SNL: "New Bowen Yang" Only Goes So Far; Bleachers Needs A New Name

After a COVID-19 exposure forced rapper Roddy Ricch to back out and pop band Bleachers to take his place, things seem to be back to running "normal-ish" for host Ariana DeBose (West Side Story, Schmigadoon!) and NBC's Saturday Night Live heading into this weekend's return episode. After yesterday's check-in with the read-thru, we've got DeBose, Bleachers' Jack Antonoff, and SNL cast member Bowen Yang on hand for the on-stage promo:

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In the first promo, DeBose and Antonoff compliment Yangs on his new hair and his "new you"- until they learn that the "new" only goes so far. While in the second promo, DeBose and Yang break an unexpected truth to Antonoff about his band's name:

During a tour behind-the-scenes of SNL's show night with CBS Mornings host Gayle King for his Kennedy Center honor before the end of the year, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels revealed that he had been thinking of retiring and thought it was a "really good time to leave." But first and foremost, his commitment is to see the show make it to that milestone. "I think I'm committed to doing this show until its 50th anniversary, which is in three years. I'd like to see that through, and I have a feeling that'd be a really good time to leave," Michaels explained. "I won't want the show ever to be bad. I care too deeply about it. It's been my life's work. So I'm going to do everything I can to see it carry on and carry on well," he continued. And while Michaels was loathed to discuss details on something that wouldn't happen for three more years, he did admit when it comes to who would take on the role next that they had "a sense of where we're headed with that."

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NBC's Saturday Night Live Season 47 cast includes Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, and Bowen Yang; feature players include the returning Andrew Dismukes and Punkie Johnson, as well as new players Aristotle Athari (Future Man, All Rise), James Austin Johnson (Silicon Valley), and Sarah Sherman (The Eric Andre Show).

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About 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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