NBC Sets Lady Gaga & Josh Hutcherson to Host ‘SNL’ & Picks Up New Tina Fey Series

By October 31, 2013
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Lady Gaga - Josh Hutcherson

Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with our “Saturday Night Live” reviews so far this season, and if not, clearly your life decisions have been poor. Anyway, speaking of the late night sketch comedy series, two new hosts for episodes in November have just been revealed.

NBC has announced that Lady Gaga will make her hosting debut on November 16th, and she’ll be pulling double duty as the musical guest since her new album ARTPOP arrives a few days before on November 11th. If you’ve heard the new single, you know she lives for the applause, but we’re hoping she goes for some laughs too. Gaga has proven to be fun on previous episodes as a musical guest, so hopefully she can carry the show on her own as well.

In addition, The Hunger Games franchise star Josh Hutcherson will also make his hosting debut on November 23, just one day after the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters. Hutcherson has proven that he has a knack for comedy as a young actor in films like Kicking & Screaming and Little Manhattan, but he hasn’t done much in the vein of comedy as an adult actor with The Kids Are All Right being his most comedic performance of the past few years. Hutcherson will be joined by musical guest HAIM, also making their debut in Studio 8H.

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock

But new hosts for “Saturday Night Live” wasn’t the only piece of news NBC revealed today. The Peacock also ordered 13 episodes of a new series from Emmy-winning “30 Rock” producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The series doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s a single camera comedy (thankfully) starring Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids, Erin from “The Office”).

In the series, Kemper will play a woman who has escaped a doomsday cult and starts her life over in New York City, so this is not the same series from Fey and Carlock that NBC began developing in August. Kemper has great comedic talents, but leading a series will be a big step up for the actress.

Fey and Carlock will serve as writers and executive producers on the show, so if all goes well, they might have more Emmy love in their future. Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment says:

“Original voices like Tina and Robert don’t come along very often and we wanted them back on the air as soon as possible. And to have them working with Ellie Kemper — who we watched grow up on ‘The Office’ from supporting player to leading actress — puts the whole package together. We feel fortunate to be in business with this entire creative team on something so funny, unique, and attention-getting.”

With a premise that sounds a bit outlandish, though not completely unbelievable, we’re wondering how grounded the series will be. “30 Rock” was more than a little fantastical, but never entirely unbelievable, if that makes sense. Either way, we trust Fey and Carlock to deliver a quality series, especially since NBC already ordered 13 episode, and we hope this really gives Kemper a career boost.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.