I’m as in love with January Jones as any Mad Men fanboy is… but I have to admit her turn last week as guest host on Saturday Night Live just wasn’t… er… that good. Okay, it was awful. Okay, it was embarrassing. I felt terrible for Miss Jones. I wanted to jump through the TV screen and rescue her.
But it wasn’t her fault. She’s simply not that kind of performer. The fault lies with the producers of SNL who are picking guest hosts based solely on who’s churned out some new product on the music store shelves or some semi-tepid new flick at the box office. As a result, we get a string of guest hosts who simply don’t have any comedic or hosting chops. (There have been a few pleasant surprises – Taylor Swift – but for the most part, this has been a continuing problem with the show the last few years.)
There’s a fantastic critique posted today on MSNBC explaining 10 ways to fix SNL, and I can’t argue with a single point.