If you are the kind of person who tends to schedule your weekends around new episodes of Saturday Night Live, you are not alone. For us, there's nothing quite like watching those SNL sketches unfolding live on Saturday nights to cap off each long — and lately chaotic — week of current events. Sure, DVR-ing those episodes works as well, but then you miss out on all the live-tweeting and GIFs, and that's not quite as fun, is it?
Unfortunately, however, it will be a while before Saturday Night Live returns to NBC with any new episodes. Like many other TV productions, SNL has been delayed as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Read on to find out more about what's ahead for SNL.
Is Saturday Night Live running a new episode this week?
No — and Saturday Night Live will not return with a new episode any time soon. The show was expected to return on Saturday, March 28, with A Quiet Place II director John Krasinski scheduled to host and Dua Lipa as the week's musical guest. However, as of March 16 the sketch comedy series has gone on hiatus until further notice in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Deadline reports. The news comes after a previous report that the show would delay its next three episodes.
A Quiet Place II's release date was also pushed back as a result of the pandemic, but it wasn't clear before whether Kransinski's episode would also be postponed. The most recent episode, which aired on March 7, featured Daniel Craig promoting the next James Bond film, No Time to Die, even though the movie was also delayed due to the coronavirus. Craig returned Studio 8H for the first time in almost a decade with The Weeknd as the musical guest to parody the Bond franchise and usher in a very special guest star: former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
When does SNL air?
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC. The episodes are subsequently available to stream on Hulu. NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock will also reportedly host all seasons of SNL when it launches in July 2020. However, new episodes of the show are currently postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who is in the cast of Saturday Night Live Season 45?
Joining Saturday Night Live for Season 45 as featured players are Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang. Comedian Shane Gillis was also originally expected to join the cast, but he was fired from the show after his disturbing remarks about race surfaced ahead of the season's premiere.
The two newcomers join the series' repertory players Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, and Melissa Villaseñor. Michael Che and Colin Jost are also repertory players along with co-anchors of "Weekend Update."
Lately, there have been some questions about whether each of these cast members will remain on the show, particularly Jost and Davidson. Both have signaled that they may be eyeing the exit sign right about now.
Where can I find even more coverage of Saturday Night Live Season 45?
TV Guide has been keeping tabs on Saturday Night Live all season long! Check out coverage of every Season 45 episode so far below, starting with the most recent chapter.
Episode 15: Daniel Craig and The Weeknd
Saturday Night Live's Cold Open Became the Elizabeth Warren Show
Daniel Craig Takes James Bond to the Casino on Saturday Night Live
Episode 14: John Mulaney and David Byrne
Saturday Night Live Cold Open Parodies Mike Pence's Coronavirus Presser, Joe Biden's Primary Victory
John Mulaney Brings Dad Jokes, Jake Gyllenhaal to Saturday Night Live's Leap Year Episode
SNL Infected Love Is Blind With a Coronavirus Twist in Cut-for-Time Sketch
Episode 13: RuPaul and Justin Bieber
Saturday Night Live Plays It Safe with Democratic Debate Cold Open
RuPaul's Saturday Night Live Hosting Debut Was Definitely Not a Drag
Episode 12: J.J. Watt and Luke Combs
Saturday Night Live Cold Open Presents an Impeachment Trial with Actual Witnesses
JJ Watt Parodies Rudy on Saturday Night Live
Episode 10: Eddie Murphy and Lizzo
Eddie Murphy Gets a Hero's Welcome Hosting Saturday Night Live
Episode 9: Scarlett Johansson and Niall Horan
Kate McKinnon Became Greta Thunberg for Saturday Night Live
Episode 8: Jennifer Lopez and DaBaby
Jennifer Lopez Rocks her Iconic Green Grammys Dress for Saturday Night Live
Episode 7: Will Ferrell and King Princess
Will Ferrell Becomes Gordon Sondland for Saturday Night Live
Episode 6: Harry Styles
SNL Turned the Impeachment Into a Soap Opera Starring Jon Hamm
Episode 5: Kristen Stewart and Coldplay
Saturday Night Live's Cold Open Puts Kate McKinnon's Elizabeth Warren in the Spotlight
Episode 4: Chance the Rapper
Alec Baldwin Parodies Trump Rally on Saturday Night Live
Episode 3: David Harbour and Camila Cabello
Stranger Things Star David Harbour Brought the Upside Down to Saturday Night Live
Episode 2: Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Taylor Swift
Matthew Broderick Takes on Mike Pompeo in Saturday Night Live Impeachment Sketch
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Explains Hot Priest 'Horn-Storm' in SNL Monologue
Episode 1: Woody Harrelson and Billie Eilish
Saturday Night Live Kicked Off Season 45 with an Impeachment Party
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC.