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Despite the happy absence of Alec Baldwin's Trump, it's another tired episode of SNL with Steve Carell in autopilot.
Steve Carell, a skilled comedian in his own right who did exceptional work for years on The Daily Show before becoming a movie star, was largely wasted.
Put Gardner in more things, SNL. Frankly, that's the biggest takeaway from this weekend's SNL - the show doing more to feature its in-house talent.
For an episode featuring a seasoned comedy star and sketch comedian, this felt like a bit of a disappointment, especially for the Thanksgiving episode.
This may be the worst "Update" of the season and that is saying something.
I'm glad we're getting less of Alec Baldwin's POTUS this season, but now would be great time to see the writers find a new way to open the show besides mocking the 24-hour news media.
"THERE'S A CAT WITH NO FACE FLOATING AROUND" is a sentiment that only a pro like Carell could pull off.
I'm not saying the episode underperformed because of Carell, but he was definitely one of the handful of factors that made it more disappointing than it should have been.
The show's reliance on famous actors and comedians has morphed from an occasional treat into an annoying crutch, an admission that its regular cast isn't good or well-known enough to play the likes of Kavanaugh and Mueller.
Throughout Saturday's show, the presumably exhausted writers relied on throwbacks and old reliable tactics. (At times they swerved lazily into the tone-deaf.)
A fitting end to dare I say a lazy episode.
It's always nice to see a week of SNL without game shows or talk shows...
The night felt like something of a letdown as very few of the sketches thrown his way proved to be winners, often relegating Carell to play various incarnations of Weird Dad.