'SNL' finally returns tonight after its brief Winter Olympics hiatus! Jim Parsons from 'The Big Bang Theory' makes his debut on the 30 Rock stage as tonight's guest host, and after years of watching him yuk it up as mega nerd Sheldon on the hit sitcom, we're pretty interested to see him give us something a bit different -- or will he? Read on for our review of tonight's all-new episode of 'SNL'!
Yesterday brought a treat for 'SNL' fans with news that 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham would make her hosting debut with The National on March 8, but we've got one major debut to go first -- 'The Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons! The first promos have arrived for the multiple Emmy winner's hosting debut alongside musical guest Beck, and Bazinga! They're pretty great.
'SNL' scored major points in announcing its first March host as Jim Parsons of 'The Big Bang Theory,' while the second host of the long-running sketch comedy series' post-Olympics run will similarly score new blood. 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham will make her 'SNL' debut in the March 8 installment, alongside what musical guest, you ask?
We haven't heard much from 'SNL' since Melissa McCarthy hosted the pre-Super Bowl installment on February 1, but given NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, late night took an understandable back seat. Now, with the long-running sketch comedy series due to return on March 1, 'The Big Bang Theory' Emmy winner Jim Parsons will make his hosting debut!
A few days ago 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' delighted future audiences with news that Seth Meyers' former 'SNL' co-star Fred Armisen had signed on to lead the house band, and now it seems the new 'Late Night' has another beloved 'SNL' staple headed its way. Not only can we expect Bill Hader's revered "Stefon" to make appearances, but the first week's rounds of guests include everyone from Amy Poehler to Kanye West, Lena Dunham, Ian McKellen and more!
The sweeping changes to the late night landscape have only recently begun, with Jay Leno having said his goodbyes to 'The Tonight Show,' with Jimmy Fallon soon to take his place. Seth Meyers too, has left behind 'SNL' for his impending 'Late Night' gig, which we've now learned to feature fellow alumni Fred Armisen leading the band!
The recent TCA press tour presentations saw FX announcing some incredibly high-profile talent for future series, from the likes of additional projects with Louis C.K. to Zach Galifianakis and more, and now another name has been added to the list. 'This is the End' and upcoming 'Robocop' remake star Jay Baruchel will return to TV to headline FX's new comedy 'Man Seeking Woman,' an adaptation of 'The Last Girlfriend on Earth.'
Race and comedy don't always mix, but with Black History Month upon us, 'SNL' decided to take no prisoners and create a music video that has the potential to be one of the most offensive things the show has ever done. It's a credit to the writers and to performers Keenan Thompson, Jay Pharoah and Sasheer Zamata that this thing works and that it's as funny as it is.
The best of 'SNL''s commercial parodies are always those that make you cringe a little. Not because they're bad, but because you recognize just enough painful truth in them to dredge up a memory or two. With Valentine's Day around the corner, the most recent episode of everyone's favorite late night variety show tackled a subject that should be familiar to anyone who has ever been in a relationship: forgetting to get a gift for your loved one.
After years behind the Weekend Update desk, the terrific Seth Meyers is leaving 'SNL' to pursue other projects. And by pursue other projects, we mean "take over as host of 'Late Night' while Jimmy Fallon ascends to 'The Tonight Show.'" Of course, something as important, popular and prominent as Meyers doesn't depart without some kind of send-off and the show sent him off in style.