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Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
Sterling K. Brown's SNL episode was "almost great"
Some fine actors flounder on SNL because the writers don't know what to do with them or they just aren't good at live TV. "As it turns out," says Dennis Perkins, "Brown is one of those actors whose dedication and talents (he’s an experienced theater actor) provide an irresistible focus for the show to build around." And Brown's stellar effort started with a superb monologue. "Now that’s how you do an SNL monologue," says Perkins. "Tight, anchored by the host’s strengths, and no musical numbers or audience questions. Sterling K. Brown came out and planted a flag ...The monologue is thankless. Standups have it best, but mainly because they can just do six minutes of their act in isolation from what has traditionally been the home of Saturday Night Live’s laziest ideas. (Which, okay, is saying something.) Doing jokes about his series This Is Us and its reputation for heavy-duty tearjerking might have been expected, but Brown’s commitment to replicating his character’s justifiably lauded penchant for emotionally devastating speeches made the whole monologue lift off and soar."
- SNL ratings slip to a season low with the This Is Us star as host
- SNL had Brown film a "Video Diary" throughout the week
- Brown nailed Ben Carson in hilarious This Is Us parody
- Chris Harrison praises SNL's The Bachelor spoof, starring Kate McKinnon as Robert Mueller
- Bill Hader reveals he was kicked out of Kate McKinnon's SNL audition for loudly laughing
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
The Bachelor would be better off if it dumped Chris Harrison
Harrison was 30 when The Bachelor premiered in 2002. He was about the same age as The Bachelors. But at age 46, Harrison has been struggling to keep up with his "host-as-pal" persona. He seems more concerned with The Bachelor franchise, and not The Bachelor himself -- or as Willa Paskin put in her review of Monday's finale, Harrison is "an emotional succubus posing as an empath.” Indeed, as Kathryn VanArendonk notes, Harrison is "a man whose onscreen personality has long since been scooped out and replaced with corporate-speak and a burning desire for better ratings and social-media engagement. He is a human-shaped instantiation of network notes." She adds that Harrison's approach to The Bachelor is stuck in 2002, and needs a shakeup. "His tone, his demeanor, and his transparent pleasure at hyping a calamitous breakup have become the embodied tone of The Bachelor," she says. "Outside, it’s all solicitous worry for the people involved. Inside, it’s a complete contempt for the softies who think maybe you shouldn’t, say, cast racist suitors for the first black Bachelorette. If Harrison is a puppet, what I’m arguing is that the strings are now way too visible."
- Harrison isn't worried about the criticism: "When people are angry, it just means they care...it means it struck a chord"
- Minnesota lawmaker drafts bill to ban Arie Luyendyk Jr. from the state
- ABC exec on Bachelor diversity: "We look at everything, and diversity is not only ethnicity, but also it’s the types of women that we had..."
- Arie on Bekah Martinez posting his DMs: "It shows her immaturity"
- Kelly Ripa doesn't think Arie and Lauren will make it 100 days
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Chris Harrison says Bachelor Arie critics will have their “mind blown,” promises Winter Games will be “the best television of the year”
Harrison said The Bachelor Winter Games is so good that there's talk about it becoming an annual event. Meanwhile, Harrison offered some comments for Bachelor viewers complaining about Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season. “If you are a critic of Arie’s season, I would tell you to wait. Just wait," he said, "and prepare to have your mind blown. It will be a phenomenal finish. If there are critics out there, then trust that it’s going to be phenomenal." ALSO: Meet The Bachelor Winter Games’ “athletes.”
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Chris Harrison refers to his 16-year-old son as “The Bachelor” since he is the same age as the show
Joshua Harrison was born shortly before The Bachelor franchise launched in 2002. His younger sister Taylor is 14 years old. “What's life been like for them?" Steve Harvey recently asked Harrison on his talk show. "It's been The Bachelor," Harrison replied, later adding: “I always say, 'The Bachelor's' driving now, it just got its license, and is a sophomore in high school now."
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 4:02PM EST
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire renewed for Season 17
The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison will be back for the ABC syndicated game show, which has been picked up through 2019. ALSO: Viral video show RightThisMinute has also been renewed.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 10:17PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise star DeMario Jackson calls host Chris Harrison an “a**hole”
"Prior to the whole Corinne show, (Harrison) had a hard on for me as if like, I like, hooked up with his wife or something,” Jackson said on the podcast Rose Buds. “It was crazy. I met this guy three total times for less than 10 seconds and he legit hated – like, when I say hate, like deep-rooted.”
Posted Monday 9/11/17 at 3:14PM EDT
Miss Alabama would never want to be The Bachelorette
Miss Alabama Jessica Procter was asked on last night's Miss America Pageant if she would ever consider taking The Bachelorette job, since she’s a big fan. “All right, Chris. Don’t be offended,” she said to Chris Harrison, host of Miss America and The Bachelorette. “I don’t think I would take it. I don’t know. I love watching the show, it’s really entertaining, but it’s not always the best chances of staying with who you end up with on The Bachelor. “
Posted Wednesday 8/16/17 at 10:01PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise sunk to a new low with “media-bashing damage control”
On Tuesday’s episode, Chris Harrison essentially portrayed producers as being completely blameless in the DeMario-Corinne controversy, blaming the media for sensationalizing the sex scandal, as Emily Yahr points out. Harrison would later declare to Variety that “journalism is dead.” Says Yahr: “The episode was also pretty cringeworthy damage control, relieving the show of any responsibility, complete with a dose of media-bashing.” PLUS: The controversy became “a plot point to be explored and then briskly abandoned.”
Posted Monday 8/14/17 at 10:32PM EDT
ABC won’t show footage from Bachelor in Paradise incident, but will offer a “thought-provoking conversation”
Monday’s episode will show the events leading to the Corinne Olympios-DeMario Jackson incident, followed on Tuesday by a conversation led by Chris Harrison. Both will also take part in a reunion airing next week.