SNL will pick up with its 42nd season tomorrow night, albeit without recent mainstays Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, who were unexpectedly dismissed from the cast over the summer. Now, SNL boss Lorne Michaels explains the decision, noting “They served the show well.”
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Boy, that SNL train keeps right on chugging today. Following word that Lin-Manuel Miranda (and maybe Emily Blunt) would follow Margot Robbie as this weekend’s Season 42 premiere host, there’s even more breaking news. Jack Donaghy himself, Alec Baldwin will take over the role of Donald Trump, with the first debate promo already online.
If ever we thought SNL was keeping unusually coy with Season 42, the floodgates are open now. After this morning’s news of Lin-Manuel Miranda hosting next week, our first premiere promos with Margot Robbie have arrived, along with reports of a third host for October.
It took strangely long for SNL to cough up its first Season 42 hosts (the premiere is already this weekend), and even then, the long-running sketch comedy only confirmed Margot Robbie. Now, our second host of the new season is none other than the ten-dollar founding father, as Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his hosting debut.
SNL came in pretty close to the wire for Season 42, and just over a week from the fall 2016 premiere, our first host and musical guests have arrived. Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie will lead the October 1 premiere with musical accompaniment by The Weeknd.
It doesn’t appear as if Constantine will be returning to The CW just yet (though Matt Ryan has his own Justice League to attend to), so where best to get your fix of the chain-smoking demon-detective? NBC’s Constantine will officially hit Blu-ray in October, after time spent on CW Seed.
We still don’t have a host or musical guest for the rapidly-approaching SNL premiere, but the turnover of Season 42 continues. Following the addition of three new cast members, SNL has hired a grand total of seven new writers, including viral comedy duo BriTANicK, Jimmy Kimmel Live! alum, UCB vets and more.
It’s three out, and three in for SNL Season 42, at least so far. Where previously writer Mikey Day was eyed to join the cast in the wake of Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Jon Rudnitsky’s departure, NBC has done two better. Day will indeed join the cast, alongside fellow new additions Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor.
It might surprise you to learn that Amy Poehler had never won an Emmy before last night, but less so that she’d make history doing it. Ahead of the full ceremony next Sunday, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey both took home Emmy awards for their SNL hosting, and made history in the process.
It’s been curiously quiet on the front of SNL Season 42, particularly with an October 1 premiere looming overhead, and several significant departures. Now, a new Day may be on the horizon, as Season 42 sets its first major addition in writer Mikey Day.