Published On: Fri, Oct 9th, 2015

‘If They Have It, It’s Undeniable’: Lorne Michaels On Casting ‘SNL’

Lorne Michaels backstage at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York,   NY on February 15,   2015. Lloyd Bishop/Courtesy of NBC


It’s Oct. 1, two days before the season’s first Saturday Night Live goes on air. Guest host Miley Cyrus is rehearsing, rumors are flying that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is going to be on the show — and executive producer Lorne Michaels is in his office overlooking studio 8H, worrying.

“I’m worried about three different film shoots which are going on, I’m worried about some new [Weekend] Update stuff in terms of its set, and how it looks, ” he says. “I’m worried about how various cast members will perform. And also I’m always worried about length, just how long we’re going to be and what I’m going to have to cut to make it work — ’cause sometimes you cut internally [in a sketch] and pick up pace, and sometimes it’s just a bloodbath.

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