'Saturday Night Live' Returns Tonight with Christopher Walken
'Saturday Night Live' Returns Tonight with Christopher Walken
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Tonight's episode of Saturday Night Live marks the ninth live broadcast of the 33rd season of NBC's sketch comedy variety show.  Reprising his hosting duties is perennial favorite Christopher Walken, who makes his comeback on the show after five years of absence.

The 65-year-old Oscar winner has hosted Saturday Night Live on six occasions and has always had standing offers from Lorne Michaels to appear on the satire series whenever Walken's schedule permits.

Walken, whose credits include Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, Annie Hall and The Dead Zone, has generated some of the most memorable moments on Saturday Night Live with his spoof of "Behind the Music" featuring a recording session of Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper" where he becomes obsessed with getting "more cowbell" into the song.  He has also spoofed his role from the movie The Dead Zone in a sketch titled "Ed Glosser: Trivial Psychic," in which the title character had the ability to accurately predict meaningless trivial future events.

On every appearance, Walken has performed in "The Continental", a recurring sketch in which Walken plays a "suave ladies' man" who in reality can't say or do anything to keep women from giving him the cold shoulder.

Joining Walken is modern rock sensation Panic At The Disco, who makes their Saturday Night Live debut as tonight's musical guest.  The Las Vegas based band will perform from the critically praised sophomore release "Pretty. Odd." which is the follow-up to their certified platinum debut "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out."

Meanwhile, Walken is also working on a bunch of film projects that will be released later this year. These include the comedy Five Dollars a Day, the crime-comedy The Lonely Maiden, and the drama Citizen Brando.  He is also rumored to be cast in the 2009 movie Kevin Approaches and The Dirt.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC
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