The much anticipated hosting duties of Bryan Cranston on SNL came to pass this weekend, and it... didn't go very well. Cranston was barely used at all, and when he was it was for stupid crap like dancing in his underwear or asking if we got a bottle of sparkling apple juice 900 times. It was a very sad missed opportunity. It was also as bad as January Jones' episode, but at least that week they had an excuse in how inherently unfunny and unwilling to try to be funny she so clearly is. So what is this week's excuse? Bryan Cranston is a very funny and versatile actor! They could have done so many great things with him! Anyway. Here are the few highs and many lows of the episode.
A movie that no one wants isn't happening. Yay, I guess.
It's always a challenge for an actor to play a well-known part on TV and then to start over on a new show as someone entirely different. Audiences will always be tempted to see them as that first character, leading to typecasting and premature cancellations of new projects. However, recently, actors like Ray Romano have turned this theory on its head. After nine (nine!) seasons on Everybody Loves Raymond, he's deftly crafted a new persona on Men of a Certain Age that, for all intents and purposes, is the anti-Ray Barone. As the second season comes to a close tonight on TNT (and as we count down to the return of Breaking Bad), we take a look at other performers this summer who moved from a career-defining role to successfully portraying its polar opposite. (Yes, we know Sons of Anarchy isn't really a summer show, but we couldn't resist.)
Happy 90210 Day, everybody! In today's news, SNL wants to be funny, Big Bang wants to be nerdy, and Glee wants to be embarrassingly unhip. All is right with the world.