'SNL' Tidbits for September 6, 2000

By Sean Bradley

And Your Host....

This week's "People" magazine cover-boy, Rob Lowe, will host the October 7 season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," a source at the show says.

Lowe is hosting for his third time, the last of which was in April 1997 -- an appearance perhaps overshadowed by cameos from Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro. The actor is currently a cast member on NBC's White House drama, "The West Wing."

And which musician will we be treated to that evening? Word has it rapper Eminem will take some time out from the courtroom to serve as musical guest. Eminem debuted on the show last October alongside Dr. Dre.

No-Go for 'Fat Naked Guy'

CBS reportedly wouldn't allow "Survivor" champion Richard Hatch to host the season premiere of "SNL."

According to, NBC was after Hatch to kick off "SNL's" 26th season. But CBS, which had all of the contestants sign a contract giving the network complete control over their television appearances through the end of the year, gave the deal a thumbs-down.

''It would look silly to have direct competitors'' use them on their shows, a CBS spokeswoman said. CBS airs the low-rated "Howard Stern Radio Show" against "SNL" in many markets.

'SNL' Auditioning Fake Newsman

Now that Colin Quinn has departed from the "Weekend Update" desk after two-and-a-half years to pursue a film career, the search is on for a replacement. Auditions are being held in Studio 8H today for the next anchor(s) to fill the seat(s).

Among those in the running, according to a source at the show, are stand-up comics Jeff Ross, Jake Johannsen, and Kevin Brennan, as well as "SNL" head-writer Tina Fey. Brennan popped up on "Update" twice last season as guest-commentator.

These newcomers, however, are battling a couple of seasoned pros. Also up for consideration is the team entry of "SNL" veterans Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell (as suggested in a recent poll).

Radiohead Booked for October

Radiohead is scheduled to perform as a musical guest on "SNL" this fall, according to

The U.K. group will make their debut on the show October 14, a day before their fourth album, "Kid A," is released in North America. No host has been announced at this time.

And from the rumor mill: is reporting that ten-time guest Paul Simon may be returning to host on November 4.

Sanz Big Enough for Big Screen

After only two seasons on "Saturday Night Live," Horatio Sanz is ready to make it big. Paramount Pictures has agreed to produce a comedy feature starring the funnyman, according to the "Hollywood Reporter."

The story centers on a portly former tennis prodigy (Sanz) whose career has faded. Overweight and desperate, he robs a convenience store, gets caught ,and finds himself in the headlines again. Back in the limelight, he returns to playing tennis, rising to new heights.

Lorne Michaels' Paramount-based SNL Studios and NBC will produce the project, based on an idea by Sanz, who will co-write the film. Sanz was last featured on screen in "Road Trip" and recently wrapped work on Revolution Studios' "Tomcats."

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