Is Saturday Night Live new tonight, April 17?

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) /

Saturday Night Live is coming off three consecutive brand new episodes. So what should SNL fans expect to see tonight on SNL?

By now, we know that SNL wants to group episodes together during season 46 to help maintain COVID-19 pandemic health and safety protocols. It’s why the show has pulled off streaks of six and five new episodes in a row already this season.

Unfortunately, those numbers won’t be matched this month. There will not be a new episode of Saturday Night Live tonight.

Instead, NBC will reair the April 4, 1998 episode at 10:00 p.m. ET. It features Steve Buscemi as host and Third Eye Blind as the musical guest. Then at 11:30, it will be a rerun of this season’s episode with host Regina King and musical guest Nathaniel Rateliff.

What to watch instead of Saturday Night Live

The weekend just won’t be the same without a brand new episode of Saturday Night Live. We are nearing the end of season 46 so fans know their time with the show is limited.

Until it returns, SNL fans will have to rely on vintage clips and reruns to get their fill of the show. You can check out the show’s official YouTube channel and if you have Peacock, you have access to seasons 1-45.

Last Night On has you covered if you’re looking for something a little more recent. Check out this article highlighting the most underrated sketches from this season.

We also have episode recaps for season 46, including a look back at the best work from hosts like Bill Burr, Dan Levy, and Kristen Wiig.

According to reports, SNL is planning a May 8 return. With only four episodes left to complete a typical 21-episode season, the show could be gearing up for a busy May.

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