It's two weeks until the season starts, so I thought I'd give some thoughts on the state of the show.
But first, very quickly, news about the wiki: I've managed to fix the mess caused by the UCP migration, though it mostly meant removing stuff that was discontinued. One additional problem was that UCP ushered in some CSS changes, including increasing the "line height" property; that change made a lot of templates look bad. If you see something that looks messed up with a bunch of blank space, it's probably that.
Also, I'll point out that some blogs critical of UCP are being censored; one of mine has never shown up in the "recent blogs" feed. I assume it's because the title starts with "UCP."
As for SNL, my first thought is surprise that every…
First of all, let me say, I absolutely despise Lua. The way you return an array variable with multiple functions, and specify the function as a parameter of the invoke keyword, is very cool. But otherwise, it's structured like BASIC. I need me braces and semicolons!
That aside, as it stands now, there is probably zero chance of me recreating the old functionality. There is/was a way to directly embed HTML via the verbatim tag, and I've found a website that lets you…
You've probably noticed some changes around here. After Wikia became Fandom, they decided to change the software on which the site runs. The new software is called the Unified Community Platform and it's shit. There are a number of issues with it, some of which I have already fixed. I'll keep a list here in this blog:
- Default css line-height changed, breaking the rectangles on the front page (fixed)
- Default css background properties mangled the background picture (fixed)
- Both the RSS feeds and the chat have been nuked and aren't being ported over. At all. A big annoyance for me beca…
...was the funniest thing SNL has done since at least 2016. I'll probably be writing a review of this episode.
Hey, SNL people: more of this stuff. You know, stuff that makes people laugh.
And stop running episodes from the 2010s in the "vintage" slot, that's not frickin' vintage. As I've said before, if it's new enough to be high-def, it's too new for 10 PM.
I'll be getting a recording of the episode for Chloe and Bowen's title cards, as well as videos of the foulups. There were a lot.
I'm probably going to write a review of this episode. I haven't been bothering to do so, but that was especially bad and I need to tear it down. That was easily the worst SNL season premiere I have ever seen, and yes I'm including the Elliot Gould episode from season 6.
I was able to look up tonight's 10PM SNL Vintage episode (Dateline has been running at 10 over the summer). TitanTV has it in the program grid.
They're rerunning last year's season premier.
This is what they call vintage.
You've got to be kidding me
I could hire a prostitute with Downs Syndrome, and the phrase "fucking retarded" would still be more applicable to the NBC brass than it would to me.
Seriously, how does one become a network television producer? Considering this show is run by the 21st century equivalent of Gomer Pyle on speed, it can't be particularly difficult. I'd say a mentally deficient baboon could do their jobs, but that statement would be redundant, seeing as the people doing those jobs are already mentally deficient baboons.
Just to jog everyone's memories, let me remind you of exactly what the powers that be considered proper material for a late-night comedy variety program:
- A sad musical number mourning the outcome of the last presidential election
- A sappy musical s…
When there is a cast departure, it's usually announced ahead of time. No such announcements were made this year. However, some cast members have remained mum until after the episode (Sasheer Zamata most recently), so we aren't certain that everyone will be back. I noticed Leslie Jones was getting a lot of attention during the goodbyes, which makes me a little concerned that she is making a planned exit, but no announcement has been made. A couple of things we do know:
- Kenan Thompson already confirmed that he will be back
- The standard SNL contract is for seven years. Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong are hitting that limit right now, and Kate McKinnon will be partway through next season. The rumor is that Aidy and Cecily negotiated an extra year …
There was some severe vandalism over the last two days, composed of hoax edits and creating hoax articles. Fortunately, cleaning up these things is a relatively straightforward process. Small groups of edits were reverted, or rolled back with the handy one-click "rollback" button. For larger jumbles, I deleted and restored the pages with the added comment left out.
(If you didn't know, restoring deleted articles lists all individual revisions with checkboxes next to them, so that parts can be left deleted while the rest is restored. If you've ever seen a history page where a revision is struck-through and can't be individually viewed, that's a deleted revision with restored revisions after it.)
