'SNL' Tidbits for November 21, 1998

By Sean Bradley


Recurring Characters to Populate Tonight's 'SNL'

Sketches scheduled to appear in tonight's dress rehearsal for the Jennifer Love Hewitt / Beastie Boys episode include the Spartan Cheerleaders, Mary Katherine Gallagher, "The Ladies' Man," and "The How Do You Say? Ah Yes, Show with Antonio Banderas." Sounds like tonight's show will either successfully resurrect or permanently bury the Cheerleaders, depending on how it goes.

While all of these sketches are scheduled for the dress rehearsal, any of them are subject to be cut prior to the live broadcast.

Forget Drew for Now, Alec Returns for Hosting Stint #8

It looks as though Drew Carey won't make it onto "SNL" this December 12 after all. Before you set your nearest television set on fire in anger, consider this.... Alec Baldwin, instead, will be returning for his eighth appearance as host. Scheduled to join Alec as musical guest is opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.

Actor Vince Vaughn, as host, and singer Lauryn Hill, as musical guest, are still on for the December 5 "SNL" episode. Beck is still slated to be the musical guest for the January 9 episode. Whitney Houston has just been booked as the January 16 musical guest.

Drew Carey is still rumored to be a possible host by season's end.

Jennifer Aniston and Brooke Shields are both being considered as February sweeps hosts.

'SNL' Still Dominating the Late Night Ratings Race

"Saturday Night Live" won the late-night ratings race again November 14. In the 38 overnight metered markets, "SNL," hosted by Joan Allen with musical guest Jewel and special guest John Goodman, scored a 6.8/18 for the second week in a row. "Mad TV," by comparison, earned a 4.3/9 (down from a 4.5/10 the previous week)."The Howard Stern Radio Show," seen on most CBS stations, pulled a 3.3/9 (up from a 3.0/8 the previous week).

While "SNL" ranked number one in late-night Saturday, NBC ranked number three in prime-time that evening, behind CBS and FOX.

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