Rick Moranis is returning to television.
Netflix confirms the comedian and actor will join Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Dave Thomas for a new special.
Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese is set to direct the special, which will look at the enduring legacy of the sketch comedy show.
SCTV, or Second City Television, was a Canadian series that aired from 1976 to 1984. It was a launching pad for such stars as those listed above, as well as the late John Candy and Harold Ramis. During its run, the series earned 15 Emmy nominations, winning one for writing in 1982.
Several iconic characters emerged from SCTV, including the MacKenzie Brothers. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas played Bob & Doug MacKenzie, two very Canadian brothers who love beer and being Canadian. The sketch spun off into a feature film, “Strange Brew,” in 1983. Moranis and Thomas wrote, directed, and starred in the cult classic comedy.
From SCTV, Moranis went on to star in movies throughout the 80s and into the 90s. His most famous is probably Louis Tully, from the 1984 classic “Ghostbusters,” and it’s 1989 sequel. He also starred as Dark Helmet in the “Star Wars” riff “Spaceballs,” and as a caring dad/mad scientist in “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” His last live action film role came in 1996 with “Big Bully,” opposite Tom Arnold. In 2003, he joined “Brother Bear” as the voice of Rutt.
Moranis famously stepped away from show business after his wife passed away, deciding to stay home and raise his children. He occasionally turns up for special events. He turned down an opportunity to appear in Paul Feig’s 2016 “Ghostbusters,” telling The Hollywood Reporter:
“I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?”
The SCTV comedy special will hit the streaming service in 2019.