Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Blind Items Revealed #5

September 30, 2019

There is a buzz that if this late night show doesn't get their ratings up, that this season could be its last. After so many years, I thought it would be ratings proof, but apparently not. Last season hit some all time series lows and the unthinkable is starting to become thinkable.

Saturday Night Live

83 comments:

Heather said...

They need Phoebe Waller Bridge's to write every episode to save it. She was hilarious last week and probably one of the best episodes in 10 years

MyDogSmiles said...

Thank goodness! Here's to hoping that their ratings continue to plummet.

herbert arnold said...

the sooner the batter the show has been lame for a couple of decades.

herbert arnold said...

*better. (snicker)

not a libtard said...

Ha! Ha!

Ulf said...

Why is 6 afraid of 7?

Because 7 ate 9.


Muhahah, so bad

J said...

Somehow I'll survive without this can't-miss show.

Pip said...

Trump claims another scalp.

Todd said...

Being honest, SNL has never been consistently funny. The even goes back to the beginning. Typically, 10% of the sketches are very funny and the remaining 90% are just crap. Depending on the writers and performers, the 10% funny will fluctuate. The last 45 minutes (the back half) are the worst.

Long ago, SNL, should have cut back and gone to being an hour long show at the most. A 90-minute show is too long and requires too much material to fill. Sketch shows work best at 30 minutes. No fat or filler.

Gator said...

It was funny the first few years, but the writing has been inferior for too long now. I would love to see a return of MadTV, it was hysterically funny earlier on. It was much better than SNL.

Super Comic Fun Time! said...

I don't agree with Al Frankin on much but in the early 80s I did agree with his "Let's put SNL to sleep" skit he used to run right on the show.

Half Domer Homer said...

So that's why they've been making fun of Democrats lately..

Ann said...

I quit watching SNL after 1980. When Belushi, Akyroyd and then Gilda Radner left SNL.

Gator said...

They've made fun of Democrats all along, Half Dome, so give it a rest.

Heather said...

@Gator-favorite MadTV skit, I am impartial to Anjelah Johnson and BonQuiQui

Alma's Daughter said...

One can only hope. I could barley stomach it before 1980, but I did make a point of watching it when Lorne Michael was away and Dick Ebersol was at the helm. Was a pretty good season (with Martin Short as Minkman Brothers, Ed Grimley, Nathan Thurm, etc.) till Billy Crystal and Chris Guest showed up in blackface. Yeah, one can only hope.

dummypants said...

Who knew Leslie Jones was so prescient!

Lady Leaves said...

Agreed. Time to wrap up SNL. Watch HBO's a black lady sketch show instead.

Brayson87 said...

Maybe SNL would have been a better show if NBC had spent more money on comedic talent and less on accused rapist Lauer.

Sue T. said...

I'm not a huge fan of SNL but this is never going to happen. YouTube is where it's at now and the sketches posted by NBC get MILLIONS of views. The Alec Baldwin as Trump sketch from the season premiere has over 7 million views. It wouldn't surprise me if NBC makes more from YouTube ads at this point than it does from selling ads on the actual show.

One theory I read recently is the reason Kenan Thompson has been on the show so long (it's pretty much unheard of for someone to stay in the cast for so many years) is because he's being groomed to take over for Lorne, who turns 75 next month.

Ronaldus Magnus said...

Lorne Michaels is a racist with no sense of humor and the cast is full of political hacks.

JA said...

Woke isn't funny. Show was much better when characters made fun of themselves and each other...when THEY were the story. Bees, Cheeseburger, Landshark, etc. Definitely have been highs and lows, but sketches and characters were funny when they were sketches and characters. Rosanne Rosanna Danna and Emily Latella made fun of themselves. Curtain v Chase on the news were going after each other. Even later generations, like Church Lady and the Cheerleaders were super funny and allowed spaces for guest stars to participate. Before wokeness, everyone knew what a conehead was. We had iconic characters and tag lines. Now, half of us have no idea and don't care who any of the players are because it's agenda driven, not comedy driven. Time to resurrect funny...on any show. Sad commentary when DWTS, KUWK, et al are more popular than the former (and should be cutting edge) crown jewel of sketch comedy.

Zebra Seasoning said...

Was never a huge fan of SNL, but I did like it more in the beginning than anything recent. I lost interest when Chris Farley came on the scene.

IndieRaga said...

Finally some good news....
Hope they bring back MadTv, I still watch old videos on YouTube hilarious as hell !
But what would Alec Bladwin do then, so many kids....

