'SNL' Tidbits for November 11, 2001

By Sean Bradley,

December Guests Set

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres are expected to fill the remaining "SNL" hosting spots for the month of December, according to an insider at the show.

Jeter, who last year won MVP honors for both the All-Star Game and the World Series, will step up to the plate for the December 1 episode. He becomes the first pro athlete to host since Deion Sanders in 1995. (Unless you consider The Rock a "pro athlete".) Jeter will be joined by Latin pop-rock singer Shakira as musical guest.

As previously reported, Aussie actor Hugh Jackman and British rocker Mick Jagger will unite for the December 8 episode, as host and musical guest respectively.

DeGeneres will help "SNL" welcome the holidays as host of the last live episode of the year 2001. Hot off her recent critically applauded performance as host of the Emmy awards, she will make her "SNL" debut on December 15. No musical guest has been named yet.

"SNL" is live and it is not unheard of for the guest roster to shuffle. In other words: If any of this changes, don't flood me with angry e-mails.

Back to School for Sandler

No, it's not "Billy Madison Part Two."

But former "SNL" cast member Adam Sandler will guest star on an all-new episode of the FOX college comedy "Undeclared," playing himself.

In the episode, Sandler visits the campus for a concert and parties with the guys afterwards in their dorm. Steven (Jay Barcuchel) is angry when he learns that his dad, Hal (Loudon Wainwright), has been invited to join the party by dorm-mate Lloyd (Charlie Hunnam). Matters get even more embarrasing for Steven when his dad sings a depressing song he wrote about his ex-wife -- Steven's mother.

The episode of "Undeclared" guest starring Sandler will air Tuesday, November 13 at 8:30 p.m., ET.

Meet the Parent

Former "SNL" featured player Ben Stiller is about to be Daddy.

E! Online reports Stiller and his actress-wife, Christine Taylor ("The Brady Bunch Movie"), are expecting their first child together.

Jerry Stiller was on the set of his CBS sitcom, "The King of Queens," when he got a call from his son proclaiming the news.

"I got a call from Ben," Jerry tells the latest issue of People magazine. "'Dad, I've got to tell you something.' Ben is like a kid still, when he drops these little pieces of information. He said, 'You're going to be a grandfather.' I said, 'I'm so glad, so happy but I still have to learn my lines!'"

No word on a due date.

'SNLers' on the Tube

Here are appearances "SNL" alumni will be making on talk shows this week:

"Late Show with David Letterman," CBS
* Thu 11/15 - honorary cast member Steve Martin

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC
* Tue 11/13 - former featured player Damon Wayans

"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," CBS
* Wed 11/14 - former cast member Dennis Miller

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