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'The Maya Rudolph Show': Give her another take? -- VIDEO

Maya Rudolph, we’ve missed you. On Monday, NBC took one of its brightest (if recently underutilized) stars and let her shine all over a studio soundstage, likely in hopes that Rudolph might be the right person to bring back the long-extinct variety show format. Others have tried and failed, but the Saturday Night Live alum had plenty of momentum heading into the one-off premiere of The Maya Rudolph Show.

Now that Rudolph’s debut comedy hour has aired, though, the question looms: Was her brand of song-and-skit enough to pull the metaphorical sword from the stone? Or, at the very least, should NBC grab hold of a good thing and give Rudolph a chance to explore this concept further? READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' finale recap: School's out, but not before Andy Samberg's class reunion

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What did you think of SNL‘s 39th season?

Maybe, instead, we should begin with a different question: What did SNL itself think of its 39th season?

The answer: Not much, if Saturday’s finale was any indication. Any time a former cast member hosts the show, we’re guaranteed to see a barrage of cameos from fellow alumni. But the sheer volume of ex-repertory players that showed up last night — and stuck around, taking up more attention and screen time than some new featured players have gotten all season — made the finale feel more like an unearned victory lap than a standalone episode. We already know that Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are funny — but if SNL is going to survive into its fifth decade, which begins next fall, the show needs to consider its future as well as its past. You’ve got to feel for John Milhiser, Brooks Wheelan, Beck Bennett, Noël Wells, and Mike O’Brien, who might as well have stayed home Saturday night. (Sasheer Zamata, Kyle Mooney, and, of course, Colin Jost, who’s the show’s head writer as well as Weekend Update anchor: Breathe easy. You guys are safe for next season.)

Speaking of SNL‘s past: Host Andy Samberg was fine, if not a dynamo like fellow alumni hosts Maya Rudolph and Jimmy Fallon. His live sketch work had highs (Nicolas Cage!!) and lows (that 2 Chainz thing, which… what?); the same went for his two (count ‘em: two!) Digital Shorts, which were amusing if not at the level of the Lonely Island’s best work. We can, however, credit Samberg with catalyzing the night’s… READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' hits theaters, 'Mad Men' sort-of finale, and more -- VIDEO

TV finales take over once again this week, with competition shows like The Amazing Race: All-Stars and The Voice saying goodbye to another season and drama Mad Men ending until the current season picks back up in 2015. If you’re tired of TV though, not to fear: X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out in theaters this week, and we’ve also got some recommendations for albums and books to digest when you have some downtime.

So without further ado, here are some suggestions for your pop culture schedule this week:

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Maya Rudolph and Sam Rockwell take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test

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Summertime for a kid can be brutal. It’s a dirty secret, but, when your mom is too aloof to notice that her awful boyfriend is treating you poorly, there is little reprieve. Such is the fate of Duncan, the endlessly sweet but super awkward teen hero of The Way, Way Backtill he discovers Water Wizz. Maya Rudolph and Sam Rockwell play Caitlyn and Owen, employees of the modest water park that turns into not only a summer job for Duncan, but an oasis.

Though the two actors were together quite a bit during the filming of The Way, Way Back, the EW Pop Culture Personality Test has a way of bringing out information that usually doesn’t come up on set. Take a look at the video after the jump to hear Rockwell’s reaction to Rudolph’s admission that she wrote some TV fan fiction as a kid.
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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Kristen Wiig makes her return

In hindsight, fans were bound to be disappointed. With Kristen Wiig’s eagerly anticipated return to SNL– after just a year away – many viewers were torn between wanting to see the best of her old characters and wanting to watch her expand. Unfortunately, last night we got neither. An eager Wiig brought the energy, and, especially alongside her friend Maya Rudolph, seemed to be having a great time visiting her old stomping ground, but for much of the show that enthusiasm — even during the return of characters like Dooneese — didn’t transfer to viewers at home.

