Although most TV series slide into reruns this time of year, Saturday Night Live has three new episodes headed our way in the month of December. Season 43 of the comedy variety TV show, which is experiencing something of a creative renaissance, premiered on September 30, 2017, featuring host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z. This year, the cast includes Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Cecily Strong, and Kenan Thompson.
In a press release, NBC has announced the hosts and musical acts coming ahead of the Saturday Night Live winter hiatus. Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan will host on December 2nd, with musical guest U2. On December 9th, Freaks and Geeks vet James Franco will host for his fourth time (meaning the coveted jacket is just one episode away), with musical guest SZA. Finally, Kevin Hart will host for the third time on December 16th, when the Foo Fighters return for their seventh appearance. Learn more from this NBC press release.
‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ ROLLS OUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THREE BACK-TO-BACK SHOWS
Dec. 2 – Saoirse Ronan/U2
Dec. 9 – James Franco/SZA
Dec. 16 – Kevin Hart/Foo Fighters
NEW YORK — Nov. 27, 2017 — Saoirse Ronan will make her hosting debut when “Saturday Night Live” returns on Dec. 2. Ronan can be seen in Greta Gerwig’s film “Lady Bird,” which is currently in theatres nationwide.
Twenty two-time Grammy Award winners U2 will join Ronan as musical guest, marking the band’s fourth SNL performance and first network TV appearance in support of the legendary band’s 14th album, “Songs of Experience,” out Dec. 1. U2’s North American tour, “eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE” kicks off in May.
James Franco will return for a fourth time as host on Dec. 9. Franco, who currently appears in the HBO drama “The Deuce,” produced, directed and stars in the upcoming film “The Disaster Artist,” which opens Dec. 1 in limited release and Dec. 8 nationwide.
Accompanying Franco as musical guest will be SZA. Her critically acclaimed album, “Ctrl,” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold by the RIAA.
Comedian Kevin Hart returns to host his third “SNL” episode on Dec. 16. His upcoming film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” will open Dec. 20 and also stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas. Hart is also currently headlining his comedy tour, “The Irresponsible Tour.”
Foo Fighters will return for a seventh time as musical guest. Debuting at #1 in the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries, the band’s latest album, “Concrete and Gold,” was released Sept. 15. The Foo’s current world tour continues to sell out stadiums and arenas through 2018.
“Saturday Night Live” is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.
What do you think? Are you still watching SNL? Which episodes are you looking forward to?