The comedic icons behind the long-running Canadian sketch comedy series “Second City Television (SCTV)” are getting back together. Netflix has announced that the “SCTV” cast will be filming a reunion special for the streaming platform. The show will be directed by none other than Martin Scorsese.
“SCTV” ran between 1976 and 1984 and is famous for launching the careers of John Candy, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catharine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, Martin Short, and Harold Ramis, among other comedians. The series began as an offshoot of Toronto’s Second City comedy troupe and launched just a year after “Saturday Night Live.”
Netflix confirms Scorsese’s special will “explore the enduring legacy” of the series and feature a sit-down down interview with former cast members Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Levy, Martin, O’Hara, and Short. The interview will be moderated by Jimmy Kimmel and filmed Sunday, May 13 at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre at an event tiled “An Afternoon With SCTV.” Martin previously teased the reunion special last year.
“The thing about ‘SCTV’ is we did it in a vacuum, so we weren’t aware that it had any impact until many years afterwards,” Martin told the Los Angeles Times. “That generation of brilliant comedians, there are so many fans — Judd Apatow, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Hader. It’s been 40 years since it’s been on the air. We’re in the process of talking about a reunion show. And Martin Scorsese has talked to us about directing it.”
The “SCTV” reunion will mark Scorsese’s second Netflix project following “The Irishman.” The director wrapped production on the expensive gangster movie with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino at the start of March. Netflix plans to release the film in 2019. Scorsese’s “SCTV” reunion special does not have a release date.