Fall is in the air and with it must come a new season of Saturday Night Live. There’s a lot we don’t know about the upcoming 45th season. Who’s leaving? Who’s staying? Is anyone new gonna be around? Rumors have swirled around some high profile exits but, so far, it’s just not clear. But we do know which hosts and musical guests will be welcoming us back.
Owen Wilson will kick things off on October 2 as part of his press tour for Disney+’s Loki and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, with Kasey Musgraves as the musical guest. Kim Kardashian West is next, with musical guest Halsey. Then comes Rami Malek as part of the No Time to Die press tour (remember when Daniel Craig was on to promote No Time to Die last year?) with musical guest Young Thug. And finally, inevitably, Jason Sudeikis will come home, coasting on Ted Lasso vibes, with Brandi Carlile in tow.
This will be each of these people’s first time as host — surprising enough, given Wilson’s long career and Sudeikis’ connection and Kim’s star wattage. Wilson and Sudeikis feel like naturals for the environment, and while everyone’s mileage on Kardashian West varies a little, no one can argue she isn’t comfortable in front of a camera. Malek is the real wild card here — a gifted actor not generally known for comedy but, hey, he wouldn’t be the first dramatic actor to prove his comedic chops on this stage.
SNL is also coming off the tragic passing of Norm MacDonald, one of its most treasured alumni who shaped the show in ways that reverberate today. The show unceremoniously fired MacDonald in 1998 (allegedly because MacDonald refused to stop making jokes about how O.J. Simpson is guilty), and lived long enough to regret it. Hopefully the show will find it in them to give MacDonald the tribute his legacy warrants.