This morning, Saturday Night Live revealed some news that we absolutely find surprising — a whole flurry of hosting announcements! It’s commonplace for us to get a few hosts announced at once, but five? That’s a little something different.
For the sake of this article, we want to go through some of these choices and whether or not they’re perfect for the NBC sketch show. You can also watch the video below for some further SNL coverage; once you do that, subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube and check out our official playlist.
Woody Harrelson (September 28) – We know that the former True Detective actor has some history hosting on this show, but it’s a little bit of a surprising choice for the premiere given we wouldn’t consider him to be either A-list or popular with younger viewers. The show may be trying to balance that out with Eilish as the musical guest — she’s one of the most popular artists on the charts right now.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (October 5) – On the heels of Fleabag’s critically-beloved second season, the actress/writer’s appearance on this show felt like somewhat of a given. She’s also probably going to be someone we hear a lot more about over the next few years. It’s interesting that Taylor Swift performing isn’t the headline here, but she has appeared a number of times and we know more of what we’re getting from her on the series.
David Harbour (October 12) – He’s got that Stranger Things popularity behind him and he’s someone who we think will be really game to come out and deliver. Camila Cabello will likely perform some different music on the show from what we’ve heard from her before.
Kristen Stewart (November 2) – This is where the musical bookings end. There could be a show between October 12 and November 2, but SNL went ahead and booked Kristen in advance and for good reason — her first appearance turned out to be rather fantastic. (Fun fact: It was Stewart’s episode where Melissa McCarthy debuted her Sean Spicer impression.)
Eddie Murphy (December 21) – This is the news that is breaking the internet this morning. Murphy is back on the show that helped turn him into a global superstar, hosting for the first time in more than 30 years. He appeared on the show during the 40th anniversary special, but did not participate in any sketches.
What do you think about Eddie Murphy hosting SNL?
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