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Modern Family swept the board at the Emmy Awards last night winning four prizes. The sitcom took home the top Comedy Series prize as well as gongs for Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet, while the ABC show's helmer Steven Levitan won the Director award.
Psychological thriller Homeland upstaged some of the more established programs by winning four drama series honors including the main prize for the category and Series Actor and Actress in a Drama prizes for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, respectively. Damian introduced himself to the audience as "one of those pesky Brits" and later admitted he thought Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who has won the accolade three times, would be victorious in the category again this year.
First Kristen Wiig, and now this?!
After rumors of his departure and the premiere of "Lazy Sunday 2," (with lyrics like "On these New York streets I hone my fake rap penmanship / That’s how it began, and that’s how I’m-a finish it," could it be any more obvious?), Andy Samberg has confirmed that he will not be returning as a cast member on Saturday Night Live next season.
“It’s an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life. Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back," he said.
While Samberg claims that it was "one of the hardest decisions [he's] ever made," he revealed that he had some help from fellow cast member Wiig: "She kept saying it just feels like it’s her time. I connect with that. Something about it just feels like it’s the moment. My contract’s up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do."
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Lindsay Lohan's disastrous Saturday Night Live performance was due to prescription drugs, her father has claimed.
Michael Lohan claims the troubled actress is no longer taking any illegal substances but says medicine provided by her doctors prevented her from showing her true acting ability when she performed on the comedy sketch show in March. However, Michael insists he convinced her to stop taking prescription medication ahead of her recent Glee cameo and believes she is now once again showing her potential.
"I have to say this...on SNL, Lindsay was not using any illicit drugs or drinking but she still is on prescription drugs that they gave her. And the meds that they give her are meds that they say she needs, but she doesn't need them. But they kind of make her flat. She's not acting at a full potential. It's like the screen is down over her. And now when she did Glee I said, 'Linds, get off the damn medication and let people see who you really are.' And for a couple days before Glee, she went off this stuff. And there were tears in my eyes when I watched Glee. THAT was Lindsay. Yeah that was her acting. That is Lindsay Lohan at the Parent Trap, Freaky Friday and Mean Girls potential. That is what she was."
Kristen Wiig held back tears as she made what is believed to be her last appearance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend.
The final sketch during the season finale saw the actress - who has been a cast member on the show for seven years - don a cap and gown with guest host Mick Jagger acting as high school principal during a graduation scene. Kristen's character was singled out as "one particular student who is leaving this summer," and she then danced with the Rolling Stones rocker, executive producer Lorne Michaels and other cast members to the group's hit "She's a Rainbow."
Kristen then struggled to keep her emotions in check as the show's full ensemble, including Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm, appeared to sing "Ruby Tuesday, which features the line :Still I'm gonna miss you."
Network NBC have not made any official announcement about Kristen leaving the show, or commented on the rumors that Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg are also departing as program regulars.
Mick Jagger is set to host the season finale of Saturday Night Live.
The Rolling Stones rocker - who has appeared on the comedy sketch show twice as a musical guest - will take charge on May 19 where he is expected to participate in a number of skits with series regulars and perform live in the studio.
Mick's appearance will follow New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Rihanna on Saturday, and Will Ferrell with musical guest Usher on May 12. It will also coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones, which was founded in 1962.
This is a busy year for Mick as Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was recently overheard saying the band were planning to get together to "play around with some ideas in the studio" after the lead singer and guitarist Keith Richards finally ended their long running feud earlier this year, in time for them to tour next year. Their relationship became acrimonious when Keith made claims his bandmate had a small penis in his autobiography .
Jonah Hill was put in his place by Tom Hanks during Saturday Night Live over the weekend. The Moneyball actor hosted the NBC show on Saturday, and his monologue started with him talking about how proud he was to have been nominated for an Academy Award last month, despite losing out to silent film The Artist.
"It's been a great year for me. I was in a film I am extremely proud of. Even though The Artist won best picture, I still think Moneyball was one of this year's best talkies," he said.
He then went to a pre-taped routine about his week behind the scenes, which shows him telling the SNL cast to follow his lead because he's an "Oscar nominee."
Lindsay Lohan poked fun at her troubled personal life when she hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend.
The Mean Girls actress - who has endured several stints in rehab and a string of legal problems in recent years - kicked off the show by referring to her stint under house arrest in the opening monologue. "Wait, so the alarm goes off if I leave the stage?" she joked.
Bridesmaids actress Kristen Wiig also mocked the guest host, giving her a hug that turned into a body search for illicit substances, quipping "she's clean" at the end.
Russell Brand has signed up to front a new topical late night TV series.
The stand-up comic-and-actor has agreed a deal with cable network FX to present the series on which Russell will give his "unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture."
"We're very excited to add Russell Brand's bracingly funny, original, and honest voice to the FX comedy line-up. We look forward to supporting Russell and his partner Troy Miller's ambition to strip down the hosted comedy format to its most fundamental elements and to create something daring and unfiltered for the FX audience," said Nick Grad -- FX executive vice-president of original programming -- in a statement.
The 36-year-old star claims he is "excited" to the "point of climax" about the project, which will hit screens next spring. Making a joke about Fox News political commentator Bill O'Reilly, Russell exclaimed, "I am so excited I'm on the point of climax. In fact, I will put the 'O' into FX, which spells Fox, which is actually the channel's real name. That's the only thing that worries me about all this, to be honest. At least I'll be able to have a Christmas drink with Bill O'Reilly."
Jimmy Fallon’s surprise SNL appearance reprised one of the show’s iconic bits: The Barry Gibb talk show. Justin Timberlake co-stars as brother Robin Gibb, as always. Together, the two brothers don’t take any crap. Watch the video above from a distance of at least 5 feet. Otherwise, the chest hair might get you. Follow the jump to other shining moments from Saturday night…
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We’re not sure why Saturday Night Live didn’t include this Mozart skit in the finale episode, but we’re happy they posted the video as an online exclusive. Watch it to see a hilarious dress rehearsal skit with Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and some of the other SNL regulars. There’s plenty of tongue-in-cheek references to Timberlake’s own career, each one more overt than the next.
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