'SNL' Tidbits for March 3, 1999

By Sean Bradley

Garbage to Make 'SNL' Debut

Garbage will perform the song "Special" as "Saturday Night Live's" musical guest on March 20. As previously announced, the host of the evening will be Drew Barrymore -- who last hosted "SNL" on November 20, 1982, at age 7.

'Superstar' Test Screening Held

Will "Superstar," the upcoming "SNL" spinoff movie based on Molly Shannon's Mary Katherine Gallagher character, be the next "Wayne's World" .... or the next "It's Pat"? Dark Horizons, one of the hottest websites around to find out the latest news on upcoming films, reports that a test screening was conducted a few weeks ago. "Box-Man" attended it and had this to tell the website:

"It was a rough cut that got some mixed reactions, but I personally thought Molly Shannon was hysterical."

We can only hope he is right.

Ferrell Entertains 'Letterman' Audience with Song

Will Ferrell made his debut on "Late Show with David Letterman" last Friday. He was the second guest out, following James Coburn. At one point in the interview, Ferrell performed a song dedicated to Letterman. The lyrics were as follows:

"I just met an angel who hails from Indiana.
I just met a man who changed my life.
I just met a prince named David Letterman.
Puppies and candy canes,
Candy canes and fun.
Puppies and candy canes,
David Letterman is my friend."

Chase Joins Nickelodeon Flick

Former "SNL" star Chevy Chase's latest film is also Nickelodeon's newest project. The kid's network is co-producing (with Paramount Pictures) the film "Snow Day," which began filming this week in Hollywood. Chase plays the father of the Brandston clan, which also includes 19-year-old Mark Webber (the upcoming "Next to You" ) and ten-year-old Zena Grey (TV's "Soul Man" ). The film is a fantasy about adventures which happen on a 'snow day.' It is the third co-production the kid's net has done with Paramount, following up the hit "Good Burger" and moderate success "Harriet the Spy."

Spade Finds Digs in Beverly Hills
Ex-"SNLer" David Spade, now the sarcastic office manager David Finch in the hit NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me," has purchased a Beverly Hills home for slightly more than $3 million.

Spade, 34, bought a house with six bedrooms and eight baths in about 6,000 square feet. Built in the 1960s, the house was remodeled in 1995. It's on about half an acre, behind gates, with a pool and several fireplaces.

Spade co-wrote and stars in the comedy film "Lost and Found," due to be released in April.

Ex-'SNL' Writer at Work on 'Clerks'

Dave Mandel, a former "SNL" writer who has a $9 million deal with Touchstone, will be co-executive producer of a new ABC comedy.

The network is finalizing a deal with Miramax and Touchstone TV for six episodes of an animated series based on Kevin Smith's first film "Clerks" as the latest addition to the primetime cartoon explosion.

The TV version of "Clerks," like the low-budget and raunchy 1994 pic, is about two young slackers, one who works at a Quick Stop convenience store and the other at a video store in New Jersey, and their wacky friends.

The comedy, slated for a midseason or fall 2000 launch, will also be executive produced by Smith.

Sorry For the Two Weeks Off

Hey.... it's me, Sean Bradley. Sorry the page went un-updated for two weeks. Major computer problems, coupled with the disappointment of not getting tickets I was promised for the Bill Murray episode by a higher-up "SNL" staff member, prevented me from updating for a little while. Regular updates (every several days) will now resume.

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