NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” just added four more names to its expansive anniversary lineup.
Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close, J.B. Smoove and David Koechner are all set to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special,” TheWrap has learned.
The tribute to the network’s iconic sketch-comedy show, airing live this Sunday from 30 Rock in New York, will feature 59 other big names, including Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Garrett Morris, Chris Rock, David Spade and Norm Macdonald.
As TheWrap previously reported, NBC has added an extra 30 minutes to its upcoming “SNL 40th Anniversary Special.” Now, Sunday’s sketch comedy tribute will last three-and-a-half hours, stretching from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
If over three hours of “Saturday Night Live” isn’t enough for fans, they can tune into NBC at 7 p.m. on Sunday and start the celebration early with “SNL 40th Red Carpet Live,” a special event hosted by the network’s “Today” personalities Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly and Al Roker.
New episodes of “SNL” generally air on Saturday, but this week NBC plans to air the sketch comedy show’s Oct. 11, 1975 debut in its place, which featured host George Carlin.
“SNL 40th Anniversary Special” airs live on NBC at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Tony Maglio contributed to this report.