Screen Junkies » Lorne Michaels http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:11:01 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Don Pardo, The Voice Of ‘Saturday Night Live’, Dies At The Age Of 96 http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/don-pardo-the-voice-of-saturday-night-live-dies-at-the-age-of-96/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/don-pardo-the-voice-of-saturday-night-live-dies-at-the-age-of-96/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:56:43 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264283 He had been at it since the first season of the show, taking off only season 7, interestingly enough.

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Few shows enjoy the electricity that Saturday Night Live does, and a big part of that formula is missing now that Don Pardo, the booming, enthusiastic voice behind the show’s introductions, has passed away at the age of 96. Pardo joined the show in its first season, and was with it until last season’s finale, which starred alum Andy Samberg.

His voice, along with the iconic “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” exclaimed by the cast, ushered in one of the most revolutionary TV shows in history. Along with his voice, the band would play, the audience would cheer, and the show would feel unlike anything else on TV.

As Maya Rudolph said in a tribute video to Pardo at his induction to Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, “The moment you said my name was the height of my career.” She likely wasn’t alone in feeling that.

Pardo is survived by three daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

(New York Times)

 

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Bill Hader Is Making His ‘SNL’ Exeunt http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bill-hader-is-making-his-snl-exeunt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bill-hader-is-making-his-snl-exeunt/#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 16:25:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254843 It's that time of year again.

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After eight years of laughter, fun, Muppet voices, and the occasional spotty Al Pacino impression, Bill Hader is officially ready for prime-time. Meaning that he’s leaving SNL. Hader doesn’t exactly have anything on the books to pull him away from the show but just felt that it was time. Those Rockefeller Center crowds can really wear you down. Hader told the New York Times, “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point. It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’”

Yesterday came news of Seth Meyers plans to move down the hall, it’s suspected that Jason Sudeikis will leave to focus on film work, and Fred Armisen‘s future with the show is uncertain. Unfortunately, there have been no reports that Kenan Thompson plans to depart.

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Jason Sudeikis Isn’t Leaving ‘SNL’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-sudeikis-isnt-leaving-snl/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-sudeikis-isnt-leaving-snl/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:09:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250870 Still not ready for primetime.

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We’ve been left to wonder all summer whether or not Jason Sudeikis would return for the next season of SNL. During last season’s finale, Kristen Wiig was given an emotional send-off while Sudeikis looked pissed off in the wings. Next, Andy Samberg announced that he was leaving as well. That left us all to wonder what Suds was going to do.

And now, the word is in that he’ll return at least until January. Says Lorne Michaels:

“Jason is in,” Mr. Michaels, the show’s executive producer, said in an interview Tuesday night.

He was referring, of course, to Jason Sudeikis, the longtime cast member who, since the show’s finale last May, has been the subject of many rumors that he would be departing after seven seasons. Mr. Michaels said he was relieved to have the comedian back in the cast this season. [NY Times]

Is this due to the election? It seems so. As the show’s only white guy he is obligated to continue portraying Mitt Romney and Joe Biden. After that, all bets are off. He’ll have to be released eventually as demand for him to play the horny best friend in goofy comedies is at an all-time high.

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Who Besides Kristen Wiig Will Leave ‘SNL’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/who-besides-kristen-wiig-will-leave-snl/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/who-besides-kristen-wiig-will-leave-snl/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 15:39:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248838 Lorne Michaels might know but ain't sayin'.

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When SNL wrapped up its season this past Saturday, they ended with an emotional sketch sending off Kristen Wiig. It’s been widely speculated that Wiig would leave the show to pursue brighter pavilions. But what of the other cast members who were expected to hang it up?

The Wrap caught up with Lorne Michaels to discuss the fates of Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis. Michaels was especially vague when asked of any cast additions or departures.

“You never know,” Michaels said. “I think everyone gets through the season and just the level of fatigue by the end is just overwhelming, and it’s a very emotional time. I’ve had a rule since the second season, which is to not make any decisions in June. We’ll see in July.”

One cast member who has made mention of his intention to stay is Fred Armisen. He noted that he hopes to continue his work on both Portlandia and SNL as he has done for the past two seasons. Otherwise, he’ll have to find another outlet for his creepy genius.

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Expect Some Cast Shake-Ups At ‘SNL’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/expect-some-cast-shake-ups-at-snl/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/expect-some-cast-shake-ups-at-snl/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:57:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245473 What up with that?

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Looks like the burgeoning movie careers of Saturday Night Live cast members are forcing the show to hire some new faces for us to unfairly criticize (at least until they impress us with their Mitt Romney impressions). Splitsider reports that a range of hopefuls from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles recently auditioned for Lorne Michaels, Seth Myers, and other producers.

It’s unclear how many new performers will join the cast or which performers will be departing, but it would make sense that Kristen Wiig would move on to more carefully chosen projects while Jason Sudeikis will take the horny guy role in literally every upcoming comedy.

