The youthful "Saturday Night Live" surely would have mocked something as bloated as the 40th anniversary special that NBC aired (about eight months early, but never mind) on Sunday, running a ponderous 3 ½ hours, not including the one-hour "Matt Lauer really will do anything the network asks these days" red-carpet preshow. Star studded and nostalgic, the telecast demonstrated the network's determination to milk all things "SNL" beyond the breaking point creatively speaking, as well as the media's willingness to treat another arbitrary milestone like an event. To paraphrase the Church Lady, sorry, but this just wasn't that special.
After the obligatory Justin Timberlake-Jimmy Fallon opening, the credits ran so long there was a fleeting fear the producers might run out of time.
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