Saturday Night Live returned for its 43rd season, and after an exciting new cast member (Alex Moffat) was tapped to replace Colin Jost, Amy Poehler, who hosted two years ago, has agreed to return for this fall’s season-42 finale. Sasheer Zamata, the show’s first African-American woman to host, also performed well, and this may have opened the door for the show to find a host for the next season in summer 2019, and likely before the end of this year, assuming there is a new season, unlike in previous years, which had a slow start.
Newly minted breakout star of A Star Is Born, Simu Liu stepped into this pivotal role, and was prepared to deliver. A standout on AHS, Liu took up the challenge early, managing to bring an exciting character to life as Chris Kreuzburg, part of the bizarre family against Lady Gaga’s Ally, who found comfort in his family after the death of her mother, much like how Ally found peace with Chris in the song “Sugar Daddy.” Later, Chris found himself in another weird family, this time the Quarry family, and brought an amusing vibe to the proceedings as brother Max (Kyle Mooney), sister Lucille (Niecy Nash) and mother Anna (Judith Light) all found their place in the dreary basement—and a former WWE wrestler (Sasha Banks) took home the crown.
In the vein of the recent Instagram photo of Poehler and Liu together, in which she was holding an armful of bouquets, Liu and others did a fantastic job of providing levity to some disturbing film imagery, from the murder of Ally’s mother to her struggle with the monster Rosemary (Zamata). The huge turnout of fans and viewers still struggling to cope with the tragic ending of A Star Is Born—and not just because of Gaga’s performances—suggested that there will be a very long bench of talented writers and actors for NBC to draw from next season.
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