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'Saturday Night Live': And this year's overall MVP is...

… Kate McKinnon. Which should come as no surprise, whether you faithfully watched each of season 39’s episodes or only caught a few of its sketches online.

Let’s back up. Each week in our SNL recaps, EW’s writers have selected one cast MVP — the featured or repertory player who made the best individual impression in that Saturday’s episode. Sometimes those MVP slots were shared between two cast members; sometimes, as in this season’s premiere, we cited both a New Cast MVP and an Old Cast MVP, just to spread the wealth around. Because our recaps are written by different staffers with different preferences, the system’s a little less biased than it would be if the same person had chosen an MVP each week — meaning that the season’s overall winner has plenty of broad appeal, at least among the enormous subset of the population that is EW SNL recappers.

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'Saturday Night Live' finale recap: School's out, but not before Andy Samberg's class reunion

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What did you think of SNL‘s 39th season?

Maybe, instead, we should begin with a different question: What did SNL itself think of its 39th season?

The answer: Not much, if Saturday’s finale was any indication. Any time a former cast member hosts the show, we’re guaranteed to see a barrage of cameos from fellow alumni. But the sheer volume of ex-repertory players that showed up last night — and stuck around, taking up more attention and screen time than some new featured players have gotten all season — made the finale feel more like an unearned victory lap than a standalone episode. We already know that Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are funny — but if SNL is going to survive into its fifth decade, which begins next fall, the show needs to consider its future as well as its past. You’ve got to feel for John Milhiser, Brooks Wheelan, Beck Bennett, Noël Wells, and Mike O’Brien, who might as well have stayed home Saturday night. (Sasheer Zamata, Kyle Mooney, and, of course, Colin Jost, who’s the show’s head writer as well as Weekend Update anchor: Breathe easy. You guys are safe for next season.)

Speaking of SNL‘s past: Host Andy Samberg was fine, if not a dynamo like fellow alumni hosts Maya Rudolph and Jimmy Fallon. His live sketch work had highs (Nicolas Cage!!) and lows (that 2 Chainz thing, which… what?); the same went for his two (count ‘em: two!) Digital Shorts, which were amusing if not at the level of the Lonely Island’s best work. We can, however, credit Samberg with catalyzing the night’s… READ FULL STORY

Andy Samberg hosts 'Saturday Night Live' finale this weekend: Talk about it here!

Nearly a decade after launching the revolution, Andy Samberg returns to reign over the world he created.

Let’s back up. Samberg joined the cast of SNL in September 2005, just a month after his 27th birthday. Nobody really knew who he was, though, until December 17 of that year, when The Lonely Island’s second-ever Digital Short, “Lazy Sunday,” premiered — and almost immediately became an Internet sensation. Sure, it helped that the short’s debut coincided with the rise of YouTube, which had launched in February of 2005, and its “white guys rapping about mundane stuff” premise gave plenty of fodder for homages and parodies — but really, “Lazy Sunday”‘s popularity doesn’t need to be explained. It became a sensation for one simple reason: Even nine years later, it’s still really, really funny.

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Seth Meyers launches 'Second Chance Theatre' with 'SNL' sketch that never made it to air -- VIDEO

Will Forte has literally been waiting years for this moment.

Some background: In March, Seth Meyers revealed plans to introduce a new Late Night feature called “Second Chance Theatre.” The segment would highlight rejected SNL sketches, including a lost Jason Sudeikis vehicle called “Juggling Flyer” and Will Forte’s “Jennjamin Franklin.”

What, exactly, is Jennjamin Franklin? As Forte explained to Splitsider last year: “It’s this woman who is the spitting image of Benjamin Franklin, and this guy gets set up on this date with this woman, and she’s, like, this real sexual creature but looks exactly like Benjamin Franklin.”

Last night, in the very first installment of Second Chance Theatre, all of Forte’s weird colonial dreams finally came true. Feast your eyes on something that proved too weird for the show that brought us “Bird Bible”:

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Andy Samberg comes home, gets goofy in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

The Andy Samberg who will host Saturday Night Live this weekend is not the same Samberg who departed the show in 2012, after seven seasons of viral video-making and face-pulling. For one thing, the comedian is now a Golden Globe™ Winning Actor; for another, he’s wearing glasses now. You can see the difference!

