Friday, 20 October, 2017

Ryan Gosling returns to host 'SNL' season 43 premiere

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Theodore Harris | 03 October, 2017, 01:31

As for the musical guest, JAY-Z is always going to be a draw just because of his status as one of the biggest rappers of all time. He made his point. If you have a chance to get a performer of his magnitude on the show, you obviously take it. And perhaps the show's best political material featured not Baldwin as Trump, but Tom Hanks as a Trump supporter in "Black Jeopardy".

And as the host of this week's "Saturday Night Live" season premiere, saving jazz was just about all Gosling could talk about.

Alec Baldwin wasn't the only one reprising a role during the episode. I seem to remember Gosling's first hosting stint fondly.

In the film, Gosling was seen as a musician with eyes on bringing jazz back to prominence. The sketch features Trump and his hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Gosling featured in some freakish sketches, including romancing a chicken, overreacting to a restaurant menu switch, playing a flute player in a bar and a man obsessed with the font on the "Avatar" poster. Probably unleashing Che entirely is the best chance Weekend Update has of regaining relevancy.

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Gosling's return could get the season off to a strong start. McKinnon's character, however, had quite a different experience.

The premiere also did not make much use of this season's new cast members. Or at least they were visible. In Henrietta and the Fugitive, Gosling's on the lam character falls in love with Henrietta, a hen played by Aidy Bryant who helps him hide from the cops in this gumshoe detective-esque parody. Was Luke Null in the episode at all?

Baldwin managed to deliver week after week as the temperamental Trump winning over viewers and critics alike and securing an Emmy only weeks ago for his work in Season 42 of NBC's Saturday night mainstay.

Did you watch Saturday Night Live's Season 43 premiere?

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