Natasha Lyonne hosts an exceptional and emotional ‘Saturday Night Live’

Saturday Night Live
Natasha Lyonne & Japanese Breakfast
May 21, 2022

It’s almost unfair: Natasha Lyonne is one of my favorites — a wonderful actress and a New York classic, and if she had hosted any other episode, that would be the story. Fortunately, she hosted one of the best episodes of the season. Unfortunately, it was the final episode for four now-legendary cast members: Kyle Mooney; Aidy Bryant; Pete Davidson; and the great Kate McKinnon, who, along with Kennan Thompson, has been carrying this show on her back for ten years now, and that will be what this episode is remembered for. Not that it’s a bad thing: the goodbyes are sweet and funny and well-deserved. I just hope Natasha Lyonne is invited back soon: she had great chemistry with the cast, had terrific comedic timing, and held her own in a challenging episode.

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Come tell me which canceled show you’ll miss the most.

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The end of the TV season is upon us. Here’s what you watched … and what you did not.

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‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,’ ‘Angelyne,’ a ton of season finales and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week.

 

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Selena Gomez is saddled with maybe the worst ‘Saturday Night Live’ episode of the season

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Selena Gomez and Post Malone
May 14, 2022

I didn’t realize I was a fan of Selena Gomez until her absolute star turn in Only Murders in the Building (although her 2017 song “Bad Liar” is fantastic; strongly recommend). In that series, she is the third, paired with comedy superstars Martin Short and Steve Martin, and she not only does she hold her own, she is the magic that makes the series work as well as it does. So I was hopeful that she would command a strong Saturday Night Live this week — after all, she has the comedy chops, she just needs the right material to make it all work.

Sadly, friends, she was not given such material, but instead was burdened with perhaps — and I say this hesitantly because it just wasn’t all that long ago that the disastrous Paul Rudd episode happened — the worst episode of the season? Maybe the worst episode of the season! I mean, we still have an episode to go, but this episode is a strong contender for the worst episode of the season. It’s not just that the cold open is terrible or that Baby Yoda makes another appearance, it’s that there are sketches in this episode that feel half-written, or worse, not written at all, just glimmers of an idea jotted down on a cocktail napkin. It just feels like there was very little episode put forward this week.

Anyway, I’m mad at this episode and think Selena Gomez deserves a do-over.

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Welcome to network TV’s Red Wedding. It’s a bloodbath in here. (Updated.)

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We are a week away from Upfronts. Let the cancelations begin!

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‘Hacks,’ ‘Candy,’ ‘The Kids in the Hall,’ ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week

 

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Saturday Night Live: Cumbernotterrible

Saturday Night Live
Benedict Cumberbatch & Arcade Fire
May 8, 2022

Benedict Cumberbatch first hosted Saturday Night Live on the last episode before the 2016 election. I do not hold this against him, and I blame him for nothing. That said, he should be happy that … other events overshadowed that episode, and most people have little to no memory of the appearance. Because honestly, through no fault of his own, it was not great, to say the least.

On this, his second time on the Studio 8H stage, Cumberbatch, who is a brilliantly talented actor with a natural sense of humor, had much better material to work with. It wasn’t all perfect, heaven knows. But thanks to current events which have many of us laughing through ABSOLUTE RAGING FURY, the material he was given was at times inspired.

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