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Saturday Night Live: Gerard Butler

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What a weak episode. I enjoyed a total of two sketches, and I’m pretty sure that’s just because my standards are getting lower. The saddest part is it looks like Lorne Michaels has given up too. Instead of improving the writing or the talent, they are reducing the amount of time for new sketches by airing clips of people breaking during dress rehearsal. On the bright side for struggling NBC, the clips are sponsored by Bud Light Golden Wheat*, so at least they’re getting some cash.

*Public Service Announcement: I tried this new beer yesterday, and I guess I forgot just how bad macrobrews are. If you want a quality wheat beer, do yourself a favor and spend the extra two bucks on Boulevard Wheat instead. If you want to try Bud Light Golden Wheat for free and you live near Northwest Arkansas, drop me an email–I’ve got 10 bottles that I will not be drinking.

October 18, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Television | , , , , , | Comments Off on Saturday Night Live: Gerard Butler

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – Six Weeks In

I’ve been watching Jimmy Fallon’s show for several weeks now, and so far it’s just sort of there.  While I’m really enjoying the inclusion of geek culture on the show, I’m concerned that too many of the jokes and bits just aren’t funny.  I’m hopeful that Jimmy’s timing and material will improve as he finds his groove, but one thing is certain–they have got to do a better job of eliminating the bits that just aren’t working.  

Slow Jam the News and Lick for Ten have been good, but Letters Home just plain sucks and needs to die.  As for 7th Floor West, Jimmy’s play on The Hills, I think this is exactly the kind of material he needs to keep zeroing in on.  Skewing younger by referencing The Hills is exactly what can set Late Night apart from some of the competition.

The best part of the show, and most consistent to this point, has been the music.  The Roots are far and away the best house band I’ve ever seen on television, and the musical guests have been great.  The good news for Jimmy is that with most of NBC’s programming sucking ass, and Lorne Michaels behind him, there’s no way he’s getting the boot any time soon.

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, New Series, Television | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – Six Weeks In