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Andy Samberg, an SNL cast member since 2005, may be leaving the show at the end of this season, according to an Us Magazine source.

Samberg has a central role as the Adam Sandler character’s son in “That’s My Boy,” which hits the big screen June 15.

Samberg’s longtime writing partners Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer departed SNL in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

It’s long been rumored that Kristen Wiig, a “Saturday Night Live” cast member since 2005, and Jason Sudeikis, who joined in 2003, may leave the show after it concludes its current season next month.

Paul Brittain, who joined SNL Sept. 25, 2010, left the show in January.

UCB veteran Kate McKinnon (Logo’s “The Big Gay Sketch Show”) joins the SNL cast this weekend.

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  • April 5, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    but the Digital Shorts were the best thing they had!

    by Saen

    What would they have left? A bunch of poor sketches with the 3rd tier members. Ugh.

  • April 5, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    its time for Sanburg to go

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    they dont even do "digital shorts" anymore... sure, they tape shorts but its not the same i think he and his two buddies from lonely island just need their own tv show... or musical... or something

  • April 5, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    That trailer

    by syn_flood

    Was it a comedy?

  • April 5, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Now, if only the WRITERS would go!

    by cookylamoo

  • April 5, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    They bring in fresh writers all the time.

    by Hercules

    Pay attention.

  • April 5, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Rex Ryan?! Haha!

    by MooseMalloy

  • April 5, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Did Hercules delete Jettl93's post?

    by jim

    Why? The guy's harmless, as is his schtick. Yet full-on dickheads like Dancingforever and Natalieportmansyummyafterbirth maliciously post spoilers for the sole purpose of pissing people off, and do so with complete impunity. Doesn't make sense.

  • April 5, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Still on?

    by MaxHeadroom

    Haven't watched this train wreck show since the early 1980s.

  • April 5, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    RE: martinlandaucalrissian

    by Incomplete Gamer

    Then how do you know it's still a train wreck? Are you psychic ... or do you let other people do your thinking for you?

  • April 5, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    meh

    by LethargicJ

    Wiig and Sudeikis are going to be some huge voids to fill. Sandberg? Not so much. Sure he's had some big viral hits, but if you pay attention to how many digital shorts he actually did compared to how many actually caught on, his batting average is quite short. And outside of those videos he never seemed like a huge part of the show to me. By the way, when you idiots post your "THIS SHOW IS STILL ON???" garbage do you really think you're the first person to say that?

  • April 5, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    SNL blows.

    by JediWuddayaknow

    I only watch when my fiance makes me, which is thankfully not a lot. Every episode I see is laughless and just awful. Scrap the whole cast. Time to start over.

  • April 5, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Ok, then stop hiring from Harvard.

    by cookylamoo

    They've had their chance....they suck.

  • April 5, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Buck Henry once explained why SNL sucks.

    by cookylamoo

    Everything they write has to be screened by company lawyers to make sure it doesn't offend anyone. That's why you get 3,000 sketches based on bad puns.

  • Why the heck haven't just adapted "Turtleneck & chain", track by track for this season is beyond me.

  • April 5, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Samberg isn't funny and SNL has stunk for years

    by BIG_BAD_WOLF_IN_CAPS

  • April 5, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    SNL has been great the past few year

    by SantiagoAndDunbar

    Hopefully then find some talented people to replace these guys/girl.

  • April 5, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Cast and Writer Revamp Badly Needed

    by bass

    Somehow watched parts of 4-5 episodes this season and the show is kind of terrible. It seems like everyone thinks cracking up in a sketch is the funniest thing ever...but if the sketch itself isn't funny, you just look stupid.

  • April 5, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Bring in fresh writers

    by fastcars

    is a stupid, knee-jerk comment by people who don't follow the television industry, or understand how it works. Hilarious people like Larry David could write for SNL and never get a sketch on the air. Oh wait.

  • April 5, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    also herc is right about

    by fastcars

    SNL bringing in new writers all the time. Every year they bring in some of the best people doing improv, stand-up and etc, from all over the country.

  • ...tronomical talent. Man that woman can play the harp.

  • April 5, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    It's time for an overhaul

    by theBigE

    Sudeikis, Wiig, Samberg, Meyers, Armisen, Thompson, and even Hader have been there too long. Time for a mostly new cast, like when Will Farrell came in.

