Tuesday, July 16, 2024

“SNL” Brings Mostly Spanish Episode with Bad Bunny as Host, Musical Guest, Adds Mick Jagger, Pedro Pascal, Lady Gaga

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We won’t until tomorrow how “Saturday Night Live” did in the ratings last night. It was either a huge success or a bust.

That’s because the show did something unusual: most of it was in Spanish. Except for the excellent cold opening mocking Jim Jordan’s failure to become Speaker of the House, the show was not spoken in English.

Host and musical guest Bad Bunny, who announced in his monologue that he’d rather speak Spanish, pushed “SNL” into a new territory. To boost attention, producer Lorne Michaels added actor Pedro Pascal from the start — he’s American and very popular. He also surprised the audience with Mick Jagger in two spots, and Lady Gaga — currently associated with Jagger because of her Rolling Stones song — to introduce Bad Bunny.

Pascal got away with appearing, even though he’s a member of SAG — because “SNL” is under a different contract. Maybe.

Will Bad Bunny bring Good Ratings? We’ll see. But it was a brave move, and something that “SNL” can afford to do after 48 years.

Roger Friedman
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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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