I've also semi-protected some of the heavily-ta…
...that SNL Vintage was too recent. So tonight we get an episode from literally seven months ago, just for a repeat of the Stormy Daniels cameo opening which wasn't any good to start with?
It's seriously time to kill the 10 PM Vintage slot and run something else. Maybe bring Dateline Saturday back full time. Or what's Leno doing these days?
If Lorne Michaels thinks 2010 is vintage, I'd hate to see his taste in wine and aged cheese...
Users should take note of a change coming to Wikia: the site had been slowly changing its branding from "Wikia" to "Wikia Fandom" to simply "Fandom." To coincide with that, the main domain name is changing to fandom.com, meaning we will now be at snl.fandom.com rather than snl.wikia.com. As of now, the new URL scheme isn't up and running. (And this confusion over what Wikia is is nothing new- when Wikia started, it was called WikiCities.)
I mention this because of the rollout dates. The change is scheduled for "early 2019," which in practice probably means a couple of months of nothing, sitewide outages, glitches, and broken links throughout spring; certificate errors over the summer; and with luck, it will all be working this time next year. …
- Convert the infoboxes to the "portable" infobox style. The
infobox builder is garbage (shows a white blank in every browser I
have) but the source of a template can be manually edited via the
As a previous snafu showed, it will not be possible to edit existing infoboxes and convert them– I will create new templates with new names, and modify the old templates to simply transclude the new ones. This will also make it easy to fix badly-thought-out template parameters without editing every article that transcludes them (like the season episode parameter in the episode infobox).
- As was the case with many old created-but-empty pages, for which I made the template– someone created all of the episode articles for past episodes, but did so by cop…
The Season 42 finale will mark the final regular appearance of long-time cast member Bobby Moynihan. Hopefully the season finale will feature Drunk Uncle (similar to Stefon appearing on Hader's final show back in season 38). This marks the departure of Moynihan, will anyone else leave? Kenan is tied with Darrell Hammond at 14 seasons, could he beat it and stay 15. Vanessa Bayer's 7-year contract will end after this season. Will she stay? Did Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and/or Melissa Villasenor really do good enough job to stay for a second season? We have a whole summer to find out!
I had previously used the website "myvideo.de" for everything I'd uploaded. Without warning, myvideo went down and deleted everything uploaded from everyone. Since then, I have reuploaded everything I can remember to Vimeo. However, I can't remember every video I'd uploaded, and there isn't a way to find old broken myvideo links here on the wiki. They show up as a white square, like the screenshot at right. If you see any of these, drop me a line on my talk page, so I can uploaded it at Vimeo and get the links switched over.
If you're watching "Chicago Justice," the new NBC drama that bumped SNL "Vintage" this week, you may recognize the first judge, played by SNL alum Tim Kazurinsky.
And yeah, the quotes around "vintage" are intentional. Almost every 10PM episode this season has been fewer than five years old. I can't believe we went through election season without a single sketch with Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford, or Dana Carvey as George H. W. Bush or Ross Perot. What a missed opportunity... A clue for the folks at NBC- if it's new enough to be high-def, it's not vintage.
Tonight SNL is going full Alec Baldwin. Starting at 10pm, SNL Vintage will broadcast Alec Baldwin's second time hosting with Whitney Houston. For the live broadcast at 11:30, Alec Baldwin will host for the seventeenth time with Ed Sheeran. Stay tuned!
Saturday Night Live is on tonight with host Lin Manuel-Miranda and musical guest Twenty One Pilots at 11:30/10:30c!
They just fired two of the best people on SNL. Please tell me they will at least do something about Weekend Update; Jost never should have made repertory status in the first place. Why Lorne Michaels promotes the worst parts of the show and fires the best people is beyond me.
At least they finally started evening out the screen time. It substantially helped this past season to see more of Vanessa and Sasheer.
EDIT: And now we learn Jon Rudnitsky is out as well. He did a great job this year, and at the same time, Pete Davidson has not done anything worth keeping him. What is the logic there?
I had been using myvideo.de as a video provider, because the people at NBC are real copyright Nazis. However, it has come to my attention that myvideo.de has shut down. They kindly provided no notice beforehand. (The site is still there, but the videos and login system are all gone.) I'm going to find another provider and put the videos there, so hopefully everything will be back up soon. Wikia only allows videos from a short list of websites, so I have to take a close look before choosing one.
