NBC's late-night sketch comedy institution "Saturday Night Live" is planning a three-hour special to celebrate its anniversary. EW.com reports that the special will honor 40 years on the air next February.
"The live special honoring the late-night sketch series will air from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2015, and promises to feature past and present cast members, in addition to special and musical guests," the story reports. "The lineup of performers has not been solidified yet, though it’s likely to be impressive, given the mass of comedic talent that has passed through Studio H in Rockefeller Center."
In a statement, NBC Entertainnment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said: “'Saturday Night Live' is an institution unlike anything else in television history. 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 special is just one of the many ways we plan to celebrate 'SNL‘s' historic 40th season next year.”
The report notes that "SNL" has won 40 Emmys, more than any other show.