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Was The 13th Tiime A Charm For John Goodman As 'SNL' Host? | Mike Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV

John Goodman hosted ‘SNL” last night for a remarkable 13th time (only Alec Baldwin, 16, and Steve Martin, 15, have hosted more), and the first tim...

Ben Affleck Bids Bill Hader & Fred Armisen A Fond Farewell

Mike Ryan | Posted 05.19.2013 | TV
Mike Ryan

As bittersweet as the undertones of the show were, it still played like your average installment of "Saturday Night Live." There wasn't an endless parade of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen's greatest hits. Instead, both men left as they arrived, standouts of the ensemble, without overshadowing the cast. A fitting sendoff.

Kristen Wiig's Greatest Hits Disappointed

Mike Ryan | Posted 05.12.2013 | TV
Mike Ryan

Less than a year ago, Kristen Wiig was given an emotional and touching graduation style sendoff from "SNL" that very few cast members ever receive. So, that's why it was a little weird seeing her "back in school" so soon. Pulling the same old tricks.

Zach Galifianakis Saves The Best For Last

Mike Ryan | Posted 05.05.2013 | TV
Mike Ryan

This week's Zach Galifianakis-hosted "SNL" felt at times that the cast was just sitting around waiting for the reaction to final sketch of the night -- which turned out to be one of the most ambitious sketches in recent memory.

'SNL' Scorecard: Bruno Mars Channels His Inner Justin Timberlake

Mike Ryan | Posted 10.21.2012 | TV
Mike Ryan

Musical performers who are thrust into hosting duties have a, let's say, mixed history of success on "SNL." But, yeah ... maybe Bruno Mars (with a little help from Tom Hanks) really is the next Justin Timberlake.

'SNL' Scorecard: One Of The Best Shows Of The Season

Mike Ryan | Posted 06.15.2012 | TV
Mike Ryan

Josh Brolin seemed to be a bit of an afterthought. For whatever reason, Brolin stepped out of the way and let the cast shine -- which resulted in one of the best shows of the season.

SNL Scorecard: Channing Tatum's Shirtless Night

Mike Ryan | Posted 04.06.2012 | TV
Mike Ryan

"SNL" decided to really focus on Tatum's beefcake status. Put it this way: I saw Channing Tatum with his shirt off not one, not two, but three times. We get it: Channing Tatum is a good-looking guy.