Watch: Meet the New Cast Members of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 43

New Saturday Night Live Cast Members

The 43rd season of Saturday Night Live is in full swing. We’ve already had three episodes with hosts Ryan Gosling, Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani ushering in some laughs (be sure to check out our reviews of each new episode over here), and there’s plenty more to come throughout the rest of the year.

Throughout this season, we’ll be keeping an eye on the three new featured players making their debut on the show: Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null. We were introduced to them just before the new season began at the end of September, but now a series of videos from behind the scenes of the late night sketch series allows us to get to know the new Saturday Night Live cast members a little bit better.

Saturday Night Live had the three new featured players try to answer 43 questions (because it’s the 43rd season) in just one minute. It’s the fastest way for us to find out more about each of the cast members, even if they don’t get anywhere near hitting 43 answers.

Like many Saturday Night Live cast members, Redd laid his comedy roots in Chicago by doing comedy at Second City. There he was a member of the touring company and co-wrote The Art of Falling, an improv-sketch-dance hybrid show that was pulled off with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Taking the advice of Judd Apatow, Redd moved to Los Angeles and in addition to his role in Popstar, he’s also appeared in the Netflix shows Love and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later. But you probably recognize him most from his scene-stealing performance as Hunter the Hungry in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

As another Midwesterner transplanted to Los Angeles, Heidi Gardner hails from the famous comedy house The Groundlings. Currently, Gardner can be heard on the animation series Supermansion on Crackle, and in her series of questions, she shows that she’s quite the sports fan. Maybe that’s something we’ll see her show off on SNL in some form.

Finally, Luke Null shows that he’s not exactly the quickest on his feet, or at least not as quick as Chris Redd and Heidi Gardner at answering these questions. But since he’s from Chicago, I’m gonna cut him a break, and I’m pulling for him to make a splash on the series, something that can be extremely difficult to do for featured players in their freshman year.

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Iron Fist to Appear in Luke Cage Season 2

Iron Fist to Appear in Luke Cage Season 2

Iron Fist to appear in Luke Cage Season 2

Netflix and Marvel have revealed (via EW) that Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones), will make an appearance in Season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage. While it’s unknown how many episodes he will appear in, you can see the photographic evidence in the gallery below. Danny Rand did offer to pay for Misty Knight’s hospital bills in Marvel’s The Defenders, so perhaps he will help her in Luke Cage Season 2?

Mike Colter returns as the titular Luke Cage, with Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, and Theo Rossi as Shades. Newcomers to the series so far include Mustafa Shakir (The DeuceThe Night Of) as John McIver, a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance; and Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, Rosewood) as Tilda Johnson, a brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her.

Marvel’s Luke Cage is Executive Produced by Cheo Hodari Coker (Ray DonovanSouthland) and Aïda Croal (The ReturnedTrue Blood) is Co-Executive Producer, along with Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

Marvel’s Luke Cage will return in 2018.

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The Flash is Reborn and Recharged in the Season 4 Poster

The Flash is Reborn and Recharged in the Season 4 Poster

The Flash is reborn and recharged in the Season 4 poster

The Flash is reborn and recharged in the Season 4 poster just released by The CW. Episode 4.01 of The Flash, titled “The Flash Reborn,” will air on The CW on Tuesday, October 10 at 8 PM ET and is described as follows:

COMING HOME — With Barry (Grant Gustin) in the speed force, Iris (Candice Patton), Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale), Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Vibe (Carlos Valdes) have taken over protecting Central City. However, when a powerful armored villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco makes a risky decision to break Barry out of the speed force. However, the Barry that comes out isn’t the same Barry that went in.

RELATED: The Flash Extended Season 4 Trailer

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramo, Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, and John Wesley Shipp. New additions to the cast are Katee Sackhoff as the villain Amunet Black and Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny, aka Elongated Man.

What do you think of The Flash Season 4 poster? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Bob Newhart Returns to The Big Bang Theory in Season 11

CBS announces an official date for Bob Newhart's return to The Big Bang Theory for season 11

CBS announces an official date for Bob Newhart’s return to The Big Bang Theory for season 11

Bob Newhart is returning as the late Arthur Jeffries/Professor Proton in The Big Bang Theory season 11, according to THR. The CBS Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television show just returned for its eleventh season this week and will continue to air on Mondays at 8PM until it moves to its regular slot on Thursdays at 8PM on November 2. Bob Newhart will reprise the role in the November 2 episode. The last time he appeared on the show was in season 9 in “The Opening Night Excitation,” where his deceased character appeared as a ghostly Jedi to Sheldon (Jim Parson).

