After last week's surprisingly funny "Saturday Night Live" with guest host Taylor Swift, I was cautiously optimistic about last night's show with host January Jones, who is pitch-perfect as Betty Draper on AMC's "Mad Men."
But now we all know Jones needs to stick to drama, especially when performing live. Jones was stiff and unfunny in all of her live sketches, occasionally unable even to read her cue cards without fumbling. To be fair, at least half the problem (as usual) was the writing.
Jones was funny in one digital short sketch, which played off her famous Betty Draper role. The bit was cleverly written and comfortable 1960s territory for Jones.
Watch Jones guide you through how to host the perfect cocktail party:
Also jarring, SNL replaced the Michaela Watkins "Hoda" with a Jenny Slate "Hoda" in their "Kathie Lee and Hoda" skit. Kristin Wiig's "Kathie Lee" is the star of this sketch, but watching Slate do "Hoda" made me miss Watkins for the first real time this season.