Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell
About Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell is an American television comedy-variety program that ran on ABC from September 1975 to January 1976, hosted by Howard Cosell and executive-produced by Roone Arledge. The series ran for 18 episodes before being cancelled. The show was later remembered by its director Don Mischer as “one of the greatest disasters in the history of television,” largely due to Cosell and Arledge, both veterans of sports broadcasting, being entirely unfamiliar with comedy and variety programming.
Despite having highly notable celebrities both as cast members and guests, Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell has never been made available on home video.
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell should not be confused with the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, which debuted on rival network NBC in October 1975 when NBC began airing a late night comedy show produced by Lorne Michaels titled NBC’s Saturday Night. After Cosell’s show was cancelled, the NBC show renamed itself Saturday Night Live. The shows did not directly compete, as Cosell’s Saturday Night Live aired at 8 p.m. EST/PST, whereas NBC’s Saturday Night aired at 11:30 p.m.