The unfortunate and untimely death of the great Jan Hooks this past week sent the comedy world into mourning, with countless writers and comics stepping forward to pay tribute to the late 'SNL' star. It could have been easy for this week's new episode to gloss over the passing of one of their own (it is a comedy show, after all), but 'SNL' has always been a slightly class institution -- it remembers those who came before.
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Although 'SNL' previously parodied all the movie adaptations of the most obscure young-adult novels, all past sketches have nothing on 'The Group Hopper.' It's one thing to dress the cast in 'Hunger Games' outfits and make fun of one of the biggest movie franchises in the world. It's another thing altogether to create a fake movie trailer for a fake new franchise and make it seem strangely plausible while eviscerating every movie of this kind out there.
When it was announced that the great Bill Hader would be returning to 'SNL' to host this week's episode, everyone crossed their fingers and hoped for one thing: the glorious return of Stefon. And lo and behold, the comedy gods answered and the greatest character in modern 'Saturday Night Live' graced 'Weekend Update' yet again.
These days 'SNL' movies are a bit few and far between (come on, 'MacGruber 2'!), but at least some of their success lives on with legendary classics like 'Wayne's World or 'The Blues Brothers.' There have been 11 'SNL' movies total over the course of the last 40 years, but how well do you think you know the late-night sketch comedy legend's cinematic history? Test your knowledge with the latest installment of ‘You Think You Know Movies?‘
This past weekend's 'SNL' with comedian Sarah Silverman brought with it a few stumbles, but what better way to return to form than with a seasoned alum? Bill Hader will return to grace the 'SNL' stage with his presence this Saturday with musical guest Hozier, the first promos of which see the 'Skeleton Twins' star catching up with Kenan Thompson on all the changes.
Now more than ever we've seen TV looking to classic films of the '80s and '90s for the next great small screen series idea, whether by reboot or sequel, but a proposed 'Say Anything' TV sequel may have trouble getting its boombox up in the air. NBC has begun development of a potential followup to the classic 1989 Cameron Crowe film, though Crowe is outspokenly none-too-pleased about it.
It's been a good long while since we've heard very much from the front of NBC's DC-adapted 'Constantine,' but with the fall of superhero TV underway, and our Hellblazing premiere set for October 24, NBC continues lifting back the veil on its new occult detective. Get an in-depth look at 'Constantine''s pilot with a brand-new behind-the-scenes featurette and dozens of new photos!
Last week's 'SNL' premiere kicked of the 40th anniversary season on a relatively confident note, but this weekend will see our first female host take the stage as Sarah Silverman returns to the fold following two decades away. The comedienne and writer/cast member from the early '90s takes credit for 'SNL''s best sketches in the first promos, also demanding more female hosts between the first two episodes.
Whether the 'SNL' shakeups of season 40 have truly come to a close or not, this Saturday will see 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Parks and Recreation' star Chris Pratt kicking off the premiere in Star-Lord style. Feast your faces on seven-full minutes of promo goodness, as Chris Pratt takes the 'SNL' stage for the first time!
Heading into 'SNL''s 40th season premiere this coming weekend, we've heard plenty of additions to the cast and more than a few changes along the way, but we may already have our first major departure. A new report suggests that current senior cast member Kenan Thompson will say goodbye after the current season, leaving the 'SNL' cast behind for good.