‘The Walking Dead’: Man of Faith, Man of Science

The Walking Dead
“Time for After”
December 3, 2017

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James Franco hosts a ‘Saturday Night Live’ that tries — and fails — to be controversial

Saturday Night Live
James Franco & SZA
December 9, 2017

This is the fourth time James Franco has hosted Saturday Night Live (which means the next time he comes back — and he will be back — he will be inducted into the “Five-Timers Club”). And this just makes sense, he’s a natural fit for the show. Funny, goofy and willing to be self-deprecating, Franco blends rather seamlessly into the cast (if the cast were constantly plugging their new movie, The Disaster Artist).

Unfortunately, he appeared on a night in which the writers seemed more determined to provoke than entertain, and they weren’t even particularly successful at that. To be fair to Franco, he did his very best with material that often fell short of his comedic talents. In fact, in most of the sketches he was in, Franco was the best thing about them.

Oh well, maybe next time, Franco. (And we all know there will be a next time — no way you’re going to pass up that Five-Timers robe.)

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