Tidbits for October 5, 2003
By Sean Bradley,
Coming Soon to 'SNL'
Oscar winner Halle Berry will
host the October 18 episode of "Saturday Night Live,"
with musical guest Britney Spears, according to NBC.
Berry will make her "SNL"
debut, while Spears is appearing for the fourth time, including
one cameo appearance last season.
"SNL's" celeb line-up
beyond October is still unknown, although it has been confirmed
that Dave Matthews will perform on November 8.
'SNL' Tech Crew Takes Home
Congratulations to the hardworking
Technical Crew of "Saturday Night Live," who earned
themselves a Creative Arts Emmy last month.
"SNL" won in the category
of Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Series.
The episode submitted was hosted by Christopher Walken with musical
guest Foo Fighters.
Honorees included technical director
Steven Cimino; senior video controllers Susan Noll and Frank
Grisanti; cameramen John Pinto, Richard B. Fox, Brian Phraner,
Michael Bennett and Jimmy Mott.
Why McKean's 'SNL' Stint Stunk
In an interview published recently
on FilmForce.com, Michael McKean explained why he and "SNL"
were not a perfect match.
"I think the time to do
'SNL' is when you're in your late 20's and really hungry,"
he said. "I was brought in basically to replace Phil Hartman,
who was leaving the show. I was there to be kind of the adult
to be David Spade's dad - which was okay."
McKean appeared on the show during
the disastrous 1994-95 season. "I was on 26 shows and I
managed to get 20 sketches on either as sole writer or
co-writer. So I can't say that I was completely miserable. But
I also felt that the shows weren't as good as they could have
McKean says the show has improved
since his departure. "The last few years have been a remarkable
recovery on that show, and it was mainly because of the writing
Ferrell Dons Yellow Hat for
Will Ferrell has signed on to
provide the voice of The Man in the Yellow Hat for the upcoming
animated film, "Curious George."
"Having Will Ferrell on-board
gives us a superstar voice that is uniquely appealing to both
kids and adults," said Scott Stuber, president of Universal
"Curious George" is
expected to hit theaters November 4, 2005.
Ferrell will first be seen this
November in the comedy "Elf," in which he plays a man
raised from birth as an elf. He's currently at work on the next
as-yet-untitled Woody Allen film, and in a feature remake of
the television series, "Get Smart."
Ex-Writer Koren Goes Gay for
Fox has recruited former "SNL"
writer Steve Koren to develop a sitcom for the network to air
next fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The comedy will center on two
straight men who move into an apartment building that rents exclusively
to gay men and women.
Koren's writing credits include
the "SNL" spinoff features "A Night at the Roxbury"
and "Superstar," as well as "Bruce Almighty."