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Saturday Night Live got off to a later-than-usual start with Season 46, and has been airing reruns for the better part of a month ever since Dave Chappelle's hosting gig. Fortunately for fans looking for some laughs before the end of the year, the show will soon return, and it will bring back a previous host more than a decade after he first took the top SNL job for an episode.
The next new episode of Saturday Night Live will air on December 5, 2020 at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC, with none other than Arrested Development and Ozark star Jason Bateman on board as host. Bateman served as SNL host once before, back in 2005 along with musical guest Kelly Clarkson.
The musical guest for Jason Bateman's upcoming hosting gig will be country star Morgan Wallen, who was originally slated to perform in the second episode of Season 46 before getting the boot as a result of breaking COVID-19 protocols. He apologized for breaking protocol, but was replaced by Jack White at that point.
Saturday Night Live is already hyping the episode with Jason Bateman and Morgan Wallen, which will be the first new installment since Dave Chappelle on November 7. Take a look:
The footage of Jason Bateman from his first hosting gig on SNL is much grainier than the more recent clips, so it should be fun to compare his 2020 performance to what he turned in back in 2005. Bateman will be one of the final SNL hosts of 2020, with only two episodes following his before the end of the year.
Call Me By Your Name and Dune star Timothée Chalamet will make his hosting debut on December 12, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as musical guests. Former SNL favorite and upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 villain Kristen Wiig will close out the year of Saturday Night Live hosts on December 19, with musical guest Dua Lipa. Wiig has hosted SNL four times, after appearing regularly on the show from 2005-2012.
Saturday Night Live has seemingly found its groove in producing new episodes under COVID-19 protocols, so it should return with new episodes in the new year. The focus on politics will likely shift in 2021, with Alec Baldwin's impersonation of Donald Trump no longer getting a ton of screen time when Joe Biden takes office as the 46th President of the United States.
Jim Carrey has played Biden throughout Season 46, to mixed reviews, especially compared to Jason Sudeikis and Woody Harrelson as previous Biden portrayers. No details are available just yet about whether Jason Bateman's episode will feature appearances from some of the big-name guest players who have already appeared in the unconventional Season 46, but Bateman can definitely hold his own when it comes to working with comedy greats.