News Briefs: Andy Samberg Is Leaving Saturday Night Live

CASTING NEWS

... As many have suspected, Andy Samberg is leaving Saturday Night Live. This should give him plenty of time to work on That's My Boy 2, That's My Boy 3, and Dick in a Box: The Movie: 3D. [NYT]

... Frank Darabont is still busy casting his TNT drama L.A. Noir, and the latest actor on his list is Thomas Jane. The Hung star is being targeted to play mobster Bugsy Siegel in the 1950s period drama. To accommodate the casting, Bugsy will be rewritten as having an enormous penis. [THR]

... Catherine Tate is returning to The Office as a regular cast member next season. The British actress recurred on the dwindling NBC comedy last season as Nellie, boss of Dunder-Mifflin. Great news for the three people who still watch the show! [TV Line]

... Vanessa Redgrave has signed on to USA's Political Animals as a lesbian Supreme Court judge. Great, now she'll be typecast for every lesbian Supreme Court judge role that comes along! [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Hey Hollywood, did you hear? History's Hatfields & McCoys miniseries turned out to be a huge hit! Someone make a series out of it, quick! Hey Charlize Theron, you wanna produce a series based on a modern-day version of the family feud? OKAY! [THR]

... Add MTV to the list of networks with a singing competition reality show. The channel has picked up Randy Jackson's untitled new project, which features groups of siblings singing against other groups of siblings. I've died and I'm in hell, right? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox is probably kicking itself today. The Touch finale aired last night without the benefit of American Idol to help boost its ratings, and it showed. Only 4.65 million viewers tuned in for the two-hour conclusion of Tim Kring's cosmic drama, a 23-percent drop from the previous week. We're talking about a finale. For a serialized show. And it plummeted. Take a look at that number, Jake, and see what you think. Touch is renewed for a second season, but I'm betting Fox is working on a time machine to go back and change its mind. [TV Line]


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My daughter loves Andy Samberg... I only sometimes find him funny. Though a short he did on the SNL that Jon Bon Jovi hosted a few years back was one of the funniest things I had ever seen. It was about him punching people when eating.... not sure why but I crack up every time I see it.
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Damn you Tim, every time i read "business time" i get the Conchords song stuck in my head
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New drinking game-have to take a swig of beer everytime Jakes name is said!!!! You get pretty drunk at the end of the show!!!!!
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Euw, Nellie is back. The Office seems to be doing everything they can to drive me away.
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Yeah I hate her character too!
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After watching the last two episodes of SNL's last season, you truly had to be brain-damaged to think Samberg wasn't leaving.



His type of humor doesn't translate well in a 90 minutes setting, though, so expect him to come back on TV when four of his next five movies completely tank at the box-office.
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Yes Andy's leaving SNL as I said on the finale episode thread on the SNL board but a know it all had to correct me and say no only Kristen was leaving. Yeah we don't use our own intelligence we just go by what we know from tv pages smh.
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Great News. Now if we can only get Hader to leave it would be even better
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What are you smoking? Hader is one of the best cast members.
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I'm not a huge fan of the office, but what's up with constantly insulting the show? I just don't like how the site seems to have adopted a policy of liking or dislikng shows forever. "Yay Community rocks!!!" (which it does) but am I the only who thinks the latest season was crappy?. "No, the Office suuuuucks", although it has some funny episodes still. I guess what I'm trying to say is stop trying to influence us on how to feel about shows. We can decide for ourselves.
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In my opinion, season 3 was the best season yet. I watch Community for a dose of creativity and to laugh, and this season delivered both in spades. With episodes like Remedial Chaos Theory, Regional Holiday Music, Pillows and Blankets, Basic Lupine Urology, Curriculum Unavailable, and Digital Estate Planning, I don't see how you could possibly designate this season as "crappy". Nothing on Television even came close to this level of creativity.
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I never claimed that I am the absolute authority on what's funny or not. Personally, I enjoyed seasons 1 and 2 way more than 3. Community is my favourite comedy also (from the current ones) and I'm pretty sure I meant to say crappier rather than crappy. But it's not perfect. Just as the office is not the dying patient that is being forcefully kept on life support as they usually describe it here.
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I definitely agree with your point on the office for sure. In fact, I'm a big fan of the Andy and Erin thing. As for community, I definitely admit that enjoyment in subjective. I'll have to watch the first 2 seasons again and see how they stand up to my subjectivity compared to Season 3 ;)
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So I'm one of those 3 loyal Office viewers, and will argue that the show is still entertaining although lacks much of the beauty of the early seasons... But this Catherine Tate person? A horrible actress. I know i've seen her somewhere before and never enjoyed her... If anything does turn me off this show, my moneys on her.
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She doesn't seem that bad an actress... I really just hate her character.
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I'm the other one of those 3, and if you ever watched the re-booted version of Dr. Who, that's where you might of seem Tate, she was David Tenants third and most annoying companion.
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Actually, Tate was, hands down, the Doctor's best companion from the Russell Davies Years, cause she was the only one of them all who had absolutely no romantic feelings toward him. They were equals, way more brother and sister than master and pupil, and, at the end, you could actually respect Donna.

