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Standup Taylor Williamson Is In the Finale of 'America's Got Talent' Tonight

Taylor Williamson will be competing in the finals of America's Got Talent tonight on NBC, where he stands to win a million dollar prize. The 26-year-old LA-based standup has performed three sets to make it to the finale of the talent show, where he will compete against singers, a magician, and, apparently, a dancer/mime for the prize.

In the past, comedians have done fairly well on AGT. Two acts made it to the final 10 – season one's comedic/juggling duo Jon & Owen and season four's 79-year-old standup Grandme Lee – while standup Tom Cotter came in second overall last year. And, if you count this sort of thing, ventriloquist Terry Fator won the whole [...]

Saturday Night’s Children: Abby Elliott (2008-2012)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 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.

Alongside Michaela Watkins, 21-year-old Abby Elliott was hired as a featured player when Amy Poehler went on maternity leave a month into season 34. Elliott's impersonation skills and beamy delivery proved invaluable during her run, from her election season Rachel Maddow sketches to her cooing sex-kitten take on host Anna Faris. Elliott’s announcement of her SNL departure in August 2012 came as [...]

Jimmy Fallon Turns to a Life of Joke Crime in 'Joking Bad'

Last night, Jimmy Fallon continued his march to the Tonight Show with this incredible Breaking Bad parody, as Jimmy realizes he only has six months left…at Late Night. He decides to dive into the high-stakes world of black market joke selling, where he encounter Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk, Colin Quinn, and a certain one-eyed pink teddy bear. It's a bit spoilery if you're not at least caught up with last year's Breaking Bad, but is worth watching to see Steve Higgins say "bitch" a whole bunch.

The 'Community' Season 4 DVD Doesn't Feature Dan Harmon Commentary

Community's fourth season (a.k.a. the Dan Harmon-less season) was released on DVD last month, and the box set didn't feature an audio commentary track from Harmon after all. Harmon, who was fired from the show after the third season and rehired for the fifth, told audiences at his Harmontown podcast in June, "Sony said they’re very interested in recording me watching it as a commentary track … I think I can do anything. It would move Season 4 DVDs, for sure." The DVD set did end up featuring commentary from the cast and writers, just not from Harmon, which can probably be attributed to him feeling [...]

Lady Gaga Is Coming Back to 'SNL' This Fall and She Might Host

Lady Gaga is returning to Saturday Night Live this fall to make her third appearance on the show, TV Line reports, and there's a chance that she might even host. TV Line says the part about her hosting is a "rumor," but the part about her being musical guest again is not. Gaga previously served as musical guest in a 2009 episode hosted by Ryan Reynolds and in a 2011 one hosted by Justin Timberlake, both of which she acted in. SNL's 39th season begins on September 28th with five new cast members joining up as featured players in the wake of Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and [...]

Jay Leno's Staff Is Already Leaving 'The Tonight Show'

Jay Leno is set to once again leave The Tonight Show in February, but this time he won't have another (nearly identical) show to employ his staff. As a result, some are already jumping ship, according to Deadline reports, which reported that two producers have left to join Chelsea Lately over at E! Though the show ends early next year, all cast and crew will be paid until the end of Leno's contract with NBC, which runs until September of 2014. Leno has been reported to have about 170 staffers, though it's unclear whether that was before or after last year's layoffs.

Leno's future at NBC is still up [...]

John Oliver to Reprise His Role on 'Community' This Year

John Oliver will be returning to Greendale Community College when the fifth season of Community returns to NBC this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Having completed his extremely successful summer hosting gig over at The Daily Show, Oliver will once again appear as Professor Ian Duncan on six episodes of the sitcom. Oliver originated his psychology professor in the pilot and was a recurring character for the show's first two seasons. A premiere date for the next season hasn't been set yet, but the show will begin airing in repeats on Comedy Central on September 20, making it the third John Oliver show on Comedy Central at the moment alongside [...]

NBC Considers Canceling or Revamping 'Last Call with Carson Daly'

With NBC set to install Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers as the new hosts of The Tonight Show and Late Night, respectively, in February, the network is also mulling over changes to its 1:35am show, Last Call with Carson Daly. NBC renewed the series for another season in April, but TV Guide reports that employees of the show have been instructed not to go to work, even though production on the new season should have already begun. TV Guide says the network is weighing options like continuing the series with a new host, revamping the show with Daly, canceling it altogether, or just keeping things exactly the way [...]

Watch 'Parks and Recreation's Season 5 Gag Reel

From Parks and Recreation's season 5 DVD, here's the blooper reel for the entire season of the show. It's 22 minutes, as long as an episode of the show and almost as good.

Check out the rest of it below:

Amy Poehler and Mike Schur Are Writing the 100th Episode of 'Parks and Rec' Together

Parks and Recreation is set to hit a major milestone this season: its 100th episode. Amy Poehler and Parks co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur will be writing the special episode together, Schur tells TV Line. "We didn't want to be super meta about it," he says. "We just wanted it to feel like all of our characters had reached a milestone in their lives, so that was the idea of the story going in. It's a really good story with a lot of juicy stuff in it." This will be the fourth episode of the show Poehler has written and the first she and Schur have written together. The 100th episode [...]

NBC Buys Pilots from Krysten Ritter, Mike White, and More

NBC has bought three sitcom pilots from familiar TV names. Krysten Ritter is working on yet another show with a swear word in the title; the Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 star's production company has sold My Parents Are Too F**king Happy. Deadline describes the show as "an irreverent comedy" about adult siblings whose love lives have been ruined by their parents' too-perfect marriage. The show will be written and produced by Freaky Friday writer Heather Hach.

Another pilot in the works, from Enlightened creator Mike White along with New Girl and 1600 Penn writers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, is about a 16-year-old prodigy chef who goes to work [...]

Carson Daly is Leaving 'Last Call' for 'Today'

Yesterday's speculation about the future of Last Call with Carson Daly has been settled, as Daly announced this morning that he'll be joining the morning team at the Today show. In a press release, NBC said Daly will remain an executive producer on Last Call and that "plans for a transition will be announced at a later date," which indicates that the future of NBC's 1:35am slot is still up in the air. Last Call is currently produced in Los Angeles, which would make it the only LA-based show on NBC's late night schedule if it stays.

Daly, meanwhile, will be launching something called "The Orange Room," a social media studio for Today. [...]

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross Appeared on 'Jimmy Fallon' Together Last Night

Here's David Cross on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, promoting his book with Bob Odenkirk, Hollywood Said No! — only to have his interview interrupted by his Alvin and the Chipmunks-obsessed biggest fan (played by Odenkirk).

Saturday Night's Children: Patrick Weathers (1980-1981)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 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.

Even among SNL's sixth season cast — cursed by coming in after the mass departure of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players — Patrick Weathers fared poorly; he spent seven episodes on the show and was credited as a featured player in only two. Between the backstage troubles with producer Jean Doumanian and onscreen dominance of Piscopo and Murphy, Weathers had [...]