Lorne Michaels is best known for creating and executive producing Saturday Night Live, not to mention producing countless TV shows featuring SNL veterans and other notable comedians. Every now and then he tackles something that isn’t a straight-up comedy project, and the producer’s next big screen project doesn’t sound like it will be funny at all.
Universal Pictures is teaming up with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video production banner to buy the rights to The Operator, a biography written by Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill. The book not only acts as a memoir of O’Neill’s life and service, but specifically recounts the moment when he killed the terrorist leader credited with the horrific attacks of 9/11. Read More »
Norm Macdonald has had a long, troubled history on television. From his days spent on Saturday Night Live as the brilliant but frequently misunderstood Weekend Update anchor in the 1990s to his consistently canceled shows like Norm, A Minute with Stan Hooper and Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, the comedian can’t seem to catch a break. But maybe that will change with Netflix.
The aptly titled Norm Macdonald Has a Show (E-I-E-I-O) finds the comedian and his sidekick Adam Eget having candid conversations with celebrity guests like David Spade, Judge Judy, David Letterman, Drew Barrymore, Lorne Michaels, M. Night Shyamalan and more. But this doesn’t look like your usual, polished, fluffy anecdote talk show from late night television. Watch the Norm Macdonald Has a Show trailer below to see what we’re dealing with. Read More »
HBO is a prime destination for great comedy with shows like Silicon Valley, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show and more in the cable network’s roster. But their new collaboration with Fred Armisen and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels is something much different.
HBO has given the greenlight to a new half-hour comedy series called Los Espookys that will follow a group of friends in a strange and dreamy version of present-day Mexico turning their love for horror into a peculiar business. Sounds like your typical quirky comedy series from HBO, but what makes this one stand out is that it will be entirely in Spanish. Read More »
When it comes to sketch comedy, most audiences are familiar with Saturday Night Live first and foremost, followed closely by Mad TV. But some audiences might remember the likes of In Living Color, The State, Upright Citizens Brigade, SCTV and The Kids in the Hall. If all goes according to plan, one of those shows might be getting some kind of revival.
The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy troupe who made waves from the late 1980s to mid-1990s with their live comedy tour. But they really picked up steam after getting their own self-titled television show. Now they might be able to make a comeback with a The Kids in the Hall revival series, perhaps even on Netflix. Read More »
Some of you might’ve been lucky enough to catch the long lost Bill Murray movie, Nothing Lasts Forever, on Turner Classic Movies over a year and a half ago. It was a rare showing of the 1984 film that never got released in theaters and starred Gremlins‘ Zach Galligan, Dan Aykroyd, and musician Eddie Fischer. The Lorne Michaels-produced comedy has yet to receive a proper release on home video, but a screening was recently held in London for Tom Schiller‘s (Saturday Night Lady) troubled film.
Below, learn more about the lost Bill Murray movie.
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Much of the finest entertainment in the world isn’t free. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find great content that won’t cost you a dime. Case in point, Jerry Seinfeld has his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee available to watch for free through Sony’s Crackle, and the eighth season is on its way this summer.
The first Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 8 trailer has just debuted online, teasing Seinfeld’s fascinating discussions with some of comedy’s most brilliant minds. This season includes Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, director Judd Apatow, former Daily Show correspondent and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, and plenty more. Watch below! Read More »
Good news, Saturday Night Live fans! We’re about to get more time for sketches to air on NBC when the show returns for its 42nd season this fall. The peacock network will be go lighter on commercial time during each new episode of Saturday Night Live next season, in addition to introducing a new form of advertising that will integrate sketches with sponsors.
Get more details on how Saturday Night Live commercial time will be cut after the jump. Read More »
Earlier this week, thousands of fans signed a petition directed at Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels to have him bring in Ryan Reynolds to host the late night sketch show. However, these fans didn’t want Reynolds to host the show as himself as is customary for celebrities to do. Instead, they wanted Reynolds to host SNL as Deadpool, the box office topping, fourth wall breaking, smart ass mercenary.
Even though Lorne Michaels hasn’t responded to this petition, and he probably never will, Ryan Reynolds took the time to craft a response to this request by Deadpool fans. But he did it in exactly the kind of way that Deadpool would: by spoofing the timely leak of yet another rant that Kanye West went on backstage at Saturday Night Live when he was a musical guest last weekend. Read More »
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We’re three episodes into the 41st season of Saturday Night Live, and the most recent episode hosted by Tracy Morgan (check out my review of the whole episode over here) shows that the writers and cast finally getting comfortable and delivering a solid episode with a veteran cast member. It may have taken a couple episodes to get there, but they did it.
However, it turns out that this success has come with one major change behind the scenes that is only just now coming to light. SNL head writer Colin Jost is no longer has that title on the late night sketch show. The good news is that this should actually help improve the show. Read More »
There are plenty of movies hitting the big screen this summer, but it looks like one of this season’s gems may not be in theaters. Netflix is releasing the indie comedy Staten Island Summer on the streaming service at the end of the month, and this looks like a hilarious coming-of-age comedy.
Saturday Night Live creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels produced the film that features a cavalcade of cameos from his own discoveries such as Fred Armisen, Will Forte, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong. But at the core of the story are two teens on the verge of figuring out adulthood. And you can see the amusing results of that in the first Staten Island Summer trailer after the jump. Read More »