SNL Jon Rudnitsky

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Saturday Night Live‘s opening credits will look just a tad different in Season 41.

Stand-up comedian Jon Rudnitsky has been added as a featured player for the sketch series’ upcoming year, NBC announced Monday.

Rudnitsky joins fellow featured players Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, Kyle Mooney, Sasheer Zamata and Weekend Update co-anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost.

As previously announced, Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer and SNL vet Tracy Morgan will host the first three episodes of Season 41.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* And now, your daily update on The View‘s endless imbroglio: Executive producer Bill Wolff will exit the ABC talk show shortly after its 19th season premieres on Sept. 9.

* MTV’s Scream will pay tribute to executive producer Wes Craven, who died of brain cancer over the weekend, during Tuesday’s season finale, reports.

* The Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth will guest-star as himself on ABC’s upcoming The Muppets, he shared on Instagram Monday.

* MTV has released the official trailer for The Shannara Chronicles, its upcoming fantasy series based on the books by Terry Brooks. Premiering in January, Shannara centers on three heroes, thousands of years in the future, as they embark on a quest to stop an evil demon army from destroying the world. Press PLAY below for a sneak peek at the series:

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    Can’t believe that all of its players from last season are coming back on SNL starting October 3rd even though Kenan Thompson is returning despite “rumors” that he’s leaving after Season 40. Think Jon Rudnitsky should do a great job as its newest cast member.

  2. Carla Krae says:

    Candice Accola announced today on Instagram that she’s expecting. She’s barely showing right now, so they can hide it with wardrobe a while longer.

    Could alter plans for Caroline for the rest of the season, though.

  3. meatwad says:

    i’m a big fan of fantasy stories, and MTV has impressed me in recent years with its shows. so i will give Shannara a chance as long as it isn’t a green screen low budget show

  4. zac says:

    He seems like a good addition. He has really funny videos on youtube

  5. maregolden says:

    OMG, I am actually going to watch a show on MTV! I haven’t watched that since they played music videos all day.

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Glad Scream will pay tribute to Wes in season finale. Trailer for The Shannara Chronicles looks good.

  7. HAP says:

    Bill Wolff was executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show before moving on to The View.