Can a Post-Fey/Palin 'SNL' Still Thrive?
"The thing about 'Saturday Night Live' is they always survive. They do well and then sometimes they hit really big and you never know," Roger Friedman, an entertainment journalist who writes The Hollywood Reporter's 'Showbiz 411' column, tells PopEater. He goes on to cite that Andy Samberg's digital shorts paired with the popularity of the 'Weekend Update' news skit should be enough to keep 'SNL' going strong. "It's based on the news, so you have to wait for things to happen to respond to them," Friedman said.
Sandy Deane, the managing editor of AOL Television, seems to think otherwise, wondering whether 'SNL' can rebound this season. "The show will probably peak with the season opener due to the Megan Fox effect, then it'll be all downhill from there," Deane tells PopEater.
"Without Tina Fey's Palin and Amy Pohler's appearances to boost interest, it's going to be a huge challenge for the show to maintain buzz beyond Samberg's digital hits," Deane continued.
Fey even won an Emmy this past week for her portrayal of Palin.
Friedman says that if there's one thing he's learned over time, it's that Lorne Michaels generally comes out on top.
"You never bet against Lorne Michaels. He's outlived everybody, he's always right, he has incredible instincts," Friedman says.
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