NBC is already making a big deal of the 40th anniversary of "Saturday Night Live" — and now it's making it a little bigger.
The network revealed late Thursday that it's expanding Sunday's "SNL 40th Anniversary Special" by 30 minutes, which means it will start at 8 p.m. and end at 11:30.
The special — airing live on the East Coast but on tape on the West Coast — will be like a super-sized version of a regular "SNL," with live skits, taped segments and musical performances.
Two questions right away: Where in the broadcast will executive producer and creator Lorne Michaels suddenly appear with one of his famously laconic cameos? And what will they do for the "cold open" — maybe revive the famous Chevy Chase pratfall?
And if all that's not enough "SNL" for your weekend, on Saturday night, in the comedy revue's usual 11:30 p.m. slot, NBC will repeat the first "Saturday Night Live," first broadcast on Oct. 11, 1975, and hosted by George Carlin.
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