Saturday Night Live Season 46 returns on May 8 after a brief hiatus with engineering mogul Elon Musk hosting. Miley Cyrus will be the musical guest, and the combo has many questioning why SNL picked the controversial executive when Cyrus has pulled double-duty hosting and performing before. The following week, Keegan Michael-Key will host with musical guest Olivia Rodrigo. Anya Taylor-Joy follows on May 22 with Lil Nas X as the musical guest.
Prior to the Musk announcement, SNL had been on a creative roll. After a five-week streak that saw John Krasinski, Dan Levy, Regina King, Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page, and Nick Jonas hosting, the sketch series returned from hiatus in late March with three new episodes in its usual 11:30/10:30c time slot. Maya Rudolph hosted the March 27 show with Jack Harlow as musical guest, while Daniel Kaluuya hosted the April 3 episode with musical guest St. Vincent and Carey Mulligan took over on April 10 with musical guest Kid Cudi.
Season 46 premiered Oct. 3 and marked the show's return to Studio 8H, with a limited number of people in the audience. Some new faces in the cast made their SNL debuts this season, including Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, and Andrew Dismukes. Guest actor Jim Carrey took over the show's portrayal of former Vice President Joe Biden for the first handful of episodes, though he's since handed over the role to Alex Moffat.
What else is there to know about the 46th season of Saturday Night Live? Find out all the latest information about SNL's upcoming season below.
Yes, SNL is new with Elon Musk hosting the show.
All SNL Season 45 cast members — including Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Melissa Villaseñor, as well as featured players Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang and "Weekend Update" co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost — are back on the cast list for Season 46. Plus, Ego Nwodim has been promoted from featured player to repertory player.
SNL also added three new featured players: comic, actor, and singer Lauren Holt from Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles; comedian and writer Punkie Johnson, and Andrew Dismukes, an SNL staff writer since Season 43. Another big change: writer/comedian Anna Drezen joins Michael Che, Colin Jost, and Kent Sublette as co-head writer.
Meanwhile, there have been some changes to the guest star roster as well. None other than Jim Carrey came on as a guest cast member to play Joe Biden for the first six episodes. Following her Emmy-winning turn as a guest star on Saturday Night Live Season 45, Maya Rudolph also returned for the 46th season to portray now-vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris. Rudolph was one of several celebrity guests to portray political figures during SNL's Democratic debate sketches, and she caught the attention of the California senator for her work on at least one sketch. Alec Baldwin also returned in the premiere as Donald Trump.
On top of upcoming host/musical guest Nick Jonas, this season has already featured hosts Kristen Wiig, Chris Rock, Bill Burr, Issa Rae, Adele, John Mulaney, Dave Chappelle, Jason Bateman, Timothée Chalamet, John Krasinski, Dan Levy, Regina King, Regé-Jean Page, and Nick Jonas. The next wave of hosts included Maya Rudolph on March 27, Daniel Kaluuya on April 3, and Carey Mulligan on April 10. Elon Musk hosts on May 8. Keegan Michael-Key will follow on May 15, and Anya Taylor-Joy makes her hosting debut on May 22.
Prior seasons of Saturday Night Live are currently available to stream on Hulu, and all 45 seasons were made available on NBCUniversal's streaming service, Peacock, starting Friday, Oct. 1, according to Variety. Some episodes and clips can also be found on NBC's SNL website.
TV Guide is covering SNL Season 46, starting with the premiere episode. Check out our coverage below.
Episode 9 (Dec. 19, 2020): Kristen Wiig and Dua Lipa
Alex Moffat Takes Over From Jim Carrey As SNL's Joe Biden
Episode 6 (Nov. 7, 2020): Dave Chapelle and The Foo Fighters
Jim Carrey's Joe Biden Celebrates His Victory With an Ace Ventura Impression in the SNL Cold Open
Episode 5 (Oct. 31, 2020): John Mulaney and The Strokes
Jim Carrey's Joe Biden Is Visited By the Ghost of Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton in the SNL Cold Open
Episode 4 (Oct. 24, 2020): Adele and H.E.R.
Maya Rudolph Turns the Final Trump-Biden Debate Into a Drinking Game in the SNL Cold Open
Episode 1 (Oct. 3, 2020): Chris Rock and Megan Thee Stallion
Saturday Night Live Season 46 Premiere Cold Open Rips Trump-Biden Debate
Chris Rock Has Some Suggestions to Fix the Presidential Process in His SNL Monologue
Saturday Night Live airs on Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC.