Is it just us or is SNL going to the musical-guest-as-main-guest more than they ever have before. I mean, from Paul Simon to Justin Timberlake, there is certainly a history of that happening, but it seems to be every fifth week or so, now. At its best, it’s Lizzo; at its worst, Nick Jonas. Tonight, it’s hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion. And other than a new Korean drama, the return of a marriage themed true crime show, and a memorial to a famous 96-year-old woman who died (and not the one we feel they should be celebrating), the rest is Lifetime movie style offerings… but, hey, those can be fun too.
Saturday Night Live [NBC, 11:30p]
Megan Thee Stalion is both the host and musical guest tonight. it’s been a spotty start this season as a lot of the cast is new and it will take them a bit to find their footing. Thankfully Ego Nwodim is finding some time in the spotlight and whatever happens on the show tonight I am here for that.
Under the Queen’s Umbrella [Netflix]
Essentially a soap opera, in this South Korean drama, the Queen of Joseon (aka Korea from the late 14th Century til early in the last one), tries to ensure the continuation of her family’s lineage as foes attack on every side. This could be dreadful pap or scintillating melodrama. Time will tell.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- If we were going to spend network (well, sorta network) time on a 96-year-old woman who recently deceased, we’d go for the woman who was wicked as the mom in The Manchurian Candidate, the grim reaper in kindly novelist/detective form in Murder, She Wrote, and a sweet teakettle in Beauty & the Beast. Alas, we live in this world, and instead of a special celebrating Angela Lansbury, the CW is giving us the umpteenth tribute to the late Queen of England with Queen Elizabeth II: The Woman Behind the Crown.
- The Investigation Discovery show about ill-fated nuptuals Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? returns after a seven-year pause. So there’s that.
- We’ve got at least three options from the Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex. We’ll begin with the hommage(?) to the style, this week from GAC Family where we get the simply titled, but foreboding (or is it?) My Boss’ Wedding. On YouTube, it’s referred to starkly as a “Romance Movie” and its trailer promises relentles upbeatedness. Hallmark grants us Autumn in the City, which is no doubt a pun and Autumn is a woman visiting the Big Apple, which will no doubt be portrayed by Toronto (after a few establishing skylines of course). Finally, we can count on Lifetime, as the Ol G of these things brings us Let’s Get Physical which will likely not take you to an intimate restaurant or a suggestive movie, but will tell the from-the-headlines-rip’t tale of a fitness instructor who moonlights as a madam–and, to be clear, the one that bosses sex workers around, not the one at the end of Wayland Flowers’ arm before any of us were born.