Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: David Harbour/Camila Cabello

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CREDIT: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC

Oh wow, we’ve already reached the third episode of this season of Saturday Night Live. Mr. Host is David Harbour, one of the stars of Netflix hit series Stranger Things, Season 3 of which arrived way back on July 4. But I hope that some people are still making their way through it because TV is so much better when you spread it out. Musical guest is Camila Cabello, who is tall enough to ride this ride. I was attending a wedding as this episode was actually airing, which means I was up way past my bedtime. The matrimonial celebrating was quite intense, but it didn’t rob me of my ability to laugh.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 10/11/19

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CREDIT: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
The Addams Family (Theatrically Nationwide) – Probably no MC Hammer, though.
Jexi (Theatrically Nationwide) – Rose Byrne has made me laugh in the past.
Parasite (Limited Theatrically)

TV
Arrow Season 8 Premiere (October 15 on The CW) – Final season alert!

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge/Taylor Swift

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CREDIT: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC

For episode number dos of Season 45, we’ve got host Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who’s here to promote the fact that she’s a funny person, and musical guest Taylor Swift, who’s here to promote the news that she would like to have a long, decades-spanning career, thank you very much. I watched a couple of episodes of Fleabag this week, because it just felt right. Let’s get into the sketches!

For the cold opening, I made myself a plate of pancakes. I was finished with them before the end of the monologue! Anyway, as is so often the case, the opening sketch took place in Washington D.C., that kooky town. It’s in the Office of the Vice President (Grade: 2.5/5 Cabinet Members), and I guess the headline is that Matthew Broderick stopped by to play Mike Pompeo, but I’m most intrigued to know that Ben Carson is still employed by the White House. Then as promised, Phoebe Waller-Bridge strutted on stage to recite her Monologue (Grade: 3/5 Psychopaths), and it’s one of those “a lot of of you probably don’t know me, so here’s who I am” monologues, but based on the level of applause she received, I think a lot of people do know her. And on we go to the first of several recurring bits this episode that very, very closely repeat their original formula. Goofy game show What’s Wrong With This Picture (Grade: Infinity IGetTheJokes!) starts ridiculous, and remains ridiculous, then keeps being ridiculous! Sidenote: Kenan’s host character name, Elliott Pants, sounds like something that would have been right at home on All That.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 10/4/19

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CREDIT: Netflix

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Joker (Theatrically Nationwide) – Worth checking out to have your own reaction.
Lucy in the Sky (Limited Theatrically) – Lucy! I’m home, in space!
Pain and Glory (Limited Theatrically)

TV
Big Mouth Season 3 (October 4 on Netflix)
Mr. Robot Season 4 Premiere (October 6 on USA) – The final season unfolds over Christmas.
Riverdale Season 4 Premiere (October 9 on The CW)
Nancy Drew Series Premiere (October 9 on The CW)

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Woody Harrelson/Billie Eilish

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CREDIT: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC

This is my tenth season reviewing SNL episodes, and it feels like a good time to mix up the format. So that’s what I’m doing for Season 45! Here’s how it will work: I’ll provide my thoughts on all the sketches, while also kind of painting the story of me watching the show.

We kick off Season 45 with a couple of new featured cast members (it was almost three, but getting into that is a whole ‘nother thing), Mr. Woody Harrelson hosting for the fourth time, and young’un Billie Eilish making her musical guest debut. I ran a 10-mile race early on Sunday, so this was one of those times where I went to sleep early on Saturday, watched a couple of sketches early in the morning, and then caught the rest after my race. It’s actually a formula for plenty of laughs!

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 9/27/19

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“BLESS THE HARTS”
PHOTO CREDIT: FOX

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
The Death of Dick Long (Limited Theatrically)

TV
American Housewife Season 4 Premiere (September 27 on ABC)
Fresh Off the Boat Season 6 Premiere (September 27 on ABC)
Saturday Night Live Season 45 (September 28 on NBC) – With host Woodrow Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell.
The Simpsons Season 31 Premiere (September 29 on FOX)
Bless the Harts Series Premiere (September 29 on FOX) – Featuring the voices of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, and Ike Barinholtz!
Bob’s Burgers Season 10 Premiere (September 29 on FOX)
Family Guy Season 18 Premiere (September 29 on FOX)

Music
-Kanye West, Jesus Is King
-Tegan and Sara, Hey, I’m Just Like You

2019 Emmy Predictions/Preferences

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CREDIT: FOX/YouTube Screenshot

Here’s my rundown of who I think will win in the major categories and who I would prefer at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, happening Sunday, September 22.

Disclaimer: I have not watched all the nominated shows, although I wish I had time to.

DRAMA SERIES
Prediction: Game of Thrones
Preference: Pose

COMEDY SERIES
Prediction: Veep
Preference: Russian Doll

LIMITED SERIES
Prediction: When They See Us
Preference: Sharp Objects

TV MOVIE
Prediction: Deadwood: The Movie
Preference: ???

VARIETY TALK SERIES
Prediction: Last Week Tonight
Preference: Last Week Tonight

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
Prediction: Saturday Night Live
Preference: Documentary Now!

COMPETITION PROGRAM
Prediction: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Preference: RuPaul’s Drag Race

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Prediction: Billy Porter
Preference: Billy Porter

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Prediction: Emilia Clarke
Preference: Jodie Comer

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Prediction: Peter Dinklage
Preference: Jonathan Banks

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Prediction: Maisie Williams
Preference: Fiona Shaw

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
Prediction: Bill Hader
Preference: Bill Hader

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Prediction: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Preference: Natasha Lyonne

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Prediction: Tony Hale
Preference: Anthony Carrigan or Henry Winkler

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Prediction: Olivia Colman
Preference: Sarah Goldberg

LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES
Prediction: Jared Harris
Preference: Sam Rockwell

LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES
Prediction: Michelle Williams
Preference: Michelle Williams

SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES
Prediction: Michael K. Williams
Preference: ???

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES
Prediction: Patricia Arquette
Preference: Patricia Clarkson

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