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Breaking Down ‘SNL’s’ Biggest Cast Overhaul in a Generation

The late-night staple has gone through cast shake-ups before, but the exodus prior to season 48 is unusually large.

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Breaking Down ‘SNL’s’ Biggest Cast Overhaul in a Generation

As Lorne Michaels tells it, Saturday Night Live’s most significant cast shakeup in a generation is a product of the pandemic. In interviews after the Emmy Awards and with The New York Times, Michaels noted that in normal times, the likes of Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson might have left SNL in 2020 […]

Critic’s Notebook: Doomed to Fail, Trevor Noah Thrived on ‘The Daily Show’

Nobody wanted to follow Jon Stewart, but over seven years Noah succeeded in carving out his own distinctive, often terrific niche.

‘Community’ Movie Officially Happening on Peacock

What may have started as a joke in season two and evolved into a hashtag campaign by fans is now coming to fruition. More than seven years after the former NBC comedy wrapped its run with its sixth and final season on Yahoo, cult favorite comedy Community is officially getting its long-awaited movie. Peacock, NBC’s […]

‘TV’s Top 5’: A Discussion About the 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

Welcome to the 187th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

‘The Rings of Power’ Showrunners — and a Geologist — Explain That Mount Doom Surprise

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for The Rings of Power, episode six.] The sixth episode of The Rings of Power concluded with a spectacular reveal of an iconic Middle-earth landmark: The volcanic Mount Doom.  That mysterious sword young Theo discovered in the show’s first episode has turned out to be a key that was used to open a floodgate spilling water through those […]

Jon Cryer-Mike O’Malley Comedy Scores NBC Series Order

NBC is adding to its comedy roster. The network has given a series order to a multi-camera show from creator Mike O’Malley (Survivor’s Remorse, Snowpiercer) and star and executive producer Jon Cryer. The untitled series, likely to debut in the 2023-24 TV season, is the second off-cycle pickup for NBC in recent months: In July, […]

‘Rings of Power’ Debuts at No. 1 on Streaming Chart

The big-budget The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power had a big opening weekend on Nielsen’s SVOD charts, outdrawing House of the Dragon among streaming users. It was not, however, the biggest opening ever for Amazon’s Prime Video in terms of total viewing time. The Rings of Power captured 1.25 billion minutes of […]

Chris Hemsworth Inks First-Look Deal With National Geographic

Chris Hemsworth is formalizing his relationship with National Geographic. The Thor: Love and Thunder star and his producing partner, Ben Grayson, have signed a first-look deal with Nat Geo via their newly formed production company, Wild State. The pair have already worked with National Geographic on the special Shark Beach With Chris Hemsworth and the […]

Peacock Prince Andrew Doc to Dive Into Jeffrey Epstein Relationship

Prince Andrew is getting the documentary treatment at Peacock. The streamer has released the trailer for Prince Andrew: Banished, a 90-minute documentary debuting Oct. 5 that will dive into the “tumultuous and complex” life of Prince Andrew. The feature includes interviews with palace insiders, journalists, and others who were close to the controversial relationship between Prince Andrew, Ghislaine […]

Willie Mays Documentary Gets HBO Date

One of baseball’s greatest players will be the subject of an HBO documentary debuting in November. The premium cabler has set a Nov. 8 airdate for Say Hey, Willie Mays!, a feature documentary tracing Mays’ life and Hall of Fame career. The film, directed by author and filmmaker Nelson George (The Announcement, A Ballerina’s Tale), […]

‘Yellowstone’ Season 5 Trailer: Meet Gov. Dutton

It’s not a spoiler to reveal that John Dutton (Kevin Costner) becomes governor of Montana in season five of Yellowstone. In fact, it’s the opening scene of the trailer for the coming season of the Paramount Network hit, which premieres Nov. 13. John announced his candidacy and secured the endorsement of the outgoing governor (Wendy […]

Netflix Removes LGBTQ Tag From ‘Dahmer’ Series After Viewers Protest

Netflix has taken an “LGBTQ” tag off of its true-crime series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story after an outcry from viewers. The tag was one of several categories initially used to categorize the limited series about the serial killer from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, along with labels like “dark,” “horror” and “vintage […]