lorne michaels tina fey saturday night live Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey talk 'Saturday Night Live' premiere“Saturday Night Live” is kicking off its 39th season Saturday, Sept. 28 with a return from former cast member and head writer Tina Fey. Creator Lorne Michaels says it’s going to be an excellent show.

“Every time Tina has come back, the show’s been great,” Michaels tells the AP. Fey adds, “I’m always happy to play the straight person, so, hopefully, the cast will get to do more than when they have other kinds of hosts. You might get to see those new guys more. Although I’m not promising their parents anything.”

Michaels adds of the new cast members, “The intent is always to go slowly and not put anyone out there unless you can feel they score.”

“SNL” is debuting six new faces after the recent departures of Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis. It’s a big overhaul for the show, but that’s generally how it goes with “SNL.”

“It’s always been that way,” says Michaels. “‘Saturday Night Live’ has always been about reinvention, and we’re doing it again. That’s what keeps the show alive.”

But he certainly wouldn’t be averse to Fey helping out every week.

“If there’s any way you could convince her, that would be great,” he laughs. But Fey says the show knows what it’s doing.

“Saturday Night Live” premieres Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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