Bolstered by popular impersonations of President Donald Trump and his various cabinet members, NBC sketch comedy institution Saturday Night Live is currently enjoying one of its highest-rated seasons in many years. Of course, SNL is no stranger to the boom and bust cycle of long-term ratings, having been broadcasting consistently for over 40 years now. SNL has pretty much seen it all when it comes to the TV business at this point, and has proven capable of weathering many a storm.
As per usual for SNL, the currently airing season 42 has seen a colorful cavalcade of stars pop in to host the weekly festivities, with perhaps the most notable so far being Dave Chappelle. The former Chappelle’s Show star had largely been absent from TV since that series came to an end, and it proved to be a real treat for fans to see the comedian back in his element. Some other big name hosts have included popular WWE wrestler and actor John Cena, MCU mainstay Scarlett Johansson, resident Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin, and on April 8, sharp-tongued comedian Louis C.K.
According to TV Line, SNL is preparing to send season 42 out in style, announcing that for the first time ever, the season’s final four episodes will be broadcast live across all U.S. time zones. For those unable to catch the initial airing in either the Mountain or Pacific time zones — at 9:30pm and 8:30pm, respectively — the episodes will be re-broadcast locally at 11:30pm.
Additionally, NBC has announced the hosts for the season 42 episodes in question. The first live in all time zones episodes airs on April 15, and will be hosted by Tonight Show host — and former long-time SNL cast member — Jimmy Fallon. The May 6 episode will be hosted by Star Trek’s modern day Captain Kirk, Chris Pine. The May 13 episode will be hosted by SNL favorite Melissa McCarthy, who’s recently earned acclaim for her send-up of White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Last, but far from least, the May 20 season finale will be hosted by A-list megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, promoting season 3 of his HBO comedy Ballers.
All in all, that’s quite the line-up to finish out SNL season 42, and it’s hard to imagine a better choice to cap things off than The Rock. Musical guests for the final four episodes have yet to be announced. Those itching for their SNL fix this summer will be able to make due with NBC’s upcoming Weekend Update spinoff series, which premieres Thursday, August 10.
SNL returns to finish out season 42 on April 8, with host Louis C.K.
Source: TV Line