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13 hours ago, helenamonster said:

Perhaps she does have people advocating for her behind the scenes, but that advocating only seems to go so far. And she really does have to be careful about social media (I see she's learned nothing from her awful tweets she had to delete when she got hired). The next project she works on may not be as forgiving of negative comments. I'm not saying she can't blow off steam--everybody complains about work--but blasting your employer on the gram is a no no in any industry.

I didn't even know about these and I'm reading them for the first time now.

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17 hours ago, Avabelle said:

One question I have though - is Colin Jost always breaking character during the weekend update? Or maybe breaking character is the wrong phrase.. does the host always laugh through the segment? I don’t think Che is as bad. It doesn’t bother me, in fact I think it’s endearing but I thought they’d want him to be more serious.

I know when the show first started, the WU anchors were in character -- think Chevy Chase, Jane Curtain... -- but I don't think of the anchors as "in character" now. I like it when Colin apparently sincerely reacts to a joke. As for Michael Che, he bothers me more. He always comes off as too-cool-for-school. 

You make me wonder, though, if it was a deliberate decision to have the WU anchors be more casual and react to humor rather than be the stereotypical serious news anchor.

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I’ve only seen two episodes so I haven’t seen Jost do anything but the WU but in his other sketches does he break as much?

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1 hour ago, Avabelle said:

I’ve only seen two episodes so I haven’t seen Jost do anything but the WU but in his other sketches does he break as much?

He (and Che) are almost never in other sketches.  He was the show's Pete Buttigieg but that was his only regular gig outside of WU.  I don't remember him breaking but he never got more than a few lines.

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As far as Cecily's status, did anyone else feel that her WU segment and Drunken Judge Janinne (always hilarious, but she did less SPITTING of her wine on Jost, instead FLINGING it all over him...COVID, you know), that it might have been a good bye? She sang My Way. Sure sounded like a good note to go out on.

In fact, Aidy, Kate, Cecily and Keenan together in the cold open, seemed a little nostalgic. They got the biggest cheer from the audience and were the most emotional about reminiscing. All I could think is that I sure hope that they don't all leave at once.

https://deadline.com/2021/05/pete-davidson-kate-mckinnon-cecily-strong-aidy-bryant-kenan-thompson-saturday-night-live-exit-speculation-colin-jost-season-46-finale-1234762519/

Chloe and Heidi playing the Olsen twins on the Hollywood Squares sketch was perfect, as I consider them a little too similar and interchangeable (I do prefer Fineman to Gardner, even though the producers were at one time shoving Heidi into every possible sketch that they could while Aidy and Cecily were off filming other projects). Heidi's WU ditzy teen characters make me want to stick cocktail forks in my eyeballs. 

As far as promotions from "featured cast" to "regular cast," I'd like to see Bowen Yang and Fineman get that call. 

Now Kyle Mooney could leave and I wouldn't notice, or care. He sucks the funny out of every bit he's in.

 

 

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18 hours ago, ChicksDigScars said:

As far as Cecily's status, did anyone else feel that her WU segment and Drunken Judge Janinne (always hilarious, but she did less SPITTING of her wine on Jost, instead FLINGING it all over him...COVID, you know), that it might have been a good bye? She sang My Way. Sure sounded like a good note to go out on.

In fact, Aidy, Kate, Cecily and Keenan together in the cold open, seemed a little nostalgic. They got the biggest cheer from the audience and were the most emotional about reminiscing. All I could think is that I sure hope that they don't all leave at once.

https://deadline.com/2021/05/pete-davidson-kate-mckinnon-cecily-strong-aidy-bryant-kenan-thompson-saturday-night-live-exit-speculation-colin-jost-season-46-finale-1234762519/

Chloe and Heidi playing the Olsen twins on the Hollywood Squares sketch was perfect, as I consider them a little too similar and interchangeable (I do prefer Fineman to Gardner, even though the producers were at one time shoving Heidi into every possible sketch that they could while Aidy and Cecily were off filming other projects). Heidi's WU ditzy teen characters make me want to stick cocktail forks in my eyeballs. 

As far as promotions from "featured cast" to "regular cast," I'd like to see Bowen Yang and Fineman get that call. 

Now Kyle Mooney could leave and I wouldn't notice, or care. He sucks the funny out of every bit he's in.

