KSL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City owned by the Mormon church, will finally air new episodes of “Saturday Night Live” starting this fall.
KSL will debut new “SNL” episodes starting Sept. 28 at 10:30 p.m. with the show’s 39th season, the station announced via a Facebook post. The station has aired “Saturday Night Live” specials in earlier Saturday time slots, but since becoming an NBC affiliate in 1995 has not run the regular show.
According to KSL, the station did not have a problem with the content of “SNL”; rather, it ran a local sports talkshow in in the Saturday latenight timeslot that it did not want to preempt.
In April, KSL pulled NBC’s “Hannibal” from the primetime lineup, citing the “extensive graphic nature of this show” and has previously refused to air Peacock shows it has deemed inappropriate, such as “The Playboy Clubs” and “The New Normal.” The station is owned by Bonneville International, a unit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Previously, KUCW, the CW-affiliated station for Utah, had aired first-run “SNL” episodes in a deal with NBC.
KSL noted in the Facebook announcement that “more changes and updates to the fall lineup are coming soon.”