SNL’ expectedly took a break for Thanksgiving this past weekend, but will kick off the final 3 episodes of 2014 with ‘The Interview’’s James Franco and musical guest Nicki Minaj. See how the three-time ‘SNL’ host previews Saturday’s newest installment with Christmas miracles, ‘30 Rock’ returns, and 3D effects in new promos!

Sporting a shorn head, and having thankfully ditched its accompanying mustache, James Franco partners with Cecily Strong to deliver the first round of ‘SNL’ promos for the December 6 installment, which also returns Nicki Minaj to Studio 8H. However brief, the spot works in a surprising ‘30 Rock’ star cameo, and makes delicious use of James Franco’s biggest Christmas wish. Teasing a gimmicky 3D episode on the other hand, likely proves more true-to-life than we’re ready to admit.

Following Franco’s turn this Saturday, the next week will see ‘Sherlock’ and ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ star Martin Freeman hosting with ‘SNL’ newcomers Charli XCX. ‘Batman vs. Superman’ and ‘Big Eyes’ star Amy Adams will close out the first half of ‘SNL’'s 40th anniversary year on December 20, joined by One Direction as musical guest.

Preview James Franco’s ‘SNL’ return in the promos above, and tell us in the comments if you’ll tune in this Saturday for the ‘Interview’ star’s third hosting gig!