With hit-or-miss sketches that run on for too long, great sketches that are buried at the end of the episode, and the agonizing wait in between sets, it’s pretty hard to sit through an entire episode of Saturday Night Live these days and feel content with that you just saw. Even the much lauded Larry David episode had some spotty segments. The long-running comedy series reports its run time at an hour and a half but If you were to take out all of the commercial breaks, it’s only about 50 minutes long.
Now, it looks like that will change. According to Time, the show will slash ads by about 30 percent by getting rid of two commercial breaks. So you’ll essentially be getting more show, but that doesn’t mean those ads will be gone completely. This new deal will partner with advertisers to create some original branded content, which means a few sketches that will (hopefully) make you want to buy something. Don’t panic just. Those will only cure about six times a year, AdAge reports.
As the decades have gone by, commercial time has grown,” SNL’s creator Lorne Michaels said. “This will give time back to the show and make it easier to watch the show live.”
You know what else will make it easier to watch live? More of this.