When Bob Newhart appeared in season 9, it was to help Sheldon deal with consummating his relationship for the first time with Amy (Mayim Bialik). The episode for November 2 has yet to film and there are no details about his role. Wil Wheaton is also set to reprise his role in that episode.

The Big Bang Theory, which premiered in September 2007, has been television’s #1 comedy in viewers since 2010-2011 and continues as the #1 comedy in key demographics for the fifth straight season. This season, The Big Bang Theory is averaging 19.40 million viewers, 5.1/19 in adults 18-49 and 6.9/21 in adults 25-54, ranking as broadcast television’s highest-rated scripted series in all these demographics.

The Big Bang Theory stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and Steven Molaro are executive producers. The series is from Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady are series creators.

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BoJack Horseman Season 5 Given the Green Light by Netflix

BoJack Horseman Season 5 Given the Green Light by Netflix

BoJack Horseman Season 5 given the green light by Netflix

Netflix announced today they have given the green light to BoJack Horseman Season 5! You can view a short video, in which one of their “clingy execs” texted the pickup news to BoJack, using the player below.

Season 4 of BoJack Horseman launched globally on Netflix on September 8, 2017. Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary ‘90s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback.

BoJack Horseman was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series is executive produced by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Steven A. Cohen and Noel Bright. Will Arnett (Flaked, Arrested Development) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) also serve as executive producers. BoJack was designed by graphic artist Lisa Hanawalt and animated by LA-based ShadowMachine. The show is a Tornante Production, brought to life by Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company.

Are you looking forward to BoJack Horseman Season 5? What do you think of the fourth season?

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‘Bojack Horseman’ Showrunner Talks Season 4 (and How Jessica Biel Asked Him to be Meaner) [Interview]

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“Where’s Bojack” is the mystery of Bojack Horseman’s fourth season, and also the feeling of fans who’ve been waiting since they binge-watched season 3 last summer. Last season featured the landmark episode “Fish Out of Water” in which Bojack (Will Arnett) attended an underwater film festival, featured Bojack finding out he had a long lost daughter, and introduced Mr. Peanutbutter’s (Paul F. Tompkins) plan to for office.

/Film has been pursuing Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg for several years now, so we had a lot to talk about when we finally spoke by phone. We spoke vaguely about season 4, so that you could read this either before or after you watch the season, and discussed general questions that have been percolating about the show for four years.

Was it a big risk to introduce Bojack so late in season four?

It’s not that late. We did talk a lot about how much do we want to keep him hidden, and how much do we want to keep him not in L.A. There were talks of could he go half or most of the season up in Michigan or driving around going from place to place? We definitely considered that, but we also thought we teased the idea of his daughter character in the end of season three. That’s also a really rich story we want to get into and if he’s driving all around, we can’t really explore that relationship. For the benefit of that story, which we think ultimately is going to be a deeper, more interesting story than whatever he’s doing in these other places with these strangers, it makes sense to get him back to L.A. somewhat quickly but we cover a lot of time in those first episodes. In world, he’s been gone for a full year but the audience isn’t missing him too much. Did it feel like a risk to not have him in the first episode at all?

I was wondering how far you’d push it, but I was ready to spend that time with the other characters. 

I think it’s interesting too because I think a lot of the audience’s perception is going to be shaped by the marketing. We’re really pushing the “Where’s Bojack?” of it all. There might be some disappointment of, “Oh, I thought it was going to be the whole season.” Or it might end up helping it feel like more time because they’re already wondering now where’s Bojack. We’ll see. It felt like a fun thing to try, to have a show called Bojack Horseman and have no Bojack Horseman for an episode. Yeah, that’s the kind of thing we do. Let’s go for it.

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Did you already have the political story for Mr. Peanutbutter when you set up his campaign at the end of season three?

No. We didn’t know what we were going to do with it. We just thought, “Oh, that would be a fun thing to explore.” I think if we’d thought ahead for even a second, we might have predicted that maybe by 2017 people would be sick of following stories about politics and it won’t be the most enticing thing to do. I like to think we did a good enough job to make it feel fun and interesting and not feel like it’s rehashing a lot of the vitriol and torture of what the last 16 months have been. As we were working on the story, we tried to say okay, what if it’s less about politics and the personal relationships. What does this campaign do to Mr. Peanutbutter’s relationship with Diane and what does it say about him and his ex-wives?

It sort of fell into your lap that you had a candidate who never thought he’d actually get elected.

