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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: And the winner is...


To be a truly great host on Saturday Night Live requires a multitude of skills that elude even some of our favorite stars. He or she needs to be fearless. A willingness to be, as Josh Brolin said this year in his SNL monologue, “career-endingly stupid.” On top of that, things have to go just right — even the most game guest is at the mercy of the show’s writers and ensemble and they’d be the first to admit that all their shows are not created equal. But as Seth Meyers has often said, the show often takes on the personality of the host. Lackluster sketches can be blamed on the writing sometimes, but drab material might also reflect the mood and enthusiasm of a tentative or distracted host during the week leading up to the show. So when everything comes together and Saturday Night Live delivers a show that has you snorting till Tuesday, well, the host deserves the lion’s share of the credit. Happy accidents don’t typically happen on SNL. There’s simply no place to hide. When the show is great, it’s because the host is, and that’s why we revere Tom Hanks and Justin Timberlake, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. They make it look easy, but as we know from many other guest hosts, it’s not.

This year for the first time, EW.com readers have voted after every episode to determine who was the season’s best host. The most recent host was pitted against the four most popular previous hosts in a popular vote, and the one with the least number of voters was eliminated while the four survivors advanced to the next week. Like any democracy, it’s a system that’s not without its flaws, but judging by our Final Five, the process performed reasonably well. Melissa McCarthy, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Radcliffe, Will Ferrell, and Mick Jagger were all excellent hosts who boldly epitomized Brolin’s credo. McCarthy coated herself in ranch dressing, Radcliffe mocked Harry Potter, Mick deigned not to be so cool (and hence became even cooler).

Before we announce the inaugural winner of Mr. (or Mrs.) Saturday Night Live, though, there are three other non-democratic awards to present. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig: What are the 'SNL' MVP's career prospects?

Kristen Wiig made her final regular appearance on Saturday Night Live last week with a moving send-off that was grander and more heartfelt than the sketch show has given a cast member in quite some time. With half a dozen film projects in the works, Wiig is poised to launch into a long, successful career on the A-list. But then again so was David Spade, Jimmy Fallon, and Tina Fey. While those SNL vets have all flourished in television, Wiig has made no move toward the small screen, and it’s harder to become a bankable star on the level of Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and Eddie Murphy. Can Wiig leverage her Bridesmaids success to become SNL‘s first major female breakout film star? And, if so, where would she fit in the industry? EW reached out to some authorities on the show’s history to determine Wiig’s chances for headliner success.

“It’s a weird thing, having that SNL brand attached to you when you move from the show to movies,” acknowledges Nick Marx, a Media and Cultural Studies Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. “That assumption is there that successful stars of SNL will eventually leave the show and go on into movies. It’s really a decidedly mixed bag as far as whether it’s an advantage or not when you begin a movie career.” So will she go the route of Ferrell or the way of Chris Kattan? READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' poll: Who was the best host of the year?

Every Monday morning for as long as I can remember, my classmates or coworkers have had some variation of the following conversation: Did you watch Saturday Night Live, and did you think the host was any good? It was normally very analog: yes or no, thumbs up or thumbs down. Over time, frequent guests became reliable favorites — Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman — but no one ever seemed to take the time to step back at the end of the season and ask, Who was the best host this year?

So this season, EW has been relying on your votes in a weekly contest to separate the great from the good. After 22 episodes of varying degrees of ha-ha, 17 hosts have been rejected in our effort to crown the inaugural Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night Live. Every Monday, the most recent host was pitted against the four most popular previous hosts of the season: the star that then received the least number of votes was bumped. Some brilliant performances have already been sent home — Baldwin, Jason Segel, even Maya Rudolph — and the final five are formidable.

Mick Jagger enjoyed a distinct advantage by being the guest host of the finale; not only does he automatically qualify for the final vote, but his performance is the freshest in everyone’s minds. Still, he has his work cut out for him, as his four rivals have been quite dominant in our season-long competition. Click below to see the tale of the tape for all five finalists. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Can Will Ferrell dethrone Jimmy Fallon?

In the pantheon of Saturday Night Live performers, Will Ferrell is one of the all-time greats. Yes, I know, I know, the show hasn’t been funny since 1978… blah, blah, blah. But Ferrell’s seven-season stretch from 1995 to 2002 was one of the most brilliant runs in the show’s history. Saturday’s appearance was his third time back as host, since leaving to star in films like Elf and Old School, and fans were expecting great things. The results… were mixed.

With only one show remaining, Ferrell was positioned to seize control of our season-long competition to determine SNL‘s best host. Jimmy Fallon and Melissa McCarthy have been resting in the clubhouse for weeks, waiting for the final hosts to perform. A huge show may have put Ferrell over the top, but I think he left the door open. (Not enough cow bell?) READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Welcome to Will Ferrell's Cameo-fest 2012


Children, gather ’round, and I’ll tell you a tale of the long-long ago — when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and every episode of SNL wasn’t stuffed to the gills with celebrity cameos. Today, these amusing guest appearances are an essential part of Saturday Night Live‘s DNA — especially when a former cast member returns as host.

