Sunday, October 3, 2021

'Saturday Night Live' returns after winning eight Emmy Awards

"Saturday Night Live" returned last night, so with no further ado, here's Biden Unites Democrats Cold Open - SNL.

President Biden (James Austin Johnson), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Cecily Strong), Sen. Joe Manchin (Aidy Bryant), Rep. Ilhan Omar (Ego Nwodim) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villase├▒or) address the president’s infrastructure bill.
I got my wish for this episode right off the bat. Cecily Strong played Kyrsten Sinema. Perfect.

The coverage continued on Weekend Update: Democrats Delay Infrastructure Vote, R. Kelly Found Guilty.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like Biden getting his COVID booster shot.
I guess Jost and the "SNL" writers don't find infrastructure as exciting as the pandemic or 2020 election, but the joke about it was still funny, if a bit dark.

Speaking of the pandemic, "SNL" had masks on the agenda in School Board Meeting.

Two board members (Alex Moffat, Ego Nwodim) try to keep the school board meeting attendees focused on one topic.
That captures how chaotic and heated school board meetings have become in a funny and not scary way.

I close the clips from last night's episode with a satire of the Billionaire Space Race, Billionaire Star Trek.

A new Star Trek spinoff follows the adventures of Captain Jeff Bezos (Owen Wilson) and his brother (Luke Wilson).
Ha, ha, "Ego Quest" — that's exactly what this three-way contest deserves.

Follow over the jump for the eight awards "SNL" won at the Emmys.

It's time to be a good environmentalist and recycle my prognostications from It's Saturday night, so here are the 21 Emmy nominations for 'Saturday Night Live'.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
This category almost disappeared after Comedy Central canceled "Drunk History" after initially renewing it. It would have merged with Variety Talk for a general Variety Series category. I'm glad the Television Academy didn't follow through with the idea and so are the Variety Talk Series and "A Black Lady Sketch Show." One of the first and the latter would likely have been left out of the nominations and the variety talk series would have had an uphill fight to beat SNL. Instead, two variety series get to take home trophies. In this case, I expect SNL to win this category again.
As I expected, it did. Watch Lorne Michaels accept the award in Variety Sketch: 73rd Emmys.

Saturday Night Live wins the Emmy for Variety Sketch Series at the 73rd Emmys.
The congratulations continued in Lorne Michaels: 73rd Emmys Winnerview.

Lorne Michaels celebrates SNL's win at the Emmys.
Michaels gave a good explanation of what keeps the show fresh, but he didn't feel like thanking anyone else. Somehow, I'm not surprised.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Dave Chappelle") (NBC)
Dave Chappelle as Host on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Dave Chappelle") (NBC)
Morgan Freeman as Morgan Freeman on The Kominsky Method (Episode: "Chapter 20. The Round Toes, of the High Shoes") (Netflix)
Daniel Kaluuya as Host on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Daniel Kaluuya") (NBC)
Dan Levy as Host on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Dan Levy") (NBC)
Every nominee is a former Emmy or Oscar winner, so this is a very talented field. Two of them, Alec Baldwin and Dave Chappelle, won Emmys for the same roles on SNL before, so they are the nominal favorites. While Baldwin split the 2019-2020 Golden Coffee Cup for Best TV President, I'm not rooting for him. Instead, I'm supporting Chappelle.
I got my wish, as Chappelle won. However, he didn't win any other Emmys, not even Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, as I expected. That went to Bo Burnham, who I plan on covering in a future installment.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Yvette Nicole Brown as Judge Anita Harper on A Black Lady Sketch Show (Episode: "But the Tilapias Are Fine Though, Right?") (HBO)
Bernadette Peters as Deb on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (Episode: "Zoey's Extraordinary Girls' Night") (NBC)
Issa Rae as Jess on A Black Lady Sketch Show (Episode: "My Booty Look Juicy, Don't It?") (HBO)
Maya Rudolph as Host on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Maya Rudolph") (NBC)
Kristen Wiig as Host on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Kristen Wiig") (NBC)
Finally, a category with last year's winner returning as a nominee. That makes me more confident about using that criterion to pick a favorite, Maya Rudolph.
Congratulations to Rudolph, who also repeated for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.

