Saturday Night Live turns 40 next year and it looks like it is planning to celebrate in style.
NBC announced today that it will air a three hour live celebration of Saturday Night Live on Feb. 15, 2015 to mark the show’s 40th year on the air. Why February when the show debuted on Oct. 11, 1975 is anyone’s guess, but at least such a milestone is being celebrated.
I will also mourn the fact that I was 4-years-old when the series debuted and I can still remember watching it from day one. Yep, it’s true, I have.
Say what you will about the show, it’s quality has definitely varied over the years – and no cast will ever top the originals – but it has launched some comedians into very large careers. From Bill Murray to Tina Fey, the show has produced numerous stars over its run, and I think it still has the power to do so. (I’m keeping an eye on the recently departed Bill Hader and current Weekend Update co-anchor Cecily Strong in particular.)
NBC promises many past and present cast members will appear on the special, but no official list has been announced yet.
I know what I’m doing Feb. 15.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY ON FEB. 15, 2015
Present and Past Cast Members, as Well as Special and Musical Guests, to Appear on Three-Hour Live Special
NEW YORK — April 18, 2014 — NBC will air a three-hour live special on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the iconic franchise “Saturday Night Live.”
Past and present cast members, as well as special and musical guests from the show’s incredible five-decade run, will appear on the telecast, with the specific lineup of guests to be determined in the coming months.
“‘Saturday Night Live’ is an institution unlike anything else in television history,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “The many brilliant ‘Not Ready for Primetime Players’ over the years is a who’s who of film and television comedy for the last two generations. The roster includes everyone from the iconic first cast in 1975 to household names ranging from Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, and Adam Sandler, to Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers — to name only a few. This brand, which is still one of the highest-rated comedies on television, was the brainchild of Lorne Michaels, who still presides over the whole enterprise today. This special is just one of the many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year.”
“Saturday Night Live” has won 40 Emmy Awards, the most for any show in television history. “SNL” also holds the title for the most nominated television show in Emmy history with 171 nominations. “SNL” has been honored twice, in 1990 and 2009, with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and cited as “truly a national institution.”
“Saturday Night Live” was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Association of Broadcasters. The show continues to garner the highest ratings of any late-night television program, entertaining millions each week.
Broadcast live from NBC’s famed Studio 8H in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, “Saturday Night Live” premiered Oct. 11, 1975. The program is a production of Broadway Video in association with SNL Studios. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer.