Television: ‘SNL' Emmy Nominations Era ends with a bang

Monday July 23, 2012

NEW YORK -- The last season of the Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg era of "Saturday Night Live" will go out with an Emmy bang.

The show has received 14 nominations, including nods for best variety series and for Kirsten Wiig as supporting actress in a comedy series. But one of its leading nominations came not from a departing cast member, but a returning veteran: Bill Hader.

Hader is part of the foursome of "SNL" players -- along with Wiig, Samberg and Jason Sudeikis -- who came up together in 2005 and emerged as one of the show's most versatile and well-liked casts.

"I never in a million years thought this would happen," Hader said of the nomination. "I had to go and meet a friend, and then someone riding by on a bike was like, ‘Congratulations on the Emmy nomination!' I was like, ‘Wow, if it's on that guy's radar, why isn't it on my radar?' "

Hader's specialty is generally considered to be his variety of impressions (Al Pacino, Julian Assange, Dateline's Keith Morrison), but his wide range has led to several breakout characters, none more popular than his "Weekend Update" guest Stefon, an authority on extravagant New York nightlife.

It's a period of transition for "Saturday Night Live," which is losing Wiig (who was also nominated last year) and Samberg. Sudeikis is rumored to soon be exiting, as well.

"For the class I came in with -- Kristin and Andy and Jason -- it's kind of the last of that group and that era," said Hader. "If it was the last season for that era, it was a great season to go out on. We had a lot of fun."

Many others shared in nominations from "SNL," including guest hosts Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy and Jimmy Fallon, all of whom were nominated for their guest appearances.

Hader attributed the strong season to the long-running cast's comfort level, having become a family "locked for life."


NEW YORK -- Heidi Klum remembers the humble start of "Project Runway" -- when things were so bare bones, the supermodel didn't even have a wardrobe budget.

"We started filming and I didn't have a stylist in the beginning," said the 39-year-old in an interview Thursday. "I was calling friends and asking ‘Can I borrow this? Can I borrow that?"'

It's now eight years later, and the Emmy-winning series is debuting its 10th season on Thursday night. Hours earlier, it received four more Emmy nominations.

Klum, the show's creator and host, likened the reality show to being another child.

"It's like one of my babies being born and being out there for so many years already now. So of course I'm extra proud," she said.

When it comes to her real-life kids, the German supermodel said they will not be tuning in for the premiere.

"My children don't really watch a lot of television yet," she said. "Now my daughter, because she's 8 (years old), friends are telling her more and more about ‘Project Runway' and she's like, ‘Oh yeah, I visited my mom there a few times.' She doesn't really put it all together yet which I think is really nice."

Klum has four children -- three with singer Seal and a daughter from a previous relationship. She and Seal announced they were separating in January.

Klum and her "Project Runway" co-stars, mentor Tim Gunn, designer Michael Kors and Marie Claire's Nina Garcia, rode a double-decker bus through Times Square on Thursday to promote the premiere. They agreed that they took a big risk when signing on for the first season.

"It's a blind date that turned out very well," said Kors.


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