Tidbits for October 24, 2002
By Sean Bradley,
Senators Aren't Stiff
In hosting "Saturday Night
Live" over the weekend, Senator John McCain says he achieved
his goal -- and it wasn't to sing the hits of Streisand on network
"I was able to communicate
with young people who, with all due respect, would never have
gotten up to see me on a Sunday-morning show," he tells
The New York Times. "What I hope it does is arouse their
interest in what guys like me do and what I'm up to and I'm a
real human being, instead of some stiff, as they cycle with the
channel changer through C-Span."
Overnight Nielsens indicate the
show posted a 5.8 rating and a 14 share, down from a 5.9 rating
a week earlier with host Sarah Michelle Gellar.
D.C. Gets Their McCain Fix
"SNL" fans in Washington
D.C. missed the first half of last weekend's "SNL,"
while WRC Channel 4 continued its coverage of that evening's
The NBC affiliate plans on broadcasting
the unaired portion this Saturday, reports the Washington
Post, delaying "SNL's" Halloween Special until
midnight so viewers can see what they missed of Senator McCain's
hosting effort. The "lost footage" will be edited into
a complete half-hour, and aired from 11:30 to midnight.
McCain found out about the preemption
on Sunday, and wasn't upset. "It was clearly breaking news,"
his spokesman Marshall Wittmann tells The Post. "It's
perfectly understandable given the current situation that is
gripping this region."
Coincidence? ... Probably
Two sources of ridicule in the October
12 episode of "SNL" have been laid to rest.
The episode in question, hosted
by Sarah Michelle Gellar, featured Seth Meyers contorting his
face as Steven the Dell Dude on "Weekend Update." Jimmy
Fallon broke the news to "Steven" that everyone hates
Later in the show, Gellar appeared
in a mock commercial discussing her problems with bladder control.
She said she has a hard time staying dry when she laughs, so
to combat the problem she actively watches all seven seasons
of the HBO series "Arli$$" on DVD.
Within ten days of the episode's
broadcast, Dell announced that Steven would no longer appear
in their commercials on a full-time basis and HBO abruptly canceled
"Arli$$" on the heels of the series' highest rated
season. Job well done, "SNL." Now get back to picking
on Carrot Top.
Former "SNL" cast member
Rob Schneider has signed to star in "Blind Sided,"
a comedy he has also agreed to produce.
Variety says the plot revolves around a man who regains
his sight after many years only to find out that the world is
a very different place from what he had imagined.
See Shaffer with Hair
Former "SNL" featured
player Paul Shaffer will be rockin' it up eighties-style when
the cable channel Trio brings "Late Night with David Letterman"
to its schedule next year.
Letterman's acclaimed NBC series
will officially launch on January 2, but Trio will "Give
Thanks to Dave" with a 53-hour Thanksgiving marathon.
Among the "SNL" alumni
appearing as guests in the marathon reruns: Gilda Radner, Eddie
Murphy, Bill Murray, Billy Crystal, Jon Lovitz, and plenty of
appearances from former "Letterman" regular Chris Elliot.
Additionally, Trio is devoting
much of December to series it deems "brilliant, but canceled."
Throughout the month, the channel will air reruns of the short-lived
Comedy Central series "TV Funhouse," from "SNL's"