Martin Scorsese To Direct ‘SCTV’ Retrospective Special For Netflix
The famous Canadian comedy sketch show Second City Television is getting a reboot and it is coming to Netflix with the help of Martin Scorsese.
Netflix made the announcement on Thursday that the Oscar-winning director and producer is signing on to help direct a comedy special that will explore the legacy and impact of the show.
The original series helped launch the careers of many famed actors. The special will feature the original stars of the SCTV, such as Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty. They will join together in a segment titled “A Afternoon with SCTV” to discuss the show with Jimmy Kimmel as the moderator.
The panel willl be filmed in front of a live audience in Toronto’s famous Elgin Theater on May 13. The special will be produced by longtime SCTV producer Andrew Alexander, along with Emma Tillinger Koskoff from Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions and Lindsay Cox from Insight Productions.
The original show ran for six seasons from 1976 through 1984. It was picked up by NBC after being nominated for 15 Emmys, which won for Best Writing in a Variety or Music Program in 1982 and 1983.
The show followed the daily broadcast life of a fictitious television station, later turned network, in the fictitious town of Melonville. Similar to Saturday Night Live, which premiered a year before SCTV, the show featured various skits and characters from a small cast. Some cast members, such as Short, ended up joining the SNL cast and brought his SCTV character and skits with him.
The special does not have a specific premiere date announced yet, but is confirmed to be filming for three days next month.
The comedy legends behind SCTV reunite for a special directed by Martin Scorsese. Coming soon to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/bLgcwOSkul
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