Saturday Night Live has had a couple of pretty solid weeks in a row now. I’m not ready to say that things are looking good there just yet, but they are seemingly headed in the right direction. Apart from the writing, what I’ve noticed for them to have a good show is less an issue with the writers and more an issue with who the guest host is. Right now, the cast is not strong enough to be able to carry a weak host all by themselves. They need the host to do a good job and be a strong player in order for the show to be successful. In the last two weeks, that has been happening.
Just this weekend, Martin Freeman was the host and it was another good week for SNL. In another trend that we have seen, their best work is not the live sketches. Their best work gets done when they do a video and this week is no exception. This week’s video that has gone viral is some inspired work from SNL. When you have Martin Freeman on, you know you have to involve some of his most famous works. They got that done and done well.
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SNL needs to keep producing at this level. The more things that go viral for them, the more the viewers will start to return. They have had two very successful viral videos in two consecutive weeks now (the Star Wars trailer) and people are starting to pay attention. Viewers are going to start to return to the show. Let’s hope that they capitalize on it. The December 20 episode is their Christmas episode and it’s the last episode of the year. The host is Amy Adams with musical guest One Direction. There are going to quite a few people watching this week. Let’s hope they don’t drop the ball.
Saturday Night Live airs on NBC Saturdays at 10:30.