James Howlett said...

The Woody Harrelson episode was pretty good. The Mickey Duck vein bit was good.

Alf Landon said...

PLEASE remove the rotting corpse from the airwaves

Angela said...

@Sue T. Sketches get millions of views, then the show has been a launching pad for many talents who later get their own show or star in a film, with Universal and Lorne Michaels getting a share of the profits. I agree that it would make zero sense to cancel SNL. They'd rather reboot it by renewing almost the entire cast and the writing team. Something they've actually done a couple of times.

This was another blind that screamed "wish fulfillment for all you Trump supporters here". And the truth is that SNL hasn't had any influence on politics for years, besides shooting at easy targets. The last time they mattered was then they called back Tina Fey because she looked so much like Sarah Palin. But, then again, it was like shooting fish in a barrel.

Astra Worthington said...

JA- exactly, well said.

beis said...

Bullshit on this one. if you don't like SNL you haven't been watching.

Simon Jenkin said...

yeah, i reeeeaaaally doubt PWB wrote *any* of that episode.

Soapdish said...

@JA Totally agree.

.robert said...

@beis, exactly, no one is watching because they do not like it. I think overall it was funniest when Eddie Murphy was on it.

shakey said...

Sue T. - I hope Keenan being groomed is correct. I think it will become better. They need more lobster in the deli skits, less politics.

What would improve it greatly is if the cast actually had time to learn their lines instead of reading from cue cards all the time. That can really take me out of it.

Angela said...

@shakey
The cast is ASKED to read cue cards and to never deliver lines from memory, because there are last minute rewrites.

DarylsBigFan said...

I feel like the moment is over. SNL for me was Danny Aykroyd & Jane Curtin as the Coneheads, aliens living in the suburbs . Gilda R. and Bill Murray as Lisa Loopner and Todd at the Nerd Prom. Or maybe Dana as Church Lady. But now it is Kate McKinnon playing a politician in a rubber mask. Not funny .
Lorne Michaels is maybe the most outrageously blessed human in TV history .

sam98 said...

Phoebe's episode last week was the best in awhile. Last season, the only episodes that stuck out to me as good were John Mulaney and Rachel Brosnahan.

DavidHowesCREBroker said...

I haven't watch Saturday Night Live in years and years.

It jumped the shark eons ago, IMAO!

Half Domer Homer said...

Struck a nerve, Gator?

Studio54 said...

Keenan is brilliant, right up there with the best comics ever from SNL. Every skit he is in, he does a wonderful job in. He's the #1 reason I tune in to watch.

Henriette said...

That's why Eddie Murphy is coming back to host! Makes sense now.

Jan 15 said...

@Todd A 30 min show is a great idea.

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I don't watch the show (I tried). Too many of the talent acted high/drunk, and acted like they thought they were the funniest thing ever. If the watching public then needs substances to laugh or think something is clever...not good.

Anyone remember "In Living Color?" That was a great half hour of funny.

Unknown said...

Good

MissDavie said...

It was really never that funny. It was just new when it was new. They've always been a bunch of asshole betterthanyous.

Unknown said...

It needs more bell of cow.

Coffee Bean said...

Right now SNL is better off shut down like the rest of Pedowood.

Krissie said...

I don't see this happening either. SNL is more miss than hit these days but now and then they have a solid show with back to back good sketches, like they did with Jason Momoa.

Monkeyweather said...

I don't know a single person that has watched SNL in years. Used to be funny, but.... That time is long gone. Not sure how it has survived, and even wondered if it is being subsidized?

GentleBreeze said...

Used to love it when it first aired. We'd find a TV set at 10:30(chicago time), while partying. It was something new, we thought it funny.
I still love looking at clips where real actors look at cue cards. Something about them 'slumming' makes me appreciate them more.

TheBPlot said...

Nah. NBC has nothing viable to keep the timeslot from affiliates. Its staying on minimally though the election and 50th anniversary year.

tehbird said...

+1

Monkeyweather said...

Oh yeah, "woke" people are THE unfunnniest creatures.

Michel Scully said...

Bowen Yang will save it.

Sd Auntie said...

Kenan is awesome...that would be cool!!

Sd Auntie said...

+1000 Studio54. excellent impressions by KT.

Gerbil S Sac said...

Yang was hilarious last week. Actually there were a number of great skits. They took the piss out of dems as much as reps so calm down you Trump goons. And for those who haven't watched it since 1980... yeah you really aren't the target audience.

