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Seth MacFarlane is going to host Saturday Night Live on the season premiere this weekend. I’m really excited about MacFarlane hosting a live sketch show. He’s hosted a special on Fox before that was quite entertaining. There are only two disappointing aspects of his hosting gig this weekend:
1) It’s the season opener.
Seth Meyers doesn’t give a ton of interviews about being the head writer at SNL and the anchor of Weekend Update, but he occasionally appears on ESPN’s BS Report podcast with Bill Simmons. On one podcast, Meyers admitted that the season opener and just about every episode after an extended break is usually a weak episode compared to others throughout the season because the writers and cast haven’t had time to get back in their groove yet. I’m confident that MacFarlane will do a great job hosting, but if this were a few weeks in, I think the ceiling would be higher for his first appearance.
Have you ever listened to MacFarlane’s album? If you’re into standards accompanied by orchestras in the style of Frank Sinatra, then you’d love Music is Better Than Words. Usually the only singer that SNL brings on that sings this type of music is Michael Buble, who does a great job whenever he’s on. It would have been great to see MacFarlane perform something from his album or maybe do a surprise duet with a surprise guest. Heck, I’d love to even see him rock “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley the way he did so well as Brian in the Family Guy episode “Meet the Quagmires.”
In any case, we’re really looking forward to Saturday night. It’ll be a funny show if the promos are any indication.