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Eddie Murphy Confirms He's Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

Huge news, SNL fans: Eddie Murphy is ending his 30-year SNL absence and is headed to the show's 40th anniversary special set to air on February 15th. Murphy revealed the news during a phone interview with News One when asked about why he's never returned to the show since leaving in 1984: "It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it … They're actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks. I'm going to that, and that'll be the first time I've been back since I left."

Watch Kyle Mooney's Cut 'SNL' Sketch "Comedy Club"

Here's the latest cut-for-time sketch from SNL, this time starring Kyle Mooney as New York comedian and occasional Weekend Update guest Bruce Chandling in a pretaped sketch called "Comedy Club." It's an amusing peek into Chandling's inner emotions and features appearances by Hart, Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Michael Che, Jay Pharoah, Dave Attell, Artie Lange, and Beck Bennett as Chandling's partner in crime Ronny Donnyonyae.

Kevin Hart, Sia, and Kate McKinnon Are Really Excited for This Week's 'SNL'

NBC just released a new round of SNL promos featuring second-time host Kevin Hart, mysteriously veiled musical guest Sia, and cast member Kate McKinnon. It's full of Sia puns, McKinnon getting concerned over Hart's warning that "you never know what could happen" during the episode, and a very ambitious guarantee from Hart at the end.

Blake Shelton to Host 'SNL' January 24th

SNL just added another first-time host. NBC announced today that musician and The Voice coach Blake Shelton will make his hosting debut on January 24th. He will pull double duty as both host and musical guest. Kevin Hart is set to host the first episode of 2015 on January 17th, and SNL also announced today that Sia will join him as the musical guest.

Watch the Newest Cut 'SNL' Sketch "100 Greatest Guys"

SNL uploaded a new pretaped sketch today that was cut from James Franco's episode called "100 Greatest Guys," a parody of VH1 countdown shows featuring Kyle Mooney, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Beck Bennett, Kenan Thompson, and Vanessa Bayer as a varied group of entertainment experts providing commentary on the great guys to top out their definitive list. Check out the other sketch cut from Franco's episode "Morning News" here.

Here Are This Week's 'SNL' Promos with J.K. Simmons and Kenan Thompson

J.K. Simmons makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC just released the first round of promos featuring boomerang snowballs, what J.K.'s initials really stand for, and Kenan Thompson insisting he never gets lonely.

J.K. Simmons to Host 'SNL' January 31st

SNL just revealed its final January host. Oscar nominee J.K Simmons will make his hosting debut on January 31st with musical guest D'Angelo and The Vanguard. This week's episode will also feature a first-time host when Blake Shelton pulls double duty as both host and musical guest.

Kevin Hart and Aidy Bryant Share Their New Year's Resolutions in These 'SNL' Promos

Kevin Hart returns to host SNL for the second time this weekend with musical guest musical guest Sia, and NBC just released the first round of promos. Hart and Aidy Bryant share their New Year's resolutions with each other, get a little carried away in front of the camera, and fall in love with each other by the end of the clip.

Kevin Hart to Host the First 'SNL' of 2015

During this weekend's SNL hosted by Amy Adams, NBC announced the first SNL host of 2015. Kevin Hart will make his second hosting appearance when the show returns on January 17th following his first appearance in March 2013. The musical guest for Hart's episode has not yet been revealed. Check out our review of Hart's SNL hosting debut here.

Kate McKinnon and Martin Freeman Have a Tea Party in These 'SNL' Promos

Martin Freeman makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend with musical guest Charli XCX, and NBC released the first round of promos today featuring Freeman, Kate McKinnon, a very British tea party, and some important Hobbit questions from Jay Pharoah.

Blake Shelton Gets Back at Adam Levine in These 'SNL' Promos

Ahead of first-time SNL host and musical guest Blake Shelton's episode this weekend, NBC released the first round of promos this week featuring Cecily Strong, Southern accents, The Voice references, and some harsh words for Shelton's fellow Voice coach Adam Levine.

'Saturday Night Live: The Book' Is Now Available for Pre-Order

Get ready to add another title to your SNL book collection. Art book publisher Taschen announced today that a new coffee table book called Saturday Night Live: The Book is slated for a release next month, and it's now available for pre-order via Taschen's website. Described as "part encyclopedia and part behind-the-scenes tour," the book includes the following:

  • Over 2,300 images from SNL's archives, many previously unpublished
  • An illustrated breakdown of the 6-day week at SNL through the years, with an expanded section for the live show
  • Seasons reference guide with complete cast, host, and musical guest lists
  • Exclusive interview with founder and executive producer Lorne Michaels
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SNL's Insane Season 40 Product Tie-Ins, In Order of Ridiculousness

Next month, NBC is celebrating Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary with a live anniversary special, and the network has been prepping for this television event for the past year in the form of an overload of product tie-ins, commercials featuring cast members, and enough branded SNL merchandise to make Jack Donaghy cry with joy. With the latest news that SNL will get the interactive art exhibit treatment this spring, we decided to break down five of SNL's most ridiculous promotions and tie-ins of the past year, from least to most ridiculous.

Amy Adams and Taran Killam Get Into the Holiday Spirit in These 'SNL' Promos

SNL's final episode of 2014 airs this weekend with host Amy Adams and musical guest One Direction, and NBC released the first round of promos featuring Adams and Taran Killam catching some holiday spirit thanks to some imaginary snow and the Rockefeller Christmas tree.