SNL's decision to have Donald Trump host this week's episode has definitely stirred some pots, inspiring many to mock the venerated series and some to march down to 30 Rock in protest, while others have chosen to simply ignore this week's show, as if we can will it into non-existence. Is it as bad as we feared? Almost. Is it hilariously awful? Nope. It's just...not good.
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Whatever your politics, there’s little denying that Donald Trump will deliver the spectacle to SNL this weekend, hosting alongside musical guest Sia. Following a short break, the first promos of Trump’s SNL return have arrived, and The Donald comes out swinging at his opponents just as absurdly as you imagined.
Despite numerous (and still-to-come) protests, SNL won’t be walking back its controversial decision to elect Donald Trump as its first November host this weekend. That said, it seems the veteran NBC sketch series originally eyed him for a single appearance, before offering him the full November 7 slot.
Elizabeth Banks will offer an alright SNL palate cleanser for Donald Trump when the NBC sketch series returns in November, but its third host of the month deserves a hearty “alright, alright, alright.” Matthew McConaughey will make a surprising return to the SNL stage, bringing the big guns with Adele as musical guest.
SNL will take a short hiatus after Tracy Morgan’s triumphant return, opening back up on November 7 with a likely bit of controversy, thought we can much more confidently bank on the subsequent outing. November 14 will see the odds ever in our favor, as Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks takes the stage for the first time as host.
SNL co-head writer Colin Jost has been something of a polarizing figure, rising through the writers’ ranks, taking over as head Weekend Update anchor from Seth Meyers, and subsequently replacing co-host Cecily Strong with comedian Michael Che. Now, a surprising shift has occurred behind the scenes, as Jost has abdicated his role as co-head writer to fellow heads Rob Klein and Bryan Tucker.
Just last week, a profile of Eddie Murphy shed light on his declining the role of Bill Cosby for SNL’s 40th anniversary event, citing his disinterest with denigrating the fallen idol any further. That pudding appears to have spilled however, as Murphy put on his best Cosby to accept the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize.
Where there's a presidential debate, there’s an SNL cold open. And where there’s an SNL cold open, there’s ample opportunity to slide in surprise guest stars to get the show started on a high note. However, there have only been a few surprise guest stars that have been as perfectly implemented as Larry David, who shows up as Senator Bernie Sanders to parody the recent Democratic debate. Oh, and Alec Baldwin shows up as Jim Webb, but Baldwin actually lives backstage at SNL, so his presence isn’t quite as exciting.
Every time an SNL alumni returns to the host the show, they are often granted the chance to dust off characters and recurring sketches. Sometimes, the results can be a little sad. Sometimes, the results can be funny and get your nostalgia pumping into overdrive. Tracy Morgan returning to the character of Brian Fellow was the definitely the latter...even though one of his co-stars did steal the sketch right out from under him.
Sometimes, you don't realize how much you value an actor until they have a brush with death. That's how the internet felt when Tracy Morgan was in a car accident a year ago and his injuries kept him away from the spotlight for a long time. But now Morgan is back, healthy enough to host SNL, and reuniting with the cast members of the other great show he was on.