Friday, April 12, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” with Woody Harrelson, Jack White Scores Low Numbers with Middling Show, Cold Cold Open


I can’t say I’m surprised. This past weekend’s “SNL” was not a big draw.

The show featuring Woody Harrelson and Jack White was a low scorer for “SNL” after a run of higher numbers. A total of 4.1 million people watched the show. This is about what Michael B. Jordan pulled a couple of weeks ago. Then came Pedro Pascal, and a slight increase to 4.3 million.

All of this is down from Aubrey Plaza’s 4.8 million with Sam Smith as musical guest back on January 24th. The only difference that’s obvious is that Plaza came from a hip TV show, and Smith had had a big single all year and was sure to do something weird.

Woody Harrelson’s show was pretty bad. The only really funny sketch was the parody of “The Whale.” But it was very insidery. Jack White is a gifted guitarist but his “songs” sounded like screeching. Also, the opening Trump sketch just fell flat. Then Woody’s monologue was a nutty railing against vaccine mandates. He also seemed stoned.

And so we move on to the next one. It doesn’t look that promising with recent Super Bowl winner Travis Kelce, and musical guest Kelsea Ballerini. Kelce did a great job for Kansas City but he’s not Patrick Mahomes and I doubt many people know who he is or why he’s on “SNL.” Bellerini?

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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