" that everyone still has something to say about. Whether it's "The first five years were the best," or "Bring back Victoria Jackson!" (just kidding, no one says that), we all have our opinions on what is or isn't funny on the show… not just us nerdy online reviewers. SNL is, after all, one of the only shows we grew up with that's still on the air – those of us under 40 haven't lived in a world without it — and we each have a personal connection to the first incarnation of it that spoke to us. For me, it was Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond [...]

40 Less-Iconic 'SNL' Sketches That We Love Anyway

With Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special this Sunday, it seems everyone is posting their lists of all-time best sketches and mean-spirited cast member rankings. And while we appreciate "Behind The Music: Blue Oyster Cult," "Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker," and "Sinead O'Connor's Pope Portrait Gallery" as much as the next SNL-phile, we'd like to recognize a collection of bits that remain near and dear to us… despite, or perhaps because of, their less-famous status.

As ignorant millennials who were born too late for that golden Belushi era (Jim Belushi, right?), our picks lean heavily on post-1990 SNL. This is by no means a comprehensive list — just a group of overlooked sketches that [...]

Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Visit 'The Tonight Show'

Ahead of the premiere of their new Adult Swim show, Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visited last night's Tonight Show, and Triumph didn't let the interview end without reminding everyone about the whole Conan thing: "We love NBC. NBC will always be the place where Jack and I got our start and where they fucked Conan."

Read Norm Macdonald's Fascinating Recap of "Celebrity Jeopardy" and #SNL40

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter last night to look back on his experience working for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, and the whole thing is a must-read for SNL fans who are interested to learn about how the special came together, the history of the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch, how some SNL cast members feel about Rolling Stone's recent cast member rankings, and whether or not Eddie Murphy was asked to perform in a sketch. Read Macdonald's recap in full below:

Craig Robinson and Jimmy Fallon Talk Mardi Gras on 'The Tonight Show'

Here's a clip from Craig Robinson's visit to last night's Tonight Show, where he tells Fallon about his experience giving out beads during the Bacchus Parade in New Orleans ("I was not prepared emotionally") as well as filming his upcoming NBC show Mr. Robinson and new movie Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Dakota Johnson to Host 'SNL' February 28th

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is heading to SNL next week. Johnson revealed the news during a brief cameo during last night's 40th anniversary special, and February 28th will make both the show's first post-special episode and Johnson's SNL hosting debut. Johnson starred in the 2012-2013 Fox comedy Ben and Kate and also appeared in the series finale of The Office in 2013. No musical guest for Johnson's SNL episode has been announced yet.

UPDATE: NBC just revealed that The Alabama Shakes will be the musical guest on Johnson's episode. It will make their second SNL appearance since 2013's episode hosted by Christoph Waltz.

Lorne Michaels and Matt Lauer Talk 'SNL's History, Fans, and Legacy

To celebrate SNL's big 40th anniversary show this Sunday, Matt Lauer interviewed Lorne Michaels for Today to look back at the show's history and what's in store for its future. The two cover everything from the original cast (Michaels says "the show stands on their shoulders") to whether Michaels plans to be at SNL for its 45th anniversary to his thoughts on people who look at the show nostalgically: "In high school you have the least amount of power you're ever gonna have. You don't get to drive, you don't have any money…staying up with friends late on a Saturday is great, and people attach to a cast."

The 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Just Got 30 Minutes Longer

NBC just gave SNL's live 40th anniversary special an extra 30 minutes. The Wrap reports that the special will now air on Sunday from 8:00pm – 11:30pm, which makes sense considering the growing list of SNL alums and celebrity guests for the big event. Here's the list of guests SNL has officially confirmed so far:

Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, Chevy Chase, Kanye West, Adam Sandler, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Paul Simon, Jerry Seinfeld, Molly Shannon, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Alec [...]

How 'Parks and Rec' Landed Last Night's Surprise Bill Murray Cameo

With only two episodes left in the series, Parks and Recreation revealed a huge surprise last night that's been a longtime dream of the cast and writers: Bill Murray appeared as the (until now) mysterious Mayor Gunderson. Entertainment Weekly has the backstory on how the show managed to score the elusive Murray cameo, and it's about as far-fetched and unexpected as you might expect. Here's what executive producer Mike Schur told us about his hopes to get Murray on the show back in 2013:

He's sort of ascended above the atmosphere of the actual tangible comedy world. He doesn't exist in reality to me anymore; he's like [...]

Over 23 Million People Watched Last Night's 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

Initial ratings for last night's big SNL special are in, and they're impressive. Variety reports that the first three hours of the special averaged 23.1 million viewers, easily beating out everything else on television last night and almost matching the Grammys' average last weekend of 24.8 million viewers. Ratings from the final half hour haven't been announced yet, but the special's 7.8 rating makes it the biggest audience for an NBC primetime entertainment telecast since the Will & Grace finale in May 2006. Read our complete SNL40 review here.

UPDATE: Live + 3 ratings are in, and the total number of #SNL40 viewers is huge: [...]

Take a Trip Down 'SNL' Memory Lane with Producer Mike Shoemaker

Longtime SNL producer Mike Shoemaker just celebrated the show's 40th anniversary in the best way possible — through tweeting a ton of never-before-seen photos from his time on the show from 1986 to 2008 using the hashtag #mySNLdays. It's a great trip down SNL memory lane and is loaded with some fun trivia for fans of the show. Check out all the photos below:

Watch Conner O'Malley's 'The Blacklist: Late Night Edition'

Whether you're a fan of The Blacklist or have never watched an episode in your life, you can still enjoy writer Conner O'Malley's independently made version of the show that aired on last night's Late Night. It even features superstar Seth Meyers as O'Malley's trusty sidekick Sex Addict. Watch part 2 below: