'Saturday Night Live' premiere recap: The start of something new (and odd)

September 28, 2014 2:04 PM

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Are SNL‘s growing pains over as it enters its 40th season? It certainly didn’t seem that way from the bizarre season opener. Chris Pratt—and Chris Pratt’s abs, in a supporting role—conducted themselves amicably as host, however, the show seemed to lack the festive air that we might have expected from a premiere tied to such an important season. Instead it seemed to be on a mission to prove that a new era has come to Studio 8H and the tone was markedly different.

There was only one notable cameo, and it came from Pratt’s wife, Anna Faris, not, as might have been expected Amy Poehler, his Parks and Recreation co-star and SNL alum. In fact, there was little familiar at all about the show, which seemed intent on showing off the new generation, lingering on new ...

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