So it’s no surprise that last night’s Will Ferrell-led episode featured surprise appearances by Ana Gasteyer and Will Forte, as well as Will Ferrell’s adorable mom and Battleship star Liam Neeson. But a special, 100th anniversary Digital Short was what really catapulted the show into the cameo-choked stratosphere. This nostalgia-palooza also injected excitement into an episode that was pretty by the numbers. (The only real shock: No “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch. Damn you, Trebek!)

Will Ferrell’s next big project is The Campaign, a political comedy that opens in August. But since the movie’s debut is still several months away, it wouldn’t have made much sense for Ferrell to plug it now. Luckily, Ferrell’s got a famous impression that also serves as a tacit Campaign promotion: his George W. Bush, who has apparently been roaming the hallways of Obama’s White House since he got lost chasing a butterfly in ’09. Ferrell’s genial, dim-witted Bush is a great foil for Jason Sudeikis’s petulant Joe Biden — and pairing them as fratty, overgrown Calvin and Hobbes analogues (Obama thinks Biden’s friend “George” is imaginary) in the cold open was a stroke of genius. Get your damn pants on, we’re about to bomb blabbity blee blee blah blah:


Will Ferrell hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Will Ferrell doesn’t need to do much to win over Saturday Night Live‘s audience. If he appears dressed as Alex Trebek, they’ll be eating out of his hand. If he so much as says the word “cowbell,” the cheers will be deafening. So on tonight’s show, will Ferrell simply break out his George W. Bush, bring back Rachel Dratch for another “Lovers” sketch, do a few “GOU-let”s for good measure, and call it a night? Or will he — and the rest of SNL‘s cast — reject retreads of old sketches in favor of new material?

Yeah… that probably won’t happen.  READ FULL STORY

Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon fondly remember their 'SNL' low points -- VIDEO

Maybe Jimmy Fallon should make a point of inviting an ex-Saturday Night Live cast member to every episode of Late Night. Whether he’s helping Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell perform a live version of “Lazy Sunday” or riffing about fake movies with Amy Poehler, Fallon thrives when he can bounce off of another Studio 8H veteran — and last night’s chat with Will Ferrell was no exception.

During the interview, Ferrell got big laughs by claiming that he’s serving as musical guest as well as host of SNL this week — and that Usher’s name is actually pronounced “oosher.” (There are, according to Ferrell, two umlauts over the “u.”) Then he pushed the absurdity further, promising to bring back well-loved (and totally made up) recurring sketches like The Lemon Brothers and Garfy McCrungle. But the best part came when he and Fallon reminisced about the times Ferrell’s sketches fell totally flat — and the entire cast gathered behind the cameramen to “watch him eat it.”

Watch Ferrell on Fallon below — and check out Part 2 to see how loudly the audience screams when Ferrell says the word “cowbell.”


Will Ferrell's 'SNL' promos promise a goofy show -- VIDEO

As our own Ken Tucker once wrote, Will Ferrell “specializes in the comedy of awkwardness and oddity.” It makes sense, then, that the promos for the actor’s upcoming stint as Saturday Night Live host — which also star laid-back bro Jason Sudeikis — are stuffed with sentences like “I punched a guy when he was sleeping” and “You don’t know about fancy brooches!” Oh, and there are also funny wigs.

It’s always a treat to see Ferrell stop by Studio 8H. See for yourself:


PopWatch Planner: Finding 'The Voice,' life advice from Stephen Colbert, and celebrating mom

There are a few mysteries to solve this week, starting with a new one from Sherlock Holmes on the second season of Sherlock on PBS, then moving through the start of season finales to discover the winner of The Voice. Later in the week, find some great pop culture graduation gifts (’tis the season…) like the new Stephen Colbert book, and then don’t forget to do something nice for your mom next Sunday. Have a great week!

Sherlock returns to Masterpiece Mystery, PBS, 9 p.m.

Making plans for Sunday nights the next few weeks is elementary, my dear PopWatchers. Benedict Cumberbatch is back as everyone’s favorite detective and Martin Freeman joins him as Watson for the second season of the beloved Steven-Moffat-and-Mark-Gatiss series.  This week: Could Sherlock be in love? Check out Ken Tucker’s preview below.  READ FULL STORY

Will Ferrell, Louis C.K., Pinterest, and 'Sesame Street' Muppets among Webby Award winners

Over a decade after it debuted on Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush impression is still paying dividends. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced today that Ferrell had nabbed a Webby Award for Best Individual Performance in an online video; the clip in question, which appeared on Ferrell’s site Funny or Die, shows Ferrell’s Bush learning about the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Ferrell wasn’t the only big name to score a spiral-shaped Webby. Icelandic fairy Bjork won a Special Recognition Award for Artist of the Year, while Graydon Sheppard and Juliette Lewis of the “S— Girls Say” videos got cited as Actresses of the Year — despite the fact that Sheppard isn’t actually a girl. Funny or Die’s “Drunk History Christmas,” which featured performances by Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Jim Carrey, won for Best Online Film or Video Comedy, although none of those stars received individual awards. New essentials Pinterest and Spotify won for top social media site and music app, respectively. The adorable Sesame Street Muppets page was named Best Youth Website. READ FULL STORY

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