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http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/all_eyes_on_snl___again_entertainment_don_kaplan.htm
http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,19841,00.html
http://www.tmz.com/2006/08/23/shakeup-at-snl/

OUT (OBVIOUSLY): Fey, Dratch
RUMOURED OUT: Sanz, Parnell, Thompson, Forte
RUMOURED IN NEGOTIATION: Hammond
RUMOURED PROMOTED TO SOLE HEAD WRITER: Myers

Who will YOU miss? Who would you NOT miss?

I kinda wonder if they'll get back to a lot more writers appearing in sketches again like they've done in the past.

We should know "officially" what's up in about a fort(e)night.



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I've got no problem with Sanz or Thompson leaving. Parnell I'm sad to see go, but he's been around for a while. Why they would get rid of Forte is beyond me. He's arguably the funniest guy on the show and one of the most original writers. Keep him and ditch Darrell Hammond, who's way overstayed his welcome.



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Parnell I've always hated, as the only time he's ever been funny is when he was in a Will Ferrell sketch (since obviously Ferrell loved the hell out of him). Will Forte is for me the only worthwhile part of the show (Ken "The Falconer" Mortimer makes me laugh just thinking about him).



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I can't go on without Sanz.



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Now I dont know if they're still on the show as writers, but Leo Allen and Eric Slovin should get some consideration for on air parts. I saw their Comedy Central Presents special, and I thought they were funny, and did some funny mini-sketches.

Forte I'll miss, since in the limited times I saw SNL lately, he's been particularly funny, along with Seth Meyers.

The rest? Eh, I'll live, maybe a little disappointed with Parnell.



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Well, I doubt it could get much worse no matter what they do, unless they are TRYING to make Blue Collar TV seem like a fantastic sketch show in comparison.
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Forte only really works when the stars allign. The Spelling Bee Sketch, for example. His GOD AWFUL Bush act has really soured me on him. I don't necessarily want him to go, I just want him to stop doing Bush.

Seth as head writer intrigues me quite a bit.



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Thompson is a huge reminder of my childhood, as I watched him come up from the original incarnation of "All That" and from the cult kid classic "Good Burger". It was such a pleasant surprise to see him make the SNL cast and I'll be sad if he goes.

Seth Myers as a head writer is something I'm on board for. He can't be any worse than Fey, who's just been awful the last few seasons. If he's given a new cast, I can SNL becoming fun again.



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I'm definitely ready for some new writing blood, so I'm glad Fey is moving on. I like Myers acting, but we'll have to see how he does writing.

Dratch will be missed to some extent because she excels at an over-the-top delivery.

I'm amazed that Thompson came up as a cut, especially due to being as young and well-known as he is.

Sanz and Parnell were good players, but I won't really miss them when I'm watching Hader, Sudekis, and Samberg. I will miss Forte if he is gone, but I'm quite glad Armisen will still be around.

Darrell Hammond has been around too long, and needs to get some new impressions to do if he is returning.




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    His GOD AWFUL Bush act has really soured me on him.


I disagree, since I like the approach he's taken with Bush. Whereas everyone else in the known universe plays him as dumb, Forte took the route of playing Bush like a petulant child, and there's a difference. And maybe just to me, that makes it unique.

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I'm all for hoping Jorma and Akiva get some on-air roles with the shake-up. Andy Samberg was always the lesser funny member of that trio, and yet I still think HE's great.



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A few new updates:

Horatio Sanz says he doesn't think he's leaving.

Will Forte also is likely to stay. (Which makes sense, seeing as he's part of the "SNL Digital Short" clique which is who it seems like they're trying to build the show around.)

And the prayers of those with taste have been answered - it looks like Maya Rudolph, the least funny SNL female cast member since Molly Shannon, may finally be gone for good. The world already mourns the loss of her 800 identical unfunny characters.



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Darrell Hammond has been one of the consistently funny characters on the show for years, so I don't understand where all the hate is coming from.

His Ted Coppel and Bill Clinton gigs in the mid 90's were the BEST impressions they had going, which made up for some of the *really* lousy ones like Ferrell's Alex Trebek or Norm MacDonald's impressions of ... Norm MacDonald pretending to be someone else while still being Norm MacDonald.

Hammond, I'd bend over backwards to keep on the cast.
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    Originally posted by cfgb
    Darrell Hammond has been one of the consistently funny characters on the show for years, so I don't understand where all the hate is coming from.

    His Ted Coppel and Bill Clinton gigs in the mid 90's were the BEST impressions they had going, which made up for some of the *really* lousy ones like Ferrell's Alex Trebek or Norm MacDonald's impressions of ... Norm MacDonald pretending to be someone else while still being Norm MacDonald.

    Hammond, I'd bend over backwards to keep on the cast.


That's the problem with Hammond -- Clinton and Koppel aren't exactly contemporary figures to be consistently parodied on SNL anymore. Now it's Hammond just doing his halfassed imitations of Cheney, Chris Matthews and Rumsfeld, and those got old two years ago.

