Thanks to SNL host Brendan Gleeson & musical guest Willow (read our thoughts on it here), the 48th season of Lorne Michaels & NBC's Saturday Night Live got itself back on track after a painfully lackluster season opener. But now, we're starting the press cycle for the episode that, out of the initial three that were first announced, we've been looking forward to the most. That's right, Megan Thee Stallion, fresh off of Disney+'s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and following up on her 2020 SNL appearance, is set to pull double duty, hosting and performing.
So now the big questions. Will we get two more live shows (October 22nd & 29th) before a break, and when will they drop the hosts' & musical guests' intel? For now, here's a look at Megan Thee Stallion's SNL welcome video:
Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live Season 48, SNL's Future & More
Speaking with The New York Times, Michaels addressed the casting changes, labeling the upcoming season as "a year of reinvention" that could lead to some "exhilarating" change. He also had some reassuring words for "Weekend Update" fans and teased what's in store for SNL's big 50th-anniversary celebration. Here are some of the highlights:
COVID-19 Fallout Resulted in Much Larger SNL Cast Than Usual: "The pandemic had put us in this position where no one could really leave because there were no jobs. And at the same time, if I don't add new people every year, then the show isn't the show. There have to be new people, for both our sake and also for the audience."
Michaels Believes Cast Departures are Good Things for SNL: "We got to a point where we had a lot of people, and people weren't getting enough playing time. The way the series has survived is by that level of renewal. The price of success is that people go off and do other things; their primary obligation is to their talent and to keep pushing that. And there's something so much better about the show when all that matters is the show. There's a time to say goodbye, and there's a natural time for it, but the natural time just got interfered with by the pandemic."
… Except with Colin Jost, Michael Che & "Weekend Update": "Particularly, coming into a midterm election, I just need that part ['Weekend Update' with Che & Jost] to be as solid as it is."
SNL's 50th Anniversary/Season? Think Big: "The 50th will be a big event. We'll bring everyone back from all 50 years and hosts and all of that. It will be a very emotional and very strong thing. There won't be as many plus-ones, I can tell you that much."