Despite its steep fall from comedic grace, NBC’s Saturday Night Live is getting its own UK adaption. The British adaption will be aired on Sky, which is owned by Comcast—the same media conglomerate that owns NBC. According to reports, reps for SNL are currently in London discussing a deal with Sky.
In 2020, the British broadcasting network began airing full episodes of SNL on its comedy channel. Before being aired on Sky Comedy, clips from SNL were only available on YouTube in the UK. However, a British series called Saturday Live, influenced by SNL (starring actors and comedians like Harry Enfield, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Ben Elton) originally aired on Channel 4 from 1985 to 1988, and then on ITV until 2007.
Created in 1975 by Lorne Michaels (whom, still to this day, serves as the show’s executive producer and show runner), Saturday Night Live has become a comedy institution, receiving 86 Primetime Emmy Awards and over 250 nominations—the most ever received by any television show.
This legendary sketch show has been home to many famous comedians we know and love such as Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, and Chris Rock. Very few people know that the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr. graced the stages of famed Studio 8H during their extremely short stints on SNL in the 1980s.
The show is currently in the earliest stages of development and will most likely feature an all-British comedian player roster. Unlike the US version, the UK version will probably air at an earlier time. While the American SNL has been previously developed internationally for a number of countries, including China, Germany, Italy, and South Korea, this could be the SNL adaption to rival the US version in terms of popularity.
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