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Pilot News: Skeet's Back, Sexy Zoe Plays House, and More

Skeet Ulrich, Zoe McLellan

Skeet Ulrich, whose Jericho famously managed a (singular) death-row reprieve, is on his way back to CBS as the lead in Back, a drama pilot about a man who returns home to discover he was reported missing eight years earlier, just after Sept. 11. (No, I don't quite get the premise either.)

In other CBS pilot castings, Zoe McLellan (Dirty Sexy Money) has landed a role in ... read more

Saturday Night Live: "Weekend Update Thursday" 10.9.08

This is the first of four specials that Saturday Night Live will be airing on Thursday nights. Rumor has it that at some point, Sarah Palin, will make an appearance as Tina Fey, which, with the two appearing on the same show, may result in the apocalypse. But, in the meantime, we got a special appearance from SNL alum Chris Parnell and a fantastic surprise midway through the first sketch to ask a question: Bill Murray!

Opening Sketch: CNN – The Presidential Debate

Fred Armisen plays Obama, Darrell Hammond plays McCain and Chris Parnell plays Tom Brokaw … and they all nail each one's mannerisms and voice cadences. Well done! "Tom" says the candidates only get 25 seconds to answer one of the "eight least interesting questions" he's picked and they'll only get three second response. Ha! This is clearly playing off the fact that Brokaw was more of a time referee than a moderator at the debate. The candidates can be real windbags, no? And, I say that with patriotic affection. It also tickles my fancy is that Casey Wilson and Bill Hader ask the questions exactly like the deer-caught-in-headlights "folks" who were featured at the debate. Obama answers questions in his staccato signature style, and McCain tries to come off as a bad ass before calling the audience members by the wrong name and walking into Obama's camera frame ...

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Cheers: Parnell Livens Up SNL Thursday

Chris Parnell 30 Rocked SNL's debate.

Cheers to Lorne Michaels for bringing back a beloved Saturday Night Live vet for this year's Thursday-night presidential-election sketches. No, not Tina Fey — I'm talking about Chris Parnell.

Read and vote on the rest of this Cheer after the jump. read more

Lindsay Lohan, FNL's Britton Go into Labor

Lindsay Lohan by Kevin Mazur/ WireImage.com

Lindsay Lohan soon will be feeling Labor Pains fronting a film comedy as a young woman who fearing she is about to lose her job lies about being pregnant The fib effectively turns her luck around but duh comes with complications It is a very different role for me and I look forward to the challenges it will present Lohan tells Variety And I love working on comediesLohan recently has dropped out of some film projects as personal problems dogged her Said issues also made some execs wary of casting her Labor Pains producer Rick Schwartz however says the actress has yet to let him down I didnt know Lindsay before this but we looked each other in the eye three months ago and she has done everything I could have asked he tells the trade Friday Night Lights Connie Britton as well as Dr Spaceman himself Chris Parnell will star opposite Lohan Filming starts June 9 Matt Mitovich read more

Cheers: Miss Guided's Comic Missile

Chris Parnell in Miss Guided by Mitch Haddad/ABC

Cheers to Chris Parnell for his scene-stealing turn in Miss Guided. As power-drunk vice principal Bruce Terry, the Saturday Night Live alum wrings consistent laughs from the freshman ABC sitcom's uneven scripts: His character's man-crush on soulful substitute teacher Beaux (Ashton Kutcher) was downright hysterical. (Parnell's also brilliant as a juice-sipping poker genius in the just-released big-screen comedy The Grand.) I just hope this new TV gig doesn't mean we've seen the last of Parnell's delirious 30 Rock quack, Dr. Leo Spaceman. • For more on Miss Guided, check out the new Cheers & Jeers vodcast.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Will Ray Romano Deal Us a New TV Series?

Ray Romano at "The Grand" premiere by Mark Sullivan/WireImage.com

Some of television's most familiar faces were on hand in Hollywood Wednesday to promote their new poker-themed movie, The Grand. The heavily improvised film profiles six poker players who reach the world famous Grand Championship of Poker.Cheryl Hines, currently on break from Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Ray Romano play a married couple in the flick and had a very unusual way of preparing for their roles. "Well, we lived together for eight weeks before we started shooting," Hines said, jokingly. As for Curb coming back to television, Hines seemed positive. "Let's just say it's a good possibility," she said.Romano may also be coming back with his own TNT sitcom. Though he couldn't give many details, the show is "about men in mid-life. It's, 'Write what you know, and write what you cry about.' That's my philosophy," Romano said.Television funnywoman Estelle Harris, known mainly for her role as George's mom on Seinfeld, got to share some screen time with her former television son Jason Al... read more

Chris Parnell Offers Guidance, and More Casting News

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. read more

Chris Parnell Harasses Harold, More SNL Film News

Chris Parnell courtesy NBC Entertainment Photo

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. read more

December 7, 2006: "Rural Juror"

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 read more

SNL Debbie Downsizes Cast by a Third

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. read more

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