Saturday Night Live Recap: Freshman Orientation


Without anything to promote, Tina Fey's appearance as host for the season premiere became something between a substitute-teaching gig and a favor to her old pal Lorne Michaels. With six (!) new featured cast members, one new Weekend Update host, and the task of re-shaping the show's identity in a post-Hader/Armisen/Sudekis world, it became clear that Fey's presence was needed to help usher in yet another new era at SNL. As she noted in her monologue, it's not like she's got this huge stable of recurring characters to bring back (heeey, Kristen Wiig). She was mostly there to give her blessing, on behalf of The Show's History, to these new kids, and she did so not once but twice.  Read More...


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