Questions surfaced weeks ago following the future of Bobby Moynihan on Saturday Night Live after the actor booked a new pilot. Now, it appears that a potential departure is more cemented than ever before.
CBS confirmed Friday that the they are picking up the new comedy Me, Myself, & I, which features the same character across generations in a way that feels almost like the comedic version of NBC’s This Is Us. It’s an ambitious idea that features a number of familiar faces in the pilot, including Kelen Coleman of The Newsroom and former Family Matters star Jaleel White. John Larroquette is starring as the older version of Moynihan’s character, proving further that there is talent on all sides. Dan Kopelman of Galavant and Rules of Engagement serves as an executive producer on the project.
Given that this is a new show airing on a different network, it’s hard to envision a scenario in which Moynihan is able to jump between the two different shows full-time. There may be an opening for a cameo here or there or even a hosting gig, but this should mark the end of a lengthy tenure with SNL that kicked off back in 2008.
There could be thousands of words written about Bobby’s achievements on the show through both physical comedy, fantastic impressions, and tremendous characters like Riblet and Drunk Uncle. One of his best abilities is to be able to pop into a sketch, say just a couple of lines, and completely kill. He made the most of what was limited screen time in some episodes, and was a scene-stealer in just about every single moment of the show. Maybe not everyone picks up on this, but he was consistently one of most jovial of people during the goodbye portion at the end of the show.
Okay, now’s the time to stop talking about him as though this is a eulogy. It’s wonderful that he has this opportunity; he’ll be missed in studio 8H; hopefully, one way or another, the show will give him a proper send-off whether he departs in the finale or at some point during season 43.
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