Saturday Night Live announces return date for season 46

Cecily Strong, Chris Redd and Melissa Villasenor of Saturday Night Live (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Cecily Strong, Chris Redd and Melissa Villasenor of Saturday Night Live (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) /

We now know when Saturday Night Live will return for season 46

Season 45 of Saturday Night Live was one for the history books. Season 46 will look to pick up right where that memorable season left off and now we know when.

The show announced that it will return on Saturday, Oct. 3. The date shouldn’t surprise SNL fans as the show typically returns at the end of Sept. or at the start of Oct. The last time SNL had its season premiere in Oct. was season 42’s opener hosted by Margot Robbie.

Exactly what the show will look like had been uncertain prior to today’s announcements. Reporters from the summer indicated that SNL was considering all possible options on how to produce a live sketch show during the pandemic, including a mix of of at-home and in-studio sketches.

Today, NBC announced that season 46 of Saturday Night Live will “originate from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center.” That certainly makes it sound like we’ll be getting a mix of content from New York and from remote locations.

Who will host the season 46 premiere of Saturday Night Live?

No mention was made of who will be hosting Saturday Night Live when it kicks off season 46 next month. Fans can expect that announcement to come closer to Oct. 3.

It would only be fair to give the gig to John Krasinski. The actor/director was set to host for the first time to coincide with the release of his movie A Quiet Place Part II. That was put on hold due to the pandemic and the show went without an official hosts for the final three remote episodes.

The show may want to turn to some one local to New York City if the goal is to have the host in Studio 8H for as many sketches as possible. That narrows things down but by no means makes finding a host impossible.

SNL also may want to go the inspirational route like it did for the first Saturday Night Live at Home show. Tom Hanks, one of the first prominent figures to be diagnosed with COVID-19, opened up the show and delivered the monologue that audiences needed to hear.

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Who do you think should host the first episode of season 46? Share your predictions in the comment section. Keep checking Last Night On for more news and updates from Saturday Night Live.