Critic Consensus: A game Woody Harelson and innovative performance from Billie Eilish can't save a mediocreseason opener that once again relies too heavily on celebritycameos -- though that girl Maya Rudolph can come back whenever she likes.
Critic reviews for Woody Harrelson; Billie Eilish
"SNL" staged its own trailer of "Downton Abbey" and joked that nothing really happens in the box-office hit. But the same could be said for the blah season opener of "SNL."
As the 45th season of the show moves forward, developing the rest of the cast should be SNL's priority, not putting in calls to Ray Donovan.
Yet the generational gap between this season premiere's host and musical guest is not the strangest choice. It's more what this season premiere chooses to do - or really, not do - with its multi-time host.
Saturday Night Live has been hit or miss for the last several years. Chalk this one up as "just OK."
The monologue has Colin Jost written all over it. Oof. Welcome to Season 45!
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