SNL Sets Live 50th Anniversary Special at NBC

Live from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, it’s an entire weekend of Saturday Night Live!

The long-running, late-night series will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a live special this winter, TVLine has learned.

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NBC will mark SNL‘s milestone with a three-hour special airing on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2025, at 8/7c. The event will be broadcast as the culmination of a celebratory weekend centered on the sketch-comedy show.

The network has staged similar events for SNL in the past. If the 50th celebration is anything like the 40th, which aired in 2015 (see highlights here), the upcoming telecast will feature current and past cast members, as well as special guests and musical performers from the show’s run.

In other Not Ready for Primetime Players news: Jason Reitman is making SNL 1975, a movie based on first-hand accounts of the first-ever SNL taping. Reitman and Gil Kenan will write the script; Reitman will direct. The cast includes Gabriel LaBelle (The Fabelmans) as SNL creator Lorne Michaels, Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) as Chevy Chase, Ella Hunt (Dickinson) as Gilda Radner and Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) as Dan Aykroyd.

SNL 1975 Movie Cast Chevy Chase
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SNL’s current season will wrap with alum Maya Rudolph hosting the May 11 episode (with Vampire Weekend as musical guest) and Jake Gyllenhaal manning the May 18 season finale (with Sabrina Carpenter as musical guest). Both Rudolph and Gyllenhaal will be hosting for the third time.

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