‘Saturday Night Live’ sets Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt as upcoming hosts

SNL -With the premiere of “Saturday Night Live” coming to NBC this weekend, the network is going ahead and setting up the roster for the remainder of the season — and it looks to be one full of first-time hosting talent.

First, we’ve got “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda hosting the show for the first time on the October 8 show, where he will be joined by none other than Twenty One Pilots. This show be a fun show since we’re sure “SNL” wanted to get Miranda on board when he was the star of the Broadway musical, but was unable to for obvious reasons. Now that his schedule is a little clearer, they can work with him further. Overall, we presume that this is going to be a really fun show, given that Miranda should be game for almost anything and also is used to performing in front of live audiences on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, TVLine claims that Emily Blunt, star of the upcoming “The Girl on the Train,” will be hosting the October 15 show, though there is no musical guest confirmed there just yet. We’re a little more ambiguous on how that show will do, given that Blunt, while funny, has never hosted the show before and doesn’t have as much stage experience as Miranda.

Probably the biggest surprise of all is that the series is not trotting out either a former cast member of a familiar host like an Alec Baldwin, a Louis CK, or a Melissa McCarthy for the first three episodes. That’s a big risk given that you’ve lost both Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, who were major parts of the show. (As you likely heard, Margot Robbie is hosting the premiere, with The Weeknd serving as musical guest.)

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