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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Did Seth Rogen play it too safe? -- VOTE

Perhaps Seth Rogen’s latest Saturday Night Live episode wasn’t especially inspired: it opened with the requisite weed jokes, made fun of his oft-imitated laugh, and leaned on some unnecessary celebrity cameos. But if you love Rogen’s slacker comedy, maybe that was exactly what you tuned in for. At least he didn’t tap dance or juggle torches to prove that he’s not just a funny guy.

Voters in our ongoing third annual Mr. Saturday Night contest will have to decide whether Rogen played it too safe for a guy who was hosting for the third time, or if he delivered exactly what the audience wanted.

Last week’s host, Anna Kendrick, sang her way to the top of the poll, scoring 47.8 percent, nearly twice as much as her nearest competitor, Jimmy Fallon, who looks slightly vulnerable for the first time with 24.8 percent. But who knows if Kendrick’s impressive debut will last: Louis C.K. scored 33.1 percent in his first week, but he sank to fourth in his second frame, with only 8.72 percent. Some of Josh Hutcherson‘s fans took the week off, apparently, as he went from 22.9 to 10.0 percent, still enough to hold third place. Sadly, Melissa McCarthy‘s luck finally ran out after narrowly skirting elimination for three straight weeks; she barely trailed Louis C.K. with 8.70 percent. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Seth Rogen gets an evening of predictable jokes

The Seth-Rogen-likes-weed jokes will never get old, apparently. And Seth Rogen knows it.

In the third-time host’s monologue, Rogen read from a journal documenting his time at 30 Rock preparing for Saturday Night Live, including: “Just got pitched about 50 ideas about weed. Unfortunately, we can only do about 10 of them.” The Pineapple Express star milked the line, but this wasn’t the only drug-tinged joke of the night — surprise!

Though it did seem like we were going to escape the episode without an entire sketch dedicated to the munchies, Rogen’s onscreen stoner reputation prevailed. The second-to-last skit starred a spectacularly goofy Kyle Mooney as a weed enthusiast who doesn’t actually smoke pot. Rogen made an appearance in it as a drug dealer, and the two bonded over a weird song. It was all very weird, actually. And not very funny.

Rogen excelled in the non-drug-themed skits, particularly when he played a clumsy husband opposite wife Aidy Bryant, who was stuck with two arm casts and needed his help in everything, from raising a glass at dinner to applying lipstick.

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Seth Rogen hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

You know what’s weird? Though tonight marks Seth Rogen’s third stint as SNL host, I realized before writing this post that I couldn’t remember a single sketch he’d done during either of his previous turns. Maybe that’s because it’s been a surprisingly long time since Rogen graced the SNL stage; the last time he was on, he was promoting 2009′s Observe and Report. (The first time he hosted was another era altogether; the 2007 episode featured jabs at Kevin Federline, Senator Larry Craig, and multiple MacGruber sketches.)

More likely, though, it’s because Rogen’s hosting style isn’t particularly flashy. In movies, he gravitates toward genial, laid-back sensitive bro types; in his past stints on SNL, he’s done much of the same, give or take a pair of Muppets sketches that had him donning a big, furry suit. (Dear Internet: Why is “Muppets Hit & Run” not available anywhere online? This is a travesty!) Rogen isn’t much of an impressionist, or an insanely energetic, up-for-anything quintuple threat type — he’s more of a Jason Sudeikis-esque everyguy, but nerdier and schlubier and more likely to talk about being Jewish. (And he’s hosting just in time for Passover — what a mensch.)

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Seth Rogen refuses to phone in his 'Saturday Night Live' promos -- VIDEO

Seth Rogen hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend for the third time – so he knows his way around Studio 8H and the whole promo routine. Aidy Bryant… perhaps less so. See, it’s her first time filming SNL promos, and she might be a little nervous… or neurotic… or power-mad. She’s not about to let the Neighbors star phone this one in, especially when this week is really all about her.

Watch the clip below, which features a bonus description of Zac Efron’s haunting beauty. READ FULL STORY

Cut 'SNL' sketch parodies '90s Nickelodeon -- VIDEO

The kids on children’s programs are really happy — and, as Saturday Night Live explained it this past weekend in a cut sketch — there’s a surprisingly dark reason for that: Speed.

