Tonight, James Franco will be hosting SNL with R&B singer SZA as musical guest. Franco's hosting gig comes just one week after the release of The Disaster Artist, based on Tommy Wiseau's cult film. Franco produced, directed, and stars in the movie, which has received rave reviews from critics.
In the teaser for tonight's episode, Franco is seen approaching the Rockefeller ice skating rink to the tune of Olympic-like music. He nods at the camera, suggesting he's about to pull off some insane skating skills... only to take his first step on the ice rink and immediately fall.
Many shows have fallen victim to the sophomore slump. While personal opinion comes into play when discussing which shows have delivered a second season that's as good as the first, the general consensus among writers and viewers alike is that the sophomore slump is an easy trap to fall into. Luckily, early reviews of The Crown suggest the show has avoided the sophomore slump, and delivered a riveting, beautiful second season that critics are saying is better than the first.
In their review of season 2, Variety writes, "The Crown's second season is captivating in a way that almost isn’t fair... the second season of The Crown might be even more engrossing than the first: Where the first installment depicted Elizabeth’s call to action, and the rocky path to standing her own ground, the second season focuses on one of the enduring mysteries of royalty — the endlessly scrutinized and speculated over royal marriage."
Tonight, Saoirse Ronan will be hosting SNL with musical guest U2.
In a promo for the episode, Ronan tries to convince Cecily Strong that everyone at Rockefeller Center is there to see her host SNL. Strong counters that they're just there to see the tree. "This is so exciting. All these people have come out to see me," Ronan exults. Strong responds, "Oh, no, you know I think they're here for the tree lighting."