NBC has announced that it will celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Saturday Night Live" with a three-hour special Feb. 15.
" '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 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."
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.
Greenblatt did say that "SNL" was "the brainchild of Lorne Michaels, who still presides over the whole enterprise today" and promised that NBC will celebrate the anniversary in many ways.
The special will feature past and present cast members as well hosts and musical guests from the long run.
This fan's hoped-for guests include Steve Martin, Candice Bergen, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray (who joined the cast in season two) and the five living original cast members. They deserve to take a bow and to salute the exceptional Belushi and Radner.