[04/10/06 - 12:00 AM]
Saturday Night Live Presents "The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse" on April 29

[via press release from NBC]


First-Time Collection of Critically Acclaimed Animated Shorts by Robert Smigel debuts with �Hosts� The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Ace & Gary

NEW YORK -- April 10, 2006 -� NBC�s �Saturday Night Live� presents a special �Best Of� compilation on April 29 (11:30 pm � 1 am ET) featuring the first-ever collection of �Saturday TV Funhouse� shorts by acclaimed comedian Robert Smigel.

The special will be hosted by �The Ambiguously Gay Duo,� Ace and Gary (voiced, as ever, by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell) and will feature new material starring the subtly homoerotic superheroes performing an �SNL� monologue as well as interacting �live� with the current cast throughout the show.

From the familiar scruffy cartoon dog tearing through the host�s portrait to the theme song and animated Lorne Michaels shouting, �Come Back Here With My Show!� � �Saturday TV Funhouse� has become a popular recurring feature on the legendary late night show since its first installment in 1996.

The special will showcase the classic recurring series of �Funhouse� segments including �The X-Presidents,� �Fun with Real Audio� the adventures of �Michael Jackson� and �Mr. T� and , of course, �The Ambiguously Gay Duo.�

Also included are a number of what have become annual holiday classics � including 2005�s �Christmastime For The Jews,� featuring music from Darlene Love, a holiday �Peanuts� parody, and the post-9/11 �Narrator That Ruined Christmas.�

Over the past ten years, Smigel�s cartoons have skewered targets all over the culture � from an Arab TV superhero cartoon �Saddam & Osama;� to �Divertor,� a superhero whose power is to divert attention from the nation�s real troubles to celebrity news as well as a Disney-fied musical version of �Titanic� called �Titey.�

Smigel served as a writer and co-producer on �SNL� from 1985-1993, and the original head writer on �Late Night with Conan O�Brien� in 1993. Smigel�s cartoons have been honored at numerous festivals including first prize at the annual World Animation Festival in 1997 and the Ernie Kovacs Award at the Dallas Film Festival in 1998. In addition to his work on SNL�s �Saturday TV Funhouse,� Smigel, the original head writer on �Late Night with Conan O�Brien� also portrays and puppeteers Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on �Late Night,� as well as providing the lips on many of the interviewees in the popular �Clutch Cargo� segment. Wachtenheim/Marianetti Animation has been responsible for most �TV Funhouse� cartoons since 1999. The original �TV Funhouse� animators, JJ Sedelmaier Studios, still create occasional cartoons, including the Ace and Gary segments for this special.

  [april 2006]  


[10/03/15 - 09:18 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Grows Week to Week by 10% in Both 18-49 and Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 2.

[10/03/15 - 09:03 AM]
"Gotham" Week 2 Rises 63% in Nielsen Live + 3 Day, Outrating Season Premiere
FOX further spins the numbers for Monday, September 28.

[10/03/15 - 08:47 AM]
"Blindspot" Generates NBC's Biggest Live + 3 Day 18-49 Lift in Nearly a Year
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, September 28.

[10/03/15 - 08:21 AM]
ABC Wins Its 2nd Straight Friday in Adults 18-49, Outdelivering Runner-Up CBS by 17%
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 2.

[10/02/15 - 03:33 PM]
ABC to Give "Quantico" Another Encore on Tuesday; "Beyond the Tank" Pushed Again
The newcomer's second episode, due this Sunday, will likewise rebroadcast on Tuesday, October 6 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/02/15 - 02:25 PM]
ABC Family to Give Fans Access to Talent and Unique Photo Opportunities During New York Comic Con on October 8-11
"Pretty Little Liars," "Stitchers" and "Shadowhunters" are among the participating series.

[10/02/15 - 01:52 PM]
"Baring It All: Inside New York Fashion Week," a Special Programming Event, to Air October 14 on ABC Family
The two-hour documentary produced by Gennifer Gardiner and IMG's Will Staeger and Mike Antinoro showcases a fresh take on New York Fashion Week, following industry insiders who are changing the fashion landscape.

[10/02/15 - 01:09 PM]
VH1's Primetime Ratings for Third Quarter Surge Ahead 34% Over Prior Quarter Among Adults 18-49
VH1 spins the numbers for the third quarter of 2015.

[10/02/15 - 12:50 PM]
Investigation Discovery Tops All of Ad-Supported Cable for Delivery of W25-54 in September
Investigation Discovery spins the numbers for the month of September.

[10/02/15 - 12:44 PM]
Showtime(R) Debuts Critically-Acclaimed Documentary Film "Listen to Me Marlon" on Saturday, November 14th at 9 PM ET/PT
Directed by Stevan Riley, the film unlocks two-time Oscar(R) winner Marlon Brando's extensive never-before-heard personal audio archive.

[10/02/15 - 11:11 AM]
ABC Prime Posts the Biggest L+3 Lifts with 6 of the Top 10 Playback Gainers
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of September 21-27.

[10/02/15 - 11:00 AM]
More People Watch Portions of CBS News' Major News Programs During Premiere Week Than Any Other Broadcast Network's News Offerings
CBS News spins the numbers for the week of September 21-27.

[10/02/15 - 10:51 AM]
CBS Premiere Week Multi-Platform Snapshot
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 21-27.

[10/02/15 - 10:44 AM]
"The Big Bang Theory" Moves Ahead of "Sunday Night Football" as Premiere Week's Number One Program with L+3 Viewing
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 21-27.

[10/02/15 - 10:32 AM]
CBS Renews "Zoo," Summer's #1 Scripted Series, For Summer 2016
"'Zoo's' thrilling stories clicked with audiences each week during a very competitive summer," said Glenn Geller.