'SNL' Tidbits for February 2, 1999

By Sean Bradley

And the Winner is ....

The unnecessary awards show: "The TV Guide Awards." The category: Best Late Night Show.

Tim Allen presented the award Monday night during the live telecast of "The TV Guide Awards" on FOX. The nominees were "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," "Late Show with David Letterman," and "Saturday Night Live."

The audience cheered wildly when SNL was announced as a nominee, and a clip was shown from the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch on the Ben Stiller-hosted episode.

I guess the smart people split their votes between "Politically Incorrect," "Late Show," and "SNL," because the least deserving candidate, "Tonight Show," managed to win the award. Leno accepted it live via satellite from the set of his Burbank studio.

Corrs to Guest

The Corrs are slated to serve as the musical guest for "SNL's" March 13 episode. Formed in 1990, The Corrs are an Irish quartet made up of three sisters and a brother. Their music is a fusion of modern rock and traditional Irish music.

'Sports Extra' Down, 'Mad' Up

The annual "SNL Sports Extra" compilation scored a 6.4/16 in the overnight Nielsen ratings over the weekend, down quite a bit from the whopping 7.8/20 it earned last year. On FOX, "Mad TV" came in with a 5.8/10, its highest overnight ratings since I started keeping track of them in September 1997. "The Howard Stern Radio Show" received a 3.5/9 in syndication.

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