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Dec 01, 2016
Best TV Episodes of 2016
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Best TV Episodes of 2016

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12/3/2016: Emma Stone/Shawn Mendes
Sorry this took longer than normal...I hesitated to write a review, because I honestly felt quite indifferent to this episode...

So let's see, more jokes against Trump...Yeah, I guess it was called for, but I'm honestly growing weary of him...This was pretty much the #1 reason why I wanted Hillary to win: So that we could move on from this guy...

And they had plenty more jokes against him for Update...None of which I even remember...But we did have an amusing Leslie Jones editorial about male genitalia...And as Vanessa's Rachel from "Friends" upped her schtick a bit, I was starting to wonder if we would get an actual Jennifer Aniston cameo...And of course, they had every reason to have her on due to the events surrounding her, Vanessa and the "Friends" reunion that isn't happening...

Stone as usual was ...Read more
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Nov 21, 2016
11/19/2016: Kristen Wiig/The xx

I've always kind of had a love/hate relationship with Kristen Wiig's brand of humor. There are very few women who commit to comedy as much as she does...But on the other hand, as her years as an SNL cast-member have shown, it can become too much, with her tendency of mugging and overall having a SERIOUS vibe of trying too hard...She managed to avoid that with her first hosting appearance a few years back...But this time, I think I was reminded a little too much why I learned to hate her while she was a cast-member...

The only notable characters of hers that were reprised were two of her worst...The actress in the "Secret Word" sketch and the lady who gets overly-excited about preparing surprises are harsh reminders of one of SNL's darkest eras, where arguably the two biggest issues with the ...

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Nov 13, 2016
11/12/2016: Dave Chappelle/A Tribe Called Quest

It's been a rough week for many Americans, I'm sure. I was one of many who was almost certain that Hillary Clinton had it in the bag...But as the election results have shown...well...Perhaps the DNC shouldn't have put all of their eggs in one basket...While I certainly preferred Hillary as the next president over Trump, she wasn't exactly the most ideal candidate either...These results show how fed up America is at the system (and yes, I'm sure there are SOME people who voted Trump out of sheer racism and/or misogyny, but we really shouldn't generalize...)

While this means electing somebody who honestly couldn't be less qualified for the position, it should serve as a valuable lesson to people everywhere, on BOTH sides of the political spectrum: When electing a president, qualifications come first...Don't put those ...

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Nov 06, 2016
December 2016 Predictions
Since the December shows are usually announced over the week leading up to the last November episode (I guess they really aren't doing a third week for this month), I'm just going to go ahead and make my predictions now before it happens...Let's start with musical guests, as there is a detail that will carry over into host predictions...
So far, I would say that all of the musical guests this season have brought their A-game, and for next week's guest not to join the ranks would be outrageous! Overall, while I might have questioned one or two choices, at the end of the day, they have all been legitimately solid! There are two musicians that I feel are incredibly likely for next month that would be worthy enough of joining the ranks as well, so for them to suddenly go out of their way ...
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Nov 06, 2016
11/5/2016: Benedict Cumberbatch/Solange

Last night's show felt, in some way, incomplete...Like Emily Blunt, Mr. Cumberbatch was a perfectly capable host, and had a few nice moments to shine, but for the most part the sketches didn't really hit home...

The cold opening took some cues from last season's finale by giving Hillary and her celebrity-guest-acted opponent a huge sendoff...Since the other four episodes started with these two characters and the next one will surely wrap it all up (unless Trump really does pull an Al Gore on us by calling BS on the results and keeping the election going for another month or so), it only makes sense to fill in the gap with one last pre-election cold opening, and it made for a nice little tribute to everything that's been going on ever since Trump threw his toupee into the election ring...

But let's talk ...

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Oct 24, 2016
Oct 22 2016: Tom Hanks/Lady Gaga

I knew you wouldn't let us down, Tom!

It's a pity that Hanks isn't up in the ranks with Martin and Baldwin for most frequent hosts, because by this point, he's arguably become the biggest star ever to host this show, and his comedic performances, especially on SNL, only further display how much like a father he truly is to America...

Speaking of which, very clever monologue, plenty of great wordplay, and only Hanks could pull it off as well as he did...He also did a great job as the conspiracy redneck in the "Black Jeopardy" sketch who managed to win over his black peers' appreciation...up until the inevitable subject of Black/All Lives Matter, where even the most comfortable of discussions always seem to derail...

Some sketches wouldn't have been nearly as funny if it weren't for the energy that went ...Read more
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Oct 16, 2016
10/15/2016: Emily Blunt/Bruno Mars

Well, it looks like things didn't go so well last night...

A lot of the sketches, while arguably even more creative than last week, failed to really go anywhere, and we even had a sketch that a lot of people consider to be a five-minute commercial for Burger King...I'm not exactly the type who's that efficient in spotting a piece of media that sells out, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I felt curious enough to try the Cheetos Chicken Fries by the end of the sketch...Well, I guess it at least had some interesting visuals...The same could be said for a lot of the sketches, really, like the one with the robots...which interestingly enough, also involved food...

Okay, so which sketches WERE good, since there's always at least a few? Well, as usual, they went for the ...

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Oct 15, 2016
November 2016 Host Predictions

I'm guessing that the next two shows will be November 12th and 19th...

Right now, the two most hyped movies of November are "Doctor Strange" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne have been strong suggestions for a while now, and this would be a good time for both of them...The only thing that might make it weird is that after Emily Blunt and even Margot Robbie if you count Australians, two consecutive Brits in November might seem like a bit much...But those are my best guesses...

I could also see Emma Stone being brought back for both "La La Land" and "Battle of the Sexes". MAYBE they'll book some people with movies in December, like Felicity Jones for "Rogue One", though it might be a little weird having her on for one of the two episodes after Tom ...Read more
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Oct 07, 2016
Tom Hanks Returning to SNL on October 22nd

Well, I certainly wasn't expecting a fourth show for this month, but it's pretty hype-worthy! Tom Hanks will make his long overdue return to SNL on October 22nd, with Lady Gaga as the musical guest! It's sure to be one hell of a Halloween special!
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