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What's More Exhausting? Another Year of "SNL" or Another Year of Hearing How "SNL" Isn't Funny Anymore?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 8, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 8, 2010 |

The summer is blissfully rolling toward its end (blissfully for those of us who like copious amounts of television), which means that the return of “SNL” is upon us, which will provide you all another year to say, “Who the hell still watches ‘SNL’? Lame” or “‘Saturday Night Live” hasn’t been funny in years.” To which I ask: How would you know, if you’re not watching it?

Indeed, “SNL” is about the same amount of funny as it has been since the early 80s, which is to say: Occasionally funny, mostly middling, and sometimes excruciatingly painful to watch. And this year, the show will be kicking off its September 25th premiere with guest host Amy Poehler, who people complained — at the time she was a regular cast member — that she was part of the reason that “SNL” wasn’t funny, but now we more or less revere her, because everything is funnier in hindsight (see, for instance, Anchorman, a very funny movie that’s much funnier after you forget all the parts that aren’t funny). Unfortunately, it will be difficult for Poehler to promote her show “Parks and Recreation,” because that show is a mid-season replacement and may not be back for months (NBC really should’ve gone with Joel McHale). The musical guest will be Katy Perry, who doesn’t know how to spell “girls.”

There’s been some cast upheaval over the summer, as there is nearly every summer. As has been reported, Will Forte has left the gig. That’s really the only major loss, although featured player Jenny Slate has also been booted. That’s something of a shock because she was pretty funny, but then again, so was Casey Wilson the year before, and she got shitcanned, as well. There will be four new featured player additions. Don’t worry; you’ve never heard of any of them.

And because they thought of it first, Movieline has the ten best one-season wonders of “SNL,” and I’m reminded of a few people who were on the show that I completely forgot about (Sarah Silverman, Anthony Michael Hall). Gilbert Gottfried, I’d just as soon forget.

In related news, James Franco’s somewhat neat documentary, Saturday Night, about the behind the scenes development of one episode of “SNL” (as hosted by John Malkovich) has finally found a distributor in Oscilloscope. It’ll be released in February. At the very least, the documentary should give many of you a better appreciation for the work that actually goes into the show, whether you like the show or not. (Source: THR)

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