WASHINGTON, December 21, 2013– NBC delivers an early Christmas present tonight when Jimmy Fallon returns to host and Justin Timberlake makes his sixth appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
Tonight’s “SNL” will also say goodbye to head writer and “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers. In February, Meyers will debut as a talk-show host, taking over the 12:30 a.m.weeknight slot on NBC now held by another “SNL” alum, Jimmy Fallon.
Previous “SNL” Christmas shows are known for surprise guests, including past cast members. Add to this the send off Seth Meyers will get and the potential for a great show is high.
Look for a final “Drunk Uncle” skit, and if we are very lucky, Bill Hader will be on hand as city correspondent “Stephon.” Both are characters that appear on “Weekend Update” with Seth Meyers, and both are among the most popular in the show’s recent history.
“SNL” has had its ups and downs, but after almost 40 years on the air and 156 Emmy nominations, the impact of the long-running live show on pop culture cannot be understated. Each time we say goodbye to popular cast members we hold our breaths and hope Lorne Michaels has found worthy replacements.
Michaels also has a long list of A-list entertainers to call on like tonight’s musical guest Justin Timberlake. Timberlake’s appearances are consistently the most watched of the season, often pulling in ratings higher than any of NBC’s prime time shows.
If we add up all the parts of tonight’s “Saturday Night Live,” the sum total should add up to a very entertaining ninety minutes. Honestly though, they had us at Justin Timberlake.
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