As in past anniversary celebrations, major SNL figures will return for the special. Actor Chevy Chase, for example, returned for the 15th anniversary in 1989 and performed one of the skits that first made him famous when the program first premiered in 1975. Bill Murray also made an appearance for the show’s 25th anniversary in 1999.
“This brand, which is still one of the highest-rated comedies on television, was the brainchild of Lorne Michaels, who still presides over the whole enterprise today,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “This special is just one of the many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year.”
Although no one has been confirmed for the special, look out for some of the old players in the coming months.