News Briefs: SNL Loses Another Player as Jason Sudeikis Officially Says Bye-Bye

By Tim Surette

Jul 25, 2013


... Comedic actor and well-coiffed stud Jason Sudeikis is following in the footsteps of, oh, pretty much everyone else on Saturday Night Live and leaving the show. For those of you playing along at home, that's Fred Armisen, Seth Myers, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Jim the Janitor, and most of the audience who are departing or have already exited the sketch show in the last few years. Sudeikis dropped the news on Late Night with David Letterman, which will air tonight. But I used a time-teleporter to go into the future and get a clip of their chat just for you. I now have fly legs, but it was worth it. [The clip below]


... Ten African-American former American Idol contestants are suing the show for racism. According to the aspiring singers, Idol producers went out of their way to dig up arrest records and embarrass them on live television as a ploy to get ratings. They each want $25 million for their suffering. That's all, guys? [TMZ]

... We already heard this at Comic-Con, but it's worth repeating now that FX has sent out a press release and it's super official. Sons of Anarchy Season 6 will premiere September 10 on FX. It will be a 90-minute episode. People will get their brains punched in. [FX via press release]

... Shameless Bravo has ordered a beauty-pageant reality show and named it Game of Crowns. Laaaaaaaaame! [EW]

... Netflix still hasn't released any hard streaming numbers for its original programming, but it did drop one interesting nugget: each of its new original series has outperformed the previous one in its first week. Therefore: Orange Is the New Black > Arrested Development > Hemlock Grove > House of Cards. Take that, Fincher! [AllThingsD]


... Heidi Klum will guest-star on Parks and Recreation in the Season 6 premiere. The model and America's Got Talent judge will play the mayor of a small town in Denmark who meets Leslie at a meeting in London. [EW

... In even sexier Parks and Recreation casting news, Henry Winkler (The Fonz) will play Jean-Ralphio's dad in the season premiere. Y-ayyyyyyyyyy (thumbs up, smack the jukebox, jump a shark). [THR]

... Bates Motel is checking in former Alias star Michael Vartan for a recurring role. He'll play a recently divorced man who becomes a love interest for Vera Farmiga's Norma. [TV Line]

...  Revolution's second season will welcome Nicole Ari Parker as a recurring star. The Soul Food actress will play a secretary, but the government position kind, not the get-my-coffee kind. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Cary Elwes ("Aaaaaaaaas yoooooooou wissssssssssshhhh!"; also, Psych) has signed the appropriate papers to join USA Network's Horizon, a sci-fi piece set during World War II. In the drama, an FBI secretary (the get-my-coffee kind) looks for her missing husband and begins snooping through secret documents about aliens. Elwes will play a mysterious man who leads a double life. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Freddie Prinze Jr. will guest-star on Fox's Bones. He'll play a deep-cover FBI agent who's an old pal of Booth's in the Season 9 premiere, with the chance to return throughout the season. [TV Line]

... Michelle Forbes (The Killing, Battlestar Galactica) is joining NBC's Chicago Fire. Yes, that show still exists. She'll play a consultant to the office of the Fire Marshal in a multi-episode arc. [Yahoo]

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  • MightyMad Jul 30, 2013

    Since pretty much 1975, when Chevy Chase was the first 'not-ready-for-primetime' players to leave SNL, TV writers just like Tim Surette have been mauling and bitching about what seems like every single departure from the show. That's 38 years of solid whining, folks... who ever said TV writers weren't original?

    So people cries about a performer moving on ('supposedly', but more on that later...), and you know what happen next? Someone else takes over. Someone else ALWAYS ends up taking over. There's a lot of thing you can said against Lorne Michaels' baby, but you have to be a freakin', hypocritical moron to deny and/or ignore its unbelievable and unequal ability to find the next big comedy star. I mean, I'm not even going to bother giving you the whole list (most of you already knows it, and, if you don't, let's just said that it is LONG and FULL OF SUPERSTARS... 'nuff said), but, undeniably, most of the veterans who left SNL before were WAY MORE TALENTED then the ones named by Surette here. Undeniably. And you know what happen to the show after they left? It kept on trucking.

