Saturday Night Live has officially announced its guest list for the first two episodes of the season.
The show’s 40th season kicks off on Sept. 27 with some major blockbuster power. Chris Pratt, star of summer hit Guardians of the Galaxy and NBC’s Parks and Recreation (who also happens to be extremely funny), will host the premiere with musical guest Ariana Grande.
The following week, comedian and former SNL castmember Sarah Silverman will return to Studio 8H for hosting duties on Oct. 4. Unfortunately, the show wasn’t able to book a musical act as interesting as Silverman, so we’ll just have to settle for Maroon 5 again as musical guests that week.
The Sarah Silverman news is interesting. Could the 40th season have a homecoming theme where hard-to-get SNL alum – especially those who have never hosted before or haven’t hosted in a long time – finally show up to dazzle us on set?
There were rumours Bill Murray was on board for the season opener, but could he still show up on a later episode? What about Eddie Murphy? Jane Curtain? Molly Shannon? Randy Quaid? Uhhh – nix that last one.
The first glimpse of Better Call Saul is a fleeting one.
Blink your eyes a couple of times and you’ll miss it.
But the nine-second teaser for AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff, starring Walter White’s lawyer Saul Goodman (then known as Jimmy McGill) is all we’ve got for the time being.
In the short clip, which debuted last night during a Breaking Bad marathon, a younger- looking Goodman is telling a prospective client about the importance of having a lawyer.
“Lawyers: we’re like health insurance,” Goodman explains. “You hope you never need it, but man oh man, not having it? No, phew.”
Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk, is set to debut in February 2015. It is a prequel to AMC’s ratings juggernaut Breaking Bad, featuring Goodman as the crooked lawyer for chemistry teacher-turned meth maker White.
The pink slips rained down on Rockefeller Center today.
First, Saturday Night Live rookie Brooks Wheelan announced over Twitter yesterday that he was fired from the show, and now it looks like fellow newbies Noël Wells and John Milhiser have suffered the same fate. SNL veteran Nasim Pedrad, who joined the show in 2009, is also reportedly leaving, but this isn’t a surprise since she has a job lined up co-starring in the FOX sitcom Mulaney, which airs in the fall.
Wheelan, along with Wells and Milhiser, was rarely seen on the show, but he did get some attention this week, after confirming his ouster over Twitter and nailing an opportunity to make fun of himself.
“Had a blast and loved every second of it,” he wrote. “I’m totally honored to be able to make this next joke…Fired from New York It’s Saturday Night.”
Had a blast and loved every second of it. I’m totally honored to be able to make this next joke… FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!
Wheelan, Milhiser, and Wells were in a groupsix newbie cast members to debut in September, along with Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and Mike O’Brien. Sasheer Zamata joined the cast in December and Colin Jost started his tenure at Weekend Update back in March.
Let’s hope these Game of Thrones characters are never killed off.
They’re just too adorable.
For those already missing their GoT fix and/or love cute dogs in period costumes – we give you The Pugs of Westeros.
The clip comes courtesy of dog owners Phillip Lauer and his wife Sue, who normally dress their pugs up as TV and movie characters for still photographs. This time, they decided to amp it up a notch and feature their dogs in a live-action spoof trailer of the wildly popular HBO show.
So here is pug trio Roxy, Blue and Bono posing as Jon Snow, Ned Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and a much cuter, more obedient King Joffrey.
Kevin Spacey showed off his pipes and love of bold patterns on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon by joining the show’s Ragtime Gals on Friday.
The actor – whose House of Cards character Frank Underwood is no stranger to harmonizing a cappella – joined Jimmy Fallon and his barbershop singers for a rendition of Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty.
Spacey was clearly pumped about the performance, too. His Twitter feed was filled with plugs about the Ragtime Gals and behind-the-scenes pictures. “Dust off the harmonicas and the pinstripes,” he tweeted. “I’m joining The Ragtime Gals tonight on @FallonTonight w/ @jimmyfallon!”
Dust off the harmonicas and pinstripes, I’m joining The Ragtime Gals tonight on @FallonTonight w/ @jimmyfallon!