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My name is Jeffrey Malone, and I like liking things. I view reality through the lens of pop culture. I can also be found at jmunney.wordpress.com, jeffmalonesdreamblog.wordpress.com, Twitter, and YouTube.

'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Premiere: Chris Pratt Proves To Be Perfect Utility Player Host

September 29th, 2014 9:04am EDT
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To kick off its milestone 40th season, “SNL” entrusted the premiere to first-time guests Chris Pratt and Ariana Grande. Pratt proved to be the perfect utility player host, comfortably slotting into all his roles without overshadowing the cast. His trademark goofy energy could have been put to greater use, but this was an episode of “SNL” that wanted to try out new material and cover some of the most pressing news stories. New cast members Michael Che and Pete Davidson looked perfectly comfortable as they made auspicious debuts. Overall, this was an episode that was not entirely focused ...
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Meet The New Cast And Writers Of 'Saturday Night Live' Season 40

September 27th, 2014 11:00am EDT
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“Saturday Night Live” is at a point in its run when there is some, but usually not too much, turnover in its creative personnel between seasons. Last year was a bit of an exception, with six new featured players added at the beginning of the season, and two more added over the course of the year. Season 40’s change rate is more typical, with the addition of two featured players and five writers. On the cusp of the season premiere, let’s take a moment to get to know these rookies:

1. Michael Che (New Weekend Update Anchor/Featured Player) – Che joined ‘SNL’ as a writer at the tail end of...
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20 Best Quotes Of 'Saturday Night Live' Season 39

September 26th, 2014 6:29pm EDT
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With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, we will be spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

Today, we're covering the best quotes of the season.

1. “If someone was like, ‘Hey, come live in this house, there’s only nine of us,’ I would say, ‘You got it dude!’” – Olya Pavlotsky (Kate McKinnon), on Weekend Update

2. “Now it’s a whole thing with Jean.” – Aidy Bryant, in “(Do It On My) Twin Bed”

3. “They’re all just twerkin’ 9 to 5.” – Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan), on Weekend Update

4. “Patrick Henry: ‘Give me liberty or give me ...
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'The Middle' Season 6 Premiere Review: #YearOfSue

September 25th, 2014 10:12am EDT
The Middle - Unbraceable You
The program description spoiled the biggest reveal of “Unbraceable You.” Sure, it happened only about a minute into the episode, but knowing the setup of Frankie not missing the start date of school ahead of time takes away the sting of the gag.

The Hecks are not known for their stress-free summers, as past years have been filled with the chaos of forcing a cheap and easy vacation, or summer school, or moving Axl into college. So it was in fact remarkable that they could have their best summer in ages – one in which they had nothing to do, nothing to worry about. So when the other shoe ...
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The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Weekend Update Guest Segments Of Season 39

September 24th, 2014 7:03pm EDT
The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Weekend Update Guest Segments Of
With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, we will be spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

Today, we're covering the best Weekend Update guest segments.

1. Jebediah Atkinson – Taran Killam’s historical speech critic is the height of caustic wit. Introduced as the newspaper reviewer who tore apart the Gettysburg Address, he eventually offered a catty response to whatever historical rhetoric he could think of. Topping it all off was an apparent cue card snafu that could not have been handled more deliciously by Taran.

2. Ol...
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The 10 Best Guest Stars of 'The Middle'

September 24th, 2014 3:05pm EDT
The Middle
“The Middle” is one of the most charming, underappreciated sitcoms on television today. It has attracted a similarly charming, often unsung cadre of guest stars. With the show heading into its sixth season tonight, here is a look at the best of that cadre.

1. Norm MacDonald - Norm MacDonald is a relatively successful entertainer who strikes me as someone who lives a fairly well-adjusted life. So it is amusing that as Uncle Rusty, he is basically playing himself, even though Rusty is a bit of a drifter. He excels in the sort of small-time scheme-pulling persona that Norm is mischievo...
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'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 2: Winston 'Toilet' Bishop

September 24th, 2014 10:01am EDT
New Girl
It looks like “New Girl” has decided to go all in with Winston Bishop as the odd man out. In fact, that being the odd man out is clearly in, because Winston is becoming more delightful every episode, and he was already the most delightful part of the show. To wit, nobody is shocked that he is the only cadet in the police academy struggling to socialize, and also the only one without a nickname. Though this does bother him, he is not upset enough to refrain from calling himself “Winnie the Bish” or using a euphemism like “make a caca.”

Typically when TV characters are ostracized from a l...
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The 10 Best 'Key & Peele' Sketches of Season 3

September 23rd, 2014 4:32pm EDT
Key & Peele
Season 4 of Comedy Central’s Key and Peele premieres Wednesday, September 24. If you need to get caught up because you have not been watching, then you are crazy for missing out in the first place. If you have been watching their best sketches over and over, then you are crazy-obsessive, and that is a good thing. K&P is the most visually accomplished – and by this critic’s estimation, the best – sketch comedy show currently airing. Here are their best clips from Season 3:

1. Continental Breakfast

“Continental Breakfast” appeared in Season 3’s Halloween episode, in which all the sket...
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The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Guests Of Season 39

September 23rd, 2014 1:59pm EDT
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With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, we will be spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

Today, we're covering the best hosts, monologues, and musical guests.

3 Best Hosts of the Season

1. Drake – When “SNL” branches out from the comedy and acting worlds for its hosting pool, that tends to limit the potential roles that a host can play. But Drake, with his acting background and present musical stardom, proved to be more of a double threat than a handicap. He handily played versions of himself, impressions of other hip-hop...
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The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Episodes Of Season 39

September 22nd, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, we will be spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

Today, we're covering the best episodes.

1. Miley Cyrus (10/5/13) – The great thing about a host like Miley Cyrus is that her personal life offers so much material for “SNL” to mine and she is self-aware enough to actually allow the show to make fun of it. Thus she was game to cover the hoopla over her VMA performance and “Wrecking Ball” video. The real fun came when making fun of Miley was mashed up with making fun of Congress, in “We...
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