Kristen Wiig is coming home again to host the May 11 episode of Saturday Night Live. Over six seasons, Wiig cemented herself as one of the funniest SNL cast members of all time. She has killer impressions, her Drew Barrymore is spot on and her Kim Cattrall is scary good, created oodles of memorable characters, oh Target lady, and constantly swung for the fences. Here are some memorable sketches we want to see again (and a few that we don’t). READ FULL STORY
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Newsflash: There was more to yesterday’s episode of Parks and Recreation than Ron getting sued and guest appearances by Annabeth Gish and J.K. Simmons. As USC doctoral candidate George Carstocea points out on his blog, the whole half-hour was one long homage to David Foster Wallace’s massive novel Infinite Jest – the number one book you pretend to have read in college.
Parks and Rec showrunner Michael Schur — a.k.a. the guy who occasionally plays Mose on The Office — is an admitted DFW-phile. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on Wallace, directed a Decemberists video based on Wallace’s 1,079-page opus, and even owns Infinite Jest‘s film rights. (Good luck with that one, Mike.) And since a minor character in IJ hails from the town of Partridge, Kan., Schur saw an episode named after and partially set in the town of Partridge, Minn. as the perfect opportunity to indulge in a variety of Jest references.
Don’t get us wrong — we’ve got no beef with Seth Meyers. His wry delivery is perfect for Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, and he’s written plenty of classic sketches, including last fall’s masterful Louie/Lincoln parody.
But when word broke that NBC will supposedly bring in Meyers to host Late Night once Jimmy Fallon decamps for The Tonight Show, we couldn’t help meeting the news with a noncommittal shrug. Sure, he’d be a fine man for the job, and God knows SNL could use some new blood in its writers room. At the same time, though, wouldn’t it be nice if NBC didn’t pick a man to do this job?
While cable has its share of female-fronted late night talk shows — E!’s Chelsea Lately, Bravo’s Kathy, MTV’s fledgling Nikki & Sara Live – the networks haven’t featured a lady late night host since The Wanda Sykes Show crashed and burned on Fox in 2010. Among the Big Three networks alone, the record is even worse; there’s never been a late night chat show hosted solely by a woman on ABC, NBC, or CBS, though Joy Behar was one of The Midnight Hour‘s rotating hosts in 1990.
Simply put, that is ridiculous. And here are 10 funny women we’d like to see make history in Jimmy Fallon’s old seat.
Rule #1: Don’t bother Tina Fey when she’s minding her own business on the streets of New York City, probably off in search of a delicious sandwich.
Rule #2: Don’t bother her especially if you’re just going to ask about the whole Taylor Swift thing. A recap: Swift wasn’t happy when Fey and Amy Poehler jokingly told the singer to stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son at the Golden Globes. When Vanity Fair asked Swift to respond to the quip, Swift replied by quoting Katie Couric quoting Madeleine Albright: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
Fey commented about the brouhaha last week, telling Entertainment Tonight that she was taken aback by Swift’s words: “If anyone was going to get mad at us, I thought it would be James Cameron. I did not see that one coming. It was a joke. It was a lighthearted joke.”
And that, it seems, will be her last statement on the matter, given how she reacted to a photographer who tried to bait her into saying something else about Swift a few days ago.
Important “Stuff on the Internet” update: Parks and Recreation characters Leslie and Ben have a wedding pinboard on Pinterest, and it’s as absolutely adorable as you’d hope it would be.
In a bunch of photos courtesy of NBC, you can see formal-ish black-and-white pictures of the just-married Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wyatt, or rather, Mr. Ben Wyatt and Ms. Leslie Knope, alongside “behind-the-scenes” photos from the wedding day featuring Ron, April, Tom and yes, even Jerry. READ FULL STORY
Looking for another bad-on-purpose-but-even-so-we’re-going-to-sing-it-for-three-minutes song about boobs at next year’s Academy Awards? Sorry, Charlie — Seth MacFarlane isn’t interested in a repeat hosting performance:
MacFarlane’s decision to follow Ricky Gervais’s awards show lead must be disappointing for the 46 percent of EW readers who think the Family Guy creator did a great job on Sunday — not to mention ABC, which must be pleased with the show’s high ratings (40.3 million viewers, up 3 percent from last year, with an 11 percent increase in adults 18-49). It also means that next year’s hosting field is wide open — though that said, there are a few frontrunners for the gig.
“I promised myself I was not going to cry tonight, and I have already broken that promise five times,” says Chris to Ben in this wedding episode. I have to say, five times sounds about right. Also, if “Ben and Leslie” doesn’t prove that Amy Poehler deserves her Emmy, I don’t know what the Emmy voters need. Leslie was hilarious (that Tim Gunn impression), lovable (a 70-page first draft on her vows), and amazingly caring (refusing to have her wedding without Ron, who is like a father to her). READ FULL STORY
My overwhelming thought following tonight’s rippling terrain of pricey Super Bowl commercials was that Doritos missed a great cross-promotional opportunity by not joining forces with Calvin Klein. There’s always next year. Below, zip through a bunch of 2013′s most memorable — best AND worst! — Super Bowl ads. READ FULL STORY
Ricky Gervais may be the one that got all the feigned gasps with his celebrity-ribbing monologues the past couple years, but gal pals and partners in prime-time Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had more than a little bite in their Golden Globes opening. Starting off with a guaranteed-to-be-accurate subject—making fun of the assembled celebrities’ inevitable intoxication, saying “You can smell the pills from here”—they then gave a sarcastic nod to their predecessor before moving on down the list of all the famous faces in the crowd just waiting for someone to cut to them. Here are some of the highlights and check back for their jokes throughout the night:
You’ve predicted the winners in the movie and TV categories, and now it’s time to see if you were right. Tonight, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes (NBC, 8 p.m. ET). And once again, EW.com has created a second-screen experience, which will feature our live blog (starting with E!’s red carpet coverage, of course, at 6 p.m. ET), a live photo stream from the red carpet, a photo stream from inside the ballroom, and an updated list of winners.
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