Lorne Michaels Reflects on Why a Show Like SNL Couldn’t Be Created Today

And how its infamous faux commercials have persisted

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CANNES, France—Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels said that the show wouldn’t be able to be created in this day and age due to budget constraints and “narrow casting.”

Speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on stage with Linda Yaccarino, chairman of advertising sales and client partnerships for NBCUniversal, Michaels gave a rare public retrospection of SNL over the years as the show heads into its 45th anniversary.

“You couldn’t do this show now, mostly because of budget,” Michaels said, pointing to the depth of costumes and design that goes into each episode.



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