Paul Rudd is the consummate professional on ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ season finale

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Paul Rudd & DJ Khaled
May 18, 2019

Paul Rudd is a Goddamned gem and he should be contractually obligated to host Saturday Night Live at least once a season, the end.

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Here’s a bunch of ‘Game of Thrones’ stuff ahead of this weekend’s finale. Are you ready? Because I’m not ready.

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Emma Thompson is a natural on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Emma Thompson and The Jonas Brothers
May 11, 2019

Emma Thompson is a very funny woman. Because her international fame began after she appeared in movies like Henry V, Howard’s End and Remains of the Day, I have her stuck in my head as a Very Serious Actress of a Particular British Type, no matter how many interviews I’ve seen where she is charming and hilarious, no matter how many award ceremony speeches where she puts her full “fuck it” attitude on display. It turns out despite what my broken brain might think, Thompson got her start in comedy — in fact, her first acting awards, BAFTAS even, were for her work in two different British comedy series. And I guess what I’m getting at here is why the hell is this the first time she’s hosted Saturday Night Live? Emma Thompson is a God damned hoot, and needs to be back sooner rather than later.

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UPDATED WITH EVEN MORE DEATHS: ‘Tis the season — the season when your favorite shows are killed once and for all.

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‘Chernobyl,’ ‘The Society,’ ‘Lucifer,’ the series finale of ‘Veep’ and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week

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Adam Sandler’s return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ was just all over the damn place

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Adam Sandler & Shawn Mendes
May 4, 2019

I’m going to be honest with you before we get into this: I am not a fan of Adam Sandler but for a few — no, make that one — exception, that exception being Happy Gilmore. I HATED Sandler when he was on SNL, and did not think it was a huge loss when he was fired 24 years ago. But Sandler has matured since his time on the show, as people are wont to do, and so while I came into this episode expecting to hate it and him, I was surprised to find I hated neither. Sandler, having become a huge movie star, seems more comfortable in his own skin, willing not to laugh more at himself than with himself, which is a huge relief.

All that said, it’s not a great episode, and in fact, one sketch — and an early one at that — received a dreaded F. You know what you did, Kyle Mooney.

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Y’all … I’m going back.

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No TV news today, just a couple of very cute animal videos

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‘Gotham,’ ‘American Gods,’ ‘Gentleman Jack,’ The Battle of Winterfell, and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week

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Even Emma Stone can’t save this ‘Saturday Night Live’ (though she tries her best)

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Emma Stone & BTS
April 13, 2019

Emma Stone is so charming, so good-natured (or at least seemingly so), so up for anything, that she makes even weak material better with her sheer pluck. That said, “better” isn’t “good,” and as I’ve said about countless other episodes, Emma Stone deserved better than whatever this mess of an episode was. Sure, there were a pair of good sketches that I might fondly remember at the end of this season (but not by the beginning of the next) but there were many more clunkers and sketches that were just flat-out terrible that I feel genuinely sorry for our host.

I am sure Stone will return soon enough to claim that Five Timers Club jacket — the show clearly loves her and trusts her. I just hope when she returns they give her material worthy of her.

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