Chris Parnell in 30 Rock by Virginia Sherwood/NBC Photo
Saturday Night Live vet Chris Parnell, so winning and hilarious in his recurring gig as 30 Rock's Dr. Spaceman (pronounced "spuh-CHEH-man"), has boarded ABC's midseason comedy Miss/Guided, playing a rival guidance counselor of series lead Judy Greer's.... Also per the Reporter, Veronica Mars sheriff Michael Muhney and Broadway beefcake Cheyenne Jackson have joined the cast of the Lifetime drama pilot Family Practice, playing the youngest and the hardest-partying sons, respectively, of the series' Kennedyesque clan.
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Calling Dr. Spaceman! Saturday Night Live vets Chris Parnell and Rachel Dratch have joined the cast of Harold, an indie comedy about a prematurely balding teen (played by Spencer Breslin). Parnell is the poor lad's gym coach, Dratch the teacher who exposes his dome to his peers.... Also per the Reporter, SNL's Kristen Wiig has booked a pair of big-screen gigs: as Ricky Gervais' oral surgeon in Ghost Town, and as the female lead opposite Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup in the indie laffer Pretty Bird.
Sure 30 Rock gave us yet another riff on what a wild and crazy guy Tracy Jordan is but any episode that has my wife laughing so hard that she almost falls off the sofa gets high marks 30 Rock is really finding its footing The addition of Dennis Halo-playing pager-pimping shaves-in-the-kitchen-sink manchild Dennis offers Liz groans at home as well as at work While over at TGS the occasional B-story bone tossed to Tom Kenneth or Jenna helps the show feel even less claustrophobic A quick aside about Jenna Shes one sad case Not only was she fired from a ShopRite commercial gig and not only is her biggest big-screen credit the unintelligible Rural Juror an audible joke that never got old but she brags of having a vacation home in Florida Clearwater Florida My family trekked to the Tarpon Springs-adjacent city every spring during my childhood and while adequately sandy and sunny Im pretty sure Amy Poehler does better Moments of the week
Lorne Michaels has stepped forth with the official cast list for the new season of Saturday Night Live, and it's nearly a third smaller than the year gone by. According to Variety, the ensemble has been trimmed from 16 funnyfolk to 11, with Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell and Tracy Morgan Finesse Mitchell joining the previously announced departures of Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch (both of whom left to do 30 Rock). As for who will join Amy Poehler at the WU desk, the latest thinking has headwriter Seth Meyers filling Fey's seat. Dane Cook will host SNL's 32nd season-opener on Sept. 30, with The Killers as musical guest.