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  1. S13.E04: Auditions 4 2018.06.19

    I'm not usually a fan of sob stories, which part of the trapeze artists' backstory was (the part about being on the road a lot and it being hard on their infant child). But if that was true, Simon's "this is what this show is about, helping people like you" comment annoyed the hell out of me, since it sounded more like "the show's wealthy judges and producers would like to throw you a few crumbs and have you fight for them for our amusement, in your case by doing a stunt that's dangerous for someone with vision problems."
  2. I'm really sad to hear about this too, not just because he made a lot of damn good TV, but that he's someone who gave a lot of people hope that you can overcome your demons. Not that said hope shouldn't stay alive, but to many, Bourdain was more than just a TV host. If you've read any of his books, there's some stuff in there that suggests those demons were never far away.
  3. S16.E01: Auditions

    Oh my. This was so bad. I liked the first few seasons of this show, but it's clear those days are gone and aren't ever coming back. This has totally stopped being about talent (I guess people who want are watching "The Voice"). Instead, it's become all about personality - as in obnoxious millennial over-the-top "personality" - and trying to get tweens to fall in love with a singer before, and regardless of, how they perform. Kentucky girl was the prime example. I did like Alyssa, who seemed like a throwback to the best Idol auditioners of the previous decade.
  4. If you thought the Diet Coke Mango ad was bad.....they've bottomed out with this one.
  5. S43.E03: Kumail Nanjiani / P!nk

    Kumail's monologue was similar to Aziz Ansari's in that it touched on some of the same themes - but even though Aziz appears to be far more popular, I thought Kumail's was much funnier and less annoying. I too hope to see Kumail again on SNL.
  6. S14.E05: Academy Week #1

    It appears to be the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of Cal State University - Northridge.
  7. Eurovision 2017: Make It, Ukraine

    I wish Moldova had won. The sax guy? The dancing? The brides? I floved the whole thing. (Yeah, I come from the school of thought that Eurovision is not to be taken seriously....) Honestly, I found myself wishing the music would cut out during the Portuguese guy's victory performance and switch to "Hey Mamma" instead, while the Moldovan bridal party "running manned" their way back on stage.
  8. Favorite Commercials

    Rachel Platten can do no wrong.
  9. Favorite Commercials

    I like this one.....well played, S. Gomez.
  10. Favorite Commercials

    Today, this is my favorite commercial.....
  11. S41.E91: Special: Good Night Sweet Prince

    I'm watching it on DVR right now and Jimmy's long story about the afterparty made me cringe. I like Jimmy, but for God's sake, let the footage speak for itself. That said, apparently Prince has a history of doing impromptu concerts for small groups (of people he obviously cares about), so it was nice that the SNL retrospective included footage of him jamming at the "SNL 40" afterparty. I'm guessing it's very representative of what he's done for others over the years, including the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx after they won a championship.
  12. Prince's appearance on SNL in 2006 may be his most badass live performance of all time, especially the last 30 seconds. Now that's how you make an exit. http://tvpot.daum.net/v/vbcb1xTxsTx1376oU2s96C2
  13. Favorite Commercials

    Organic Valley's new ad is hilarious, and takes the piss out of many other ads.
  14. S41.E15: Ariana Grande

    The streaming music skit was awesome....when they did it the first time with Bruno Mars. I thought the sequel with Ariana was just a'ight. She's a great singer but it wasn't nearly as funny. Her best work was in the Kids' Choice skit. Between Ariana's "Oh shit" in the monologue and Larry David messing up Ariana's intro, I wonder if Lorne cancelled the after-party and sent everyone to bed.
  15. SNL in the Media

    I think that's the same clothes Jay wore in the music video he shot with Michelle Obama, so maybe the whole thing was done on a tight schedule. Demi Lovato would have been a great host.....she was funny on the X-Factor and would probably be down for anything. They should have let her do the double-duty slot on March 12 instead of being Tracy Morgan's musical guest, and put Donut Licker in that slot instead.