The 48th season of Saturday Night Live faced an unexpected hiatus due to the Writers Guild of America’s (WGA) strike. But the good news is that the strike has come to a close, thanks to a timely agreement between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). With the ink barely dry on that agreement, SNL is all set to make its triumphant return for its 49th season, gracing our screens once again on Saturday, October 14.
Kicking off the season premiere, we have the electrifying Ice Spice as the musical guest, ready to set the stage on fire. And hosting this highly-anticipated comeback episode is none other than the irrepressible Pete Davidson, a familiar face that SNL fans have sorely missed. But wait, the excitement doesn’t stop there. Mark your calendars for October 21 because that’s when the multi-talented Bad Bunny will be gracing the SNL stage, not just as a musical performer but also as the charismatic host of the evening.
Bad Bunny, no stranger to the SNL scene, made his debut appearance in 2020, leaving an indelible mark with his musical prowess. The following year, he was invited back as a bona fide musical guest, cementing his status as a musical force to be reckoned with.
Speaking of Pete Davidson, the funnyman was originally scheduled to host SNL on May 6, but the episode had to be canceled due to the unfortunate strike. Davidson, who had spent an impressive nine seasons as a cast member on the show, departed just last year, making his return as a host even more special.
Now, while the late-night TV landscape was temporarily dimmed during the strike, it’s shining brightly once again. The likes of Boygenius, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John Mayer, Louis Cato, and many other talented artists have graced our screens with their musical performances.
But let’s not forget, while the Writers Guild of America has successfully resolved its dispute with AMPTP, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) is still standing strong in their strike. Interestingly, SAG-AFTRA has given the green light for its members to appear on Saturday Night Live, which is undoubtedly music to the ears of SNL fans everywhere.
So, with the writers’ strike drama in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward to the return of SNL, bringing with it the promise of laughter, music, and memorable moments aplenty. It’s a comeback we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s bound to be nothing short of epic.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about SNL Season 49 Revival
Q: Why was the 48th season of Saturday Night Live cut short?
A: The 48th season of Saturday Night Live was cut short due to the Writers Guild of America’s (WGA) strike, which disrupted the production of the show.
Q: When is SNL’s 49th season set to premiere?
A: SNL’s 49th season is scheduled to make its comeback on Saturday, October 14, following the resolution of the writers’ strike.
Q: Who are the musical guests for the first two episodes of SNL’s 49th season?
A: Ice Spice is the musical guest for the season premiere on October 14, while the multi-talented Bad Bunny will be both the host and musical performer for the episode airing on October 21.
Q: Is Pete Davidson returning to SNL after leaving as a cast member?
A: Yes, Pete Davidson, who left SNL as a cast member last year, is making a special return as the host of the season premiere of SNL’s 49th season.
Q: How have other late-night TV programs been affected by the strike?
A: Other late-night TV programs also faced disruptions due to the writers’ strike but have since returned with performances by artists like Boygenius, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John Mayer, and Louis Cato.
Q: What is the status of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) in relation to the strike?
A: While the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has resolved its dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), SAG-AFTRA is still on strike. Interestingly, SAG-AFTRA has allowed its members to appear on Saturday Night Live despite the strike.