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‘Burn It Down’ Explores ‘SNL’ and Its “Culture of Impunity” (Exclusive Excerpt)

“For decades, SNL has been a frequently terrible, punishing experience for a lot of people who worked there or ended up in the show’s orbit.” That’s part of how author Maureen Ryan describes the workplace culture of NBC’s Saturday Night Live in her forthcoming book, Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change […]

“If You Don’t Change the Movie, You Won’t Direct ‘Wayne’s World 2′”: How Mike Myers and Lorne Michaels Faced Off With Director Penelope Spheeris

Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris is setting the record straight about rumored clashes with star Mike Myers on the set of 1992’s Wayne’s World — the first scripted feature for both of them. “It was not an uncomfortable set,” Spheeris, 77, tells THR‘s It Happened in Hollywood podcast. “Mike is hypoglycemic, so if he got […]

Lou Gehrig Series From Lorne Michaels in the Works at Apple (Exclusive)

Apple is turning its lens on the Iron Horse. The iPhone maker/streamer is teaming with Universal Television and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video to adapt author Jonathan Eig’s book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, as a scripted television series, sources say. Dan Kay (the upcoming Spider & Jessie) is on board to […]

Richard Belzer, Extraordinarily Smart-Ass as a Comic and a TV Cop, Dies at 78

Richard Belzer, the beloved comedian who began as an edgy stand-up performer before finding further fame as the cynical but stalwart detective John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has died. He was 78.  Belzer died early Sunday at his home in Bozouls in southwest France, writer Bill Scheft, a […]

‘Mean Girls’ Musical Composer Jeff Richmond Talks Upcoming Movie Adaptation, Working With Wife Tina Fey

This January, Mean Girls’ national tour opened in Los Angeles, bringing the cult classic teen comedy to life on the Pantages stage. At the show’s L.A. premiere, the audience was decked out in pink outfits and Mean Girls merch, while guests like producer and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels also attended. Based on the […]

Adam Sandler to Receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

One of comedy’s highest honors is headed Adam Sandler’s way. The superstar comedian has been selected to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The Hustle star will receive the honor during a gala ceremony at Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on March 19. The Mark Twain Prize “recognizes […]

‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Premiere Pokes Fun at Cast Exits, Donald Trump

Saturday Night Live‘s season 48 opened with Miles Teller and Andrew Dismukes in a “ManningCast” sketch, humorously analyzing the show — from what the cast is doing right and wrong in their jokes to the many departures. The premiere also featured guest appearances from Jon Hamm and Shaun White. Throughout the opening bit, Teller (playing […]

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

As Lorne Michaels tells it, Saturday Night Live’s most significant cast shake-up 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 […]

Lorne Michaels Credits Pandemic for ‘SNL’ Cast Exodus, Teases Plans for 50th Anniversary: “We’ll Bring Everyone Back”

Lorne Michaels sees the recent mass departure of Saturday Night Live castmembers as a byproduct of the pandemic and promises the late Emmy-winning variety show’s Weekend Update segment will remain the same through the midterms with head writer Colin Jost and Michael Che at the helm. Ahead of the premiere of season 48, eight castmembers […]

‘SNL’: Eminem Puts Pete Davidson in His Place During ‘Forgot About Dre’ Parody

Eminem is fed up with Pete Davidson‘s rap music video parodies. During the season 47 finale of Saturday Night Live on May 21, Marshall Mathers made another memorable cameo in a musical sketch paying tribute to longtime show producer Lorne Michaels. In the cut-for-time skit, titled “Forgot About Lorne,” Davidson raps about Lorne’s accomplishments over the beat from […]

‘Kenan,’ ‘Mr. Mayor,’ ‘The Endgame’ Canceled at NBC

NBC has completed its renewals, new series pickups and cancellations ahead of Monday’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers. The network on Thursday canceled second-year comedies Kenan and Mr. Mayor as well as freshman drama The Endgame. Additionally, the network’s last remaining comedy pilot, Hungry — which underwent recasting with Modern Family’s Ariel Winter […]

George Yanok, Emmy-Winning Writer on Lily Tomlin Specials, Dies at 83

George Yanok, who earned two Emmy Awards for co-writing Lily Tomlin TV specials in the 1970s, died Friday in Nashville after an 18-month battle with lung cancer, his stepdaughter, Katie Hill, announced. He was 83. One of the original writers on CBS’ Hee Haw, Yanok also wrote and/or produced for such other shows as Welcome […]