As for Tate... she's probably horrible, as you two described her, because she's written that way in an overall horrible show. Actors can only work with the materials given to them, and if said materials suck, they'll suck too, unless they're remarkably great thespians. I like Catherine, she's a great comedian, and can act very well... but expecting remarkable acting from her is a stretch.
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Even though i partially agree with radrobd about 10 plus yrs is too long, some of these actors don't even get the chance to shine for their first 2 or 3 years of being on SNL, so i could see why they have stuck around so long. It will be sad to see Kristen and Andy go, but hopefully with Nasim and Bobby, and the newest girl to join, things will quickly rebound.
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We don't even get a goodbye? He's just gone? Does that mean no more Digital Shorts?
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Andy Samberg didn't invent digital shorts. They've been around for a long while. My first memory of them are the Robert Smigel cartoons that were always my favorite part of SNL. I would suspect that they could of been around even longer than that. My money is that they will just grow and evolve into something else to look forward to every Saturday night. But if your asking if it means Andy Samburg won't prerecord himself and other people singing songs then yes that is sadly exactly what that means.
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I second what danharr said - Saturday TV Funhouse had nothing to do with SNL Digital Shorts. Two completely different concepts that just happen to be feature on the same show. Maybe Lorne will get someone else to keep doing Digital Shorts, but, without Samberg and his Lonely Islands crew, it won't at all be the same.
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I don't think it's accurate to compare the Saturday tv Funhouse episodes to digital shorts. The concept was the same an interlude in the programming that was non-sketch comedy but they were still totally different things.
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He said goodbye at the end of Lazy Sunday 2.
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Isn't that weird that the overwhelming majority of people miss that? The second he said "And this is how I'll end it!", I knew he was a goner... yet, most people couldn't grasp that.
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Most of these people aren't even watching SNL. They probably watched it on Youtube or Hulu, so lines like that are always out of context.
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If only Fred Armisen, Seth Myers and Kenan Thompson would follow Andy's lead and take the hint. 10+ years is too long on SNL.
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The problem is getting decent replacements. Taren Killam and Vanessa Bayer have shown promise but that's about it.
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First Kristen Wiig and now Samberg, its good to see SNL getting rid of two of their most overrated and unfunny comics, now if they could only get rid of Seth and Keenan the transformation to a decent cast could be complete. Being a huge fan of The Office I'm really disappointed the Tate is returning. Tate and Robert California just didn't work, it was a nice try but they should've seen their error and not brought Tate back.
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Touch is so self-important and repetitive, it is going to die a quick death next season when it airs on Fridays...
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hmmm i didnt really like catherine tate's character on the office... oh well
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yep gonna miss in the cage with nick cage and digital shorts.



hung being canceled caught me off guard but glad to see jane getting another role.



i like the office when pretty much any time andy isnt on the screen. much like michael scott towards the end of his run. my mother will be upset nellie will be staying but i wont. not a great character by any stretch but not the most annoying at least not yet. robert california will be missed.



i think the only thing less entertaining than a political drama is a lesbian septuagenarian supreme court judge.