Edit: An update. Wikia has a limited number of providers for videos. Most of them aren't designed for user-published videos. Out of those that work, I already knew YouTube was unusable because they have an auto-block for copyright purposes. Turns out…
Staten Island Summer is a film by Rhys Thomas and written by screenwriter Colin Jost. The movies premise is based on Jost as a teenager and follows Danny, played by Graham Phillips, as he spends a summer after high school working as a lifeguard. As Danny tries to figure out his future, he has a little help from a colorful cast which includes Zack Pearlman, Cecily Strong, Gina Gershon, John DeLuca, Casey Jost, Katie Cockrell, Bobby Moynihan and Jackson Nicoll. The cast and crew gathered for the premiere at the Sunshine Cinema on Tuesday, July 21st.
The way Ace and Gary see it, if you're going to build an Ambiguously Gay Duo car, why not do it with some style? Bif Bang Pow! is bringing Saturday Night Live collectors the Ambiguously Gay Duo Car Bobble Head as a convention exclusive available at this year's San Diego Comic Con. The model measures approximately 7-inches long x 4-inches tall and features Ace and Gary with bobbing heads driving their infamous "Duo" roadster shaped like a... errr, rocket. It's the perfect gift for anyone who likes to see men bobbing their heads. It's also only $19.99!
The Entertainment Earth booth #2343 will start selling them on July 8th, 2015. It's a limited edition set and there are only 1500, so they will probably sell out fast. If you're not going to be a…
People constantly complain on social media that the classic episodes are never from the non-Lorne years, though they did run an early-80s one a while back (I think from season 10). But that was the episode they chose? That's one of a small handful from that season that sucked! I wonder if the powers that be are doing it on purpose to make that era look worse than it was. (Supporting that theory is their heavy reliance on season 10 material when they run clips of that generation.)
So, if the SNL producers are looking for episodes to show from that era that are, you know, good, I have a few suggestions. These are also good if you're unfamiliar with that era of SNL and want to track down episodes:
- Season 6 episode 13, April 11, 1981: Chevy Chase/J…
Some bug seems to have partially enabled the Message Wall feature; the welcome bot (user:Wikia, though it signs the posts with my name) is using "message wall:" links instead of "user talk:", and the top navigation is also linking to the wrong place. I've contacted Wikia tech support; in the interim, I'm not sure if talk notifications will work, so avoid leaving any messages if possible (the other user may not see it).
In another site note, Wikia is now pushing mobile versions of everything (you've probably noticed the different preview system). The mobile version of this wiki doesn't remotely work, as it strips background colors from everything, leaving the episode articles making no sense. (The tables don't fit, either.) I'm going to poke…
Just a reminder of the special programming that will be airing today and tomorrow for SNL's 40th anniversary:
- Saturday the 14th at 10PM: An SNL Valentine (special with Valentine's Day sketches)
- Saturday the 14th at 11:30PM (regular timeslot): Repeat of the first episode (George Carlin with Billy Preston, Janice Ian, and Valri Bromfield)
- Sunday the 15th at 7PM: SNL anniversary special pre-show/red carpet (with the people from the Today Show)
- Sunday the 15th at 8PM: The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
Also, I do not know which episodes will air in one week, neither the 10PM classic episode nor the regular timeslot. I usually get this from the SNL Facebook page, but it has been nothing but anniversary special stuff all week. If a titl…
SNL's doing their 40th Anniversary Celebration soon and we're hearing some big names joining the cast for the night! NBC announced today that Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Paul Simon will be some of the musical stars for Saturday Night Live's three-hour celebration on Feb. 15. In addition to these musical acts, some SNL veterans are coming back! Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy are some of the ex-SNL people making an appearance, and NBC has also announced past hosts like Alec Baldwin, Christopher Walken, and Tom Hanks are joining in on the fun!
In the 3-hour celebration, you'll also see stars like Jack Nicholson, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and many…
Yes, you read that headline correctly. I just made this discovery while watching an episode from season 6. It turns out that the February 14, 1981 episode had three news segments under two different names. In the middle was the usual, Weekend Update with Charles Rocket and Gail Matthius. (Its format was unusual; I'm going to write the episode article and make note of that.)
However, earlier and later in the broadcast, Eddie Murphy anchored a segment called Newsbreak. The first segment was almost identical to Update, except unlike the Rocket iteration of the long-standing sketch, it was actually funny. At the end, Eddie told the viewers to tune in to the longer Weekend Update later in the broadcast. During that Update, Charles Rocket broke a fake n…
With two episodes done, here are my opinions on season 40 so far.The Good
- New titles: I like the styling choices. The font choice works well, and I like the throwback early-seasons-styled bumper they occasionally throw in. (The bumper they used for the last few seasons was actually recycled from the Ebersol years.)
- Weekend Update finally got a new set!
- Michael Che: He's better at the Update desk than Cecily was last year.
- Leslie Jones: Time to make her a featured player.
- The overall writing: the material in the first two episodes was good. Compared to the previous 39 seasons, I'd call it above-average at least. (Don't believe me? Watch a few episodes from about 1990 to 2009. The Carvey/Farley years had their slow spots, even before season 19, and …
In case we haven't met yet, hi, I'm Andrew. I'm Wikia's technical community manager. If you have no idea what that means, my job is to make sure our partners and users are properly set up with the right content, tools, and (when something fails) technical solutions.
Last month, in partnership with Sony, we launched Wikia for TV SideView. TVSV electronic programming guide for Android that comes pre-loaded on Sony's Android devices. Now, when users access their favorite shows on the TVSV, they can browse your wikia's information alongside programming notes like airtime. It has been a smashing success thus far.
In fact, SNL Wikia - along with a few others I'll be contacting - has ended up being more popular than we'd anticipated! Traffic…
I wanted to post a blog trying to predict what changes were coming for season 40. And I got lazy, and put it off. And I was too slow; the changes are already beginning.
So for anyone who doesn't catch the SNL news flying around the internet, SNL just saw the dismissal of three of last season's new people: John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan. We didn't see a lot of John or Brooks, and neither were particularly good at impressions. (The only impression I remember from John was Jon Cryer, and I don't recall any from Brooks.)
I already believed, and I think I can safely assume, that Mike O'Brien hasn't done well enough to remain on the cast. By all descriptions he's a prolific writer, but his acting just doesn't cut it. I already expec…
Just a note to any fans of the early-80s SNL, or anybody wanting to peek into the personal life of an SNL alum... the next Episode of ABC's Wife Swap will feature SNL alum Joe Piscopo swapping wives with Brady Bunch star Barry Williams. Check your local listings.
My reviews are on saturday-night-live.com under "HerbertMcHoover", so check those out.
From WKYC-3 in Cleveland
But hey... it's her local affiliate, too...
Since Jimmy is on The Tonight Show and Seth is on Late Night, I thought I'd post my thoughts on them. I'm doing a bit of an odd skip-over since I plan to add a section to my season 3 blog in a week or two, but I figured this stuff would be out of place in that blog.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is off to a good start. Jimmy's version of Late Night was rough once in a while... "Wheel of Carpet Samples?" Really? ...but it seems as though he ditched the weaker areas when he made the move. The material has been pretty strong since he started. Also, there's something about him that seems better-suited for the classier environment that is the new 6B set; the whole thing just has a better feel to it than his Late Night. After the whole Conan-Le…
Some of you might already know from my last blog post that Katy Perry will be hosting SNL this Saturday. A hot new promo has been released which gives us all a taste of what to expect with Katy Perry.
Surprising to a lot of us is the fact that in this promo, Katy Perry is sporting short blonde hair and...is that cat pajamas?
So, do you think you'll be tuning in to see more Katy Perry? Comment below and tell us what you think!
I'd had the idea to write a review after the first episode. My chronic laziness flared up. Meant to do it after the first few episodes. Again, severe laziness attack. So now, with only a few days until the second half of the season starts, it's time.
