Saturday Night Live Gets Dionne Warwick, Dolly Parton Approvals

After a pretty rocky return ep following a well-deserved post-six-eps-in-a-row break, this past weekend's episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live proved to be a pretty excellent effort. Hosted by Timothee Chalamet with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, the show was funny, consistent, and knew just when to not "stay too long"- from the cold open to the final on-stage goodbyes. Two cast members in particular who stood out are Ego Nwodim and Melissa Villaseñor, who played Dionne Warwick and Dolly Parton, respectively. Nwodim's Warwick was a fun take on the hall of fame singer's recent Twitter activity by having her host a talk show where she struggles to identify her celebrity guests Harry Styles (Chalamet), Billie Eilish (Villaseñor), Timothée Chalamet (Chloe Fineman). and Machine Gun Kelly (Pete Davidson). On "Weekend Update," Villaseñor was able to work her love for Parton into her segment with WU anchor Colin Jost– and left us still shocked that it wasn't a recording.

Saturday Night Live got thumbs-up from Dolly Parton and Dionne Warwick (Images: NBCU)
Saturday Night Live got thumbs-up from Dolly Parton and Dionne Warwick (Images: NBCU)

Well, it turns out both Warwick and Parton saw the sketches- and they approved, taking to social media to make sure Nwodim and Villaseñor. First up, Warwick offers her love and appreciation followed by Nwodim's response- and our hope that someone is taking notes to make sure Warwick is at Studio 8H sooner rather than later.

Now here's a look at Parton's Twitter seal of approval to Villaseñor, and Villaseñor's response in appreciation- how here's hoping we get a Studio 8H duet from these two soon, too:

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Saturday Night Live's 46th season includes Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, and Bowen Yang. Che and Jost serve as head writers, with Bryan Tucker serving as senior writer. Lauren Holt (The Filth), Punkie Johnson (Space Force), and Andrew Dismukes (Comedy Central's Colossal ClusterFest, New York Comedy Festival) are joining the cast as feature players. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump, with Maya Rudolph joining them as Kamala Harris, and Jim Carrey as Joe Biden (Bennett will continue as Michael Pence).

Saturday Night Live returns December 5th (Image: SNL/NBCU)
Saturday Night Live returns December 5th (Image: SNL/NBCU)

Not including specials and digital series, Saturday Night Live has won over 70 Emmy Awards, the most for any show in television history. SNL also holds the title for the most nominated television show in Emmy history with over 275 nominations (once again, not including specials and digital series). The long-running sketch comedy and musical series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, produced by Steve Higgins and Erik Kenward, and directed by Don Roy King. Ken Aymong serves as a supervising producer, with Lindsay Shookus, Erin Doyle, and Tom Broecker producing. The series is produced by SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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