  • April 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Samberg brought very little to the show

    by daggor

    The low-brow, crowd pleasing rapping/singing about dicks or fucking would get loads of attention, but... what else does he do that people love to see more & more of? His "Cathy" impression? "

  • April 5, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    TWO SIDES!

    by Shermdawg

  • April 5, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Adam Sandler accepted the mantle...

    by MagicJesus

    of King Has-Been Unfunny Fucktard from Eddie Murphy officially with the release of Jack and Jill, now he's just cementing his legacy. Bitch lost his mind.

  • April 5, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I think the real things that need to happen is....

    by Rob0729

    Lorne Michaels needs to retire and they need a new head writer. SNL is supposed to be cutting edge comedy and the guy running the show is pushing 70. As we have seen with many great comedians (many from SNL roots), they lose their edge and humor as they get older. As for Seth Meyers, never got his humor. I think he is the weak link of the show. Lastly, you look at the best years of SNL and a number of the cast member wrote their own sketches either by themselves or with writers and got writers' credits. The original cast did. The All Star Cast season did. Eddie Murphy did. Guys like Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, and others did. In recent years, the only on air cast member to also be a writer other than Meyers was Adam Sandberg who only wrote Digital Shorts. I don't think it is a coincidence that guys like John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Bill Murray, Martin Short, Christopher Guest, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Adam Sander, and Adam Sandberg all had memorable characters or sketches that they wrote themselves.

  • April 5, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    that trailer was awful

    by jsfithaca

  • lol

  • April 6, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Paul Brittain left? Well that was a monumentally stupid move

    by D.Vader

    He had the chance to be the next Will Ferrell. Too bad for him.

  • April 6, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Oh never mind, I meant that OTHER guy

    by D.Vader

  • April 6, 2012, 1:08 a.m. CST

    May he have great success sucking Sandler's tiny cock.

    by BadMrWonkaSucksCock

  • April 6, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Why NBC will not and should not fire Lorne Michaels:

    by Hercules

    Even though it airs in late night, SNL gets higher ratings than any NBC scripted show in primetime. And it's easily the highest-rated late-night show on any channel. If it's not your cup of tea, you can always watch Tim & Eric or Key & Peele, or Funny or Die.

  • April 6, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Hey Herc, who do you think will retire first?

    by cerberus

    Hey Herc, who do you think will retire first, Jay Leno or Lorne Michaels?

  • April 6, 2012, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Too and Also

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Why do so many use "also" awkwardly these days like in the title of this article where "too" would be more appropriate? I see this a lot lately.

  • April 6, 2012, 4:21 a.m. CST

    jay leno's corpse will be the last to leave.

    by wierdo27

    his skeleton will bring home what everyone else has left behind. and then, he will finally win.

  • April 6, 2012, 4:30 a.m. CST

    And it's easily the highest-rated late-night show on any channel.

    by higgledyhiggles

    Hitler was popular too... for a while.

  • April 6, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    woops no quotes.

    by higgledyhiggles

  • April 6, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Flush Seth Meyers too.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Bring in Tina Fey to replace Lorne Michaels.

  • April 6, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Remember back in the 80s...

    by Master Bruce

    when golden age comedians like Bob Hope, George Burns, & Milton Berle just weren't funny anymore & refused to retire. Lorne Michaels kinda reminds me of that. The show needs to get back to it's roots...The "Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Players"! Eight performers who can ALL create original characters & do impersonations too. A producer & head writer who answer to no one. Fearless, unapologetic, edgy comedy that takes chances & refuses to be silenced. Just not gonna happen w/Lorne Michaels & Seth Meyers @ the helm. It's sooo much easier to hit cruise-control & rest on your iconic laurels. Sad.

  • April 6, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST

    SNL is unwatchable now.

    by Cobb05

    Remember when people said that SNL sucked after Will Ferrell left. It's so much worse now. I heard someone say that SNL use to be about the cast and now it's about the writers, but the writers suck. I don't understand who finds SNL funny now. All the new people they've brought in, in the last two seasons have been horrible.

  • April 6, 2012, 6:25 a.m. CST

    The reason it gets high ratings is cause nothing else is on

    by Cobb05

    There's nothing else up against it. You have a repeat of New Girl and Fringe. I don't even know what else is on. Nothing's on Saturday nights, so it had a monopoly. If HBO put a quality show (doesn't have to be a sketch show) on Saturday nights at around 11, I bet it would take viewers away from SNL. People just watch it out of habit and lack of anything else on at that time. I stopped watching SNL like 5 years ago. But if someone was smart they would put a show up against it. Fox tried with Mad TV, but the problem with Mad TV was that they didn't have a breakout star that would draw viewers in. You can't have a sketch comedy show today without a big name or at least someone well known. If Fox was smart, they should bring back In Living Color, get a few names for the cast and put it up against SNL. If they can catch lightning in the bottle twice, it would give SNL a run for its money.

