Really, SNL? The Doogie Howser Digital Short’s Not Online? Really?

Guess what, Saturday Night Live?! Ever since taking this job, which by virtue of the fates makes watching you compulsory, I’ve become increasingly familiar with your ongoing gags. Which is why, for today’s post, I have decided to make use of Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler’s ongoing series, “Really!?!”

OK, SNL, you’re going to do a regular feature every week called an SNL Digital Short, and you’re not going to make sure that those digital shorts are available for online distribution every week? Really? I mean, really? You guys can’t get on top of this before airtime? Even though you have a full week to prep these things and in theory could enlist NBC’s massive staff of lawyers to take care of all the necessary clearances? And especially since the Digital Shorts, by definition, are not filmed live?

Because, really, last Saturday’s Digital Short, a flawless orchestral recreation of the Doogie Howser theme song, was great. Neil Patrick Harris playing a Casio keyboard before slowly being joined by a full orchestra, all rising to a majestic crescendo celebrating the classic ’80s TV tune? Really well done. And yet, in order to share it with others we have to embed a bootleg version of this ode to composer Mike Post’s brilliant scoring work. Really.

And this week isn’t the first time a digital short’s been kept offline — and, like last time, I’m guessing it was for music rights reasons. I’m just saying — if you have enough time to find blonde wigs and lab coats for every member of the SNL cast, you have enough time to figure out whether or not you’re going to be able to distribute this short in the nature to which we’ve become accustomed. Really.

Update 1/15: Thanks to those who have pointed out that the clip is now available.

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