Get Ready: 'SNL' Is Making Its New Year Return


| LAST UPDATE 01/10/2022

By Molly Houghton
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It's been more than a week since we welcomed in 2022. But the truth is that the new year's not complete until Saturday Night Live makes its debut. Lucky for us, we won't have to wait much longer for that. From premiere date to who's hosting, here's everything to know about SNL's return to our small screens.

We ended 2021 with an unexpected twist in Studio 8H. First off, planned musical guest Charli XCX had to pull out due to the rise in COVID cases. And then host Paul Rudd was joined by an unlikely crew: rather than the usual SNL cast, the actor was amongst two other five-timers club members, Tom Hanks and Tina Fey. The last episode of the year featured new sketches they taped and a highlight of old favorites. And while it certainly provided some laughs, it wasn't the last hurrah we were expecting from 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

SNL Host Ariana DeBose
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And that's why we're extra excited for their new year's return. Saturday Night Live will be back on our screens with new sketches come January 15. And they've got a pair of first-timers ringing in the new year at Studio 8H. West Side Story star Ariana DeBose is set to host, and Die Young artist Roddy Ricch will be the musical guest. It might be Ariana's first time leading the sketch comedy show, but she's no stranger to some of the iconic faces on the set. The actress plays Emma in Apple TV's Schmigadoon!, which is executive produced by none other than SNL creator Lorne Michaels. As for what to expect from the beloved show's return?

According to Deadline, Saturday Night Live plans on returning in their usual format - as of now. The NBC series announced the first episode of 2022 would feature a full cast, crew, and studio audience. Of course, all of that is subject to change in this day and age. But we've got our fingers crossed! Although we can't help but wonder what special guest stars SNL would bring on this time around if the usual cast couldn't make it...Tina and Tom sure set the standard high.

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