This weekend, Saturday Night Live returns with the first all-new episode of 2022!
Previously, On Saturday Night Live…
The last live episode of SNL aired mid-December, when the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was just getting its legs. And because of that, the Paul Rudd-hosted episode was minus a studio audience and a cast. It turned into a mix between a clip show, pre-recorded content fiesta and cameo parade, as only cast regulars Keenan Thompson and Michael Che were on set, while Tina Fey and Tom Hanks popped in to congratulate Rudd on his fifth time hosting.
Now that we’re deep into the Omicron infection, there is no indication that Saturday Night Live won’t be returning to a live audience and full cast – although the musical guest had to be swapped, as Roddy Rich won’t be appearing due to a COVID exposure. He will be replaced by Bleachers.
This Week, On Saturday Night Live…
This week’s host is star of stage and screen Ariana DeBose! She’s best recognized from the upcoming Spielberg adaptation of West Side Story. She’s tremendously cast in the role of Anita, as DeBose has most of her experience on stage, in musicals! So don’t fret that her film and television resume may be sparse. She has lots of live stage experience – which is perfect for SNL. If you were one of the lucky “few” to have gotten to see Hamilton on stage in its early days, you may recognize her from the chorus (or, alternatively, you may recognize her from the film version of Hamilton).
Ariana DeBose will be in her natural element on Saturday, doing live theatre (because let’s be honest, SNL has always been a live show that just happens to be televised). So get stoked and tune in to the first Saturday Night Live episode of 2022, it’s sure to be a hit!
Saturday Night Live can be streamed live and On Demand on the new Global TV App and on STACKTV. Global is also available through all major TV service providers.