John McCain on SNL last May
Because it is clearly what you do these days if you have any intention of crossing the White House's threshold, Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain will take a detour from his final slew of campaign stops to put in an appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend.
Ben Affleck, an avowed Barack Obama supporter, will be the guest host. Awk. Ward.
When McCain last appeared on Saturday Night Live ...
Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers
The numbers, unlike a politician, do not lie.
On the heels of its most-watched opener since 2001, NBC's Saturday Night Live served up its biggest audience in 14 years — when vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin came by for a visit — and this season-to-date is up 76 percent in viewers over the same point last year. But with the political spin cycle about to reach its zenith on Tuesday, and now that motherhood has enticed Amy Poehler away from Studio 8H, the funny show is up against serious challenges. Read on for the big questions facing the program that once gave us Deep Thoughts.
The Nov. 3 cover story of TV Guide Magazine takes a close look at how Saturday Night Live has helped drive America's obsession with this year's historic presidential campaign. Along the way, SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels shared some thoughts with us about the show's political hot streak.
TVGuide.com: Saturday Night Live has made a lot of noise in past presidential election years, but it feels much bigger in this cycle. Why do you think that is?
Lorne Michaels: When you get 70 million people watching a debate with rapt interest and you have the echo of it all on the Internet and the 24-hour news channels, almost everything gets seen. You don't need to worry about the straight line. On [the second] debate that we did on the Thursday show, Darrell [Hammond, as Sen. John McCain] wandering into the shot was an immediate laugh. There was no setup to it. You had to have ...
Congrats to Amy Poehler who had her baby earlier on Saturday! While there wasn't an appearance by Tina Fey or Sarah Palin or Obama, we still had many a fun surprise this week. As previously reported, Maya Rudolph played Michelle Obama, and two Mad Men favorites appeared in a sketch as well. I have to admit, I thought this week was going to be a mess, but Jon Hamm really delivered! Now on to the show...
Amy Poehler's baby boy was not quite ready for prime-time either. Archie Arnett arrived on Saturday during the daylight hours, weighing 8 lbs, 1 oz.
Poehler, husband Will Arnett and child "are all healthy and ...
The ridiculously overworked Tina Fey may be MIA from Saturday Night Live this weekend, but in keeping with the recent returns of Chris Parnell and Will Ferrell, another familiar alumnus is expected to put in an appearance.
Though unconfirmed by NBC, sources tell TVGuide.com that Maya Rudolph will revisit her old stomping grounds this Saturday night, primarily to ...
Tina Fey and Will Farrell
Cheers to Saturday Night Live for bringing back yet another beloved alum for its Thursday-night election specials. Read, discuss and vote on this complete Cheer after the jump.
Those buggers at SNL are quite the secret-keepers! There was a major surprise guest star this evening, and I'll just say, it was a former SNL star, who was one of several people to play George W. Bush. And, in another fantastic surprise, we got a little Sarah Palin love from Tina Fey on a Thursday! Let's just skip the formalities and get right to the best lines of the evening.
Fred Armisen, Senator Barack Obama
Fred Armisen is no Tina Fey — and even Barack Obama can see that.
The presidential hopeful admitted, ever so diplomatically, of course, that his Saturday Night Live other half leaves much to be desired in his parodies.
"I've gotta say ...
Sarah Chalke and Josh Radnor
On TV, it's all about living up to expectations.
Sarah Palin and Saturday Night Live certainly achieved that in this weekend's instant-classic and rabidly anticipated guest appearance by the controversial Republican vice-presidential candidate on the resurgent (though still woefully uneven) late-night comedy show. Watching Tina Fey impersonate her from a backstage monitor, palling around with Alec Baldwin (in GOP terms, the next best thing to a celebrity terrorist), throwing the "Live from New York" opener after crossing paths all-too-briefly with Tina, bopping to Amy Poehler's rap groove at the Weekend Update desk, the good-sport Alaska governor no doubt did wonders for her own approval ratings (or at least her TV "Q" ratings) while boosting those of SNL.
So what else is living up to the buzz?