Television

Darrell Hammond Returns to SNL Take Over Announcing Duties from the Late Don Pardo

Most Saturday Night Live stars leave the show in their comedic prime because they want to become movie stars, and a great many of them find success. Darrell Hammond never did, though. He was on the show forever, and after a while it just didn't seem like he was ever going to leave.

Of course, the master of impressions did finally leave back in 2009, wrapping up a record-breaking 14-year run. But now, five years later, Hammond is coming back studio 8H. Only it won't be as a cast member.

Today NBC officially announced that Darrell Hammond will be taking over announcing duties for the legendary Don Pardo, who passed away in August at the ripe old age of 96.

Hammond will begin his new SNL gig when the 40th season premiers on September 27th with host Chris Pratt. However, that won't actually be the first time he's performed the job. As he explained to USA Todayhe actually filled in for Pardo several times over the years when Pardo had laryngitis.

But back then Hammond just imitated Pardo. Going forward, producer Lorne Michaels says Hammond will come up with a voice that pays tribute to Pardo's legacy without trying to replicate him. And that's probably a good thing, because it would be really weird if Hammond just kept doing the voice of a dead guy.

Aaron Paul’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Scavenger Hunt Was Pretty Awesome

Watch him tell the story to Jimmy Kimmel...

Remember that pre-Emmy's Breaking Bad scavenger hunt orchestrated by Aaron Paul that we told you about last week? Well, all along I planned on doing a followup post summarizing how it went, and originally what that meant was finding all the tweets and Instagrams Aaron Paul sent out, plus any relevant photos, and embedding them all here. However—and I'm sorry if this is breaking the fourth wall of blogging—but that's a lot of work, and I wasn't looking forward to it.

Fortunately, Aaron Paul went on Jimmy Kimmel last night to talk about his new Netflix show, BoJack Horseman, and while there he also talked about the scavenger hunt, sharing more details that you can find on Twitter alone. So now I don't have to embed all those tweets. I just have to embed one video, which is more entertaining than a bunch of tweets anyway.

Of course, if you really want to follow the white rabbit down into that hole, you can always to Aaron Paul's Twitter feed and read the tweets for yourself. Just keep an eye on the time if you start following the hashtag trail.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow Reunite for Readthrough of Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Friends’ Fan Fiction

Starring Jimmy as the guy who gets to have sex with Rachel

NBC sitcom Friends went off the air 10 year ago. If that blows your mind, you're probably old like me. If, on the other hand, you have to squint for a minute before saying, "Oh, the show with Jennifer Aniston," just shut up.

Either way, chances are you're at least aware that the show was a pretty big deal in the 90s. So chances are you can appreciate the significance of an unofficial Friends reunion, which is what happened on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.

Aniston was there to talk about her new movie, Life of Crime, which also stars Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Mos Def. However, Jimmy decided to take the opportunity to get her to play Rachel again in a readthrough of some Freinds fan fiction he wrote. Then he revealed an $80,000 recreation of Monica's apartment and brought out Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox, at which point all manner of hilarity ensued—including some pretty good zingers about how ridiculous the very premise of the show actually was.

Take a look at the video above. Then, if you're one of those not-old people and you don't get the joke at the end, watch this:

Amazon Will Soon Have a Show About a Dysfunctional Family Starring Jeffrey Tambor, Just Like Netflix

In May of 2013, as you probably recall, Netflix debuted a brand new season of cult favorite comedy Arrested Development, picking it up seven long years after it was dumped by Fox.

Since then, Amazon has stepped up its streaming game to compete with Netflix, and now they are all set to premier their very own comedy about a dysfunctional family starring Jeffrey Tambor as the patriarch.

The show is called Transparent, and all joking aside, it actually sounds quite different from Arrested Development . Instead of a lying, cheating, white collar criminal, Tambor's character in Transparent is a guy who reveals to his wife and grown children that he is, in fact, a woman in a man's body. (Get it? He's a trans parent!) The show also stars Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass, and it's really more Shameless funny than Arrested Development funny.

If you're an Amazon Prime customer you can go watch the pilot right now. However, today Amazon announced that all ten episode of the first season will be available for streaming in the U.S. and the U.K. on Friday, September 26. So make a note of that wherever you keep notes about such things.

[via Variety]

Television Shows Sweep Emmys for 66th Consecutive Year

This has got to be some sort of record. For the 66th year in a row, TV shows won every single award at the Primetime Emmy Awards last night.

Some of the winners were comedies, like Modern Family (Best Comedy) or Veep (Best Actress). Others were dramas, like Breaking Bad (Best Everything) or True Detective (Best Directing). A few were mini-series, like Sherlock (Best Mini-Series) or American Horror Story (Best Actress). And some were even variety shows, like The Colbert Report (Writing) and Saturday Night Live (Definitely Not Writing).

Which TV show was the biggest winner? That would be Breaking Bad. Though Sherlock took home the most statues, Breaking Bad won for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, and, most importantly, Best Drama. And that's about right, because it was kinda the best show ever.

But really, TV as a whole was the big winner on the night. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, movies.

Want a complete list of the winners? Click right here.

Aaron Paul Is Putting on a ‘Breaking Bad’ Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate the Show’s Last Emmy Awards

If you're a Breaking Bad fan, on Monday you're going to want to call in sick at work and get yourself on out to Hollywood. Aaron Paul, a.k.a. Jessie Pinkman, is having a Breaking Bad scavenger hunt.

Of course, the show has been over for almost a year now, so it's not a promotion. Instead, Paul says he just wants to thank fans for helping make Breaking Bad—and in turn, him—such a huge success.

But why Monday? Because the 2014 Emmy Awards are on Monday. And even if you have already said goodbye to Walt, Jessie, and the gang, for the people who worked on the show for seven years, the Emmy's will be their last time all together in one room. So it's only natural that Paul would want to celebrate the show one more time.

Here is Paul's official announcement, which came via Instagram:

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a Saul Goodman action figure, or maybe a painting of Walter White on black velvet.

[via Variety]

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Join Julia Louis-Dreyfuss for Pawn Parody Emmy Promo

And It's Really Good
It might even make you consider watching the Emmy Awards...

Generally speaking, I'm about as interested in watching the Primetime Emmys as I am in watching professional darts over on ESPN2. And in case you didn't pick up on my sarcasm, just so we're clear, I have absolutely no interest in watching professional darts over on ESPN2.

However, if the promo the Television Academy yesterday is any indication whatsoever of the direction the actual awards ceremony is going to take, I'm all in. Because the promo is brilliant. Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunite to play slimy pawn brokers trying to make a deal with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss who, playing herself, has come into their store—Barely Legal Pawn—to sell her Seinfeld Emmy. The thing is filled with little winks and references that to Breaking Bad, which makes you, the viewer, feel smart. But mostly it's just funny because Cranston, Paul, and Louis-Dreyfuss are all damn fine actors.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air live on ABC on Monday, August 25, at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT.