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THE SKED REVIEW: “Saturday Night Live” with Jennifer Lawrence

Posted January 20, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE had a generally dispiriting start to the second half of its season, with an episode proving once again that just giving the writers some time off in no way guarantees that they’ll come back with better material.  The show used host Jennifer Lawrence in almost every sketch, and she did her […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “The Sound of Music Live”

Posted December 5, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Creative risk-taking should always be applauded, especially in the conservative world of network television, and tonight NBC (in the particular person of its President Robert Greenblatt) and Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron pushed all their chips to the center of the table for a massive live production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE […]

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THE SKED’S MOVIE PROMO WATCH: Super Bowl Edition

Posted February 6, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> In these heady moments after the NY Giants’ triumphant victory over the New England Patriots (I’d say “Sorry, New England fans,” but I wouldn’t mean it), let’s take a moment to look at the other major event of the evening:  the ads for upcoming movies.  (Mitch Metcalf will offer a separate take on NBC’s […]

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THE SKED MINISERIES REVIEW: “Coma”

Posted September 4, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  Not every novel needs to be a 4-hour miniseries, and a good example is A&E’s new version of COMA.  Robin Cook’s novel was capably filmed in 1978 by Michael Crichton in a brisk 113 minutes, and extending the story by more than an hour (once commercials are removed) does nothing but protract a tale […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Saturday Night Live” with Kerry Washington

Posted November 3, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  For Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson–but especially Pharoah–this week must have felt like alternate-universe SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, because with Kerry Washington as host, suddenly he was the show’s featured leading man, a situation he probably shouldn’t expect to see again anytime soon.  Washington herself was an enormously enthusiastic host, very funny (despite a certain […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: SNL With Kristen Wiig

Posted May 12, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Watching the parade of Kristen Wiig’s Greatest Hits that marked her return to SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE as tonight’s host, you could be forgiven for wishing you missed her more.  For all her great talent, Wiig had become, by the time she left a year ago, a symbol of everything franchise-heavy and headpoundingly overdone on […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: SNL with Jamie Foxx

Posted December 9, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  It felt like 12:55AM for the entire last half-hour of tonight’s SNL, and that wasn’t a bad thing.  Every post-Update sketch had the kind of oddball conceptualism that’s usually reserved for the last minutes of the show, and while the sketches didn’t all work, they had more imagination and wit than just anything that […]

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THE SKED FALL TRAILER REVIEW: NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

Posted May 14, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    CHICAGO FIRE:  WEDNESDAY 10PM on NBC WHAT IT’S SAYING:  Backdraft, not Rescue Me.  Big fires, sweeping, heroic music, a stalwart band of brothers (and the occasional sister) uniting despite their personal strife to save the people of Chicago. WHAT IT’S REALLY SAYING:  Even though it’s from Dick Wolf, not a pure Law & […]

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