Cheers & Jeers

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By Damian Holbrook

Cheers to Law & Order‘s Arresting Reunion.
Millions of L&O fans were material witnesses to the illegal amount of chemistry between SVU’s Mariska Hargitay (pictured) and Christopher Meloni when their ex-partners Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler paired up again after 10 years apart to launch Meloni’s Organized Crimes spinoff. Talk about packing heat!

Cheers to Chad
for schooling us in the continuing horrors of adolescence. Mixing angst and optimism, TBS’s wry sitcom starring Saturday Night Live vet Nasim Pedrad as an awkwardly thirsty 14-year-old Persian boy bent on high-school popularity is so universally relatable we can’t help but cringe and crack up.

Jeers to Wonky COVID protocols across the dial.
Top Chef sometimes socially distances the judges, but the contestants are in each other’s grills. On SNL, the only time the cast covers up is during promos (Kid Cudi, Carey Mulligan and Kenan Thompson, pictured) and their final goodbyes after being in skits together all night long. No wonder so many people are confused!

Jeers to Design Star: Next Gen
for being too abbreviated. And we don’t mean the shortened title. We mean the paltry six episodes that streamer Discovery+ gave to its stellar reboot of the competition that bestowed winning designer Carmeon Hamilton (pictured) with her own show. Less isn’t always more.