Saturday Night Live is back for Season 48, but not all of the show’s beloved cast members will be there.
In the Season 47 finale, hosted by Natasha Lyonne, veteran stars Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, and Aidy Bryant bid farewell to the Emmy Award-winning comic series. Kyle Mooney is rumoured to have quit the sketch programme as well.
Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live, previously told The New York Times that Season 47 might be “a year of transformation.” While the show will continue, it appears that fans of the legendary entertainment programme, which first aired in 1975, should expect some changes, at least in the cast.
Who hosted season 47 of Saturday Night Live?
The Season 47 premiere, which was hosted by Owen Wilson, welcomed back several returning cast members, including Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, and Pete Davidson, as well as three new featured players: Sarah Sherman, James Austin Johnson, and Aristotle Athari.
Other cast changes include the promotion of Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang to the main cast, as well as the departure of long-serving cast member Beck Bennett and featured player Lauren Holt.
Wilson’s episode, which marked the actor’s first time hosting the long-running variety sketch show, featured a few standout skits, including an NSFW parody of Pixar’s animated Cars franchise, in which Wilson went into a recording booth to deliver some questionable lines for his character Lightning McQueen (who he actually voices).
Wilson bouncing off new cast member Johnson, who played NFL on Fox sports broadcasters Troy Aikman and Joe Buck, was another highlight.
What time does Saturday Night Live air?
On Saturday nights, SNL airs live at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT on NBC. SNL began broadcasting live from coast to coast a few years ago.
Who else isn’t coming back for Saturday Night Live Season 48?
In addition to Davidson, McKinnon left the show at the end of Season 47. In the episode’s cold open, in which she reprised her character Colleen Rafferty, the Emmy winner was filled with emotion.
“So, Earth, I adore you. “Thank you for allowing me to stay for a while,” McKinnon remarked before delivering Saturday Night Live’s famous phrase: “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”
Bryant took to Instagram two days after the show’s finale to post images and reminisce on her time on Saturday Night Live. “hello! I began working on SNL at the age of 25, having never been on camera, never produced, and with a lot to learn.
There have been so many people who have helped me in so many ways over the course of my ten years at the show “she wrote in the description of the photo. “Gena, Chris, Wally, Jodi, Tom, Eric, Dale, Audrey, Amanda, and the entire crew whose hard hours and laughter in practise meant so much to us.
Over the years, the performers and writers with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working have made me laugh harder than I ever imagined possible. I adore you and am grateful to you from the bottom of my heart.”
How can I watch Saturday Night Live Season 47?
On NBC, catch the Emmy Award-winning series. The remaining episodes of the season will be broadcast live on Peacock (11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT), which airs every season of Saturday Night Live.