I’m just as fascinated by the shows that Lorne Michaels produced that failed, than the huge successes. Here’s a great sketch, featuring John Candy and Carrie Fisher, from the short-lived The New Show.
The New Show aired on NBC for nine episodes in the spring of 1984. It featured appearances from a host of SNL alum, including Candy, Radner, and Steve Martin, who seemed to be doing Lorne a favour as he made his bid to regain control of SNL.
It finished dead last in the ratings, and was soon cancelled.
Just before it launched, CBC in Canada did a report about the show, and the joke seems to have been ‘let’s pretend we don’t know what we’re making’ – which is an odd promotional choice.