The holiday season is a time for friends, family… and an avalanche of third-rate holiday movies that put the “guilty” in “guilty pleasure.” So leave it to Saturday Night Live to remind us all to save some room at the dinner table for some old friends: the big-city career woman (Kate McKinnon) who finds love and a new life back in her home town; a young Santa (James Franco) who might also be a prince (trust me); the single mom (Heidi Gardner) who finds herself mysteriously trapped in a snow globe with her “black co-worker with no backstory” (Kenan Thompson); the “once-famous, now very Christian actress;” the ice skater (Melissa Villaseñor) who finds herself a princess after a skating accident; and – did I mention “that guy from Desperate Housewives“?
In a digital short that didn’t make the cut for the December 9 Franco-hosted edition of NBC‘s Saturday Night Live, the “Hallmark Channel” is going to force feed us a mega dose of holiday cheer in the form of 21 original movies throughout December – whether we want them to or not. So grab a glass of questionable eggnog, warm your “dogs” by the fire and enjoy this disgustingly sweet homage to Lifetime moves past (and keep an eye out for up-and-coming Canadian actor Chris Bearstick: he’s got a future in this business):
In a 2014 interview with Vulture, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels discussed selecting new cast members for the show and if the process has changed over the years:
“No, it’s almost always the same. It’s somebody that you think is original and never someone who reminds you of somebody else. There was a thing that we realized in the first season of the show, which was that if somebody else of your type came in, you tended to have a light show. When Candice Bergen did the fourth show, Jane Curtin was suddenly not doing many parts. When Anthony Perkins did the show, Chevy didn’t have much to do. And you’re always looking for the sense of humor. There are a lot of very good comedy performers with very little sense of humor. It’s skill, and they’ve learned it in the same way that a magician learns tricks. They’re fine, too, but we need a different thing. It’s better if they can create comedy as opposed to execute comedy.”
Saturday Night Live‘s Season 43 resumes January 13, 2018, with host Sam Rockwell and musical guest Halsey.