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‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ SEEKS NEW SCRIBES

While it remains to be seen whether Lorne Michaels will overhaul the cast as he tries to breathe new life into the limping “Saturday Night Live,” the long-expected changes in writing staff have begun, following the completion of one of the worst-received “SNL” seasons in recent memory.

Downey to exit

Sources say longtime head writer Jim Downey will exit that post, and they’re discreetly talking to the likes of Rob Smigel, a former “SNL” alum who left the show to do “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” and Judd Apatow, who was co-conspirator on the “Ben Stiller Show” and whose screen credits include “Heavyweights” and a rewrite with Stiller on “Spies and Innkeepers” at Universal.

Also being approached are Les Fierstein of “In Living Color” and Adam Resnick of “Ghetto Life” fame.

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