Saturday Night Live Cast Changes For The New Season

saturday_night_live-thumb-320x320-11158There will be some new faces on Saturday Night Live when the lengendary sketch comedy show premieres on NBC on September 26. The Associated Press is reporting that the show has cut two cast members as well as added two new faces.

Sophomore cast member Michaela Watkins’  contract with the show was not renewed, her publicist confirmed to the AP.

The news was first reported by the Web site Comic’s Comic. The site also reported that freshman cast member Casey Wilson had been cut from the show.

A person close to the show confirmed to the AP that comedians Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad  have joined the show.

Watkins spoke exclusively to Entertainment Weekly about her to no longer being on the show.  In response to the question of her reaction of being fired, she said “…Shock. And sadness [because] it just felt premature. But on some level I feel like there are so many opportunities and things that I want to do in the future and now they’ll just happen sooner rather than later.”

The new season premieres on Saturday, September 26  on NBC with Megan Fox as the host.

CBS places video ad in Entetainment Weekly Magazine

entertainment weekly logoCBS will place a video ad in an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly’s print edition.

The ad looks like the standard greeting cards that play music and messages when opened.  A roughly two-inch screen starts playing automatically as the page flips open and will play an ad of some of the shows on CBS’s fall schedule as well as an ad for Pepsi. It is the first type of advertising ever in a print magazine.

The video ad will appear in some copies of the fall TV preview issue mailed to subscribers in New York and Los Angeles.

In the ad, characters from CBS’s The Big Bang Theory talk about the magazine and give instructions on how the video ad works. Additional clips in the video ad include looks at Two and a Half Men, new comedy Accidentally on Purpose and a preview of the network’s fall drama slate. There is a advertisement for Pepsi as well.

The fall season of CBS begins on Monday, September 21.

Wait For It…Will Neil Patrick Harris Host The Emmys?

Neil Patrick HarrisReports and rumors are swirling that How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmy Awards on September 20th on CBS. Harris, who hosted this years Tony Awards to well-received reviews, seems like the logical choice for the gig. He’s a multiple nominee himself and his hit series, How I Met Your Mother, returns for it’s fifth season on Monday, September 21st. It’s a done deal according to EW’s Michael Ausiello. An official announcement is expected next week.

Johnny Depp Graces Entertainment Weekly

Johnny Depp is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s first look at 2009 preview.

Johnny will play legendary bank robber John Dillenger in the upcoming summer release, Public Enemies. Look the movie in theaters July 1st and look for the issue of Entertainment Weekly on newstands this week.