Friday, May 24, 2024

Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis Set for “SNL” Return


It’s a good thing that Lorne Michaels isn’t a “horrible boss.” The key players from “Saturday Night Live” will return this fall–Seth Meyers and “Horrible Bosses” co-star Jason Sudeikis. Add Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Kenan Thompson and that’s the show. There is no “SNL” without them. Last night after Peggy Siegal’s* star studded premiere of “Horrible Bosses,” Meyers and Sudeikis hung out at the Greenwich Hotel bar with “Horrible Bosses” co-star Jason Bateman and the very sexy, lovely, Eva Mendes (she’s in town promoting Thierry Mugler perfume before heading to upstate New York with Ryan Gosling to film “The Place Beyond the Pines”).

Both Meyers and Sudeikis laughed that they’ve convinced Mendes to join “SNL” even for four episodes. Bateman said it’s still possible a movie of “Arrested Development” will come to fruition before Michael Cera gets any older. We can only hope. (Isn’t “Modern Family” just “Arrested Development” 2.0?)

Someone cracked wise that since George Clooney is single again, Eva Mendes would be perfect for him. But Eva wasn’t having any of it: even though she’s “separated” from longtime boyfriend George Augusto, their relationship is not over, not by a long shot. Meantime, Meyers host the ESPY awards in mid July. Sudeikis gets to promote “Horrible Bosses” all over the world this summer before returning to “SNL” in the fall.

PS– as in Peggy Siegal, who also helped produce the big opening night at Lincoln Center for the China ballet “Shen Yun,” given by Donna Karan and her Urban Zen. Donna was there, so was Candice Bushnell, and a couple dozen more bold face names who got a nice dose of Chinese culture. “Shen Yun” performers live in the US. Their ballet–which is acrobatic, athletic, beautifully staged with ornate costumes–is banned in China, of course. See it here in NYC this weekend. The company –we met them all, they are just terrific– returns with a whole new show in January.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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