Sunday, May 26, 2024

Ryan Gosling, Chris Stapleton, Kate McKinnon Bring High Numbers for “Saturday Night Live”


This weekend’s “SNL” was only off a little bit from the previous outing, with big numbers.

Ryan Gosling, Chris Stapleton, and special guest Kate McKinnon helped bring the show 4.7 million viewers. Stapleton’s record sales went way up, too, so we know the show was seen by more people than usual.

Lorne Michaels has really hit the gas, pumping up the recent shows with guest stars and cameos. It’s working, and a real antidote to the doldrums of the winter. The Ramy Youssef episode was a low point.

Next up is super singer Dua Lipa, who will be guest host and musical guest. But I suspect Michaels will punch in some more guest stars to add to the proceedings.

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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