Saturday Night Live is putting together a fantastic lineup of funny folks for Season 42. The show is set to look a little different from Season 41 thanks to the departures of some major cast members--most notable Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh--and the change up of some of the creative team. While a lot of things are changing, there is still going to be a host and a musical guest each week. If you are wondering who is coming up, do check out our breakdown of upcoming hosts to see when you can expect your favorite stars to bring the laughs during an episode of SNL.
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon will make his third trip back to SNL for hosting duties on April 15. He was a cast member from 1998-2004, and has hosted The Tonight Show since 2014. Harry Styles, best known as a member of One Direction, will appear to perform in support of his upcoming solo album, which includes the hit single "Sign of the Times."
Actor Chris Pine will host the sketch show for the first time on May 6. Pine is best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise, but he's also appeared in Hell or High Water, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Into the Woods. He will next be on the big screen as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman. We'll let you know when the musical guest for his episode is announced.
Melissa McCarthy will host her fifth episode on SNL on May 13. She's almost as well known for her work on the series as she is for anything else at this point, having received Emmy nominations for each previous hosting gig. The actress is known for her comedic work in films such as Bridesmaids, Spy, The Heat and The Boss, as well as her TV work in Mike & Molly and Gilmore Girls. We'll let you know when the musical guest for her episode is announced.
Muscle man/all-around-cool-guy Dwayne Johnson will also make his fifth hosting appearance on SNL come May 20. The popular actor can be seen in his HBO show Ballers as well as the films Central Intelligence, San Andreas, Hercules and Pain & Gain among many others. He'll next be seen on the big screen in The Fate of the Furious and Baywatch. We'll let you know when the musical guest for his episode is announced.
Actress Margot Robbie had a huge summer thanks to her scene-stealing performance as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. She was such a hit with DC execs and fans alike that she now has a Harley Quinn solo film in development, so we can guess that the ratings for her SNL episode will be impressive. She kicks off Season 42 with The Weeknd as her musical guest.
Lin-Manuel Miranda will take the stage as SNL host after making a mainstream name for himself with his hit Broadway musical Hamilton. He wrote and starred in the musical that has had people everywhere singing songs of founding fathers, and he'll bring his signature humor from stage to screen. The band Twenty One Pilots will perform as the musical guest, but we probably shouldn't be shocked if Miranda busts out some raps of his own on October 8.
Emily Blunt will have a big October this year. Her film The Girl on the Train will be released on October 7, and she'll follow up with her SNL hosting debut on October 15. Blunt's last few projects have been distinctly dramatic, so she'll get to flex her comedy muscles in her hosting gig. Bruno Mars will light up the stage with his musical talents as he promotes his third album, 24K Magic, in his fourth appearance as a musical guest on SNL.
Tom Hanks will stop by to make his ninth hosting appearance on SNL on October 22. The actor will be coming off the hit Sully and promoting his October 28 opener, Inferno. Grammy winner Lady Gaga will step on stage for her third time as a musical guest on the show, right after her fifth studio album, Joanne, debuts on October 21.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been a big name for the past several years, thanks to his role in the wildly popular Sherlock, but also roles in the Star Trek and The Hobbit franchises. He may be a big name on the big and small screen alike, but there is one big gig he hasn't taken on... yet. He's never been the host of Saturday Night Live, but he's going to rectify that when the series returns after a small break on November 5. Solange is going to be the musical guest, which is less exciting than huge name Lady Gaga, but every week can't be a Hanks/Gaga extravaganza. Cumberbatch's gig comes on the heels of Dr. Strange which is out November 4. The hosting gig was announced on air.
Everyone who's been missing comedian Dave Chappelle since he left his eponymous TV sketch show in 2006 has some good news coming to them, as Chappelle will make his SNL hosting debut on November 12. The popular comedian has been mostly absent from our television screens for a decade, so this is a huge get for the long-running comedy. Another big return with the show will be the musical guest appearance by famed hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. They'll be on the show to promote their first album in 18 years, "We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service."
Kristen Wiig was on SNL for a long time--seven seasons in fact--but the November 19 outing of the series will only be the second time she'll be appearing as a host on the series. The XX will be joining her as musical guests. They are premiering to promote their third album "I See You," which hits shelves on January 13.
This will actually be the third official time that Emma Stone has hosted Saturday Night Live, although she has not done so in years. The last time the actress was the host of an episode came in 2011, although she showed up in the "Weekend Update" segment during SNL 40. SNL announced the news over the weekend.
John Cena once popped up in SNL for a guest stint but he's never joined the long-running NBC series as a host. All of that will change on December 10 when Cena hosts for the first time. You can read more about the gig, here.
Saturday Night Live has big plans to air new episodes of the late night series nearly all the way to the holidays. On December 17, Casey Affleck will be on the show as host, promoting his movie Manchester By The Sea. Chance the Rapper will be joining him on the stage.
Felicity Jones just made the latest Star Wars feature Rogue One pretty great, and now she'll be kicking off the Saturday Night Live lineup in 2017. This will be her hosting debut on the long-running sketch comedy series and she will appear opposite country music singer Sturgill Simpson, who also has had a pretty big year in 2016.
Comedian Aziz Ansari will make his SNL hosting debut on January 21. The former Parks and Recreation star is going into the second season of his Netflix show Master of None, which will hit the streaming service later this year. Rapper Big Sean is also appearing on the sketch show for the first time, as he promotes his CD, "I Decided," which is due out next month.
Kristen Stewart will make her SNL hosting debut on February 4. The Twilight Saga, American Ultra and Cafe Society actress will soon be seen on the big screen again in Personal Shopper. Singer Alessia Cara is also making her musical guest debut on the program that week. Her breakthrough hit, "Here" topped the Billboard charts last year, while her debut CD, "Know-It-All," has gone gold.
Prolific actor Alec Baldwin will return to host SNL for a record 17th time on February 11. The 30 Rock, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Rules Don't Apply actor and Match Game host has been appearing on the show all season as Donald Trump, and can next be heard voicing the title character in Boss Baby. Grammy Award winner Ed Sheeran will mark his second musical guest appearance on the show that same evening to promote his new CD "Divide."
Making her SNL hosting debut when the show returns with new episodes will be Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer. Spencer, who won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Help, could be a two-time winner by the time the episode airs, as she's currently nominated for the same award for her part in Hidden Figures. The musical guest for Spencer's episode will be Father John Misty, who'll perform to promote his upcoming album "Pure Comedy."
Scarlett Johansson will be joining the famous Five-Timers Club when she hosts SNL on March 11. The Captain America: Civil War and Lucy actress is promoting her new film, Ghost in the Shell, which comes out March 31. Lorde will be making her first solo appearance on the show that night to promote her first new album since 2013's "Pure Heroine".
When SNL returns again with new episodes, comedian Louis C.K. will take the stage as host again. His appearance on the show will follow the debut of his new Netflix comedy special, 2017, which will hit the streamer on April 4. The American DJ duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, known as The Chainsmokers, will perform to promote their first full length album, "Memories...Do Not Open," which comes out on April 7.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates on who to expect when during Season 42 of Saturday Night Live. Hopefully we'll be in for as many great sketches, crazy jokes, and big bloopers as we've gotten in seasons past. Episodes air on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Don't forget to check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what else you can watch on the small screen in the near future.