SCHWING!!! NBC’s decision to devote the entire night to Saturday Night Live proved to be a wise decision. It generated huge ratings for the peacock network.
Not including Super Bowls, the SNL 40th Anniversary Special netted 23.1 million viewers and a 7.8 rating among adults 18-49. Those numbers give the special the honor of being NBC’s s most-watched prime-time entertainment in more than 10 years since the ER finale in 2004. With regards to the coveted demo, it’s the best since the Will & Grace finale in 2006.
The special broadcast also broke records on Twitter. According to Nielsen Social, 1.3 million tweets were sent with 9.1 million viewing them. Guess Amy Poehler’s comment during her return to the Weekend Update desk proved prophetic.
I’m sure the cold weather on the East Coast helped bolster numbers since people were advised to stay indoors. Did you watch the special? Favorite moments? Weigh in below.
NBC went a little overboard with its special celebrating Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary. If you count the hour-long red carpet special, the entire tribute clocked in at four and a half hours. Mind you, the last hour was filled mostly with commercials, but still. A tad overkill.
With that being said, there were plenty of memorable moments from a star-studded roster including SNL alums Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Jane Curtain, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler and plenty more fan favorites. They were joined by A-list stars such as Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Douglas, Sean Hayes, Melissa McCarthy and Taylor Swift to name just a few.
Throughout the night, Lorne Michaels and company resurrected popular skits including Celebrity Jeopardy once again featuring an inappropriate Sean Connery, Maya Rudolph as Beyonce and Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reuniting for Wayne’s World. Another highlight saw Jane Curtain joining Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Weekend Update anchor desk.
The two most disappointing moments was the N Sync reunion that was rumored but never happened and Eddie Murphy’s awkward return to his former stomping grounds. Talk about underwhelming.
Check out my favorite moments below which includes Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s sensational opening number referencing SNL’s most iconic moments from the past four decades. Be sure to weigh in afterward on your favorite and least favorite moments.
Think you know everything there is to know about Nick Jonas? Betcha you didn’t know what song he’d perform to if he was a male stripper. It’s “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun” by the way. And PS, how can we make this happen? Papa’s got some dolla bills and would love to make it rain if Jonas channels his inner Magic Mike.
That’s just one of numerous things the 22-year-old recently revealed for an MTV special. Among the other 100 fun facts include the one physical thing he can’t do, his dream workout buddy, worst nickname given, most ticklish body part and the one word he can’t spell correctly. Watch the video below to learn everything you need to know about the “Jealous” singer.
Fittingly, FOX chose Friday the 13th to debut the first official promo for its new comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens. With filming yet to begin, no footage from the actual series is shown. Instead, a random girl appears blowing a bubblegum. Things go from peppy to bloody real fast in the 12-second teaser.
Scream Queens‘ 15-episode first season, which revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders, premieres this Fall on FOX. It boasts a star-studded cast which includes Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Joe Manganiello and the ultimate ‘scream queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis. Check out the promo below.
Hoping that Christina Aguilera records a country album? Sadly, you’re out of luck. Instead, the 34-year-old singer will show off her acting chops on Nashville. She just booked a multi-episode arc on the ABC drama.
People reports that X-tina will play Jade St. John. She’s described as ” a pop superstar who’s been going pretty much nonstop since she broke out a decade ago. She arrives to Nashville for a two-night stand at the Bridgestone, but her real dream is to record a country album – if only her label, who wants her to stay on brand as a pop star, would let her break out of her golden cage.”
Here’s hoping Aguilera does a duet with Hayden Panettiere. Better yet, a physical catfight between the two blondes. That would be ideal for May sweeps, right?
In addition to this new gig, Christina heads back to The Voice for Season 8, producing a TV series set in Las Vegas for ABC Family and prepping a new album. Excited for the “Dirrty” singer to pop on Nashville? Weigh in below.
After six seasons, Stephen R. McQueen bid farewell to The Vampire Diaries on last night’s episode. The CW supernatural series definitely lost one of its hottest pieces of man candy. The 26-year-old stud has played Jeremy Gilbert since the show’s premiere.
In a short but sweet video, McQueen says goodbye to his fans and thanks them for all their support. If you’re fan of the series and of Stephen, check out the brief clip below.
With her breakout role in Orange Is The New Black, Laverne Cox became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in an acting category. The 30-year-old actress was also the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of TIME magazine. Cox continues to pave the way for the transgender community and could make history with her new gig.
Cox has just been cast in a new CBS legal drama titled Doubt. She’ll l play Cameron Wirth, an ivy-league educated lawyer who is “as competitive as she is compassionate.” Because she’s experienced injustice first hand, she will “fight all the harder for her clients.”
If her pilot gets picked up for the 2015-2016 season, it will mark the first leading role for a transgender in broadcast television history. You go guuurrrrl!!! Grey’s Anatomy alums Tony Phelan and Joan Rater will pen the script for the new TV project.
Does this new CBS drama interest you? Is Cox one of your favorite characters on OITNB? Weigh in below.
Teen Wolf is adding a hunky Pretty Little Liar to the pack. MTV just announced that Cody Christian, who plays Aria’s (Lucy Hale) buff younger brother on the ABC Family hit, is heading to Beacon Hills for the supernatural series’ fifth season.
Cody will play a senior named Theo who moves to the spooky Californian town. The athletic and charming new resident is a lone wolf in search of a new pack.
Christian’s other television credits include stints on Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood and Austin & Ally. He’s also appeared in the feature films The Starving Games and Kill The Irishman.
The 19-year-old actor isn’t shy about sharing all his hard work at the gym to his followers. Thank God he’s legal. Check out some pics below.