Live from New York, it’s Saturday night! Season 48 of Saturday Night Live premiered on Oct. 1, and showrunner Lorne Michaels has yet to disappoint with his choice of show hosts and musical guests. This week, Woody Harrelson, 61, joins the SNL “five-timers” club and will take the comedy stage alongside White Stripes guitarist Jack White, 47, who has also performed before.
Actor Pedro Pascal hosted SNL on Feb. 4, alongside musical guest Coldplay who has performed seven times! Pedro is one of the hottest actors on the Hollywood scene as he stars in two huge TV series: The Mandalorian and The Last of Us. The latter, an adaptation of a popular video game, debuted on HBO in January and is a ratings juggernaut for the cable network. Meanwhile, Chris Martin and his band Coldplay will be performing over the Grammy weekend, which is fitting for the superstar group, who was nominated three times for the 2023 ceremony.
To kick off this season, Top Gun: Maverick actor Miles Teller, 35, hosted the Oct. 1 episode with Kendrick Lamar as the musical guest. “It’s really exciting. You’re working with the absolute best of the best, so you feel well taken care of, but it is, it’s a lot. It’s a whirlwind,” Miles told NBC4 ahead of his big debut.
This season of SNL comes after a handful of cast members announced their departures from the show. Cast members Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, and featured player Aristotle Athari exited after Season 47, along with Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, and Pete Davidson. Chris Redd also confirmed to PEOPLE that he was saying goodbye to the show on Sept. 20.
Learn more about the next Season 48 show below.
Woody Harrelson Joins ‘Five-Timers’ Club
Saturday Night Live will welcome the one and only Woody Harrelson to the stage on Saturday, Feb. 25 for the fifth time! The official Instagram for the show announced the True Detective star’s return to the popular sketch show on Feb. 16, via Instagram. “Coming up!” they captioned the post-it notes of Woody and Coldplay’s names.
In a promo for the upcoming episode, SNL also featured a montage of Woody’s prior times on the show, including his 1989, 1992, 2014 and 2019 appearances. The 61-year-old also took a stroll down Studio 8H and honored many of the prior hosts in a separate promotional video for the Feb. 25 episode. In that same clip, Woody called Matthew McConaughey, 53, his “weed guy” upon seeing a photo of him hosting a prior episode. The two also star in True Detective together.
The Musical Guest For The Episode Is Jack White
Rock legend Jack White will take the stage on Feb. 25 for another time, as he has performed on SNL various times. During a promo for the episode, he and Woody teamed up to create excitement for the show, which was also shared via Instagram on Feb. 23. The duo was also joined by series regular Chloe Fineman, who joked about working with Woody multiple times. When the “Seven Nation Army” hitmaker asked if they had worked together before, Woody joked about how often Chloe keeps begging. “Or Woody tells Chloe to stop asking him to do a movie together,” he said in the sketch. Most recently Jack performed in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 22, about three days ahead of his SNL performance.
What Time Is ‘SNL’ On?
Saturday Night Live airs at 11:35 p.m. PST/EST and 9:30 p.m. MT on local NBC affiliates. The series can also be streamed live on the Peacock app.
‘SNL’ Cast Members This Season
Saturday Night Live has a number of new cast members joining the show this season, including Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker.
Michael Che and Colin Jost remain in their roles as “Weekend Update” hosts, which they took over in 2014 from Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong. Other returning cast members include Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Bowen Yang, and Heidi Gardner. Rounding out the returning list is Sarah Sherman, Ego Nwodim, Chloe Fineman, Mikey Day, and Punkie Johnson.
As mentioned above, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, featured player Aristotle Athari, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Pete Davidson, and Chris Redd departed the show ahead of Season 48. Many of these cast members announced their exit in May with some not revealing the news until Sept. 1.
Chris announced the news of his exit from SNL on Sept. 20 with a statement to PEOPLE. “Being a part of SNL has been the experience of a lifetime. Five years ago, I walked into 30 Rock knowing that this was an amazing opportunity for growth,” Chris said. “Now, with friends who have become family and memories I will cherish forever, I’m grateful to [creator] Lorne Michaels and to the entire SNL organization. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you all enough.”
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