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Sat. Night Live--with Howard Cosell?

On today's date in 1975, a new TV show called Saturday Night Live debuted on ABC.  It was a variety show hosted by Howard Cosell. What? Saturday Night Live was on NBC..and the host changed every week! You're right, and you're wrong. A couple of weeks before the real Saturday Night Live debuted (just titled Saturday Night back then), Howard Cosell hosted a variety show called Saturday Night Live. It only lasted 18 weeks..and I don't remember it at all. And that's probably a good thing. The first episode had three guests--the Bay City Rollers, Billy Crystal, and Frank Sinatra. With Howard Cosell thrown in? How could that not be entertainment gold? I did a little research..and found out another episode featured Chita Rivera and Ted Kennedy. How awesome is that? The director of the show Don Mischer called it "one of the greatest disasters in the history of television."  And get this..he was offered a chance to work on the other Saturday Night show on NBC..and thought the Howard Cosell show had more of a chance!  Oops... I searched and searched youtube to try and find a clip to share with you..but all the tapes have probably been burned and buried under Giants Stadium. *One more notable fact--the current SNL was just called Saturday Night until 1977 when it changed its name to Saturday Night Live.

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