Monday, May 20, 2024

“SNL”: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt Appear in a Full On NBC Universal Pictures Plug for Studio’s “The Fall Guy”


“Saturday Night Live” will reap big ratings, I’m sure, from last night’s adventure.

Ryan Gosling — plugging NBC Universal’s “The Fall Guy” quite vividly — hosted the NBC late night show for the third time, but mostly couldn’t keep a straight face in any of the sketches. In a Beavis and Butthead set up, in a doctors duet with Bowen Yang, and a few others, Gosling didn’t even try to hold it together. He caused the other cast members to crack up, too.

Gosling’s best bit, I thought, was a sketch in which a prospective groom reveals to his dinner host that he can’t go through with his pending wedding. He’s bolting, but when the fiance returns from the kitchen he’s all lovey dovey and blames the host for causing doubts.

“SNL” once again supplied guest stars with Kate McKinnon in the cold open, and Emily Blunt in the monologue. With the latter, it was a full on promotion for the movie, “The Fall Guy,” to the point where it was really a product placement. There was an actual “Fall Guy” commercial at the top of the show, and Gosling wore a “Fall Guy” jacket at the conclusion, with the logo shown in all its glory. NBC Universal is releasing “Fall Guy” and this show was on NBC, so you get the picture.

Did “The Fall Guy” need this much blatant promotion? It seems like it will be a hit regardless. I’m surprised the show went for this so openly.

McKinnon was genius, as usual. She reprised Colleen Rafferty, who despite being a cigarette smoking, foul mouthed character is a welcome visitor on space ships. She lights up the stage, and showed how much she is missed on “SNL.”

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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