Thank You, Lorne Michaels
The genius behind NBC’s show Saturday Night Live has finally done what I (along with many other people who watched last season), have been waiting for: fired both Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson.
Watkins was hired along with the amazingly beautiful and hilarious Abby Elliot (whom I have a bit of a crush on in case you didn’t notice) when Amy Poehler’s pregnancy forced her to leave the show. Touted as the second coming of Poehler and Tina Fey, the 22-year-old Elliott and 37-year-old Watkins were expected to turn into booming stars. With exception to her roles as the Today’s Show Hoda Kotb and celebrity blogger Angie Tempura, Watkins fell very flat on those expectations. Shocked at her firing, she claims Lorne Michaels felt she needed her show, and was growing to big for SNL. Makes a bit of sense I guess, considering she was basically the oldest one there.
As for Wilson, I personally just wanted her gone from the start. Introduced to the show along with Bobby Moynihan. The two actually shared more than a common entry to SNL; both very loud, obnoxious, and slightly overweight. That trio works fine in a man, but unfortunately, in our sexist world, not so much for a woman. Moynihan grew on me (and many viewers) and actually became funny, while Wilson, like her recently-fired counterpart Watkins, simply never took off.
So thank you for Lorne Michaels, for exorcising these two horrific actresses. Who has he hired to take their places? Two relative unknowns: Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad.
Slate is a Columbia Graduate who has acted in a few Late Night With Jimmy Fallon sketches, along with her own sketch group called “Gabe and Jenny”. Pedrad is a UCLA graduate with various improv appearances as well. That is basically all I know about them, aside from the fact they both appear to be relatively good looking. In regards to their comedic pedigree, it shouldn’t be too hard to replace the two departed actresses I’ve already mentioned.
So who rounds out the rest of the cast? Fred Armisen, Abby Elliott, Will Forte, Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, and Seth Meyers all return, joining the two newcomers. Longtime cast member Darell Hammond, along with Jason Sudeikis and Keenan Thompson, have yet to confirm. I hope Hammond and Sudeikis stay, and as for Thompson, though he was hilarious back on Nickelodeon, I have a strange suspicion he only remains on the show because he is the only African-American they have.
So that’s it for my little SNL Update, the 35th season starts on September 26th (my birthday) with Megan Fox hosting along with musical guest U2 (WOW!)
And for good measure, here’s a picture of my future wife, Abby Elliot: