'SNL 40th Anniversary' is a milestone, and not much else

February 16, 2015 7:12 PM

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It was a risky strategy for "Saturday Night Live" to put on a star-studded 40th-anniversary special. Seen from the wrong angle, it could make NBC's late-night warhorse look like a museum piece, instead of a still-vital part of the TV - well, OK, maybe the special makes sense.

"SNL's" company in the TV longevity race, after all, includes the likes of "60 Minutes" and "Meet the Press." And just for the record, the actual 40th anniversary of what was truly groundbreaking television doesn't come until October. So maybe there'll be a rerun then, for accuracy's sake?

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