Bill Hader is leaving ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ after an eight-year run. His spokesman confirms that the 34-year-old comedian will depart ‘‘SNL’’ after this weekend’s season finale. Hader (inset) joined the NBC sketch-comedy show in 2005. He has since made his mark with a range of impersonations including Al Pacino, Vincent Price, James Carville, and Stefon, the hipster ‘‘Weekend Update’’ correspondent. Hader’s films include ‘‘Superbad,’’ “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’’ “Knocked Up,’’ and ‘‘Pineapple Express.’’
‘Abbey’ back in Jan.
PBS says the fourth season of ‘‘Downton Abbey’’ will begin in January and run for eight weeks. The series is the highest-rated drama in public TV’s history. The costume drama about the family and servants in a stately English home stars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, and Michelle Dockery. Shirley MacLaine will return for the fourth season, joined by newcomers including opera star Kiri Te Kanawa. They’ll have to fill the void left by leading man Dan Stevens’s departure: His character, Matthew, died in a car crash in last February’s third-season finale. The new season of ‘‘Downton Abbey’’ will air from Jan. 5 to Feb. 23.
Drake tops BET list
Drake has scored 12 BET Award nominations, while rappers Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are up for 8 awards each. Nominations were announced Tuesday. Drake is nominated three times for the top prize, video of the year. His hit, ‘‘Started From the Bottom,’’ will compete with his collaborations with 2 Chainz (“No Lie”) and A$AP Rocky (“Problems”). The top award has 10 nominees, including Justin Timberlake’s ‘‘Suit & Tie,’’ Kanye West’s ‘‘Mercy,’’ “Adorn’’ by Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s ‘‘Thrift Shop.’’ Chris Brown and R. Kelly will perform at the awards show, to air live June 30 from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Chris Tucker will host.
Less than stellar
“Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.” — Zoe Saldana, the “Star Trek Into Darkness” actress, to Allure, on not looking to date another star after ending her relationship with Bradley Cooper.