If you are the kind of person who tends to schedule your weekends around new episodes of Saturday Night Live, don’t worry, 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, then, is it?
If you’re here, chances are you also like to prepare your calendar for new SNL installments, and TV Guide is here to make good on its name and help you out with that. Read on to find out everything you need to know about this week’s new episode of Saturday Night Live on NBC.
Is Saturday Night Live running a new episode this week?
Yes! This Saturday, Feb. 29, NBC finally returns with a new episode, after several weeks of reruns, with John Mulaney bringing a sack lunch (probably) to 30 Rock for his latest hosting stint, where he’ll be joined by musical guest David Byrne. SNL has released a teaser for Mulaney’s episode that features him alongside Pete Davidson, with a cheeky wink to Davidson’s recent comments that he’s often asked to play “dumb” in his sketches.
The comedian isn’t the only fan favorite who will grace the SNL stage in the coming weeks; 007 himself, Daniel Craig, will be returning to Studio 8H for the first time in almost a decade to host on Saturday, March 7, with The Weeknd as the musical guest.
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.
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 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.