House of Thrones. The best thing about this parody mashup of Game of Thrones and House of Cards? The guy playing Frank Underwood does a better Kevin Spacey than Spacey. Close your eyes when he says, “Why have one little old presidency when you can have seven entire kingdoms?” and you’ll fear for Westeros. (Brought to you by Toasty TV, the entertainment/video arm of…Quiznos. Because toasted sandwiches and comedy go hand in hand.)
Louis CK Hosts Saturday Night Live. Even a nine-minute monologue by the nation’s biggest comedian couldn’t save SNL from its new-cast growing pains. And Louis CK didn’t leave anything out of that opening set: God, female empowerment, the history of the “wife beater” tank top.
Lost in 30 Seconds. At Payley Fest, Entertainment Weekly asked Lost cast members to try to explain the meaning of the TV show in 30 seconds. It involved yelling. And Walt’s all grown up! Watch it here.
If you watch anything today, make it this:
“Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis and President Barack Obama. POTUS holds his own in the smack-talk department, though Galifianakis takes himself down pretty well. “Be short, fat and smell like Doritos and try to make it in Hollywood.”
Next Time on Escandalo. Jimmy Kimmel gets the stars of Scandal to reimagine their show as a telenovela. Dart guns are involved.
First Look at Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side. The biopic, written by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), is making the film festival rounds but doesn’t have a US release date yet. Or the authorization from Hendrix’s notoriously stingy estate to use the guitar god’s music. Details, details.
Joel McHale and Jim Rash Recreate True Detective. I’ll admit, I had to turn the subtitles on more than once while watching TD. There isn’t a “McConaughey Drawl-to-English” option.
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Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, which he officially inherited February 17, is looking a whole lot like Late Show with Jimmy Fallon — lots of singing and dancing, #hashtag conversations and comedy sketches with buddies from his SNL days. Even the First Lady made an appearance. It’s what we expected: Fallon does fun time well. The 39-year-old brings a lot of playfulness (and talent) to the late-night timeslot, like a goody goody teen who’s finally cutting loose…on Red Bull and vodkas.
Check out the best of Fallon’s high-spirited first week. Honorable mentions go to Ragtime Girls’ Ignition (Remix) and NBC news anchor Brian Williams performing “Rapper’s Delight.”
Feb 17: The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing (with Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon). “Making It Rain” followed by “Picking Up the Money Because That’s All You Had.”
Feb 18: Jimmy Interviews Harry Styles. Oh, I’m British?
Feb 19: Hashtag #2 with Jimmy Fallon and Jonah Hill.
With cameos by Martin Scorsese and Questlove. #famous
Feb 20: Will Ferrell Figure Skates to the Downton Abbey Theme. Without the skates. Or the ice.
Feb 21: History of Rap 5 with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. Twenty-three songs in five minutes.
What, you had actual things to do this weekend? Here’s what you missed:
Jay Leno’s Heartfelt Goodbye. After 22 years as host of The Tonight Show (and one short-lived retirement), Leno tears up during his final episode on February 6. Somewhere, Conan O’Brien is playing the world’s tiniest violin.
Jimmy and the Muppets. Jimmy Fallon says goodbye to Late Night on February 7 with a little help from Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Miss Piggy and Kermit. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with house band the Roots premieres February 17.
Russian Police Choir Performs “Get Lucky.” Friday’s Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics was beautiful and elegant with a balletic excerpt from War and Peace and OMGDIDYOUSEETHIS?
A Russian 15-Year-Old Dominated Figure Skating. Yulia Lipnitskaya made her Olympic debut during the team skating competition. Her performance was pretty much flawless — the kind of athletic brilliance made possible by an absence of “woman hips,” as my old track coach would say.
Catch up on the weekend’s most-viewed moments every Monday with Viral Video Weekend Recap.