‘Saturday Night Live’ Sets Return Date for In-Studio Shows

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update (Credit: NBC)

Saturday Night Live is the latest show plotting its return to in-studio filming since the coronavirus pandemic forced most productions to shut down in March.

The late-night sketch series will kick off its 46th season on Oct. 3, airing live from Studio 8H, NBC announced Thursday.

SNL was forced to halt production earlier this year, before resuming filming with three episodes shot remotely at the cast members’ homes.

The show has not confirmed which cast members are returning or who will be hosting, however, Ego Nwodim was recently promoted to a main cast member.

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Before production halted, John Krasinski had been scheduled to host the March 28 episode with musical guest Dua Lipa. During the virtual tapings, SNL shifted gears and Tom Hanks — who had just recovered from coronavirus — hosted the first remote episode.

The show also recently re-aired the Chadwick Boseman-hosted episode in honor of the Black Panther star, who died tragically of lung cancer late last month.

Many of NBC’s late-night and variety shows have already returned to taping in-studio. Including, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers, which have both resumed taping at 30 Rock.