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Why ‘Saturday Night Live’ Isn’t Dead (At Least Not Yet)

25 July 2013 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The last time Lorne Michaels ever really let a public comment pass about which “Saturday Night Live” cast member might not return to the program came in 1986, at the tail end of “SNL’s” ill-fated 11th season.

Many people have wiped that era from memory: After leaving “SNL” to try his hand at other projects (NBC’s “The New Show”), Michaels returned to his creation for the 1985-86 season, only to have to bring an all-new cast in front of the camera after “SNL” had gone big and broad with Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and Martin Short. Michaels’ picks? An eclectic bunch – Robert Downey Jr., Joan Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall, Randy Quaid, plus a young Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller – that never found its stride.

Things were so bad that in the season’s last sketch, these truly Not Ready for Prime Time Players huddled on stage, only to discover »

- Brian Steinberg

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