So SNL has run halfway through another season. The show gained six cast members, and Cecily gained about thirty pounds. I jest- she's serious dropped about five pounds a week since the first show. I couldn't lose weight that fast if I stopped eating altogether. She has literally worked her ass off.
For starters, I must acknowledge my own prediction of Beck Bennett being added to the cast. The tabloids started reporting that about a week after I said so, which makes me think they actually watch thi…
These are my predictions for SNL's season 39:
What we already know: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis are not returning. Nasim Pedrad may also not return; she starred in John Mulaney's sitcom pilot and said publicly that she'd leave SNL if it were picked up. It was passed on by NBC, but that doesn't mean it's dead, and her willingness to leave for that pilot likely (IMO) signals that she'd leave if given an offer for another show.
Vanessa Bayer may be let go before the start of the season. She's my favorite actor on the show, so I hope I'm wrong, and I'll be very mad if it happens. My worry stems from what seemed to be a diminishing of her screen time during the last half of season 38. Of course, a lot of that depends on whether L…
Hello! My name is Rachel and I'm in LOVE with Saturday Night and Bill Hader. I love music as much as Saturday Night Live. Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader are my favorite cast members but I love them all. I do have an obsession with these men though. It makes me sad to see Bill leave. I cried.. anyways..point is I'm very political and I'm only 14. I'm in love with Saturday Night Live. I literally live and breath SNL. thank you for taking the time to listen to me. :) I love you all!! kisses!! xoxo. Rachel.
Love Saturday Night Live? Love Katy Perry? Whether it's the former or the latter, you're in luck. It's confirmed that Katy Perry will be hosting the December 10 episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Robyn! Katy Perry recently tweeted, “I’m SO excited 2 announce I’ll be HOSTING Saturday Night Live Dec. 10! This is the cherry on top and @robynkonichiwa is part of it!”
This will be Katy Perry's first time hosting SNL, but her second time appearing on the show. She was once on SNL as the musical guest, where she sang Teenage Dream and California Gurls. She also appeared in a skit where she poked fun at her cleavage debacle on Sesame Street.
Will you be tuning in on December 10 to watch Ms. Perry hosting SNL? Comment below and tel…
Who knew X Men star Hugh Jackman could be so funny? On the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, Jackman impersonated Daniel Radcliffe playing Harry Potter, in a skit about stars who have both feminine and masculine sides.
The skit was hosted by funny man Andy Samberg, who was impersonating Hugh Jackman himself, sporting the notorious exaggerated sideburns of the X-men character, Wolverine.
So, does this skit have you rolling on the floor laughing, or doing your best to force a chortle? Comment below and tell us what you think!
Ben & Jerry's announced their newest flavor yesterday, and it won't be long until you can get your mouth around some Schweddy Balls. That's right, Alec Baldwin's most famous SNL character, from one of the most legendary sketches, was the inspiration behind the new flavor. In the sketch, Season's Eatings baker Pete Schweddy visits his local NPR station for a chat about some holiday treats: his famous Schweddy Balls. They balls were described by the deadpan radio hosts (played by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon) as tender, glistening, and larger than expected, but the new flavor is "vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum & loaded with fudge covered rum & malt balls."
Although the ice cream is being produced in a limited batch, it will be returning …
He is going to be great in this. See below for a discount offer -->COLIN QUINN LONG STORY SHORT
Directed by Jerry SeinfeldHISTORY OF THE WORLD
IN 75 MINUTES.Comically channeling the demise of great world empires, Colin Quinn uses his “articulate brand of comedy” in taking audiences through an uproarious history of the world in 75 minutes. From his personification of Caesar as the original Italian mobster to his complaints about Ancient Greece and Antigone giving way to Costco and Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world’s most powerful nations. Colin Quinn Long Story Short proves that throughout human history, the joke has always been on us. Begins October 22nd at THE H…
Since Saturday Night Live has been nominated for several Emmys, SNL Wiki is being featured in an Emmy Awards special on Wikia's main Entertainment page! Congratulations, SNL Wiki! Let's try to keep everything sparkly clean and up to date so we can be featured in style! We'll be getting extra traffic here, so let's add lots of pictures, blogs and articles to make the wiki look extra special.
How many Emmy awards do you think SNL will win?