This morning has brought us more than a few interesting tidbits in the entertainment industry.
First up, the chronically underused Jay Pharaoh has gotten a big promotion at Saturday Night Live. Previously featured in 2-3 sketches per night (generally to do a Will Smith or Denzel Washington impression), Pharoah will be taking over Barack Obama duties.
Not only is Obama a high profile impersonation to pull off, but as the election approaches, nearly every opening will feature the president in one way or another, meaning Pharoah will get to say “Live from New York!” on more than one occasion. It won’t be uncommon to see Obama in multiple sketches per night either.
“Jay has been doing Obama in his act this summer, and Jay is coming into his own,” SNL creator Lorne Michaels said. “I just thought it might be time to shake it up.”
In more SNL news, Jason Sudeikis has officially remained on the cast. At the end of last season many speculated Sudeikis, who’d starred in “Hall Pass” and “Horrible Bosses,” would be following Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg out the door. Apparently not.
Lorne Michales announced Sudeikis would stay on “at least through January,” which leads many to believe he might just stick around long enough to do Mitt Romney through the election season. This runs in contrast to recent interviews where a torn Sudeikis expressed a desire to flex his creative muscle at SNL. “Coming back to do Romney isn’t enough.”
“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.
NBC remained busy in the morning headlines, as “Community” co-star Donald Glover and “30 Rock” exec Matt Hubbard are developing a new sit com for NBC. Glover doesn’t write for “Community,” but has an Emmy for his work on “30 Rock.”
The show will star Glover and is said to be based on his life (which, if one has ever heard Glover’s rap alter ego Childish Gambino, isn’t exactly sit com fodder) and NBC appears to be committed to the series. “Community” returns Friday October 19, while “30 Rock” begins its final season Thursday, October 4.
Lastly, “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin is reportedly about done with his script for a movie that picks up six months after the series left off. “Entourage” ended a year ago, and while the show began hemorrhaging credibility as it wore on, the six long layoff might renew the project with momentum.
HBO has not greenlit the project, however, and deals will need to be made with the returning cast.