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The 7 Worst ‘SNL’ Musical Performances Of All Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/the-7-worst-snl-musical-performances-of-all-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/the-7-worst-snl-musical-performances-of-all-time/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:29:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242711 Welcome To The Club, Lana Del Rey...

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Internet sensation Lana Del Rey performed on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and her performance is being called one of the worst in the show’s long, long history. Though new to the music landscape, she had already been met with skepticism, with many feeling her indie credibility was largely manufactured, a position that was supported by her shoddy performance.

She was selected for the show due exclusively to buzz, as her output at the time of her selection consisted of a two-song web EP. As such, it would appear that Del Rey wasn’t prepeared for the gig. She appeared visibly nerous and seemed to make several mistakes during the performances, prompting no less than Brian Williams to write an email to Gawker panning her performance.

Here are a handful of other notorious SNL performances that would have undoubtedly upset Brian Williams as well.

Ke$ha

The performances here fall into two groups, largely. Performances by shitty artists that are as shitty as the artists themselves and performances by decent artists that are shitty. This performance is the former.

It’s unclear what makes Ke$ha a star, so I’m comfortable assuming it’s her eagerness to get on her back for everyone in the music industry, from record execs to the guys that sell bootleg t-shirts outside concert venues.

This performance would seem to support my theory, as this video defies all logic blending astronauts, patriotism, and lots of spectacle with a song that’s pretty much about being a drunk white trash whore.

This performance is exactly as good as it should be.

Sinead O’Connor

This will sound horribly jaded, but I find it quaint that, as recently as 1992, people were mortified by the fact that Sinead O’Connor tore up a picture of the pope at the end of her a capella rendition of “War,” urging the audience and viewers to “fight the real enemy.” What do you think would happen if someone like Adele tore up a picture of Pope Benedict next weekend? I would guess you would hear a hiccup, a squeaky fart, then some polite applause.

Adding to the haunting nature of O’Connor’s performance is Lorne Michaels’ now-infamous decision to not light up the applause sign, creating an even more uncomfortable silence all the way to commercial.

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Lorne Michaels Sees More ’30 Rock’ With Or Without Alec Baldwin http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lorne-michaels-sees-more-30-rock-with-or-without-alec-baldwin/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lorne-michaels-sees-more-30-rock-with-or-without-alec-baldwin/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2011 22:37:35 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222962 The show must go on, even if Jack leaves.

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Lorne Michaels was on the Television Critics Association panel for the new NBC comedy Up All Night. After the panel when the press gaggled around him, he spoke about his thoughts and hopes for 30 Rock. With contracts coming up at the end of season six, and stars like Alec Baldwin threatening retirement, Michaels still sees 30 rockin’ along.

“Listen, you can’t imagine doing the show without Alec but I couldn’t imagine doing the show without Chevy either and we’re still on the air,” Michaels said, invoking Chase’s departure from SNL. “I would hope that we would never have to go on without him but we’re going to keep doing the show.”

Tina Fey is at home this summer expecting a baby. Then she’s ready to go back to work too. “Right now she’s having a baby but I know that she’s completely committed to the show, as are a lot of people who work there. Alec is a huge part of it. It’s a great group. I think it still has a lot of vitality and life in it. We’re all pretty much determined to keep it going, and I’m hopeful.”

Michaels also spoke out about 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan’s controversial anti-gay rant and how it might affect his return to the show. “We haven’t started yet but obviously everyone has been talking. I think he totally regretted it, he apologized for it. I think it was a thoughtless thing to say but it was the middle of a concert and he was trying to be provocative I think. It just blew up and I think he confronted it and dealt with it. I know what kind of man he is and he’s not a hateful person in any way, shape or form. What he said was stupid and there’s no justification for it, I’m just saying I don’t think it came from any real thought really.”

The subsequent Tracy Morgan controversy, about a routine on the mentally challenged, made less waves. “I think that’s from his act from 15 years ago. It was in his HBO special. When you scrutinize anybody’s comedy, it’s not the criteria you should really judge it by. He’s not being taught in schools.”

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NBC Picks Up A Bunch Of Shows For Chicks http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-buys-a-bunch-of-shows-for-chicks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-buys-a-bunch-of-shows-for-chicks/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 01:45:29 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211704 Among NBC's new shows for the vaginally-inclined: "Up All Night" with Christina Applegate, the Whitney Cummings sitcom and Spielberg's Broadway drama "Smash."

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NBC wants some lady action, but not the awesome kind that involves sex with hot ladies. Judging by their recent round of pick-ups, NBC is skewing more towards the vaginally-inclined viewer in 2011-2012. Here’s what’s been picked up:

- “Up All Night” is a single camera comedy, starring Christina Applegate as a working mother who never thought she’d be a mom, but guess what: she totally is. Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett co-star, with Emily Spivey and Lorne Michaels executive producing. Network executives are convinced that one day, Arnett will star in a ratings-generating sitcom. It has been foretold by the sitcom elders.

