’90s ‘SNL’ Gets Documentary Treatment
NBC has ordered up another documentary on the history of “Saturday Night Live,” this time focusing on the show’s up-and-down ride through the 1990s.
“Saturday Night Live in the ’90s: Pop Culture Nation” is the third in a series of films about the late-night institution by director-producer Kenneth Bowser. The previous two, focusing on the show’s early years and the tribulations of the 1980s, aired in 2005.
“This new ‘Saturday Night Live in the ’90s’ special is funny, dramatic and filled with great clips and new interviews featuring the biggest comedy stars of today,” NBC’s Rick Ludwin says. “These are the backstage stories that made headlines. For viewers who grew up watching and became fans of ‘SNL’ in the ’90s, this is your night.”
As with the past two “SNL” documentaries, “Pop Culture Nation” will be filled with interviews from cast members and writers, including Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Dana Carvey, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Jimmy Fallon and Tim Meadows. It will also feature two little-used players from the mid-’90s who have since gone on to much wider fame: Sarah Silverman and David Koechner.
Bowser earned an Emmy nomination in 2005 for the first “SNL” documentary, “Live from New York.” He was also nominated last year for a PBS “American Masters” documentary on John Ford and John Wayne.
“Saturday Night Live in the ’90s” is scheduled to air Sunday, May 6 on NBC.