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Monday Morning Critic: Unsung Heroes of the Fall 2014 TV Season

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by Ryan McGee November 17, 2014 @ 8:37 AM
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Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: looking ahead to year-end lists, and some unsung heroes of the Fall 2014 TV season.

‘SNL’ Scorecard: Woody Harrelson Wins the Quarter Quell

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by Mike Ryan November 16, 2014 @ 10:09 AM
NBC
Woody Harrelson’s third time as host of ‘SNL’–and his first since way back in 1992 (he hosted just a few weeks after Jason Priestly)–was actually pretty great. Anticipation for an ‘SNL’ host is a fickle beast. Now, one might circle the calendar when he or she sees, say, Chris Rock’s name show up as host, then that show winds up being a bust. I suspect that not a lot of people were thinking, Oh, man, Woody Harrelson is hosting ‘SNL’! I need to cancel all of my plans because that will be one I can’t miss. Then Harrelson goes out and is everything we want out of a host: funny, up for anything, looks like he’s having fun, willing to sing a song about apples that is still stuck in my head. Anyway, he hosted the best show of the season so far and here is your ‘SNL’ Scorecard.

‘SNL’ Goes After the Modern Sitcom With ‘The Dudleys’

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by Jacob Hall November 16, 2014 @ 9:34 AM
Few things are as desperate, unfunny and generally sad as the modern television sitcom, so it's only natural that ‘SNL’ would put this format right in its sights. While ‘The Dudleys’ may not be as wild or transgressive as something like ‘Too Many Cooks,’ its satire of the trouble with TV comedy in the year 2014 is on point, concluding with a statement that's surprisingly (and welcomingly) vicious for modern ‘SNL.’

'SNL': Woody Harrelson Celebrates "A New Day" of Marijuana Laws

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by Jacob Hall November 16, 2014 @ 9:17 AM
Last night's ‘SNL’ was like a checklist of every possible and necessary Woody Harrelson joke. After all, if you've got him hosting your show, you have to do a ‘Hunger Games’ sketch and you have to do a ‘True Detective’ sketch. However, one subject reigns supreme when you talk about this acclaimed, award-winning actor: you have to do a marijuana sketch.

‘SNL’ and Woody Harrelson Take on ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Casting Rumors

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by Jacob Hall November 16, 2014 @ 9:07 AM
With Woody Harrelson guest-hosting ‘SNL,’ it was inevitable that the show would break out the ‘True Detective’ jokes at some point. After all, few modern shows have grabbed pop culture by the collective lapels and shaken them so much quite like this HBO series, which saw Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey playing cops investigating a freaky, ritualistic murder. Since the second season of the show will feature a brand new cast and storyline, Weekend Update invited Harrelson and McConaughey to chat about their experience filming season one and to offer advice for everyone joining the show for season two.

‘SNL’: Woody Harrelson Sings Taylor Swift With His ‘Hunger Games’ Co-Stars

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by Jacob Hall November 16, 2014 @ 8:56 AM
When Woody Harrelson was revealed to be hosting ‘SNL’ just a few days before the new ‘Hunger Games’ movie was set to open in theaters, it was obvious that the massively popular franchise would, somehow, figure into at least one sketch. Surprisingly, that ended up being the opening monologue, which featured Harrelson performing his own version of Taylor Swift's ‘1989.’ With a little help from some friends.

'SNL' Preview: Woody Harrelson Volunteers Taran Killam as 'Hunger Games' Tribute

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick November 12, 2014 @ 1:41 AM
NBC
The 40th anniversary season of 'SNL' took off this past weekend to recuperate from its Chris Rock outing, but 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' star Woody Harrelson won't rest in volunteering for the longrunning NBC sketch comedy show's Quarter Quell. See what the 'True Detective' star has to offer in Woody Harrelson's first 'SNL' promos of this Saturday's coming installment!

'SNL' Taps Cameron Diaz to Host November 22

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick November 3, 2014 @ 5:43 PM
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Just this past weekend 'SNL' announced that 'The Hunger Games' star Woody Harrelson would return to the stage on November 15, and so too do we know what A-lister will also make a return appearance the following week. 'Annie' star Cameron Diaz will make her own fourth appearance hosting on November 22, but what pair of musical guests can we expect to join her?

'SNL' Introduces the World's Most Polite Bank Robbers

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by Jacob Hall November 2, 2014 @ 9:33 AM
As is often the case these days, the funniest sketch on last night's episode of 'SNL' wasn't built around the guest host or a celebrity impersonation. In fact, this one doesn't even feature host Chris Rock. It does, however, feature Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney in two the lead roles, only further cementing them as the funniest guys on this show at the moment.