Actually, scratch that. Samberg’s antics in the following video are right on par with the sort of stuff he used to do on SNL; on a scale of cast-members-turned-hosts from Chevy Chase to Jimmy Fallon, it seems like he’ll fall closer to the Fallon end of the spectrum. But don’t take my word for it — enjoy Samberg and old pal Kenan Thompson’s quick yoga, delightful frolicking, and general silliness in the video below. Think it deserves the prize for Promo of the Year?

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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Charlize Theron can't sing

Charlize Theron hasn’t hosted Saturday Night Live since 2000, which was 14 whole years ago and a performance which very few of us actually remember. That didn’t stop her from crafting a monologue out of a sketch from that 2000 show, however. Her singing part in that sketch kept getting reduced and reduced until she realized, “I can’t sing.” Which the writers apparently thought was hilarious because guys, Charlize Theron can do everything: Win Oscars! Star in dramas! Star in comedies! But… she can’t sing. Ha, ha! READ FULL STORY

Charlize Theron hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this week: Talk about it here!

Charlize Theron last hosted Saturday Night Live in November of 2000 — which might as well have been a lifetime ago. The episode, which aired just days before that year’s presidential election, featured a running gag about possible outcomes (President Ralph Nader’s address to the nation is interrupted by a flying pig and frozen devils); the night was filled with Fey-era recurring characters like Will Ferrell’s Robert Goulet and the ladies of Gemini’s Twin and even Chris Kattan’s Mr. Peepers; Theron herself was there to promote The Legend of Bagger Vance, a movie which single-handedly made her chances of ever winning an Oscar seem pretty slim.

Another indication of changing times? Back then, Theron was mainly given only one type of role — the ditzy girl group member, a hot blonde at the Buena Vista Social Club, Marilyn Monroe. But even though Theron is still jaw-droppingly gorgeous, we know now that she’s also capable of being much more than window dressing. Monster proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she could act — and just as importantly, Arrested Development proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she can do comedy. Take all the gold stars you want, Charlize.

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'Saturday Night Live' recap: It's Andrew Garfield's night, but Emma Stone steals the show

That headline isn’t meant to be a knock on Andrew Garfield, who was nimble and vibrant as Peter Parker (post-spider bite, of course) in his SNL hosting debut. His face sported a gigantic, adorable grin for about 75 percent of last night’s 90-minute show; he easily and smoothly transitioned between British and American accents, even multiple times in the same sketch; he showed a real knack for flustered buffoonery, almost saving an iffy wedding toast sketch by sheer force of personality alone. (Key word there: almost.)

Garfield was good enough that it’s puzzling the show didn’t give him more to do. As amusing as it was, his opening monologue — predictably crashed by his Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-star/girlfriend Emma Stone, who couldn’t help giving a bunch of undermining advice — didn’t exactly scream “vote of confidence.” And though Garfield was front and center several times throughout the night, he only got a few chances to really let loose. But wouldn’t you know it — the first one of those chances just happened to be the night’s…

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Andrew Garfield hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

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It must sort of suck to know that even as you’re spending all week preparing to host Saturday Night Live for the very first time, there’s just one question running through the minds of everyone planning to watch: When’s that dude’s girlfriend gonna show up?

Yes, Emma Stone is charming and funny and great, and proved herself to be an SNL natural when she headlined the show in 2010 and 2011. But Stone’s longtime beau Andrew Garfield is no slouch himself. Witness, for example, the easy charm on display during his only previous Saturday Night Live appearance, a cameo in Emma’s last monologue:

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Andrew Garfield shows superheroic range in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Is Andrew Garfield American or British? The answer, technically, is “both” — which explains how he switches between the two accents so easily. And that’s not the Amazing Spider-Man star’s only linguistic trick: According to this new set of Saturday Night Live promos, Garfield also knows how to speak in dog. Can you speak in dog, Emma Stone?

Watch Garfield bark, smolder, and give his take on a whispery “Clint Eastwood” voice — sounds more like a Christian Bale-esque Batman growl, if you ask me — in the video below. Hell, maybe if he’s this versatile on Saturday, SNL will name the green room after him! (As you’ll see in the clip, stage-naming rights have already been taken.)

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