Wednesday, October 29, 2008

SNL Finds Success, Again

Saturday Night Live has gotten rave reviews this political season doing what they have always done, with varying degrees of success, since the mid 1970's. Let's be honest, some seasons have been nothing short of painful. Thus far, this season has been a home run. The writing, the topicality, the guests, and the performances have been excellent. The Palin factor. And the buzz on the show? Off the map. Not to mention the huge live TV audiences and the even larger on-line audiences.

What the show tries to do every week closely resembles what entertainment based radio shows try to do every day--also with varying degrees of success. So much of a shows success starts with the prep and the writing. Typically, winging it is not the best path.

Last night on Charlie Rose (on PBS) SNL's Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Darrell Hammond, Fred Armisen and writer James Downey appeared to talk about the process, the prep, the performance, and, yes, this season's success. Pull the curtain back and get a peek into their process.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great post, and great interview. It's amazing how SNL goes through peaks and valleys in popularity and relevance in social media (a lot like radio has over the years). Fans of the show are its toughest critics, yet new generations keep finding it and maintain its momentum.

What did I get after watching this and reflecting on my own SNL experiences?

Don't give up hope when the critics peg you as dead...