- Steven Spielberg came up with the idea for “Smash,” a drama about a group of musical folk producing a Marilyn Monroe show on Broadway. It’s been described as”Glee” for adults, so please keep it the hell away from me. Starring Debra Messing and Katharine McPhee, Spielberg co-wrote the pilot with Theresa Rebeck. I’ll tune into Spielberg’s other show instead.

- Based on her stand-up routine, Whitney Cummings‘ cleverly titled multi-camera comedy “Whitney” is about the trials and tribulations of a young couple in a committed relationship. I’m guessing someone’s mother on that show will ask why they’re not married. Laughter will then ensue.

- Maria Bello stars in “Prime Suspect,” a female NYC detective trying to “make it” in a male-dominated precinct. We’re all rooting for you, girlfriend. It’s based on a British mini-series starring Helen Mirren.

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Willpower Overload http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/willpower-overload/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-photos/willpower-overload/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:03:58 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204707 Fallon and Lorne's wives must be watching at home.

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Fallon and Lorne’s wives must be watching at home.  (TheDailyWhat)

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IFC’s ‘Portlandia’ Renewed For 2nd Season, Anti-Hipster Comedy Parade Continues http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ifcs-portlandia-renewed-for-2nd-season-anti-hipster-comedy-parade-continues/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ifcs-portlandia-renewed-for-2nd-season-anti-hipster-comedy-parade-continues/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 05:58:06 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26942 All you have to know is that it's indie and I liked it before anyone else did.

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SNL lifer Fred Armisen‘s new show Portlandia is part of a growing movement in the comedy world to turn “hipster” into the next “mime” or “Elvis impersonator.” Lucky for me, I haven’t had enough hipster-skewering comedy yet, even between the mashup videos, webcomics and Tumblr-to-Urban-Outfitters-checkout books. Damn it, those guys look funny and ride bicycles and I want blood.

That’s why I’m glad IFC‘s Portlandia is getting renewed for a second season. I’ll have to respectfully disagree with my Screen Junkies collegue Fred Topel and note that Portlandia is one of my favorite new shows in awhile. It’s a hilarious, silly, thoughtfully written sketch show very much in the tradition of Kids In The Hall, and probably not coincidentally, both shows have some guy named Lorne Michaels in the credits.

Portlandia‘s kind of an exclusive thing, you know? Whatever, you probably haven’t even heard it. All you have to know is that it’s indie and I liked it before anyone else did. Now they’re giving Portlandia a second season and it’ll probably sell out. You know, f*ck that show. I’m gonna go drink PBR’s at my friend Steve’s mustache party.

If you’re interested in Portlandia, cause you’re not a drone, check out clips here. (Cinema Blend)

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Internet Pressures Betty White to Host ‘SNL’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/internet-pressures-betty-white-to-host-snl/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/internet-pressures-betty-white-to-host-snl/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 We may have a problem on our hands as the combined might of college students and their Internet-savvy grandparents are realizing their strength. In the past week, not only have Facebook users managed to make a pickle more popular than Canadian ass-rockers Nickleback, but they may have also convinced Lorne Michaels to hire the dumb Golden Girl to host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live. A group of Betty White-heads nearly half a million strong took to the social networking site and petitioned for their favorite octogenarian to headline the show. And now Michaels is reportedly trying to put together a show that will work with White's advanced age. From Michael Aussiello:White would not be hosting alone. Rather, I hear SNL is putting together a “Women of Comedy” episode that would team the former Rose Nylund with several of her younger contemporaries. Ex-SNL MVP Molly Shannon is on board, I hear, and feelers have also been put out to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.When told of the wellspring of support from her fans, White was reportedly thrilled/ready for dinner at 4pm. (EW)

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We may have a problem on our hands as the combined might of college students and their Internet-savvy grandparents are realizing their strength. In the past week, not only have Facebook users managed to make a pickle more popular than Canadian ass-rockers Nickleback, but they may have also convinced Lorne Michaels to hire the dumb Golden Girl to host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live. A group of Betty White-heads nearly half a million strong took to the social networking site and petitioned for their favorite octogenarian to headline the show. And now Michaels is reportedly trying to put together a show that will work with White’s advanced age. From Michael Aussiello:

White would not be hosting alone. Rather, I hear SNL is putting together a “Women of Comedy” episode that would team the former Rose Nylund with several of her younger contemporaries. Ex-SNL MVP Molly Shannon is on board, I hear, and feelers have also been put out to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

When told of the wellspring of support from her fans, White was reportedly thrilled/ready for dinner at 4pm. (EW)

 

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