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Lena Dunham to Host ‘SNL’

Lena DunhamLena Dunham will host Saturday Night Live (SNL) for the first time next month.

The Girls creator and star will make her debut on the New York-based comedy-sketch series, which has poked fun at her own hit show several times in the past, on March 8. The 27-year-old actress shared the news, reported by Variety magazine, on Twitter on yesterday writing, "Thank you for the 'SNL' love. Can't wait to debut my character 'girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say!'"

Lena previously praised a parody of Girls on the show in September, that featured then-host Tina Fey as an Albanian girl, Blerta, with a rubber hand and "Old Cow Disease," who joined the four young women trying to find their place in the world. She called the sketch "a true honor," and also tweeted, "Very excited about the current line-up of 'SNL' ladies. They are funny like whoa."

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TV Scoop: Oprah on LiLo, ‘Dexter’ Spin-Off, New ‘Walking Dead’ Trailer

Melissa McCarthy+ Not surprisingly, Lindsay Lohan hasn't made things easy for her latest project - a reality show set to air on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. When asked about the progress of the show, the famed TV mogul said that "there have been bumps" with filming.

+ With the disappointing series finale of Dexter, fans of the crime thriller will be pleased to know that Showtime president David Nevins is - despite some reluctance - hinting at a spin-off starring Michael C. Hall, who portrayed the eponymous anti-hero.

+ AMC released a new trailer for the second half of The Walking Dead that wasn't too much of a teaser, considering that everything in TWD world looked more or less the same as it did in the mid-season finale.

+ Funny lady Melissa McCarthy is set to host Saturday Night Live for the third time during Super Bowl weekend with Imagine Dragons appearing as the musical guest.

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‘SNL’ Hires Two African-American Women Writers

LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones

Saturday Night Live is finally making changes in the writer's room that have been a long time coming.

While the addition of Sasheer Zamata to the cast was a start, the news seemed more like a publicity stunt to appease the backlash that arose when SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels simply said that casting a black comedienne "will happen" when questioned about it back in November. Now, hiring two female writers, on the other hand, seems more like a step forward towards diversity (both in the non-white and non-male regard).

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Quote of the Day: ‘Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus on ‘Portlandia’

Norman Reedus Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen of 'Portlandia'

"I love Portlandia! I would do that show, in a heartbeat. I would love that. You know when Saturday Night Live did a sketch of The Walking Dead, and Bill Hader played me? He invited me to the after-party, and Fred [Armisen] was there, and I was such a big fan, I just spent the entire time trying to hug Fred over and over and over again. I think he thought I was a complete weirdo. He might be scared of me now... I'm a hugger, too. But it was literally like seven hugs, and he was looking at me like, 'Again? You want to hug again?' I might have hugged him to death. But I love the feminist bookstore skit. I love that whole show. It's awesome."

- The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus declares his love for Fred Armisen.

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Lady Gaga to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Lady GagaLady Gaga is in talks to host Saturday Night Live.

The "Applause" hitmaker has reportedly been approached to follow in the footsteps of Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber to host and perform on the show's upcoming season. A source close to the 28-year-old star, who is set to release her new album ARTPOP on November 11, told KIIS-FM that nothing has been finalized yet but she is in serious talks to host the comedy sketch show for the first time.

Lady Gaga previously performed on SNL in 2009 and 2011.

The outspoken singer recently hit back at her critics but insisted that chart success is not important to her anymore because she doesn't need to prove anything: "People focus less on the music and focus more on how the music's doing; how it's faring from a numbers perspective, from a financial perspective. If you think I give a damn about money then you don't know me as an artist at all. I think that once you've had a few Number Ones in your career that you've kind of proven yourself and I don't feel the need to prove anything anymore. [Detractors] have no idea what I put into this, they have no idea the work that I've put behind my performances and what I do. In fact, people have no idea what it really took for me to get here. It doesn't bother me, it's just an interesting observation of where we are as a society."


Bill Hader Blasts Justin Bieber, Praises Justin Timberlake

Bill Hader on Howard Stern's radio showBill Hader has slammed Justin Bieber's turn as a host on SNL.

The former Saturday Night Live performer was unimpressed when the "Baby" hitmaker hosted an episode of the comedy sketch show because he arrived on set with a huge entourage. "Justin Bieber showed up with like 20 guys. He had a guy holding a slice of pizza. A guy holding a Diet Coke. You're trying to fight through all these people to get dressed," he told Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show.

While Bill hated working with Bieber, he praised Justin Timberlake for his down to earth attitude. Speaking about the "Mirrors" singer, he said, "He's great. Also, the guy doesn't show up with anybody. Timberlake, it was just him. He's a real class act, that guy."

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Olivia Wilde Eyes up Saturday Night Live Role

Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde wants to host Saturday Night Live.

The 29-year-old actress would like to follow in the footsteps of her fellow Hollywood stars including Emma Stone and Justin Timberlake and be invited to front the popular sketch show.

When a sked whether the role was of interest to her, Olivia said, "That would be so much fun! I'm a big fan. It'd be great."

Referring to the star's fiance, Jason Sudeikis, who is a regular cast member on the show, E! News joked, "You have an in," to which Olivia quipped, "Do you know anyone?"

The actress famously met Jason on the Saturday Night Live finale in 2011 just after her divorce from ex-husband Tao Ruspoli, and was initially worried the funnyman was out of her league.

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Justin Timberlake Hits Back at Kanye West

Justin Timberlake on 'SNL' last Saturday night

Justin Timberlake hit back at Kanye West on Saturday Night Live.

The "Suit & Tie" singer - whose song with Jay-Z was slammed by the "All of the Lights" rapper in an expletive-laden diatribe last month - dismissed Kanye's insults while performing the song on the comedy sketch show last night and implied he is just jealous. The 32-year-old singer changed the lyrics of the song from "Aww, s**t so sick, got a hit and picked up a habit" to "my hit's so sick got rappers acting dramatic."

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Melissa McCarthy to Host ‘SNL’

Melissa McCarthyMelissa McCarthy will host Saturday Night Live for the second time on April 6.

The Identity Thief star - whose weight recently came under fire by a US movie critic - will return to present the NBC comedy sketch show for the second time in two years after winning rave reviews for her series debut in October 2011.

The 42-year-old Emmy-winning actress - who began her career doing sketch comedy with the Los Angeles improv troupe Groundlings - previously reunited with her Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig on the show for a hilarious skit about an inappropriate office worker who sexually harasses a co-worker played by Jason Sudeikis.

Melissa has kept a relatively low profile since veteran film critic Rex Reed trashed her role in Identity Thief last month calling her "cacophonous" and "tractor-sized" and blasting her as "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."


Justin Timberlake to Host SNL for Fifth Time

Justin Timberlake on 'Saturday Night Live'

Justin Timberlake will host Saturday Night Live for the fifth time on March 9; he is also expected to fulfill the musical guest duties of the night.

The "Suit & Tie" hitmaker - who recently made his long awaited return to music following a hiatus to focus on his movie career - will also perform on the comedy sketch show. This is a busy time for Justin, who is preparing for the release of his comeback album The 20/20 Experience on March 19.

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