NBC to re-broadcast Carrie Fisher’s vintage 1978 ‘Saturday Night Live’ episode tonight
There’s some must-see TV on tonight — and we’re not talking about Patriots/Texans.
NBC will re-broadcast a vintage 1978 Saturday Night Live episode hosted by the late Carrie Fisher. The show, which originally aired on November 18, 1978, will run at 10 p.m. local time, and features musical guests the Blues Brothers.
In a bit of Star Wars fate, SNL’s first new episode of 2017 also airs later tonight, at 11:30 p.m. ET, and it’s hosted by actress Felicity Jones, who plays Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Tonight’s #SNLVintage at 10/9c:
November 18, 1978 with host Carrie Fisher and musical guest The Blues Brothers
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) January 14, 2017
As EW notes, the vintage SNL episode features Fisher performing her opening monologue dressed as Princess Leia; Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters the previous year. “I felt a little awkward coming out here in my Princess Leia costume, because it might seem like I’m exploiting Star Wars,” Fisher tells the crowd. “But I went along with it because if I came out as myself, who would recognize me.”
Later in the classic episode, the SNL cast — including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radner — reimagines Star Wars as a ’50s beach comedy. Watch some clips of the show below.
Fisher died on December 27 at the age of 60.
Carrie Fisher/’SNL’ photo by Al Levine and via Getty Images.