Saturday Night Live will air its Season 45 finale on Saturday, May 9, the show confirmed on its official social media pages. It will mark the third digitally produced SNL at Home episode to air since the coronavirus pandemic led to the series shutting down in-studio production. Saturday Night Live will also offer a Mother’s Day special featuring compilations of sketches from the past on Sunday, May 10.
COVID-19 concerns resulted in production shutdowns for Saturday Night Live in March, but the series returned for its first social distancing episode on April 11 and aired another remote episode on Saturday, April 25. Saturday Night Live took a page from the playbook of other late-night TV shows and improvised with its SNL at Home format, which featured remotely produced sketches while the cast and crew practiced social distancing.
The last episode that aired was hosted by Brad Pitt, with Miley Cyrus serving as musical guest, and featured a number of new skits, including “Weekend Update,” and a few other celebrity guests. Read more about the episode here. SNL did not debut a remote episode on Saturday, May 2. Instead, NBC aired an encore of Daniel Craig‘s episode, which originally aired on March 7, with The Weeknd as musical guest.
Is Saturday Night Live airing a new episode this week?
Yes. NBC will air the Saturday Night Live Season 45 finale on Saturday, May 9. It will be the third new SNL at Home episode to air following the coronavirus pandemic shutdown of Studio 8H. The network will also air a Saturday Night Live Mother’s Day special on Sunday, May 10 at 9/8c.
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Saturday Night Live previously returned with a second remotely produced live episode on Saturday, April 25. The episode came two weeks after the first SNL at Home, which aired on April 11, after the show returned from the temporary hiatus which resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. The April 25 episode, just like the April 11 episode, featured at-home segments with the cast, along with a celebrity host and a musical guest offering remote contributions.
The show had originally been expected to air a new in-studio episode on Saturday, March 28, with A Quiet Place II director John Krasinski scheduled to host and Dua Lipa as the week’s musical guest. However, the sketch comedy series went on hiatus beginning March 16.
The most recent episode filmed at Studio 8H was the March 7 episode featuring Craig promoting the next James Bond film, No Time to Die, even though that movie was also delayed due to the coronavirus. Craig returned to Studio 8H for the first time in almost a decade to parody the Bond franchise and usher in a very special guest star: former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
When does SNL air?
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC. The episodes are subsequently available to stream on Hulu. NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock will also reportedly host all seasons of SNL when it launches in July 2020.
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Who is in the cast of Saturday Night Live Season 45?
Joining Saturday Night Live for Season 45 as featured players are Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang. Comedian Shane Gillis was also originally expected to join the cast, but he was fired from the show after his disturbing remarks about race surfaced ahead of the season’s premiere.
The two newcomers join the series’ repertory players Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, and Melissa Villaseñor. Michael Che and Colin Jost are also repertory players along with co-anchors of “Weekend Update.”
Lately, there have been some questions about whether each of these cast members will remain on the show, particularly Jost and Davidson. Both have signaled that they may be eyeing the exit sign right about now.
Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, and Jason Sudeikis, Saturday Night Live
Where can I find even more coverage of Saturday Night Live Season 45?
TV Guide has been keeping tabs on Saturday Night Live all season long! Check out coverage of every Season 45 episode so far below, starting with the most recent chapter.
Episode 17: Brad Pitt and Miley Cyrus
Saturday Night Live Recruits Brad Pitt for Dr. Fauci Cold Open
Episode 16: Tom Hanks and Chris Martin
Saturday Night Live Returns with Tom Hanks as Host for At-Home Episode
Episode 15: Daniel Craig and The Weeknd
Saturday Night Live‘s Cold Open Became the Elizabeth Warren Show
Daniel Craig Takes James Bond to the Casino on Saturday Night Live
Episode 14: John Mulaney and David Byrne
Saturday Night Live Cold Open Parodies Mike Pence’s Coronavirus Presser, Joe Biden’s Primary Victory
John Mulaney Brings Dad Jokes, Jake Gyllenhaal to Saturday Night Live‘s Leap Year Episode
SNL Infected Love Is Blind With a Coronavirus Twist in Cut-for-Time Sketch
Episode 13: RuPaul and Justin Bieber
Saturday Night Live Plays It Safe with Democratic Debate Cold Open
RuPaul’s Saturday Night Live Hosting Debut Was Definitely Not a Drag
Episode 12: J.J. Watt and Luke Combs
Saturday Night Live Cold Open Presents an Impeachment Trial with Actual Witnesses
JJ Watt Parodies Rudy on Saturday Night Live
Episode 10: Eddie Murphy and Lizzo
Eddie Murphy Gets a Hero’s Welcome Hosting Saturday Night Live
Episode 9: Scarlett Johansson and Niall Horan
Kate McKinnon Became Greta Thunberg for Saturday Night Live
Episode 8: Jennifer Lopez and DaBaby
Jennifer Lopez Rocks her Iconic Green Grammys Dress for Saturday Night Live
Episode 7: Will Ferrell and King Princess
Will Ferrell Becomes Gordon Sondland for Saturday Night Live
Episode 6: Harry Styles
SNL Turned the Impeachment Into a Soap Opera Starring Jon Hamm
Episode 5: Kristen Stewart and Coldplay
Saturday Night Live‘s Cold Open Puts Kate McKinnon’s Elizabeth Warren in the Spotlight
Episode 4: Chance the Rapper
Alec Baldwin Parodies Trump Rally on Saturday Night Live
Episode 3: David Harbour and Camila Cabello
Stranger Things Star David Harbour Brought the Upside Down to Saturday Night Live
Episode 2: Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Taylor Swift
Matthew Broderick Takes on Mike Pompeo in Saturday Night Live Impeachment Sketch
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Explains Hot Priest ‘Horn-Storm’ in SNL Monologue
Episode 1: Woody Harrelson and Billie Eilish
Saturday Night Live Kicked Off Season 45 with an Impeachment Party
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC.
Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live