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Saturday Night Live Posts Season 49 Cast Image, Photo Shoot BTS Look

NBC's Saturday Night Live released the official Season 49 cast photo as well as a look behind the scenes at how it all came together.

Well, this was an unexpected surprise. After NBC's Saturday Night Live rolled out the video red carpet for host Emma Stone (Showtime's The Curse) and musical guest Noah Kahan ahead of their show this weekend, we thought that things would be on the quiet side until Wednesday afternoon. But there was one very important formality that needed to be addressed – the official Season 49 cast image taken by Photographer Mary Ellen Matthews. Here's a look at how it turned out:

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — Season 49 Cast Shot — Pictured: (top row l-r) Andrew Dismukes, Punkie Johnson, James Austin Johnson, Marcello Hernandez, Ego Nwodim, Michael Che, Colin Jost, Mikey Day, Molly Kearney, Chloe Troast, Devon Walker; (bottom row l-r) Heidi Gardner, Bowen Yang, Chloe Fineman, Sarah Sherman, Michael Longfellow, Kenan Thompson — (Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC)

And here's a look at how the cast photo came together – followed by a look back at the teaser for this weekend's SNL that was released earlier today and more:

Here's a look at SNL's welcome video for Stone & Kahan, formally introducing this week's host & musical guest to the world – meaning we've got a midweek sketch and read-thru coming our way for Wednesday:

NBC's Saturday Night Live Season 49 company includes Michael Che, Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Marcello Hernandez, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson, Colin Jost, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, Ego Nwodim, Sarah Sherman, Kenan Thompson, Chloe Troast, Devon Walker, and Bowen Yang. SNL is executive-produced by Lorne Michaels, with Liz Patrick directing and SNL alum Darrell Hammond announcing. Broadcasting from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, the long-running late-night sketch comedy/music series is produced by SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video.

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — Pictured: "Saturday Night Live" Key Art — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

NBC's Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase "Saturday Night Live" returns for its 49th season of laughs, surprises and standout performances.

"SNL" is the most Emmy-nominated show in history and holds 93 Emmy wins (including awards for its specials and short-form series). "SNL" has been honored twice (1990 and 2009) with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The show continues to garner the highest ratings and largest audience of any late-night television program, entertaining millions each week on linear and digital platforms.

Since its inception in 1975, "SNL" has launched the careers of many of the brightest comedy performers of their generation. "SNL" makes headlines with topical humor reflecting politics and current events, features an array of characters with a perspective on pop culture that remains unparalleled, and offers sharp political commentary through its signature "Weekend Update" segment. A variety show that is truly one of a kind, "SNL" also attracts the biggest stars of music to its stage for innovative viral performances.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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