The Writers Guild of America strike continues and one of the many casualties of the work stoppage has been NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which has been forced to go on an indefinite hiatus. Late-night television fans have been disappointed, and the show’s absence has created a ripple effect throughout the industry which has been causing a big stir with cast, fans, and those who were scheduled to appear.
Sources have confirmed that “Succession” star Kieran Culkin is scheduled to host SNL on May 13th. Also, the legendary ‘American Pie’ star Jennifer Coolidge is set to close out SNL’s 48th season with the Foo Fighters.
On the side of the Foo Fighters, there’s no word on who would fill in for the drumming, should the event happen. Former cast member Pete Davidson was also slated to host on May 6th withLil Uzi Vert doing the music for the night, but NBC canceled that episode.
SNL has long been a vital tool for awards campaigns, and with the TV season in full swing, the show’s absence could have put a damper on the actors’ chances.
For almost five decades, SNL has been a consistent Emmy favorite, accumulating 87 awards. This year, the show is expected to be a strong contender in the newly renamed outstanding scripted variety series category, competing against “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” Furthermore, the show features a slew of noteworthy guest stars, including Quinta Brunson and Pedro Pascal, as well as standout cast members such as Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, and Cecily Strong in her final season.
As the entertainment industry strike persists, it is unclear when SNL will return to the airwaves. Nonetheless, when it does, fans can anticipate a roster of talented guests and the uproarious sketches that have made the show a cultural institution.