The Jane Lynch Saturday Night Live episode finally arrives this week, and fans have reason to be excited. Lynch has been a great character actor over the years, co-starring in dozens of movies before she finally got her biggest break on Glee. Lynch has been in recognizable roles in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Two and a Half Men, The L Word, and Judging Amy in the past, but Sue Sylvester is what has put her on the map for many television viewers around the country.
In most of the work that Lynch has done, she has made a career out of scene-stealing lines and over-the-top characters. She has never really been placed in that leading lady type of role, but with Sue Sylvester on Glee, she is finally able to really spread her wings as an actress. That hard work even ended up getting her nominated for two Emmy Awards this year, one for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Glee) and one for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Two and a Half Men). She won the award for Glee, with the role almost acting as a culmination to all the hard work she has put into her craft.
Now though, Lynch is coming to Saturday Night Live, where the best hosts are always those that can blend into the cast and become great assets to the sketches. There is a reason that Alec Baldwin keeps getting invited back, and it is because he can play so many different characters up on that stage. Now Lynch will have the chance to do just that, and if she is really good at it, then creator Lorne Michaels needs to work hard to get her to host again soon. If Lynch can bring even a taste of the humor she provides for Glee right now, it could make it the best episode so far in their 36th season.
It had seemed like last week would be a good episode, with Bryan Cranston playing host, but he just wasn’t involved in enough sketches to make a true impact on the viewer. Many were probably left wondering who was actually hosting later in the week, and hopefully the writers took that into account this week. Lynch will be hosting the October 9 episode of Saturday Night Live, with the start time set at 11:30 p.m. for both coasts (10:30 p.m. Central) on Saturday. The episode has all the possibilities of being one of the funniest we have seen in a while, so hopefully the writers and cast have done a great job at creating sketches this time around.