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‘SNL’ writer to join ‘Update’ anchor desk

“Saturday Night Live” says Colin Jost will be the new man at the “Weekend Update” anchor desk.

Jost, the NBC comedy show’s head writer, succeeds outgoing “Update” anchor Seth Meyers, who soon takes over as host of the network’s “Late Night.”

Jost will join Cecily Strong as co-anchor of the “SNL” spoof newscast on March 1.

Head writer since 2012, he joined the “SNL” writing staff in 2005. He also has written and appears in “Staten Island Summer,” an upcoming movie based on his days a lifeguard. A 2004 graduate of Harvard University, he was president of the Harvard Lampoon.

Meyers’ farewell “SNL” appearance will be Feb. 1.

Lansbury pleased remake canceled

Angela Lansbury says she’s relieved that a planned remake of her classic whodunit series “Murder, She Wrote” has been canceled.

Lansbury had been critical of NBC’s idea of a reboot starring Octavia Spencer. The entertainment website Deadline.com reported this week that NBC was not going ahead with the show.

Lansbury said Thursday she thought the remake was a bad idea from the start. She said she had “too much admiration” for Spencer “to saddle her with the awful responsibility” of having to rework the much-loved show.

The 88-year-old actress is about to perform on London’s West End stage for the first time in almost 40 years, as the medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.”

Lansbury won a Tony Award for the role on Broadway.

Carey, Cannon pen book for kids

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are working on a children’s book.

Scholastic announced Thursday that it has acquired the couple’s “Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas,” a picture story scheduled for release this fall. Illustrated by A.G. Ford, the book is a holiday tale featuring twins Moroccan and Monroe, to whom Carey gave birth in 2011.

Scholastic is billing the book as an “adorable” take on a famous Christmas carol.

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