And Now for Some Positive News: Kerry Washington Will Host SNL, Zooey Deschanel’s Producing Two TV Comedies
3:58 pm, October 16th | by Colette McIntyre
Amid escalating criticism of SNL‘s lack of diversity, NBC announced today that Scandal star and illogically beautiful human being Kerry Washington will host the sketch comedy series on November 2. Someone tell Kenan Thompson before he burns Studio 8H’s Maya Angelou wig.
This will be Washington’s SNL debut and the ninth time that a Black woman has hosted the show. Let me just repeat that: she will be the ninth Black woman to host Saturday Night Live. Out of the show’s thirty-nine seasons and 751 shows. While the actress is best known for her impeccable turn as crisis consultant Olivia Pope, Washington does have some comedic experience, including a role in Chris Rock’s I Think I Love My Wife and co-starring with Craig Robinson in Peeples. Joining Washington as musical guest is Eminem in his sixth appearance on the series.
In unrelated (if you don’t think stories about women seizing the comedic mantle are related ) news, Zooey Deschanel and her Hellogiggles partner Sophia Rossi have sold two new comedy projects to Fox and NBC. The sales are apart of the pair’s two-year first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV.
Deschanel and Rossi’s Fox comedy is a collaboration with Pitch Perfect author Mickey Rapkin. Called Freelancers, the series is about a “disgraced and newly-single lawyer who, after getting fired from his corporate job, has to start over at age 30.” He begins to work out of a shared office space and finds that his new co-workers are a “diverse group of oddballs.” Presumably madcap adventures of whimsy ensue. Rapkin is tapped to write the script while Rossi and Deschanel will executive produce.
The ladies’ second project, sold to NBC, is based on a popular Hellogiggles column by event planner and mother Julia Obst. Written by Girls‘ Deb Schoeneman, Lies I Tell My Daughter centers on an “unconventional” mom who dishes out honesty with discretion. Rossi, Deschanel, fellow Hellogiggles founder Molly McAleer, and Schoeneman will executive produce.