 

 

     Do You Think Beck Is Going To Leave Saturday Night Live ? I LOVE Beck And I REALLY Wish He Would Stay On Saturday Night Live ! I LIKE Cecily Also And I Wish She Would Stay On Saturday Night Live, But I Think She Wants To Leave And She DOES Seem To Be Getting Other Things To Do Like Maybe Movies !

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I’m only a few episodes in but Beck and Andrew Moffat could legitimately be the same person for all I know. I can never tell them apart. 

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2 minutes ago, Avabelle said:

I’m only a few episodes in but Beck and Andrew Moffat could legitimately be the same person for all I know. I can never tell them apart. 

I can identify Beck, but I can't tell Mikey Day and Alex Moffat apart, even with people having given me hints. I've really tried! I have studied the credits and taken notes, and then I look at them and it's still a mystery.

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29 minutes ago, possibilities said:

I can identify Beck, but I can't tell Mikey Day and Alex Moffat apart, even with people having given me hints. I've really tried! I have studied the credits and taken notes, and then I look at them and it's still a mystery.

I can usually tell them apart, but I couldn't remember their names before you mentioned them. This has been an era with extremely strong women in the cast (the best female cast since the 70s, I think - Kate, Cecily, Aidy, and Leslie Jones, in particular; also Vanessa Bayer & now Ego Nwodim & probably Chloe Fineman; and no weak links among the women, just a few who don't stand out to me quite as much and end up filling standard SNL roles rather than jumping out as individuals). (Some of this is just taste - I hated the Kristin Wiig era, and whoever gets slotted into trying to recreate that energy is somebody I'm not going to get excited about.)

(There are other women over the years I've really liked - Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, for example - but never such a great ensemble all together.)

The men, though, aside from Kenan & the particularly strong WU update of Colin Jost & Michael Che, have mostly been pretty forgettable lately - again, fine, but mostly just filling standard SNL roles. Bowen Yang is the first in a while that I've really gotten excited about (He & Ego are the ones who will keep me watching when the old guard moves on). I even forgot about Pete, who is distinctive, and I like him just fine, but I wouldn't really notice if any of them weren't there - someone else could step right in. Aside from the Trump Boys, and Vladimir Putin, and the stuff Pete filmed from home, I'm hard pressed to remember what any of them do. 

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20 minutes ago, akr said:

The men, though, aside from Kenan & the particularly strong WU update of Colin Jost & Michael Che, have mostly been pretty forgettable lately - again, fine, but mostly just filling standard SNL roles. Bowen Yang is the first in a while that I've really gotten excited about (He & Ego are the ones who will keep me watching when the old guard moves on). I even forgot about Pete, who is distinctive, and I like him just fine, but I wouldn't really notice if any of them weren't there - someone else could step right in. Aside from the Trump Boys, and Vladimir Putin, and the stuff Pete filmed from home, I'm hard pressed to remember what any of them do. 

I don't always love Kyle, but I have frequently really liked the pretapes where he plays himself. And I think Chris Redd is very good at presenting a character. I know the difference between Mikey and Alex but I don't need anything more from either of them. I'd like to see at least 4 of  Kyle, Beck, Mikey, Alex, Che, Jost, and Pete leave, but they would need 2 more strong newbies coming up IMO.

I'm ready for some turnover with the women as well. They need someone strong to replace Cecily (no pun intended).  I would be disappointed to see any of Ego, Punkie, or Lauren go now but the rest have either been around for a while, or I don't really feel excited about and they have been around long enough to have their chance.

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, SomeTameGazelle said:

And I think Chris Redd is very good at presenting a character.

You're right, he's good, too. I tend to forget about him, perhaps because he's never irritating, unlike a lot of the other guys, but he's a solid role player and it would leave a pretty big hole if he left.

15 hours ago, SomeTameGazelle said:

I'm ready for some turnover with the women as well.  . . . I would be disappointed to see any of Ego, Punkie, or Lauren go now but the rest have either been around for a while, or I don't really feel excited about and they have been around long enough to have their chance.

Yes, I definitely want to see more of Punkie & Lauren as well as Ego. I'm just starting to get a feel for them & what they have to offer is still fresh.  

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11 hours ago, akr said:

I can usually tell them apart, but I couldn't remember their names before you mentioned them. This has been an era with extremely strong women in the cast (the best female cast since the 70s, I think - Kate, Cecily, Aidy, and Leslie Jones, in particular; also Vanessa Bayer & now Ego Nwodim & probably Chloe Fineman; and no weak links among the women, just a few who don't stand out to me quite as much and end up filling standard SNL roles rather than jumping out as individuals). (Some of this is just taste - I hated the Kristin Wiig era, and whoever gets slotted into trying to recreate that energy is somebody I'm not going to get excited about.)

