Kenan Thompson comedy in the works at NBC
November 20th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

Kenan Thompson comedy in the works at NBC

Kenan Thompson could become the next "Saturday Night Live" star to command his own comedy at NBC.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels is working with Thompson on a scripted single-camera series that Thompson would write, star in and executive produce.

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Jeremy Renner should do a musical
November 19th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Jeremy Renner should do a musical

Jeremy Renner just made a great case for a "Glee" cameo, as he blew us away with his singing over the weekend on "Saturday Night Live."

While his comedic abilities didn't really shine for some critics, his vocals stood out. (You can watch his monologue here.)

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Filed under: Saturday Night Live • television
'SNL' spoofs Brad Pitt, brings in big ratings
October 22nd, 2012
04:02 PM ET

'SNL' spoofs Brad Pitt, brings in big ratings

The original Chanel No. 5 commercial was funny enough, but "Saturday Night Live" of course had to join those mocking Brad Pitt's uber-serious shilling of the women's fragrance.

Taran Killam was the night's Brad Pitt lookalike, with shoulder-length locks and a scruffy beard. The "SNL" actor even matched Pitt's rambling tone as he droned on about journeys, the world turning and plans disappearing.

It all sounded very familiar, until Killam veered off:

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Big Bird stays up to pay a visit to 'SNL'
October 8th, 2012
10:46 AM ET

Big Bird stays up to pay a visit to 'SNL'

We can't help but wonder if Elmo's feeling a little jealous now that Big Bird's getting late-night play.

The yellow, tall and feathered "Sesame Street" resident stayed up seven hours past bedtime on Saturday to sit down with Seth Meyers on "Saturday Night Live's" "Weekend Update."

The sketch comedy show offered the character the chance to respond to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks about loving Big Bird, but not so much that he wouldn't cut funding from PBS.

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September 17th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Seth MacFarlane hosts 'SNL' - what's the verdict?

Expectations were high for the 38th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, but host Seth MacFarlane did his best to meet them.

With "SNL's" retooling, there was a lot riding on the season opener, which had Frank Ocean as the musical guest. In addition to three new cast members, this is a political season, and Jay Pharoah now does the impression of President Obama instead of Fred Armisen.

We didn't have to wait long to see how well Pharoah would do, as Saturday's premiere began with Armisen passing the torch.

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Seth Meyers on Jay Pharoah's new 'SNL' role
September 13th, 2012
02:48 PM ET

Seth Meyers on Jay Pharoah's new 'SNL' role

With Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott gone and three newbies coming in, "Saturday Night Live" is also doing some recasting.

An NBC rep tells CNN that the role of President Obama will now be played by Jay Pharoah - whom we already adore for his dead-on impression of Jay-Z - rather than Fred Armisen.

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