  • April 6, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST

    For those who don't think SNL is funny...

    by SantiagoAndDunbar

    Can you list your ages? I'm just curious. Only answer if you like sketch/live comedy, but don't find SNL funny because clearly that type of comedy isn't for everyone.

  • April 6, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Herc SNL Ratings

    by Rob0729

    SNL dominates against ShamWow informercials, reruns of Golden Girls, etc. Big friggin whoop. SNL will get dominant ratings if I was the executive producer. SNL is lucky that neither ABC or CBS can convince their affiliates to give back the Saturday night between 11:30-1 slot so that they can launch a competitor. That is part of the reason the Howard Stern CBS late night show failed is because they had to sell it market to market and many CBS stations refused to carry it and others dumped it because they got too much negative backlash from his content (probably wouldn't have happened if Stern was released nationally). Stern did either beat or competed very well against SNL in most markets he was shown in. Also, SNL's ratings are very much guest driven. It doesn't even matter if the quality of the show sucks. If someone big or people think will be funny, the ratings are big. I'm sorry, but although I give Michaels a ton of credit for creating this show and making it a monster it became, I don't think the SNL ratings today are much of an accomplishment considering the competition. Besides, ratings does not equal quality. Two and a Half Men is still one of the highest rated comedies on TV (I think only Big Bang Theory is #1). Does that mean that show is one of the best shows on TV and Ashton Kutcher is one of the best comedic actors on TV. As a person who grew up on SNL, I am disappointed that the show has become mediocre over the last decade or 15 years. This cast is better than ones in the late 90s and early 2000s, but it is still mediocre comedy. I think Michaels has a big responsibility for that. I think if you think that they replace Michaels that the show will tank, you are crazy. Yes, it almost did when they did in 1980, but that was because they replaced him with someone with zero comedy experience and they replaced the entire original cast. Plus SNL hadn't become the institution it is today. Different situation.

  • April 6, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Wow, people still watch SNL?

    by NeonFrisbee

    I think that's the most shocking news here.

  • April 6, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    SNL gets higher ratings than any NBC scripted show in primetime...Well

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'm not going to knock SNL, but doesn't this seem to indicate that NBC is a sinking ship that will soon reach rock bottom? When your top rated show is something that airs new episodes maybe what 16 times a season, that's an indication that something is terribly wrong.

  • April 6, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    And on Saturday night from 11:30-1:00

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • April 6, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    The reason I don't think SNL is funny.

    by cookylamoo

    Is because everything is based on stupid puns that are funny for the first ten seconds but then get dragged out for five minutes. Call me old fashioned, but I think a comedy skit should develop and not shoot its wad at the beginning.

  • April 6, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one who really likes Hot Rod?

    by BilboRing

    The movie cracks me up.

  • April 6, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Sudeikis has been on for 9 years?!?

    by Mickster_Island

    Geez, I feel old. I still think of him as one of the new cast. I only just learned his name!

  • April 6, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    samuel fulmer

    by Rob0729

    Yeah, I agree. The fact that SNL is the highest rated scripted series is an indictment on the NBC primetime line up and the poor mismangement of NBC over the years rather than SNL's success. In the 2010-2011 season, the second highest rated NBC scripted series (L&O:SVU) was 55th in the rankings. It was behind shows that were canceled by other networks for low ratings (Mr. Sunshine and Shit My Dad Says along with once canceled and then renewed Breakin In). So other networks would cancel virtually every single NBC scripted shows for low ratings. Only The Office was in the top 50 shows in terms of ratings (13th) and that show has taken a nose dive in the ratings since Steve Carrell left. SNL at its best ratings doesn't crack the top 40 in the primetime ratings. For a show that is on at 11:30 on a Saturday night, that is good although it has very little competition. But let's not pretend that if it was on a real network that those numbers are as good as Herc suggested.