Right, but what I’ll say, while we were making the season, there was a lot of talk of where is this going? Do we want him to win or not and what does that say? I think that changed as stuff was happening in the real world. Is this funny or is it horrifying and what does that mean, what is the precedent for it? It shifted a little bit so I think we were very conscious not to too closely ape anything specific from the election. We didn’t want to just be like this is like this and this character is like that guy. Certainly I think what was happening in the world definitely seeped in because we’re humans and we have thoughts about the world and the way it work.

Did you always know the history of Mr. Peanutbutter’s House or was that all new this season?

No, sometimes what’s fun about this show is we’ll write stuff in as a throwaway gag and then we’ll return to it and go, “Okay, what does this actually say about the world?” The very first season of Bojack, you see a clip of Mr. Peanutbutter’s House. At the end, the credit pops up: Created by David Chase and Steven Bochco. We’re like oh, that’s a funny gag if those two guys wrote Mr. Peanutbutter’s House. So then when it was time to show the flashback to it, we were like, “Do you think we could get David Chase or Steven Bochco?” David Chase was like, “Yeah, I’ll do it.” It was a really fun way to start the season I thought. A lot of the backstory of these characters we’re finding as we go which is fun. We’re making the story forwards as well as backwards. This season there’s a lot of backstory, especially with Bojack’s family. That was really fun to dive into, stuff we’ve hinted at before or intimated before. I was like, let’s really explore that and what was that and how did that work?

Is episode 11 this season’s “Fish Out of Water?”

I don’t know. I guess that’s for the audience to decide. I don’t necessarily think of it that way. When we go into every season, we’re not necessarily trying to top ourselves or match certain things, like okay, we’ve got to have this kind of episode and that kind of episode and this kind of episode. It really is more like what sounds fun for us this year? I’m always excited to see which episodes pop with the audience. It’s not always the episodes that I expect to so it’s fun. I’m excited to see what people think about all of the episodes.

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You address that Margo Martindale is still lost at sea. Didn’t all the spaghetti strainers catch her?

No. She’s still missing and presumed dead perhaps.

Even though Sarah Lynn is gone, was it important that her catchphrase (“Suck a d***, dumb sh*ts”) still lives?

Yeah, that felt like a nice way to pay tribute.

It’s my favorite thing to say.

Good. Well, be careful who you say it around.

When Bojack meets Eddie, was that a nice chance to introduce a tragic character for a single episode arc?

Yeah, that was really fun. We talked about who does Bojack meet and in what ways is this character a reflection of what Bojack has gone through? Even though his backstory is very different and distinct, can Bojack see in him a model for what he would like to be and/or not like to be. We thought he made a really interesting foil for Bojack in that moment. Colman Domingo’s an amazing actor we were lucky to get, and to have him sing is pretty incredible. He’s a Broadway star which a lot of people don’t even know about him. They’ve just seen him on Fear the Walking Dead. That was really cool for me. I was like, “I saw you on Broadway in Passing Strange and now we wrote this song for you to sing.”

Was Lin-Manuel Miranda a Bojack fan?

I don’t know if he was a fan, but we asked him to do the show and he said yet. Either he was a fan or his agent thought it’d be good for his career. He was also very sweet, very friendly. One of our writers is a huge Lin-Manuel Miranda fan so Lin-Manuel recorded a little message for them which was really nice.

There’s a joke in the finale about a Matthew Perry SNL sketch that’s really poignant. I won’t give away the joke but did it take a long time to figure out how to describe a sketch we don’t see? 

It actually came from a very old bit I had way back in college from my own sketch comedy group. I was trying to write the finale and I was stuck on this one scene. I couldn’t figure out how to move from one thing to the other. So of course I was procrastinating. When I write, I try to turn my internet off so I can’t procrastinate through the internet, but then I just get deeply involved in whatever I have just on my computer. So I was going through old documents and pictures and looking at stuff just so I wouldn’t have to think about the episode. Then I found this joke that I thought, “Oh, I bet I can do something with this.” So it turned out my procrastination helped me unlock a piece of the puzzle.

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See the New Trailer For ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Fourth and Final Season

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer

The Rebellion is far from over, but it’s time for Star Wars Rebels…to end.

The Disney XD series will wrap up its fourth and final season, following the weary and embattled crew of the Ghost as they finally join up with the larger Rebellion that we know from the original trilogy. The new trailer for the fourth season teases just that, as well as more Thrawn and surprise appearances from the Imperial villains of Rogue One.

