Lorne Michaels is preparing for a transition season of saturday night live after a massive cast reshuffle ahead of season 48. The NBC sketch comedy series lost a total of 8 cast members and Michaels is talking about how that happened.
“We got to a point where we had a lot of people, and people didn’t have enough game time,” he told the New York Times In an interview. “The way the series has survived is because of that level of renewal. The price of success is that people go off and do other things; His main obligation is with his talent and continue promoting it”.
Michaels also added that the pandemic “interfered” with the “natural time” for some of the comics to say goodbye to the show, adding, “We tried to do our best with the cast that was there and at the same time, my first responsibility is keep the show fresh. Things get stale. I don’t think we’ve gotten stale, because the people we had were so talented and in their prime.”
‘SNL’: Lorne Michaels Addresses Season 48 Cast Changes, Reveals There Will Be At Least Four New Cast Members
Deadline revealed in May that Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney would be leaving the late-night show at the end of the season along with Pete Davidson. Before the season 48 premiere, it was revealed that Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat and Aristotle Athari would also not be returning and Chris Redd would also be leaving the show.
However, the new season will see the addition of four new comedians with Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker joining the cast. SNL to emit. michaels said NYT that he feels the new cast members “are fresh.”
“They bring things we don’t have and complement the people we already have,” Michaels explained. “New people could last for years. They are not load-bearing walls. They’re not what they’re going to be yet, but at least half the fun of watching the show is watching people who are starting out and discovering them.”
One of the segments of the show that will not change is “Weekend Update” hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che. Michaels noted that he needs “that part to be as solid as it is” before this year’s midterm elections.
saturday night live Season 48 premieres on October 1 with Miles Teller as host and Kendrick Lamar as musical guest.