Wednesday, June 12, 2024

“SNL” with Willem Dafoe and Katy Perry Finishes About Even with Just Under 5 Million Viewers


This past weekend’s “SNL” was the last for a month, and the show went out on good numbers.

The final tally was 4.975 million, a tad under the previous week but steady as she goes for January.

Willem Dafoe hosted and Katy Perry was musical guest. The show was uneven, but Perry brought the fire power with her strong performances– despite odd costumes and setting. Dafoe can do anything, and he was game for whatever the show threw at him.

Don Roy King has officially retired as the show’s director after 15 years. His last episode was the ill fated Christmas 2021 COVID show. There’s been no mention of his departure on the show. The new director, Liz Patrick, who’s been working with him all season, comes from Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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