Sunday, February 24, 2008

An Open Letter To "SNL"...

Dear Writers of Saturday Night Live:

I know you must excited to be back to work after a long hundred days, and I'm glad you're back, too. In fact, I'm really glad that you brought back Tina Fey, even if only for one short episode; her presence made me tune into a show I haven't seen since... well, I don't even remember the exact season, but I know the Spartan cheerleaders were in attendance, so it was clearly awhile ago.I know making a sketch nine minutes long (as you did with the opening CNN spoof) means you can write fewer sketches, but it doesn't make the material any funnier. At nine freakin' minutes, just about anything will drag! And after the past few months, I would think you'd want to write more than in a usual episode. After all, it's supposed to be your craft, your passion, your art, and you should have missed it immensely. I would think you'd have so much material stored up that each bit would be like those thirty second fake commercials that have become so popular just so you can fit dozens in. But then again, your show hasn't been funny in a long time-- relying not on clever original characters anymore but instead on so many parodies of reality shows that are much funnier in their original versions because the cast doesn't realize the extent of their insanity-- so clearly that passion and art has drifted out. If the hiatus has taught you anything, it should be that when they say "you never really know what you've got 'til it's gone," it doesn't apply to a show that's been on it's last legs for quite some time. You had a golden opportunity, especially with Ms. Fey back at the helm, but you blew it.

Now I'm going to go watch my 30 Rock DVDs and long for what could have been.

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