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With Fewer Ads, What Will ‘Saturday Night Live’ Look Like Next Fall?

26 April 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Come this autumn, “Saturday Night Live” could showcase some of its most eyebrow-raising material in years.

Cast members and recurring characters come and go on NBC’s venerable late-night mainstay, but for more than four decades, the program has basically operated with the same format: A “cold open”; a monologue featuring the guest host; a couple of sketches and taped segments; a musical performance; “Weekend Update”; more sketches; another musical performance; some oddball material in the last ten minutes; and a quick goodbye from the host and cast.

In the fall, some of that structure will likely change. NBCUniversal plans to reduce the commercial load that typically accompanies the program, part of an emerging format being tested by many big media companies growing increasingly conscious of the fact that younger viewers who watch streaming video on demand expect fewer ads and less commercial “clutter.” Gone will be two commercial breaks, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Flashback: Watch Black Sabbath Become Wild Beatles-Style Kids' Cartoon

22 January 2016 9:11 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Black Sabbath became a wacky, Scooby Doo or Beatles-style cartoon in the early 2000s, when animator and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog creator Robert Smigel broke out his running SNL bit TV Funhouse into a half-hour show. The show ran like a Seventies kids' show with a host, Doug Dale, who hung out with a bunch of animal puppets – including some voiced by Smigel – and introduced not-ready-for-primetime spots in the vein of his Ambiguously Gay Duo and X-Presidents bits. The show was short-lived, but its eight episodes were just long »

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