Alec Baldwin is enjoying a resurgence with his performance of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live but imagine what fun could be had at the expense of Silvio Berlusconi in Italy. Italian broadcaster Sky Italia has ordered its own local version of the NBC Universal entertainment format.
The broadcaster is launching its own take on the long-running show on its free-to-air channel TV8, starting this weekend. The show, which is produced by Fatma Ruffini’s independent production company FTM Entertainment, will see Italian actor and presenter Claudio Bisio lead a troupe of comedians to skewer politicians and others in a six-part run.
Sky Italia’s version will mark the twelfth international remake of SNL, with versions already remade across France, Poland and South Korea.
Saturday Night Live, which launched in 1975, is now in its 43rd season on NBC. Co-produced by NBC and Broadway Video, the show has acted as a launch pad for a host of comedy talent, earning it 45 Emmys and 202 nominations.
Ana Langenberg, SVP, Format Sales & Production, NBCUniversal International Formats said: “It is great to be partnering with Sky Italia on SNL. As such an iconic brand, the show will remain true to its format, but we can’t wait to see FTM Entertainment and Sky put their own twist on it to keep it fresh and culturally relevant for local audiences.”