" 'Saturday Night Live' is an institution unlike anything else in television history," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement Friday. "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
Here's hoping they'll mention that iconic first cast by name frequently in the months to come. Anyone who witnessed the first season will tell you that the original cast was a major reason the show took off.
That first cast was
Greenblatt did say that "SNL" was "the brainchild of
The special will feature past and present cast members as well hosts and musical guests from the long run.