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Miley Cyrus Spoofs Government Shutdown, VMA Performance on Saturday Night Live

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus did plenty of singing on Saturday Night Live this week, but thankfully left the twerking at home for the most part. Acting as both host and musical guest, Cyrus skewered the government shutdown in one sketch and parodied her infamous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in another. She also performed her single "Wrecking Ball" (with clothes on) and an acoustic version of "We Can't Stop." Check out highlights from SNL below. How do you think Cyrus did as host?

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Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake Joins the "Five-Timers" Club

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake returned to Saturday Night Live this week, but he wasn't the only familiar face making a comeback. The show also featured cameos from Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, recently departed cast member Andy Samberg, and Bill Hader's "Weekend Update" character, Stefon. Here are some of the best moments from the show:

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VIDEO: Watch Justin Bieber's Apology for Smoking Marijuana on SNL

Vanessa Bayer and Justin Bieber

It's not exactly a public apology, but it'll have to do.

While hosting Saturday Night Live over the weekend, Justin Bieber addressed the recent controversy that resulted when photos of him smoking what appeared to be a joint were published online. read more

Abby Elliott Is Leaving Saturday Night Live

Abby Elliot

It's official — Abby Elliott will not be returning to Saturday Night Live.

Elliott, the daughter of former SNL cast member Chris Elliott, is leaving the sketch show after four seasons, Splitsider reports. The announcement comes after stars Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg said their goodbyes on last season's finale.

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Ask Matt: SNL, Castle, Fringe, Glee, Being Human and More!

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Question: What is up with Saturday Night Live? Who are all these people?? There are so many people in the cast that I simply can't connect to them. Back when SNL started, the Not Ready For Prime Time Players was a cast of 7 and you really "knew" them. You knew their characters, their skits, you looked forward to Roseanne Roseannadanna and Belushi's Samurai. Now with a cast of thousands (it seems), no one really cares. I, like so many others, watch the opening, fast-forward to the musical guest (maybe), watch the news, then erase. The best thing the PTB could do would be to trim the cast, keep the ones we really like (Wiig, Kenan, Samberg, Hader, Meyers) and start writing for them, not just writing to fill the time. — Deb

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Zach Galifianakis Hangs Over Saturday Night Live

Zach Galifianakis

Burly, bearded Zach Galifianakis began his Saturday Light Live monologue with some one-liners and impressions that included "the guy from Queens who's obsessed with cargo shorts," and ended up dressed like Little Orphan Annie singing "Tomorrow" with a complement of scrawled messages a la an old Bob Dylan video.

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Cheers & Jeers: Miley Cyrus on SNL — The Best of Both Worlds

Miley Cyrus

Cheers to Saturday Night Live for getting the most out of guest host Miley Cyrus.

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Despite her dual role on Hannah Montana, she's not the world's most versatile actress — that's one of the running gags in SNL's "Miley Cyrus Show" sketch, with Vanessa Bayer as the always overly effusive pop star. So NBC's venerable skitcom carefully cast her in roles she could handle: herself (defending her reputation in a self-aware opening number, "Sorry That I'm Not Perfect," teaching kids how to overact for the Disney Channel and stepping in for fellow Disney ...
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Miley Cyrus Answers Her Critics on Saturday Night Live

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus didn't hold back on Saturday Night Live. Whether it was the leaked video showing her smoking salvia or her racy Vanity Fair photo shoot, Cyrus used the evening as an opportunity to mock her "bad deeds."

In The Miley Cyrus Show sketch, the actual Hannah Montana star appeared as a guest — Justin Bieber. Besides poking fun at his frequent winks and his... read more

Matt's Weekend Picks: March 4-6

Kathy Griffin

The Defenders (Friday, 8/7c, CBS)
One week before she begins a limited run on Broadway — and let's hope HBO or somebody records THAT show! — the irrepressible Kathy Griffin goes to Las Vegas in a guest shot on this struggling courtroom drama. She is cast to type as a brash insult comic sued for offending one of her audience victims (What, Joan Rivers was busy?) In the subplot, the son of a hotel owner turns to buddy lawyers Nick and Pete for help after he wakes up to find a casino host strangled in a hot tub. What are the odds he's guilty? ... read more

Grammys Video: Will Miley Cyrus Star in the Sex and the City Prequel?

Miley Cyrus

Wondering what the real Miley Cyrus thinks of Saturday Night Live's "Miley Cyrus Show" sketch, in which Vanessa Bayer spoofs the teen pop star? "It's pretty cool," Cyrus jokes to TV Guide Network's Chris Harrison on the Grammys red carpet. "It's hilarious ... I'm obsessed with it and think it's so funny."

Plus: Cyrus clears up those rumors about playing the young Carrie Bradshaw in a Sex In the City prequel.

Watch the full interview after the jump.

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