'Saturday Night Live' returns with three new members in its 38th season
The weekend mantra of 94-year-old announcer, Don Pardo and saxophone scaling jazz will return with the 38th premiere of "Saturday Night Live."
Saturday’s premiere will introduce three new cast members, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong and Tim Robinson, according to the show’s press release Monday. The three rookies, all of Chicago’s Second City, will balance the loss of three principle performers that left the cast in May.
Kristen Wiig, known for her reoccurring characters like the troublemaking Gilly, overexcited Sue and frantic, frog-throated Target Lady, as well as her impersonations of Kathie Lee Gifford, Bjork and Drew Barrymore, ended her seven years at SNL. Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger, sang “Ruby Tuesday” as personal tribute to Wiig’s “graduation” closing the season finale in May.
Andy Samberg quietly exited his seven-year stint leaving a stockpile of 100 digital shorts. Finally, Abby Elliott will not return for a fifth year to charm audiences with impersonations of “adorkable” Zooey Deschanel or the matter-of-fact Rachel Maddow.
SNL supporters can always hope for surprise cameos or possibly a hosting gig from these three alumni like veteran Jimmy Fallon had in December 2011 for the coveted Christmas show.
The first three hosts gracing the Grand Central Stage include “Family Guy” and “Ted” (2012) creator, Seth MacFarlane, “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.
The musical lineup for the next three weeks features Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and Muse.
The best of Saturday Night Live — cold opens, memorable monologues, Weekend Update and familiar favorites — with a few new faces and the onset of election season skits starts today at 10:30 p.m. on NBC.