Monday, August 28, 2017

Emmy Episodes: Saturday Night Live

It’s always my policy to watch every Emmy-nominated episode each year, which leads me to sample a handful of shows that I don’t tune in to on a regular basis. For the second year in a row, I’m making a special effort to spotlight each of those installments to offer my perspective on shows that I don’t review each week.

Saturday Night Live: Season 42, Episode 7 “Kristen Wiig/The xx” (B)

Wiig is no stranger to this show, nominated for four Emmys as a regular cast member from 2009 to 2012 and then again the next year for hosting. She’s back again as a beloved returner to the show, earning another Emmy nomination in the guest acting category this year. Her opening Thanksgiving sketch about being a real Turkeyhead was a bit strange, though not quite as much as the giant parade sketch. The cat show and the QVC audition ads were both a bit odd, and Wiig got to bring back sweater-wearing Sue in the last sketch, way too excited for the surprise and even eating a pillow to stop herself – unsuccessfully – from ruining it. The Secret Word scene was a bit funnier, and the Bubble ad was funny too. The Target commercial was great, and I also liked how Anderson Cooper interviewing all of the pundits turned into a promo for “Westworld.” This show is all about the guest stars, and it was fun to have Steve Martin and Will Forte show up in the opening number to interrupt Wiig and her incorrect Thanksgiving facts. Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney was fun too, and shaking hands with Trump forever before deciding it wasn’t going to work was great. And if you thought that Kate McKinnon had nothing to do now that Clinton lost, Kellyanne having it all on her shoulders was the perfect way for her to bounce back and embody another personality so well, having a blast in the process.

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