Thursday, June 20, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Gets Viral: Possibly 7 Cast Members Out Tonight. No Live Audience Thanks to COVID


“Saturday Night Live” is going viral tonight. as in the Coronavirus.

Reports are that at least four members of the cast have tested positive for the ‘Cron. And three others are not keen about coming in since they’ve possibly been exposed.

Taking precautions, NBC has nixed tonight’s live audience for guest host Paul Rudd, who is impervious to aging andi illness anyway. Musical star is Charli XCX. Or CVS. Not sure.

Luckily the cast is so big right now, few will notice the absences unless they are pointed out.

But Omicron is causing a problem, that’s for sure, in entertainment in New York. Several Broadway shows are paused. The Rockettes are kicking back and not doing any more shows at Radio City this Christmas.

And the city, except for Times Square and Rock Center near the freakin’ tree, is empty. I drove around today unimpeded by traffic or stop lights. There are few pedestrians. Whole avenues are deserted. This is not the typical Saturday before Christmas.

Still, it’s impossible to park. Most avenues have been marked for Commercial Vehicles only when they shouldn’t be, on a Saturday. Traffic is backed up on Lexington Avenue because two lanes are marked for buses that aren’t there. If new mayor Eric Adams wants to be popular in Manhattan then give us our driving back. You used to be able to park on avenues in front of stores. But now there are blockades everywhere. The stores have closed. I wonder why?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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