It’s almost here! After months of waiting–briefly remedied by a three-week primetime special— Season 43 of Saturday Night Live premieres this weekend with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z.
Thanks to a dynamite cast and team of writers, as well as inspired guest performances by Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy, last year’s Season 42 was a whopper, garnering SNL its highest ratings in over two decades. To cap it all off, SNL just cleaned house at the Primetime Emmys last week, winning nine awards including trophies for Baldwin, McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, host Dave Chappelle for his unforgettable turn during 2016’s election week, and a much-deserved Emmy for Best Variety Sketch Series. This was the first time SNL had won in this category since 1993, despite being nominated every year since 2008.
“I remember the first time we won this award,” said SNL creator Lorne Michaels when accepting the statue on the Emmys stage. “It was after our first season in 1976, and I remember thinking as I was standing there alone that this was it, this was the high point. There would never be another season as crazy, as unpredictable, as frightening, or exhilarating. I was wrong.”
This is Gosling’s second time hosting. He famously broke out into uncontrollable giggles thanks to McKinnon last time he was on the show.
Yesterday, SNL announced three new cast members: Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd. Baldwin has confirmed he will return as Trump indefinitely, and we’re sure we’re in for many surprises as well. Stay tuned to Parade.com for coverage throughout Season 43.
SNL premieres this Saturday Sept. 30 live across all time zones, 11:30 ET, 8:30 PT. Watch Ryan Gosling give 30 Rock security the runaround in the teaser below.
Will you tune in to SNL this weekend? Can Season 43 can live up to Season 42? Do you think Gosling will break out into giggles again? Sound off and let us know in the comments!
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