|What's up with Nasim? I know this is a great pilot to leave for, but this is the second one she's signed onto. I feel as though I'm getting the same vibe that I got when Abby left last year, that Nasim is trying to leave on her own before being forced off. And I just don't know why they would want to force her off (Abby's forced exit made complete sense and i had long expected it). I mean hasn't she been pretty good? I always find her to be pretty funny.|
Second? Are you sure about that? I don't think that Lorne would have let her sign a pilot deal prior to this season. He couldn't have spared her.
Nasim is not about to be forced off. She's been a very productive member of the cast. I doubt that they will cast another woman over the summer, in part because I think they'll want to hold open a lot for Nasim to return in the unlikely event that Mulaney's sitcom gets cancelled quickly. Abby leaving for a pilot on another network in which she was clearly miscast smacked of desperation. Nasim leaving to co-star in NBC's top new sitcom for the fall, produced by Lorne, is a promotion. Sure, she may have chosen to take it because she realized, with the advent of Kate and Cecily being so good, that she'd be no more than one member of an ensemble of very talented women for the remainder of her career at SNL.
Still, in conventional terms, co-starring on a plum sitcom is a step up from being in the cast of SNL. People sometimes forget that it just doesn't pay that well and it's all too common to end up like Kattan or Oteri or Sanz, having labored away the prime of your career years for relatively little money at SNL and find yourself struggling for work after the party's over. Nasim's making a smart move.