Lorne Michaels confirmed today that no cast members will leave SNL this season, according to TV critic Roger Catlin. Michaels was present at the Television Critics Association press tour promoting his new series Up All Night as well as 30 Rock, when he revealed the news. Michaels did add that he would still hold auditions in August for possible additions to the cast.
Lorne Michaels covers this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter and inside is an article entitled “The Most Powerful Man In Comedy…Ever” which saw a reporter hang around SNL for a week and detail Michaels’ enormous influence on the world of comedy. Now, I’m not a subscriber to The Hollywood Reporter because I’m not, like, Scott Rudin or somebody. But if anybody is and wants to mail me some choice quotes, that would be awesome.
Fatigue is your friend. Through exhaustion and through people just being so depleted, the stuff around the nerve endings just gets worn away and other things begin to emerge and you take way bigger risks. Whether it’s through impatience or inability to defend your game, things that you would normally not write or normally not say get written down or spoken. It’s coming from the unconscious. It’s not so much “thought through” as instinctive. It’s the closest they are to their core sensibility, to who they really are, at least in comedy.
Lorne Michaels is the subject of this Sunday’s Master Class on OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network). Master Class features different celebrities speaking one-on-one to the camera about their lives and if this preview is anything to go by, Lorne’s episode should be quite interesting.
Michaels will discuss SNL and some of the show’s most memorable moments, cast members and hosts as well as his own legacy as executive producer of the show.
“Do I want to be one of those people who insists on working after he has a stroke? No, but I don’t really intend to be that person to have a stroke if I can possibly avoid it,” the New York Post quotes him as saying.
Master Class airs Sunday at 8/7c on OWN.
Though Mr. Michaels always feels a paternal twang when he sees his “S.N.L.” cast members begin to spread their wings, he said he did not interpret Mr. Armisen’s pitch as a desire to leave the show.
“Fred is not a careerist,” said Mr. Michaels, whose production company, Broadway Video, is producing “Portlandia.” “I think he’s an artist. I’m happy to support him in any way I can. And needless to say, I don’t go on that journey with everyone.”
Mr. Michaels compared “Portlandia” to “The Kids in the Hall,” the cult sketch series he produced in the 1980s and ’90s. “It’s not so much mine as theirs, but I can help it,” he said. “It’s light and it’s smart and it’s funny. It’s not going to be wildly popular, but I think it’ll find an audience.”
New York Times piece on Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s upcoming IFC series Portlandia. [here]