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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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Smikwily just put into simple terms what I was trying to explain above. Thank you!

If no one is going to review SNL, I might be inclined to put my own little review right here in the comments.

November 06 2006 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've always had a theory about SNL - it is only funny when the cast has become famous. You can't watch "new SNL" and laugh. When it is "classic SNL" it earns a few more laughs.

November 06 2006 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jim -- Of course the more eyes you have on a show the more you're going to catch. Everyone's going to miss at least one thing. If we didn't think the commenters would have something constructive to say, we wouldn't allow comments!

November 04 2006 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You da mom... thanks for reading that! If you want to comment, send a note to the e-mail address in the banner above (editors at tvsquad dot com). It'll be forwarded to me.

November 04 2006 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For Keith McDuffee: From Post #11 on the "Diwali" thread ...

"One of the first things I do upon coming into work the morning after one of my favorite shows is on is log on to TV Squad to get even MORE of a fix. As it turns out (more and more often), the commentors have about 100x more relevant and significant things to say than the TV Squadder does. Do you guys really watch the shows? I mean, you'd probably be better off by just having your entry say "The Office was on TV last night" and then leave the rest to the commentors."


November 03 2006 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
you da mom!

joel, this has nothing to do with snl (although, as an aside, i will say that reviewing snl would, indeed, be a big fat waste of time). i want to actually comment on your piece in this month's jane magazine - is there a forum where i can do that? thanks in advance!

November 03 2006 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jim -- I must have missed the comment on The Office you're talking about. Are you talking about a thread here?

We've been considering the thought of putting up some sort of "placeholder" for readers to at least comment, but we're not sure yet if/how we'd do that. It's sort-of on the table, though.

November 03 2006 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The skits DO RUN WAY past their effectiveness more times than not. Hit and run folks, hit and run.
But what about Tina's new show 30 Rock? I don't see much written about it here at the Squad. It's fantastic, smart, whitty and DAMN funny. Finally Tracy Morgan can show off some of his comedic talent and Tina is awsome. And Alec Baldwin plays off all of them perfectly. When it moves to Thursday nights, I think NBC will re-gain the title.

November 03 2006 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for addressing my question.

I agree that the quality of the show and the demands of writing a review every week might result in some repititious comments. What I like about TV Squad, though, is not what the bloggers themselves have to say, but the ability for readers to comment. It's like someone said in a thread about The Office earlier today: Just put up a subject line and let us have at it.

That said, I think last week's episode (with Hugh Laurie) was a rare opportunity to say some good things about the show. The first half was pretty damn good, in fact.

November 03 2006 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll do it.

November 03 2006 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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