After seven-and-a-half years at Saturday Night Live, Amy Poehler has made “The Leap.” With tonight’s premiere of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, the funny-lady now has 22 minutes to fill with laughs each week and will face the inevitable comparisons to Thursday-night neighbor Tina Fey.
If Poehler’s show succeeds, other SNL regulars could be up for television shows of their own. But which cast members really have the chops?
Kristin Wiig could simultaneously carry three weekly sitcoms, but after her hilarious cameos in Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Adventureland (plus her role in the upcoming Mike Judge comedy Extract), she’s probably destined for success on the big-screen.
Jason Sudeikis (pictured), though, is perfectly positioned for sitcom stardom. The handsome comic is reminiscent of a young Dan Aykroyd, and he was excellent as Liz Lemon’s affable beau, Floyd, on 30 Rock. If NBC ever needs a spin-off, I’m sold on one about his “Michael Clayton of Cleveland” character. Maybe Floyd quits the law firm to open the city’s first IKEA…and hilarity ensues.
Bill Hader would make a freaky high school chemistry teacher, with or without a Breaking Bad-esque crystal meth angle, and Casey Wilson and Michaela Watkins could team-up in a Cagney & Lacey-like farce. So, which SNL cast member are you hoping gets the next sitcom showcase?
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