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Shakeup at "SNL"

8/23/2006 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rumors have been swirling about the impending shakedown at "Saturday Night Live."

TMZ has learned that due to low ratings, NBC execs wanted to cut the show's episode order to 19 - as opposed to the usual 20.

Lorne Michaels, the show's executive producer, stepped in and promised to bring the show in on budget. Network brass reconsidered and gave the go ahead for the 20 episodes for "SNL's" 32nd season.

Unfortunately, in order to stay on budget there need to be cutbacks. Translation: many cast and crew won't be getting raises and others will be let go. Somebody cue Debbie Downer.



As has been reported, Tiny Fey and Rachel Dratch are leaving the seminal late-night sketch show to work on Fey's new NBC sitcom based on "SNL" called "30 Rock."

And a source tells TMZ that it also looks like Horatio Sanz and Will Forte won't be back either. More cast and writing staff changes are said to be looming.

TMZ contacted a rep for "SNL" who said this is "unconfirmed and uncorroborated. We are not commenting. "

NBC is expected to make a formal announcement regarding the new season of "SNL" around Labor Day.

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kathryn    

Who is Debbie Downer?

2922 days ago
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Coco Puff    

NOBODY AND I MEAN NOBODBY THAT I KNOW HAS WATCHED SNL FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS-SNL IS SOOOOOOOOO OVER!!!!!!

2922 days ago
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p1tey1    

SNL is definitely NOT what it used to be. They should just let it go.

2922 days ago
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laura    

Debbie Downer is fuckin awful. It's the character that makes negative comments that are followed by a "waaa waaa waaa waaa" side effect. I really don't think that lady is very good anyway. The blone who co-hosts the weekend update is great. LUV ya!

2922 days ago
5.

L    

damn, i f'n love SNL now-a-days. especially amy poehler and the rookie andy samberg. chris parnell too, i absolutely LOVE IT. i think it sucked so bad in recent years that everyone is still shunning it. i totally love it now. didn't anyone see "LAZY SUNDAY"??? GENIUS!!!!!
however, i don't like finesse williams, and a few others. but horatio sanz doing CAROL is crazy shit!!!!!!!

2922 days ago
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kathryn    

The "Cronic"als of Narnia was so freakin funny. I love Chris Parnell & Andy Samberg.

2922 days ago
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Hollygolightly    

SNL sucks so bad. Mad TV is way better. I hated Tina Fay. I also hate how their guests are just there to plug the current movie they are in. Good bye SNL!!! Glad to hear I'm not the only one who thinks the show sucks. Btw, I watched it faithfully 10-15 years ago. It's just not funny anymore.

2922 days ago
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hypnotard    

How does this show stay on the air? It hasn't been funny in YYEEAARRSSS!!!
When is the last time you actually laughed at Weekend Update? Out of 90 minutes, maybe one good sketch. If that. They should either just let it go or completely revamp starting with Lorne Michaels. Good riddence Tina Fey. Too bad you couldn't take Pohler, Sanchez and Finesse with you.

2922 days ago
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Righter of Wrongs    

I thought SNL peaked in the late 80's and early 90's period.

While it has never been as good as those years, it unfortunately gets worse each season.

They need to have a new cast each week.

2922 days ago
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Amy    

hEY kATHRYN!!! Are you serious? You've never heard of Debbie Downer? The show isn't what it used to be

2922 days ago
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kathryn    

I still don't know Debbie Downer? Cast member? Sketch? Help me out here!

2922 days ago
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GAjeff    

When was the last guest on that you stayed up to watch? There is absolutely no excitement around the show now. It is old and stale. MAD TV is where it's at. I do wish SNL would revamp and come back with the suprise guest like they once had and great host, not those that are just the "Name in the NEWS" host that really don't add anything to the show. We like those that participate and make it fun. Name your favorites from the past that were host/participants:

2922 days ago
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Amy    

I don't watch it too much anymore ,but in the skits she's the one that puts the negative in whatever situation they are talking about and they do these close ups on her and in the backround they have this sound effect they do.. like if they are talking about going for a walk she's the one that says......i went for a walk once........and i got shit on by a bird......then they do the sound effect and do a close up of her face and sometimes she can't help but laugh.....not the best example but its what came off the top of my head......i forget the name of the chick that plays her part though.......can anyone else help?

2922 days ago
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kathryn    

Is she played by Rachel Dretch? I might know who your talking about now....

2922 days ago
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JT    

Debbie Downer is a sketch Rachel Drach does on SNL. The character is known for going into a social situation that is upbeat and happy and brings it down by talking about negative topics. It's pretty funny actually, one of the few things on the show that is unfortunately.

2922 days ago
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