I believe we have seen the end of era, a major era. The changes I do beleive will be much deeper thanmost fans & watchers of the show realize at this time. Maybe the last major era of the show if Lorne and his crew don't play their cards rights in the rebuilding of the show by the fall.
The season premiere in September will definitily require 2 things: An A-list host. And a A-list muiscal guest. They need to start out with bang and with very high publicity.
They have always had all the various number of cast members, every one of them, no matter who got canned or left the show, that had the acting chops to be a potential star and be the best. What has been going wrong as of the late has been the half-arsed writing, especially the last 2 or 3 years. After the 94-95 season, Lorne fired 13 of the 17 writers on the show (along with every cast member except Tim Meadows & Mollly Shannon); and they had auditions across the country, beyond the usualsketch groupsgrounds. For the last cast member position, it came down between Will Ferrel and Steve Carrell. And we all know got chosen. Plus Jimmy Fallon audition at that same time in 95, aand got tunred down, but Lorne gave JF key advice on what he needed to improve, and tried again 3 years later and got success.
So to sum it up: We are at the corner door of another key chapter in the massive rich history of "Saturday Night Live".
Everybody thoughts on the upcoming 2012-2013 season? (thats considering if were still all here after a certain upcoming much herald winter equinox date!):