Saturday Night Live Makes Changes

September 9, 2009 by Jeanne Dupuis  
Filed under Television

Two cast members have left Saturday Night Live – one I’m sad about and the other makes me very happy. 

Michaela Watkins didn’t particularly stand out on her own but I thought that three of her regular skits were michaela watkinspretty funny.  You may know her for her portrayals of Barbara Walters from The View as well as Hoda Hotb of the Today show and I felt she did a very good job mimicking those ladies.  She also appeared on The  Weekend Update segment sometimes as a celebrity blogger who is addicted to Starbucks and says “bitch, pleeeease” (I actually say that all the time!). 

It’s too bad.  She told Entertainment Weekly: “What he (SNL creator, Lorne Michaels) said is he’s trying to get what’s best for him and best for me. He said it had nothing to do with talent. And I’m just going to go on that. That was his only explanation. He’s looking at the whole mix of the show and maybe he feels that what I bring would be better served on a sitcom,”

Meanwhile, I’m thrilled to see Casey Wilson go.  I don’t think she’s funny.  She overacts.  Her looks aren’t very versatile so it’s hard to believe her in a variety of characters and I hate her voice.  Wow.  I guess I’m being a little harsh and I’m not saying Casey should quit showbiz all together but I am happy she’s not on SNL anymore.

Comedians Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad will be replacing Watkins and Wilson.

A shake up in the cast isn’t the only change planned for the upcoming season (which premieres on September 26, 2009 with Megan Fox as the host).  Seth Myers had been manning the desk at the Weekend Update alone since Amy Poehler left but he’s going to be getting a co-anchor – Kristen Wiig.  I love her but I’m not sure she’s the right person for that segment but I’ll give it a chance.

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