Saturday Night Live,” the long running satirical sketch show from New York, is to be revamped as a series from Beijing, China.

The development follows a deal between Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Entertainment and Sohu, one of China’s leading Internet portals.

Sohu currently streams the U.S. version of “SNL” in conjunction with BVE. This groundbreaking show will have international appeal while still being tailored for Chinese audiences.

The company says that it has begun recruiting comedians ahead of a launch later this year. It says the show “will have international appeal” while still being tailored for Chinese audiences.
“SNL, which combines the best elements of live music and sketch comedy, will be a refreshing new option for Chinese viewers,” the company said in a statement.

Sohu, which is listed on NASDAQ, is involved in a range of Chinese language web properties, stretching from search, news and portal activities, online games (changyou.com) and online video (tv.sohu.com).