“SNL” is taking a two-week hiatus before the last three new episodes of the season. That means this week’s “Saturday Night Live” episode is a rerun.
Tune in to “SNL” tonight and you’ll find the Oct. 22 episode airing, which featured host Tom Hanks and musical guest Lady Gaga. It’s a pretty memorable episode, including the ridiculous Halloween sketch “David S. Pumpkins” and a cold open mocking the third presidential debate between Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon).
The episode also includes Hanks’ turn on the sketch “Black Jeopardy,” which is among the very best “SNL” has put out this season.
New episodes kick off again on May 6. “Star Trek” actor Chris Pine is set to host for the first time during that episode. Pine will be followed by Melissa McCarthy on May 13 and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on May 20 to close out the season.
Starting with last week’s episode on April 15, the final four new episodes of the season are changing how “SNL” airs. Traditionally, the show is live in the Eastern and Central time zones when it starts up at 11:30 p.m. (or 10:30 p.m. Central). But for viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, “SNL” is taped and delayed two to three hours to air at its regular time.
For the last new four episodes, “SNL” will go live for all four time zones. That means it’ll start at 11:30 p.m. for Eastern viewers, 10:30 p.m. for Central, 9:30 p.m. for Mountain and 8:30 p.m. for Pacific. The show will re-air at its regular 11:30 p.m. time slot for Mountain and Pacific viewers who don’t want to change their schedules.
For rerun episodes this week and next week, though, “SNL” resumes its normal airing schedule. That means you’ll need to tune in at 11:30 p.m. to watch, whether you’re on Eastern time or Pacific.
“SNL” has seen a huge ratings boost this year, thanks largely to sketches about Donald Trump and breakout moments like Melissa McCarthy’s hilarious turns as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. NBC says the idea of changing the air time for the last four episodes is so that “everyone can be in on the joke.”
In the age of social media, it’s true that plenty of viewers might hear about the best “SNL” gags online before they ever see them. For the last four episodes, at least, everyone across the country will have the chance to see the same jokes at the same time.