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Kenan Thompson turns the tables on J.K. Simmons in 'SNL' promos

In Whiplash, J.K. Simmons is a stickler for tempo. In Simmons’ Saturday Night Live promos, Kenan Thompson is. Thompson corrects Simmons’ rushing, and then his dragging, and then, à la Simmons’ Fletcher, gets physical. “What the hell, Simmons. You trying to sabotage my promos?” Thompson says, hitting him.

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Blake Shelton brings 'Hee-Haw' to New York

Blake Shelton brought his guitar and country twang to Saturday Night Live, and from the moment he sat down on a hay-bale during the opening monlogue, he instilled the show with an easygoing sensibility. In contrast to most music or TV stars, Shelton played himself with an ease and comfort that’s impossible to fake—almost like some of the athletes that host. That might have put a ceiling on what he could do, but he seemed right at home with the cast in his SNL debut.

His Hee-Haw parody was a clever self-deprecating tone-setter, and his hate-filled ballad on Topeka Today was full of chuckles—especially when paired with Kate McKinnon’s old-timey photos. He may have mishandled a few punchlines on Celebrity Family Feud, but overall, he profited from the gift of modest expectations. READ FULL STORY

Blake Shelton takes over 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

Don’t you just love the smell of corporate synergy in the morning?

Perhaps that’s an unfair statement. Country star Blake Shelton’s status as The Voice‘s top dog—he’s one of only two celebrity coaches to appear on every season of the series, and his contestants have won the competition’s big prize a whopping four out of seven times—certainly isn’t the only reason he’s been tapped to serve as Saturday Night Live‘s host and musical guest tonight.

Anyone who’s tuned in for even a single Voice episode knows that Shelton’s more than a country singer. His easygoing, down-home charm and likable banter with his fellow coaches—especially Adam Levine, who was tapped to pull double duty on SNL himself two years ago—both made Shelton the hit show’s breakout star and indicate that he’d be more than comfortable in a variety show setting. See also: Shelton’s 2012 holiday special, Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas, the highlight of which is a claymation sketch that finds the host and his pal Larry the Cable Guy accidentally murdering Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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Blake Shelton's rivalry with Adam Levine gets real in 'SNL' promos

In his promos for his upcoming stint hosting Saturday Night Live, Blake Shelton explains to Cecily Strong that yeah, his rivalry with Adam Levine is “real.” He elaborates: “It’s so real.” Unfortunately, he can’t deliver a full message to Levine because cursing is not allowed. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Kevin Hart leads with his strengths

I’m no fan of those Saturday Night Live opening monologues where the guest host goes out of his or her way to show us how multitalented they are. Typically, that means a song and/or dance from an actor best known for action movies. I prefer what Kevin Hart did: Give us an uproarious eight-minutes of stand-up about the wild critters skulking about his property, including one extremely gangster raccoon.

Hart, hosting for the second time in three seasons, led with what he does best, and though the rest of his sketches may have been uneven, he delivered more real laughs than most of his peers. He was the best part of the subpar Soap Opera Reunion sketch, playing the sound director with a conveniently limited grasp of the English language; and the Bushwick short was pretty great, at least for those Brooklynites in the know.

Overall, Hart was much improved from his SNL debut, and it will be interesting to see if he can dethrone Martin Freeman in our Mr. Saturday Night voting. The Hobbit star is our clear frontrunner, taking more than 50 percent of the vote in his second week on the ballot. Amy Adams seems doomed with a relatively paltry 29 percent after her debut, while Bill Hader and Jim Carrey finished third and fourth, though their support was slightly up. James Franco was voted off the island this week, drawing less than 3 percent of votes.

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Kevin Hart hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 have been kinda rough for Kevin Hart. In December, a leaked email thread revealed that he’d allegedly asked to be paid additional money beyond his $3 million salary to tweet about an upcoming movie; “I’m not saying he’s a whore,” a studio exec reportedly wrote, “but he’s a whore.” (“Knowing your self worth is extremely important,” Hart wrote on Instagram after the email was published. “I OWN MY BRAND….I MAKE SMART DECISIONS FOR MY BRAND.”) The jokes he made while presenting at last week’s Golden Globes—one about how animated filmmakers have imaginations “fueled by weed,” one about how he wasn’t going to promote his new movie from the stage…before he promoted his new movie from the stage—both bombed, loudly.

And the aforementioned movie, which Hart will undoubtedly promote early and often on Saturday Night Live as well, is earning dismal reviews and less than impressive box office—especially compared to the comedian’s last January release. (Ride Along made $14.4 million on Jan. 17 alone last year; it earned $41.5 million its first weekend in total, making it the strongest January opening ever until the blockbuster success of this weekend’s American Sniper. The Wedding Ringer doesn’t look on pace to earn anywhere near that much.)

So: Could tonight’s SNL give Hart a chance to turn it all around—or even, as Don Draper would say, to change the conversation?

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'Saturday Night Live' exhibit coming to NYC in spring

It’s been 40 years since Saturday Night Live first kicked open its doors to introduce audiences to some of the most iconic sketches, hilarious bits, and memorable musical performances on television. This spring, SNL fans can get to know their favorite Saturday late-night show even better with “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition,” coming to Premier on 5th in New York. READ FULL STORY

Pete Davidson declares love for Amy Adams 'Love Actually'-style in cut 'SNL' sketch

Sure, it’s over a decade late, but Saturday Night Live finally broke out its Love Actually parody in a sketch cut from the Dec. 20 episode.

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Watch Harry Styles and Kristen Wiig dance together at 'Saturday Night Live' after party

If Lorne Michaels can ever get One Direction and Kristen Wiig back to Saturday Night Live, it looks like he has a ready-made sketch waiting to be aired.

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Amy Adams brings the holiday cheer

Amy Adams has played some dark and complex characters—in American Hustle, for example—but when I think of her, I can’t help but see the earnest, optimistic women she played in movies like Enchanted, Junebug, and Doubt. It makes for an unusual blend on a show like Saturday Night Live, which Adams hosted for the first time since 2008 over the weekend. The star of Tim Burton’s Big Eyes had some help from Kristen Wiig and Fred Armison on the SNL Christmas episode—but she also delivered a fun monologue and popped up in some of the best sketches of the night, including a Serial podcast parody and “Office Christmas Party.” (Rock on, Becky From Payroll!)

Adams was good, but she will have a difficult time topping her predecessor, Martin Freeman. The Hobbit star made a splash in last week’s Mr. Saturday Night voting, breaking open a close race by snagging nearly 80 percent of the vote. That’s the most dominating poll result in our weekly votes since Jimmy Fallon blew the doors off in 2011, making Freeman the frontrunner heading into 2015. Everybody else is in single-digits—including Bill Hader, who hangs in second place with about 9 percent. Jim Carrey, who was in fourth place last week, inched up to third and staved of elimination, leaving Woody Harrelson as the odd man out. James Franco, who had debuted in first place, quickly sank to fourth and might be in trouble when Kevin Hart hosts in January.

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