New year, new administration, new lineup. Saturday Night Live will return to TV with a brand new lineup. The best news is that our long national nightmare is over and Alec Baldwin will no longer be part of your Saturday night programming experience. The better news is that the year is kicking off with a great lineup.
First up, is next week (Jan 30) with John Krasinski and Machine Gun Kelly. He’d been the planned host last March, though those plans fell through as the show shut down for the pandemic. But now he’s back to promote …well, it’s not clear what he’s promoting since A Quiet Place: Part 2 remains in flux, but it’ll be Krasinski’s debut SNL hosting gig and it’s hard to imagine it not having at least a few laughs. Get ready for an inevitable Office parody, which will, if nothing else, give Krasinski another chance to exercise his legendary gift for mugging the camera.
Next up on February 6, Dan Levy will host with musical guests Phoebe Bridgers, making this the millennial event of the century. Levy is still riding high from the Schitt’s Creek love and Bridgers’ released one of 2020’s best albums with Punisher, so there will be plenty to look forward to here. The following week, newly minted filmmaker (and likely Oscar contender) Regina King will host with Nathaniel Rateliff as the musical guest.
Jim Carrey has abandoned his underwhelming Joe Biden stint and Alex Moffatt stepped into the role at the tail end of last year. Whether or not that was a temporary hold while SNL scrambles for another high profile comedy actor to take on the role remains to be seen but, again, no Baldwin. Let’s take the wins we can get.
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