NBC Still Doesn’t Get It

For the season finale of SNL (hosted by Will Ferrell) the show pulled out all the stops.

Over the course of the evening, sketches such as the commercial parody and Celebrity Jeopardy had some great cameos from former cast members.  All of which culminated into a monstrous sketch called, “Goodnight Saigon.

It’s the type of sketch where on Monday morning you’d want to send it to your co-workers and friends.

It’s not “ha ha” funny, but it’s something that is amusing enough that it could easily go viral very quickly on a Monday morning.

So imagine my surprise when I went to Hulu and saw the following message:

The ‘Goodnight Saigon’ sketch is not available for online streaming.


Why would you not want to put this sketch on the site?

For a show that has gone from barely relevant to highly unwatchable, you’d think that they’d put one of their rare funny sketches* online for people to see.

Ultimate fail.





* note: the digital shorts, in my opinion, are cheats.  It’s called Saturday Night LIVE.  The whole point of the show, the reason why it is unique, is that it’s live.  The shorts might as well just be high production YouTube clips.


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2 Responses to “NBC Still Doesn’t Get It”

  1. Michelle Greer Says:

    My ex-boyfriend was from the UK and was a huge tv/film buff. I wanted to show him SNL because it’s such a big part of the fabric of American comedy. Much to my dismay, NBC takes down all SNL clips.

    They will end up being irrelevant because no one is going to buy DVDs anymore. They will just go online and SNL won’t be there.

  2. Noah Kuttler Says:

    Which is ironic, because that has kind of happened already in one form.

    In the book “Live From New York” (a history of SNL), they talk about the non-Lorne Michael years (Jean Doumanian and Dick Ebersol produced those seasons) and how when NBC brought Lorne back he also ended up controlling the syndication.

    Subsequently, he opted to reduce the amount of those episodes he syndicated to almost zero. As a result, as you say, it’s as if those years did not exist.

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