Saturday Night Live season 44 is in the middle of their first hiatus, but when exactly can we expect new episodes and not repeats of the first three weeks?
If there’s any solace in the current break Saturday Night Live is enjoying, it’s that the show is taking time off during a hard time for political satire. It’s hard to make punch lightly with the rhetoric when you have a deranged bomber sending undetonated explosives to members of one political party while the other claims it as fake news.
I’m sure there are jokes that can be made, but it’s the question of should SNL be the ones to make them. The show has already taken a risk by opening the season with Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearings, casting Matt Damon as the beer-loving, Devil’s Triangle-performing, rhetorical question-asking judge of the Supreme Court, and it was a successful attempt that even saw Rachel Dratch make an appearance.
However, now’s a good time to reset after a slow opening few episodes. Adam Driver had one or two solid performances but didn’t have much else to work with. Awkwafina gave it her all in a weak episode from a writers’ perspective. Seth Meyers seemed game to be as straightforward and as silly as possible, but the performances felt like a talk show host delivering lines.
Saturday Night Live is not that far away; the show will return on Saturday, Nov. 3. Jonah Hill is already confirmed to be the host, making his way onto the show for the fourth time. He’s previously only been on the show in March during the last three presidential election years, but he’s here now the weekend before the 2018 Midterms.
Maggie Rogers is the musical guest, appearing on SNL for the first time. Considering her latest single, “Light On,” just received a music video a few days ago, you can bet it will show up either first or second. “Give a Little” will also likely be shown off to millions at home for the first time.
We’re not too far away from the return of Saturday Night Live season 44. It’s a bummer there’s no show this weekend, though, as the Halloween season tends to inspire some of the show’s best sketches in recent history. David S. Pumpkins was only two years ago!