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China Is Getting Its Own 'Saturday Night Live'

Saturday Night Live is heading to China. Bloomberg reports that Broadway Video has closed a deal with Sohu.com to launch a Chinese version of SNL. "China’s Communist Party has been looking for new ways to engage with an audience because past forms of preaching are no longer suitable for today," said Wang Sixin, a professor at the Communication University of China, on the news. "What Sohu needs to be careful about, though, is finding the right balance when doing satire about social and political issues." China isn't the first country to get its own version of SNL; Horatio Sanz worked as a consultant on SNL Mexico in [...]

Celebrate 40 Years of 'SNL' with Kyle Mooney

NBC uploaded a new SNL clip today that was cut from the 40th anniversary red carpet pre-show featuring Kyle Mooney celebrating the best way possible — interviewing a bunch of people, classic Kyle-style, around 30 Rock. It's so nice to see underappreciated cast member Mikey Ritter finally get some love.

Take a Trip Down 'SNL' Memory Lane with Producer Mike Shoemaker

Longtime SNL producer Mike Shoemaker just celebrated the show's 40th anniversary in the best way possible — through tweeting a ton of never-before-seen photos from his time on the show from 1986 to 2008 using the hashtag #mySNLdays. It's a great trip down SNL memory lane and is loaded with some fun trivia for fans of the show. Check out all the photos below:

The 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Just Got 30 Minutes Longer

NBC just gave SNL's live 40th anniversary special an extra 30 minutes. The Wrap reports that the special will now air on Sunday from 8:00pm – 11:30pm, which makes sense considering the growing list of SNL alums and celebrity guests for the big event. Here's the list of guests SNL has officially confirmed so far:

Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, Chevy Chase, Kanye West, Adam Sandler, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Paul Simon, Jerry Seinfeld, Molly Shannon, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Alec [...]

Even Jean Doumanian Is Going to the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

If you thought Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were unlikely guests for SNL's 40th anniversary special on February 15th, get ready for another surprise: In a new interview with Deadline, former SNL producer Jean Doumanian — who briefly took over for Lorne Michaels after he left the show in 1980 — confirmed that she will also be attending the live event:

JEREMY GERARD: Do you want to make a comment about the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live?

JEAN DOUMANIAN: Congratulations.

JEREMY GERARD: Anything else?

JEAN DOUMANIAN: Listen I’m the only woman to have produced a 90-minute comedy show. I got Eddie Murphy, Denny [...]

Taran Killam Is a Big Fan of Dakota Johnson's Dad

Dakota Johnson makes her SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC just released the first promo reel featuring Johnson and Taran Killam, who is a big fan of Johnson's father Don from his groundbreaking work on Miami Vice.

Read Norm Macdonald's Fascinating Recap of "Celebrity Jeopardy" and #SNL40

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter last night to look back on his experience working for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, and the whole thing is a must-read for SNL fans who are interested to learn about how the special came together, the history of the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch, how some SNL cast members feel about Rolling Stone's recent cast member rankings, and whether or not Eddie Murphy was asked to perform in a sketch. Read Macdonald's recap in full below:

40 Less-Iconic 'SNL' Sketches That We Love Anyway

With Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special this Sunday, it seems everyone is posting their lists of all-time best sketches and mean-spirited cast member rankings. And while we appreciate "Behind The Music: Blue Oyster Cult," "Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker," and "Sinead O'Connor's Pope Portrait Gallery" as much as the next SNL-phile, we'd like to recognize a collection of bits that remain near and dear to us… despite, or perhaps because of, their less-famous status.

As ignorant millennials who were born too late for that golden Belushi era (Jim Belushi, right?), our picks lean heavily on post-1990 SNL. This is by no means a comprehensive list — just a group of overlooked sketches that [...]

Oh Yeah, Sarah Palin Is Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Too

It looks like one of SNL's biggest political targets in recent years is attending the 40th anniversary special next week. People magazine reports that former Alaskan governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is headed to the SNL reunion show next weekend, and sources close to Palin confirmed that she will be "participating" in it as well, whatever that means. Check out the full list of guests that SNL has confirmed so far here, then watch arguably one of SNL's best segments featuring Palin — Amy Poehler's fantastic "Palin Rap" from 2008:

'SNL' Confirms Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, and Tons More for the 40th Anniversary Special

NBC has been taunting us with mysterious SNL anniversary special teasers for a while now, but over the weekend they released three new promos revealing a huge list of SNL alums and friends confirmed to appear on the show, and spoiler alert: It's pretty much everyone you could ask for, from original cast members Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, and Laraine Newman to elusive stars Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy to longtime SNL friends like Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, and tons more. Here are all the names mentioned in the new teasers (watch the others below):

Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, [...]

Chris Hemsworth to Host 'SNL' March 7th

Next month's first SNL host has been revealed. NBC announced today that Chris Hemsworth is set to host SNL Saturday, March 7th with musical guest Zac Brown Band. It will make Hemsworth's SNL hosting debut. The show returns live this week with another first-time host Dakota Johnson and musical guest The Alabama Shakes.

Dakota Johnson to Host 'SNL' February 28th

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is heading to SNL next week. Johnson revealed the news during a brief cameo during last night's 40th anniversary special, and February 28th will make both the show's first post-special episode and Johnson's SNL hosting debut. Johnson starred in the 2012-2013 Fox comedy Ben and Kate and also appeared in the series finale of The Office in 2013. No musical guest for Johnson's SNL episode has been announced yet.

UPDATE: NBC just revealed that The Alabama Shakes will be the musical guest on Johnson's episode. It will make their second SNL appearance since 2013's episode hosted by Christoph Waltz.

Lorne Michaels and Matt Lauer Talk 'SNL's History, Fans, and Legacy

To celebrate SNL's big 40th anniversary show this Sunday, Matt Lauer interviewed Lorne Michaels for Today to look back at the show's history and what's in store for its future. The two cover everything from the original cast (Michaels says "the show stands on their shoulders") to whether Michaels plans to be at SNL for its 45th anniversary to his thoughts on people who look at the show nostalgically: "In high school you have the least amount of power you're ever gonna have. You don't get to drive, you don't have any money…staying up with friends late on a Saturday is great, and people attach to a cast."

Lorne Michaels Says the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Will Have More Live Performances

Ahead of the live SNL 40th anniversary special on February 15th, Lorne Michaels sat down for an interview with THR to talk about the history of the show, what we can expect from the big reunion, and what it's like to be the leader of a 40-year television institution. When asked if there's an SNL season he'd like to do over, Michaels picked his first season back as producer in 1985 after leaving the show in 1980: "I wanted to recapture [what we had] … We were just younger, and so I wanted to get back to that and I maybe went too young. I think it [...]