Saturday Night Live
returned to air on Saturday with its very first new post-election episode. Ratings are expected be down considerably since the last new episode, which aired two days before the presidential election. This will not be a surprise, nor a disappointment. The question was whether Saturday Night Live
would build on its election momentum and continue cranking out quality episodes. If Saturday was an indication of what the series will bring to the table going forward, things are looking good for the long-running sketch show. Paul Rudd presided over a solid, if not spectacular, ninety minutes of television, with special guest Justin Timberlake on hand to ensure some day after buzz.
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I'm a big Paul Rudd fan, so it was nice to see him get his time on the big stage. He wasn't given anything too difficult to do, but held his own in every sketch he was in. The highlight of the episode, for me, was the Digital Short, which was a surreal...um, well, it's really quite difficult to explain. Perhaps you should watch it on your own.
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The big cameo of the night was by SNL favorite Justin Timberlake. Apparently, he was supposed to host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live
, but had to cancel for some reason. In a bit on Weekend Update, Timberlake gave the blow by blow of what his episode would have looked like. His monologue was a little annoying at times, but it's nice to see a big star who's completely game for whatever Saturday Night Live has to offer. Check out the video.
Weekend Update: Justin Timberlake
Another Weekend Update segment that caught my eye was Bobby Moynihan as cartoon character Snagglepuss. All new cast members have to pay their dues before breaking out on SNL, but Bobby Moynihan has slowly been picking up in screen time. I've been impressed thus far. He could become one of the cast members we remember.
Weekend Update: Snagglepuss
The two new female cast members hired last week, Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins, were largely absent save for a few non-speaking cameos. Expect a more pronounced role for both in the coming weeks.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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