Is Saturday Night Live new tonight, December 5?

Lorne Michaels and cast and crew of 'Saturday Night Live' (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Lorne Michaels and cast and crew of 'Saturday Night Live' (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /

What should Saturday Night Live fans expect to see tonight on NBC?

After an unheard of six-episode run to start season 46, Saturday Night Live has been on hiatus for nearly a month. What should fans expect to see tonight on NBC?

The run-up to the presidential election and the week following made it impossible for Saturday Night Live to take any time off between the season premiere on Oct. 3 and its most recent new episode on Nov. 7.

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over and the calendar has flipped to December, is SNL ready to return? Or is a little more time off scheduled?

It’s back to Studio 8H tonight. There will be a brand new episode of Saturday Night Live. Your host will be Jason Bateman and the musical guest will be Morgan Wallen.

For Bateman, it is his second time as host and it comes 15 years after his SNL debut. Fans may recall that Wallen was originally scheduled to be the musical guest on Oct. 10. He was replaced with Jack White after videos showed Wallen violating SNL’s COVID-19 protocols.

What to watch for on tonight’s Saturday Night Live

As usual, we can expect tonight’s cold open to focus on the political circus ongoing since the election. But with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris having an uneventful month in terms of providing SNL with material, will Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph have a role on tonight’s show?

It’s likely that the attention will remain on President Donald Trump which means Alec Baldwin isn’t done with the role yet. President Trump’s speech posted on Facebook is certainly something that SNL writers may want to parody.

The safest bet may be an appearance by Kate McKinnon’s Rudy Giuliani. The president’s personal attorney had the infamous hair dye incident that feels perfect for an SNL gag. And his hearings across the U.S. claiming voter fraud have introduced some real-life characters that would be perfect for Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, or Cecily Strong (if she’s back this week) to portray.

For Jason Bateman, don’t expect any rust after 15 years away from SNL. His comedic acting talents have only improved and he’s been in the entertainment industry long enough to know how to pick the right jobs.

Is an Ozark parody a possibility tonight? Bateman’s Netflix show is preparing for its final season and it has been a massive success among fans and critics. It’s hard to think of how exactly a show that tense and serious could be lampooned on SNL. Maybe Fineman trying her hand as Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) during the monologue is the closest we’ll get.

How to watch Saturday Night Live

Any time Saturday Night Live returns after an extended break, it’s a strong episode. Tonight kicks off a run of three straight episodes before the Christmas break so expect the cast and writers to do their best to build momentum for this next stretch of the season. Here are the details on how to watch:

Date: Saturday, Dec. 5
Start Time: 11:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. You can also watch on Hulu and the NBC website.

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