First, I want to make it clear that I am not am not fishing for validation or agreement on my opinion, but I have to say that last nights SNL was virtually devoid if any entertainment value at all. None of the sketches were remotely funny, (Having Obama repeatedly asked to take the picture of the White House Party Crashers was the “highlight” of the show for me, and it got stale midway thru the sketch) the musical guest was mediocre at best, and the “Weekend Update” segment was completely forgettable. (These are all just my personal opinions, and I dont want or expect them to be shared by everyone else).
Of course, I am sure that there are some out there who still enjoy the show, even though it is slipping in ratings and is critically panned on a regular basis.
My question is, will SNL continue for as long as Lorne Michaels is willing and able to slap a show together, or is there a point where NBC will pull the plug?
With NBC in the ratings basement, I suppose that they are not anxious to cancel a show that has a core audience, no matter how small, but will Lorne Michales ever decide that his show’s legacy is being tarnished and bow out gracefully before the entire hour and a half is one long “Gilley” sketch?
Does Saturday Night Live have such massive inertia and momentum behind it that it will be around as long as there is an NBC?
If Lorne Michaels wanted to end Saturday Night Live, would he be allowed to shut it down?