TV News Wrap Up: Jason Sudeikis Confirms ‘SNL’ Exit, ‘Once Upon a Time’ Casts Tinker Bell & More

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 29th, 2013 at 1:41 am,

This Week in TV: 

Jason Sudeikis confirms that he will not return for Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season; Starz renews Black Sails for season 2 before the show even premieres; Peter Weller (Robocop) joins the cast of Sons of Anarchy for season 6; Bones season 9 adds Freddie Prinze Jr. and Mather Zickel to its premiere episode; and Once Upon a Time finds its Tinker Bell in actress Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones).

After seeing friends and longtime colleagues – Bill Hader and Fred Armisen – leave Saturday Night Live, Jason Sudeikis has decided he will follow them out the door.

Jason Sudeikis Leaves SNL TV News Wrap Up: Jason Sudeikis Confirms SNL Exit, Once Upon a Time Casts Tinker Bell & More

Besides Seth Meyers – who will also leave in 2014 to take the hosting gig at Late Night – Sudeikis was the longest tenured cast member, having served 10 years on the famous sketch show. He had been debating whether or not to come back for SNL‘s 39th season for a few months, but finally made his official announcement on The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week.

Said Sudeikis:

“A person can go as long as they want. I mean, Lorne [Michaels has] been kicking butt at it for 33 out of the 38 years. But me, yeah, no – I’m definitely done.”

With this latest high profile departure, it’s safe to say SNL is entering a transitional phase and will have to recruit new comedic talent to keep the show going strong through season 39. Hopefully, it can avoid experiencing a laugh lull, like it did in the mid-’90s when Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Kevin Nealon, Jay Mohr and Chris Elliott all left the show around the same time.

Saturday Night Live will return to NBC in September 2013.


Even though Black Sails isn’t set to premiere on Starz until January 2014, the network is already showing plenty of confidence in the upcoming pirate drama and has given it an early season 2 renewal.

Black Sails Poster TV News Wrap Up: Jason Sudeikis Confirms SNL Exit, Once Upon a Time Casts Tinker Bell & More

So far, we’ve only seen a short trailer that didn’t introduce too much of the story, but a previously released plot synopsis revealed that the show will serve as a prequel the classic novel Treasure Island. Here is that synopsis again for those looking for a little more info:

“The eight-episode first season of the pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic ‘Treasure Island.’ Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) stars as Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver.  Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.”

With NBC debuting its own pirate series, Crossbones, later this fall, Black Sails will certainly have to provide something unique to set it apart. Luckily, since it airs on a premium cable network, it will be able to go places Crossbones likely won’t. Whether that results in a smash hit like Game of Thrones or Spartacus remains to be seen.

Black Sails premieres in January 2014.

Source: Starz [via Coming Soon]


After directing several episodes of FX’s hit series Sons of Anarchy, veteran character actor Peter Weller (Robocop, Star Trek Into Darkness) will join its cast in a guest appearance role in season 6.

Peter Weller in Sons of Ana TV News Wrap Up: Jason Sudeikis Confirms SNL Exit, Once Upon a Time Casts Tinker Bell & More

Weller, who is known to most for playing the titular character in the first two Robocop films, has turned to directing TV in the last 10-15 years. He’s directed five episodes of Sons of Anarchy, including three in season 5, but hasn’t appeared on the show until now.

In season 6, Weller will guest star as a former cop who now works at a Stockton, California port. We’re not sure if his role will be for just one episode, or if it will turn into a recurring spot, but we do know Weller will continue to be involved with the series, as he’s also set to direct the second episode of season 6.

Creator Kurt Sutter has said that season 6 is designed to set up his “endgame” for the series, so things are bound to get much more brutal, dramatic and complicated in upcoming episodes.

Sons of Anarchy season 6 premieres September 10, 2013 on FX.

Source: Zap2It


Bones fans will have two more familiar faces to look at when the show returns to FOX this fall, as the show has cast Freddie Prinze Jr. (She’s All That) and Mather Zickel (House of Lies) as guest stars in its season 9 premiere.

Freddie Prinze Jr TV News Wrap Up: Jason Sudeikis Confirms SNL Exit, Once Upon a Time Casts Tinker Bell & More

Former teen heartthrob Prinze will play a CIA officer who has a long history with Booth (David Boreanaz) as on old friend. It’s not clear if the role will extend past the premiere episode, but considering Prinze hasn’t done much acting in the past few years, it will be nice for his fans to get a chance to see him again.

Meanwhile, Zickel – who is mostly known as a comedic performer – will play Booth’s old spiritual advisor who now runs a bar. In the episode, Booth goes to Zickel’s character – named Aldo Coutlter – for advice in dealing with his breakup with Brennan (Emily Deschanel).

It sounds like Booth will have some catching up to do with people of his past. We’ll see what else transpires in the first episode of season 9 this fall.

Bones season 9 premieres on September 16th, 2013 on FOX.

Sources: Zap2It and TV Line


New Zealand actress Rose McIver (Masters of Sex) has landed the role of the iconic fantasy character Tinker Bell in season 3 of ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time.

Rose McIver Tinker Bell TV News Wrap Up: Jason Sudeikis Confirms SNL Exit, Once Upon a Time Casts Tinker Bell & More

McIver will have a recurring role in the upcoming season, which will begin in the magical child’s paradise of Neverland. Though we don’t know much about the new season or Tinker Bell’s role in it, producers did say that she will have a “surprising connection” to one of the main characters at Comic-Con 2013.

During the show’s Comic-Con panel, producers also revealed that Ariel from The Little Mermaid will be making an appearance in season 3. What other popular Disney characters will pop up this season on Once Upon a Time? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Once Upon a Time season 3 premieres September 29th, 2013 on ABC.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. As if SNL wasn’t tough enough to give people some laughs. This upcoming season will be brutal. Best chance they have is if they give Jay Pharoah some more time. And maybe it’s because of how I read it or because I didn’t hear everything he said, but Sudeikis’ response sounds kind of dickish. He could’ve said something like 10 years is a long time and it was a great experience.

  2. SNL has been crap for awhile. With comedians like the good burger kid… There is no hope.

    • Not true. It might become crap for a while now that members like Fred Armisen, Bill Hader (my favorite recent member), Seth Meyers, etc.

      Jay Pharaoh is pretty good too, but Kenan Thompson…yeah, he’s got to go.

      • What up with that What up with that

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          • “SNL has been crap for awhile.”

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            “With comedians like the good burger kid…”

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            “There is no hope.”

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            • +100

  3. Weller may be an evolving director, but he has had a great many memorable roles in recent years, and I believe he is now a professor of ancient history at an ivy league school. I’m not kidding. He has narrated and hosted many historical and scientific shows as well. Before Fringe became a muddled embarrassment he starred in “White Tulip”, the best episode of the series. His role on Dexter ended without the least concern payed to the issue of his relative innocence as a victim, but it was a high profile stint. Casual Trek fans may think of him as the guy from the new movie,but some of us were hoping he would reprise his role from the series Enterprise, in which he was the all-too-human final villain of the 4 year run. The pic above appears to be from that show- it may not look like a sci FI image, but those caution tape strips are apparently synonymous with the era of the warp 5 engine. I’m sure I have forgotten at least one high profile, high quality role in the last few years, but this guy gets serious work. Let’s hope his part in SOA is bigger than Hasslehoff’s silly “Dondo” the porn star.