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CFP: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (FLOWTV; 03/15/09)

Why write about Saturday Night Live?  It's passť, inconsistent, uses a  
format (variety show/guest host) from a bygone era, and with each  
coming year, everyone complains about its supposed steady decline in  
quality.  But perhaps that's exactly why Saturday Night Live is  
important: after more than 30 years, it continues its hold on the  
American popular imagination, despite massive fluctuations in  
audience, reception, and tone.  FlowTV invites submissions that  
address SNL's cultivation of star (for both hosts and the regular  
"cast"), format, flow, politics, evolution, gender, race, nostalgia,  
cultural satire, role in viral video, individual skits and their  
resonance, and spin-offs (movies and television shows, including  
Flow's Top Show of 2008, 30 Rock).  Why is Saturday Night Live still  
important?  You tell us.

Please send submissions of between 1000-1500 words to Jacqueline  
Vickery ([log in to unmask]) and Annie Petersen  
([log in to unmask]) no later than March 15th, 2009.  Flow  
has a longstanding policy of encouraging non-jargony, highly readable  
pieces, as well as the incorporation of images and video.  For  
examples, please visit FlowTV.org.

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