Ferrell makes his debut as an SNL repertory player after several guest star appearances. He hopes to help “rejuvenate” the show:
There are a lot of entertainment options on a Saturday night. I don’t think SNL was much of an option in the last two years. At least the people I hung out with didn’t watch it. Everyone said, ‘ “Saturday Night Live?” It’s bad.’ But it’s the type of show that always has the potential to regenerate itself and turn everything around.
Five other new rep players join the cast alongside four returnees.