(There are other women over the years I've really liked - Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, for example - but never such a great ensemble all together.)

The men, though, aside from Kenan & the particularly strong WU update of Colin Jost & Michael Che, have mostly been pretty forgettable lately - again, fine, but mostly just filling standard SNL roles. Bowen Yang is the first in a while that I've really gotten excited about (He & Ego are the ones who will keep me watching when the old guard moves on). I even forgot about Pete, who is distinctive, and I like him just fine, but I wouldn't really notice if any of them weren't there - someone else could step right in. Aside from the Trump Boys, and Vladimir Putin, and the stuff Pete filmed from home, I'm hard pressed to remember what any of them do. 

     I Love Beck And I Like Mikey Day ! ! What About Ana, Molly Shannon And Cheri OTeri? Also I Like Jan Hooks ! I Also Like Amy And I Like Maya Rudolph ! !

 

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On 5/24/2021 at 8:10 AM, peeayebee said:

I know when the show first started, the WU anchors were in character -- think Chevy Chase, Jane Curtain... -- but I don't think of the anchors as "in character" now. I like it when Colin apparently sincerely reacts to a joke. As for Michael Che, he bothers me more. He always comes off as too-cool-for-school. 

You make me wonder, though, if it was a deliberate decision to have the WU anchors be more casual and react to humor rather than be the stereotypical serious news anchor.

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 a pretty decent anchor, but he was put in the role mainly because he was the young heartthrob of that era, Tina was in some ways similar to old anchors like Jane (playing at real news) or Norm (being sarcastic), but she combined the two in being much more forthright about her political opinions, similar to Che and Jost now. She and Jimmy also brought back the silliness of early '80s co-anchors, complete with storylines about having a baby together, etc. 

When Amy replaces Jimmy, the balance shifts further toward trying to be liked by the audience - Amy is very 'cute,' and giggly, and she and Tina have little songs and such. When Seth joins Amy, he is more serious, balancing her out, and she gradually becomes more serious as well. 

When Seth is solo, he mostly leaves behind his earlier serious personality, aside from the occasional editorial, and much of Update is turned over to 2-3 long correspondent pieces a night, which you can often hear Seth giggling through. This is probably best shown through Stefon, since for many years an Update anchor would tolerate or be outright hostile toward a correspondent, rather than falling in love with them and marrying them. 

Cecily, in her short tenure, was a mix of goofy and "fun" and serious.

When Colin first joined, he was very earnest, and was trashed for that by some fans - from then on, he seems to have shifted Update more toward having fun with how people see him, poking fun at his relationship with Scarjo, etc. with Che happy to play into that. Then sometimes he gives serious editorials. Che tends to focus more on trolling viewers, or Colin. I think this has led to a good balance, but I'm not sure how much longer the combination can work - that they've gone on for 7 years still surprises me sometimes. 

On 5/25/2021 at 1:46 PM, possibilities said:

I can identify Beck, but I can't tell Mikey Day and Alex Moffat apart, even with people having given me hints. I've really tried! I have studied the credits and taken notes, and then I look at them and it's still a mystery.

Even the show joked about this last season. I guess part of the reason is because they were a double act early on (especially as the Trump sons), but in the last few years, Alex has usually just had supporting roles (outside of the occasional Update feature) while Mikey has been a reliable presence - he's the one who frequently appears on Update with Heidi, he has the "reacts" type sketches where he comments on something crazy or shocking, he has the War in Words sketches when British women host, the "funny name" news sketches where he usually plays the reporter, etc, 

In skillsets I think Beck and Alex have much more in common - they both do impressions, physical comedy, can sing, etc. but Beck tends to dominate. 

I think Alex, like Melissa, suffers from not writing much for himself or not being able to get the show to put his ideas on. It's a shame because on paper I feel like Alex could be a wonderful part of the show.

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When do you normally here about new contracts and if cast is leaving?

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On 5/28/2021 at 3:07 PM, Avabelle said:

When do you normally here about new contracts and if cast is leaving?

August.

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I want Ego and Punkie to leave this show and go over to A Black Lady Sketch Show where they can shine. 

They are both talented, and deserve opportunities to be featured more and play a variety of fully fleshed characters in well-written skits with beautiful production values. 

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I think Ego gets a lot of screen time no? Her, Chloe and Bowen were definetly the Standouts of the season for me.

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