Jason Sudeikis’ exit leaves ‘SNL’ with a casting crisis

07.24.13 4 years ago

Jason Sudeikis’ exit leaves “SNL” with a casting crisis
Three top-notch male performers are gone, and Seth Meyers will exit later this year. As Andrew Wallenstein points out, “Even if all the new entries turn out to be the next Will Ferrells, it’s a lot of new blood to take in at once. Few new cast members ever have an instant impact on “SNL”; it can take years for rookies to really grow into their own skin.” PLUS: Sudeikis’ best “SNL” characters.

Is the Royal Baby named after “Seinfeld”?
George Alexander Louis has a lot of Costanza connections: 1) The name George, 2) Costanza is played by Jason Alexander, and 3) Louis is Costanza’s middle name.

Freddie Prinze Jr. joining “Bones”
Starting with the season premiere, Prinze will get to act with wife Sarah Michelle Gellar’s “Buffy” beau David Boreanaz.

How will NBC’s Winter Olympic coverage handle Russia’s anti-gay laws?
The network can’t avoid the new laws during the Sochi games.

How “Orphan Black” films multiple Tatiana Maslanys

The BBC America show uses a double and digital trickery. PLUS: Maslany jokes about the “so many butts on our show.”

Kids star in “Duck Dynasty’s” Season 4 promo
Watch elementary school kids as mini-Robertsons.

Meet Arsenio Hall’s new posse
Arsenio’s new talk show will come with a brand-new house band.

J.K. Rowling: I got 2 TV offers for the detective novel I wrote under a man’s name
She received the offers before she was outed as Robert Galbraith, the author of “The Cuckoo”s Calling.”

Paula Deen’s son will compete on “Iron Chef”
Jamie Deen tweeted that his brother Bobby will appear on the Food Network competition series.

Facebook fan credited with reviving “The Game” sues BET

Stacey Mattocks’ Facebook page for “The Game” has resulted in a legal war.

Paul Giamatti got his Spider-Man role thanks to “Conan”
Director Marc Webb was watching “Conan” two years ago when Giamatti expressed his desire to play The Rhino.

Could diversity save “Big Brother” from its racism problem?

The CBS reality show has never reflected America’s diversity. As Willa Paskin notes, “The series can disavow the behavior of its contestants, but it continues to cast the show like white people are the ones who have the right to be there.”

Aubrey Plaza is “Daria”
Watch the “Parks and Rec” star in the new “Daria” trailer, from College Humor.

Rob Lowe’s dream is to play Ulysses S. Grant
“It’s just a dream of mine,” he says of the Civil War general and U.S. president. PLUS: How Lowe avoided making his JFK sound like “The Simpsons.”

Keith Olbermann has a greater appreciation of ESPN after experiencing other networks
Current TV, for instance, is like radio to ESPN’s color TV.

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding are getting the ESPN documentary treatment
“Tonya and Nancy” will air two months before the 20th anniversary of the infamous knee-whacking.

“Franklin & Bash”: The perfect punchline?
Why it’s fun to mock the TNT series.

When will TV shows get realistic about apartment sizes?
The “Friends” problem has persisted recently with “2 Broke Girls” and “Happy Endings.”

Noah Wyle can still recite his 1st “ER” medical monologue from memory
Watch him recite the lines nearly 20 years later.

“Bunheads”: An appreciation

Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ABC Family series was plain fun to watch.

Rainn Wilson played Walter White in a live reading of the “Breaking Bad” pilot
Last night’s live reading featured very detailed and funny stage directions and scene descriptions written by Vince Gilligan.

Check out “Robot Chicken” creators’ new stop-motion web series
Titled “Friendship All-Stars of Friendship.”

Would Dan Harmon do another network comedy after “Community”?
Harmon says the “constraints” of working in network TV are “the same as iambic pentameter, as haiku – a different way to reach an audience.”

Shirley Jones tells all in new book, detailing her threesome

“The Partridge Family” star also recalls David Cassidy’s endowment in her new memoir.

“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”: Where are they now?

The cat has written for “Two and a Half Men.”

“Revolution” creator details his complaints with Season 1
Eric Kripke promises Season 2 will be much improved.

Is Jon Hamm too sexy to win an Emmy?
The “Mad Men” star may be a victim of “Slap the Stud Syndrome.”

Chuck Norris’ “Walker, Texas Ranger” home is for sale
The Dallas home can be had for $1.2 million.

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