SNL - Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam

Earlier this week, Saturday Night Live confirmed that cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam were leaving the show. Now we know what they’re doing next. During their Television Critics Association presentation, Showtime announced two new series: White Famous, starring Pharoah, and Mating, starring Killam. Asked if he discussed both actors with SNL producer Lorne Michaels, Showtime Networks, Inc. President and CEO David Nevins said he would have worked around SNL had they stayed, but the deals did not include reaching out to Michaels.

“Our conversations have been with the actors,” Nevins said. “It’s been happening over the last several weeks, probably over a month individually. We were prepared to work around their SNL schedules. Our schedule got easier when they ended up being released from the show.”  Read More »

Taran Killam Leaving Saturday Night Live

With the start of the new television season just around the corner, NBC’s late night comedy staple Saturday Night Live has revealed two major changes coming to the cast for the show’s 42nd season. There aren’t any new cast members announced yet (though there will be some additions announced soon), but two veteran cast members will not be back.

Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah have exited Saturday Night Live, and if their departure is surprising to fans, it’s just as surprising to at least one of the two comedians who have each been with the show for six years. Find out more about Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam leaving Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »

Intramural

The Saturday Night Live stars are the last people you’d expect to see in an inspirational sports drama, but they’re the perfect folks to send up the inspirational sports drama subgenre. Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, and Beck Bennett all make appearances in the first Intramural trailer, which, as the title suggests, takes on the world of intramural college sports.

The video plays like a sort of indie Dodgeball, down to a shot of a cranky, violent dude in a wheelchair barking orders at his scrappy team. Watch the new Intramural trailer after the jump.

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CBS Films has just announced the cast for a generational comedy tentatively called Get a Job, from director Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger, Children’s Hospital) and the company has roped in quite a few great names.

Bryan Cranston (who is familiar with characters who know a thing or two about making money in a difficult economy), Anna Kendrick, and Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X) are the top cast. Nick Braun (Prom), Alison Brie (Community), Brandon T. Jackson (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Tropic Thunder), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fright Night, Superbad) and Jay Pharoah (SNL) are all set to co-star.

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Eight years after his sophomore directorial effort P.S., Dylan Kidd is heading back into feature filmmaking with a new comedy for CBS Films titled Get a Job. And he’s got his eye on some intriguing young stars (and Bryan Cranston) for the lead roles: Miles Teller is in talks for one of the leads, while offers have gone out to Cranston and Anna Kendrick for other roles. Meanwhile, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jay Pharoah, and Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in Kidd’s debut Roger Dodger, are said to be circling as well. More details after the jump.

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