'SNL' Is Being Adapted for Chinese TV

by Zach Seemayer 7:23 PM PST, March 03, 2015
Photo: NBC

Live from Beijing it's Saturday night!

The NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live is going to be adapted for Chinese television by Broadway Video Entertainment, who will be helping Sohu, a Chinese online entertainment service create a sketch show tailored to Chinese audiences.

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Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Broadway Video Entertainment president Britta von Schoeler said, "We will teach them how to produce in the Saturday Night Live format and then they will produce it for their own audience, creating characters and sketches specifically tailored for the Chinese community… Our show is so topical and addresses pop culture and news here in the U.S. and theirs will be the same, by addressing topical comedic issues in China."

So how will a show that tackles pop culture and politics in a comedic light skirt the notoriously strict censorship of the Chinese government?

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According to Schoeler, Sohu's presence on the internet will allow for more freedom to get away with comedic criticism.

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