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‘SNL’ Preview: Melissa McCarthy Preps for the Big “Televised Man Battle with Ball”

This past weekend saw ‘Wolf of Wall StreetOscar-nominee Jonah Hill bringing his A-game (and A-listers!) to ‘SNL‘ for his third hosting gig, but can Melissa McCarthy‘s own third time hosting bring the heat, especially in the shadow of Super Bowl, er, “Live Ball War: The Game” Sunday? Find out in the first promos for our February 1 ‘SNL’ installments with McCarthy and Imagine Dragons!

McCarthy certainly brings as much energy to the promos opposite ‘SNL’ cast veteran Kenan Thompson, riffing on everything from the big game, to insecurity over her third hosting gig, and a bit of prep work for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Imagine Dragons bit toward the middle could definitely have used a bit of trimming, though an impromptu dance party and McCarthy’s own track record have us more than excited to see what the third hosting brings.

In the ‘SNL’ meantime, inaugural installments of 2014 have integrated new cast member Sasheer Zamata fairly well, as well as writing staff additions, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. March 1 will see yet another big change for the series, as “Weekend Update” lead Seth Meyers departs for his future in ‘Late Night,’ while head ‘SNL’ writer Colin Jost joins the desk alongside current co-host Cecily Strong.

Take a look at Melissa McCarthy’s pre-Super Bowl ‘SNL’ installment above, and give us your predictions in the comments!

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