Seth MacFarlane to Host SNL Season Premiere

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Seth MacFarlane SNLSaturday Night Live will kick off its 38th season Sept. 15 with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean, NBC announced Wednesday morning.

This marks the Family Guy creator’s first turn as host.

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Other confirmed SNL emcees include Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Sept. 22, alongside musical guest Mumford & Sons), and James Bond himself, Daniel Craig (October 6, with musical guest Muse). Gordon-Levitt previously hosted in 2009; Craig, who’s promoting his latest 007 mission, Skyfall, will be making his SNL debut.

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SNL is set to return next month down at least three cast members, including Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott. Rumors abound that Jason Sudeikis may also call it quits.

Thoughts on the first batch of hosts?



Comments (23)

  • Solid musical guests and hosts, but who of the cast is still left? At this point it’s going to be Seth Macfarlane in a room with Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis making funny faces live from New York.

    Comment by Alex Palombo (@AlexPalombo) – August 29, 2012 06:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, I’m kinda surprised they haven’t announced any new cast members yet. I mean, the premiere’s less than three weeks away.

      BTW, great hosts. Seth is gonna kill it. Plus, Levitt was great the first time around.

      Comment by Marin Kuharić (@Prkan_708) – August 29, 2012 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d watch that.

      Comment by Tricia – August 29, 2012 06:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hopefully Jay Pharoah and Nasim Pedrad will get more to do than the odd impression. This could be the year of Vanessa Bayer and Taran Killam. Also, they cast Kate McKinnon towards the end of last year and she seems pretty awesome.

      I’m looking forward to new casting too, but I think they’ll be just fine.

      Comment by mawhi – August 29, 2012 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Daniel Craig in comedy ? That is gonna be worth takin a look !

    Comment by Marvin – August 29, 2012 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They need to get Bradley Cooper to host.

    Comment by Olly – August 29, 2012 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i hope Amy Poehler hosts again this year. maybe if she finally wins that Emmy she deserves…

    Comment by noa – August 29, 2012 06:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh, bland. Not terrible but…

    Comment by mawhi – August 29, 2012 06:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • McFarlane and JGL will do fine, but Daniel Craig? The man has zero personality. I’m expecting him to bomb as host.

    Comment by JFK – August 29, 2012 06:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Joseph Gordon-levitt and Mumford & sons, JGL is the best

    Comment by Juan – August 29, 2012 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh yeah, and BTW, Andy HAS to come back for the premiere to do his Mark Wahlberg impression for the Ted sketch.

    Comment by Marin Kuharić (@Prkan_708) – August 29, 2012 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES! Three awesome hosts!

    Comment by Karen – August 29, 2012 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really excited that JGL is hosting, but now I’m super bummed that Abby Elliot is leaving. I wanted to see JGL on Being Quirky with Zooey Deschanel!

    Comment by Bethany – August 29, 2012 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yay stewie!

    Comment by anna – August 29, 2012 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have a feeling 007 will do a surprisingly good job.

    Comment by lucas – August 29, 2012 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jason Sudeikis does the Romney impression so he needs to stay. I think he’s offended at the big send off they gave Wiig. What are he and Andy? Chopped liver? They weren’t mentioned at all. She’s talented but so many truly horrible characters are gone, thank goodness.They better get to begging. I’d hate so see anybody else do Mitt. They’ll need it so often it doesn’t make sense to just bring him back for constant guest starring.

    Comment by To Jim – August 29, 2012 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To Jim? What a random thing to say my ‘name’ is TVLine. ;) I was like “who’s Jim?’ Did I reply to a Jim in the past, and it got stuck? Oh well.

      Comment by Definitely Not To Jim – August 29, 2012 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Andy’s sendoff was his digital short. He did part 2 of his first digital short ever and included the line “this is how I started it and this is how I finish it” (or something along those lines)

      Sudekis was not confirmed to be leaving at the time, he was considering it and weighing his options. That said there were only two confirmed people leaving, wiig and samberg, thus their own sendoffs

      Comment by John – August 29, 2012 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Daniel Craig did some bits with Catherine Tate for Red Nose Day in the UK and it was hysterical (should be able to find it on YouTube). He can handle SNL.

    Comment by kristaspurr – August 29, 2012 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, cool! McFarlane, Craig and JGL will all make for worthy watching. The heart has been ripped out of the cast, but that’s happened dozens of times before.

    (But can Mariska Hargitay host some day? Pleeeease?)

    Comment by Zoe – August 29, 2012 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ooooh, cool, Muse will be the musical guest on the October 6th show? YES! Happy birthday to me :D!

    Comment by Angela – August 29, 2012 10:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JGL! JGL! JGL! :)

    Comment by Sarabi – August 30, 2012 01:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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