News Briefs: See Ya, Stefon! Bill Hader Is Leaving Saturday Night Live

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SO LONG STEFON NEWS

... Saturday Night Live is losing another of its long-term cast members. Bill Hader, the actor behind the skit-show's Stefon, James Carville, and several game-show hosts, is calling it quits after eight seasons (this Saturday's season finale will be his last episode). There was no instigating event for his departure; "I got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go,'" Hader said. His departure follows the upcoming/recent exits of vets Seth Meyers (who is leaving to take over for Jimmy Fallon on Late Night), Kristen Wiig, and Andy Samberg, and comes at a time when the future of other cast members he came up with on the show, like Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis, is in doubt. It sounds like it's mass exodus time. [NY Times]


BUSINESS TIME

... Ken Burns, master of the eloquent PBS slideshow, is taking on cancer. His next documentary is a six-hour series based on the book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by doctor/author Siddhartha Mukherjee. It follows Mukherjee's personal experience as an oncologist and the history of research and treatment of cancer. [NY Times]

... HBO has greenlit an untitled new series about three gay men living in San Francisco. Stage star and Tony-Award winner Jonathan Groff (Glee, Boss) will star, and the project has been given an eight-episode order. Look for it in 2014. [THR]

... At its Upfront presentation today, ABC announced that it's ordered The Quest, a reality competition show. BUT! Instead of running around the country like The Amazing Race, they'll run around a fake fantasy realm for what's basically some very elaborate live-action role-playing. HECK YEAH! Nerds in the wild, I love it. Also ordered: Toy Story of Terror, a television special from Pixar featuring the film franchise's famous characters AND the original cast.

... Hey Body of Proof fans, I mean fan, apparently the show starring Dana Delaney is being shopped around to cable networks—TNT and USA being best fits—now that ABC has canceled it. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Downton Abbey has a U.S. return date for Season 4: January 5 on PBS. But you can move to England and watch it early if you're a real fan. [Washington Post]

... Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green will probably both return to The Voice after taking a cycle off to promote their real careers. [The Wrap / Yahoo]


CRAZY FUN NEWS THAT YOU JUST WON'T BELIEVE

... J.J. Abrams hasn't watched every episode of Fringe, which he co-created. Oh what, have you been busy or something, J.J.? [Howard Stern Show]

... I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS! Spanish-language channel Univision is remaking Breaking Bad. It will be called Métastasis and I will love it. I'm really looking forward to the follow-up talk show, Hablando Mal. [Deadline Hollywood]

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