Some questions about the show as season 39 comes to a close
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Does Andy Samberg point to a nostalgia-filled 40th season?
“SNL” recently announced that the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star would host the season finale. That should be a fairly raucous send-off for the show, one that will undoubtedly bring more than a few familiar faces back to the fold. The show’s history is one of its strongest aspects, and the program loves to celebrate itself when the chance arises. Well, the fortieth season as a whole seems like a ripe opportunity for the show to pull many former cast members into the fold. The show has certainly earned a year-long trip down memory lane, and a great deal of that could be quite enjoyable. Plus, NBC (always starving for ratings) would welcome the marketing opportunities that a star-studded fortieth season could provide. But will that focus on the past come at the expense of the present? Or will “SNL” use stars such as Samberg to build up the current cast rather than overshadow them? In either case, look for Samberg to signal the start of a massive push to make the cumulative history of “Saturday Night Live” the actual star. Hey, maybe we just found our Alpha Dog.
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