Saturday Night Live will return for its 38th season next week, and now we know who the first three hosts are going to be.
Family Guy creator (and writer/director of this summer's hit comedy Ted) Seth MacFarlane will hosts the season premiere on September 15, marking his first ever hosting appearance on the show. Look for MacFarlane, who is a huge fan of Broadway showtunes, to do some singing during the monologue. And probably do a bunch of Family Guy voices. Frank Ocean will be musical guest.
One week later on September 22, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will return for his second hosting gig. His first appearance way back in 2009 was, not surprisingly, a mixed bag, buoyed by Levitt's insanely aggressive level of energy (his recreation of Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh" bit in the monologue was a high point). He'll be accompanied by musical guest Mumford & Sons. Finally, James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, will make his Saturday Night Live debt on September 29, with musical guest Muse. I can't be alone in not automatically associating Daniel Craig with sketch comedy, but sometimes those hosts make for the best surprises.
This should be an interesting season for Saturday Night Live, as they'll be coping with cast losses including Abby Elliott, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig. Jason Sudekis was long-rumored to be leaving as well (his contract was up at the same time as Wiig and Samberg's), but with no news of his departure less than a week from the season premiere, it's a good bet that he'll be back.
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