Lots of “insiders” have stated who they think are going to be leaving SNL. Who they told and what they told below:
- NY Post: Parnell, Sanz dropped. Rudolph quitting.
- LA Times: Parnell, Sanz and Thompson exiting. Possibly Hammond. Sudeikis to update.
- TMZ: Sanz, Forte gone.
- Fishbowl NY: Sanz, Parnell cut. Myers on update desk.
- Chicago Sun Times: Sanz says he’s staying.
- Conta Costa Times: Forte says he’s staying.
Wow, way to prove William Goldman right, huh? Nobody does know anything. There was no real concensus in the comments in our “Be the Lorne” Game either. Everybody seems to like someone or if they don’t like him or her, think there are much bigger problems to be addressed. I was surprised at the couple of voices that Amy Poehler should leave - simply because she’s too good for the show. People aren’t even optimistic that dropping six players will help. That’s rough.
To me, the house cleaning should be even bigger… not because the players aren’t good, but because the compromises that are made to keep 16 players or even 10 players happy are just too much. Sketches have to be put on simply to throw a bone at a player. I don’t know if I have a better number in my head, but let’s go with seven. Seven should be enough to handle any idea the writers have, keeping in mind that at least one role in almost every sketch will be handled by the guest host.
If I had my seven it would be: Armisen, Parnell, Poehler, Rudolph, Thompson, Samberg, Sudeikis. Some of these were tough to make and to be honest, I’m filling holes here with a couple that I would want better players for but need because of their physical types. I think I’ve dropped a fair amount of the players who supply the bigger impressions, mostly because I come from the school of Chevy-as-Ford, i.e. you don’t need to look like the guy to play the guy. What do you think? Is seven too few? Too many? How wrong am I here?
Commenter Jack Szwergold made a good point in that again, why should SNL be 90 minutes? The last half hour is dead weight anyway. It’s a great point and time could be spent on the premises that do survive the shorter airtime. But I think this has to be done in conjunction with a deep staff cut - so the focus won’t just be getting on air but getting something great on air.