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'Saturday Night Live' Faces Major Cast Exodus

  • The Wrap, Friday, July 26, 2013 3:54 PM
Jason Sudeikis' announcement this week that he would be leaving "Saturday Night Live" has created a "casting crisis" for the show's long-time producer, Lorne Michaels, writes Tony Maglio. With the recent exodus of Fred Armisen and Bill Hader from the cast, and last year's departure of "fan favorites" Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, name-brand talent is in short supply. "But 'SNL' has been here before," according to Maglio. "The upcoming 2013-2014 season will not be the first time the long-running sketch comedy series has been forced to prop up its B-team and go headhunting on the fly."

This reminded us of the seminal book on the show's long history, "Live From New York," which provides the backstory of many previous cast changes (it was published in 2003, so it misses more-recent events.)

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