Seth Meyers, Ellen DeGeneres
This week, new Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata took Girls fans on a tour of Brooklyn, and on the series itself, Marnie (Allison Williams) discovered a cringe-worthy — yet hilarious — video of herself on YouTube. The new Starz series Black Sails got an early premiere online, while Frozen got unnecessarily censored. Jennifer Lawrence flipped out on the red carpet at the SAG Awards when an interviewer dropped a major Homeland spoiler on her, and Ellen DeGeneres helped Seth Meyers practice his celebrity interviewing skills before he takes over Late Night next month. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
NBC headed into midseason last year with plenty of momentum — only to see its fortunes collapse as The Voice took a winter nap and new hit Revolution went on hiatus.
Lesson learned. Not taking this fall's solid ratings for granted, NBC will bring its new smash, The Blacklist, back in January before taking a break for the Olympics. And the Winter Games will provide a ratings boost as well as a broad platform on which to market the network's upcoming series.
Sasheer Zamata, Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler may have joked that she was so relaxed days before hosting the Golden Globes because she was "heavily medicated," but the Saturday Night Live alum was very enthusiastic while discussing the show's recent hires at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Friday.
Africa-American comedienne Sasheer Zamata, who is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater co-founded by Poehler, was added as a castmember earlier this week. Additionally, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones joined the NBC sketch comedy show as writers.
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LaKendra Tookes, Leslie Jones
In addition to adding Sasheer Zamata to its cast, Saturday Night Live has hired two new black female writers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will start work on the sketch show on Monday.
Both comedians were discovered during the recent auditions Lorne Michaels held in response to criticism of the show's lack of diversity.
Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata
Lorne Michaels took the first step in fixing Saturday Night Live's diversity problem by hiringSasheer Zamata earlier this week, making the Upright Citizens Brigade alum the first black female cast member on the series since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Zamata will face extra pressure, thanks to the ongoing controversy surrounding SNL's whitewashed cast, but new co-star Bobby Moynihan has full faith she'll be able to handle it with ease.
"I've seen her perform at UCB and I've never seen a more beautiful, confident person onstage than Sasheer," Moynihan tells TVGuide.com. "I think we're very, very lucky to get her."
After months of controversy surrounding the lack of diversity on Saturday Night Live, the long-running sketch comedy show is adding a female African-American comedienne to its ranks, Deadline reports.
Sasheer Zamata will make her debut on the next new show, which airs Jan. 18. Zamata, a University of Virginia graduate (Tina Fey's alma mater) and who trained at the...
Seth Meyers, Time Magazine
When Seth Meyers takes over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon on Feb. 24, don't expect the same song and dance — literally.
Fallon's most popular Late Night sketches include the recurring "History of Rap," "History of Dance" and unconventional music covers segments, but Meyers wants to do something new. "I like that everyone before me has established this as a place to try things out," he told Time (as reported by Us Weekly). "It's 12:35 at night. You can do crazy stuff."
Saturday Night Live is hoping to add an African-American female to the cast as soon as January, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The NBC sketch comedy show recently held two showcases...
Nasim Pedrad, Elliot Gould, Seaton Smith and Zack Pearlman have joined the cast of Fox's multi-camera comedy Mulaney, TVGuide.com has learned.
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Maya Rudolph is finally getting the proper spotlight for her talents. The Saturday Night Live vet will headline her own prime-time variety show, Deadline reports.