David S Pumpkins Animated Special

David S. Pumpkins, arguably one of the most popular Saturday Night Live characters in recent memory and unquestionably the most famous character of Tom Hanks‘ entire career, was too good to be a one time thing. At least according to NBC, who have given the go-ahead to a David S. Pumpkins animated special to air this October. And yes, Hanks will return to voice everyone’s favorite pumpkin-suited ghoul. Any questions? Oh, there are? Glad you asked! Read more about the David S Pumpkins animated special below.

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New Saturday Night Live Cast Members

At the end of the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live this past spring, three cast members left the show. Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer were given a fond farewell while Sasheer Zamata opted to leave the show without much pomp and circumstance. Over the summer, we were left wondering if executive producer Lorne Michaels would replace the departed comedians or just let the cast shrink without bringing in any new talent. Now we have our answer.

NBC has announced that three new featured players will make their debut on Saturday Night Live when the season premiere airs this weekend on September 30 with host Ryan Gosling. It’s likely that you haven’t heard of these names before, but we’ll fill you in on each of the new Saturday Night Live cast members below. Read More »

Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani - Saturday Night Live Season 43 Hosts

The end of this month will bring the 43rd season premiere of Saturday Night Live, fresh off winning several Emmys recently, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. They’ve got a lot to live up to after last season really brought out the best in the writers room and the cast, and it sounds like they’ll be starting things off on the right foot with a great batch of hosts to start things off.

Ryan Gosling was already announced to host the season premiere on September 30, just in time to promote the forthcoming sequel Blade Runner 2049. Now NBC has announced two more exciting hosts to follow him in the two weeks following: Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot and The Big Sick star and co-writer Kumail Nanjiani. Read More »

Saturday Night Live Season 43

In just 10 days, we’ll be getting a brand new episode of Saturday Night Live to kick off the 43rd season of the landmark, late night sketch comedy series from NBC. Ryan Gosling has been tapped to host the season premiere with Jay-Z serving as musical guest, and we’ll see if the show can keep the momentum from the high ratings last season earned thanks to the lampooning of a certain spray tan president. While we’ll have no idea what sketches to expect until the night of, there is one way we know SNL will try to keep the hype around the show alive.

NBC has announced that every new episode of Saturday Night Live this season will air live from coast-to-coast, just as the final three episodes of the previous season did. That means everyone on the west coast will be watching the show live at the same time as everyone on the east coast, and so will everyone in between. But SNL fans have even more to look forward to this fall. Read More »

69th Emmy Awards - 2017 Emmy Winners

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards aired on CBS Sunday night with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert serving as master of ceremonies for the prestigious night out with some of television’s finest talents.

The winners were announced live on television, and below we have the full list of those lucky enough to take home an Emmy during the broadcast last night, as well as offering some commentary on the awards from the night of the show. So without further adieu, let’s get to the 2017 Emmy winners. Read More »

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Ryan Gosling - Saturday Night Live Season 43

Last season of Saturday Night Live enjoyed record numbers for the late night sketch comedy series, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 1990s. That’s largely thanks to the complete shitshow in the White House making for ripe political satire, not to mention impeccable lampooning of the Orange-in-Chief himself by Alec Baldwin.

If the Saturday Night Live spin-off Weekend Update: Summer Edition this month is any indicator, the 43rd season of the staple NBC series should be back with a vengeance, and now we know who will be hosting the season premiere. Surprisingly, it’s not a former SNL cast member or one of their knockout, repeat hosts. Instead, it’s Blade Runner 2049 star Ryan Gosling and I couldn’t be happier about that. Read More »

Bill Hader as Anthony Scaramucci

Even as a die hard Saturday Night Live fan, I’m not entirely sure that we need a summer edition of Weekend Update for a few weeks before the full 43rd season of the late night sketch series kicks off on September. But after last night’s first episode of Weekend Update: Summer Edition brought back one of the best cast members to ever appear on the show, I’m so glad Colin Jost and Michael Che came back to end the summer with some laughs.

Former cast member Bill Hader made a surprise return to Studio 8H last night, and he brought with him an incredible impression of former White House communications director Anthony Scarmucci, the financier who only worked at the White House for 11 days before being unceremoniously fired from the position before he had even officially started the job.

Watch the sketch featuring Bill Hader as Anthony Scaramucci below. Read More »

Breaking Bad

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a new video essay explores why the pilot for Breaking Bad is a perfect beginning to the series and a flawless episode of television. Plus, someone with a lot of time on their hands recreated the favorite Animaniacs song “Yakko’s World” using dialogue from movies, and Saturday Night Live cast member turned United States Senator Al Franken once delivered one hell of a live performance as Mick Jagger. Read More »

Brigsby Bear

The demanding Saturday Night Live schedule leaves cast members with little time to themselves. A typical week is consumed with all-night writing sessions, lengthy table reads, marathon rehearsals, and a million last-minute adjustments. So when the players do have some down time, they better use it wisely.

Since many SNL players harbor dreams of being the next Eddie Murphy or Will Ferrell, a lot of them spend their breaks filming a new stand-up special or a role in a mainstream comedy. But not Kyle Mooney. Last week, his movie Brigsby Bear opened in limited release. The quirky Sundance comedy is about a young man obsessed with a children’s fantasy show that was made only for him. Mooney co-wrote the screenplay and stars as James Pope.

It would be safe to call Brigsby Bear a passion project – countless publications already have. But Mooney isn’t alone in his pursuit of passion projects. A few of his colleagues have also written and starred in their own films, ones that were never destined for a wide audience or a big payday but that clearly meant a great deal to their creators. How did we get to this current wave of SNL indie auteurism? It seems to have started a few cycles back.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

This edition of The Morning Watch features a closer look at the surprising amount of practical effects during a particular action sequence in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a video essay surrounding the sound of Ridley Scott‘s original Blade Runner, and a valiant attempt by someone to recreate an insane culinary creation from a Saturday Night Live sketch. Read More »