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According to party executives, satirical comedian Stephen Colbert will not appear on the Democratic Primary ballot for the state of South Carolina. The party voted against Colbert’s campaign, though just last weekend the funnyman enjoyed a huge welcome from the state. Party execs met earlier this week to decide which candidates will appear on the ballot, and the Comedy Central variety show host was not on the long list. A thirty-five thousand dollar fee is likely to keep Colbert off the Republican ballot as well, meaning this week could be the quick end to Colbert’s short campaign. And though fans of the Colbert Nation will be in an uproar because of the news, there are many who think this is the right decision. Keeping popular candidates out of the election, which has become a national free-for-all for a ton of politicians, is apparently all part of the Democratic process.
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South Carolina’s self-proclaimed favorite son, Stephen Colbert, made his presidential campaign journey to the only state in which he’s competing and basked in the worship of sign-waving southern fans. The mayor of Columbia, SC gave Colbert a key to the city and announced the event on Sunday as ‘Stephen Colbert Day’.
Colbert made his preliminary announcement to run for the presidency on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, though the official announcement occurred a few minutes later on Colbert’s title show. Colbert intends to run as a Democrat and a Republican in the state of South Carolina, which could potentially cause a problem for the only other presidential candidate from the state: Democrat John Edwards.
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It all started when long-running NBC darling Jay Leno said he was going to retire. The Tonight Show, currently enjoying its fifty-second season on the network, is a show that’s obviously bigger than any one man. So NBC execs immediately started casting about for Leno’s replacement. Early rumors linked Conan O’Brien’s name to the late night variety/talk show, leaving a hosting hole wide open on O’Brien’s gig. Jimmy Fallon became the heir apparent, and Leno’s retirement (not scheduled, by the way, until 2009) seemed a done deal. But now, Jay just might be changing his mind. Sources purporting to be close to the situation say Leno doesn’t want to go, and NBC has answered the rumor. The network says it wants to stick with Leno, and has no intention of giving the show to O’Brien (and collectively, we can all say “whew”). The network is anxious to keep Conan on his regular late gig, which doesn’t bode too well for Fallon’s career.
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It’s the age old question: when did Chevy Chase become un-funny? I mean, SNL, Caddyshack, Vacation, and Fletch—Chevy ruled the comedy scene. Then it was as if his tank approached empty and he sputtered with every Caddyshack/Vacation/Fletch sequel. Not to worry, however. He has managed to show up in some recent films and even appeared on an episode of Law and Order last year (not to mention dropping in on SNL last weekend). So, his comedy chops may have fizzled, but he’s still around. Next up? A guest appearance on Brothers & Sisters, playing an ex-boyfriend of Nora’s (Sally Field). We’ll be seeing him on the series sometime in 2008 and he’ll stick around for a few episodes. I’m just hoping Chevy’s storyline is a little more interesting than last season’s guest, Peter Coyote, who played Nora’s potential love interest. And, since it’s a drama, he doesn’t even need to try and engage that dormant funny bone of his. Aww, I kid Chevy. I love Brothers & Sisters and I’m looking forward to seeing what role he’ll play.
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Huh? I know… I’m confused too. First, there were reports that Maya Rudolph would definitely continue on Saturday Night Live this season. Then a follow up report that she would not be on the show was announced shortly thereafter. Now TVGuide.com is saying that she is back on the show. Phew. Perhaps she heard my screams of “Nooooooo” when I heard that she quit? Although I think she’s underused on some episodes of SNL, she is still pretty darn funny. Rarely a week goes by when I’m not saying “Bobby Brown” in her signature Whitney Houston way (if you’ve never seen her do this, then you have no idea what I’m talking about—trust me, it’s funny). So, she’s back. And with the season premiere set for this Saturday, how does that all work? Will she be majorly cut from the sketches since she just re-signed and they are preparing this week? It’ll be interesting to see how it all goes down, but I definitely don’t think the show can afford to lose a female cast member at this point. Rudolph told TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello, “It was an agonizing decision, but ultimately, I feel I made the best choice both as a mother and as an actress. I couldn’t be happier to be returning to SNL.” And neither could I. Glad to have you back, Maya!
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Despite their earlier scoop, TV Guide is now doing an about face on their Maya Rudolph report. It turns out she won’t be renewing her Saturday Night Live contract as hoped. After seven seasons on the show, the actress—widely known for her impressions of Oprah, Beyonce and Donatella Versace—is apparently leaving for ‘family-based’ reasons.
This now leaves only two females behind in the current cast. While we love Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler, we hope Lorne Michaels can bring them some new help asap. We’d hate to see these ladies burn out too soon.
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With only days to go until the season premiere, we can announce that regular Maya Rudolph has now been confirmed for Saturday Night Live’s newest season. Up until recently, Rudolph’s status with the long-running show was unclear. Her previous contract expired last May and she was reportedly weighing a future outside TV. My guess is Will Forte’s recent flick, The Brothers Solomon, encouraged her to stick around a little longer.
SNL’s 33rd season premiere is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th.
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SNL is set to premiere its 33rd season on September 29th. I have been a fan of Saturday Night Live since I can remember, and while I know it takes a beating by critics and bloggers every year, there is a soft place in my heart for the show. There are some duds—not everything works. But that’s okay. There’s a lot that is right and very funny—and quite frankly, I’m willing to tune in to see how if all turns out. So, the first show of this season will be hosted by basketball star LeBron James, and while I don’t usually dig the shows hosted by athletes, I’ll give it a try. After all, last season’s episode hosted by Peyton Manning was surprisingly one of my favorites. I guess I shouldn’t sell athletes short of their comedic talent. I’ll give it a shot. The second show, however, you don’t even need to ask me twice about watching… super funny Knocked Up star Seth Rogan (pictured here with my sweetie, Paul Rudd) will take on hosting duties on October 6th. Musical guests include Kanye West for next week’s premiere and Spoon on October 6th. Jon Bon Jovi will host on October 13th—yeah, I don’t get that either—but Foo Fighters will also appear.
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As we reported earlier, Vanessa Hudgens canceled a scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show yesterday. While it was safe to assume she was still embarrassed about her infamous nudie pic, it turns out she may have been reacting to another round of photos altogether.
Former friends everywhere have been opening up their shoeboxes and sharing their favorite stills of the High School Musical star. The latest ones released yesterday, reminiscent of the racy photos Lindsay Lohan took with Vanessa Minnillo, at least have her fully clothed this time. One photo shows Vanessa almost connecting tongues with another girlfriend while a second apparently shows her touching a friend’s breast.
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You had to figure it would take a little time for seemingly wholesome Vanessa Hudgens to make an interview appearance after the recent nudie pic that was circulating online. She was scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, but has bagged the appearance. Of course, there’s no reason cited for the cancelled gig and no comment from her rep, but we can all pretty much connect the dots, don’tcha think? Apparently, she’s not ready to face the music and come clean to Leno. Maybe Ellen or the ladies of The View would make the subject a little bit easier to approach? Not like Leno will go for the jugular or anything, but obviously some questions need to be asked given the recent scandal. Huh. Makes you wonder if Rob Schneider, who filled in when Lindsay Lohan bailed on her Leno appearance, will show up doing his best Hudgens impression.
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