Saturday Night Live season 47 has been off to a slow start in the ratings department. But that could change with tonight’s brand new episode.
The season premiere hosted by Owen Wilson underperformed compared to recent SNL history. The show received a slight bump when Kim Kardashian West hosted the season’s second episode. However, things dipped to record-setting lows last week when Rami Malek made his SNL debut.
All signs point to things getting back on track tonight. The reason?
Fan-favorite alum and Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis returns to Studio 8H to host for the first time. He’ll be backed up by first-time musical guest Brandi Carlile.
Sudeikis’ popularity as a cast member combined with the lasting buzz around Ted Lasso could be just what SNL needs. Longtime viewers will be excited to see Sudeikis in the spotlight, while newer fans are eager to see the Emmy winner in his element.
The show may also decide to pull a few surprises to celebrate Sudeikis’ return and give SNL a boost. Former cast members as host always presents the chance for other SNL stars to pop in for a sketch.
When was Jason Sudeikis last on Saturday Night Live?
Jason Sudeikis joined Saturday Night Live as a writer in 2003. He joined the cast as a featured player in 2005, graduating to repertory player in 2006. His final year was season 38, departing at the same time as Fred Armisen and Bill Hader.
Since then, Sudeikis has made a handful of cameos and surprise appearances. The last time SNL fans saw him on stage was season 45. Sudeikis reprised his role as Joe Biden during debate sketches. Then, during the Saturday Night Live at Home stretch, he brought back his iconic “What Up with That” character Vance.
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