The conceit featured a look back at fake ’90s Nickelodeon show Zap! (which looked an awful lot like 1999 PBS program Zoom!). A television host (Beck Bennett) explained that thanks to the show’s producers, the cast of Zap! had a pretty serious drug problem — as evidenced by later episodes of the no-longer-G-rated program. (“Friendship” has never been so cracked out.) READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Anna Kendrick's episode sings -- VOTE

Having great vocal range typically implies an ability to sing in a variety of octaves. I’ll take it on faith that Anna Kendrick, who hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, has that gift to a certain degree. But I’m more impressed by Kendrick’s other musical range: the ability to sing a G-rated version of a beloved Disney princess tune and a raunchy ditty that includes the lyric, “Each dong is like a snowflake.”

Kendrick’s show emphasized her singing background — not a bad way to go for the Pitch Perfect star. Perhaps the show was short on laugh-out-loud moments, but it still was a fine showcase for the actress. It will be interesting to see if the voters reward her in this week’s Mr. Saturday Night poll.

Last week’s host, Louis C.K., made an impression and pushed Jimmy Fallon out of the top spot, with 33.1 percent. Fallon dipped 12 points to 30.0 percent but remains a strong second. It seems nothing can deter Josh Hutcherson‘s fans, as his bloc remains solid with 22.9 percent. That’s up two points from last week. Melissa McCarthy narrowly dodged elimination for a third straight week, even though her support slipped from 13.5 to 10.4 percent. Lena Dunham got the hook instead after her numbers plummeted from 19.4 to 3.7 percent. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Anna Kendrick is a (pitch) perfect Disney princess

Disney fans, this was a Saturday Night Live for you.

Going into the episode, it seemed likely there would be at least one musical sketch moment. After all, Anna Kendrick was a Tony nominee when she was just a teenager, starred in the cult classic Camp, and is perhaps best known as the lead in the a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect, which somehow spawned a huge radio hit for the actress with her cover of “Cups.” (Don’t worry. That was – cleverly – spoofed last night as well.)

While a little singing seemed to be a safe bet, no one could have expected that the show would go full Disney princess, with no less than four music moments by Kendrick. The program wholly embraced the host’s musical side, and likely recruited a few more fans eager to see Kendrick’s upcoming interpretation of Cinderella in December’s highly anticipated (and slightly feared) adaptation of the musical Into the Woods. (Other upcoming Kendrick musical performances: The Last Five Years and Pitch Perfect 2.) While the show – and Kendrick – were more charmingly amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, this episode will still go down in the “success” column thanks to a combination of clever writing, higher-than-normal energy, and a host that somehow rapped more than Drake did a few months back. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live': Read all the 'Fox & Friends' corrections here

On the Anna Kendrick-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live last night, the program once again ran a spoof Fox News Fox & Friends segment.

As has become the standard, the end of the sketch featured a list of corrections from earlier in the broadcast. Check them all out below. READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

Get ready for SNL: The Musical.

The host: Anna Kendrick, who snagged an Oscar nomination for Up in the Air but is probably known best for crooning without accompaniment — unless you count a little cup percussion — in Pitch Perfect. Sondheim-lovers of a certain age may also remember the actress’ film debut as Fritzi, the most conniving girl at theater camp – and real Kendraholics know that even before that, at the age of 12, Kendrick was nominated for a Tony for her work in Broadway’s High Society (a musical adaptation of The Philadelphia Story).

Long story short: The lady can and will be singing tonight, maybe just in her monologue, possibly from the moment the cold open begins all the way to the end credits.

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Anna Kendrick sings in 'Saturday Night Live' promos, because of course -- VIDEO

Should we begin prepping for a musical monologue now?

The first promos for Anna Kendrick’s debut Saturday Night Live hosting stint have arrived, and Taran Killam wastes no time pointing out that Kendrick has a musical theater background (prior to Pitch Perfect, she was also in Camp). Killam tries to make Kendrick feel at home by singing her some show tunes, but music rights get in the way of everything. No matter; the duo make up their own goofy song (complete with a competitive edge), and barely manage to keep a straight face. All that, and a bit-too-late April Fool’s Day prank!

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