Who's on Top in the Inaugural SNL Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time-Player Relevancy Poll?
Remaining relevant is crucial for a cast member or, more importantly, a new featured player to stay in the good graces of Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Think you had a good week? Great, because you had better have another one (or find a writer whom really likes you) if you ever want to appear on air again outside of the Goodnights. Enter Movieline's SNL Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time-Player Relevancy Poll.
The Relevancy Poll is driven by a proprietary algorithm involving such factors as quality airtime and cultural buzz... it's all very objective! Though I initially crunched the numbers in Sunday's SNL recap, in this new feature, Movieline will gauge the chatter following each new episode and, based on that, create each week's NRFPTP Relevancy Poll. If your results differ, let's hear about it.
SNL's head writer always benefits by being the voice of "Weekend Update" and benefits even more from an appearance by Amy Poehler. "Really?!? with Seth and Amy" was the highlight of the week.
She still had multiple sketch appearances, even though she was only heavily featured in two of them. She'll always be utilized heavily, let's just hope not as much as last season so some of the new talent -- talent that Wiig helped scout -- gets a shot.
Hader's ranking, like a lot of cast members this early in the season, is still mostly based on last season. Hader wasn't utilized a whole lot Saturday night, but he was the lead in the sketch of the night, "Wedding Venue."
Samberg never has to appear in a ton of sketches as long as he delivers with his Digital Short. "Boogerman" was amusing; his failed interview with Justin Timberlake on "Actor II Actor" was better.
Again, another ranking based mostly on last season. Sudeikis is basically the starting Quarterback of the cast who keeps the show together. It's painfully obvious when he's not utilized enough.
Armisen starred in "Maternity Matters" and, more importantly, buzz wise, was featured as Governor Paterson opposite the real Paterson. It's still unclear if Armisen has officially lost his job as Obama to Jay Pharoah.
Moynihan needs a breakout character; it's been awhile since we've seen Mark Payne, though he's killing in supporting roles. Little known fact: Moynihan wrote the "Single Ladies" sketch featuring him, Samberg and Timberlake dancing behind Beyonce.
Well, now, here's a guy on the rise. Of all the new featured players, he got the most screen time. Watch his stock shoot up if he lands the Obama role.
Not a good night for Kenan. At one point I reran the opening credits just to make sure we was still on the show. His only appearance was in the last sketch of the night, in drag (of course) as Tracy Chapman.
Pedrad is so close to flying up this list, but she's just not quite there... yet. This season she'll have Bayer to contend with for airtime, but their styles differ quite a bit more compared to that of Pedrad and the departed Jenny Slate.
Not given a whole lot to do in her first episode, but she made the most of her screen-time. If nothing else, she's very good at being funny while not speaking (seriously).
Elliott was promoted this season to the full cast. Like much of last season, she didn't do much Saturday night. She's in desperate need of a recurring character because it's getting harder and harder to remember any character she's played -- except for, unfortunately, her uncanny Brittany Murphy.
Blink and you would have missed him. He got a quick laugh as Steven Slater in the final sketch of the night. And he seemed pleasant enough waving to the camera during the opening monologue.
Other than waving to the camera during the monologue, Brittain's biggest contribution was playing a doctor in the Poehler's "Showtime" one legged Amber sketch. All in all, fairly normal for a first show.