Justin Timberlake is no easy act to follow. The singer/actor is so popular as a Saturday Night Live host — thanks to instantly classic skits (“Omeletteville,” “Single Ladies” ) and viral Digital Shorts (“Motherlover“) — he might as well be named a cast member already. Timberlake worked his magic once again when he hosted the finale of the 36th season of SNL back in May, ending a shaky season on a high note (and by high note, we of course mean this), which earned him yet another Emmy nomination for his work on the series.
Then again, when it comes to hosting SNL, there’s perhaps no one better suited for the task than Alec Baldwin. Luckily, he’ll be fulfilling those duties for a record-breaking 16th time for tonight’s season premiere. Baldwin, alongside musical guests Radiohead (who should get a nice warm-up for their upcoming stints on The Colbert Report and at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom), will open the 37th season of the late night TV institution. The big question isn’t so much “Will you be watching SNL?” as, “Will both Baldwin and Radiohead replay their greatest hits or will they try out some new material?”
You’d be hard-pressed to find fans disappointed if Baldwin were to re-visit some of his classic SNL moments. After all, Canteen Boy still needs some supervision, Bill Brasky is still a son of a bitch, and there’s a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream that Pete Schweddy would be happy to promote on Delicious Dish. Then again, there’s still plenty for Baldwin to work with as far as new material. (Maybe he’ll finally get to do that Emmy joke during his opening monologue.) My biggest hope: That Baldwin’s baseball rival John Krasinski swings by for a surprise cameo so he and Baldwin can take their feud to the next level. It would make for an especially awkward/awesome moment considering Baldwin’s New York Yankees just clinched the American League East.
So will you be putting on your best tux to watch Baldwin host SNL, PopWatchers? (It is on after 6 p.m., after all. What are we, farmers?) Which skit or character are you hoping he’ll bring back? Or are you simply tuning in to watch Radiohead rock the stage of Studio 8H for just the second time in their illustrious career? Whatever it may be, just be sure to check back tomorrow morning for Ken Tucker‘s review of the premiere, and my full recap of the episode. Feel free to leave your comments here tonight and let us know what you think of the episode while you watch! Good times.