Studio 8H will remain dark through the end of the season due to the writers’ strike.
In the wake of Saturday Night Live‘s decision to cancel this weekend’s Pete Davidson-hosted installment, the network has now formally scrapped Season 48’s remaining two episodes. And now we know which A-listers were scheduled to headline both shows.
TVLine can confirm that Succession‘s Kieran Culkin was slated to host the ill-fated May 13 installment, while White Lotus phenom Jennifer Coolidge was set to emcee the now-axed season finale on May 20. This would’ve marked Culkin’s second turn as host, while Coolidge was poised to make her SNL hosting debut.
The cancellation of SNL‘s last three shows means that the April 15 episode featuring host Ana de Armas and musical guest Karol G will serve as Season 48’s swan song.
The Writers Guild of America officially went on strike Tuesday after talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers broke down despite months of negotiation. The WGA’s current agreement with the AMPTP, which represents the nine largest studios in Hollywood, expired on May 1. Among their demands, writers are seeking an acknowledgment of, and correcting for, the way that streaming has affected the work, compensation and working conditions of writers.
Not that I think this could happen at all (because it sounds like the studios are being particularly pig-headed this time around), but what if negotiations occur over the next few days and somehow the strike is lifted by, say, next Thursday? Would SNL “un-cancel” one or both shows?
My thought would probably be no as they probably need to officially release actors from their contracts. I can’t remember how the SNL contracts work, it’s a little different than other TV shows. Also, NBC may want to free up Studio 8H for other things (rentals or no scripted programming)
They don’t scrap the set though. I believe it stays up but covered. I don’t think any show has filmed in the space besides SNL. The offices on the floor above are all SNL I believe too.
Back in the day Carson Dalys late night show filmed there during the week.
They used it for the live episodes of 30 Roc. I’m just nitpicking. I know you meant regular programming.
Tease us with what we could have had. :-(
I really hope that Coolidge ends up hosting ASAP as soon as the strike is over.
Ugh! Now we all miss out on Jennifer Coolidge being absolutely epic on SNL!
Those 2 would have been a lot of fun! Hopefully next season.
Surely they’ll have Jennifer Coolidge host the season 49 premiere. Or sometime next season, depending on her schedule.
Jennifer Coolidge (Sofie from 2Broke Girls) would have killed it!!!! Hopefully, she’ll do the next season premiere episode. Hope SNL is listening/reading this.
I really wanted to see Jennifer Coolidge more than anyone everyone on the show so please make it work immediately once they are back again next season
They definitely need to have Jennifer Coolidge host the next season premiere!!
Damnit now we won’t have the end of the year weekend update where Collin and Michael write each others jokes.
I swear they sneak a few in here and there throughout the year. 🤣
We will also miss the farewells of any cast members leaving at the end of this season.
Other than Kenan, Colin Jost and Michael Che — and I don’t think any of those three are going anywhere — the only one even close to aging out based on tenure is Mikey Day (2016). Not sure there would have been any goodbyes this month.
Well I just hope they invite Jennifer Coolidge back once it’s been resolved. She would’ve been a great host and I think the skits with her would’ve been a real treat.
Dang! I just knew they wouldn’t pass up Jennifer Coolidge and were saving her for the Season Finale. It’s the right thing to do to back the Writer’s. Just hope it gets resolved so Jennifer can host the Season Premiere.
Damn! This sucks. They waited too long to get Jenifer Coolidge to host. They probably thought they keep the best for the finale and than strike happens. Hopefully they have her host next season.
Has SNL had a full season since 2019?
Obviously we know why the season got cut short in 2020, but it seems the next two years were also short seasons, with huge gaps in the middle. And this year… they were already averaging just two episodes a month before the strike.
All the more reason why I think they’re just trying to limp across the finish line of Season 50 in 2025 and then pull the plug. Hell only knows it’s been a weak season with a few exceptions… and even fewer exceptions among the “musical” guests.
Last season had the normal 21 episodes.
With the writers strike do you want the writers to cross the picket line? No.
Let’s be honest SNL has been losing stream. They are trying to do skits from the 70’s. Maybe if Steve Martin hosted but he is a writer himself so he would not cross the line.
As a viewer of SNL since the 80’s, It seems to me that the writers at SNL quit writing funny stuff before this season even started.
The last episode with its politics lost ne as a viewer. Was literaly ny favourite show