'SNL' Season Opener Ratings Fall Short Of Last Season

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In his opening monologue, playing off a common criticism of his star turn a year ago on "La La Land", Gosling gloated that he singlehandedly saved jazz, despite evidence to the contrary from Kenan Thompson, "La La" co-star Emma Stone (in a cameo) and his own inability to play the piano.

Check out their skit above! Fresh off an impressive nine wins at the Emmys and its most watched season in decades, SNL has a lot to live up to in its 43rd go-round.

Through the first episode of season 43, though, we'd say that the results are somewhat mixed. I was kind of just struggling with some different life issues, I was studying the Bible, looking for God and this font came to mind, this idea of, thinking about the biblical times and Egypt and the Middle East.

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The scene also featured reliable hands Kenan Thompson, as a farmer, and Beck Bennett and Alex Moffat, as a couple of no-nonsense cops with old-school Hollywood police voices. In the video above, Gosling deadpans his way through a clever routine where he white-splains jazz to the audience, finally being joined on-stage by La La Land co-star Emma Stone for the big punchline. It's only a matter of time before someone else tries to take credit for saving jazz.

The show probably needed to start from scratch this season and either find a new impression, bring Darrell Hammond back into the fold or perhaps ignore Trump entirely, since he hasn't even tweeted about the show for a while. He has the best jazz.

Basically the joke of tonight's cold open was that Jeff Sessions is small and Baldwin likes doing the Trump "puckered anus mouth". McKinnon was especially eerie as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Moffat debuted his take on Trump frenemy Chuck Schumer. He had an existential streak. The stunning pair has managed to keep their relationship private ever since they fell in love on the set of Place Beyond the Pines in 2011. Gosling's character deadpanned, later countering his brothers' tales of childhood building experiments with his own memory of watching a man get hit by a bus.