Fall TV Preview

Saturday Night Live: Chris Pratt to Host Season 40 Premiere

Chris Pratt

I am Groot… ing for this Saturday Night Live host.

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Parks and Recreation cut-up Chris Pratt, who this summer fronted the blockbuster film Guardians of the Galaxy, has been tapped to Star-Lord over the NBC sketch series’ Season 40 premiere, airing Sept. 27.

Pop “it girl” Ariana Grande will serve as musical guest.

Then on Oct. 4, funny lady Sarah Silverman will make her own debut as SNL host, with musical guest Maroon 5.

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Among SNL‘s Season 40 changes, one-and-done players Brooks Wheelan, Nöel Wells and John Milhiser aren’t returning, UCB grad/Incognito web series creator Alison Rich has joined the writering staff, and the show is expected to in some way pay tribute to longtime announcer Don Pardo, who passed away last month.

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12 Comments
  1. EJ says:

    Is it too much to hope that Bill Murray hosts on October 11th? His movie St. Vincent premieres on October 10th.

    • Tricia says:

      I’m expecting something special on the 11th, seeing as the show premiered October 11th, 1975. So Murray could be that something special.

      In other news, I’m a total nerd who knows when SNL premiered.

  2. mdbchud says:

    I hope the writing is better. Chris Pratt is too good for the mess they’ve had the last couple of years!!!

  3. Tran says:

    So excited for Season 40 of SNL come September 27th. Don’t know who’s going to be the new announcer of SNL since the passing of Don Pardo. Have a feeling that Steve Higgins who’s known as the voice of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon should be a good fit to replace the late great Don Pardo. Also, I’m wondering if Mike O’Brien is going to be removed from the cast and heading back to the writing staff and it will happen if he does and I still don’t know if Nasim Pedrad is done at SNL now that she’s got Mulaney to deal with.

    • TD says:

      Yes, Nasim Pedrad is gone from SNL. That was reported last spring. I saw an article just the other day that O’Brien might go back to the writing staff and/or possibly be a Weekend Update anchor.

    • JLK says:

      Yes, Nasim is done. She’s given several interviews in the last month or so talking about her decision to leave the show. I’m sure you can find them easily enough with a web search if you’re interested.

  4. Drewer says:

    So excited! I was really hoping he would open the season. Maybe we’ll even get cameos from Amy Pohler or Anna Ferris!

  5. Karen says:

    Awesome-sauce!!! Great choices with both Pratt and Silverman

  6. Nate says:

    Can we get Amy Schumer on here please! !!!

  7. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Chris Pratt is hosting season premiere episode! He’s gonna do great on the show.

  8. I’d have gone with a ‘Come and get your Love’ line for the tag just to more directly reference his character in the film (‘o-o-h Child’ is also up there) but hey, ‘I am Groot’ is probably the most popular phrase of August for film-goers.