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Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael Sell Another Show, This One to NBC

Writing partners Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael are getting really busy. After selling a show called DINKS to ABC in August, the duo just sold a script called The Mason Twins to NBC, THR reports. Mason Twins is a comedy centered on a pair of 30something fraternal twins who end up moving in together when their lives don't turn out how they expected. Wilson and Raphael will write and executive produce the script, but they're not expected to star in the project if NBC orders a pilot. Raphael is set to star in their other show DINKS, which has a pilot production commitment from ABC, though it's [...]

Miley Cyrus Is a Good Sport in Her 'SNL' Promos

Miley Cyrus is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, with musical guest herself, and she and Taran Killam recorded some perfectly charming, self-deprecating promos for the show. She seems up for making a joke or two at her own expense, so the new writers and cast members should have plenty of material to work with.

'SNL' Review: Tina Fey Introduces The New Cast

For a show that evolves constantly, SNL does a remarkable job preserving its brand. Despite the changes in the cast, the writers, and the culture it parodies, SNL will always be that live, hip, New York-centered show that puts up a few sketches at the end of the week to try to make you laugh. There's the "Live from New York…" throw line, the theme music, Don Pardo listing off the cast, the host walking out on stage, followed by that predictable pattern of live sketches, videos, musical performances, and the news segment. Critics put down this structure in favor of looser, more inventive sketch show formats, but given SNL's [...]

The 8 Biggest Transitional Seasons in 'SNL' History

Saturday Night Live starts up again tomorrow, with the show having undergoing its the biggest casting change-up in nearly 20 years. Not to worry, though, as Lorne Michaels has an impressive track record of reinventing the show and continuing to find amazing new people to replace his beloved departing performers. With four cast members on the way out (and Seth Meyers expected to make it five with a midseason exit), and six on the way in, this is the most notable SNL cast transition since the show shuttled out the Chris Farley-Adam Sandler gang to clear way for the Will Ferrell-Cheri Oteri ensemble in 1995. With that in mind, [...]

'The Michael J. Fox Show' Has Plenty of Potential But Isn't Quite There Yet

It's hard to tell from the first episode of a show — or the first two episodes, in the case of The Michael J. Fox Show, which debuts with back-to-back half-hours tonight — if the rest of the series that follow will be any good. Like most new sitcoms, The Michael J. Fox Show will take a handful of episodes to try to find its groove, but the first two episodes hold a lot of promise and feature enough funny moments to drown out the heavy exposition.

This is Michael J. Fox's first regular TV role since he left Spin City to spend time with his family following a [...]

Fox Orders John Mulaney's Show to Series

It looks like John Mulaney's sitcom has found a home. THR reports that the Fox network has ordered the comedy, titled Mulaney, to series after NBC developed the show but passed on it in May. The Lorne Michaels-produced multi-cam show's original pilot (review here) starred Mulaney (who also created it), along with Martin Short, Elliott Gould, Nasim Pedrad, Griffin Newman, and Seaton Smith, but only Short and Mulaney are confirmed to return for the Fox version of the series. Pedrad, who would have left SNL to do the show at NBC but probably won't move be able to get out of her SNL contract to go to Fox, [...]

Talking to Jim O'Heir About Playing Jerry on 'Parks and Recreation'

Chicago native Jim O’Heir had steady work as a veteran character actor in Hollywood until he finally caught a break in 2009 with a role he was born to play: Parks and Recreation’s put-upon government employee with the hot wife, Jerry Gergich.

It’s a testament to O’Heir’s portrayal of lovable loser Gergich that the character has gone from bit player in the NBC comedy’s early days to frequent source of the show’s biggest laughs. Even though Gergich retired from the town of Pawnee at the end of last season, Parks’ producers found a way to bring him back for Season 6.

I recently caught up with [...]

Good Neighbor Member Nick Rutherford Speaks Out About Not Being Hired by 'SNL'

Last month, Saturday Night Live hired everyone from the LA-based sketch group Good Neighbor onto the show except for member Nick Rutherford. Good Neighbor's Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett were hired as featured players, while Dave McCary was brought on as a director, with all of them set to debut on tomorrow night's season premiere. Rutherford, an actor/writer/standup, spoke about the situation publicly for the first time on the latest episode of DJ Douggpound's podcast, The Poundcast.

Rutherford tells his side of the story, explaining that he and Beck Bennett auditioned for Lorne Michaels individually at a showcase in LA this summer. Kyle Mooney had been flown [...]

Tina Fey Gave Jimmy Fallon Some Awesome Advice About Raising Daughters

Tina Fey dropped by her old Weekend Update co-anchor's show last night to address her recent Emmy win and give Jimmy Fallon advice on raising daughters. But don't worry; Tina's oldest daughter already sounds awesome. Below, Tina and Jimmy play a new late night game involving boxes and lies:

'Parks and Rec' Sets Itself Up For a Busy Season

For years, Parks and Recreation has lived on the brink of cancellation and suffered from unpredictable episode orders and schedules. As creator Mike Schur has discussed, the show’s fifth season was initially only given 13 episodes, while the rest were ordered later on. That meant that midway through last year’s Parks, a finale of sorts occurred with the wedding of Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott).

The following eight episodes then had to start a new stretch of stories and wrap up with another finale in May. In those four hours of TV, a flurry of new plotlines appeared: Leslie was suddenly [...]

Jay Pharoah on 'SNL's Diversity Issue: "They Need to Pay Attention"

With the addition of six new cast members this season, all of whom are white, Saturday Night Live has come under fire for its lack of diversity over the past couple weeks. Jay Pharoah, one of two black members of the 16-person cast, weighed in on the matter during an interview with theGrio:

"They need to pay attention. Her name is Darmirra Brunson…Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going [...]

Kevin Nealon Tested His Lip Reading Skills on Jimmy Fallon

Kevin Nealon hung out at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and the two former Weekend Update anchors had some fun as Kevin showed off his incredibly lip reading skills. Below, the two had a lovely chat about optimism, risk-taking, and why you should never get anywhere before you know you're there.

15.6 Million People Watched Robin Williams' New Sitcom; Twice As Many As Michael J. Fox's

Robin Williams' new sitcom The Crazy Ones debuted on CBS last night after uber-hit The Big Bang Theory and did very well for itself, drawing 15.6 million viewers overall. Though it didn't hold onto to all of Big Bang's 18.9 million viewers, it easily beat its NBC competition, the premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show, which pulled in 7.3 million people. The Michael J. Fox Show's lead-in, the always ratings-challenged Parks and Recreation, managed only 3.3 million viewers, while CBS's 9:30 show Two and a Half Men drew 11.54 million people.

Why 'SNL' Should Work On Its Lack of Diversity

With the new season of Saturday Night Live kicking off this weekend, Salon has an interesting look at the show's ongoing race problem. Notably, all six of the show's new cast members this year are white, though the show's lack of diversity has been true for much of its run. Most people theorize that, given SNL's history of pulling cast members from Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade, they are simply seeing more white comics than minorities who fit the established sensibility of the the show.

But people who complain that the pool of minority comedians in America is too small are “looking at the country club pool. They’re [...]