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‘SNL’ and Woody Harrelson Take on ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Casting Rumors

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by Jacob Hall 5 days ago
With Woody Harrelson guest-hosting ‘SNL,’ it was inevitable that the show would break out the ‘True Detective’ jokes at some point. After all, few modern shows have grabbed pop culture by the collective lapels and shaken them so much quite like this HBO series, which saw Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey playing cops investigating a freaky, ritualistic murder. Since the second season of the show will feature a brand new cast and storyline, Weekend Update invited Harrelson and McConaughey to chat about their experience filming season one and to offer advice for everyone joining the show for season two.

'SNL' Preview: Woody Harrelson Volunteers Taran Killam as 'Hunger Games' Tribute

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick November 12, 2014 01:41 AM
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The 40th anniversary season of 'SNL' took off this past weekend to recuperate from its Chris Rock outing, but 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' star Woody Harrelson won't rest in volunteering for the longrunning NBC sketch comedy show's Quarter Quell. See what the 'True Detective' star has to offer in Woody Harrelson's first 'SNL' promos of this Saturday's coming installment!

'SNL' Scorecard: Sarah Silverman Will Sit On Your Lap

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by Mike Ryan October 05, 2014 10:50 AM
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The energy level from last week’s ‘SNL’ season premiere wasn’t quite there with Saturday night's Sarah Silverman hosted effort. It was almost like last week felt like “we’ve got a cast we’re proud off; let’s show it off!” and this week was almost a little more experimental. (I realize, most likely, none of this was intentional.) Silverman was good in the respect that it at least appeared she was certainly trying, but sometimes stumbled over some lines (hosting ‘SNL’ isn’t easy!) and she would go back and forth from looking, at times, confident – obviously she was comfortable doing her standup act in the monologue -- and, at other times, looking a little off ... which all seems really reasonable. Oh, hey, here’s a scorecard for your Sunday morning...

'SNL' Preview: Sarah Silverman Returns After 20 Years, Still Takes Credit

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 01, 2014 09:32 AM
NBC
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.

'SNL' Scorecard: Chris Pratt Makes a Great First Impression

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by Mike Ryan September 28, 2014 10:21 AM
NBC
The 40th season of ‘Saturday Night Live’ has arrived (as well as the fifth season of ‘SNL’ Scorecard -- and I just can’t believe I’ve been doing this for five years) and, boy, what a difference a year makes. Last year’s season premiere featured six new cast members and was one of the clumsiest shows in recent memory. (Hey, remember ‘New Cast Member Or Member of Arcade Fire’? Gah.) This season, we have two new cast members and, more importantly, a significantly smaller cast. This was the first ‘SNL’ in over a year where I felt some actual intimacy with the cast. Look at newcomer Pete Davidson: he was everywhere! It was almost as if this incarnation of ‘SNL’ was built just to make us forget about last season. It didn’t completely work (I’ll never forget you, Rick Shoulders), but with a first-time host like Chris Pratt (who is a natural) and what feels like a much more focused show, this was a really great start.

'SNL' Scorecard: Anna Kendrick Sings and Sings and Sings and Sings...

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by Mike Ryan April 06, 2014 10:09 AM
Anna Kendrick is the perfect type of ‘SNL’ host – to the point that, as a performer, she could easily be a member of the cast. (I have no idea what her sketch writing ability is like.) Kendrick blends in with the rest of the cast so easily, it allows the show to be about the sketches and not about the host. Not to mention, she’s quite talented, which allows for a lot of singing and dancing – and there was a lot of singing and dancing last night (and a lot of Disney references). This was by far the most consistent show of the season, which makes it the best show of the season (even though I'm hesitant to use the word "best"). So much, in fact, that I wish I could set today’s Scorecard to the music of ‘Treasure Planet.’