“SNL” is on its first break of Season 43 this week, with no new episode airing on Oct. 21.
Instead, NBC is playing the “Saturday Night Live” Season 43 premiere episode that first aired on Sept. 30. That episode starred Ryan Gosling as its host, with Jay-Z performing as musical guest. It also included an appearance by guest star Alec Baldwin, reprising his extremely popular role as Donald Trump.
“SNL” is also off next week, but at least part of its usual time slot won’t be filled with a rerun. Instead, there’s something special planned for what would otherwise be the “SNL” Halloween episode. It’s the return of viral Halloween sensation David S. Pumpkins, a character played by Tom Hanks a year ago during the show’s Oct. 22, 2016 episode.
This year, Pumpkins returns in a half-hour animated special that airs at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hanks is repirsing his role, and Peter Dinklage will also join the voice cast for the episode.
In the original “Haunted Elevator” sketch (which you can watch here), Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan played a pair of men dressed as skeletons to back up Pumpkins. Both are lending their voices to the animated special as well, despite the fact that Moynihan left “SNL” at the end of Season 42.
“SNL” returns to its regular form on Nov. 4. Larry David is scheduled to host the episode, with musical guest Miley Cyrus. David has popped up on the show from time to time in the last season to play Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but he hasn’t hosted the show since Feb. 6, 2016.
There have been three new episodes in Season 43 so far, including last week’s, in which Kumail Nanjiani hosted with musical guest P!nk. The episode also included a new Trump cold open, and was the first episode to address the many accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.