The 48th season of “Saturday Night Live” kicked off with the season premiere on Oct. 1, 2022 with host Miles Teller and musical guest Kendrick Lamar, but the “SNL” cast looks mighty different this year.
Those who make it a habit to watch “SNL” when it’s on may be wondering, is “SNL” new tonight? There is not a new episode of “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 19.
Keke Palmer will host the next episode on Dec. 3 with musical guest SZA.
Dave Chappelle hosted last week’s episode with musical guest Black Star.
The Season 48 premiere kicked off three new shows in a row, with Miles Teller hosting the first episode of the season followed by Brendan Gleeson on Oct. 8 and Megan Thee Stallion on Oct. 21.
The end of Season 47 marked the exits of cast members Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, Aristotle Athari and Chris Redd.
While there was speculation that major cast members like Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant might leave “Saturday Night Live” in Season 47, all four returned. The only cast members who did not come back for last season were Beck Bennett and Lauren Holt.
In Season 48, “SNL” adds new cast members Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker. Kearney is the show’s first non-binary cast member.
The returning cast members for “SNL” Season 48 are Michael Che, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Bowen Yang. Returning featured players are Andrew Dismukes, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson and Sarah Sherman.
Executive producer Lorne Michaels called Season 48 a “transition year,” adding that “changes are always difficult but always exciting.”