November 14, 2008 03:32:34 GMT
NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' handles Amy Poehler's departure by hiring in Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins.
After the departure of Amy Poehler from "Saturday Night Live", two newcomers are reported to land roles on the NBC's comedy variety show. It has been informed by Associated Press that Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins have been recruited to join in the show.
The publication details that Abby Elliott is the daughter of Chris Elliott, a regular cast on the show during the 1994-95 season, and the granddaughter of Bob Elliott, a veteran comic. Trained in Los Angeles-based Groundlings theater, she has come aboard "Saturday Night Live" via Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the improv/sketch group co-founded by Poehler.
Meanwhile, Watkins, who was born in Syracuse, New York and raised in Boston, is also a Groundlings alum. She has appeared on CBS' sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine" for three-episode arc, playing as the patient/girlfriend of Matthew Kimble, played by Hamish Linklater.
Regarding Elliott and Watkins' upcoming appearance on the show, NBC network has announced on November 13 that the ladies will have their debut appearance on this week episode as featured players. Paul Rudd will contribute as a host on that episode.