Lorne Michaels

FOX’s Lonely Island ‘Party Over Here’ Refused to Compete With SNL

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick March 8, 2016 @ 1:05 PM
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Many have tried to compete with SNL in the realm of Saturday sketch comedy, though few ever shared as much DNA as FOX’s upcoming Lonely Island-produced Party Over Here. It took us aback to see Andy Samberg going against his former boss, but the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star reveals that the group made sure their series wouldn’t compete in the SNL timeslot, or move forward without Lorne Michaels’ approval.

Lorne Michaels Was Pretty Chill About Kanye West’s Leaked SNL Rant

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick March 2, 2016 @ 7:07 PM
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The Kanye West Twitter train shows no signs of stopping, but SNL seems safely out of the crosshairs after a leaked rant saw the controversial performer nearly walking off before air. Of course, veteran pro Lorne Michaels didn’t sweat the meltdown, given that “he’s an artist, you know?”

Kanye West Almost Walked Off SNL This Past Weekend

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 16, 2016 @ 11:28 AM
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Spirited a performance though Kanye West gave at this past weekend’s SNL under host Melissa McCarthy, the always-tempestuous artist appeared visibly upset in his brief promo appearances. There may have been more to that story than West’s usual dour expression however, as reports claim Kanye very nearly bailed last-minute over stress.

Donald Trump Says SNL Hosting Was Originally Just One Sketch

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick November 4, 2015 @ 11:16 AM
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Despite numerous (and still-to-come) protests, SNL won’t be walking back its controversial decision to elect Donald Trump as its first November host this weekend. That said, it seems the veteran NBC sketch series originally eyed him for a single appearance, before offering him the full November 7 slot.

‘Staten Island Summer’ Trailer: SNL Cameos Abound in This Coming of Age Comedy

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by Britt Hayes July 1, 2015 @ 5:16 PM
When Lorne Michaels is producing a movie, it’s probably pretty easy to get a bunch of former and current SNL cast members to show up for cameo appearances. Michaels produced the upcoming indie comedy Staten Island Summer, which the trailer sells as a solid coming of age tale even without all those SNL cameos — though they probably won’t hurt.

‘Live From New York!’ Trailer: SNL Documentary Honors an American Institution

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by Britt Hayes April 9, 2015 @ 5:53 PM
Unlike James Franco’s Saturday Night, which took viewers behind the scenes of the making of just one episode of SNL, Live From New York! presents an audio-visual history of the whole series. With the help of lots of familiar faces, including those who have hosted the show throughout its run, the new documentary traces the existence of SNL from its early days to now. The first trailer for Live From New York! is here, giving you a little taste of what the doc has in store.

'SNL' Auditioning Black Female Cast Members After Racial Controversy

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 12, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
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'SNL''s acclaimed hosting gig with 'Scandal' star Kerry Washington may have made light of the racial controversy attached to the current season, tasking Washington with portraying a number of famous black female figures, though it seems the NBC sketch comedy series has in mind to correct the issue after all. Could a new black female comedienne join 'SNL' before the season is out?

'People in New Jersey': Topher Grace and Sarah Silverman Topline Lorne Michaels' HBO Comedy

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 4, 2013 @ 3:38 PM
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HBO comedies tend to vary in quality, with recent offerings like 'Hello Ladies' coming nowhere near the success of 'Veep' or 'Girls,' but the latest might just turn a few heads. Former 'That '70s Show' star Topher Grace and comedian Sarah Silverman have been chosen to lead 'SNL' creator Lorne Michaels' new HBO venture, 'People in New Jersey,' but what's it all about?

'SNL' Head Lorne Michaels Denies Rumors of Leaving

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 16, 2013 @ 7:00 PM
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Though rumors have doggedly persisted for years now, in recent months 'SNL' chatter had been heating up that long-time executive producer and NBC magnate overall Lorne Michaels would step down, with even wilder rumors suggesting that former head writer Tina Fey would take over her old stomping grounds. Now, as Michaels moves into a position to have 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' under his belt in New York, Michaels has officially addressed rumors he'd step down from the 'SNL' throne.

'SNL's' Nasim Pedrad Leaving for Lorne Michaels Sitcom?

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 3, 2013 @ 10:29 AM
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'SNL' has lost some major names in the last few years, particularly on the female side of things, and its latest could prove no less devastating. Talented comedienne and 'SNL' star Nasim Pedrad has officially signed on for producer Lorne Michaels new untittled NBC pilot, which would likely take precedence over the sketch comedy show if taken to series. Find out about Nasim Pedrad's new series inside!