“SNL” is back from its three-week holiday break this week, and it’s likely the show will have lots to say about the political developments that have happened since December.
The show returns after three weeks of reruns with actor Sam Rockwell serving as the episode’s host. Rockwell is coming off a big win at the 2018 Golden Globes last weekend, where he took home the win for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Halsey will serve as musical guest during the episode.
Rockwell’s wasn’t the only win for “Three Billboards” at the Golden Globes — Frances McDormand also won Best Actress in a Motion Picture for the movie, and Writer and Director Martin McDonagh won for Best Original Screenplay. The movie also took the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, so expect “Three Billboards” to come up during Rockwell’s turn as host.
The show’s last new episode aired on Dec. 15, with host Kevin Hart and musical guest Foo Fighters. In its cold open, the episode featured Alec Baldwin was Donald Trump, commending the many “losers” who have been fired from the White House during Trump’s first year in office. Hart’s monologue also kicked up controversy because some saw it as sexist.
James Franco served as host prior to Hat, with musical guest SZA. Franco was joined by a few surprise guests along the way during the episode as well — his friends Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, who both appeared with Franco in movies like “This is the End,” popped up during Franco’s opening monologue. And his brother and “The Disaster Artist” co-star Dave Franco made an appearance in a sketch later in the episode, as well.
Before that, Saoirse Ronan hosted the show with musical guest U2 on Dec 2, and Chance the Rapper took on the host role with musical guest Eminem on Nov. 18.
Though there have seemingly been fewer sketches featuring Baldwin’s Trump this year, “SNL” has had plenty of political news to tackle. Subjects have included the pile of allegations of sexual assault leveled at powerful men, including lawmakers and Hollywood producers, and Republicans’ attempts to quickly pass their tax overhaul bill. “Weekend Update” in particular hasn’t been pulling many punches.