Miley Cyrus is everywhere right now. She had the most talked about performance at this year’s MTV VMA’s and today she released the music video for her new single, “Wrecking Ball,” which will no doubt nab media attention, as it features the performer in the nude. Leading up to her newest album, Bangerz, it makes sense that there would be plenty of Miley appearances, and the star is set to host an early episode of Saturday Night Live this fall. She won’t get to pop up in the premiere, however. That honor goes to Tina Fey and the musical guest Arcade Fire.
On Monday, NBC announced the hosts and musical guests for the first three episodes of the season. As noted prior, Fey will take the reigns for the premiere, which airs on September 28. It will mark her fourth time as a host on Saturday Night Live after the former cast member left the series in 2006. The Arcade Fire is not a newbie to the SNL scene, either. The Season 39 opener will also be the fourth time the band has appeared on the show. The band will be promoting its newest studio album, Reflektor, which will hit stores on October 29.
Miley Cyrus has opted to do a really hard thing and pull a double duty as both the host and musical guest on October 5, which is great news if you like the singer and bad news if you’re not a fan. Cyrus won’t be even close to the first singer to pull double duty (my favorite host and musical guest combo performance last year was Bruno Mars). However, it’s still a pretty daunting task to learn a bunch of sketches and perform music, as well. Luckily, Cyrus’ background as a former Disney actress should help her with the task.
The show’s October 12 episode should also be a big one. Bruce Willis has signed on for his second stint as a host on Saturday Night Live. It’s amazing to consider that Willis has only hosted the show one other time during his long and sometimes illustrious acting career. The last time he appeared on the show was all the way back in 1989, which means his appearance this time around should be interesting. As if Willis weren’t already exciting, Katy Perry is also signed on for the third episode to promote her upcoming studio album, Prism.
We only have a few more weeks before Saturday Night Live hits the schedule and while plenty of the show’s veterans have left or will be leaving shortly, including Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers, the new lineup hasn’t officially been cemented yet. Reports from late last month indicate that SNL writer Michael Patrick O’Brien, along with newbies John Milhiser, Noël Wells, Kyle Mooney, and Beck Bennett are all expected to be featured players in the coming year.
Season 39 is definitely going to be a transitional year for the sketch comedy program, but the show has definitely still managed to sign on some big hosts and musical performances. You can see how the cast does when NBC’s SNL premieres on September 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET.