A special based on one of “Saturday Night Live’s” most perplexing sketches of recent seasons was announced today by NBC.
“The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special” is an animated production based on the Halloween-themed “Haunted Elevator” sketch from the Oct. 22, 2016 “SNL” telecast that featured guest host Tom Hanks as mystery man David S. Pumpkins. In the sketch, which received a widely mixed response, Hanks’ character reappears at an elevator door wearing a pumpkin suit and surrounded by two skeleton dancers, played by Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan.
Hanks, Moynihan and Day will all be on board for the half-hour special, which premieres Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Many viewers were confused by the original sketch, but it has earned a cult following. A clip of the sketch — you can watch it below — has received more than 8 million views on YouTube.
“It’s scary how quickly the original ‘SNL’ sketch caught on, and we’re thrilled that Tom Hanks is back to keep the fun going,” said George Cheeks, President, Business Operations and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television.
“The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special” will feature the voice of Hanks, who will also appear on camera at the beginning of the half-hour, as well as two-time Emmy Award-winning “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage. Sketch creators Day, Moynihan and Streeter Seidell will be among the voice cast.
“Set in a small suburban town on All Hallows’ Eve, the special centers on David Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks who show a young boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, answering none of their questions along the way,” NBC says in promotional material for the special.
Bento Box Entertainment will provide the animation, with Day, Seidell and Moynihan writing and producing and Lorne Michaels executive producing. “The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special” is a production of Broadway Video in association with SNL Studios.
Here’s the original sketch …