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Betty White Scores Golden Ratings for Saturday Night Live

Betty White in SNL

NBC can thank Betty White for being a friend and bringing in big numbers for Saturday Night Live.

White's SNL hosting debut was the No. 1 telecast of the night, topping prime-time programs, and netted an 8.8 rating/21 share to post the late-night sketch-comedy show's best numbers in 18 months, according to early estimates.

Betty White sweet and sassy as always on SNL debut

The Nov. 1, 2008, episode, hosted by Ben Affleck with appearances by then Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, drew a ...
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7 Things to Watch Out for When Betty White Hosts Saturday Night Live

Betty White

Betty White has popped up everywhere lately — she's in movies and on award shows and in a Super Bowl commercial and, of course, on Craig Ferguson's couch — but the one place she never thought she'd wind up was hosting Saturday Night Live. "Well, at my age, I'm an old broad. ... I said, 'I'd rather watch it than do it,'" she recalls of her initial reaction to the invitation to host.

Betty White turns cougar for Saturday Night Live promo

Her agent, though, really wanted her to do it. "To be invited to do a show as current ...
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Betty White Hosting Saturday Night Live on May 8

Betty White

Mark your calendars and set your TiVos: Betty White will host Saturday Night Live on May 8 — and she's bringing some other funny ladies with her.

Joining the Golden Girl for the special Mother's Day episode are ...
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Chris Parnell Harasses Harold, More SNL Film News

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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. read more

February 8, 2007: "Tell Your Gay Mom I Said Thanks"

It would be nearly impossible to measure up to last weeks utterly manic introduction of Prince Gerhardt so forgive 30 Rock if this weeks outing was merely very amusing at times Actually returning guest star Isabella Rossellini seemed to find it extremely amusing at one particular point Am I wrong or did she barely make it through her line Damn it Johnny you know how much I love my big beef and cheddar On the FauxVo replay shes almost chuckling the dialogue Fun to see a pro recognize the Rocks dialogue for being as wonderfully absurd as it isAs for Jacks downward spiral coming out of said divorce-settlement talks meh So-so I got that he was regressing from top-shelf bubbly to canned beer to miniature airplane spirits but I think that sequence primarily demonstrated that Alec Baldwin is best playing opposite the regularsNo I actually wore more grins watching the microscopic B-story with the writers playing Marry-Boff-Kill often to Jennas detriment o read more

October 25, 2006: "Just Friends, Like Oprah and Gayle"

This morning presented a first for me watching a full TV episode online via streaming video at NBCcom Blame it on my Wednesday night out at a ShowtimeWeeds soiree combined with a skittish FauxVo The bold venture delivered to me some unsettling news I have the same bi-curious Converse sneakers as Liz Lemon But maybe theyre only bi when worn by a gal Once I got past the fact that Sex and the Citys Miranda went through the exact same choking to death alone in my apartment scareepiphany as 30 Rocks Liz albeit just once not twice and as the episode shed new light on Kenneth who was at risk of becoming a cipher of a character I was all in as the poker players say Speaking of cards laugh as you might at Tracy Jordans crazy rules Face cards are wild fives are a jinx fives are twos Ive been known to deal a wacky game myself After all without plenty o wild cards I would never win a single hand I am that badThe very start of this weeks read more

I write this fully aware that ...

Question: I write this fully aware that you have not seen the retooled 30 Rock pilot, but what are your thoughts on the network's drastic overhaul of Rachel Dratch's character (now characters)? I've heard nothing but glowing advance notices, and until recently there was no show I anticipated more. The fact that the network heads are retooling it already suggests that they might just trash it before it even airs. God knows, NBC has heard the phrase "tried and true" (just look at most of their programming), but haven't they heard the infinitely more useful "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Answer: Having seen the original pilot, and being a big fan of Rachel Dratch (her first "Debbie Downer" skit may be the highlight of the last five years or so of Saturday Night Live), I can assure you that, aside from one very funny scene involving Alec Baldwin, an NBC page and a bottle of diarrhea medicine, there wasn't much for her to do. I actually like the idea that she'll be popping up in various ... read more

FALL 2006: CASTING ABOUT

Rachel Dratch has joined Saturday Night Live cast mate Tina Fey's NBC comedy pilot about an SNL-type show.... Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie) will star in the Fox comedy Till Death.... Kim Raver (24) has been added to ABC's drama about nine strangers held hostage during a bank robbery.... Kelli Williams (The Practice) is back doing the lawyer thing on ABC's Women in Law.... Jeffrey Donovan is one of the Enemies in ABC's drama about two childhood friends who grow up to be a lawman and a mobster.... Meta Golding (JAG) is the sister of Taye Diggs' framed cop in ABC's Day Break.... Currie Graham (Lynette's boss on Desperate Housewives) has joined the CBS drama Edison. read more

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