The trailer touches base with all of the crew members of the Ghost, with Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar) paying back her people for their help, aspiring Jedi Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray) seeking out guidance from the Force and encountering some mystical Force wolves, Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.) struggling to cope with his blindness, and Ghost pilot Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall) seeing her career in the Rebellion begin to take off.

Star Wars anthology film Rogue One will play a more prominent part in this season, as Star Wars Rebels follows the timeline just before Rogue One takes place. One such connection is Director Orson Krennic, the Death Star special weapons supervisor played by Ben Mendelsohn, getting name-dropped in the trailer — though don’t expect to see an animated Mendelsohn grace the series with his appearance.

It’s always fun to make it feel like it’s part of this big world,” Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni told Entertainment Weekly in an interview about the upcoming season. “But the cape alone would be half my budget, just to make it flow.”

However, Rogue One character Saw Gerrera (with Forest Whitaker returning to voice the character), whose appearance was cut short in the film, will appear in the series to investigate the possibility of an unknown superweapon being built near Geonosis, according to EW.

But what of the crew of the Ghost, who we have followed for three seasons? They are still recuperating from their great battle with Thrawn, who will still act as the Big Bad of the season despite the Rogue One villains circling the story. Dave Filoni told EW:

“I don’t think of them at the end of season 3 as too victorious, as much as they just got away. They lost a lot of resources, they lost the initiative to have an attack to free the world of Lothal or knock out the Imperial factory there. In the end, yes they got away, but that’s kind of all they got. Now they have a lot less.”

The fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD on October 16.

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It’s Time to Watch More Great Films – The Fall Festival Season is Here

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Yep, it’s already that time of year again. The summer is over, the leaves are starting to change. You know what that means right? It’s the fall film festival season! And also the beginning of the awards season. The Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival both kick off this week, and as always, we’re in for a treat with all the new films coming up this fall (it seriously looks like a stacked season). Just a few weeks later in September, the Toronto Film Festival continues festival mania with hundreds of films showing. And the month ends with the beloved Fantastic Fest in Austin, showing the best genre films from around the world. I’ll be covering the Venice Film Festival this year, and watching for reports from the other fests. ›››

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9 Teaser: The Comedy Hero Returns This October

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The wait for more Curb Your Enthusiasm is almost over. Come this fall, Larry David will be back in action and handling hilarious confrontations over the course of 10 new episodes. In the six years since season 8, it looks like Larry David hasn’t changed much.

Below, watch the Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9 teaser.

Larry David didn’t have to make more of the show if he wasn’t interested. HBO always made clear the door was always open for him to produce more episodes. Considering the comedian decided to continue with the series, it’s probably not for nothing. Over the long six year wait, he must’ve generated all sorts of material and ideas for the series. Plus, Jeff Garlin and other co-stars have said they keep notes of funny encounters and moments they felt was potential material for Curb Your Enthusiasm. Once cameras finally started rolling on season 9, the cast was more than prepared for the highly improvised cable series.

The teaser doesn’t hint at any future storylines, but it’ll full of references to the series and teases the triumphant return:

Thanks to the TCAs, we have some idea of what to expect from this season beyond the usual laughs. HBO showed some clips from the upcoming season, which included Larry going on Judge Judy, again causing problems at a funeral, being called a “bald fuck” (again), and Larry singing “Spoonful of Sugar” in the shower. Whenever Larry sings on the show, it’s a moment to cherish. When he turned the “Goldfinger” theme into “Badfinger” remains a highlight of eight wonderful seasons.

When it came to making a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, David thought, “Yeah, what the hell?” He said:

“You know, I’m not a misser so to speak. I don’t really miss things, but I was missing it and I was missing these idiots so I thought yeah, what the hell? And I got tired of people asking me: is the show coming back? I couldn’t face that question anymore and I wasn’t ready to say, ‘No, never.’ I kept saying, ‘Oh, you know, maybe, who knows?’ So I thought yeah, I don’t have to be asked that anymore.”

The new season will fill us in on what exactly David has been up to the last six years. The series left him and Leone (J.B. Smoove) in Paris, arguing on the street. If the season 8 finale was the end of Curb Your Enthusiasm, it would’ve been a strong ending encapsulating the series. Even in a beautiful place like Paris, David can quickly find time to argue with a stranger over something inconsequential. Thank heavens that wasn’t the end, though. As for the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, according to executive producer Jeff Schaffer, we’ll “never suspect where it ends.”

The new season of the longest-running HBO comedy premieres on October 1.

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