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

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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Stefon is one of the best things on SNL!
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Oh, man. TV is wasting Dana Delaney. What's so special about Body Of Proof that it warrants saving? Aside from the Special Snowflake main character of course.
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Saturday Night Live should leave my tv immediately.
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If you dislike it so much, then why is it on your tv?
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Yes since it forces you to watch each week...
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I hope Body of Proof gets a new home, there is no such thing as enough Dana Delaney on the the telly.
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Just to tip you off on a GREAT first episode. Watch the UK drama/thriller The Fall with Gillian Anderson. Oh, my effing lord, that's a good piece of television.
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It's Irish
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Actually, its on BBC2, so no, its not Irish, it just happens to be set in Belfast, and Anderson plays a DCI from the London Met, so still not really an Irish show.
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Saturday Night Live need some new faces same! The old cast got already to a point where you go please not this game host thing again! Time to move away from the old formats and bring some new people and some of the "new" cast more to the front!
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I left Saturday Night Live when Eddie Murphy left and I have no regrets. Many of you on this site know me and some even like me. I'd like to share something with you all. Due to Tim's wonderful coverage of Fringe, I wrote a book, A Brief History of Time Travel and it's exactly that and very comprehensive. I'd like to give it to you folks as I find you're the perfect audience. I also have a website and email. So, if you send me an email there for the next two days, I'll send anyone on here who asks a free copy (PDF). My website is historyoftimetravel (dot com) and the email is john at the same place. So help me out folks. I'm rather proud of this book and believe word of mouth is the answer here. So email me for a free copy, you won't be disappointed, I promise
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I'll probably get flamed for this, but it's a serious question. Do people still watch SNL? I hadn't even realized it was still on the air. Apparently it is. Has it lost a lot of popularity, or have I just been living under a rock? Granted, I don't have cable and get most of my television watching done via alternate means, so maybe I'm just weird.
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I have no clue how you didn't notice a show that's been on after the local news for almost 30 years. Watching it has nothing to do with anything it's basic observational skills so you got me.
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The local news? At the risk of derailing further, who watches that in this day and age? If I want to know news (national or local) I just go online.
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I don't watch the news either per se but have to park the tv on something while watching youtube videos.
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it's lost some of it's popularity i'm sure but yes people still watch it, i'll continue watching it as long as it's on, there's alot of talented people that come through snl and while every skit isn't a winner there's enough there to keep watching. i love the improv style of comedy and they get alot of great improv comedians on there who i think are very talented.
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Fair enough. I just never hear people talking about it anymore. Granted, I personally haven't watched since Will Ferrel was a cast member... which was quite some time ago. Do they do much improv? I thought it was all scripted.
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they don't do much improv but alot of the cast members they bring on are improv comedians, there's a number of the cast that were a part of the groundlings improv group in los angeles like will ferrell, cheri oteri and alot of those 90s cast.. improv comedians usually have a certain style to them even in scripted material that i enjoy.
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You're not Weird. SNL is 3 minutes of funny crammed into an hour-and-a-half since the 90's. I watched it from day 1 and it was funny, but today, not so much. I occasionally watch when Sir Charles Barkley hosts but my remote is still on fast forward most of the way.
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After get a good smile for 5 minutes you just want it to end! :D
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Truth
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Its not fair that live viewers don't count because according to TVbythenumbers, Body of Proof has the highest ratings of live viewers in its time slot. Before Grimm was being aired in Tuesdays, it was the top demo show in its time slot. It just boggles my mind why ABC would cancel a fairly decent show. Its one of my favourite procedurals because freaking Seven of Nine is in that show and she is still looking good!
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People seem to forget/not know it now has Mark Valley from Human Target. It's a shame the show lost a bit of its humor and is badly written with plot holes (How did Valley get drugged in the episode where he's a suspect in a girl's murder?) or non-sensical action sequences (A cop racing to a plane crash site on a dark road, sees debris he nearly hits, but continues racing along to be run off the road when he nearly hits a woman?). On top of that, they somehow made Delaney less likeable.
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I like her too, but does she do any more these days besides just a few "I'm the boss lines?"
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Sad to see Bill Hader leave, but hopefully he'll get some good projects to work on soon. The only watchable actor on SNL is now Keenan Thompson, who I hope takes the Weekend Update anchor chair.
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Some of Hader's best stuff ever.....and these will get big play on his "best of" farewell segment....when he starts losing it in the middle of a skit! Especially when the skit's a turkey! Bill blowing it literally saves the bit and leaves me howlin on the couch! And he was pretty damn funny in Ben Stiller Robert Downey war movie spoof Tropic of Thunder!
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I'm hopelessly in love with Jonathan Groff so I'm excited for his new show.
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Maybe that's why Fringe was so good, J.J. didn't intervene.
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That does not mean he was not involved in the direction or overall plots and themes. He didn't WATCH the shows, but he still could have been very much involved in their production. Why wouldn't he?
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amen
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Haha the spanish version of Breaking bad should be hilarious
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I somehow can't help but picture Bryan Cranston looking totally bad ass ... in a giant bumblebee costume (wearing white briefs on the outside, of course).
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Hey, more Toy Story... why not? Keep milking that cash cow!
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I'll miss Hader, but it will give some of the new cast members a chance to shine, especially since both Sudekis, Thompson, and Armisen could be leaving this year too.
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I hope Jay Pharoe (sp?) get's more of a role.
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I'm glad Stefon is leaving. I decided to check out the new hot club he suggesed. I was so disappointed. This club was located at a converted dumpster/tent in the parking lot of an abandoned Kenny Rogers Roasters. This club had a black Pat Sajak buying a vowel while riding a rhinoceros, twelve midgets doing the macarena, Regis Philbin, hobos parachuting from the sky, and the cast of One Day At A Time. I don't even like One Day At A Time!
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good times with bill hader, a talented guy... he always cracked me up. hopefully he goes on to be successful like alot of these other talented snl people.
jj abrams, what!! how could he not watch every episode? that's strange to me... shows him in a bad light imo, does he not care about the projects enough to watch them?
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Jonathan Groff was nominated for the best leading actor award for his performance in Spring Awakening but did not win. His co-star John Gallagher Jr. won the Tony for best featured actor in a musical though.
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I'd rather Shakira and Usher remain on the Voice.SNL was never my thing so don't care .
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But without Stefon, all Weekend Update will have going for it is Drunk Uncle...and the girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party.
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Man these SNL departures are hitting WU hard! I've never seen it get hit this bad before all at once.
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You'll still have second hand news.
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at least it's a largely solid cast on SNL right now, only two members i'd like to see get the boot (kate and cecily.) hader will absolutely be missed.

