‘SNL’ Sets Virtual Season Finale With New ‘At Home’ Episode

Saturday Night Live Christmas Dinner Sketch (Credit: NBC)

Saturday Night Live will continue to practice social distancing with its season 45 finale.

The NBC sketch comedy program made the announcement with a promotional video Thursday morning on Twitter, saying the virtual finale will air on Saturday, May 9. There’s no word yet on a host or musical guest.

This will mark the show’s third “At Home” episode. The first installment aired on April 11 and was opened by Tom Hanks and featured a musical performance from Chris Martin. During the “Weekend Update” segment, Michael Che paid tribute to his late grandmother, who died from complications of COVID-19.

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The second episode ran on April 25, opened by Brad Pitt who appeared as Dr. Anthony Fauci (and himself), and featured a special appearance from Miley Cyrus as the musical guest. Latin rapper Bad Bunny also appeared in a sketch.

Since the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the stop of TV and movie production, some talk shows and late-night shows, including Saturday Night Live, have been produced entirely remotely from the cast’s homes.

In total, SNL will have aired 18 episodes this season, which is down from its normal 21-episode trek.