The episode started with a cold opener featuring CSPAN coverage of the Benghazi hearings, with the central premise that many felt these were a shameless ratings grab as opposed to an actual search for truth. The decision to have ratings-gold Jodi Arias (a spot-on Nasim Pedrad) and Ariel Castro (Bobby Moynihan) “testify” was a great way to bring the three newsworthy stories of the week together. The best part was that unlike many a decent SNL sketch, it didn’t go on too long, allowing viewers quick access to Wiig. Her monologue could have been many things: A retread of old characters, a joke-y round up of what she’s been up to this year. Instead, we got an “I’m So Excited” parody with lyrics like, “Even though I’ve been away awhile now/ I still know camera one from camera two,” as Wiig paraded around the studio and realized that maybe she didn’t remember things quite as well as she’d hoped. The highlight was special guest Maya Rudolph, who stole both moments she was in: First, Wiig busted her making out with Jonah Hill (also cameoing), and then at the end of the number, the visibly pregnant star got her dance moves on alongside Wiig. Someone Gif that, stat. (Unfortunately, the monologue –which also featured a Gilly sighting — isn’t yet available online.) READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig coming back to host 'SNL': What we do and don't want to see again!

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

Seth Meyers to replace Jimmy Fallon? Meh. How about one of these funny ladies instead?

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.

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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Sofia Vergara giggles and jiggles

Saturday Night Live took an extended vacation after Jonah Hill‘s March 10 hosting gig, so when Sofia Vergara took the stage this past weekend, fans were eager to welcome her with open arms — though hopefully not with pulled-down pants, as she joked in her monologue. You suspected the show was going to acknowledge her thick accent and her deep cleavage, and the writers simply couldn’t resist such low-hanging fruit. (This is not necessarily a complaint.)

Vergara will need some goodwill to have any chance of cracking this season’s Core Four, the quartet of hosts who have dominated our competition to determine the season’s best guest. Despite some good sketches and a hit movie in theaters, Jonah Hill managed only 9.4 percent of the vote, following Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller, and Emma Stone out the door. Jimmy Fallon extended his lead over former cast mate Maya Rudolph, scoring 35.0 percent to her 22.1 percent. Melissa McCarthy stayed within striking distance, with 21.8 percent, while Daniel Radcliffe held off Hill’s challenge to stay in the mix with 10.8 percent.

Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five remaining hosts, as reminders of their recent performances. How do you possibly grade them against each other, ignoring guest cameos and fluctuating writing? My rule of thumb: “Do I want to see them come back and host again next season?” At the very least, try to be objective and don’t reward or penalize a host for their latest movie or TMZ.com photo. It’s all about Saturday night. Vote below, and the four top vote getters will advance to compete against Josh Brolin on Saturday. Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest host at the end of the season. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Can Jonah Hill crack the top 4?

Jonah Hill‘s return to host Saturday Night Live couldn’t have come at a better time. The star has a big movie coming out next week — 21 Jump Street — and he had the luxury of following one of the most disappointing episodes of the year. Lindsay Lohan‘s show last week killed in the ratings, but the actress’s performance was widely panned. Hill didn’t have any pressure to resurrect his career; after all, he is an Oscar-nominated actor for his role in Moneyball. (He may have mentioned it once or twice on Saturday night.) But is he ready to take the mantle from the likes of Tom Hanks, who steadfastly refused to pass the torch or his Oscar?

In our season-long competition for the show’s best host, Lohan didn’t even bother to unpack her bags. She was eliminated after her first week, garnering only 8.1 percent of the vote. Jimmy Fallon regained the lead from former castmate Maya Rudolph, scoring 27.1 percent to her 24.1 percent. Melissa McCarthy closed the gap on the leaders, and is now sitting comfortably with 22.3 percent. But the biggest gainer was Daniel Radcliffe, who went from 3.3 to 18.4 percent in one week’s time. It’s going to be a tough quartet for Hill to crack.

Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five remaining hosts, as reminders of their recent performances. How do you possibly grade them against each other, ignoring guest cameos and fluctuating writing? My rule of thumb: “Do I want to see them come back and host again next season?” At the very least, try to be objective and don’t reward or penalize a host for their latest movie or TMZ.com photo. It’s all about Saturday night. Vote below, and the four top vote-getters will advance to compete against Sofia Vergara on April 7. Ultimately, we’ll crown the Saturday Night Liveliest Host at the end of the season. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Lindsay Lohan scared straight?

Lindsay Lohan returned to host Saturday Night Live for a fourth time this weekend, and the results made some wonder whether she’ll ever go on to join the exclusive Five-Timers’ Club. For an actress who spent the week telling other NBC shows how hosting was part of her professional rehabilitation and an opportunity to get producers to trust her again, she didn’t exactly spend much time learning her lines. She had a few funny moments, especially her opening monologue, but it will be interesting to see if viewers adored her as much as the staff at Saturday Night Live seems to. READ FULL STORY

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