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Is the show still relevant?
This depends on what you mean by “relevant.” In terms of driving stories in the aftermath of each episode, or through certain host announcements (Justin Bieber, anyone?), the show still has some juice. But outside of the Presidential races, it’s all but ceded its place as the primary place that America discusses important cultural and political issues. Look to see how the show deals with topics such as the NFL upon its return. If the show bares fangs, that’s a good sign. If Ray Rice is a used as a throwaway gag, or not mentioned at all, settle in for another season of safe, albeit often funny, comedy.