Some would say that NBC’s SNL is already in a turbulent era that started a few years ago. I don’t see it that way. I love the show and I will have to say that this season has been the worse that I’ve watched, but each episode has had its moments. The skits just seem to not be as funny and the show has been lacking Andy Samberg’s SNL Digital Short moments. It seems that if you want a funny skit, it has to include the loveable and hilarious Kristen Wiig. There is a problem to that though… Kristen Wiig’s contract is up at the end of this year and it is rumoured that she has no plans on staying on SNL. Why would she? It has launched her career in Hollywood and hit her household name status with last May’s release of Bridesmaids. She really has no reason to stay on SNL and in the long run the show would hurt her further development in Hollywood. I went into this season knowing that we at home, would most likely be saying goodbye to Kristen Wiig at the end of the season. So, I’ve made peace with that fact and no we will see her in some awesome movies in the future.
Jason Sudeikis is another one rumoured to be leaving. He is probably SNL‘s number two person that needs to be in a skit if Kristen Wiig isn’t in a skit. He probably is my number two on the show as well. He has been more and more in movies and last years hit Horrible Bosses, really ironed in that he was going to be a long-lasting funny guy in Hollywood. Again, SNL would just hold him back from furthering his career in movies. I’m not as sad to see him leave SNL, but again, we will see him in the future in more movies.
Then last to be rumoured to leave is Andy Samberg. He’s funny, but I feel like on SNL the writers held back parts for him. I think it is because he spent so much time on his “digital shorts” for the show, so maybe he in turn made it easy to not be written in as many sketches. This season the shorts haven’t been that great. Normally they are music videos based on songs from The Lonely Island, but they have used most of the songs, if not all, on the shorts already from their current album. Andy Samberg has been in a few movies here and there and has really started to be in more and more. His biggest part in a movie is coming out soon in Adam Sandler’s new movie, That’s My Boy, where he has a lead role, playing Adam Sandler’s son, that Sandler’s character had when he was in his early teen’s. So, we will be seeing him in more movies I am sure.
The more I read the history of SNL, I really understand that this happens. The people come and go, with some going on to bigger and better things, and some just fading away. Not all are on the show forever, except for Kenan Thompson. The show apparently goes from bad periods to really good periods. I think if all three of the above do leave at the end of the season that the show may enter into a bad period. They haven’t really found awesome replacements for Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, or Amy Poehler, and now they may three more to try to replace. Whatever happens, I’ll be watching SNL regardless. God, knows I stayed with MadTV until the very end, and that was rather hard.