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SNL - Why is This Still On?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Marlin Guy, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    I just watched last night's show.
    It just seems to get worse and worse with every week now.
    The only thing that's remotely funny is Weekend Update. The rest is just painful to even watch.

    90 minute show
    minus 15 minutes Weekend Update
    minus 10 minutes music
    minus 15 minutes of commercials

    That leaves 50 minutes or so of actual content for which they have to write.
    They have an entire week to develop the stuff, and it still sucks horribly. It's like they are trying to be as bad as possible.

    Compare something like "The Daily Show" wherein the writers crank out 15-20 minutes of actual comedy four days a week, and you have to wonder what the SNL folks are doing all day? :nono2:

    If they need a new home for Conan, then give him the SNL slot and let him throw together something worth watching for a change.
  2. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    No idea either. SNL stopped being funny back in the 1980s.
  3. njblackberry

    njblackberry Icon

    Dec 29, 2007
    Funny - my kids love it. What we don't find funny, they love. Same as our parents said.
  4. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    The funniest thing I've seen "relatively" recently that was on SNL was Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. A lot of times when I see bits, the first word that comes to mind is "annoying."

    I don't agree that it stopped being funny in the 80s, the 1992 Presidential election was great on SNL. But then that does seem to be something they do pretty well, politics.
  5. kc1ih

    kc1ih Legend

    May 22, 2004
    Hudson, FL
    The opening sketch is sometimes good too. Last night was sorta about politics, as in the politics of late night TV.
  6. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    The Tina as Sarah bits were by far the funniest thing they've done in years, but it was funny because it was for the most part so painfully true.
    Besides, at that point, Tina was a guest star and Palin was supplying more comedy than all of the SNL writers combined...... and still is.

    2012 should be awesome!
  7. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I saw that, and their Letterman, annoying :)
  8. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    SNL is one of those oddball things where NBC virtually "owns" that spot from 11:30-am on Saturday nights because back when it started, no one wanted to even try to put a show in that time.

    SNL has become an institution of sorts... and nothing else has been able to knock it off its perch. I also suspect it is pretty cheap to produce, as once anyone there obtains any kind of real fame/stardom, they go off to make movies or other TV shows and get replaced with new/younger cast/writers.

    I agree it hasn't been good to me in years... but in fairness, I have to admit whenever I catch an old rerun (or one of those best of DVDs) of when I remember the show as being funnier... my memory is always better than the reality.

    Also true that many cast members of the last 10 years or so have actually been much better in other things after SNL. Phil Hartman (although deceased, rest in peace) was a great example of a very funny and good character actor who was never really properly used on SNL. He was popular there to be sure.. but really blossomed when he left the show.
  9. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I agree... some years nothing keeps it going but momentum. Some years, usually election years, they really shine, but as to the answer to your question: It's probably pretty cheap to produce and gets decent ratings. So why not?
  10. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Over time, we've become more of like casual viewers here....when we remember to watch it. The only exception is when they get into the election year content - then it becomes must-see TV.
  11. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    NBC is going down the tubes... they're having trouble recruiting any real talent for SNL and also their scripted dramas and comedies. Although I have to say I've taken a real liking to Community and Parks & Rec recently. They're quirky and probably only appeal to a smaller audience but I like them. And, of course, The Office (a perennial favorite of hdtvfan000001 :lol:) is on my must-see list every week.
  12. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003

    Agree. Understand that this is really one of the deadest slots on OTA TV. The other networks don't even bother with it. How many people are actually home watching TV on a Saturday night at 11:30? The network's prescious demographic is probably out and about, and everybody else is in bed.

    However, because the first and to a lesser extent the third generation of SNL people successfully (and evenhandedly) lampooned politics, the current staff, and much of the media, seem to think that the current SNL crew has had that mantle passed to it. Of course these people are not nearly as talented, or nearly as brave.

    It is kind of like expecting the Cleveland Browns to be good because of Jim and Paul Brown.
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004

    Agree NBC is is a world of hurt.

    As for SNL - they've somehow managed to keep an audience over the years in good times and bad....so there are likely bigger fish to fry in their lineup challenges that SNL these days. Perhaps Leno can host it soon...:D
  14. jeffshoaf

    jeffshoaf Icon

    Jun 17, 2006
    A certain frequent poster hasn't checked in here, so I'll play his role! ;)

    **** Parody of another user starts here! ****

    You folks just feel entitled to a funny and entertaining SNL. The fact is it's a new world for network TV and you just can't expect the same type of entertainment you were used to in the past. After all, NBC has highly paid executives who obviously know more about broadcast TV than you do making the decisions about what and when shows air. If it's relatively inexpensive to produce, then it doesn't need any viewers to make money. And you, as a viewer, are just looking at this from the wrong perspective - why do you feel so entitled?

    **** End of parody of other user ****
  15. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Thank you, Jeff! :D
  16. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I see a new SNL skit coming from that. ;):D:lol:
  17. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I was mildly amused at the Sigourney Weaver sketch where she was playing herself and looking at posts on the internet and getting happy and sad at every single post about her.

    I found myself wondering if they were looking at actual posts somewhere... or if just parodying the concept.
  18. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    Last show I watched was 20 something years ago. People have sent me shorts and clips from SNL that I watch with little less than a grimace. SNL was funny when I smoked funny little cigarettes in the 80's. Maybe that is still true today.
  19. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    SNL is cheap, they pay their performers next to nothing, and they have no idea in hell what they'd replace it with. These are the same geniuses that brought you Jay at 10. I imagine the comedy bottleneck is Loren Michaels, who's barricaded himself into his office and only McGyver could blow him out of there. Michaels wouldn't know a funny gag if he choked and gagged on it.
  20. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    I was thinking more on the line of McGrubber...

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