With regrets for being the bearer of bad news, no new episode of Saturday Night Live is scheduled to air this week. Instead, viewers looking to laugh their socks off can expect a previously aired episode scheduled to air on Saturday.
The SNL cast has had the week off following Kristen Stewart’s appearance as the sketch comedy show’s host on November 2. Coldplay also appeared in the episode, serving as the night’s musical guests.
While the SNL team has taken a break to regroup and prepare for the upcoming holiday special and final episodes of the first half of Season 45, NBC has planned to simply broadcast a rerun of the show featuring former cast member Kristen Wiig.
The network has given fans the chance to catch Wiig’s last appearance on SNL in an episode she hosted live on November 19, 2019. The xx performed as the musical guest that night. The rerun is slated to air on NBC on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.
The episode marked Wiig’s second time hosting SNL—she first took the reins in May 2013—since departing from the cast. A former student at The Groundlings Theater, from which many of SNL’s elite comedians hail, Wiig first arrived on SNL during its 31st season in 2005 as a featured player. Her first sketch on the show was alongside Jason Sudeikis. The pair portrayed a good-natured couple whose blind kindness led them to pick up a hitchhiker who was actually a murderer on the run, played by Jason Lee.
Wiig was promoted to regular player status in 2006 and remained as a main cast member SNL until 2012.
While fans loved Wiig’s Kathy Lee Gifford impersonations, the hilarious characters she created made her one of SNL’s most celebrated comics during her tenure on the show. She was the mastermind of plenty of SNL’s most beloved characters like Target Lady, the red-vest-wearing employee who is overly excited to work at the mass retailer; the “sexy new girl” at the office, Shana; and Mindy Grayson, a frequent visitor on the game show sketch “Secret Word.” Wiig’s most beloved character may have been Penelope, the unfiltered over-exaggerator whose best quality was one-upping everyone she encountered.
NBC has announced that SNL will return with a brand new episode on November 16, with Harry Styles booked to pull double duty, filling both host and musical guest roles. Styles is expected to perform tracks from his forthcoming album, Fine Line, which is set for a December release. Styles dropped the first single off the album, “Lights Up,” in October.
Although it will mark Styles’ first time as SNL host, the musician has certainly appeared on the show before. He previously performed as the musical guest in 2017 during an episode hosted by Jimmy Fallon. Before that, Styles performed on SNL alongside his former One Direction bandmates.
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