Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane has been tapped to host the upcoming season premiere of Saturday Night Live, according to TV Guide. The first episode of the sketch comedy show’s 38th season, which is currently scheduled to air on September 15, will feature Frank Ocean as the musical guest. The premiere should definitely be interesting, if nothing else.
In addition to MacFarlane, SNL producers have lined up an impressive collection of celebrities to host the show this season. The Dark Knight Rises and Premium Rush star Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make his second appearance on the television program on September 22. Joining him as the musical guest is popular rock outfit Mumford & Sons, which will mark the band’s first appearance on the show.
Also returning for his second appearance on Saturday Night Live is James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. The actor, who will no doubt be there to promote the release of Skyfall on November 9, will lend his comedic talents to the show on October 6. Unless something goes wrong between now and then, Muse will join the actor as the musical guest.
Although guest stars have been lined up for the new season, it’s still unclear who will the vacancies left by some recent high-profile departures. According to the New York Times, SNL staples Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg have already bid farewell to the long-running sketch comedy program. Also saying goodbye to the show is Abby Elliott, daughter of former cast member Chris Elliot. The announcement of her departure came earlier this month. The fate of Jason Sudeikis, meanwhile, remains to be seen.
Created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol, Saturday Night Live first hit the airwaves on October 11, 1975. The show has helped launch the careers of several successful comedians over the years, including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, and Mike Myers, among many others.
Are you excited about Seth MacFarlane’s appearance on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live?