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'Saturday Night Live' with Jim Carrey and The Black Keys: Your opinion is desired.

Jim Carrey is hosting Saturday Night Live this week, with music act The Black Keys. Carrey’s go-for-broke physical comedy is always an asset on SNL, where sketches are sometimes saved by the performers’ reactions as much as by READ FULL STORY

Paula Abdul lost it on 'Live to Dance': Ratings update: Losing even more

Paula Abdul, once the country’s most endearingly irritating ditz on American Idol, presided over the premiere of Live to Dance on Tuesday night with a disappointing amount of calm sanity. A seemingly endless two hours of dancers ranging in age from 9 to 90, Live to Dance was constructed around her background as a dancer and choreographer.

[UPDATE: The series’ second episode sank 25% in the ratings with a 1.8 in the 18-49 demo and a third-place finish. Not good.]

What it proved to be, however, was an America’s Got Talent limited to fancy footwork; to a Dancing With the Stars without stars; a So You Think You Can Dance with … well, that’s basically what Live to Dance was: SYTYCD without Cat Deeley, but a lesser host with an accent, the toothy Andrew Gunsberg.

Early on, the crowd favorite READ FULL STORY

Julianne Hough 'Is That So Wrong' music video: Good and banned?

Julianne Hough, known as much for her Dancing With the Stars gig as for her country music, is achieving new popularity by combining both aspects of her career with the video for her single “Is That So Wrong.” The video displays Hough getting all hot ‘n’ bothered waiting for READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Jeff Bridges, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Cookie Monster bring good cheer

At the top of this week’s Saturday Night Live, host Jeff Bridges brought out Cookie Monster to sing a duet on “Silver Bells.” It was refreshingly sweet — how nice to see some unironic amusement.

Most of the time, however, Saturday Night Live seemed to start its holiday vacation early, with a show that consisted of fitful charm, familiar characters and targets, and a series of sketches whose punchlines were telegraphed by their titles. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' with Jeff Bridges, Eminem, and Lil Wayne: Your opinion is desired.

Jeff Bridges is hosting Saturday Night Live this week, with musical guests Eminem and Lil Wayne. As you can see from this promo, Bridges is promoting two movies, TRON: Legacy and True Grit. I think the Coen Brothers joke is funnier than the TRON one:

Bridges seems to be taking his hosting duties seriously enough that he was moved to shave his beard, presumably for maximum facial expressions during sketches:

I assume there’ll be parodies of both films, but I also hope SNL gives Eminem the opportunity to take part in some of the sketches. Em can certainly be poker-faced-amusing when he chooses to be, as he’s proven on SNL before.

What are you hoping for in this pre-Christmas SNL?

Comment away below, and then come back here early Sunday morning for my piping-hot fresh review of the show; thanks.

Oh, also: Check out the latest TV Insiders podcast featuring Dalton Ross, Annie Barrett, Michael Slezak, Jeff Probst, and me, running down my 10 Best and 5 Worst TV shows.

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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Paul Rudd and Paul McCartney made the little moments count

It was the little things that mattered on this week’s Saturday Night Live. Which is a generous way of saying that in any given sketch, there tended to be a few seconds of amusement to be coaxed out of the material. I’m searching for ways to accentuate the positive here… ah, yes: More use was made of talented rookies such as Vanessa Bayer, Jay Pharoah, Paul Brittain, and (still too briefly) Taran Killam this week.

There was a grim cold-open sketch featuring Fred Armisen as President Obama pushing READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' with Paul Rudd and Paul McCartney: Your opinion is desired.

This week, Paul Rudd will host Saturday Night Live; the musical guest is Paul McCartney. Beyond their identical first names, the two men share a certain puckish sense of humor and… READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Robert De Niro, better in drag these days

You have to wonder what Robert De Niro wants to accomplish when he appears on Saturday Night Live, beyond promoting his latest movie and having a bit of fun without leaving Manhattan. Those may indeed be the only reasons he does SNL (he wouldn’t be the first host guilty of that), and he certainly wasn’t out to compete with Alec Baldwin or Steve Martin, or even Nov. 20’s Anne Hathaway, in inserting himself into this week’s sketches. There’s a cultural disconnect between De Niro and SNL: It doesn’t seem to mean as much to him as it does to other, more eager hosts. If he rarely dropped the granite-faced De Niro persona, he fared best whenever READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' with host Robert De Niro: Your opinion is desired.

Tonight, Robert De Niro will host Saturday Night Live; the musical guest is Diddy-Dirty Money. De Niro has reached a point in his career in which he’s increasingly comfortable with doing silly film comedies, such as READ FULL STORY

'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2010' review: It was 'this sexy bomb!'

Who knew the The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2010 would be so aesthetically complex? Sure, it was 60 minutes of cameras zooming in on the chests and crotches of slinky models dressed in clothes that would get their designers booted off Project Runway. But the show also tried to do a number of things at once: Give you a sense of what it’s like backstage; give the impression that READ FULL STORY

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