It seems like an eternity since the last episode of “Saturday Night Live” aired, but it’s back tonight, with the most beloved member of one of television’s biggest shows as host. Jim Parsons is a semi-unlikely television star, but there are few who don’t know who Sheldon Cooper is at this point, and a large chunk of that goes to Parson’s portrayal of that character. In lesser hands, Sheldon would not be one of the true genuine breakout characters in recent TV history. Tonight, Parsons gets to potentially stretch his wings, in addition to almost undoubtedly delivering “The Big Bang Theory”-related humor as well. Along for the ride is musical act Beck for this, the first show in the post-Seth Meyers Era.
With the departure of Seth Meyers, “Saturday Night Live” experiences another big casting change. But change is built into the show’s very DNA, so this isn’t time to worry. Rather, it’s time to get excited about what’s now possible. The effects of his departure will echo beyond the “Weekend Update” desk and ripple into each aspect of the show. Sure, the show can and probably will try to move on and overtly act as if nothing is different. But that’s a terrifically boring approach to take. Anything and everything is possible. That was true when Meyers was there, and now the show has a perfect excuse to try some new approaches. How can the show best take advantage?
We have a few thoughts:
Oscar excitement is starting to reach fever pitch. But while HitFix’s staff has nearly every aspect of the lead up to the awards themselves covered, it’s time to also think about what will happen after the statues are handed out on March 2. Sure, many of the nominees will move onto other film projects. But there’s also another place we’d like to see them sooner rather than later: in Studio 8H hosting “Saturday Night Live.” All these selections are long shots in one way or another. But these choices aren’t about the likelihood of any one performer actually hosting. This is about looking at the field of 2014 nominees and seeing where the most interesting pairings between host and show exist.
In the middle of a lengthy hiatus for "Saturday Night Live" after the end of The Seth Meyers Era, it’s time to take stock of the show’s remaining players in HitFix’s annual Cast Power Rankings. (You can see last year’s list here.) The following list has nothing to do with the talent of those on the show. This list merely ascertains their overall worth to the show as exhibited by onscreen time, level of contribution, and the show’s perceived value of their worth to the program as a whole. Those low on the list aren’t unfunny: They simply haven’t had the chance to shine or haven’t found a way to break through just yet. Those atop the list are vital to "SNL" as a whole and are poised to lead the show heading into its fortieth anniversary next year.
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Yes, "Sleepy Hollow," that's how you do a season finale.
The first season of FOX's bonkers breakout hit came to a delightfully thrilling conclusion in tonight's two hour finale. Literally every character was left in jeopardy and the writers pulled one hell of a twist on us, so let's start there.
It's a small miracle everyone makes it out of this episode of "Sleepy Hollow" alive. As the series races towards next week's finale, the tension is rising and this seemed like as good a week as any for the show to throw a shocking, emotional death our way.
It’s been the usual up-and-down Fall for “Saturday Night Live,” with as many hits as misses and more than a fair share of controversy swirling the production. But through it all, there have been many highlights. Some were silly. Some were slightly somber. All were compelling.
Here are the ten best segments of the Fall: