After three seasons of unstable casting decisions, returning Producer Lorne Michaels has finally brought the stride back to "Saturday Night Live". Only three members of his 1985 cast were considered funny and popular enough to bring back for the next season, and 1986's cast hit such a high-note with viewers that Lorne brought them all back for this season - including an upgrade for featured player Kevin "Mr. Subliminal" Nealon.
Although no episode left viewers disappointed, the season did come to an early end due to a writer's strike. Any other great comedy that was to surface would have to wait until the following season. The biggest disappoint of all was the news that original cast member Gilda Radner had agreed to host by season's end, but now, because of the writer's strike, was unable to. By the strike's end, and the next season's premiere, Radner had to cancel her engagement when she developed the early signs of cancer.