SNL Will Commemorate 40th Anniversary with 3-Hour Special Next Year

Saturday Night Live began its run on NBC on October 11, 1975, and next year will be its 40th anniversary on the air. And in honor of that big anniversary, according to TVLine, NBC will be putting on a three-hour live special next February.

SNL players have gone on to have pretty significant movie and TV careers, including actors like Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, and Kristen Wiig. The 2015 special will feature plenty of current and former castmembers, as well as a number of celebrities and musical acts that have graced the show’s presence in its four-decade history.

In a statement, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said, “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.”

NBC’s current late night lineup is right now occupied by Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, both of whom got their starts on SNL. The long-running sketch show recently came under fire for diversity issues, which was partly rectified by the hiring of a new cast members and two new writers.

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