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36 Female SNLers Back Franken, to Criticism

They use a letter to thank him, to the dismay of social media users

(Newser) - The current cast of Saturday Night Live is far from supporting SNL alum and alleged harasser Al Franken, but the same can't be said of former staff. In a letter , 36 women who previously worked on the show say they "feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken,... More »

SNL Rips an Alum

Al Franken taken to task over sexual harassment

(Newser) - The sexual harassment allegations wracking virtually every segment of society predictably surfaced on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, but the New York Times notes that the man currently in the crosshairs made the show's approach "especially delicate." The show pulled no punches in the case... More »

SNL's Sessions: Roy Moore a Little 'Too Alabama'

McKinnon's AG character makes a return amid latest controversy in Ala. Senate race

(Newser) - As the sexual misconduct allegations roil the Alabama Senate race, Saturday Night Live waded right in with a sketch portraying candidate Roy Moore meeting with VP Mike Pence (Beck Bennett). Pence's advice: Get out. "Don’t think of it as ending your campaign, think of it as going... More »

SNL Sends Trump, Manafort to Shower

Meanwhile, Larry David makes holocaust jokes

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live covered a lot of ground in its most recent episode, from President Trump and Paul Manafort naked together in the shower to Larry David making ill-received concentration camp jokes. Alec Baldwin kicked off the show as Trump talking to Manafort in the wake of his disastrous week,... More »

Kellyanne Conway Gets It Treatment on SNL

'Kellywise' the clown makes her debut

(Newser) - The Trump administration got the It treatment on Saturday Night Live, with Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) appearing in a storm gutter as Kellywise the clown, reports Entertainment Weekly . The sketch featured Alex Moffat as Anderson Cooper, asking Kellywise, "What did you do to your makeup?" McKinnon replies, "I... More »

Meryl Streep: No, I Didn't Know of 'Inexcusable' Weinstein Acts

She calls women who have gone public 'heroes'

(Newser) - One common refrain being heard about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment debacle is that his behavior was the worst-kept secret in Hollywood. And that has left people wondering why prominent, longtime collaborators never spoke up. On Monday, none other than Meryl Streep addressed that very question. "Not everybody knew,... More »

SNL Opens on Somber Note

Jason Aldean bumps the usual cold open with tribute, performance of 'I Won't Back Down'

(Newser) - Country star Jason Aldean took the stage on Saturday Night Live, reports the AP, paying tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre and to the late rocker Tom Petty. "Launching into a solid, countrified cover of Tom Petty’s 'I Won’t Back Down,' Aldean... More »

The Pathos- Driven Rise of Kate McKinnon

In 'VF' interview, 'SNL' comedian touches on empathy she drew on to play Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - Kate McKinnon is dressed down ("real-person down," without makeup and in sneakers and a baggy tee) and skittish like a cat, reacting so warily to her interview with Lili Anolik for Vanity Fair that Anolik realizes she's "going to have to approach her slowly, carefully, no... More »

SNL Ribs Trump's 'Despacito' Puerto Rico Response

Show returns with Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it by President Trump's Twitter feed Sunday morning, but Saturday Night Live returned to the airwaves Saturday night, with Alec Baldwin reviving his impression of the commander in chief responding to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico , reports the Hill . In speaking with the mayor of San Juan,... More »

For 43rd Season of SNL, 3 New Cast Members

Ryan Gosling, Jay-Z help get the season started this weekend

(Newser) - Ryan Gosling and Jay-Z are the host and featured musical act, respectively, on Saturday Night Live this weekend as the show kicks off its 43rd season, but they won't be the only fresh faces on the set. An NBC statement notes three newbies—Groundlings veteran Heidi Gardner, comic Chris... More »

Baldwin Spoofs Trump in SNL Summer Show

'There was a tragic victim that came out of Charlottesville: Me!'

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin returned as President Trump Thursday night for one of Saturday Night Live's summer "Weekend Update" shows, this time spoofing the president at his recent rally in Phoenix. See the video here . Among the lines:
  • "Now, a lot of people don't know this, but you
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The 2017 Emmy Nominations Are Here

22 nods each for 'Westworld,' 'SNL'

(Newser) - Emmy nominations are out, and Saturday Night Live and Westworld are in the lead with 22 nods each, the AP reports. One of the nominations for HBO's Westworld was outstanding drama series, a category that also included AMC's Better Call Saul, Hulu's The Handmaid’s Tale, NBC'... More »

SNL: Trump Sings 'Hallelujah'

Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer bid farewell at end of season

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live sent off its 42nd season—and departing cast members Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer—with an Hallelujah, revisiting Kate McKinnon’s post-election performance of Leonard Cohen’s poignant ballad with Alec Baldwin this time seated at the piano as President Trump. The New York Times speculates that... More »

Depp Willing to Be SNL's Next Trump

'Alec's done all of the work, I can just copy him'

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin has suggested his stint as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live will be short-lived , but don’t fret: Johnny Depp is willing to take over. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that aired Thursday, the actor did a short impression of the president before saying he'd be... More »

SNL's 'Drunk Uncle' Is Taking His Leave

Bobby Moynihan departing show after 9 seasons

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live is going to need a new " Drunk Uncle ." When Bobby Moynihan shares the same stage this weekend with the Rock and Katy Perry for the season finale, it will be his last as an SNL cast member, leaving after nine seasons on the show, Deadline... More »

McCarthy Brings Back Spicey Time to SNL

Show has a grand time with actress' 5th time as host

(Newser) - Melissa McCarthy once again brought comic spice to Saturday Night Live: After a spate of guest appearances mocking White House press secretary Sean Spicer in recent weeks, she was back on Saturday's edition as host. McCarthy played the hot-tempered Spicer whizzing on his motorized podium through the streets of... More »

'Sean Spicer' Seen Cruising Through NYC on His Podium

That would be Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer

(Newser) - On Wednesday, she donned her press secretary suit to "I'm So Pretty" as she prepared to host this weekend's Saturday Night Live. On Friday, Melissa McCarthy went full-out Sean Spicer, "from the bushes to the streets" of New York City, riding her Segway-like podium right past... More »

Melissa McCarthy Transforms Into Sean Spicer in Promo

To a song from 'West Side Story'

(Newser) - Sean Spicer has said Melissa McCarthy could "dial it back a bit" when she portrays him on Saturday Night Live, but from the latest promo, it doesn't appear the actress will be taking the White House press secretary's suggestion—though she does show a softer, more show-tuney... More »

‘Morning Joe,’ Mika Get Awkward on SNL

Also, a little game the show likes to call 'Where in the World Is Kellyanne Conway?'

(Newser) - The long suspected and newly confirmed romance between Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough went under the Saturday Night Live spotlight, with Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat poking fun at the pair's awkward sexual tension during the show's Cold Open. As McKinnon needled Moffat about "your Republican party,... More »

McCarthy's 'Spicey' Hippity-Hops Back to SNL

Alec Baldwin returns as Trump, holds reality show

(Newser) - Melissa McCarthy and Alec Baldwin could be mistaken for Saturday Night Live cast members at this point in the season, reports NPR , as both returned Saturday in their recurring roles as Sean Spicer and President Trump, respectively. In the Cold Open, Baldwin held forth in the Oval Office, running through... More »

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