Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC’s Saturday Night. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast. SNL has aired 896 episodes since its debut, and began its forty-sixth season on October 3, 2020. In 2000, it was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
About Saturday Night Live in brief
Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC’s Saturday Night. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast as with featured performances by a musical guest. SNL has aired 896 episodes since its debut, and began its forty-sixth season on October 3, 2020. In 2000, it was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. It was ranked tenth in TV Guide’s \”50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time\” list, and in 2007 it was listed as one of Time’s \”100 Best TV shows of All-TIME\” As of 2018, the show had received 252 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, the most received by any television program. The live aspect of the show has resulted in several controversies and acts of censorship, with mistakes and intentional acts of sabotage by performers as well as guests. Many SNL cast members have found national stardom while appearing on the show, and achieved success in film and television, both in front of and behind the camera. Many of the cast members of SNL have gone on to successful careers creating, writing, and starring in television and film. In 1980, Michaels left the series to explore other opportunities. He was replaced by Jean Doumanian, who was then replaced by Eberstol after a season of bad reviews.
Since Michaels’ return, he has held the job of show-runner, and since 1985 he has run the show as the show’s show-running executive producer. After the cancellation of Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell in 1976, NBC purchased the rights to the name in 1976 and officially adopted the new title. The new title was adopted on March 26, 1977, and the show was originally conceived with permanent hosts: Lily Tomlin, Richard Carlin, and George Carlin. When Doug Hill dropped out because his brand of comedy was not censor-friendly, the concept was dropped. The first season of the new show developed a cult following, eventually becoming a mainstream hit. In 1975, NBC ran The Best of Carson reruns of The Tonight Show, airing them on either Saturday or Sunday night at local affiliates’ discretion. In 1974, Johnny Carson announced that he wanted the weekend shows pulled and saved so they could be aired during weeknights, allowing him to take time off. The show format has been developed and recreated in several countries, meeting with different levels of success. By 1975, Michaels had assembled a talented cast, including Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Michael O’Donoghue, Gilda Radner and George Coe. In 2007, SNL became a cult hit and spawning compilations that could not stay awake for the live broadcasts.