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Andy Samberg returns to ‘SNL’ – for one night, anyway

- January 27th, 2013

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Was that a digital short on ‘SNL’ last night?

Why, yes it was.

In what was a reunion show of sorts, former ‘SNL’ star Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island pals (responsible for gems like D—k in a Box, Ji—in My Pants, and I’m on a Boat) returned for one night with a second digital short featuring host Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

And why not? The collaboration between TLI and Levine has been successful in the past. Their 2007 song ‘Iran So Far,’ where Levine sings the hook of a love ballad for Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is considered an ‘SNL’ classic.

Did they recapture some of that magic last night?

Well, some of it anyway.

Have a look at The Lonely Island-Levine project Part II called YOLO (that annoying acronym that means ‘You Only Live Once’) featuring Kendrick Lamar.

In it, Samberg, and Lonely Island pals Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer rap about how to lead an overly cautious, paranoid and risk-free life. Tips include protecting your ears at concerts, building a bomb shelter with titanium walls, and burying money in the backyard like a beagle. Levine, just like last time, sings the sweet hook.

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He only comes out at night? It’s not Hall and Oates, but rather Do No Harm

- January 27th, 2013

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What would you get if you crossed a standard TV medical drama with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Well, Dr. Jason Cole is a highly respected neurosurgeon. Ian Price only comes out at night, to quote the old Hall & Oates song.

Steven Pasquale plays them both in Do No Harm, which debuts Thursday, Jan. 31 on NBC and CTV.

Jason and Ian are the same guy. Or at least, they inhabit the same body.

For years Jason has controlled Ian with a strong experimental sedative. But as Do No Harm begins, the drugs stop working and Ian quickly gets his groove back.

“Ultimately what we decided was we didn’t want to do the classic thing where one guy’s like a monster and really violently different than the other guy,” said Pasquale, who is best known to TV viewers for his role as Sean Garrity on Rescue Me.

“We wanted them to have a grey area behaviorally, so that all the other characters, when they intersect, it’s really interesting for the audience, because the audience knows that it’s Jason or Ian, but the other people (in the show) don’t.

“Of course they’re wired completely different and they have completely different personalities. But behaviorally speaking, you wouldn’t know that, you know what I mean? It’s not like we showed up and I was like, ‘So I’m thinking I’ll do Ian with a hump-back and a giant uni-brow.’ ”

Every night at precisely 8:25 p.m., something inside Jason changes. He becomes Ian, who is seductive, devious and borderline sociopathic. Then at 8:25 a.m., the change goes the other way.

Asked about the significance of 8:25, the creators of Do No Harm said it will become apparent as the series continues. But for now, with the drugs Jason was taking basically to debilitate his body every night no longer working, he and Ian are at a crossroads.

Ian is furious that he has been kept in check for all these years, and wants revenge. However, Ian also knows he can’t do anything seriously criminal, because if either personality gets thrown in jail, they both do.

“Ian’s a little bit like a cat,” said Do No Harm executive producer David Schulner. “The cat wants to play with that mouse. He doesn’t want to kill it, because what fun would that be?

“Jason is just as smart as Ian, though, and is sometimes two steps ahead of Ian. So there are traps in place, safeguards, fail-safes. It’s a constant cat-and-mouse chess game between the two of them.

“But Ian is not toothless. There’s a true danger to Jason. Ian truly is menacing, and that’s why Jason’s character needs to get rid of him.”

Certainly Do No Harm is a workload adjustment for Pasquale, who has gone from being part of an ensemble cast on Rescue Me to a show where he’s playing the two main characters and therefore is in virtually every scene.

So does Pasquale have a preference between playing Jason or Ian?

“Of course,” Pasquale said. “Ian doesn’t have to say any of that medical s—.

“Are you kidding? Jason has to say the hardest medical dialogue. Neurosurgery is no joke.”

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv