NBC celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live” Sunday night with a live special that was as long (3½ hours) and as stuffed with montages as an Academy Awards broadcast. The network also treated it with a similar level of fanfare, including an hourlong red carpet special hosted by the “Today” team of Al Roker, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. If anything, the event felt a bit more exclusive than the Oscars, with seemingly every seat in the relatively tiny Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center packed with a major celebrity clad in black tie.
The special included appearances by dozens of former cast members (Bill Murray, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph) and other stars who perhaps seem as if they were once cast members but never were (Alec Baldwin, Christopher Walken, Steve Martin).
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