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Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
SNL's celebrity cameo-filled 43rd season highlights the problem of having few cast members who are stars
"Since the departure of its prior core group of stars (the last of whom, Seth Meyers, departed midway through Season 39), SNL has struggled to build a major identity around its newer ensemble," says David Simms. "(Kate) McKinnon, the show’s one bona-fide star, and Kenan Thompson, its longest-running cast member, are two hall-of-famers. Everyone else is a mix of solid but unspectacular performers, some of whom (like Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong) have been with the show for six years without ever quite making it their own." Simms notes that Saturday Night Live is doing fine, ratings-wise. But, he adds, "beyond the growing staleness of its Trump material, SNL struggled to really address some of the biggest news stories of the year, especially the #MeToo movement." The one standout episode was the one hosted by Donald Glover, he says. "There’s a lesson to be learned from Glover’s episode: Its distinctiveness is what made it work, and helped so many of its sketches travel online in the days following," says Simms." More often than not, SNL succeeds when its cast members and writers build up recognizable brands of humor that can recur throughout the show. That’s never been true for much of SNL’s current cast, partly because they’re not given enough air time to define themselves onscreen, and some of the longer-serving veterans may have missed their chance to do so entirely. It’s a problem the show knows that it has—and a mistake it should steer clear of when it begins its next rebuild around newer stars."
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- Read a history of SNL's Jeopardy! sketches
- Pete Davidson is "casually dating" former SNL musical guest Ariana Grande
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Jeopardy!'s Austin Rogers may get his own show
Rogers, the charismatic bartender who went on a memorable 12-win streak, has been pitching cable networks on a car show for "every man."
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
What is it like to win two episodes of Jeopardy! and lose on Day 3?
Sports Illustrated's Jack Dickey recounts his recent adventure on the Alex Trebek game show, which netted him $47,802.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Alex Trebek and RuPaul are visting each other's shows
"I'm going to be doing something on RuPaul's Drag Race," the Jeopardy! host said in a video filmed with RuPaul, who will be "dropping clues" on his game show.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Reese Witherspoon congratulates Jeopardy! contestant who swept a category about her movies
The actress posted a clip from Monday's episode, which also featured Alex Trebek booing a contestant for not knowing any of her movies.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Jeopardy! responds to controversy over The Beatles
The game show said "Eight Days a Week" is related to working hard, despite what Beatles fans say.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Jeopardy! contestant: Alex Trebek chose not to bring up my Willy Wonka past
Paris Themmen says Trebek had three "fun facts" about him on a card, including that he was a star of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. But Trebek chose to gloss over that "fun fact." Themmen says Trebek opted not to use that tidbit when his wife also competed on Jeopardy!
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star made a surprise appearance on Jeopardy!
Paris Themmen didn't reveal his Hollywood past on the game show, so it took an eagle-eyed viewer to identify the "entrepreneur" and "avid backpacker" as the kid who played Mike Teevee, the TV- and cowboy-obsessed character from the classic children's film.
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 5:52PM EST
Jeopardy! makes history with its first-ever sudden-death tiebreaker
Two contestants ended the Final Jeopardy! round last night with $6,799, prompting a tiebreaker.
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 2:03PM EST
Alex Trebek to moderate a Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate
The Jeopardy! host has agreed to moderate a 45-minute debate on Oct. 1.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Alex Trebek was peeved that none of Thursdays Jeopardy! contestants could answer a football question
The Jeopardy! Twitter account reacted to Thursday’s Super Bowl-themed category, tweeting: "Fun fact: Our contestants answered as many clues in this category as the @Browns had wins this season.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Jeopardy! contestant explains why she mistook Jack White for Eminem
Washington Post reporter Julie Zauzmer says her error was due to not being able to see the photograph that was presented.
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
Jimmy Kimmel enlists Coolio to help white people pronounce hip-hop words in response to Jeopardy! contestant’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” flub
Jimmy Kimmel enlists Coolio to help white people pronounce hip-hop words in response to Jeopardy! contestant’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” flub.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
Alex Trebek is taking a brief Jeopardy! break as he recovers from surgery
Trebek released a YouTube video saying he’s still recovering from a fall suffered “about two months ago” that created new problems over the holiday break, resulting in surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. “Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery,” Trebek said in the video. “The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more ‘Jeopardy!’ programs very, very soon.” Trebek’s recovery will delay the College championship that was scheduled to tape next week.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
Coolio thinks the Jeopardy! contestant shouldn’t have lost prize money for saying “Gangster’s Paradise”
“I probably would have gave it to him,” the rapper tells TMZ, adding a word of advice to white people: “The ‘er’ will always get you in trouble.” ALSO: Jeopardy! producer explains the “Gansta’s Paradise” decision -- and looking back at other costly Jeopardy! mispronunciations.