Go ahead and consider this to be one of the bigger TV-related surprises that we’ve had in a while. Saturday Night Live is airing tonight, but it’s pushed back.
Why? Think in terms of college football. Tonight’s episode hosted by Dave Chappelle has been delayed due to Clemson and Notre Dame facing off. The game was in double overtime at the time in which this happened, and we’re all stuck waiting to see when things will start. We know that there are going to be a lot of memorable sketches tonight, in addition to a great monologue from Chappelle himself. The Election will be referenced plenty, but for now, we gotta wait.
Of course, aren’t we at a point right now where we’ve been waiting for all sorts of stuff? We certainly tend to think so. We waited for days to get results on the Presidential Election itself! We understand that Clemson and Notre Dame are two huge college football teams, but we can’t imagine them getting more ratings than something featuring Chappelle right out of the election. (Then again, we could be wrong given that football is often king.)
While it is a somewhat-rare occurrence, we have seen episodes of SNL be delayed before by college football — most notably, there was an episode hosted by Charles Barkley a few years back that was in this same position. That episode did draw great ratings, so potentially the same thing could happen here tonight. Expect some cameos, some laughs, and above all else one of the timeliest shows imaginable. We’ve never seen an episode of SNL take place mere hours after a Presidential race is called.
If nothing else, aren’t we getting a good sense of how college football rules ultimately work? The game ended at around 8:45, so things should be starting up soon … after the news, which is delaying things further. Ugh. It may be airing earlier in some markets now than others.
What did you want to see on this week’s Saturday Night Live cold open?
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