  • Much of the first five seasons was hit-or-miss too. The show had the novelty of being the first of its kind, or at least somewhat unusual for its time. It was essentially "counterculture". Now the show IS the culture. It can't possibly be the same kind of show it was in the Seventies because times have changed, the taste of the culture has changed, etc. There were some very innovative, creative, and funny sketches with the original cast, but there were just as many (if not more) misfires and flat sketches. Their batting average then was about the same as SNL's is now. But we tend to only remember the funny ones, and so in our collective memories "everything the original cast did was funny". But you have to remember --- by looking back at the original cast you are looking at FIVE YEARS worth of sketches spread out over about 110 episodes. ANYONE can cherry-pick about thirty or forty funny sketches from 110 shows and build them up in their mind to be "representative" of the overall period. I have the first two seasons of SNL on DVD and I can tell you without reservation that much of what was in those episodes was mediocre at best. In some of those episodes, especially in the first season, there were only a handful of actual sketches AT ALL -- a LOT of time was devoted to the Muppets and extra host monologues and the musical guests, some of whom did three songs instead of the usual two. Contrary to popular memory, every sketch or "bit" on SNL in the early days was not memorable. But the one (or maybe two) every couple of weeks added up over time. Pick any consecutive years of the show starting in, say, 1985 or 1986 and you can find just as many memorable and hysterical segments as you could with the 1975-1980 cast.

  • April 6, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Correction to my last post

    by jawsfan

    The last sentence should have read "Pick any FIVE consecutive years of the show...."

  • April 6, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Samberg's film career

    by Rob0729

    I don't know if he will make it as a headliner of a movie, but he should be able to be a supporting actor in movies for years to come. There are enough SNL alumni in Hollywood that most SNLers with any talent can linger on in Hollywood for years. If Sandler likes him, he will have a movie/TV career for life no matter how often you fail (see David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, Nick Swardson, etc.).

  • April 6, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    Mad gave them a run for the money,

    by Norman Colson

    Especially in the first years, sasso, debra, aries spears, nicole sullivan,phil lamarr, pat killbane, the original cast, when it gelled together it was fucking hilarious. They pulled no punches. and im sure they could have gone more over the top.

  • April 6, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Screw this crap. Andy...give us HOT ROD 2!!!

    by FreeMonk

    Hot Rod is one of the best comedies out there.

  • April 6, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    What kind of idiot brings a hitler comment

    by Tim Tringle

    to a post about Saturday Night Live? You have to be a special kind of Fucktard for that.

  • April 6, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    SNL since 1995

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The pop culture skits outweigh anything else, especially in the past ten years. SNL always did pop culture jokes, but it's just gotten tedious by this point. And they have no clue how to handle politics post Palin. The Obama stuff isn't even funny and feels like it's added just because it has to be. I wish they were more biting with the political humor like they used to be and could get past the gay jokes.

  • April 6, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I actually like the digital shorts

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Which is what Samberg has done his best work in. He'll be missed for that I guess.

  • April 6, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Rose tinted hindsight glasses

    by bluebottle

    Look at the early "golden years", watch a full episode from any of those seasons. Their hit to flop ratio wasn't that much different. The show isn't it's best right now, but if it has one or two decent sketches a show, it's on par with most seasons.

  • April 6, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    There was a period when I watched SNL just for digital shorts

    by happybunni

    But those days are long gone. I did watch the recent Lohan episode to see how bad she messes up

  • April 6, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    bluebottle

    by shane peterson

    you're right. People watch too many of the Best ofs and think every show and skit was like those. Not even close. In fact, 1986 might be the worst year for SNL and that was years ago.

  • April 6, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    bluebottle is dead on.

    by v3d

    I was in high school when SNL debuted and remember it well. As much as people love that original cast, it was absolutely hit and miss. The great sketches and characters are remembered and shown in clip shows. But for every great bit was one that fell flat. Even John Belushi, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase could be unfunny in badly conceived and poorly written sketches. To be fair, it can't be easy to write all new bits, some tailored for a new host ,week after week.

  • April 6, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    golden years-Not the 70's

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'd say it was 1988-1992. Perfect mix of original skits, political skits, pop culture skits, and music performances. The only somewhat weak link was weekend update, but it's been that way forever.

  • The show is cheap to produce, has little competition and serves as an effective marketing vehicle for movies and other TV shows. It is no longer edgy and will never again be edgy because that is not what the network wants. It is late night comfort food, sometimes amusing and sometimes not. It's basically no different than Leno at this point.

  • April 6, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not like some

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Just because I consider the peak years 1988-1992 doesn't mean I think the show is at it's worst now and needs to be canceled.

  • April 6, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    SNL's glory days were late 80s - early 90s

    by BilboRing

    You can't beat that cast or the writing from that period. That is when my friends and I would actually look forward to watching the show.

