This year marks the milestone 40th season of “Saturday Night Live,” and while there was a rumor circulating online this week that Bill Murray would return to Studio 8H as host for the season premiere, NBC has confirmed that’s not true.
The real host for the season premiere this fall is still pretty damn great: Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will take the stage as host for the first time on September 27th. He’ll be joined by musical guest Ariana Grande, who has been topping the charts like crazy lately with her new album “My Everything.”
This is a brilliant move by Lorne Michaels and NBC because not only is Chris Pratt a huge star now thanks to both The LEGO Movie and his new Marvel hero status, but he’ll also be in Universal’s Jurassic World next summer and is a regular on the NBC series “Parks & Recreation” (and that network just happens to be part of Universal). That’s some impressive synergy, even if “Parks & Recreation” won’t return (likely for its final season) until next year either.
But that’s not all NBC announced, because they also revealed that the second episode of the season will be hosted by comedian and recent Emmy winner Sarah Silverman. This will be her first time hosting “SNL,” but she’s no stranger to Studio 8H, because she counted herself as a writer and cast member for a single season.
You may not remember this, but after Silverman’s stand-up career started taking off, she became part of the 1993-1994 season of “SNL” for just 18 weeks as a writer and featured player. But much like a few of the more recent cast members, she was fired after that single season. Thankfully, she went on to bigger and better things, as many “SNL” players have, despite the fact that only one sketch she wrote went to dress rehearsal, and none ever aired. But she was still a prominent cast member in various sketches in that season.
Silverman just won an Emmy for her HBO special “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles,” and the album of that performance arrives in stores on September 23rd. Having her back as host should make for a fun night, and hopefully some good ribbing of her short time on the sketch show. She’ll be joined by Maroon 5 as the musical guest, and since lead singer Adam Levine is acting now, we’re hoping he gets in on the fun a little bit too.
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