    The truth of the matter is (and I know some of you would disagree, but too bad, you're wrong), Saturday Night Live: the show is ultimately way more important than any of the players who shows up in it. If this wasn't a true fact, it would have folded the minute John Belushi was gone. And, as for morning the departed... As if they really are THAT gone! Does anyone really expecting any of them to not eventually pop up to host the show or just to do a cameo? They've all done it! Hell, unless we're talking about Eddie Murphy, most of them probably hang out at 30 Rock on Saturday morning just to f*ck around!

    So don't you there listen to cry-babies like Surette, TV watchers: regardless of whoever live, SNL will remain the same exact show it was and is for the past five decades: the most entertaining, boring, frustrating, enlightening, lukewarm, exhilarating, dumb, brilliant, tasteless, though-provoking, sleep-inducing, water-cooler-talking, mainstream, ground-breaking, self-righteous, pompous, familiar, and funny left-leaning comedy/variety show on television. Always been this way, no chance of changing any time soon.

  • Big_Pecks Jul 26, 2013

    I think I'm done with SNL too. Hader and Meyers leaving has pretty much sealed the deal.

  • JT_Kirk Jul 25, 2013

    Surprised Sudeikis didn't quit last year, it seemed like he was phoning it in and checked out. He was my favorite player of the current run up until that.

    10 black American Idol contestants had arrest records? Did their lawyers find out how many white American Idol contestants had arrest records and were NOT called out on it? That ultimately will be the crux of the issue.

    Michelle Forbes also was on Star Trek: The Next Generation, she didn't investigate any fires there that I can remember.

  • JosephCecil Jul 25, 2013

    Too bad Jason never got a send-off skit like everyone else did, but he didn't have many solo recurring characters, either. Besides, no one ever truly LEAVES SNL.

    I guess all he has to look forward to now is being engaged to Olivia Wilde. Poor guy.

  • tamaabi Jul 25, 2013

    Also congrats to Orange is the New Back. It truly deserves the increased viewership.

  • tamaabi Jul 25, 2013

    Cary Elwes, why did you age so disgracefully?

  • Acrobit Jul 25, 2013

    If SNL had just let him grow his glorious pornstache when he wanted, this all could've been prevented. That's what I had heard, anyway.

  • FilmFanatic Jul 25, 2013

    So, SNL looses another. Even though I really like this show and I've been watching it for years now, I think it's time to call it quits...Unless they bring an already established comedic actor as a regular, I don't see the appeal with just the new cast (even though some from the newest additions are pretty great).

  • RyanWilkins Jul 26, 2013

    You've been watching it for years and witnessed the constant turnover which is part of the show, and yet the news of Jason Sudeikis leaving has you believing the show should call it quits? Yeah, no. Somehow I think SNL will survive this loss.

  • FilmFanatic Jul 26, 2013

    I think from your effort to write a clever comment, you forgot the fact that 6 of the MAJOR and funniest SNL actors have left the show, since last May. So yes, one might believe that if Kristen Wigg, Andy Samberg, Jason Sedeikis, Fred Armesen, Seth Meyers and Bill Hader , the show will suffer (even more).

  • Browncoat87 Jul 25, 2013

    There has to be something better for Michelle Forbes to do

  • layton2012 Jul 25, 2013

    Shocked Orange is the New Black has done better than AD and House of Cards, it had seemed to have the least amount of hype. I still need to watch it, but I'm currently catching up on Orphan Black, but it is next one the list.

  • Taccado Jul 25, 2013

    You absolutely need to watch OItNB! You won't be disappointed.

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  • FilmFanatic Jul 25, 2013

    Orange is the new black doesn't need to have any sort of hype. It's from Weeds creator and everybody that loved weeds will just watch it without any convincing.

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