SNL Review November 1, 2017: Tiffany Haddish/Taylor Swift

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CREDIT: Will Heath/NBC

My letter grades for each sketch and segment is below. My in-depth review is on NewsCult: http://newscult.com/snl-love-itkeep-itleave-tiffany-haddishtaylor-swift/

Roy Moore and Jeff Sessions – B-

Tiffany Haddish’s Monologue – B

GamerCon – B-

The Lion King Screen Tests – B-

Message From the DNC – B-

Beck and Kyle – B+

Taylor Swift performs “…Ready for It?” – B

Weekend Update
The Jokes – B
Claire from HR – B-
Lavar Ball – B

The Last Black Unicorn – C

Get Woke with Tamika (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – B+

The Dolphin Who Learned to Speak – B

Taylor Swift -performs “Call It What You Want” – C+

Whiskers R We – B

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Nathan for You Season 4 Review

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CREDIT: Comedy Central

I give Nathan for You Season 4 4.2 out of 5 Really Good Grades: http://newscult.com/nathan-for-you-season-4-review-not-every-episode-is-the-height-of-ambition-but-those-that-are-are-unforgettable/

SNL Review November 4, 2017: Larry David/Miley Cyrus

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CREDIT: Kailey Fellows/NBC

My letter grades for each sketch and segment is below. My in-depth review is on NewsCult: http://newscult.com/snl-love-itkeep-itleave-larry-davidmiley-cyrus/

Paul Manafort – B

Larry David’s Monologue – B

The Price is Right Celebrity Edition – B-

White House Press Conference – C+

Ad Council Awards – B+

The Baby Step – C+

Miley Cyrus performs “Bad Mood” – B

Weekend Update
The Jokes – B
Eric and Donald Trump, Jr. – B
Angel, Every Boxer’s Girlfriend From Every Boxing Movie Ever – B+
Leslie Jones – B-

Fresh Takes – B

New Wife – B+

Miley Cyrus performs “I Would Die for You” – B-

Beers (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – A

Handicapping the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

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CREDIT: Jeopardy!

The latest round of Jeopardy!‘s Tournament of Champions is airing November 6-17, and I’m here to rank the contestants in order of how likely I think they are to take the $250,000 grand prize.

(Special mention must be made of Cindy Stowell, who passed away from cancer after winning 6 games. She probably would have been in my top 3 had she survived long enough to make it to the ToC.)

1. Austin Rogers – His personality may rub some viewers the wrong way, but he understands how to play the game better than anyone else in this group, and his resilient attitude goes a long way.
2. Andrew Pau – He survived a gauntlet in his first game (one of the best non-tournament episodes ever) and went on to average nearly $30,000 per win.
3. Tim Aten – A steady competitor with his eyes on the prize.
4. Pranjal Vachaspati – Honestly, after the first two, there’s a huge drop in expectations, but I do remember Pranjal’s friendliness taking him far.
5. Seth Wilson – He won 12 games, which seems crazy in retrospect. But you gotta respect anyone who has a double digit streak.
6. Buzzy Cohen – Outside of Austin, this Simpsons lawyer lookalike is the most divisive player, but (even though he won 9 games) he’s nowhere near as impressive.
7. Sam Deutsch – Sam’s a strong College Tournament champ, but his presence mostly makes me sad that we won’t see College runner-up Niki Peters here.
8. Lilly Chin – Lilly’s also a strong College champ who I do not think will be intimidated by her adult competition.
9. Hunter Appler – At this point, we’re getting into the territory of, “Oh, I kind of remember him winning a lot.”
10. Lisa Schlitt – Lisa always looked shocked when she won. It will serve her best to come in expecting to win this time around.
11. Jason Sterlacci – Outside of Colby Burnett, I’ve never been much impressed by a Teachers Tournament champ, though I wouldn’t be shocked if this Dr. Rich from Community doppelgänger pulls off a run to the final.
12. Justin Vossler – Justin kind of looks like 2015 ToC champ Alex Jacob, but he’s nowhere near as idiosyncratic.
13. Alan Lin – I might be underestimating Alan. Or overestimating. I’m really not sure.
14. Jon Eisenman – I know I watched this guy’s episodes, but I don’t much remember what happened in them.
15. David Clemmons – The level of play in David’s Teachers Tournament was kind of meh.

Links to Dan Harmon’s Season 6 Communitary

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I still haven’t re-watched every Community Season 6 episode with the addition of Dan Harmon’s commentary tracks, so I decided to make a post with some handy-dandy links for easy access.

1. “Ladders
2. “Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care
3. “Basic Crisis Room Decorum
4. “Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing
5. “Laws of Robotics and Party Rights
6. “Basic Email Security
7. “Advanced Safety Features
8. “Intro to Recycled Cinema
9. “Grifting 101
10. “Basic RV Repair and Palmistry
11. “Modern Espionage
12. “Wedding Videography
13. “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television

Watch And/Or Listen to This: Boliviguay Wants to Be in the World Series

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This is probably the funniest thing to come out of late night television since Trebek went insane.

What Won TV? – October 8-October 14, 2017

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In this feature, I look back at each day of the past week and determine what shows “won TV” for the night. That is, I consider every episode of television I watched that aired on a particular day and declare which was the best.

CREDIT: Bob Mahoney/AMC

This is going to be my last edition of “What Won TV?,” at least for a while. With the super-saturated nature of the television medium, there are just too many times now where I don’t catch all the shows I watch within the week they actually air.

Sunday – A guest star-strong Simpsons
Monday – Jeopardy!
Tuesday – The Middle
Wednesday – Mr. Robot
Thursday – Great News (Honorable Mention to Jeopardy!, even though Trebek claims he knows nothing about a dick tree)
Friday – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Saturday – Let me end by choosing Halt and Catch Fire.

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