OH MY GOD SO MANY MIXED FEELS ABOUT 39! Cecily’s ascension to the desk is something I definitely saw coming, and I’m beyond thrilled! I LOVED her as the “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party” (which I heard was actually written by McKinnon but better performed by Cecily during dress and duly given to her as a result. Weird, right?)
Lorne is also producing Seth’s new late-night show so he’s talking about only making 4 new Late Night episodes a week so Meyers can stay at the Desk for the year, instead of just half. I have a feeling That’ll only last for this one season, though; just to give us a sense of warm (and beautiful) familiarity amid the cast overhaul. Another smart move by Michaels. And I’m willing to bet a good chunk of change that come season 40, Seth will fully depart from SNL to take on Late Night full-time, leaving Beck Bennett his seat as Cecily’s new co-anchor. This season will be a litmus test of sorts for him.
On the writing side.. I was hoping that because NBC passed on John Mulaney’s pilot that he would come back for head writer (because I mean COME AWN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT JOHN MULANEY, HERE.) But apparently Jost and Klein have been called up as new co-heads which I have come to terms with. I like them a lot, but I just love John so hard and have wished for so long that he would eventually inherit the Room throne after Seth departed. But he’s gone. :( I will celebrate, however, because his sister Claire (from Second City Chicago) has been added to the writing roster and she is BRILLIANT. DAT MULANEY BLOOD.
They’re also taking Tim Robinson out of the cast lineup and making him a full-time writer— jury’s still out on how I feel about it… I mean we all know that he never quite took off as a performer but I’m surprised they took him out. Maybe he wanted to? I dunno. Conversely, Mike O’Brien is leaving the writer’s room for a spot on the cast and THAT IS THE MOST F*CKING EXCITING THING I HAVE READ IN SUCH A LONG TIME BECAUSE I LOVE HIM SO GODDAMNED MUCH.
I’m happy to hear that Seth is sticking around for a little while. I’m only familiar with 4 of the 6 new cast members (I had never heard of Wheelan or Milhiser). As it is with any SNL shift this size, it’ll be tough on my soul to watch the first few episodes thanks to the absences of Sudeikis, Hader and Armisen which will feel very very apparent. Hopefully these new guys can fit in to fill that void in my heart.