SNL writers understandably channel their feelings toward Donald Trump into comedy on a weekly basis, but aren’t immune to crossing lines. NBC seems to agree, as a writer has been given an indefinite suspension for a tweet about Trump’s son Barron.
It seemed perhaps a little odd that Alec Baldwin’s Trump was nowhere to be found on the first post-inauguration SNL, but Baldwin is more than making up for it. SNL has officially booked a record-setting return for Baldwin as host, and Trump Twitter is officially on notice.
One day after the presidential inauguration, SNL host Aziz Ansari followed Dave Chappelle’s example to deliver a thoughtful and ultimately optimistic monologue about America’s future, but it wasn’t the night’s only news. Kristen Stewart has signed on as 2017’s third SNL host, due in early February.
Love that Joker, but not in the mood to laugh? NBC’s Powerless has you covered. A clever new in-universe ad for the NBC DC comedy promotes Wayne Security’s latest anti-villain measure; one that should get you out of a jam when the Clown Prince of Crime rolls through town with his famous laughing gas.
NBC entered the comic drama realm once before, and will soon be at a loss for the supernatural flair of Grimm, so why not do both? Top Cow comic Witchblade will soon take a stab at a second live-action TV adaptation, as NBC develops a new series from CSI and Vampire Diaries alum.
We’re still not entirely certain the DC universe is built for serial comedy (any more than it was ultra-grim movies), but NBC’s Powerless is giving ample opportunity to flex that DC connection. See for yourself in a new extended trailer, and details of just how much Batman we can really expect to see in the Wayne Security world.
We still miss the classic SNL promo format, but Master of None star and comedian Aziz Ansari nonetheless has some serious moves in his first hosting preview. See for yourself (and get a tiny bonus cameo from his mom) of this weekend’s second 2017 show.
It wasn’t any surprise to hear that NBC was mulling a full Will and Grace revival after the surprise election special, though star Debra Messing certainly pumped the brakes on claims the deal was done. Someone may have been doing a bit of fibbing, as NBC now confirms a 10-episode revival in the works.
No one knew quite what to expect from SNL after the 2016 election took a different course than predicted, though Kate McKinnon’s moving cold open and Dave Chappelle’s monologue offered a welcoming return. We even got to see some old Chappelle’s Show faces, but the most famous of all was apparently cut over Trump’s electoral win, says writer Neal Brennan.
It’s become increasingly clear how NBC’s Powerless has changed shape to pull in more of the DC universe, moving from an insurance company setting, to a direct division of Bruce Wayne’s. Now, the newest footage attaches yet another Batman connection with Alan Tudyk’s character.