Congratulations! Now back to "SNL."

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Episode: "Trump & Election Results / F*ck 2020"), Directed by Christopher Werner (HBO)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (Episode: "Episode 1085a"), Directed by Alexander J. Vietmeier (NBC)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Episode: "Live Show Following Capitol Insurrection; Senator Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Performance by Jamila Woods"), Directed by Jim Hoskinson (CBS)
Real Time with Bill Maher (Episode: "Episode 1835"), Directed by Paul G. Casey (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Dave Chappelle"), Directed by Don Roy King (NBC)
SNL has won this award for the past three years, so I think it will win again.
And it did for four in a row.

Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling for a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program

Dancing with the Stars (Episode: "Finale") (ABC)
Legendary (Episode: "Pop Tart") (HBO Max)
RuPaul's Drag Race (Episode: "The Pork Chop") (VH1)
Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Maya Rudolph") (NBC)
The Voice (Episode: "Live Top 17 Performances") (NBC)
"RuPaul's Drag Race" won this category three years in a row, so I think it's the favorite with SNL or "Dancing with the Stars" being the most likely to upset it, since they're the only previous winners nominated.
"SNL" pulled off the upset.

Outstanding Lighting Design / Lighting Direction for a Variety Series

America's Got Talent (Episode: "The Finals") (NBC)
Dancing with the Stars (Episode: "Finale") (ABC)
The Masked Singer (Episode: "The Spicy 6 - The Competition Heats Up!") (Fox)
Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Adele") (NBC)
The Voice (Episode: "Live Top 17 Performances") (NBC)
SNL has won this three years in a row, so I consider it the favorite.
It's now four in a row.

Outstanding Contemporary Makeup for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program (Non-Prosthetic)

Dancing with the Stars (Episode: "Top 11") (ABC)
Legendary (Episode: "Pop Tart") (HBO Max)
Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special (Apple TV+)
RuPaul's Drag Race (Episode: "The Pork Chop") (VH1)
Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Elon Musk") (NBC)
"RuPaul's Drag Race" won this category last year, which makes it a slight favorite, as SNL won this award eight times during the 2010s, including three consecutive years before "RuPaul's Drag Race" did, so it has a very good chance to upset the returning winner.
And "SNL" pulled off the upset over "RuPaul's Drag Race" here, too.

Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Competition Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Episode: "Trump & Election Results / F*ck 2020") (HBO)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Episode: "Dr. Jon Lapook / Performance by Maroon 5") (CBS)
The Masked Singer (Episode: "The Season Premiere - The Masks Return") (Fox)
RuPaul's Drag Race (Episodes: "Condragulations", "Bossy Rossy Ruboot") (VH1)
Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Kristen Wiig") (NBC)
SNL has won this the past four years, so it's the favorite.
Now five in a row. Congratulations to "SNL" on its eight Emmy Awards!

Before I leave, I want to congratulate the other nominated variety sketch show on its first Emmy Award.

Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming

A Black Lady Sketch Show – Daysha Broadway, Stephanie Filo and Jessica Hern├índez (Episode: "Sister, May I Call You Oshun?") (HBO)
Bo Burnham: Inside – Bo Burnham (Netflix)
Hamilton – Jonah Moran (Disney+)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Ryan Barger and Anthony Miale (Episode: "Trump & Election Results / F*ck 2020") (HBO)
Saturday Night Live – Ryan Spears (Segment: "Murder Show") (NBC)
Saturday Night Live – Ryan McIlraith (Segment: "Stu") (NBC)
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" has won this five years in a row, so it's the favorite. While this installment is about variety sketch nominees, neither SNL or "A Black Lady Sketch Show" are my picks to upset it. Instead, I think that would be "Hamilton."
This one I blew completely. Just the same, congratulations!

Since I'm working my way down the list of winners by total awards, the next installment will be about "Ted Lasso," which earned seven Emmy Awards, and the rest of the comedy winners. Stay tuned.

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