It used to be that a position on Saturday Night Live
would launch you to film—that’s how it worked from Bill Murray
to Will Ferrell
…but things are beginning to take a different turn. Television is growing as a medium, broadening its artistic spectrum and attracting creative forces. As such, a lot of the comedic geniuses of the SNL
stage are finding powerful projects on the small screen, such as the kingpin of "nice guy" deadpan, Will Forte
It was announced March 9 that Forte, who immortalized the character of MacGruber, will be starring in a new television series: Rebounding, a single-camera comedy on the Fox network about a man whose pickup basketball games serve to help him through the death of his fiancée. The series comes from Steven Levitan, creator of Modern Family and Just Shoot Me!.
Forte is among many former (and some current) SNL stars who are, or will soon be, starring on original series on TV:
In development, also for NBC, is a new comedy for Sarah Silverman
who was famously fired from the sketch show by fax. The new series is produced by Ron Howard and explores the life of a newly-single woman just getting out of a decade-long romantic relationship (the show is based on Silverman's real life experiences dating and breaking up with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel).
Finally, current cast member Fred Armisen
acts as co-creator and co-star on IFC's sketch comedy series Portlandia
, which serves as a clever send-up of contemporary "hipster" culture.