SNL Adds 2 Cast Members From LA

Bittersweet news in the world of late-night comedy today. Fox has canceled Mad TV after 14 seasons. Producers say they have some irons in the fire with other networks.

At the same time, Saturday Night Live is growing, by replacing one member and adding another. With Amy Poehler leaving the show, the Comic’s Comic reports that Lorne Michaels has added two cast members with ties to Los Angeles.

Abby Elliott is the daughter of comedian Chris Elliott. She performed with The Midnight Show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

Michaela Watkins, who has appeared as “Lucy” on The New Adventures of Old Christine, comes from the The Groundlings.

Congratulations to Abby and Michaela, who make their debuts this Saturday night with host Paul Rudd and musical guest Beyonce.

“All the single ladies, all the single ladies.”

RIP: Elmer Dills (1926-2008)

From ABC7:

On Monday, Sept. 15, we are sad to report the death of our good friend.

For nearly 30 years, Elmer Dills showed us the best restaurants California had to offer. He developed his vast knowledge of food and wine during his first career as an officer with the Central Intelligence Agency traveling to Europe and the Middle East for more than 20 years, assigned to entertain heads of state and other VIPs.

Leaving the diplomatic service after more than 20 years, Elmer Dills joined KABC Talk Radio where he has hosted a talk show dealing with wining, dining and travel. Then as a regular on KABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News,” Elmer reported on restaurants with particular emphasis on small, inexpensive, unusual restaurants where “value” is the key word. Many restaurants built their reputations on Elmer’s reviews and Elmer put his own special touch on each report. [full story]

Who Does a Guy Have to Frak to Get a Ticket to This?

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Seriously, does anybody know?

Thanks to SyFy Portal for the heads up that the SciFi channel and the Los Angeles Times are presenting a screening of Battlestar Galactica’s fourth season mid-season finale tonight at Arclight Hollywood.

Part of Los Angeles Times’ The Envelope Screenings series, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the show’s Executive Producer and writer Ron Moore, and actors Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin), Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), and Tricia Helfer (Six). Geoff Boucher of the Times will moderate.

These screenings are primarily intended for industry members and the press, but apparently a few lucky fans can get in to the proceedings as well. According to the official site for the series, the evening is already sold out, but I’d bet the arrow of Apollo that there’s already a line of ticketless BSG fans (Toaster Lovers?) formed out there on Sunset and Vine.

And now the dilemma: Wait two more days and watch the episode with all the other plebes? Or play hookie and get in line early on the off-chance that you might make it in to the screening?

Hmmm, what would Gauis Baltar do?

Image: Torture never looked so sexy. Lucy Lawless (D’Anna) and James Callis (Baltar) in SciFi channel’s Battlestar Galactica.

KHAAAAAAAN!

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Ahh, William Shatner.

Perhaps you know him as the charming-yet-cunning white supremacist in The Intruder (aka Shame), B-movie director Roger Corman’s only “serious” film that tackled racism and integration in the South.

Or maybe you recognize him as the ne’er-do-well who falls head-over-heels in love with a succubus in Incubus, the only full-length feature film ever shot in the artificial language of Esperanto.

During an impressive career that spans nearly six decades, the 77-year-old Canadian-born actor has also withstood The Devil’s Rain, suffered a Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, faced his own worst enemy in White Comanche, survived a visit to The Kingdom of the Spiders, upstaged James Spader in Boston Legal, swept crime off the streets of L.A. in T.J. Hooker, and made sweet, sweet love to Big Bad Mama.

Whew!

And, oh yes, he also played some guy named James T. Kirk.

Angelenos have two upcoming opportunities to bask in Shatner’s glory.

First, the Shat will be signing copies of his latest memoir Up Till Now: The Autobiography at Book Soup this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. As might be expected, the book digs into Shatner’s lengthy career, but it also explores his personal ups and downs, including the horrific death of his third wife in 1999.

Then, for Memorial Day weekend, Machine Project is presenting what may very well be the most exciting and important cultural event to occur in Los Angeles’ 227-year-old history. For two days, Machine Project will loop Khaaaaaan!, a 15-minute work by artist Daniel Martinico that takes “the very best of the very best installment” of the Star Trek movie franchise, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and boils the narrative down to its most pertinent and dramatic moments.

Whose apex is, of course, Kirk’s gutteral scream of his foe’s name.

More dramatic than “Shane!,” “Stella!,” and “Adrian!” all rolled into one, Shatner’s gut-wrenching delivery will embed itself in your brain and never, ever leave.

You’ve been warned.

Photo: Still from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982, Paramount).

Do You Need to Find Someone?

Okay, it’s Hollywood and I’m a reality TV producer so occasionally I run across cool opportunities. Or weird ones. Or both. Like this….

A friend of mine here in LA is doing a series called, “The Locator”. The gist is that there’s a real life amazing private investigator who can find anyone. So, if you are l yearning to find a missing person in your life – be it a parent, sibling, ex, friend, mentor, teacher – anyone with whom you feel a deep connection…. and don’t have the cash to find them- this might be the chance for you to get thousands of dollars of investigative services at NO cost. And be on TV.

The producers will film the experience for the show. Any travel expenses will naturally be covered. Might be just the ticket to find that long lost love in Montana! Send them an email: [email protected] if you are interested.

Happy Looking!

4th St. Slip ‘n’ Slide!

Holy hell it was hot in Los Angeles today. It’s probably not as hot as it’s gonna get, but still hot enough for me to step on a bottle cap in the parking lot next to Yuca’s and feel it sink into the soft asphalt.

Needless to say, I could’ve used one of these around 2pm…

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Also, you should out LAist’s photo essay from the shoot back in March.