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A game Woody Harelson and innovative performance from Billie Eilish can't save a mediocreseason opener that once again relies too heavily on celebritycameos -- though that girl Maya Rudolph can come back whenever she likes.
"SNL" staged its own trailer of "Downton Abbey" and joked that nothing really happens in the box-office hit. But the same could be said for the blah season opener of "SNL."
Harrelson throws out a shout out to climate activist Greta Thurnberg (whose face is plastered on his t-shirt) during an awkwardly long curtain call, closing a scattered premiere episode on a scattered note.
Yet the generational gap between this season premiere's host and musical guest is not the strangest choice. It's more what this season premiere chooses to do - or really, not do - with its multi-time host.
I'd try to figure out other things to say about Saturday's premiere, but good or bad, Saturday Night Live just doesn't offer much to talk about these days.
One of the most exciting elements of the show: New players Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman got used quite a bit, popping up in several sketches and each given their own moments to shine.
Here's the real breakdown: over the next nine months, SNL will produce about 200 sketches. Fifty will be great, 50 will be awful, and one hundred will be fine. In other words, it will be another season of SNL.
As the 45th season of the show moves forward, developing the rest of the cast should be SNL's priority, not putting in calls to Ray Donovan.
One of those wasn't too bad, but the best parts of the show came outside the political arena.
SNL's season premiere gave off a same-as-it-ever-was vibe, not exactly encouraging after a lackluster last few seasons.
The monologue has Colin Jost written all over it. Oof. Welcome to Season 45!
Saturday Night Live has been hit or miss for the last several years. Chalk this one up as "just OK."
Thankfully, the episode found its footing - and gave at least one new cast member a chance to shine - after the first commercial break, when the show returned with a cameo-filled debate parody that really, really should have served as the cold open.