Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell was a program that ran on ABC from September 1975 to January 1976, hosted byHoward Cosell and executively produced by Roone Arledge. The series ran for 18 episodes before being cancelled. The show was later remembered by its director Don Mischer as "one of the greatest disasters in the history of television," largely due to Cosell and Arledge's unfamiliarity with comedy and variety programming.
The same year, NBC began airing a late night comedy show produced by Lorne Michaels titled Saturday Night; after Cosell's show was cancelled, the NBC show renamed itself Saturday Night Live. The shows did not directly compete, as Cosell'sSaturday Night Live aired at 8 p.m. EST/PST, whereas NBC's Saturday Night aired at 11:30 p.m. Despite having highly notable celebrities both as cast members and guests, Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell has never been made available on home video.