WASHINGTON, March 1, 2014–With almost four decades on the air, “Saturday Night Live” has certainly had its share of rebuilding years. With the departure of Seth Meyers as the head writer and “Weekend Update” host, as well as several key cast members, the current season is seen by many as one of those years.
Tonight’s guest host Jim Parsons is used to filming before a live studio audience in “The Big Bang Theory,” and has received numerous awards for his role as Sheldon Cooper. But even with his huge success Parson admits that the prospect of appearing on SNL makes him nervous.
“It’s such an honor to be asked to do it. … This was something that I didn’t really ever dream of doing… but I did know in the back of my head that if it were to ever come up, no matter how scared I was, I would for sure do it, no matter what,” he said.
Having Jim Parsons, the star of the most popular sitcom on television, is one sure way to attract viewers, but SNL has survived for so long because it has never been afraid to take chances. Each time we lament the loss of our favorite comedians, we tend to dismiss the possibility that new faces will fill their void.
But with each rebuilding year we are introduced to newcomers who eventually go on to be some of the most successful people in the entertainment industry. A huge part of the reason for their success is the experience they gained as a cast member of SNL.
So tonight when you watch SNL, be gentle with your criticism because ten years from now when that new face you dismissed is hosting the Oscars or a popular late night show, you won’t be among those with egg on their face.
“Saturday Night Live” airs at 11:30 p.m. on NBC