Utah's local NBC affiliate, KSL-TV, has announced that this fall "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) first-run episodes will become a part of the station's weekly line-up for the show's 39th season.
The sketch comedy show will air at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings, beginning Sept. 28, 2013. While reruns have aired on KSL for the past year at 9 p.m., first-run episodes of the show have never aired on KSL.
"When we became an NBC affiliate in 1995, we made the decision to keep our sports programming," said Tami Ostmark, KSL's vice president of marketing, research and promotion.
A KSL press release stated: "This move is part of a broader plan to strengthen KSL Television's program schedule and relationship with our valued network partner."
The local station has previously canceled programs such as "Hannibal," "The New Normal," and "Playboy Club." Both "The New Normal" and "Playboy Club" have also been canceled by NBC nationally.
NBC also released a statement on the programming arrangement:
"NBC is very pleased that KSL will start airing the 39th season of SNL this fall. We tremendously value our partnership with the station."
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