Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 04/29/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
LOS ANGELES -- Beginning in September, Yahoo! will become the exclusive online home of Saturday Night Live's massive 38-year archive of shows. That's roughly 742 episodes, not including the promised additions of behind-the-scenes clips, rehearsal video and selected live musical performances.
For those with any kind of interest in SNL's comedy legacy, who want to dip into its archives but have no idea where to begin, the prospect of all 38 years online can be a daunting one. There are so many ways into the show. Follow your favourite performer? Learn all about the original cast? Or what about the casts from the show's less-successful years, when Lorne Michaels was not at the helm?
While there are dozens of ways to approach the SNL backlog, one possible way in is to only watch the best stuff, as determined by the voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Over the course of SNL's decades on the air, it has picked up 36 prime-time Emmy awards in various categories, including outstanding comedy, music or variety series and outstanding guest actor and actress in a comedy series.
With the Emmy award in mind, here are some noteworthy episodes to cull from the massive online herd:
-- Los Angeles Times
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 29, 2013 D3
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