Retro Friday Time Machine: Al Franken returns to “SNL”

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If you think NBC got grief for its fall 2012 lineup and its recent Olympic coverage, let me take you back to the days of the original #NBCFail: It’s comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Al Franken, who returns on a 1980 episode with Chevy Chase on Weekend Update, urging viewers to cancel… Saturday Night Live. As anyone knows, 1980 was not the best of times at the Peacock Network as NBC faced affiliate defections and was known for programming atrocities such as Supertrain and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo.

32 years later, NBC is slated to air such goodies as Animal Practice and Guys With Kids this fall, two awful comedies which would make you believe 1980 never ended at NBC and quality programming in the vein of Cheers, The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, and Law & Order never existed.

Al Franken is now a U.S. Senator representing Minnesota. Franken was one of the many politicians opposing the NBC-Comcast merger.