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THE SKED REVIEW: “Saturday Night Live” with Bruce Willis

Posted October 12, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  It’s relatively unusual for a movie star to host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE without having something to plug, but this week Bruce Willis took the lead for his first turn since the days of the original Die Hard in 1989.  Willis rarely gets the credit he deserves for the range of his roles (the Die […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Saturday Night Live” with Paul Rudd

Posted December 8, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  There were more cameo stars in the first 15 minutes of tonight’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE than regular cast members, and since SNL has enough regulars for a small city, that’s saying something.  It all got Paul Rudd’s third stint as host off to an energized start, which the show predictably proceeded to dribble away […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: SNL With Will Ferrell

Posted May 13, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  Tonight’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE marked the return of movie-star alumnus Will Ferrell as host, but he had a minimal amount to do with the clear highlight of the night.  That would be the show’s 100th Digital Short, a genuine extravaganza (if this was the reason there was no Digital Short last week, the effort […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Saturday Night Live” with Christoph Waltz

Posted February 17, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  You would have thought that if there was one SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE host who’d escape the cliche of a musical monologue, it would be Christoph Waltz, but you’d be wrong.  “Smile, Damn It, Smile” wasn’t even a funny song, an Austria gag without any teeth or edge.  (Although Taran Killian’s Casual Hitler was a […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Saturday Night Live” with Kerry Washington

Posted November 3, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  For Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson–but especially Pharoah–this week must have felt like alternate-universe SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, because with Kerry Washington as host, suddenly he was the show’s featured leading man, a situation he probably shouldn’t expect to see again anytime soon.  Washington herself was an enormously enthusiastic host, very funny (despite a certain […]

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THE SKED FALL TRAILER REVIEW: ABC’s “Last Resort”

Posted May 15, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    LAST RESORT:  Thursdays 8PM on ABC   WHAT IT’S SAYING:  Crimson Tide, with Andre Braugher as Gene Hackman and Scott Speedman as Denzel Washington.  Nuclear stakes.  A lot of grim-faced guys underwater and in Washington, drawing lines in the sand.. WHAT IT’S REALLY SAYING:  This is the lead-in to Grey’s Anatomy?  That’s a […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Game Change”

Posted March 13, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> On Saturday night, HBO’s GAME CHANGE scored the network’s highest premiere rating for an original TV-movie in 8 years.  (As it always the case with HBO, the movie will be rebroadcast many times, as well as being available on HBO GO and other platforms.)  While there were certainly A list names associated with the […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: SNL with Jamie Foxx

Posted December 9, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  It felt like 12:55AM for the entire last half-hour of tonight’s SNL, and that wasn’t a bad thing.  Every post-Update sketch had the kind of oddball conceptualism that’s usually reserved for the last minutes of the show, and while the sketches didn’t all work, they had more imagination and wit than just anything that […]

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