#ConversationStarter: Minority Players on #SNL.

Kerry Washinton on SNL.

Kerry Washinton on SNL.

Saturday Night Live took a jab at itself–with guest host, Kerry Washington in tow–after several SNL cast members and the media began asking why aren’t their any black women on the late night laugh fest which is now in its 39th season.

The opening skit had Washington playing First Lady Michelle Obama, then running out the room to change into Oprah.

According to Melissa Harris-Perry, Washington is the eighth  African-American woman to hold down guest hosting duties.

Series creator Lorne Michaels says finding a black woman for the show is a priority.

From The LA Times:

Michaels said he is focused on finding an African American female cast member for the NBC series, but he did not specify how soon it would happen.

“It’s not like it’s not a priority for us,” Michaels said in an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday. “It will happen. I’m sure it will happen.”

Kenan Thompson, a SNL veteran who tells the LA Times he’s tired of putting on drag, puts the lack on black female performers.

However, there are plenty of black women who have graced comedic television–Debra Wilson and Wanda Sykes to name a few.

So chime in who in the minority would like to see on SNL? And let’s not just limit it to black women as one person on twitter pointed out:

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#TalentedTuesday: It’s A Pop OD.

“If you’re into motivational spiels….then go write a book.” — Andrea V.

This edition of #Talented goest to my #twitterfam known as @itsapopOD on the social network but Andrea Valeria on her vlog and everywhere else.

She has shared camera time with Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and even danced with the Rockettes–the itsapopOD versions of them (although she’s bound to chill with the real ones once Ryan Seacrest creates a show for her on E! *cough*).

I stumbled across AV, years ago, on Twitter when searching for bilingual journalists to follow (porque algun dia voy a ser un reportero que habla lenguas dos).

Yep! She’s not just a hilarious vlogger, at one point in time, she held down the hard news front for Bay News 9 en Espanol.

Quite frankly, I could not have been happier to make that follow button go blue because come to find out she wasn’t just news; she lives and breathes pop culture too.

Her overdose on pop started as a blog.

She then channeled her amazingly observant pop culture view into a YouTube channel and now she is nominated for a Shorty Award.

You don’t have to take my word or Shortys though check out some of her videos below.

If it was not for #7 this post wouldn’t be written, it’s one of my favorite vids and if the Library of Congress ever archives vlogs this one should be in there.

Visit AndreaValeria.com for everything pop.

Follow @itsaPopOD on Twitter too.

Return to 1313 “Mockingbird Lane.”

The Munsters: "Mockingbird Lane."

The first family of fright returns to television just less green, more ghoulish and just as quirky (2012’s “Mockingbird Lane” on left and 1964’s “The Munsters” on right).

Fans of the Munsters can return to 1313 Mockingbird Lane once again.

The classic sitcom which first aired on CBS in the 1960s is getting reboot or a “re-imagining” as Jerry O’ Connell who steps into the shoes of Herman Muster calls it.

As of right now it is airing as a Halloween-special for the peacock network.

However if the ratings are good it could become a regular series and creator, Bryan Fuller, says he still has hope for it.

“The thing that gives me a lot of hope is that first, I think show is wonderful, I think the cast is great. But also that NBC is putting it on the air. They don’t have to do that,” said Fuller.

The pilot, bearing the name of the Munsters’ address in the original series, still centers around goofy but loveable Herman Munster, his vampire wife Lily and her blood-sucking dad also known as Count Dracula.

Rounding out the Munster clan is, abnormally normal niece, Marilyn and son Eddie who is going through a monstrous transition as he hits puberty.

O’ Connell said he thinks fans will find homage in the new and folks who have never met any incarnation of the clan will find it fun too.

“While it is an homage to the original, I think it’s going to be very enjoyable to the people who don’t know the original,” said O’Connell.

This will be the third time (in series form) viewers take a trip to ‘1313.’

The first with the original series in 1964 and the second in 1987 with the syndicated sitcom, The Munsters Today.

The latter ran for three seasons which is one more longer than the original.

The Munsters also made a theatrical and several made-for television film appearances.

Unlike previous versions this will be a full hour of fright and be much darker in tone compared to the original–from Eddie learning about his werewolf power to Herman’s heart going on the fritz and needing a new one.

The pilot will air tonight (Friday, October 26th) at 8/7c on NBC.

Chime in: Are you up for seeing the Munsters return with a brand new spin?

Watch more clips below.