Saturday Night Live: SNL Season 43 Preview Season 43, Ep 0
Vanessa Bayer is gone. Bobby Moynihan is gone. Rumor has it that the head writers are gone. Weekend Update has a summer gig.
The U.S. politics megaposts on the Blue get gummed up with live discussion of "Saturday Night Live" whenever it's new. Should we start treating these as Special Events, pre-posting them and directing traffic over here? [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Julia Louis-Dreyfus / Nick Jonas Season 41, Ep 18
So, is Larry David in full cast yet, or is he still just a Featured Player? [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Russell Crowe / Margo Price Season 41, Ep 17
Russell Crowe shows the world why he doesn't do more comedies. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill / Future Season 41, Ep 14
Jason Sudeikis brings the Mormonized fury as Mitt Romney in the cold open, and Jonah Hill serves as the punching bag for virtually every other joke, from a questions-from-the-audience segment in the monologue to two separate skits about him shitting himself. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Adam Driver / Chris Stapleton Season 41, Ep 10
Adam Driver brings the Star Wars nerdery, Fred Armisen returns to pay tribute to David Bowie, and apparently Liev Schriber is a bit of a freak.
Heavyweights return to show the whippersnappers how it's done, as Fey and Poehler hit the high notes (Clinton and Palin; a brief Weekend Update takeover; Maya Rudolph) and Springsteen et al make their third appearance to bust out some songs that are older than most of the current cast and end the show and the year with "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (feat. Sir Paul McCartney).
Saturday Night Live: Chris Hemsworth / Chance the Rapper Season 41, Ep 8
Thor brings the funny in this sequel to his first hosting gig (is this the first time someone has hosted twice in the same calendar year?), and actually improves on the original.
Saturday Night Live: Donald Trump / Sia Season 41, Ep 4
Trump brings the stilted braggadocio, Sia brings the interpretive dancer, Larry David brings the "protest", and only Michael Che lands one on the host.
Saturday Night Live: Scarlet Johansson / Wiz Khalifa Season 40, Ep 19
ScarJo hosts for the fourth time (and first in five years) and proves herself as game as usual, even poking fun at her corporate masters about how maybe it's just as well there hasn't been a Black Widow movie, but the show leans a little heavy on Uncomfortable White Men for the humor.
Saturday Night Live: Taraji P. Henson / Mumford & Sons Season 40, Ep 18
A show that just felt... off, with a cold open that more or less just said "Kate McKinnon's going to be Hillary, so get used to her", a weird QVC sketch that didn't go anywhere, and two wheel-of-impressions sketches. On the plus side, a pretty strong Weekend Update that shows Colin Jost and Michael Che are comfortable with each other and the guest characters (including a lumpy Billy Crystal).
Saturday Night Live: Dwayne Johnson / George Ezra Season 40, Ep 16
Franchise Viagra takes the reins for the fourth time, busting out "The Rock" Obama, paying tribute to his past with a deeply psychological take on wrestling feuds, and generally being charismatic and game for anything.
Saturday Night Live: Chris Hemsworth / Zac Brown Band Season 40, Ep 15
A lot of discussion of how dreamy Chris Hemsworth is, a couple of rocking performances by Zac Brown Band, a lively if blooperific Weekend Update, and another goddamn Former Porn Stars sketch give us an essentially "filler" episode this week.
Saturday Night Live: J.K. Simmons & D'Angelo Season 40, Ep 13
J.K. Simmons turns in an able performance (and many, many wigs), and D'Angelo owns the stage in a fair-to-middling midseason episode.
Saturday Night Live: Blake Shelton Season 40, Ep 12
Blake Shelton handles himself admirably as host and musical guest, with assistance from a Kate & Aidy musical joint and a surprisingly strong Weekend Update.
Saturday Night Live: Amy Adams & One Direction Season 40, Ep 10
The Christmas episode hits Serial a few times and welcomes back Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen, with all the good and ill that entails.
Saturday Night Live: James Franco & Nicki Minaj Season 40, Ep 8
Minaj gets more screen time than expected, but Kate McKinnon gets less screen time than usual. Franco is more animated than usual, but the political bits are less animated than expected. [more inside]
Saturday Night Live: Sarah Silverman & Maroon 5 Season 40, Ep 2
Sarah Silverman makes her triumphant return to the SNL stage in a show that smacks less of triumph and more of coasting.
Saturday Night Live: Chris Pratt and Ariana Grande Season 40, Ep 1
Starlord returns to Earth to face his most terrifying ordeal yet -- hosting the 40th season premiere of Saturday Night Live.
Saturday Night Live: Andy Samberg and St. Vincent Season 39, Ep 21
The 39th season ends with a huge homecoming, two Digital Shorts, and a non-political cold open.
Saturday Night Live: Charlize Theron and the Black Keys Season 39, Ep 20
A perfectly acceptable episode, using Theron well enough and featuring a Weekend Update guest we didn't know we've been waiting for since the 1970s. [more inside]