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39th season "Saturday Night Live" 2013-14

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Season opener is Sept 28, hosted by Tina Fey.

For Week 2 on Oct. 5, Miley Cyrus will both host and perform as the musical guest.

And Oct. 12, actor Bruce Willis returns for his second hosting stint, joined by Katy Perry promoting her upcoming album Prism.


As far as replacements for departing heavyweights Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers in February, there are five newcomers as described in this item: http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/09/14/saturday-night-live-new-cast-members-snl-season-39/
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Hey, great thread!

Can't wait for the season opener. Tina Fey is a good season opener host
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It looks like they are returning to a two-person Weekend Update team.

"Saturday Night Live castmember Cecily Strong will co-anchor Weekend Update with Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels revealed."

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/09/15/snl-cecily-strong-weekend-update-seth-meyers/
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"Saturday Night Live castmember Cecily Strong will co-anchor Weekend Update with Seth Meyers
I am REALLY going to like this!

I always loved the Dan Akroyd + Jane Curtin years, and Cecily Strong is one of their terrific recent acquisitions with the ability to do impressions, wacko, deadpan sarcasm delivery, or bizarre characters and accents and personalities. I just hope they don't reduce her performance responsibilities in regular sketches as well, where I really look forward to seeing her.

No mention of Nasim's departure (last I'd heard she had done a pilot for some possible series in which she was the lead), so hopefully we'll still see her, along with the wonderful Kate McKinnon and Vanessa Bayer (whose character collection I've really grown to like more and more).

Here, here, for the "no longer porn stars" sketches.
post #5 of 112
For those that have Xfinity and access to Streampix (On Demand), most SNL full episodes from all seasons are available.

It is fun watching the episodes in the first couple of years.
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It looks like they are returning to a two-person Weekend Update team.

"Saturday Night Live castmember Cecily Strong will co-anchor Weekend Update with Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels revealed."

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/09/15/snl-cecily-strong-weekend-update-seth-meyers/

But who is going to replace Seth at the news desk when he leaves in a few months?
post #7 of 112
Cecily Strong on the Update desk means no more Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party... booo.

Good for her though, I absolutely love her and her sense of humor.
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But who is going to replace Seth at the news desk when he leaves in a few months?

My guess is that decision will be made as they go along and see who in the new cast would be a good fit.
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Cecily Strong on the Update desk means no more Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party
Hoo-freakin'-ray!
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Cecily Strong on the Update desk means no more Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party... booo.

It might be The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party doing the whole Update desk.
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But who is going to replace Seth at the news desk when he leaves in a few months?

My guess is that decision will be made as they go along and see who in the new cast would be a good fit.

They may be hoping he continues to do it - since his Late Night show will only be 4 nights a week.
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The new cast member who played the comedian during Weekend Update made me think of a weird cross between John Travolta and Andy Kaufman.

I liked the monologue bit about embarassing the new cast. smile.gif get it out of the way early.

Mr Zoid

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post #13 of 112
Fantastic episode. Tina Fey is great
post #14 of 112
I only watched the hilarious "Obama" opener w Breaking Bad dude. And I've yet to see a single ep of BB.
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I didn't find it all that funny, though I loved Arcade Fire, and the strange extra half-hour of them after the show.
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I thought it was a weak opener. Are there any "water cooler" skits that you'll be telling your friends at work about on Monday? I don't remember any. Did any of the new cast members put in a stand out performance? Sure, I had a few chuckles here and there, but this is a comedy show. That is expected. Cecily Strong on Weekend Update: She needs to put forth a more in charge air to be able to pull of the sarcastic and cynical cracks at the news events. Her "airhead" OJ bit destroyed any hopes of that. That might work if there will be a duo doing the news, but if she's going to replace SM as the solo host, I hope she is able to be more authoritative.
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I didn't find it all that funny, though I loved Arcade Fire, and the strange extra half-hour of them after the show.

I don't know what's more shocking - that you loved Arcade Fire - eek.gif - or that you watched it without the benefit of a DVR saving you from that extra half-hour! eek.gifeek.gif
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I don't know what's more shocking - that you loved Arcade Fire - or that you watched it without the benefit of a DVR saving you from that extra half-hour!

Fie, fie! I have that extra half hour stored away on said DVR. So there.
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The new cast member who played the comedian during Weekend Update made me think of a weird cross between John Travolta and Andy Kaufman.
Was that Kyle Mooney?  I have trouble with faces and getting used to a lot of new ones at once is a problem for me.

Whoever it was, the Bruce Chandling bit did not go well.  I think the only new cast member who did anything notable last night was Mike O'Brien as Crazy Rick, but it's only the first episode.

With Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong promoted to full cast member after only one season, the regular cast now has five women and five men; it's probably never had that many females at one time, nor as many females as males.  (Edit: I'm wrong.  The autumn 1980 cast had three of each sex and zero featured players until around January or February of 1981.)  When Seth Meyers leaves, the women will outnumber the men in the main cast, another first.  Of course, when you add the featured players, who are five men to one woman, that tilts the balance the other way.
 
Edited by dattier - 9/29/13 at 11:31am
post #20 of 112
Aidy Bryant still sucks. She just keeps doing an impression of SNL women from the past in the hopes of it making her seem funny. They got rid of the fat unfunny new guy from last season, but they should have sent her packing along with him.

The Girls spoof was good, but I havent watched much after that yet. Was surprised to see the guy from the ATT commercials in the cast.
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Whoever it was, the Bruce Chandling bit did not go well.
I couldn't understand what he was saying because he didn't speak clearly. Nor did the audience understand him either, based on the VERY tepid response to what apparently was supposed to be either funny words or funny delivery. In my opinion, it was neither... and you've backed me up, as did the audience.

