Is Aidy Bryant leaving Saturday Night Live following her role there the past several seasons, and a recent Emmy nomination?
We should start here by saying that it makes sense to wonder this, given the news that has come out about Hulu ordering a six-episode series entitled Shrill that features her as a lead. Yet, don’t worry too much about it — a source tells TVLine that because of the show’s shooting schedule, production would be done prior to her needing to rejoin SNL for another season this fall.
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Basically, what we compare this to at the moment is Kate McKinnon doing a movie during the off-season, which she has done over the past couple of years with Ghostbusters followed then by The Spy Who Dumped Me. The idea behind this show is that Bryant will play Annie, a journalist who has been battling everything from bad relationships, sick parents, and a boss who doesn’t always approve of her work; to make things all the more challenging, she finds herself constantly judged because of her weight. The series will be about her battling against that and realizing that she is just as good, if not better, than everyone else.
Given how great Aidy has been on SNL over the years, we’ve got every reason in the world to think that this will be an immensely successful show. She can really play up both her tremendous sassiness, but also her ability to be kind and vulnerable. One of the things that has made Aidy so great in sketch comedy is her range, since we’ve seen her take on a wide array of different characters.
We’ll see what happens down the road in the event Shrill becomes successful — we do know that all SNL cast members (even Kenan Thompson, sad as it is to think about) carry with them some sort of expiration date. We just don’t want to lose Aidy for another couple of years. One thing that helps in terms of the SNL synergy here is that creator Lorne Michaels is an executive producer on this project, alongside former host Elizabeth Banks.
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