Terry Morrow: Justin Timberlake can save the day for 'Saturday Night Live'

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Justin Timberlake is the best guest host in “Saturday Night Live” history.$RETURN$$RETURN$

If the whole music thing doesn’t work out for Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live” should hire him right away.

Of course that’s never going to happen.

Timberlake is too busy doing more than music. He’s got a big-screen career going, owns a clothing line and a billion other businesses not related to music. This Tennessee boy (from the Memphis area) is doing all right for himself.

Too bad “SNL” can’t make the same claim.

This latest season — sans the talents such as Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg — has been woefully dull and off the rails. Most sketches seem like good ideas on paper but can’t manage in execution.

Whether it is a transitional year or maybe just a happenstance creative lull from the writers and the cast, “SNL” hasn’t been this weak and nearly unwatchable in years.

One of the biggest problems has been the choice for guest hosts. Bruno Marz, who was also the same episode’s musical guest, had no flare for broad comedy, and Adam Levine of “The Voice” and Maroon 5 was equally unsatisfying.

Perhaps the latest installment (11:30 p.m. Saturday, WBIR, Channel 10) will turn fortunes around. Timberlake returns as guest host and musical guest (Trivia note of local interest: The first artist to do such double duty was our very own Dolly Parton back in the 1980s).

The former Mickey Mouse Club regular has the range and knack for slapstick that a good “SNL” host needs. He’s a natural ham who doesn’t get caught up too much in his own performance.

If this weekend’s edition is less than memorable the next day, “SNL” is in a world of hurt because Timberlake won’t be why the show can’t go on.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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