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Jim Carrey to host ‘Saturday Night Live’

- September 19th, 2014

“I am here and I want to help,” Jim Carrey once said during an In Living Colour sketch. “What am I, invisible? Why is nobody listening to me?”

Lorne Michaels may have passed up the chance to cast Carrey during the 1980-1981 Saturday Night Live season, but he’s certainly made it very apparent over the years that it was one of the worst decisions he’s made during his career as executive producer. Since then, he’s rectified the situation by asking Carey to host the show, once in 1996 and once more in 2011.

As the show enters its 40th season, The Wrap has learned the Canadian comedian extraordinaire will be back for his third hosting gig sometime toward the beginning of the season.

As The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider points out, Carrey’s appearance will probably be in accordance with the release of his upcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jeff Daniels, scheduled to hit theaters on November 14.

The big question now is whether Daniels will make an appearance during the episode to help plug the Dumb and Dumber sequel, probably through a parody sketch, as so many other actors, comedians, and musicians have done before.

The 40th season of Saturday Night Live kicks off on September 27, and will be hosted by Chris Pratt, easily the biggest star of this past summer thanks to both his starring roles in The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Sarah Silverman is scheduled to host the second show of the season on October 4, while SNL alum Bill Hader will take the stage to host on October 11.

‘SNL’ announces first hosts for season 40

- September 10th, 2014

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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.

 

Devious Maids clean up after a Bad Teacher in Salem? TV must-sees for the week

- April 20th, 2014

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of April 20

1 Bad Teacher
Debut: Based on the Cameron Diaz film, this stars Ari Graynor (pictured above) as a former trophy wife masquerading as a teacher. Wait a minute, isn’t there already a show called Trophy Wife? I’m so confused.
When: Thursday on CBS, Global

2 Devious Maids
Season-two debut: More sexy clashes between the rich and not-so-rich. Marisol (Ana Ortiz) finds a new love, while Zoila (Judy Reyes) discovers that Valentina (Edy Ganem) has returned from Africa.
When: Sunday on Lifetime

3 Salem
Debut: This is a new take on the infamous witch trials of the 17th century, exploring intriguing theories as to why they actually may have taken place. Stars Janet Montgomery and Shane West.
When: Sunday on Space

4 Parks and Recreation
One-hour, sixth-season finale: Leslie (Amy Poehler) ponders her future while Ron (Nick Offerman) has another run-in with ex-wife Tammy 2 (Megan Mullally). Michelle Obama guest-stars.
When: Thursday on NBC

5 Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide
Canadian debut: Standup special sees Morgan performing in his home town of Brooklyn, talking about everything from growing up in the projects to the time he had to be, um, removed from Prince’s house.
When: Saturday on Comedy

6 Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Debut: If you’ve ever wondered what happens to “dead letters,” well, this is not a documentary. Rather, it’s a new series about ridiculously dedicated postal people, starring Eric Mabius and Kristin Booth.
When: Sunday on M3

7 Veep
Dan (Reid Scott) tries to minimize the impact of a Saturday Night Live sketch about Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) just as she is preparing to announce her candidacy for president of the United States.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada

8 Black Box
Debut: Kelly Reilly stars as Dr. Catherine Black, a world-famous neurologist intent on unraveling the mysteries of the human brain. But she is hiding the fact that she’s bipolar. Is that good thinking?
When: Thursday on ABC

9 The Returned
Canadian debut: This creepy series from France allegedly breaks conventional zombie stereotypes. I’m just stunned we’re living in a world where conventional zombie stereotypes exist.
When: Saturday on Space

10 True Tori
Debut: I’m not going to lie, while it really doesn’t affect my life one way or the other, I don’t quite get the endless fascination people have with Tori Spelling. What is this, reality show No. 90210 for her?
When: Tuesday on Lifetime

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Colin Jost to replace Seth Meyers on ‘Weekend Update’

- January 23rd, 2014

The Saturday Night Live makeover is nearly complete.

Announced today, SNL writer and standup comic Colin Jost will replace Seth Meyers as co-host of Weekend Update.

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Jost will join Cecily Strong starting March 1 so Meyers can start his new gig as host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, which debuts Feb. 24. Save the tissues for Feb. 1 – that’s expected to be Meyer’s last Saturday as Update anchor.

So who is this Colin Jost? He’s a Harvard grad who joined the writing staff in 2005 and became head writer in 2012. He was also president of The Harvard Lampoon. And for those of you up on all the latest celebrity gossip, he’s reportedly dating Parks and Recreation star (and Quincy Jones daughter) Rashida Jones.

Here’s a sneak peek of what we can expect from Jost:

Rob Lowe brings JFK into the “hair and now” with Killing Kennedy

- November 9th, 2013

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Rob Lowe had to wrap his head around John F. Kennedy’s very specific hairstyle.

“There’s a lot of hair technology going on there, in case you didn’t notice,” says Lowe, who has the title role in Killing Kennedy. “We’re used to seeing him in black and white. But when you see him in colour, he almost has ginger hair.

“So my whole look is very sort of dialed in. I’m keeping it a secret as to how I did it.”

Killing Kennedy, which is based on a book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, is a two-hour docu-drama that debuts Sunday, Nov. 10 on the National Geographic Channel. Besides Lowe, Killing Kennedy also stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy, Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald.

It was 50 years ago this month that John F. Kennedy was gunned down and the string of recent TV documentaries is long and impressive. Killing Kennedy is a dramatic portrayal that simultaneously charts the highs and lows of two men – JFK and Oswald –  and their respective relationships with their spouses during the buildup not only to JFK’s assassination, but to Oswald’s as well.

Hair secrets aside, Lowe says that when it came to JFK’s voice, the hard part was that the comic voice everyone uses when they’re doing JFK – basically Mayor Quimby on The Simpsons – isn’t necessarily the way the president spoke in real life.

“Look, I’m not Darrell Hammond from Saturday Night Live, right?” Lowe says. “I mean, if you want a guy who can imitate Kennedy, I’m not the guy you come to. But you’ve got to sound like him.

“Just technically, what I learned was he really had two voices. He had the voice that we all know, ‘Come to Berlin.’ He had that voice, which is the voice everybody imitates. And then he had the way he spoke in private, which was very different.

“There’s actually a linguistic term called the ‘Kennedy stutter step,’ not to get too technical. Basically, it’s his stammer, and that’s what you don’t see a lot of. I tried to bring that, I immersed myself in it. But then you forget about it, you do the voice, and you go to the things that are more important, which are honesty, authenticity, connection with the actors, all of the stuff that actors do on a daily basis.”

Actors actually don’t get to play John F. Kennedy on a daily basis. It’s the fortunate few who can pull it off.

“In terms of what we share, I don’t know,” Lowe says. “(JFK) was an optimist. He said, ‘We’ll put a man on the moon in 10 years.’ I can’t think of any president before or after who would dare make that kind of prediction and then live up to it.

“I’m a kid from Ohio who said I wanted to be a working actor, so I believe in optimism.”

Optimism and hair technology, that is.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca