Category: Saturday Night Live

Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck on 'SNL': Some NBC stations censor song

It was only rock 'n' roll, but some NBC affiliates apparently didn't like it when host Mick Jagger did a profanity-laced political song on "Saturday Night Live."

Near the end of Saturday's season finale, the 68-year-old Rolling Stones frontman performed "Tea Party," a bluesy number featuring guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck. Jagger told the audience he wrote the song, which is about the current presidential campaign and its candidates who "have to strategize a bit." 

The next line included a curse word that evidently led some stations to cut away early to commercials, according to numerous Twitter users. However, other stations -- including KNBC-TV in Los Angeles -- ran the whole number uncensored. (Warning: The video above contains the profanity.) Because "SNL" airs during the Federal Communications Commission's "safe harbor" hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. -- when broadcasters can telecast material deemed indecent -- NBC was probably not obligated to censor the song at the national level, but local station managers could use their discretion.

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Right after "Tea Party," Jagger and the entire "SNL" cast -- along with Steve Martin, former cast member Rachel Dratch and others - serenaded Kristen Wiig with the Stones' tune "She's a Rainbow." Wiig, the star of "Bridesmaids," has been rumored to be exiting "SNL" to pursue a movie career, and Saturday's show was essentially her farewell. She could be seen brushing away tears during her dances with cast members and earned a hug from executive producer Lorne Michaels.

Most of the early reviews on Twitter were enthusiastic for Jagger's hosting job, especially his performances with Beck, Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters.

"Jagger and Foo Fighters on #SNL is an #InstantClassic," tweeted @311Underdog.

Quipped @rebeccablissett: "That Mick Jagger kid, he's really gonna be something someday."

What did you think of the show? Did "Tea Party" air uncut on your local station?

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"Saturday Night Live's" eight greatest stars

Will Ferrell, all-star cast in 100th "SNL" digital short

-- Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)

'Saturday Night Live's' eight greatest stars

Darrell Hammond and Will FerrellWill Ferrell is back on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, hosting the show for the third time since leaving the cast in 2002. And those pining for the actor's glory days on the show will be reminded once again of just how big of a sketch comedy star Ferrell was during his tenure from 1995-2002.

And though his post-"SNL" career has had its share of hits ("Elf","Anchorman") and misses ("Land of the Lost," "Bewitched"), nothing has quite tarnished the huge amount of goodwill he built up playing such characters as the Spartan cheerleader, the cowbell guy in Blue Oyster Cult and President George W. Bush.

"SNL" is famous for being a launching pad for comedy stars. But it doesn't always work that way. Some have undistinguished "SNL" careers before blowing up huge after, like Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Rock. And others do well on the show before promptly vanishing into the mists of Hollywood.

But disregarding everything that happened after their time on the floor of Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Center, who were the biggest stars of "Saturday Night Live?" Which performers used the live sketch format to its fullest to connect to an audience?

Everyone has their favorites and (nearly) every current and former cast member has advocates. But these eight are widely regarded as the people who went on the air on a Saturday night and made it their own.

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VIDEO: Will Ferrell, all-star cast in 100th 'SNL' digital short

 

Will Ferrell's hosting job on "Saturday Night Live" has drawn some mixed reviews on Twitter. But viewers seem near-united in acclaim for the all-star video clip that celebrated the 100th "Digital Short" shown on NBC's comedy-variety program.

Produced by the Lonely Island troupe that includes "SNL" cast member Andy Samberg, the 100th vid included walk-ons by Jon Hamm, Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Michael Bolton, Justin Bieber, Usher and others. The basic premise - which included a bleeped-out obscenity - was that the Digital Short crew should give itself a, er, pat on the back by reprising some of their greatest hits, such as "I'm on a Boat" and "The Creep."

Twitter reaction was swift and almost uniformly positive. "Lonely Island just killed it," tweeted @michaelabartos. "Nothing short of amazing," added another viewer.

What did you think of the short and the rest of Ferrell's "SNL" episode?

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Steven Spielberg presents his 'Laser Cats' on 'Saturday Night Live'

Steven Spielberg made a "Hitchcockian-style" cameo in "Saturday Night Live's" "Laser Cats" digital short on Saturday.
Steven Spielberg made his "Laser Cats" directing debut on "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend. He's the second A-list director to lend his name to the long-running series of ultra-low-budget shorts involving cats that shoot lasers from their mouths. Amazingly, the series has been running for six years now.

The SNL Digital Short, which followed the traditional format of having cast members Andy Samberg and Bill Hader pitching "SNL" honcho Lorne Michaels on their latest "Laser Cats" idea, featured Spielberg as himself (wearing a Laser Cats T-shirt and baseball cap) and in a "Hitchcockian-style" cameo in the short itself.

The short, "Laser Cats 7," was filled with references to Spielberg's filmography, including Josh Brolin as a Toht-like villain (see the Nazi from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"), Fred Armisen as a Mora Ram-like villain (see "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"), E.T. (see "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial"), tyrannosaurus cat (see "Jurassic Park") and a million other call-backs to Spielberg's past work.

Two years ago, James Cameron directed his own "Laser Cats" short, "James Cameron's Laser Cats 5," which featured many references to Cameron's own work and included a cameo from Sigourney Weaver.

The "Laser Cats" series has featured shorts "pitched" to Michaels from such celebrities as Tom Hanks and Steve Martin. But despite the ever-growing roster of big-name talent, the videos are always el cheapo.

How successful was Spielberg's cameo? Mixed. Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke wrote, "How desperate is Steven Spielberg?" While Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells wrote, "Even hard-hearted Spielberg haters (there are others besides myself) must have felt a slight softening during the airing of this skit."

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Photo: Steven Spielberg. Credit: Joel Ryan / AP

Andy Cohen gets skewered on Sofia Vergara-hosted 'SNL'

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen, the ever-smiling host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," got a thorough lampooning on Saturday's Sofia Vergara-hosted edition of "Saturday Night Live." But despite being portrayed as a crazed narcisist by "SNL" cast member Taran Killam, the Bravo exec seems to have a good sense of humor about it.

"OMG the one night I go to bed early I'm lampooned on SNL?!," Cohen tweeted on Sunday. "Great job I am flattered!" He then included hashtags of what are destined to be the two catchphrases forever linked to Cohen (or at least his "SNL" iteration): "#ImLikeAShark #VeryCute."

The "SNL" Cohen could not resist making the conversation about his looks and how cute he was. Even during a discussion of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” the faux Cohen asked the poll question  “Am I cuter like this? Or like this?” with two shots of himself.

Killam was joined in the sketch by Vergara, who goofed on Persian Americans in the guise of a cast member from "Shahs of Sunset."

While Cohen seemed cool with the sketch, not all of his friends were quite as positive. Actress Kristen Johnston tweeted to Cohen, "If only the guy playing you had actually thought abt his "impression'... . He dint say 'sweetie'!"

Cohen cryptically responded, "WE WILL DISCUSS!"

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Lindsay Lohan gets last laugh with high 'SNL' ratings

Lindsay Lohan on "SNL"They insulted her looks. They made fun of her cue-card reading. But the haters can't say no one watched Lindsay Lohan on "Saturday Night Live."

The bedeviled ingenue gave NBC's comedy show the highest ratings for any regular episode this season, with an average of 7.4 million viewers tuning in, according to final figures from Nielsen released Thursday. (The Jan. 7 edition with Charles Barkley drew 10.1 million, but it followed a prime-time NFL playoff that inflated viewership.)

The numbers should be a salve to Lohan after her hosting job was ripped by many critics and online commenters. "This may be the first time Lindsay Lohan had trouble doing lines," @DrunkEnough tweeted.

However, "SNL" cast members, special guest Jon Hamm and even ex-host Zooey Deschanel weighed in with support.

What did you think of Lohan's job?

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Photo: Lindsay Lohan attracted big ratings in her return as "SNL" host. Credit: Dana Edelson / NBC

Lindsay Lohan on 'Saturday Night Live': Fans rip hosting job

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Looks like the Lindsay Lohan comeback train is stuck at the station, after her roundly panned hosting gig Saturday on "Saturday Night Live."

"This may be the first time Lindsay Lohan had trouble doing lines," cracked the Twitter user @drunkenough, after the bad-girl starlet stumbled through a series of sketches in which she appeared wholly reliant on cue cards -- and sometimes seemed to have difficulty reading them.

"Worst host of the year?" EW.com asked in a headline.

The return gig as "SNL" host was supposed to be a professional highlight for the 25-year-old Lohan, who's struggling to get her career back on track after her most recent round of troubles, including well-publicized substance abuse and family turmoil. She described her recent court-ordered community service at the L.A. County morgue as "humbling" and "a learning experience." Her nude photos in the January/February issue of Playboy magazine drew widespread derision.

But the "SNL" blowback may prove worse, if the early reaction is any indication. "She looks scared to death out there," observed Hitfix critic Ryan McGee. And that was one of the kinder reactions.

"People are saying Lindsay Lohan looked tired and worn out hosting SNL last night, but I thought she looked fantastic!" tweeted @ILNY83. The accompanying photo was of Betty White, who hosted the same program in May 2010 -- at age 88.

Another widely retweeted thought: "#SNL had Lindsay Lohan on mainly so NBC News would have fresh file footage next time she's arrested."

What did you think of Lohan as host? Can she engineer a comeback?

 

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Photo: Lindsay Lohan, center, was widely panned in her return as "SNL" host. Credit: Dana Edelson / NBC

Saturday’s Highlights: 'Saturday Night Live' on NBC

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Saturday Night Live

LIN-SANITY is in store for “Saturday Night Live” as Lindsay Lohan returns as host at 11:29 p.m. on NBC. With Kenan Thompson.


SERIES

Huckabee:  
Mike Huckabee will be joined by Charlie Gasparino, Fox Business Network; small businessman David McArthur and former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to pose questions to  Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum (5 and 8 p.m. Fox News Channel).

Q’Viva! The Chosen:
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony search the globe for the most talented Latin performers in this crossover series (8 p.m. Fox).

Live From Daryl’s House:
 Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, former members of the Doors, perform (11 p.m. KTLA).

MOVIES

Some Like It Hot:
 Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis star as musicians who disguise themselves in drag after witnessing the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. While hiding in an all-female band, one falls for a fellow member (Marilyn Monroe) while the other attracts a wealthy admirer (Joe E. Brown) in director Billy Wilder’s 1959 classic (5 p.m. TCM).

Inglourious Basterds:
 Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 World War II adventure casts Brad Pitt as the leader of a Jewish American military unit that targets Nazi officers. Melanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz also star (7:25 p.m. Showtime).

Hanna:
 Trained as an assassin by her CIA veteran father (Eric Bana), a youngster (Saoirse Ronan) becomes the target of an intelligence agent (Cate Blanchett) in this 2011 action tale. Tom Hollander and Jason Flemyng also star (8 p.m. HBO).

Blue-Eyed Butcher:
 Sara Paxton and Lisa Edelstein star in this 2012 TV movie about a woman who stands trial for the murder of her husband in their Texas home (8 p.m. Lifetime).

SPORTS

College basketball:
Pittsburgh at Connecticut (9 a.m. ESPN); Big South Tournament, Final (9 a.m. ESPN2); Washington at UCLA (11 a.m. CBS); Ohio Valley Tournament, Final (11 a.m. ESPN2); Louisville at Syracuse (1 p.m. CBS); Missouri at Texas Tech (1 p.m. KDOC); North Carolina at Duke (4 p.m. ESPN); Atlantic Sun Tournament, Final (4 p.m. ESPN2); Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton (4 p.m. FSN); Texas at Kansas (6 p.m. ESPN); West Coast Tournament (6 p.m. ESPN2); West Coast Tournament (8 p.m. ESPN2).

Gymnastics:
American Cup (10 a.m. NBC).

Hockey:
The Ducks visit the Kings (7:30 p.m. FSN).

Photo: Dana Edelson / NBC 

Did 'Lin-sanity' help Lindsay Lohan score a 'Saturday Night Live' gig?

Lindsay Lohan

No one would ever confuse rising NBA phenomenon Jeremy Lin with actress Lindsay Lohan.

Yet they both have something in common: "Lin" -- the hottest three-letter combo in pop culture right now. And with all the nonstop puns surrounding Lin's name ("Lin-sanity", "Lin-credible, "Lin-ning), it's almost Lin-conceivable (sorry) that Lohan won't make a joke that links her to the New York Knicks star when she hosts "Saturday Night Live" on March 3.

Could a sample joke in Lohan's opening monologue be: "It's so great to be here on 'Saturday Night Live,' but NBC has been calling me for weeks. They told me they wanted to get in on all this Lin-sanity. So here I am!"

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What do you think? Lin-possible?

