1:19pm PT by Lauren Huff
Tom Hanks to Reprise David S. Pumpkins Role in Animated 'SNL' Special
Taking advantage of the ongoing buzz around the viral David S. Pumpkins sketch, NBC is bringing back the character for a Halloween-themed animated special.
The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special is based on the popular "Haunted Elevator" sketch from the Oct. 22, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live. The skit featured Tom Hanks as mystery man David S. Pumpkins on an elevator wearing a pumpkin suit and surrounded by two skeleton dancers played by Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan.
"It's scary how quickly the original SNL sketch caught on, and we're thrilled that Tom Hanks is back to keep the fun going," NBC Entertainment and Universal TV's president of business operations and late-night programming George Cheeks said Thursday in a statement.
Hanks will lend his voice talents to the special and will also appear onscreen at the beginning. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) will also appear on the show. Sketch creators Day, Moynihan and Streeter Seidell will have voiceover roles as well.
Set in a small suburban town on All Hallows' Eve, the special centers on Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks as they show a young boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, answering none of their questions along the way.
Bento Box Entertainment will provide the animation, while Day, Seidell and Moynihan will write and produce. Lorne Michaels will executive produce.
Moynihan's involvement comes after the actor-comedian exited SNL last season to star on CBS' fall comedy Me, Myself and I.
The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special is set to air Saturday, Oct. 28, at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.