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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.

The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Guests Of Season 39

September 23rd, 2014 1:59pm EDT
Drake SNL Bumper
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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Every 'SNL' Good Neighbor Comedy Skit Short Ranked

September 21st, 2014 10:05pm EDT
Kyle Mooney
Three of the new “SNL” hires in 2013 – cast members Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney and video director Dave McCary – were brought in as a team in much the same way that the Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone) joined in 2005. Bennett, Mooney, and McCary (along with a fourth member, Nick Rutherford, who was not hired by “SNL” last year but has since been hired as a writer for Season 40) are together known as “Good Neighbor.” They have been an L.A.-based sketch group for the past several years, and much of their work can be seen on YouTube. Many of the pre-recorded ...
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The 10 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches Of Season 39

September 21st, 2014 12:00pm EDT
The 10 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches Of Season 39
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 sketches.

1. We Did Stop (the Government) – There are some classic “SNL” sketches that come from a place of total nonsense, and then are those like “We Did Stop (the Government)” that are almost too perfect to be real. The opening shot made it clear that this parody song was going to be a takedown of the government shutdown in the style of Miley Cyrus’ surreal “We Can’t Stop” video. Instantly I sensed tha...
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Best 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Members Of Season 39

September 20th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Saturday Night Live
With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, I am spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

I was always skeptical when “Saturday Night Live” Season 39 was referred to as a “rebuilding year.” Even though most of the show’s biggest stars (Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis) had left in the past couple of years, the cast was hardly decimated. Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam had already reached reliable veteran status, while Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon were quickly on the rise. So adding six n...
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'New Girl' Season 4 Premiere, Episode 1: Sex First

September 17th, 2014 8:26am EDT
New Girl 4.1 Last Wedding
In anticipation of the new season of “New Girl,” I wrote an article about how Winston Bishop often feels disconnected from the rest of the show. So I couldn’t help but feel that the writers have been reading Starpulse when in the opening scene, with four out of the five roommates gathered in Jess’s room, Schmidt wonders aloud, “I feel like there’s one more of us.” Cut to: Winston stuck on the couch, covered in ice packs (he’s been training at the police academy). Now, I only just wrote that article a few days ago, while this episode was probably written a few months ago, so “New Girl” seem...
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10 Ways to Fix 'New Girl's' Winston Bishop Problem

September 16th, 2014 2:30pm EDT
New Girl
“New Girl” is a show that I prize for its characterization. For example, Jess Day is much more complicated than the “adorkable” stereotype that Zooey Deschanel is often associated with, and Nick Miller is a bit of a slacker, but mainly because his ambitions do not fit the typical societal definition of success. So it is weird to say that there is a fundamental problem with one of the main characters, especially considering that that character – Winston Bishop – actually is as well-defined as the rest of the main cast. But for whatever reason, his storylines often feel disconnected from t...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Musical Guest Predictions

September 6th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Musical Guest Predictions
The season 40 premiere of “Saturday Night Live” is a little less than a month from now (September 27), which means it is time to start speculating how this year of the sketch comedy institution will shake down. To get that going, I am predicting Season 40’s hosts and musical guests. I already posted my host guesses, so now it's time for my MG picks.

Musical guests are notoriously tougher to predict than hosts, as album releases generally are not scheduled as far in advance as movies and TV shows. So I will consider it a great success if my picks are even half right, especially consideri...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Host Predictions

September 1st, 2014 10:00am EDT
'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Host Predictions
The season 40 premiere of “Saturday Night Live” is a little less than a month from now (September 27), which means it is time to start speculating how this year of the sketch comedy institution will shake down. To get that going, I will be predicting Season 40’s hosts and musical guests. I think of the guests of “SNL” as a sort of time capsule of who is big in entertainment during any given season – so who will be big in 2014-2015? I will start with the hosts, and my MG picks will follow soon.

The hosts tend to fit in a few particular categories: performers who are coming off a successf...
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The Weirdest Wins In Emmy History

August 25th, 2014 5:03pm EDT
Christopher Lloyd
The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards take place tonight in Los Angeles. Perhaps you have been preparing for the ceremony by scrolling through a list of past winners. If so, you have probably noticed a lot of names that you barely recognize - unless you have watched every single TV show ever.

When it comes to quality television, there are certain actors who did fine enough work on one or two shows to win an Emmy or two but never really became famous beyond that – the Peter MacNicols and Tyne Dalys of the world.

Emmy history is littered with unpredictable results, thanks to the TV Academy’s p...
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