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Lindsay Lohan starts comeback trail with 'Saturday Night Live'

Lindsay Lohan will host "SNL" March 3.

It appears Lindsay Lohan is taking some positive steps to boost her struggling career that don't involve taking her clothes off for Playboy. First stop: "Saturday Night Live." The actress will be hosting the show's March 3 episode.

Although Lohan is still doing community service as part of her probation, it's on track to end in late March, according to a Superior Court judge. And in an attempt to remind people that she's an actress first, she's returning to the stage of Studio 8-H for her fourth time as host.

Lohan seems very excited about the return to network TV (in something that isn't the news). She and her mother, Dina, have both tweeted about it, writing, "SNL! I love @NBC !!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Lohan has even gone so far as to beg Alec Baldwin to make a walk-on appearance on her episode. Baldwin currently holds the record for hosting more episode of "SNL" than any other celebrity (16 times).

Her first apperance on the long-running comedy show was in 2004, when she was still hot from her starring role in the movie "Mean Girls." Her most recent film appearance was in director Robert Rodriguez's 2010 action flick "Machete."

In recent years, she's made more court appearances than movies, with a series of hearings stemming from a 2007 DUI conviction and a 2011 theft conviction.

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'SNL' knows that even macho dudes love 'Downton Abbey' [video]

Downton abbey saturday night live spike skit
We already know that "Downton Abbey" has won over a far wider audience than the usual PBS "Masterpiece" fare. But this weekend, a "Saturday Night Live" skit mocked Downton-mania by imagining a crossover between fans of Lord Grantham and the cars, tattoos and extreme sports-loving young male Spike TV viewer.

The spoof  "Downton" ad featured the Spike narrator explaining the premise for dudes: "They've got three daughters named Hot, Way Hot and The Other One." He goes on to describe the beloved, sharp-tongued dowager played by Maggie Smith as an "old lady who looks like a chicken. We hated her at first but then we got high and she made us crack up."

What about the servants? They're "a bunch of tuxedo'd people who live in the basement and their lives suck!" All too true -- though as critic Mary McNamara pointed out this weekend, the show doesn't paint a realistic portrait of the era's class relations.

If "Downton" fans are smart, they'll start campaigning for Maggie Smith to host "SNL" sometime soon. It worked with Betty White.

The video is below, complete with some late-night language:

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Caption: Maggie Smith in "Downton Abbey." Credit: PBS.

 

Pat Robertson blasts 'SNL' Tim Tebow, Jesus skit

Tebow
Televangelist Pat Robertson was not laughing at a skit on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” last weekend that included a Jesus character, played by Jason Sudeikis, telling pro football player and outspoken Christian Tim Tebow to “take it down a notch.”

Robertson, who’s quick to criticize Hollywood entertainment and pop culture, said the comedy sketch is part of “the anti-Christian bigotry in this country that’s just disgusting.”

“If this had been a Muslim country and they had done that and had Muhammad doing that stuff, you would have found bombs being thrown off and bodies on the street,” he said.

Robertson made his comments on the Christian Broadcast Network, where he’s been a regular fixture for decades. The video snippet was first posted on Mediaite.

Tebow, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, “ought to be applauded,” Robertson said, for publicly expressing his faith at a time when the country’s “losing our moral compass.”

The skit, also starring Andy Samberg and Taran Killem, took place in the Broncos’ locker room, where Jesus showed up to tell the team to step up its game. “I’m doing all the work here,” said Sudeikis’ Jesus.

When Tebow said he consulted the Bible before games, the Jesus character suggested he add the playbook to his reading list.

The comedy bit has gathered more than 2 million views on YouTube as of Tuesday afternoon and has become a viral hit since airing on Saturday.

Robertson wasn’t the only one who took offense — Bob Beckel, speaking on Fox News’ “The Five,” called the sketch “despicable.”

“First of all, it’s despicable to display Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior, like that on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and they should be ashamed of themselves,” Beckel said. “And the fact that this keeps drawing attention to Tebow and Christianity and faith and Jesus and they make it into some sort of a commercial operation … there’s nothing funny about that.”

Tebow himself, an active Twitter user who often posts about his faith, hasn’t commented on the hubbub.

Both clips — the "SNL" skit and Robertson's reaction — are below.

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Photo: Tim Tebow. Credit: Morry Gash / Associated Press.

  

 

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