When fall time comes, the leaves aren’t the only things that change. In the TV landscape, especially in broadcast, cast shakeups are common.
Sometimes that means a lot of actors are choosing to walk away from beloved characters – for one reason or another. The same goes for the unscripted – proven by the upcoming 48th season of “Saturday Night Live.”
The new season sees seven giant exits: Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, Aristotle Athari, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson have all exited, as has lead producer Lindsay Shookus, who is leaving after many years working in the talent reports.
Moments after creator Lorne Michaels won the Emmy last week for a variety sketch series, he told reporters in the media room that those changes may have happened earlier, but with the COVID pandemic -19, no one wanted to walk away just yet.
“There was an intimacy and a bond, a connection between the audience and this band. And I think we just couldn’t imagine the world without this whole team. So we carried on,” he said at the time. “It will be a year of transition. The years of change are always difficult. But also really exciting.
Some changes aren’t as exciting. At NBC and Wolf Entertainment, many are coming. On “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Kelli Giddish will be dropped from the show in the upcoming 24th season. After announcing his departure in August, multiple sources said Variety that the call was made from above in order to keep the show as up-to-date as possible. Star and executive producer Mariska Hargitay and at least one other producer have rallied to keep her on the show.
Meanwhile, there are changes behind the scenes; David Graziano becomes the new showrunner after Warren Leight exits after season 23. “Law & Order: Organized Crime” also got a new boss heading into season 3, with Sean Jablonski becoming the fifth showrunner in three seasons.
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