I haven't finished watching the last 30 minutes yet (here's hoping I get to see Vanessa Bayer and Nasim Pedrad), but the first hour was pretty much a dud for me. I think the "Girls" parody was about the best of it. Could be that the new girl in the cast is the best of the new six cast members (her Lena Dunham impression in the "Girls" was star material), although this is only the first episode so that's just speculation on what overall was pretty weak material. Can't recall even a faint smile or chuckle from me from any of whatever the new guys were asked to do.

Jay Pharoah continues to blow his lines and disappoint in his delivery. His Obama is truly not great. But I did enjoy Kate McKinnon's smoking and harried ER doc, bothered by people who put assorted things "where they shouldn't be" and then say "I fell on it". She's great no matter what they give her to do.

I also did not think Tina Fey (or her material) was as strong as I would have expected. Certainly the opening "embarrass the new kids" monolog was dreadful. Only her "Blerta" character in the aforementioned "Girls" parody was amusing, but so was all of it. Taran Killam's Adam impression was great. Tina's role in "new cast member or Arcade Fire member" was awful, as was pretty much the entire skit and its premise.

They are obviously seriously missing strong and familiar male cast members and what they can contribute. Hader, Sudeikis, and Armisen and their battery of characters and impressions are going to be very very hard to replace. So far I don't see any potential standouts from the five new guys, but we'll see.
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Could be that the new girl in the cast is the best of the new six cast members (her Lena Dunham impression in the "Girls" was star material),
If that was Noël Wells, then my statement that Mike O'Brien was the only new featured player to make a good impression is retracted, for she did too.  As I said, learning faces is hard for me and I couldn't place who that was.  I wasn't even confident enough that it wasn't any of the five female main cast members -- only that Blerta was Tina Fey -- to conclude by process of elimination that it had to be Wells.  My DVR recordings are deleted now, but there's always VOD, so maybe I'll rewatch the "Girls" take-off and try to identify the players.  (Edit: I rewatched it at nbc.com and, with DSperber's help in identifying Noël Wells as Hannah and having already recognized Tina Fey as Blerta, I could figure out that -- in order of appearance in the bit -- the other three were Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, and Vanessa Bayer.)
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They got rid of the fat unfunny new guy from last season,
If you mean Tim Robinson, there was a post here quoting an article that he's still on the writing staff.
 
Edited by dattier - 10/1/13 at 6:47am
post #23 of 112
Loved the "Girls" parody.
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Once again ... the best parts of SN"Live" were not "Live" ... except for the final "Former Porn Stars" sketch.
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Once again ... the best parts of SN"Live" were not "Live" ... except for the final "Former Porn Stars" sketch.

porn stars is always a winner with me

also enjoyed the vintage used car ad and girls


aside from that....
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Once again ... the best parts of SN"Live" were not "Live" ... except for the final "Former Porn Stars" sketch.
Anyone else catch the line about the two girls getting banged in the back seat of a Kia by a pair of rapper gerbils.....eek.gif Every time I see those Kia commercials(which they seem to play ALL the time and are pretty cute) I wonder what ad exec came up with the idea to have rapper gerbils as a car's mascot eek.gif seems to be working as I see tons of Kia Souls(mostly green as in the ad) in my city, they are ALL over! They have lots of different commercials here's one:
Edited by jjeff - 9/30/13 at 2:04pm
post #27 of 112
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I simply don't understand the continuing absence of "main cast member" Nasim in sketches. And yet they still try to give Aidy Bryant some work?? She's just not very funny in any of the relatively few things she's actually been given, and it's been more than a year for us to see that.

Nasim at least should have and would have been a perfect deadringer for Adam's season 2 "new girlfriend" (Natalia, played by Shiri Appleby) in the "Girls" spoof, and would have added to the accuracy and humor of the parody by having yet one more faux in the bit. This was a pre-filmed well written, well-edited and well produced sketch so they had all the time in the world to make it better. Nasim would have at least made it that much better... AND GIVEN HER WORK!!!

I wasn't impressed with "Used Model-T's", although I may have smiled twice when he started to "list all the features" and stopped after naming just one. But Mike O'Brien's delivery as a stand-up onscreen comic actor was definitely NOT impressive. They promoted him from the writer's room to replace Tim Robinson??? Why, because he was "oh so funny"???

I still think the Kyle Mooney "Bruce Chandling" introduction on WU was maybe the worst new cast member introductory performance in 20 years. I did not understand 90% of what he mumbled incoherently, and found 100% of his character's physical incarnation unfunny and boring, making me feel uncomfortable and impatient for things to "move on, please". He was actually recruited for his comic ability?? Jury is still way way out on this one.
post #28 of 112
Agreed about the "comedian" bit during Weekend Update. What the hell was that? Horrible.
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To the contrary, Pharoah is one of a few people who can mimic Obama's voice accurately. Which is why I found him funny, but didn't blow a gasket laughing.

Armistan had the Obama "cadence" but lacked the voice. And of all the former presidents, his is the most difficult to imitate, IMO.
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To the contrary, Pharoah is one of a few people who can mimic Obama's voice accurately. Which is why I found him funny, but didn't blow a gasket laughing.

Armistan had the Obama "cadence" but lacked the voice. And of all the former presidents, his is the most difficult to imitate, IMO.
"Former"?  As of the timestamp of your posting, he was still in office.

Jordan Peele might do the voice better than Jay Pharoah, but I agree that Pharoah does it better than Fred Armisen did.
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