Sam Rockwell Hosted Saturday Night Live

The first Saturday Night Live of 2018 featured Golden Globe winner Sam Rockwell making his hosting debut. Considering how disappointing the Christmas episode with Kevin Hart ended up being towards the end of 2017, the pressure was on for the writers and cast of the late night sketch series to come back with a vengeance.

Thankfully, the Sam Rockwell hosted Saturday Night Live was an absolute delight, even if it came with a handful of missteps throughout the night, including one hilarious f-bomb that made it onto live television. So without further ado, let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the night. Read More »

Jessica Chastain - Saturday Night Live January 2018 Hosts

This weekend brings the first new Saturday Night Live of 2018 with Golden Globe winner Sam Rockwell making his hosting debut. The show must have known he would be raking in awards for his turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, because they booked him before he even started taking home trophies. Either that or they just realized that Sam Rockwell has needed to host for awhile.

Anyway, Sam Rockwell isn’t the only talent coming to Studio 8H to host one of the first episodes of 2018. NBC has announced that Molly’s Game star Jessica Chastain will be making her hosting debut, and a certain fan favorite cast member will be returning to host again.

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Moana

Auli’i Cravalho, the voice of Disney’s Moana, stars in the new NBC drama Rise. After a panel on Rise for the Television Critics Association, Cravalho spoke with reporters further about the future of Moana. She is going to record the Hawaiian language voice of Moana in a new translation, and we will soon meet the character again in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

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the office revival

With shows like Will & Grace, Roseanne and Full House being rebooted as new series with original cast members, there has been talk of The Office returning. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly on the NBC show, was on a Television Critics Association panel for her new ABC show Splitting Up Together. After the panel, she told reporters she endorsed an Office reboot.

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jesus christ superstar john legend

Jesus Christ Superstar has found its, well, superstar. The upcoming NBC live telecast has cast John Legend as the titular Jesus Christ in a move that is sure to shake up the show’s premiere date of Easter Sunday.

But if anything, John Legend does fit the label of “superstar” quite accurately. A 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer who won an Oscar for his song “Glory” from 2014’s Selma, Legend has also stretched his acting chops on both TV and film, most notably appearing in last year’s Oscar-winning La La Land. Not to mention the Tony Award he nabbed for producing Jitney, the revival of August Wilson’s play. Could Jesus Christ Superstar be Legend’s ticket to the coveted EGOT?

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the office revival

For nine seasons, NBC’s The Office did the impossible – it escaped the shadow of the original (and brilliant) BBC series that inspired it, found its own voice, and established itself as one of the best television comedies of the ’00s. While it stumbled, as all shows that run for nearly a decade tend to do, it was a silly and sincere show whose fingerprints can still be felt on television comedies being made today.

And now, it sounds like NBC is getting serious about bringing it back, because no great shows are allowed to rest in peace these days.

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Usually the Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live is an exciting, joyous, hilarious star-studded affair. With Kevin Hart hosting the final episode of 2017, it seemed like a safe bet that this episode would deliver the goods, maybe even with some help from his Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle co-stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gllian. But unfortunately, that was not the case.

Returning for his third time hosting, Kevin Hart brought his signature high energy to the late night sketch comedy series, but he certainly didn’t bring many laughs. Any genuine hilarity was few and far between, and most of the sketches felt half-baked, lazy and fell flat.

Let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the Kevin Hart hosted Saturday Night Live below. Read More »

James Franco Hosted Saturday Night Live

James Franco returned to host Saturday Night Live for his fourth time last night, and while the Christmas episode of the season is still a week away, the writers couldn’t help but dig into the holidays a bit for a satisfying episode overall.

Perhaps the reason this episode was mostly a success was because they chose to tackle politics in a way that didn’t require actually portraying any of the sleazeball politicians from both sides of the aisle and figured out a clever way to deal with the horrors of everyday’s news headlines. No matter what the reason, there’s plenty of good stuff here, including James Franco making fun of himself quite a bit.

We run through the best and worst sketches of the James Franco hosted Saturday Night Live below. Read More »

Saoirse Ronan Hosted Saturday Night Live

This weekend brought the first of the final three episodes finishing out 2017 for Saturday Night Live, and we got to see the wonderful Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird, Brooklyn) make her hosting debut. The New York native brought her signature Irish brogue to Studio 8H, and she couldn’t have been more comfortable among the seasoned comedians of SNL.

But how was the episode? Thankfully, this was a solid episode of Saturday Night Live with the right mix of satire, oddity and even a couple of sketches that felt like they went against the grain of the more popular SNL sketch formulas. We run through the best and worst sketches of the Saoirise Ronan hosted Saturday Night Live below Read More »

Saturday Night Live December 2017 Hosts

Saturday Night Live finished up a batch of three episodes just before Thanksgiving, and now they’re about to do the same with three more back-to-back episodes scheduled for the month of December, leading right up to Christmas. NBC announced the final trio of episodes airing in 2018 along with the three stars who will be hosting them.

Find out the line-up of Saturday Night Live December 2017 hosts below. Read More »