News Nuggets: Is Eddie Murphy really returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the 40th anniversary?

Is Eddie Murphy really returning to “Saturday Night Live,” the show that launched his career 35 years ago? NBC is airing a live three-hour 40th anniversary special on February 15, and Murphy now lets it slip out that he will be making a special appearance. It would be his first time back on the variety series stage since he left for a huge film career in 1984. He says to “News One Now” host Roland Martin: “It’s just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it. Actually, they’re having a 40th anniversary thing in two weeks, I’m going to that. And that will be the first time that I’ve been back since I left.” Still no word on which other past cast members, guest hosts, and musical stars will also be on the program. The Wrap

Will the upcoming sixth season of “Downton Abbey” be its last? New speculation has creator and writer Julian Fellowes “ditching” the popular show for a new series in the U.S. One source says that “it’s an open secret that Downton is ending this year,” and that agents are already lining up new jobs for the cast members. The sixth season begins filming in the spring and will air first in the U.K. next fall. Mirror

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NBC ends the six season run of “Parenthood” Thursday night. A new feature showcases the 10 best episodes of the family drama starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, and Monica Potter. The list is led by “There’s Something I Need to Tell You,” in which Potter’s character tells her family about her cancer diagnosis. The third best aired recently: “How Did We Get Here?” focuses on Zeke (Craig T. Nelson) fighting for his life in the hospital. Entertainment Weekly

In an new essay, Andy Greenwald declares that “The Americans” is “the best show on television” and that the new season “gets even better.” FX debuted the third season Wednesday night of the 1980s Russian spy program starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. He says it the only series that “offers a blissful détente between the pleasures of the previous decade of cable excellence and the impractical demands of the current moment” towards anthologies. Grantland

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Movie studios always take the opportunity of a massive Super Bowl audience to screen hot new trailers. Which films will be featured this Sunday? Be sure to watch out for “Terminator Genisys” with Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Insurgent” with Shailene Woodley, and “Tomorrowland” with George Clooney. Also look for “Fast 7,” “Ted 2,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and “Jurassic World.” Yahoo Movies

MTV unveils its first promo for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. The live ceremony will be hosted by comedian Amy Schumer on April 12 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The funny new commercial also features Anna Kendrick (“Into the Woods”). Thompson on Hollywood

Oscar-nominated songwriter Rod McKuen dies at age 81 Thursday in Beverly Hills. He was nominated for the song “Jean” from the film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969) and again for “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” (1970). He was also well known as a poet and wrote songs for Johnny Cash, Barbra Streisand, and Frank Sinatra. Variety

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