Norm Macdonald's impressions of Burt Reynolds and (especially) Quentin Tarantino were legendary. The man could do more than just play himself.



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Darrell Hammond's Donald Trump cracks me up every time.



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Hammond would be missed once we had to watch others try and do his characters after he is gone. Like Forte taking over for Will Farrell as W.
I was confused by the "announcement" a few weeks ago that Tina Fey was leaving. I thought I saw her wearing a t-shirt that said "Good Bye" at the curtain call, and maybe mentioning it during the news case. Maybe it was not 100% decided at that point?



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If Parnell leaves, who will take over the "I accidentally got something stuck in my ass" charector from APPALACHIAN EMERGENCY ROOM?
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    Originally posted by kentish
    I was confused by the "announcement" a few weeks ago that Tina Fey was leaving. I thought I saw her wearing a t-shirt that said "Good Bye" at the curtain call, and maybe mentioning it during the news case. Maybe it was not 100% decided at that point?


That was, at the time, definitely her last show as SNL's head writer, as she was leaving to make "30 Rock". It was still up in the air whether or not she would stay on as the co-anchor of "Weekend Update" until recently, though.



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    Originally posted by Big Bad
      Originally posted by cfgb
      Darrell Hammond has been one of the consistently funny characters on the show for years, so I don't understand where all the hate is coming from.

      His Ted Coppel and Bill Clinton gigs in the mid 90's were the BEST impressions they had going, which made up for some of the *really* lousy ones like Ferrell's Alex Trebek or Norm MacDonald's impressions of ... Norm MacDonald pretending to be someone else while still being Norm MacDonald.

      Hammond, I'd bend over backwards to keep on the cast.


    That's the problem with Hammond -- Clinton and Koppel aren't exactly contemporary figures to be consistently parodied on SNL anymore. Now it's Hammond just doing his halfassed imitations of Cheney, Chris Matthews and Rumsfeld, and those got old two years ago.

    Norm Macdonald's impressions of Burt Reynolds and (especially) Quentin Tarantino were legendary. The man could do more than just play himself.


While some can do perfect impressions of a few people like Kevin Spacey or Darrell Hammond it really makes you miss a guy like Phil Hartman that could do a decent job on everyone.



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OUT: Dratch, Fey, Mitchell, Parnell, Sanz

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    Posted: Tue., Sep. 19, 2006, 10:00pm PT
    'SNL' slimming down
    Meyers might take 'Update' co-anchor chair


    By JOSEF ADALIAN

    After months of speculation, Lorne Michaels has confirmed the departure of several "Saturday Night Live" stalwarts -- including Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell.

    NBC's latenight franchise will begin its 32nd season Sept. 30 with just 11 regular players -- down nearly one-third from last year's cast of 16, and one of the smallest ensembles in recent memories.

    In addition, helmer Beth McCarthy Miller, who has been the show's director since 1995, is leaving and will be replaced by live TV vet Don Roy King.

    Also gone: Finesse Mitchell, a standup comic who had been with the show for three seasons.

    "SNL" had long ago confirmed the departures of Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch as a result of their involvement in Fey's new NBC laffer "30 Rock."

    Returning to "SNL" next season will be Fred Armisen, Will Forte, Bill Hader, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig.

    Poehler will be back on the "Weekend Update" desk. There's no official word yet on who will co-anchor "Update" with her, but -- despite published speculation about another contender -- all signs now point to Meyers taking on the gig. An official announcement is expected as early as this week.

    Meyers will continue as head writer, sharing the position with Andrew Steele and Paula Pell.

    Dane Cook will host this year's season opener, with the Killers as musical guest.

    Speculation about the fates of the "SNL" cast has been swirling since July, when series creator Lorne Michael told reporters that NBC budget cuts had forced him to make some tough choices about the upcoming season in order to preserve the skein's annual output of 20 episodes.

    "Things like this are never pleasant," Michaels said in July. "I made the decision to stick with the 20 shows and cut everything back."

    Other than confirming the departures of Fey and Dratch and hinting that Sanz might not return, Michaels didn't spell out exactly who would be leaving. That caused a flurry of media speculation about possible changes, some of it wildly inaccurate.

    The Los Angeles Times, for example, said Kenan Thompson was being forced out. But a person familiar with Michaels' thinking insists that was never under serious consideration.

    For the most part, the cast members leaving have been with the show the longest. Parnell and Sanz, for instance, had been with the show eight seasons, having joined in 1998. Dratch had been around for seven, while Fey notched more episodes as "Weekend Update" anchor than anyone in "SNL" history.

    New helmer King's credits include 14 years at CBS' morning news show and six years at "Good Morning America."

    Date in print: Wed., Sep. 20, 2006, Los Angeles

Bummer - I liked Parnell AND Sanz. I might have liked Finesse more if anybody had written him some range, but he always seemed to end up typecase in certain roles - you know what I'm saying. (Black?) No, dummy. Think ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLING.



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