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Saturday Night Live might want to start preparing a White House Oval Office set. Kerry Washington is coming to town! The Scandal star and Edward Norton are the two most recently confirmed hosts for upcoming episodes of Saturday Night Live. While Norton will host the last episode of October, Washington will follow one week later for the first SNL episode of November. Musical guests are Janelle Monae (for Norton's episode) and Eminem (for Washington's).
NBC made it official today, announcing that Edward Norton will make his first appearance as an SNL host on October 26. Given how long Norton's been around, it seems kind of impossible that he's never hosted, but it's true. Among his recent credits, Norton voiced the role of Reverend Elijah Hooper in The Simpsons and Played Col. Eric Byer in The Bourne Legacy. Coming up, he has Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and a comedy called Birdman.
Norton's proven to have a knack for comedy and drama, and we also know he can sing, which could prove useful on Saturday Night Live. Here he is singing in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You, one of Norton's earliest credited roles:
Norton's episode will air October 26. Janelle Monae (The Electric Lady) will make her musical guest debut in the episode.
And then on November 2, Kerry Washington will make her own hosting debut. Washington's been around for a while too, with credits that include Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Ray and NYPD Blue. More recently, between the growing popularity of Scandal -- for which she was nominated for an Emmy this year -- and her role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, she's certainly making a name for herself, which makes her a prime candidate to host an episode of SNL.
Washington's earliest credit is an ABC Afterschool Special from 1994 called Magical Make-Over, which is about a teen girl who really wants to be popular. An angel grants her the wish by giving her a new image every day until the girl just wants to be herself again. I searched YouTube but found no evidence of it, unfortunately, but it sounds likes like a classic. Sort of after-school-special meets Goosebumps/Are You Afraid of the Dark. I wish I could watch it. In the meantime, I just had my mind blown while reviewing Washington's credits and only just made the connection that Washington was Chenille in Save The Last Dance...
Serving as the musical guest for Washington's episode is Eminem, whose new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is set to release November 5.
Saturday Night Live airs Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.