The article also talks about how the famous guests have become a crutch instead of an occasional treat for the viewer. It could be a sign of their desperation.
Saturday night isn't so lively these days.
"Saturday Night Live," NBC's 44-year-old sketch comedy institution, has been riding high on the coattails of President Donald Trump since fall 2016, but it appears the honeymoon is over. Six episodes in, the new season has been a bit of a disaster, plagued by dumb controversy, bad Trump jokes and one very bad celebrity breakup.
For about a year and a half, the always-topical show – which returns Saturday (11:30 EST/PST) for the final three episodes of 2018 – was doing exceptionally well. "SNL" was boosted by the absurdity of the presidential election, the delights of frequent guest-star Alec Baldwin's impersonation of then-candidate Trump and Kate McKinnon's dead-on version of Hillary Clinton, and a nation eager for someone, somewhere to make sense of the circus-like news, which seemed tailor-made for an "SNL" sketch.
After Trump was inaugurated in 2017, the appetite for political comedy only grew, as evidenced by surging ratings for both "SNL" and CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Colbert surpassed his late-night rival Jimmy Fallon's
"The Tonight Show" thanks to his more adept political humor.