'SNL': Grading the 2010-11 season

Tonight’s Saturday Night Live is a rerun (from January, Jesse Eisenberg host), so I thought it would be a good time to pause and take stock of season 36 of SNL.

In general, the show has followed its usual pattern, booking more movie stars with films to plug as hosts than TV stars. There’s been a heavy reliance upon recurring characters, but unlike season 35, the current SNL has made a greater effort to find face-time its new cast members: Vanessa Bayer, Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam, and Paul Brittain. (One wonders whether a similar effort might have saved the talented but neglected Michaela Watkins in season 34.) Read More...



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