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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.

'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 [...]

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:

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."

'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: [...]

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: