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Live from Beijing, it's 'Saturday Night'? China wants its own version of 'SNL'
Live from Beijing, it's 'Saturday Night'? China wants its own version of 'SNL'

It’s hard to imagine a Chinese version of “Saturday Night Live” -- could mainland censors really abide sharp satires of President Xi Jinping or private-parts-in-a-box jokes? Nevertheless, online video portal Sohu.com is going to try to make a go of it by producing its own Mandarin-language version of the late-night NBC show. Sohu already carries the American version of “SNL,” but the show lags behind many other American programs in terms of popularity, perhaps because the comedy is so culturally specific. Localized versions of the “SNL” format have been made in Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Russia. Sohu announced plans Tuesday to...

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