‘Saturday Night Live’ re-watch: Was Jeremy Renner, ‘Californians’ the best choice?

SNLThere are not many repeats of any show that actually end up airing in February, but “Saturday Night Live” had the rare example of one this weekend with their show hosted by Jeremy Renner (with musical guest Maroon 5, just over two months before Adam Levine hosted his own show) that originally aired late last year.

We’re not going to get too much into reviewing this episode or some of its sketches a second time, mostly because they were largely pretty bad save for the Californians the first time around and do not really need further consideration. Instead, we want to pose the following question: is this really the best move that NBC and their schedulers could have made at this time?

In giving the Super Bowl weekend repeat to Renner, basically NBC deprived a little bit of extra publicity to Jennifer Lawrence during Oscar season for “Silver Linings Playbook.” This is what really made her original casting on the show so serendipitous, and while her show was not the best of the season, it was far and away better than Renner’s. Another reason we bring forth the “help the actors win Oscars” argument is because “SNL” recently booked Christoph Waltz to host a show just days before Oscar voting ends later this month.

We know that you can make the argument that Lawrence’s show is a little too recent to be aired again, and in that case why not put on Martin Short’s? While it may be Christmas-related, it is once again far funnier than this one was.

Is there one episode of “Saturday Night Live” this season that you wish the show would repeat over and over again? In addition to sharing your thoughts below, you can also check out some video highlights from Levine’s show over here.

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