CANNES, France – Saturday Night Live's creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, said that the show could not be created nowadays.
At the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, Linda Yaccarino, president of NBCUniversal's advertising sales and client partnerships, presented a rare public retrospection of SNL on the years following the start of the 45th anniversary of the series.
"You could not do this series now, mainly because of the budget," said Michaels, pointing out the depth of the costumes and motifs of each episode. "… You can not start this now because we are in the era of narrow casting."
He spoke about the beginning of the series, his budget, his opening credits, his closing credits and his nine commercials. The breaks, which gave them just enough time to change wigs and adornments, he said.
"We could not do this show now, especially because of the budget. … [W] We are in the era of narrow casting.
– Lorne Michaels talks about creating a show like SNL in 2019
One of the first skits they did, did he explained, was the fake advertisements – an ongoing series as the show continues each season. The room filled with creatives gave him a little laugh, giving a glimpse of their production, highlighting the immense workload while recognizing the pleasure that inevitably brings bringing together a group of brilliantly funny people in a room.
Michaels also offered a look behind the curtain to see how the pitching process works – "You can not keep talking about last week's show," he said. stated, as well as how famous guests are put to work for hours at a time.
"Legally, we can not make them do all that," Michaels said. "But nobody seems to complain about it, so we continue to do it."
Michaels also explained how the new cast members came aboard and how the show worked for everyone to be acclimatized and comfortable, cast members and "all the work" for ugly babies .
"You know, all babies are ugly unless it's your baby … With a new cast member, it takes forever," he said. "… It takes time to get used to things, and you have to be sure that, even if it looks like this, we'll be better."
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