9:15pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
Claire Foy's 'SNL' Parodies TV Networks, Netflix
Claire Foy hosted the Dec. 1 installment of NBC's Saturday Night Live, in which the Crown star featured in several sketches that skewered TV networks, including Netflix.
The top of the episode featured a commercial parody poking fun at the sheer magnitude of Netflix’s streaming content: “We’re spending billions of dollars and making every show in the world,” the voiceover on the ad announced, adding that "The Singularity" would be achieved by the streaming service because of how many series it has.
“This show is about a girl named Ginny,” a character played by castmember Heidi Gardner said in a brief pitch meeting, prompting a Netflix executive to shower her in money.
Foy also appeared in a faux, high school-set teen drama spinoff of The Crown. “We even made all the fake movies from Entourage!” the ad announced.
“Like our dark take on Sabrina? Then you’ll love our gritty Family Matters reboot!,” the bit continued. The fictional streaming content also included comedies, like the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee spoof Leslie Jones in a Van Getting Batteries. In the clip, Jones hits a guy riding his bike.
According to the commercial, “It’ll take 12 human lifetimes to watch all of our content, so start watching now!”
Another sketch parodied MSNBC, with Alex Moffat and Kate McKinnon playing co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who recently secretly married in Washington. Melissa Villaseñor also appeared as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
"I worked as a bartender in a Mexican restaurant, like, 11 minutes ago," she said. "This job is a breeze."
Foy also appeared in a parody of a PBS World War I drama, in which she played the girlfriend of a soldier who replied to all of his love letters with very short, unspecific notes that made him increasingly frustrated.
An AMC parody presented a Cialis-backed version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring sex-crazed grandparents and Foy as Charlie.
HSN also got the SNL treatment in a parody in which a character played by Cecily Strong forgot the collectibles she was supposed to sell on the shopping network in her car and promptly freaked out.
Foy and McKinnon also put on Staten Island accents to host a morning talk-show parody called Good Morning Goomah, a program specifically aimed at mob mistresses. Pete Davidson and Aidy Bryant also appeared. "Remember, he's only with her for the kids," the co-hosts said at the end of the sketch.