It’s difficult to believe that SNL is already partway through its 40th season on NBC. The show has seen many hosts and musical guests give live TV a shot over the years, and on Thursday, the network announced the latest round of hosts and musical guests headed to Studio 8H. In December, James Franco, Martin Freeman and Amy Adams will all be hosting episodes of the long-running series.
Franco’s taking the stage first, popping up on Saturday Night Live on December 6. It’s the third time the actor will appear on the sketch comedy series as a host, following that time he made a documentary based on his SNL experiences and that other time he pretended to be James Dean.
It’s also coincidentally the night before his epic Naked and Afraid episode, also featuring Seth Rogen, is set to air. It seems like a prime opportunity for the actor to poke fun at the Discovery series, but we'll have to wait and see. Additionally, James Franco will be joined onstage by Nicki Minaj, who believe it or not, has some acting experience and might be one of the rare musical guests to pop up in a sketch or two.
The week following, Fargo’s Martin Freeman will debut as an SNL host. The actor is promoting the upcoming Hobbit flick, The Battle of the Five Armies. That episode will air on December 13 and will feature Charli XCX as the musical guest.
Finally, on December 20, Amy Adams will appear on SNL as part of the promotion for her upcoming film Big Eyes with Christoph Waltz. It’s the second time she will appear as the host of the late night series, and she’ll be joined by One Direction, who dropped a new album, Four, on November 17.
The three hosts and musical guests will get us to midseason, after which Saturday Night Live has bigger plans to commemorate its 40th Anniversary. In fact, NBC is putting together a three-hour special that is expected to air on February 15, 2015 and will feature hosts, musical guests and cast members from throughout the show’s tenure. NBC’s Saturday Night Live is taking a break next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but will return to the schedule on December 6 at 11:30 p.m. ET.