Some issues you may’t overcome. Like a comedy present that’s not humorous. For some purpose, that doesn’t combine properly.
This week, Saturday Night Live premiered to the bottom viewers for a season premiere episode within the present’s 47-year historical past. SNL drew 4.9 million complete viewers. Last season, SNL debuted to eight.2 million. That’s not a gradual fall.
How does that occur?
SNL took the identical pivot as late-night TV in 2016. Each present centered on Trump’s tweet, Trump’s weight, Trump’s seems, Trump’s reactions, Trump’s blunders, or Trump’s intercourse life. While Trump-focused content material is finest for viral movies, SNL’s hard-Left flip agitated Trump’s supporters. Now, Trump voters don’t watch this system, and Democrats don’t have a lot to snigger about with President Joe Biden in workplace.
So the place does that go away SNL? Take a glance:
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) October 4, 2021
At whom is that content material focused? We don’t know. Based on tv information, the reply suggests individuals with out televisions and who don’t snigger continuously.
Still, there’s a silver lining. Just not for NBC.
Whenever a present loses contact with the nation — and most do — it creates an alternative for an different. Greg Gutfeld took over late-night after Colbert’s demise as a comic. Gutfeld’s success proves that Americans nonetheless snigger when programming is humorous. And at the moment, Democrats are offering extra fodder than Republicans. Bill Maher agrees:
“I’ve been asked over the years many times, ‘Why isn’t there a conservative comedy?’ And I would always give the answer, which I think was the true answer, ‘There’s not good fodder for it,’” Maher mentioned.
“You know, the liberals aren’t crazy. This was my answer for many years. … Now, I don’t think it’s the same situation,” he continued. “I maintain saying to the liberals, ‘If what you’re saying seems like an Onion headline, cease.’ And that’s why – because of this there’s an opening for conservative comedy. Because whenever you tear down statues of Abraham Lincoln within the Land of Lincoln, ‘Land of Lincoln cancels Lincoln,’ it’s an Onion headline.
That’s good for Maher, however limiting for SNL. Because SNL airs on NBC, the present can assault the Left solely mildly.
Further, an SNL different doesn’t have to lean far-Right. It has to solely mock Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kamala Harris, cancel tradition, and hypocrisy when applicable.
Streaming companies are scraping for content material, praying one thing sticks. So I simply gave them an thought, one someway none of their steak-eating executives might give you over Zoom.
Let’s simply do higher than Mad TV, please.