YOU SAY GOODBYE, I SAY HELLO!: I promised big news, and big changes around here. And never say I don't follow through on a promise. This announcement gives you all the details you could want to know. I'd like to thank Adam for inviting Alex and I to join, and want to invite all my visitors to pop on by to my new home. This may still be occaisionally updated for things that might not fit in as well over there, but 95% of new production will be over there. Join the fun on what, for my money, was already a top-tier pop culture blog, and one I hope we'll make even better.
CULT OF (LACK OF) PERSONALITY--I like Lindsay Lohan (and not just in the jailbait sense of that word)--her recent films have demonstrated that she has a nice comic touch (not to mention her ability to keep a relative straight face while the "more experienced" cast members on "SNL" were (rather inexplicably) losing it during Rachel Dratch's "Debbie Downer" sketch last night). However, she has no business hosting "SNL." Why? She has no established general personality whatsoever to send up. They hit the one obvious cultural joke in her monologue with the Hilary Duff/Lindsay Lohan "feud," but beyond that, they were tapped out, so we had entire sketches devoted to Ms. Lohan's cleavage. During the monologue, she "adjusted" herself 3 or 4 times, which made me feel all pervy and wrong. And oddly, in her farewells, she specifically thanked "hair and makeup."
And was Tina Fey so busy this week that she didn't have time to bring the funny to the show this week? Even "Update," which is pretty reliably high-powered, missed more than it hit and was overly dependent on an even more annoying than usual Horatio Sanz character. Thus, I'd like to submit the following suggested rule--unless a person has a well-defined public persona, they should not be hosting "SNL." Discuss. Also, discuss how quickly Horatio Sanz should be fired (I suggest immediately).
Also--in the category of pathetic--counting last night, there are 3 episodes of "SNL" remaining this year. Of the 6 hosts and musical guests remaining, at least four (Lohan, Usher, Avril Lavigne, and the Olsen Twins) are younger than I am, with 3 of those 4 being jailbait. Man, I feel old.