  • April 6, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    bluebottle

    by Rob0729

    It is impossible to hit it out of the park on every sketch week in and week out even in their best years. The difference was that the original cast and some of the other casts (the All Star Cast or the Carvey/Hartman/etc. cast) had a far better batting average than any cast over the last decade or two. Seriously, when Belushi or Murphy or Carvey or Crystal etc. hit it out of the park, they were pure comedy gold. Stuff of legend. Other than a select few sketch which are mostly Digital Shorts (Dick in the Box, Lazy Sunday, etc.), there have not been many legendary sketches over the last decade. One thing past casts were able to do that recent casts haven't been able to do is be able to do re-occuring characters than are not just the same sketch different circumstances. Has there ever been a Gillie or MacGruber sketch (for example)that wasn't just the same sketch with a different set up?

  • April 6, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    The Digital Shorts were only thing worth watching these days

    by Wcwlkr

    SNL last great era was when Will Ferrell, Chris Katan, and a few others was on. The only thing worth watching was the Digital Shorts, now that's done I won't be tuning in. Except during election season.

  • April 6, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    30 Rock is 30 times funnier than the show it spoofs.

    by cookylamoo

    In fact when 30 Rock parodies the sketches on SNL their satire is dead on.

  • April 6, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    30 rock is better.

    by DougMcKenzie

    It shows that NBC really is the life-sucker out of it. I'm sure during Fey's reign as head writer she could have taken the show to some different places, but NBC is resistant to anything too far out. Thus the repetitive pop culture sections that date the show.

  • April 6, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    santiagoanddunbar

    by JediWuddayaknow

    I'm 28 years old, am active in sketch comedy around Chicago, with no desire to ever make a career out of it. I love the original cast of SNL, I lament most of the 80's cast of SNL, and I enjoyed the early 90's and some of the stuff up until just after Ferrell left. Even then it was on a downward spiral. It's not that sketch comedy isn't my humor. It's that SNL just isn't funny.

  • April 7, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Lorne is retiring after Season 40 and Fey is taking over...

    by ShelbKis

    A little birdie told me so. And SNL is usually still funny. As mentioned in a previous talkback, watch full episodes from the original cast years and it's just as hit and miss and some times entire episodes are unwatchable. There was an entire episode with musical performances and other episodes that were nearly 50% musical performances. Some skits went had NO laughs in them at all. The production was a mess half the time. It's the same then as it is now in terms of quality.

  • April 7, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Door. Ass.

    by Triple_J_72

    Yeah, you know the rest.

  • April 7, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Andy Samberg = Fred Figglehorn for 'adults'.

    by Negative Man

  • April 7, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Paul Brittain gone? No more Lord Cecil Wyndemere?!?

    by The_guy_in_the_rated_R_movie

    Sad...I WANT SWEETS!!

  • April 7, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    too and also

    by k88dad

    Someone asked about using "also" in the title, instead of "too". They are identical in meaning (they both mean "in addition"). It is a common usage of the word also. Writers avoid using the same word every time. The 70s were the best of SNL. That level of talent has only been approached since then.

  • April 7, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Agree with rob0729

    by PhineasFlynn

    It seems to me that when other casts had a hit, it was one of those shots to left field that clear the stadium. Nowadays, it seems that when SNL has a hit, it's a blooper that manages to dribble out of the infield under the glove of the second baseman. So, for me, it's not even so much about the number of hits that other casts had in the past, it's the legendary status of those skits versus the "well, that was better than most of the crap they do now" status of their current hits.

  • April 8, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    They should try employing some non-Jewish people

    by Ray Gamma

    Is that too controversial?

  • April 8, 2012, 2:23 a.m. CST

    A handful of Jews too much for you?

    by ShelbKis

    Because there aren't and have really never been THAT many Jews on the cast. Comedy has more Jews in front of the camera than most of the rest of Hollywood so Jews will naturally be on SNL. And again, there aren't that many. And it's not like the content is overtly Jewish. How about asking for more non-whites? Don't be a Hitler, dude.

  • April 8, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    SNL then vs now

    by A_Banned_Apart

    The hit/miss ratio has always been pretty wonky, and certainly tastes in humor will always be both generational and personal. My perception is that SNL has become for its participants part of a journey rather than a destination. The cast in '75 wasn't walking in assuming they could parlay their success on SNL to a more lucrative career elsewhere. Now, the show often feels like an audition instead of a fully-realized program.

  • April 9, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Digital Shorts saved SNL

    by Two

    when Samberg and the Lonely Island were first brought on. The worst episodes are still the ones without a Digital Short. (Or, yes, when the Digital Short is lame, which certainly does happen.) Don't know where else they could inject their madness in little bursts, and not sure they could sustain anything long-form. Maybe they can replace the Robert Smigel cartoon outright, and keep running Lonely Island-produced Digital Shorts even if Andy isn't "on the show" anymore?