an HBO show I have no interest in; about time, HBO!

one reality show I liked was the mole. I also watched survivor season 1. unfortunately now though I have a hard time believing any reality show isn't scripted. so not sure I would give the quest a try.

USA would not be a good fit for Body of Proof, they don't often do 'stupid.' TNT on the other hand might be a good fit for that reason. and I say this as someone who watched body of proof, perception and rizzoli and isles.

there were countless fringe episodes that sucked hardcore. maybe he had the inside scoop and skipped those ones.
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wow.. Bill Hader's leaving now too. Kristen Wiig leaving made this show bad, Abby Elliott left and then Andy Samberg left and it got even worse.. Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis are the only good ones left and honestly, Jason's kind of always shouting everything these days.. SNL just got even worse

of all the shows to get picked up by another network, Body of Proof is the one they're picking? wtf.
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Body of Proof? Really? There has literally been dozens of shows taken off before their time that would be a better fit for either of those networks. Certainly better than a two bit Bones knock off.
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Hader's leaving? That's slightly bad. With Adam Sandler and Fallon long gone, who's left to snicker through 90% of their lines? I don't know how this could make the show any worse, but I think they'll find a way.
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Sandler left almost twenty years ago. Fallon almost ten.
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Really? Then those guys were long gone. I should've said--oh wait.
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Maybe you should have mentioned that what you said wasn't relevant and as a result pointless. Or that you made yourself sound as if you haven't watched the show (that you're seemingly and/or baselessly criticizing) in years.
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It was relevant in that Hader was hopefully ending a 20-year trend of character breaking when he leaves since Sandler and Fallon (the other guys who could never hold character) are...long gone.

I watch the show (admittedly more than I should) just fine. All you need to do is admit you can't read.
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He's the worst. Except for all the rest.
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A Spanish language remake of Breaking Bad has got to be one of the stupidest ideas ever. The original show airs in Latin America on AXN and it's available on Netflix Latin America.
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Hader is funny, but he's usually the first one to break character and it's gotten old. He's got a lot of voice over work and acting work, it's wise to get out before it gets sad. I thought Sudeikis had already confirmed he was leaving too, is that not the case?

The Quest sounds bad, like watching a TV show where the characters visit a Renaisannce Faire but as a reality show.

Toy Story of Terror sounds cute.

What, JJ Abrams is a hack who just signs his name to stuff without caring about it? No way, I wouldn't belie... Undercovers.
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Sudekis has been hinting at a departure for what now seems like forever (actually one year).
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Only hinting, I see. It feels like he's checked out this season, that's for sure.
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oops forgot to defend hader's breaking character; I have NEVER minded. no idea why people get worked up over it like it's something other than a live sketch comedy show. OH NO, LAUGHTER!!!
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It's unprofessional, and lately it seems like it's being encouraged just to cover for weak material.
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And yet, isn't that one of the things people remember most about The Carol Burnett Show besides Burnett tugging her ear at the end: Harvey Korman and Tim Conway "losing it" in the middle of a sketch?
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Yeah, because when they did it, it was RARE and they were *really* breaking up. Not like Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, and now Bill Hader - it's "odd" how Hader was far more solid when Samberg was around, as if Samberg was the one told to break often and that job has now been passed down.
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undercovers while far from brilliant wasn't 'bad' by most standards. the two leading cast members were both incredibly talented. and the supporting cast was quite good too. also I envy his not having watched all of fringe, there are countless episodes I would have been better off not sitting through. like most of the final season just as a small example.

with all that said i'm far from a j.j abrams defender, just look at what I had to say about fringe...
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Holy crap, the internet is ruining my ability to type. * "Renaissance"
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