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Pete Martell

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  1. I have sometimes wondered if various people at the show do like Melissa, as they keep her around in spite of her being so infrequently used, but that article felt like drawing cast member names out of a hat to me. Speaking of Melissa, apparently she said on her podcast that she is coming back. I do think she has a great deal of talent, talent that can be very effective when she and the writing are on the same page, but I just hope she scales back on social media, because last season was a vicious cycle of her venting on there, further upsetting her fans who were already unhappy over h
  2. Yes. The document makes some reference to this as I think the person who filed the suit claims they were told to avoid another cast member because he'd sexually assaulted or harassed a friend of theirs. Then there is, as you say, Fallon. Fallon has told his share of stories about heavy drinking and partying, IIRC, so if he and Sanz were both completely messed up at this time, it just shows how irresponsible NBC (this being the Zucker era, which was grimy in general) and Lorne were in handling this situation. I'd like to think after the scuzzy early '00s passed some of this al
  3. Horatio Sanz is being sued over accusations of grooming and sexual assault from the early '00s. The person accusing him ran a fan site and claims they were taken to SNL afterparties while underage. There are more details involved but this probably isn't the place to go on and on. https://www.vulture.com/2021/08/horatio-sanz-accused-of-sexual-assault-in-lawsuit.html
  4. Aidy Bryant will be on a spinoff of Big Mouth. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/human-resources-big-mouth-unvehuman-resources-big-mouth-nick-kroll-maya-rudolph-1234995639/ Girls5Eva has been renewed for a second season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/girls5eva-renewed-season-2-peacock-1234995796/
  5. Rachel Dratch and Chris Redd will be on Pyramid tonight. https://www.tvinsider.com/1000801/masterchef-court-cam-snl-pyramid-too-large/ Heidi and her husband, Marvel Comics writer Zeb Wells, have a cameo in an X-Men title.
  6. During the '70s and early '80s, there was a mix of aping real news anchors and parodying the idea of what news anchors aren't meant to do - Chevy's dirty phone calls with his girlfriend, Jane's desperate crush on Walter Cronkite, Mary Gross and Brian Doyle Murray having a love affair. From the early/mid '80s to the early '00s, you had various anchors (from Brad Hall to Colin Quinn) who were a mix of wiseass and serious news reader. The big change starts with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, as there's much less emphasis on any pretense of serious news. Jimmy tries, and he actually becomes
  7. https://www.npr.org/2021/05/24/998682100/snl-musical-guests-ranked-from-no-1-to-morgan-wallen Ranking the season's musical guests.
  8. Sudi Green, who has written for SNL for the last six seasons, has left.
  9. I don't know anything about Anya Taylor-Joy, but I was optimistic when she was announced as the finale host, because SNL has not had a new finale host since 2007 (Zach Braff), Having a new person host means less baggage and the potential to get the cast in a more central role. Fortunately, that happened tonight, and Anya proved to be a capable host as well (she reminded me a little of Emma Stone - if Emma has wound down her hosting gigs, I could see Anya filling that void). SNL finales can often feel very tired, and certainly this one of any had a reason to be tired, so I was pleasantly
  10. SNL almost always premieres in late September or early October - probably just a joke. There are so many prom photos of fathers holding shotguns on their daughters and daughters' boyfriends - I agree with you that the dumb dad material is overdone on SNL but this one did make me laugh.
  11. He hosted in October and they haven't had someone host twice in a season since the early '80s, but I did wonder if he was going to have a cameo. Promo for this week: Cut sketch: I can see why it was cut but I did enjoy some parts - mainly when Kate said she dreamt of seeing her mother and Elon Musk hosting the show (I didn't think they would joking about him hosting so fast). Beck as Mr. Bean also made me laugh.
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