Who's the Best 'SNL' Cast Member? Week 1 MVPs (and Chris Pratt)

September 29, 2014 8:28 PM

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"Saturday Night Live" returned this past weekend for its 40th season with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande. As with nearly every season premiere of the stalwart sketch comedy series, the Season 40 opener was proceeded by months of discussions regarding the show's casting changes, heightened this year by the mass exodus of Season 39 cast members John Milhiser, Noel Wells, Brooks Wheelan and Mike O'Brian (who has since returned to the writers' room). Additionally, the quirky Nasim Pedrad left the building for the Lorne Michaels-produced FOX comedy "Mulaney," "SNL" alumni Darrell Hammond replaced the late Don Pardo as announcer and Weekend Update has been totally revamped with a new look and a new co-anchor in Michael Che of "The Daily Show."

With so many changes, can "SNL" continue to improve? Unfortunately, that question remains to be seen after the mediocre premiere, which saw the lovable Pratt, still beaming after "Guardians of the Galaxy" dominated the summer box office, in unusually nervous form. Given his comedy chops on "Parks an...

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