Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jorma Taccone left SNL (will Akiva follow?)

So Jorma Taccone has left SNL? It isn't official yet, but he's absent from the credits of all four episodes this season:

Amy Poehler:
Bryan Cranston:
Jane Lynch:
Emma Stone:

What's Jorma up to now? Probably working on the album. What about Akiva?

Here's a lame speculation about Akiva:

People are speculating about The Lonely Island's presence at SNL. Jorma seems to be gone (whether permanently or not, I don't think it's been confirmed), and people have been wondering if Akiva was going to leave too since he was just announced as producer of Wilmer Valderrama's new variety show. I would look out for Akiva's name to *not* be in the credits this weekend since I saw him leaving 30 Rock yesterday at 4:30pm with a box. It didn't look like a "I'm carrying cool props to a film shoot" kind of box as much as a "I just cleaned out my desk and here are all my personal things" box. Again--purely speculative. No proof. But given the timing of it (why would he leave 30 Rock with a box right when the week's sketch writing is supposed to begin?) and the online speculation regarding his producer role on the Valderrama show, I'm inclined to believe he's left SNL for the time being. I guess we'll only know for sure after they roll the credits this weekend, so be on the look out for it.

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!

And here's info about Akiva joining on to produce and direct the pilot:

A comedy starring Wilmer Valderrama has landed at ABC. American Dad co-executive producers Murray and Judah Miller created the project, a live-action comedy with a musical component. They will write the script and serve as showrunners. Saturday Night Live writer Akiva Schaffer, who directs, co-writes and edits the majority of the late-night sketch show's digital shorts, developed the untitled comedy with the Miller brothers and is on board to direct the potential pilot. Valderrama, Murray Miller, Judah Miller and Schaffer will all executive produce. 20th Century Fox TV, where Valderrama is under a talent holding deal, is producing the project, which has landed a script commitment plus penalty.

That '70s Show alum Valderrama has 3 upcoming films: From Prada To Nada, Tom Hanks’ Larry Crowne and the Spike Lee-produced The Girl Is In Trouble. On the feature side, Schaffer has The Adventurer's Handbook in development at Universal with Jonah Hill and Working Title, and Henchmen at MRC with Bill Hader, which Shawn Levy is producing. Valderrama, the Millers and Schaffer and are repped by UTA. Schaffer is managed by Mosaic.


So I hope Akiva doesn't leave to direct a pilot, because pilots don't tend to get picked up all that often. Let's hope he wasn't leaving SNL when he left with that box.


1 comment:

Connie said...

The Dudes are better than SNL, I would definitely encourage Andy to leave the show if staying meant splitting with Jorm and Kiv. But hopefully this is all paranoid speculation. Together, those 3 are greater than the sum of their parts =)

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