When JT did double duty as host and musical guest back
in 2003, tv.com (then tvtome.com) reported that SNL
director Beth McCarthy-Miller went on record as saying
"Justin Timberlake was one of the best hosts ever.
Expect him to host again in the future." Just over
three years later, Miller's premonition has come true.
The '03 episode may not have been flawless, but you
can't deny there wasn't a certain energy to it. This
was largely due to most of the show being written
around Justin's main strength: singing. Not only did
Timberlake get three musical segments ("Rock Your
Body", "Seniorita" and "Cry Me A River"), but most of
the sketches were excuses for him to sing as well.
Case in point, "Benny's vs. Omletteville", "Timberlake
and Kermit" and even to a lesser extent, "Barry Gibb
Talk Show", all had musical numbers for JT to run wild
with. As a result, JT was always in his comfort zone
and came across as a very capable host.
How will JT fare in 2006? Since he's pushing not only
a CD, but a movie as well, I'm guessing there won't be
as much singing. This shouldn't be a bad thing,
Bening's episode showed somewhat of an upswing in
sketch writing, so hopefully Justin will get some
strong material to have fun with. I'm also betting
the farm Jimmy Fallon will show up to resurrect Barry
Gibb. Bottom line, after the Matthew Fox/Tenacious D (ED NOTE: Review coming soon!)
show somewhat tanked, I'm guessing this will be the
best of the December 2006 episodes.