Don’t be alarmed if this week’s episode of SNL already feels like it’s going to be a bit of a letdown. The show’s 39th season premiere boasted six brand-new cast members, a new Weekend Update anchor, and Tina Fey. Last week’s Mileypalooza carried with it a feeling that anything was possible — and the football game that delayed the cold open for 27 minutes only stoked our anticipation.
Tonight’s episode, by comparison, seems much less exciting. The host isn’t a seasoned vet known for bringing out the best in SNL‘s cast and crew or an unpredictable pop wild child. Instead, it’s Bruce Willis. Don’t get me wrong — I like Bruce Willis! But given his sleepy presence in this week’s promos, I have a feeling that John McClane won’t exactly bring a high amount of energy to Studio 8H this week. In fact, I’ve got a sneaky premonition that tonight’s show is going to be a lot like the one Robert De Niro hosted back in 2010 — an uneven affair built around a stony-faced straight man. I can almost guarantee we’ll see at least one sketch starring Willis as Movie Star Bruce Willis, and another where he’s dressed in a skirt.
But hey, I’m no Ed Glosser, Trivia Psychic; maybe Willis will end up delivering after all. And if nothing else, musical guest Katy Perry’s performances are guaranteed to be fun. Perry’s also hosted the show on her own before. That all but ensures she’ll end up pinch-hitting in a few sketches, which should automatically up the energy level. (Regardless of whether those sketches are all about her breasts.)
In the meantime, let’s go over a few talking points:
- Season 39 is already settling into a predictable groove; we can expect to see lots of Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, and Kenan Thompson tonight. Who’s your early vote for cast MVP — and who do you think deserves more of a spotlight? (coughNasimPedradcough)
- Yet another reason to mourn the loss of Bill Hader: There’s nobody around to parody Julian Assange anymore. Unless Killam inherits the part this week, which seems more than likely.
- I was thinking about how the show might address the phenomenal success of Gravity when I realized something: Sandra Bullock has never hosted SNL. That’s nuts! She has to do it sometime this season, right?
Discuss your hopes, dreams, and predictions for SNL tonight below — and check back in the morning for a full recap.