The SNL star was originally attached to the Hulu limited series when it was ordered to series three years ago this week. Seven months later, McKinnon signed on to play Carole Baskin in what would become Peacock's Joe vs. Carole. But apparently because of Joe vs. Carole, McKinnon dropped out of The Dropout, resulting in Amanda Seyfried's casting as Holmes. "Now that a number of us have seen The Dropout and decided it is actually good, I want to ask: Can you imagine if Kate McKinnon was in that???" asks Kelly Conaboy. Seyfried, she adds, "is able to depict one of the weirdest weirdos of all time with an appropriate amount of delicate seriousness, while simultaneously doing a silly voice and, frequently, a silly dance. It isn’t an easy task. I don’t necessarily doubt that Kate McKinnon could handle a non-comedic role, but a non-comedic role that necessitated a silly costume, a silly voice, and silly dancing? Oh no. I fear this would have been far too tempting for the SNL star, whose main tricks are 'comedy voice' and 'comedy hobbling.' I fear it would have quickly veered into the realm of … sketch." The Dropout and Joe vs. Carole wound up premiering on the same day, March 3, with one becoming buzzworthy and the other quickly forgotten.