When ‘Saturday Nights Live’ returns to NBC in the fall, the network will have a chance to showcase its new cast.
The cast is being put together by Tina Fey, who is best known for her roles in ‘Saturday Morning Live,’ ‘Saturday With Samantha Bee,’ and ‘SNL: The Movie.’
In the first episode of the revival, Fey takes the role of the show’s original host, Abe Lincoln, and plays him as a caricature of himself.
The character was played by an unknown actor on the show in 2005, but has since been dubbed by Fey herself.
While the actor played the part, it wasn’t until 2016 that Fey took to Twitter to voice her feelings about the character.
“The thing that bothers me about this Lincoln is that I wish that he had played me, because I feel like I’d be so much happier,” she wrote.
“Lincoln’s not a bad guy, he’s just a very funny guy, and I think I’d really be a lot more happy if I could be more of a caricature.”
It’s not just Fey’s opinion on the character that’s gotten the most attention.
“I like this Lincoln,” said actor Alan Thicke, who played the character in the classic ‘Saturday Evening Post’ sketch in the 1950s.
“He’s so funny.
He’s so clever.
I’m a big fan of Lincoln.
I like the way he dresses and the way his voice is.”
And the cast has been working together on some of the new sketches.
While many of the original sketches, including the “Lentilicious” and “Tilted Wampum” sketches, were created in collaboration with “Saturday Night,” some of them were created by Fey and others were created without her involvement.
The latest sketch, “Lion’s Pride,” features a black woman playing a white man who thinks Lincoln is gay.
The black woman, played by Kate McKinnon, is wearing a “lion costume” with a lion on it, which is reminiscent of the costume the character wore in ‘Lion in Winter’ in the ’70s.
But unlike in that sketch, the white man has a very black face and is holding a sign that reads “Lions Pride.”
“Lena Dunham is so smart.
I’ve never heard her say, ‘Oh, that was a stupid sketch,’ but she has,” McKinnon said in a podcast with “SNL” writer Sarah Jeong.
“But she has such great taste in what’s great, and she loves the ‘Saturday’ sketches.”
“Saturday,” however, did not go to full parody mode until the last season.
“In the ’50s, you couldn’t make a ‘Saturday.’
You couldn’t have that kind of ‘Saturday,'” said producer Dan Akroyd.
“And ‘Saturday,’ in the late ’50, is a very hard show to parody.
You can’t make that kind, because that was just what we did on Saturday nights.”
The show’s creators had to make a few adjustments in the last few seasons, though, to make sure the show could be a true satire of itself.
“We had to get rid of a lot of the satire, but not all of it,” Akroyds said.
“That’s one of the things we were very proud of with the last couple of years.”
“The last few years has been a little bit of a roller coaster,” said showrunner Amy Poehler.
“Some of the stuff we’ve done has been brilliant, but it’s just not quite the same as it was when we started.
It’s just the nature of the medium.”
For some, this may mean the show will not be as good as it once was.
“You know, I don’t think it’s gonna be as great as it used to be,” Akraks said.
The network’s new ‘Saturday night’ sketch has been an instant hit.
“It’s not perfect, but I think it was pretty funny,” Akrods said, adding that “Saturday” will continue to get more popular.
Akroys said that he’s “really happy with what we’re doing” and that the network is “very proud” of the “new show.”
“We’re just thrilled,” he said.