Saturday Night Live fans will definitely be having a pleasant tomorrow: Cecily Strong has been announced as the new "Weekend Update" co-anchor. She will share the desk with Seth Meyers until he leaves the show in February to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. It is unknown whether she will then continue to anchor the segment on her own, although SNL's creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels has suggested that he would like Meyers to stay through the end of the season. Strong started on the show last season as a Featured Player, where she quickly established a collection of popular characters including the porn star turned champagne-and-crystal-hustler with Vanessa Bayer and The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party.
Which brings us to the really important question: If Strong is going to be anchoring the desk, what will happen to The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party? Will she still be around to berate Meyers to "learn a book", or declare something to be a "trajesty"? Unfortunately not. According to a tweet from Meyers, "As for The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with, it's prob safe to assume that she died somewhere, mid-conversation". Strong then responded that she was "pretty sure she joined a cult." Wherever she ended up, it's safe to say that she's still lecturing people about how society is angry - and sometimes, not angry enough.
Other cast shake-ups ahead of the new season include moving Tim Robinson, a Featured Player who started last season with Strong, to the writing staff and adding six new cast members - Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, Noël Wells & Brooks Wheelan. O'Brien was also a writer for the show, and host of the webseries "7 Minutes in Heaven", where he interviews celebrities in a closet. Saturday Night Live's new season will premiere on September 28, with host Tina Fey.
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The wait is over! The biggest non-secret in Hollywood has finally been confirmed. NBC announced this morning that Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in 2014.
Just as NBC did when ousting Conan O'Brien from the venerable series in 2010, the Peacock will be using the Winter Olympics as the perfect time to pass the torch. Except this time it's Leno who's getting the boot, even though under his leadership The Tonight Show has continued to remain the No. 1 rated show in late night.
Steve Burke, CEO of NBC Universal, said in a statement Wednesday, “We are purposefully making this change when Jay is #1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was #1. Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time."
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The transition does seem to have been expedited. It had been expected that Leno would hand over the franchise to Fallon in fall 2014, not spring. The Tonight Show will also be moving back to NBC's 30 Rock studio in New York and will be executive produced by SNL demigod Lorne Michaels.
Leno appears to be taking the move graciously, though this time his comment reveals that there's absolutely no chance of him being involved on NBC in another capacity. No Jay Leno Show. He said, “Congratulations Jimmy. I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy. If you need me, I'll be at the garage.” Fallon was a little more snarky, saying, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”
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And so, after 22 years, the Jay Leno Era will officially come to a close. Excited? Sad? Think it's too little too late?
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