Sd Auntie said...

🤣🤣🤣🤣 +10000. I'm not the target audience either.

Keith said...

>They took the piss out of dems as much as reps so calm down you Trump goons.

They have only started doing that in response to the threat of cancellation. They are groveling to the goons to try to save their ass.

Christina said...

I've watched every iteration and I still enjoy the show. Studio54 -- yes about Keenan, he is my favorite and he lights up every skit he's in. I watch it on YouTube Sunday morning with coffee. I end up watching about 30 mins of the show. I worry if they cut it down in time, they'd end up with the same percentage of bad skits, so better to keep it long and get 30 minutes of laughs out of it.

Last week Midday News was hysterical. And Love Island.

Christina said...

I can tell when someone doesn't watch the show, and that's when they complain that the show doesn't attack Democrats. That is untrue. In a recent skit, don't know if was last week or the week before, they had that ten-person forum about impeachment, and pretty much skewered every dem candidate for president. (Except Castro, who I guess complained that he wasn't skewered.) (You can't make this stuff up.)

Sd Auntie said...

go take a geritol keith and call it a night.

sam said...

SNL hasn’t been funny in YEARS. The only good skits are the pre-filmed commercials they do. We still have it set on the DVR to record every week, but end up deleting most of the episodes without watching them.

Matt said...

Let it die

pamelastyle.com said...

I’ve always loved SNL. They need to make it more accessible to watch. No one gets cable anymore. It’s really hard to find the next day ( illegal sites or YouTube etc)
I live in canada and the YouTube says it’s not available in our country or on NBC.com
These shows needs to strike deals w Netflix, amazon etc..

vlad02021943 said...

not a surprise and it's a good thing.

It's always the same, at the beginning it's satiric and funny about ALL politics then it move to a flag ship to the "woke" and "progressive" agenda. They still don't get doing so they're losing half their audiences.

No one need a lecture on what good and bad to think, specially from baldwin.

DarylsBigFan said...

@krissie
Oh please. Jason Momoa wasn't funny.
Very few people can handle Live television and the stress that is Lorne Michaels, who likes to change the script literally two minutes before air.

DeadEye said...

What? You mean “Orange man bad!” isn’t considered the height of wit and comedy by most people? The absolute Nazis!

MissPeach said...

Honestly, I don't know why they would bother cancelling this show whether it sucked or not. It's on at a very odd time slot, so what else would you put in there to replace it and boost ratings? I can't imagine there is much competition at 11:30 pm on a Saturday night.

squirrelmistress said...

mad tv was much funnier. i wish they would bring that back.

MissDavie said...

SNL was never funny. We were just high.

MissDavie said...

Alec Baldwin killed SNL.

MissDavie said...

SNL is really a tragedy. People would love to gather around the TV on Saturday night. Kids, Grandparents, the entire family could watch and laugh like the old days of Carol Burnett or Sonny and Cher.
Make it a little naughty so the kids can stay up late. Give people some joy.
Fuck Lorne Michaels. He could be doing something amazing, but he's such an asshole he can't see past his own turned up at the Nation nose.

samechick said...

Loved the original cast, and also the Eddie Murphy/Joe Piscopo years.

Other than that, not so much.

Krissie said...

Daryl opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one. You can't flat out say he wasn't funny as if it were a fact.

Karma said...

Hire some Canadian & Brit comics because American comedy is dead.

zerooptions said...

SNL died with Radner and Belushi.
Bring back MadTV.
It's odd to see them touting their first asian american actor when Bobby Lee did the best kim jong il impersonation i'd seen.

Max Power said...

Gee, who knew that if you start every single show with an opening that isn't very funny or creative.... and is only designed to slam Trump and piss off half the country, that ratings might plummet? Shocking.

That being said, I generally find the current cast to be pretty funny. And the news is always the best segment.

GentleBreeze said...

Haha! MissDavie 8:13 you may be right!

Unknown said...

And learning Belushi was a sexist ass ruined that for me.

Unknown said...

Zingo!

Unknown said...

He seems a nice enough guy but every character he plays is the same. Not very great range.

Unknown said...

Um, the original cast was nothing if not woke. Just give it up and admit racist hacks aren't funny and THEY'RE the ones "killing" comedy.

Pre Order Promos said...

Good! All SNL did last year was bash Trump for the entire year. Forget that millions of people voted for him, and will again in 2020? Bub bye SNL.

Spider Rico said...

It's blown since 1985. Take care.

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