‘Saturday Night Live’ is returning this weekend with remote production

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NBC’s iconic sketch program “Saturday Night Live” will return April 11, 2020 during its normal timeslot at 11:30 p.m. — but, like many TV programs, it will be produced remotely.

According to NBC, the show will contain new “original content” including an installment of “Weekend Update,” though it’s not clear if content will be live or taped or how long the episode will last.

“SNL” has been off the air since March. It was scheduled to return from a planned spring hiatus March 28, 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic axed those plans.

The new installment of “SNL” will not feature a host and as of now the network is not committing to a return date for the show’s normal weekly installments.

The show appears to be billing the event as “SNL At Home.”

“SNL” normally originates from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Plaza in front of a live studio audience.

An audience also typically attends a dress rehearsal earlier each Saturday, which is used gauge reaction and helps decide what sketches make the final cut.

Earlier this week, the show’s longtime music producer died from coronavirus.