Saturday Night Live is starting its 43rd season tonight in NYC at NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z. Returning for the second time as host, the twice Oscar-nominated Gosling is set to star in the sci-fi drama “Blade Runner 2049,” which opens Oct. 6.
Accompanying Gosling on the season premiere will be Grammy Award-winning icon Jay-Z, who will be making his fourth appearance as musical guest. Jay-Z’s album “4:44” was released in June, and he will embark on a world tour beginning Oct. 27.
SNL is basking in the glow of its Emmy award earlier this month for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. Cast member Kate McKinnon also won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy for her portrayal of Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his numerous portrayals of President Donald Trump.
This season “Saturday Night Live” will air live simultaneously on NBC stations coast to coast.
Lorne Michaels is the creator and executive producer of the show. He created the show in 1975 which was originally called Saturday Night but changed to Saturday Night Live in 1977.
NBC’s late-night franchise will begin its 43rd season with three new cast members: Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd, who will join as featured players. They are replacing veterans Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata.
Gal Gadot, star of the movie Wonder Woman, will host next week’s show on October 7 with musical guest Sam Smith.
Kumail Nanjiani will host the season’s third show on Oct. 14. Nanjiani stars as Dinesh Chugtai in HBO’s comedy “Silicon Valley” and most recently wrote and starred in the film “The Big Sick.”