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Is it really all that bad? Anyone whose watched SNL for at least a decade knows that there’s a cycle whenever new cast members are brought in. The first couple seasons are always the weakest. The cast is getting used to the format, the writers are still trying to figure out what to do with the new cast that will establish them from previous seasons, and the old cast and skits are still fresh in everyone’s memory so anything new will automatically be compared unfavorably. That’s also when the show has a bigger reliance on guest stars and returning alumi to pick up the slack. This new cast started picking up steam again around the middle of last year. By the next season they will likely hit their stride and there will be plenty of memorable skits from the show.

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