TV Series | TV-14 | | Comedy, Music
A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.
Take a look back at the stars who passed on a starring role and some memorable moments through the years.
Lorne Michaels and the remaining cast members left the show after the fifth season. For the 1980-1981 season, the show was revamped, with a new cast and new producer, Jean Doumanian. The sixth season was so disastrous that NBC President Fred Silverman called in Programming Executive Dick Ebersol one of the show's creative masterminds, to save it. Ebersol fired Doumanian and the rest of the cast, except Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. He hired a new cast, and the show eventually regained its ratings, mainly due to Murphy's popularity. When Michaels returned in the 1985-1986 season, he wanted his own cast, so the remaining members were fired. Ratings for that season were so low the show was almost cancelled. Michaels convinced Brandon Tartikoff that he could revive the show with a better cast. The show regained popularity, and Michaels has stayed with the show ever since. He later claimed that leaving the show was the biggest mistake of his life.
That's the news, and I am OUTTA HERE.
...almost everything. Live television is largely exempt from the usual rules of goofs.
In recent years, episodes are often reedited for syndication and rebroadcast, often with skits and/or individual jokes that were taped during dress rehearsal being substituted for segments that either didn't work the first time, or were considered offensive.