Hatfields & McCoys was meh. i was hoping for a justified miniseries or at least something informative regarding the titular "characters." i guess i'll have to pick up a book or forget about it.



america's best dance crew is annoying as hell. i'd imagine this singing show could be an amusing watch. for the first several episodes if we get to see multiple people embarrassing themselves at a time, but that would have to be it. and it likely wouldnt be worth having to hear anything coming out of a judge's mouth.



still haven't tried touch but if the autistic kid is written anywhere near as annoying as max on parenthood i just wouldn't be able to handle it.
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I expected Andy to leave SNL. Actors use the show as a stepping stone for their careers and he doesn't need it anymore. Still, I prefer Andy in the digital shorts than in movies. His few roles so far have not been impressive and his movie with Adam Sandler looks like it's going to be too dumb to watch. (I like Adam Sandler and his movies are always dumb but funny, but when dumb outweighs funny, I have to pass).
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Noooooo I can't stand Nellie.
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I quit watching Touch as the autistic boy became the most annoying character of the series, and probably of all the series in the 2011-2012 TV season.. plus Sutherland's character, my oh my, that was soo painful to watch.. and how that show got renewed is almost the most puzzling thing for me -with the Whitney thing of course, that will remain as a TV mystery-.. Touch should have gone to retirement within the first 5 episodes.. and renewing them instead of the Finder, is just simply hurtful..
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ANDY, NO! Digital Short's are my favorite
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Aww nooo not Andy too! Another favorite of mine leaves. ;(
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so.. Kristen Wiig's gone now Andy Samberg.. wasn't Jason Sudeikis leaving too? might as well, and take Bill Hader too. I mostly only watched SNL if I liked who was hosting, but now that the people I like are leaving, I doubt I'll be watching it much otherwise, even if nothing better is on.



I love Catherine Tate (DONNA!) but I can't stand Nellie so I'm conflicted.. but atleast Robert California's gone.
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And the slow death of The Office continues its downward spiral. I'm sorry, Ms. Tate is great but a poor fit there, Nellie's presence on the show is too often like pulling teeth.
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Thomas Jane is such a modern type of personality, there has been a lot of that in the casting so far, it gives me worries.
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Andy, noooo, where will we get lazy comedy with a blaze' attitude while concentrating on outside projects now???
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jake ... Jake ... JAKE!



Question: How many times does Kiefer say "Jake" in the first season of Touch?



Answer: 788.



Jack Bauer, I miss you more than ever.
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DAMMIT!
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You could probably make a drinking game out of that show. But you would be hammered by episode 5...
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Jizz in My Pants and Dick in a Box were hilarious. That's about it. SNL is bad, but Samberg wasn't much for anything.



As for Nellie...eh. I don't mind her, especially since I hated Michael so much, everyone else seems 'eh' at best afterward. It's unfair, but all I say when I see Nellie is 'mmmoooooole.' I can't stop staring at it, but again , I don't mind her. She's already two-dimensional at least.



As for Touch...eh. I watch it, but it's sad watching Jack Bauer suck at everything. Sometimes actors are typecast to save their audience from too sudden a shock.
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"it's sad watching Jack Bauer suck at everything."



Just let him kill one terrorist. ONE!
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The Office is the most viewed NBC comedy, so if only three people still watch it then that would mean two or less would watch the rest of them. The Office isn't as good as it once was and I'm not happy Nelly's returning but everyone hating on The Office sound like hipster douches so shut up.
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Office...three...two or less...yeah, that sounds about right.
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I hate Nelly as much as the other two people still watching The Office but she isn't the problem with the show. They can't even write a funny joke anymore, never mind a cohesive/funny plot. If this next season doesn't end it I won't finish.
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I really don't like Nellie...

Sad to see Samberg go.
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Nellie was a decent replacement for MIchael Scott, she fit right in. And she is a decently developed character, too.
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Why does the office think people actually liked catherine tate's character?
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