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Ask TV Squad: Why aren't we reviewing Saturday Night Live?

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 3rd 2006 4:02PM
SNL LogoOne of our regular commenters, Jim, asked us a good question the other day, in response to Rich's post that answered other questions: "I want to know why you've stopped posting reviews of Saturday Night Live."

Others have asked us this question from time to time since the season started. And the short answer is that Jonathan couldn't do it anymore and no one else volunteered. But the long answer is: no one volunteered because they didn't want to write the same review every week.

You know what I'm talking about: "Well, SNL pretty much sucked this week. Let's go over each sketch and examine why it sucked." I just think that after last season, we got tired of writing about how bad the show had gotten, and certainly our readers got tired of us dumping on the show each and every time out. Keith has said before that the TVS staff won't be forced to review shows we don't like, and I think that's what happened in this case.

It's not that we're not watching; the smaller cast and reconstituted writing staff (led by Seth Meyers and company) are already showing sings that they're looking to do something different than the tired skits of past years. So what we've decided to do is write a Monday or Tuesday Watercooler post highlighting what we thought were the best parts of the previous episode, like Annie did when she wrote about Hugh Laurie's impressive hosting stint last week. If you don't see a Watercooler, we either didn't see the show or didn't think any of it was good enough to write about. Also, if you see something happen on the show that you think we should cover, you can always drop us a line.

What do you think of SNL so far this season? Let me know in the comments.

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