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Tina Fey hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live' premiere: Talk about it here!

Tonight officially marks the beginning of SNL‘s next era.

Now that Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis are gone — on the heels of Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, who left in 2012 – SNL‘s mid-aughts dynasty has finally taken its final bow. In its place, we’ve been left with a cast that has less collective SNL experience than any other in recent memory. Currently, the sketch shows featured players — who include six new performers — outnumber its full cast members nine to seven. That disparity will grow even larger when Seth Meyers departs for Late Night in February 2014.

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More 'SNL' promos, featuring Tina Fey and Arcade Fire at its most terrifying -- VIDEO

Who is Arcade Fire? Here’s a hint: It’s the band that’s haunting your dreams. Not due to their lush melodies and evocative lyrics, but because seeing the band’s members wearing giant facsimiles of their own heads is legit scary.

Really:

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Emmys 2013: Neil Patrick Harris cuts loose in 'The Number in the Middle of the Show' -- VIDEO

And there it is.

EW knew host Neil Patrick Harris wouldn’t open tonight’s show with a big, splashy musical number. (How did we know? Because he told us so.) Still, we couldn’t help hoping that he’d still strap on his dancing shoes at some point — and finally, at the midpoint of tonight’s telecast, NPH did just that.

The song, appropriately enough, was called “The Number in the Middle of the Show.” And while it was definitely “fairly arbitrary” — NPH’s words, not ours — the bit still deserves points for getting Harris moving — as well as for pairing him with pinch-hitters Nathan Fillion and Sarah Silverman. Watch their shenanigans below:

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Stephen Colbert: The truth behind that Daft Punk dance party

Assuming you’ve got two ears and a heart, chances are you loved The Colbert Report‘s star-studded “Get Lucky” dance party video — which Stephen Colbert debuted after explaining that Daft Punk’s skittish Frenchmen had abruptly canceled a scheduled appearance on his show.

But will you still appreciate the video after learning conclusively that it wasn’t cobbled together in just two days?

If the answer’s “no,” you might want to close this tab right about now. If “yes,” read on.

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'Taylor Swift' (or Billy Eichner) learns life isn't always 'Glitter and Ribs' -- VIDEO

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Billy Eichner, host of Fuse’s hilarious pop culture trivia/takedown show Billy on the Street, has debuted the music video for the new “Taylor Swift” single “Glitter and Ribs” on Funny or Die. Watch it below. The song, which laments love found and lost at summer’s last barbecue, is also now available on iTunes. Eichner’s trademark frustration is a perfect match for Swift’s angst.
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David Hasselhoff peddles iced 'hoffee' (and channels David Brent?)

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David Hasselhoff has a new music video that you’ll want to watch below. The song, “Thirsty for Love,” is an ad for the New England-based convenience store chain Cumberland Farms, which also used the Hoff in a campaign last summer, and its iced coffee. (Make that “Iced Hoffee,” as Ad Age notes.) Is it just us, or does the Hoff’s wardrobe look familiar?

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Ricky Gervais on 'Learn Guitar With David Brent': Write about what you DON'T know -- VIDEO

David Brent has really done well for himself since being made redundant at Wernham Hogg back in 2002. He’s got a fulfilling day job (selling cleaning products!) and a promising night job (acting as the “local Simon Cowell” for an aspiring musician), he’s had a chance to visit the U.S.… and he’s even moonlighting as a guitar teacher on YouTube. Yep, there’s no reason to feel sorry for good ol’ David Brent. None at all.

In this second episode of “Learn Guitar with David Brent,” the teacher breezes past boring instruction to deliver words of wisdom — “Dreams. Dreams are real. Dreams are realer than reality, in a way, because reality changes! Dreams do as well, but…” — and play a song about selling his (nonexistent) shack in Memphis and heading down to Mexico (on a trip he hasn’t actually taken).

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'Saturday Night Live' finale recap: Ben Affleck shines, but Stefon and Fred Armisen steal the show

Last year, Kristen Wiig’s emotional SNL sendoff set a high water mark for cast member farewells. (Compare it to, say, the way Chris Kattan said goodbye with a “terrible re-enactment” of his SNL career during his last show 10 years ago.)

I’d say that mark was met — and possibly exceeded — by the closing sketch of tonight’s show, in which Fred Armisen (as punk rocker Ian Rubbish, first introduced when Vince Vaughn hosted a few weeks ago) sang a sweet original tune filled with simple, evocative lyrics like, “It’s been all right, I’ve had a lovely night.” He was joined onstage by bandmates Derek Gash (Bill Hader, who’s also leaving the show) and Keith Grimshaw (Taran Killam, who’d better not be going anywhere).

While Wiig’s goodbye paid tribute to her as a singular, standout personality, Armisen and Hader’s was more understated. But because Armisen is a chameleon, it’s only fitting that he bid farewell in character — and it was equally fitting to see Hader, the show’s strongest supporting presence (when he’s not playing Stefon), say goodbye while backing up one of his castmates.

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Ben Affleck hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live' finale: Talk about it here!

There are so many talking points for SNL‘s 38th season finale that I hardly know where to begin! Maybe it’ll help to organize them as a list:

1. Tonight marks Ben Affleck’s fifth time hosting Saturday Night Live, which grants him membership to SNL‘s storied Five-Timers Club. Usually, a moment like this would occasion a big, cameo-stuffed sketch featuring veteran hosts like Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. But SNL just gave us a cameo-stuffed Five Timer’s Club sketch when Justin Timberlake hosted in March — and it’s way too soon to repeat that same conceit. So how will the show acknowledge Affleck’s milestone? Maybe Timberlake will show up to induct him?

2. As you may already know, Stefon’s very first SNL appearance wasn’t a Weekend Update visit. It was this little-remembered sketch from the last time Affleck hosted the show in 2008, which casts Bill Hader and the host as brothers pitching a movie together. (According to the clip, Stefon’s last name is Zolesky — who knew?) This has to mean that Stefon and Affleck’s David are going to appear together again tonight, right?

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Kanye West is super psyched to be on 'SNL' this week -- VIDEO

Kanye West, certified Good Sport, has a notoriously robust sense of humor — so it’s no surprise to see how giddily excited he is about his upcoming stint on Saturday Night Live. (He’s the season finale’s musical guest; Ben Affleck is its host.) Just look at the goofy grin on ‘Ye’s face, or his amiable, up-for-anything body language!

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