Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if the rumors are true, Saturday Night Live will have a lot of rebuilding to do next year!
UsWeekly has reported that three pivotal players on NBC’s late-night sketch comedy show, Kristin Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg, will be exiting at the end of this season. Even though this is very bad news for the show, it’s not that surprising, or even all that bad.
Saturday Night Live is the kind of show where new performers need to come in every so often to reinvigorate the show and give it new life, that’s why its been on for 37 seasons. It’s easy to see that both Kristin Wiig and Jason Sudeikis are the “stars” of SNL (Wiig has been nominated for two Emmys during her stint on the show), and that has led to a thriving movie career for both actors.
This is the kick in the pants that SNL needs to make itself a better show, because the jokes have been going downhill in the last couple of seasons, and the reason for that is Wiig and Sudeikis do the same bits every week. Sudeikis will impersonate a president/politician, or someone in the media, and Wiig will continue to play “Ginny” or “Target Lady” when SNL writers can’t think of anything else to write about for the rest of the cast. I’m not saying that these characters are poorly acted or not funny, they are very entertaining, but they’ve been used as a crutch for too long. It’s time to find something new.
It will be sad to see Wiig, Sudeikis, and Samberg depart Saturday Night Live, but this is a departure that shouldn’t be looked upon as the end of an era, it’s the start of a new one. It’ll be interesting to see who is added to the cast next season to fill in for these actors, but it’ll be fun and interesting to finally see some new blood, and new sketches/characters coming from Saturday Night Live.