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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Is Hosting 'SNL' on March 28th

NBC has just announced that the next episode of SNL, airing on March 28th, will be hosted by Dwayne Johnson, known to some as The Rock and others as That Guy With the Hilarious Old Picture of Him Wearing a Turtleneck and a Fannypack. The musical guest will be George Ezra.

'SNL's Uneasy Relationship with Twitter and Online Critics

Last November, SNL aired a mock promo for a hacky, whitewashed family sitcom called "The Dudleys." In the sketch, a voiceover explains the various lengths the show has gone to satisfy complaints on Twitter — "You tweeted, 'It's 2014, why can't any of The Dudleys be gay?' Well, we heard you loud and clear!" — with Woody Harrelson playing at various degrees of homosexuality before dialing it back up to a "gay 5." "The Dudleys" was a clever piece of satire in a great episode, but it also reflected a truth SNL's current cast and writers have been coming to terms with: they can't win on Twitter.

In some ways, [...]

NBC to Launch a Subscription Streaming Comedy Service This Year

If you're a fan of NBC comedy offerings like SNL and The Tonight Show but don't want to bother with the trouble of owning a television or cable box, NBC has you covered: Variety reports that the network is planning to launch a comedy subscription video service sometime this year. Details on what the streaming service will offer are still slim and have yet to get official confirmation from NBC, but for about $2.50-3.50 per month viewers will reportedly have access to full episodes of The Tonight Show and SNL, with the possibility of original comedy series exclusive to subscribers to follow.

Taran Killam Is a Big Fan of Dakota Johnson's Dad

Dakota Johnson makes her SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC just released the first promo reel featuring Johnson and Taran Killam, who is a big fan of Johnson's father Don from his groundbreaking work on Miami Vice.

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:

Amex Hitched Their Wagon to 'SNL's Parody of Their Commercial

If you watched Chris Hemsworth's SNL episode live last weekend, you probably noticed that the pre-taped commercial parody spoofing the very serious Mindy Kaling American Express commercial was directly followed by the actual ad, and today Variety confirms that the move was, in fact, a calculated move on Amex's part:

American Express already had plans for an ad featuring comic actress Mindy Kaling to air during Saturday’s broadcast, and NBC out of courtesy gave the financial-services giant and its media-buying agency, Mindshare, a heads-up about plans for the satirical piece to air, according to two people familiar with the situation. NBC in turn was asked to [...]

Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth Attempt the 'Dirty Dancing' Lift in These 'SNL' Promos

Chris Hemsworth makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC released the first round of promos featuring Hemsworth and Kate McKinnon, who thinks Hemsworth is the perfect host to attempt the Dirty Dancing lift with…but it probably would've turned out better if Hemsworth had seen the movie first.

'SNL' Review: Business as Usual with Dakota Johnson

Two weeks ago, SNL's 40th anniversary reminded us what we love about this show. The routine scrutiny fell silent at the images that once captured each generation: the classic setups like "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Nick the Lounge Singer," and "Wayne's World"; the tongue-in-cheek smugness of regulars like Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin; the moments when endearing nobodies became stars before our eyes. We can complain that SNL lacks originality, but our hearts long for the familiarity we used to have, for the days when we'd pray for Chris Farley to crash into a scene or the TV Funhouse dog to drag the show away or Tina Fey to do the news.

As SNL falls back into business [...]

Chris Hemsworth to Host 'SNL' March 7th

Next month's first SNL host has been revealed. NBC announced today that Chris Hemsworth is set to host SNL Saturday, March 7th with musical guest Zac Brown Band. It will make Hemsworth's SNL hosting debut. The show returns live this week with another first-time host Dakota Johnson and musical guest The Alabama Shakes.

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: [...]

'SNL' Review: Walking Tall with Chris Hemsworth

One of the bigger frustrations for those of us following SNL's 40th season is that, despite the show's ongoing ups and downs, this current version of SNL is one we want to get behind. Kate McKinnon, Taran Killam, and Cecily Strong are as fun to watch and dominant in sketches as previous eras' stars were (regardless how rosey nostalgia has tinted alums like Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg), and the video segments are as sharply executed as they've ever been. What SNL has been lacking are an overall confidence in its assets and a consistent understanding of how to deploy them effectively.

The stronger episodes this season have featured east cast member putting his or her best foot forward. For example, [...]

China Is Getting Its Own 'Saturday Night Live'

Saturday Night Live is heading to China. Bloomberg reports that Broadway Video has closed a deal with Sohu.com to launch a Chinese version of SNL. "China’s Communist Party has been looking for new ways to engage with an audience because past forms of preaching are no longer suitable for today," said Wang Sixin, a professor at the Communication University of China, on the news. "What Sohu needs to be careful about, though, is finding the right balance when doing satire about social and political issues." China isn't the first country to get its own version of SNL; Horatio Sanz worked as a consultant on SNL Mexico in [...]

Conan O'Brien and Howard Stern Talk Depression, Late Night, and 'SNL'

To promote his upcoming Conan special from Cuba, Conan O'Brien stopped by The Howard Stern Show this morning, and the result is a lengthy and fantastic interview that covers O'Brien's entire career, from his first days in college to writing for SNL and The Simpsons all the way to his choice to rebuild his new TBS show Conan rather than continue the bits he made famous during his NBC years. O'Brien also opened up about his struggles with depression — here's a particularly great quote about his early days on NBC late night:

This is an absolute true story: It was the first couple weeks of the Late [...]

Celebrate 40 Years of 'SNL' with Kyle Mooney

NBC uploaded a new SNL clip today that was cut from the 40th anniversary red carpet pre-show featuring Kyle Mooney celebrating the best way possible — interviewing a bunch of people, classic Kyle-style, around 30 Rock. It's so nice to see underappreciated cast member Mikey Ritter finally get some love.