Day: October 15, 2020

Jones finds sweeping success via offbeat route

This isn’t the way it’s supposed to go, you know.
The break-out talents from “Saturday Night Live” are supposed to become movie stars. They’re not supposed to host a game show where people racie frantically down grocery-store aisles.
But there is Leslie Jones (shown here), hosting and producing “Supermarket Sweep,” which debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 18) on ABC. That’s not the usual post-”SNL” route. “They have a formula for how everybody is supposed to make it,” Jone said in a recent Television Critics virtual session. But “I had to make everyone realize the formula doesn’t work for me.”
Nothing does. She was 47 before she ever reached “SNL,” 49 before she got her one big movie role (the “Ghostbusters” reboot), 51 when she left the show, did a stand-up comedy special … and then grabbed a show she had watched long ago. Read more…

Best-bets for Oct. 17: “SNL” laughter or holiday screams

1) “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. For the third straight week, the show has a skilled comedy pro as host. The season opened with comics who sometimes act (Chris Rock and Bill Burr) and great results. Now comes Issa Rae, who received Emmy nominations this year for both a comedy series (“Insecure”) and a sketch show (“The Black Lady Sketch Show”). It’s her first time at “SNL”; Justin Bieber (shown here) has his fourth time as music guest; in one, he doubled as host Read more…

“Last Man Standing” still stands … but only for one more year

After standing for a decade, “Last Man Standing” (shown here) is near the end.
Fox announced that the upcoming season – a full, 22-episode one, starting in January – will be its last.
The show will have run nine seasons, spread over 10 years and two networks. That makes Tim Allen one of TV’s most eternal stars; adding “Home Improvement,” he’ll have 17 seasons and 398 episodes Read more…