'Saturday Night Live' releases Seth MacFarlane promo ads: What was his teddy bear's name?

Prolific comedian and writer Seth MacFarlane has been tapped to host this fall's season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," airing this Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11:30 p.m. on NBC. On Wednesday, NBC released their usual promo reel, featuring several brief ads that will run on NBC.MacFarlane spent the summer promoting his first feature film, "Ted," as well as in production on "The Cleveland Show," "Family Guy," and "American Dad." FOX's Animation Domination premieres Sunday, Sept. 30, with new episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad." "The Cleveland Show" won't return until Sunday, Oct. 21, but it's worth the wait -- it features, ?uestLove, Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj as themselves....

Jason Sudeikis returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

With the departures of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg from "Saturday Night Live," it was rumored Jason Sudeikis would not be far behind. But those rumors have been dispelled Wednesday (Sept. 12), just four days before the late-night sketch comedy show launches its 38th season."SNL" creator Lorne Michaels tells the New York Times, "Jason is in. Right now, the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January." One wonders if the show's main objective was to have someone to play Romney for this upcoming election cycle. Sudeikis not only resembles the Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, but he does do a masterful job with his impersonation."Saturday Night Live" premieres Saturday, Sept. 15 with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean, followed up by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's return on Sept. 22 and Daniel Craig's hosting debut on Sept. 29....

'Saturday Night Live' Adds Three Second City Members to Cast Ensemble

Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong join the 38th season of the NBC variety show as featured players.

Seth MacFarlane to Host SNL Premiere

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host Saturday Night Live  when the show returns for its 38th season on Sept. 15, NBC announced on Wednesday. MacFarlane, who also ecently directed the film Ted , will be joined by musical guest Frank Ocean. This will be the first appearance for both on the sketch show.

'Saturday Night Live' announces premiere date; who should be the host?

"Saturday Night Live" will kick off its season slightly earlier than it usually does, opening its 38th year on NBC on Sept. 15.The show typically kicks off a season later in September or in early October, but with NBC starting much of its schedule early -- and the opportunity for election-year comedy already high -- the earlier date makes sense. "SNL" will begin the season without the services of Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott, all of whom have left the cast since the end of last season.What the show doesn't have yet -- or at least hasn't announced -- is a host for the premiere. We've been saying for a while now that Katie Holmes would be an ideal candidate to host. It would be a guaranteed ratings-grabber, in addition to a great way for Holmes to reintroduce herself to a TV audience.It also wouldn't be a surprise to see one of the...

Emmys 2012: 'SNL' Guest Host Maya Rudolph Never Planned on Reprising Whitney Houston Parody

"People were asking me about it constantly to the point where it felt really gross," the "Up All Night" star tells THR. "'I'm just like, "What's wrong with you people?" Her funeral was the same day as the show."

Abby Elliott Not Returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

The news comes months after the comedian booked a lead in a Fox pilot that ultimately was recast.

Jason Sudeikis might stay at 'Saturday Night Live' in a new role

Although Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig both left "Saturday Night Live" after the sketch comedy show's 37th season, one high-profile departure is still up in the air: Will veteran cast member Jason Sudeikis return for Season 38?In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sudeikis says he's interested in returning, but perhaps in a different role.PHOTOS: "SNL" over the years "I'd like the opportunity to use creative muscles that ... haven't been asked of me for the first nine years that I've worked there," Sudeikis says. "It could be some sort of title change. The least of the concerns is anything financial. I'm not buying a boat because of writing skits. It's more having a desire to give more to a place I really believe in."Sudeikis obviously cares about the place where he's worked for the past nine seasons, but being one of the most valued cast members might not be worth it if...

'Saturday Night Live' will do more prime-time election specials

"Saturday Night Live" will return to primetime in September for a pair of election-themed specials.The two specials will air at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 20 and 27. NBC left room on the schedule for them when it announced its premiere dates in June -- "Up All Night," "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" all premiere Sept. 20, but "30 Rock" doesn't move into the 8 o'clock spot until Oct. 4.NBC had great success with its "SNL Weekend Update Thursday" specials in the run-up to the 2008 election. The three shows averaged about 9.5 million viewers and a 4.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.Without an election fueling them, a return engagement for "Weekend Update Thursday" the following year wasn't as successful, dropping to an average of 5.2 million viewers and a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic....

Jason Sudeikis implies he's leaving 'Saturday Night Live' too

"Saturday Night Live" has already said goodbye to Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, and it sounds like Jason Sudeikis is on his way out the door too."I've left places before. This is very, very different," Sudeikis says in an interview with Men's Journal (which isn't online, but excerpts are in the New York Daily News). "Goodbyes are tough."Sudeikis' contract was up at the end of last season, and he hasn't signed a new deal with "SNL" in the intervening time, which he says makes him feel "kind of in the trees." He does have a new movie, "The Campaign" with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, due out in August, and a handful of other films in line for release over the next year. (Sudeikis also does voice work on "The Cleveland Show.")The Men's Journal interview comes on the heels of Sudeikis telling Rolling Stone in June that he'll miss "the potential" of doing live comedy...