'SNL' Tidbits for November 24, 2000

by Sean Bradley

On Air Wedding Legit?

Entertainment reporter Army Archerd is insisting in his column in Variety magazine that on last weekend's episode of "SNL," host Tom Green really was left standing at the alter by a no-show Drew Barrymore, who backed down at the last minute.

Archerd says the cancellation of the scheduled on-air wedding was sprung on executive producer Lorne Michaels only five minutes before the ceremony was to take place on camera, after Barrymore decided the wedding would be "inappropriate."

Waiting in the Green Room for the "bride and groom" were Caroline Kennedy and her children, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harvey Weinstein, Sara Gilbert, and Cameron Diaz, Archerd said. The couple had hired a priest and acquired a marriage license prior to the show. Green reportedly phoned his manager after the show and said he and Barrymmore are now considering a summer wedding.

Several in attendance at the dress-rehearsal for the Tom Green episode tell SATURDAY-NIGHT-LIVE.com that what happened on the air happened in rehearsal.


'Live' to be Live on West Coast?

NBC may air "SNL" live on the West Coast for the first time beginning next February, following telecasts of the new Xtreme Football League (XFL). The network's proposal to West Coast affiliates, according to Electronic Media, is to run "SNL" live from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (PT) and then rerun "SNL" in its regular 11:30 p.m. time slot.

The Wall Street Journal reports the live telecast would be aimed at grabbing the large audience of young men expected to be drawn to the XFL. However, NBC West Coast President Scott Sassa told the Journal that a final decision on the live telecast has not yet been made.

On the upside: If NBC counted the West Coast primetime run of "SNL" toward the program's ratings, it would present a sudden ratings upswing for the 25 year-old staple. The downside: the show's often racy content might have to be toned down if the show is scheduled in family-friendly hours on the West Coast.


Green Gives 'SNL' Best Ratings of Season

"SNL" drew its biggest audience of the season, 11 million viewers, last weekend to see whether host Tom Green and his fiancee Drew Barrymore would actually get married on the show as Green had announced.

The show garnered its highest metered market rating in households (8.0/19) since March 18, topping a previous season-high set a weekend earlier with Calista Flockhart and Ricky Martin.


'Rock' Wraps Tonight

Former "SNL" cast member Chris Rock is ending the four-year run of his HBO late-night talk show with tonight's season finale, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"The Chris Rock Show" earned four consecutive Emmy nominations for best variety or musical series since its premiere in 1997. Rock and his writing team won the Emmy last year for writing for a variety or musical series.

Guests set for tonight's final installment include rapper-actor Ice-T and singer Nikka Costa. Although he is signing off as host of a regular HBO series, Rock is likely to continue appearing in specials for the network.


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